Haven't done a journal in a while so I thought I'd let you all know how my local con went.
SCI-FI ON THE ROCK
The con took place in April, from 20th - 22nd. One of the most surprising things about the on was the weather; It felt like summer and the sun was shinning for most of the weekend. With that being said, the con itself was not all sunshine and flowers; there were problems but I plan to focus on the good parts (which did outweigh the bad).
At the con I helped to promote the local lolita group, hosted a panel, and volunteered. I feel like I did way too much (almost got sick at one point). I think one of the best parts of the weekend was waiting for the bus. I had to leave at 7:40am (Saturday) and 8:40am (Sunday) and I think a lot of people were not expecting to see someone dressed up like I was so early. On Sunday morning I wore Sailor Moon and a guy from China saw me and kept asking questions while I waited. Very funny. I also really enjoyed interactions I had with other volunteers and exhibitors; by the end of the weekend I was known as the muscle of the con
This was the first year that the con had panels and the dealers room open on Friday. I was volunteering for the first few hours and only put on my costume (Hufflepuff robes) about an hour before I left. Set up for the Lolita table and volunteering went well. I had planned to go to a Harry Potter panel but it was cancelled last minute
. I was going to stay at the con until 10 but my friends and I left around 8; we were all really tired.
Saturday I had to get up at 6:30am. I wore Lolita that day. I tried to style my hair but lost some clips so not really happy with hour it turned out. I got the bus to the con for 8am. They had me waiting outside one of the rooms where a planetarium was being set up. Everything went well until about 11am when I started to feel sick from lack of sleep and being hungry. One of the lovely women involved with the volunteers gave me a break so I could get some fresh air. After that I was alright. I finished volunteering at 12 and then had to go to my panel, Cosplay 101: Sewing. The panel went alright. I feel really uncertain on how my speaking part went, but the sewing lesson was great. The people we stayed for it responded well but I do not plan to do this panel again. After that I sat at the Lolita table for a bit and we all waited for the Steampunk and Lolita tea to start. This event went so well! I could not believe how many lolitas showed up to the con. Besides the four in my group we had at least 10 other people show up. Considering I saw no lolitas last year and that the group we started is only a few months old, this was amazing. I can't wait for next years tea. After the tea we went back to our table. It was not fun just sitting there. It really tied us to one spot and we decided that the response this year was so good that we won't need one next year; the most we will do is have a panel. After this I didn't do much. Got some pictures with the photographer, went to a few tables and bought some stuff; just general interacting with other con goers. I went home at about 6pm.
Sunday I was able to go into the con later and I didn't feel sick. I wore Sailor Moon and I was so excited about it. I had fixed it up and added new details to it. I also finish the accessories and made her wand from season 1! I didn't tell anyone at the con that I had made the wand because I was so nervous it would fall apart. It was made from homemade bake-able clay and held together by hot glue and sewing needles. Because I had been so tired the night before I had to finish adding my bows and what not to my costume when I got to the con. I had at least 3 pictures taken of me finishing my costume. Once again I was volunteering for the first part of the con. I sat next to the mother/grandmother of some of the people who helps run the con and we had a great conversation about sewing. Whenever someone would come over and say they liked my Sailor Moon costume she was sure to tell them it was hand sewn lol. In the morning I also got pictures of my costume and they turned out great. (I got to know the photographer a bit and have some future cosplay-picture plans in the works
.) After that I had nothing to do but wait until the cosplay contest. There were a few panels but nothing that interested me a lot. I think that they need to work on the type of panels that are at the con and encourage more people to host them. I went to the costume contest a few hours later and did not win. A little sad about this but happy for my friends who won. The costume contest has always been fun at this con. I always end up next to some cool people in line and we had a good laugh before we had to go on stage.
This con was great; I did some networking, made new friends, and helped further the Lolita group. I will be going back next year and I expect it will be better.