My Top Six Convention Events

Why do people go to cosplay conventions? Mainly, it’s to socialize. It’s quite common to see groups of friends in costume sitting around in the hallways, talking and playing card games and the like. Of course, Artist’s Alley and the Dealer’s Room are always large attractions, too, and are often packed. There are people who spend the entire weekend in the arcade, and others watching anime that they could just as easily watch at home on their laptops. The thing is, you can hang out with your regular friends any time you want. You could wear costumes, too. And overall, it would cost a lot less money. Why bother? That’s why there are events at a convention. These are often great opportunities to meet people, and they can be a ton of fun. Why pay to go to a convention if you don’t attend any of the events? I am going to list six of my favorite events that I would recommend to anyone.

6) Panels. Depending on the size, these can be pretty interactive. I’ve been to panels with voice actors where everyone sits in a circle on the floor because there are so few people there. Most of the guests have a good sense of humor, so panels are usually pretty entertaining.

5) AMV Contest. I can’t really say much about this event because there isn’t much to say. You know, they play AMVs on a screen and everybody cheers. Being a creator of AMVs myself, I like this event a lot. At small conventions like mine, they’re rarely impressive, but it’s still fun.

4) Dead Town/Paranoia. These are RPG events. Even if your convention doesn’t have these specific games, it probably has something similar. They’re interactive stories, kind of. Dead Town is a sort of multiple choice game where the audience talks and collectively decides how to deal with a situation. Paranoia is every man for himself, and you really only know what’s going on in a couple of situations, until everything is revealed at the end. It’s confusing at first, but if you know what you’re supposed to be doing, it can be a lot of fun. These are some of the best ways to meet people at a convention, because you’re forced to talk to them.

3) Battle Karaoke/Karaoke Quest. At the conventions where I live, these are common. Karaoke Quest is a little like Dead Town in that the audience gets to decide what to do, although the story isn’t as flexible. Then the characters run into some sort of obstacle, and the audience sings to get them out of it. Battle Karaoke is a contest in which there are several teams that take turns singing and performing amusing tasks that often involve the audience. The audience is also the judge.

2) Battle Cosplay. On one hand, this event can be incredibly lame, with characters you barely recognize pretending to attack each other, swing after boring swing. On the other hand, you can get lucky and there will be a lot of characters you know. If you’re even luckier, the cosplayers will be creative with their attacks, and this can be really funny and sometimes even produce fan service.

1) Cosplay Contest/Masquerade. Contrary to many people, I find that the skits are the best part of this event. If you come to a convention to see costumes, then this is the best place for you. It’s usually the biggest event of the convention.

Overall, I find that I like events that are interactive more than those where you sit there and watch or listen to something/someone. Of course, it’s all personal preference, though. If there is one of these events that you haven’t attended, I think you should definitely give it a try at your next convention.

~Raven

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Tomodachi Fest 2012

As you might have heard, T and Raven spent the past weekend at Tomodachi Fest, the fall cosplay convention where we live. So here are some pictures.

T was C.C. (pronounced C2) and Konata. Raven was Sakura (from Tsubasa Chronicles) and Kagami. Yutaka was another friend, not part of the ninja gang.

There were a lot of awesome costumes, and a lot more not so awesome costumes. And, of course, people who didn’t cosplay at all. Overall, it was very fun. Raven got motion sickness from playing arcade games, and then got sick from eating badly, and everyone had headaches from the wigs. We spent too much money and didn’t stay out as late as we planned, and then slept in later than we planned, etc. And I don’t have anything particularly funny to say.

Aren’t armadillos cute?

Dares, Sewing, and Skirts

Previously on the Adventures of the Ninja Gang. . .

The Ninja Gang got together for a sleep-over party! And Thomas definitely was there, even if the adults didn’t seem to notice him (odd, right?). We drove down the road to Dairy Queen where we played Dare or Dare, because the truth is boring. Hugo blew kisses at random people, Zepher announced “Pasta!” excitedly to some men that thought we were middle-schoolers, Thomas and Raven did a waltz while singing the Barney song, and T ate mustard.

The next day we pinned and cut and pinned some more and cut again and played video games. The mess at my house after a party consists of fabric scraps carpeting the floor, games and controllers spewing from beneath the TV screen, piles of pattern paper gathered against furniture like snow drifts, partly-finished pieces of costumes balanced on top of other bits of mess, the ironing board covered in stuff that shouldn’t ever be ironed, and sewing tools everywhere but their proper location.
This was the result of a full day of cosplay-making. Zepher and Raven (me) got our costumes cut, but nothing more, because we still need iron-on interfacing. Bleh (to the sludge). Who would have predicted that? (The answer is the back of the pattern, but don’t tell anyone.) So now we’re on hold until we get some interfacing. In case you didn’t know (and you had no way of knowing, so you’d better not unless you’ve talked to us about it in person) we’re all doing Naruto cosplays. Zepher shall be Sasori, while I, Raven, shall play Deidara. T is going to be Gaara, and the other member shall be Kakashi.

Tomodachi Fest is this weekend. Gasp! T and Raven are going, but the Naruto cosplays aren’t finished. Whatever shall we do? Actually, we’re planning on wearing cosplays from previous years. However, it’s November. The costumes from previous years were for a Summer convention. That’s right, T and Raven will be braving the cold in mini skirts!

T as Konata, Raven as Kagami

Next time: T and Raven’s small convention experience! What will happen at Tomodachi Fest? Will T make new friends? Will Raven find her camera in time? Will they make it to the convention center through Black Friday traffic? Find out on the next installment!

~Raven