|Entered in CP's Best Photo of 2013 Contest.|
Sorry but I won't be doing a Write-Up for SacAnime Summer or Yaoi-Con 2014. For SacAnime, I was either shooting or resting inside my hotel room due to the heat so I did not get a good look at the convention. As for Yaoi-Con, it was rather uneventful and most of the events at the convention either involve seeing guys performing and twerking for the fan-girls or private parties, neither of which I was interested in or privy to.
My next events are Pacific dia Expo and NorCal Fall/Winter Gathering. No other events for me this year, including Comikaze.
With the successes of Kraken Con 2013 and Kraken Con 2014 (now Kraken Con Spring), the organizers saw fit to plan for the Kraken Con Fall 2014 Convention. Both of those conventions had the distinction of have a solid organizational structure despite limited resources. I enjoyed both these conventions because of the small, local feel they had. The question now is whether or not they could pull off a bigger con in the same small area. Through that hall of panels and games opens up to the Artist / Dealer's Hall, with the photo booth run by OscarC Photography and the Tea Time Cafe. This time, the second level of the hotel/convention center also held a few more panel rooms.
Many of the things I liked about the convention were still around. The maid cafe had a bigger space for themselves and the Dealer's Hall was decently packed on Saturday. In fact there was a surprising amount of attendees on Saturday, to the point where extra staff had to be on hand to process them through (and process them quickly they did). The voice actors seemed to have fun interacting with their fans both on stage as well as at the autograph booth. The cosplayers, make-up artists, and other performers seemed to enjoy the smaller con atmosphere. And the cosplay masquerade had a lot of top-notch work on display.
Overall, there were only a few placement changes and the increased attendee count. Some of this could be due to the guest list with veteran voice actors Matthew Mercer and Eric Stuart there in force with booths and panels, as well as Daydreamernessa's Cosplay as the cosplay guest. Lots of local artists and dealers were in attendance as well. The group that really caught my eye was Pandora FX showcasing some amazing prosthetic and make-up, even going so far as to creating an entire cosplay outfit out of body paint.
I'm glad that the cosplay is slowly growing and improving itself. Overall, there were only a few complaints as to the size of the facilities, but it's still a very easy to reach, easy going convention. A lot of what made Kraken great were still there. Meanwhile, the move to have professionals hosting guest panels and demonstrations as well as the extra day helps to give this convention more value.
- Staff helpful and mostly organized.
- Sunday schedule a bit weak.
Con-Rating: (Small improvement overal)
Fun Factor: (Despite not doing photoshoots, I had fun doing Press)
I go in, I shoot, I get out with as few injuries as possible. (if you've seen me in real life, you know I'm prone to get hurt SOMEHOW, sometimes by the cosplayers themselves. )|