Alcon 2015

Alcon 2015

This year I visited my very first Alcon!

Firstly let me just say – Alcon was one of the most fun conventions I have ever been to, I had an absolute great time and met so many awesome people!

The convention offered so many activities and varied entertainment that it is physically impossible to do everything. I simply cannot express the vast options of things to do, there is everything from panels and talks about everything (writing, model building and cosplay), evening parties, board games area and even a Zombie vs Humans Nerf Gun war that ran on for the entire duration of the event.

Those who prefer non-physically exhausting ways of entertaining yourself could go to a huge variety of panels, workshops and talks that where hosted at the event. Simply take a stroll through the shop area were tons of cool, geeky stuff was on sale or sit down in the gaming room and play retro videogames and join one of the many tournaments.

Throughout the event ran clan wars which are mini games and challenges you could attend to win points for your clan. The clans consist of Pirates, Ninjas and Vampires. You could win points by winning competitions of taking part in events. This year the Pirates won – which based on what I’ve heard is the top clan!

We attended all the evening parties and I was positively surprised by the great music and skilled DJ`s who were playing for us! We even got a good dose of hardstyle and chiptune to rave the night away to. During the day a number of live bands played and although I only listened to one for a few minutes whilst in between activities – they sounded fantastic.

As I mentioned before there are lots of competitions at the event and a big highlight for myself was that I was able to win first place in the Anime Music Video (AMV) competition.

Wanna see my video? Click below!

Since I am very obsessed with The Legend of Korra lately I made a last minute Korra Cosplay and had a shooting with Shades on Productions where we went all out and did anything to get the shot right. He even taught me how to earth bend in real life! You can watch the video of that here:

http://www.facebook.com/LuziverCosplay/videos/738367246268366/

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It was great to meet other Korra fans! It was a lucky coincidence that all of us where cosplaying from season 4 of the show so we could take some epic pictures. Of course I went straight to Photoshop after the convention and edited some of the shots.

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Another great part of Alcon was the Laser Tag! (Yes, there is a Laser Tag hall near the convention centre!!) I used this great opportunity to try out some UV makeup on my boyfriend and I and we also we put glowing outfits on witch made us easy targets, but very fabulous looking players!

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At the cosplay ball on Saturday, EvilBaldGenius stole everyone`s show in his Hunter Rose cosplay. He looked like he stepped right out the comic book!

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At the ball everyone had the chance to dress up really classy and show of their waltz skills. Not only the music, but the mood was great! Everyone was dancing, having fun and getting their picture taken by the photo booth by a professional photographer provided by Alcon. You could pick up a printed version of your picture the next day for free.

Even before I attendet Alcon I heard people referencing to it as Al(cohol)con. I`m still very excited and impressed that at UK conventions you can drink and party at a convention all night long (Alcon is a 18+ event) without if getting out of hand or people starting to misbehave. Speaking of drinking, the cocktails had cool names like “Exsodia the Flavorsome” or “Team Rocket Fuel”. On top of the cool names they were also very affordable. They weren`t quite quality of what I would expect from a proper cocktail, but they tasted nice and after all it’s a student bar we are talking about ;).

All in all it was an absolute great Event! Much fun has been had and new friends have been made. It`s a convention I can happily recommend to everyone. It`s not as big as a Comic Con but also not as stressful. Alcon is a unique and awesome convention that`s definitely worth a visit.

At some point tickets for next year will be available here: http://www.alcon.org.uk/

 

(edited by Simon Long)

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Hyper Japan 2015 review

Hyper Japan 2015 review

This year EvilBaldGenius and I went to our first Hyper Japan. It`s a Convention all about everything Japanese. Everything about its culture, food and of course anime, manga and cosplay. It`s a bit like Japan Day in Germany, just less crowded and inside a hall. There was also a gaming area with games to play and loads of stuff to buy! So all the gaming enthusiasts at that con where sorted.

First let`s talk about the good things at Hyper Japan!

The Convention centre could be reached with the cable car which is only 2 minutes away from the entrance. Because of that, both days every morning and every evening we got to enjoy a beautiful view of London high above the Thames!

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(behind us you can see the o2 center where the convention was taking place)

I really couldn`t complain about the food. Apart from the usual Sushi there was some really delicious food you don`t get to see at every convention. A big highlight for me was the sparkling Sake. It looks a bit like Champagne but it`s Sake! And oh my god is that stuff tasty! We ended up having it with every meal while at the convention.

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There were a lot of cool acts and groups performing like martial arts, dancing, singing and more. You could try on and/or buy Kimonos and other Japanese clothing. We got to play Go and afterwards we were taught how to spell our names in Kanji.

Saturday we spend a lot of time filming a music video with a videographer friend.

This is where I come to the part of things that were not as pleasing at this Hyper Japan.

Someone apparently complained about our videographer friend claiming that he had a fake press badge. Soon security confronted us. He immediately presented his press badge and the confirmation email from Hyper Japan. The security was nice but insisted that they were just following orders and would have to escort us of the premise regardless. Of course we asked to speak to the person in charge giving those orders, who unfortunately seemed to be in a meeting… which continued for the full two days of the event since he was never available. We got some very vague information what we could do, but in the end no one could tell us who to talk to resolve the issue.

The hall the convention was taking place in was pretty big. But they cramped all of the stalls in only 3 quarters it witch made the entire thing look a bit more like the hey market version of what I expected. The con wasn`t as well organized as it could have been, but I have seen far worse. It wasn`t really bad but there is definitely room to improve.

The last thing I would that was a bit annoying isn`t exactly about the convention itself. The location is simply located a bit unfortunate. You really can ONLY reach it with mentioned cable car or from the other side with the tube. But that is a long detoured way when you are coming from the other side of the river since the only way that that can be crossed in that area is the cable car.

That is why after the event, closed masses of people streamed towards the cable car. Whoever the idiot was that thought it was a good idea to hold a bicycle race on the Saturday of the fair that circled exactly around the cable car entrance must have at least now realized that it was a dick move to say the least. I guess it would have been to easy to just turn at the corner a few meters ahead. Because of that anyway a massive line of people was created who were allowed to cross the street every 15 minutes. Through the pure number of people trying to cross the street who had assembled in those 15 minutes was so huge even the guys riding their bikes had to stop since it took so long to let people through.

But all in all Hyper Japan was a very pleasant experience and we had a lot of fun. Ga Chun Yau Photography made a great gallery of the stalls and people of the con: Hyper Japan Gallery

We ended the Weekend late on Sunday with totally un-Japanese but tasty burgers.

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