Various panels were held, mostly fan panels. Parle Productions has a total of six panels. These panels ranged from General Q&A, Improv 101, In-Character Q&A, and Cosplay Make-up Tutorial. The Hetalia fandom made a comeback this year, with a total of three panels: Ask-A-Nation, World Summit and 18+. Generally speaking, Ask-A-Nation and World Summit range from a G-rating to PG-13. 18+ panels do not happen often, but if and/or when it does, the fandom and questions turn at least to an R rating. Provocative attire is often worn by panelists, usually those who cosplay Francis Bonnefoy/France. Some even go in a drunk-like manner, with their suit shirt unbottoned, tie around their head, etc. In other words, some panels can get a bit crazy, but that doesn't stop each fandom from having fun. Footage of each panel is found on YouTube, under specific tags or titles.
My apologies for the bad sound. Kazzandra Rodriguez's camera does not have a volume control on it.
In convention terms, gatherings are a way to make new friends, have pictures taken of large groups from the same series, and have fun. Many gatherings occurred this year, all from different series. The biggest gathering this year would have to be Homestuck. With over 200+ people attending, all various characters in either the same outfit or even different outfits. Making a comeback this year was Mobile Suit Gundam gathering, specifically Gundam Wing. In fact, there was a rather large group, the five main pilots, as well as three of the females in the series. More so, two pilots from the unofficial sequel, Operation: Frozen Teardrop.
|Gundam Wing pilots (from left to right: Wufei, Quatre, Trowa, Duo, Heero). (Photo credit: Jm Mj)|
Overall, the convention was very well done, with Chaz and the convention staff working together to make sure all convention attendees enjoyed themselves. It was safe and well organized. There was good entertainment, well organized and dedicated staff and gatherings. “Con Suite” fed most of the con goers, which helped as nobody passed out from hunger or dehydration. The pool was nearby, with staff checking badges this year as a new addition to the con. With this said, I really enjoyed the convention. If I had to rate this convention, I would give it a 5 out of 5.
|Kazzandra Rodriguez (17) with Patrick Seitz. (Photo credit: Ada Nichols)|
Until next time.