On October 16th, Game-hop Aftercon held a one-day minicon at the University of Advanced Technology in Tempe, Arizona. This is a review on some of the activities that happened at the event.
Starting at 2pm, the first panel was “How to be impulsive”. The three panelists discussed the do’s and don’ts on how to be impulsive while making other people laugh at the same time. The goal is to act randomly but be thoughtful in the process. If this act harms others, then you probably should not do it. Also, the panelists addressed that it is normal to feel stupid afterwards.
One purpose of a convention is to meet new friends so we played games to apply what the panelists taught. We had group games like Freeze and Bus Stop. One highlight during a game of Freeze happened when a Hetalia cosplayer, Spain, pretended to be arrested for illegal drug smuggling. The cop, played by a panelist, demanded where the drugs were kept. Nervously, the cosplayer admitted that they were kept in the trunk. As the pretend cop opened the trunk, a loud “BOOM” was heard once the trunk opened. Afterwards, the cop landed with a big thud as the cosplayer laughed, “I’ve always wanted to do that.” Having games and activities such as these made this panel in particular very memorable. There is an awkward feeling when you leave a panel because it got boring. Attending “How to be impulsive” was extremely entertaining and insightful.
Later that evening, the masquerade showcase began. Before the contestants stood before a live audience, they first had to meet with the judges. Prejudging for contestants in the masquerade lasted for an hour. During the deliberation, the judges gave each participant a fair score and decided who the first, second, and third place winners were.
Held outside in the campus courtyard, masquerade contestants lined up in front of an eagerly waiting audience to show off their costumes. Notable characters that appeared in the masquerade include Link from the Zelda game series, a Strawberry Lolita, and Cloud from Final Fantasy VII. Even the group organizer, Godric Johnson, went into cosplay as Sazh Katzroy from Final Fantasy XIII. After the final cosplayer performed, prizes were given. Third place winner went to girl who cosplayed from the game Assassin’s Creed. Second place winner was Ike from the game Fire Emblem for his detailed costume. Finally, first place winner went to a Yukari Yakumo cosplayer from the game Touhou Project because she handmade her costume. She received a free full access pass to Taiyou con, which is in January 2011. A slideshow of the masquerade and cosplayers who attended GAC is located on the left for your viewing pleasure.
This is only the first half of the review. The final part can be found here! In the meantime, if you are interested in attending more fun panels or want to watch more masquerades go to Taiyou con!
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