NewCon PDX Con Report
The Convention: Newcon PDX
The Place: Crowne Plaza Hotel
The Dates 27-29 Dec 2013
NEW Con is a multi-genre convention covering Anime, Science Fiction, Pop Culture and anything in between. Both my Hello Kitty plushies and Chococat were my companions.
Friday: It was a blur with my quick trip home to mom in Tacoma, and getting back. I had a few hours sleep; but I still overslept from the time I wanted to get up. By the time I got down to the con peace there was a long line for registration. Furthermore, because of technical difficulties the viewing room was down most of the day. In spite of the problems I still had to have a good time. The only panels I attended were Pop-Culture and Lolita Fashion and The Last Voices of World War 1: Followed by Gun Display. I attended the Lolita Panel because of my panel I did on Hello Kitty panel and I wanted to get a hand on the Lolita culture. I Checked out Cards against Newcon, Had dinner then took off around 9:00pm so I can do laundry.
Saturday: I had my traditional Hometown Buffet breakfast, and headed back to the con space. I took a lot of pictures then check out a few panels The Art of AMV creation and Bad Trivia for Bad Prizes 2: Electric Boogaloo. I spent the time touch up on the panels for Sunday. The video room was still down to 5:00pm when Guy brought in his stuff and played Twilight Rfftacks, I went out to dinner then check out the AMV Viewing until 12:00am when I was just too tired to go on.
Sunday The big day: I got out of church at 12:00 and headed up to look around and set up for my for Stuff You Pod: Free SF on the Net, I only had a few attendees, perhaps the name was confusing, no con book or not broad enough, I need to cover Science Fiction, horror and Fantasy, the same for Furry 101. Well I can let failure to spoil things I leaned a few lessons, One have multiple people on the panel, it gives somebody to play off of or take over while the other look something up. I spent the rest time relaxing and taking in the rest of the con. I went out to dinner and came out for the after party, but it got closed down, perhaps some got too rambunctious. I had decided to end convention season 2013 and go home.
The Good: It nice to have a fan base convention.
The Bad: Cards against NewCon . Ok it is an 18+ event but still no excuse for gratuitous profanity.
The Ugly: No con book and not descriptions of the panels; I felt in part, the low turnout to both my panels were s due to do a lack of descriptions of the panel s and no con book describing the panels.
On that Programming was a disaster, for example the video room was listed for events to 8:00pm and later on Sunday but the Room closed at 12:00pm.
Video room failure; because of technical difficulties a chunk of programming was canceled.
Even with serious graft at the convention I still had a god time. NewCon had doubled its membership form last year. This is a good sign. Portland needs a fan centric multi-genre convention especially those of us who are involved in Science Fiction to complement Orycon. I look forward to NewCon 2014.
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