No Brand Con is nigh (or here if you're reading this Friday, Saturday or Sunday) and like any day before my own convention, I'm a combination of anxious and excited. I always have trouble sleeping the couple of nights before No Brand Con every year, and this was no exception. Last night I randomly woke up for an hour in the middle of the night.
But the props are ready, the videos shot, the scripts written, costumes finished and everything is as prepared as it can be right now. There is absolutely nothing I can do now until I get to the hotel space and start setting things up tonight and tomorrow morning.
I can do nothing but wait.
This of course amplifies the anxiety a bit. I don't know if people who've never put together something like this understand exactly how it feels right before the event. While I get excited to go to other conventions, it doesn't really compare to this. I think the most similar emotional state I can think of is right before opening night in theatre. It's a lot like those nerves you get when the house is full and the curtain is about to go up.
That really does seem like the best analogy, and the feeling really is the same.
I spent a lot of last night building the MACGUFFIN prop for the climax of the No Brand Con plot this year. For those unfamiliar with No Brand Con's storyline (which if you're reading this blog means you're probably reading this on Facebook or on the UnCONventional page) we run a storyline every year starring our mascot characters through videos on the website before the convention, and then complete the story in a live action performance during events at the convention.
This year, with our Apocalypse storyline, I've kind of thrown everything we have at it. It's my last year being able to have this much creative control (I'll be involved next year, but as I'll be in Indiana I won't get to be so hands on and will have to trust the replacement director), so I wanted the presentation to be as smooth as possible.
I think we've succeeded though (although as I've said many times before, the acting is still terrible). I'll also be running a panel at 4pm on Friday where we run through the full fictional history of the NoBrandVerse if you're coming to the con and want to catch up.
I do hope to see you at the con this year, and you should find me and say "Hi" if you're there.