Post Geek.kon 2012 thoughts.|
Posted Sep 10, 2012 - 12:54:52
So I spent this last weekend in the Artist Alley at Geek.kon
2012. I've gone to almost every Geek.kon, missing only the third one, and I always have a lot of mixed thoughts about this con. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love this event - and I recommend attending it to anyone.
But there are problems with Geek.kon which rather than get corrected just seem to get worse. These are not new things, and these are not things the staff are unaware of. Frankly, these are problems which have existed for quite some time, and no one is willing to fix them.
For example, for an event with less than 2000 attendees it makes no sense that it took a friend of mine an hour to get through the registration line -- I mean, don't get me wrong, printed badges are nice... but most people would rather have one hand written and not wait in line that long.
Along with some irresponsible management of space (especially on a day where some rooms were lost to a wedding in the hotel) and a costume contest more concerned with prestige than entertainment value and fun, the flaws are neither new nor does anyone seem interested in fixing these fundamental issues.
I don't want to make it sound like I'm only whinging, as Geek.kon still has a lot of good points - with events like Kon.Quest, a nice programming track, and a good variety of guests (although a non-Anime Media guest would be nice one of these years). Even the Video Game Room (while still nowhere near the standard of previous years) was decent. It's a good convention to attend, no question.
It just could be so much better.