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Posted Sep 10, 2012 - 12:54:52

Artist Alley Table, Geek.kon 2012

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.
- Traegorn

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I couldn't agree more on how the cosplay contest was handled and has been handled. There are some great entries, but those are completely the result of the efforts of the contestants, the rest seems like a terrible mess.
Yeah - the few people entering the costume contest are not the problem. :)
I wouldn't call the cosplay contest a "terrible mess", as I've seen what goes on behind the scenes first-hand. There's a lot of planning, scheduling and teamwork involved. I think what happens is without a story to work through like NBC has, the Half-time show seems to put a bad taste in people's mouths. I do agree, however, about the problem with prestige. If they could let that go and keep their current work effort, the numbers will jump dramatically.
25 entries for a con with 1800 attendees -- and a half empty main events hall during the contest itself? That's a mess, no matter how you slice it.
I attended only 1 Geek Kon and yes I didn't like that Masquerade. I wanted to interact with the 1stAgent but he wasn't allowed too. I had it explained to me me how they were aiming to be a professional costume contest and yea that kind of offset me there. But that's just my feelings. I kind of have been offset by geek Kon as a whole just what it is I guess. It's not really a con like No Brand and I know they aren't trying to be but I like the No Brand feel.
The masquerade is the least of this hot mess of a con although it's a huge benefactor due to Geek.kon biggest issue, the eltisit staff! Almost every single staffer has such a chip on their shoulders and is ready to throw you under the bus when the first sign of trouble. From the fact the cosplay contest is ran by a group of women who think they are God's gift to cosplay when in fact they all would make the worst cosplay lists just because their body size. To a guest head who's solution to everything is scream at everyone who is under her when they make a mistake which is usally because she believes guests are completely incapable of making it through their tiny con on their own. To a incompetent videogame staff that can barely take care of themselves then a whole videogame room. Same for the pathetic excuses for viewing rooms. There is so much more I could say but I will leave it there. I hope to hear more bad reviews about this con, until the staff pulls their heads out of their butts, they deserve it!
I'm sorry, but did you just say that people's cosplay would be considered bad because of their size? I hate elitism and take a lot of issues with the Geek.kon cosplay contest, but if you think larger people shouldn't be able to cosplay whatever the hell they want, you can get your ass off my website. Immediately.

Anybody, regardless of body type, can cosplay whatever the hell they want. I don't want or need you body shaming bullshit here.

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