Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Another View Of MegaCon

Trudy V. Myers
I peeked at the schedule the day before the con, and at first glance, I thought, “There’s nothing here for me to do!” But we’d already bought our memberships, so I figured I’d just have to go and make the best of it.

HUGE dealer’s room! The room itself included an autograph section, an artist’s jam section, a section for ‘independent presses’ and who know what else, but the dealer’s area rivaled the size of a Worldcon dealer’s room, or maybe outstripped some of them.

No art show. Bummer.

Parking was also a bummer. I bitched continually about having to walk ‘from Scottsbluff to Omaha’ to get from the parking lot to Megacon. Why didn’t they build a parking garage for this convention center? Friday, we were in a parking garage, but it actually belonged to the neighboring hotel and was being used because the convention center’s parking lots were all full.

Costumes. WOW!!!

Why were the anime activities segregated from the rest of the stuff?

Nobody was allowed into the con until 10 AM, and nothing lasted past 9 PM. Food and drink, if bought from the convention center, cost an arm and a leg, but they didn’t say anything if you brought in your own. Tables and chairs were available for those waiting for the next panel to attend, but not nearly enough of them.

Staggered timing on the panels, which I’m not a big fan of. Even with the staggered timing, some panels’ stages were set up ‘at the last minute’, which makes you wonder about their organization.

It was fun. Different in some ways. Worth attending, at least this one time.

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