I’m finally back with another Convention Life post. This one has been sitting in my drafts folder collecting dust while I put off making this simple packing list. I finally had the time to create a pretty printable with a simple list for the cosplaying con-goer! There’s even blanks for you to write in your own items! Below you will find my FREE convention packing list PRINTABLE!
If you’re participating in The Nerdy Girlie’s 5 Fandom Friday, you may have noticed a few of us have made some DLC’s to complement the already lengthy blog prompt list courtesy of The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. You can check out my first DLC for 5 Fandom Friday: the GG Pack (the Geeky Gal Pack)!
Today is all about conventions I’ve attended and wish to attend one day. I wish I could say I’ve been to 5 conventions, but I’ve only been to three so far. I hope I can add one more this weekend for Anime St. Louis but with all the wedding planning, we’ll just have to see.
Sorry for the poor picture quality. My little digital camera was very strange and needed you to push the button in such a way to avoid blurriness. We never really figured it out. Regardless, KamiCon 2013 in Birmingham, AL was my very convention. We had an amazing time with so much to do and see. I got to see cosplayers in person and even some awesome voice actors (Vic Mignogna)! It was a really great first convention.
Not many pictures were taken at MomoCon which took place a couple of weeks after KamiCon. Alec and I took my brother to Atlanta, GA for his birthday. This shot is of Alec in his Little Kuriboh shirt and a minecraft creeper’s head while he “reads” the events and panels for the weekend. This convention was even bigger than KamiCon and a bit overwhelming. We walked from the hotel we were in to the con to avoid paying valet fees. Still a great experience for all three of us though.
Anime Weekend Atlanta
It wasn’t until 2015 that Alec and I were able to attend another convention together. This time it was Anime Weekend Atlanta (AWA). Even bigger than MomoCon, this con was the first one we were able to cosplay at. We had an amazing time and I can’t wait to do it again.
MCM London Comic Con
Celebrities, Quidditch, international cosplayers: MCM has it all. It’s a big dream of mine to visit London (one of the Doctor’s favorite places), but also to attend MCM! Maybe one day….
Reasons I want to attend Otakon:
- One of the largest cons
- Indie Row
- Lolita Garden
What conventions have you been to? Which were your favorite? What cons are on your wishlist? Tell me in the comments!
Let’s be honest, prepping for a con can be a lot of work, especially if it’s your first one. But you still have to eat! So, let me take some of that hard work out for you! I have compiled an amazing list of food and beverages based on your hotel situation. Plus this rundown contains tips for eating and keeping hydrated while you browse the dealers hall or sit in on your favorite panels. Screenshot these on your phone, or even better, print this article out and use it as your next shopping list. I tried to keep it easy and healthy!
It’s been awhile since you’ve seen a 5FF post! Needing to get over some writer’s block had me revisiting the original 5 Fandom Friday girls: The Nerdy Girlie & Super Space Chick. See this post for a list of the prompts! If you’re already participating in 5 Fandom Friday, you may have noticed a few of us have made some DLC’s to complement the already lengthy blog prompt list. You can check out my first DLC for 5 Fandom Friday: the GG Pack (the Geeky Gal Pack)!
I had a hard time trying to narrow this down to just 5 things. From my birthday present this year being Hermione’s wand (which lights up with a flick of your wrist) (also, thanks Mom!) to planning a trip to Japan on Pinterest, there’s just too many every day geeky things that I do to have such a small list! I’ll give it my best shot; here’s my top 5 geeky things I have ever done.
I’m sure everyone has written fanfiction at some point… No? Just me? Damn. I had an account when I was about 12 or 13 that was just terrible. Not the account itself but my writing was horrendous. I ended up creating a new account on Fanfiction.net. I wrote Over Oceans which was inspired by my long distance relationship and my love for MMORPGs (imagine my frustration when I received a review that alluded I had never played a video game). My readers are still asking for new chapters 4 years later and, while I feel terrible for having an unfinished story, my heart is no longer in it, and my writing style has changed.
Maybe one day I’ll return to Over Oceans and give it the ending it deserves.
Attend a Convention
I’ve been to three anime conventions so far. My very first one was KamiCon 2013 in Birmingham. I went with one of my best friends and Alec, and we had a blast! We swore we’d cosplay the next go around. An opportunity fell in my lap to go again: MomoCon 2013 in Atlanta with Alec and my brother. Two cons in one year was more than my otaku heart could take. It was 2015 before I would go again. This time, my cosplay dreams came true.
It was my dream to cosplay Asuna from SAO and I finally got the chance! I did tons of research and even made a few blog posts on cosplay and conventions: attending your first convention, your first cosplay, and how to buy your cosplay online. It was a magical moment to have people ask for my picture and to be on Crunchy Roll for a few minutes (and to see the users light up the screen screaming my character’s name and telling me that I was cute was a confidence booster). I can’t wait to do it again!
Participating in a Kingdom Hearts Panel
So not only did Alec and I have to wait to see if we’d even be let into this panel for over 30 minutes (even foregoing another event), but once we got in, the panel was a bit of a let down. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve attended several panels, and they’ve always been interesting. We just thought this KH panel would be… more. We barely got to talk, and most of the discussion was centered around “what if’s” for 2.8 and III. Regardless though, we still had fun chatting with other fans, and it was a one of the geekiest things I had ever done.
Buy Anime Figurines
Alec inadvertently started this. For my birthday about 4 years ago, he bought me a wonderful chibi Asuna from SAO. She was adorable and came with a million parts. I loved it! And I just wanted more. I’ve only bought one other figurine since then but Alec has collected a few as well. I can’t to have the space to properly display them and expand our collections.
Bonus: This blog
Yes, this blog counts too! My very first blog was personal and very introspective. A Geeky Gal has become my special place on the internet since then and has become my favorite place to talk about all the things I love. My niche. My favorites. Everything.
What are the geekiest things you’ve ever done? Tell me in the comments!
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2015 (AWA) was an absolute blast this year and probably one of the best conventions I’ve gone to. It’s in Atlanta, Georgia and spans over 4 days – Thursday through Sunday usually in mid-September. If you’re in this neck of the woods, I highly recommend going! It’s freaking huge compared to Kami-Con (Birmingham, AL) and Momo-Con (Atlanta, GA). There’s a ton of panels, popular cosplayers, and so much more at AWA.
This convention was different for me in many ways compared to Kami-Con and Momo-Con. The biggest way was that I was going to cosplay one of my favorite characters for the first time ever. I was excited and nervous about the whole thing, but I was ready. My boyfriend and I had been preparing the week before by getting our wigs in order (brushing, de-tangling, and styling) when I realized how much fun I was having. I didn’t need to be scared anymore about what people would think, because this new hobby was incredibly fun and relaxing.