July 13, 2015

Ikasucon 2015 Recap!

So this past weekend I got to take a last-minute artist alley trip to a little convention called Ikasucon! I'd never been to this particular convention, but had heard about it from friends, and they ended up having half a table available to me, so I said WHY NOT? It was a three hour drive away, and I got to be social for a bit.

My roomies let me show up on Friday (as things didn't start until around 2pm on friday aaaaanyway), and they showed me to the booth. We had a pretty lovely spot, the aisles were super wide and the room itself was pretty posh.

Since I was going to be working my lonesome, I didn't bring my huge grids, so I attempted to do a pipe version of the booth, which didn't turn out too shabby:

kids, this is why you need to pay attention in math class!

I ended up making the whole thing really really tall, and so I ended up kind of slapdashing some of the pictures at the top! Whoops! But I think it came out pretty good, given that I was kind of winging it out of the pipe bag.

It was a small convention, so there wasn't a ton of people flooding around which was GREAT. If you happened to have stopped by and I was a tad shy, it's cause I am, and sometimes dealing face to face with so many people on my own I get a tad overwhelmed! I was really happy you all stopped by though!

I ended up doing a bunch of marker commissions (I've got one last one I'm finishing up during the week this week), and thankfully didn't destroy my arm too badly. I got to rest mostly on Sunday, so that way I wouldn't blow it out completely.

I also experienced my very first karaoke session at Ikasucon, which was kind of a big thing for me, as I wasn't exactly in a cosplay (I was in plainclothes all weekend). You see, when I'm in a cosplay, I'll derp as the day is long. But when I'm just me? OH MAN, I kind of shy away.

That was until I realized I could attempt to completely butcher sing the 2nd Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Theme. NAILED IT. Much posing was to be had, I couldn't read half the words, but it was fun. I guess I'll need to practice some more songs and try again at another show (if I'm brave enough).

And now it's time for the bullet-point-recap!


+ Hilton Hotel was amazing and I would want to stay there again. THOSE COMFORTERS.

+ Venue was very nice, clean, very bright during the day (when I wasn't in the hall)

+ Staff was pleasant

+ Crowds were pleasant

+ Taco Bell in walking distance!


- It was kind of dark in the dealer hall. I mean, thankfully eventually the other lights came on, but it still felt... dark? Mostly because when I'd go into the main hall with all the windows I'd feel blinded. Maaaaay have also messed with my color matching.

- The convention felt really "hidden" - the rest of the rooms were down the halls of the con center (which was great), and there was definitely traffic. It just was so spread out I actually have no idea how many people were there? Needs moar people.

- SQUEAKERS. Please. Stahp.


~ Keep trying to get more attendees! But that's just me, I like bigger crowds for selling and cosplaying inside of, but by no means am I saying to suddenly get thousands of people.

Would I go back?

Definitely! I had a hoot while I was there, and maybe next time I'll cosplay when I'm around. :)

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