Jun. 24th, 2007

omorka: (Gilly)
I have got to get better organized about the local cons. I keep managing to get myself in situations where I miss the Friday events, and it takes me too long on Saturday to get into the swing of things.

Overall, it was a good con; I enjoyed the Guest of Honor's participation in the panel discussions, I was thrilled with the diversity of the panel topics, and there were several panels on gaming and gaming-related topics, which is always a big plus for me. There were a few slots when the schedule was packed, and several others where it was almost empty, but that always happens and even a great schedule coordinator can't always fill in the gaps. (Similarly, almost all of the panels were either gender-skewed - either one token woman or one token man - or single-gender, but again, I don't think that's due to a conscious decision on anyone's part.) I never stepped into the media room, which also happened last time, and I feel a little bad about that.

The art room was both fantastic (in several senses of the word) and a bit saddening. I saw a lot of great art, and bought much more than I normally do (including a couple-two-three pieces intended as gifts, and I'm now kicking myself for not having gotten a particular piece for my mother's birthday present). There was also a fair amount of Celtic-themed art, which I, of course, appreciated. However, there's still a lot of skinny-white-chicks-with-elf-ears in skimpy costumes - I imagine it sells, or there wouldn't be so much of it, but I'd like to see a little more diversity represented and less stereotyped representations of female sexiness. I also got outbid on a piece that I really wanted to give someone else as a gift, and I'm sort of kicking myself that I didn't just suck it up and buy it outright.

The dealer's room seemed a little toy-heavy this time. There was more garment-based stuff than last time, other than just the t-shirts (which were great as always), and I did like seeing that, although clearly I wasn't the target market price-wise. There wasn't anyone selling beads like last time, and there were a few other things like that that I was sad to see weren't there, but I'm guessing that wasn't profitable enough to bring back this year.

One big cheer and two big boos (behind the cut due to some mild sexual content): )

Despite the minor gripes, I had a great time at the con, and I'm looking forward to next year's already!
omorka: (Gilly)
I have got to get better organized about the local cons. I keep managing to get myself in situations where I miss the Friday events, and it takes me too long on Saturday to get into the swing of things.

Overall, it was a good con; I enjoyed the Guest of Honor's participation in the panel discussions, I was thrilled with the diversity of the panel topics, and there were several panels on gaming and gaming-related topics, which is always a big plus for me. There were a few slots when the schedule was packed, and several others where it was almost empty, but that always happens and even a great schedule coordinator can't always fill in the gaps. (Similarly, almost all of the panels were either gender-skewed - either one token woman or one token man - or single-gender, but again, I don't think that's due to a conscious decision on anyone's part.) I never stepped into the media room, which also happened last time, and I feel a little bad about that.

The art room was both fantastic (in several senses of the word) and a bit saddening. I saw a lot of great art, and bought much more than I normally do (including a couple-two-three pieces intended as gifts, and I'm now kicking myself for not having gotten a particular piece for my mother's birthday present). There was also a fair amount of Celtic-themed art, which I, of course, appreciated. However, there's still a lot of skinny-white-chicks-with-elf-ears in skimpy costumes - I imagine it sells, or there wouldn't be so much of it, but I'd like to see a little more diversity represented and less stereotyped representations of female sexiness. I also got outbid on a piece that I really wanted to give someone else as a gift, and I'm sort of kicking myself that I didn't just suck it up and buy it outright.

The dealer's room seemed a little toy-heavy this time. There was more garment-based stuff than last time, other than just the t-shirts (which were great as always), and I did like seeing that, although clearly I wasn't the target market price-wise. There wasn't anyone selling beads like last time, and there were a few other things like that that I was sad to see weren't there, but I'm guessing that wasn't profitable enough to bring back this year.

One big cheer and two big boos (behind the cut due to some mild sexual content): )

Despite the minor gripes, I had a great time at the con, and I'm looking forward to next year's already!

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