There’s a chill in air and that means it’s almost that time of year again: Time for KoyoCon!
As is my custom at this particular convention, I’ll not only have a table in the Artist Alley where I sell paperback copies of my books, I’ll also be hosting various activities as part of KoyoCon’s event team. Last year, I wasn’t particularly successful in doing both (the artists at the next table started selling my books for me at some point, as I was nowhere to be found. Sorry!), but this year I have a plan.
It includes bribery, witchcraft and skipping meals, but what good plan doesn’t?
KoyoCon 2017 is held November 10.-12. Look for me.
I might or might not be running around with a dragon on my head.
As I wrote some time ago, I had a busy weekend planned out at KoyoCon 2015. I was going to help host the Warcrafter Corner, be in Artist Alley, air out Artemis the Owl, host a few events and judge the Cosplay Catwalk competition.
The lovely, and slightly insane, Skymone decided that wasn’t enough, so I ended up joining the Cosplay Show together with her as well.
I’m fairly certain I have forgotten what “relaxing” feels like…
But I managed to do it all and I managed to do most of it well!
Together with my fellow Warcrafters, I recreated the Darkmoon Faire in the convention’s War Room and it ended up being a huge success. On top of showing off our cosplays and props as usual, we had also made real life versions of some of the mini games found in-game at World of Warcraft’s faire, such as Tonk Commander and Ring Toss (we didn’t shoot people out of a cannon, though. I’ll have to clear that with the organizers for next year).
As KoyoCon lies in the same weekend as BlizzCon, we had also made sure to get a virtual ticket and a projector, so we were able to live stream thoughout the con. How awesome was the movie trailer and the game cinematics?!
Having decided on participating less than a week in advance, me and Skymone’s contribution to the Cosplay Show was Rushed, with a capital R, but we still managed to win the Best Craft category(for a second time in a row, thank you very much!).
And, of course, I won a crocheted owl… I’m going to start an army soon.
Speaking of owls…
Never bring a tiny owl with you to Artist Alley. People won’t have time to stop cooing long enough to actually look at your books. And they won’t even care if he vomits up a pellet right there on the table.
I would like to stress that the ones who actually DID buy books got copies without owl poop on them.
Judging the Cosplay Catwalk went well, too. It felt a little weird judging others, many of whom had skills far superior to my own, but I must admit I enjoyed the VIP seating at the end of the catwalk stage!
The convention had a lot of great moments – like my fellow Warcrafter Steffan putting a self-balancing hoverboard under Skymone’s life-size cheetah-prop and using it as a mount – but we all know people only come here for the owls, so this will be it for now!
This time it’s KoyoCon that opens its doors for the third time 6.-8. November.
This year, some part of me apparently thought focusing on a single task was a silly idea. Usually, I either go to a convention as an author or as part of the convention crew.
This year I will be working at KoyoCon as part of the Warcrafter Corner. I will also be in Artist Alley selling books. Oh, and I’m going to be a judge at the Cosplay Catwalk contest.
That’s only being two or three places at once at any given time. No problem, right?
In Artist Alley I will be selling my new book, Quiet Whisper, for the first time and I’m so excited about that! It’s the third book in the Angel’s Voice series and at every convention I attend I have had someone come up to me and ask when it was coming out. It has always filled me with equal parts warmth and guilt, but now it’s finally here!
In other fun news, since I live close to the convention location and KoyoCon’s mascot is an owl, I will be bringing Artemis the Burrowing Owl for some of Saturday. People like owls and Artemis likes to be admired and look at weird people. Everybody wins!
You will also be able to find me at the Warcrafter Corner. This time we’re sharing a hall with Firebase Hydra (who I mentioned in my SVScon 2015 post) and since they’re displaying mostly Warhammer-related crafts and the Warcrafters showcase, well, Warcraft costumes and props, I might have tried to bully the KoyoCon organizers into naming the hall the War Room.
I’m pleased to say I succeeded!
In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, the Warcrafters are a team consisting of myself and a group of fellow cosplayers specializing in World of Warcraft crafting and we hosted our convention corner for the first time at HydraCon 2015 this summer. We must have done something right, ’cause we were soon invited to do it again at KoyoCon and this time it will be bigger, better and with 100% more owls.
Lastly, I’m going to be judging the Cosplay Catwalk on Sunday. It’s my first time judging a cosplay contest instead of participating in one and somehow I’m almost as nervous as when I’m going on stage myself.
That’s all for now. Hope to see you at the convention!
I’m home from yet another convention and even though I for once didn’t attend as an author, you’re going to get a post about it anyway!
Mostly because I got some pretty pictures taken.
I have mentioned HydraCon briefly before. It’s a new Danish gaming and comic convention that opened its doors for the first time this weekend. We can all be honest and say it’s been having some start-up problems, resulting in it being a very small convention this year, but hopefully it will improve next year.
But it’s not all bad. It has never been so easy to find an empty changing room or getting through the line in the cafeteria.
I didn’t attend Artist Alley at this convention, so what did I do instead? Well, I banded together with a group of my geekiest friends (and that’s saying a lot) and hosted HydraCon’s Warcraft Corner.
It should come as no surprise to anyone following this blog that I’m into cosplay, gaming cosplay in particular. So are many of my friends and quite a few of my friends are also to be found among the Danish convention organizers, so we were able to get our very own space at HydraCon to display our various props and costumes.
It couldn’t have been better timing either, as the new expansion for World of Warcraft was announced at Gamescom the day before. Several attempts at going to bed were foiled by sudden, passionate discussions about lore or new class mechanics.
I faintly remember launching into a tirade about warlocks Saturday night…
I did cheat a bit on my fellow Warcrafters (the name was totally Steffan’s, our resident Lich King/Medivh, idea) though. Friday I participated in the Cosplay Showcase contest with my Morrigan (Dragon Age) cosplay. I won the Best Look-Alike category, while my fellow Warcrafter Lisa (Namalyn Cosplay) blew everyone else out of the water and won Best Craftmanship with her amazing female Deathwing cosplay!
Another thing that was both good and bad about the small number of convention guests was that all the photographers had plenty of time. Normally they only have time to snap a couple pictures of each cosplayer, if they even have time for you at all, while at HydraCon, you were basically kidnapped before you were done putting on your costume and then photographed from every possible angle.
Which is awesome, but at some point you just want to lie down and cry from exhaustion!
Also, outdoor photos are nice and all for male characters, but female game character were not designed for the Danish weather… Luckily, Medivh didn’t mind sharing his cloak.
Now I intend to melt into my couch and not move at all for about a week. I’m also going to pretend I don’t have a book deadline before Koyocon in November, while I wait for photographers to upload some pictures of this weekend’s craziness.
Also, sorry: It's not the tasty kind of cookies. We're all out of those. Alrighty!