Gammacon 2014

Last Saturday I went to Gamma.con, a one-day pop culture convention for awesome things like anime, manga, sci-fi, fantasy and games. This was my first convention outing in 7 years (Manifest being the last one I attended back in Melbourne).

This year Gamma.con was held at the Woden Hellenic Club. I arrived at 11:30 and was able to check-in my pre-registered ticket almost immediately despite the number of people queueing at the entrance.

Gamma.con Convenor James was a man of his word, fulfilling his promise of cosplaying Madoka (Madoka Magica) if 100 pre-registration tickets were sold.

My day mostly consisted of taking lots of photos of cosplayers and chatting with the vendors, who were happy to share their knowledge.  The rest of the time was spent wandering around screeching "KAWAII" at everything, from the cosplaying toddler Spiderman and plushies to the foam weapons with faux bloodstains. 

This was once a nerf gun. It is still operational.

It was fantastic to see the amount of effort the cosplayers put into making their costumes and studying the mannerisms of their respective characters.  Some of the popular choices that I remember included Vocaloids, Homestuck, Naruto, Bleach, Assassin's Creed and One Piece.
 Members of the Hundred Swords posse chilling out before their onstage battle.

As expected the games section was consistently crowded for most of the day, with lots of people hanging out waiting to try out the free plays.  I didn't spend much time there as I'm not much of a gamer. However I was there long enough to see two randoms on DDR, going head-to-head over Jiyuu no tsubasa, the insane epic opening track in Attack on Titan (one of my favourite series).

It was also great to see people trying out new games in the table-top gaming area, with the vendors on hand to provide walk-throughs.  

The Hellenic Club was a good venue choice and it was easy to navigate around the different sections. If there was one thing that I think could be improved it would be turning up the volume of the sound system on stage and having extra free-standing microphones because it was sometimes hard to hear what people were saying.

Overall this was a small but well-organised convention. Producing an event like this is a big commitment, and the Gamma Squad and volunteers should be congratulated for getting it right and making it a fun day for all.

There are too many photos to post here but you can find them on my Flickr account.  They're under a Creative Commons license, so feel free to download them.

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