NärCon 2013

25-28 of July 2013
Linköping University
5000 tickets sold

NärCon 2013 turned out to be a rather unusual experience for me, I can’t exactly explain how, but my experience felt more professional. It was also my first time when I didn’t go alone; I had my brother with me. And we stayed at a hotel, which is a NärCon-first for me.

Thursday
We didn’t do much this day. Checked in, got our convention-bands, walked around, did preparations for coming days

Friday
The big cosplay chess by CBG-kai.
My brother stood on the board as Giovanni from Pokémon. I was his "summon" as Armoured MewTwo. It was very hot and I couldn’t see anything. But the people at CBG helped me get on and off the "battle-area", and Giovanni’s commands was clear enough so I knew what to do. The cheers when I entered the battle the first time made me smile inside the helm.

In the evening I watched Nordic Cosplay Championship (NCC). The event was much better than last year, and the cosplayers were very good.

Saturday
The cosplay competition.
Before the competition Grethe and I had a photoshoot as our two different versions of MewTwo. It was fun.
The competition itself was over quite fast. I had an early number (5) and there were no need to stay after the entry, so I changed back to civilian clothes. I couldn’t see or hear much, but I was later told that I got the most cheers out of any cosplayer.

After the competition and a shower, I had a small shoot with the Midnight Crew before I went to the Q&A with Gary Russel from Doctor Who. I even got to ask a question. Then my brother and I went back to the hotel and I crashed. I was completely knocked out from exhaustion.

Sunday
Nothing big happened, other than the closing ceremony.

Overall thought
Armoured MewTwo has been my first cosplay that I stressed to the last few days before the con, and the first cosplay to make me feel sick and throw up Friday and Saturday morning from nervousness. And even though the competition was tough, I am a bit disappointed that I wasn’t nominated in any category at all. And the fact that the sms-voting didn’t work probably didn’t help my chances.


Not-the-day-after-review of NärCon 2013

Bad
- Things were scheduled very late. I feel a bit old for saying this, but I struggled to stay awake for NCC, and fell asleep in my hotel before \"Late Night with NärCon\" where the winners were announced.
- That NärCon yet again refused to put the big Cosplay Chess on the big stage, but yet still tried to claim credit for the chess. The real credit goes to CBG-kai, and always will.
- The intermission between the individual cosplay competition and the skits. Sure, the piano guy was good, but we wanted to see skits. I was tired from the competition and the heat, so I left.
- I heard that the sms-voting for the cosplay competition didn’t work.
- I saw in a picture that \"006\" was displayed on the screen behind me on stage. I was #5...

Neutral
- 5000 visitors. I love to see a Swedish convention grow that big, but it was very crowded, and if they plan to grow even more next year, they NEED to get a better area. - The big outdoor stage. It could take a significantly larger audience than the previous indoor stage, but relied on the weather. The fact that the regular cosplay competition was held outdoors during the day took away the effects from my cosplay when my lights didn’t show in the sun.

Good
- Kind and caring Pandas behind the stage before the cosplay competition. I was constantly offered water and a place in the shade (even though I could not fit under the tent), and there were always someone with a fan cooling me down. I am very thankful for that.
- The new check-in system during the Thursday.
- The fact that they checked everyone’s bands at the entrance (unlike what they did at NärCon:Winter).
- So many international visitors, and not only from the NCC countries.
- The thunderstorm Friday morning. It didn’t force anything to be cancelled, and cooled the ground.
- I was allowed to skip ahead in the line for the competition-photo.
- The photoshoot with Grethe was very fun, and I would like to thank her and Gabriel for making it possible