By AllyCat Alisha
I have been to this show twice before and the last time was four years ago. Since then a lot has changed which would make me think it got much bigger. I am not sure that is the case. It's pretty hard to judge.
"Hi, Where is the show?"
"You're at the show. What are you looking for?"
"The show, the floor, is it up the steps?"
"Well the show is in a few buildings around campus, what are you looking for?"
"The floor where they sell things?"
"Oh the dealer room. Go outside and there is a brick building past this bricking building right in front of us. It's in there in the sports complex."
To be fair the man at the information table was very sweet and helpful. I returned after my romp through the dealer floor and went back to the information booth. He was still there and helped direct me to the Javitz Lecture Hall, because why would the art show not be in a completely different building? That would be easy. He also explained to me that boardgaming was going on in SAC and only about three panels. Everything else was in different buildings. More on the art show later.
Once I found the Sports Complex which sounded more confusing then it was I almost thought I was in the wrong place. Upon entering the building they check your bags for props and of course illegal things, but beyond security the entrance way seemed empty. The entrance way was where the previous shows I have been to held registration. It seemed so vacant without it there.
The Dealer Room is in the gym. Initially when I walked in I got hit with a dose of a funky smell. Immediately I thought here we go there's the familiar geek stench. The stench I have only smelled at iCon. I am sure it happens at NYCC but because so many more pleasant (or clean) scented people are there I don't notice. In fact, truth be told it's the smell that has kept me from going back to this show. However, once I got past the stairwell it disappeared. I got hit with again on the way out on the stairs. While in the actual dealer room I had a completely different smelling experience then I had at previous shows where the air was clean! So I am thinking its was the gym today.
The dealer room is not huge. It's the reason I always think this show is very small. I spend most of my time on the convention floor and not gaming, panels, RPG, etc... so the floor is where it is at for me. For the most part I hang around the artist tables because I love art. I am one of those that can not read a good story if the art doesn't work for me, but I can enjoy a poor story if the art is great. I am definitely geared towards art. Art is why I enjoy comics. It's all about the art for me. This show doesn't have an artist alley type area and the dealer room was dominantly made up of steam punk vendors. So friggin cool. Gush!
I forgot the genres this show covers and it truely is a huge blend of geek. It's steam-punk, Renaissance reenactment, comics, gamers, RPG, Anime, Sci-fy, and pretty much everything which is really cool for smaller show, I even saw some Bronys. Oh yeah!
None of the characters I cosplay were present. No X-23, Supergirl, Elektra, or Calie... I did see characters from across the board. Storm Troopers, Darth Vader, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Pokemon, a bunch of other characters who I am not sure of names. I did not see any character duplications. Oh I saw drunk Iron Man in the SAC building... the guy put a suit on and a mask and was wobbling around with an empty wine bottle. Umm... creative, I guess? I didn't like it, but I bet someone else thought it was funny. I also saw two My Little Pony's! Fluttershy and Rarity. However both were missing ears, and horn/wings. I still got it, but had I not seen Fluttershy first I might not have.
|Faeries! Love, love, love!|
In conclusion, I did enjoy the show. I like it much more then I have in previous years and I am looking forward to going next year... at HOFSTRA! They can definitely improve the show. First and foremost SIGNS SIGNS SIGNS. At SBU there were no signs. Nothing directing me to anything, so I kept following the crowd. I also had no idea where the art show was because it was not mentioned anywhere (that I saw) in the programs. They had two SBU maps in the program. One map was of the whole campus and the other a piece just showing the area with the involved buildings. I think it might have been a good idea to label the buildings with different icons and then have a directory of what is happening in those buildings because for someone that does not go to this show every year its confusing.
|and me in the mask... I am sure its going to be much more fun with wild make up and hair. :o)|