Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday Day 1 Recap of ConNooga
It’s time again for my con review. Been awhile I know, especially since I skipped out on doing one for this past AWA, but perhaps since ConNooga’s a bit closer to home, or because so much just went on, I feel it deserves a full rundown. That said, I've decided to split this into parts to ensure I get this completed. So here's part 1.
As I try to do with most cons, I got to ConNooga early and had little difficulty registering. Now ConNooga’s not huge enough yet to have many of the registration troubles, but pre-reg which is what I did helped of course. So my pass & press pass attached, I met up with the first of many friends I’d hang out with over the course of the weekend, and that’s Propmaster John. John and I just sort of surveyed the area at first to familiarize ourselves for the weekend ahead. First, we went to the Anime room and saw that Advent Children was playing in the anime screening room. Then we stopped at the game room, which was already getting a small crowd so we decided to hold off on our Guitar Hero skills for the moment, so as not to totally embarrass ourselves quite yet. All the while, I we chatted with some of the various staff I’d met either through the radio show or just because of last year’s ConNooga, which was fun too because clearly I knew more of them then I realized.
We made sure to check out the dealer’s room too, and like last year I was quite impressed with what there was to offer. Anime seemed to have a greater presence, while Star Wars seemed to pervade across the floor. Having not met Brian there yet, my dealer room specialist due to his less shy, casual demeanor with dealers, John and I casually walked around looking at some of the items without buying anything at that time. I did take some notes of dealers I would absolutely have to return to, but as I said we moved on before lightening our wallets right then.
At this point John, who was only able to be there for a short while Friday, took off as I met up with another friend Nate. Nate was nice enough to loan me his extremely nice camera, and I do feel I was taking fair advantage of it at that point, especially by taking pictures of some of the many cosplayers who were arriving. Knowing he’s the skilled one though, I returned the camera to him, and being his first con, we then discussed what we should attend. Sharing similar interests in tech stuff, and having a friend suggesting this panel, we decided on going to the Podcast Panel. I had attended this panel last year, and indeed I was curious if this was led by the same people by before, and I was glad to see this was indeed true. The panelists, perhaps because they are podcasters, were very easygoing and the conversation flow came quite naturally. I learned even more than I realized, as an avid podcaster fan myself, predominantly because there seemed to be an audiophile in the audience asking some good specific questions, and also because there were many more technological advancements in podcasting than I could even realize would occur in a years time. We chatted with them afterwards, and I know that evening I made sure to check some of the sites they’d mentioned to see if perhaps one day I myself might need them to assist with a podcast of my own.
Having had a decently long day at work, I didn’t really have too many plans for anything else that specific, so for the little time left that evening I met up with a couple friends, Brian and Brad, and hung out with them for a brief bit basically getting our bearings on who was going to what when. Since I was press, and had some nice equipment loaned courtesy of the WAWL and Chattanooga State, I made sure to get some audio from the first day, specifically by interviewing Nate and his opinions after a few hours undergoing his first convention experience. This was a good test of the equipment, and my knowledge of it, since it’d been awhile, but all in all it turned out great. Nate and I then parted ways, deciding to meet up again tomorrow after prioritizing the parade as our first activity for the sure to be busy Saturday.
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