by M.J. Pennington
Con Photographer, and Reporter
"A weekend of Villains and Vigilantes!" from a volunteers point of view!
Registration is where I worked! I enjoyed working it and the people I worked with were UBER nice and fun! I really liked meeting all the con goers as they came up to the table. My favorite ones were the ones who you could tell it was their first con all bouncy and smiles. I also enjoyed seeing people be reunited with friends whom they havent seen in a while.
Location, Hotel and Parking
This Glitch-Con was held in Springdale at the Holiday Inn! There was plenty of room and parking for all who came to the convention there. The group that I went with stayed at the La Quinta Inn that was right next door to the convention. This location was good cause there was plenty of food choices within walking distance from the convention building.
Panels & Events
Where can I begin on the Events. There was a bit of everything anime, gaming, sci-fi, Steampunk! I did two panels with friends, and got to sit in on a couple of others. There was a lot of fun stuff to do. I would have to say that my favorite panel, even though i didnt get to sit through all of it, would have to be the "Ancient Anime" panel. They showed all sorts of clips from really REALLY old animes like Kimba and Speed Racer (even though it wasnt called that in Japan I cant remember what it was called over there)
I loved the Artist Alley! It was right behind the registration desk and I was able to look over my shoulder and see stuff. Equinox Comics ( http://www.equinoxcomics.com ) was there! I saw them at TnT they are a bunch of talented guys and really nice! Creations by Caitlin (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LenKitty?ref=si_shop ) AWESOME HATS AND HOMEMADE PLUSHIES! Then there was 2 Nerds on a Couch (http://www.etsy.com/shop/2nerdsonacouch ) and their impressive art works! There was so much there I could probably write a novel on the Artist alley alone!
The Dealers room was nice and all the Vendors were really nice. I made friends in the dealer room. Luke got loads of candy when he spent his money on a candy prize bag you buy a bag of candy then you got a ticket for a prize that was in a box. My favorite part was I found a Black Panther Comic I had been looking for for a long time. I was sad that I wasnt able to get bak to the dealers room and get a better look at hte mans collection to see if he had any ant-man but there is always next year!
The Sky D.o.G.s, Claire Ashgrove, Richard Epcar, Steve Downes, and Colleen Clinkenbeard are just a few of the awesome guests that were at this con this year. All awesome in their own way and blast to meet. I didnt get to go to the signings like i normally do, but I did get to meet them in the hall and say hi and they were awesome. I can not wait till I get to meet them again.
As a volunteer staff member I had so much fun working with everyone! They were nice and helpful to everyone that was there. If you got confused or lost there was a staff member there to help you right away. Which it helped me having the schedules printed off and maps all over. If I didnt know something , being a first year glitch-con volunteer, there were people who I was able to ask who knew. I felt really blessed working with this lot and from my point of view everything seemed to have gone very smoothly.
There were no schedule photoshoots at this convention but there sure were alot of photographers there taking pictures of all the different people, stuff and even the cosplayers who were there. My cosplay partner and myself got several pictures taken of us during and around our panels and even while it was slow and we were working.
A lot of people think as a photographer I see other photographers as competition, I know this cause i have two ears people and I do use them, but I dont. I love other photographers each one of them are artists and take pictures differently than the other, just look in our photos you will see the difference not only in the quality but in the angels and what not that each photographer uses. Im saying that cause I get excited when i make friends with a person who is a photographer It is just AWESOME! not only cause I have someone new to talk about photography about, or cause i have someone to take pictures of me in my cosplays but because I am meeting someone who will show me how they see things in the world through their pictures. David Lackey of No Robots Photography (https://www.facebook.com/NoRobotsPhotography ) is a new photographer that I met and I love his photos. You should go, like, and check out hsi stuff! he is really talented photographer!
Glitch- Con had Music, Dance, Comedy and Variety Acts this year. The Master Of Ceremonies was none other than Mr. Peter Pixie himself, just so you know I so did not fan-girl everytime I saw him. Especially when I was in my Kurogane cosplay cause that would have been out of character.
The Damsels of Dorkington, I met them at the registration desk they were nice, but sadily I was not able to go to thier show cause of helping at registration, but I heard LOADS of awesome stuff about it and I am planning on seeing their show next time we are in the same place.
The Plaid Jackets, DJ Azrael, DJ Blay, AND DJ Infamous had the convention dancing and dancing.
Suzy Specter, I dont think I have the right words to describe her but I will sure try. Talented, Sweet, Elegant, Graceful, and so much more! I was blessed to meet her at a Drake-con when she had a panel on belly dancing..... I didnt do well in that but it was a lot of fun and i did learn a little bit, cant do it but i did learn. I was so excited when I saw her and I was able to see a little bit of her panel that was today and I got to see her in her Sebatian cosplay which both made me happy. I hope next time we are at hte same con I will get to sit in on more of her panels.
I did not get to Carnival Epsilons act but I heard from congoers that it was really cool, and a must see. I also heard something about apples and chainsaws. I did get to meet some of them at their booth in the dealers room, they were the lovely people who had the bags of candy with the tickets, and they were really nice. There was a lot of beautiful patches there and some interesting embrodered feathers.
Glitch- con charity of choice this year was the Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter. The Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter is committed to serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and to empowering them to build lives free of violence. I personally think this is a great charity and wished I had more to give like Arkansas State Senator John Woods who came out to the convention and donated $10,000 to Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter on behalf of Glitch-Con. HOW AWESOME IS THAT PEOPLE!
Should you go to Glith-Con. YEAH! Im not just saying that cause I was helping them. I really mean it. It is a wonderful convention with wonderful people, interesting guests, fun panels, AWESOME MUSIC, cool stuff, TONS of games, and much more!
I suggest if you can go to Glitch- Con 2014.