So as some of you may have heard, we had a convention called JAMPcon last weekend! In one word, I would say it was Awesfantabuful! There were games, panels, concerts….craziness! I have to say, for a con in their second year I really think they got it down! ^_^ This is my experience at JAMPcon:
Day 1 – Friday
The first day was a little hectic because I had to work, but once I made it to the convention it was fine. I helped out a little with registration, then went and sat in on the beginner’s dance panel (which was AWESOME by the way). Next, I had food then sat in on The Man Power’s Q&A panel. If you don’t know who these guys are…you are definitely missing out.
After the Q&A, I hung out with some friends for awhile, and then it was time for me to host the Yaoi panel! For those of you who don’t know, I hosted my very first panel (which just happened to be a Yaoi panel) at ConNooga this year! So naturally, I was definitely looking forward to this one as well! Now I’m not going to lie, we DID have some technical problems. I couldn’t find files that I had previously saved on my computer, but the panel was saved when one of the audience members came forward with an external drive with a pretty extensive Yaoi collection on it 😄 This humorous mishap was followed with games, dramatic readings, prizes, and a little bit of Yaoi viewing!
Oh, and I forgot to mention that while I was setting up for my panel, the President of the con brought one of the guests, Travis Willingham, to say hi and meet the staff. My face was SO red! He was very nice though and we had a laugh at my sudden muteness 😄 After the Yaoi panel it was time for the con to shut down, so that was the end of my first day.
Day 2 – Saturday
Saturday started MUCH earlier than Friday did, but that was ok. To me, this was the most important day of the con: Travis Willingham was doing an autograph signing, and The Man Power was going to have a concert! Happy day, indeed! For starters, I met up with the President to find out where I was needed that day. Turns out, it was TRAVIS’S SIGNING TABLE! He remembered me from the night before, and luckily this time I was able to talk! So for the next hour or so, I sat right next to Mister Roy Mustang while he signed things, cracked jokes, and made video messages for his fans. I got my autographs and picture just like everyone else, and honestly could have died happy. Since I’m a HUGE Travis fangirl, that was DEFINITELY one of the high points of my day, no doubt about it. I love that man…but that is a blog for a different day! 😄
This high point was followed by even more good things! I got to chat with The Man Power for a bit at their merch table, and looked around the Artist Alley where some of my friends had tables set up. After that it was a quick lunch, then on to the next event: Vic Mignogna’s signing table! For those of you that have been to a convention where Vic was a guest, you know how insanely long the lines can get…he did not disappoint at JAMPcon! It definitely kept us staffers busy let me tell you. Once the line was finally finished, I got my autograph from Vic and then my friends and I went and hung around the Dealer’s Room for awhile. Eventually, it was finally time for THE MAN POWER: IN CONCERT! Despite some technical difficulties at the beginning, these guys went on to put on an incredible FACE MELTING experience that we like to call a concert. I am a huge fangirl for these guys as well, so I thoroughly enjoyed dancing, singing along, and getting to dance onstage. (Yes, you heard me!) These guys are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met, and are extremely talented musicians. If I can afford it, I try to go to as many cons as I can that I know they’ll be playing at. Those of you who haven’t seen them live, what are you waiting for!? Go look them up and find them at a con, you won’t be disappointed.
After the concert it was time for food again, and then we just sort of hung around until it was time for Travis’s unplugged panel. I’m pretty sure he does at least one of these at every con he goes to, and EVERYONE should go if they have the chance. It is 18 and over, but it is TOTALLY worth it for the experience and giggles. Once the panel ended, sadly it was again time to go home and rest up for the last day of JAMP.
Day 3 – Sunday
The last day was MUCH more relaxed…we got there sort of late, and just people watched. There was a cosplay human chess game going on that was very entertaining while I was sitting in line waiting to get one last Vic autograph. I got to talk to some very interesting people in line too, which helped to pass the time. I also browsed the Artist Alley one last time and put in some requests for commissions (WOOT!)
After I got my autograph, the chess game was still going on so I sat in and watched. When that was done, we decided to go get some food since no one had eaten yet. When I got to the restaurant, you will NEVER guess who was walking out the door…TRAAAVVVIIISSSS! 😄 I got my one last hug in, and then sat down to eat. With full stomachs and empty plates, we walked back to the convention to see what was going on. Closing ceremonies were starting up, but our group was so exhausted that we decided to sit it out and lounged in some chairs to try and nap. Once closing ceremonies were over, it was once again time to go home, this time for the last time.
The last day of a con always makes me sad. No matter how good the day is or what happens to me, in the back of my mind I can’t help thinking it’s all over and the very next day I have to go back to the real world like none of it ever happened. Boo I say!
All in all, the con itself was a HUGE hit. There were lots of happy faces, fun times, and good things all around! The only regret I have is that I didn’t get to see The Man Power’s acoustic show because we were eating. I am STILL kicking myself over that one! Other than that, it was a perfect weekend and I have the staff of JAMPcon and its guests to thank for that! I absolutely cannot wait for next year to do it all over again!