This topic is precious for me, although I did waited some weeks to post it. Lucky me had to fell ill with big head spinning and stomach disorders… just after a flu. Did I precise before I hate the cold? T__T
Some weeks ago took place the first Manga convention (in ages) in my department! ^o^
When my mother told me she had read it in the newspapers, I couldn’t help but check twice if we were talking about the same town and same region. A manga convention in Landes? Impossible!!! But Manga Dax happened.
I went to the convention on the saturday. Even had with me, carefully hidden in my bags, my Yuko cosplay since the program promised gifts for cosplayers.
After 2 hours of driving (one hour lost in that big town ) and yelling about the non existent panels to guide the convention visitors, I finally found the Graal.
A very litte Graal. I could’nt help but think “2 hours of driving for THIS?” seeing the little place occupied by the convention. I guess that you can’t compare local manga conventions to Japan expo, the big monster. I didn’t wear Yuko cosplay (which I had painted back in emergency for the convention) since I hadn’t seen many cosplayers around. Once again, it’s much easier to cosplay in big conventions than in little ones where you may be considered as aliens T__T
But…what an atmosphere. Sellers, martial arts, ikenaba, go game, manga anime tests, fanzines….a paradise.
First stop: the goodies shop!Tons of figurines from Bleach, Death note, Saint Seya, Final Fantasy, FMA etc etc
I had hell resisting this shop!
Second attraction: the martial arts demonstration: Those guys were showing off self defenses moves. It seemed so fluid and easy, really fascinating!
Then came the Ikebana association: they had several bouquets and explained gently their meaning. Zen and complicated!
I was really happy because there were fanzines from very talented artists! I was lucky because one of my favorite artists, Sano was there! ^o^
I bought her two fanzines, bookmarkers and a mug! She gave me one of her drawings too!!!
Seeing a huge D Gray Man cosplay convinced me to wear my Yuko outfit.
I didn’t expect such reactions: lots of people stopped and asked me if they could take pics! oO
The convention organisers, who were cosplayed too came to meet me and gave me gifts just because I was cosplayed ^^!
The best part is that I met other local cosplayers, we talked a lot about our passion and exchanged mails. They were surprised because they said I looked 18 years old, and not 25 with the make up lol
The convention responsables took pics of me, we made group pics which will be on their fb account soon. That was the occasion to share our manga passion and to know more about this convention.
Did I say I was interviewed by a big radio to talk about my cosplay? ^o^
They wanted informations about my cosplay: which character, which anime, why I choose it, why Yuko wears such outfits …
I think the guy was surprised to learn that Yuko outfits were kinda crazy lol
I tried to be as clear as possible to show the guy that cosplayers are reasonnable person and not psycho teens . We talked more (after the questions) about what cosplay was and how I did it, the guy was interested gentle and polite. I hope the radio final result won’t be a deformed version of what I said.
And the place was gorgeous, it was facing a cathedral!
I met local cosplayers which I hope to meet again, maybe for cosplay groups.
I was a bit shy at first, when I entered the hall with my cosplay on. It’s well easier to cosplay in big manga conventions than in little ones lol
I had prepared my make up at home , it’s not as red nor as good as the one I had in Paris but I like it.
I was surprised because no one made mean comments, they asked questions, many knew the cosplay world, it was really a gentle atmopshere. In this convention, You didn’t feel like an alien because you liked manga and cosplay: That’s the most formidable thing of this brand new little but dynamic convention.
I’ll add more stuff about two fabulous authors I met (one is working for Arcana editions and soon for Marvel ^o^)
Drawing made by the artist Sano
Mug I bought (made by Sano)
Gifts I got because I was cosplayed
I got a great manga metal pen box but no pic T__T
THE SIZE: too little
THE HEAT: please please a clim!!!
THE ADVERTISING: not enough advertising on the region and the city itself. I haven’t seen a single convention wallpaper in the town!
THE ROAD: please, someone puts indication on the town to find the place!
THE PARKINGS: no free car parks! Had to pay every hour!
AUTHORS: great artists and authors but not more would be good!
THE DAY: why friday to saturday and not whole week end?
A MANGA CONVENTION IN MY REGION: the simple fact someone dared to make a manga con in my region deserves my deepest congratulations and admiration.
the ATMOSPHERE: great, dynamic, open minded (never thought it would be possible to cosplay in my region without being taken away by police). Plus the manga anime music ever present but never tiring nor too loud.
the CONVENTION ORGAS: gentle, manga fans, patient, open to discussion (you could easily talk to them and fill satisfaction papers to give your impressions, the orgas are really concerned about the visitors impressions) …KEEP THAT UP GUYS
the COSPLAY: I was more than surprised to see there were so many cosplayers in my region. It was so unexpected, a really good initiative!
GIFTS: gifts for every cosplay YAAAAAA
ACTIVITIES: dynamic (martial arts, manga tornaments), varied (ikebana, go game etc), a very good beginning!
BOOTHS: great fanzines, good sellers, good authors!
VISITORS: curious but polite, tolerant and open minded (no one mocked nor treated the cosplayers like freaks)
I liked the possibility each visitor had to fill a paper to share impression, good and bad points and ideas. It felt like you could contribute in making the convention better.
Some pics, taken by Manga Dax visitors or Orgas
Well there are ways to get working. Here are some photos. I hope people won’t remove these from their FB albums.
One more picture made by the orga, Chapitre.com