Monthly Archives: November 2012
This topic is doing the rounds at the moment, as certain fandom have started to become more mains stream, more people will turn up at conventions. What makes a person a fan is going to change.
I would say its someone who knows the origin stories and major plots about their favorite chars. I know that is tricky given that there is at times so much cross over with tv shows and films. That it is possible that some one can say they are a batman fan with out ever having read Dark Knight or Killing Joke ( I know some will think that blasphemy) but if a person has seen all the movies, watched all of the WB Cartoons, batman, justice league, played the lego games, the Arkham games and watch all the movies, I don’t know how I could say they weren’t a Batman fan, and I can understand how someone who has some in contact with Comic book fandom and went to conventions might get sneered at.
There shouldn’t have to be a required reading list, or a required spend.
Cosplay is becoming more and more mainstream, dressing up is not just for holloween any more and it is I think about a shift in ‘fandom’ demographics were the younger generations were it’s considered cool and fun and who have less issues re gender assumption about fandom, which is influenced by the rise of Anime fandom.
I was at eirtakon, which was Irelands first Anime and Manga Convention.
There was this year 1,900 attendees. It’s a general fandom con at this stage.
There were cos players there as DC and Marvel chars, mostly DC and a fair few young women doing gender cross cos play.
This is weird to older generations who also like the chars and comics, and when I see that type of fuss it reminds me of the grumpy old fellas who bitched and moaned about women being allowed in the bar and women drinking pints, they felt impinged upon in what they considered their space and didn’t want it or how they carried on it, to change.
Fandom will move on with out them.
so very much looking forward to this.
If you which to avoid spoilers sweetie, then don’t watch it.
All I will say is that Richard E Grant is in it, which just makes my inner fan girl squeeee. Is it Christmas yet?
Sunday morning I was up and out to attend Eirtakon.
Eirtakon is the longest running Anime convention in Ireland and had grown to that stage that it’s not just anime and with official numbers of 1,900 attendees is the biggest fandom convention in the country.
Eirtakon started in 2005 and only had 200 attendees, but every year the dedicated founders, committee and members of the DCU Anime & Manga Society worked to make the even more inclusive. This year the convention which started on Friday evening and ended late Sunday evening had something for just about every sort of geek. Yes there was cosplay but it ranged from anime & manga to Dr who and mainstream comics.
There were anime screenings and the maid cafe but there was also collectable card tourneys, table top rpgs and boardgames, fighting games and fps competitions and panels on a range of topics from sewing skills for creating your own costume ( ran by members of TOG Dublin Hackerspace), to Inde Game Development, to a workshop on painting minifigs.
The age range is younger then I am used to at Irish Gaming Conventions, there were several parents following in the wake of their children looking rather bemused or sitting crashed out with coffee minding the swag, while their offspring chatted with other attendees. Most of the attendees embrace all sorts of gaming and all something needs to be is fun. The whole event seems to grant lenience to be silly which is wonderful, as often I think gamers can be too serious.
My two favorite cosplay of the convention.
With attendee numbers at Eirtakon 2012 reaching 1,900 is the biggest Geek/Fandom event in the country and seems to have the same type and cross over of events one only sees in conventions in the USA, but with numbers like those it seems to be the way to go.
I’ve never really written that much about the many things which I enjoy as a gamer and a geek but, of later I find I want to write about them and as my main blog seem to be mostly be social issues and activism I have separated these scribblings to a home of their own.