To start this year off right, I attended FrostCon in Toronto with my good friend Justin of Caliban Creations. Justin is a great photographer, and I figured I could shadow him for the day to get some tips and tricks that would help me level up my photography skill tree. Currently, handing me a camera is less productive than placing one in the hands of a sleeping toddler. That is something I am aiming to change this year.
FrostCon was held at the St. Lawrence Art Center in Toronto, Ontario. Here is a shitty picture of said Art Center.
As you can see, I got more of a picture of the Canadian Stage Company than the Art Center. That is what I am saying here. I need help.
Anyway, FrostCon is a first year Convention, meaning that this is the first year it has been held and so my expectations were low. The Con focused mostly on Anime and Cosplay, with a little bit of video games in there as well. The big draw for me this year was getting the opportunity to practice my camera skills with someone as talented as Justin, and I really did learn a lot.
The secondary draw for me was attending some of the panels for various things. The first panel I attended was for a video game called OSU! It is an online rhythm game that looked like a lot of fun, and I was excited to meet the developers and get a hands on with the game, but the panel itself wasn’t led by the developers but rather by fans of the game. No problem, not what I was expecting, but no problem. I downloaded the game for the iPad and have been having fun with it ever since. (Ever since is 2 days at this point, but stop being so picky). The Panel room itself was an upstairs lobby, and not actually a room, and the acoustics were horrible. It was an effort just to be able to hear the panelists and it made it so that I would not attend any further panels for the day, at least not in their entirety.
So with Panels off my to-do list, I turned to focusing on my camera work and basically following Justin around all day, talking to vendors at their booths and meeting lots of great people. I had a great time, but I don’t know if that is because the Con was good, or because I am just happy being around friendly people. Since this is a review, I will sum up my thoughts in point form and see if I can come to a conclusion.
- Vendors – There were two small areas for vendors to sell their wares, both were fairly crowded because the Con had a great turnout for the size of the event. A lot of great things being sold, and I got a new shirt with a Magikarp on it with some suitably hilarious text.
- Panels – The panels themselves were not handled well. It was an open area, with poor acoustics and too much background noise. In the future I would like to see this being moved into it’s own area where the panelists could be heard above the general noise of the rest of the convention.
- Location – It was a good location for a small convention. Outside there was a great area for taking pictures, and there was plenty to do if you felt the need to get away for a bit.
- Overall – I enjoyed the convention, though it did suffer from being a first year Con with no clear direction. Bottom line is that I will go back next year if this is done again.
TL;DR. I’m done here.