What a day.
I must admit I’ve not really had much by way of inspiration to write today, I’ve been focussed on one thing and one thing only. At 19:00 registrations opened for Amecon 2016. And at 19:33 all one thousand places had gone!
Kita 2015 was consumed in seventy three minutes, Ame has more than halved that record, and for good reason. The Warwick Arts Centre is quite possibly the most perfect location for a convention, the auditorium, lecture halls, screening rooms, on site facilities, and beautiful spots for photo-taking. Ame is going to have it all, and so will one thousand (and two) of us for the first time since the tragic passing of the late great Ayacon in 2013, where Tim and I first began our journey, both through the con-scene that has supported and driven us, but together in this venture.
So many people even now despair at the arrival of christmas on the high-street, slowly but inexorably worming tinsel-tendrils into our collective awareness, ushering winter behind it. “No!” they cry, “Too soon to be thinking of Christmas!” while we fall over ourselves, practically tearing each other limb-from-limb to get into an event that’s at the end of July next year, without even knowing what guests we can expect.
Too soon would be ALcon. That’s at the end of this week, and I have to say it rather snuck up on me. I’ve been booked into it for months now, and while I’m looking forward to it, I still wasn’t expecting it so soon. I guess I’ll see many of you soon, bring a Magic deck and dice, and be ready for practically anything if you see me, I’m in an unpredictable mood.
In 2013 I attended my first convention. Last year I attended both Kita and AL, this weekend AL will be my third convention of the year. In keeping with my current pattern, I’m planning on a fourth convention for 2016, I just need to work out how to squeeze one into an already packed schedule, and I have ambitions of getting into an MCM or maybe Cardiff Comicon (even bigger ones of getting in as a press-member).
As a final comment, we want to thank you for your continued support. We fell three views shy of 4000 for the first time ever this August. You never cease to amaze us, and we’re continuing to work hard towards bringing you amazing new content with our traditional “flare” (read “bumbling enthusiasm”) and as we build towards a conventionless winter, we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our Bristol MeetUps and at Shrewsbury games events.