As fun as Kitacon was, truth be told there’s one convention that I’m looking forward to far more this year, and mercifully I do not have much longer to wait. We spoke about Amecon way back in September when all there really was to discuss was a date and a venue, well as of Sunday there’s a hell of a lot more to talk about, the committee gave us a big update about the current state of affairs. So let’s have a look at the shape of things to come.
We’ve mentioned already that rather than being in the Britannia in Nottingham they’ve moved to the Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry. This is beyond an upgrade, despite being an otherwise enjoyable Con the Britannia was a catalogue of errors for AmeChibi. Warwick was the location of my first ever convention, Ayacon Apocalypse in 2013, the lecture theatres, the amphitheatre, the facilities on site, even the proximity of the otherwise mediocre accommodation build to make the best venues, and the events taking place were a big help. But this we already knew.
To the news updates then, we have the beginnings of a timetable forming. The traditional cosplay masquerade will be on Saturday, and an Omake variety act on the Sunday for those wanting to put forward a bigger performance, and throughout the weekend the cosplay competition will be judged with winners revealed as part of the closing ceremonies. There are also plans for a cosplay ball, which is currently undated, but in the past these things are usually held on the Sunday too. The harvest for AMVs has already begun for the end-of-con AMV party, something they ran during AmeChibi last year, not great for partying but still a great watch.
As for other events, submissions for events are currently closed, and while that may not prove to be final it certainly seems to imply a timetable is being put together. We know nothing of the specific events, but currently what I do know is this: as someone who has put his event into the ring for consideration I was treated to a first draft of the timetable all the way back in February, a draft I am not permitted to share because it’s unfinished, but I am on it! So assuming little enough changes between now and July I will be hosting my first ever panel.
If you’re attending keep your eyes peeled for “Finding Confidence” or words to that effect. The irony here is that it will be my first time speaking publicly, but it will be the culmination of a journey that has taken me from someone barely capable of conversation to somebody who sincerely thinks they’re capable of pulling this kind of nonsense. If you find yourself overcome by nerves or in the grip of anxiety you could do worse than come and listen, I’m not promising that I can help, but I’ll sure as hell try, and it’d be nice to see some readers there.
As yet to be discovered, we do not know what guests to expect, or what the timetable will look like when complete, but as of this moment, with months still to wait for July 29th, I am excited for Amecon 2016. Perhaps I have romanticized the Arts Centre for starting a journey that would forever change my life, but if all goes according to plan it could also see me end the same journey, and start another far more interesting one.