Since 2013, I’ve been attending conventions and one name has popped up frequently for me in the dealer’s hall. For me, a convention isn’t a convention without a few specific things in the dealer’s hall: Magic: the Gathering booster packs, because you never know when you’re going to find that mythic you’ve been gunning for – And Genki Gear, a company who’ve come a long way in a relatively short space of time.
If you’re familiar with the UK Convention scene, you’ll be familiar with Genki Gear. I buy so many of their t-shirts, that it’s effectively becoming my wardrobe, along with online sellers such as J!nx, TeeTurtle and Teefury. From the very cute, to the oddly quirky, these t-shirt companies have become a staple of any good geek wardrobe, along with other websites that I’ve not mentioned. So whilst Genki Gear aren’t the first of their kind, I oddly find myself drawn to them more.
I think it’s to do with how they’re always present, always available at a convention, that I can’t help but see what new designs they have. They’ve managed to effectively become the friendly convention t-shirt peddlers; of which are a much higher quality than those who simply print a picture of a well established anime on a t-shirt. There’s no harm in these companies (if they’re licensed), but actually there’s something to be said for a company that produces its own content.
This wasn’t a paid-for article, but rather something that our audience may appreciate, as there are many of you who have not had the pleasure of attending a convention, local or otherwise. Larger conventions typically attract high quality sellers and this is one of those cases – Where a seller puts in all of their heart to their craft and it shows in the quality of the products they sell.
I’m looking forward to 2018; More conventions, more Genki Gear t-shirts. From my t-shirt about yaoi, to the jerky unicorn and Barry the horse, who believes he’s a unicorn – These t-shirts are cute, affordable and most importantly of a high quality. Check out their website if this sounds of interest to you, as they’re hugely accessible to everyone, whilst being family friendly (or in some cases, a little risque).
Genki Gear typically attends both Kitacon and Amecon, so fingers crossed, they’ll be attending Amecon next year (Hint, hint if you’re reading this, Genki Gear!) They’ve also been known to attend MCM Comic Con, along with many others. So if you’re looking to go to a convention – Check to see if Genki Gear will be there – You won’t regret purchasing a t-shirt from them.
Whilst this was a short article around promoting Genki Gear, I will now open the discussion to you with regards to what companies you tend to look out for when you go to a convention? Or are you new to the convention scene and wonder what to look out for in a dealer’s hall? As ever, let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below, or over on Facebook or Twitter.