Kitacon, logo, map, compass, star, title

Kitacon 2017: it’s here!

I’ll hopefully be on my way to Kitacon – the UK’s largest, residential, non-profit anime and geek culture convention – when this post is published. This year it’s taking place in its new home at the University of Warwickshire so my other-half and I will be on the road for around three hours before we start a weekend of panels, parties and general pandemonium.

More likely however, I’ll still be running around like a loon doing last-minute packing. Or cleaning in a panic before the mother-in-law arrives to look after the cats. Or asking Pete to turn the car around because I’ve left a part of my cosplay at home.

Cosplay, costume, outfit, Velma, Scooby-Doo, glasses, magnifying glass

I’ve got two costumes ready for the convention and first up is Eleven from Stranger Things. Unfortunately I’ve decided to forgo the blonde wig because it didn’t look great and felt thoroughly annoying to wear; it means the overall look won’t be exactly right but at least I’ll be comfortable. The only thing left to do now is to mess up my Converse so I’ll find a muddy puddle to jump in once I arrive. The other outfit is Velma Dinkley from Scooby Doo so I’ll have an excuse to annoy people by saying ‘Jinkies!’ all weekend. Unfortunately April O’Neil from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles didn’t make it due to an issue with her boots… maybe next time.

It’s not all about the cosplay however and I’ve been told there’s plenty more to see and do at Kitacon. For starters, we’ll have the pleasure of hanging out with Tim and Joel from GeekOut South-West who are taking part in the anime music video (AMV) competition and running a DMing 101 panel respectively.

It seems like it’s going to be a busy few days according to the Events Guide, and the fact that the majority of what’s going on is centred on cosplay and anime leaves me a little daunted. While I’ve enjoyed putting together my costumes above, I don’t have the time or ability to become skilled in the former and the latter really isn’t my cup-of-tea. I guess this weekend is going to be a bit of a learning curve and a chance to expand my horizons.

However, there are a couple of panels on video games so I’ll be more in my element with those. The Science of Zelda: Respiration of the Untamed is a ‘tongue-in-cheek and off-the-cuff look at some of the wonders of The Legend of Zelda game series brought into the 21st century world of chemicals and equations’. And the Body Confidence in Cosplay discussion ties into some of my posts this year, so it could be interesting.

I’ll bring you a photo gallery next week if I make it through Kitacon and live to tell the tale. I’m not sure how likely it is though, what with letting my other-half loose at the rock party on Saturday night…

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