For the first time ever, Cosvision was held in Logomo (venue hall in Turku) last weekend. I was excited- new cons are always fun to check out, and this was specificaly aimed for cosplayers and all the shows were about cosplay, and there were many cosplay competitions. I too, dressed my costume again and headed to Turku. My costume was that of Parker Robbins, aka The Hood from Marvel Comics, regular foe of Avengers and sometimes Spider-Man. I'll make separate post about the costume as soon as I get some photos that don't suck.
Location, location, location
Logomo hall was absolutely fantastic. It was within walking distance of railway station, it had it's own cafe where you could get drinks, sandwhiches and even brunch! All the rooms for panels and workshops were easy to find and were on the same floor. Merchant's are was right there when you walked in, in the big open area- this was one of the first cons ever in Finland where you didn't have to use elbows to get to buy stuff! There was no problem with ventilation either- the rooms were nice and cool even if you were wearing heavy cloak. And above all- there were dressing rooms. Normally they are restricted to the cosplay competitors, but now I could just walk there and adjust my cape (and try out t-shirt so I would not buy to small, tee hee!) and there were masking tape, needles and other tools for fixing your costume.
I wana buy that-and that-and.....
Okay, so the merchant's area was great-but what about the merchants? In Finland, there are always the same people selling the same stuff at most of the cons, save for the Ropecon and Helsinki Comic Festival. Urumi selling their anime-manga merchandise, t-shirt vendors with too small shirts, those guys selling katana-umbrellas and goth stuff and so on. But there is always one who does not let you down. Headhunter Store and Dean Clayton at it's helm. We chatted about movies and figures like we always do, and I bought home big Iron Man figure and some small minifigures. If you like Doctor Who, Aliens, Assasins Creed, Batman, Marvel, Terminator, Hellraiser, He-Man or old horror movies- you better call Dean!
There were also Bard&Jester store at present, who sell Steampunk/Leatherpunk esque stuff. I have not seen them outside Ropecon, and I was glad to see them expand. There is also Artist's Alley, where you could buy awesome art pieces made by amateur artists. I bought awesome Jon Snow and Ghost-piece, and wooden fox-pin for my mother as a mother's day gift! My favourite thing was the Venom plush I bought- it so cute I can't even!
"We are tonight's entertainment!"
I went to only two shows- mostly because there where nothing that interesting going on, and I knew that Cosplay competition would have super-long lines. But I am glad that I chose them! First one was by one of the honor quests, Kairi from Poland. She talked about preparing for Cosplay show, and it was really great! Simple and effective ways of getting your own and your buddies act together, and I liked how she told not to be too soft with these thing: "You have to think that everybody in the audience is dumb." I liked that, and undestand the point behind it. I later met her at the floor, and her Black Canary cosplay was great! I was pleased to find that she was DC comics fan, and we quickly chatted about New 52 -line of DC comics and cosplay. She was really nice person!
Other show was concert by Sherlock Holmes. Yeah! Violinist was cosplaying Sherlock from the BBC:s Sherlock-tv series,a nd she played violin parts to songs from TV-series, games and movies- I really liked it, and it was serene moment in otherways busy day of running around. I especially loved Sephiroth, Paprika and Cowboy Bebob pieces. And she was playing them from memory alone!
What a day
So that covers my Cosvision saturday. I met some of my friends from Marvel-cosplay at Tampere kuplii, ate some very good Karelian pasty and had a blast! I really liked Cosvision, and I hope it is held again next year! Fanfest was another new convention that was held in last November, but it is probably not coming back this year. Let's hope that does not happen to this time!