So, for me anyway, this con felt pretty "blah" but at the same damn time it felt like the greatest con of the year! I don't know how to explain it but there was a mixture of just being bored, frustrated and anxious but also a great feeling of ecstasy, excitement and hope. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that this was the con's first year and I've been going to Colossalcon Original since 2012 and was wholly expecting a Colossalcon Original experience. It wasn't anything like Ohio but I'll be damned if I didn't say I had a great time anyway! I saw sooooooo many peeps that I know from other cons and got to shoot with a exponential amount of cosplayers this time, both new and returning. I also got to cosplay a bit which is something I don't think I've done since Katsucon(ouch!). In addition I was able to pull out the "BGM Guy" persona finally and walked around the place playing various tunes that were both fitting and unfitting.
I'm not gonna lie though the actual convention center was pretty pitiful. I've been hearing that this new Kalahari was twice as big as the Ohio one and to me it just looks smaller. Hell the Ohio Kalahari has various square-shaped hallways that connect to each other to make up the convention center. This Kalahari at East only has ONE rectangular hallway with a few panel rooms and a "Dealer Room". There was a rave Friday night, a bunch of us walked by it and saw maybe 6 people dancing and that was it... I did a barrel roll and Ross went totally ham when the beat dropped and then we left. I came back two more times and 0 people were there but the second visit there was 2 people dancing awkwardly... Colossalcon East really didn't do a great job of advertising the rave.. On the other hand they had that stupid "Adult Swim" party going on at the waterpark wherein if you paid 25 bucks you could swim for an extra 3 hours or something and get drunk, dumb. The Saturday rave was much more packed but all-in-all I spent most of my time either walking around the various hotel areas' or the waterpark. There is just something euphoric about being able to walk around the waterpark, find a cosplayer you want to shoot with and then just go from there! I don't usually have that kind of opportunity to do that consistently since I always overschedule but this time I barely scheduled and just basically hunted for impromptu shoots. I ended up doing so many shoots that my head is spinning right now from trying to remember any of them! I also usually am hesitant about asking cosplayers for fanservicey poses because I'm paranoid as fuck they might yell at me or walk away from the shoot but I said "fuck it!", asked away and most certainly glad that I did! Expect a lot more fanservice whenever I get to uploading Colossal East photos .
Besides shoots I dressed as Ghostface as usual and ended up killing a guy in a green shirt(because he was wearing a green shirt), watching Kaneki devour him and then killing the green shirt guy again when he came back to life as someone slowly chokeheld him from behind. Only at cons, people! Also major props to the guy in the turquoise shirt and his girlfriend for going along with my "your shirt is green, I must kill you" shtick ! That moment actually made my night on Saturday! I caught the very last act of the Pixel Vixens Burlesque show and it was a Soldier: 76 cosplayer dancing to "Footloose" so that was kind of a letdown(really wish I got to see the performance of that Riku though!) but then I went to BusonBuns Cosplay's Hatoful Boyfriend panel and that was as entertaining as ever(loud screeching bird noises). From midnight to about 3 I literally just walked around as Ghostface trying to find anything to do. One cosplayer invited me to a room party but I don't smoke so I didn't go. I ended up running into someone wearing a VKS sweater and arranged to grab my stuff so we could shoot but when I got back to the lobby floor she was gone. Probably freaked out that someone wanted to shoot her VKS cosplay but then why was she walking around at 3am in VKS? Whatever. Other opportunities out there to do a VKS shoot one day.
One of the biggest disappointments though was the goddamn wi-fi! On Friday it was so bad that it would show on my phone that I was connected, I would try to use it and then the connection would instantly drop! Because of the shoddy connection I missed a few shoots. On the latter half of Friday and Saturday the wi-fi only worked in very specific locations of the con such as underneath a particular sign in the arcade or halfway down the hallway leading to the con on the Lobby floor. I feel like this con has the potential to surpass Ohio Colossalcon especially with that super secret waterfall that this Kalahari has but they just gotta get their shit together. Fix the wi-fi issue, advertise stuff such as the dance a lil better and have the con EARLIER so people don't have to risk freezing to death outside. Also definitely not enough Ninja or Dodgeball! We need those for there to be a true Colossalcon experience, people!