Super late post! But I should be happy Im even writing anything at all.
The convention itself was pretty rad. Granted it was only 1 day, I just wanted to experience it and compare how it was compared to say Manitoba Comic Con and C4. Leaps and bounds, my friends. The group who run Ai-Kon I must say did so well organizing everything and I actually saw advertisements everywhere. Even posters on lamp posts in housing areas. So if you hadn’t heard of Ai-Kon Winterfest you had to have literally been walking around with your head in a box. I was already A+ impressed with that. I did have a hard time finding where I was supposed to check in, but thats kind of my fault…. As I arrived SUPER LATE and everything was already busy as fuck. But one of the volunteers was super helpful and walked me to where I needed to be and I was so grateful for that.
After I had managed to set up among the chaos the traffic never really stopped. It was busy from the moment I arrived to when it was time to leave. And I was super OK with that. Again, comparing it to the last time I was in Winnipeg….. NIGHT AND DAY.
I would also like to give gold stars to the Artist Alley coordinator/team/whathaveyous because when I sent an emergency email saying I was going to be late because of stupid reasons they actually received it! And they were completely understanding and responded back. Made me not stress out so much and I really appreciate it.
So…. The reason I was late.
I had arrived and checked in and literally after checking my bag…. My flight got delayed. Super. I figured I would still get there with enough time, so no big deal. And then I was told after 5-10 minutes that it actually wasnt coming at all…. it had been completely cancelled. Leaving me wondering… Wtf. So I got switched to another flight. It looked like I was going to be late still, but I would be finishing my set up by the time the doors opened and thats not a HUGE deal. And then that flight got delayed…. By like 2 hours. So by the time I arrived, the convention was in full swing and by the time I had set up (quite shoddily I must admit), the convention had already been running for about 1.5-2 hours…? Yeah…. Kind of disappointed in that, but there was literally nothing anyone could have done. It was not the conventions fault, the airport check in peoples fault, or mine. It was just shitty shitty luck.
After the convention was over however, I had accidentally booked my flight home on Monday, not Sunday, so I had an extra day to spend in Winnipeg. I figured I would take in some museums, get some food at some little local places, wander around, all that wonderful stuff. But I ended up spending the entire day in bed watching anime.
I WAS WIPED. And it was cold outside. So yeah…. I just slept and watch anime.
I got to go home and made the mistake of watching Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on the plane and trying not to cry. Next time I’m watching Thor….
In about 2 and a half weeks I get to float on out to Kelowna for KFX again. 3 days this time! And Im super looking forward to it. Although, I should probably get some more stuff done before then. Would be nice to have some new things to show off!