Nova Cons inaugural event started Friday July 28th. I was unable to attend due to work, so part 1 to this is a review for both Saturday and Sunday. I was pretty excited for this con for several reasons:
- Near my house
- Another weekend to cosplay and get Harley Quinn right
- My friend Kristin was attending a con for the first time and planned on cosplaying. She was DC Bombshell Catwoman and rocked the hell out of her look!
- Pricing was PERFECT.
I will break down my review on all fields of the con along with any “improvements” needed but there won’t be many.
Location/Parking: The location was perfect. It was local and provided more than enough parking. The parking garages were near the hotel lobby, and as a cosplayer it is much appreciated, since you won’t be walking far or getting caught in the rain. The actual payment for parking was a bit confusing though. If you followed NOVA CON on Facebook they stated parking was free, which was AWESOME! But if a volunteer forgot to tell you to get the pass validated, you might have had to pay. I spoke to a few people who ended up having to pay. Just lack of communication, not a huge biggie in my book. The validation scanner was near the “down” elevator but the sign and scanner could have easily been missed. For next year, if it is held in this same location, I would suggest putting a bigger sign, adding the validation on social media for people to locate and/or putting that information on the badges.
Food: With all of the excitement I tend to forget to eat. But at some point my stomach reached a point of “feed me Seymour”. The only quick bite I saw was an a la cart section with fries, chicken tenders and a wrap. The pricing was a bit high for French fries ($6) but that is normal for a con (not shocked at all). I noticed a restaurant on the lobby level but I just like a quick bite. For next year I would just suggest adding another a la cart station with sweets or more of a quick bite type of food.
Cosplay Contest: There was some serious talent that entered the contest. The prize was $600. Not bad for an inaugural con. The judges were supposed to have the list narrowed down from 100 to 10 but it ended up being 16. It was pretty funny. But honestly all of the 16 chosen were amazing. I had a top 5 and I’m not sure how I would have chosen just 1 winner.
Saturday Top 5: Crocheted Dr. Strange- Gambit- Mera- Ursula- Belle
The winner had a pretty cool costume on and large prop. I wouldn’t be able to tell you the character but I think it was gaming related. Cosplay etiquette was on point. No one was rude, people asked for photos and no one was inappropriate.
Stranger Sunday Cosplay: We arrived after the Stranger Things Sunday cosplay contest event took place. I was pretty bummed about this, but luckily we arrived in time for the Stranger Things panel with Catherine Dyer, Randy Havens, and Shannon Purser (we found Barb!).
Artist Alley: The artists, like always, were great. You’ll never catch me saying something negative about someone’s work. People have different variations of art, and the art displayed here was nothing short of great. My only suggestion would be to have the lighting inside of the main room be brighter for the artists who are working on commissioned work.
Gaming Section: I was expecting an arcade type of gaming area, not as big, but kind of like Awesome con. To my surprise, it more computer\board game, which is cool for those that like them. It’s just not my thing.
Volunteers: Each and every single Nova Corps volunteer was extremely nice, engaged well with customers in a respectful manner and knew exactly how to help each person, from locating the parking validation area to help guide us on where everything is located. Great job Nova Corps!
At times, the DJ would spin a great track and people would start dancing, Kevin and Michael would toss out gifts to the crowd and everyone would be having a great time.
NOVA CON is my first small con. I’ve been to 4 large cons and I’ve never had as much fun as I did on Saturday. The Nova Con crew made this experience very family friendly but also made you feel like you were a part of their family. Everyone was having a great time laughing, cosplaying and dancing. This was an experience for fans. It wasn’t about which A list celebrity you were going to spend $500 on, wait in line for 3 hours only to say you saw…. for 5 milliseconds. Trust me, I’ve been there and moments like those can make your con experience go from amazing to super shitty rather quickly.
Stay tuned for Part 2- Photos!