I see a lot of people talking about HasCon, and I kind of wanted to put in my two cents worth, since I went to a few BotCons.
One of the biggest concerns I’m seeing is the price, and, to be quite honest, that doesn’t surprise me. BotCon was the first convention I went to, and I’m stunned at how much cheaper other conventions are.
For example, I’m really hoping and planning to attend TFNation this year, and it’s going to be cheaper than either BotCon trip was for me, and TFNation is in an entirely different, overseas country.
Don’t get me wrong. I had a blast at both BotCons, met the awesome guests that they had, and met a lot of really cool people. And the fact that I can say I went to Frank Welker’s first convention is something I’m still quite thrilled about.
However, something I have noticed that seems to be a major difference between BotCon and other conventions such as ComiCon and TFNation, is that BotCon was more geared towards collectors.
Sure, there were lots of artists, some cosplayers, and, of course, tons of Transformers fans. But the majority of them were fans who were looking for that super rare, extra special figure that they had been missing for years and was the last one they needed to complete their collection of “Insert Name of Transformers Group Here”.
And from what I can tell about TFNation, it’s more for people like me who are more into the lore, fan-made stuff, and the like. I may purchase the occasional figure, but it’s going to be of my favorite character and just that. Not to complete a set or anything. (Unless I want the complete set, but I have yet to encounter that.)
So, ultimately, it depends on what your preferences are. If you’re a collector and are interested in the stuff that’s direct from Hasbro, then HasCon is probably going to be right up your alley. It’s just going to be a bit pricey.
For people like me, my educated guess is that I’m going to feel a bit more in my element at conventions like TFNation and TFCon.
12:00 PM – Spotlight: Ngozi Ukazu – Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu has taken the comics world by storm. Its giant readership and successful crowd-funding campaigns show how the series has tapped into an audience that is hugely underserved by mainstream publishing. Come and hear Ngozi talk about her life in comics thus far, her plans for the series’ future, and what it like to have a small side project suddenly turn into a huge hit!
12:15 PM – Sports! – Comics and…sports?!?! This pairing isn’t as strange as you might think! From diehard sportos to secret jocks, come and hear what these creators love about the wide world of sports!Panelists: Michael Nybrandt, Sonam Wangyal, Ngozi Ukazu, Jarrett Williams. Moderator: RJ Casey.
When I’m not signing or in panels, I’ll likely be wandering the show floor and hanging out around @mynameismad‘s table being a nuisance. But otherwise, I’m psyched!
I can’t wait to see all of you guys!
TCAF 2016 was an amazing convention and being welcomed back is an honor.