I don't want to go through a line-by-line review of the entire convention, so I will just touch and expand on the things that stood out to me and how they differed from other conventions I've attended. If you've only ever been to a Botcon before hopefully this will provide you with as much perspective as it did for me.
|Wait a second...which convention am I attending?|
|Cosplay Award Ribbons|
Next I have to mention the scheduling. Unlike Botcon where everything is over and the convention shuts down by 5pm, the Savcon party just doesn't stop and it was awesome! Panels went well into the evening and the Hall of Primus event didn't even start until 10:30pm! I loved it because it gave me a chance to get a breather in the middle of the day and then come back to the fun later in the evening. In fact, that is when all the best events were going on! Also because it was a fan built convention it wasn't subject to all the rules and rigidity of larger conventions and thus guests and events were much more free, which made everything feel a lot more personal. I mean, how often do voice actor panelists and members from the audience get to interact in such an intimate way? I had opportunities to talk to all the Voice Actors for great lengths of time and didn't feel pressured to 'move on' by the staff. It was almost like everyone just sitting around a large dining room table and having a conversation; and I think that was probably my favorite part. Not only that, many of the panels included audience participation which is something I have never seen before.
|Photo op with Grimlock!|
I want to make a special mention of the Dealer Room because this is usually a big sticking point for me. Now because this was the first year of this convention there weren't really too many dealers in attendance, but I don't say this as a complaint, I say it as a compliment. And the reason is because I feel like the Dealer Room at somewhere like Botcon overshadows the rest of the convention, which is especially true for me. I feel like if I'm not always in the Dealer Room I am missing out on some deal and with that extra pressure I'm not able to enjoy the panels as much as I probably would. With this convention I was really able to sit and enjoy everything going on around me much more because I wasn't worried about what I may or may not find. Now don't get me wrong there were some great deals to be had in the Dealer room and I purchased a few things, but I wasn't falling all over myself to spend all my spare time there "looking". In my opinion it was the perfect size for this convention, not too large, not too small. My wife continued her convention tradition of seeking out a Gnaw but unfortunately the one she wanted was snatched up by someone else before she could get to it. Oh well, it's not like it's the last convention we'll attend :)
|Can you spot the AFA figure? Look closely!|
|Lee, Neil, Daniel and Gregg in action.|