So for the unfamiliar ones, Wai-Con is Perth’s premiere anime themed convention that’s usually held in January each year. Aside from a host of stalls selling all kinds of anime/manga/Japanese merch, there are also a lot of cool events such as drawing panels and such, a dedicated video games room and a freakin huge cosplay competition.
For the past few years, I’ve usually just picked a panel or two I liked the look of, just went to them, and then nicked off after… not this time.
I got a message from a friend who is one of the co-ordinators last week, saying that there is a slight shortage of volunteers and asked if I’d like to help out. I was already considering volunteering from before, but after hearing there was a shortage, I knew I had to jump in.
So, this year around, I was an official volunteer for Wai-Con, mainly helping out in the games room, but also a few odds and ends elsewhere too. And I must say, it was a pretty awesome experience.
It’s a little different being an administrator at an event over a customer… it usually means you have to talk to strangers a lot more.
There are lots of different people at Wai-Con and pretty much all of them are really passionate about their crafts. I had a great time talking to a few of them, and felt I had definitely been missing out all this time before.
For the first time ever, I also had a look at the cosplay competition. Now usually, I’m pretty skeptical of the whole concept of cosplay, but after seeing a nearly 2 hour parade of them, with the enthusiasm cosplayer, and double the enthusiasm of the audience, it’s pretty hard not to admire all of that passion and complete and total lack of fear.
I was thinking at the time, if…. IF I ever considered cosplaying, who I’d go as. But without a doubt, the only Japanese character epic enough to warrant cosplaying is Monkey.
So all that aside, it was a really enjoyable day.
It’s 12:30am now… and I’d better get to bed for Day #2.
Aside from volunteering in the games room again, I’ll also be participating in a panel called ‘Japanese 101’, where I’ll see if I can share some tips for people to get started off learning the Japanese language.
Hope to see you there!