A little later than I originally planned to get this up, but I’d like to state for the record that I want to go to more small conventions next year.
Because Quinte Mini Con was a lot of low-stress fun.
There was ample opportunity for geeky shopping for me, my wife, and the kids I brought with me (4, including 2 of my 3). Panels were all volunteer run and consisted of a selection of things the girls were actually into: Anime, webcomic, plus cosplay stuff for the cosplayers, an evil laugh contest, some retro gaming, and a couple of celebrity guests.
Now before you get too limiting with your definition of celebrity, let me tell you who the celebrities were at QMC from my point of view. You can have your own definition and get upset at who I haven’t included who was on the guest list, but the beauty of any convention is that it isn’t all things to all people. Yes, there were some high end cosplayers there, too, but that’s not who I was there to see.
John Stocker is a Canadian voice icon. He’s got well over 100 show level voice acting credits and has done voices for such disparate shows as Franklin and Friends, Totally Spies, Mario Brothers, the Care Bears, Tripping the Rift, and Tintin. He’s the also a voice director (Sailor Moon, anyone? How about Mike the Knight, or maybe Fugget About It?), and even spent a little time in front of the camera early in his career. I was able to spend a few minutes talking to him on the convention floor and he gave a great Q&A to an audience of a dozen or so.
Dan Day is an artist who’s done work for both Marvel and DC in the comics world, as well as smaller publishers, and has a breadth of work in trading cards and gaming too, including Dragon Magazine, Magic the Gathering, and Steve Jackson Games. Dan was very friendly, very approachable, and also gave a fun Q&A to a small group. Actually, with the amount of time I spent talking to him during several visits to his table, I felt like I got a double Q&A. He also really needs a website, but he’s too busy drawing really spectacular stuff.
The pressures at a bigger con would not have let me spend more than a few seconds talking to either of these two gentlemen, if I’d even been able to spend enough time in the right spots to see them. I like big cons, but there’s a lot to be said for a more personal touch.
And being able to look around and see the whole floor at once offers a little extra freedom for the kids you have with you, depending on ages. Both of mine took advantage of that, and one of them surprising me a bit to do so. Plus, I was able to spend a lot of time with some good friends I don’t get to see very often.
I’ll be honest, though, the highlight of the weekend for me was quite probably that my youngest daughter wanted to get Chibi-ized with her parents.
This was done by the tremendously talented Kim Nguyen for a ridiculously low price.
QMC is on my list every year that they want to run it.by