Colossalcon 2019

Colossalcon 2019 – The Best Haul

If you’re someone who goes to conventions, you generally know that they can be some of the best places to find some of the best stuff. No matter what you’re into, if you’re at a convention for one of your interests, you’re likely going to find yourself facing a large amount of amazing things you never thought possible. From this, was born my Colossalcon 2019 haul. So. Much. Good. Stuff.

There are a few different avenues to venture when you’re shopping at most conventions. You have your standard resale booths, who sell (or are supposed to sell) licensed products, figures, books, or other accoutrement, usually housed in a dealer’s room of sorts. Then you have the artists alley, which is where all the creators live for the weekend. They usually have prints, buttons, keychains, and other sorts of fan made art that, honestly, can make for some of the best souvenirs to bring home. It’s always unique and different where you go though! Colossalcon also hosts a craft fair, where anyone can sell their products, especially for those who may have not been accepted to artist alley. I sold in the craft fair this year!

In addition to traditional shopping, most conventions also bring guests! You can get autographs on some really unique prints that they bring along, and I was lucky enough to get a few!

Since I got some great goodies from all the little shopping areas of the convention this year, I figured that I would break my purchases down by where I picked them up! If I know where you can get the items online, I’ll link it up, so keep an eye out!

Colossalcon 2019 – Craft Fair

The craft fair really was a fun little extra event for those who like to craft to attend! This year I sold makeup bags and coasters and had an amazing time getting to meet all the cosplayers and con goers who passed by! It’s a really great way to see a ton of cosplay all at once, while everyone is filing through the room to check out whats for sale.

If you’re interested in participating in next year’s craft fair, it’s best to get in line EARLY. I got there a little late for my taste and ended up getting a table in the back corner of the room. I still had plenty of people walk by, but if you can get one of those primo spots in the front, it certainly will help you in the long run!

Advice aside, I picked up a few adorable items from the craft fair this year!

When I was setting up my things, I saw a table across the way begin to pull these puffy fluffy babies out of a bag. I lost my mind. I needed one of those mysterious puff balls.

Turns out that they are plushes of an animal called a sea bunny! They essentially look exactly like these plushes and I am so happy I snagged one before they sold out. Another perk of selling in the fair is getting a chance to walk around to all the tables before the masses!

This item is available on etsy! Check out SewMeARiver and their adorable plushes!

The classic sea flap flap

Ah, the sea flap flap. I purchased a huge version of this cute little pancake ray from the same artist all the way back at Zipcon in this year in February! I love how soft and snuggly all their items are, and this little tiny guy is a magnet! Perfect for my fridge.

This little guy is from Sew Yummy Crafts! You can see her work on here facebook page here!

Buttons Galore!

I love getting new buttons at conventions! When you buy them from the artists, they’re always so unique and special to me. I chose these cute pastel pink and bright colored pins from this years craft fair!

Artist Alley Finds

Artist’s Alley is the BEST! There are times that I prefer the artist alley to the dealer’s room because the stuff is just so much more unique. The artists alley at Colossalcon 20189 was on the smaller side, but the artists were really incredible this year!

Bun BUN BUN BUN.

For whatever reason, I have really started to fall in love with anything with bunnies on them. No clue why, but when I saw this sweet little ramune loving bunny I needed to have him! The image is embedded into some THICK glittery acrylic (I love!) and really is so so stinking sweet.

You can find this creator on etsy! Here is the link to this charm.

Cute sassy zombie girlies

While this show isn’t one that I’ve seen, I picked these two sweet charms for a friend! The best part about artists alley is that you can find these little things from shows that don’t have a ton of available merch and support artists while you do it!

Oof.

This may be the most intense and amazing little find I’ve ever had at a convention. Really.

If you know me, I am possibly one of the biggest dorks when it comes to the 90s anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. Spotting this print and getting to see all the little details the artist put in is really something else. Stunning.

Colossalcon 2019 – Dealer’s Room Finds

Ah, the dealer’s room. We meet again so you can rob me incessantly. Just like every time. True bliss.

I was surprised at how small the dealer’s room was at Colossalcon. I expected a dealer’s room of epic proportions but this one was just meh. Tons of options for shopping, but the dealer’s room at Ohayocon really handed it to them. Just saying.

Size of the room aside, there were tons of really awesome dealers! I lucked out and found quite a few figures that I really was wanting!

Colossalcon 2019 – Voice Actors

Getting to meet voice actors from your favorite shows and movies can be somewhat of a weird experience at times. You’ve heard their voices through the characters that you love, then suddenly that voice is coming out of a real person in front of you. Sounds stupid, but really, getting to meet them is such a treat and probably my favorite part of conventions.

Just wanted to extend a big big thank you to all the voice actors who were able to attend this year! It really is special for attendees to get you meet you all.

Have you ever attended a convention for your interests? Have any cool finds? Let me know in the comment section below.

Wizard World Cleveland

Wizard World Cleveland 2019 – Thoughts & Review

Wizard World Cleveland just finished up last weekend, and thankfully I was able to attend with some friends just like we did last year. After a year of attending other conventions, getting a little farther into my cosplay journey, and just getting my toes a little more into the water of the convention world, I feel like I am well and able to form some.. opinions.

I always enjoy getting to go to conventions, and really, I am lucky that I get to go to as many as I do. Wizard World really isn’t an exception, but it does come with its pros and cons, just like any other convention.

Wizard World Cleveland – Pricing

One thing that the Wizard World family of conventions is known for is that sweet, sweet pricing. While I didn’t really notice it last year, the admission to the convention is EXPENSIVE. Like, beyond explanation expensive. I attended one day of the convention, on Sunday. In theory, on the last day of the convention, the last day should be the most affordable, right?

Not really for Wizard World I guess.

My single day ticket (after using a coupon) still was $50 for admission from 10-4. What. How. Why? I don’t really know.

I have attended large conventions where I paid less for the entire weekend (hey there Ohayocon) where there was mountains more to do. It seems that Wizard World really is a shopping based con, with little to nothing more to do other than a handful of panels, and some very high priced photo ops and some slightly less painfully priced autographs.

There wasn’t much that we wanted to do other than walk around the shops. I’m not going to pretend that I don’t adore shopping, but I really would like to see them bring more paneling and other entertainment options to Wizard World Cleveland. After spending so much to get it, I’d like to be able to do more than spend more money.

And god forbid that you are a fan of one of the attending celebrities…

Because that will cost you a small loan in addition to the admission, with prices going way up this year in comparison to last year. It would be a painful endeavor to do both attendance and photo ops or autographs. While I understand that they need to pay talent to appear.. the prices really, really hurt.

Wizard World Cleveland – Badges

Or, rather, the lack there of.

Okay, I admit, I am a complete sucker for a badge at conventions. Collecting them is fun, and when you pay the price of admission, it’s a good little souvenir from the day without spending anything more. I love them, okay.

For the price of admission, Wizard World should ABSOLUTELY be issuing attendees badges instead of cheap paper wristbands. They seem to only give their “VIP” (AKA obnoxiously priced admission) guests badges, which is silly. I have attended conventions with $5 admission that had custom badges that looked seriously great (looking at you Nyancon). So, really, all attendees should have badges so we can forgo those annoying wrist bands.

Plus, as a cosplayer, no one wants those wristbands in their photos of the day. No one. Sorry not really sorry.

Am I done complaining yet? Maybe for a little bit.

But as much as I love to complain, not everything was amiss this weekend. But, keep in mind the above things. I don’t really think the pros outweigh the cons here sadly. Yuck.

Obviously, my opinion should be taken with a grain of salt because its just my opinion, but, whatever. I’m always here to share.

Wizard World Cleveland – Shopping

One thing that Wizard World Cleveland does very, very well is bring in a really diverse set of vendors to shop with during the day. Whether you’re into anime or Star Wars, you’re going to find something that strikes your fancy.

Look at all the shopping to be had.

There really is a good balance of resell and artists, and I have discovered some really cool artists and small shops while wandering around the dealers room (which seems to be the entirety of the convention). Most art is pretty tame, with the few exceptions of some awkward offerings, and it really is cool to get to chat with the people who work so hard to make amazing prints, plushies, and other goodies. That really is one of my favorite things about conventions in general, not just Wizard World.

Just be careful when shopping resale, because in a lot of cases, you can find the same items online for cheaper, like on Amazon or other vendors. Just be sure to shop smart!

Prices of the items range pretty wildly, from vendor to vendor. Some vendors will give you a bunch of prints for a super low price, while others charge through the roof. It’s honestly expected though, and not a big deal to me; I can always skip the vendors that I can’t afford. Plus, you can always grab a card if you like their work and want to shop online later.

So.. in conclusion..

Did I enjoy going to Wizard World Cleveland? Yes, I had a lovely time catching up and shopping with some friends that I don’t get to see too often, and really came home with some cool new art (check my instagram to see some posted over the next week!). I got to talk to artists, and see some really cool cosplay.

Would it be worth it for me to go alone or for a weekend. Nope. Too much money for admission, with next to nothing in return other than the large shopping hall. I love to shop, but I need a little more from my con experience to ask that price tag. Like, a LOT more.

Will I be back at Wizard World next year? Honestly, probably. It’s the only con of the year a few of my friends go to, and I really like a fair share of the artists that they bring in every year. Will I still be cranky about the pricing and programming? It’s pretty likely.

Are you headed to any conventions this year? Let me know in the comment section, I would love to see what kinds of cons you go to and maybe what your favorite find at one has been!