This weekend I had the chance to attend the first Silicon Valley Comic Con. SVCC has teamed up with Big WoW and now occupies the same facility in San Jose that Fanime uses. Steve Wozniak’s idea for a comic convention combined with a tech show in the Bay Area has become a reality. Attendance was solid for a first year convention. The hype proceeding the show was high. The impressive list of celebrity guests and other attractions made this a must attend event for all fans in the Bay Area.
There were three sections to the floor, the first housed cosplay groups and other artists displaying the wares they create, like the cars, costumes, and other props. The next part was the guest cosplayers aisle and the vendors, and the last section was the autograph area. The vendor hall on Saturday was so packed full of attendees and cosplayers it was hard to move!
There was a great selection of panels and other activities to keep you busy over the weekend. I attended a couple of the panels and enjoyed myself. One of my favorites was the cosplayers and prop makers talking about their passions. I love going to panels where the people truly have a passion for what they are talking about.
The costume contest was fun there were some amazing work displayed. One entry had a giant turret with his Team Fortress cosplay. There was a little kid group of AT-ST and a BB8, there was a girl who made her own Rapunzel dress. There was some very talented people who took home awards for their hard work.
Overall, the con had its issues but that’s expected when there is a first year convention. The new implementation of the RFID chip wristbands are something con-goers are going to have to get used to. This slowed down getting into the convention floor since everyone must scan through and that can take a little bit of time. More than once during the weekend they had to forgo this process and then reset the system to avoid traffic jams. Other than the registration on Saturday taking quite a long time, with the number of the people who bought tickets this was expected. The rest of the con was a lot of fun and it was great seeing all the great costumes and different celebrity guests (IF you happened to be eating lunch near where they came out). I had a good time and look forward to next year’s convention.
Photos in gallery above from Perry “Agent P” Louie
Photos in gallery below from Danny “Dviouz1” DeLuna