Sands Reno Review a review of the Sands Reno Comic Con from 2 of G33K-HQ’s corespondents. You will be getting the views of 2 different people. As the photographer, I take pictures of the event-from cosplayers to vendors to pictures of panels and costume contests. I consider myself a natural light photographer, but keep a flash on my camera as a crutch. I prefer to shoot without a flash using available light, however the lighting at the recent events has been very dim so i have resorted to using a flash. The Sands Reno Comic Con indoor pictures were taken 100 percent with the aid of a flash. I used my 16-35 f2.8L lens the entire time. Normally my standard walk around is 24-70 f2.8L. As I have been going thru the pictures and editing, I am definitely liking how some of them came out.
Enough about my talking about my tools. Let’s get to this review. I got into town early on Friday and got checked in to the hotel. I caught up the promoter of the event, Steve Wyatt, for the events day zero activities. At the 3rd street bar, in the early evening, was the drink and draw. Here, attendees work on drawing art and having a drink with other artist and fans. The event took place on Saturday, September 19th, the same day as International Talk Like a Pirate Day.The Reno Pirate Crawl also took place that night.
In addition to the Con’s activities on the 2nd floor of the Sands Regency Hotel, Pirates of the Silver Realm was set up with a full pirate encampment including cannons and muskets in the hotel parking lot. The cannons and muskets drew quite a crowd and setting off several car alarms at once. I actually got to shoot my matchlock musket during the 7pm demo.
Saturday morning, I got to the ballrooms around an hour before the event started to get a lay of the land. Many of the vendors an artist were still setting up. The con was held in multiple rooms, such as a vendor room, a room for featured guest and fan groups and a panel room. The event had a raffle with each group of prizes valuing over $200.00 per lot, including art by Chris Marrinan. Proceeds benefited a local food bank. Some of the featured panels were Cultural Imagery of Gotham City and Metropolis with Daryl Frazetti and Costuming on a Budget with Alien Matt.
This year’s costume contest had many more contestants than last year and the quality of costuming was amazing. Our judges were Reno cosplayers Shawna Hafen and Joanna Dunlap. Many local artistic vendors, including Out of the Dust Designs and Not Your Grammies attended. Featured guests included Ron Lim, Chris Marinnan and many more. I got to do an impromptu Harley photoshoot for the second year, and it may just become a tradition. I also did a quick Doctor Who shoot.
This event will definitely be included in my must-attend con schedule for next year. Word is that the event may extend to a full weekend event.There is also talk of incorporating a pirate festival in the parking lot. Not only was this a great event, this was the most reasonable priced all year at $6.00 a person, with children under 6, free. It was great to see friends and make new ones.
This was my second time to attend this con…wait, what? It is only the second year of this con, this was the second time for many of us there. So, let me back up. Last year at this time I attended my very first con ever. It was a wonderful experience and I was really looking forward to getting to attend this year. I have now been to a number of cons, and this is definitely one of my favorites.
I felt that I knew a little bit of what to expect and I was not at all disappointed. This was a great day. It started with getting wandering around the vendor room. It was fun to see many familiar faces. The artists represented there are so very talented, and I just always want to buy one of everything. Supporting these very creative people is so easy…they are all wonderful.
There were many great panels that were very interesting and informative. Gotta say, one of my favorites was Alien Matt. He brings so much experience and expertise to lectures I always learn something new. The costume contest was packed. There were many contests and audience was packed. There were so many talented cosplayers, both novice and experienced.
I will definitely want to attend again next year, and really am looking forward to this becoming a multiple day event.