Camcon 2014 / by Aisha Anime

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Camcon stands for ‘Cambridge Convention’ this is one of the smaller cons which is totally independent and run by Ziggy, Andy, Ian and a few more people who get together to pull off a con to showcase Cambridge's finest merchants, artist and aswell as Londoners. This is the first Camcon I have attended and it’s a one day event with parties beginning the Friday night before. Hosted by the Junction an arts and music venue in Cambridge, it has a really student feel as it is situated in the Cambridge Leisure Park Complex with lots of food options at your feet. The event also sold out before the day so house over 2,000 people.

One of the most highly anticipated events was the Cosplay masquerade where people got on stage and performed skits and the room it was housed in was a large lecture hall, the room was brimming with people taking up all the seats and standing.

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Also in the same room were the panels I particularly enjoyed finding out about getting geek culture into the media from the ‘Let The Geek Out’ which is a radio show, the only FM radio show that broadcasts about geek-culture exclusively and music and the hosts talked about it followed by a Q&A. Loved learning about the opportunities due to my own podcast Otaku Nation.

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The dealers rooms were split into two, one outside in a marquee and the second was the main stage area, where you had the auction happening on stage whilst you shopped around at Niche Comics for manga (i picked myself up a bargain Moomin plushie) or got a self portrait from Clover Lee, artist.

In the evening there was an hour where attendees left the building so sellers could pack up then the shopping area became a nice vast space area for people to watch and dance. Saw the performer Himezawa on stage dancing to Kyari Pamyu Pamyu and anime tracks, she debuted in the UK at London Anime Con talking about her cosplays and time at ECG.  She announced on stage she will be going to Japan in Oct to pursue a modelling career.

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After a questionable comedian who said an array of sexist and racist comments boiling the blood of attendees near me was glad to have seen lab coat clad ‘All We Earthlings’ (alternative rock band) who formed in 2011 and performed previously at Comcon. They had a great rock vibe to them and lead vocals were superb. Definitely check this guys out ! Upstairs was another private bar where the karaoke was being held you could belt your heart out on some 80’s pop or metal classics in groups or solo. Lots of people were queuing up to have a go (all free of course).

A great day for anime fans or just a family day out it was all family friendly, people were more than willing to stop and pose for Cosplay photos. Staff and volunteers were very helpful and the organisation was spot on. Only thing is we need a even bigger room for the Cosplay masquerade! Find more photos of the event in my albumhttps://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.704440536277064.1073741845.554115554642897&type=3&uploaded=23
 

~Aisha Anime

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