The first Magnificon back in 2003 was one of my first conventions. Although I am not attending manga cons any more I thought that the anniversary would make a good reason to come. Similarly to 2018 I had some mixed feelings but let’s go there step by step.
KONgres 2023 or No Rest For the Conrunners
April was a bit crazy month for me. I did what I promised myself not to do. Namely I attended four conventions in a row. Corflu, Eastercon, Lajconik and KONgres (which I will summarize here). Funnily the last in the series was a convention for Conrunners. I was a bit afraid I will be too tired to enjoy it to the full extent but fortunately it was not the case!
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Lajconik 2023 – Back to the In-person con
After two years of online conventioning and one year break Lajconik 2023 came back to the realm of physical cons. Yet I didn’t manage to fully embrace the event. It took place on the same weekend as the Glasgow 2024 All Staff meeting. I had to split my time between both events meaning I didn’t manage to participate in any of them to the full extent.
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Conversation – Fully Hybrid Eastercon 2023
I rarely have the occasion to visit Eastercons in person. In fact I did it only in 2018 and 2019. Yet since convention went online (or hybrid) it became way easier for me to participate in this event. I was very satisfied with online offering last year, but Conversation went beyond my expectations.
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Corflu Craic – my fird fanzine convention
I wanted to attend Corflu for a few years. It wasnot so easy though. The previous European one was in 2021 when I was not feeling confident enough to travel to an in-person convention. When I was willing to travel a year ago it was held too far away. Yet both in 2021 and 2022 I attended Corflu online. So the 40th Corflu Craic in Belfast was in a way my first and third fanzine convention at the same time (hence it is my fird convention!).
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Lure of Middle-Earth
There are many reasons I am going to conventions. Yet this one was very specific. Lure of Middle-Earth is a card game convention devoted to Middle Earth CCG and Lord of the Rings LCG. And I didn’t play any of those games…
Boskone 60 – my fourth virtual trip to Boston
A few years ago I would never believe to attend three Boskones in a row. Yet here I am – thanks to the marvel of hybridization world became even smaller than before. At Boskone 58 I was completely enchanted and I enjoyed Boskone 59 so how did the Boskone 60 go?
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EFF Race Begins
The EFF nomination period ended on 25th January. Two candidates provided all the required nominators as well as the bond and the platform. They are (in alphabetical order) Matylda Naczyńska from Poland and James Shields from Ireland. The winner of the race will travel to the Eurocon in Uppsala (8th-11th June).
Nordcon – relaxacon in the pandemic times
Last year I didn’t go to Nordcon. I had to resign because of the pandemic. Yet this year I decided to go. I was afraid – it is a long convention and it is a relaxacon. This means there is plenty of socializing which I love. Still the pandemic is not yet over (despite what the government states) and I was a bit concerned.
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Imladris – Polcon – Natcon Comes Back to Kraków
That was a weekend! I hope people had good time. As for me I was too busy to properly enjoy the con. I liked it! Yet as I spent most of it doing things it is hard for me to say how it looked for members.
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