By Shawn Scott Smith| July 27, 2013 | 2 Comments
Had a great time at Monstercon the past two days. The multifandom convention had a rough start this week when their host hotel bailed on them. Leaving them homeless they acted fast and secured the Timmons Arena at Furman University. A great place for the vendors and artists who were set up.
Sadly it left the panels being divided throughout the room and the lack of audio equipment and microphones made it very difficult to hear the panelists at all. I was literally in the second row on one panel and had to get up and leave because I couldnt’ decipher what they were saying above the crowd noise throughout the rest of the convention.
If they can figure out how to get the panel rooms in seperate areas next year(or provide sound) then the convention has an awesome shot to grow and expand in its current location, but I had planned on attending multiple panels today but gave up after not hearing two of them. A low point for me on this show, but with the short timing of the move it was understandable.
Less understandable was the lack of a printed schedule. The only way you knew when anything was happening was ten minutes before a panel started an announcement was made about the location. A printed black and white schedule could have been made at a copy shop and given out to attendees for about 8 cents per attendee, or at least one large printed schedule located at a central place would have worked wonders. This was the one inexecusable mistake the convention runners made, and one I heard echoed from fans and vendors alike. They obviously had a schedule that they made announcements from. But nothing was posted anywhere in the arena to let people know what was coming.
Despite this the show was still very strongly attended, the cosplay was abundant and the dealers were varied and well stocked. There was one guy selling Comic Con exclusives from last week, but he was charging double what the exclusives cost him. I really dislike the price gouging with exclusives but I’m sure he did okay at the show.
Great artists all around artist alley and a nice mix of differentfandoms. If Monstercon can settle the panel and sound issues, and get a posted program of events onsite somewhere the show has nothing but good potential in front of it. I’ll come back and see their progress next year.