I had concerns about going to Visioncon this year. The old hotel in Springfield, MO shut down so the venue moved to Branson. Unfortunately, that meant some of the regular attendees wouldn’t be able to make it. I was also worried about the weather. Basically, we’ve been at war with ice elementals and white walkers for months and another attack was imminent. (The forecasters thought we’d get 12″ of snow in Kansas City.)
I arrived at 11:00 Friday and spent and had an hour to get checked in and set up my table. By the time I dropped luggage off in my room, a line had formed for registration. In spite of the oncoming storm, and the new location, people showed up. Visioncon has some faithful attendees, and for good reason. This con is run very well and the staff is exceptional, great to work with, and well prepared. My sincere thanks to them for putting together such a great convention. I should also mention that the Raddison in Branson was a great place to host Visioncon. Nice rooms and a friendly staff. Next time I visit Branson, I’ll stay there.
Cristi and Brandon arrived Friday evening and were, as always, awesome! I couldn’t do cons without their help. Needless to say, Cristi rocked the new costume. I’m pretty sure more people are coming to visit her than me these days, I think they just tend to buy the books by accident.
One of my favorite things about Visioncon from last year was the costumes, and this year didn’t disappoint. While there are always a few duct tape warriors whose crafting talents are still better than mine 😉 you can tell that everyone goes all out for Visioncon. So many great costumes, and some that look like they came right out of Hollywood. From Game of Thrones and superheroes to Doctor Who and Star Trek, you’ll find a great representation of all genres at Visioncon.
Saturday night was just an awesome time! Hanging out with some new friends, we made the rounds – starting at the always amazing Mojo room party and ending with some dancing. (Okay, let’s be honest, I sorta rocked back and forth while everyone else danced. Hopefully I rocked in time to the music. I think.)
Sunday was the return of the scramble. It started sleeting shortly after I got back from my very, very important Starbucks run. We packed up and got out of there fast so we could spend the next five hours driving slow (the trip down took me about three.) Quite a few cars ended up in the ditch, and I was glad to make it home without incident.
If you haven’t been to this one, I highly recommend you put Visioncon on your list of cons to visit. I know we will be back in 2015!
You can see pics I took on Facebook
You can also see pictures from the official Visioncon photographers Just Shoot Me (great people!) on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JustShootMeArts