November 8, 2012

Skecon 2012 - Metapods, hamburgers and Buttman

I attended Skecon in Skellefteå last weekend, 2-4 November. It was a small convention (they had 200 tickets) held for the first time and I must say it was very successfully arranged. Despite being small it was a very enjoyable con experience and I'm certainly looking forward for the next time it is held.

I'm sorry I didn't write this earlier, I've been a bit lazy and I've also been waiting to see if I could find some photos of one thing during the convention..
Oh well, now on to the con summary.

Okay so me, my twin Jäätynyt Enkeli and Sairu-chan started our trip to Skellefteå on Friday morning. We woke up 07:00 Swedish time and put on our traveling clothes, took all our suitcases and shit with us and mom drove us to Haparanda town where she dropped us at the bus station while herself heading for work. We three sat and waited inside for the bus, which came 08:30. It was a Norrlandskusten bus, it's a nice dark blue double-decker. I think the trip took around 4,5 hours.
My new friend Sebastian got on the same bus further down but I wasn't sure it was him until we were in Skellefteå bus station and I saw him wearing the Hajime Saitou (from Hakuouki) wig and had two swords wrapped in fabric. xD We all four then found our way to the Skecon building, aka the Efyran.

We got our con bands and soon decided it would be better if we went to the sleeping accommodation place (which was on a class room floor of the nearby school) to dump our luggage and shit. Everyone of us four changed into cosplays there. I cosplayed Falkner, Sairu-chan cosplayed Erika and Jäätynyt Enkeli cosplayed Silver, all from Pokémon. Sebastian cosplayed a hakama version of Saitou from Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan.
We walked back to the con building and walked around a bit. Soon our "original trio" -aka me, my twin and Sairu-chan- found a nice blue painted wall so we decided to take turns and have a photoshoot of our Pokémon cosplays.

Cosplayer: Valkoinen Samurai
Photographer: Jäätynyt Enkeli

We mostly just chilled around and hung together and derped the whole Friday. The con atmosphere was relaxed, cozy and friendly and everyone seemed to have a good time. My favorite chilling place at the con was, without question, the bean bag chairs!! <3

"Life's tough being a Pokémon trainer" lol
I tried to take some self-photos just for fun but the (red) lighting was rather bad...
At one point we three went on a building exploration. We wound up in the Shimbukan dojo's "backside", aka changing-room-private-shower-and-sauna place where I noticed this sign someone had.. edited..

"såskopp" xD
It reads in Swedish:

No shoes in the changing rooms.
It's easier to clean that way."

But someone added "-skopp" to the last word which changed its meaning to:

"It's easier to clean sauce cup"

I found it funny. Even though I think it was made before the convention.
Oh well, we went back to the more main-ish part of the convention and derped some more. Walked around and stuff.. and of course I drank some coke.

When we three started to get tired we headed back to the sleeping place. Sebastian stayed behind at Skecon and came to sleep later. Our trio went back seemingly rather early because we were the only ones in the class room we had picked. Well, good for us because I think I was on some sugar high thanks to the coke drinking combined with con excitement so that when we pulled out our sleeping bags.. well.. as soon as I got into my green sleeping bag...  


I don't even
My sleeping bag was named Metapod because.. duh, it's green. Sairu-chan's was Pinkpod (obviously it was pink) and Jäätynyt Enkeli's was Emo Kakuna because it was a mix of black and neon-ish orange.
After the Metapod rampage I got exhausted and went to lie down on my place, on top of a fitness mattress. lol I can't say it was really comfortable.. at all. But it worked.. somehow. After we had finished talking about our cracky ideas like for example what Hijikata would hatch into if he slept overnight in a Metapod... rasetsu anyone? XD

By the way this was the first time ever during any con when I slept at the sleeping accomodation place instead of at a hotel or at some friend's/relative's place. In Sweden and Finland anime cons pretty much always organize this budget option for congoers to sleep at some random school's floor or something like that.

Oh, and on the roof close to me there was a paper airplace which had gotten stuck.

Saturday morning came. Me, Jäätynyt Enkeli and Sairu-chan put on normal clothes, took our Hakuouki cosplays with us and walked to the con. We didn't wake up Sebastian because he was sleeping so peacefully. At the con we changed into cosplay because the toilets at the school was too small/narrow to allow for putting on hakama and stuff. I didn't bother to do any hardcore cosplay make-up because the con feeling was not the oh-mai-gawd-look-at-that-cosplayer kind and well, I was lazy.

Most of Sunday me and Sairu-chan just chilled in the bean bag chairs and occasionally wandered around. Actually, soon after we all had changed into Hakuouki cosplays I asked Chizuru -aka Sairu-chan- if she could braid my wig because Hijikata's hair is looooong and I wasn't very keen on having to make sure it doesn't tangle the whole day. She agreed ~

Braiding, braiding..
My expression.. xD
During 14:00 I went to the Shimbukan dojo (it's in the same building) to attend the "try-on" budo/martial arts. Me, having already practiced kendo for a few years (but for the time being I'm on a pause ever since I got a bad lung sickness last year's February..) went there anyway. I already knew all stuff they showed us and then we got to do the fourth kendo kata, the one with Hasso-no-kamae and Waki-gamae. I was feeling like a boss when I already knew all the movements.  XD We also got to do a harai men on a person who was wearing kendo armor. After the quick kendo try-on we switched to kyudo. Just so you know, I've been wanting to try kyudo a long time but there are veeeery few clubs in Sweden and Finland so I've never gotten the chance. Needless to say when it was kyudo time I was all rhghjreghjfdshagjd and about to explode!! <3 Everyone who wanted to try got to fire three arrows with a beginner bow at some kind of white foam-ish target.. I have no clue what it was really. Of course one of the budo guys (it seemed like some of them practiced several different martial arts) gave everyone some guidelines how to stand, how to hold the bow etc. But seriously.. DAT FEELING when you fire an arrow for the first time with like a 2 m long bow-of-awesome.. it was so agjhfdgsha oh my god. <3<3<3 Sain ihan jumalattomat kicksit siitä. xD eiku One of the coolest things I've ever done ahaha. I did hit the target on my second try.
   I'm really sad I don't have any photos of my time in the dojo because I was there some hours and it was so damn awesome listening to Magnus-sensei's stories from their kendo club's Japan trips (some things which happened them in Japan were hilarious. I laughed so hard I almost cried many times XD) and his "ninja's didn't really exist" speech was very interesting, not to mention he also showed some jodo techniques and some moves with a naginata and stuff. It was so damn cool. We also got to hold this huge shinai and look closer on a sharp iaito katana. Me gusta mucho!!

After I had been there listening and laughing with the sensei, the budo guys and some other congoers my company came and was like "Hijikata-san we will go eating soon" and so I had to take my leave, haha. I'm sorry, they probably waited for me all this time. :$
Oh well, all four of us made our way to the nearby Max - a Swedish hamburger restaurant. We sat in the same table and next to us was a kid family... the kids stared at us so damn much oh my god. But now for some shinsengumi hamburger time feat. Hijikata! 8D


Hijikata eating fries!
I just had to put these photos together into a hamburger "comic" XD
Enough of hamburgers. 

We went back to the con and waited for the food coma to pass by in the bean bag chairs. That was when I heard an interesting sound coming closer.. it sounded like... geta... and then I saw a dude walk by with tengu geta (one-tooth geta) and I went

I want tengu geta so much!! *grabby hands*
At some point we went to the room where you could draw, make pins and perler beads and stuff. Sairu-chan had to draw Buttman there after I had been insisting "I AM BUTTMAN" the whole con time. It was too much fun!

My idol. <3 err maybe not xD
 And in case you have no clue what we are talking about:
(Finnish only!)

Later during the evening maybe 30 minutes or something before the cosplay competition was about to start I noticed Sairu-chan was shaking. She said she was freezing so I gave her my shinsengumi haori. We started walking slowly towards the second floor where the cosplay competition was to be held and while sitting on a couch up there a man came and asked if we were going to compete. I said that we weren't and then he said something about that we couldn't be there because the competitors were practicing how to walk on the scene and stuff. I think I asked if we could sit there because Chizuru wasn't feeling good and he then asked if we wanted to go to the con's health care. The "con nurse" came and led us up the stairs to his little health care room. He asked some questions and gave Sairu-chan a warm blanket-ish thing and told her to take it easy and drink water because she had some temporary fever. When the cosplay competition started it got noisy so we migrated over to the first floor's café where it was calmer. Me and Jäätynyt Enkeli -aka Sannan- tried our best to keep her company and comfort her.

Luckily her fever seemed to go away (or at least her forehead wasn't hot anymore) after a while and she said she felt much better; the shaking had gone away. It was a relief. Now we did miss the actual cosplay competition but I don't really mind.. my friend's well-being is more important. <3

After Chizuru had recovered it was my turn to derp. I started feeling my breathing was fucking up slightly and I just generally felt a bit.. dizzy. HIJIKATA YOU CAN'T BE OKITA NOOOOOOOOO I dealt with it (after all I'm used to breathing screw ups ever since that bad sickness..) and when it got late we went to the place with blue wall were we had photoshooted our Pokémon cosplays yesterday. But this time we went to sit on that wooden bench which was half-way hidden behind a wooden screen.. thing. lol you see I get language block right now. OTL We ate some candy we had bought at Ica yesterday and took some last photos. I can't say we got anything sensible but oh well, here's some derp photos!

Empty coke bottle storage.. it was my RATTLE dammit!
I was tired.. and le wig is a mess
"Fuck this shit, it's hot here" *takes off haori*
Chilling together
 And then the obligatory self-photo...

Soon after these photos we three changed back to normal gear and went to sleep. We had decided to not go to the con on Sunday because it ended early anyway and if we took the bus home on the morning we would be back home before it got dark. So on Sunday we woke up, packed our belongings and left while everyone else in the class room were sleeping. We headed to the Skellefteå bus station.

I saw this Skecon poster on the bus station's bulletin board thingy <3
We sat and waited for the bus to arrive. We were early so we had to wait one hour or so because the bus came 10:30 if I don't remember wrong.

I'm wearing my Saitou wig because of a really bad hair day. I noticed some people gave me dem looks. Oh, and the bus driver said to me after Sairu-chan had gone into the bus (she was wearing her Ciel wig) "oh, you also have such cool colored hair. Why have you colored it like that? :D" and I was all:

Because it was a wig and he thought it was my real hair..
I was so tired when we got on the bus so I slept most of the journey back. But. We had to change bus for some unknown reason (even though this bus wasn't supposed to change as far as I know) at Luleå bus station. The bus driver said that when we arrive there the change bus would already be there but when we got there the other bus wasn't there. He then said it would arrive behind the bus we had been in. So we stood and waited... in like 15 minutes or something and it was cold and we all were freezing. Our feelings:

Oh well. We got home and the trip was successful. I hope there will be more Skecon events in the future.


-Warning. Rant ahead-

Except that I got offended by some few people during the con who would misgender me and when -I or my friends- corrected them they would insist on correcting me.

I'm the one who knows myself the best. No one else has the right to define who and what I am, except myself. It's not my damn fault that I currently have some physical shortcomings, so please understand or at the very least accept that not everyone and everything is what it might look like at first glance. If I correct you don't insist on correcting me, that's rude. You might think it's not a big deal but it's my identity in question and that is indeed a very big deal to me; I want to have a right to be who I am and not be treated wrong all the damn time. I've had to deal with it 19 years so you can guess how fed up with that shit I am by now. I just want to be seen as the person I am.. is that too much to ask?

Of course I understand if someone who doesn't know me messes up when they first meet me -but- after I correct them and they don't do those mistakes again it's fine. But. If they still insist on calling me wrong things after that then they piss me off with their ignorance, very much. It's painful; I'm sick of being mistaken for something I am not and have never ever been. I'm a guy. Thank you. /end rant

Bye bye!


Sairu Chan said...

So much derpness and awesomness XD Kiitoksia aivan mahtavasta conista ja loistavasta seurasta <3

METAPOOOOD!! <3 Pinkpod approves xDDD

Säkkituolit <3 Se conin kohokohta! JA EIII! Sie sitten ihan oikeasti laitoit sen Buttmanin tänne XDD Mitä kusetusta se tämä nyt oikein on??

Kiitoksia vielä kerran avustanne kun sairastuin <3 Arvostan sitä todella!

Voin vain kuvitella kuinka rasittavaa kaikki se korjailu on ja toivon todella, että asiat muuttuisivat parempaan suuntaan <3

Valkoinen Samurai said...

Derpness always. XD Eipä kestä, kiitokset sinulle!

METAPOD approbes Pinkpod. xDDDD

Säkkituolit olivat best! No totta munassa laitoin Buttmanin! >8D Problem? xD

Nou hätä, aina auttamassa kavereita! <3

Joo se on ihan helevutin ärsyttävää.. toivottavasti täst kohta alkais hommat pyörimään oikeaan suuntaan.

erika_92 said...

Ååh, fint med så mycket bilder! Metapod xD

(usch vad robotkoderna är svåra för att skriva in kommentarer..)

Valkoinen Samurai said...

Tack! Metapod. < 3>

(ja eller hur! Ibland har jag fått skriva om koderna 5 gånger på raken innan det blir rätt..)

Ri-chan said...

I'm so jelly of all the awesome martial arts things! I've sort of been wanting to try kendo and really any martial art is cool to try.

Also sounds like such an awesome time you had. (Expect for those few narrow-minded idiots) Small cons just have that special hanging around time, when there's no stuff to do really.

And bean bag chairs sound like the perfect thing to have in the con place.

Valkoinen Samurai said...

The martial arts were awesome! <3 You should have been there!!

It was very fun. :) It was a bit sad because that unpleasant experience happened at the very end of Saturday just when we were leaving the con. Sen takia jäi vähän paha maku suuhun. :'( Except that it was really great!

Bean bag chairs are full of win. <3

Anonymous said...

Som arrangör ber jag om ursäkt för de som du tog illa upp av. Du kunde ha valt att prata med någon av oss, funktionärerna eller säkerhet så skulle vi ha kunnat prata med dem.

Ett konvent bygger på glädje, kärlek och värme, och att känna sig kränkt eller dylikt är det sista man vill erfara på ett konvent. Det dessa personer gjorda är oacceptabelt.

Vi får dock hoppas att du fortfarande dyker upp nästa gång! Det var bra skrivet. :D


Psycho Cat said...

Sound like the you have lost of fun really and the other two, so sad that I could not go there XD I was working, or more having a day of "pratik".

Also I am so sad too read the last part =(

But don´t let that bring you down. <3
You did have a great time at the con anyway.

Valkoinen Samurai said...

Jo jag kunde ju ha informerat er men det hände just då när jag lämnade konventet på lördag natt, de allra sista minuterna jag var där (var ej på plats på söndag) så det kändes på samma veva inte "lönt" att gå informera. :/ Hade det hänt tidigare kanske jag skulle ha tagit kontakt.. om jag hade haft mod nog att göra det haha.

Det håller jag med om! På konvent ska man trivas och känna sig trygg och ha kul!

Jodå, det positiva överväger det negativa så om det blir ett nytt Skecon lär jag vara på plats! Tycker man som nordligt bosatt ska supporta konvent här uppe med så att det fortsätter att organiseras i framtiden och att det möjligen kommer ännu fler! :D Och tack!

Valkoinen Samurai said...

Yup, it was pretty great! I'm happy I was there. :)
Ah I see. Maybe next time?

Yeah, it wasn't nice but at least the other experiences outweighted the bad one in the end.

Psycho Cat said...

Yes I will try to come at the next one.

Jepp true there.