Hello doods ~
I attended Kitacon in Kemi, Finland, yesterday on 14th November. Because Kemi is in the north Kitacon's mascot has always been some kind of human with reindeer traits –aka horns– and this year, I must say, the mascot was especially nice! (yes, it changes every year)
|Kitacon's schedule leaflet feat. this year's mascot.|
I also need to mention that even though I had plans on cosplaying Japan from Hetalia that just didn't happen, sorry. ^^" The main reason is that I was simply just way too fucking tired on the morning, lol. I've seriously had a lot of problems sleeping lately and because of that I'm tired as shit during the days. It's really annoying because I just can't fall asleep, mumble mumble. ._. Another legit reason is that the weather has been pure crap the last weeks (where's the sun??) and the Kitacon day was no different – on the morning it was super wet outside and it was blowing so hard that I was worried that if I had cosplayed Japan I would have sailed away on my haori or something, lol. Or worse – the wind might have blown my contact lenses out of my eyes!
So yeah, I decided it was a better idea to leave the cosplaying for another event and strut to Kitacon in my casual gear.
|Kitacon advertisement upgrade – fabric banner!|
Khrrm. Yeah... hrrhhrr.
Kitacon was held in Sauvotalo in centrum, as per usual. As soon as we got there I got the impression that it felt more crammed than on earlier years...? Then again, they had less space in use on the first floor than on previous years so yeah, that might have been a reason why.
|Kitacon's entrance. This was the sight we were met with when|
we entered the building.
|The Merchandise Hall on the first floor.|
|There were a lot of people; I sometimes had problems moving around.|
|Some people drawing in the crafts room, aka "piirustuspiste / työpaja".|
|The other table in the room, where you could make kimono girls|
out of paper.
I also found Ronya (or well, she found me) quite early on and I was so excited because we had been talking prior to the con a lot online and hadn't met yet in real life; we had planned to play Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate together as soon as we got bored so yeah, I was stoked to get to play with her! o/ Jäätynyt Enkeli also joined in on the hunting because why the heck not? It's not like we didn't get bored after we had seen everything Kitacon had to offer.
I personally wasn't interested in any of the panels etc, except maybe for that panel about the Russian con called Polarcon – yeah, there was a panel about "the meeting of the northern conventions!" and some Russian guys were invited to talk about their con and the con culture in Russia. I regret a bit for not attending that panel but oh well, I forgot about it and realized way too late what time it was. :'(
Some random merchandise photos coming up!
|Some fleece hats with huge cute buttons on etc.|
|Wannabe's store. I can't recall having seen them at Kitacon before, yay fresh blood!|
|What seems to be Umbreon and Gengar hoodies. Oh, and Toothless fleece hats.|
|Cupcake Cult t-shirts and others...?|
|A small part of Fantasiapelit's manga selection.|
|... and of course no con is complete without Pocky!|
|The sight you were met with once going up the stairs to the second floor.|
|The Maid Cafe. (and omg, there's actually a butler!)|
|Some yummy-looking bakeries from said cafe.|
– you can't pause without getting rekt by a random monster!! xD Oh and yeah, the whole "sosiaalikerho" thing kinda turned into a running joke and it was hilarious, hands down. And it got even better when Karri suddenly went "fuck this shit :D" and power-hugged us while we were in a heated monster battle.
I do feel bad though for not spending as much time with Karri as I would have wanted but yeah, I had promised Ronya to play with her and it was just way too much fun. I'm so sorry Karri, next time I promise I'm gonna hang more with you too! ;_;
|A part of one of the Artist's Alley tables – my favorite one actually!|
The Ōkami pins! *u*
All in all Kitacon was a very fun experience and I'll of course keep attending it because hey, I live close and it has free entrance, woop! Gotta support the local conventions! :) I also like how Kitacon has a relaxed atmosphere and how it has that "little con charm" to it, haha. I don't feel stressed or get anxiety attacks when I'm there, compared to some of the bigger events.
|This is my Kitacon purchases – a Monster Hunter art book from Fantasiapelit|
and the super cute Ōkami pin from Artist's Alley.
That about wraps it up I guess. Thanks for reading and yeah, this was the last convention of the year!
Shiro Samurai out.