Posted: Oct 7, 2013 9:40 AM
Today marks the start of a three-day convention known as Realmscon. Realmscon is an anime/video game convention where people dress up as their favorite character and have a good time. Every year, Realmscon comes down to Coprus Christi for the first weekend of October. There are many things that go on here. There's and Artist's Alley, which is a long, wide hallway where registered artit's set up booths and sell their wares. Some are open to commission (that's where youpay them to do something specific), but most just want you to buy something. There's also a room called the Dealer's Room... no, not that kind of dealer. The Dealer's Room is similar to the Artist's Alley in that they both have registered people selling their wares. The difference is that in the Artist's Alley, everything you can buy is one hundred percent hand made. That's why it's the ARTIST'S Alley. In the Dealer's Room, the products can come from wherever or whoever (within law, of course), and it might not be the person selling it. But, the products there areusually better quality, since these are things the merchants bought instead of made. They have everything from manga (Japanese comic books) to anime box sets to collectable figurines to posters to plushies to weapons to lighters to costumes to old games to new games to untranslated Japanese games to Japanese snacks to Japanese soda to American snacks to American sodas... the list goes on and on.
But there's more to do than just buy things. There are several different events and contests. There are panels where people give really good advice on things like costume construction and maintenance, or tips on making games, all kinds of things really. Last year, there was a panel where the creators of a movie not only showed the movie, but dressed as the characters and reeanacted it DURING the movie. There are costume contests as well. Then there's Sleeping Samurai. Sleeping Samurai is a tournament where people can beat the tar out of each other with foam weapons. It is a tournament, so there are rules. You can't hit people in the head. If your arm or leg gets hit, you lose that arm or leg. If you lose two arms or legs, you're dead. If you get hit in the torso, your dead. Also, you have to bow before entering the ring.
One of Realmscon's traditions is a midnight rave where they play dubstep and Japanese pop, light up a dark room wiht lasers and strobes, and throw out glow sticks. Also, Realmscon has sever panels hosted by actual celebrities. Do you like King of the Hill? The creator is there every year. Last year Tom Felton (better known as Draco Malfoy) was scheduled to show up, but he bailed at the last second. You don't need a costume to enjoy Realmscon; it just makes the experience more... experiency. Remember, what happens at Realmscon stays on the internet.
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