So SunnyCon was a thing that happened, and this year even with hiccups was probably their best event so far.
As a long-term convention-goer in the UK I always take new events with a pinch of salt and in previous years I’ve been very critical of SunnyCon. But there’s no such thing as ‘bad feedback’ – any feedback is useful and getting critical feedback is what makes the difference and gives organisers a kick in the right direction. At the very least it’s a decent starter event and a nice way to get into the convention scene, especially for younger fans.
But the biggest thing this year was that I entered Madoka into their costume competition – last year had a top prize of £2,000 and this year had a slightly reduced £1,000, but it’s still an awesome prize for any cosplayer. It’s always nice to win a cash prize after how much time, effort and money goes into individual costumes. Last year I gave it a miss but this year I went for it, and after entering I’m quite happy to say I came 2nd in the competition, bagging a fancy £500 prize!
The standard of costumes this year was much better than last year, and all of the entries were great. The cosplayers were lovely too. I’m not very confident even though I try to come off that way and I was really surprised to win a prize at all if I’m honest, especially after seeing the effort everyone had gone to. It was nice that the judges were really friendly and had a chance to speak to everyone individually this year too, which was a big improvement from last year.
SunnyCon itself seems to have gone through a lot of improvements too, but it’s still a little haphazard. A lot of events ran quite late, but at the very least they apologised this year. But easily the biggest issue was the venue which was basically a glorified tent pitched up on a car park. It was still much better organised than previous venues, with a lot more communication and a much better layout, but that doesn’t change the fact it was basically a tent. That and thank goodness it didn’t rain!
One thing that needs to be said though is that it’s still impressive that SunnyCon manages to run with a tiny committee. That and as said before it’s nice that they actually listen to feedback, so hopefully next year they’ll take on even more feedback. It’s a family friendly event with a very young audience, so it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but it’d be nice to see that they keep on improving.
As for me it’s back to the grind for Japan Expo next week, and then for ECG at the end of July.. non-stop working. 1 competition down, 2 to go!