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Conventions!

It looks like we have more conventions every year. It’s great, of course, because it’s more fun stuff to choose from!

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So far, we had two conventions this year, and the third one, Potter Mania, is coming in March.

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About a month ago, there was the Epic Fantasy Festival: two days of panels about games (The Witcher, World of Warcraft, Dungeons and Dragons), books (The Witcher books, Tolkien, epic fantasy that’s not written by Tolkien), heavy metal music and epic fantasy, cosplay… There was also a lot of stuff to buy, of the shut up and take my money kind.

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Zmaya Pyro-Art: Burning Stuff in a Creative and Socially Acceptable Way

And then, there was Chibicon, about three weeks ago (a Japanese pop-culture convention). It started out as a mini-convention because Japanizam, the major convention happening in July, wasn’t enough, but this year, even Chibicon lasted for three days.

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There were panels about other conventions, beautiful design, cosplay, history of Japan, superheroes, games, manga tutorial books, there were computer game tournaments, a cosplay competition, an AMV competition, a drawing competition, a Worbla workshop… There was a LOT to see and enjoy in in just three days.

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And, of course, there was more shut up and take my money stuff to buy.

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Tamaishi Design

Conventions can quickly get exhausting, and then I wish to get some rest… Only to start missing the convention fun and wait for the next one, because there will be more interesting stuff to watch, listen to, and learn.

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BeoKon 2017!

It’s November, and the last weekend was BeoKon time. Well, not just the weekend, the convention started on Friday, with a panel on Stranger Things, and went on until late Sunday evening.

Err, what’s BeoKon?

A local convention, held in Belgrade, Serbia. Calling it a local version of Comic-Con wouldn’t be 100% accurate, but it will give you a pretty good idea what’s it like.

And what was it like?

For me, great. Well, I would’ve preferred more panels on books (hey, you know me!), but other than that, I went from one panel to another (Stranger Things, Supernatural, Killing Stalking, The Handmaid’s Tale, Rick and Morty, Saga, Lovecraft & Ligotti, Game of Thrones), and the highlight was (as it should be!) the guest of honor, Norman Spinrad.

I’ve first encountered Spinrad’s writing when I got to translate two of his essays, Science Fiction in the Real World and The Transmogrification of Philip K. Dick. For some reason, the idea that I might see him in person has never occurred to me. I don’t know why. I mean, he’s still alive (obviously), he’s still writing (the book he’s working on now sounds really interesting, and scary as well), and yet, somehow, I never thought that I’d see him in person. And then the announcement came, and I was sort of fangirling (no screaming or fainting, though), sharing the announcement all over Facebook, thinking about what to tell him (in the end I didn’t say anything, and talked a bit to his partner Dona instead, she’s awesome!)… You get the idea. And, of course, it was great to hear him talk about his work and experiences; he’s someone who’s been there, done that, and has a lot to say about it.

And then I was too tired for the third day, and missed some stuff like Alien, new Doctor Who, American Gods, Marvel vs DC, Star Trek: Discovery vs The Orville, The Expanse, cosplay catwalk, and a bunch of other things. Yes, it was all during just one day at BeoKon.

And now we’re all recovering, and waiting for the next BeoKon.

Here are some pictures, and you can see the rest here.

 

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Down left is the book of Spinrad’s essays, so far the only book of his translated to Serbian
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A room full of visitors, a lot of them very young, listening about Killing Stalking
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Two stories by Spinrad were translated in the latest edition of the fanzine Emitor
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There were a lot of things to spend your money on
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Even Deadpool was shopping at BeoKon!
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There were cosplayers…
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There was Ursula the Sea Witch, plotting with Cersei…
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…and, of course, there was Norman Spinrad! Yay!
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Japanizam!

Over a month ago (I know, I know, it takes me forever to post, and I really should post more often), it was Japanizam time.

Japanizam is a pop culture convention in Belgrade that was held, for the first time, 10 years ago (has it been 10 years already?), and, while it started as a Japanese pop culture convention, it has grown quite a bit, and now it encompasses pretty much everything and anything that’s related to numerous fandoms and popular culture phenomenons. A lot of it is still related to manga, anime, and Japan in general, but cosplayers wore whatever they wanted (think Cersei, Littlefinger, Joker, Harley Quinn, Negan…), and there were panels related to interesting non-Japanese things, too.

And there was a surprise, as well: since most of the visitors are young, the organizers thought that only a small number of them would be interested in an academic lecture of sorts (about anime and psychoanalysis). As it turned out, there wasn’t enough room for everyone: after everyone grabbed a chair, people were standing wherever they could, sitting on the floor, sitting behind and around the lecturer… And everyone had a great time. Like here:

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Or here:

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And was the convention fun? Sure it was: panels, awesome cosplayers talking about their work, history, mythology, games, performers… The pictures and the video (the performance was inspired by Ghost in the Shell) show only a part of it, but hopefully enough to get an idea of the fun everyone had.

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