Concepcion, Chile – Hype Producciones brings together video gamers and pop culture fans alike so they can geek out! Their biggest event of the year, ExpoGame Chile, which started in 2014, brings in video gamers and cosplayers from around the country. Two years after its creation, Hype felt their fellow gamers needed another fix during their year and created Fanatic in 2016. Fanatic is a scaled down version of ExpoGame but does not disappoint! Concepcion, a city most known for its explosive music scene, needed a bit of something different and Fanatic fits that bill. While Concepcion isn’t short on expositions nor events, there is nothing like connecting with your inner child that can just bring everyone together for 2 days of wrestling, costumes, games, contests, guest speakers and collectibles.
Characters from many different genres were represented – from video games to comics, to anime to movies and magic. Cosplayers were nothing short of creative and really dove into character.
There is always some event going on, leading attendees back to the main stage. Fans circle the stage, eager to be chosen, to participant or just to cheer on the contestants.
Game consoles of all kinds were available for play. Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo all had their stations. Fans could play FIFA, compete in Super Smash Brothers or Just Dance competitions. There was even a place for PC gamers to compete online.
The national luchadores made an appearance to wrestle for gems to win La Batalla del Infinito.
Christina Smith is an American expatriate currently residing in Chile covering events for NEO-Examiner in South America .Book her for any coverage you may need
Last weekend I participated in the famous costume contest at the Wizard World Comic Con in Cleveland Ohio. I’ve never entered any sort of costume contest before, so it was definitely a new experience for me. I’ve cosplayed before, but being in a contest was definitely new and exciting for me. Unlike the comic heroine Black Canary I dressed up as, I definitely had a bit of stage fright.
Cosplaying is what you call dressing up as your favorite character from something like a comic, video game, movie, or show. Talented cosplayers of all ages gathered in the large auditorium room, where photographers flocked to take photos of the elaborate costumes before the judging started. That’s when I got the time to check it all out and talk to the creative minds behind the amazing work. People from all backgrounds and interests took days assembling their intricate cosplay so they can look just like their favorite characters. From Disney princesses to Marvel superheroes, everyone did a wonderful job. My favorite costume, hands down, was Princess Amidala!
Before we went on stage, they took a short video of all of us in line. That’s when things started to get real. The room started filling up with people, and suddenly there was at least a hundred or more attendees waiting to see us show off our costumes on stage. As I was waiting in line, I met a mother and daughter entering together. The daughter was dressed as a flower from a video game, something that looked vaguely 8-bit. Her mother had an original design, that is to say she created the character herself. Her costume was, “The Dragon Queen”. Of all the people I met, she had the only original costume. I thought that was awesome.
Eventually we moved to the part of the line where they took our photos studio style. I struck a couple poses, and was then ushered towards the stage. At this point I was pretty nervous, but I knew there was no turning back now. They called, “The Black Canary!” and I climbed up the steps onto the stage, letting my inner punk rock heroine let loose, and then promptly made my exit. I did it. I competed in a world renowned costume contest!
If you go to Wizard World next year, I highly recommend you attend their famous costume contest. You will not be disappointed.
Cleveland ,Ohio- The staff at Wizard World have done it again for the third straight year .Bring a packed comic and pop culture festival to the rock capital and this time they turned the volume up to 11. I refereed to it as a festival because that is now what it is , music , movie screenings , comedy, art and musical shows is how the weekend played out and left a very exhausted and happy Cleveland in its place. Cleveland is a city has that been starving for conventions for quite a while now, but that was not always the case . In the 1960’s Star Trek premiered here at a sci fi convention, during the 1980’s and 1990’s both fan based and corporate operated conventions such as Creation Conventions dominated the landscape but for many years there was a lull in Cleveland and with Wizard World those times are a thing of the past !
The Celebs are the drawing power for the general public , however the artists attract the true collectors and the camaraderie and fun bring in cosplayers of all ages !
The artists are some of the highlights of the con and its your chance to get one of a kind art from the artists themselves !
The fans and fandom are what the weekend is about and cosplay rules supreme and this con was full of fun and adventure !