Well, in the past week I was a volunteer in Comicdom con Athens. I used to visit the con every year since I moved to Athens, but I wanted to take part in it.
I’ve never volunteered in such an event before. My only previous experience was some small scale school or village volunteering, therefore I was extremely anxious about what would be requested of me and how would I perform my duties. As the days went by, I realised that it wasn’t as serious as I had imagined. After all if you love comics and fictional heroes as I do, it’s a fun way to be around them. Belonging to a group made it all the more easy to meet and communicate with comic creators or comic shop owners or simply people having the same interests as you.
Regarding the con itself, I believe that year after year it becomes larger and more multielement. Famous artists around the globe visit for Q&A and signing sessions, as well as workshop conduction. I was lucky enough to meet Soo-san [Sookyung Yoo], a well-known manga creator and researcher (born in Korea, studied in Japan and Europe). There was also a great number of Greek artists and creators with their (self- or not) published work. Sooooo many comic book stores, so many fancy figures, so great discounts, you couldn’t even rest your eyes for a second. And of course a HUGE crowd all around.
And finally the cosplayers, the main attraction of every con that respects itself. So much work, so much detail, so many colours.
(Oh god my last sentences are full of sooooo many so’s)
My con experience in a GIF: I just wanted to fix my hair and I made my friend to hold my cellphone as mirror. He wanted to annoy me, he wanted it bad, so he started tapping. But he stop! As the following equation shows 1 tap=1 selfie, and as a result i was left with a bunch of non-focused images. Hence the wierd-angry-rape-sweet face (cyclothymia at it’s best) .