C.O.N.S. III - The Show Must Go On!
July 24, 2011 in Willich
Just like every year sees Santa Clause and a dozen new Bumblebees coming
round, so did 2011 once again feature the annual German Transformers
Fan Convention C.O.N.S. and to put the most important thing first: we
managed to continue our trend of growth from last year, once again
increasing our visitor number by over a 100 when compared to the
previous year. If we continue this trend, we'll overtake Botcon in...
but let's not go there quite yet. And to give you an impression of what
it was like: my friend James, who came all the way from the United
States to attend this event, said the following words to me directly
„I liked it. It was more fun than Botcon!“
Now that's what I call a compliment, right? Especially seeing as there
were lots of bad omens preceding the event. So it was but a week before
the C.O.N.S. that its speaker (Yours Truly) had absolutely no voice
thanks to a cold. My beloved wife had to stay home and couldn't attend
due to a severe ear infection. The summer was conspicuous by its absence
and it was raining nearly non-stop. The flight of this year's guest of
honor, Simon Furman, was nearly seven hours late. And if all that wasn't
enough, the culinary side of the event was a near total failure because
our rather non-cooperative hosts at the Kaisersaal, where the event
took place, first cancelled the barbecue with no explanation and then
didn't have enough other food handy to keep the masses fed during the
But as famous German showmaster Thomas Gottschalk once said: if the
director doesn't break down crying, then it wasn't a good show. And so
it was that Alex (aka Skywarp), our beloved boss lady, finished the day
completely exhausted and crying, but only out of relief and happiness
because it had turned out to be a great event despite all the obstacles
in our way. Everyone had fun, we were all able to happily indulge our
inner Transformers nerds, friendships were renewed or freshly funded,
and of course there was lots of robot-shaped plastic being bought and
sold as well.
As I mentioned above we had a guest of honor this year, Simon Furman. If
you don't know who that man is, then what are you doing here? Apart
from the honor of getting to know the grand master and vast, predatory
bird of Transformers comics, it was also very nice to discover that he
isn't just a great writer, but also an extremely likeable chap, who
didn't grumble over his delay for too long and took the various jibes
against his famous "Furmanisms" with humor. A great guy is Simon Furman,
who made us all very happy campers by saying he'd like to come back
Once again present this year, the rockband Rampage, along with their
specially created song "Let's go Transform!" and lots of bass. C.O.N.S.
creator and spiritual guide Lucy even joined them on stage for a few
songs to prove his vocal talent, earning him lots of applause.
Supplementing the music with dance moves were our resident cosplayers,
among them Animated Soundwave, two Sari Sumdacs, Blurr, and a very
sinister-looking Bumblebee (oh, come on, Rumble! You know it was a
And speaking of Bumblebees... oh yes, the Bumblebees. This year's
raffle, bigger than ever thanks to our various sponsors, seemed to
contain hundreds of them. Did anyone notice the speaker's growing
irritation with this figure and character after the 20th time this
figure came up? Nah, can't be, we're all pros here after all.
Apart from the fan art and custom contests, which have been a stable at
C.O.N.S. since the start, we had two brand-new contests this year, one
for cosplayers and a Transformers quiz. The former was owned by Saskia
(aka "To Punish and Enslave") in her Animated Sounwave outfit, while
only one of all the people present managed to correctly answer all 20
questions on the quiz sheet, namely Patrick (aka "Scourge"). And once
again for everyone who hasn't gotten it yet: yes, the G1 cartoon first
debuted in 1984. In AMERICA! The question was, when did it debut in
GERMANY! But enough of that. Congratulations to all the winners, apart
from those I already mentioned there were Tarminator who took the Fan
Art contest and Pyps who won the best custom figure.
So, what else is there to report? We learned that Simon Furman actually
killed Optimus Prime only one time. We also learned that it's not a good
idea to dance in heavy-duty cosplay outfits (those were huge sweat
stains I saw there, Rumble!). We also found out that we were able to
gather a full set of Beast Wars figures (for the 15th anniversary this
year) from German collectors for our display table, except those nasty
Fox Kids exclusive figures, may they rot in the Pit!
And finally we learned (once again) that a chaotic, only
borderline-sane, but very enthusiastic group of Transformers fans is
capable to organize a great event, to improvise if necessary, to learn
from past mistakes (and make new ones), only to be able to say in the
"This was C.O.N.S. number three! And behold, it was good!"
See you all in 2012. And whoever thought that there were far too many
Bumblebees this year, you just wait! For next year is the 10th
anniversary of Armada and Alex loves Minicons! And there are more
Minicons than Bumblebees, as hard as that may be to believe.as auch
vorzustellen sein mag.
Publiziert am: Donnerstag, 25. August 2011 (4815 mal gelesen)
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