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ArtemisVulpes

Home again.

FWA 2011 has come and gone. This was only my second year at this con, but once again it proved why it has quickly become my favorite and I already look forward to going back next year.

While I think that last year as a little more wild and crazy and the Hilton was a little more interesting hotel over the Sheraton, I fully understand why they moved. As well, I understand why there were a few hiccups this year, the staff was trying a whole new way of doing things and being their first year of implementation it gave them a chance to see where the issues are so that next time the wrinkles will be ironed out.

Again, while this year felt a little more toned done I still had a hell of a time. My mate came along with me, which made it awesome by default, we got to meet and talk to artists, picking up some art along the way, got to see some old friend and even made some new ones. Along with catching the cool events going on, these are the things I love about cons and why I go, I only wish I could go to more but like everyone knows time and money is always an issue.

There was always a plan to hit two cons this year and at one point it was looking like Gothy and I might hit a third. RF was going to be our next, fallowed by MFF, but after discussing things we have decided to drop RF. FWA is one she agrees we have to return to and we shall see how MFF goes, it is a local con for her since she lives just outside Chicago.

We will be keeping our eyes out for other cons we might want to visit next year, but for now FWA and MFF will be it for us. However, other than these two cons I get to see Gothy when she comes and visits my home town for a week in July. It is what we are doing instead of hitting a third con this year since it will mean we get a full week together and do not have to deal with staying at a hotel.

See you all when I see you all.
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Shokuji
7 years, 6 months ago
" but after discussing things we have decided to drop RF
*sadness*

Glad you had fun at the con, though. *hugs*
ArtemisVulpes
7 years, 6 months ago
Yeah, I know there will be a few people that will give me some grief for not going, but to be honest it has never been my favorite con, most just what was local. For all the furs I know there, I cannot really call any of them my friends, I never end up doing anything with anyone and every year except the last I have ended up all by myself the entire time. Really the only thing I will miss is seeing some of the artists I know, but will certainly not miss the negative and hostile attitude of a lot of the con-goers.

I was downright embarrassed when I took my mate last year, RF is, especially last years, was not a good first con going experience. I am so glad that she got to go to FWA and got to see what a good is like.
Shokuji
7 years, 6 months ago
" I know there will be a few people that will give me some grief for not going
I wasn't trying to grief you, just sad that I'm not going to see you there. *hugs*

" Really the only thing I will miss is seeing some of the artists I know, but will certainly not miss the negative and hostile attitude of a lot of the con-goers. I was downright embarrassed when I took my mate last year, RF is, especially last years, was not a good first con going experience. I am so glad that she got to go to FWA and got to see what a good is like.
Hm.. it's the only con I've ever been to because generally I can only afford to go to a local con. =/ It's too bad the experiences weren't so good for you. I have nothing to compare things with yet. People were negative/hostile to you? >_<;; I certainly didn't experience that. I hope it was just a few assholes and not everyone you met.

I really wish I could have met you there. >_<; I was at the con the whole time too, darn it. *flails* Perhaps I could have made it a bit more fun.

I'd like to make this con better (since it's my local one). Could you give some details about your experience?
1) What was embarrassing about last year's Rainfurrest?
2) What is RF lacking that makes other cons (like FWA) better?
3) What examples of negative/hostile con-goers?

Cons are always better when you're with friends. My first con (Conifur) was quite lonely. Just hung out in the game room most of the time. =/ Rainfurrest was lots better for me, much more friendly but also I tried to be more open to chatting with new people.
ArtemisVulpes
7 years, 6 months ago
Yeah, they are way better and that is part of the problem with RF. Except for having my mate with me last year, every time I have gone I have been either alone, ditched or forgotten. One of the reasons why I started doing some volunteering, to keep busy and find people to interact with, which worked and helped deal with some con blues and kept me from spending so much time in my room.

Really it is not an issue with people being hostile towards me, but towards each other. There is so much drama with the furs in the NorthWest it makes me sick. I am tired of dealing with the socially inept, the frat-mentallity and elitism I see not just at the con, but furmeets and our local message boards and chatrooms.

If they are not being nasty to each other, while all trying to fuck one another, they are being nasty to curious non-furs. I have been trying to promote the positive aspects of the fandom and it feels like my efforts are being steped on by the local community because they still want to act like high-school studends over growing up. I am just tired of it all.
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