Over 1,000 fans a day converged on the Doubletree by Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota to celebrate Minneapolis’s comic con, Meta Con. Over 3/4ths of fans attending were in costumes, celebrating and showing off their favorite fandoms. For a first-year event, it was one of the most organized events I’ve ever seen.
Friday started with opening ceremonies, a few Q&As with the convention’s guests, a date auction, a formal dance, and a rave.
Nicholas Brendon hosted two small, intimate Q&A sessions about his work in Buffy and other series. About 30 people showed up to his Friday Q&A session, and nearly everyone had a chance to ask their questions. One question about how he liked Minneapolis lead to Nicholas taking the entire panel up the elevators to his eighth floor hotel suite to give them a tour.
The 13-and-up date auction was definitely PG-13 when the first person to be sold stripped to their boxers. The whole thing was pretty hilarious, with people being sold as dates to the formal dance anywhere from $10 to $50!
A couple hundred people came to learn how to Waltz and slow dance, and several people in epic formal costumes came to the ball. The music selection was pretty great for a formal dance, with lots of things to dance to, and several people socializing and getting to know each other.
Friday’s rave was epic, with awesome DJs, including a set from YTCracker. The rave did get shut down an hour early because of how great it was (actually, a hotel guest said that it was too loud).
Saturday was the big day for the convention, with most events scheduled on Saturday. In addition to the guest panels and all the always-on events, this day had the Masquerade and the concerts. I didn’t get to attend all the concerts, but the Nerdcore concert was epic.
This convention was probably the first con ever where the masquerade actually began on time. The winner came from a Deadpool dance off.
YTCracker, known to many as the originator of nerdy hip-hop, performed for a small crowd. Here’s some video… I’m the guy dancing badly on the left, and you can see my elbow a bit too much, sorry!
Sunday brought the close of the convention late in the afternoon. Closing ceremonies began with a Deadpool Gungnam style dance encore, and then staff thanked attendees for joining them.
Links on the web:
- Official Website
- Facebook Meta Con Page Pictures
- Facebook Meta Con Official Photography
- Deadpool Cosplay Contest Dance Off (Youtube)
- Postcards from Meta Con
Next year’s Meta Con has already been announced to be at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. The new location is almost five times bigger and twice as nice looking. When I visited, I found there is literally tons of space for congoers and cosplayers to hang out, and I’m really looking forward to next year.
Other reviews from the con:
- This Meta Con Party Never Actually Happened (GeekParty)