Recently, I traveled to Lake Charles, La for the 5th anniversary of CyPhaCon, an anime, gaming and science fiction convention. This year boasted some pretty impressive guest names, a special screening of a Doctor Who fan series, and (my personal favorite) a legitimate sword-fighting class with the man who taught Arya Stark how to wield a blade, Miltos Yerolemou. So, follow along as I dive deeper into CyPhaCon:
This was a relatively small convention with a pretty young, and enthusiastic crowd, and the Civic Center it was held in was set up in such a way that even though it was split up between three floors, two of them were connected by a large, atrium-like space in the center so it felt like one big room. The whole atmosphere was less like a convention, and more like a giant sleep-over (especially since people were constantly calling out to each other over the balconies). Though everything was pretty close together, there was plenty of room to comfortably move around, and I did not hear of a single fight or harassment issue while I was there.
|View of the 2nd floor from a 3rd floor balcony. Photo: Scott Wetmore|
The second floor was mostly fan tables, and is where I came across the Doctor Who: The Soldier Stories Fan Series table. This lovely group is actively fundraising to produce their vision of Doctor Who spinoff featuring The Soldier, and engineered Time Lord assassin traveling throughout the universe in his own TARDIS carrying out missions that he should have stopped receiving when Gallifrey was lost. They held a special screening of their first episode Saturday night, and I must say that the production value was surprisingly good given their budget, and the story is certainly interesting. The episode ended on a shocking cliff-hanger (of course), that left one audience member unable to stop herself from exclaiming, "You bastard!" In addition to the screening, the guys brought with them what is apparently one of the most screen accurate replicas of the 11th Doctor's TARDIS in the States:
|Yes, there's even a phone inside the door panel.|
The dealer's room was pretty small, but I was still able to find a few handcrafted gems in there. As always, these are in no particular order:
There were lots of younger cosplayers in attendance, in varying levels of costuming. It was great seeing so many enthusiastic cosplayers trading tips with each other!