I spent a fun filled weekend of cosplay, panels, and shenanigans at CONtraflow SciFi! This is quickly becoming one of my favorite stops on the convention circuit. It's a small convention focused on science, science fiction/fantasy, and literacy. From gaming and panels to music performances and room party competitions, there's a little something for everyone at CONtraflow; and, the welcoming, family-type feel of this small con makes it a favorite among attendees.
|One of the panel rooms was set up like a board room. I felt super important during my panels! (Photo: Scott Rivet)|
As much as I loved the panels offered, my only gripe with this year's CONtraflow was the panel scheduling. With so many fabulous panels, I'm sure it was incredibly difficult to fit everything in. Unfortunately, that meant that some panels were scheduled at some very strange and inconvenient hours. This is not an issue specific to CONtraflow; it seems to be a habit for conventions to schedule panels starting at the same time as the convention doors opening. It's a disservice to both the panelists and their audience alike, as those panels are destined to start at least 10-15 minutes late in order to allow people to get there on time. It's annoying for the audience and extremely frustrating for panelists; with such great programming, no one wants to miss a minute!
Looking for something a little more interactive? Try your luck in a Tea Duel! Presented by the New Orleans Tea Dueling Society, this fun game tests your nerve and your steady hand in a game of chicken with soggy tea biscuits. The winner in this tournament style game walked away with a handmade, leather tea cup holder from The Man From Middle-Earth. I made it all the way to the final round before my biscuit failed me, but both the biscuits and the tea was delicious and I had way more fun than I thought I would.
|Real food in the Hospitality Suite?? Of course that drew a crowd!|
|Right out of Back to the Future, this room party took top prize!|
|Room parties are no joke at CONtraflow!|
Now, let's take a look at some of the stand-out cosplay and vendor booths I found:
|BoonDuck Saints! Clever cosplay is clever!|
1. Mystic FX and Jesse Shoemaker teamed up to bring some fabulous creations to life!
2. The seamstress of The Peddler's Pack makes beautiful designs!
3. Talaxia Designs offer several creations, including these geeky clock faces!
4. The folks with the International Krewe of Chewbacchus brought out some of their toys, including the Lunar Party Rover!