Last saturday I visited my first ever MLP convention! It was also the very first pony con held in the Netherlands and so there were some minor issues, but all in all it was pretty well organised.
My first reaction would be that it was kind of akward. The venue was way smaller than I expected and for the first time I encountered things I had only seen on the internet. To be perfectly honest I expected a certain level of cringiness and that was certainly the case. But, it was just the feeling of hundreds of people, who usually only dwell on the internet, cramped into a small area. I couldn't seem to shake off this feeling for the rest of the day and I started to wonder if it was just me.Contests
I entered the artist vs. artist contest and had a lot of fun. I managed to get to the finals. The final assignment was to draw a pokemon/pony crossover and I pretty much blacked out on what pokemon look like. The girl I was competing against had more pokemon knowledge and took home the victory. Doesn't matter, had fun...Merch and art
I had looked forward to seeing all the merchandise and original art work at the vendor's stands. There were only very few vendors and the products were generally overpriced in my opinion. I really wanted a lyra plushie, but those sold out 10 minutes before I got the courage to ask the vendor. (I ordered one online today though). I bought one funko mystery figurine and left it at that.
They had panels for the dutch voice of Fluttershy and the swedish Spitfire. At the very end they managed to set up a skype call with Andrea Libman, wich was cool as well. I got to meet
who was a really cool dude. He bought bags full of awesome merch and asked Andrea a question on the big screen.In conclusion
Afterwards, the whole deal left me with a great feeling. It made me incredibly happy to see so many people love their ponies. This experience has given me a lot of motivation to keep on sharing my art with you. The idea that I'm part of that little piece of happiness everybody's lives makes me really happy.
Share your first convention experiences in the comments!