In most cases, conventions in San Antonio are hosted downtown in the Henry B. Gonzalez convention center. For my family, that means a 20-30 minute drive, paying for parking, and pushing a double stroller uphill during the quarter mile or so walk to the main entrance. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always worth it, but it’s expensive and certainly not easy. I feel fortunate that we’re locals so we don’t have the added expense of a hotel.
BUUUUUTTTT… I’m sure that given that standard, you can see how excited I would be to hear that a new convention was going to be 5 minutes from my house and charging a low entry fee. Bonus points: You get a discount if you bring something to donate to the local food bank. It’s only a one-day event, but that’s fine too. Introducing Matsuri Mayhem!
Few things excite me more than witnessing the start of something great. And this convention is clearly going to grow bigger and better in the coming years. My husband and I walked in and received our wristbands, raffle tickets, and free comic books. All of 10 minutes later, I won my first raffle prize! I say first, because about an hour later, my husband won as well! Consider me a fan, Matsuri Mayhem.
The Vendors area was small but had a little of everything, and my husband found some great new hip hop artwork for the house. There were a lot of cosplayers, and I wish I had at least done a closet cosplay. This little convention had EVARYTHANG! Did I mention Lip Sync Battle? Ohhhh… I must search Youtube…
No Youtube videos yet, but please believe that if I find one, I will be updating this post. In the meantime, check out a few of the cool vendors and cosplayers that I encountered at Matsuri Mayhem.
- Queen Nexxis Cosplay– Her Velma was just too cute and she was super cool to meet.
- Galaxy Girl Paida– She was the guest live performer and I liked that she takes requests for new songs to add to her repertoire.
- Deadly Sweet Maid Cafe– Performed during the lolita fashion show and I hope they reach their goal of turning their gothic lolita catering company into a brick-and-mortar location. Kawaii desu ne, ladies!
- Stencil Nation– This is where TJ found the new wall art and where my Mortal Kombat perler bead art came from. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet, but it was awesome so I needed it.
- Sephi Hakubi– The guest DJ for the entire event. I think he did well even though the speakers sounded like they quit a couple times. I didn’t get to see his setup so that’s about all I can say. We’ve seen him at a couple events this year though and the crowd is always upbeat.
I don’t know if I will be around to attend next year (that’s what I keep saying even though we’re not going anywhere… a girl can hope!); but if we are, I would happily go again. I want to see more lip sync battle!
I regret not being able to stay for the cosplay contest and the after hours rave, but I’m sure they were awesome. Have you ever been to something that was in it’s first year? Geek Mom Matsuri could be a convention one day, right? Hmm…