“Wow a new con review post
finally!” Well..sure! I went to something new, I want to write about it…why not! The unintentional series continues at last!
The weekend before, I stopped by LI Retro on the Sunday and it was a lot busier than the year last! Since I didn’t do a whole lot and didn’t cosplay for it, I decided to forego a review on that one, but it was still a lot of fun and it was great to see some familiar faces and vendors from last time! Scored a few extra finds, such as a hilarious Monkey Island canvas art, sweet artisan shirts (one of which I wore to Terrificon!), and one of the kitschier purchases, a PSOne memory card holder made to fit into a jewel case because why not. The Tabletop Expo being much more highlighted this year was also a very smart move, and it was a lot of fun free-playing board games! One year I want to do the whole weekend though and even try my hand at a tournament or cosplay contest though.
But back to Terrificon! Some folks may know of it from previous names, I knew of it as the Connecticut Comic-Con, and this year was my first year attending it! It’s been a couple of years since going to an actual comic convention, so it was a good change of pace compared to my usual ren faires and multigenres-that-become-anime cons. It really reminded me of early NYCC, back when they shared the Javits with other expos at the same weekend
and I somehow made costumes with a paper clip and denim lint.
You may see my mom and my bro here too! (Glad his Alterna booth did well!) And of course the amazing cosplays. If you’re in these pics let me know so I can tag properly!
I wasn’t sure how strictly comic/movie/TV/western the con was when it came to cosplay attendance so I only packed Phasma for the weekend, but I do plan to come back in the future and I will definitely bring my Mei since I saw a few Overwatch stuff. On Friday Nick wanted to be Kylo so I matched him with that, and got a general scope of the con before the Saturday crowd came in. The con also has a smaller room for game tournaments and freeplay, so it was fun kicking back with some old-school Pokemon Stadium! This was my mom’s first con ever actually, and she had a lot of fun seeing everything in person. Normally she’d go by photos we take from our adventures, news coverage, etc. I’m happy she had a lot of fun too!
The busier of the days, Saturday, Nick of course had to do Rocketeer, and in a way I’m kinda glad I didn’t go in costume because a lot of the time I ended up helping him out ^^; I felt like I was his handler lol! I’ll have to see if the local and con press published his pic out there for the convention coverage, so I will update this post if I see it. I’m used to him getting lots of pics and questions though; my mom was like ‘oh Mr. Popular uwu’.
Sunday I felt was just as busy as Saturday, combined with sales everywhere, so we got a lot of gifts for family and friends, etc. Nick was Jason that day, and found a fellow Jason from CtCon so it was fun seeing them interact in their little showdown before chatting! Our overall experience at this con was really good, and considering the venue (Mohegan Sun) I was already planning some tips to dispense here on this post!
- Chances are you know what Mohegan Sun is. It is a casino = everything is expensive. Despite the con being held at the expo center connected to it, this is not one of those cons where you want to book a room at the venue unless you’re loaded or financially reckless. Save your $$ for finding a cool deal at the vendors or an inexpensive lunch in the casino, and book a hotel offsite. We did Hampton Inn at the town over in Norwich, and while it was a little more than usual Inns we stayed at, it came with free breakfast and it was a quiet area still within driving distance. It also has a free shuttle to the Mohegan Sun and it’s not like finding the bus back to Bikini Bottom yay!
- On the note of booking off venue, unless you love after-con partying or plan to pub crawl, or don’t mind hotel noise at 4 am (not kidding on that one), beware of booking at the towns south of the Mohegan Sun, like New London or parts of Groton. They are very active areas! My bro wished he knew beforehand but he was also looking to keep costs low because of the dealers’ room tables.
- It’s free to park at the garages near the expo center but said parking can be tough to find. Persevere! You will find a free spot!
- Also the signs and roads are kind of weird that encircle the area. Google was very confused when we were first navigating. Some parts are one-ways, require U-turns, or signs just straight up come too late. Pretty sure we made illegal turns by accident ^^;.
- Otherwise, management with the con itself was great! Very clear signs, easy to navigate. Crowd control could be better around the artist alleys though, much too wide 😦 gotta trick people to look at the tables and interact! Weird since I always see vendor areas with the opposite problem, but regardless, still a fun con and I hope you consider it for your next trip too!