Lake Charles, LA
CyPhaCon kicked off its ninth year on Friday, April 12th, at the Lake Charles Civic Center. I was unable to attend on that day but from what I heard, the crowd was larger than a normal Friday for the convention. I arrived on Saturday morning to a line of people filling up the lobby of the Civic Center waiting to purchase tickets or to pick up their prepaid passes.
The convention had programming running throughout the day including panels on multiple subjects. Panels included author presentations, celebrity Q&A sessions, gaming, cosplay instructional presentations, vintage geek fandoms, and much more. I hosted a panel on DC Universe’s Doom Patrol. There was also a gaming tournament hosted by Scion E-Sports.
Celebrity guests included Bruce Boxleitner, Caitlin Glass, Andrew Robinson, Todd Haberkorn, and Rekha Sharma. I didn’t visit with any of them but their lines were fairly busy throughout the convention, especially Mr. Haberkorn’s line. I intended on getting an autograph from Ms. Sharma on Sunday, but she had to leave unexpectedly for work and wasn’t able to return to the convention.
There were quite a few fan groups, costuming groups, artists, and authors on the second and third floor of the Civic Center. I spent most of my time visiting with them. There were some excellent artists at the event.
CyPhaCafe provided excellent food at very reasonable prices (especially for a convention). This company has provided concessions for CyPhaCon for quite a few years now and their service really stands out from other convention concessions. Instead of standard hot dogs and nachos (although they do provide those items), CyPhaCafe offers loaded baked potatoes, po-boys, seafood options, pulled pork sandwiches, and more.
The convention’s cosplay contest, which always draws a big crowd, did not disappoint. There were many excellent costumes on display and the hostess, Ms. Oo La La, emceed the event with great flair. Speaking of Ms. Oo La La, she was just one of many featured cosplayers including Little Red Fox Cosplay and INeedSugar. Spidey Team was also on hand as were plenty of other cosplay pros and amateurs.
The convention also included a rotating display of vehicles including two Ghostbusters inspired vehicles and a Blues Brothers car. Ecteaux One was especially cool.
CyPhaCon is promoted as an anime, gaming, and science fiction convention, but the crowd that it draws leans more towards anime than gaming or sci-fi. As expected, the vendors cater to anime fans because of this fact and I don’t blame them one bit. There weren’t many attendees cosplaying as comic book or science fiction characters, but I did see a few of them. One of my favorites was a young lady cosplaying Raven from DC Comics.
Attendance was very good as expected, but a severe weather threat in the area seemed to keep the crowd a little bit smaller on Saturday than I’ve seen in past years. I’m already excited about next year’s event, as it will be the convention’s tenth anniversary. Hopefully they are planning something big for their first decade celebration.
I hope to attend the Greater Austin Comic Con in June but those plans are still in the air. If I do go, I plan on checking out the Cybertronic Spree’s live performance. They’ve really impressed me on YouTube and from what friends have said, they are even better live. Ray Park, Ric Flair, Adrian Paul, Karan Ashley, and Larry Hama are just a few of the guests that are scheduled to be in attendance.
As always, thanks for reading. I’m sure that I’ll be attending CyPhaCon again next year just as I’ve done almost every year prior unless something insane happens. I’ll have a Doom Patrol episode review later this week and possibly a Pet Sematary or Hellboy film review, too.