MetroCon 2016 Review


This year I once again attended MetroCon 2016 for two out of the four days. While the convention has grown to include four days of events, the actual foot traffic did seem to be significantly reduced. This makes sense when you realize that this year was the very first year since its start of operations that this anime convention had restrictions to keep those without purchasing a ticket out of the halls. This was a double-edged sword. On the one hand, sales picked up for the convention and numbers were larger than ever before (at least in terms of ticket sales) but on the other hand, there were less cosplayers, less happening in the halls and Sunday was almost a ghost town even into mid-afternoon (though the ticket price was not significantly reduced enough to entice people).

The convention could also learn a lot from Tampa Bay Comic Con on how to organize lines. There is something to be said about the fast paced lines Sunday of TBCC versus the super slow lines during MetroCon on Saturday, despite both days having significant attendance for both conventions. Having the lines wrap around the outside and everyone stream inside upstairs through quick cashiers versus having a long winding carrel with slow cashiers definitely… Would make everyone a lot happier. Not only that, but the bag check and weapons check at Tampa Bay Comic Con was so quick and something you had to go through on the way inside that it literally took five seconds! I believe we waited for tickets for almost an hour at Metro.

Most of the time, I attend MetroCon for the main events and the cosplayers. This year I did not manage to see any of the main events but heard fantastic things about their production. Not surprisingly the actual side panels run by attendees were not that impressive. We attended a panel on “Who’s That Pokemon” but it was really just a rapid fire guessing game that left those without intimidate knowledge of all of the generations of Pokemon to just sit and listen to the crowd shouting out random names. Though the pictures were interesting, for sure. I only attended the one panel, however, so I can’t jump to many conclusions. Mostly I’m saying that I’ve never actually been to an impressive panel at MetroCon in any of the years I’ve attended that wasn’t a Main Event such as the Human Chess Match.

The saving grace for the convention for me were the amazing cosplayers that were in attendance. There were many amazing costumes to look at and a lot of people went all out on their cosplays!


In addition, the artisan alley seemed larger than in years past and more spaced out, allowing for more opportunity to walk back and forth between their booths without being trampled (although many vendors did poorly in sales compared to years past, I’ve been told). That being said, I purchased a significant amount more of merchandise myself than ever before.


Poster Via Lisaveee on Instagram

Then we get to my meetup for Miraculous LadyBug and, of course, this was the absolute highlight of the convention for me. I was so excited to see so many great cosplayers from Miraculous LadyBug come and join us for a photoshoot. Everyone was so sweet and so amazing! It makes me utterly proud to be part of this fantastic fandom.


Overall, MetroCon is definitely the largest Anime Convention in Florida. It could still learn from its mistakes and the changes that were made this year and move forward. I’m sure that the ticket restriction was a necessary evil, but it could have been executed better. The cosplayers and amazing people in attendance made this convention fantastic and the main events are always impressive. Looking forward to next year~


Batman: The TellTale Series Chapter 1 Review



About: For those of you who have not heard, Tell Tale Games recently released the first chapter in the season for Batman on Steam. The PC game takes you into the world of Batman, playing as the Dark Knight. This isn’t anything surprisingly new as Batman has been featured in many video games include Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Origins. But for those of you unfamiliar with Tell Tale Games, this introduces a fairly new premise to Batman games… The element of choice. For the first time you are able to choose the dialogue for the Dark Knight and have it create real world consequences in the game. This style of game play coupled with point and click and quick time commands has been used successfully by Tell Tale in their games, including Walking Dead Seasons 1 and 2, The Wolf Among Us and Borderlands. The game also is one of the first I have seen where you spend almost an equal amount of time playing as Batman as you do his normal persona, Bruce Wayne. 5 Chapters are expected to make up the season and the first season has received mostly positive reviews with Chapter 2’s release date still to be announced.

Plot: The game’s plot centers around Batman/Bruce Wayne putting a stop to an attempted robbery of a disk drive by a group of mercenaries and a thief (Cat Woman). While he attempts to figure out the importance of the disk, Bruce is challenged with also maintaining his normal identity and helping Harvey Dent to run for Mayor of Gotham. Only, obstacles seem to crop up at every turn. Not only is Bruce challenged with making a decision on whether or not to accept the crime boss Falcone into his home and agree with Harvey to work with him to further his campaign, but someone has also released fake information accusing his parents of having connections to said crime boss. The plot thickens when Cat Woman discovers Bruce’s secret and leads him to her clients that hired her to steal the disk drive.

Depending on your choices, you can chose how to live your life as Batman and how to represent yourself to others as Bruce Wayne, playing on the duel identity beautifully and fully putting the choice option in the game to good use. And, best of all, your choices will carry on over to the next Chapters released.


Game Play: Of course the best element of the game is the choices you are able to make. As Bruce Wayne, you are given many different dialogue choices and these shape your interactions with the various characters you encounter. You can either chose to support Harvey Dent as much as possible, or criticize him and put a halt to his invitation extended to Falcone. Meanwhile, your choices as Batman are typically more hands on. You’re able to decide whether or not you will break a man’s arm that you have interrogated, shaping your relationship with Lieutenant Gorden (if you don’t break the arm Gordon will notice your restraint, or the opposite). Either way, your actions carry over to Bruce Wayne as well, as Alfred will chastise you even if you just merely punched the man in the face… (*coughs*).

Hey, I like to get straight to the point, okay!?

Well, regardless, choices are not the only great feature of the game. Batman starts out with a number of quick time events, testing your skills and also your patience if you aren’t great at timing. Either way, the quick time events are plentiful and add a nice blend of action to the game that we would expect of Batman.

Not only that, but you can expect to solve puzzles and be strategic as well as there are parts of the game where you literally have to connect pieces of evidence together to create a complete story. There is also a time where you have to puzzle out how you will take on goons before you even start throwing punches. Then you get to throw punches and beat those gunmen’s faces to a pulp. YAY!


Graphics: A nice blend of comic book and 3D, the graphics are pretty solid and also very gorgeous to look at. Sometimes they can be a bit choppy or unfinished, even running the game on the highest graphic setting, but overall each character looks good, fleshed out and the backgrounds are amazingly well detailed. My only personal gripes are probably mostly because of my slow running computer, as often times the lips don’t sync up with the words. But regardless, the graphics are great to look at. Nothing majorly ground breaking graphics wise, but definitely well done.

Overall: I might be biased because I do enjoy almost every single Tell Tale Game I have played, but I honestly have to say that this is my favorite rendition of Batman into a video game that I have seen or played before. It has just the right blend of all the elements that make up the comic that I think most traditional fans will fit right at home while also taking the time to introduce and develop characters for new fans so that they aren’t lost by all of the numerous references and call backs to old characters. The plot is interesting and lets you have the reigns often enough between Batman and Bruce Wayne that you begin to get a very good understanding of his character and those around him. The graphics are stunning and the gameplay is intriguing. I would highly recommend putting this on your Steam Wish List. I purchased my season pass already, so here’s hoping Chapter 2 and beyond are just as good!




Tampa Bay Comic Con 2016 Review

On Sunday 8/7/16 I headed spontaneously to Tampa Bay Comic Con. Being a huge fan of comic book characters represented in movies overall, and a MAJORLY huge fan of the Spider-Man comics still had never convinced me to attend this convention. Primarily because I had the thought ingrained in my skull that Tampa Bay Comic Con centered almost solely upon super hereos in comic books and I would feel left out as I predominately cosplay characters from cartoons and other forms of Western Animation.

How incredibly wrong I was.

Tampa Bay Comic Con is much more than just a comic book convention. It has a diverse range of Horror, Cartoons, Anime and TV Media all represented. That was incredibly apparent during the Cosplay Parade I participated in when there were groups of cosplayers divided into similar categories before marching proudly through the halls downstairs.

Not only were the cosplayers diverse, but the attendees in general came from all walks of life. From those that were experiencing their very first convention, to parents bringing their overly excited kids while they puzzled over the popularity of something called ‘Undertale’ to pro cosplayers that had invested 1000’s of hours into their incredibly intricate costume; Tampa Bay Comic Con pretty much had everyone hyped. And reasonably so. The guest list was impressive, featuring big names such as Norman Reedus from the Walking Dead and Charlie Cox from DareDevil.

While I only attended the panel for the Cosplay Parade, the schedule also had a huge range of cool panels for a Sunday, representing all sorts of geekdom including Fiction Writing, Cosplay Help and more.

More importantly, at least on Sunday, I managed to walk in through the door, grab my ticket and head straight into the convention without much waiting. Which is the same experience one could expect from most conventions on Sunday, which is notoriously a slow day. However, the attendance was definitely a lot higher than I have experienced with conventions such as MetroCon on the same day. More importantly, the organization of the lines, the staff overall being very respectful, polite and cheerful was definitely a huge plus. Of course, conventions can’t please everyone but overall I have heard less negative about the convention staff than I typically hear from a good chunk of big cons in the Florida area. I was greeted twice by the same staff member with huge enthusiasm each time and the staff at the ticket booth were joking and laughing with me, asking me about my cosplay and what it was from.

Basically, I had a blast. I can’t wait until they announce next years dates and you can expect to find me at Tampa Bay Comic Con 2017~