Friday, June 21, 2013

BerryCon Report

BerryCon is a small convention located in Mount Berry, Georgia. The convention is run by the Berry College Alternate Realities (BCAR) club, featuring anime, science fiction, and fantasy themes. The convention itself is in its 5th year, beginning back in the spring of 2008 with old club members even returning as attendees and staff.

BerryCon is proof that sometimes good things come in small packages. The staff worked their hardest to put on a good show; and they succeeded! Each panel, listed below, was well thought out and entertaining, the quality of the content equally on par with that of a larger convention. Though larger conventions bring their own brand of fun, this convention allowed for a more intimate setting; it was a great way to really get to know the people there. I got to spend time talking to new people and familiar faces all because there was no rush and stifling crowds.

Overall, the convention was and a great effort by a devoted group of people. They planned out their panels well to appeal to those they knew would be attending and that they would be able to discuss properly. Everyone was very knowledgeable and quite friendly. The schedule of events is listed below for reference. While I wish there had been more anime at what used to be a more diverse convention, it was still a good time.

BerryCon is located at Berry College near Rome, Georgia. For further information on the college itself, go to: For further information about BerryCon or Alternate Realities, ask and I can forward it to the appropriate individuals.

Schedule of Events:

11am-12pm: Open Hour Visit the Charity Auction and Artist’s Alley in Krannert 108/109 – Open Until 10 PM! Free Play on all Video Games in Krannert Underground – Open Until 6 PM! Submit your guesses for the Jelly-Belly Count – Open until 7:30 PM!

12pm-1pm: Panel – Lord of the Rings Online / Grace Dunklin Krannert Underground

1pm-2pm: Panel – Doctor Who / Kaitlyn Bradley Krannert Underground

3pm-4pm: Panel – Fringe / Payton Campbell Krannert Underground

4pm-5pm: Panel – Chainmail / Mr. & Mrs. Lyons Krannert Underground

5pm-6pm: Panel – Fan-Films / Douglas Dunklin Krannert Underground

5pm-10pm: Dungeons & Dragons Open Play Begins Krannert Undergound

6pm-8pm: Video Game Contest, Costume Contest, Art Contest, and Closing of Jelly-Bean Contest Krannert Underground

All prizes awarded by 8PM

8pm-9pm: Fandom and Writer’s Open Mic/Gallery Showing 9pm-10pm: Panel – Pokemon / Becca White

10pm-11pm: Closing Dungeons & Dragons Open Play Ends

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This article was written by Kaitlin Maginnis (Rain)


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