Sunday, July 27, 2008

Finncon: Saturday Evening

The yesterday party was a typical Finncon party—in good and bad. The bar, Telakka, was too small and way too hot to be comfortable. Fortunately there was a terrace outside, but it was crowded, so you had to choose between sitting and breathing. The lines for the bar were quite long.

Telakka terrace, filled to the brim with sf people
Of course, the place being crowded also meant lots of people to talk to.

Masquerade judges at their table, looking at a character from a comic by Petri Hiltunen
The masquerade worked—or didn’t, depending on your expectations—as usual. The trend nowadays is unfortunately to have the masquerade at the bar,
which usually means there’s no stage and too many people to really see
the contestants. I think Cheryl is getting used to the Finnish way of doing masquerades, but the other judges probably were in for a bit of a surprise if they expected anything like the Worldcon masquerade. Instead of doing serious costuming, the Finns tend to just whip up costumes and concentrate more on having fun. (Of course there occasionally are some really fine costumes too.)

Maybe this had something to do with the judges deciding to go for a bit more unorthodox way of creative awarding: instead of traditional scoring, there were awards for the most unexpected costume (the Inquisition), the most obvious brown-nosing (the Petri Hiltunen characters), and so on.

The inquisitor trying to stab Black Cat

1 comment:

Tommy Persson said...

The Telakka place had very good beer sortiment compared to what is usually available at Finncon Saturday parties. So something for Helsinki to beat. The disadvantage was that Friday and Saturday evenings became a bit expensive...

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