Its that time of year again. Sun is shining. Temperatures are climbing. Pools are opening. Sailor Moon walks down the street chatting with Wolverine. The nerds are out in droves. Summer Con season is upon us. So get yourself some spending money for the trade room, book those hotels, and get your best cosplay together. It might get you on TV.
If you happen to be in/can travel to Philadelphia, PA this Sunday May 31, you can attend J1-CON Music Fest at the First District Plaza. This event is put on by J1 Studios, the same team that put on the J1 Anime Con later in the year. This year is actually going to be the last year they do it separately. After the anime event in September, they are going to combine the shows into one large event for 2016. But that’s then and this is now. This years Music Fest will feature acts like Teacher, Rapper, Hero Mega Ran, Philly’s own RALFINGTON, and more.
What I said about getting on TV with your cosplay is legit too. Every year, they run a 30-second spot to advertise the Anime Con and this year they are going to use the winners of the contest at Music Fest to star in the commercial which will be ran on Cartoon Network. Awesome, right? You can head here for the specifics. So get out in there in your best Sunday dress and show em what you got.
Can’t be there? I won’t either, unfortunately, but fear not. Your gracious hosts here at 8BitX will be hanging out at the music stage and will be streaming it live over on twitch. So head over there, follow the channel, and come hang out with us then.
Now, lets talk about something near and dear to my heart. And my homestead. Although this time of year is a big time for cons and fests, my favorite one is a winter event. Of course, I’m talking about the king of kings, MAGFest. To me, MAGFest is BESTFEST. So what I do look forward to at this time of year is that little slice of MAG in the summer, BitGen Gamer Fest. Just announced are this years details. BitGenX has been folded in Artscape on July 17-19 and is FREE to attend. So no excuse to miss it folks.
BitGen will have a stage at Mt. Royal Ave and Maryland Ave to bring you the sweet, sweet sounds of VG rock/metal and nerdcore. If that’s not incentive enough to come on down, how about an awesome lineup of arcade cabinets for you to play on while you bang your head or dance your ass off? Yea, that’s what I thought. Sounds like the best time you’ve had since MAGFest I’m sure. I was at BitGen last year at The Rams Head and it was great. Got to see Mega Ran there, Knight of the Round brought the VGM mosh, [Explosion Sound] went in, You Bred Raptors? wore creepy masks and rocked out while doing it.
My favorite of the whole thing is that BitGen was a one day deal. Ten or so bands rock out, play on some cabinets, buy some merch, and head home. Now that its teamed up with Artscape, which is a three day long deal, we might get 3 days of BitGen. Which I will gladly ride into February of next year.
Until next time