Manga & Exotic Worlds Convention
Dec. 31, 2010 – Jan 2, 2011
Sheraton PDX Hotel
M.E.W.con, which stands for Manga & Exotic Worlds, was over the New Year’s weekend at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Portland, OR.
The Cosplay Contest was held early the first afternoon and was ended with a promise of the winners during Opening Ceremonies. Many of the costumes were well-made and appreciated by this long-time convention attendee.
Later the same evening, Opening Ceremonies introduced the convention, explaining its 17+ rule as an excuse to not abide by rules and act like teenagers in a R-rated movie, which was specifically alluded to with a vulgar performance by two cosplayers. The aforementioned Cosplay Contest winners were never announced during, and this reporter left at the conclusion of the ceremonies, having another obligation to attend.
The main highlight–as it should have been for a convention over the New Year’s Holiday–was the evening dance and countdown to 2011. The con attendees rallied together in the small dance hall to welcome in the New Year.
Overall, M.E.W.con lacked any real semblance to a well-organized convention. There was a distinct lack of interactive events, which lead to quite a blasé impression for this reporter.