What is FLPolyCon?
FLPolyCon is a diverse, all-inclusive geek culture celebration hosted by the students at Florida Polytechnic University. They hosted multiple panels, a jedi training academy, a cosplay contest, musical guests, all kinds of vendors, food trucks, and of course: comics and video games.
Jen and I went last year and had fun browsing all the vendor tables, watching my brother compete in the Super Smash Brothers tournament, and watching Spirited Away. So naturally we were down for a round two at this year's FLPolyCon!
Knowing that we're a business now, my goal was to see if we could provide a photo booth for the event (for free mind you). I filled out their vendor form and in two weeks I received an email from Crystal Tong confirming our spot. BAM! We were in!
Load in time was fairly early on the day of the event (around 8am ish?). With all our gear, I had to make multiple trips from the load in area to the second floor of the IST building while Emilio waited by the car. Fortunately an awesome couple let us borrow their equipment cart, which helped speed up the whole process!
After 45 minutes of setup we were finally ready for the con to begin! Doors opened at 10am and eventually, people started making their way towards our booth. It was pretty clear from the start that we were making best friends with every cosplayer with a booth. It was awesome having them hang around the booth with guests, and even each other!
Jen showed up around 1pm to give me a lunch break (thank goodness). With Emilio at the booth, Jen and I visited the array of different food trucks finally picking the one with grilled pork and chicken on a stick. Jeff couldn't make the event but luckily our good friend Conner called me up last minute and said he could help. He even came dressed as a vault dweller with his jumpsuit and pipboy!
If you haven't already, watch Emilio's highlight reel above and hit the link below for the rest of the photos from the event. We're definitely attending again next year!
- Mark S.