Well this past weekend I’ve experienced something unique, volunteering in a pop culture event.
I’m a known partaker in pop culture events, heck I even reviewed two of them in this blog (Games 13 and Middle East Comic Con 14 both of them in Dubai), and now I volunteered to one in my hometown of Lisbon Portugal.
First I think that I should talk a bit about the event itself, and only later about my experience as a volunteer. So here it goes.
Anicomics is a yearly Pop culture event organized in Lisbon, Portugal, in a Library, it is an event by an awesome shop in Lisbon, KingPin Books, that grew from a small shop to one of the cornerstones of Lisbon’s (if not Portugal) Geek (anime/comics/gamming) community.This year the event also had the presence of one of the big names in this community, another business, Spawn Point, a gaming lounge/cafe that in the event was partially responsable for the food. Both these business are owned by individuals that I came to consider my friends, and I respect the heck out of them. But enough with this promotion. As I was saying the event is the responsibility of KingPin, and even being a kind of small event, it was packed with stuff to do, from press releases, workshops, competitions, a variety of shops, etc….so a lot of fun to have. If I’m not mistaken this was the third time I attended the event, but this time it was different, I was not among the crowd, I was a working member of the staff.
And man it was amazing, I was part of the security staff, the silent watcher, the vigilante, the….the….the guy with a staff shirt that just stood there secretly hoping that something bad would happen. Well I’m kinda being rude here, I had a ton of fun, and yeah the job was kinda monotonous, but I not only was in the event – where i saw some friends, met new people, talked an awful lot with loads of passersby, as I was working – gaining experience, upgrading my resumé – as I was helping the creation of an awesome event.
The heat and the hard work paid off, the sweaty armpit stains, the sore feet and all that was SO worth it. I know my description was kinda dull and it looked like I had no fun at all, but it was amazing, from reconnecting with old friends, to get to know more people it was….pure bliss.
And to make this great experience better in the end of the event I saw my POP figure collection grow with the addition of some Game of thrones characters
Well Tom signing off….