Let’s jump right into the full review of Dream Con. It was a blast for their second run at the convention. Now don’t get me wrong, there was one major problem that was a good thing and one minor problem. Overall, though, I loved the content, the panels, the afterparty setups, and the overall attraction that is Rdcworld1. So first, I’ll break down the significant points of the second day and then the full review.
The second day started optimistically and on a good note. We’re talking free vaccination setup booth, which was the first notification I got that was an actual event on the event app. Texas was a hotbed for the new variant. It was a professional, morally, ethically, good look for the con. It means we care about the safety of the fans and the con itself. It’s even more critical to look at the numbers for African Americans/Black people getting vaccinated in lesser prominent areas.
The rest of the day, creator content panels premiered some of their latest and greatest work. There were plenty of smaller panels to enjoy for different reasons. Some of them were good, especially Keats, King Vader, and Irving Lambert. Keats premiered his sequel to the streaming sites meeting, called Pirates. King Vader had his second premiere but his most prominent on the Main Stage with Hood Dragon Ball Super 2. Another one that stuck out to me was Irving Lambert’s Powerpuff Girls: Day of Reckoning! These are sensational hits that anyone would enjoy, and you can see the hard work they invest in these projects.
Rdcworld had a few more panels and Q & A and then a closing ceremony. They also unveiled the main characters for their anime in production with HBO Max. The crowd was hyped and ecstatic. Usually, you don’t get a closing ceremony and an afterparty, but they do their own thing. Four hours after the great closing, The convention turned the main stage into a club with smoke, lights, bar, dance floor, VIP, DJ, and musical performances with help from Urban Anime. It was an excellent nightcap to end the con leaving you to recoup Sunday and possibly fly out Sunday evening or Monday morning.
There’s a problem in the anime, cosplay, and convention space for including Blerds or Black Nerds or even black talent. We see Black people creating their conventions now and making them inclusive for everyone but Blerd centric. We’ve noticed lately how these cons can develop issues, controversy, drama, or resentment throughout the fandom. Dream Con has beaten the challenge without even marketing or targeting itself as such. The organic ness of this convention for People of Color (POC) and Blerds is what the fans wanted and what Dream Con delivered flawlessly.
We saw some people afterward on social asking for more women representation, possibly in the video game tournament. The video game tournament was a rematch from the first instance of Dream Con between YouTube stars. We get that and understood that, therefore 2022 could change that. But make no mistake, there are plenty of female reps behind the scenes in designing and planning Dream Con. Not to mention the guest cosplayers and three megastar pop-culture/anime reps, Fantastic Frankey, Sheera, and Cheyenne The Geek. I’m pretty sure 2022 will add even more, so no worries there.
Lastly, the Rdcworld underestimated the fandom that they bring along with video games and anime. The venue wasn’t big enough for the waves of fans that came out and supported. It’s perfectly set up for the gaming tournament and afterparty, but it’s too small for a thousand people or less. There was another convention happening at the same time as Dream Con. Maybe they can get the entire convention center or add a few more rooms to schedule slots better. Dream Con is already set to return to the Arlington and Esports Stadium Convention Center for an entire weekend in July 2022. It’s a good problem to have because that means business is good. See you next year and don’t miss year three.