We spoke to Helen Grounds
who, at the time of this interview being conducted, was chairperson
of Alcon. Helen has since left the committee but this
has not altered the dates or events at Alcon and her answers
still remain relevant.
Q. How long has Alcon been running?
A. 3 days starting on the 7th September and final day will be
Q. What were the reasons for setting up Alcon?
A. On the main site, AnimeLeague, I became the head
moderator of the convention and cosplay section. As the forum grew
so did our British meetings which I organised twice a year in May
and October for the
London MCM Expo and before Expo we had meetings just in cities
once a year for shopping, gaming and meeting up. Myself and the
founder of AnimeLeague (Mike Towers) decided to take
our meetings and push them up a gear. This new gear turned into
Alcon, a convention for people to meet new friends, have a good
laugh, play some games, roleplay 'til their hearts are content and
buy from our dealers room.
Q. What will be the focus of Alcon? For example, will
it be more focused on events then dealers?
A. We are focusing on the community side of it. We want to
try and be close to our attendees, get them to have a great time,
make new friends and perhaps have a few drinks (of course only if
they are 18 or above). Of course we will still have our events,
dealers, artist ally, anime screening and video gaming! No
convention is worth while without a splash of anime viewing, throw
some cash around in the dealers room, doodle and meet other British
artists in the artist ally, battle it out on some games and have a
fun time be it a cosplay or non-cosplay related event.