In preparing for my major (planned) expenses this year, the nostalgia of last year’s Twitchcon is settling in. I have already booked my room for Twitchcon 2017, and the hype is building!
This is a “recap” of Twitchcon 2016 from a Creative Streamer’s perspective.
We are a very small and tight-knit community within the larger Twitch nation, as Creative was only officially launched in October 2015. Most Creative streamers are incredibly supportive of each other, love collaborating, and much of the viewership is shared. It’s more like a Creative Family if you ask me. I’ve been a Creative Streamer for almost 2 years and it has been this way since the beginning (before it was an official Twitch community).
I want to start off by saying one of the best parts about Twitchcon was meeting people.
As a socially anxious introvert, it seems like that is a contradiction. However there's a difference here.
The people I was meeting with at Twitchcon were broadcasters that I've been watching for 1-2 years, who I've talked to more than anyone I know IRL, who have helped me through personal crisis, helped me grow as an artist, and whom I look up to and admire immensely.
I had a panic attack on the first day, when I was watching a Panel about the history of Twitch Creative, because I suddenly became very aware that I was in a room full of these incredible people who I basically regard as celebrities.
I left the panel to regain my composure, and without hesitation or judgement I was comforted and reminded by several people that I was among family.
THAT is priceless, and it was then that my love for this community was solidified.
The Creative community is quickly growing and gaining recognition throughout the Twitchiverse, so much so that at Twitchon 2016, the Creative Corner was introduced and promoted.
It contained a large gallery with dozens of amazing artworks by Twitch Creative Streamers, an Artist Alley where streamers could sell their work and meet visitors, and a giant blank Art Wall on which the Partnered Streamers and their friends were invited to paint a conglomerate mural!
The Creative Corner was an amazing place to chill, meet up with fellow Creative Streamers, and discover new artists. I am so excited to see what's in store for Twithcon 2017.
Of course, there were other areas of the Con that were really fun. I mostly hung out at the Tiltify Stream for Charity booth - which showcased several events each day. It was a super fun environment and had comfy seating for viewers. One of my favorite events was when they asked several Creative Streamers to draw something chosen by the audience (it was being live broadcast on Twitch and the chat got to suggest themes). Then 1/2 way through the time limit, their themes suddenly changed! It was funny and forced everyone to get really creative.
There was also a HUGE Cosplay Contest that was full of incredible work. One of the cool parts about the contest was that the participants were required to stream the creation of their cosplay, so I had watched several of the outfits being made beforehand. It was a really cool way to tie things together! I also noticed it brought several talented artists to Twitch Creative.
And of course, each night there were several parties and gatherings among many crowds. So many shenanigans!
Plenty of opportunity for derpy faces.
How do you stay informed about where all the action is taking place?? TWITTER!
Seriously, if you don't have twitter, get it before Twitchcon 2017 if you want any chance of staying in the loop.
I don't think my Twitter has ever exploded so much in one weekend. This was only night 1:
Need I say more?
I want to give a major shoutout to MOS (MonkeyonStrike) and the rest of the Twitch Creative staff for all their incredible hard work and energy spent towards making this such a memorable experience!!
On the last day of the trip (Monday) I met up with a bunch of fellow Design Dolls (part of my stream team) for a goodbye breakfast. It was a great ending to an incredible weekend.
The whole trip was made SO MUCH MORE FUN by rooming with fellow Creative Streamers (Moltenink and Fwatair) in an amazing condo. It was about 12 blocks from the Convention Center, but it had a huge living room, balcony, full kitchen, and master suite. It was incredibly affordable and we were able to make meals together, host gatherings, and have a pool party on the roof!
Lastly, I learned something very important. Don't ever go to a convention, not sleep for 2 days, then get tattooed for 5 hours before flying home the next day.
Despite the horrific pain of a fresh back tattoo on a 3 hour flight, it was worth it to have an amazing artist (whose stream I love to watch) put their art on me!
I can only imagine how fun Twitchcon 2017 is going to be. Between meeting all the artists I look up to on Twitch, and being surrounded by nerdy, artsy, freakishly fun people for 4 days - it's definitely promising to be a highlight of the year!