VIECC 2016

The event was even bigger than the last year. It spanned two large main convention halls and a dedicated conference room where all of the panels were held. In the first room you could find many different shops with memorabilia, weapons, comics and other sci-fi related items. There were also some celebrities that did the signing and photo sessions with their fans, but that is usually way to expensive unless you are huge fan of theirs. The second room featured artist alley where you could meet your favorite artist and buy cheap prints of high quality and awesome art.

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Austrian LEGO society also presented their creations made purely out of LEGO blocks.

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501st Legion Austrian Garrison also had their own stand where they showed their creations in connection with Star Wars franchise and did some performances like light saber fights, belly dancers etc.

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Some of the cosplays seen at the event:

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In parallel to this event, the next hall featured an event called SpieleSpass. The idea of this event was for the people to come there and try as many different board games as they liked. The hall was packed with tables were people, mostly families with kids, played all sorts of board games.

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Image gallery:

VIECC 2015

On the 21st and 22nd of November 2015 the first edition of Vienna Comic Con premiered at the Messe Wien exhibit hall in Vienna, Austria. The event aims to be the leading pop culture event in Central Europe, so be prepared for larger hall and more people next year. For this year they already managed to bring a handful of moderately famous people from film and TV industry to do the signing, photos sessions and panels. As the main hall was quite smaller than I expected (from my previous trips to other Cons) it was still packed with action and cosplayers.
Main event hall in Messe Wien exhibit hall D.

A great portion of the event hall was dedicated to gaming, especially to the newest Assassin’s creed game.
Assassin’s creed cosplay.

Gaming area

A large area was also dedicated to Star Wars saga and promotion of the exhibition Star Wars Identities that will be held in Vienna in the next few months.
Tie fighter

Can you shoot the Stormtrooper before he misses you.

And some pictures with various content.
T-shirts everywhere.

Marvel heroes cosplay.

Bat family (almost) cosplay.

More pictures can be seen in gallery.

Sunset/sunrise in Iceland

When traveling around the Iceland, I was fortunate enough to observe the sunset and sunrise as I had only one clear night. This happened on 15. june, that is still few days away from solstice when the day is the longest in the year. At that time I was in the most northern part of my trip (near Sauðárkrókur) and that also helped to further lengthen the time that the Sun was above the horizon.

The Sun is still about a degree above the horizon at 01:10 local time.

Not knowing the exact direction to the north (only rough direction) and the path by which the Sun will move across the sky, I selected the observing location at the beach that had the most unobstructed horizon in the northward way.

Start of the sunset at 01:25 LT.

The whole sunset took more than half an hour. Truly, I did not expect for it to be so sluggish, and the angle between the horizon and path of the Sun to be so small. The most remarkable was a color of the Sun surface just before it completely set and when it begun to rise. It’s surface shone with a intense green color, probably due to large refraction differences at the horizon.

End of sunset at 02:00 LT.

The Sun was actually bellow the horizon for just about 15 minutes. During that time there was no apparent visual change in the brightness of the sky.

Sunrise was happening behind some cliffs in the middle of the sea at 02:30 LT.

Sun is slowly raising in the sky, but still partially obscured by the cliffs at 02:45 LT.