To the edge of invisible and beyond!
Yesterday I attended another edition of the Slovenian geek convention – Na meji nevidnega 2022. The name translates to English as “On the edge/border of invisible” and I may be biased since my friends and boyfriend are organising it, but I’d say NMN has established itself as the main Slovenian geek convention by now and they have come a long way from their first event in 2013.
We had to patiently wait 2 years for this one due to the whole coronavirus pandemic, but it was definitely the best one yet, with over 2500 visitors, international guests, all the big names from the local scene and about 80 exhibitors (shops, companies, artists and creators). It is often said that Na meji nevidnega is like the Slovenian Comic-Con, but I love that they go way beyond comics and offer a wonderful mix of everything geek: board games, gaming, cosplay, anime, LARP, D&D, miniature painting, comics, books, LEGOs, movies, historical reenactment and geek sports like quidditch etc.. From Pokemon and Harry Potter, to Lord of the Rings and Warhammer, there is something from everyone and if you’re a visiting geek in town at the right time, it is really worth spending 10 € on a ticket.
Impressions from Na meji nevidnega 2022
It is a one day event with a packed programme full of lectures, presentations, quizzes, discussion panels and the all important cosplay competition. For example, this year’s programme included talks on the current Slovenian fantasy literature, the Metaverse, Star Trek, Dune, fantasy VS traditional mythology, the Slovenian translation of the Witcher books and so on, as well as presentations of new board game and video game projects, a live recording of the popular Slovenian podcast O.B.O.D., a super difficult geek quiz and an impro show. Most of these are usually in Slovenian, unless they’re organised by international guests, but even as a foreigner you could still browse the exhibition stalls, join a short D&D session, play a board game or try out something in the gaming corner, paint your own miniature or just enjoy the cosplay competition and the amazing costumes people create.
Even though the Slovenian geek scene is relatively small, it is quite diverse and most of us co-create it for free. At this point there’s a Slovenian society for practically everything geek out there and I usually spend most of my time at NMN at the LARP Slovenia stall, promoting our LARP community, but I did manage to have a look around, see the cosplay competition, where one of my friends won in the make up and SCX category (the one in the cover photo cosplaying Ashton from Critical Role), and enter a giveaway for a Pokemon plushie (fingers crossed!).
Our LARP Slovenia stand
The shopping exhibition stalls are always pretty cool too: lots of artists like Hana Nekrep, Nyradir and Sara Wired with their prints, badges, stickers and cards, geek crafters like Art Maniushka and Kocke klub with unique LEGO design kits, all sorts of companies offering popular fantasy and anime merch, mystery boxes, Asian sweets and anything else geeky. Naturally they all offer limited convention discounts and packages, so it’s worth taking advantage of that. I was also happy to see that the major Slovenian publishing houses have started taking fantasy literature more seriously and that there seemed to be more board game stalls than usual + there were very tasty burgers too. You can see what I bought for myself this year below:
Considering that Slovenia only has 2 million inhabitants, it is amazing that my friends have managed to establish a proper geek convention, held at Ljubljana’s main convention and exhibition centre no less. I hope that Na meji nevidnega continues to improve every year and cannot wait to see what they will have in store for us in the future!
Also, here’s an after con video by fps_Juvan:
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