Conventions are completely awesome. It’s a chance to shove a bunch of fanboys and fangirls into the same room, and let everyone loose to geek out about all of their favorite things. I was able to attend a few cons last year, and I had a completely amazing time. In this week’s Fandom 5, I’m talking about the cons I attended in 2014, and the cons I want to attend in 2015.
Cons I attended in 2014:
Rocky Mountain Con
Rocky Mountain Con was the last convention I attended for the year, and it was also the smallest. I attended it as a part of the Project-Nerd team, and I was able to be in their podcast, The Nerdcast. Because it was a smaller convention, I was able to spend a lot of time hanging out with the Pro-Nerd team, and I also got the cool opportunity to chat with the various vendors around the exhibit hall.
Sidenote: I was also able to find some guys that have created a graphic novel called 8:15 about a zombie outbreak in Denver, Colorado, which is basically amazing. Stay tuned for more talk about 8:15 and the awesomeness it delivers.
GeekGirlCon is an absolutely amazing convention. The entire con was centered around celebrating various fandoms and geekery, and being a generally awesome, supportive community. Here’s the con’s mission: GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women world-wide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events. The convention absolutely delivered on that promise, offering tons of panels about women shaking up various aspects of geek culture, offering support and advice for geeky career aspirations, and just generally coming together to talk about geekery. Since this was my first con as a member of the press, I talked about this convention quite a bit here on mine blog. I talked about the awesome things the con was offering in 2014, I talked about my con prep, Part I and II of my con wrap-up, and the everyday cosplay outfits I chose for the con. I’m not sure if I’ll be attending in 2015, but I’m hoping to make it up there. This con is so much fun, and you meet so many wonderful people there.
Oh, and hey, GeekGirlCon is 100% based on donations–even the staff is made up 100% of volunteers. So if you want to help this con keep the lights on and stay awesome, maybe consider offering a donation.
Denver Comic Con
This was my first con of 2014, and the first con of my entire life. Let me tell you, it was completely amazing. I am absolutely planning on attending Denver Comic Con in 2015–they already have names like Jewel Staite, Cary Elwes, and Scott Wilson on the list of guests for this year.
I’m not sure if I’m going to try to cosplay this year, especially after 2014’s epic failure, but I might at least try everyday cosplay. I seemed to do okay with that for GeekGirlCon. Regardless of how I dress, if last year’s con is any indication, this year’s con is going to be FABULOUS.
I. Cannot. Wait.
This con is also really cool because they do a lot of great charity work for the Denver community. The are a part of an organization called Pop Culture Classroom which uses pop culture to ignite a passion of learning in kids. They also accept donations, if you’re so inclined.
Conventions I want to attend this year:
San Diego Comic Con
I mean, duh. Who doesn’t want to go to SDCC, amirite? This con is amazing, and it is the biggest in the country. It’s chalk full of stars and just about any brand of geekery you can dream up. However, it’s also hella expensive, on the other side of the country (for me, anyway), and the tickets sell out super fast. So missing out on a chance to go to Comic Con is not an uncommon problem.
I’d love to attend this year, but who knows if it will actually happen. Fingers crossed! If nothing else, lovelies like Megan and the rest of the team at The Nerdy Girlie often have ah-mazing con coverage on their blog.
Supernatural Denver Convention
I am super stoked about this one. They are actually having a Supernatural convention in Denver this year. YES!
I’m not sure what to expect on ticket prices or the con intself (apart from the fact that Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Mark Sheppard, and Misha Collins will be there), but I am really, really hoping to attend. From what I see on Tumblr, these cons look like they are an amazing time, and it would be a complete hoot to spend a few days trapped in a hotel with a bunch of other SPN fanatics. So stay tuned, hopefully I’ll have good news on Denver SPN Con in the coming months.
And the one con that I’d love to go to but probably never will….
Gamescom is an awesome trade show and convention dedicated to gaming, and it is in Europe–which is why my chances of attending are slim. Still, it’s almost like being there when you can wake up in the wee hours of the morning to watch livestreams of the presentations…I mean, not really, but almost….
What cons have you attended? Which were your favorites? What cons are you hoping to attend this year? Let me know in the comments. Also, be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and see what everyone else is saying today by following the #Fandom5 hashtag!