Ahh, conventions. One of the best parts of the geek lifestyle.
1) Wizard World Comic Cons – Luckily, there’s TONS of them, so there’s a lot of chances to go. The St. Louis one was my first, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. This year, I plan on attending (or dated order):
- WWCC Fan Fest Chicago (March 7-8)
- WWCC St. Louis (May 22-24)
- WWCC Chicago (August 20-23)
- WWCC Bruce Campbel Fest Chicago (happening during WWCC Chicago – August 22-23)
- WWCC Pittsburgh (September 11-13)
- WWCC Nashville (September 25-27)
These locations were chosen because they’re close to my current home, near St. Louis, or close to my other homes (family or friends). Pittsburgh is where my family lives, and it’s the same time as my brother’s birthday (Sept. 14), so that would be perfect. Nashville is down by my college friend, Lazo. I figure I can get him and the other drumline dweebs we were friends with to go and have a fun weekend as a reunion. The ones in Chicago have amazing timing- I’ll be in Chicago for an internship the weekdays after Fan Fest, so I’ll be going there. I also plan on moving up there in August, so that’s great timing for Bruce Campbell fest and the regular WWCC Chicago event.
2) San Diego Comic Con- The most classic of conventions. Amazingly, despite having brothers who had lived there/near there over two year, I didn’t go. I was even in town the week before one time, and the week after one time, and didn’t make it. It just seems so huge and difficult to start to get into. And now, none of my brothers are close anymore (one in the US Marines was there for Boot Camp, and now is soon getting moved to a perm. duty station, one in the US Navy who lived there for a few years and has been moved to a duty station in one of the Carolinas, and one who moved into the Navy bro’s apt. to house sit while he was on deployment, who moved back to PIttsburgh in October after being in San Diego for 9 months). I’m upset that I didn’t make it while I had people to stay with, but I figure I’ll make it there one day.
3) New York Comic Con – The sweet sister, or cousin of SDCC. I love New York, and being there for a convention would be amazingly, stupidly fun. I’ll be in NYC in May, but not in October, during the convention, so I think I’ll miss it this year. Womp Womp.
4) Colossal Con – I’ve been in love with Cedar Point and Sandusky, Ohio since I went there on a trip with my older foster brother and my best friend/current roommate. It’s so awesome up there. Cedar Point was inane, our hotel had a water park, and I looove the lake. So, learning from Mia from xomia.com that there is also a convention there? That’s literally a dream come true. What a fantastic weekend that would be. I dream about it. It haunts me at night. I need to find a way to go (side note- if you’re going or want to, perhaps we should plan a trip? HMMMMMM?)
5) Geek Girl Con – The Pacific Northwest seems so romantic for me, and I’ve wanted to visit so bad. This is another instance of ‘I should have tried when I had the chance,’ because one of my cousins used to live up in Seattle, while this convention is held. I also really, really like the idea of a girl-heavy convention. At regular conventions, I feel more judged (whether or not I actually am is something I don’t know if I can flat out prove). I feel as though my knowledge is put into question through quizzes from random people who think I’m a fake fan, I’m made fun of for being a plus-sized cosplayer, and I feel crowded and touched a lot. THey’re things I deal with, but I can’t help but feel as though this convention would be more laid-back, and accepting. I’d love to go for those reasons as a base, and then further because I’ve never heard anything nasty about it. It seems like a really positive fun time in a nice place.