Everyone has a thing they love. For some, it’s a sports team. They have all the jerseys, throw huge game-day parties, and ride the wave of the wins or losses of their team with an unfailing heart. For others, it’s a tv or movie franchise: Star Wars, Star Trek, The Walking Dead. Still others are wild about book series or anime or comic books. We all have that one thing, and some of us choose to celebrate that thing we love with others who love our thing, or very similar things. It’s springtime, so you know what that means, right? It’s CON SEASON!! This Monday, let’s talk about conventions!
First off, you should head over to Wil Wheaton’s blog in which he discusses this nerdy love of things. It includes an awesome video that should be required watching for all nerds and geeks everywhere. Please take a moment to read, watch, and listen. It speaks to all of us who love things a bit harder than some folks find “normal.”
Over the next few weeks, my hubby and I will attend two different conventions in two different states. Both are new to us. The first is AnomalyCon. I hadn’t heard much about this until I discovered three of my absolute favorite authors were attending (Kevin Hearne, Delilah Dawson, and Chuck Wendig – though Chuck had to cancel due to illness). I knew then I had to go if it was at all possible.
It’s a different type of convention for me. I’ve never gone to a steampunk convention before. Most of my con experience comes from the biggie of the southeast: DragonCon. AnomalyCon is contained in a single hotel in Denver, the Hyatt Regency; DragonCon sprawls across the five major hotels clustered in downtown Atlanta: Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott Marquis, the Westin, and the Sheraton. AnomalyCon looks to be pretty niche, catering to steampunk and alternative history exclusively. DragonCon caters to ALL THE THINGS – tv, movies, books, science, anime, gaming, etc etc.
I think the major difference will be in attendance. I don’t know how many AnomalyCon usually draws, but DragonCon can pull as many as 60,000 or more. That’s a lot of people, even across five hotels and a convention center (dealer room). It’s non-stop hot and cold running fools – mostly hot, because…Atlanta. I’m hoping that fewer people mean less hassle, less stress, and more enjoyment for me.
Two weeks later, it’s Emerald City Comic Con. I was up in the air about this one. While I’d wanted to see how it was, the website wasn’t really updated in a timely manner. You had to buy your tickets on blind faith that someone you wanted to see would be there. I only got my tickets because a favorite author, Kevin Hearne, stated on his website that he was attending. Tickets sold out before he was listed as a guest on ECCC’s website. That kinda stinks.
Still, it’ll be cool to go and see how this one plays out. It’s not as big as I was expecting, originally believing it would be somewhere around the same size as DragonCon. Instead, it’s housed in the Washington State Convention Center with a few panels in nearby hotels. Even though it’s close, we plan to stay in a hotel just so we don’t have to travel into Seattle at the asscrack of dawn just to make an early panel. Since I don’t watch much tv or many movies, the celebrity guests are groovy but not a draw for me. No one I’d fork out the amount of cash they’re wanting to sign anything. But I’ll wander around, admire any cosplayers who attend, and listen to my panels and fangirl over Kevin Hearne (again).
So, what about you? Do you celebrate THAT THING YOU LOVE with others who love it as much as you do? Have you ever attended a convention? Ever wanted to? Let’s talk about it!