(I would say 'conventions', but as Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk state, Con sounds much cooler)
Cons are a constant in a geek's life. Whether you can afford the money and time to enjoy them in person or live through the photos and videos made by fellow fans.
Cons have the power of bringing a miscellaneous group of people that, no matter what their costume is or if they are not wearing one, will rejoice to discuss pretty much any comic / TV show / movie / videogame / RPG /...
You are sure to get out of those three days with a heavy sense of geek enlightenment. But beware: it will just last until you take off your costume and lumber into your everyday routine.
Everyone has opinions, theories, favorite characters, suggestions of things to try. Some have travelled a long way just to be there, others a mere five minutes journey.
No matter what, everyone is united in helping others get their idols autograph or simply walk past them. Saving seats, taking pictures, offering a kind word when someone cries their eyes out just because they missed their favorite actor: it's a healthy comradeship.
For the sake of Cons everywhere, I'm leaving out the jump the queue acts, the rudeness in discussions and some costumes that are appalling offenses to the original characters and their creators. What? It's not all lightsabers battles and cheering.
Anyway, talking about cosplay you're bound to brush shoulders with any character from any fandom, from the more straightforward references to the more obscure ones. The point is you are surrounded by allusions to all genres: sci-fi, fantasy or steampunk.
Unless it has a specific fandom at its core say the Star Wars Celebration or the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebration . Then you'll only see Chewbacca and Princess Leia or on the second case, walking TARDIS and countless Doctors.
Stay tuned for personal convention stories as we enter the "Convention Season"!
(Don't worry: we'll let you know where to find Outland Entertainment!)
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