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Wondering if you should ever go to a con after the DashCon kerfuffle? Did you know that there are literally hundreds of cons worldwide about media things that Tumblr is into? This is a totally non-comprehensive list of conventions you might want to check out, limited to English-speaking countries because that’s what I know about. These are all conventions with a good reputation for being fun and well managed. They are annual events unless otherwise noted.
The fanlore page on cons is a great resource, too.
If you’re into Doctor Who:
Gallifrey One tickets sell out super fast. Many great guests. They usually have a Doctor. Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Chicago TARDIS Chicago, IL, USA.
Con Kasterborous Huntsville, Alabama, USA
L.I. Who Long Island, NY, USA
If you’re into slash:
Slash-specific cons tend to be small and social. These cons have no celebrity guests, they’re all about fans getting together and hanging out. The kind of place where you’ll be talking to someone, glance at their name tag, and realize they’re a fic writer or fanartist you’ve been following for years. Usually 18+ for full attendees, with a… um… bawdy environment.
Con.TXT based on reviews, this is a great con. Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Escapade the longest-running slash con. Meet your fannish foremothers! Los Angeles, CA, USA.
get__together 10 year old established slash con. Wellington, NZ
Sinpozium Sydney, NSW, Australia
Muskrat Jamboree Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (every other year)
Pacificon Seattle, WA, USA (every other year)
If you’re into anime:
Room 801 18+ Yaoi con. Sydney, NSW, Australia
Yaoi-Con 18+ Yaoi con. San Francisco, CA, USA.
Sakura-Con Large general anime/manga con with a lot of teenage attendees. Seattle, WA, USA.
Otakon Huge anime con with lots of artist and writer guests. Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Anime Central (ACen) Chicago, IL, USA.
If you’re into fanvids:
Vividcon this is the place to be if you make fanvids. Chicago, IL, USA
If you’re into Supernatural:
Note: the Supernatural cons with the actors as guests are for-profit cons run by an event production company. They are a completely different environment from fan-run cons. These cons are more expensive and don’t have much to do other than pay a bunch to meet the actors. If that’s what you want, have at it. I will not be linking to any of those cons here.
Wincon a small, slash-friendly fan focused con that started as an SPN con but now covers various fandoms. Different US locations every year.
If you’re into Harry Potter and/or YA books:
LeakyCon large con that was founded in the years after the books. Many non-HP guests from online media that will make you feel like An Old if you read the Harry Potter books when they came out. Also lots of YA author guests. Various locations around the USA.
If you want to see as many famous actors as possible, who cares about any other programming:
Dragon*Con Atlanta, Georgia, USA
San Diego Comic Con. You don’t need a link, right?
Emerald City Comicon Seattle, WA, USA
Fan Expo Canada Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Supanova everywhere in Australia
Do a web search for “comic con” in your area or ask around. Most major metro areas have cons that focus on bringing celebrity guests.
If you’re into Game of Thrones:
TitanCon Belfast, Northern Ireland. Has essentially become the Game of Thrones con since the show started filming there.
If you’re into Science Fiction & Fantasy books:
SF/F-specific cons are some of the longest running and numerous. Search “science fiction convention” and your local area to find one. They tend to have a mix of book, TV, and movie focus and author guests rather than actors. SF con culture has been around long enough that many of the people in their teens and 20s you’ll see at a con grew up going to them.
Honored to be included on this list in such fine company. We’d also like to give a shoutout to VidUKon as another great fan-run vidding con — our overseas neighbors!
And the official con schedule is now available at our website. Check out this year’s offerings of vidshows and panels!
A few reminders for everybody:
1) Next Tuesday, July 15th, is the deadline for rolling over your membership to next year if you won’t be able to attend. Please get in touch with us if you can’t make it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org! You can either roll the entire membership over or switch to a supporting membership and roll over $60 toward an attending membership for 2015.
2) July 15th is also the deadline for supporting memberships and extra DVD set orders! Please get those in if you’ve been holding off.
3) Attending memberships will be available until the start of the con - no deadline on those.
Reminder that today, July 8, 2014, is the deadline to book hotel rooms at the VividCon rate! Book now to lock in your savings! See details at our hotel page.
Traditionally, we have had to close supporting member registration and extra DVD set ordering for attending members on July 1st. But! This year, due to anticipated availability of DVD sets, we are extending the deadline for these two things until July 15th!
Haven’t bought your supporting membership yet? Have a few friends who would love to receive their very own copy of the VividCon DVD set when you arrive home in August? We can help you do that!
Attending memberships are still available, also, until July 25th!
Sign up for attending or supporting memberships on our Registration page.
Already registered to attend? Purchase your additional DVDs on our Payment page. While you’re there, buy your Saturday taco bar lunch ticket or your Club Vivid bar wristband, too (if you haven’t already)!
Hi, all. OK, here’s the situation with the hotel room reservations: there are plenty of rooms available in our room block at our VividCon rate, but most of them are Doubles. There are still a few King rooms available at this time, but once they are gone we may not be able to add any more until the Doubles in our block get used up. I’m sorry, guys—I did not realize the popularity of King rooms. We’ll adjust things for next year, I promise!
Also, please be aware that our VividCon room rate is only guaranteed for a couple more weeks: July 8th is the deadline for making hotel room reservations at the $102 King/$112 Double rate!