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Five Fandom Friday – Conventions I’ve Been To Or Wish To Attend

IFive Fandom Fridayst’s Friday. That means another edition of Five Fandom Friday from geeky bloggers all over thanks to the genius of Super Space Chick and The Nerdy Girlie. Today’s topic: Conventions I’ve Been To Or Wish To Attend. I am fortunate enough ohave attended several big conventions, but there are also several I’d still like to attend. So, I’ve split the Fandom 5 into two lists – those I’ve attended and those I want to attend.

Let’s start with those conventions that I have been to:

Comic-Con International: San Diego

I have been very fortunate (and extremely lucky) to have attended this convention for the last several years. I need to remember that as my luck may have actually run out and 2015 is up int her air. This is one of the granddaddy’s of comic conventions and has become a behemoth for all pop culture. It’s a lot of fun, if completely overwhelming, and something worth doing (if you can get in).

WonderCon Anaheim

This is like the younger, smaller sibling of Comic-Con International: San Diego. WonderCon used to be in San Francisco (and many people are still bitter it has not returned), but I never made it when it was in SF (which is weird since it’s a lot closer than Anaheim). I have seen the popularity increase over the last couple years but it has still been calm and relaxing and available, especially when compared to San Diego. That said, this spring convention doesn’t see as many of the big announcements because they are being saved for San Diego.

Wizard World Sacramento

This convention has been traveling the country but made its way to Sacramento the first time last year. I was not too excited about it, but I felt I needed to support the event in my community. It had some pros, but there were also some cons (see my Girls on the Grid post about it). That said, it was successful enough that Wizard World will be returning to Sacramento in 2015.

Romantic Times Convention

I attended this for the very first time just last year in New Orleans. I will admit the location was the primary reason I decided to take the plunge and try this one out. I’m so glad I did. It was a blast. It’s a huge book conference, mostly geared towards romance novels (but romance is now included in so many different genres there’s a large variety). It’s a great way to meet and mingle with authors (and cover models) and get lots of free books. Plus, there’s really great parties included with a full registration!

ESRI User Conference

Talk about geeky fun – I was able to attend this conference (not convention, but what really is the difference? I know the formal difference by definition, but there’s so much overlap between those definitions when you actually attend an event of this nature) for work in 2009. It has an enormous amount of sessions and training related to geo-stuff. It is training and learning and massive networking. Plus, you get to play with really cool geo-tools.

And here are the ones I’m dying to move up into the list of conventions I’ve attended:

And that’s my list of conventions for Fandom Friday. What conventions have you attended? Or which ones are you willing to sell a kidney to attend? Read the convention dreams of these other blogging ladies:

And you can head over to twitter and search #Fandom5 to find even more conventions to add to your list of future attendance.


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