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Baltimore Comic Con – September 2-4, 2016

I don’t do often, but I’m going to play the I’m a female geek card.

You hear stories about female geeks being forced to “prove” their credibility, and being accused of not really being a geek, and being mansplained to.

You know what doesn’t happen at Baltimore Comic Con? Any of that. At least not as far as I have ever experienced. From a costume that no one recognized to a 2am conversation sparked by my spaceship tattoo covered leg, I never once felt that I was being treated as not a real fan.

It makes Baltimore special.

Whether I was hunting art or getting commissions in Artist Alley, talking to creators of favorite books, buying toys (way too many toys), or just chatting with other con goers, I felt completely accepted.

I’ve been going to conventions for more than twenty years. And while I’ve been lucky in regards to how I’ve been treated, there’s always that one person. Sometimes it’s as simple as being nudged out of the way, sometimes it’s a picture being taken that just makes you feel a little uncomfortable, sometimes it’s more overt.

But in my four years at Baltimore Comic Con, none of that has ever happened. I’ve had conversations with men, women, young, old, comic fans, sci-fi fans, fans of things I’ve never even heard of. And I’ve never felt like I didn’t belong. Even when I didn’t know a single person other than my roommate, I met people right away. People who I still look forward to catching up with every year.

Baltimore Comic Con is a special convention. It’s the one that I make sure to request vacation days for as soon as I can. It’s the one that I would go to, even if I couldn’t afford anything but food. It’s the one that I wouldn’t miss, no matter what.

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Baltimore Comic Con – September 25-27, 2015

Here’s the thing about Baltimore Comic Con.

It’s brilliant.

And it’s not anything specific. It’s something you can’t describe. People actively enjoy being there. Maybe part of it is the location. I mean, the Inner Harbor is beautiful. Maybe it’s the comics centric nature of the show. While there were some media guests there, it never felt like they were the entire focus of the weekend. Maybe it’s the people. Actually, scratch that. It’s definitely the people.

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Baltimore Comic Con – September 5-7, 2014

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Here’s the thing about Baltimore Comic Con; even when it’s not perfect, it’s one of the best conventions out there.

This year the convention expanded from a two day to a three day event, and while it showed a few growing pains, the best parts of the weekend were still very present. And it says a lot about Baltimore Comic Con that, despite getting completely turned around due to lack of aisle number signs, and having a major costume screw up, and waiting in the wrong line at one point, I still consider it to be one of my favourite weekends of the year.

I don’t know how much I can say that I haven’t said after previous years. If I haven’t convinced you to go yet, I doubt I ever will. But you’ll have no idea what you’re missing out on.

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Chicago Tardis – November 29-December 1, 2013

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Chicago Tardis is one of my favourite conventions. It’s typically on the smaller side (at least compared to many that I attend), it gives me an excuse to not be with my blood family for Thanksgiving, and there are a lot of people I get to see there  who I only see once a year.

This year’s Chicago Tardis, seeing as it is the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, was a lot bigger than usual. And it definitely felt a little bit different from previous years. Less intimate, less lobbycon (still trying to figure out how more people equaled less partying in the lobby), but just as much fun as ever.

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I even made it to a few panels! Friday I wandered into a Sherlock Holmes panel, and Sunday I crashed the comics and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panels, as well as going to the Outside In one. Yes, I’m aware that only one of those panels was actually about Doctor Who, but it’s still three more panels than I typically attend.

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Between panels and Daleks and costumes and friends and spending money in the dealer’s room, the weekend flew. I met some new friends, including the folks from the Two Girls, A Guy, and a TARDIS podcast, caught up with some old friends, and hung around with people I rarely get the chance to see.

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Not everything this year was perfect. Lines for registration went on for eternity. The food court at the mall was under construction, so meals became more of a challenge. (Of course that led to picnics in the lobby, and a delivery girl who was a huge Doctor Who fan, so it all worked out.) But the weather was gorgeous, especially for Chicago in November, and wandering back and forth to Target for caffeine was painless for a change.

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And a lot of what makes Chicago Tardis special really has nothing to do with the convention activities. Some of it does, don’t get me wrong, but what truly makes Chicago Tardis weekend special are the people. From walking into the lobby on Thursday afternoon and immediately seeing people I know, to having a friend show up in the lobby on Monday morning while I was waiting to leave for the airport so I’d have a chance to say goodbye; it was always about the people.

I go to conventions relatively regularly throughout the year. Chicago Tardis continues to be one of my absolute favourites. And even as I start and stop attending various others, Chicago Tardis will be written onto my calendar with permanent marker.

Is it time for next year yet?

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L.I. Who – November 8 – 10, 2013

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This one is going to be short; a) because I’m still exhausted, and b) because working a convention means I don’t have as much to say about it as a fan.

Anyway, last weekend I had the pleasure of working at a brand new Doctor Who convention called L.I. Who.

I’ve been going to conventions since I was eleven years old, and specifically Doctor Who conventions for the past five years. This one was special. Despite spending a *lot* of time running around, I still found myself having fun. Seeing old friends, meeting new friends, and catching up with people I only see a few times a year.

Things weren’t perfect, but having been to a few first year conventions, L.I. Who definitely didn’t feel like it was new. The amount of experience behind it was obvious.

Working a convention is a completely different experience than attending one. Even when you end up unofficially working at the ones you attend as a fan. You spend a lot more time running around and a lot less time relaxing in the lobby. But it’s so worth it.

Over the weekend, I had some realisations about myself and how I experience fandom and conventions. Some things that I’m not quite finished mentally processing, and some things that I’ve talked about.

I will say this though: I never imagined I could be so lucky. The people I’ve met, things I’ve done, and experiences I’ve had would never have happened without Doctor Who.


New York Comic Con – October 11-13, 2013

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I have issues with New York Comic Con. My biggest is simply the size. The Javitz Center isn’t big enough to hold 130,000 people. And while it doesn’t effect me directly, the fact that panels fill up hours before the panel actually starts isn’t exactly a good thing. There’s also a lack of communication that makes things like getting in line to enter the convention a challenge.

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But despite a few problems, this year really was a lot of fun. I met new people, got to do some things that I’ve never done before, and generally really enjoyed myself. Continue reading


Baltimore Comic Con, Part 3 – As a Fan

I’ve experienced Baltimore Comic Con as a cosplayer and as a writer, but I still feel that the most fun way to experience the convention is as a fan.

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