June 26th, 2013

Cons: AnimeExpo

Convention Schedule

So here is the list of cons and con-like activities i am thinking of engaging in for the next year and a bit

Anime Expo (http://www.anime-expo.org)
Thursday July 4th - Sunday July 7th

This one is right around the corner. It's a little sad how few friends are going these days, but it should be fun anyways.

DragonCon (http://www.dragoncon.org/)
Friday August 30 - Monday September 2

Haven't bought tickets yet, but definitely should. And get plane tickets =P And look into available hotel room shares =P

Convolution (http://con-volution.com/2013/)
Friday November 1 - Sunday November 3

Seriously thinking about this one. According to people at Baycon this is a fairly new up and coming con. After all the complaining i did about missing the "glory days" of most of my regular cons, maybe i should check this out for some comparison. I'm sure it won't be the same as the stories i've heard about cons from decades past, but at least it would be a con that's not currently going through ossification.

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LonCon/WorldCon (http://loncon3.org/)
Thursday August 14 - Monday August 18
Shamrokon/EuroCon (http://www.shamrokon.ie/)
Friday August 22 - Sunday August 24

So this is the big thing, aside from possibly the JoCo Cruise. London won the WorldCon bid for 2014, which is kind of cool. And Dublin won the bid for the 2014 EuroCon, which is happening the very next week. There is now a large set of geeks (as such things go anyways) that are planning a 1.5 - 2 week vacation of go tour London/England, go tour Dublin/Ireland, and wander who knows where for the three or four days in between. It's going to be a European geek swarm.

I've been to England once and Ireland never, so i'm seriously tempted by this. Not sure what i'd want to do with the time in between? France? (Cause it's easy.) Germany? (Because that's where some of my ancestors are from.) Scotland? (Because it's easy and that's where some more of my ancestors are from.) Or just spend the extra time looking around England and Ireland when not distracted by the cons? (Because that's easiest, and where the rest of my ancestors are from.)

If i'm going to do this though, it's probably not too early to start making plans.