Convention Connection: Geek Culture Conventions for Week 31 2018

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Welcome to a new weekly series here at GeekDad where we will be highlighting a few of the geeky conventions coming up each and every weekend. There are a few that grab the headlines every year, and those tend to overshadow the smaller pop culture and even smaller niche conventions that take place every weekend across the United States and around the globe. Here at Convention Connection, we’ll call out the big cons, but also hope to shine a light on some of the smaller conventions that might be more accessible and to the tastes of our readers.


Gen Con 2018

Website: GenCon.com

Indiana Convention Center; Indianapolis, Indiana

Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 5

This weekend has been circled on many a GeekDad’s calendar, so let’s start with Gen Con 2018. Gen Con—billed “The Best Four Days in Gaming.”—is the longest-running gaming convention in the world, having been founded way back in 1968. Though the four-day passes are all sold out, as of the time of this writing, single-day passes are still available.

Sponsored and attended by some of the biggest names in tabletop gaming, Gen Con exhibitors include those same gaming companies, award-winning authors and artists, and more gaming sessions than can possibly be described in the space of this post.

GeekDad will be well represented! Join GeekDad’s gaming editor and contributors throughout the weekend, from the “Cardboard Quills 2018: A Written Reviewer Roundtable” panel (Lucas Oil Meeting Room #8) from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Friday evening to the “Gaming with GeekDad” session (JW Marriott, Ballroom A, tables 1-6) on Saturday from noon to 2:00 P.M. to bumping into the guys in the GeekDad hockey jerseys on the floor. Be sure to tell the fellas “Hi” and that you’re a GeekDad reader when you see them!


RTX Austin 2018

Website: RTXAustin.com

Austin Convention Center; Austin, Texas

Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5

RTX is the convention hosted by Rooster Teeth that celebrates gaming and internet culture. While the RTX team does take the convention on the road to London, England and Sydney, Australia, the Austin convention is the flagship show. Highlighting the weekend is the RTX Animation Festival, featuring a worldwide sample of animation from some of the internet’s top digital artists.


Wakandacon 2018

Website: Wakandacon2018.com

Hilton Downtown Chicago; Chicago, Illinois

Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5

New to the convention scene is Chicago’s Wakandacon 2018. Wakandacon is an independent, inclusive, community-focused convention open to attendees of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, with an emphasis on establishing a positive and supportive space for black people. In addition to entertainment-centered programming typical of pop culture conventions, Wakandacon attempts to balance the pure entertainment with intellectual content and academic analysis.


Scares That Care Weekend

Website: ScaresThatCareWeekend.com

Doubletree by Hilton; Williamsburg, Virginia

Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5

Not only am I a sucker for pop culture conventions, but I absolutely adore people who come together and volunteer their time, talents, and resources for charitable causes. Founded in 2006, Scares That Care is one such group of people, and this weekend is the organization’s horror-themed festival. The event includes celebrity guests, exhibitors, tabletop and video gaming, podcasting, panels, a 5k run, escape room, film fest (The Rocky Horror Picture Show screening at midnight Saturday night!), prop decorating, and more.


Discworld Convention 2018

Website: 2018.dwcon.org

Chesford Grange Hotel; Warwick, UK

Friday, August 3 through Monday, August 6

There are niche-interest conventions, and there is Discworld Convention. The biennial convention is a gathering for and celebration of fans of the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s series of Discworld books. The convention features guests, panels, cosplay, crafts, and more, all presented in the irreverent attitude of the novels.


Comic Con Honolulu

Website: ComicConHonolulu.com

Hawaii Convention Center; Honolulu, Hawaii

Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5

Next up, we have a pair of regional pop culture conventions. First is Comic Con Honolulu, which brings the typical mix of celebrity and creator guests making their rounds on the convention circuit to Honolulu’s sandy shores. Featured guests include Felicia Day, Jason Isaacs, Terry Moore, and Stan Sakai.


Tampa Bay Comic Con

Website: TampaBayComicCon.com

Tampa Bay Convention Center; Tampa Bay, Florida

Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5

Finally, we have Tampa Bay Comic Con, which brings featured writer, cosplay, artist, and celebrity guests like Neal Adams, Ale Garza, Cary Elwes, Brent Spiner, and David Harbour to Florida’s bay area.


That’s it for this first Convention Connection. This list is by no means comprehensive. We here at GeekDad encourage you to find a convention this weekend near you that appeals to your interests and make plans to attend. While it might not need to be said, I’ll say it here, anyhow: support your local conventions!

Heading out to a convention this weekend?

We’d love to see your photos (especially your cosplay photos). When you upload your convention photos to social media this weekend, tag @GeekDads on Twitter and GeekDad on Facebook and use #ConConnect. With your permission, we just might share your photos on our social media accounts.

Are you a convention organizer who would like your con featured in an upcoming Convention Connection?

E-mail joey@geekdad.com at least two weeks before the convention’s start date with details you would like shared with our readers. Submission of details does not guarantee that we’ll highlight your convention, but it certainly helps your chances.

Are you a convention organizer who would like your con attended and covered by GeekDad?

E-mail joey@geekdad.com at least two months before the convention’s start date with details. Submission of details does not guarantee that we’ll cover your convention, but it certainly helps your chances. Coverage depends on contributor availability for the convention. If you are willing to assist with travel and lodging for a GeekDad contributor covering your convention, please note that in the e-mail.

Are you a convention organizer who would like to give away entry to your convention (tickets, badges, etc.) on GeekDad?

Contact joey@geekdad.com at least one month before first date with ticket giveaway details. Submission of details does not guarantee that we’ll run a giveaway for entry to your convention, but it certainly helps your chances.

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