Convention Connection: Geek Culture Conventions for Week 37 2018

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Convention Connection
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Geek Culture Conventions

Convention Connection

Our first stop on this week’s Convention Connection is in Cincinnati, Ohio for the Cincinnati Comic Expo. The event runs from Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16. In addition to celebrity guests like Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), and Clark Gregg (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), attendees can find legendary and contemporary comic creators, cosplay guests, and more. The event includes an on-site blood drive, costume contest, exhibitors, panels and workshops, and tabletop gaming. Saturday evening is capped off by this year’s geek prom, “Midwest Muggle Fest”.

Other Geek Culture Conventions

Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention 2018; Hunt Valley, Maryland; Thursday, September 13 through Saturday, September 15

Fandemic Houston 2018; Houston, Texas; Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16

Keystone Comic Con; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; September 14 through Sunday, September 16

California Republic Comic Con; Merced, California; Saturday, September 15


Special Interest Conventions

Convention Connection

The Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts (known simply as MECCAcon) is an annual comic, arts, and culture festival held in a different location every year. This year’s MECCAcon will be held on Saturday, September 15 at the Detroit Public Library in Detroit, Michigan. The event focuses on Afrofuturism, comic books, science fiction, steampunk, manga, music, fine arts, and more. Running in conjunction with the main convention is the MECCAcon International Film Festival, registered under director Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY banner.

Other Special Interest Conventions

HawaiiCon 2018; Waimea, Hawaii; Thursday, September 13 through Sunday, September 16

IC Collectors Convention 2018; Franklin, Tennessee; Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15

The ScareFest 2018; Lexington, Kentucky; Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16

The Enchanted City 2018; Troy, New York; Saturday, September 15


Anime & Asian Culture Conventions

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J1-Con, formerly held in Philadelphia, has moved this year to Atlantic City, New Jersey. This year’s event runs from Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16. Though the location has changed, attendees can still expect cosplay, panels, live performances, vendors, artists, gaming, and dance parties! Friday night’s dance party is for all ages, while Saturday night’s dance party is ages 18 and older.

Other Anime & Asian Culture Conventions

Anime Sekai 2018; Abilene, Texas; Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16

Super Dimension Convention; Torrance, California; Saturday, September 15


Toy & Gaming Conventions

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The Independent Game Developer’s Expo (known as IGDExpo) will be held on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 in West Monroe, Louisiana. While the event includes cosplay, vendors, panels, gaming tournaments, and workshops, the highlight of IGDExpo is the free play with tabletop game developers.

Other Toy & Gaming Conventions

A Video Game Con 2018; Secaucus, New Jersey; Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16

Minefaire 2018; Austin, Texas; Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16


International Conventions

Canada

Gatecon 2018; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16

Gas City Entertainment Expo; Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada; Saturday, September 15

United Kingdom

Coventry Comic Con; Coventry, United Kingdom; Saturday, September 15

Film & Comic Con Exeter 2018; Exeter, United Kingdom; September 15 and Sunday, September 16

Yorkshire Cosplay Ball 2018; Sheffield, United Kingdom; Sunday, September 16

Australia

FurJAM 2018; Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16

Madman Anime Festival Melbourne 2018; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; September 15 and Sunday, September 16

Europe

Heroes Comic Con Stockholm 2018; Kista, Sweden; Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16

Aniventure Comic Con 2018; Sofia, Bulgaria; Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16

Midgard 2018; Reykjavik, Iceland; Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16

Africa

Comic Con Africa 2018; Midrand, South Africa; Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16


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.

Last Thought

There is no way we can cover every convention every weekend. If there is a convention not covered above that you plan to attend this weekend, feel free to post the name of the convention, dates, location, and link to the convention’s website in the comments below.

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