Convention Connection: Geek Culture Conventions for Week 38 2018

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Geek Culture Conventions

Our Convention Connection for Week 38 2018 starts with MegaCon Tampa Bay 2018. If you didn’t pick it up in the name, the event will be held in Tampa Bay, Florida (surprise!) on Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23. As expected at these general geek culture conventions, MegaCon Tampa Bay features celebrity guests like Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Peter Capaldi, comic creators like Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Francesco Francavilla, voice and anime actors, cosplayers, gaming, exhibitors, autograph and photo opportunities, and more. This year’s event includes a Harry Potter themed escape room, and convention exclusive merchandise like a paint it yourself Bob Ross Funko Pop!

Other Geek Culture Conventions

Spa-Con 2018: Hot springs, Arkansas; Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23

Wizard World Comic Con Austin: Austin, Texas; Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23

Great Falls Comic Expo: Lewiston, Maine; Saturday, September 22

Uticon 2018: Utica, New York; Sunday, September 23


Anime & Asian Culture Conventions

Anime Weekend Atlanta runs from Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23 in Atlanta, Georgia. The event includes a manga library, video art, anime viewing, tabletop gaming, video gaming, artists alley, cosplay, and more. Friday night features a black tie dinner and formal ball for VIPs, while Saturday night festivities include the cosplay contest and rave.

Other Anime & Asian Culture Conventions

Anime Fargo: Fargo, North Dakota; Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23

Camp Anime 2018: Woodstock Valley, Connecticut; Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23

RamenCon 2018: South Bend, Indiana; Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23

Senshi Con 2018: Anchorage, Alaska; Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23


Toy & Gaming Conventions

The Festival in the Forest is a live action D&D gaming event held in Hinckley, Ohio from Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23. Attendees camp on-site and interact with various “Live NPCs” over the weekend as DMs lead them through the adventure. Friday and Saturday evenings, attendees can gather at the Forest Inn and Tavern for food, drink, storytelling, entertainment, and more.

Other Toy & Gaming Conventions

Santa Rosa Toy & Comic Con: Santa Rosa, California; Saturday, September 22

Minefaire 2018: Sacramento, California; Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23

Toy Con Indiana 2018: Highland, Illinois; Sunday, September 23


Special Interest Conventions

For a unique convention experience, The Sci-Fi Sea Cruise 2018 departs from Seattle, Washington on Friday, September 21 and returns to port on Friday, September 28, with port calls in Astoria, Oregon; San Francisco, California; and Victoria, British Columbia. Attendees will travel on Royal Caribbean’s “Explorer of the Seas.” Guests include Doctor Who‘s Wendy Padbury and Frazier Hines, and actors Jon Davey and Tim Dane Reid.

Other Special Interest Conventions

RavenCon 13.5: Richmond, Virginia; Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23

ShockaCon 2018: Charleston, West Virginia; Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23

Alpha Omega Con 2018: Downey, California; Saturday, September 22

LadiesCon 2018: Somerville, Massachusetts; Saturday, September 22


International Conventions

Canada

CaperCon 2018: Sydney, Nova Scotia: Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23

Edmonton Expo 2018: Edmonton, Alberta; Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23

Forest City Comic Con: London, Ontario; Saturday, September 22

Peterborough Comic Con 2018: Peterborough, Ontario; Sunday, September 23

United Kingdom

EGX 2018: Birmingham, United Kingdom; Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23

MCM Scotland Comic Con 2018: Glasgow, United Kingdom; Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23

WynterCon 2018: Eastbourne, East Sussex; Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23

Australia

Oz Comic-Con Brisbane: Brisbane, Queensland; Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23

Europe

Comics Salon 2018: Ruzinov, Slovakia; Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23

Elfia Arcen 2018: Arcen, Netherlands; Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23


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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