I go to conventions. I have dressed up in the past but at this time I do not feel it is a priority. I go to see celebrities, go to panels and learn new things. I go to meet new people and hang out with old friends. I like conventions. Some of the smaller conventions I have been to were kind of meeh. I have to say my favorite one is Dragon Con. Every year I think I need to go to ComicCon in San Diego. That being said, I heard horror stories year after year and have never really tried to go. I have even heard that celebrities like Felicia Day have had issues there. Instead, I will stick with my small more local cons and of course one big one.
For many years I have gone to Dragon Con in Atlanta. I love it. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. I have met several friends there and have learned of many new fandoms. Currently we are 118 days away from the con and I am in total "I can't wait" mode. This year I am taking my brother with me. In the past I have gone with my best friend and also I have made my Mom go with me. She had a blast and I hope she gets the opportunity to come again.
The Khan Report. This is just one of the many podcasts I listen to. These are both very specific to Dragon Con and it helps me to deal with the waiting-for-con-funk. I also watch all of the Youtube videos including the Last Dragon Con parody. There are many other links if you would like to check out DragonConTv. I have to do something to get me from the post-con-funk through the waiting-until-con funk until the it-is-almost-here-joy.
Last night I was suffering through the waiting-for-con-funk and decided to watch the documentary Four Days at Dragon Con. While watching, I was thinking of what I have done each year and decided to get out the old printed pocket programs. I looked at what I did each year and what I wanted to do but did not make it to. Wow, have things changed. When I started going, there were 30,000 people going and last year there were over 65,000 attendees. In the beginning there was a paper pocket program that you had to use. Now, there is an online app that you can use to plan your con. HOLY crap it has grown. The most important thing I have discovered in my years of attending cons is that each con is unique. Make it special to yourself and there is no way you will not have a fantastic time.