Convention Planning

It’s the beginning of the year, which means it’s time to start thinking about what cons I want to attend, if any. That is not something I have done much of in the past (attended four in the past four years, so averaging one a year) due to a combination of lack of funds, lack of time, and general disinterest. Cons aren’t something that I find fun unless going with a large group of friends — or at least one good friend. Here is a list of some of the cons I have attended in the past or am considering now, along with my thoughts for each:

Furry Weekend Atlanta: Attended 2009, impressed because it was my first con, not impressed enough to return again without going with friends. It was a little too adult for my liking as well, and I don’t particularly like Atlanta. I may return this year because some friends want me to join them, but it looks unlikely.

Anthrocon: Attended 2010, enjoyed being with and meeting new friends, will not attend again without being accompanied by a group of friends. Anthrocon is too big to be fun, and also very expensive. While I won’t deny the fun had, it isn’t worth going up there again.

Megaplex: Never attended, considering this year. I like the thought of a “smaller” con and have heard positive things about it. The downside is perceived close association with the Funday Pawpet Show, which I find sophomoric at best.

Camp Feral!: Attended 2012 with my friend Wolfin, and loved it so much I wanted to return the next year. I gave no promises because of scheduling and cost, but it was worth every cent and every minute. It’s an outdoor con with maybe 100 – 120 people so you get to meet almost everyone, and there are actually things to do, unlike a hotel con. The only way I’m not going is if something major comes up.

Fangcon: Attended 2012 with Tikaani, WagzTail guest. It was a first-year con complete with its own hiccups and quirks, with a lot of room for improvement but not enough to inspire me to return. I was very disappointed in what I had hoped would be a more family-friendly con, but wasn’t.

That about sums it up. Leave a comment below if you’d like to share your own plans.