I’m glad I had this experience. Though LepreCon 39 was extremely small compared to other science-fiction conventions, it was worth it all. I got to dip my toe in the pool and get a feel for what it’s like. Although I had been to the Star Trek convention it never occurred to me how much I would love a science-fiction convention. I guess I mostly expected comic books, costumes, and the aspects of sci-fi that I was never really into. I was pleasantly surprised.
The panels I spoke on ranged from marketing to science-fiction in children’s lives to conspiracy theories. Though the last panel (ancient aliens and conspiracy theories) was disastrous, the other 3 panels were fantastic. I met and spoke with some incredibly intelligent people from the audience and from my fellow panelists. I expected snooty authors who were closed off and unapproachable (after all, I’m just a newbie in the biz) – what I got was really friendly, engaging, and personable new friends.
It was refreshing to have conversations about literature and film to the degree that most people don’t want to discuss. What I found was that I was at home, among like-minded individuals who think outside the box and just like to have fun. Life is too short to take too seriously.
Now I see why these con’s are so addicting and why people go to so many. I’m hooked – add this to my list of my geekdom repertoire . Besides, where else can you say things like “the leadership of Kirk and Picard are so vast yet show us socially what kind of leaders are out there.” – and have people jump right into the discussion without missing a beat?
ComiCon is in just a few weeks here in Phoenix and I’m looking forward to experiencing it as a fan this time around instead of a participant. Taking it in, in all its glory.
I’ll be a participant at the CopperCon here in August and may even have Sun Gate out in time for that. Thanks to all who came and stopped by to say hey to me and to all my new readers! I look forward to seeing you at the next con!
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to put this event on!