I’ve been thinking. People keep asking me what I want to focus on while I’m in graduate school. I have a lot of ideas. But there’s one I’ve been thinking about a little more than the others: conventions and costuming. Which has me thinking about my own experiences with conventions and how it has changed over the years.

You hear about the days before SDCC became SDCC. You hear that slight wistfullness in people’s voices when they do. You go to smaller conventions that are proud to be small and more intimate, unlike DragonCon.

I finally get it. So many people go to conventions to meet famous people. To meet actors and musicians and authors and artists. That used to be what I would get excited about. But that can involve being in line for the same time as a panel, if not longer. I started to realize that I was missing out on so much. Then I went to MarCon. That showed me that you don’t have to spend half the convention in line to enjoy it. It showed me that conventions are equally about hanging out with fellow fans and geeks, talking about the things that we love.

So this year for DragonCon, I’m taking a new approach to what panels I go to. I’m still going to go to a few panels with guests. How can I resist going to a panel with Big Bird and Oscar or one with the Seventh and Eighth Doctors? But I think I’m going to focus more on the panels where it’s just us fans talking about what we love. It’s going to be a new experience for me. I’m really looking forward to it.


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