Everyone knows Comic-Con and VidCon, but conventions have been around for decades and there’s one for just about every interest. Chances are, if you like something, a bunch of other people like it too, and they’ve rented out the ballroom of the Hilton so you can talk about it. Here are seven extremely specific cons you probably never knew existed.
No, it’s not just a convention for fans of the TV show The 100 (although that does exist), because that wouldn’t be specific enough. ClexaCon is a convention specifically for fans of the relationship between two characters on the show, Clarke and Lexa. Spoiler alert (though if you gave a sh*t you’d already know), Lexa was tragically murdered by Jason Rothenberg this past season but her memory lives on. Let’s be real, I will be at ClexaCon and I will probably be cosplaying for the first time ever. Ai gonplei nou ste odon.
BronyCon is, you guessed it, for bronies, a.k.a. fans of My Little Pony. And it’s coming up in just a few weeks! This August 11-13, get yourself over to Maryland to meet the voice actors, buy lots of merch, and talk about your favorite little ponies. Almost 8,000 people were in attendance last year because bronies don’t f*ck around.
3) Vent Haven Ventriloquist ConVENTion
Yes, they capitalize conVENTion. The executive director claims it’s “THE place to be if you want to become a better ventriloquist!” Attendees get to attend workshops on improving their ventriloquism, perform at open mics, and even see performances from such horrible comedians as Jeff Dunham.
Merfest is a “grand gathering of merfolk and pirates” and a “celebration of all things mer”. People dress up as mermaids and pirates and swim, have Q&As with special guests, and take workshops such as Pirate Small Arms, Underwater Modeling, and Tail Making. One of the star special guests in 2015 was Hannah Fraser, “professional mermaid”. The 2016 con hasn’t been announced yet, so all you merfolk better make sure you get in touch and express your strong desire for the con to continue!
Officially this is called the Convention for the Association of Lincoln Presenters, though it’s known affectionately to some of us as Lin-Con. Next April 20-23, Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln impersonators will descend upon the Clarion Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky to talk about the life and times of Lincoln, eat food typical of the 1800s, and tour local historical spots. Then they’ll leave renewed, prepared for another year of living in 1865.
6) The Barbershop Quartet Convention
Barbershop singing is still a very big deal to a surprisingly large number of people. You just missed this year’s convention, it took place in Nashville from July 3-10. That’s right, an entire week of barbershop quartets. I watched the wrap-up video and what they don’t tell you is that the convention’s nickname is the Dorky White Guy Convention. So many conventions are for nerds, it was about time dorks got their time, too.
What the world truly needs is a convention for people who really, really love memes. Attendees to this con dressed up as their favorite internet meme and met “celebrities” such as the guy who created Keyboard Cat and The Tron Guy. Unfortunately, ROFLCon is no more, as the last one took place in 2012 (which is really too bad, because I need a place to cosplay as Harambe).
Are there any super specific cons I missed? Will you be attending any of these? Who else is practicing their warpaint for ClexaCon? Tweet me @erikaheidewald!