I think my favorite thing about conventions is the community. I love finding other Star Trek fans, and debating the merits of Sisko over Picard and Kirk. I love discovering new shows to binge, and comics to read, and I love getting people to watch Lost again.
The greatest part is whether I show up to a con alone, or with someone, I will always make new friends. I can be standing in line to see George Takei, and strike up a conversation that feels like a continuation on a friendship that has been lasted twenty years. I can be looking at a Stargate t-shirt, and joke with the person next to me about Colonel Sheppard.
That’s what it means to have a community. No matter where you are, you are never alone.
The only problem is that until now, that community has been somewhere else. For us Northern Coloradoans, it’s meant that our community is once a year, two hours away, and the cost of a three day pass, two nights in a hotel, parking, and gas… not to mention all the goodies we “accidentally” splurge on.
I definitely needed these, right?
And we do all that even though we have a community up here!
That’s why I’m so excited for FC3. Finally, instead of driving to Denver or Colorado Springs, we are going to have our very own community hub for everything geeky. We can make connections that will last through the year, and have a place that is just for us.
I’m excited about the panels we will have, and the communities they will create. I’m excited to see our local artists and writers show us their wares, and I’m excited to see what our huge cosplay community has created.
That’s why you will see me with the first ticket on September 12th, 2015, welcoming you to the nerd community of Northern Colorado.
Can’t wait to see you!
Alison “Boom” Baumgartner writes for ScienceFiction.com and is a published author. Her newest novel, Dora’s Jinx, will be debuting at Fort Collins Comic Con. You can keep up to date with her work and her thoughts on science fiction at LovingTheAlien.Net.
(Photo credit: DCC 2014 by Dave Taylor)