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Since my store Retro Daddio is half music store and half geek store, I vend at A LOT of conventions. Comicons, Sci-Fi conventions, Horror Conventions, Library & Literary Conventions–I love all of them, so I decided to start sharing the ones that I vend at with you, so that you can decide if you want to try them out for yourself!
First up in February was Farpoint. Held at the Delta Hotels by Marriott, Hunt Valley Baltimore, Farpoint is a multi-fandom science fiction convention that also celebrates real science! This was the 26th year of the convention, and guests included Wallace Shawn from The Princess Bride and Young Sheldon (among dozens of other films and shows), Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche (Pinky and the Brain!), and dozens of authors, artists, scientists, cosplayers, performers, and experts in multiple fields.
Activities included writing and costume contests, panels, readings, discussions, celebrity talks, gaming, an escape room, a charity auction, an art show, films, and even a performance of Potter Live in 45–all the Harry Potter books acted out in 45 minutes!
There were plenty of cosplayers willing to have their pictures taken and chat with other fans too! Next year’s dates are February 21-23, so check them out at http://www.farpointcon.com/
Next up was the Virginia Beach Comic and Toy Show, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Virginia Beach. This was the first year of the show, but it’s where Tidewater Comicon got its start!
Vendors were divided between two rooms, with artists in the hallway between them. There was a costume contest, but the focus of this show was the vendors. It was a one-day, old-fashioned comic show, with low admission fees and was well-attended in spite of the driving rain.
Usually, when it’s raining, we don’t see many cosplayers–which makes sense. These people put a lot of time, money, and effort into their costumes and they don’t don’t want them to be ruined by the weather. Despite the rain, we still had some awesome folks that came in costume! Not sure when the next date will be, but check out https://www.facebook.com/tidewatercomicon/ to see the other shows they have coming up, including shows in Chesapeake and Williamsburg this fall!
Our last convention in February was MystiCon. Held at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood in Roanoke, VA, MystiCon was in its ninth year and was excellent, as always.
Guests included Robert Picardo from Star Trek (and a million other things), Author Jody Lynn Nye, and Gaming God Steve Jackson, as well as musicians, filmmakers, artists, authors, scientists, and lots more.
MystiCon had gaming, a dealer room, films, panels, readings, discussions, a charity auction, art room, workshops, trivia contests, a scholarship and even the Rocky Hogwarts Picture Show! I missed that one, and I’m super sad about it!
A couple of the entrants in the costume contest–that first one was AMAZING up close!
MystiCon is a mid-size hotel convention with a loyal fan base. The con chair is a dynamo, and cosplays multiple characters throughout the weekend, in addition to being pulled in a million different directions. She seriously blows my mind!
The dates for MystiCon 2020 are February 28-March 1, so check them out at https://mysticon-va.com/
All of these shows are family friendly, and there is plenty of programming for all ages and interests. I highly recommend all three of these shows.
Photo Credits: Thank you to Farpoint, Shore Leave, MystiCon, Angie Underwood, Tami Melton, Jim Maurer, Justine Marcoux, and Mark Davis at The Cursing Dog