Weekend Diversion: Why Cons Matter (Synopsis)

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” –Oscar Wilde

What do you like? No, I really mean it: don’t think about the things that you’re supposed to like, or the things you’ll admit to the world that you like, but really ask yourself the question. Do you, as Golden Smog would sing,

Think About Yourself?

Because if you do, and you like something unconventional, there’s a place for you.

Image credit: Weezle, of me giving a talk on the Universe in full Rainbow Dash costume.
Image credit: Weezle, of me giving a talk on the Universe in full Rainbow Dash costume.

I don’t mean college; I don’t mean the internet; I mean a Con, or a sci-fi/fantasy convention. If you ever found yourself outcast or ostracized for being a fan of something considered dorky, nerdy or uncool, no matter what age you are, this is an environment you can put yourself in and immediately, you’ll have yourself a home.

Image credit: Eric Groff. (At least, Eric Groff's camera.)
Image credit: Eric Groff. (At least, Eric Groff’s camera.)

Come and find out why, and learn the stories of two young people who — I sure hope — got exactly the experience they would only have dreamed of.