Convention Types

  • Anime Conventions
    Anime conventions center around Japanese pop culture, particularly anime & manga. Conventions include anime showings, discussions often run by fans about their favorite series, interaction with voice actors, artists, and directors, along with a collection of other geek influences.
  • Comic Conventions
    There are two types of comic book conventions. Large entertainment expos, like Wizard World and Comic Con San Diego, focus on special guests, autograph signings, giveaways, vendor rooms, and big industry announcements. Smaller trade show conventions focus more on the buying, selling, and trading of comics, sometimes including rare and hard to find comics. Both types of conventions may include a fair bit of costuming, depending on size.
  • Sci-Fi Conventions
    Like comic book conventions, science fiction conventions come in a couple of varieties. The first, and most common, is the smaller literature focused event that centers around authors of sci-fi and fantasy novels. The second is more of a media event that centers around exclusive actors and autograph sessions, and is considerably more expensive to attend. A third focuses on costuming and costume contests, though costumes can be a big part of the convention for the other types as well.
  • Furry Conventions
    Furry conventions bring together people interested in anthropomorphism and furry fandom. Fans meet and participate in panels focusing on anthropomorphic art, crafts, music, and literature.
  • Gaming Conventions
    Gaming conventions come in two forms: those focused on board and tabletop games and those focused on videogames. Some are giant expos with 100s of gaming companies attending, while others are smaller tournament events.
  • Literature Conventions
    Literature conventions are often sci-fi conventions that focus more on writers, novels, and literature than costuming or other things (even if they have quite a bit of those too). They usually have authors as guests.
  • Horror Conventions
    Horror conventions are usually for fans of the horror genre and may include film festivals, makeup expos, etc.
  • Technology Conventions
    Technology conventions are made for developers and technologists.