Social Networking is an important part of professional writing.  Once in a while, you need to get up from your computer and schmooze the old-fashioned way.  Enter the cons.

A question arose recently in the SFWA forums about local conventions.  Everyone knows about San Diego Comic-Con, World-Con & Dragon-Con, but there are often dozens of conventions in your own backyard. 

Here are just a few Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Anime and Comic conventions I found in the Baltimore Area while researching the question:

  • Baltimore Comic-Con -
    • America’s Greatest Comic Book Convention visits Baltimore
    • September 8-9, 2012
    • Tickets start at $40 (or $25/$20 for one day passes)
    • Guests include the legendary Stan Lee
  • Capclave - http://www.capclave....ave/capclave12/
    • A small relaxed literary convention with a program that usually focuses on the short fiction form
    • 12-14 October 2012
    • $55 from 1 August to 30 September 2012         
    • $60 from 1 October to 7 October 2012
    • Guests include award winning author and SFWA board member John Scalzi
  • Farpoint -
    • Baltimore Fandom's Family Reunion
    • February 2013
    • $80 for adults $25 for children
    • Guest include some of the actors from Chuck, True Blood, Once Upon A Time and Cartoon Network
  • Balticon -
    • The Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention
    • May 24-27, 2013
    • $50.00 for adults and $25.00 for children (ages 6 through 12) through October 31, 2012
    • Guests include Award winning authors: Joe Haldeman & Nnedi Okorafor
  • Otakon -
    • The convention of the otaku (anime fans) generation: by fans, for fans
    • August 9-11, 2013
    • Next year’s registration costs and guests TBD
  • Shore Leave -
    • A  fan-run Science Fiction Convention
    • Guests and info for Shore Leave 35 to be determined.  Check the site for updates.
  • Faeriecon -
    • Faericon brings magic of Faerieworlds, the West Coast’s premiere mythic music festival, to the East Coast. Array yourself in your most beautiful faerie finery, don your wings, gather your friends and family and cross the threshold! Once inside, you will find the largest gathering of faerie artists and authors in the world.
    • November 9th-11th 2012
    • Passes start at $17.10, $9.50 for children
  • Darkovercon -
    • DarkoverCon is a science fiction and fantasy convention held every year over Thanksgiving weekend in Timonium, Maryland. Because we are a small convention (roughly 500 people) you have a chance to see our guests up close and personal, meet new people, shop undisturbed, attend workshops, etc., something you can't always do at larger conventions.
    • November 23-25, 2012
    • $50/ $25 for children until November 1
  • Katsucon - more anime than SF)
    • Katsucon is an annual 3-day fan convention held in the D.C. metro area for multicultural enthusiasts and entertainment.
    • February 15-17 2003
    • National Harbor, MD
    • Children under 6 are free, see site for rate details
    • Guests include Jamie Marchi a voice actress and script adapter from many of your favorite anime series
  • Ravencon -
    • A weekend celebrating the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. (And as we’re playing the Edgar Allan Poe angle, we’re Mystery friendly, too!)
    • April 5 - 7, 2013
    • Richmond, Virginia
    • Children under 11 are free. Tickets start at $15 for day rates
  • Maryland Faerie Festival -
    • The Maryland Faerie Festival celebrates the Faeries.  We provide an atmosphere and entertainment inspired by Faerie folklore and literature, and of course, by the Faeries themselves!  Yes, we believe in Faeries!  Through the Faerie heritage, we encourage love, cooperation, peace, harmony and respect for all beings, along with a pinch of mischief!
    • Date TBD
    • Darlington, MD
    • Day Passes start at $15 for adults/ $5 for children 12 and under
  • NADWCon - (Discworld fans)
    • The North American Discworld Convention, like the Disc itself, contains a treasure trove of events and personalities. If you've never been to a con before (Discworld or otherwise) you'll find a friendly and vibrant crowd of Discworld fans here to welcome you. You'll meet people from across the country and around the world - all here to celebrate the Discworld and the amazing adventures we've all enjoyed.
    • July 5-8 2013
    • Baltimore Marriot Waterfront Hotel
    • See site for rate details
  • Interventioncon -
  • Educational panels and workshops taught by the pros. Supporting local and indie artists who use the internet to DIY reach out to their audience. Gaming, Fan Suggested Geekery, Dance Parties, and unique performances like Super Mario Belly Dance.
  • September 21-23 2012
  • Hilton Washington DC/Rockville
  • 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852
  • $40 for the whole weekend
Rebekah Postupak
8/22/2012 05:20:11 am

Fantastic post. Where did you find all these? I'm on the VA side of DC and would love to find conventions on this side of the border too.

8/22/2012 05:32:23 am

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I simply did a Google search and aggregated the information I found over the course of a few days. :)


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