Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Genre Cons

From the wandering mind of Tamela Buhrke

Last week I geeked out over San Diego Comic Con. It was an amazing trip for my personal interests but it was also a great trip for my writing career. Many of these fun, genre-specific conventions are the perfect venue for promoting and networking yourself as a writer/blogger/screen writer/author.

But what if you are not a science fiction or fantasy fan? No worries—there's a con for practically everyone. Here's a small list to get you started:

Horror - September is the big month for horror fans. They just missed the 13th Horrorfind Weekend: Don't worry, in a few weeks you can attend Monster Mania, in Philadelphia the weekend of Sept 16th: Or wait until May, 2012 for Crypticon in Seattle:

Steampunk - Tesla Con is the big immersion con for this genre. It is coming up this November in Madison, Wisconsin: This is a growing trend, so right now there are many local steampunk conventions. That being said, it seems easier to give you a website that lists them all, rather than try to list them here. Try

Mystery & Thrillers - Things get hot in the big city when Thriller Fest takes over New York each July: For those west of the Mississippi, there is also Left Coast Crime, which at a city in the west each year. The next meeting is in Sacramento in March 2012 and the conference will be in Colorado Springs in 2013: Also, better act quick if you want to attend the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. They are in St. Louis this year Sept 15th:

Historical Fiction - The Historical Novel Society alternates their events between North America and the United Kingdom. They had a conference in San Diego this past summer and will be in London at the end of September, 2012:

Westerns - The Western Writers of America will hold their annual convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico this June 2012:

Pulp Fiction - If your interest is pulp magazines and vintage paperbacks, then Pulp Fest is for you!

Science Fiction & Fantasty - These two genres have more cons than any of the others. In addition to the well-known San Diego Comic Con, there is a Comic Con for nearly every major city (we now have 2 for the Denver area). Want more? Check out Wonder Con, Dragon Con, and Necronomicon. The list of sci-fi/fantasy cons is too long to mention here, but check out Convention Fans for news about upcoming cons:

There are so many cons! I know I missed some. If you have a favorite, or if I missed an important one, be sure to tell us about it.


Dean K Miller said...

So many choices, so little time, not nearly enough cash... thank goodness for chocolate!

Tamela Buhrke said...

I know! They all sound so tasty! The nice thing about cons is that I run around so much that I actually lose weight... so in that way, cons are better than chocolate.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I went to Bouchercon when it was in Indianapolis in 2009 and had a wonderful time. The big freebie book event at the end of the conference blew my mind. I had to box up my books and ship them back to Colorado because I had too many to tote on the airplane.

Marlena Cassidy said...

Awesome! Thanks for all the tasty links!

Tamela Buhrke said...

Thanks Pat! For those who don't know, Bouchercon is a Mystery convention. I'll add it to my list.

Marlena, you are very welcome!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I forgot to mention some of the smaller mystery fan conventions that are great fun -- my first favorite is Magna cum Murder at the end of October in Muncie, Indiana and I also love Mayhem in the Midlands in Omaha in May. Those are fun because they're smaller, it's easier to meet people, and the published authors are easier to find.