I’m headed to Supercon in Raleigh this weekend. To be honest, I have mixed feelings. While I have been a science fiction and fantasy lover (geek, nerd, dork—take your pick) for my entire life, and have recently branched into anime, the idea of being surrounded by so many die-hard fans is a bit daunting. I’ve attended quite a few conventions over the years, but they’ve mostly been smaller in scale and had more of a writer focus. This will be my first time diving into such a fan and cosplay intensive environment.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy people-watching and am looking forward to checking out the costumes and meeting interesting people. I just don’t totally understand the whole fan thing.
Celebrity Much? I remember visiting Universal Studios Hollywood when I was a teenager. We ate lunch in the cafeteria, and a celebrity walked in. Everyone went gaga, and I just didn’t get it. It’s a person eating lunch. So what if they’re an actor.
Got Candy? I’ve never been into costumes either. As a kid, Halloween was the only time I dressed up, and that was for the free candy. I can’t remember ever wearing a costume as an adult unless you count a sailor outfit when I was in the Navy (It did kind of feel like I was wearing a costume).
Basically, I’m boring, but I realize I need to figure out this fan thing. Hopefully, I’ll have a few of my own at some point and I’ll need to fulfill their fanly (yeah, I know it’s not a word, but it just sounded cool) needs.
If you’re going to any of these, I’ll be easy to spot. Just look for the geeky old dude in the weird t-shirt. Okay, maybe I’ll fit in better than I thought.