We all love the huge comic conventions, whether it is the mother of them all in San Diego or the biggest local one in your state. There’s nothing like walking down an aisle and then turning to see Jason Mamoa or Billy Piper walk right past.
But let’s not forget about those smaller cons. They can be just as delightful even if they don’t have the star power of the larger ones. Fantasticon is a new comic convention that is touring the Michigan area. When I went to the one being held in Mount Pleasant at Soaring Eagle Casino, I was pleased to see a plethora of fellow nerds. There was solid cosplay, quality vendors, and fun games. Without the hassle and stress of thousands of people and more vendors than you can count, this was a nice opportunity to do some quality shopping and some more personal interactions with my fellow fans of popular culture. Not to mention the price of admission is a mere $8 (cheaper if you get them in advance).
Most importantly, it was great to support local businesses. Whether they were local comic stores or a small business that made nerd-themed pillows, purses, shirts, and skirts, there was just about everything a nerd could want to shop for. There were also charming games to be played. Nerd trivia was followed by geek musical chairs and the day concluded with a kids’ cosplay contest. The 501st Legion was, as expected, in attendance raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation. So not only could you get your nerd on, you could feel good about supporting local businesses and charity.
So get out there and visit your local con because sometimes size doesn’t matter and you can have just as much fun – maybe even more.
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