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20 July 2007 @ 03:12 pm
Cons cons cons...  
Frank Wu posted an interesting comment on recent state of conventions. Are there too many? Are people getting burned out? Where are all the new young fans?

Däch: pimpcupdach on July 21st, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
Cons are like churches
The first one is started because there are a few people who believe in {concept} but have no place to express themselves. So they rent out a building. Soon, everyone in town who loves {concept} is showing up, having a lot of fun, and doing something meaningful with their lives. But as it grows, some different problems crop up. Either it's too big to handle so many people, or (more likely) someone in the leadership disagrees with how {concept} should be expressed, so they go off and get their own building. Maybe at first they're not specifically trying to compete by having it on a different day or in a different part of the country, but eventually the market gets too crowded, and some have to fold, because there is not enough interest.
Another thing that I think has hit cons pretty hard is the internet. One of the main reasons for going to a con was to buy things you couldn't otherwise get. Now you can find those same things on ebay pretty easily, so why wait until October for Xcon when you can get it now? If you're buying what you want when you want it, why bother going at all? I think a lot of people might be thinking that way, even though there is a LOT more to most cons than the dealers room.
Kevin Standlee: Manga Kevinkevin_standlee on July 21st, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
Re: Cons are like churches
One of the main reasons for going to a con was to buy things you couldn't otherwise get....
I guess that might be a reason that I never left. That's never been a significant motivation for me to attend a convention. From the very beginning, the reason I went was to meet and see people who I wouldn't otherwise be able to to meet or see. Okay, yeah, there was some hero worship involved in my 1980s Elfquest obsession, followed by running the MythAdventures Fan Club, but it was never about the goods, but the people. And as time went on, I found that this community is something that means the world to me.

One of the reasons I got involved with LiveJournal is that so many of my fannish friends are here, so it allows me to keep connected with them and keep that "at con" experience going all the time. But it's only a poor substitute for the conventions themselves.