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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?

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.