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Fannish communities...

If you like the worldcons community (for talking about Worldcons, and for folks who go to Worldcon), and you're a left-coaster, you might like westercons.

westercons is not an official operation of The LASFS (which owns and protects the Westercon trademark) or the Westercon Business Meeting, nor is it an official operation of any past, current or seated Westercon committee, but that doesn't mean it's not worth joining in on.

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djmermaid
Jan. 14th, 2007 08:58 am (UTC)
gee, you guys are just the uber con-goers! how did you get into this, if you don't mind me asking?
bovil
Jan. 14th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
It's pretty easy. There are a lot more science fiction conventions than there are furry cons.

You start by going to one and making friends. Then you start learning about other cons within reasonable driving distance, and your friends from those areas start asking you to come to their con. Then you decide to go to one of the big regionals or maybe Worldcon and you start meeting folks from all over the place.

When I lived in Wisconsin, I once went to 5 conventions in two months, and (excluding Worldcon) the furthest was a 5 hour drive.

There aren't as many small cons here as there are in the midwest (the Sacto cons have pretty much dried up, except for gaming conventions) but there is still plenty of activity. At the moment, we're doing as many of the locals as we can. We do one convention in LA every year, we go to Worldcon almost every year (but not this year in Yokohama, it's just too expensive and time-consuming), and we have gone to Westercon the last 5 years. We also go to Costume-Con nearly every year.

Things are going to be a bit crazy for the next 18 months or so, preparing for Costume-Con and going to a few more conventions to promote it, but we'll probably drop back to about 5-6 a year afterwards.
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