2015 Con­ven­tion Pre­view Steven El­lis looks at the year ahead in sci- fi and fan­tasy cons

SFX - - Conventions -

Ev­ery month in SFX, our Event Hori­zon pages say: “Be­cause meet­ing up is ev­ery fan’s right”, and it looks like 2015 will be an­other good year for regular con­ven­tion at­ten­dees, as well as any­one tak­ing their first steps into the won­der­ful world of SF cons.

If you’ve got the time/ money/ pa­tience for nav­i­gat­ing a sea of pun­ters noth­ing can quite match the colos­sal Amer­i­can fes­ti­vals such as San Diego Comic- Con in July or New York Comic Con in Oc­to­ber – the go- to events for big names and huge an­nounce­ments. Al­ter­na­tively, Septem­ber’s Dragon Con in At­lanta has a dif­fer­ent flavour to the big­ger cons, and is heavy on the cos­play.

On this side of the pond, Lon­don has its fair share of “comic cons” filled with big- name guests from film, TV and comics, in­clud­ing Lon­don Film and Comic Con ( July), Lon­don Su­per Comic Con ( March) and MCM Comic Con ( May). Each has a slightly dif­fer­ent feel and fo­cus ( guests, comics and cos­play, re­spec­tively) but whichever you choose, you’ll be see­ing a lot of the ExCeL Cen­tre…

For slightly smaller con­ven­tions, Wales Comic Con in Wrex­ham has been get­ting bet­ter ev­ery year, and at­tracts some sur­pris­ingly big names. There’s also no short­age of Who- re­lated events, but you might want to at­tend one in aid of a good cause, such as the Bed­ford Who Char­ity Con in April, which is rais­ing money for food banks.

Af­ter a hugely suc­cess­ful in­au­gral event, Judge Dredd fans shouldn’t miss Law­giver in Bris­tol in May – a small one- day event ded­i­cated to Mega- City One’s top law man. Also wor­thy of note is “young con on the block” Nine Worlds, which will be stag­ing its third event near Heathrow at the be­gin­ning of Au­gust and is quickly be­com­ing the year’s hottest geek ticket. And there’s no bet­ter way to end the year than by pop­ping along to Thought Bub­ble in Leeds. You can see what we thought of the lat­est Thought Bub­ble op­po­site.

Th­ese events are just the tip of the ice­berg; the con scene gets big­ger and more vi­brant ev­ery year and events can be found in most cities in some form or other. What­ever you’re a fan of there’s bound to be some­thing to suit you. Who knows, we may even see you out there on the con­ven­tion floor.

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