I firstly heard about Readercon years ago. It was even before the times when I joined the international fandom. Yet since then I had some picture of the con in my mind. I wanted to visit it yet I didn’t expect for it to happen. Yet sometimes we have surprises. This year I had the opportunity to attend the virtual Readercon 31.
The weekend at Punctuation.2. was a blast. Really – I enjoyed myself immensely and was so happy to attend it. Of course, I had to pay the price – afterwards I was sleepy, tired but at least still very happy. So, let’s start from the beginning.
Balticon 54 was one of my first online cons. I enjoyed it immensely so when Balticon 55 was announced as an online convention I knew I had to attend it. Soon I realized that I wanted not only to visit it but also help a bit. And so I did.
Well that was a weekend! I was not expecting to attend two conventions and a few other fandom related meetings in the course of two days. Yet here I am – describing this to you. In short I can say it was super busy and fun. Should you wish to learn more details – please keep reading.
When the previous Demicon ended we expected that this year the convention will take place in person. Yet the world did not allow for that. Demicon 32 had to be held virtually and the team did. Because of that I got the chance to come back to Des Moines and enjoy the con. This year the theme was Super Manga Graphic Novels Comics Animation and it was visible in many of the programme items.
I wrote quite a few posts about the conventions during pandemic. I visited 25 such events before KONgres and I posted about almost every single one of them. Yet KONgres is a bit special. It is a convention for conrunners. I attended it in 2017, 2018, and 2019 but I missed it in 2020. This year it was obviously held online.
Last year we did not get a lot of time to move Lajconik online. This year the situation was different. We had a few months to plan how to run it. As I was deeply involved in the con it is hard for me to say whether it went good or bad. Instead I will concentrate on how the things were going.
This Easter, I participated in ConFusion – 2021 Eastercon. My overall experience was positive but certain aspects of the con were a bit confusing (pun intended). There were also some issues spotted by me and others. Yet despite them, I had a good time.
Almost exactly one year ago I attended Konline. It was my first virtual convention. Now, after twelve months, I had the chance to attend second Konline. It changed in many ways but at the same time it kept its strong points.
You may remember that there was an earthquake in Croatia in December 2020. If haven’t heard of it, the Croatians fans do. And they wanted to help the victims of this natural disaster. They decided to raise some money using their fannish ways – by organizing a convention. It was called Contribution.