Fan convention

Fan convention (also known as con or fan meeting), a term that antedates 1942,[1] is an event in which fans of a particular film, television series, comic book, actor, or an entire genre of entertainment, such as science fiction or anime and manga, gather to participate and hold programs and other events, and to meet experts, famous personalities, and each other. Some also incorporate commercial activity.

Fan conventions are traditionally organized by fans on a not-for-profit basis, though some events catering to fans are run by commercial interests for profit. Many conventions have award presentations relating to their genre (such as the Hugo Awards which have been presented at The World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon) since 1953).

At commercial events, performers often give out autographs to the fans, sometimes in exchange for a flat appearance fee, and sometimes may perform songs that have no relevance to the shows or otherwise entertain the fans. Commercial conventions are usually quite expensive and are hosted in hotels. There is often tight security for the celebrities to protect against potentially fanatic fans. Such features are not common at traditional science-fiction conventions, which are more oriented toward science fiction as a mode of literature, rather than toward visual media, and do not include any paid appearances by famous personalities, and maintain a less caste-like differentiation between professional and fan.

Anime conventions, gaming conventions, filk-music conventions, and furry conventions may all be considered derivatives of science-fiction conventions, which began in the late 1930s.

Harlan Ellison speaking at Minicon 41, April 13, 2006.
Audience microphone at APExpo 2010 022
In fan conventions, the audience is sometimes invited to line up and ask questions using a dedicated microphone.

While the wearing of costumes—and even a costume competition (known in the United States as "cosplay")—has been an occasional feature of traditional science-fiction conventions since Forrest J Ackerman wore one during the First World Science Fiction Convention in 1939, this has never been the dominant feature of such events. From press coverage of comic book and anime conventions has arisen the widespread image of fans' tendency to dress up as their favorite characters in elaborate costumes (known as cosplay in anime terminology) that are time-consuming and/or expensive to assemble.

Different conventions, use different methods, to count their attendance, thus leading to a confusion of actual convention size.[2]


Fan conventions for various genres of entertainment extend to the first conventions held in the 1930s. However, while a few conventions were created in various parts of the world within the period between 1935-1960, the number of convention establishments increased slightly in the 1960s and then increased dramatically in the 1970s, with many of the largest conventions in the modern era being established during the latter decade. Impeti for further establishment of local fan conventions include:

  • The return of superhero characters and franchises during the Silver Age of Comic Books (1956-1970).
  • Science fiction adaptations for television serials (e.g., Star Trek) in the 1960s-1970s.
  • The growth of role-playing (in the 1970s and 1980s) as a genre of tabletop, live-action and eventually video/computer gaming, which not only inspired roleplay of favorite characters in full-body costumes but also inspired existing franchises to adapt their themes for said methods of gaming.
  • The growth in home taping (starting with VHS in the late 1970s) of television broadcasts, including popular serials.
  • The growth of computerized communication, including the Internet and Internet-dependent applications in the 1980s and 1990s.

See also


  1. ^ Coppa, Francesca (2006), "A Brief History of Media Fandom", in Hellekson, Karen; Busse, Kristina, Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, p. 43, ISBN 978-0-7864-2640-9
  2. ^ Whitehouse, Kendall (16 October 2017). "Comic Con Attendance: Numbers, Numbers, and Numbers". Retrieved 16 July 2018.
Anime Boston

Anime Boston is an annual three-day anime fan convention held in the spring in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The convention is the 7th largest North American anime convention as of 2017. Anime Boston was created and is run by the New England Anime Society, Inc., a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization.


Brickfête is a Lego fan convention held annually in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It became the first Canadian Lego convention for adult fans of Lego at its inaugural event in 2011. It was created by volunteers and organized by the Ontario Brick Builders (OBB). The main focus of the convention is for Lego fans and hobbyists bring their creations to display and share with fellow enthusiasts. Brickfête's mandate is to offer any fan, regardless of skill level or size of collection, a place to display their creations and to promote their revered hobby to new potential fans. Like other fan conventions, it offers workshops, presentations, special events, contests and challenges.

Brickfête is a four-day event typically held on a Thursday through Sunday. Brickfête is held typically in July in Toronto. In its third year, Brickfête also created a travelling road show (Brickfête - On the Road), which takes a similar, yet smaller show throughout Canada. Its first destination was Montreal, Quebec.Brickfête is a two part event with a private convention for (primarily adult) exhibitors and then a public exhibition (general public) on the weekend. The event is not sponsored by the Lego Company however it is recognized as a fan event by them.


CONvergence is an annual multi-genre fan convention. This all-volunteer, fan-run convention is primarily for enthusiasts of Science Fiction and Fantasy in all media. Their motto is "where science fiction and reality meet". It is one of the most-attended conventions of its kind in North America, with approximately 6,000 paid members. The 2019 convention will be held across four days at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Central Canada Comic Con

The Central Canada Comic Con is an annual fan convention held in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Comic-Con Russia

Comic-Con Russia is a speculative fiction entertainment annual exhibition and fan convention of computer and video games, TV series and comic movies in Russia, organized by the committee of the Russian Game Developers Conference and Bubble Comics. First convention was held alongside the 2014 IgroMir.From the beginning the showcasing primarily comic books and science fiction/fantasy related film, television, and similar popular arts, the convention includes a larger range of pop culture and entertainment elements across virtually all genres, including horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels in the country.


Comic Market (コミックマーケット, Komikku Māketto), more commonly known as Comiket (コミケット, Komiketto), is a biannual dōjinshi fair in Tokyo, Japan. A grassroots, DIY event focused on the sale of self-published dōjin, Comiket is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run event administered by the Comic Market Preparatory Committee (ComiketPC). Inaugurated on December 21, 1975 with an estimated 700 attendees, it has grown to become the largest fan convention in the world, with an estimated attendance of over half a million.


Continuará… was a fan convention for fans of comics, anime, role-playing games, fantasy and strategy games, among others.

The event took place in Montevideo, Uruguay, and was usually held on the second week of November. The first one took place on 24 and 25 November 2007, and attracted more than 1,000 participants.


Convention may refer to:

Treaty, an agreement in international law

Convention (meeting), a large gathering of people who share a common interest

Fan convention, a gathering of fans of a particular media property or genre

Gaming convention, centered on role-playing games, collectible card games, miniatures wargames, board games, video games, and the like

Political convention, a formal gathering of people for political purposes

Trade fair

Convention (norm), a custom or tradition, a standard of presentation or conduct

Bridge convention, a term in the game of bridge

Convention (Paris Métro), a station on line 12 of the Paris Métro in the 15th arrondissement

"The Convention" (The Office episode)

"Convention" (Malcolm in the Middle episode)


CyberSlam was a professional wrestling supercard event and fan convention produced by Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) from 1996 to 2000.

Dōjinshi convention

A dōjinshi convention is a type of fan convention dedicated to the sale of dōjinshi, self-published works. Dōjinshi conventions are usually referred to as sokubaikai (即売会, literally "display and sale event") or ibento (イベント, from the English "event”). Thousands of dōjinshi conventions take place in Japan every year, but dōjinshi conventions are also held in other East Asian countries, and sometimes outside that region as well.

Elvira's Haunted Hills

Elvira's Haunted Hills is a 2001 American comedy horror film directed by Sam Irvin. The film premiered at the International Rocky Horror Fan Convention on June 23, 2001. It was the second film starring Cassandra Peterson in the title role, after Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988).


HasCon is a fan convention created by Hasbro to promote its various licensed properties, including Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, and Magic: The Gathering. It thus replaces the previous fan convention from Fun Publications, BotCon. However, Fun Publications' G. I. Joe Convention continued to be held as of 2017. It was subsequently announced that the first HasCon is scheduled for September 8–10, 2017, at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Meanwhile, Summer Hayes, LLC., which organizes My Little Pony Fair convention, has announced that their convention will not be held for 2017, and would collaborate with HasCon instead.

Ottawa Comiccon

The Ottawa Comiccon is a fan convention with a focus on comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and games. It is a spin-off of the Montreal Comiccon. It was launched in 2012. The event features comic books, toys, games, science-fiction, horror, anime, non-sport cards, and collectibles. It is held at the EY Centre convention center in Ottawa, taking place in May and lasting three days. The organizers of the Ottawa Comiccon primarily come from the Montreal Comiccon organization.

The event features special guests, artists, exhibitors and special contests. The audience includes people of all ages. The first edition, in 2012, featured guests such as William Shatner (of Star Trek), and other special guests.

The fan convention contains multi-genre content. While sharing common traits with San Diego's Comic-Con International and Toronto's Fan Expo Canada, the Ottawa Comiccon differentiates itself by being a much smaller venue.

Shaun Gayle

Shaun Lanard Gayle (born March 8, 1962) is a former American football cornerback/safety in the NFL. He played twelve seasons, eleven for the Chicago Bears (1984–1994), and one for the San Diego Chargers (1995). He was a member of the Bears squad that won Super Bowl XX in 1985. He was also a member of the "Shuffling Crew" in the video The Super Bowl Shuffle. Gayle attended Ohio State University.

Gayle owns the distinction of returning the shortest punt for a touchdown in NFL history, when he returned a punt five yards for a touchdown against the New York Giants in the Bears 1985 divisional playoff victory. He is now appearing at the Chicago Bears Fan Convention. He currently works as an NFL analyst for Sky Sports, appearing on the weekly NFL broadcast.


Starrcast is a professional wrestling fan convention promoted by Conrad Thompson and held by All Elite Wrestling during the week of their events and All In. The event typically runs for four days— from Thursday to Sunday after the events – and features wrestlers, wrestling personalities and podcast hosts, interviews, fan activities, and meet-and-greets.


TFcon is a Transformers fan convention held annually since 2002 in the Greater Toronto Area. The convention was created to give Canadian the opportunity to celebrate their love for the Transformers franchise. Now the largest fan-run Transformers convention in the world, TFcon will be held for the 18th consecutive year in 2019 with events occurring in Los Angeles, California in March and Toronto, Ontario, Canada in July.


TwiCon was an unofficial Twilight fan convention which was held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel from July 30 to August 2, 2009. TwiCon featured a movie screening, live Twilight-inspired band performances, a Volturi Masque Ball, opportunities to meet Twilight cast, breakout sessions, panels, workshops, a vendor hall, and an artist alley. Organizers and TwiCon Partners LLC co-owners included event planner Becky Scoggins and video blogger Bailey Gauthier.TwiCon's guests included Twilight actors Christian Serratos (Angela Weber), Billy Burke (Charlie Swan), Peter Facinelli (Dr. Carlisle Cullen), Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale), Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen), and New Moon actor Alex Meraz (wolf pack member Paul). Sam Bradley, Marcus Foster, and Bobby Long, who all wrote songs included on the Twilight soundtrack, also attended. Both MTV and ReelzChannel had contests to choose fans to act as correspondents at TwiCon.

WrestleMania Axxess

WrestleMania Axxess is a professional wrestling fan convention held by WWE during the week of WrestleMania. The event typically runs for four days—from Thursday to WrestleMania Sunday—and features WWE talent and alumni autograph signings, interviews, fan activities, memorabilia displays, meet-and-greets, and matches.

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