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Conventions convenient to Ohio geeks 2014 : September through November

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People are starting to plan their Halloween costumes and holiday vacations, and I’m just sitting here wondering which cosplay to create for the next convention. That awkward moment when you realize your talking in memes and non-internet-obsessives won’t get it. Anyways, it’s time for your next dose of upcoming events from my ongoing series full of fandom fun for everyone. So dry clean your cosplay best or wash your favorite obscure nerd shirt. It’s time to gather your geek friends and forge alliances with new ones, to chat with heroes of geek industries from comics to cosplay (and everything in between and not just starting with the letter C) and to get autographs from your favorite stars of the large and small screen.

Of course, if this list were to contain every convention from around the US, it would be massive and hard to pick out which ones to attend. Therefore, this list is targeted towards those geeks in and around Ohio. The list includes some of the smaller conventions that wouldn’t be a long drive as well as some conventions that are larger and worth the further trip.

There are conventions year round and it’s hard for me to hear about all of them personally. If you know of or run a convention in or near Ohio, please contact me (via email sarahpro83@gmail.com, my likeable Facebook Page The Geekery Page, or my Twitter account @TheGeekeryPage) with the website, location, price, hours (if provided) and a short description of the convention.

September 2014
September 2014 logos were taken from their respective websites and arranged by Sarah Marquis

September 2014

September 5-7                Cincy ComiCon

Type: Comic, Collectibles

Located: Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 West River Center Blvd, Covington, Kentucky 41011

More Info: Event FAQs, Panels and Programming, Guests, Artist Alley

Price:
3-Day - $50 (not available at the door)
1-Day - $20
At-Door 1-Day - $25

 

September 12-14                Scarefest

Type: Horror with Celebrities

Located: Lexington Center, 430 W Vine St, Lexington, KY 40507

More Info: Event FAQs, Event Schedule, Seminar Schedule, Guests

Price:
3-Days - $60
1-Day Friday OR Saturday - $25
1-Day Sunday - $15
10 and under are FREE

Friday, September 12 is Hero Day. Heroes, AKA firefighters, law enforcement, EMS, Corrections officers, and both active and retired military are admitted FREE. Bring your ID/badge (1 admission/badge). 

 

September 14-15                Nashville Comic Expo

Type: Comic, Collectibles, Literature, Celebrities

Located: Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

More Info: Event About Us (no FAQ section but send questions to info@nashvillecomicexpo.com) , Schedule, Guests (scroll down on homepage)

Price:
2-Day pass - $30
1-Day pass - $20
12 and under are FREE
No advance tickets

 

September 18-20                Diabolique International Film Festival

Type: Film festival of independent film featuring horror, sci-fi, fantasy and animation

Located: IU Cinema, 1213 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47406

More Info: Event FAQs, Schedule, Guests 

Price:
3-Days Pass with admission to ALL screenings - $25
Individual screening blocks -$6

 

September 19-21                Cincinnati Comic Expo

Type: Comic, Collectibles, and celebrities of the screen big and small

Located: Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

More Info: Event FAQs, Panels, Guests

Price:
3-Day - $55
1-Day - $20
Ages  7-16 3-Day - $10
Ages  7-16 1-Day - $5
6 and under FREE with paying adult

 

September 26 - 28                Nashville Comic Con

Type: Wizard World all geek culture convention with celebrities

Located: Music City Center, 201 5th Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

More Info: Event FAQs, Programming, Guests, Artists and Creators

Price:
3-Day - $79.95
1-Day Friday - $39.95
1-Day Saturday - $49.95
1-Day Sunday - $44.95

Each adult ticket purchased entitles you to 2 FREE children’s tickets for children 10 and under

October 2014
October 2014 logos were taken from their respective websites and arranged by Sarah Marquis

October 2014

October 9-12                New York ComicCon          

Type: Complete geek culture convention with celebrities

Located: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

More Info: Event FAQs, Schedule, Entertainment Guests, Comic Guests, Literary Guests, Artists

Price:
4-Day - $95
3-Day - $65
1-Day Thursday - $35
1-Day Friday OR Sunday - $45
1-Day Saturday - $50
5 and under are FREE

All children under 13 must have an adult present

 

October 10-12                Fur Reality

Type: Furry, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Located: Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites, 5901 Pfeiffer Road Blue Ash, Ohio 45242

More Info: Code of Conduct, Forums, Schedule, Guests

Price: (descriptions quoted directly from site)

General Admission - $45.00 General Admission includes:

  • Full weekend pass to the Convention.
  • A full color poster print
  • Full color Con-Book loaded with stories and art
  • Access to the Con-suite, with drinks, snacks and food.
  • Exclusive pre-order charm, not available anywhere else.
  • NOTE: General admission price is $55 when purchased at-con.

Sponsor Admission - $100.00 Sponsor Admission includes:

  • Full weekend pass to the Convention.
  • A full color poster print
  • Full color Con-Book loaded with stories and art
  • Access to the Con-suite, with drinks, snacks and food.
  • Exclusive pre-order charm, not available anywhere else.
  • One of the Fur Reality Character Charms (including the Pre-Order exclusive for Pre-Orders)
  • A full color T-Shirt
  • An exclusive card for the “Assimilation” Card game!

God Level Admission - $200.00 God Level Admission includes:

  • Full weekend pass to the Convention.
  • A full color poster print
  • Full color Con-Book loaded with stories and art
  • Access to the Con-suite, with drinks, snacks and food.
  • Exclusive pre-order charm, not available anywhere else.
  • The full set of character Charms, including the Pre-Order exclusive
  • A full color T-Shirt
  • An exclusive card for the “Assimilation” Card game!
  • An exclusive Gift item (To be announced soon)
  • Access to the Hexabyte Hobnob! (The dinner party event)
  • An appearance in the convention comic book!

 

October 10-12                Katalyst Gaming Convention

Type: Gaming

Located: Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174

More Info: Event FAQs, Schedule, Media Guests, Authors and Panelists, Traditional Artists, Tattoo Artists 

Price:
Pre-order and At-Door - $20
Kids 10 and under FREE with paying adult

 

October 18               Kokomo-Con

Type: Comic, Cosplay

Located: Kokomo Event & Conference Center (IVY Tech Center), 1500 N. Reed Rd, Kokomo, IN 46901

More Info: Contact Info, Costume Contest Info, Guests, Local Flare (scroll down to see local attractions)

Price:
At-Door 1-day - $10

 

October 19               Cleveland Comic, Card and Nostalgia Show

Type: The name says it all!

Located: American Legion Hall, 22001 Brook Park Rd., Fairview Pk, OH

Price:
At-Door 1-Day - $4

 

October 24-26                Epic-Con Ohio: Geek Fest

Type: Geek culture convention with celebrities

Located: Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 1043 S Main St, Dayton, OH 45409

More Info: Event FAQs, Schedule, Guests

Price:
3-day - $52 (after August 1)
1-Day Friday - $18 (after August 1)
1-Day Saturday OR Sunday - $23 (after August 1)
At-Door 3-Day - $55
At-Door 1-day Friday - $20
At-Door 1-Day Saturday OR Sunday - $25

 

October 31-November 2                Ohio Comic Con

Type: Wizard World all geek culture convention with celebrities

Located: Greater Columbus Convention Center, 500 North High St, Columbus, OH 43215

More Info: Event FAQs, Schedule, Guests, Artists and Creators

Price:
3-Day - $79.95
1-Day Friday - $39.95
1-Day Saturday - $49.95
1-Day Sunday - $44.95
At-Door 3-Day - $90

Each adult ticket purchased entitles you to 2 FREE children’s tickets for children 10 and under

November 2014
November 2014 logos were taken from their respective websites and arranged by Sarah Marquis

November 2014

November 7-9                Fangcon

Type: Furry

Located: Holiday Inn Knoxville,9134 Executive Park Drive Knoxville, TN  37923

More Info: Code of Conduct, Forums, What is a Furry?, Schedule, Guests

Price: (descriptions quoted directly from site)

1-Day - $20 Admission to Fangcon for a single day. This entitles you to take part in all activities and events that a normal attending membership would grant access to, but for the single day only. You will receive a free conbook and will be able to purchase a Fangcon T-Shirt for only $15.

3-day Attending - $35 ($45 after pre-registration closes) Admission to Fangcon for the full three days. This entitles you to take part in all activities and events that are open to attending level members for the duration of the convention. This is the "basic" registration level which gives access to the majority of Fangcon. You will receive a free conbook and will be able to purchase a Fangcon T-Shirt for only $15.

3-Day Sponsoring - $80 ($90 after pre-registration closes) A more advanced membership option that helps support Fangcon. It includes everything from the "Attending" level membership and more. You are entitled to take part in any events and activities open to "Sponsoring" level members. In addition to the conbook, you will get a free Fangcon T-Shirt and limited edition prints. You will also receive a special sponsor gift as a token of our appreciation.

3-day Super-Sponsoring - $125 ($140 after pre-registration closes) This is the highest and most appreciated level of membership available for Fangcon. A Super-Sponsor is someone who wants to give the most they can to Fangcon and support the future of the convention. It includes everything from the "Sponsoring" level membership and more. You are entitled to take part in any events and activities open to "Super-Sponsoring" level members. In addition to the conbook, T-Shirt, limited edition prints, and special sponsor gift, your membership includes the private Super-Sponsor dinner. We will be adding more items to this as they are created for the Super Sponsors. We thank you for your support.

 

November 8-9                Akron Comicon

Type: Comic

Located: Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway in Akron, OH 44325

More Info: About Us, Schedule, Guests

Price:
3-day - $15
1-Day - $10

 

November 14-16                PentaCon

Type: Gaming

Located: Grand Wayne Center, 120 West Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN  46802

More Info: Event FAQs, Schedule, Guests

Price:
3-Day - $35
2-day - $25
1-Day - $15

6 and under admission is FREE with paying adult (must still pay the Expo surcharge and any event fees)

7-12 admission is half price (must still pay the Expo surcharge and any event fees)

 

November 14-16                WindyCon

Type: Comic

Located: Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL 60148

More Info: Convention Rules, Schedule, Guests

Price:
3-Day - $50.00 (Until 10/24/2014)
3-Day - $60.00 (After 10/24/2014 & At-Door)

Youth Registration (12 and under) Options

  • Option A: Kid In Tow - FREE Must be in the company of an adult at all times. Does not come with Childcare Services. Ask at the Registration Help Desk when you arrive about optional Kid-In-Tow badges.
  • Option B: Youth Membership 3-Day $25.00 (Until 10/24/2014) and $35.00 (after 10/24/2014 & At-Door) Child does not need to be with an adult. Does not come with Childcare Services.
  • Option C: Childcare Membership - $50.00 Until 10/24/2014 In advance only. Includes Youth Membership and Childcare Services.

 

November 23                Buckeye Comic Con

Type: Comic

Located: Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort, 4560 Hilton Corporate Dr, Columbus, OH 43232

Price:
At-Door 1-day - $4

 

November 28-30                Starbase Indy

Type: Sci-Fi with sci-fi celebrities

Located: Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East 21st St., Indianapolis, IN 46219

More Info: About Us, Schedule, Guests

Price:
3-Day - $50 (September through At-Door)
1-Day Friday - $30
1-Day Saturday or Sunday - $45
1-Day Sunday - $35
At-Door 3-Day - $55

12 and under are FREE with accompanying adult

Pre-registered members get a free program book. All others will have to purchase one for $2. (quoted directly from site)

Some events are only available for pre-reg members and will not be available at the door. For example, the Dinner with the Stars is for weekend pre-registered members only. Other extras may include: workshops, art shows, screenings, etc. (quoted directly from site)

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