Since it is summer time and that's when most conventions seem to happen, and after listening to various older pod-casts of Scott & Rym talking about conventions, what conventions do all of you attend year round? Also, what other conventions have you heard about that you want to go to?
For myself, living in Washington, I'm lucky to have a few conventions here that I can go to without having to spend a lot of money on travel costs. My main conventions are Sakura Con
, Emerald City Comicon
, and PAX
For Sakura Con, I've been going and have been on staff for the past 8 years. I started as a video squatter, then became an Info booth lackey, and eventually got my way to be a guest liaison. Being a guest liaison was probably one of the more fun experiences to be on staff. You get to basically chill with guests, be behind the scenes, and at night go out with the guests and drink and hear funny anime industry type stories. I'm not sure if I'll be on staff next year, I might want to actually go to the con to experience the con. But as for anime conventions go, I think Sakura Con is one of the bigger west coast anime conventions and I expect it to keep on growing.
This year was the first year I went to Emerald City Comicon. The main reason I went was to meet the creators of Powers and to get my comics signed as well as Scott Kurtz from PvP. It was a pretty decent convention and I was able to discover some pretty cool webcomics and other comics. I probably will go next year to just have something geeky to do.
For PAX, I went the first year (which was awesome), was on staff the 2nd year (which was even cooler), and the 3rd year, I just skipped entirely due to finances. I do plan on going this year, and I'm very excited to attend. Just hearing about some of the things happening there, makes me squee with giddiness, and plan on staying awake as long as I can to experience everything I can. This year it's apparently at a new location, an even bigger location with a lot more awesome stuff.
Hopefully next year I will be able to afford going to an out of state convention. Gen Con Indy and Otakon are the first 2 out of state conventions that I would go to before any others.
So yeah, that's my personal history with conventions. I would love to hear what conventions everyone else goes to! ^_^