Here’s a good idea: Universal Fan Con, an event sponsored by Black Girl Nerds and The Black Geeks to offer an event that will offer representation for all fans. It will take place April 27-29th 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center with an emphasis on POC, LGBTQ and disabled fans and issues.
Jamie Broadnax of BGN and Robert Butler of TBG are spearheading the event, which has a Kickstarter.
Universal Fan Con grew out of the idea that a Con should be a space where everyone can see themselves represented in the genres that they love. From the panels, to the celebrity guests and activities, all the way down to the parties, we believe that the Con experience should be a celebration of the differences that make us strong. In this time of political divisiveness rooted in fear, Universal Fan Con is here to celebrate the power of inclusion and representation.
Whether you’re a fan of anime, comics, gaming, movies or television, or just believe in our mission of inclusion in a time when intolerance seems to be on the rise, we ask that you join and support us. Not only will you have an amazing experience, you’ll help us take one small step closer to making the world just a little bit better for everyone.
According to the Kickstarter, which is already about a fifth of the way there,
Our goal is bring together at least 10,000 of our closest geek friends from all over the nation to have fun and celebrate geekdom in a place where all are welcome. The world of fandom is one in which personal identity plays a pivotal role. From cosplay to live action role play (LARP), identities of race, gender, and sexual orientation contrast with identities of genre, era, medium and myth.
This sounds like a potentially groundbreaking event to bring together a lot of passionate communities.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.