The Big Con: Convention Accounts

Lumos! Shining a Light on Empowering Nerdlings: An Unconventional Convention

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Unconventional Convention

Several weeks ago, my family went to the Cincinnati Comic Expo. My husband and I took our 7 year old daughter and our 15 month old son into the insanity that is geekdom. I have to say the experience was amazing! This was a first that all four of us shared, and I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to experience this first as a family.

Our daughter, Claudia, is a nerd in training. She loves Minecraft, My Little Pony, Steven Universe, and Bob’s Burgers. We’re starting to introduce her to comic heroes as she has been asking about super powers recently, and she has developed a liking for Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn. She spends her TV time watching let’s play on YouTube. Her favorites are Aureylian, CaptainSparklez, and SuperGirlyGamer and FuriousDestroyer.

Claudia spent the weekend in awe of all the cosplayers and asked several to take pictures with her. We watched her eyes open in awe at each table, and were astounded at the things she asked to buy. Claudia ended up taking pictures with the Steven Universe Crystal Gems, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sadness from Inside Out, and Belle. She purchased a print from one table of Ruby and Sapphire when they were reunited. Our son, Oliver, though young, enjoyed his time as well. He met a kitty who squeaked and purred at him while rubbing his feet, he ate chips and soft pretzels, and he played with Loki. What better way to spend the days at a Comic Expo than to ride in style in a stroller where you could lean back and nap at will?

My husband and I were both excited not only about walking around the show floor but also sitting in the panels. I went to see Sean Astin twice, Graham McTavish, and Eve Myles. All the celebrities were good natured, and it was amazing to be able to sit front and center to see the stars of our favorite movies and shows speak to their fans. The Goonies, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Broadchurch seemed to be more than just amazing worlds into which we had a glimpse when the actors who made those stories real were sitting within reach.

The weekend solidified my resolve that my children would grow up in a world where their excitement for fictional worlds and assorted other interests was nurtured. Being a fan and fostering a passion for the arts and creativity is quite a special thing. I hope to raise children who are in touch with who they are without worrying about the judgment of others.

One of the best quotes from Glee comes from Mr. Schue:

Something is special because you are a part of it.

It is our responsibility to instill that value into our kids, to teach them that they are people of value and there are no stereotypes that should define their lives. It is imperative that we all are strong and emotional, geeky and complex, wonderful and open, and excited to be at a Convention with other people who want to dress up and live in the amazing worlds we have all grown to love. What a lovely concept: the entire world should be a safe space to live out a dream. We all had a wonderful and inspirational time at our first Con, and we’re excited and planning for the next one!

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