When I was seven years old, I attended my first Creation convention. My father coached me repeatedly before we got to the front of the line, ensuring that I said my birthday was in 1985, not 1984, because children six and under were free or at a substantially discounted price. I don’t remember how it went down because when you’re a kid and Klingons are walking around, you don’t pay attention to the ticket table. I walked away with a red Star Trek uniform with captain rank just like my fave, Jean-Luc Picard. I looked awesome.
This was in the early 90s in Chicago, and I didn’t attend another convention until this past year, the first weekend of November 2015 in Denver, Colorado. My father told me I’d be fine despite my anxiety because, after all, I’d been to a convention before. But what he didn’t realize was that there’s a big difference between a child experiencing her favorite fandom with her geeky dad and a thirty-one year old mother of two attending a convention alone with over two hundred strangers. But I was reassured time and time again that with Supernatural fans, we’re more than a fandom – we’re a family.
After my experience at DenverCon, I questioned if I wanted to ever go to a convention again. It wasn’t that I had a negative experience, but having been there, done that, I had more personal impressions to reflect on when thinking about future conventions. Many con-goers are no stranger to Creation events or even plan to go to another convention as soon as their first is over; others are more hesitant. I realized that there are probably hundreds if not thousands of people who wonder if it would be worth it to attend a convention, and in an effort to provide as unbiased a position as possible, here I’m going to unpack the pros and cons of attending a Supernatural convention and explain the convention itself, including pre- and post-con experiences, as well as some of the other aspects of fandom that might be worthy of consideration.