By Malayna Dawn
Though the fictional genres we describe as Flights of Fancy may involve adventures that take place in your mind, there are ways to experience them in the so-called "real world" as well.
One way is to attend a convention, which we will elaborate upon below.
Others involve getting a bit creative about your travel plans.
or continue reading for info on cons that will keep you entertained with the imaginareal all year long!
Conventions offer a chance to share your passions with other fans of your favorite imaginary worlds. Most cons share some basic events:
There is plenty of crossover, too. Many cons are held annually and choose a theme each year.
So an anime con focusing on Japanese pop culture might choose a horror theme, or a sci-fi con might mix it up with some steampunk-ishness.
We at Spiral Whirled Travels find that our obsessions with world travel, time travel and flights of fancy fit most closely within the Steampunk
So we'll highlight those here, and then we'll refer you to people who are good at keeping track of the others, below!
|Gaslight Gathering||Gaslight II, "The Expedition" is the second coming, if you will, of Southern California's first dedicated Steampunk and Victoriana Convention. They'll be exploring such exotic lands as Guatemala and India, too!||San Diego, CA||May 11-13, 2012|
|Steampunk World's Fair||Billed as the world's largest, friendliest and most festive Steampunk Event, they also claim to be the world's most spectacular steampunk extravaganza, and the greatest Steampunk festival in the world. Find out!||Piscataway, NJ||May 18-20, 2012|
|ConTemporal||ConTemporal is a science fiction convention rooted in Steampunk, celebrating all forms of sci-fi: literature, television, movies, comics, gaming, etc.||Chapel Hill, NC||June 21-24, 2012|
|SteamCon||Theme: "Victorian Monsters" - classic monsters get a steampunk makeover - monster hunters are welcome too.||Bellevue, WA||Oct 26-28, 2012|
|UtopiaCon||UtopiaCon is an eclectic convention, catering to Faerie, Gothic, Pirate, Medieval, Renaissance, Steampunk, Gaming, Tribal,etc.||Cincinnati, OH||Oct 26-28, 2012|
|TeslaCon||The theme of TeslaCon 3 is "A Trip to the Moon". Check their site for more updates on the adventure!||Madison, WI||Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2012|
|AnachroCon||Celebrate history, both real and imagined! If you have a love for yesterday's future, mix and mingle with Steampunks, Neo-Victorians, Retro-Futurists, Historical Re-enactors, Time Travelers, and anyone who loves to chronicle the past and present.||Atlanta, GA||February 22-24, 2013|
|TimeGate||A Sci-Fi /Fantasy con that focuses on time travel! “Dr. Who, Stargate and everything in between.”||Atlanta, GA||May 25 -27, 2012|
|ReaderCon||"Although Readercon is modeled on science fiction conventions, there is no art show, no costumes, no gaming, and almost no media. Instead, Readercon features a near-total focus on the written word."||Burlington Mass.||July 12-15 2012|
|Dragon*Con||A large multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. They even have a puppet slam!||Atlanta, GA||Aug 31 - Sept 1, 2012|
For more info on Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror and Comic Cons, check out these great sites!
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