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Peter Weller, More Guests Added To Las Vegas Star Trek Convention

Peter Weller, More Guests Added To Las Vegas Star Trek Convention

Peter Weller, best known for his role as the original Robocop and who played Admiral Marcus in 2013′s Star Trek Into Darkness, has been added to the loaded celebrity line-up for the annual Las Vegas Star Trek Convention.

In addition to Weller, Mark Allen Shepherd, Sherry Jackson and Lee Arenberg join already announced guests, including Avery Brooks, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Colm Meaney, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Chase Masterson, John de Lancie, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonis, Suzie Plakston, Tim Russ, Anthony Montgomery, Max Grodenchik, Aron Eisenberg, John Billingsly, Tony Todd, Robert O’Reilly, JG Hertzler, Robert Duncan McNeill, David Warner, Ethan Phillips, Cirroc Lofton, Denise Crosby, Catherine Hicks, Paul Lynch, Don Stark, Sally Kellerman, Ronald B. Moore, Jim Metzler, Eric Pierpoint and Grace Lee Whitney.

The Las Vegas Star Trek Convention takes place July 31 – August 3 at the Las Vegas Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

To purchase tickets, visit Creation Entertainment.

Shatner, Urban, TNG Crew Appear At ‘Destination Star Trek Germany’ [Report]

Shatner, Urban, TNG Crew Appear At 'Destination Star Trek Germany' [Report]

Destination Star Trek Germany (DSTG), which took place in Frankfurt last month, featured an impressive lineup of stars, including Karl Urban, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, William Shatner, and a host of other Star Trek franchise actors.

During the press conference, the Next Generation crew was asked, “Why did they get along so well as a cast?” Burton commented, “No one knows.” While Sirtis added it was serendipity. From their joking with each other back and forth it was obvious that their TNG camaraderie continues to today.

Karl Urban

Karl Urban

Karl Urban has been viewed by many to have captured the true character of Dr. McCoy, in the last two rebooted Star Trek movies. He was asked how he got so close to the true nature of Bones. Urban, a native of New Zealand, stated, “I grew up watching Star Trek”, and as a kid he was a big fan of science fiction.

The DSTG was held in the huge Hall #3 of the Messe convention center in Frankfurt Germany. While inside the hall one was reminded of actually being aboard a star ship as it is a very modern building. As compared to most hotel based SciFi conventions in the United States, there was lots of room for everything to fit under one roof without the claustrophobic feeling common in the states.  On the other hand, it may be a long walk from one’s hotel to the convention as opposed to rolling out of your Rio hotel suite in Vegas and heading straight down to the convention floor.

DSTG's Klingon Zone

DSTG’s Klingon Zone

Some unique things to DSTG were: the Klingon Zone, Borg Regeneration set, and Enterprise-D bridge, with the last two reserved for paid photo shots.  Both Friday and Saturday nights finished with Trek themed parties at an added cost but based upon reports they were received with mixed reviews.  Alas jet lag and middle age prevented me from taking part.

Day two of Destination Star Trek Germany quickly got going with morning talks consisting of the TNG cast, followed by Karl Urban, the Enterprise comedy duo of Trinneer & Keating, William Shatner, the DS9 team, and the night’s highlight with Shatner moderating the TNG reunion event. The hall was noticeably more crowded with the Saturday fans turning out in force. Shatner’s afternoon discussion was most touching and sad when he told of his one year old Doberman puppy, Mocha, being put to sleep just that morning. He was obviously still grieving. Mr. Shatner told the audience that death is part of life plus he wanted to keep the memory alive of this beautiful dog.

Wandering through the vendor’s area one is struck by how few there are, as compared to events in the United States. At the same time these venders did have a larger footprint and more merchandise vs. the domestic events. One of the most interesting and unique vendors was Martin Netter from Germany. In addition to his business of selling Trek goodies, his vast collection of original Star Trek props, wardrobe, and scripts formed the museum exhibit. It was fascinating viewing these Trek artifacts and added a unique draw for the convention.

Appearing daily on Stage B was the UK’s Trekkie Girls, Sam and Carole who are YouTube experts on all that is Trek. They kept the crowd entertained with their insights into the “Ladies of Trek” as well as a rather challenging trivia smack down. Finding out there was to be no costume contest; the Trekkie Girls boldly went where no girl has gone before and took it upon themselves to organize a contest for those dressed up as their favorite Trek characters. So kudos to Trekkie Girls!

William Shatner

William Shatner

Saturday night was capped off with the patriarch of Star Trek, William Shatner, acting as the moderator of the TNG Reunion. The mood was set at the start when Shatner repeatedly expressed his lust for all aspects of life. When asked by a fan if they were stranded on a deserted island who, from the TNG characters they would choose to be with, it went downhill fast. The ladies showed their intelligence with Gates having Wesley look after her and Marina selecting Dr. Crusher to take care of her medical needs. Michael Dorn showed his masculine side in refusing to answer as his mind was overwhelmed by all sorts of lustful thoughts according to his costars, thus making him mentally and physically unable to participate in the rest of the discussion. Marina then kissed up to LeVar Burton and thus he selected her to be with him on the island. Shatner then jumped in and said he would choose to be stranded with LeVar so that he could then be with Marina.

Michale Dorn, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, and Gates McFadden

Michale Dorn, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, and Gates McFadden

Sir Patrick Stewart then made an appearance as he channeled his consensus into Brent Spiner’s most excellent imitation of his majesty. The silver haired Spiner then got the audience laughing their backsides off with his all too accurate spoof of Sir Patrick. When talk turned to Asia, Marina in her typically restrained, introverted, and soft spoken manner, chastised China and Japan for their abuse of animals. For the rest of the talk she frequently mentioned the sake of the dolphins. Kudos number two to Marina. The group’s collective banter, humor, and camaraderie capped off another fun day at DST Germany.

The final day of the convention started off strong Sunday morning with Brent Spiner on Stage A talking about the subject he loves best, Brent Spiner. As always Herr Spiner keeps the audience in hysterics as he makes fun of himself, former cast members, stories of the TNG set, and his general twisted yet enjoyable view on life. The always reserved and shy Spiner got the crowd laughing by proclaiming, “I’m a brilliant human being.” When asked what was his favorite episode, he recalled “Brothers”, as it afforded him the opportunity to work with his favorite actor, namely himself as Data, his evil brother Lore, and his father Dr. Noonien Soong.

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner was then kind enough to lend a helping hand by pranking the next stars on Stage A, Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis. Posing as Helmuth from Germany, Spiner asked Michael Dorn if, “In real life are you an idiot as you were in the show?” Confusion, realization, and uncontrolled laughter were the reactions of both Dorn and Sirtis as they struggled to keep calm and carry on. Marina then went on a tangent of her love for the Tottenham Hotspur, one of London’s five soccer teams that yet again finished behind London’s premier team Arsenal. Having a Hotspur tattoo on her shoulder she is truly a fanatic and proceeded to mad mouth the German national soccer team, who by the way utterly destroyed England 4 – 1 and sent them back home with their tails between their legs in disgrace during the last World Cup in 2010. Marina, better luck this summer in Brazil.

Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis

Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis

Karl Urban, the best damn Dr. McCoy since Bones, was a hit who brought us all into the present and future of all things Star Trek. Standing before a sea of uber geeks he was asked what he was geeking out in general. In reply, “I love live music.”, and he was soon to see the godfathers of rock, the Rolling Stones. Asked about his bucket list, Urban mentioned: owning a Porsche, travel, spend as much time as possible with his family, and laughing until it hurts.

Queried in regards to his icons, he first mentioned: Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Harrison Ford and Leonard Nimoy. Later Urban changed tracks and spoke about his real life heroes such as: the 9-11 fire fighters who ran into buildings as others ran out, New Zealand’s Rob Hall an Everest guide who died trying to save his clients lives, and Ernest Shackleton whose inspiring leadership saved his entire expedition from the Antarctic ice. Whilst he is of course a top shelf Hollywood star, me thinks Karl Urban is also a very human and real person one could easily call friend.

Many of our favorite DS9 crew took the stage to not only entertain us with Trek nostalgia but also to highlight just how talented these actors are. Rene Auberjonois was kind enough to highlight a comment of Armin Shimerman, “Our bench was deep.” In contrast to other Trek TV series the talented DS9 costars could and often carried episodes on their own without the leading cast. When asked if there will be a DS9 movie, they collectively shouted “NO!”.

Warping up the convention were BFFs Connor Trinneer and his trusty sidekick Dominic Keating of Enterprise. The two Enterprise “boys” kept us in rapture with their insights into Enterprise, yet their comedic connection was obvious not only as cast members but also as friends. When asked about the premature demise of Enterprise both commented about the politics between Paramount, CBS and the defunct UPN. Talk about bad timing for Enterprise and all Star Trek fans! As Connor “Trip” Trinneer was asked if he was ever surprised by what the writers produced he mentioned being pregnant in “Unexpected” and “These are the Voyages” where Trip dies. His sidekick Dominic was more than happy to take credit for putting forth the plot for both episodes.

Where does the Destination Star Trek journey lead us in Europe? Media 10 Ltd., the company behind Destination Star Trek Germany, successfully launched the events in October 2012 launch of Destination Star Trek London. While speaking with Media 10’s Marketing Director Rob Nathan, I was told that they are in it for the long haul and have signed a contract with CBS, to authorize them to promote the Star Trek branded conventions in Europe. It is a very good sign that they have the pockets to continue and expand their Star Trek convention business in Europe. All too often many Trek and SciFi conventions die after just one event. Nathan stated that, “We are not one hit wonders.” Two years ago, DST London had 18,000 individual customers buy tickets, while there were over 30,000 visits during the three day convention. While not official, DST Germany has taken in approximately 8,000 tickets with 10,000 visits.


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In comparison to conventions in the US — one must compare and contrast the experience in the American hotel format favored by Creation Entertainment and the vast convention hall venue of Media 10. To be honest both have their positives and negatives. American hotel venues allow one to experience everything in a concentrated space and the opportunity to roll out of bed into the convention fun, whilst the Media 10 format provides a vast area for everything without the crowds yet your night’s lodging might be trek away.

I truly enjoyed the space afforded by the cavernous Messe Hall #3 and did not miss the jam packed crowds of the US hotel formats. However, putting everything under one continuous space left something to be desired. For example the acoustics were not the best. The events on Stage A continually interfered with that of Stage B and likewise. Also in the Klingon Zone there was a 4 foot diameter gong that interrupted the actors and various events throughout the entire convention. NO MORE GONG, Media 10! On the other hand, the extra room allowed for the autographs and the star photo ops to be very well organized.

Media 10 is in it for the long haul. Nathan expects there will be another Destination Star Trek within the year and most likely to be held somewhere in the United Kingdom. All in all DST Germany was a solid Star Trek convention and I’d give them a B+. I look forward to attending the third Destination Star Trek sometime next year.

photos: Carolin Jennings, Randy Jennings/TrekNews.net

Karl Urban Added To Boston Star Trek Convention

Karl Urban Added To Boston Star Trek Convention

On Thursday, Creation Entertainment announced the addition of Karl Urban to the Boston Star Trek Convention lineup.

Urban, best known for his portrayal of Dr. “Bones” McCoy in the new J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films, is currently starring in FOX’s new crime drama Almost Human.

Previously announced guests for the Boston convention include Scott Bakula, Kate Mulgrew, Avery Brooks, Robert Beltran, Terry Farrell, Anthony Montgomery, Tim Russ, Max Grodenchik, and Aron Eisenberg.

The Boston Star Trek Convention takes place June 21 and 22 at the Hynes Convention Center.

RELATED: 2013 Boston Star Trek Convention Recap with William Shatner, George Takei, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis and More

Tickets, starting at $20 per day, are available at Creation’s website.

photo: TrekNews.net

New Guests Announced For 2014 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention

New Guests Announced For 2014 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention

In an effort to top the 100-plus guest list at the 2013 convention, Creation announced the addition of several new guests, on Wednesday. Avery Brooks, Robert Duncan McNeill, David Warner, Ethan Phillips, Cirroc Lofton, Denise Crosby, Catherine Hicks, Paul Lynch, Don Stark, Sally Kellerman, Ronald B. Moore, Jim Metzler, and Eric Pierpoint have all been added to the 2014 line-up.

With 50-plus guests announced thus far, Creation has promised to add at least 50 more.

Previously announced guests, include Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Colm Meaney, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Chase Masterson, John de Lancie, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonis, Suzie Plakston, Tim Russ, Anthony Montgomery, Max Grodenchik, Aron Eisenberg, John Billingsly, Tony Todd, Robert O’Reilly, JG Hertzler, and Grace Lee Whitney.

The Las Vegas Star Trek Convention takes place July 31 – August 3 at the Las Vegas Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

To purchase tickets, visit Creation Entertainment.

Complete Guest List Announced For ‘Destination Star Trek Germany’

Complete Guest List Announced For 'Destination Star Trek Germany'

Destination Star Trek Germany, which takes place February 21-23, 2014 at the Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany, has released a complete guest list — with ten new names, announced today.

Alice Krige, Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, Jeffrey Combs, Suzie Plakson, Carolyn Seymour, Hallie Todd, Robin Curtis, Ira Steven Behr and Gwynyth Walsh join previously announced guests, William Shatner, Karl Urban, Tim Russ, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman, Casey Biggs, Vaughn Armstrong, Steve Rankin and Kitty Swink for the three-day event.

DSTG is highlighted by a Star Trek: The Next Generation on-stage cast reunion, which will be moderated by William Shatner.

To purchase tickets, visit Destination Star Trek.

Stay tuned to TrekNews.net and follow us on Twitter for more information and coverage of the event.


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TNG Cast Added To Las Vegas Star Trek Convention

TNG Cast Added To Las Vegas Star Trek Convention

Creation Entertainment has announced the addition of five Star Trek: The Next Generation cast members to the 2014 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention. Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, and Gate McFadden have been added to the four-day event.

Previously announced guests include William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Colm Meaney, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Chase Masterson, John de Lancie, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonis, Suzie Plakston, Tim Russ, Anthony Montgomery, Max Grodenchik, Aron Eisenberg, John Billingsly, Tony Todd, Robert O’Reilly, JG Hertzler, and Grace Lee Whitney.

This year’s convention takes place July 31 – August 3 at the Las Vegas Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.


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From Creation:

Today we are happy to announce the addition of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation is boarding the convention and will be on hand to speak, meet fans, sign autographs and do photo ops. We’re up to 32 guest celebrities now and we’re just getting started: make your plans to be with us for four full days and nights of live STAR TREK entertainment, including the appearances of our new TNG celebrities!

To purchase tickets, visit Creation Entertainment.

photo: TrekNews.net

Whoopi Goldberg To Make Rare Convention Appearance At Wizard World Philadelphia In June

Whoopi Goldberg To Make Rare Convention Appearance At Wizard World Philadelphia In June

Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg, will make a rare convention appearance this summer at the Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con.

Goldberg, who played Guinan, the mysterious bartender in Ten Forward, on Star Trek: The Next Generation, joins other already announced guests: Norman Reedus, Jon Bernthal, Miachael Rooker, and Scott Wilson from The Walking Dead, Christopher Lloyd from Back to the Future and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Jason David Frank from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and Lou Ferrigno from The Incredible Hulk.

In addition to her work on TNG, Goldberg is known for her hosting duties on The View, and as an actress in Sister Act, and The Color Purple.

Wizard World Philadelphia takes place June 20-21 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.


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For a full guest list and to purchase tickets, visit Wizard World.

Kate Mulgrew, Terry Farrell, More Announced For Creation’s Philadelphia-Area Star Trek Convention In April

Kate Mulgrew, Terry Farrell, More Announced For Creation's Philladelphia-Area Star Trek Convention In April

Creation Entertainment has announced the first guests who will appear at their Philadelphia-area Official Star Trek Convention later this year.

Kate Mulgrew, Nichelle Nichols, Terry Farrell, James Darren, Anthony Montgomery, Robert Beltran, John de Lancie, J.G. Hertzler, Robert O’Reilly, John Paladin, Suzie Plakson, Max Grodenchik, and Aron Eisenberg will all appear on stage and will be available for autographs and photo ops throughout the three-day event.

In addition to more names, yet to be announced, the convention will also include a vendors room and costume competition. It all goes down April 25-27 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.


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To purchase tickets, visit Creation Entertainment.

William Shatner and Jeri Ryan Headline Creation’s Official Star Trek Convention In San Francisco This November

William Shatner and Jeri Ryan Headline Creation's Official Star Trek Convention In San Francisco This November

Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention is set to beam down to San Francisco this November for three days.

Taking place November 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, the convention’s guests will include William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Jonathan Frakes, Robert Beltran, Gates McFadden, Robert Picardo, John de Lancie, Tim Russ, James Darren, Ethan Phillips, Lee Meriwether, Suzie Plakson, Michael Aron and Jon Stuer. In addition, Max Grodenchik and Aron Eisenberg will appear in costume as their Deep Space Nine characters, Rom and Nog.

Other weekend events include a music video competition, a costume contest, and a character make-up workshop with John Paladin.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Creation Entertainment.

WATCH: Star Trek: Voyager Panel With Tim Russ, Robert Picardo and Manu Intiraymi From Space City Con

WATCH: Star Trek: Voyager Panel With Tim Russ, Robert Picardo and Manu Intiraymi From Space City Con

Earlier this month, Robert Picardo, Tim Russ, and Manu Intiraymi came together at Space City Con in Houston, Texas for a special Star Trek: Voyager reunion panel. The folks from The AFK Show were in attendance and recorded the entire panel, which is now available for you to watch in the embedded video below.

Topics discussed include their initial impressions of the Voyager set, favorite memories from working on the show, prop failures, and more.

via AFK Show

STLV ’13: Karl Urban To Make First Star Trek Convention Appearance

STLV '13: Karl Urban To Make First Star Trek Convention Appearance

Karl Urban, the current Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy, is set to beam down to his very first Star Trek convention when he appears at Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention, this weekend.

Urban will appear on stage at the world’s largest Star Trek convention on Sunday morning and will be on hand both Saturday and Sunday to sign autographs and pose for photo opportunities with fans.

Aside from J.J. Abrams’ latest incarnation of Star Trek, Urban has also appeared in Xena: Warrior Princess, The Lord of the Rings, Doom, The Chronicles of Riddick, and Dredd.

The convention kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday, with over 100 celebrities set to appear. Guests include William Shatner, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Jeri Ryan, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, Terry Farrell, Nicole de Boer, Alexander Siddig, Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, John de Lancie, Robert Picardo, Linda Park, Denise Crosby, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonis, Garrett Wang, Tim Russ, Chase Masterson, and many more.

Urban’s fellow Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness castmates, Alice Eve and Deep Roy are also scheduled to take part in the event.

For more information, check out our Las Vegas Star Trek convention preview.

STLV ’13: Las Vegas Star Trek Convention Survival Guide

Las Vegas Star Trek Convention Survival Guide

With the Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention just a few days away, fans who plan to attend the event may interested in maximizing the time they spend in Sin City at the world’s largest Star Trek convention.

RELATED: PREVIEW: Las Vegas Star Trek Convention 2013 With Over 100 Guests, Including Shatner, Brooks, Mulgrew, Takei

Star Trek, comic book and other genre conventions have changed quite a bit in recent years, growing from small gatherings of fans to veritable media extravaganzas. Whether a seasoned veteran or a starry-eyed newcomer, they can be an overwhelming experience if you’re unprepared. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of helpful hints ranging from common knowledge to insider tips to make the most of your convention-going experience.

Female Ferengi and Q

Female Ferengi and Q

Set a Budget
It’s easy to be enticed by everything you see at a convention. It’s even easier to convince yourself that you really “need” that awesome scale model of the Enterprise or phaser replica (after all, it is set to “stunning”). It’s harder, yet infinitely more responsible to set a budget for yourself of cash-on-hand and not go a penny over. However, in the case of an emergency, know where the ATMs are located.

Buy Your Tickets in Advance
It’s usually cheaper and sometimes the only way to ensure you’ll even get in to begin with, especially with big events like San Diego Comic-Con. Pre-purchase lines are also generally far shorter than at-the-door.

Arrive Early
Never underestimate the benefits of showing up before the rest of the crowd. Not only will you avoid lines, but it’ll allow you to orient yourself to the event’s location before it becomes too crowded. As they say, “the early Bird of Prey catches the wormhole”.

STLV '12 T-shirt

STLV ’12 T-shirt

Bring Your Own Lunch or Know Where Local Restaurants Are
No pretzel is worth $10 (no, not even those delicious cinnamon-coated ones), yet conventions continue to get away with such prices at the expense of ill-prepared attendees. Packing a sandwich will save you money and more than a few nights of violent indigestion. If you’re travelling light, bring along small goodies to snack on throughout the day. If neither of the above options appeals to you, know where good (and more importantly, cheap) restaurants are in the immediate area. Cons are more often than not set in cities, and sometimes it’s difficult to find a place both convenient and affordable. Plan your meal(s) ahead of time and avoid the inevitable lunch/dinner rushes. It’s also good to have bottled water to keep yourself hydrated, as the cumulative body heat of everyone indoors is enough to melt even the most hardened Starfleet Captain… cosplayer.

Know Where the Bathrooms Are
Especially if you chose to ignore my advice about the pretzels.

Take Pictures
A picture tells a thousand words and there’s enough at any given con to write a Robert Jordan series. People in costume love to have their pictures taken. Just remember to always ask beforehand, be polite and to not inconvenience other attendees in the process.

Dress Comfortably
It’s common knowledge that the coolness of one’s costume is inversely proportionate to how easy it is to wear, especially for an extensive period of time in tight quarters with questionable air conditioning. Be prepared for the long haul if you have elaborate or cumbersome attire.

Bring Friends
The more the merrier! Just make sure they’re as into everything as you are. Extra sets of hands to carry all of the awesome stuff you get don’t hurt, either.

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Schedule Your Time
Look up and/or print a schedule of events in advance and plan your day accordingly. There’s lots to see and do and little time to do it in. Remember to also schedule time to visit the show floor between panels and events.

Don’t Be “That Guy/Girl”
You know exactly who I’m talking about: the overbearing fans that borderline harass guests, heckle during talks and are generally rude and inconsiderate towards fellow attendees. It’s okay to be passionate about your denomination of fandom. Heck, that’s why we all go to begin with. Just don’t detract from the experience of others.

Make Connections
Cons are a great way to network and spread the word about your business/podcast/website if you have one. Bring contact cards and talk everyone up. Even if you don’t have an enterprise you’re soliciting, take this opportunity to meet people. It’s extremely rare that you’ll find such a concentrated group of like-minded and awesome individuals. That’s what cons are ultimately about – people coming together to celebrate their love of a common interest.

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Have Fun
Don’t get lost in the hustle and bustle of a con. Sure, it takes a fair amount of planning and a liberal amount of maneuvering and compromise to see and do everything (or mostly everything) that you want, but don’t get stressed! The point is to enjoy yourself. Let loose and have fun. Cons are amazing experiences that only come along so often. So make the most of it!

Have additional tips? Leave them in the comments below.