Our favorite heroes and villains live in our imaginations, and no live-action movie or TV show can ever entirely capture the ideal image we keep in our heads. But sometimes? You see a particularly creative or brilliant piece of cosplay, and it just brings a character to life, right in front of you. This past weekend…
This segment from what has to be local news on a 1976 Star Trek convention being held in Northglenn Mall in Denver, Colorado, is fairly amazing. Not just for the fans, who are awesome, nor for the reporter, who is unintentionally hilarious. But for the reminder that all these decades later, cons really haven’t changed…
Science fiction and fantasy conventions exist in the venn diagram between professional networking events, marketing expos and fan celebrations. Between all three of those things, they do a lot to shape fandom and the stories we love. And for years now, conventions have been failing disabled fans and professionals. So…
If you’re at New York Comic Con this weekend, you can see the founding editors of this very site, in our natural habitat. Including a panel with economist and science fiction guru Paul Krugman!
Sneaky Zebra does some of the best convention cosplay videos, and their latest takes you through London Film & Comic Con last weekend.
With the 2015 con season hitting its halfway mark, the io9 staff got together for an in-depth, round-table discussion on what exactly makes for the best possible pop culture convention. Whether you’re a potential attendee or a longtime organizer, here’s everything you need any quality con need to have.
At NYCC in October, a beautiful merperson told me about Flame Con, the first-ever queer comic con to be held in New York City. On Saturday I arrived in Brooklyn, unsure of what I’d find. Sometimes, new conventions need time and growth to get their legs. But Flame Con was a total delight. Here’s what I saw.
Penguicon is a convention dedicated to science fiction and open-source software, happening the weekend after next. And this year, the convention is supporting a really worthy cause: Enabling the Future, a charity that aims to 3-D print arms for people who need one.
San Diego Comic-Con is one of the biggest pop culture events of the year, but it's only a few crazy days long. That might be changing thanks to a new partnership between Comic-Con and Lionsgate, which wants to build a video-based subscription service to turn the event into a "year-wide celebration."
Seriously, this weekend is just insane with great cosplay. Here's our second batch of photos from Sakura-Con, Wondercon, Fan Expo Vancouver... and now some photos from Anime Boston as well! Truly we are living in an age of splendor.
The cosplay does not stop! Emerald City Comicon was just bursting with beautiful recreations of costumes from comics, movies, television and books. And to prove it, here's one last batch of the best ECCC cosplay!
They sure know how to party in Seattle. Yesterday, we brought you a batch of incredible cosplay pics from Emerald City Comicon — but today's photos are way more stunning. Including some costumes we've never, ever seen done before. Check out best of ECCC's cosplay, day two!
Cosplay is our sartorial gateway to fantastical worlds and wonderful visions. We can never actually visit the places we watch and read about in science fiction and fantasy, but really great cosplay brings us closer to them. This weekend is Emerald City Comicon, and we've been blown away by some of the costumes thus…
Are you planning on attending a North American comic convention this year as a vendor? While you're deciding which shows to apply to and what kind of wares to bring, be sure to read this survey of comic book conventions and how much independent exhibitors actually make.
If you were obsessed with television 20-odd years ago, then you probably have a soft spot in your heart for the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the show that introduced the Japanese Super Sentai series to American audiences with an all-American cast (whenever the helmets were off.) And it's hard to believe that original…
This past weekend was the first ever Québec City Comic-Con. And the cosplayers who gathered proved conclusively that French Canadians have style in spades. Including tons of great game costumes, a ton of superheroes, and loads more. Here's our favorite Québecois cosplay!
We've seen a lot of truly astonishing cosplay over the past summer, so it's easy to get jaded. And then you see the quality and creativity of the costumes from this past weekend's Long Beach Comic Con, and your enthusiasm gets renewed all over again. Here's the most fantastic cosplay from LBCC 2014.
The entire San Diego Comic-Con program schedule is now live! Go check it out and break out your spreadsheets – the convention kicks off in less than two weeks. Those of you heading to Comic-Con this year (or even if you're not) what panels are you most looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!
A revolutionary idea: bringing more science to science fiction conventions. This weekend's Evolution Expo in Oakland combines science lectures and astronaut talks with TV and movie panels, to try and "put science back into science fiction."
Thinking about getting a table or booth at a comic book convention, but don't know the first thing about selling your wares? This comic is a handy primer for anyone looking to sell at a convention for the first time.