ClexaCon is back in Las Vegas next week for its third edition, and here are five reasons why you should attend.
1. The Guests
Let’s be honest, celebrity guests are the main attraction of a convention, and ClexaCon did not hold back this year. To give you an idea, here is a non-exhaustive list of who will attend: Annie Briggs (Carmilla), Briana Venskus (Supergirl, The Walking Dead), Caity Lotz (Legends of Tomorrow), Chantal Thuy (Black Lightning), Crystal Chappell (Venice), Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Wynonna Earp), Dot Marie Jones (Glee), Elise Bauman (Carmilla), Emily Andras (showrunner, Wynonna Earp, Lost Girl), Guinevere Turner (The L Word), Isabella Gomez (One Day at a Time), Jes Macallan (Legends of Tomorrow), Katherine Barrell (Wynonna Earp), Katrina Law (Arrow, Spartacus), Mandahla Rose (Forever Not Maybe), Nadia Bjorlin (Days of Our Lives), Nafessa Williams (Black Lightning), Natasha Negovanlis (Carmilla), Nicole Pacent (Anyone But Me), Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner and Ariela Barer (The Runaways), Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Lucifer), etc.
Not only did they invite actresses from our favorite shows/movies, their industry guest lists is quite impressive too: Diona Reasonover (NCIS), Rachel Paulson (Good Kisser), Lily Richards (Twenty the Webseries), Regina Hicks (Insecure), Noelle Carbone (Rookie Blue, Wynonna Earp), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The 100), Christina De Leon (iZombie), Marina Rice Bader (Elena Undone), etc.
2. The Panels
Are you interested in marketing and selling lesbian fiction, trans representation in Media, the misconceptions of the Plus in LGBTQ+, creating diverse stories without tokenism, building inclusive communities, podcasting, how to run social media like a pro, the importance of queer representation in Burlesque or Legends of Tomorrow cosplay? ClexaCon has a large choice of panels, workshops and meetups on a lot of LGBTQ+ topics. There is something for everyone.
3. Artists’ Alley & The Vendors
How many times have you been to a convention and searched hours for art of your favorite f/f ship only to end up empty handed? That is one amazing thing at ClexaCon: if you ship it, there is probably an artist that has drawn it. Fan of Supercorp and Butch Kara Danvers? Go to Foley’s table . Want custom Clexa / Deanoru Pops? KustomKru is your stop. Looking for Wayhaught clothing? Fangirl Shirts has got you covered. ClexaCon has it all, and the best is that you can have it signed by the actresses at the con.
4. The Events
Ouside of the con hours, ClexaCon organizers has planned many events to bring attendees together and have a good time in Las Vegas. On Thursday, badge pick-up happens during the ClexaCon Pool Party. To start the convention the healthy way, Fangirl Shirts & ClexaCon organized the second edition of the Fun Run: a run on the Vegas Strip on Friday morning. For all the attendees wanting to make new friends, ClexaCon will be hosting the annual Speed Friending event. Want to spend a great evening? You have plenty of choices: Black & White Ascension Party on Saturday, Cocktails for Change on Friday, and Ships & Giggles comedy show with Erin Foley, Kia Barnes, Natasha Negovanlis, and Mandahla Rose on Thursday.
During the day, you also have the possibility of attending Workshops like “Improv for Confidence Building”, “Speed Pitching: Pitch to Production” and “Unlocking Your Creative Core” with Elise Bauman.
5. That Feeling of Belonging
As I wrote previously, attending conventions among other nerds is amazing. Attending a convention where you are not afraid to share your sexuality or your favorite ships without being judged is even better. Right from the moment your arrive at the convention hotel, The Tropicana, the first reaction is ‘’I am with my people’’. I never experienced this feeling at another con to this degree. I also noticed less animosity between fans. There is less need to prove how much of a ‘’true’’ fan you are.
ClexaCon 2019 3-Day tickets are still on sale (VIP sold out last summer) so what are you waiting for?
Froggy holds a Master of Science degree in Marketing and Management from Dauphine University in Paris. She currently resides in North Haollywood aka Vancouver, Canada where she works as a Project Manager. In addition to covering conventions across North America for The Geekiary, she is a sports photographer for Our Game Magazine.
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