Every year thousands of people converge on the Bloomington, MN DoubleTree for a convention that defies all logic and explanation. This is called Convergence and is one of the larger and crazier Geek/Nerd conventions around. The goal of this con is to give a wide variety of people who are into Science Fiction, fantasy, horror, Manga, Anime, etc. somewhere to gather and share those things with others of like mind. Visitors vary from newborns, to 80 year olds; from all social classes; from all genders and sexual preferences; all races. Despite these differences, they all share a love of genre books, movies, comics, TV shows, games, etc. Oh, and there is some serious crazy @#$% that goes on too.
At the con my wife and I went to several good panel discussions about various topics: the best genre movies of the year; writing strong female characters for novels; drinking with geeks; etc. The latter was very fun, with the panel members getting passed mystery drinks and getting progressively more "fun" as time went on. They didn't quite know what to do with the Rogue Voodoo Maple Bacon Ale--but did comment that it was like having sex with Miss Piggy. Not a bad description...being especially funny because there was a woman dressed as Miss Piggy in the room!
There are bad movies playing all weekend in Cinema Rex. There is a dealer room where one can buy books, rare DVDs, corsets, jewelry, blasters, swords, games and more. The Harmonic Convergence room hosts story tellers and live music, some good some not.
And the parties. The two hotel levels around the pool are larger Cabana rooms and are all rented out by groups to throw parties during the evenings. The posters for the parties are sometimes better than the actual thing.
Lots of folks get dressed up as their favorite characters from Dr. Who, Star Wars, Bronies, and many strange fuzzy-eared manga characters that boggle the mind. Where else can you share a drink with a Klingon, see 6 slave-Leias and chastise a storm trooper for being a little too short?
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