6 Reasons Why You Should Attend Small Conventions
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6 Reasons Why You Should Attend Small Conventions

Large conventions are very fun, but small cons are just as awesome.

6 Reasons Why You Should Attend Small Conventions

Comic-con, Dragon Con, and Otakon are amazing large conventions. I attend Otakon yearly, and I'm sure most of you reading this attend large cons as well. But, if you aren't taking advantage of smaller local conventions in your area you're missing out. I've been lucky enough to attend some awesome cons throughout the years and I've compiled a list to show you the benefits of attending small conventions.

1) You're supporting local artists.

In most cases artists at smaller conventions are locals. Some artists travel far to attend smaller cons as well which gives you an opportunity for variety. That's never a bad thing. The best part about attending a smaller con? You're helping your community. Organizers work really hard to even get a convention started. I see the benefits a community has from conventions because it's bringing in people from different states and helping the local economy.

2) Less Crowds

Why, yes that is a picture of my husband in cosplay chilling with an artist at Shockaon. Less people means more time to peruse art, talk to artists, and even time to grab a photo. Now, don't get me wrong, small conventions can get very busy too, but there is definitely more of a chance for a more intimate setting. Which leads me to my next point.

3) More intimate settings and a friendly atmosphere

Oh look, it's me at WVPopcon. I loved being able to take pictures with people and talk to them. I know as an attendee I appreciate not feeling rushed when trying to talk to a person at a booth. And, panels at smaller cons are amazing. You actually have a good chance of asking questions and talking one-on-one with panelists. If you can take advantage of a crafting panel at a small convention, do it. Trust me, you will learn something new, take home a cool prop, and make new friends.

4) Lower Entry Fees

Lower fees means you can spend more money on merchandise. Spoiler alert: A lot of merchants that attend large conventions can also be found at small conventions. Want an awesome figure, but you spent $90 to get into the con? OH WAIT, not a problem. Go buy those figures. BUY ALL THE FIGURES!

5) Affordable Booth Rental

Why yes that is B0t Designs and half of the Key Issues cast at WVPopCon. Have some artwork to sell? What about some action figures or video games? What if you're like my husband and I and you make costumes and props? Well, sounds like you're in the market for a booth! Booths are a great way to get your name out in your community. In my experience smaller conventions are the way to go. Once you get a following then you can spend the big bucks at large conventions.

6) Celebrities

I saved the biggest and best part of small conventions for last. Because of the more intimate setting there is a better likelihood you will get to talk to celebs attending. Now, if you're anything like me you'll just kinda stand there and be awkward...hopefully you're not like me. Celebs typically don't charge as much for autographs and photo's at small conventions. Some celebrities don't charge anything. Imagine it, imagine with all your might! Now, go forth and attend small cons.

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