June 4-6, 2004
Charlotte, North Carolina
Held one week after a very exhausting (in a good way) Balticon and a five-hour drive away, ConCarolinas could very easily have been a total letdown. But noooooo… They had to go and throw a darned good convention. Bastards!
First off, let me say that North Carolina has some of the best organized fan groups on the East Coast—The Klingon Assault Group (KAG), Starfleet, the SCA, the Stargate SG11 Costuming Group, Star Wars Fanworks, the Carolina Scapers, the 501st Stormtroopers Carolina Garrison, and a boatload of pirates were among the many groups represented there. Attendance was high enough that there were concerns as to whether or not the hotel would be able to accommodate everyone (it did). The fantastic turnout was probably due to the booking of Alan Dean Foster as the Guest of Honor. I’m sure that having Artist GoH Joe Corroney (Marvel, DC, and Lucasfilm are just part of his resumé) and Fan GoH Michael D. Pederson didn’t hurt either. Yep, that’s right. My first GoH! How exciting!! I need more exclamation marks!!!
One of the things that impressed me most about the con (aside from the incredibly personal face-to-face attention from the staff) was the programming schedule. They really went out off their way to do more than just the standard fare. Cool stuff included: family game night, a Star Wars radio drama, a kid’s scavenger hunt, rocket building, Shakespeare in Fantasy and Horror, How to Get into Film, and the First Annual ConCarolinas Film Premiere where I got to see Fall of a Saga, which I had missed at Balticon. My favorite moment though came when the Philosophy panel re-convened in the bar to sing Monty Python’s “Philosophy Song.”
After spending a great weekend hanging out with old friends, making some new ones, and partying with pirates the drive home didn’t seem quite so long.
Here are some photos of the convention, courtesy of Peggy Cobb Gregory…