March 28-30, 2003
Stony Brook, New York
What is there left to say about I-Con that we didn’t say last year? When over 6,000 guests descend on the SUNY campus at Stony Brook you know it’s going to be a heck of a party. Too many guests to mention by name, they covered a full spectrum of interests: media stars, gamers, filkers, artists, authors, scientists, and publishers were all represented by over one hundred different guests and programming participants. At any given time there were nearly forty different programming tracks running. Given the size of the convention, it was inevitable that there would be a few grumbles from the crowd… The anime room was unable to get several of the films they had scheduled, the dealer’s room (though very large and well-attended) closed too early on Saturday night, and some of the programming was mis-scheduled. And there will always be people complaining about the official hotel being twenty minutes from the convention. Even with these minor snafus, I-Con still holds its own as one of the top conventions on the east coast.