Con Review: RavenCon 2013

RavenCon2013by KT Pinto

 

RavenCon 2013
April 5–7, 2013
Richmond, Virginia
http://www.ravencon.com

It took me a while to do a review of RavenCon, but one of the reasons was that I was trying to figure out a way to review the convention without sounding like a huge fangirl.

The problem is… I can’t do it! I absolutely love this convention.

I usually describe this convention as follows: The con is run by a bunch of geek-frat brothers (the cool, fun ones; not the ones I went to school with) who got together one day and decided to create an intellectual party-con.

And they succeeded.

There are a handful of people who are the main core of the concomm but—unlike many other cons—there is no clique feel.

The programming was intelligent, varied, and a lot of fun! What made it even better was that the process to choose panels and events to be a part of was a breeze and scheduling was done well in advance.

Guests of Honor this year were Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, Jennie Breeden, and Bella Morte.

The parties and concerts were excellent, although the parties ended earlier than expected. But then we all met in the lobby, and the hotel staff wasn’t scared by geeks in the lobby (like a lot of hotels are).

My only complaint: it ended too quickly! Yes, it was the standard three days that a convention is, but we were all so sad to see it end! I hope to be invited back next year!

RavenCon will be held again on April 25–27, 2014.

 

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