Traditionally, the fourth of July weekend is a weekend full of cookouts, fireworks, and mosquito bites. Unless you’re a Geek that follows the fan-run convention circuit, then you know this coming weekend is InConJunction! For those not in the know, InConJunction (or “InCon”, to save me some typing) is a fan-run science-fiction and fantasy convention, ran by the Circle of Janus. This fan group was founded in 1979, and has ran InCon since 1981. In that time, InCon has stood out as a convention that recognizes and honors its roots in literary science-fiction and fantasy, but is not afraid of new media, such as television, film, or even social media.
Here’s their press release for their 2017 show:
The longest continuously running sci-fi/fantasy convention in Central Indiana will open the doors of the Indianapolis Marriott East to fans of all ages this Fourth of July weekend.
InConJunction 37 will be held June 30-July 2. The fan-run convention has been held on the first weekend in July since 1981. Areas of interest encompass books, movies, science, games, music and more, through presentations and panel discussions. This year’s theme is “On a Wing and a Song.”
Families are welcome; in fact, some parents bringing their children to today’s conventions started attending as children with their own parents. There is a 24-hour gaming room, an exhibitors hall, an art show, an independent film room and more.
The live charity auction on Saturday afternoon, with donations from attendees and major studios alike, will split its earnings between Indy Reads and the Indiana Raptor Center.
The guest list includes:
Author Guest of Honor Mercedes Lackey, who has written more than 20 book series and countless short stories in the fantasy genre. The Purdue University graduate also gives her time to wildlife rehabilitation.
Artist Guest of Honor Larry Dixon, who has numerous cover-credited novels with wife Lackey, and has part
icipated in many notable media properties.
Media Guest of Honor Shonna Bedford, an Indianapolis-native actress, singer-songwriter, screenwriter, director and producer who appears in the sci-fi film “Submerge: Echo 51,“ with a special screening InConJunction
Science Guest of Honor Kim Richey, a local agroscience professional who serves as a Science Ambassador working with local communities, with hands-on workshops for students from kindergarten through college.
Music Guest of Honor Marc Gunn, otherwise known as “The Celtfather,” who specializes in Celtic geek music and has released more than 20 solo albums since 2004.
Toastmaster Keith R.A. DeCandido, an author of novelizations of everything from “Star Trek” to “Doctor Who” to “Supernatural” – more than two dozen licensed universes in all – as well as original work.
Weekend registrations are $45 before June 26, and $50 at the door. Children 12 and under are half-price, and those 5 and under are free. One-day registrations are also available. For more information, visit www.inconjunction.org.
Now, from me, here’s why I go to InConJunction.
Last year, I was asked to host an “Awkward Twitter Mingle” at the show, and was also offered table space to set up a fan table at the show. While I was there, I had a lot of people who know me from social media and the blog stop by to say hi. I also had a lot of people I hadn’t seen in years (sometimes, as many as twenty) stopping by, talking about what the blog was, and catching up. Then, I had people who knew me from social media and the blog asking me how the heck I knew a lot of these “old timers” at the show, and it’s because I have hit cons like this since high school. Before Gen Con came to town, before we had the hoards fill the convention center downtown, these were the cons to hit. Sure, you’d go to see a celebrity or two, but you also went to see friends. Friends you didn’t have immediate access to on Social Media, because that wasn’t a thing! You socialized, you shopped the vendors, you hung out at room parties afterwards, and it’s a dang good time.
So, stop by InCon this weekend, see old friends, meet new people, and enjoy a fun, laid-back show that’s not filled wall-to-wall with Pop! figures!
Here’s what you need to know: