It’s nice to attend an event where organizers remind guests that “hugs are fun... but only when consensual.”
Maybe that’s why NerdaCon continues to grow.
The event comes to Columbus State University’s Davidson Student Center Friday and Saturday. This will be the sixth NerdaCon, and organizers from CSU’s Campus Nerds expect over 2,000 guests between the two days.
The convention, which is free and open to the public, has gotten so big that organizers will hold the highly anticipated costume contest in CSU’s new rec center this year.
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The contest, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, outgrew its previous location.
In addition to the costume contest, NerdaCon will include video/card game tournaments, martial arts demonstrations and much more.
Panel discussions will span topics like women in anime, Sonic versus Mario and, of course, zombie apocalypse survival.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Seth Butts, chief executive officer of CSU’s Campus Nerds, said of NerdaCon.
I believe it. Not to brag, but I’ve been to nearly every NerdaCon since the event’s creation.
I always enjoy perusing the suggestions for first-time con goers on the NerdaCon website. That’s where I found the aforementioned advice about consensual hugs.
Among my other favorite lines: “Hygiene is key, con rot is bad” and “Sleep... just not here. Zombie stomp brigade will be active.”
What’s my advice for a first-time guest? I’m glad you asked. I recommend wearing a costume, even though I’ve flaunted jeans during my previous NerdaCon excursions.
In my defense, I usually take photos for the Ledger at the event. A furry tail doesn’t always enhance your journalistic credibility.
It’s easy to assume the NerdaCon costume scene will simply be a repeat of Halloween. Not true. These costumes often exude more attention to detail, and are less straightforward than “sexy nurse,” “sexy maid” and “sexy cop.” In fact, you might not even recognize all the getups.
If you haven’t yet been to the event, check it out before the scheduled end time on Friday and Saturday night -- 11:11 p.m.
It’s perfectly OK if you just got some satisfaction out of the fact that NerdaCon starts on 11-11 and ends at 11:11 p.m. And if you’re really lucky, I might consent to a hug by the end of the night.
Sonya Sorich, reporter, is at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-571-8516.