In 2013, Wizard World hosted their first St. Louis Comic Con and geeks flocked to it. Large conventions are awesome with big name guests and a variety of vendors but St. Louis has terrific offerings of smaller cons that cover the spectrum of geek interests. So as we begin to look into 2014, any geek that can make it to St. Louis, break out your calendar and get these events marked.
February 7-9. Kawa Kon. Kawa Kon is a geek con that has a unique theme each year that directs their programming. But regardless of the theme, they have a little something for every geek. This year's theme is Into Darkness, so think urban gothic, all things dark and dangerous. They will have a track of panels devoted to the theme, but also have tracks for cosplay, anime, art and writing, British Invasion,Japanese Culture, Steampunk, the Internet and a General Track. Kawa Kon has many hands-on activities to help you learn new techniques from subject the pros. The organizers had a last minute change due to the Millennium hotel closing, but they have successfully moved the events to the St. Louis Airport Marriott.
April 4-6. Wizard World St. Louis. A general pop culture con with a huge selection of vendors and an impressive list of celebrities and autograph opportunities.
April 11-13. Anime St.Louis. Just across the river in Collinsville, IL is Anime St. Louis is a weekend bursting on Anime events. The convention has some awesome and unique programming - even a tea room, the Maid Cafe, full of an eccentric crew of maids and butlers. Stop in for a drop of tea and take part in the games at this entertaining con feature. Anime St. Louis also offers a variety of vendors and a Masquerade featuring a cosplay show and skit competition.
May 15-18. Geekway to the West. This gaming con is a tremendous opportunity to experience board gaming overload. They offer a game library of over 1,000 games to check out and play. The atmosphere is friendly and open so if you don't have enough for a particular game, you're sure to find someone to join. They have tournaments and give-a-ways throughout the weekend and vendors on site in case you find a game in the library that you have to own. Game rooms are open around the clock, so pack your coffee IV and get your 4 day pass.
July 12-13. Natsucon. Another anime con, Natsucon offers programming featuring music, costumes and gaming. Highlights include the masked ball and a variety of video game tournaments.
August.(Date Pending) Contamination is a horror movie convention held in St. Louis. Contamination also sponsors film festivals throughout the year. So check them out and get your best Jamie Lee Curtis scream ready.
September. (Date Pending) Project: Comic Con. The premier comic-focused convention in St. Louis, Project Comic Con brings in some of the tops in comics today.
October 3-5. Archon38. Science Fiction and Fantasy fans rejoice. Archon 38 is a convention that started in 1977 with George R.R. Martin as the guest of honor and has continued to celebrate Science Fiction and Fantasy ever since. Tamora Pierce is the guest of honor for 2014, with more guests and events being announced.
If you know of any other conventions in the great St. Louis area that aren't on our list, please contact us and let us know so we can get them added.