I saw two things this weekend that let me know that Awesome Con has what it takes to be an elite Convention. Their belief in exclusivity by expanding on the tradition Con fair and including Future Con, Awesome Con Jr., and Pride Alley, as ways to make all of their fans feel incorporated. Future Con puts the emphasis on the science in science fiction. Tackling not only real-world topics like the science of black holes or how to bring the internet to the world but bringing in fandom with the tech of the Batmobile and the science of Pacific Rim. Awesome Con Jr. is geared towards the younger fans with interactive games, educational programs, and kids costume parade. Pride Alley comes from a partnership with Geek OUT to embrace LGBTQ+ fandom and community as a whole. The second thing I saw was a willingness to change on the fly.
After an extended wait time to get into the Convention on Friday the staff altered their plan and was able to clear the entrance area in about an hour on Saturday, the busiest day of the weekend. There was also an incident where late in the day photo shoots were running long and people waiting in line for autographs were told they would not make it to the front of the line before time was up for the day. While the guests were obviously upset with the situation the staff presented multiple options in a polite and understanding way that left the majority of those affected accepting of the situation.
I would recommend this event to the Con newbie and veteran alike. It had a ton of great panels, quality guests and a large variety of exhibitors. You may leave without buying anything but it won’t be because you didn’t find someone whose art, writing or crafts that you love. If you add to this the dozens of other attractions in the DC metro area Awesome Con is an event worth traveling for.