"Loscon 35 Trades Romulans for Romans at LAX Marriott"
That was the headline to the press release introducing the theme for this year’s Loscon, a fan convention organized by the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS), a 3,000-member group founded in 1934. Loscon regularly draws about 1,200 attendees each year, and its 35th convention has a lineup that includes author guest of honor John Scalzi (debut novel "Old Man’s War" was nominated for the Hugo Award in ’06), artist guest of honor Gary Lippincott (fantasy/historical) and fan guest of honor Michael Siladi (veteran convention organizer).
The programs include panelists ranging from J. Michael Straczynski (comics/TV) to Jane Espenson (from "Buffy" to "Battlestar Galactica"). They may not enjoy being called a mini Comic-Con International, but when they also offer anime programming and a masquerade, their lineup calls that imagery (albeit on a smaller scale) to mind.
If you can’t get down to San Diego, or even if you can, this may be a good opportunity to mingle with like-minded geeks, and maybe even the illusive geeks-in-togas. And, you won’t get an ice cream social or karaoke (both included as part of Loscon’s evening events) in San Diego!
– Jevon Phillips