Trekkies and togas combine for Loscon 35

Nov. 22, 2008 | 3:31 a.m.


"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

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One Response to Trekkies and togas combine for Loscon 35

  1. I have ben making the Trek from Arizona for quite a few years to attend and participate in LosCon. It is a fun convention and they have a good lineup of writers (from books, film and TV) this year. It is nothing like San Diego ComicCon, though. You aren't having to fight 100,000 other people to get into a panel or get an autograph.

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