Awesome August is running wild!

Friendly furries at Condition: Wasteland last weekend in London, Ontario
Friendly furries at Condition: Wasteland last weekend in London, Ontario
Friendly furries at Condition: Wasteland last weekend in London, Ontario

Friendly furries at Condition: Wasteland last weekend in London, Ontario

As the last full month summer, August is a month that is typically busy and filled with last minute activities from preparing for the harvest to preparing to go back to school.  It is also filled with last minute celebrations and amazing events that have been months in the planning.  This past weekend in London, Ontario was filled with furious, furry fun as folks from all around gathered to celebrate the summer in costume.  Many of the folks wore amazing, full furry costumes professionally on par with sports team mascots and many of them have the skills to compete in that arena.  Check out the amazing dance videos from Saturday night.

 This weekend in Baltimore the huge Anime convention, Otakon, will be blowing it out of the water with awesome, anime cosplaying and in Chicago, Wizard World will be making it happen with an amazing list of guests from old favorites like William Shatner and Stan Lee to Brandon Routh and Norman Reedus, and one of the best costume contests in the Midwest with  of Stan Lee‘s “Who Wants to Be a Superhero?” running it.

Jarrett admires Kala Smith's costume at Wizard World Chicago 2012

Jarrett admires Kala Smith’s costume at Wizard World Chicago 2012

Next weekend the focus will return to Indianapolis where gaming companies, large and small, will bring their old standards and their latest and greatest to meet with gamers from all over the world for The Best Four Days in Gaming at Gen Con!  In addition to hosting gaming for over 40,000 gamers, Gen Con has something for everyone from dances, to concerts and comedy shows and also one of the top masquerades in the midwest.  Gen Con isn’t without its celebrity gamers and Trekies won’t be disappointed in having gamer great, Wil Wheaton, while paranormal fans can meet Syfy celebrity, Grant Wilson and learn his new, hit game, Dwarven Miner.  Check out the interview with Grant and Michael Richie at Origins.

Right in the middle of Gen Con you will find yourself tempted to run up to Chicago for a bargain at one of the world’s top ten flea markets, The All Nighter.  Where, in addition to a fairground full of bargains, you will see celebrities, models, and concerts, all in a carnival environment.

 On the weekend of the 23rd Canada’s biggest geek festival will be happening at the Toronto Fan Expo.  On the same weekend you can see some of the most amazing, intense, cosplayers around as they gather in Jackson, Michigan, only don’t call them cosplayers, but rather, Living Historians as they gather to charge into battle on horseback, shoot authentic, Civil War era canons, and fire their rifles at the Jackson Muster.

Civil War costumed players at the Hastings Civil War muster.  Don't call them Cosplayers but rather Living Historians

Civil War costumed players at the Hastings Civil War muster. Don’t call them Cosplayers but rather Living Historians

Labor Day Weekend tops off the month and one of the toughest decisions will be which direction to go!  To the north in Minneapolis is the Anime convention Meta Con where you can see various stars of voice acting like Billy West and Sonny Strait, and the hot, new band, Steam Powered Giraffe.  To the southeast, Atlanta hosts the huge fan convention, Dragon Con and to the southwest in San Antonio, Texas the mother of all costume conventions, the World Science Fiction convention, World Con 71.  While there may be bigger costumed conventions around, it is truly the mother of all costumed conventions as it is the oldest and it is where the convention costume/cosplay contest was first seen.

So, pick a direction and an event.  August is looking to be awesome!

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