ConGlomeration is Louisville, Kentucky’s own fan-run multimedia science fiction and fantasy convention. (It’s true; just ask Wikipedia.)
More simply: ConGlomeration is Louisville’s geek family reunion.
To learn exactly what that means, check out the key links and information below.
- What’s a “Geek Family Reunion”…?
- The Vortex and the Platypus
- ConGlomeration: Video Documentary
- History of ConGlomeration
- ConGlomeration Rules and Policies
- In Memoriam
- Banner Images
Want to experience 50 hours of grassroots geek awesomeness? Register for ConGlomeration 2018!
So what makes ConGlomeration so great? Check out this mini-documentary from Northern Kentucky University’s NorseMedia program, which visited us in 2015.
Want to rock out with your nerd tribe? Register for ConGlomeration 2018!
ConGlomeration is a combination of many different breeds of geek gathering — a Gen Con-style tabletop gaming convention, a RiverCon-style sci-fi & fantasy literary convention, a cosplay-centric Anime Expo, or just a micro-version of the combined fandom superbeast called DragonCon.
To represent our amalgamated nature, we chose a pair of icons — an all-consuming vortex, and everyone’s favorite cuddly taxonomic puzzle, the platypus, which looks for all the world like a mashup of a duck, alligator, beaver, and/or snake. The vortex is our official logo, and the platypus is our official volunteers mascot, which appears in some guise or form on every volunteer t-shirt.
As a result, ConGlomeration members sometimes refer to themselves as platypi. If you hear or read that term bandied about, don’t worry, it’s nothing inappropriately weird.
Want to call yourself a platypus (and it not be weird)? Register for ConGlomeration 2018!
At ConGlomeration, the fan experience is about more than spending hundreds of dollars to stand in line for hours with only a generic celebrity photo and autograph to show for it.
At ConGlomeration, you’re not a customer, you’re family
ConGlomeration isn’t a trade show, it isn’t a flea market, and it most definitely isn’t an autograph mill. Our members describe ConGlomeration as a geek family reunion. We strive to create a family-friendly atmosphere where all fans and all fandoms are welcome — and both long-time and first-time members are greeted with open arms, free snacks, and a seat at the game table.
Visit with your favorite people
ConGlomeration brings in Guests of Honor every year, but just like grandma’s house didn’t have a Green Room where your favorite cousin stayed hidden until it was time to give a speech, our Guests of Honor are out amongst our members — playing games, wearing costumes, and chatting up friends new and old in our legendary Hospitality Suite.
Past guests include Cherie Priest, Eric Flint, Peter Watts, Ookla the Mok (the band, not the pseudo-Wookiee), David Drake, The Alley Theater, Peter David, Apex Magazine founder Jason Sizemore, AC Crispin, Ben Bova, Deep Space Nine‘s J.G. “General Martok” Hertzler, and Star Trek/Babylon 5‘s Walter Koenig. ConGlomeration lets you see, hear, and just hang out with talents like these all weekend.
This year’s Guests of Honor include Grandmaster sci-fi and fantasy author Keith R. A. DeCandido, Pathfinder RPG co-creator James L. Sutter, and Hugo-winning illustrator Stephen Hickman!
Geek family game night; Roll for initiative!
Like all good family reunions, ConGlomeration has a game table — well, more like two dozen game tables that run 50 hours straight. You can play your favorite RPG, card, and tabletop games, discover new games run by seasoned game masters, get a deal on the latest releases and old-school out-of-print classics from our game vendors in the Dealers Room, and even learn to run, customize, and design your own games in our Gaming Panels.
Raid the nerdy attic, and learn a craft or two
Remember all that amazing stuff you always found in the garage or attic when you visited grandparents? Well, our Dealer’s Room and Art Show are like that. Remember when grandma and grandpa took you aside and taught you to cook, sew, cut wood, or fix a faucet? At ConGlomeration, you don’t just buy your favorite collectible art, crafts and costumes, your new nerdy family runs Program Panels that will teach you how to paint, sculpt, glass-etch, stitch, mold, solder, and even forge.
Play dress-up, cosplay-style
Grandma’s spare sheets and towels always became capes, and granddad’s umbrella was everything from a sword to a shield to a radar dish. At ConGlomeration, you never have to outgrow that, as our Cosplay Masquerade is the social apex of our Saturday, and we’ll run costuming workshops all weekend long.
Come be a part of the most hands-on, high-intensity, and highly rewarding fan experience ever to dare invade the Derby City. Register for ConGlomeration 2018!
Activities start at noon on Friday, March 30 and continue until 2pm on Sunday, April 1. Advance memberships are $35 until December 31, $40 until March 16, 2018 and $45 thereafter and at the door. Children five and under are admitted free of charge.
Join us Easter Weekend. Your geek family awaits.