I recently attended Penguicon 2018, a weekend event in Metro Detroit that is not like any other…

Imagine your happy place, where all geeky interests are represented, explored, and respected. A place where hackers, makers, foodies, open source software junkies, anime buffs, and science fiction fans of all ages and backgrounds come together in a hotel for a weekend and totally blow the roof off.

via Penguicon’s Website

There just is so much to see and do at this event including Anime, Cosplay, DIY, Food, Gaming, Life, Literature, Media, Science, Tech and much more. I had to carefully pick and choose the panels and activities I attended during the weekend. Below are just some of the highlights:

Makers Market

The Maker Market is a unique twist to the traditional Dealers Room and features artists and creators of a variety of hand made and non-commodity products.

Literature Panels

One of my favorite reasons for attending Penguicon is to get to interact with authors and editors to discuss a variety of literary topics. One of my favorite panels from this year’s event was a presentation and demonstration by Author Mary Robinette Kowall on the fashions of Regency England.

Anime and Star Wars Panels

Other than the Literature panels, I also attended panels that were related to Anime and Star Wars including a discussion on the Star Wars franchise with Professor X, an afternoon tea with characters from Black Butler and an Anime Jeopardy game, where I helped out as a judge!

Science Demonstrations

The event included many scientific demonstrations over the entire weekend from Robot Races, how to program and hack, and my favorite, how to make ice cream using liquid nitrogen!

Charity Raffle

This event is committed to supporting STEM and they held a raffle with proceeds going to a local charity that supports STEM programs for kids in Metro Detroit. There was a wide variety of prizes available to those that bought the raffle tickets including some signed books by the authors who attended.


Finally no fan convention is complete without some cosplay! Not only did I see some great cosplay on display over the weekend, but I also cosplayed as Rey on Saturday!

As I said, I really enjoyed attending Penguicon this year and I cannot wait to attend next year!

Patty Hammond
Patty is active in the Star Wars community and the Geek community in general. She has provided content for TheFutureofTheForce.com, TheBeardedTrio, the Detroit News Geek Blog, the Forcecast.net, TheCantinaCast, Rebel Force Radio and Fangirls Going Rogue. She occasionally blogs for StarWars.com. In addition, you may have heard Patty as a guest on several podcasts including Skywalking Through Neverland and is a co-host of PLanet Leia on Fantha Tracks Radio.