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.
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:
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.
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!
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!
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!