In hindsight, moving to New York City was an awesome idea. It smells bad, and everybody sucks, but it has a major advantage of being the center of the murrfrukin world, or close enough anyway. Thus, I don’t have to travel far to go to the NYComic Con or the recently attended PAX East in Boston. Now with NECSS pretty much here, I feel like I have it pretty good.
But many folks are not so well placed geographically, or the financial burden of travelling across the country is too great. Granted, things are getting better. My friend who travels all the way from Australia to attend TAM every year can now just go to TAM Australia. Honestly, she probably goes to both now. But this made me wonder, as the amount of cons grows, do we all just stay home as a result?
My gut reaction–and I look at comic conventions when I say this— is no. People love to travel and the more the merrier. Right?
Where do you stand? Are you the many who feel left out of the fun because flying across the country is just too much?
Or do you think keeping the amount of big conferences low keeps them chock full of speakers who aren’t frantically trying to spread themselves around?
Are you the middle group who sees this as a false dichotomy? Because it is. Really, my bad. But bear with me.
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