The book has been in the works in many forms since 2013, originally started as a small comic zine which covered Baltimore's con tradition, it has since expanded to be the first indepth narrative history of America's convention scene from all the roots that led to Worldcon to Comic Con's massive dominance and popularizing geek culture to the current online and virtual cons brought on by the 2020 pandemic.
Our first draft of the book was a Kickstarter Staff pick but unfortunately we did not get the funding needed to take time off to finish the book. This may have been a blessing as it has given us more time to collect more data, research more events, and interview more people, expanding the contents of the book more than we originally planned. With the 2020 convention season cancelled we are using our savings to try and finish the next draft of the book and hopefully get a finalized preview copy ready for cons by 2021-2022.
We have a rough chapter by chapter outline of the book we have previously previewed at past events, but as the chapters keep changing as we realize some parts could be collected together while others have grown so much they need their own sections. We can however break down the periods and topics covered here for those interested in the slides below. If you feel you have some stories, information, or photos to contribute to the cooridanding sections, feel free to contact us.
Book mock up not final design.
Our con history zines and comics.