As the convention season wrapped up to a cozy close, I desperately kept searching for more conventions to go to. I’ve been a bit on a convention high where I just get so excited being around so many people who like the same things I do and who get excited about the same things I get excited about and then we spend forty-five minutes talking about our pathfinder characters…
What was I talking about, oh yeah, so along the way I stumbled upon PocketCon in October. A smaller, tight-knit convention, the focus of PocketCon is about supporting underrepresented voices and promoting literacy.
True to its name, PocketCon was way smaller than most conventions, taking up one very large room in the Chicago Cultural Center. The video gaming, vendor section, and panels were all together and while that made it more difficult to hear certain events, I really enjoyed the layout of the convention. I didn’t feel the need to frantically run around like I do at C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo). While conventions like C2E2 and ACEN (Anime Central) do bring people together on a larger scale, I find that smaller conventions can have a laid-back feel.
I attended one of the panels about how to promote diversity in comics with speakers such as artist Turtel Onli. I then wandered the vendor hall where I was super tempted to purchase a poster by Olivia Boyd stating “who needs gender roles when you can have cinnamon rolls” and the body positive art by Jamie Kadas. I also saw a couple of comic book stores there like Third Coast Comics in Edgewater and First Aid Comics in Hyde Park, and bought a copy of volume 1 of Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
PocketCon is a really great place for nerds of color or underrepresented voices who have trouble finding characters who represent them on the page or on the screen. This is also a great convention to both see and support mediums about people of color from people of color.