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America's 1st full con highlighting POCs, LGBTQ, women & those w/disabilities in comics, gaming, anime & music! June 30-July 2, 2017!
America's 1st full con highlighting POCs, LGBTQ, women & those w/disabilities in comics, gaming, anime & music! June 30-July 2, 2017!
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For decades, there has been a growing population of POCs, LGBTQ, women and people with disabilities in gaming, anime, cosplay and comic fandoms!

Unfortunately, these growing diverse fans are not often see represented on the guest rosters and programming at conventions they attend.

Blerdcon is an inclusive con that focuses on unrepresented and underrepresented populations in all genres of geekdom, This will be the first of its kind as a full convention that runs on a 24 hour schedule!

While ticket sales generate much of our revenue, vendors like ticketmaster, showclix and eventbrite dont release funds until the day or week of an event. Here we want to allow for attendees to buy their badges, and donor/sponsors to support the convention where we can use the funds to enhance the content. We want to reserve more space, expand our guest and program offerings for THIS, our inaugural event! Thousands of black, white, Asian, Latino, native American, LGBTQ, veterans, women, people with disabilities and international geeks are planning to attend! So we are using the campaign to build out YOUR con.......Blerdcon! 

Hyatt Crystal City
Hyatt Crystal City

 

Hyatt Crystal City
Hyatt Crystal City

 

Hyatt Crystal City
Hyatt Crystal City

 

Hyatt Crystal City
Hyatt Crystal City

 

Hyatt Crystal City
Hyatt Crystal City

 

Hyatt Crystal City
Hyatt Crystal City

Our con is fully funded at it's current level through a partnership between EMConsultants LLC, a DC based events management and marketing consultancy, and RGR International, a venture capital firm. Together they bring over 30 years of events management, marketing and funding experience to bring about this singular convention.

WE WANT TO EXPAND OUR CONTENT AND OFFER EVEN MORE SPACE, GUESTS AND VALUE INCLUDING:

VETERANS: We are highlighting those that serve and have served our country who are now geeking out via cosplay, gaming and comics! Many of our vet community use cosplay and crafting to fight PTSD and to rehab injuries and disabilities.

So we want to invite more members of our armed services community to be guests, panelists and performers. Help us to partner with Veterans service organizations to help share their stories!

DONATE To Support Geeks Who Serve And Have Served This Country!

Cosplay guest Eric "The Smoke" Moran: Marine
Cosplay guest Eric "The Smoke" Moran: Marine

 

Pro wrestler, veterans advocate, actor!
Pro wrestler, veterans advocate, actor!

 



INTERNATIONAL: Our geekdom is worldwide! So we have found some remarkable individuals who are active in global geek activities from con running and cosplaying, to gaming and invited them to be a part of Blerdcon! The struggle for representation is a global one! We want to invite more of our geek family from exciting parts of the world to learn, teach and share their experience!

DONATE To Help Connect Gamers, Artists, Cosplayers And Fans Of All Stripes To The World Community!

Cosplay guest: "Panterona Cosplay" (Trinidad & Tobago)
Cosplay guest: "Panterona Cosplay" (Trinidad & Tobago)

 

Cosplay guest; RiRiSmi (London, UK)
Cosplay guest; RiRiSmi (London, UK)

 

 



PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: Cosplayers, artists and gamers of all stripes have overcome tremendous challenges in order to express their art and participate in their fandoms. Their stories and accomplishments inspire us all and add value to our communities.

But while many of them can and do travel to cons, it can be a daunting and expensive undertaking to bring all the equipment and personnel needed. We want to help make attending cons possible for everyone! We will be giving free badges to help bring these hardcore fans to Blerdcon!

DONATE to help us bring MORE members of this community as guests, panelists and cosplayers!

Cosplay guest Ronald Seaman
Cosplay guest Ronald Seaman

 

LGBTQ: We have seen a greater embrace of our friends and family of differing gender identities and orientations.

As we learn to better understand community, we learn to appreciate their diverse expression and artistry as geeks and nerds in cosplay, gaming, art and music! We want to bring even greater representation from our LGBTQ community to Blerdcon!

DONATE To Make Con Equality Real For 2017!

Cosplay guest: Brichibi Cosplays
Cosplay guest: Brichibi Cosplays

 

SUPPORT & ADVOCACY PARTNERS: Blerdcon not only wants to bring new and exciting content, we want to partner with support and advocacy groups that serve:

  • Veterans
  • People with disabilities
  • Victims of domestic abuse
  • Suicide prevention resources
  • Mental illness victims

DONATE To Support Partner Organizations For Special Populations And Those In Need!

Invited Partner Org: CosAbility
Invited Partner Org: CosAbility

 

CosAbility: Click for mission video!
CosAbility: Click for mission video!

 

UNIQUE CONTENT: From all of the above! For most cons, the equation is simple: book celebrity guests with large followings= badges purchased by fans to cover the cost. With Blerdcon, many of our amazing prospective panelists, performers and cosplayers are not widely known (hence the underrepresented mission) and have fairly modest fan bases.

In order to bring you more of the most unique and diverse content in guests, performers, artists, celebrities and programming, we plan to put our faith in you as advocates and invest in the con you want to see!

DONATE To Support Unconventional Con Guests, Performers, Artists And Content!

Featured Guest: JayFunk (Doctor Strange Spell Choreographer)
Featured Guest: JayFunk (Doctor Strange Spell Choreographer)

 

See how JayFunk brought spells to life through Hip-Hop!
See how JayFunk brought spells to life through Hip-Hop!

 

Learn more at blerdcon.com!

Risks and challenges

There are inherent challenges for any first-year convention, especially for one that, no matter how broad in scope, can be considered "niche".

FIRST-YEAR CONS GARNER FEW BIG SPONSORS
While this is true, the financial backers, EMConsultants LLC and RGR International, have fully funded the base of this first year event. This means that:

• blerDCon Will Take Place No Matter What
• There are No Risks For Our Kickstarter Donors

FIRST-YEAR CONS RISK LOW ATTENDANCE
blerDCon's location puts it square in the center of one of America's richest, most diverse cities with expansive mass transit for tens of millions of potential patrons within a 50 mile radius. In addition to this, the Hyatt Crystal City has hosted 3 of the largest, most well known anime, gaming and comic cons on the east coast: Otakon, Katsucon and Anime USA. Each of these cons became so successful within 2-3 years, they outgrew this 650 room, 50,000 sq. ft. convention space. The team that worked to create that successful venue relationship is at our disposal and the operational blueprints are being followed.

WILL BLERDCON EXCLUDE ANYONE?

NO. The intersectionality of all of our targeted underrepresented populations allows for everyone to be included. Everyone is either a member of an underrepresented group, or is connected to one (whether they know it or not). blerDCon is a celebration of the uniqueness within the geek community; a gathering to experience each community in an exciting, fun and safe space.

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    Your pledge will help us bring guests with special transportation and housing needs (like those in our video and description) while also helping support a new type of con that's exclusively inclusive!

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    CosAbility Cares!

    The CosAbility giving level will help defer the cost of bringing this wonderful nonprofit to Blerdcon. CosAbility is highlighted in our opening video spreading the message that cosplay is for everyone, and that a disability shouldn't be a barrier for geeks who want to express their fandom!

    Giving at this level will give the donor one free Saturday pass to Blerdcon, and a guaranteed space in the CosAbility workshop! If the donor foregoes the pass, the funds will go to provide for free weekend badges for all disabled cosplayers, gamers, comic book and scifi geeks to attend Blerdcon!

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    If you already have a full weekend badge, this level will upgrade you to VIP!

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    The Inner Circle level will come with 2 VIP badges, Swag Bag and a 2 night stay (Friday and Saturday) at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in a deluxe city view room!

    In addition to all the privileges that comes with VIP status, your name (and organization if applicable) will appear in our printed program!

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    Own a business you'd like to promote? Treat your staff and promote your organization with the Blerdcon Sponsorship!

    It comes with 2 VIP badges (plus 8 donor badges for your team or to give away!), one specially placed exhibit table, your organizations logo in our printed program, an announcement on our site and all Blerdcon social media and 2 nights stay (Friday and Saturday) in an exclusive Ambassador Suite at the Hyatt Crystal City!

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    An additional level for the debut of Noir Caesar!

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    Noir Caesar has negotiated this special donor level for their support in making Blerdcon the most amazing event on your annual calendar! With the following benefits, and many more to come, Noir Caesar will be a marquis presence at the Blerdcon event as they launch their publishing company focused in bringing black manga and anime artists to the market!

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