Diversity is at the heart of a brand new fan convention

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May 4, 2017, 4:07 PM EDT (Updated)

There are countless fan conventions in any given year, from the massive undertakings of New York and San Diego Comic Cons to the smaller regional conventions at local VFWs. They range in topic from wider popular culture to comics to anime and everything in between. If you’re a geek who wants to hang out with other geeks you can find your people at one or other of these events. But now, a brand-new convention has appeared on the scene, this time responding to a growing plea for representation in media.

Universal Fan Con, which will take over the Baltimore Convention Center in April of 2018, comes from the brilliant minds behind Black Girl Nerds and The Black Geeks. The two companies are joining forces to stage the fan gathering in an effort to help their fellow geeks experience their media through the lens of diversity.

“It’s incredibly important to the Black Geeks and Black Girl Nerds that everyone, and I mean everyone, feel as though they have a place at this Con,” said Robert Butler, CEO of The Black Geeks.

“We’re redefining what diversity is,” added Black Girl Nerds creator Jamie Brodnax.

To do that, they’re making sure the conference caters to groups of fans from all backgrounds, whether based on race, sexuality or physical ability, and the conference will run 24 hours a day, a feat nearly unheard of for these events.

“We felt that the only way to ensure that as many groups as possible were represented, we have to keep it going, ” said Butler.

The event will cover topics ranging from gaming to anime and tv to movies.

Funding is underway for the 2018 event over on Kickstarter. As of this writing, they've already raised more than $7,000 of their $25,000 goal. 

You can find out more about the event by visiting the Kickstarter, and you can follow them on Twitter to keep up with the latest news.

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