Get your geek on at your local science-fiction convention

Admit it – you have always wished you could participate in a re-enactment of that bloody rave scene in “Blade.” Right? OK, well, me neither, but the New York City Comic Con is doing it so someone must be excited about it.

Blade Rave is actually a Comic Con afterparty and will recreate the scene in the 1998 vampire movie in which the sprinklers spray blood on the dancers. If that’s your thing, you can still get tickets for the event, which will be Oct. 9, at Terminal 5. The Crystal Method is headlining.

The New York City Comic Con will be Oct. 8-11, in the Javits Center in New York City.

Depending on where you live and how far you’re willing to travel, there are plenty of sci-fi conventions with lots of special guests, costume contests, art exhibits, and more. Here are just a few of the many, many science-fiction conventions:

Geek Girl Con, dedicated to “recognizing and celebrating the contribution of women in all aspects of geek culture,” is scheduled for Oct. 10 and 11, 2015, at the Conference Center in downtown Seattle.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will feature guests Grant Morrison, Stan Lee, William Shatner, Mike Mignola, Elvira, Nichelle Nichols, Dita Von Teese and more.

Eucon, or Eugene Comic Con, will be Nov. 14 and 15, 2015, at the Lane Events Center in Eugene, OR. Special guests this year include John Rhys-Davies from Lord of the Rings, Jason David Frank, and Chris Roberson.

Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest, Dec. 4-6, 2015, at the University of Phoenix Stadium, is the winter version of the Phoenix Comicon, which will be June 2-5, 2016, at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Wonder Con, the sister show to San Diego Comic Con, will be March 25-27, 2016, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Emerald City Comicon, April 7-10, 2016, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, will feature Nathan Fillion from “Firefly,” as well as Fiona Staples, the illustrator of one of my favorite comics, “Saga,” and many other special guests.

Comic Con International: San Diego is slated for July 21-24, 2016, at the San Diego Convention Center. Comic Con International is the home of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (the comic book world’s version of the Oscars), as well as several other awards.

MidAmericaCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, will be Aug. 17-21, 2016, in Kansas City, MO. Guests of honor will be Kinuko Y. Craft, Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Tamora Pierce, and Michael Swanwick. Worldcon is where the Hugo Awards, for the best science fiction literature, are presented.

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