Upcoming SFF Events in January

If there’s anything SF readers and watchers, gamers and otakus enjoy more than their particular hobbies, it’s getting together to talk with like minded people. Doing so on Tor.com is great, as is doing it in person.

What follows is a list of some of the events that will happen over the month of January. It in no means tries to be comprehensive, but I do try for geographical and thematic variety. Feel free to add events near you, large or small, in the comments.

January 5-8
Fort Washington, MD (D.C. Area)

A four day music and gaming festival. Dozens of bands will perform on two stages over the course of the event, including this year’s special guest Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu.

Animé Los Angeles
January 6-8
Los Angeles, CA

Animé Los Angeles may not be the biggest anime convention around, but it’s a particularly interesting one, combining the usual energy of anime conventions with some of the traditions of old school SF conventions. The mix makes for an entertaining and fun weekend, and a unique convention.

January 13-16
Boston, MA

A general interest science fiction convention, this year’s edition is definitively focused on graphic storytelling with Guests of Honor Phil and Kaja Foglio as well as Special Guest Gareth Hinds.


January 20-22
Chattanooga, TN

I’ve never had the chance to attend Chattacon, but everything I’ve heard about it over the years tells me i’ts a really nice convention. The same can be said of their guests of honor (Steve Miller, Sharon Lee, Laura Ann Gilman, and John Picacio, among others) who are all exceptionally pleasant people to hang around with.

Angoulême International Comic Book Festival
January 26-29
Angoulême, France

The biggest European comic book festival features more exhibits, awards and events that you can possibly attend over four days. Among the many creators present will be this year’s honorary president of the festival: Art Spiegelman

Chicon 7
August 30 – September 3
Chicago, IL

While this year’s Worldcon is still some time away, but the deadline to register if you want to nominate for this year’s Hugo Awards is January 31st.


René Walling is a fan of SF, animation and comics, this has led him to co-chair Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon, be involved with fps magazine for more than a decade, and start Nanopress, a Canadian small press. He looks forward to living on Mars where he would benefit from having more than 24 hours in a day.


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