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  • AggieCon 51 Coming Soon

    AggieCon 51 is coming soon! But we need your help to make it as good as 2019. AggieCon is a 100% student-led con which means we rasie all the money ourselves. If you are a student at TAMU (Texas A&M University), check out our parent club, Cepheid Variable. We do profit shares and game concessions in order to raise the money. If you would like to donate to our student con, feel free to mesage us at aggiecondirector@gmail.com to see how you can help. We also have t-shirts and other merch coming soon to purchase from many of our last conventions. These are collectible and look super amazing!

  • Texas A&M Today Article

    Reposted from Texas A&M Today Article, 'Game of Thrones' and Texas A&M, written by Same Peshek, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications, April 8, 2019.

    Game of Thrones is coming to an end, but Texas A&M University plays an important role in making sure the manuscripts, letters, books and memorabilia belonging to A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin are carefully preserved long after the show enters The Long Night.

    Here are five things you need to know about the connection between Aggieland and Westeros before the eighth and final season of the award-winning HBO series debuts this Sunday, April 14:

    1. George R.R. Martin’s relationship with Texas A&M predates Game of Thrones

    Martin began spending time at Texas A&M in the 1970’s to visit AggieCon, an annual science fiction and fantasy festival and convention. The convention began in 1969 and has grown into one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the United States. As Martin’s writing career took off, his interest in Texas A&M, especially its libraries, grew.

    For the rest of the article, visit the Texas A&M Today aticle for more!

     

  • The Battalion News Coverage

    Reposted from The Battalion article, written by Khadeeja Umana, March 25, 2019.

    AggieCon celebrated its 50th anniversary and invited fans of horror, fantasy, tabletop, comic books, anime and more to a three day convention catered for the community.

    The student-led convention is hosted by nonprofit student organization Cepheid Variable and lasts three days — this year from March 22 to March 24. AggieCon 50: “The Golden Con” was held at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center. The event hosted 49 vendors and 700 people, with many famous guests and panelists who attended the convention, including Christopher Wehkamp, a voice actor from Tokyo Ghoul and other anime films.

    Communication senior and AggieCon director Tessa Thomas said she was excited when Wehkamp reached out to the organizers to be a panelist at the convention.

    “Every time I passed him he was always smiling and happy and he treated all of the Con guests like they were family: hugging them, taking pictures with them, giving them autographs,” Thomas said. “I really hope he comes back to AggieCon in the future.”

    In the Dealer’s Room — where everyone stops for souvenirs — people dressed in cosplay walked by, artists showcased their work and students visited booths that displayed characters and items from books and movies.

    Environmental design junior Camila Grande said this was her second time attending the event and she loved seeing all of the craft in the Dealer’s Room.

    “I love talking to the dealers, the people coming in and out and the panels,” Grande said. “And as somebody who is studying arts, I really enjoy seeing other people’s work.”

    Many businesses also gathered in the Dealer’s Room to reach out and advertise to the community. Clockwork Games and Events employee Tate Baker said AggieCon has a lot to offer local businesses.

    “We wanted to support the local community and we wanted to help get our name out there,” Baker said. “We’ve seen a lot of our regulars here, so it’s really good to see the community active and engaging in a way that gets us out to see some of the other shops and this kind of stuff from out of town, as well as some of the more famous people like the voice actors who have been here.”

    AggieCon promotes science-fiction, fantasy and horror novels, books and movies. Political science senior Preston Smith said AggieCon ties together his love for anime, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings into one weekend.

    “AggieCon brings together a bunch of people who love all of these things,” Smith said. “Tons of merch to buy, art, fun panels and events — it’s just a crazy time for us nerds to get together and nerd out.”

  • The Eagle News Coverage

    Reposted from The Eagle Article, Student Led AggieCon Celebrates 50 Years of Fandom, written by Rebecca Fiedler, March 23, 2019.

    Fifty years after the first AggieCon, pop culture lovers are gathering at the College Station Hilton this weekend to play video games, show off handmade costumes, purchase T-shirts and comic books, or take part in role-playing board games.

    AggieCon 50: The Golden Con opened Friday in the halls and ballrooms of the Hilton and is scheduled to run through Sunday, when it concludes at 3 p.m.

    The event is hosted by the student organization Cepheid Variable, also a licensed nonprofit. Each year’s event proceeds go toward hosting the next year’s convention and toward supporting Scotty’s House, a local children’s advocacy support center.

    One of the founders of Cepheid Variable and of AggieCon 1 is on site this weekend. John Moffitt, a paleontologist from Houston, graduated from Texas A&M in 1969 and co-founded Cepheid Variable as a “nerd club.” His co-founders were students Annette Bristol Poth and Danielle Dabbs, both convention lovers and Star Trek fans, and Corps cadet Bill Dowden, a fellow science fiction novel fan who would go on to serve in the Vietnam War as an Army captain. The group started the club with actor Leonard Nimoy as its mascot, hosting panelists and a few novel and comic book vendors at the first convention.

    “The fundamental way it’s changed is that we read a lot more back then,” he said. “And the gaming thing — a lot of that role-playing gaming stuff is here, and I’m about old-school games like bridge and chess.”

    Moffitt has attended between 15 and 20 AggieCons, and though the 72-year-old can’t relate to all the modern movies, books, games and shows, he still connects to the Aggie students who share that same passion he once did. He only wishes that more of the old alumni — affectionately self-described “geezers” — were around to enjoy the convention with him.

    For more of the article, got to The Eagle to read more!

  • KBTX News Coverage

    Reposted from KBTX article written by Jacob Sarracino, March 22, 2019.

    COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - For 50 years now, AggieCon has brought together fans of comics, gaming, horror, anime and all things sci-fi. The organization boasts the oldest, largest student-run fan convention in the world. The weekend of March 22, AggieCon 50 will be held at the Hilton College Station Hotel and Conference Center.

    Friday, Tessa Thomas and Jackie Novelli appeared in cosplay on Brazos Valley This Morning to talk about what people can expect.

    "You can expect a wide range of dealers, we have an anime room and a table top room that will hit all of your major points with anime, TV shows and other things," said Thomas, the AggieCon director. "We call ourselves a congloma-con so we do horror, fantasy, sci-fi and the works."

    The AggieCon anime room and dealers room are open to the public. Tickets to the full AggieCon are $30 for students or $50 for non-students. There are also day passes available. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online, a link is provided in the related links section of this page.