ConBust is a convention for multiple geekdoms, such as sci-fi, fantasy, anime, and gaming. It's presented by the Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. There will be panel presentations, workshops, an array of featured speakers, movie and anime showings, and vendor and artist markets. What sets this apart from other conventions? It's smaller than the giant conventions run in major cities and therefore doesn't have huge lines. The price is more affordable ($30 for the entire weekend, $12 or less per day, and discounts for high-school students, 5-college students/staff). And most importantly, as you would hope for from an institution like Smith College with a strong feminist tradition (it is all female at the undergraduate level), ConBust celebrates the work of women in the various genres of geekdom covered at the event. This stands in stark contrast with how these realms are presented elsewhere.
People are welcome to come in costume. ConBust is open to people of all ages (and genders), except for a few events marked 18+. There will multiple events going on simultaneously throughout the weekend, even a burlesque show on Saturday night. Dr. Who Club of Western MA will have an information table and present two panel discussions on March 30; "Women of Dr. Who" will be at 11am and "50th Anniversary of Dr. Who" will be at 1pm; there will also be a Meetup for Dr. Who fans at 2:30. The convention takes place in Seelye Hall:
~ Friday March 29 from 5pm-midnight
~ Saturday March 30 from 9am-midnight*
~ Sunday March 31 from 9am-4pm (Easter)