Dragoncon has come and gone again. I won't do a whole con-experience post, because I've done that a couple of times before. But I want to share something I shared with my therapist yesterday:

Conventions are the only place I can look around at tens of thousands of strangers and legitimately say these are my people. Unrepentant freaks, geeks, and weirdos. "These are people who did not go to their high school proms, and many would be offended by the suggestion that they should have even wanted to."

The sort of place where I can pick someone at random, describe my hobbies, and they don't look at me like I've grown a second head.

The sort of place where I can show up at a panel on how to destroy the world, and leave thinking that I should have asked for the number of that geologist who kept talking about how to murder people with landslides and glaciers.

The sort of place where I can go to a fanfiction reading that turns out to be all slash porn, and just run with it because why the fuck not.

The sort of place where I buy beer for a party full of strangers when I don't even drink.

Dragoncon casts such a wide net, compared to other cons I go to. Where else do you find a Skeptics track and a Paranormal track in the same convention? Anime fans side by side with modern weapons fanatics? Fanfiction porn and dom/sub kinkery? What is it that makes us one tribe?

I don't know, but I think it might go something like this: We're all into different stuff, but it's all stuff that makes the normies look at us funny.

And we like it that way.