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Conventions, Fairs and Festivals

Initially a means for fans to gather socially and swap issues of their favorite superheroes, comic book conventions have grown in recent years to include not only artists and illustrators but film and television celebrities, attendees dressed in costume and genres beyond those of graphic illustrations. While cities like San Diego, Seattle and New York have larger and more widely-publicized events, Pittsburgh is home to multiple, albeit smaller, conventions throughout the year. The Steel City is also the chosen locale for Anthrocon, the largest “Furry” convention in the world, and the annual Japanese Pop Culture celebration known as Tekkoshocon. Many other conventions, fairs and festivals are held throughout the year, attracting fans of everything from the cartoon arts to the latest technologies, from zines and crossword puzzles to toys and collectibles. Suffice to say that if you have an interest, you’ll find it in Pittsburgh.


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Britsburgh Descends Upon Pittsburgh British-American Connections Pittsburgh celebrates British culture in the Steel City, as well as the influence of Great Britain on the region, with a week-long festival.

The City of Play Festival Obscure Games director Adam Nelson discusses the annual Pittsburgh event, as well as how the concept of “play” can encourage social interaction and transform a city for the better.

The CONtact Teen Pop Culture Convention The annual event is sponsored by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and includes craft-making, a Cosplay Costume Showcase, trivia contests and board games.

Horror Realm The semi-annual Pittsburgh horror celebration has expanded from a single-day gathering in September 2009 to two full-length conventions and a variety of special events throughout the year.

The Inaugural Wizard World Pittsburgh The nationwide series of comic book and pop culture conventions makes its Pittsburgh debut at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in September 2015.

Monster Bash: It's a Graveyard Smash The annual three-day convention spotlighting old monster movies, sci-fi films from the 1950s and cult TV from the 60s has been a Western PA tradition since 1997.

The Pittsburgh Zine Fair The annual event has been a fixture of the Steel City since 2011 and features numerous zine creators in the region and beyond as well as a mixture of interests and narrative styles.

Tekkoshocon and Japanese Pop Culture Event chair Jeanie Rabatsky offers an overview of the annual Pittsburgh convention and explains what it is about Japanese pop culture that people find fascinating.

Vintage Pittsburgh at the Heinz History Center The annual fair co-organized by Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer features a full array of vendors sporting vintage and retro wares, music and even morning cocktails.


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