My first genre convention — and certainly the most far-flung — was the second and final Mystery Science Theater 3000 ConventioCon Expo Fest-A-Rama in Minneapolis in 1996. I give conventions a wide berth these days, because — aside from the fact that I love few things as much as I love Mystery Science Theater 3000 — others I've attended have left a bad taste in my mouth. This malaise is perfectly summed up in Red Letter Media's video recap of the 2011 Chicago Comic Con.
But I'd been looking forward to Further Confusion, the annual furry convention in San Jose. I got to attend as a media rep, I found some really cool stuff, and I got to try on a full fursuit for the first time.