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Good Things Come In Three: BlerDCon Going Into Its Third Year

BlerDCon 2019 logo with two black characters in front of a portal

2019 is a great year for new and upcoming conventions and BlerDCon is on that list. BlerDCon certainly isn’t new to the comic convention scene. But now that it’s going into its third year, it will bring on a lot of new and exciting things.

What is BlerDCon?

Debuting in 2017, BlerDCon is described on their website as, “an event that highlights and celebrates Blerd culture and creates a marketplace of ideas where sharing that culture can take place with proper context, attribution, and positivity in an inclusive environment .” The term Blerd is short for black nerd, but this con is inclusive and intersectional to many diverse communities. This is truly a con that is open to all.

BlerDCon is just around the corner, beginning Friday, July 12th and going through Sunday, July 15th. Located in Arlington, Virginia at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, this would be a perfect post Fourth of July outing with your favorite nerds. You can buy weekend passes here.

So Much To Do In One Weekend

You won’t be bored because there is SO much to do at BlerDCon. From your typical con panels and cosplay contests, there are anime screenings, gaming tournaments, and even a maid cafe! Blerdcon is shaping up to be a good time!

BlerDCon Comedy Show

On Friday, July 12th at 6 pm, BlerDCon is hosting a comedy show. While this comedy show may not be appropriate for young children, it’s Free and included with your full weekend badge. Lafayette Wright is headlining this comedy show again. Also making appearances will be Dominic Rivera, Ahmed Vallejos, Derek Williams, Ed Phillips, Martin Phillips, Von Mychael, Natalie McGill, and Violet Gray.


There will be console and arcade gaming that will be open 24 hours. Both will take place in the Ballroom Atrium. Console gaming tournaments will be Smash Bros Ultimate, Soul Calibur 6, Tekken 7, and Mortal Combat 7. Arcade gaming tournaments are NBA Jam, Tecmo Pro Bowl, and Windjammers.

Anime Screening Room

For 72 hours, BlerDCon will be hosting a marathon of your favorite anime. screening requests are encouraged. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of BlerDCon and relax to some anime.

Cosplay Contest

Now in their 3rd year, the cosplay contest is going to be a little different this time around. The focus will be on costume building and they will cap their entries at 50 contestants. a pre-judging session, as well as a catwalk display, will give cosplayers the opportunity to really show the detail of their hard work. There will be three opportunities to place in the competition, and the grand prize will be known as the BlerDCon Cosplay Champion for 2019.

Panels at BlerDCon

This year’s programming is not to be missed. You can go here and click on “full program schedule” to see every panel and event going on all weekend. There are some gems in this programming schedule you may not want to miss. Panels include “Cosplay Thrifting: Refurbished and Repurposed” “LGBT+ Social Media Sensation” and “How Do I Survive As A Plus-Sized Lolita?”

Who’s Coming to BlerDCon?

You might remember her singing on “American Boy” with Kanye West, but currently, she voices Garnet, the leader of the Crystal Gems in Steven Universe. The lovely Estelle is going to be one of your celebrity guests at BlerdCon. For any Steven Universe fan, that’s pretty exciting!

Rachel True is also in attendance this year. She is an actress that has starred in Beverly Hills 90210, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Noah’s Ark, and The Drew Carey Show. You may remember her as Rochelle from the 1996 cult classic film The Craft.

With a 40+ year long career in television and film, Beau Billingslea shines in the industry. He has voiced many characters in your favorite anime series such as Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop, Dee Jay in Super Street Fighter II, Jackson in Tiger & Bunny and so much more. Currently, he voices The Fourth Raikage and Homura in the animated series Naturo.

A whole host of your favorite Blerd cosplayers will be in attendance, including Papa Bear, Cutiepiesensei, and, Cin’ Von Quinzel

What We Eating Though?

If there is one piece of advice I can give you, it’s that you do not want to go hungry at a con. Your friends aren’t going to like you when you’re hangry. Here’s the thing, you can’t spend three whole days at a comic convention and not eat. Also, sometimes you get real tired of eating burgers and fries for every meal. The good thing about Blerdcon is that there seems to be a lot of different food options and events

Food Truck Rally

Open 24 hours, BlerDCon has got a variety of DC’s best food trucks lined up and available all weekend

BlerDCon BBQ

Because you need to eat and be social. on Saturday, July 13 at noon, BlerDCon invites its attendees to meet at the parking lot behind the Hyatt and show up, show out, and dig in. The same food from the food trucks will be available, but if you want to dine and dish with everyone else, listen to music, and dance, Saturday is your day to do so

Maid Cafe

Luna Cafe is the official maid cafe of Blerdcon. This is a paid event at $8 a ticket. This will take place on both Friday and Saturday from 4 pm to 8 pm, and seems to be a fun and fantastic experience. ” Our lovely staff is here to make your experience at Luna Cafe absolutely magical…” the site says “our Maids and Butlers are here to make you feel right at home while serving food, playing games and so much more!! “

Bacon-Pancakes Brunch with Quirktastic

If you’re at BlerDCon on Sunday and you’re awake before 1 pm, join Quirktastic for a bacon and pancakes Blerd Brunch. You’ve got conversation, games, and prizes to look forward to.

Grab Your Tickets and Head To BlerDCon!

With amazing guests and programming, BlerDCon seems like it is going to be a great time with great people. Are you planning to check out BlerDCon? What are you looking most forward to participating in? Let me know in the comments section below.

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