Category: Conventions

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My ANNUAL LIST of FLORIDA GEEK EVENTS 2017

While I don’t blog as much as I used to, some traditions will just never die.  (Mainly because they are linked to my job in some what/shape/form.)  So, without further ado, here is my annual list of geek events in Florida that I’ve found for 2017.  As with last year,...

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That Time I Stopped Blogging & Went to 4 Conventions in 6 Weeks.

Hello dorkness, my old friend… Apologies abound for the lengthy sound of silence.  Truly and sincerely.  The thing is, when you live life in the “geek” industry, unplanned elements are always the plan.  When I started the day to day blogging regiment after my 42nd birthday, I always knew the...

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UPDATED: My ANNUAL LIST of FLORIDA GEEK EVENTS 2016

This is a continuation of my original post from January 1st.  Normally, I just update that post – but with the influx of info that’s now sitting in my inbox/desktop/text messages – I figured it was just easier to create a second follow up post.  Most of the data is the...

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The Stereotyping of Fans & Pop Culture Conventions

My name is Tom Croom. I started going to fan conventions as a teenager in the early 1990s. I grew up in a world infused with the excitement of sharing passion for popular culture that carried over to my professional career working for Universal Studios and the Walt Disney World...

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That Time I Walked in a Lunar New Year Parade #YearOfTheMonkey

Fun fact: I’m half Polish.  My mother was not born in the United States and, for part of my youth, I actually spoke and understood a decent amount of that particular language. (Now I just remember key swear words.) Traditions from my heritage weren’t that big a deal in my...

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That Time I Named & Co-Founded an Anime Convention Conference Four Years Ago

From the original press release: (Los Angeles, February 7, 2012) Project Anime (www.projectanime.org) is a multi-day conference designed to connect promoters of fan conventions (and fan conventions that feature anime) with distribution companies, vendors, and each other for the purpose of “adding fuel to the fandom.” The event, presented by...

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Live from Orlando, it’s #Otronicon!

What do you do when you have “down time” at your booth during a convention?  Why, blog of course!  I was supposed to have a “plus one” helping me out, but car trouble on her part has left me solo. So here I am.  Chillin’ at the Orlando Science Center....

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My ANNUAL LIST of FLORIDA GEEK EVENTS 2016

YOU CAN FIND THE UPDATED 2016 LIST ON THIS POST: http://www.tomcroom.com/archives/11150 (I won’t be updating this specific post anymore.  Thanks!) The tradition continues!  Since the late 2000s, I have been posting a list of all the “geek” style events in my home state of Florida.  Why, you ask?  There are a...

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Pop Culture Conventions in the United States

I have been working on a project for Green Mustard Entertainment for the past couple of months that has involved tracking down pop culture conventions in the United States.  You know: anime cons, comic cons, etc. For comparison’s sake, please remember that there are only fifty states in the U.S.A....

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Dear Sponsors of “Space Coast Nerd Fest” @SC_Nerdfest

Good afternoon! My name is Tom Croom. Since 2001, I have been a figure in popular fan convention circles across North America. Since then, the small business I founded has become a successful pop culture entertainment company. I have been a paid consultant for some of the largest events in...

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My ANNUAL LIST of FLORIDA GEEK EVENTS 2015

Each year I do a blog post about the insane amount of fan conventions that are scheduled in my home state of Florida.  By spring, I usually add some stragglers that I have missed or have shown up on the radar after the fact.  In 2014, Florida announced/attempted/hosted over sixty (60) pop...

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The Ever Expanding World of Green Mustard Entertainment

I spent tonight cleaning up a Facebook page that was created to differentiate Green Mustard Entertainment from Wasabi Anime because each now serves a distinctly different function.  It’s odd, though, because the new structure turns the parent into the child (similar to how JACON became more relevant than JACO back...