Amelia Con is the first and only “nerd” convention on Amelia Island. We’re bringing you popular media, comic book, game, animation, and pop culture icons, exhibitors, artists, and events from near and far. On February 5-7, 2016, Amelia Island will come alive with cosplayers and fans celebrating their favorite shows, books, and games. Amelia Con is a safe, family friendly event focused on culture and education. It will be a unique experience for new convention goers as well as seasoned convention vets. We believe in starting on time, ending on time, and keeping the event organized so that you can make the most of your day.
Amelia Island, known as the Isle of 8 Flags, is notorious for its small town hospitality, sandy white beaches, and historical atmosphere. We’re proud to offer you that southern hospitality at Amelia Con. We believe in taking care of our guests, attendees, exhibitors, artists, staff, and volunteers because we love the same things you do and we want to bring you an awesome event that you’ll enjoy time and time again.
By being the premier convention on Amelia Island, we’re setting the bar high! We’re excited about the guests we’re lining up as well as the exhibitors and artists who will be attending. We know that Amelia Con will be one of the “must attend” events in Northeast Florida and we can’t wait to share it with you.
Because the concept is new to our area, we’ve taken the time to answer some frequently asked general questions about conventions and about Amelia Con specifically. If you have a question, please email is at email@example.com. We look forward to receiving and replying to your emails, especially those with suggestions and feedback. If there’s a VIP you’d like to meet, let us know! We’re running this show for you, the fans and people of Amelia Island and we’ll do our best to bring you the events and people you want to see.
What is a Convention?
A convention is a gathering of people who share a common interest. In the case of Amelia Con, it’s for people who enjoy or are interested in anime, animation, comic books, video games, table top games, trading card games, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, costuming, steampunk, and popular TV Shows, books, and movies. For example, most attendees are probably interested in Dr. Who, Fullmetal Alchemist, Soul Eater, Adventure Time, Spiderman, The Avengers, Superman, The Big Bang Theory, Serenity, Pokemon, Yugi-oh, Dungeons and Dragons, World of Warcraft, Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, The Pirates of the Caribbean, Attack on Titan, Metroid, Megaman, Final Fantasy, Power Rangers, and so much more! They show up at conventions to purchase things they cannot buy online, hang out with friends who share similar interests, participate in tournaments, meet people who create their favorite media, and attend events that provide them insight into the industry or are just for fun.
I heard people attend conventions in costumes. Is that true?
Yes! Some people make their own costumes, some people cosplay characters from games or shows, and some people wear store bought costumes. Any costume is fine with us!
Who typically wears costumes at conventions?
Everyone! We’ve been to a lot of conventions and we’ve seen people of all ages, shapes, nationalities, and sizes celebrating their fandom through cosplay and costuming. You’re never too young or old.
What’s the difference between costuming and cosplaying?
When you think of costuming, think of Halloween. People dress up in costume for the “look”. When people cosplay however, they are acting as the character they represent would act. This results in impromptu skits, awesome photograph opportunities (with the cosplayer’s permission), and friendships built on the art of cosplay and a particular fandom.
What types of merchandise can I purchase at Amelia Con?
We’re proud to bring you a variety of exhibitors and artists who will be offering merchandise from anime, animation, comic books, video games, table top games, trading card games, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, costuming, steampunk, and popular TV Shows, books, and movies. You can buy everything from models and figures to trading card decks, video games, and Japanese candy. Artists will also be available for commission, making this a unique chance for you to meet a professional artist, see some of their work, and ask them to draw you anything you want!
How does Amelia Con compare in price to other conventions?
Other Florida and Georgia conventions range from free to over $60 for a weekend pass per person. We want to bring you a reasonably priced event that your family can enjoy for less than the price of dinner and a movie – always. Amelia Con will always be less than $20 per day per person. Currently, the convention will be one day at a rate of $8 for early bird registration, $10 for pre-registration, and $12 for on-site registration. Prices do not include tax. Young children will get in free. If your child looks like he/she is a first grader or younger, his/her entry is on us!
How many exhibitors and artists will be at Amelia Con?
We currently have space for 21 exhibitors and 14 artists. If we have large pre-registration numbers, we will increase our exhibit hall’s size.
Where will Amelia Con be held?
Currently, we are at the Fernandina Beach Rec Center, located on Amelia Island. It is the largest venue on the north end of the island and has a stage!
What are panels?
Panels are events run by industry guests and fans about any subject matter pertaining to their fandom interest. For example, a Star Wars fan may opt to hold a panel, with our approval, about the new Star Wars movies coming out and offer a comparison to the originals. An industry guest, such as an anime voice actor, may host a panel about his time in the industry, things he’s learned, fun anecdotes, and will answer questions from the audience. If you’re interested in running a panel, please let us know!
What are tabletop games, who can play them, and what do I get if I win?
Tabletop game is a general term used to refer to board games, card games, dice games, miniatures wargames, tile-based games, and other games that are normally played on a table or other flat surface. One tabletop game most people are familiar with is Chess. You might also be familiar with Monopoly, Craps, Yahtzee, Battleship, and Majhong or any other “board game” you can find at your local retailer. But there’s another dimension of tabletop gaming that most consumers are not aware of. In these games, roleplaying, understanding your opponent, and strategizing (oftentimes several moves ahead of your opponent) are key. We’ll be featuring games like Magic The Gathering, Munchkin, Arkham Horror (and it’s successor Eldritch Horror), Settlers of Catan, Ticket To Ride, Zombie Dice, Pandemic, Betrayal at House on The Hill, Pathfinder, and Dungeons and Dragons.
Anyone is welcome to join in! Please keep in mind that many of these games are designed as battles of wit and might be challenging to younger attendees. We’ll be sure to post a full list of games, times, and difficulty levels on our site so you can plan which games you want to play in advance.
We’ll have several tabletop competitions and free play events on Friday night at the Days Inn on Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach. Admission to this event is included with your Amelia Con ticket. The Magic The Gathering Tournament will be held in the exhibit hall (The Fernandina Beach Rec Center) on Saturday, September 6, 2014. We’ll be posting more information about the tournament this summer. Anyone wishing to enter the Magic The Gathering Tournament must sign up in advance. Anyone is welcome to watch the tournament, but there will be an entrance fee and a sizable prize to match.
I want to DM a game or tournament. Can I?
Yes! The more, the merrier! And we’ll even give you a free admission ticket to Amelia Con! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide us the name of the game, the number of anticipated attendees, how many tables you need (tables on Friday are round; tables on Saturday can be round or rectangular), and a little about yourself and how long you’ve been a DM. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Please keep in mind that space is limited and, while we want to feature as many games as we can, at some point we will have to draw the line. We’d love to have you hosting a game or tournament at Amelia Con 2014 and look forward to hearing from you soon.
There’s a tabletop game I want to play. Can I request one?
By all means! Please let us know what you want! That makes it easier on us and we’ll do our best to have it. Just send us an email at email@example.com or post on our Facebook page.
Will there be a costume competition separate from the cosplay competition?
For our first year, we’re trying to gauge interest in several events. If you would like to see one, the other, or both, please let us know. We would like to offer as many events as possible, but we are limited on time and capacity.
Why is the convention 1 day?
This is the first year for Amelia Con. We’d love to hold a large, 3-day event packed with tons of panels, guests, exhibitors, and artists. And, yes, that’s our long term goal. But we have to be practical and pragmatic in our early years. Amelia Con is entirely funded by Woodruff Enterprises, LLC. We, the founders, pay for it ourselves. We don’t heavily rely on our artists, exhibitors, or attendees to pay for the convention space, VIP’s, or perks. We believe that, if we treat you right, you’ll come back time and time again. For those of you on Amelia Island or in Nassau County who have tried to find an event hall for over 100 people, you probably already understand why we chose the venue we did. On Amelia Island, there are only 4 venues that can accommodate over 100 attendees. Of those 4, two are high end hotels located on the south end of the island. The remaining two are side-by-side on the north end of the island and, while they aren’t the spiffiest convention halls you’ve ever seen, they’ll work for the first year. We’ve chosen this location to save you money. Had we booked a larger convention space on the south end of the island for our first year, we would have had to charge $75+ per person for a 2-day event, $500 for exhibit booths, and $300 for artist tables. We would have had less space, no stage, and only one panel room. Even worse, no VIP guests. We didn’t think you’d want to pay that much for a first year convention – especially with no guests – and, quite frankly, we thought those prices were atrocious.
Our goal is to make Amelia Con 2014 the best it can be. We hope to build it up, bring you an amazing event, and then book one of the 5 star hotels for 2015!
All that aside, we’re still packing your weekend with lots of events and festivities! While the exhibit hall and VIP Guests may only be available on Saturday, there will be a whole lot of stuff going on throughout Amelia Island the Friday before and the Sunday after. To make up for the thriftiness, we will have tons of perks, raffles, prizes, and events for you to enjoy. Check out our “What Makes Us Different” posts on Wednesdays on Facebook to see what we’ve got up our sleeves!