I’m so interested in ways people change each other. When you’re with someone, you are not the same person necessarily you are when you’re with someone else. Especially if it’s someone you’re close to… the space between people becomes a person.
Tara and K-K’s love of fandom is the basis of their friendship, and they chatted about the possibility of a Steven Universe Con for a long time before making the decision to found Beach City Con. Tara frequents many fan conventions and took note of how vibrant and ever-increasing the Steven Universe con community is, while K-K is immersed in the online community and knew firsthand how special an exclusively SU event could be for its fans. Both of them cover Steven Universe for The Geekiary. During Ice & Fire Con 2016, it was decided: they would begin official plans for the first-ever Steven Universe Fan Convention.
A Steven Universe convention is naturally suited for a beach location, and the first Beach City Con was even in “Delmarva,” at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center. The venue is right on the ocean and has experience hosting many different types of conventions. While Beach City Con 2017 capped weekend passes between 400-500 people, we hope to grow each year in the most organic ways possible. Saga Event Planning, the parent company of both Ice & Fire Con and Beach City Con, is dedicated to events that are not-for-profit, fan-run, and intimate. There is nothing better than spending a weekend making friends with like minded fans!
After the success of 2017, Tara stepped down into the position of Programming Coordinator of Beach City Con, and K-K stepped down to be the Logistics Coordinator of Ice & Fire Con, so each convention can receive year-round attention from its corresponding organizer.
Tara Lynne is a fandom and geek culture expert, public speaker, and character cosplayer. She founded Ice & Fire Con, the first ever Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones convention in the US, and now runs its (and Beach City Con’s) parent company Saga Event Planning. Additionally, she is co-administrator of the popular geek media website The Geekiary and co-hosts the “FEELINGS…with The Geekiary” webcast. Tara has spoken about geek culture at San Diego Comic-Con, C2E2, MegaCon, Dragon Con, Ohio State University, TedX Sarasota, and more. Her debut novel, The Way of Reckoning, was published in December 2014, and she is currently finishing up her second novel (entitled How to Start Living…in the Zombie Apocalypse).
Favorite Gem: Garnet
Favorite Human: Connie (honorable mention to Nanefua Pizza)
Favorite Fusion: Smoky Quartz
K-K is an original Ice & Fire Con attendee turned volunteer turned COO who loves Steven Universe more than almost anything. Although she’s lived all over the world and technically hails from Northern Virginia, for many years she’s called Columbus, Ohio her home. K-K has written, performed in, and produced musicals and comedy shows and is working on her first novel.
Favorite Gem: Steven Quartz Universe
Favorite Human: Steven Quartz Universe
Favorite Fusion: Steven Quartz Universe
The Beach City Con founders pride themselves on being outgoing. friendly, and above all, available. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions!