One year ago on this date, Durandemonium began in Chicago as Duranies converged onto the the city to enjoy a weekend filled with Duran related activities, including clubbing at the city’s Late Bar, an author’s panel, Duran games, a banquet, and a Diamond in the Mind on the big screen. As I’m sure you know, this convention was organized by the authors of this blog and some of our good friends. This convention took months to prepare, plan, organize and it was worth every minute as the convention was a success for both organizers and attendees alike. Due to the convention, the Duran love was rekindled, strengthened and fortified by the attendees. Likewise, friendships developed and strengthened during the weekend. Truly, our big goals for the convention were met. I love seeing attendees continue to be in touch with each other even now and make plans to get together for both Duran and non-Duran events. Their fandom is that much stronger and much more likely to be long-lasting from attending a fan convention. On top of that, many have developed what could be lifelong friendships.
If you are anything like me, you might want to take a moment or two to relive the weekend. I suggest you take the time to read the blog posts below:
The next question, I’m sure, is will there be another Durandemonium? If so, when? This is a question that Rhonda and I have talked about more than any other question. The simple answer is that, yes, we hope that there are more conventions in our future. Yet, we have struggled to get the next one off the ground. One big factor is the fundraising one. Conventions are not cheap. In the case of Durandemonium, our costs included the banquet, the hotel, the movie screening, etc. I put up a lot of money (we are talking thousands of dollars) and hoped that we would get enough attendees to cover the costs, which is pretty scary for someone who just has a teacher salary. Thus, we encourage anyone who wants to support upcoming conventions to take a look around at our Cafe Press store. While you would be helping us and future convention attendees out, you also can get some cool things!
On that note, I think I will take some time to look through my pictures and remember how truly fun the weekend was.