Where is the convention? Southern Maine. The hotel? The DoubleTree by Hilton hotel by the mall (formally known as the Sheraton and the Wyndham)!
When? June 20-23, 2013! (Pre-registrants only on Thursday June 20th!)
Thursday is only for pre-registrants? Yes. You can only come to Thursday if you are pre-registered. (And no, you can not buy tickets Thursday.)
How much does it cost? A badge has variable costs and the hotel costs something else as well. All events in the convention are free to attend with events that require "goods", such as the draft, costing as much as it costs to do the event. (Drafts cost $10 for cards, for example) All other events are free. Events that charge will be clearly described.
What is your motto? Our motto is for the fans, by the fans. Our convention is a community of fans from different hobbies getting together every year to celebrate their fandom and maybe find something new to enjoy. We try to keep things fun and entertaining. We are a small, down to earth, and friendly 2,000 plus convention community. We're trying to have fun and meet other people with our interests, which include anime, gaming, and more!
A small convention? Huh? A small convention means we're around 2,000 people. We're not tiny, as in 200, anymore, but we're certainly not 3,000. Maine has no convention facilities available for such events, so if you're looking for something mega-sized we suggest you go to Boston and visit Anime Boston.
We're limited in space but not in friendlieness, creativity, and wacky events. If you're looking for a good event to relax, have fun, see some wacky stuff and laugh at, we're the con for you. If you're looking for a convention with ten or more huge name guests, events that fit more than 1,000 people, and hallways that take literally 10 minutes to transverse, we're NOT what you're looking for.
What can I expect from PortCon? You can expect to see a lot of people crammed together in one hotel for a weekend of events and crazieness. There will be filled rooms, laughter, noise, screaming fan girls, signs, a vendors room stuffed FULL of goodies, more events than you can attend, and more. There will be times you have too much to do and times you don't have anything. Thursday is a day for pre-registered people to mingle and meet earlier than everyone else. Friday is a great lead in to an explosive Saturday and a slowing down Sunday. Expect to meet people, talk to staffers, spend time with guests, and enjoy yourselves.
Can you buy badges at the door? Yes! You can! It just costs more.
What does a badge give you? A badge allows you entrance the convention and free entry to any of the events, including the dealer's room. Without a badge security will ask you to leave the convention area.
If I lose my badge during the convention do you replace lost badges? NO. Please keep your badge on you AT ALL TIMES. We can not replace lost or stolen badges for many reasons so please don't expect to get one if it's lost. You will have to pay for a replacement, regardless of your previous purchase. It's part of the con rules and policies and thus please don't try to explain to the registration staff in hopes of weaseling this rule. It's annoying, we know. But it's policy, so please bear this in mind when pinning your registration badge to various body parts other than the safety of ye old upper shirt.
Do I get free stuff? A free give away bag yes. Not free food, unfortunately. ^_~
I just registered, when will I get my badge? You can pick up your badge at the convention, we do not mail them out. Don't worry, we'll have everything ready for when you arrive- we promise. ^_^
How much does getting a room with PortConMaine save me? Getting a room at the PortConMaine convention center will save you not only around $30 from the average rate in town, but also a lot of time and frustration with getting around Maine!
Will someone be watching my child/children? No. When you leave your children you leave them in full trust of their ability to make good decisions. If they choose to misbehave they will be given consequences up to being asked to leave the convention. Please read the attendee agreement for more information.We will be asking children for their chaperones if they are too young. If they misbehave, we will be escorting them out of the convention facility. Also, if they can't get their chaperone we might ask them to leave.
I'm coming with my child/children but I won't participate. Do I still need to pay for a badge? Yes. In order to attend the convention you still need to pay for a badge. But go you for staying with your child/children! It's a good time and there's a hot tub! ^_~ We're also still pretty affordable. One day at PortCon is a lot less than one day at Funtown or Disney!
Do you have a weapon/prop policy? Yes. Please see the link to the left.
What is your mailing address? PortConMaine / 492 Main Street / Westbrook, ME 04092
June 20-23, 2013
Join us for a celebration of geek culture interests including anime, gaming, science fiction, costuming, fantasy, video gaming, boffer combat, comics, pop culture, steampunk, and more! Come to enjoy your current favorite fandom and learn something new about another! PortConMaine is Maine's first, longest running, and largest convention celebrating the hobbies that enrich our lives. Meet old and new friends and join the community-- let's celebrate the interests we enjoy together!
As a special incentive and thank you for those of you who pre-register to PortCon, PortCon offers a FREE fourth day to attendees who pre-register! Thursday is a day full of events for only those people who register ahead of time. So to get the most of your PortConMaine experience- don't forget to register in time!