If the annual FallCon comic book convention in October just isn't big enough, diverse enough, or coming soon enough for you, then the second annual Meta Con at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis may be the thing you're looking for. The event is a three-day combo package that unites comic-cons with sci-fi conventions for one massive, costumed alternate universe for the fanboy/girl in all of us. Nearly 2,000 festival-goers will be in attendance to meet illustrators, authors, voice actors, and TV and film stars, including the likes of Billy West (Futurama), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Olivia Olson (Adventure Time), and even a couple of ex-Power Rangers. Not enough? In addition to scheduled talks, there will be plenty of entertainment, such as video-game tournaments and nerdcore rap. The celebration also features the return of last year's formal dance and late-night rave Friday night. For more info, visit metaconvention.com.
Fri., Aug. 30, noon-2 a.m.; Sat., Aug. 31, 10-2 a.m.; Sun., Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2013