Welcome to our new Basics series, a sort of mini-guide for those of you who are new to the world of geek conventions.

Whether you’ve been a geek since childhood or you’ve just discovered a new nerdy interest, there are hundreds of conventions every year where you can get together with folks who love the same things you do.

Don’t feel intimidated: the con community is welcoming and fun, no matter how long you’ve been a fan. If you’re looking to attend an event like this but aren’t sure where to start, this Basics series is just for you!