5 Cons You Should Know (Besides Comic Con)

It's that time of the year again: The San Diego Comic-Con kicks off tonight. But all of a sudden, everybody’s got a con. Read more about the rise of 'cons' here: http://on.wsj.com/24GJWVc
  1. CatConLA
    Simply put, it’s “a convention for cats and their people.” Last year, the first CatConLA drew 12,000 people — and who knows how many felines. This year, it will take place June 25 and 26, but tickets and a schedule aren’t available yet, according to its website.
  2. Paranoia Con
    In a post on its Facebook page, the 2016 installment of Paranoia Con is described as “the preeminent conspiracy conference in North America, with eight world renowned researchers and authors presenting compelling and riveting information, not readily discussed in the mainstream media.” Dean Haglund, who played one of the “Lone Gunmen” conspiracy theorists on “The X-Files,” spoke at the con’s inaugural event in 2013.
  3. QuiltCon
    The Modern Quilt Guild puts on QuiltCons for quilters in both the eastern and western U.S. This year’s installments took place in February, although on separate dates in case anyone wanted to go to both. Enthusiasts can check out hundreds of quilts, listen to talks from quilting authorities and, of course, shop for quilts.
  4. BroadwayCon
    The first-ever incarnation of this con drew more than 4,000 theater fans from the world over to New York City. The biggest draw? A panel focusing on “Hamilton,” of course. The smash hit show’s creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda even performed a freestyle rap about the convention.
  5. Cookie Con
    Don’t let the name fool you. Cookie Con is a dessert lover’s dreamscape, packed with more sweets than cookies. This year’s con, held in the Los Angeles Convention Center early in February, was only the second annual installment, but it was loaded with foodie starpower. Food Network “Sweet Genius” Ron Ben-Israel headlined — as did Sarah Michelle Gellar, the star of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and co-founder of lifestyle brand Foodstirs.