“The most anticipated online nerd event of the year.” – someone important, probably *
LTN Con, the annual Love Thy Nerd conference-slash-family-reunion, can’t meet in person this year for obvious reasons (and we may still be crying about it). However, that doesn’t mean we haven’t planned a weekend full of nerdy speakers, games, anime, online hangouts, comics, live streams, prizes, and frivolity. We hope you’ve already registered to spend October 3rd–4th with us… online! But if you haven’t registered yet, then I’m here to tell you what you’ll be missing.
If you were with us last year in Dallas, you met the founders of Love Thy Nerd and spent the weekend catching their vision for LTN. While the founders will still be around this year, we’re also excited to introduce you to some new faces. We’re bringing in speakers from all corners of nerddom who have each found creative ways of using their nerdy passions to connect with and love people like Jesus does. When you show up for LTN Con Online, you’ll hear from many experts, including (but not limited to):
- Cecilia Rose, founder of Jesus Otaku, who will share some of the unique challenges and opportunities in the cosplay and anime world.
- Hector Miray, author of Faith and Fandom and Chris Poirier, co-hosts of LTN’s Pull List Podcast, who find inspiration and truth in comics, fandoms, and pop culture and use those stories to point us to God.
- Jamie Harris, founder of Satellite Gaming, who creates safe spaces for students to build meaningful relationships through video games.
- Mike Perna, President of Innroads Ministries, who uses his love of stories and tabletop gaming to gather people from all walks of life at the table together.
Our goal for these sessions is not only for you to learn, but also for you to walk away from the weekend with encouragement and practical steps for putting your unique gifts and interests to work in your own context. When you register to attend LTN Con Online you’ll also get access to hang out in an attendee-only channel on our Discord server to chat with our speakers after their sessions, ask them questions, and maybe even hop in and play some games with them!
Speaking of games, you’ll come to learn, but we hope you stay to play. Between sessions we’ll be hanging out together online, chatting and playing various digital tabletop games, RPGs, and video games. You can play just for fun, enter a tournament, or enter a play-to-win session. We’ll also be giving away some prize bundles and plenty of games throughout the weekend. Comic nerds, be sure to test your knowledge in a round of Comic Trivia or Fanboy Faceoff. If you’d rather sit back and watch, you can join us for a watch party screening of some classic anime or stick around on Twitch to watch play-throughs of new tabletop games.Our goal for these sessions is not only for you to learn, but also for you to walk away from the weekend with encouragement and practical steps.
We wanted this conference to be available to anyone and everyone, whether you’ve been a part of the Love Thy Nerd community for years or just stumbled across us yesterday. So we decided to make this year’s conference pay-what-you-can! Go here to register now.
We sure will miss seeing all your faces and meeting up in person this year, but the beauty of an online convention is that you can come and go at your convenience. Plus you can wear your PJs to sessions. Register, check out the schedule of events, and then show up for what interests you. Perhaps you’ll even discover a new passion.
(* Actually a quote from our very own Al Martens, so someone important DID say it! – the Editor)