Have you recovered from Black Friday and Cyber Monday yet? If you’re trying to get a little breathing room from the holiday rush, check out some upcoming conventions in your area!

Helpful reminder:  If you need something to do this weekend on the East Coast, stop by Tigercon (Towson, Maryland) or Aniwave (Wilmington, North Carolina).

What: WinterCon (El Paso)
When: Saturday, December 10th, 2011
Where: Camino Real Hotel, 101 S El Paso Street, El Paso, TX 79901

The 2011 WinterCon in El Paso will be held on Saturday, December 10th at the Camino Real Hotel. Comic artists, anime artists, and dealers will be available, as well as access to three anime screening rooms, two panel rooms, and a video game room (courtesy of 8bitfix).

Don’t forget to check out the cosplay contest and masquerade, video gaming tournaments and panels. Get there early for Dragonball Dodge Ball and karaoke; stay up late for Mario Party Live and the Halo: Anniversary Exhibition and LAN Party!

BONUS: Need to get off Santa’s “naughty” list? Donate a NEW unwrapped & tagged toy for Toys for Tots:  you’ll also get a discount on admission.

Featuring performances by Alodex, Cat As Trophy, Dawn Patrol, and Nausicaa; DJs will also be providing musical entertainment throughout the day.

Pre-registration is still available until December 5th:

At the door, admission is FREE for children 5 and under, $12 for children under 10, and $15 for adults.

For more info, please visit WinterCon’s Official Website

What: Bishie Con Cabaret
When: Saturday, December 17th – Sunday, December 18th.
Where: Crowne Plaza Clayton, 7750 Carondelet Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63105

Don’t forget to pre-register for Bishie Con, St. Louis’s Yaoi and Slash convention!

Pre-register by December 7th for a discounted rate of $20 ($35 for a badge & brunch combo).

Tickets are $25 at the door. Bishie Con is an 18+ event which requires ID.

Can’t wait for the G.A.M.E.S. Blog announcement?  Please visit Bishie Con’s Official Website for all the details!

Do you have any events you would like us to announce on the site? Have any convention pictures you’d like to share with us? We’d like to know! Please e-mail me at annie.barbe[at]the-games-blog.com.

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