TFCON was one of my favorite conventions of 2016. In fact, it was my first Transformers convention, despite being a huge Transformers fan my whole life. I’ve been to dozens of comic and anime convention but never had I never attended a convention that was specific to one genre.
I took my son, as he was coming into the genre recently, and we had a terrific time. Unlike larger conventions, the panels were all held in one ballroom, adjacent to the vendor area. I was pretty amazed at how well organized it was, and how many vendors artists attended the con. Larger conventions held in Rosemont, are infamous for large lines, expensive autograph fees, and shady security methods. TFCON was a breath of fresh air.
Shortly after TFCON was over, the buzz was that it would be coming back in 2017. Sadly, after reaching out to founder and promoter, Colin Douglas, he confirmed that there were no plans for a 2017 return to Chicago.
|The first TFcon (at that time called TransformersCon) was held in Hamilton, Ontario in 2002. Organized by Aaron Black and Colin Douglas, the convention had a modest 190 attendees. In 2003, TFcon got its first special guests in the form of Joe Ng and Dreamwave Productions team. In 2004, it got its first convention exclusive in the form of a variant convention exclusive cover of Transformers #1 Vol. 3 published by Dreamwave Productions. In 2006, the first 3D merchandise exclusive was released, a “stealth” recolor of the Cyclonus Hard Hero Bust. In 2007, TransformersCon finally got its first transforming toy exclusive, an unlicensed and downsized version of the Dinobot Slag in his green Generation 2 colors dubbed “Flamethrower”. In its first 2 years the convention was moved around Ontario, but now finds a regular home in Toronto, Ontario. As of 2008, this convention formerly named TransformersCon is now officially called TFcon at the request of Hasbro. In 2009 TFcon expanded to a 2-day convention by merging with the 80s Toy Expo on the Sunday of the event, this was necessary due to many dealers completely selling out of merchandise on the Saturday requiring a dealer room restock if a 2nd day was to be added. Starting in 2012 TFcon has been hosting a charity auction for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2014 TFcon expanded to two shows a year, with one in Canada and one in the United States.|
To everyone’s surprise, on November 21, 2017, it was announced that TFCON was returning to Chicago via their TCON.com US website.
Here are the details:
Save the dates! TFcon – America’s largest fan-run Transformers convention returns to the Chicago, IL area the weekend of October 26th to October 28th, 2018. TFcon USA will take place at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center in Rosemont, IL.
Discounted hotel block information will be available shortly. Dealer bookings and registration information will also be available in the near future.
That was the only information provided, however, this is great news for the midwestern fanbase.