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Every late February, the Nerd Nation team makes our annual trek over the Great Smoky Mountains and down into the Tennessee Valley to invade one of our absolute favorite conventions… the one and only Con Nooga.



Held annually at the Chattanooga Convention Center and Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel in Chattanooga, TN, this marked the tenth consecutive year of the three-day multi-fandom convention, and ninth consecutive year that Nerd Nation has been a part of it.


As we reported on back in June of 2016, former ‘Carolina Ghostbusters’ cosplay fan group leader Michael ‘Doc’ Robert Geressy has been convicted of child solicitation.

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Geressy and his ECTO-1 replica car (fair use/public domain)

Geressy, 37, of Gastonia, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to solicitation of a child by a computer Monday at the Lincoln County (NC) Courthouse. He will serve 75 days in prison followed by four months of electric monitoring. Geressy will then be required to register as a sex offender for 30 years.


CHATTANOOGA, TN: Con Nooga, Eastern Tennessee’s largest multi-fandom convention has announced their official return dates for 2016. The three-day convention will take place February 19-21, 2016 at the Chattanooga Convention Center and Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel & Entertainment Complex in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Official Con Nooga 2016 Artwork (image courtesy of Todd Patton)

The three-day convention will feature celebrity guests, discussion panels, movie screenings, gaming, charity auctions, costume contests, and various other fandom-related events; as well as vendors selling a wide variety of wares, including (but not limited to) comic books, toys, clothing, DVDs/Blu Rays, artwork, gaming supplies, and collectables.

Additionally, each of the TVs in every room of the Choo Choo’s three hotels will feature Con Nooga TV – the 24hr. closed-circuit, convention-exclusive network (found on the hotel’s default channel) to provide additional entertainment for attendees.

The event is a family-friendly, all-ages show during the daytime hours, with more adult-oriented programming during the evenings, including the highly-popular annual Con Nooga Room Party Battles, where the entire first floor of the Choo Choo’s Hotel #3 will be transformed into multiple (and often themed) parties in each of the hotel’s executive suites overlooking the poolside cabana area with free entry to all convention attendees ages 21 and over.

Tickets are expected to become available within the next two months, as is their new official website, with room reservations and panel submissions open now. For more information on Con Nooga, please visit the official Con Nooga Facebook page at or the Chattanooga Choo Choo’s official website at

-Dave Harlequin
Editor: Nerd Nation Magazine

Nerd Nation’s Dave Harlequin recently sat down with Todd Patton, Founder and Chairman of Con Nooga; the widely-popular multi-genre convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee that’s been taking the convention scene by storm since its inception in 2008, and has since become one of the fastest-growing conventions in the United States.


(photo courtesy of Todd Patton)

In this tell-all, no-holds-barred, exclusive interview, Todd opens up about all things Con Nooga, from its humble beginnings, to its challenges past and present, to its very bright future, and everywhere in-between… here’s what he had to say.