We're not fans of a merge-happy marketplace. AT&T is turning the phone industry into a new monopoly, media corporations are taking more control over newspaper, radio and TV outlets and, worst of all, this weekend's AllCon will try to serve all nerds at once. Outsiders might think it's convenient for comic, TV, anime, movie and game fanatics to enjoy a single combined fest, but that convenience will surely come at a price. With so many warring fanboy factions, convention-goers may witness battles between fans of Star Trek and Star Wars, Marvel and DC or even Buffy and Charmedfantasy and sci-fi fans are an aggressive, protective sort, so dont throw that Vulcan V up too casually if Count Dooku lurks nearby with a toy lightsaber. Enjoy a nerdgasm from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Sterling Hotel, 1055 Regal Row. Entry is $20. Call 817-819-1353.
March 17-19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.