Simulated Space Rides With Real Mission Footage

Those attending the EAA AirVenture convention (happening 24-30 July at the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin) will have the opportunity to experience being an astronaut—for a few minutes—thanks to Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. The company will offer simulated space rides for six people at a time, complete with real mission footage, in a mock-up of the New Shepard crew capsule. The real New Shepard …

WORLDZ Summit 2017

Forward-thinking with some of the world's most successful brands and the people who run them

Gathering some of the brightest and most creative brains and brands in one place, WORLDZ is more than an event—it’s also a community. With speakers ranging from Shiza Shahid (CEO of The Malala Fund) to Marc Mathieu (CMO of Samsung) to Brad Jenkins (managing director at Funny or Die) and Raja Rajamannar (Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at MasterCard), topics include leadership, strategy and the …

Arthur Drooker’s “Conventional Wisdom” Book

After years of photographing obscure and fascinating conventions, a comprehensive visual tome

Between July 2013 and January 2015, we were honored to publish the work of photographer Arthur Drooker as he developed installments within a rather unique series known as Conventional Wisdom. Drooker traveled the US, attending obscure conventions and capturing images with curiosity and respect. His ultimate goal was to produce a book and now, thanks to publishing house Glitterati, he has done exactly that. “Conventional …

Conventional Wisdom: Merfest

Photographer Arthur Drooker joins over 300 mermaids and mermen in North Carolina

Among the many wondrous gatherings we’ve explored in our Conventional Wisdom series—a trek through unique conventions across the US with photographer Arthur Drooker, as he prepares for a photography book on the subject—nothing is quite like Merfest. This costumed celebration of the mythological mermaid is run by the NC Merfolk, a group that swims together as merfolk three times a week. The Triangle Aquatic Center …

Conventional Wisdom: Anthrocon

"Furries" unite from around the globe, as captured by photographer Arthur Drooker

“This is the highlight of my year,” Thumpie Bunny Eve shared with photographer Arthur Drooker, while sat atop a piano, wearing high heels, exuding sexuality—and wearing a rabbit costume. This was just one scene at Anthrocon, the world’s largest convention for anthropomorphics, the humanlike animal characters more commonly referred to as “furries.” Anthrocon is the latest stop on Drooker’s Conventional Wisdom tour, during which the …