Like/Dislike with Llyssa Holmgren of Shore Leave 36

Llyssa Holmgren.

How long do you have to be a fan of something before you're considered a die-hard?

Llyssa Holmgren, 26, sets the bar high, having attended one of her first science- fiction conventions, Shore Leave, when she was only 6 months old. No wonder she's known as "That Convention Girl" in the sci-fi fandom community.


One of the Towson resident's dreams as a child was to join STAT (Star Trek Association of Towson) and run a committee. Holmgren's parents are both former members of STAT, and her father, William, is one of the founding members of STAT and Shore Leave.

"They are the reason I became involved," said Holmgren. "I was practically raised on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation.' Our favorite game to play was 'Who can name the episode the fastest based on the opening sequence' "


Holmgren will be following in her parent's footsteps by helping with Shore Leave 36, where she's the head of the art show committee for the second year in a row. The convention will run Friday-Sunday at the Hunt Valley Inn (more information:

Before the convention starts, Holmgren spoke to us about some of her favorite movies, her favorite "Star Trek" character and more.

What songs are you loving/hating right now? So over "Blurred Lines." It makes my skin crawl. But I am absolutely in love with "Say Something" by A Great Big World.

Last concert/gig you went to? The Boogie Knights at a local faerie festival. The Boogie Knights are a Maryland-based parody band, focusing songs on myth, medieval history and fantasy, and actually got their start at Shore Leave many years ago.

Your worst habit? I bite my nails, so manicures never look good for long, and that makes me sad.

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Hashtagging all the things. It's great for trending stuff, and has gotten picked up by some great movements, but no one needs to update about how #yum food is.

Last movie you liked and last you disliked? The last movie I liked was "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and the last one I disliked would have to be "Gravity," but only because we saw it in IMAX 3D and I got really sick after.

Favorite and least favorite fashion statement? I despise the waistband around your bum trend, it just looks so juvenile to me. Go put on a suit, because that will turn my head much faster. So I guess a suit would be my favorite.


Last great meal you had? I just had a Florentine crepe that was so good I regretted splitting it with my boyfriend.

Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore? My go-to club is always Club Orpheus. It is one of Baltimore's oldest clubs, and the best place for alternative, goth and dance events.

Best advice you ever got? "Never apologize for being nerdy, because unnerdy people never apologize for being a--holes." — John Barrowman.

Your favorite "Star Trek" character? That's the hardest question to answer, but I'd have to say Q. Q is part of an alien species that are pretty much gods. He can bend time, space and basically the whole fabric of reality. I love his chaotic personality.

Your favorite thing about Baltimore? I can hop on a bus from my house and go straight into the heart of downtown, where anything can happen.