The 4-day badge has been purchased. The plans are coming together about where we're staying and how we are getting there. We'll be crashing at a friend-of-a-friend's house in St. Louis on the way up and possibly back, sadly the Cardinals are not in town unless we want to stay a couple extra days, which I doubt will happen.
I've never attended GenCon but I am getting quite excited at the prospect of actually getting to go. I have attended the now defunct UnCommonCon in Dallas, back in 2000, whatever the Con was called in Northwest Arkansas many years ago and the sad Little Rock GameCon a few years ago. However, there appears to be a new player on the block: NWA GameCon. They certainly have a decent web-page, a little more research is needed I think.
On a related note, I saw this little article about DC rebooting its entire line. I've never been a big DC fan and I don't know where most of their story lines are, but with the changing tastes of American consumers, this may well be a make-or-break venture.