Geek this Week: a Con-fluence of Events
Conventions east and west, Ponds and a very lucky rabbit.
PAX, Man! – Tired of reading about E3 year after year, knowing that if you’re not industry or press you’ll never get inside? So were the founders of PAX prime, whose convention dedicated to gaming (mostly of the video kind, but there’s room for tabletop too) is heading into its eighth year. Panels, tournaments, nerdcore concerts and more will take over the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle this weekend – in related news, Seattle hospitals are bracing for the largest sprained-thumb epidemic ever seen.
Dragon Ball – Of course, not everybody’s close to the west coast, so for those who need some eastern promises, this also happens to be Dragon Con weekend in Atlanta, Georgia – a show widely considered the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music and film in the universe (yes, even larger than the Life Day festival on Kashyyyk)! With a diverse roster of guests ranging from J. Scott Campbell to Alice Cooper, and numerous tie-in events and panels (Erin Gray will teach you Tai Chi!) the only fire-breathing fans are likely to be doing here is of the fun, fictional kind. Also, the Nerdist Channel will be filming Just Cos on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you spend all year meticulously designing your heroic apparel down to the very last detail, and would like to showcase your costume on camera, email [email protected].
Magic Pond – Come along, Ponds! Time for your own micro-series. This week, Whovians get to see what life is like for Amy and Rory between the Doctor’s house calls. The five-part Pond Life, which kicked off yesterday, will also lead into Saturday’s premiere of “Asylum of the Daleks,” an episode which we hear will make the universe’s most evil killer pepper-pots scary again. As they should be; when your homeworld’s named Skaro, you kinda have an image to uphold.
Hat Trick – A not-so-silly rabbit finds out that tricks can hurt kids, when one sends him into a magical realm away from his owner, who is left with no luck at all now that his floppy-eared pal is missing. Screenwriter Adam Kline and acclaimed illustrator Brian Taylor bring you this unorthodox adventure in Escape from Hat, a book that comes recommended by Ice Age director Chris Wedge and TMNT cocreator Kevin Eastman. Test your luck at our contest page to win one of five copies, then increase fortune’s favor with bonus entries at our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages. Hop to it!