Thursday, May 14, 2009

FANTASCI RETURNS!


Hey Superfans!

It’s my great pleasure to announce that FantaSci, the sci-fi/fantasy convention I ran here at Central Library for 5 years is returning home after a bit of a hiatus. Those of you have followed the saga may recall that the event moved offsite for a year (thanks to the heroic efforts of former guests who took on the challenge of planning it at a new locale) due to space issues. Well the library has undergone quite a few physical changes over the past year that have freed up building space, so FantaSci is back at the library once again! The event will be a daylong extravaganza featuring anime & manga, an alley of artists, toys & games, workshops and panels, special guests, and dealers in collectibles. I can safely say that the number of programs and guests we have lined up will make this the biggest FantaSci yet!

The event will be here at the library on Saturday, June 6th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library will close at 5:00 p.m., but the fun won’t be quite over. Your Team Fantasmo will reopen for business at 7:30 p.m. for a cultastic sci-fi double-feature! Here is your official FantaSci 2009 schedule of events:

9:00 a.m. – Library opens!

10:00 a.m. – Writing Ghostly Non-Fiction
Presented by: Pamela Kinney & Theresa Bane


11:15 a.m. – Iron Author Quick Write Workshop: FantaSci Edition
Presented by: Tony Ruggiero

12:30 p.m. – Costume Contest

12:45 p.m. – Digital Dreams: Painting with Photoshop
Presented by: Brian Bridgeforth


1:45 p.m. – Order #66: The Fall of the Jedis
Presented by: Tidewater Alliance

2:00 p.m. – New Trek Vs. Old Trek: Clever Reboot of Kobayashi Maru
Presented by: Starfleet Atlantic

3:00 p.m. – Independent Film Premiere: Taste the Blood of Frankenstein
Followed by Panel Discussion with Director Eric Miller

3:15 p.m. – Intro to the Stargate Universe
Presented by: Stargate SG-9


5:00 Library Closes

7:30 p.m. – Library Reopens for Fantasmo!

Films:

8:00 p.m. – Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (PG-13)

9:45 p.m. – Highlander (Rated R)

So there you have it Superfans, the return of FantaSci! I’d also like to send out a special thanks to Brian and Marie Bridgeforth who have developed a terrific Web site devoted to the program this year, and for creating the cool art you see above! Also I must mention Craig T. Adams and Debra Burrell of Fuzz & Stuffing Puppets (and the Doctor Madblood Show) who have been die hard supporters of Fantasmo/FantaSci since their beginnings! See you for the fun on the 6th!

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