Wednesday, July 6, 2011

FantaSci 9: Return of the Krackle Botz!

Hey Superfans!

It’s once again time for our annual FantaSci sci-fi/fantasy convention here at the library, and this year promises to be one of our best yet! The date is Saturday, July 23rd, and it will run from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with a special Fantasmo taking place that evening. Our theme “Return of the Krackle Botz” heralds the release of an online game called $ave $teve we designed here at the library, featuring a sci-fi steeped story, including the appearance of the mysterious Krackle Botz. All day at the event we will have our computer lab open so that attendees can play the game and save Steve . . . those who do will get a free t-shirt and a chance to win a fabulous prize (details coming soon at But that’s just the beginning! Other highlights include:

* A special Transformers display courtesy of Regal Cinemas, featuring a 10 ft. tall Optimus Prime made out of real car parts (on display at Central Library now through the event)!

*A Star Trek Blood Feud in which you can donate blood on the American Red Cross Bloodmobile, while also helping defeat either the Klingons or the Federation!

But that’s still not all! We’ll also have a full day of panels and programs, authors and artists, and fan groups and vendors. Our full schedule is as follows:

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Mysteries of the Krackle Botz Revealed! Come be among the first to play $ave $teve and uncover the mystery!

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Star Trek Blood Feud: The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be present throughout the day, as Star Trek factions compete in a race to donate the most blood!

11:00 a.m.: Buying the Right Lightsaber – Presented by Rick Baer

11:00 a.m.: World Building for Fantasy Fiction Writers - Presented by Leona Wisoker

11:00 a.m.: The Incredible History of Uncle Forry – Presented by Deborah Painter (Author of Forry: The Life of Forrest J Ackerman)

12:15 p.m.: Primal Paper Comics Q&A – Presented by Justin Cristelli, Bob Fresh, Mike Federali, Drew Moss & Vince White

12:15 p.m.: Classic Dr. Madblood Episode – Presented by Craig T. Adams

12:15 p.m.: It’s Star Trek, Captain, But Not As We Know It -- The Future of Trek – Presented by Starfleet Atlantic

1:30 p.m.: Klingon Makeup 101 – Presented by IKV Devastator

1:30 p.m.: Grab Your Reader on the First Page! – Presented by Pamela Kinney, Jim Bernheimer, Daniele Lanzarotta, Deborah Painter, Tony Ruggiero & Betty Cross

1:30 p.m.: Of Gods and Men: Star Trek and the Supernatural – Presented by Christopher Johnson

2:45 p.m.: Ask the Writer: From Craft to Publishing to Promotion – Presented by Tony Ruggiero, Theresa Bane & Leona Wisoker

2:45 p.m.: Jedi Temple Invasion - Live performance by the Tidewater Alliance

5:00 p.m.: Library Closes

8:00 p.m.: Library Reopens for Fantasmo Cult Cinema Explosion: Special Lance Henriksen Edition! – This special edition of Fantasmo celebrates the release of Lance Henriksen's new biography Not Bad For a Human, as well as the 25th anniversary of Aliens! For our BIG double-feature we will be screening both Aliens and The Terminator!

It’s going to be a full day of sci-fi and fantasy, with literally something for everyone . . . and in particular if you are a fan of giant robots, video games, Lance Henriksen, or any combination of those ingredients!

Lastly, a word about two special programs we have coming up in August (for those of you who have been asking : ) Our August Fantasmo will take place on Saturday, August 6th, and will be a full day event in which we will screen all of the classic Planet of the Apes films. Details on times will be coming soon. On August 27th we will hold our second annual Freeplay event, in which we will fill the library with classic video game machines and consoles. If you want to know (or reminisce on) what it was like to walk into an 80’s video game arcade, you don’t want to miss it! Plus we’ll have related talks and programs, video game film screenings all day long, and a special edition of Fantasmo featuring Tron Legacy and Scott Pilgrim!

There’s a LOT of summer left to go, and we’re just getting started! See you on the 23rd at FantaSci!

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Mike said...

Which Lance Henriksen films will be shown?

Jim Blanton said...

Hi Mike,
Just confirmed we will be showing Aliens and The Terminator!

Anonymous said...


The schedule is jam packed, and many events run this correct?



Jim Blanton said...

That's right, we have several programming tracks running at the same time covering different themes.