Saturday, May 4th is Free Comic Book Day! (Also Star Wars Day — May the Fourth be with you!) Check with your local comic book store to see if any special events are planned, and be sure to stop by early to get the best choice of free comic books. To learn more about this project visit http://www.freecomicbookday.com/.
Saturday, May 5th is Free Comic Book Day! Check with your local comic book store to see if any special events are planned, and be sure to stop by early to get the best choice of free comic books. To learn more about this project visit http://www.freecomicbookday.com/.
Saturday May 7th is Free Comic Book Day everywhere! Stop by your favorite local comic book store to see if they are participating.
Also, May 25th is Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams.
April 30–May 1: Boston Comic Con 2011
May 1: UMass Community Renaissance Festival
May 6-8: International Steampunk City
May 7: Star Wars: Attack of the Authors
May 21: Star Wars Day at the Higgins Armory Museum
May 21: Naked Girls Reading: Fang Fiction
May 23: Author Appearance: SJ Chambers
May 24: Author Appearance: China Miéville
May 7: Star Wars: Attack of the Authors
May 21-22: Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition’
Here’s what’s on the calendar so far for April:
April 23, 24, and 30: Robin Hood Springtime Festival
April 28: Author Appearance: Catherynne M. Valente
April 8: Final Admission Deadline for Odyssey Writing Workshop
April 9-10: EconoCon 14
April 28–May 1: Aeternitas 2011 (Harry Potter convention)
April 29-May 2: Costume-Con
April 15-17: I-Con
March 25th is the annual “Tolkien Reading Day”; this date was selected because in the Lord of the Rings books it’s the day on which Sauron’s downfall finally arrives. Learn more at http://www.tolkiensociety.org/ed/tolkienreadingday.html.
Warm up the sewing machine! Costume-Con 29, a traveling convention focused entirely on costuming, will be hosted in in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, the weekend of April 29-May 2, 2011. If you are a costumer, this is the place to be (and to compete, if you are so inclined). According to their website:
COSTUME-CON is an annual conference about costumes. The convention has its roots in science fiction and fantasy conventions and historic re-enactment type events.
All forms of costuming are welcome, including anime, fursuit, etc.
Learn more at http://cc29nj.com/.
Tickets just became available for “TRON Night,” a free promotional event for the upcoming Tron: Legacy movie happening on October 28th in theaters across the nation, including locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts (also New York and New Jersey).
TRON NIGHT IS an IMAX 3D Experience, a special event on October 28, 2010, that will give audiences worldwide the first opportunity to step onto the Grid and into the cutting-edge, 3D world of Walt Disney Pictures’ high-tech adventure “TRON: Legacy,” during an exciting 20-plus-minute sneak peek of the highly anticipated film, sponsored by ASUS.
Visit http://www.tronnight2010.com/ to find a location near you.
[Tip from Dave of the New England Browncoats]
After a spectacularly successful debut this year, the Steampunk World’s Fair will return to New Jersey the weekend of May 20-22, 2011. Reservations for the new hotel in Somerset, NJ are being taken now; membership registration opens September 15th. What’s it all about?
Welcome to a three-day expedition into yesterday’s future! (And no, that doesn’t mean the present!) SPWF is the first East Coast event to welcome Steampunks, Neo-Victorians, Retro-futurists, Gas Lamp Fantasists, and any and all others who consider themselves part of steampunk into a weekend long festival celebrating all things steamy!
An interactive and social event for people of all levels of steampunk know-how (yes, even you sitting in the corner of the internet, not sure you know what steampunk is or if you even like it) to communicate, dance, exchange, and explore. Here, you will find representation of the art, culture, fashion, technology, history, gaming, and music of this fascinating and scintillating subculture and genre.
Say you enjoy the post-enlightenment of the Industrial Revolution, or Victorian Era upper-class sensibilities, or the mutated past merged with modern mentalities and counter-culture ethos. Maybe you like the skewed science of “What if?” and the historical settings, or you simply like to look dapper in your top hat. There is something here at the Steampunk World’s Fair for you!
Get all the details at http://steampunkworldsfair.com/.
This is my blog, so I’m going to give an extra special plug to the New England Steampunk Festival on May 1st, at which I will be giving a talk on “Steampunk Propmaking for Beginners” and otherwise wandering around with an airship strapped to my back. Please come support the Charles River Museum of Industry as it recovers from recent flooding.
May 1st is also Free Comic Book Day! Check with your nearest comic book shop to find out if they’ve got any big events planned. Here is a list of FCBD events in New England that have crossed my radar; this is absolutely not a complete list:
Comicopia, Boston, MA: writers Nichol Ashworth and Kevin Church and artist Ming Doyle (via Bostonist)
Larry’s Comics, Lowell, MA: artists Adam Miller, Charles Wilson III, and Tyler James (via Convention Scene)
That’s Entertainment, Worcester, MA: artists Mark McKenna, Bob Almond, Eric Merced and Mark Marderosian (via Convention Scene)
New England Comics, multiple locations, MA: there will be different guests at each location, so check the website (via Convention Scene)
Double Midnight Comics, Manchester, NH: artists Sara Richard, Dan Larson and Jeremy McHugh (via Convention Scene)
Jetpack Comics, Rochester, NH: they make a big party out of it and will have many guests and activities
Oh, and there’s some other stuff happening too:
May 15: ComiCONN
May 23: Maine Comics Arts Festival
April 28–May 2: Improv Boston’s Geek Week (comedy)
April 30-May 1: ROFLCon (Internet meme convention)
May 2: Author Leah Cypess
May 2: UMass Renaissance Festival
May 8: Karaokon (anime/karaoke event)
May 22: Spring Anime Kaiju Experience (anime con)
May 27: A Night with Julia Jones (“Twilight”)
May 14–16: Steampunk World’s Fair