The always-popular Neil Gaiman is on what’s called his “Last U.S. Signing Tour” to promote his new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. He will visit the First Parish Church in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA on July 13th at 6:00pm. This event is sponsored by Porter Square Books and it will require a ticket, which you can buy at the store starting June 18th. Note that the ticket does not include a copy of the book; you can pre-order one through the store. For details see http://www.portersquarebooks.com/event/neil-gaiman-ocean-end-lane.
For those of you in the western part of New England, Neil has another appearance on June 20th at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY, which might be closer to you. See http://www.northshire.com/event/shelf-authors-conversation-neil-gaiman-presenting-ocean-end-lane for more about that event.
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/.
I-CON 32 was originally scheduled for the weekend of March 21st-23rd in Stony Brook, NY. However, the convention has just announced that the 2013 event will be delayed, and new dates have not been announced yet:
The factors leading to this decision include financial difficulties, challenges in moving a convention our size, and most notably repercussions of Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter that followed shortly after.
The I-CON 32 team and the board consulted extensively on this matter, evaluating financial options, private funding, and substantial cuts to the convention itself. These options presented huge changes to the fabric of the convention – diminishing the experience, as well as leaving the organization financially insolvent for an I-CON 33. Ultimately this lead to the decision to postpone I-CON 32.
Visit http://www.iconsf.org/ to read the complete announcement and get further details.
[Tip from James of RISFC]
New York ComicCon will be held October 11-14 at the Javits Center in New York City. They have a huge guest list, including Anne Rice, Peter Davison, Tom Felton, Sean Astin, Christopher Lloyd, Bill Paxton, lots of comics artists, and the band Ben Folds Five. Many more guests are listed on the website at http://www.newyorkcomiccon.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/.
Oops, March got started without me. Still there’s lots left to do!
Remember that March 14th, 3.14, will be Pi Day! Be sure to have some tasty pi! Any kind of pi is fine — pizza pi, apple pi, whatever pi you like. Mmmm, π.
March 16-18: ConnCon 2012
March 31: MythBusters Live Tour
March 2-4: Intercon
March 4: Lord of the Rings Marathon
March 4: “Heroes in Our Midst” Comics Artists
March 5: Actor Appearance: Viggo Mortensen
March 15: Author Appearance: Caitlin R. Kiernan
March 16-18: Vericon 2012
March 16: Opening date of “Futurity: A Musical by The Lisps”
March 17: Author Appearance: Jennifer Pelland
March 18: Artist Appearance: Paul Ryan
March 22: Author Appearance: Amanda Downum
March 30: Author Appearance: Tobias Buckell and Myke Cole
March 30-April 1: ConBust 2012
March 24: Vermont Small Press & Comic Fair
March 30-April 1: I-CON 31
I-CON will celebrate its 31st year the weekend of March 30th-April 1st, 2012 on the campus of Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY. New guests are constantly being announced; so far they include author David Weber and actor Sylvester McCoy of “Doctor Who.”
Attended by over 6,000 people each year, I-CON is a three day festival, designed to encourage literacy, creativity and interest in science and technology through science fiction and its related genres. Programming at I-CON spans a wide range of topics and interests, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, comic books, Japanese animation (otherwise known as Anime), medieval reenactment, science and technology.
Guest speakers are invited from around the world to share their experiences in their fields, information about any new or upcoming projects and their insights into the genre with their fans. Over the course of the convention, guests typically will participate in panel discussions, give workshops and demonstrations, sign autographs, and interact with their fans on a one on one basis in such venues as the Award Banquet. With so much to offer, I-CON is able to appeal to a diverse audience, including college students, senior citizens and families with young children.
Watch http://iconsf.org/ for a complete guest list and more details about the event.
Oops. Once again I’m a little late with the monthly roundup (but of course you all know that you can always check the calendar at http://nescifievents.org/?page_id=7).
My excuse this time: I’m running the 2011 Browncoat Ball, a shiny social weekend for fans of Joss Whedon’s Firefy and Serenity October 21-23 in Providence, RI, and it has ever so slightly eaten my brain. It’s going to be a mighty fine shindig, so come dancing with us!
Here’s what else is on tap this month:
Oct. 8-10, 15-16: Connecticut Renaissance Faire
Oct. 14-16: Furfright
Oct. 20, 27-30: DAMNATIONLAND
Oct. 21: Nerdcore Music Tour
Oct. 22: A Steampunk Affair 2011
Oct. 3: Science on Screen: The Little Shop of Horrors
Oct. 8-10, 15-16, 22-23: King Richard’s Faire
Oct. 10: Actor Appearance: Kane Hodder
Oct. 14: Actor Appearance: Bill Johnson
Oct. 14-16: Rock and Shock
Oct. 15: Boston Book Festival
Oct. 15: Author Appearance: RA Salvatore
Oct. 15: Actor Appearance: Bill Johnson
Oct. 16: Author Appearance: Erin Morgenstern
Oct. 19-21, 27-28, 30: The Big Broadcast of 1954 (NOTE: The October 26th performance has been cancelled.)
Oct. 21-23: Actor Appearance: Doug Bradley
Oct. 22: Author Appearance: Lesley Bannatyne and Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Oct. 27: Nerdcore Music Tour
Oct. 29: Coolidge Corner Theatre Halloween Horror Movie Marathon
Oct. 31: Author Appearance: Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Oct. 14-16: Another Anime Convention
Oct. 30: Saturday Fright Special Spooktacular VI
Oct. 15: Star Wars Party with Author Ryder Windham
Oct. 20-23: Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival
Oct. 21-23: The Browncoat Ball
Oct. 20-23: Bakuretsu Con 2011
Oct. 22: Nerdcore Music Tour
Oct. 13-16: New York Comic Con and Anime Festival 2011
Albacon, previously scheduled for the weekend of October 21-23 in Albany, NY, has been cancelled. According to a statement on the website at http://www.albacon.org/:
For multiple reasons, the Albacon 2011 convention has been cancelled. The Albacon Committee and LASTSFA apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. A letter from the President of LASTSFA is available on the Albacon website. Paid registrations that we have in-hand will either be returned or transferred to 2012 as per the registrant’s preference. Albacon 2012 is still on schedule and we hope you will join us for it.
[Tips from James of RISFC and Mary]
UPDATE: Albacon has been cancelled. A statement from the convention is available at http://www.albacon.org/files/2011_presidents_message.pdf.
Albacon is a fan-run science fiction convention which will be held in Albany, NY the weekend of October 21-23, 2011. The guests of honor will be Jackie Kessler, Stephen Hickman, and Keith DeCandido. Visit http://www.albacon.org to learn more.