The Super Megafest pop culture convention returns to Framingham, MA the weekend of November 19th-20th, 2011. The list of currently scheduled guests includes Patrick Stewart, Sean Astin, Anthony Michael Hall, and Jeremy Bulloch, plus many comics writers and artists; there will be musical events, costume contests, and of course dealers galore. Visit http://www.supermegafest.com/ to learn more.
The Carnage gaming convention returns to Fairlee, VT the weekend of November 4-6, 2011. The event is “dedicated to playing the best and newest in games, including board games, card games, miniatures, and role-playing games.” This same convention is also doing double duty as DipCon 2011, the official championship tournament for the game “Diplomacy.” Learn all about it at http://www.carnagecon.com/.
The Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival will take place at several venues in Providence, RI the weekend of October 20-23, 2011:
This October 20-23rd 2011, the FLICKERS: RI International Horror Film Festival will screen some of the world’s greatest independent fright films. Films presented will be from across the globe and represent a broad range of cinematic styles and approaches to the genre.
The FLICKERS: RI International Horror Film Festival is an eerie-sistable salute to an often overlooked genre that will include numerous world premieres of shorts and features including the best of films submitted in competition from all over the globe. We guarantee that you will not see anything like them anywhere else. Plus, many of the filmmakers will be in attendance, so you’ll have a chance to network, ask questions and maybe even audition for their next film. This year’s Festival is sponsored in part by MGM HD.
To add to the fun, the Festival, much like a witch’s brew, will consist of various ingredients such as a “Zombiethon” battle with members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an H.P. Lovecraft walking tour, special free screenings, restored classic horror films in High Definition, awards for Best Feature and Best Short and much more.
The festival’s website at http://www.film-festival.org/Horror_ri.php will have a schedule of venues and screenings available.
The combined New York Comic Con and New York Anime Festival will arrive at the Javits Center in New York October 13th-16th, 2011. One ticket gets you into both events. To see the guest list and other details visit http://www.nycomiccon.com/ (see also http://newyorkcomiccon.com/en/Whats-Happening/New-York-Anime-Festival/ to learn specifically about the Anime Festival).
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Lev Grossman will present his new book The Magician King, the sequel to The Magicians, at Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, MA on August 11th at 7:00pm. Visit http://www.brooklinebooksmith-shop.com/event/lev-grossman-magician-king to learn more.
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Wizard World’s New England Comic Con was originally scheduled for the weekend of September 17th-18th, 2011. However, their website at http://www.wizardworld.com/home-newengland.html now says the event will be held in October 2012. There is no mention of 2011′s event, nor is there any explanation of what’s going on. The ticket sales page at http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/newengland/ still lists the 2011 dates (or at least it did as of the time that this post was written), but also says “Tickets are no longer available to this event.” If Wizard World releases an official statement I’ll pass it along; for now I’d say things are not looking good.
This year’s Furfright convention will be held the weekend of October 14-16 in Cromwell, CT.
FurFright is a Halloween-themed Anthropomorphic convention in Cromwell, Connecticut that has been entertaining attendees and raising money for animal/environmental charities since 2003. The 3-day event hosts people from all over the world who share a common interest in anthropomorphics.
Convention-goers watch and participate in discussion groups, classes, games, dances, and many other activities throughout the course of the weekend. Anthropomorphic conventions are identical to Science Fiction, Fantasy, Star Wars, or Star Trek conventions, except the focus of interest is the realm of animal stories and characters.
The costumes, animal mascot suits, and events make FurFright (and all anthropomorphic conventions) fun and entertaining for attendees and public alike.
Note that the convention has a strict attendance limit of 1500, so pre-registration is highly recommended. Visit http://www.furfright.org/ to find more information.