Cons Are On!
a brief preview of San Jose in May...
May and if you’re a nerd, geek or fanboy that can
only mean one thing to you: Con season is on! That’s
right, fan convention season will sweep the spring and eventually
crash into summer with a lot of comic books, movie trailers,
costume contests and swag. Conventions are going on all
over the country, but a few choice conventions are going
to hit the South Bay Area in May, and if you’re in
the proximity to attend, here’s a preview of three
of the bigger cons to touch down in our humble neighborhood:
Super-Con, Fanimecon and Baycon.
Convention Center's South Hall --
the big blue tent!
first convention to hit the scene and sure to start off
the month with a bang is Super-Con in San Jose, CA. Super-Con
has been an ongoing convention for the last few years, and
until last year was happening in Oakland. In 2007, Super-Con
moved to the San Jose Convention Center for what turned
out to be a nice, more intimate con, where comic fans could
actually get to immerse themselves in the comic biz and
spend time meeting and greeting the industry professionals.
Last year’s guests included System of a Down drummer
and comic aficionado John Dolmayan and Legendary Go-Go Guitarist
Jane Weidlin among a great selection of comic writers and
artists, including DC Comics writer (now editor-in-chief
at Boom! Studios) Mark Waid.
year’s con is back in the San Jose location and it’s
poised to be bigger than ever. Comic industry guests this
year include, artists Greg Horn (Cover Artist – Elektra,
Ms. Marvel, She Hulk), Adam Hughes (Artist –
Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Tomb Raider), and Frank
Cho (Avengers, Liberty Meadows) and that’s
just to name a few.
stars are also back and this year you can’t find a
bigger star than LOST’s
Jorge Garcia (Hugo “Hurley” Reyes). Garcia
will be making a rare convention appearance and it will
be sure to make any LOST fan crazy with excitement.
lost...he's in San Jose!
cool celebrity appearances include the entire cast of Mystery
Science Theatre 3000 reuniting for a panel. Star
Trek: The Next Generation’s Wil Wheaton will
be there as well, and our good gal pal Jane Wiedlin will
return to mix and mingle amongst the fans.
will be expanding on their programming this year by having
a cosplay contest, an art auction, movie screenings, more
panels by industry professionals and much, much more.
let’s not forget, that if all goes according to plan,
yours truly of Moron
Life will be there manning an artist’s table and
handing out free swag. Derek will be wandering around with
a glazed expression, a digital recorder and maybe some swag
from Catastrophic Comics. Ric will have been taken hostage
by pirates. So be sure to keep an eye out for us and come
by to meet the gang.
hits the San Jose Convention Center May 17th and 18th. For
more information and a complete list of Super Con programming,
be sure to check out: http://www.super-con.com.
This horror movie starring Henry Thomas
will screen at 7 p.m. on Saturday night!
Super-Con hits, fans of Sci-Fi and Anime have one big weekend
ahead of them. Come Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-26), a
couple of big fan conventions come to town.
San Jose hosts a festival for all things Anime with Fanimecon
2008. Fanime is Northern California's largest Japanese Anime
convention and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Many fans
attend anime conventions for the events and FanimeCon’s
events have always been a crowd favorite with such annual
staples as the dealers' room, numerous Guests of Honor,
cosplay events and anime screenings, as well as new and
inventive events such as the Game Show, the Black and White
Ball, and the Maid Cafe. There’s also an Artists'
Alley and an Art Gallery as well as arcade gaming, a music
fest and a dance to boot.
Some of the guests touted for this year’s
Fanimecon are artist Maika Netsu, voice actors Hidenobu
Kiuchi, Jonathan Osborne and Dan Southworth, actors Rueben
Langdon and Richard Waugh , industry pro Carl Horn, and
author Ric Meyers.
has grown into a sizeable event and keeps getting bigger
every year, and if you’re an Anime’niac be sure
to check out the great merchandise, the fantastic contests,
and the fun convention this Memorial Day.
will look like this.
more information check out http://www.fanime.com.
competing for your attention as well as your cash Memorial
Day weekend is the Sci-Fi fan convention Baycon. Hailed
this year as, “Adventures in Space – A Pirates
Tale,” Baycon plans to take over the Hyatt Regency
in Santa Clara, CA, May 23-26.
is more of convention for fans to meet and greet each other
and join like minds. However, like other conventions there
is always plenty to see and do, from a quaint dealers' room,
to independent films, podcasts and panels from various Sci-Fi
guests this year include writer Tim Powers, artist Todd
Lockwood, fan Patty Wells, and author Scott Sigler. Along
with the great guests and panels (several featuring Fanboy
Planeteers Derek McCaw, Chris Garcia and Jason Shachat),
Baycon is also having a “Hoist Your Own Jolly Roger
Contest,” and the annual costume contest as well.
be doing the podcast live as a panel on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Stop by and join the fun! You can get the
whole programming schedule here, but you might also
want to be at the costume contest, because Derek and Garcia
will be part of the entertainment, playing "Wait, Wait,
Don't Tell Me."
handsome and Ric.
also has a special feature every year called BCTV, which
is piped through the Hotel’s TV signal and showcases
such things as fan films, old Sci-Fi classics, and independent
films. Oh yeah, and be sure to watch out for some Moron
Life episodes mixed in there too.
is a charming and fun event for fans to just hang out and
socialize with other fans like them. For more information
on Bay-Con please visit them at: http://www.baycon.org.
make it through the month in one piece, we’ll only
have a little time left to recover for the granddaddy of
them all, Comic Con 2008. It’s a good time to be a
fan. See you on the convention floor.