Cool news: ELCC 2017 will be TWO DAYS long this year! One May 12, The GeekERIE & The Erie County Public Library present HERO PROM at Basement Transmissions (which will have its own event page), and then the Con itself on May 13! As details are hammered out, we’ll post them here.
We have a burgeoning guest list!
VENDORS: Actiontoyman specializes in action figures, comics and collectables. With three floors of fun, every visitor is sure to find something for their collection or to inspire a childhood memory. We have items from the 60s through today. From science fiction and superheroes to wrestling and sports, we have action figures, comics and collectables from all genres. Each visitor is treated to the visual impact of the action figures, the feeling of a neighborhood comic shop and the waves of nostalgia of past toys and collections. We are excited to be a part of the Library Con and will have a table full of items from the store to purchase during the event
Robot Zero Comics, Toys and Vintage
World War Games & Distractions
In The Zone Cards and Games is one of NE Ohio’s largest game stores. We carry a huge selection Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon TCG Products, Tabletop Games and Role Play Game Products and Miniatures. In addition we have one of the best selection of Gaming Accessories around including Dice, Sleeves and other TCG accessories, Miniature Paints/Accessories, D&D Miniatures/Tile Packs and more! We host weekly tournaments and casual game nights so there is always something fun going on and feature a great selection of over 100 open games to come in and try!
What Is File 13? – Dan Hosek has wanted to create comic books for as long as he can remember. He worked in Marvel Comics’ editorial department and was a children’s book designer before co-founding Castle Comics to realize his lifelong dream. Castle Comics publishes File 13, a super-powered hero’s journey (with a healthy dose of humor thrown in) loosely based on a concept Dan had when he was twelve years old. The first three issues of File 13 will be available for purchase at the show!
Dan Kinem (The VHS Guy)
Brian Zielinski & Paul Stempka bring their story, HALFWATER, to the table.
Death Dealer Productions is a young start-up horror film company founded by Arie Lombardozzi in 2014. Graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013, Arie earned his B.A. degree while majoring in Film Studies. With a few short films under his belt from his years in film school, and currently two completed short films since graduating – “Blink of and Eye” and “There’s Nobody at the Bridge” which will be availabe for sale (plus t-shirts!), he is looking to share his twisted vision on indie film making with Death Dealer Productions. Be aware, death soon will be coming to your doorstep!
Leggings for Days sells buttery soft JeanMarie leggings: anime leggings, pop-art leggings, robot leggings, monster leggings, and loads of skull leggings.
Stellar Comics Group
USS Crystal Point
The Art of Eerie Eric
Deep Fried Comics
Franklin O’Neal, ‘The Artist of Pro Wrestling’, the official artist for the PWHF(Pro-Wrestling Hall of Fame) in Wichita Falls, Texas. He has also illustrated the children’s book ‘Dragons are Real!’, worked in many mediums, and has made art for wrestlers, actors, musicians, among other personalities.
Dee Fish is a Pennsylvania based cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer. As a cartoonist, she is the creator of the online comic strip, Dandy & Company, an all-ages humor comic strip surrounding the misadventures of a dog and his boy. She is currently the writer and artist of the creator owned comic book, The Wellkeeper, young adult fantasy/adventure and the supernatural superhero comic, Apparition.
Hillary Upperman of PinkPig Studios makes a lot of cute plush toys, buttons, stickers and prints of fanart from various series from anime, comic books and movies and some original works.
Magic: The Gathering
Dungeons & Dragons
Comic Book 101 (Creating a Character)
Comic Book 102 (Writing a Script)
Comic Book 103 (Page Layout)
Paint N’ Take
World-building for Writers with Uncommon Universes Press
Liesl Zepp talks about cosplay costuming
Showing of There’s Nobody at the Bridge
Sticks & Bricks Wood Fired Pizza
The Que Abides
Tacos by Ashley Sayre de Rivas
We are casting a secret project for our newly christened Rogue Wood Theatre – the live performance branch of The GeekERIE – to close the 2017 Erie Library Comic Con on May 13. Wanna know what we are doing and how you can be a part of it? Then come to auditions on Sunday, February 12 at The Erie Movie House from 5 PM to 7 PM and all will be explained!
*Unfortunately, we do not know to whom we can give credit for the excellent graphic above. If it is yours, please get in touch so we can make your identity known.
Have trouble organizing your daily life? If your to-do list as long as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? What project should you tackle first? How – Oh, how?!? – did you forget there was an Algebra test today?
Everyone’s been there (some of us live there), but if you’d like to learn a simple system for getting your Stuff under control, join The GeekERIE at the Blasco Library as we take you through the joys of creating your own BulletJournal!
Not familiar with BulletJournal? Essentially, it’s a compact and customizable organization systems that’s part to-do list, part calendar, part diary and part sketchbook. Take a look:
Best of all, it’s insanely easy to start and maintain. And we’ll show you how to do it!
Two sessions are available – February 11 at 11 AM, and February 25 at 11 AM – and should take 90 minutes to complete. Each session can accommodate 15 participants (12 to 18 year old, please). The GeekERIE will provide everything you need to get started on your BulletJournal – the journal itself, pens, highlighters, clips, ruler, and a guide. All you have to do is show up and let us lead you through the process. Seats are limited so reserve your place by calling 451-6927 or email Teen Services at the library.
The GeekERIE was honored to have our Kate Copp give a tribute to Our General, Our Princess without a Kingdom, Carries Fisher at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center‘s showing of The Force Awakens on December 30, 2016.
Every December 5th, Saint Nicholas trots the globe, giving gifts to good boys and girls to find in their shoes the following morning
did you know he travels with the demon Krampus, who punishes bad boys and girls by whipping them with his hazel switch and trowing the truly nasty children into his basket to drag to Hell and drown in a lake of black ink?
Did you also know that Krampi haunt the villages of Bavaria in well-attended festivals designed to scare kids good?
Well, guess what! The GeekERIE is bringing this tradition to Erie! We did it last year and had a blast, so there’s no sense in stopping now.
P.S. Unless you yourself are black, don’t show up as Zwarte Piet. I’m hesitant to even draw attention to this lest some jerk do it just to be contrary, but I also don’t want to think there’s tacit approval of blackface. #SorryNotSorry
On October 1 at 11 AM, brave (and highly caffeinated) souls will begin the arduous task of completing a 24 page comic book before time run out at 11 AM on October 2.
This is an all ages event, but children under 15 should plan to have a parent stay with them for as long as they stay with us. Those between 16 and 18 can stay with a parent or guardian’s written permission. Those under 10 should probably not stay all 24 hours.
Even if you can’t do it, pass the event aong to someone you think will! This is a community-based activity.
Don’t live in Erie? We’ll Skype you in!
All food and drinks will be provided, so no one has to leave the site and lose precious art time.
I love my hometown of Erie, PA despite its inability to define itself and really know what it wants to be when it grows up. We have a lot of cool things here like Presque Isle and four distinct seasons and wineries and a werewolf migration. We’re number two in safety from natural disasters, but we’re also tied for tenth place in obesity (it’s all these delicious home-style restaurants and the sad lack of dog parks), and we rank number three in snow (which I happen to like). And while we’re hardly cosmopolitan (though Lord knows we try!), there is this great groundswell of music, arts, theatre and dance run by dedicated and passionate folks who want to make The Arts what Erie is known for.
I moved back to Erie after a twenty-year (!) absence in 2010. I knew I wanted to be closer to my family and to have more authentic contact than the Sunday phone calls that recapped the week of, let’s face it, things I was missing. I figured when I got to town, I’d settle in and decide pretty quickly what it was I wanted to do here for work and for life. Well, “quickly” became “two years later” before I knew it, and while employed and somewhat social, I didn’t feel as connected to my hometown as I thought I would be. I wasn’t doing anything to make Erie better for my being here.
Then in 2012, I ran a Kickstarter to raise money to host the first (in Erie) 24 Hour Comics Day. I babysat that campaign every day of its 30 day life, and in the end successfully raised $1,500 to give something new to the Erie art and geek scenes. But first, there was New York Comic Con where I attended two panels with my friend PJ (with whom I had often discussed the dream of opening our own LCS) which were hosted by ComicsPro: Comics and Your Community with Thomas Gaul of Corner Store Comics and Beach Ball Comics and Be a Comic Book Retailer! led by Amanda Emmert. After the sessions, I knew that I wanted to open my own comic book store. PJ and I talked about it for hours –days– afterwards, and there was never any doubt about how much work it would be, but how much fun as well.
I mean, what life-long comic geek doesn’t dream about having his or her own comic shop?
One week later was 24 Hour Comics Day, where I met some amazing, creative locals and learned some startling things about my hometown (like there’s a print shop that does comic books and another that makes board game pieces; who knew?).Â When the event was over and I woke up two days later, my first thought was “Yeah. This could work. I could do this, but what would ‘this’ look like?”
“This” eventually became The GeekERIE with, of course, a few iterations along the way. Currently, The GeekERIE is a literacy non-profit organization in its early days, but with several successful events come and gone – Automatic Comics, 24 Hour Comics Day, Erie Library Comic Con – and several more coming up, I’d say we’re making a splash.
The GeekERIE’s (official, according to our application to the IRS) purpose is “to promote literacy and provide literacy education to under-served, low-income populations in Erie County by hosting creative programming in schools, libraries, and other public venues, utilizing transmedia, such as micropressing, animation, live theatre, educational classes, and art showsâ€“ to engage learners by their active participation in the creative process. Our programs include 24 Hour Comics Day, Automatic Comics, Exquisite Comics, Lovecraft Live, The Bulwer-Lytton Race to the Bottom, and Kristmas with Krampus. Other programs and publications not listed will come under ‘The GeekERIE presents.”
Our fundraisers are going to be totally different from anything you’ve ever seen before: they will be fun, entertaining, and there will not be a cheese platter in sight. Ever. You’re more likely to see pizza and beer.
Besides the literacy programming, we’re looking into a commercial store for all your gaming, comic book, coffee and socializing desires. Plus, if all goes according to plan, who wouldn’t want one of these around town???
*Designed by Scott McGrath
I want it. You want it. Stick with us and we’ll get it, and more.
April 30 is International Tabletop Day, and if you didn’t know, Geek & Sundry Head Geek Wil Wheaton sums up one’s social obligations while you’re out meeting new people and games (in any situation, really) very neatly: “Don’t be a dick.”
However, coming from an education background, I understand that might not be explicit enough. I mean, one can say “Don’t be a dick”, but what does not being a dick look like? How should one behave to not be a dick?
Luckily, there’s lovely image which quite explicitly spells out how to not be a dick (click for the large version):
It’s not mine, but I’m sure creator Robert Digby would want you to pass it along.
First of all, Mark Welser‘s ELCC poster is genius, right? Disagree with me if you feel differently, but you’re wrong.
Next, I want to welcome The Que Abides to the Con!! If you haven’t had their food, you are in for SUCH a treat!
Are you cosplaying? GREAT! Stop by The GeekERIE’s booth so we can get a picture of you!
Finally and of course, here’s what’s happening this year at Erie Library Comic Con (90% complete, there still may be a few surprises to be revealed):
Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch Overkill
Magic: The Gathering
Star Wars: X-Wing
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Intro to Pathfinder
A few more are possible. Stay tuned!
In the Atrium
COMIC BOOK 101 – Want to create your very own comic book character? Local genius artist Mark Welser will take oyou through the process of planning and drawing characters that are ready for adventure! First session is at 10 AM; second session at 11 AM.
But it doesn’t stop there!
COMIC BOOK 102 – Now that you have a character, what about those earlier-mentioned adventures? Sean McGrath, writer of Frater Mine and Cthulhu vs. the Vikings will show you how to plan and write a one-page story to get your hero (or villain) off to a champion start! First session is at 11 AM; second session at 12 PM.
But it doesn’t stop there!!
COMIC BOOK 103 – Jude Shingle brings it all how by teaching you how to layout a comic book page, fill your panels with action and dialogue, and finishing it off with ink. When you leave, you’ll have a comic book page of your own creation! First session is at 12 PM; second session at 1 PM.
Dagorhir – Described as “Where the Middle-ages meet Middle-Earth,” Dagorhir is a fast-paced, full-contact medieval-fantasy combat game. Fighters use “boffer,” foam padded weapons to maximize safety. Our easy to learn combat rules make Dagorhir something anyone 18 and over* can easily participate in. However, you don’t have to be a fighter to enjoy Dagorhir, as we are heavily social in addition to fighting and are a great space for non-combatants to explore all areas of creating a medieval-fantasy persona. Front Lawn, all day. *Under 18 requires parental consent
In the Hirt Auditorium
10 AM – Adjust Your Tracking takes you back to the glory days of video stores and VHS by exploring the underground subculture of people who still love and cherish the format.
12 PM – Radio Rebooted Live (and in color!) – Tired of canned talk radio about news and sports? Meet the people of Radio Rebooted, an anything-goes comedy talk show centered on arts, entertainment, pop culture, and some diabolically risque conversation. We’ll be cracking jokes, hosting discussions on movies, video games, and the like, and even providing a few surprises. Small children are advised to play “earmuffs.”
2 PM – Lovecraft LIVE! is a new kind of theatrical experience which The GeekERIE is proud to present! Watch the in-studio shenanigans of a radio drama hosted by Mr. H. P. Lovecraft himself descend into madness and horror as they tell tales of the eldritch and occult to you, the listeners at home. Directed by Kate Copp and written by Sean McGrath.
All panels will take place in Room 219 in the south-east corner of the 2nd floor.
9:30 AM – The GeekERIE – Sure, you’ve heard of us. You’re at our Con today! But who are we and what are we doing for Erie? Sean McGrath and Nick Parrett talk about The GeekERIE’s goals, plans, dreams and what it all means for you.
10:30 AM – Mord McGhee – Mord will be reading a scene from OLD FLAMES AND HEROES which takes place INSIDE THE BLASCO PUBLIC LIBRARY! Maybe, if the weather permits, the reading can happen near the HMS NIAGARA, which is also featured in the scene. If you haven’t heard of this new book, where have you been? Besides featuring the Historic Niagara Seaway Trail including ERIE, PA, the coming of age novel is also in the running for a 2016 Newbery Medal and features a Foreword by Director of the International Cryptozoology Museum Loren Coleman.
11:30 AM – Quickstarter: How to use Crowdfunding to turn your Hobby into a Job – Ever thought that it would be great to be able to do what you love full time? You may be closer to that that you think! Come to this seminar to learn how to use crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo to get started making this dream come true.
1 PM – Multiverse of Awesome – The Star Wars Ring Theory, which proposes that George Lucas used an ancient story composition style that dates back to Beowulf, when he made the Prequels. Lucas himself has never admitted to using a Ring Composition, which is why this is called a theory. However, the evidence is quite compelling, and will leave you with a new understanding and appreciation for what Lucas accomplished with the Prequels. Hosted by Andrew Copp.
2 PM – Beginners Guide To Armor Cosplay – Have you ever want to create your own suit of Halo armor? How about building your own Ironman suit? Come learn the beginning steps towards building cosplay suits of armor. This panel will cover the basics of Pepakura paper crafting, as well as EVA foam crafting, tools and supplies, and general safety. Open Q&A with 405th Division Member Benton Samec.
3 PM – Making your Cosplay with Risuru-Chan – Having trouble finding that costume you want in stores? Or, maybe you’re finding that Halloween is beginning to become quite expensive. Heck, maybe you just want to make a cool costume! Join local cosplayer Risuru-Chan as she shares some of her cosplay construction tips, tricks, and money-saving secrets! Feel free to bring questions! You can check her work out on her Facebook page or find her on Instagram.
Aaron Mueller’s Art and Design – CALLING ALL ART FANATICS! Want to see painting with a twist? Come see local artist Aaron Mueller create LIVE paintings with just a few cans of spray paint as well as display other great works of Art. Also, be sure to stick around for a chance to win a spray paint original!
ACTIONTOYMAN specializes in action figures, comics and collectables. With three floors of fun, every visitor is sure to find something for their collection or to inspire a childhood memory. We have items from the 60s through today. From science fiction and superheroes to wrestling and sports, we have action figures, comics and collectables from all genres. Each visitor is treated to the visual impact of the action figures, the feeling of a neighborhood comic shop and the waves of nostalgia of past toys and collections.
Adjust Your Tracking
All the Small Things – Specializing in cute and geeky art, All the Small Things has been selling at conventions for over ten years. Best known for chibi fandom themed magnets, the table also offers fanart and original prints, original comics, small handcrafted items …even sock puppets!
Ryann Burke – Erie native, Ryann quickly learned the best way to escape from long winters was painting, cutting through her Steam library, and playing D&D. A passionate artist, she found herself deeply inspired by the beautiful worlds and bold characters brought to life through games of all kinds. She brings to the Con original, boldly colored paintings influenced by pop culture and gaming, including but not limited to, Pokemon, League Of Legends, D&D, and Kingdom Hearts. Prints and stickers will also be available. Stop by, share your campaign stories, and browse at Ryann’s first Con attendance in her hometown!
CMOS Collectibles has been in the superhero business for the last 20+ years buying and selling DC Comics Licensed Superhero memorabilia. We setup at 20 shows a year and you can check us out online at www.supercollectibles.com and browse our 2000+ different items we carry for sale. We have been featured in multiple TV shows on collecting and featured in books and documentary’s on Superman as well. We will be setup with several hundred items for sale at the show, so feel free to stop by, check it all out, talk Superheroes, etc. Follow us on Facebook!
Eerie Dolls Boutique
Extra-Life.org – Play games. Heal Kids! Extra Life is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising program that empowers the gaming community to make a difference in the lives of local sick kids. Participants fundraise year-round and during a 24-hour gaming marathon each Fall. Getting involved is as easy as signing up online at extra-life.org. You can play from the comfort of your own home, playing any game you want.
Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $14 million for local CMN hospitals. Locally, Erie gamers have raised $15,000 to help sick kids at Saint Vincent Hospital!
Dee Fish is the creator, writer and artist for the fantasy/adventure graphic novel series, THE WELLKEEPER, the creator of the long running online comic strip, DANDY & COMPANY, and the co-creator and artist of the Hashtag Comics horror book CARPE NOCTEM. She has also worked on the comics ATOMIC ROBO, THE PERHAPANAUTS, PVP & THE MICE TEMPLAR. She will have copies of the Wellkeeper graphic novels, character prints and more and will be signing and drawing ORIGINAL art all day!
The GeekERIE – We’ll be here (of course!) talking about our mission, programs, events (like Erie Library Comic Con, Kristmas with Krampus) and 24 Hour Comics Day. Take a chance to win a Tower of Games!
Benjamin Lathrop – I’ve been doodling for quite a while, and now I want to share my work with you guys! I’ll have a combination of both original works and fanart for sale. Feel free to stop by, chat, and browse a selection of prints with designs and characters from your favorite games, as well as some of my own stuff!
Mord McGhee – Come say hello to Pittsburgh author Mord McGhee as seen in the Buffalo News this year here for his new novel (voted #7 Preditors and Editors Readers’ Choice Poll in January for 2015/16 Fantasy & Science Fiction Book of the Year), OLD FLAMES AND HEROES. Mord McGhee is a 2014 Poynter’s Science Fiction Medalist for his debut GHOSTS OF SAN FRANCISCO and 2014 horror novel MURDER RED INK (called by NYTimes best-seller Steve Alten, “Graphic, intense, and provocative”) was on the list of Reddit Horror Books of the Year.
S. A. McKay – Erie writer and artist, S.A. McKay, will be on site performing two of his works, “The Dragon & The Witch” and “The Dragon & The Witch: SNOW DAY!!!” For all of the adults out there who still have magic and love in their hearts, you won’t want to miss this! Friendly for all-ages. Stop by his table to meet him, and check out his prints, works, and other writings! AND as a special bonus, Scott will be in the Children’s Library at 1 PM reading from his book!
Nonlocal Science Fiction – A science fiction magazine published right here in Erie, PA? Really? Yes, really. Nonlocal Science Fiction launched on Super Pi Day (3/14/15) after a successful Kickstarter campaign and published four issues full of sci-fi goodness throughout 2015. Featuring short stories by standout indie authors from all corners of the U.S. and the globe, Nonlocal delivers fantastic stories that span the galaxy and explore the deepest reaches of the human mind. Owner/editor Dan Dombrowski will be on hand selling print copies of the brand new 2015 Collection, an anthology of every story from the first four issues of Nonlocal Science Fiction. Stop by our table for a free digital copy of Issue #1!
Radio Rebooted: the Booth! – Ryan Maloney is the host of anything-goes comedy/arts/entertainment talk show Radio Rebooted, and now he’s setting up shop on the show floor to interview attendees, fellow booth-holders, and even guests from shows’ past. If you’re ready to partake firsthand in some hilariously tasteless conversation and win some fun prizes in the process, stop by and chat with us!
Ramone Outlaw and Germaine Cabbagehead – Have you ever met Ramone L. Outlaw? Well, if you haven’t don’t be shy! Stop by his table and chat with him. Ramone is a really cool dude and also a local author/illustrator of the children’s book series Germaine Cabbagehead! This will be Ramone and Germaine’s first appearance at Comic Con and they are both very excited to be part of it. All three books will be on sale for $10 each and will be personally signed and free posters will be given away to the first 20 buyers. He can’t wait to meet you all!
Robot Zero Comics
Sources And Methods Games makes many unique titles including everything from the family friendly word game, Widget, deeply strategic eldritch horror meets ancient warriors mash-up, Cthulhu vs. the Vikings! Stop by and check out our games! Be sure to ask to see some of the art coming in the second issue of Cthulhu vs. the Vikings!
Stellar Comics Group
Squishy Productions – A couple of crafters and artist making a variety of creations from pillows to dice bags to Pokemon hats. If you’re in a fandom chances are they’ve got something for you. We also have a fast-growing Youtube channel where we use audio from popular players like The Game Grumps and Jesse Cox to make puppet shows!
Super Awesome Comics – Benjamin Anthony brings his self-published comics, books, ‘zines, original art and (maybe) some video for Erie to behold!
USS Crystal Point – USS Crystal Point is a Star Trek Fan Club based in Erie. We are the Flagship of Fleet 31, an International Star Trek Based Service and Cosplay organization. In addition to meeting monthly, we attend Con’s in the tri-state area, devote time to local causes, and host a monthly Trivia Night at Scully’s Tavern. We are always on the lookout for die hard fans as well as those who have a passing interest and are looking to have fun and give back!
World War Games and Distractions
The exquisite Erie Movie House will host a showing the terrifying puppet-based take on the worst movie ever: Manos, the Hands of Felt! See Torgo, the satyr! Meet the most hapless of doomed vacationers! Wonder at the mysterious Master! The movie starts at 8 PM, post-ELCC. Tickets are $5; it’s BYOB and make sure you bring quarters for the Ultracade!
In a year of firsts, December 5, 2015 saw The GeekERIE give Erie its first ever Krampusnacht, also called St. Nick’s Eve, the night when the Christmas Demon comes to town to find the naughty boys and girls and punish them for their wicked ways: a brisk spanking with his hazel switch or being dragged to Hell to be drowned in a lake of black ink, depending on how horrible the child is. Be careful what you wish for when you say you want a “traditional Christmas”!
Did you miss out? No worries! Krampus is available to come to your child’s window at midnight and scare him or her back to the Path of Righteousness. You pay for on-going therapy, of course.
Still not enough? Check out the pictures:
And If you wonder what Krampus looks like walking this streets of Erie, wonder no longer:
We invite all Krampi to join us next year for Kristmas with Krampus! Don your horns, stick out your tongue, and we’ll drink a toast to the fear that keeps us all in line, then spank some naughty boys and girls. Lake of black ink not included.
This was The GeekERIE’s first time going to the Con as an educational pro (in the person of Sean here), which meant that I got to meet people like The Comic Book Teacher, The Other Comic Book Teacher and Alex Simmons who gave us full visions of how they make comics and gaming and writing and creating safe spaces for kids part of their teaching lives. It’s an amazing bar to reach, but also one that is worth reaching. Seeing the programs they have created makes what we want to do at The GeekERIE seem not only possible, but probable. All that inspiration is going to last a looooong time.
Also, I had ramen every day. Fresh, delicious ramen.
Jibberbun and I got an undeserved and kinda strange write-up over at Gothamist which was an amazing cap to an amazing weekend. OH! The actual cap to the weekend was going to The Brooklyn Strategist with my friend Josh to see what a game store/learning center looks like in practice. It was beautiful. Seriously, I almost cried. The GeekERIE has another idol to look up to and emulate.
Big announcements are coming in the next few weeks, so keep an ear out. I’ll probably be shouting them to anyone within earshot. Maybe further. It’s exciting, moving-forward stuff.
In the meantime, enjoy these pictures from NYCC 2015:
Teen Reading Lounge at the Erie County Public Library is BACK! You can get all the details here about who to call to make reservations (and they truly are appreciated), while perusing the list of books up for vote this time ’round.
Voting will happen September 29 at 6 PM at the library (160 East Front St, Erie, PA 16507). AND there will be pizza while we vote and chat and meet our reading companions for the next several weeks. It’ll be a good time!
If you’ve never played a megagame -which, full disclosure, I never have- you need to take care of that lapse in living (full disclosure: I am), and this November 12 (from 12 to 7) you’ll have the chance to. On that day, Erie Megagmes hosts the Watch the Skies megagame at the Universal Unitarian Church on Perry Highway.
But, I hear you cry, what is a magegame?!?
Glad you asked.
[Watch the Skies] is a megagame about international relations, conflict and high level diplomacy.
It also involves mysterious and threatening aliens from outer space.
The basic premise is that unknown aliens are increasingly visiting earth to abduct, investigate, terrorise and ultimately to subvert and take over or perhaps render earth weak enough to invade.
The game is about how humanity as a collection of political entities decides to react to this.
Game play is in part about humanity gaining technological knowledge by shooting down alien craft and/or capturing aliens alive or dead and key items of their technology. That knowledge can be used to improve the economy (selling alien tech to corporations), develop improved countermeasures to the alien threat or to upgrade national defense.
There will be the different national contingents attempting to coordinate their responses whilst at the same time meeting national objectives. This will involve high level diplomacy. Earth remains a politically complicated place, and at the same time as responding to the obvious threat of aliens, human governments will have the full range of human on human political rivalries, conflicts and crisis – none of which can be safely ignored.
Humans get to upgrade their capabilities or economies by researching captured alien equipment and personnel and thereby gaining knowledge. These can be shared or held – depending on how much the human players cooperate. Humans also have to decide how to use their resources to build better bases, upgrade existing weapons and so on. And who knows – maybe bring the war to the enemy?
The Aliens will be getting up to the usual unspeakably devious and alien activities. Abductions, probes, infiltration, cattle mutilation and terror raids cannot be ruled out.
The game will be on quarterly turns so decision-making will be strategic – primarily about resource allocation, doctrine, policy making and, of course, diplomacy.
Join as an individual (you’ll be matched to a team) or as a team (representing a nation and its military, diplomatic and espionage strengths, or terrorize the other players as Aliens)!
Tickets can be purchased here, and YES! tickets are required to be purchased before the event. Because everyone is going to be sorted into jobs and countries -to say nothing of purchasing lunches- stragglers can’t be accommodated.
If you want to see the game in action, check out this video. Yes, it’s long, but the first 10 minutes should be sufficient to get you to register.
Buy your tickets now and be a part of Erie’s first megagame experience! I’ll be there!
See the counter at the top of the page? That’s how long you have to get yourself ready for 24 Hour Comics Day 2015. But wait, you cry. What is 24 Hour Comics Day?
Glad you asked.
24HCD is a yearly challenge during which participants have 24 hours (duh, Trisha…) to create a 24-page comics book from scratch – pencils, inks, and lettering (colors, too, if you’re some kind of wizard). The challenge, of course, lies in making the comic on your own, but if you want to bring some friends along to help, we’re flexible.
Your 24 hours starts at 11 AM, Saturday, October 3 and ends at 11 AM, Sunday, October 4. Kids under 18 need to have a parent or guardian come in to let us know they’re not runaways. Kids under 15 can stay all 24 hours, but only if a guardian stays with them. For parents who don’t want to commit to the full 24 (and seriously, we don’t blame you), we’ll be having a kids’ session from 11 AM to 5 PM. The event happens at Box of Lights Studios’ new space at 419 State Street in downtown Erie.
Art supplies will be provided for kids (13 and under), but everyone else will have to bring their own. But “art supplies” can mean anything! Clay and a camera? Great! Legos? Even better! Printer paper and Sharpies? That’s the spirit! You prefer to draw on a laptop? We have no problem with that! Construction paper, scissors and glue? Back to basics! Your art is whatever you do to get your story told. Don’t limit yourself to what you think The GeekERIE wants you to do, because the only thing we want you to do is to make comics.
And the really cool part? Everyone who participates gets a copy of the finished comic book!
We’ll be providing food, but donations are always gratefully accepted.
Starting July 1, 2015, The GeekERIE will offer reading and writing tutoring on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Erie County Public Library by appointment. Sessions will be 30 to 60 minutes long and there will be no charge at this time. Yes, FREE tutoring!
Send me an email at YourHost@TheGeekERIE.org to make an appointment. We’ll discuss your goals and how you want to work your sessions during our first meeting.
The GeekERIE is thrilled to be bringing Drafthouse Films’ SPRING to Erie for two showings on August 27 and 29. Described as “Linklater meets Lovecraft”, SPRING follows the on-the-lam Evan to Italy, where he meets a beautiful young woman with an ugly secret.
The August 27 showing will be at Bobby’s Place on the corner of West 18th and Cranberry. The film will start as soon as it’s dark enough outside, but come early to enjoy a few beers, some live music (we’re working ion this part…) and see our plush mascot, Jibberbun, for the first time! Cover is $8.
Please send a mental thank you note -as I alone will never be able to attain the appropriate level of gratitude- to Matt Texter and Chris Avondet of LAMAR Advertising for donating billboard space to The GeekERIE, Nick Parrett and Cynthia Aikley for liaising, and Mark Welser for making another kick-ass graphic fr us!
If you want to find a billboard and send in a picture, Matt says
Right now it’s on our board on I-90 east of rt 99 on the west facing panel, I also put it on our board in Ashtabula, Ohio (why not?!) on Rt 20 at the Fairgrounds Rd. Then it will start running on May 4 on our panel on I79 south of west 26th on the side facing south, and the other will start on 5/11 at 16th and Peach St facing south.
Definitely not as much as some people coughPhilJimenezcoughcough* but I love what she has stood for: equality, peace, strength, and love. Yeah, she’s kicked ass, but she’s not about terrorizing evil like Batman does, and while she and Superman are about par on compassion (well… traditionally. Mostly. It’s complicated.), Diana, in the right hands, has a complexity and depth about her that Kal can’t quite plumb.**
Which comes to the problem with David Finch’s and J Scott Campbell’s re-designs above for th current incarnation of Wonder Woman: who is this person?
Diana’s costume has been tied to her origins and purpose. The original “bathing suit” and/or skirt was an allegiance to the US during WWII and to make a statement on false female modesty/female power.
George Perez’s Diana came as a tribute to Diana Trevor’s uniform after she died defending Themyscira from the Hordes of Hades.
Even –Lord spare us!– in her I-Ching phase, Diana’s mod clothes were a reflection of her boutique fashionista identity.
But to the best of my knowledge, Nu52 Diana’s origin and mission has never been explained. We don’t know why she’s here and I don’t think we know how she got here. Given that appalling lack of information, in my mind, no costume will make sense for her. Why are designers married to those colors? Who made the costume? What material is it? Is there a connection to Amazon culture which ranges in tech and civilization somewhere between Lord of the Flies and Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death? Diana is an enigma, a cipher no one has yet bothered to explore, so I’m calling on you to tell us who Diana is.
Here’s the challenge: come up with Diana’s backstory for the Nu-52 and design her a costume that matches that story. The color scheme, the symbols are all up to you. The only condition is that the tiara, lasso and bracelet have to stay. Regalia rules.
Give me a few hours, and I’ll have my submission up. In the meantime, Send me yours, and I’ll post it.
* No slight to Phil, of course. He is a bottomless font of knowledge and thoughtfulness on the subject of Diana.
** Again, this is my opinion, and I’m certainly open to hearing yours.
UPDATE: Michael Santana says, “I ‘drew’ this in MS Paint a while back. It’s fairly traditional, with a few tweaks–mostly notably, the shoulder armor. My reason for adding the armor was in anticipation for Wonder Woman’s appearance in a live-action venue. To me, Diana should have some muscle on her, but most actresses seem either to be unwilling to put on enough, or they’re encouraged not to. As a workaround, I thought the shoulder armor would add an appropriate appearance of size and strength. I know a lot of people hate the idea of additional armor, but I thought it could be a reasonable compromise.”
UPDATE II: Daniel emails us, “Okay, here is my thought. We know Steve Trevor discovered Themyscira and Diana brought him back. Previous origins like the animated movie depict Amazons in the colors of the nations they visit, and yet somehow they made a bathing suit. I posit that Diana was tasked with returning Steve and a set of armor based on Amazon culture in US colors so we wouldn’t be threatened was designed. We still don’t know the origin of bracelets or lasso, so I will go with the gods gifted them to the amazons and whoever acts as champion wields them.
My redesign is intended to look Greek and look like traditional Wonder Woman:
All accent colors are gold.
Tiara: more Greek looking
Cape: short and white with gold trim
Hair: mid length
Top: a hard linen red piece of atom with a stylized metal eagle breastplate to honor Zeus. Like Alexandrian era armor, it’s held on by shoulder straps instead of her breasts. The cape attaches to those straps.
Belt: a sword belt, with Athena’s owl on the belt buckle. Her thigh strap is stupid so that’s going. The lasso has a hook on the belt.
Bottom: white skirt to mid thigh. She wears whatever undergarments are appropriate. Over the skirt are blue leather kirtles with white stars and metal tips. Most of Diana’s armors over the years involved kirtles, but against bare skin which would hurt the wearer. These are shorter than the skirt.
Bracelets: larger, Byrne era.
Feet: Greek sandals (I suck at drawing feet). She wears red& white greaves to protect her shins in the traditional pattern
1 PMPositivity in Comics Fandom with The Multiverse of Awesome – Why are fans so negative? Who cares! Let’s talk about what we love!
10 AM /11:15 AMComic Book 101 (sessions 1 and 2) – Designing a Character – Ever
thought about making a comic book of your own? You can get the ball rolling with our mini-workshops! Ron Maras leads participants through the creation of their own original comic book characters. Location: 2nd Floor Atrium
11:15 AM/12:30 PMComic Book 102 (sessions 1 and 2) – Writing a Story – Joshua Lucas shows participants how to write a one-page story with the characters they created in the 101 session. Location: Computer Training Room
12:30 PM/1:45 PMComic Book 103 (sessions 1 and 2) – Laying-out a Page – Jude Shingle finishes off our Intro to Creating a Comic Book by teaching participants about the six-panel layout and other variations. Location: 2nd Floor Atrium
10 AM – 4:30 PM Warhammer 40,000 Tournament hosted by Game Corps. Registration starts at 10 AM and the cost is $15. The tournament will begin at 10:30. This will be 1500 points Highlander style. Location: Second floor
9 AM – 5 PMRetrocade Erie – WAAAAAY before your Angry Birds and blu-ray consoles, home video games were just blips and boxes on a TV screen, but without these, you’d be playing Jax on the sidewalk still. Come for a look back at electronic entertainment’s history. Location: Second floor
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…more to come as people scold me for my faulty memory…
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