If there’s anything SF readers and watchers, gamers and otakus enjoy more than their particular hobbies, it’s getting together to talk with like minded people. Doing so on tor.com is great, as is doing it in person.
What follows is a list of some of the events that will happen over the month of October. It in no means tries to be comprehensive, but I do try for geographical and thematic variety. Feel free to add events near you, large or small, in the comments.
New York Comic Con
New York, NY, USA, Oct. 8-10
One of the biggest comic conventions on the East Coast, NYCC will have more guests that you will know what to do with, Stan Lee, J. Michael Straczynski, and Neal Adams are just some of the comic guests who will make an appearance along side media guests like Katee Sackhoff, James Marsters, and Richard Hatch. Writers like Naomi Novik and Jane Yolen will be there as will the winner of this year’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Seanan McGuire. Oh, and if you want to give M. Night Shyamalan your opinion of The Last Airbender, you’ll be able to do so.
Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF)
Ottawa, ON, Canada, Oct. 20-24
One of the most important animation festivals in the World, the OIAF features retrospectives of Czech and Japanese independant animation, and films by Osamu Tezuka, and more. This is in addition to several exhibits, the Television Animation Conference (TAC), presentations by Disney and Pixar and a dozen competition screenings.
Dublin, Ireland, Oct. 16-17
Octocon is the National Irish Science Fiction Convention. George R.R. Martin will attend along with many other personalities. For the second year now, the convention will also host the Golden Blasters (The National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards) dedicated to short science fiction, fantasy and horror stories.
World Fantasy Convention
Colombus, OH, USA, October 28-31
An annual gathering with hundreds of writers, this year’s theme is “the whimsical side of fantasy.” Guests of Honor are Dennis McKiernan, Esther Friesner, David Hartwell, and Darrell K. Sweet, and hundreds of other writers and artists will be present. Two highlights of the convention are the Friday evening autograph session and the World Fantasy Awards Banquet on Sunday afternoon.
San Francisco, CA, USA, Oct. 29-31
The convention dedicated to yaoi and shounen-ai. Guests include mangaka Ayano Yamane and seiyuu Ryoutarou Okiayu and Hudenobu Kiuchi. As part of the tenth anniversary celebration, a group of Comiket staff will also be present to film the convention and document its growth over the past decade.
René Walling is a fan of SF, animation and comics, this has led him to co-chair Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon, be involved with fps magazine for more than a decade, and start Nanopress, a Canadian small press. Next month, you’ll be able to find him at Con*Cept and the OIAF.