If there’s anything SF readers and watchers, gamers and otakus enjoy more than their particular hobbies, it’s getting together to talk and enjoy their hobbies 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.
Lloyd the Conqueror
Premieres October 1st
Edmonton International Film Festival
Lloyd the Conqueror follows the adventures, the Live Action Role Playing adventures that is, of three college students forced to take part in their Medieval Literature professor’s LARP.
On their way to extra academic credits they will have to face people who, just maybe, take these things a little too seriously. It’s just a game after all, but as the tagline of the film says, in someone’s head, it’s friggin’ epic.
Alternative Press Expo
San Francisco, CA
Comic-Con’s cousin celebrates alternative and small press comics and their creators. Kate Beaton, Daniel Clowes, Craig Thompson, Matthew Thurber, Adrian Tomine and Shannon Wheeler will all be there along with many other independent comic creators.
Whether they are laughing maniacally of petting their white cat, everybody loves a good villain. After all, wihtout them the hero could never be heroic. And now they have a convention dedicated to them! So come and plan world domination, learn how to manage your minions and how to pontificate once Mr. Bond is in your hands.
Capclave is a small literary convention that often focuses on short fiction. In addition to lots of interesting panels to see with lots of interesting guests, you can also look forward to the winners of the WSFA Small Press Awards being announced. It’s also has a great slogan: “Where reading is not extinct!”
Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel
New York Film Festival
The Fall of the House of Usher, Little Shop of Horrors, The Masque of the Red Death, Caged Heat, Sharktopus, these are just some of the films Roger Corman has produced or directed. Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past 60 years, you’ve almost certainly seen some of his films. And now you can see a film about him!
A small one-day event in Bristol (if you hadn’t already guessed) this convention features an eclectic guest list that includes one of my favourite artists — Jim Burns and Keith Bloom, creator of the Scrivener software. Fellow Tor.com blogger Tim Maughan will also be there.
The largest event of its kind in Benelux, FACTS is now in its 21st edition. They have an extensive guest list. The list of European artists who will be there in addition to the actors and American comic book artists are sure to make this an event unlike any other.
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
The most imaginative people on earth are children and anyone who wants to make films aimed at them better also have a lot of imagination. This festival features some of the best children’s films from around the world. And while not all of them will be science fiction of fantasy, there’s plenty of good things to see for children of all ages.
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, write reviews of francophone short fiction for The Portal, and start Nanopress, a Canadian small press. He looks forward to living on Mars where he would benefit from having more than 24 hours in a day.