Sep 30 2011 4:00pm

Upcoming Science Fiction/Fantasy Events in October

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 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
October 1-2
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.

October 1-2
Perth, Australia

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.

October 14-16
Gaithersburg, MD

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
October 16
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!


October 22
Bristol, U.K.

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 blogger Tim Maughan will also be there.

FACTS 2011
October 22-23
Ghent, Belgium

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
October 21-30
Chicago, IL

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.

Brit Mandelo
1. BritMandelo
World Fantasy Con 2011 is also taking placeon 27-30th of October, in San Diego CA.
Tom Galloway
2. Tom Galloway
However, World Fantasy memberships have long been sold out and there's a significant wait list in case of cancellations. If you're not already in, you shouldn't expect to be able to attend.
Kate Keith-Fitzgerald
3. ceitfianna
Conclave is also happening in Romolus, Michigan next weekend with guest speaker Seanan McGuire. I'm planning on trying to attend.
Emily Lind
4. Malana
New York Comic Con is in two weeks.

I really need to finish up my Delirium costume.
5. Hatgirl
Ireland's National SF&F Con is on the 15th and 16th October in Dublin
Come one, come all!
Jason Henninger
6. jasonhenninger
Steamcon in Bellview, WA.
Tom Galloway
7. Fenric25
For any New England anime and video game fans, there's the AAC (Another Anime Con) coming up at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, NH on October 14-16th. Quite a fun little con, actually, more people need to check it out (and the Radisson resembles a castle in many ways, it's a really neat-looking hotel...)
Ashley Fox
8. A Fox
Anyone know of anything going on in England? Or is that a silly question?
René Walling
9. cybernetic_nomad
For October, Bristol-Con was listed – it's in three weeks. I also try to list at least one event somewhere in the UK every month.
Michael Burke
10. Ludon
I know this is late but Archon 35 was this weekend in the St. Louis Area. Archon is the first weekend in October - most of the time.
Irene Gallo
11. Irene
New York Comic Con!
October 13-16 will be out and about. Come say hi to the Stubby button'd folks.
Tom Galloway
12. filkferengi
The Ohio Valley Filk Festival is October 21-23:
Tom Galloway
14. John Fiala
The 43rd Mile Hi Con is coming up this month, October 21st through the 23rd, here in Denver. See for many details.
Tom Galloway
16. PieterC
I wish there was another post like this with the SF events for the coming months. :)

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