I have to admit that I am totally stoked for this weekend! Southern Geek Fest is almost upon us and it is looking like it will be a blast! Rafe White, Tim Nicholas, and a whole bunch of other excellent nerdy people have managed to put together what I believe will be one of the best fan-run first time conventions to come along in a long time.
I’ve been to many conventions over the last few years and a few of them were first timers. In fact, the very first convention that I ever went to was a first timer and, considering the state of fandom and conventions at the time and the size of the area it was serving, it was very good. Another one that I went to was in a large city (Houston) and while it didn’t have many guests, it was very well attended and had very few bumps. That particular convention has grown by leaps and bounds over the years and has become one of my favorite conventions to attend (I’m looking at you, Space City Comic Con).
Southern Geek Fest has an excellent (and lengthy) list of guests, and you can find most of them listed throughout other posts I’ve done about this convention, but two of the biggest guests that I’m interested in meeting are Ann Mahoney of The Walking Dead and Tim Russ of Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Renegades. Both of these actors are amazing talents and happen to be a part of two of my favorite shows. Mahoney portrays Olivia on TWD and that particular character is still growing and forming on the screen. Russ portrays Tuvok on both Voyager and Renegades. He’s one of my favorite Vulcans and a real source of humor despite lacking all emotion. I’m really excited to meet them both!
There are plenty of other wonderful guests that will be in attendance. The above slideshow gives you just a taste of all of the excellent cosplayers, podcasters, comic artists, and other talent that will be present. There will even be a village idiot at the event (The Discount Dark Knight, me)! To get a glimpse at the full lineup, head on over to the convention’s website and check out everything that’s going to be at the event!
I’ll be arriving on Friday evening for the convention. If you’re going to be in attendance, be sure to let me know and we can hang out for a bit. I’m looking forward to meeting a few old friends that I haven’t seen in awhile, a few other friends that I’ve never met in person (courtesy of ye old Facebook), and hopefully I’ll make a few new friends as well.
Also, DDK will have a slightly different look at the convention. Be sure to check out his new cowl and cape combo. The cowl is in the photo below. Sexy, isn’t it????
If you can’t make it to Southern Geek Fest this weekend, have no fear! Next weekend is CyPhaCon in Lake Charles, LA! It’s also a fan-run convention but it has been around for a few years and has grown consistently larger and better each year. I’ll be in attendance at that convention as well, so be sure to come by and say hello to me. They’ll have Nana Visitor from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and a whole bunch of other guests as well. I’ll be posting more about CyPhaCon next week, so be on the lookout for that post. For now, go to CyPhaCon’s website for more information.
Again, I’m really excited to be going to Southern Geek Fest this weekend and I really hope that this convention is a hit. I personally know some of the folks involved with this event and I want it to be a success for them and for all of Mississippi and the rest of us nerds on the Gulf Coast!
As always, thanks for reading my post. Talk at ya soon!