Somewhere in Mighty Mississippi
The southern United States isn’t necessarily the first place that comes to mind whenever someone mentions geek culture, but geek culture is definitely thriving in key parts of the South. Almost all of the southern states have successful fan-run conventions. Some states, such as Louisiana and Mississippi, have multiple successful fan-run events. Larger cities in the South have attracted the likes of Wizard World as well.
With that in mind, I decided to pose Ten Burning Questions to Tim Nicholas. He’s one half of the dynamic duo that heads up Southern Geek Fest, a fan-run convention that’s celebrating its second year in 2017. It takes place in Hattiesburg, and I was fortunate enough to attend the first SGF, and I have to admit that it was an excellent event. You can read more about my time at that event here. I’ve been friends with the second member of that duo, Rafe White, for quite a while now, but I’m still getting to know Tim, so I showed no mercy to him with these Ten Burning Questions!
Read on to find out some juicy tidbits about Tim and Southern Geek Fest!
1. You’re a big part of Southern Geek Fest. What exactly do you do with that convention?
Along with Rafe White, I am one of two promoters. At our last SGF, I was in charge of vendor relations, floor planning, volunteers and a hundred other things. Basically I do everything that Rafe doesn’t do.
2. Rafe White or Snow White? Who is the bigger diva?
Rafe is definitely the biggest diva!! He is constantly needy. I think he made an SGF volunteer pick out all the yellow M&Ms before he would eat the bag.
3. Which celebrity have you always wanted to meet but haven’t had the opportunity to see in person?
Jackie Chan is probably highest on my list right now.
4. What is the most fun part of running a convention?
It has to be all the women throwing themselves at your feet!! Wait, that was a dream I had. The fun when running a con happened for me after the show, getting the feedback from all the attendees and vendors that we put on a good show.
5. What is the toughest thing about running a convention?
The unexpected. All the multiple fires that had to be extinguished.
6. Black Sabbath with Ozzy or Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio? Who do you prefer and why?
Sabbath with Ozzy. I love Dio, but I’m all the way Ozzy!!
7. Read any good comics lately? What is your favorite title?
I really haven’t read anything lately. I keep telling myself that I need to get back into comics, but I just haven’t done it.
8. What is your favorite fandom and why?
I’m a huge Trekkie and I love Fantasy novels . Star Trek was a favorite of my parents. I guess them introducing it to me as a child made me love it for my entire life. When I was in high school, a local video store went out of business. I took every dollar a could get together and bought the entire original series on VHS from them. I still have all those VHS’s.
9. In your opinion, has The Walking Dead jumped the shark? Why?
I don’t think so yet. This season has not been very good so far, but I think they are trying to move the show in a different direction. You can’t turn the Titanic on a dime, and I think the same thing goes for mega shows like Walking Dead.
10. A volcano is about to blow and the only way to save the village at the foot of the mountain is to blast Miley Cyrus tunes at the lava? Do you crank up the Cyrus or die a painful death?
“Came in like a wrecking ball!!!”
Mega, happy, deluxe bonus question: Is there a webpage or social media pages where folks can learn more about Southern Geek Fest? If so, share them here and I’ll include links!
Facebook group at Southern Geek
Our webpage is southerngeekfest.com
I hope that everyone enjoyed reading about Tim and Southern Geek Fest. For the record, this is the first time that Miley Cyrus will be featured on a tag in one of my posts. Thanks for that, Tim. Be sure to click on all of the links above and follow Southern Geek Fest to get the latest on their wonderful event.
As always, thanks for reading. I have a few more victims lined up for Ten Burning Questions, and I’ll be getting to them very soon!