Last Updated 04/13/2013
We are currently confirming specific events for this year’s show. You will see additions and modifications to this page until just before the convention, but this should give you a good idea about the kinds of events you can expect at the 2013 StarFest Convention.
Cost is $15. Use an Iwata airbrush to create you own version of our 2D airbrush project on illustration board! Saturday at 2:30 and 4:00. Sponsored by TAG Team Hobbies, Iwata-Medea, Artool, Excel Hobby Blades and ComArt.
The Anthropology of Star Trek
Daryl Frazetti presents a discussion of the anthropological themes in the Star Trek universe. Select themes include politics, religion, social problems and the anthropological concept of “race”. A brief discussion on the subculture of fandom is also included along with the cultural impact of Trek, the exploration of Trek as a futuristic mythos, and examination of the question – “what does it mean to be human”?
Apollo 17: The Last Manned Mission to the Moon
Apollo 17 was NASA’s last manned mission that landed on the moon on Dec. 11, 1972. The speaker met all three astronauts of Apollo 17 after they landed on the moon at a luncheon banquet in Boulder, Colorado, 40 years ago last month. It may have been the last mission, but it had many firsts, such as the first and only scientist to go to the moon, the first night launch, the first to discover orange soil, etc. Apollo 17 had other cool remarkable highlights as well, so come and find out why America’s last voyage to the moon was the most important one, and 40 years later what impact it had on America’s science and social communitys, and when we are going back to the moon and the stars. The speaker has been a National Space Society member for the past 11 years, has been attending the Denver Astronomical Society for the past 19 years, has met 28 astronauts and is a Apollo Manned Program expert.
Are Media Tie-in and Novelizations Dying?
It used to be even a movie like “The Smurfs” would have gotten a novelization and “Warehouse 13” a long running tie-in series. Where are these books now? Are video game tie-ins our last refuge? Find out the state of the adaptation industry with these experts. David Boop (moderator) with Dayton Ward, Kevin Dillmore, Christie Golden and Peter Wacks.
We want to encourage all you budding artists to enter the StarFest 2013 Art Show. Past entrants have included Peri Charlifu, Jim Humble and Tim Kuznair, whose work is pictured here. The Art Show will be held in Pikes Peak, up on the Mezzanine. No pre-registration for the Art show is necessary; your artwork can be entered at any time during the convention. Enter your science fiction, fantasy, portraits, 3-D, sculpture or any related artwork. For all the art show rules and information go to starlandartshow.com.
Complete information on our Autograph program is available on the Ticket Page.
Avistrum Academy of Sorcery
The Tales From Avistrum Show Series is an interactive entertainment experience set in the fictional world created by J.K Rowling. Fun for the entire family, all ages are welcome. All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All events and classes presented by Avistrum Academy are free of charge at StarFest. Produced by Mischief Managed Entertainment
For more information please visit our website at www.avistrum.org.
At StarFest, please feel free to ask to speak to a company representative who will gladly answer any of your questions.
Don’t miss YOUR chance to compete in the 5th Annual Triwizard Tournament hosted by Avistrum Academy!
The Grand Champion will win full weekend passes for Nan Desu Kan 2013, StarFest 2014 and MileHiCon 45 (along with the Tales From Avistrum show)!
Become the Anime Champion, the Literary Champion or the Galactic Champion!
Fantastic Door Prizes at the Third Task of Wizard Jeopardy on Sunday! Items from Barnes & Noble, Cave of the Winds, Century Theaters, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! All you need to do to win is sit in the audience and have a raffle ticket from Avistrum!
Registration begins Friday night in the Avistrum room and continues through Saturday. Visit Avistrum Academy to register and for more details.
Like The Triwizard Tournament on Facebook! www.facebook.com/TriwizardTournamentAtStarfest
Tales from Avistrum is produced by Mischief Managed Entertainment
Friday Night Celebration
Come and spend a fun evening with Avistrum as they celebrate the defeat of the evil Simon Drake and the unprecedented Dual House Cup Champions, Colubrae and Parador House!
*Sample and enjoy free wizarding candies in the Candy Bar!
*Get your face painted! Free!
*”Open Pitch” to play Quidditch on the PS2! Train for the 8th Annual StarFest Quidditch Tournament!
*Various fun crafts in the Common Room!
*Registration opens for the Triwizard Tournament! Become the new Grand Champion!
Ask anyone with Avistrum for details.
*Reserve your place for any of the classes Avistrum is presenting over the weekend. Classes tend to fill quickly, so claim your spot and don’t miss out.
Friday Night Only
Avistrum is proud to host “Gilderoy Lockhart”!
“Mr. Lockhart” will be signing autographs and taking pictures in the Avistrum Room for most of the night, but he will be sitting in the Authograph Area for part of the evening. Check your schedule for times! All autographs and photos are free. “Gilderoy” will be providing an original artwork piece of himself created by Avistrum artist Jessica Kasper.
Astronomy Class with Persephone
This is a brand new class to Avistrum debuting at StarFest! Join Persephone as she takes you on a study of celestial objects. Persephone was once a feared Dark Sorceress and an enemy to both Avistrum and the wizarding world. Don’t miss this class as she takes another big step in reforming her afterlife!
Charms Class with Professor Blackwell
In this class you will delve into Memory Charms and even create a “pensieve” of your very own to take home with you! Not only will you learn about these powerful charms, but you may learn some more about the mysterious Elizabeth Blackwell.
Avistrum Student and Faculty Promotions
Will you make Prefect? Who will be the new Head of Enigmus House, since Clark Dowling is once again the Headmaster of Avistrum? There is only one way to find out!
8th Annual Quidditch Tournament
Become this year’s StarFest Quidditch champion and take home a Championship Medallion and Certificate! Played on the PS2 due to Statute of Secrecy, sign up for a spot with Coach d’Medici. (Quidditch Pitch is closed during classes.)
Potions Class with Professor Voertigern
This is Professor Trent Voertigern’s return to teaching after taking a hiatus. But he wasn’t just relaxing on the beach, he was on quite the adventure. The rumor going around is that his quest lead him to the legendary Fountain of Youth. Who knows what kind of fascinating new information he has to share? Don’t miss his class.
Do not miss this exciting Third Task where the final three competitors will battle it out to see who will become this year’s Triwizard Champion! Even if you’re not competing, attend the event and get your raffle ticket in order to win one of our fantastic door prizes! The prizes are brought to you by Barnes & Noble Bookstores, Cave of the Winds, Century Theatres and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. In order to win, you have to be there! This event is always a cauldron of laughs!
Backstroke of the West
“DO NOT WANT!” – Join us as we relive the hilariously mistranslated adventures of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith! What happens when bootleggers translate a sci-fi movie into Chinese and then back into English? Turns out, you get the most ridiculous subtitles ever conceived! Add a generous helping of hysterical Rifftrax commentary (from the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000), and this stands to be one of the funniest things you’ll ever see. Join us as we explain the origins behind “Backstroke of the West.” Then laugh along with us as we present the film in its entirety. If you’ve never seen this, you’re missing out on one of the funniest, most bizarre anomalies in the history of film!
Every year we get a movie studio to sponsor our Balcony Contest. As soon as we know the theme for this year’s contest (and the prizes) we’ll post it here.
The complete balcony contest rules are available on the StarFest Contests and Competitions page or at the Convention Information Table in the Atrium.
Everyone with balcony rooms in the Atrium of the Marriott Hotel is encouraged to decorate their balconies. The last few conventions we have handed out prizes to the best decorated balconies. Prizes are awarded for the “Choose Your Own” and “Sponsored Theme.” We anticipate an incredible prize booty for the winners – but the video and photo accolaides of thouseands is substantial for anyone that participates. It’s worthy to note that special consideration is always given for subtle (and not so subtle) design elements that are incorporated into your decorations.
Come learn the basics of Bat’leth and Mek’leth combat. Prepare yourself for the tournament and have a good time. We promise not to hurt you … much.
Battlestar Galactica Stormbringer Room
Calling all toasters … join the Stormbringer for a fun-filled weekend of everything Battlestar Galactica. Make costumes, build ships and find new friends!
Colonial Power Pill Breakfast with Leprechaun
If you really want to find out, then you need to be here or be square! We promise the Leprechaun has had his shots.
Galactica Costuming on the Cheap
Brought to you by the Quartermaster’s Department of the Battlestar Stormbringer. The QM team will help you turn your imagination into reality in today’s economic plunge.
Faster than Light Speed Dating
Are you lonely, looking for that special someone to enjoy the convention with? Look no further! Back by popular demand! Why flee from Cylon tyranny alone? There are no guarantees, but you might find a friend or just have good time. All participants must be 21 years old or older. IDs will be checked at the door.
Battleship, Galactica Style
A Stormbringer adaptation of the game Battleship. Fun for all ages, especially those who love BSG.
Have you ever thought there was something missing from the classic game of Battleship? We at the Stormbringer Fandom Society have found what that something is. For adults only (21+ with ID) the Stormbringer brings you BattleShots. Bring your friends and see who truly rules the skies in this fast paced adaptation of Battleship. $5 per person will get you in the door and entered into the ultimate tournament.
Build a Viper Workshop
Ever wanted your very own Colonial Viper MkII? Limited to 20 participants, you will have an opportunity to build a paper model (pepakura) Colonial Viper MkII. A good time will be had by all. All you need to bring is a positive attitude and willingness to have fun.
Galactica Theater 3000
This year on GT3K Leprechaun presents Galactica 1980. Bring your jokes and get ready to laugh. This is for bragging rights for the whole weekend. If you are late to Saturdays screening, we have you covered because we are doing this TWICE!
Have you always wanted to have a specific costume piece but lacked the money to buy it, or creativity to sculpt it? Fear not, intrepid costumer, for the Quarter Master department of the Stormbringer Fandom Society has an answer for you!
Scavenger Hunt 2.0
Hunt for various items throughout StarFest. Some items are just pictures, others you will be bringing back… Sharpen your eyes, highten your senses and get ready for all day fun.
Think you know all there is to know about everything on Battlestar Galactica? The Stormbringer challenges you to bring your A-game and prove your geek-hood for all to see.
Bellydance and Beyond
Les Femmes Mechaniques, organized by Tirzah and Chaya (formerly of Serpent Moon), promise to amaze and amuse with alternative bellydance performances on the Atrium stage. Be they Fembots, Borg or assorted automatons, the ladies add a futuristic spin to Middle Eastern Dance.
The Best of Both Worlds-The Fan Cut Parts 1 and 2
In celebration of Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s 25th anniversary and the attendance of Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko-DS9), the U.S.S. Silverthorne is proud to present this fan cut of TNG’s most beloved episode, ‘The Best of Both Worlds’ parts 1 and 2. This vision integrates episodes ‘The Neutral Zone’, ‘Q Who’, ‘DS9-The Emissary’, and the film, ‘Star Trek-First Contact’. For those new to Star Trek: The Next Generation, this is a perfect introduction to the series. For die-hard fans, this is a must-see. There are other versions on YouTube, but this is an all-encompassing celebration of Star Trek-The Next Generation‘s most beloved episode…and the Federation’s most lethal adversary. Not to mention a 25th anniversary salute to the best cliffhanger in Star Trek history.
You think up the crime, they’ll do the time! Arrest your friends, spouse, children or all of the above. Make faces at them as they sit in The Brig. Make them parade around the Con wearing obnoxious costumes (other tortures also available). And all the while you will be helping the Denver Zoo in its mission to make a better world for animals through human understanding.
Bringing Back the Drive-Ins
I’m Matthew Galles, and I want to bring back the Drive-In movie theatres to the Denver area. The costs of going to the movies are getting ridiculous, and I want to change that trend. I want affordable movies for everybody, so everyone can see 1st run movies with family and friends without feeling like you’re being robbed. I want to build a place where family and friends can gather again. For many of us, it’s hard enough to just get the family together to sit down to enjoy a meal together. At the Drive-In, I like to think that most of us have positive memories of our own. And for me, these are family memories — community, where friends, aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas, moms and dads, and cousins can all get under the open sky to enjoy a movie under the stars. The Drive-In theatre I am trying to create is going to be called “CELEBRITY DRIVE-IN” in memory of Roy & Walt Disney’s Denver-loved Celebrity Sports Center, for those who remember that place. And for me, because “Celebrity” Is Family in my eyes. Join me for this panel and share my vision for this theater. Together we can do this!
Chapa’ai of Fortune
Please join us for an exciting game show where you spin the wheel and guess the puzzle on the board. All the puzzles are based on Sci Fi. We will be choosing players from our studio audience to play in each round. The winners of each round will be awarded fabulous prizes. We will be handing out tickets at the door to randomly draw our contestants, so don’t forget to pick up your ticket. Your ticket is good throughout the entire show so be sure and stick around — you might get chosen to play. The games promise to be fun and challenging. If you have puzzles to submit to the game please go here and enter it. SEE YA THERE!!!
Our Costume Contest takes place on Saturday night in the Main Events room. Prizes are awarded in several categories. If you are interested in participating, sign up at Costume Contest Registration on Friday and Saturday. It’s a lot of fun and exciting, too! Imagine appearing on the same stage as our Hollywood Stars!
Test your costume knowledge against others in a Jeopardy-style showdown! From identifying costumes to naming construction materials and techniques, our Costume Jeopardy will find the savviest costumer out there! The prize is a Costume Con 31 (here in Denver!) membership! Visit the Costume Con 31 table to sign up as a contestant!
The Creatures and Cultures of Star Trek and Star Wars
Warp into adventure with your favorite Star Trek & Star Wars characters. This fun and informative workshop will use the Force to help guide travelers to strange new worlds where they will seek out and study the lives of such aliens as Klingons, Ferengi, Vulcans, Wookies, Ewoks, Jedi and more. We will explore their foods, languages, behaviors and technologies. Be sure to beam aboard and be a part of these intergalactic travels. Very interactive!
“Crossplay” and the Art of Cross Gender Costuming
What makes you want to make a costume of a particular character? What if your decisions lead you to a character of a different gender? Come join in the discussion on why we like dressing as characters of the other gender.
The StarFest Dealer’s Room is one of the big draws at the convention. It is a marketplace full of games, costumes, photos, posters, collectibles, books, and occationally weapons. You’ll find it full of rare and unusual items that you probably never knew existed. The StarFest dealer’s room is open Friday from 6pm-10pm, Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sunday from 10am-6pm. Most vendors take multiple forms of payment, but cash is always gladly accepted.
“DjO” — Djembe Orchestra–
Nostalgia with a Bigg Beat
……..”Imagine if you can”……….
On stage: 20+ funky djembe drums from West Africa, soulful lead vocals w/tribal sing-a-along choruses singing songs of nostalgia & consciousness.
Shift to the audience: some singing along, others dancing ecstatically (as if nobody’s watching), AND everyone is smiling … with a little more bounce in their step…
1) Everyday People (sly & the family stone)
2) New Speedway Boogie (grateful dead)
3) No More war (DjO)
4) No One is an Island (DjO)
5) Kakilambe (traditional african)
“Dr. Horrible” & “Once More With Feeling” Open Meeting
Interested in being a part of the “Dr. Horrible” or “Once More With Feeling” shadowcasts on Saturday night? Come find out how to get involved in the stage show and what the plan is for the evening, or just hang out for a peek at what’s to come. No experience necessary! Just enthusiasm and a love of Dr. Horrible or Buffy! We’ll also have info on how to get involved in future productions if you’re not sure about this year.
Doctor Who IQ Test
Test your Doctor Who IQ to determine whether you are a Doctor Imbecile or a Doctor Genius! Doctor Who fans of all ages are welcome to take a written exam to determine their Doctor Who IQ. Can you score over 160 to be called a Doctor Who Genius? Even if you took our test last year, join us again as we have all new questions this year. The exam will test knowledge of episodes and specials since the 2005 renaissance of the Doctor (9th, 10th, and 11th). This is your chance to show your knowledge of the Doctor Who universe. Each participant takes the test individually – not yelling out the answer or being called on to answer a question. All participants will receive a ribbon showing their Doctor Who IQ level and score. A prize will be awarded to the top scorer. This is a family friendly activity, but the test is guaranteed to be challenging to any Doctor Who fan. This is not a come-and-go panel. Please be punctual since the timed test will begin 5 minutes after the panel starts.
Dr Who: Past, Present and Future
We will talk about the origins of Doctor Who, history, and the future of the series. Do you have a favorite hero or villain from the series and want to talk about it? Do you have a question about something you heard? If so, come on out and you may get some answers. Participation is encouraged in our lively discussion of everything Who.
Earthbreaker! The Panel
Gary David Keast stars as Jeff Cranston, a high school music teacher who is accidentally teleported from Earth and becomes caught in the middle of an intergalactic conflict of epic proportions! Evil space demon Antagonus Wratch (Eric Lee) and his executive officer Klard (John Hedlund) are hot on the trail of scientist Nigel Reinhart’s (Daniel Sjerven) accidental invention, the HMG, a weapon of such power it could destroy entire galaxies, even the universe itself! With the help of space jockeys Dash Mankato (Justen Overlander) and Aurora Galora (Meisha Johnson), Jeff must secure the HMG before Wratch and Klard can unleash its devastating power and wreak havoc upon all of existence! Each sentence in this paragraph ends with an exclamation point! Some of them, with two!!
EarthBreaker! is brought to you by the creative minds responsible for such massive hits as IceBreaker, Horror House, Rock That Ride, Soap Athetic and The Bequeather. With EarthBreaker!, this visionary team will bring you a movie-going experience like no other. You’ll experience groundbreaking performances, cutting-edge visual effects, ear-shattering sound design, mind-blowing storytelling, vomit-inducing stupidity, eye-rolling ridiculousness, funny-looking spaceships, fake starfields and cheesy laser guns. You’ll love it.
Epic Fantasy – Not Just for Heavy Reading
George RR Martin, Robert Jordon, J.K. Rowlings. They put the epic back in fiction. How have these authors gotten us to read 800+ plus tomes and then beg for more? Have they really just bound what would have been three separate novels into one? Or is there an art to keeping a reader interested that long? Betsy Dornbusch (moderator) with Peter Wacks, Molly Tanzer, Jesse Burlington and Guy Anthony DeMarco.
Go-go dancing space girls!
Families and the Geek and Gaming World
An open discussion on how to raise our kids in a gaming and geek world. How young is too young? Where do you start them? What do you do when you don’t like what they like? What do we do as a family and when do we let them venture off on their own? Come talk with other families and share your thoughts and experiences.
All the local science fiction fan clubs will be at the convention. Various presentations will be made in the panel rooms during the convention. If you want to make your science fiction infatuation more of a social thing, be sure to check into the club activities at the convention. They will be more than happy to let you know what kinds of activities are available throughout the year.
Fan Film Festival
The StarFest Fan Film Festival is back again this year in the Aspen Theater. It is Friday night and starts at 6 pm. We are proud to feature amateur, student, and independent films from around the world. Past festivals have featured The Call of Cthulu, Starship Farragut, and Triple Hit. Join us this year and see what is in store!
The Federation Ball is back in the Atrium this year. The Ball starts at 9 pm Saturday, so be ready! It doesn’t matter if you’re in costume or not, it’s always fun. Every member of the Federation needs to have a place to party!! Come join Feddies, Klingons, Vulcans and more (including the occasional celebrity) at the Ball! Door prizes awarded; must be present to win! Enter the dance contest for a chance to win some cool prizes. The audience gets to help with the judging! Cost is only $3.00 per person. Music is provided by professional DJ company ACES, and the Ball is sponsored by the USS Pioneer and O.m.e.g.a.
The 501st Star Wars Experience
In celebration of over 30 years of Star Wars, the Clone Wars Animated series, and the upcoming Episode VII movie, the 501st Mountain Garrison will be presenting the Star Wars Experience at StarFest. Come and join us for this momentous occasion of one of the most influential science fiction sagas in our generation.
Throughout the weekend, meet your favorite Star Wars characters in the new replica set, and get an opportunity to take your picture with stormtroopers, bounty hunters, and even the menacing Darth Vader. If you are lucky, you can even meet a couple of our captured R2 units, maybe R2-D2 himself!
On Saturday, you can also try to outwit the Imperial Troopers in the Droid Hunt. The Empire will be trying to capture you and prevent you from finding the droids, but you will have an opportunity to beat them for various prizes including many Star Wars props and replicas donated by the Mountain Garrison, the Rocky Mountain region’s premiere imperial costuming group.
For more information on the 501st or the Mountain Garrison, feel free to visit our website at www.mg501.com.
FLASH fiction! [Ahhhhh!]
Will it save everyone of us? Come discuss stories so short they could fit on your phone screen. Can a writer tell a riveting story in under 1000 words, and should they? Who publishes these pieces and why? David Boop (moderator) with Betsy Dornbusch, Guy Anthony DeMarco and Peter Wacks.
Foam & Wonderflex – Creating Sci Fi Armor
Ironman, Halo, Deadspace, Doctor Who and Mass Effect – Can we do it? YES! How do we do it? FOAM! And thermoplastic! We’ll talk about two favorite materials for creating futuristic armor and share tips and techniques for getting started. Creating epic armor isn’t as scary as it seems. This one you won’t want to miss!
From the Printed Page to the Flickering Screen
Adaptations of books and stories have been done since the earliest days of movies. Some are faithful, some not so much. Join us and join the discussion about bringing the written word to moving pictures. Maybe we will discover just what is it that makes one film adaptation a hit and another a miss. (Discussion will be recorded for the Time Shifters Podcast).
Full Circle and Back Again
From strange new worlds, to giant atomic beasts to the sign posts, or monoliths, up ahead. We revisit many of the these tropes over and over. Some the cerebral “hard” sci-fi, some the enjoyable “leave your mind at the door” and some just head scratchingly bad! What makes them keep resurfacing like they do? Signs of the times or signs of the apocolypse? (Discussion will be recorded for the Time Shifters Podcast).
They have arrived! The Fuzulub Buble-ese-kantim (a.k.a. Fuzzy Bubbles) from the planet Troublimikoska have landed at StarFest and need good homes. Due to the crash of their vessel, some Fuzzy Bubbles will need a little TLC. Come and adopt a Fuzzy Bubble of your very own or build one from the wreckage. Fun and games will be provided to build the bond between the species.
Geek and Gamer Girls
Get beyond the myth to the real thing. Women and girls who game and love all things in the geek world. Comics, RPG’s, MMO’s, table top, cards, Star Wars, Star Trek, CosPlay and everything in between! Come share your love of it all and how you got here and how you feel the world sees you.
The Geek Dating Game
You recall the fun and the anticipation of the dating game from the 80′s — on one side, three amazing creatures. On the other, the Dashing One — ok they may not be amazing or dashing to you, but to someone they could be. As the questions pop out, each of the three give their best shot to be picked as the date of the Dashing One.
This is a riot to watch, and even more fun to participate in — you never know, there might be a celebrity on the other side of the screen. Stop by Dark Cool Entertainment (at the bottom of the stairs to the Mezzanine) to register to be on the game. You don’t want to miss participating or even help picking the right one with your cheers. Each winner will be given tickets to the Federation Ball to get to know each other in a safe environment. (My daughter is still dating the one she met playing the game a while back.) We don’t discriminate — if you are a guy looking for a girl or vice versa is ok; if you’re looking for the same sex or don’t even care what is over on the side, we can handle that — we are here for fun and to enjoy each other. You have the biggest thing in common — your booth in geek land…
Join fellow Browncoats for a discussion centered on Joss Whedon’s Firefly / Serenity ‘verse. Learn about our upcoming group activities, Shindigs and the June Can’t Stop The Serenity charity screening of Serenity. Share with us your love of this shiny tv series and film. Join us on our website at www.denvercsts.com.
Hobbit Second Breakfast — It’s a Trivial Thing
Join us for Hobbit/LOTR trivia contest while sampling Hobbit foods from the book and movie. Prizes awarded.
Hobbit-Inspired Dwarf Dish Relay
While learning about Tolkien’s dwarves from costumed characters, kids of all ages will complete a relay circuit in which they move precariously stacked (but non-breakable) dishes around the room.
HorrorFest at StarFest 2013
We have several rooms dedicated entirely to Horror for the weekend with special guests and presentations just for those interested in the scarier aspects of entertainment. We’ll be presenting several world premiere movie screenings, performances, actors, writers and more.
The “How Not to Get Published Panel”
Come find out what might be holding back your writing career in this fun, irreverent and sometimes bold-facing lying panel. *wink* Peter Wacks (moderator) with Betsy Dornbusch, David Boop, Guy Anthony DeMarco, and Quincy Allen.
I Am A Super Nerd
The latest nerd news and rumors from movies, TV, comics, games, science and more! The craziest headlines from, “Man arrested for attempted bank robbery after paying wizard $500 to make him invisible” to the funniest craigslist ads, “Ladies needed for Star Trek role playing in Mom’s garage.”
Take “Junkyard Wars” and a pinewood derby, mix’em together, and you get the Junkyard Derby! Kids will have two hours to build a junk car out of random junk supplied weighing no more than 8 oz. The challenge will be to build a junkyard car that rolls the furthest down a ramp and along a straight-away. The three cars that roll the furthest will win engineering prizes! Sponsored by the USS-Pioneer Engineering department.
Karaoke Test of Bravery
Come, show us you are brave enough to sing in public, surrounded by your wonderful StarFest family, some Klingons, a couple Browncoats and maybe even a StormTrooper. All are welcome.
The Kevin and Dayton Show
(Not to be confused with last year’s “Dayton and Kevin Show”) – Join writer guys Kevin Dilmore and Dayton Ward for a relaxed and fun
discussion—yes, audience participation is welcomed—about sci-fi and pop culture in general. Topics might include their latest projects, Star Trek news from Pocket Books, inside scoop on Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments and other collectibles, and all sorts of cool stuff they’re enjoying at the bookstore, on TV or in theaters. Might they even be convinced to do a dramatic reading from an upcoming project? Don’t miss what happens when Kevin and Dayton get an unsupervised* panel room for an entire hour!
*Programming note: StarFest dress code will remain in effect despite any declarations of “No Pants Allowed” from panel members.
The Kilted Man
Matthew Gurnsey delights audiences with his rousing performances of traditional Irish and Scottish music. Through the marriage of wit and finesse, Gurnsey charms his audiences, sweeping them into tales of wayward voyages, unrequited love and the vibrantly colorful lives of the every-man beloved of many Irish tales. His unique talents with traditional Celtic instruments such as the concertina, bodhran, bones and mandolin, add an air of authenticity to each piece and his stirringly rich bass voice provides the foundation for the hauntingly beautiful melodies.
We know you have an inner Klingon. Join House VamPyr and friends and learn how to bring that Klingon out. We have lots of panels and activities to help. To find out more about House VamPyr, visit www.housevampyr.com.
Join us as we begin the Klingon Feast by Singing the Klingon Anthem. Come meet members of the Klingon Empire!
A true Klingon Warrior must have a glorious Klingon name. We will be having a naming ceremony and you will receive a certificate with your new name.
Star Trek Picture Scavenger Hunt!
Use your digital camera or other electronic device to take pictures of the 25 required people, places, and things on the provided list. Bring the completed list and the photos on your device to the House VamPyr room on Sunday afternoon to win fabulous prizes! (Ferengi Rule of Acquisition #64: The riskier the road, the greater the profit.)
Come and get your Scavenger hunt game sheet. A Klingon warrior must know how to HUNT!
Star Trek Scene It?
Come test your skills against the Klingons!!
Come enjoy pub-style Star Trek trivia! 8 rounds of 10 questions each. Awesome prizes will be awarded to the winning teams! Do you have what it takes to boldly go and share your assimilated Star Trek knowledge with the universe? Then make it so! (“Winning is important, that’s why we keep score.”)
Echoes in Space Karaoke
Echoes in Space Karaoke is a professional-grade Karaoke experience with a library of over 120,000 songs brought to you by the USS Tiburon.
veqa Hol has over 25 years of knowledge building master level costumes. Come learn from her.
Klingon Costuming: Details ma’Ke the Kostume with DoQ
We will show and explain the details of Klingon Uniforms and other costumes.
Klingon Language 101
Come learn the Klingon Language. General VamPyr will be teaching the language of the warriors. You will be learning phrases and words that will impress Martok! Learn to count to 10 in Klingon! Learn the skill of Klingon cursing. More information can be found on our website www.housevampyr.com.
Join House VamPyr in the Atrium as we teach the young warriors how to use a bat’leth. This is the junior version of the Klingon Warriors’ Tournament. There will be prizes for the top three winners and all participants under 12.
A Voyager Klingon Panel
“Despite taking place half a galaxy from Qo’noS, Star Trek Voyager brought us closer to understanding Klingon lore.” By looking more closely at the Klingon culture explored in Voyager, we learn many never-before known facts about Klingons and their importance to the Federation and the Star Trek universe at large. Come join us for an exciting discussion focusing on what Voyager has revealed about this inspiring and fearsome race. Qapla’!
Admiral K’Var and friends are back to educate all on Klingon kulture — among other things! Come see Admiral K’Var in his element, and come asking questions that need answers. And bring chocolate.
Klingon Honor and Kahless
K’Var will teach you the Klingon ways and the story that is Kahless. Join him as he finishes the courses with some culture, history and Kahless.
Klingon Christmas Carol on Blue Ray
Join us as we show the play Klingon Christmas Carol as performed by the Commedia Beauregard Chicago. This is glorious tale of a warrior learning to be glorious again..
Join us for the Klingon Party with House VamPyr, USS Tomahawk, House Kralvaj USS Tibron, Zebulon Pike and others.
The Bloodwine Tasting will start at 10PM so be there 30 mins before if you are entering.
Dancing, Games, and more.
Bring your young warriors and color and create. All Klingon-related Kreations.
Come learn Klingon games such as Quj Majyang Multh: a Klingon strategy game of dominos, Klingon Catan, Klingon Monopoly, and others.
Klingon Tribble Hockey
You have played with tribbles and you have played hockey, but you have never played Klingon Tribble Hockey. Join us in our room for one of the funnest games this side of Qo’noS!!
Come tell your stories of con and wish us farewell.
Enjoy the Feast Earthers!!!
Klingon Warriors’ Tournament
Come test your physical and mental combat skills in the Klingon Warriors’ Tournament. All skill levels invited to participate in one or all of the three events: Curse Warfare (if time permits), Mek’leth Combat, and Bat’leth Combat. Win or lose, everyone always has a good time. Brought to you by the Galactic Warriors Academy.
LEGO Mindstorm Robots
Come by RoboFest and check out the cool LEGO Mindstorm robots. You will be able to talk to a member of the Archuleta Elementary School Robot Team. Learn how to build and program your own Mindstorm robot. There will also be representatives from the LEGO education company. Come see the soon-to-be-released EV3 Mindstorm robots. If you are in education, or just interested in robots in education, ask one of the robot team members for your own copy of the latest LEGO education catalog.
Lighting up Your Costumes with Wearable Electronics
Try your hand at wearable electronics with Dia from SparkFun! Sew together a flexible, wire-free, solderless circuit and learn about the many ways you can use wearable electronics in your crafts and cosplay!
The Lord of the Rings and Doctor Who: Mythologies for England
One of the motives Tolkien cited for writing his stories of Middle-earth was to create “a mythology for England.” It is arguable that he succeeded in accomplishing what it usually takes generations to do; he brought a new myth into the world. When one compares what Tolkien had to say about his own creative process and what the ever-changing cadre of writers of the long-running science-fantasy series Doctor Who had to say about their creative processes, there are striking similarities. Is Doctor Who a myth? Is The Lord of the Rings? What is myth and how does it come to be? Why do we need myth and how does our participation in fan culture help to fulfill that need?
Lost in Space: the Discussion
Dr. Fredrick Hodges, a historian of science with a PhD from Oxford University, will present an in-depth study of the fiction television series Lost in Space that he spent years researching at the Irwin Allen archives at UCLA. Sponsored by RoboFest.
Low Budget and Independent Filmmakers Panel
You’ve got this great idea for a film. Where do you go from here? In order to help you answer that question, we’ve gathered working professionals to present an overview of their skills. The panels will feature award-winning filmmaker Robert David and editor Scott Unruh. We will cover the creative process, editing software, tips on building your own system, and more!
Processes: Creative and Otherwise with Robert David
How are films made? Award-winning filmmaker Robert David will explain the processes he uses to create his films. He will be using his latest film After Life and other projects as examples.
Fundraising Techniques and Budgeting for the Best Talent You Can Afford
Are you familiar with the saying “You get what you pay for” It is especially true in film. Producer Christian IJIN Link will share his fundraising techniques with you and how to get the best people possible for your project.
Having the right equipment will make your project go so much better. Do you buy or rent? What are you looking for? We’ll go over the basics so you understand what you need.
The fastest way to ruin a film is to have bad audio. So, how do you get good audio? We’ll go over what you need to consider to get it.
You have all the elements for your film. Now, you have to put it together. Professional editor Scott Unruh will go over what you need to do and the tools that are available to you.
Magic is Everywhere You Make It!
Bring the kids and come make some magic. Make a magic wand, a faerie puppet, create a glittery painting or even sculpt an imaginary creature out of play dough!
Kids will make a magnet with their favorite super hero or sci-fi character. While the glue dries they can decorate the parachute for a little alien.
Make-up By Mike
Need that final touch to complete your costume? Want to be a hideous zombie? Vile Visions presents Make-up By Mike, providing you with special fx make-up services, airbrush tattoos, glitter tattoos, and much more! Michael Garvin and Monique Ridgeway have you covered. Table located in the Atrium.
Making Paper Dolls for Everyone
Hands on activity, discussion, and instruction for the almost lost art of paper dolls and figures. No fee.
May the Games and Crafts be with You
A time for games and crafts with a space and StarFest theme. Kid and family games that can be played in 15 to 30 minutes. We will have games for all ages (non readers to advance players). For the more “crafty” convention goers there will be art supplies to make your own space-themed art project.
Are you tough enough to finish a model in six hours? The IPMS/CoMMiES aim to find out! At the Six-Hour Challenge, you will have a Pegasus Hobbies “Apollo 27 Rocket” kit, your tools, your paints, and your wits. The $25 fee covers your kit and your space at the table. Space is limited to 16 participants. You can register through the Starland store or at the convention. The Six-Hour Challenge will be Sunday from 10am to 4pm in the StarFest Model Show at the Marriott Hotel. Let’s see what you’re made of!
Model Make-N-Take — FREE
The Model Events Team is pleased to announce that the 2013 FREE Model Make-N-Take at StarFest.
Once again, we will have some of their most popular kits for the Make-N-Take Participants! Iwata-Medea joins Artool, Model Master and Excel in making the FREE Model Make-N-Take possible. The Make-N-Take is Saturday 10:00 – 2:00 in Compari’s. This event is for members from 8 to 16 years old.
Staffed by TAG Team Hobbies, IPMS Centennial and IPMS CoMMiES.
Do you build models? If so, bring it by the Model Show and share your work with the world! Our show includes science fiction, science fact, fantasy, and horror subjects. Are you amazed by detailed artwork in miniature? Come on by and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award! Do you want to improve your skills? Our friendly staff of qualified volunteers will be happy to talk to you about your work.
Model Show Awards Presentation and Door Prize Drawing
Every year, the outstanding modelers in the show are presented certificates and prizes. This year, we are going to recognize those achievements in an award ceremony. Come and help us celebrate their accomplishments!
We will also have the drawing for the Polar Lights 1/350 TOS USS Enterprise model kit. Here’s where your participation in the modeling events pays off. You must be present to win.
Name That Sci-Fi Tune
SciFi tunes will be played and contestants chosen from the audience will press the buzzer. The contestant who presses the buzzer first and answers the tune name first gets a point. The contestant with the most points wins. Sound simple? Then come on in!! Presented by MileHi Con.
Nerd Life Is the Good Life: A Science-fiction & Fantasy Sing-along
Sing-along to songs from your favorite science fiction & fantasy movies and shows. There will nerd humor, trivia and prizes as part of a boisterous celebration of fan culture.
New Who and the Who We Knew
Doctor Who is 50 years old this year and my how it has grown! We have seen a lot of changes over the years. Let’s get together and discuss how the show has gone from that “British sci-fi show” to the world phenomenon it is today. We will talk about the changes in the title character, the companions, the villains and the stories that are told. (Discussion will be recorded for the Time Shifters Podcast).
Paper models have been gaining in popularity in recent years. IPMS/CoMMiES will help you take your first step into this fascinating hobby. We have compiled a wide selection of Cubeecraft models. This event is in Compari’s and is free! Come check it out!
Photo with the Stars Program
Details about the Photo with the Stars Program is listed on on our Tickets Page.
Region 17 Meet and Greet
Region 17 is the Rocky Mountain Fleet of STARFLEET, The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc., the largest Star Trek fan group in the world. Come meet the people of this great organization, learn what they do and why, and maybe you will find yourself interested enough to join and begin having fun with other fans of the greatest science fiction shows ever to be shown on television.
Headed up by the B9 Robot Builders Club (B9RBC.com) – RoboFest is in its second year at StarFest. Led by a group of dedicated and talented people who have focused their passion for the 1960′s “Lost in Space” TV icon into something more than just a hobby RoboFest will be featuring an incredible selection of robots this year. For additional information, visit the official RoboFest (aka Robocon) site.
The Royal Manticoran Navy Meet and Greet
The Royal Manticoran Navy is the official fan group for the Honorverse novels written by David Weber. Come and meet some of the brass and other members of the Royal Manticoran Navy and learn more about this expanding and fun international fan organization.
Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Then and Now
The Order of the Grey presents a round-table, audience participation look at Science Fiction/Fantasy and the changes between then and now. Differences between book to movie adaptation, science realities vs movie make believe, and a general discussion on upcoming movie storylines. Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings and many more topics to be hashed out and discussed.
The Search for ET!
Science fiction brings readers and viewers to strange and alien worlds. Today, scientists are bringing the discovery of strange and alien worlds to life and the search for ET is part of that process! From the Kepler telescope — which has spotted thousands of possible planets, some of them even Earthlike — to the science of astrobiology, the search for ET is reaching out across the galaxy! Come along with science writer Carolyn Collins Petersen on a voyage of discovery in the Alpha Quadrant, to explore strange new worlds and seek out new life.
Self-Publishing – Is it for me?
Do you have a great idea for a novel but don’t know what to do? Have you finished your manuscript only to find hundreds of rejection letters in your inbox? Are you tired of being told “Thanks, but no thanks”? What options do you have? Find out with David Albright, author of The Journals of Aiden Hunter. Please join him as he discusses the process he went through to get his debut novel published so you can decide for yourself if self-publishing is right for you.
So you want to be a Stormtrooper? Costumes of the 501st
Stormtrooper? Imperial Officer? Or some other member in service of the Empire? Find out what it takes to be a live “action figure”. We’ll share with you some of our tips on how to get started on your Imperial armor for service in the 501st. Come with your Star Wars costuming questions and we’ll get you started.
Star Trek IQ Test
Test your Star Trek IQ to determine whether you are a Star Trek Imbecile or a Star Trek Genius! Star Trek fans of all ages are welcome to take a written exam to determine their Star Trek IQ. Can you score over 160 to be called a Star Trek Genius? The exam will test knowledge of episodes/movies from original Star Trek and Next Generation. Even if you took our test last year, join us again as we have all new questions this year. This is your chance to show your knowledge of the Star Trek universe. Each participant takes the test individually – not yelling out the answer or being called on to answer a question. All participants will receive a ribbon showing their Star Trek IQ level and score, and a special trophy (that any Star Trek fan would love) will be awarded for top score. This is a family friendly activity, but the test is guaranteed to be challenging to any Star Trek fan. This is not a come-and-go panel. Please be punctual since the timed test will begin 5 minutes after the panel starts.
Star Trek: Outpost – LIVE! An Audio Drama Experience
Ever want to be part of the Star Trek world? Here’s your chance to voice a part in a special “minisode” of the fan-produced Star Trek audio drama series, Star Trek: Outpost! In this special recording session, you’ll become one of the cast as we produce an episode using volunteers from the audience!
Along the way, you can learn how the Star Trek: Outpost audio drama is created, how you can become part of the show – and even how to create your own! Chat with our team about writing, acting, directing and producing audio dramas for the internet.
Star Trek Trivia
Come test your skill against other Trek geniuses. This year we have all new questions. Questions will be taken from all TV series and movies. Prizes will be given out to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, so come have some fun and maybe even win a prize!
Star Wars Expanded Universe Trivia
Come show your strength in the Force with a Star Wars trivia showdown. Questions will cover the Star Wars Expanded Universe of books, comics, games, and other sources. Are you a padawan or a master? Come and find out. Prizes will be provided.
Star Wars Quiz and Hyperspace Final
Karl Kern presents a Star Wars quiz. The first round will be on Saturday as Padawans must qualify for the Jedi Hyperspace final on Sunday. Prizes will be awarded.
Star Wars Speculations
Karl Kern will ask questions open for discussion regarding a little news story that shook the entire universe late in 2012: the announcement of the Star Wars sequel trilogy!
StarFest Talent Show
Do you have a song you need to sing? A skit you need to perform? The Atrium Stage is the place to do it on Sunday morning. Sign up Friday and Saturday at Costume Contest registration (near Convention Information). Walk-ons will be accepted on Sunday if time permits. Please keep performances to under 5 minutes each. Categories are 18+ and under 18.
So warm up those pipes, practice that guitar, or put the finishing touches on your skit!! You could be StarFest’s Most Talented!
Starfleet Academy: Build Your Own World
Starfleet Academy will once again be offering classes at StarFest for the 11th year. Starfleet Academy is an entertaining opportunity to experience life as a Starfleet cadet. Multimedia presentations, audience participation, a little education and a lot of fun are what the classes are all about. The classes are taught by instructors from the actual Starfleet Academy, and have included Vulcans, Andorians, Betazed, a Deltan, and even the occasional human. There are always plenty of surprises, and everyone is invited to attend one, two or all four classes. Diplomas and other rewards will be given to those who complete all four courses.
This year the theme will be on building your own world, with looks at how the Star Trek universe has created new cultures and places and how worlds are shaped, and opportunities to design your own planet.
Space History 102 – Mirror, Mirror – Introduction to the Mirror Universe
Do you have an evil twin? Does he wear a goatee? Is there really another you and another universe where the Federation, the Dominion and many other races have developed in a radically different and much darker way? Our first Starfleet class looks at the history of the “Mirror Universe”, its history and its interaction with our universe. Be prepared to consider what your own “Mirror Self” may be, as well.
Planetary Science 255 – How Planets Build Themselves
From planetquakes, cosmic storms and black holes to raindrops, forest fires and erosion, planets are constantly recreating themselves. We will look at how a variety of forces shape planets and how those forces have led to races, cultures, and nations throughout the Federation and beyond. Come ready to test your own knowledge of everything from away team concerns to terraforming planets.
Federation History 204 – Parallel Planets – Nazis, Romans, or Just No Adults
Believe it or not, the Federation has encountered planetary civilizations that are almost identical to an advanced Ancient Rome, a Nazi-style totalitarian government or even an earthlike planet with no living adults. According to Hodgkin’s Law of Parallel Planetary Development, not only do such planets exist, but they are also expected. We will look at these planets as well as many more possibilities as we begin to create and populate our own worlds.
Cosmology 101 – Building Your Own Planet
How would you like your own planet? How would its land and seas appear? What would its principal climate be? How stable geologically? Then what kind of life would it support? What kind of culture would develop? After considering a wide variety of examples from the Federation, students will have the chance to design, draw, populate and describe their planetary body during our final class.
Does your planet have what it takes to be Class M?
Love Stargate??? Come join us for a weekend of Stargate programming and fun. We have games for kids and adults alike. Come see us as we set up on Friday to request your favorite episode of either SG-1 or Atlantis to be shown at a time you prefer. The order of episodes is first come first served, so come see us early to set yours up. Programming will start on Saturday morning. You can also sign up for our Stargate Miniatures game tournament. As usual we will have props and costumes for you to see and the Stargate will be set up for photo ops throughout the weekend.
Steampunk at StarFest!!
Get ready to step back into simpler times — or were they? We’ll have a room dedicated to Steampunk, and you’ll be able to find out just what life would have been like if Victorian times truly did resemble Jules Vernes’ stories.
What Not To Wear – Steampunk Style
Have you ever wondered why some peoples’ Steampunk gear is cooler than others? Check out one take on what not to wear — we’ll have examples. This panel is intended to be tongue-in-cheek and in no way a judgment of any particular costume.
Bring your thinking cap and race against other audience members to draw Steampunked versions of unusual objects!
Prop Yourself Out
A discussion of unusual Steampunk props and how to make accessories work for your character.
A time-honored tradition of tea dueling brought straight to you from the Mother Country! Audience members will participate in facing off against each other for glory, for honor…for tea.
So You Want to Run a Convention…
Curious about what it takes to get started? Learn some great dos and don’ts from AnomalyCon’s experienced staff.
Writing Workshop: The Unreliable Narrator
A writing workshop with assignment to hone unusual writing talents. Moderated by author Kronda Seibert.
How to Parallel Park Your Airship
A demonstration of hovercraft maneuvering, or: How to build a hovercraft out of a vacuum cleaner.
Victorian Games (Open Gaming) — Chess, Hearts, Bones, etc
A variety of Victorian-era games will be arranged for play during the course of the weekend in between other panel occurrences.
Steampunk Author Readings
A reading of that popular novel by Kronda Seibert, Beneath The Crust. Audience participation may encourage a second reading from A League Below, the short story featured in Penny Dread Tales III.
The Stubby Shillelaghs
The Stubby Shillelaghs formed in 2010 when long-time friends Andrew Mithun, Ryan Knaub, and Shaughnessy McDaniel decided to start the band as a small side project to their heavy metal bands. In October of 2010, Patrick’s Irish Pub in Greeley was looking for an act to play their Halloween show and took a chance on the as-yet unproven Stubbies. The result was a resounding success which led to the band’s weekly show, “Stubby Tuesdays”.
The Stubbies released their first self-produced album “Stubbies Assemble!” on St. Patrick’s Day of 2011. Following this there was an expansion of live shows into Denver and other parts of Colorado. 2012 saw the release of two Stubbies Albums, their studio album “Whiskey Business” and their first live album “Parental Advisory Live!”.
2013 has already brought new opportunities for the Stubbies including the addition of Eric Fisher to the band to play fiddle and a number of invitations to festivals and conventions. Later in 2013, the Stubbies hope to release another studio album, many more music videos, and a lot of other fun things that are sure to folk some faces.
Looking for some action Friday night? Join the USS Pioneer for a free, no-limit Texas-Hold-’Em Tournament! The game starts at 9:00 pm, with set-up starting at 8:30 pm in Compari’s. Players must be at least 18 years of age to play. Sheets listing the chip values and hand ranks will be available to keep it easy. You’ll have fun even if you haven’t played much! Prizes will be given for those who reach the final table and for the tournament champion. We’ll also draw for door prizes throughout the game. Registration begins at 6:00 pm at the Grand Alliance check in table at Main Registration near the Dealer’s Room and goes until 8:30 pm. We’ll also be selling the infamous StarFest commemorative poker chips for charity to benefit the Dumb Friends League. Only $2 each. These chips will be available at the Grand Alliance check-in table Friday night, the poker tournament, the Federation Ball Saturday night, and the Pioneer craft panels both Saturday morning and Sunday morning. Shuffle up and deal!!!
Trivia for the Nontrivial
Open to all audience members. All genres and subgenres. From bronies to tribbles, Dothraki to parseltongue, some intermixing. All participants get a prize. Can be individual or groups. Top group or individual earn higher prizes.
Ultimate Werewolf can be played with 5 to 68 players of all ages. Each player has an agenda: as a villager, hunt down the werewolves; as a werewolf, convince the other villagers that you’re innocent, while secretly attacking those same villagers each night. Dozens of special roles are available to help both the villagers and the werewolves achieve their goals. Will you survive?
The Villain’s Journey
We hear enough about writing good heroes. Let’s talk about the bad guys and how to make their journey, and possible failure, as exciting as those goodie-two-shoes. Most antagonists we think of were just as fun to watch, read or listen to as anyone else. How do creators make that happen? Betsy Dornbusch (moderator) with David Boop, Christie Golden and Guy Anthony Demarco.
Watchmen: Midnight is an alternate version of the feature film, Watchmen (dir. Zack Snyder, 2009) that completely reshapes the film to more closely resemble Alan Moore’s celebrated comic book series. In order to recapture some of the spirit, story structure, and character depth of the original comic books, University of Kansas PhD student Joshua Wille created this fanedit by reorganizing scenes, creating chapter breaks (with quotations), trimming many shots, replacing music to change the tone of various scenes, removing cartoonish stunts and other material that did not fit with the original comics, as well as adding remastered scenes from the nostalgic Under the Hood pseudo-documentary in order to provide much needed backstory about important characters. Watchmen: Midnight was awarded “Fanedit of the Month” by FanEdit.org and was nominated for “Best Fanedit from a New Faneditor” in 2011.
This 2013 updated version of Watchmen: Midnight aims to be more true to the original comics by adding scenes from the Tales of the Black Freighter animated film at the appropriate points in the the plot. Together with Under the Hood, this dark adventure story draws parallels with the themes and characters in the main storyline and contributes to a more complete Watchmen.
Presented by the Fan Film Festival. This movie is rated R and no one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Women in Media and Literature of Today
An open dialogue on crafting a female character who is not the stereotypical Mary Sue. Topics include understanding motivations and reactions without turning characters into women who act like men. Guest speakers may be pulled from the audience. With Kronda Seibert and Kathryn Renta.
What’s Happening with the Sun?
Science writer Carolyn Collins Petersen takes you on a tour of our nearest star to explore why it’s been so active lately. Some of the most gorgeous images of the Sun these days are coming from NASA missions specifically designed to explore our star. Come find out what’s happening and what it means for you!
What You Need to Know to be a “Hunter” – A Supernatural Panel
Things go bump in the night, but what do you do about it? Explore the world of the Hunters of Supernatural, and learn what techniques would and wouldn’t work in the “real world” and where some of the ideas used on the show originate. Topics will include the basic gear a Hunter needs, research techniques, dispatching monsters and demons, magic and spells, esoteric symbols and languages, and putting your new knowledge to the test!
Celebrate the many worlds of Joss Whedon with a lively interactive panel. We’ll be debating our favorites and speculating on the future. “Joss is Boss!”