Star Wars May The 4th Activities Announced

May the 4th Day

A Whole Bunch of Star Wars Fun For Everyone!

StarFest is celebrating Star Wars Day May the 4th with lots of Star Wars related activites at the convention throughout the weekend.

Scheduled events include: Jar Jar Dunk Tank, Miss Empire Pageant, Boba Fett Hunt, Star Wars Light Sabre Pinata Training, These ARE the Droids You’re Looking For Trivia Bowl/Scavenger Hunt, Star Wars Hall Costume Contest, Yoda Sound Alike Contest, Star Wars Balcony Decoration, and Best Star Wars Costume
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Common StarFest Question

I just got an email question from Mendie about tickets for StarFest. Since her email address bounced back to me and she had a common question – I decided to answer it here.

She said she was trying to buy a three day pass for her son and didn’t know the difference between the 15.00 ticket and the 50.00 [I think she meant 55.00] one. She wanted to know if he needed both.

The short answer is NO. The correct ticket page for StarFest 3-Day tickets is at http://starland.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=113_114&products_id=467 – those tickets are priced at $55 for adults and get you into all regular events at the convention.

The $15 ticket [I think] she was referring to was our ComicFest 3-Day ticket. That gets you into just the events at the Hilton Garden Inn (next to the Marriott). It does not include any of the events at the Marriott. The $15 ticket is NOT needed for anyone who purchases the above StarFest ticket as it includes admission to events at both the Marriott and the Hilton.

I would refer anyone that is still confused to our convention ticket page at: 
http://starland.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=113_114&products_id=467 
all ticket options are well described there. You can also call us at 303.777.6800, if that doesn’t clarify things.

StarFest Denver – Still The One!!

 

StarFest 2013

The results are in – StarFest Denver continues to be the biggest Science Fiction Entertainment convention in Colorado and the third largest Science Fiction Entertainment convention in the Nation. 

Since 1977 we have been able to bring some of the biggest names in the Science Fiction Entertainment community here and thanks to your overwhelming support we will continue to do so in the future.

HorrorFest Make-Up Challenge

HorrorFest Makeup Challenge

Face Off Make-Up Challenge
HorrorFest Saturday, April 20, 3:00pm

This years challenge, Vengeful Spirits!  Come face off against fellow make-up artists for a fabulous grand prize provided by those awesome folks at Reinke Bros.  You will have 2 hours to complete your vengeful spirit make-up.  Models will be provided for each contestant.  You will need to bring all your own supplies and something to drape your model with.  No pre-made masks allowed although we will allow premade appliances to be used.  Pre-made appliances may not cover more than half the face.

Models we need you as well!  If you are available for 2 hours you can become a model for one of our artists.
Sign up to participate in the make-up challenge or be a model in the Horror Extras room.

Nan Desu Kan Starts Tomorrow!

Nan Desu KanNan Desu Kan (a Japanese pun translating loosely to ‘what is it?’) began its life in 1997 at the Tivoli Student Union as a small, fan-run convention with just 200 or so attendees. These days, several hotels and more than a decade later, NDK is still a fan-run convention. And with a total weekend attendance of more than 21,000 (over 7,000 people per day), it’s now the largest convention in Colorado and 14 surrounding states (excluding Texas), as well as one of the top ten largest anime conventions in the country.

Every year, we invite a number of industry guests from North America and Japan to come to NDK, including voice actors, directors, art directors, and others. Our guests put on panels, participate as judges in our contests, and hold autograph sessions throughout the weekend. They’ve even been known to hang out with attendees from time to time. And time after time, we hear how much our guests love NDK and our attendees because they keep asking us if they can come back!

StarFest Schedule Now Online

You can now look at the actual (to be printed) StarFest schedule on the website. It is on our press info page along with a few other goodies that are living there.

The Zombie Apocalypse Game sheet is there too. If you want to print it out and bring it to the convention, you’ll be special, because the ones we’ll be giving out won’t be in color.

We just heard that Cinnebarre is giving us a few thousand tickets to give away to everyone coming to the convention. They will be placed in your goodie bag for the convention – that is if the staff members making up the goodie bags don’t pocket them…

Two New Authors Added

Erin RambeauErin Rambeau
Author, The Werewolf, the Librarian and I

Writing is a passion for this librarian. Working with books for the last ten years has been a love that naturally led her to develop a passion for writing. She starting by writing poetry and then moved on to short stories — I, Ripper being one of her favorites. Her first novel The Werewolf, the Librarian and I, was just published earlier this year. Taking a note from Adell, Erin began writing her book as a cathartic piece, inspired by her being dumped by a boyfriend. While she may have started-off with the intention of writing a heart wrenching, tear jerking good-bye to the jerk story, it instead turned into a funny story of comedy and romance about her life as a werewolf.

Ms. Rambeau found she loved writing about the supernatural and especially being able to place her own embellished-self as a central character in the story. All the characters in the novel are people who have come in and out of her life, just a little different in appearance and name. Ultimately, she found writing the book a learning experience. An adventure that taught her a lot about herself.

Erin is eager to give credit for her accomplishments to her friends and family that have supported her efforts and made her journey towards becoming a published author possible. It is with great enthusiasm that she intends to make this the first in a series of stories on her own character’s journey through life. She will be in the artist alley throughout StarFest, come by and say hi.

Mark Everett StoneMark Everett Stone
Author, I left my haunt in San Francisico

Born in Helsinki, Finland (The Land of the Uncommonly Stubborn), Mark Everett Stone arrived in the U.S. at a young age and promptly dove into the world of the fantastic. Starting at age seven with the Iliad and the Odyssey, he went on to consume every scrap of Norse Mythology he could get his grubby little paws on. At age thirteen he graduated to Tolkien and Heinlein, building up a book collection that soon rivaled the local public library’s.

In college Mark majored in Journalism and minored in English. The newspaper business wasn’t for him, so he did what every good writer does: find work in a wide variety of fields that included catering, bartending, and restaurant management. After getting married, he sold Hyundais (before they became popular) and, because he lives in Colorado, Subarus. Eventually he matured enough to be able to sit down and just write. He just recently started working on his second novel, The Judas Line.

60th Anniversary of Day The Earth Stood Still

Day the Earth Stood Still

Day The Earth Stood Still Screening and Behind the Scenes
Kevin Atkins presents a special 60th Anniversary Tribute to the film

This year marks the 60th anniversary of one of the few science fiction films are as universally respected as “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”

Robert Wise, film editor on “Citizen Kane” and director of, “West Side Story,” “The Sound of Music,” “The Andromeda Strain” and of course, “Star Trek, The Motion Picture,” expanded the short story “farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates and gave us Klaatu, the most distinguished alien visitor in film history. Played by the unknown, at the time, British actor Michael Rennie.

Klaatu’s spaceship lands on a baseball diamond in the nation’s capitol. The Army arrives, and as soon as the alien leaves his ship, he’s shot. Taken to a hospital, Klaatu is visited by and aide to the President. The alien demands that the newcomer arrange a meeting, in Washington, with all the leaders of the world. The aide tells him that it’s not possible and leaves. Klaatu decides to sneak off from the hospital and contact Professor Barnhart (Sam Jaffe).

The spaceman asks that his host assemble the world’s top scientists by the saucer. There, Klaatu will address them on a matter of considerable urgency. To emphasize the serious nature of his visit, the alien shuts down all of the Earth’s electrical power for thirty minutes.

Sufficiently impressed, the scientists gather. Before the meeting can be held, however, Klaatu is shot dead by the military. Gort retrieves the body, restores life to his master, and Klaatu offers a warning to the scientists: all atomic tests must cease, “or this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder.” Klaatu’s people, aware that the Earthmen will soon reach for the stars, cannot allow them to do so and still bear arms that might disrupt the peace of the galaxy. With that as food for thought, the alien departs.

Join Kevin Atkins, Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore in Main Events on Saturday morning as we present  the 1951 version of “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”

We’ll have a brief introduction by the three musketeers and a short Q&A with Kevin, Dayton and Kevin. On Sunday morning, also in Main Events, Kevin will present a behind-the-scenes look at the film. He’ll deconstruct the special effects behind the saucer landing, the first appearance of Klaatu and of course, Gort. There will be time for Q&A after the Sunday presentation as well.