This GEEKend: Nakama Toys, Doctor Who 101, Comic Book Mania, and more!

Isn't it just the most perfect day outside, Chicago?  My car is in the shop, but it was honestly a joy to walk to the train.  Hopefully, the sun stays out for this GEEKend.

Tomorrow might be the busiest Saturday I've ever covered.  I am highlighting five events in this article.  However, I'm aware of even more.  Choosing was SO difficult!  The best part is that I'm making not one but TWO public appearances.  Neither are conventions, so I'll have time to meet readers 1-on-1.  Eeee, I'm so excited!

Here's what's happening in Chicago for comic, sci-fi, and fantasy fans:

 

SATURDAY, JULY 19th:

Doctor Who 101 - Do you have friends who don't know what TARDIS stands for?  Do they think the Time Lord's name is literally "Doctor Who?"  The torture is over.  Bring your Companions to Doctor Who 101, presented by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.  A flock of expert Whovians will explain the legendary British series from the roots up.  I'm on the panel, along with podcasters from WHO 37 and Two Girls, a Guy, and a TARDIS.  If we get past the basics, we will delve into deeper issues like gender, race, and the expanded universe.  (2-4 PM, Sulzer Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. FREE, please RSVP HERE.  Official Site.)

Nakama Toys Grand Opening - At last, a store in Chicago entirely for anime, Super Sentai, and Japanese toys!  Nakama Toys is opening its doors this weekend.   Their first-ever party will include a costume contest.  The planned prize is a $50 gift card to the store, and believe me- you want it.  I keep going to Nakama's website and drooling over the statues.  Also, I'm the contest's special guest judge, and you know how much I love to see cosplay!  (5-10 PM.  Nakama Toys, 2504 N. California. FREE.  Official Site * Facebook)

Comic Book Mania - More and more, suburban libraries are embracing comics in their communities.  The Gail Borden Library in Elgin was one of the first. Its Comic Book Mania event is now its fifth year.  On Saturday, thousands of comics will be for sale at the site.  Superheroes from We Are Cosplay will be on the scene to pose with fans.  Over 20 comic guests are signed on to appear, including artists from Spider-Man, Tiny Titans, and The Powerpuff Girls.  Oh, and did I mention free face painting? :)  (10 AM-5 PM. Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin.  FREE.  Official Site.)

The Anti-Cruelty Society's Star Wars Day - My friend and nemesis, RedEye's Elliott Serrano, made me aware of this one.  If you're on the market for a new furry friend, this is the day to make it happen!  Anyone in a Star Wars memorabilia (including cosplay) will get 20% off adult animal adoption fees, and 10% off supplies.  Plus, the 501st Legion will be in attendance for character photos.  Don't miss the event's Facebook page; it's terribly clever. Now, if only I could convince my landlord to let me have a dog... (1 PM-3 PM.  Anti-Cruelty Society, 157 W. Grand Ave.  FREE, but consider adopting a friend!  Official Site.)

Get Pop Cultured at Barnes & Noble - It's clear that geek is now chic, given that a nationwide chain is doing this promotion.  From today through August 10th, Barnes and Noble booksellers will be celebrating comics, Disney, sci-fi, and the Internet.  Chicago-area highlights include an appearance by Jeffrey Brown (Vader and Son) tomorrow in Skokie, Batman Day on Wednesday the 23rd, and a film-making discussion on Saturday the 26th in Bolingbrook.  You can enter your zip code on their website for events near you.

 

Like I said, this list could go on and on.  If you attend any of the above events, or stumble across something else this GEEKend, let me know!  I hope to see you, gentle reader, at Doctor Who 101 or Nakama Toys.  If you'd like me to be on the lookout for you, reach out to me on Facebook or Twitter.  Can't wait!

 

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