I'm starting by publishing early this week. Eventually, there will be a year-round calendar to bookmark. Won't that be shiny and chrome?
This particular GEEKend is a convention triple threat. Depending on where you live, any of these may be a great way to hide from the stormy weather.
SATURDAY, JUNE 13th, 2015:
Kankakee Fantasy Con - Shout out to my friends in Kankakee, who don't always have the means to drive over an hour to Chicago events. A little comic con is happening in your neck of the woods: Kankakee Fantasy Con. Even with the distance from Chicago proper, this event has gotten over 25 artists and organizations to share their expertise. Pictures on the Kankakee Library's Facebook page show video games, combat, and MANY comics for sale. Unrelated: I have typed "Kankakee" too many times. Now, it doesn't feel like a real word. (Saturday, June 13th, 2015. 10AM-3PM. Kankakee Public Library, 201 E. Merchant St., Kankakee. FREE..)
SUNDAY, JUNE 14th, 2015:
Picnicon - Some conventions, even with decades of experience, remain small. Windycon prefers it that way. ISFiC's bond is so tight that they can't wait a full year for Windycon. Picnicon, aka Relaxacon, is a summer-y opportunity for con attendees to reunite. All are welcome! Hot dogs and hamburgers are provided. Everyone else brings a dish. Then, the group just... relaxes. Smile. Exhale. Good. (Sunday, June 14th, 2015. 11AM-dusk. Maplewood Park, Clay Court and Hazel Ave, Deerfield. $5, please bring a dish to share. RSVP HERE.)
Creation Entertainment Star Trek Convention - Long before I knew what a geek even was, I knew about Star Trek conventions. The tropes are burned into our cultural rhetoric. So, it tickles me that these events are still going strong.
Creation Entertainment's Trek cons are the "official" ones. Thus, they can get headliners like George Takei and charge almost 500 dollars for top-tier passes. I guess fans are willing to pay for the best, eh? I can't really argue. I have a friend who has a gorgeous painting, covered in Trek autographs. It's kind of the coolest thing I've ever seen. (Friday, June 12th thru Sunday, June 14th, 2015. The Westin O'Hare, 6100 N. River Rd., Rosemont. $30+ Buy tickets HERE. Official Site * Facebook.)
...Kankakee. Kan-ka-kee. Kank-a-kee. Yea, it still feels like a fake word, and I've BEEN TO KANKAKEE.
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