2017 FantaSci

Every year wizards, space pirates, the Doctor, and a menagerie of other fantastical creatures come together for one important event: FantaSci. Fantasci, CPL’s annual fantasy and Sci-fi convention, features a fantastic array of vendors, panels, and activities for kids from 1-99. Bring the family and feel free to dress to impress!

What is there to do at FantaSci? I’m glad you asked! Check out these epic adventures:

  • Guest author panel: O Gothic Novel. Leanna Renee Hieber, an actress, playwright and award-winning author of Gothic, Gaslamp Fantasy will give a spirited, passionately entertaining discussion of the history of the Gothic novel, it’s beleaguered place in literary criticism, why we love and hate it, and why it’s a canary in the coal mine of society’s greatest fears. Come on, you know you want to go running away from an eerie mansion out into a thunderstorm in your nightgown. Let’s talk about it.
  • Activities: Doctor Who scavenger hunt, Dragon snot and Unicorn Drool, Bubbling potions, Gumdrop Dragon Building Contest, Fantasy games and more!
  • Vendors, vendors, vendors galore!
  • Various panels from Ghost Hunting 101 to the Jedi Lightsaber Academy.
  • Costume contest- that’s right; it’s time for some cosplay!

Whether you like to fight Daleks or perform magic spells, we’re here to celebrate your favorite fandom with you. Check us out on July 22 from 10AM-4PM.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

I am dubbing 2017 the official “Year of the Superhero.” Why this year? Well, my skepticism towards the Justice League aside, this year has (and will) put forth many of the best superhero movies on record. “Logan” was a strong, emotional send-off for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. “Wonder Woman” is easily the best intro movie to a superhero; if you think I’m exaggerating, Rotten Tomatoes agrees with me. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” looks quirky and funny, with actual teenagers in the main roles, the way Spider-Man is supposed to be. That first “Thor: Ragnorak” trailer had an awesome retro style with some of the funniest superhero movie moments to date.

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Fair Play: An Ode to Shakespeare

Most people are introduced to Shakespeare when they are forced to read Romeo and Juliet or King Lear for a high school English class. The language can be difficult and unwieldy, and it doesn’t feel accessible to our minds. I felt that way when I started struggling my way through the first play of his that I read, Hamlet, but then my 12th grade teacher wheeled the TV cart into our room and showed us the film version in which the title character was played by Derek Jacobi (filmed about 14 years before he was knighted). It hit me then; Shakespeare is meant to be seen, not read. Part of the experience is watching actors pour their souls into these fantastically interesting characters. When it is brought to life in front of your eyes, you can suddenly see how his brilliant ideas maintain relevance in the modern life.

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Wonder Woman

For the first time since her original entry into the world of superhero comics in 1941, Wonder Woman has her own record-breaking blockbuster movie. Diana, Princess of the Amazons, is the best-known and most enduring female superhero of all time. The only live action version of Wonder Woman prior to Gal Gadot’s debut in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice last year was the 1975 TV show starring Lynda Carter, which I grew up watching in the 1980s. I don’t remember much of it apart from the theme music, but I did have a Wonder Woman outfit that I wore as often as my parents would let me.

I have already seen the new Wonder Woman movie twice, and I absolutely loved it. However, it shames me to admit I have never read the comics. So I did what I always do when I need to catch up on my reading: I turned to my library.

Cover of Wonder Woman Archives by William Moulton Marston Cover of Wonder Woman: Gods and Monsters by George Pérez Cover of Wonder Woman: Ends of the Earth by Gail SimoneCover of DC Universe Rebirth Wonder Woman, Vol. 1 by Greg Rucka

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