FantaSci 2018 – Vendor Application Now Live

Get ready! FantaSci 2018 is almost here! And this year, we’re making it bigger and better than ever. Chesapeake Public Library’s annual con which celebrates everything fantasy and science fiction related is now two days:

  • Saturday, July 28th 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 29th 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

We’re also pleased to announce that this year we are partnering up with Tidewater Alliance to bring you a GalacticCon track!

Want to get in on the fun? Sign up to be a vendor! Our application is now live:

http://bit.ly/fantasci2018

Space is limited so sign up today.

It’s the Week of Comic-Cons…

The annual San Diego Comic-Con is coming up, and as always I find myself wishing I had the money and purchasing speed needed to spend a few days getting the scoop—in person—on my favorite TV shows and movies while nerding out with other fans.

Last May I got the closest I will ever be to SDCC by attending one of Hampton Road’s local versions of the event. Tidewater Comicon and Hampton Comicon are annual events; this year I finally made my way to Tidewater Comicon. Continue reading “It’s the Week of Comic-Cons…”

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.

Doing Good (in A Galaxy Far, Far Away…and in Your Local Library)

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Every day libraries across the nation touch the lives of millions of people.  Sometimes these stories are well known and a few even have some publicity involved.  Other times, the effect is much more low-key or even unnoticed.  Last week (August 21st, 2015)  there was a news story that broke regarding a girl in Norfolk that was being picked on for liking Star Wars (gasp).  CNN first covered the story but it ended up being covered by dozens of news outlets across the United States and the UK.  In fact when you did a Google search for Star Wars that weekend it was one of the top news stories.  So you are most likely thinking, “what does this have to do with libraries”?  Well it just so happens that there was a tiny reference to the Chesapeake Public Library hidden in this story!

In brief, the new piece talked about Layla Murphy and how a chance encounter with members of the non-profit Star Wars Stormtrooper group, called the 501st, helped let her know that it is wonderful to love any fandom one chooses.  This encounter allowed Layla no only build self-esteem but it also gained her a Stormtrooper outfit of her very own and a visit with musician Weird Al.  Now here is where the library comes into play.

501st

None of this would have occurred had Layla and her family not come to FantaSci at the Chesapeake Central Library in late July.  It was at this “fan convention” (as it is quoted in the CNN article) that Layla was allowed to meet the 501st and other Star Wars fans.  She was even featured on our Instagram page during the lightsaber training course that we held.  This one library program helped not only Layla but it also helped get the news story across the nation, letting other children and teens know that it is a great thing to love what you love.  No matter what.

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I am so happy to have been able to be a part of such a worthy event and it really shows the power that libraries have in our communities, even when that associating may seem fleeting. To quote Star Wars, “You have that power too…”.  Read the CNN story!

San Diego Comic Con 2015 Recap

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One of the items on my “things to do before I die” list is attend the San Diego Comic Con. This event is attended by thousands and thousands of film and genre fans every summer and pulls out A-list talent on an unprecedented scale. As a film aficionado, this one convention represents the holy grail of new and exciting movie news. While I once again did not have the pleasure of attending this year’s event, I was able to keep up with much of the news via the wonders of the internet. So here is my run down on San Diego Comic Con 2015 (SDCC15).

*Minor spoilers for several films and TV programs to follow*
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