HyperiCon 10 arrives on Friday the 19th

HyperiCon, Nashville’s speculative fiction and gaming convention, returns this year June 19-21, 2015. The tenth HyperiCon convention will be held once again at the Holiday Inn Express, Nashville Airport Hotel at 1111 Airways Drive, Nashville, Tenn. 37214. HyperiCon 10 will feature three days of writing, gaming, fandom, art and costuming, panels, non-stop video programming, and a non-stop gaming room, fandom and tech panels including a tribute panel to Sir Terry Prachett.

The convention also features the one-and-only HyperiCon Spam Slam (Friday night), a Costume Contest Saturday night, along with a contest for Best Hawaiian Ensemble, a Luau Party with a tribute to the late founder Fred Grimm on Saturday night, the Worst Opening Line / Best Opening line Contest (Friday night), a Scavenger Hunt, an Art Show, a Silent Auction to benefit TRIAD, and the ever-funtastic Con Suite. The Art Show hours are as follows: Friday, 3 – 10 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm; and Sunday, 10 am – 1 pm.
Dozens of Panels will include: Fiasco! Live; Paranormal vs. Supernatural; Realism in Time & Genre; Cosplay 101; Cosplay on a Budget; Meet The Cosplay Collective; Law & Order: an hour with the THP; Law & Order: lawyer chat; Defining Genres in Speculative Fiction; 10 years of New Who… Good & Bad; The return of the giant monster movies; Villain vs Anti-hero; Top 10 science fiction movies; Geek trivia; Sex and the single dragon; Sex toys of science fiction (and the future).

The psychology of the tarot; and Podcasting basics.

This year’s Guests, arranged alphabetically, include: Gabriel Bethir, Michael Bielaczyc, Paul Bielaczyc, Ethan Black, H. David Blacock, Kristen M. Collins, Glen Cook, Loren Damewood, Johnny Dellarocca, Elizabeth Donald, D.G. Driver, Jonathan French, Dan Gamber, Jackie Gamber, Melissa Gay, Jimmy Gillentine, Sarah M. Harvey, Louise Herring-Jones, Iscah, Eli Jackson, Eric Jamborsky, Mark Kinney, Brick Marlin, Robert Midgett, Betsy Phillips, Herika R. Raymer, Steven Shrewsbury, Angelia Sparrow, Bryan Stancliff, Dennis R. Upkins, Peter Welmerink, and Stephen Zimmer.

Nashville’s coolest summer event begins on Friday, June 19. Come out and be part of the celebration all weekend long! Weekend badges are only $45.00 per Adult at the door. For more about Hypericon 10, go to the official website http://hp.forshado.ws

Remembering Fred Grimm

Fred Grimm passed away on December 29th, 2014 at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville. Known for his loud Hawai’ian shirts and love of bad horror movies, Grimm founded Con Carolinas with Kelly Lockhart and Irv Koch, the first con being held in 2001. He chaired the con twice before moving to Nashville. In Nashville, he co-founded Hypericon with his wife, Stephania Grimm, Chip Allen, and Darrell Luallen, the first convention being held in 2005 ( Darrell’s idea). He remained involved with the con until his death. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Stephania, his mother Florence Grimm, his sister Shirley Lockhart, brother in law Jim Lockhart, three nieces, one nephew and three great nephews and one great niece. Fred was preceded in death by his father George Grimm.

“In the very beginning of my pop-arts event career, Fred and his influence were key to importing wisdom to us young upstarts. Over the years, everyone who came in contact with him would come to know and love him for the wonderful person he was, and for his genuineness in extending his own love to the fan culture. It is an honor to be on the Hyperiocon team and have the chance to continue to nurture something he loved so much. He will be forever missed, but the legacy he left gives him a certain immortality. I can’t wear a crazy Hawaiian shirt without thinking a fond thought about a wonderful man. – Lucas Leverett, Co-Chair of the Nashville Mini Maker Faire, former head of various large and successful local pop-arts events, and member of the board of directors of Frontiers Nashville, the organizing body behind Hypericon.