The Sporting Life: June Star Geek Edition

June is shaping up to be a fun-tastic month for geeks, as we celebrate Hypericon, Star Trek, Fanboy Expo, and of course, Joss Whedon’s birthday.

Hypericon at Millenium Maxwell House June 17-19

Hypericon is a weekend popular arts conference, festively uniting creators, makers, and performers with those who appreciate and aspire to their craft, committed to promoting the continuation of literacy within the popular arts culture, and connecting enthusiasts of all ages and all genres to the foundations of their fandom. I have been to and enjoyed each and every one since it started in 2005.

Hypericon is organized and operated by an all-vounteer team comprised of those who incorporate the media and culture of the event into their daily lives just like the fans who join in the convention each year.

“We are super excited about this huge leap forward we’re taking with Hypericon,” says branding and marketing spokespeson Lucas Leverett. “Six times the space, higher profile, bigger promotion, and even more folks in our fascinating lineup of guests – it’s our recipe for the next stage of our event’s success. In an age when Nashville’s home-grown offerings are not only appreciated with a refreshed interest, but world-famous, we feel good about the position of a volunteer, fan-run event among the commercial entities who occasionally bring a comic-con through town.”

“Probably the most remarkable thing about Hypericon is our Signature Event lineup! We’re planning some entertaining new programming as well as the reutrn of some old faves!”

A few of those unique diversions are: A Luau; The Goblin King Ball (a David Bowie themed affair); The 189th Annual Worst Opening Line Contest; Art Show (Friday, 4-10pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-1pm); and The Hypericon Cosplay Showcase (prize – a $500 shopping spree from Barnes & Noble).

Hypericon guests include Michael Bielaczyc, Glen Cook, Elonka Dunin, Melissa Gay, Conquest Gaming, Cosplay Collective, Cosplay, Inc., Loren Damewood, D.G. Driver, Tommy Hancock, Louise Herring-Jones, Infinite Dreams Gaming, Michelle Nickell, and Bryan Stancliff.

Come out to the Millenium Maxwell House Father’s Day weekend for the time of your life. The full service ConSuite has great food all weekend, included with your weekend membership. For more details and times for events, go their website: http://www.hypericon.net/

Star Trek Into Darkness at Nashville SymphonyStar Trek: Into Darkness Movie & Party with the Nashville Symphony June 12

Star Trek Beyond is in theaters July 22. Following last summer’s sold-out performance of Star Trek (the 2009 film) Live in Concert, Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise return to the Schermerhorn to battle their nemesis Khan in the thrilling 2013 sequel. Boldly go where no one has gone before and experience Star Trek: Into Darkness in stunning high-definition while your Nashville Symphony, Vinay Parameswaran, conductor, performs Michael Giacchino’s epic score live on Sunday, June 12, 2016, film / concert starts at 7:00 p.m.

Pre-Concert Birthday Party – Star Trek’s Turning 50 in 2016 – Come early for a special 50th birthday celebration in the Main Lobby, starting at 6 pm: Vulcan Ale will be available for purchase at the bars; there will be complimentary Star Trek birthday cake (first come, first served; supplies may be limited); a Costume contest – prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed Trekkies; and a Photo booth.

Fanboy Expo’s Knoxville Comic Con June 24 through 26

Knoxville Convention Center hosts Fanboy Expo Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26. Celebrity guests include William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, Billy Dee Williams, Barbara Eden, Lea Thompson, Dean Cain, Dawn Wells, Verne Troyer, Eric Stuart, Arti Shah, Jeremy Howard, Micky Dolenz, John Scheider, Tom Wopat, Catherine Bach, Linda Larkin, Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Raymond S. Persi, Tara Sands, Brian Muir, Rick Farmiloe, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Chase Stevens, Fangirl Fatale, Brandon Selph, Aaron Stanford, Jason Faunt, and Michael Copon.

This your chance to get up close and personal with some of your favorite stars. Celebrity guests in attendance will be signing autographs, taking photos with the fans and participating in Question and Answer panels. Please note that the guests do charge for autographs. Most guests will take a picture with you with purchase, but that is up to the individual guest and is not controlled by show promoters. Most Celebrity Guests in attendance at Fanboy Expo’s Knoxville Comic Con will be appearing and signing autographs during show hours for all 3-Days.

For more information and details, times and such for events, go to: http://fanboyexpo.com/

Joss Whedon at the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego. photo: Gage Skidmore

Joss Whedon at the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego.
photo: Gage Skidmore

Happy Birthday Joss Whedon

And, always, we celebrate the birthday of one of our favorite geek icons, Joss Whedon, born on June 23 (1964). We love his creations Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly / Serenity, Angel, Fray, Dollhouse, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Avengers and Age of Ultron, and others.