Fandom-fest invades theater next weekend

The community's fifth annual Geekend boasts a wide-array of activities, events and special guests in two days of entertainment downtown May 5-6 at the Texan Theater on South Kilgore Street.
The community's fifth annual Geekend boasts a wide-array of activities, events and special guests in two days of entertainment downtown May 5-6 at the Texan Theater on South Kilgore Street.
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Comics and cosplay, Legos and LARPers, Pokemon and spray paint, music, Magic and a little bit of mayhem: there’s a week to go until Geekend 2018’s full schedule of events downtown on South Kilgore Street.

It’s the fifth time for the event on Free Comic Book Weekend, and the two-day event follows the annual “May the Fourth Be With You” (unofficial) holiday celebrating “Star Wars.”

Set Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, Geekend’s spearheaded by former Kilgore comic book store owner Ricky Custer and a contingent of hardworking geeks, comic book aficionados, artists and gamers. For year five, they’re bringing in a contingent of guests, cosplayers and vendors to help celebrate fandom here, centered on the historic Texan Theater.

“Geekend is a family-friendly event,” according to the organizers, “and we are very excited at the many events, guests, and options that will appeal to geeks of all ages.”

Outdoor activities are free. Action inside the Texan Theater requires either a $5 one-day pass or an $8 pass for both Saturday and Sunday.

Outdoor events on Saturday include a 10 a.m. Pokemon GO challenge and a Comic Scavenger Hunt beginning at 11 a.m., the same time CN Pinckard hosts a demonstration of Pour Paint / Flow Art. Brett Mitchell of Mitchell Studios will demonstrate spray paint art at 1 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. “Magic: The Gathering” Modern Swiss Cash Tournament.

The organizers encourage cosplay (costume play), and there’s another LARP demonstration (live action roleplay) ahead from The Clash.

Inside the Texan, Saturday’s schedule includes all-day live painting with ‘Beetle Bomber.’ Panel events will feature Antarctic Press at 10 a.m. followed by a discussion of voice acting with Joshua Passmore, James Larabee and Michael A. Zekas at 11 a.m.

A noon cosplay session includes Chaks Productions, Mermaid Cosplay and other guests before a special effects makeup demonstration by Legrand Makeup Artistry at 1 p.m. Herb Midgley, Scott Miles and Ricky Kennedy will discuss screenwriting at 2 p.m. while a Nefarious Painted Creations hosts a concurrent card-painting mini-workshop.

A 3 p.m. ‘Art, Manga & Comics’ panel features Ben Dunn, Joe Singleton, Brett Mitchell, Lin Rhys and Kathryn David and Sara McCaslin will be storytelling in the same block. McCaslin will join Edward Hancock II, CN Pinckard, Anne Belle and Sandra Biersdorfer for a 4 p.m. writing panel.

This year’s Adult Cosplay Contest and Cosplay Runway is set for 5 p.m. Saturday followed by the 6 p.m. premiere of “Angela Dives.” A Q&A with Starman Studios’ Joshua Passmore will follow the film before a 6:30 p.m. showing of “Rise of the Robots” paired with live comic commentary.

“We will gather in the Texan to watch the delightfully cheesy ‘The Rise Of The Robots,’ written and directed by our screenwriting guest Herbert Midgley,” according to Geekend’s promoters. “This crazy, campy romp through Deep East Texas as it is being slowly and inefficiently taken over by a conquest-bent but victory-challenged robot race lends itself to a fun time of riffs, jokes, and snark. Come watch and join in as we all get a chance to poke a little good-natured fun at the stereotyped characters, glorious use of bad sci-fi tropes, and really bright Texas sunlight.”

Midgley will be there, too, “joining in with the one-liners, bad puns, and witty cultural references, and is actually pretty excited at the prospect of having his work shredded by nerdy nitpickers.”

Antarctic Press will be back on Sunday for a 12 p.m. panel followed by the Kids Cosplay Contest at 1 p.m. Chaks Production is set for a 2 p.m. Cosplay demonstration on armor building while Nefarious Painted Creations hosts another card-painting workshop.

Harry Potter fans can test their fan-knowledge in a 3 p.m. trivia contest. Six spots are available with sign-ups planned for the Gan Ainm Cosplay booth.

After another 4 p.m. storytelling session by McCaslin, Antarctic Press will be back for a final 5 p.m. panel.

Outdoor events on Sunday include another demonstration by Pinckard at noon, a second spray paint demonstration by Mitchell at 4:30 p.m. when the final Pokemon GO challenge begins.

There’s a slew of performers set for Saturday and Sunday as well.

From the live music lineup, Jericho March takes the stage at 10 a.m. May 5 followed by The Unusual Suspects (11 a.m.), Rick Droit (1 p.m.), the Kilgore High School Drumline (2 p.m.), Old Omen (2:30 p.m.), Matthew Smith (4 p.m.) and another show by Jericho March at 5 p.m. Sunday’s schedule includes Atomic Apostle at noon followed by The Unusual Suspects at 1:30 p.m. and Loose Thread at 3 p.m.

Other performing artists include Lauren Raqs Bellydance at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Kilgore College Industrial Dance Co. at 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, Blair’s Elite Twirling Academy performs at 1 p.m. followed by the Kilgore High School Color Guard at 2:30 p.m., another bellydance exhibition and 4 p.m. and Michiko Hajime Fursuit Dance at 4:30 p.m.

For more information and updates on the coming event, log on to Facebook.com/KilgoreGeekend.

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