Organizers prepare to geek-out downtown

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Kilgore’s upcoming Geekend is taking on a life of its own.

According to 2017’s lead organizer, Ricky Custer, planning for the one-day event quickly surpassed his expectations, and he’s working to fit a myriad of activities into the 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. schedule Saturday, May 6.

It’s Custer’s third Geekend, and the fourth time downtown Kilgore has hosted such an event since May 2014, pairing the free geek-centric fare with Free Comic Book Day and the “May the Fourth Be With You” fan-holiday celebrating Star Wars.

“It’s grown quicker than I expected; it’s grown bigger than I expected,” Custer said Wednesday. “There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm building for it, and that gets me excited and wanting to do more stuff.”

In addition to a comic book hunt and select, free comics, this year’s event includes another cos-play contest and a new Geek Fashion Show from downtown retailer Everything That Blings. There’s a Pokémon crafting workshop from Geek Glam, and the lords and ladies of Avalon Faire will be visiting as well (after the faire’s third annual month of activities on FM1252 wraps up April 30).

The year will feature a variety of live music, Custer said, including performances by Minor Oblivion, Sleeping Juliet, Jerico March, Electric Gypsy and Rick Droit, who also provided a Kilgore-themed comic book cover for Geekend 2017.

Liberty City artist Brett Mitchell will have a spray painting demonstration, and ‘The Beetle Bomber’ will also have live art. Three authors are also on tap: Edward Hancock II, C.N. Pinckard and Ethan Hill. Competitions include a Magic the Gathering Tournament and a video game tournament as well as a new ‘Pathfinder’ challenge and a Live Action Role Playing (LARP) game by ‘The Clash.’

Situated at the intersection of Kilgore Street and Main Street, “It’s almost turned into a comic-con – without the celebrities I can’t afford to bring,” Custer quipped. “It’s pretty much everything you would find at a comic-con.

“Everything’s free unless you want to buy something. It’s just been exciting.”

Learn on Facebook at “Geekend 2017.”

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