Mid-year progress report

Hello Everyone,
Our pre-registration rate of $25 for adults for the entire weekend and $10 for teens ends on April 30th. Pre-registration allows you to skip the lines waiting for a badge, you also get a color badge, program book and any other goodies we collect between now and the convention! Plus you save about $15 off the at the door price. You can purchase memberships here: http://atomacon.org. Memberships are non refundable but you can have your membership carry over to the next year or transfer them to another person.

Our hotel reservations for $81 a night can be made here: http://atomacon.org/Hotel.html use atoma in the Group Code.

We are still booking some guests but so far we have:

Literary Guest of Honor– Hugo, Nebula ,and John W. Campbell Award Winner: Robert J. Sawyer. He’s been nominated for 3 Nebula Awards, won 1; 11 Hugos, won 1, 4 Campbells- won 1, 11 Time winner for Best Novel for the Canadian Science Fiction Awards (Aurora),6 time winner for the Homer Award for best novel and also multiple international awards. So I would say the fellow knows how to write a novel! He has also developed work for TV and movies, and teaches about writing.

http://sfwriter.com/index.htm

Science Guest of Honor: Brian Malow. Brian is Earth’s Premier Science Comedian (self proclaimed). He has performed for NSF, AAAS, JPL, NIST, ACS, AGU – and many other acronyms. Brian has made science videos for Time Magazine’s website  and is a contributor to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s radio show. He’s  been featured on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, co-hosted shows on The Weather Channel, and been profiled in Nature, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.
Brian currently works in science communication for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, and blogs for Scientific American.
http://www.sciencecomedian.com/

  • Art and Music Track– here we will have demonstrations and tutorials, our make and take projects, quick sketch contests (this year we will have one for kids and teens and one for for the adults), prop building challenge, puppet making and any other hands on projects we can think of!
  • Steampunk track– trying to work with some steampunk groups to have a track of all things steampunk. If you have some ideas or want to help run the track, please contact us!
  • Sanctioned Poke’man Card and Video gaming tournaments with prizes. To sign up, go here:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1591865734384385/
  • Noise Complaint, a Cosplay Tap Dance Ensemble www.noisecomplaintlive.com

Returning this year: 

  • Our comic showcase with Andy Rider and Charleston’s best comedians.
  • Charlie Kaufman will be back with his damage assessments of a Gozilla Attack, Zombie Outbreak and new for this year Sharknado! If you missed it last year, it’s a great and funny presentation but also gives you real information on how the government prepares themselves for natural or un-natural disasters.
  • Dealer’s Room
  • Costume Contest
  • Literary track with writer’s workshops
  • Fandom Track- with Jurassic World, Avengers and Star Wars coming out this year, lots to talk about.
  • Science and Technology Track
  • Costuming Track
  • Fringe Sciences Track
  • Gaming Room
  • Fun audience participation games like Hollywood Game Night

Join our facebook group for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATOMACON/
Here you can make suggestions of things or people you would like to see. Do you have some special talent or hobby you would like to share? Our con is for fans by fans so fan-run panels are always encouraged. Maybe you are a super collector or a drone/RC owner, network specialist in cyber security, fan film maker, makeup artist, etc. Make your suggestions on the group and we can see what we can do.

Follow us on Twitter: @atomacon

We are a start up convention and depend on fans like you to spread the word and help us grown. Each year, as we grow, we can add more and more features, bigger and a wider variety of guests. Please help us spread the word!

 

Happy 2015!

Hello all,

We have a Literary Guest of Honor: Robert J. Sawyer.

From his website: http://sfwriter.com/bio.htm

Robert J. Sawyer — called “the dean of Canadian science fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen and “just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days” by The Denver Rocky Mountain News — is one of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top honors for best novel of the year:

According to the US trade journal Locus, Rob is the #1 all-time worldwide leader in number of award wins as a science fiction or fantasy novelist.

Rob is also a big Star Trek fan and collector of Sci-fi toys mainly from the 1960’s era shows and movies.

In other news, Gail Z Martin is returning to have a book launch of her second book in the Deadly Curiosities series which takes place here in Charleston.   Please visit our website http://atomacon.org    to see all of our guests so far.

This year in addition to our Literary, Fringe Sciences,Science and Technology, Fandom, and Costuming Tracks, we are adding an Art and Music Track.  We’ll have workshops and demos,fan ink , film making, special effects, etc.  This track will have all the hands on interactive events like puppet making and make and takes.   We may also add a Steampunk track if we have enough interest and someone willing to run it.   Hopefully the folks at SCARAB will return and we will have table top gaming.

Please remember our convention is for fans by fans.   We accept all ideas.  Just a few things to keep in mind when making a suggestion: Be specific on what you want to see or do, time and resources needed to do it, contact information on experts willing to help.  Can we get a sponsor to make it happen?   For example: Suggesting an Anime voice actor would be cool does not help us.  I’m not into Anime and wouldn’t have a clue where to start.  However, if you said: A group of us would really like to see_________________ you can contact them here___________.  You may be able to get this business or Anime Club to help with X amount of the expenses.     This gives us something to work with.   Another example: We want an art show.  Ok, how much room do we need? How are we going to hang the art? Do we have X amount of volunteers willing to stay in the room to guard the art? Who will receive the art from the artists and take care of sales, returning unsold art back to the artists?  I did this one year for ConCarolinas.  It’s a bunch of work!  But if you are passionate about having one and have a plan, we certainly are game to help make it work. Please email at info@atomacon.org with suggestions.

 

Something for everyone!

There is so much going on at AtomaCon this year, it is hard to keep up with!  Here is just the tip of the iceberg of activities!  Remember we have Gaming too.  Check out some of our previous blog posts for more information and how to sign up.

Remember Pre-Registration ends next Wednesday, October 15th. http://atomacon.org/member.html

Also the room block for the hotel expires on October 15th!  The hotel expects to be sold out that weekend!   http://be.genares.net/14585?NextPage=room_search    ATOMAC in the group code.

Activities for the Fans:

Outside-

Fan Cars:

  • Celebrate 30 years of Ghostbusters  with the Carolinas Ghostbusters’  Ecto-1.
  • KITT fan replica car from Knight Rider

The Knightly Order of the Fiat Lux will hold an exhibition of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) and sword fighting.  They will also have soft sword fighting available for the public for a small donation to their charities such as the American Heart Association, Lowcountry Food Bank and Autism Speaks.

Inside-

  • The SC Ghostbusters will have the portrait of Vigo from Ghostbusters II.   A great opportunity for photos!
  • Randy Richards is returning with the TARDIS and will be available to take professional photos of your TARDIS experience.
  • The 501st Carolinas Garrison and the R2 Builders will also have areas for photos.

Entertainment:

  • Concerts by Moss Bliss and Valentine Wolfe on Friday.
  • Comedy Showcase featuring Andy Rider, Michael Clayton, Deshan Mason, Ryan Firster,Jeremy McLellan on Friday.
  • Concerts by Ken Spivey Band and Valentine Wolfe on Saturday.
  • Costume Contest on Saturday
  • Dance Party featuring DJ Verno Monroy  on Saturday Night
  • Ken Spivey Band Concert on Sunday.

 

Interactive Fun:

Friday:

  • Sci-Fi Hollywood Game Night
  • Minion Make and Take
  • Game of Thrones Trivia
  • Open Filk

Saturday:

  • Dalek Make and Take
  • Well Dressed Puppet
  • Sci-Fi Simon Says
  • Fantasy Makeup and Face Painting with Jennifer Love
  • Charity Auction for the Charleston Animal Society
  • Quick Sketch Contest

Sunday:

  • Randy’s Trivia Challenge
  • Wait, Wait, Don’t Phase Me
  • Sci-fi Pet Toys Make and Take

 

 

 

First Annual AtomaCon Short Film Festival Deadline Approaching!

We’re pleased to announce the first annual AtomaCon Short Film Festival!  As a growing convention devoted to sci-fi/fantasy and art, it is only fitting to introduce a film festival in our second year. We hope to give local and international filmmakers the chance to showcase their cinematic triumphs in the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, horror, and fandom.

All submissions must be received no later than midnight on September 26, 2014.

RULES AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Submissions open April 15, 2014.
  • All films must be under 30 minutes in length, including credits.
  • All films must be complete and ready to be shown in their entirety.
  • All entries must be accompanied by a brief synopsis and biography of the filmmakers via a completed submission form.  ( Available here: http://atomacon.org/film-festival.html) also available via mobile devices here: http://m.atomacon.org 
  • Please submit your film digitally, in .wma, .mpeg or .avi format, via our Dropbox.
      • Please email us when you’re ready to enter at filmfestival@atomacon.org. In this email, please attach your completed application form, and tell us what name your PayPal entry fee is under.
      • When we confirm your payment, we will invite you to our Dropbox. There, you can drag and drop your film into its own dedicated folder, where it will be kept private and partitioned from other filmmakers.
      • When we successfully receive your film, we will email you with a confirmation letter of receipt.
  • If you have difficulty uploading to the Dropbox, please let us know and we will make other arrangements.
  • Each individual is allowed up to submissions, but must pay the entry fee for each.
  • While we expect some zombies and gore, please do not include full-frontal nudity or torture porn in your submissions. We will advise parents to use discretion when bringing their younger children to the film festival, but we hope this is an event that most ages can enjoy.

ENTRY FEE:

  • All submissions require an entry fee of $10 USD payable to AtomaCon.
  • Students may submit their films for a $5 USD fee, with a scanned copy of their school ID or class schedule.
  • Please pay this fee online using PAYPAL (http://atomacon.org/film-festival.html) before September 26th. No cash will be accepted at the door. No entry fees will be refunded.

ACCEPTANCE:

  • This film festival is juried based on length, content, and artistic integrity. You will be notified by October 3, 2014 if your film was accepted for screening.
  • If we accept your film, you will receive one free AtomaCon weekend pass!
  • You will also be allowed a discounted price of $25/weekend pass for up to 4 cast and crew members.

CATEGORIES:

  • Fan Films – These films or webisodes take place in an pre-established universe (a la Star Wars, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones) They can be original fan concepts or an adaptation of expanded universe content.
  • Original Films– These films or webisodes are entirely original and are not set in a pre-existing fandom.
  • Micro Films –  These can be original or fandom, but they must have a running time of under 2 minutes.

AWARDS:

  • Best Original Film
  • Best Fan Film
  • Best Micro Film
  • Best Student Film
  • Additional awards may be given at the judge’s will.

PRIZE: Lifetime Membership to Scripped, Two weekend passes to AtomaCon 2015. Other prizes to be added.

The Scoop on RPG Gaming at AtomaCon

Today we have another guest blogger: Jon Maness from SCARAB.

Hello, I am Jon Maness, Scarab Swarm member, the first Scarab Iron GM, and host of the Scarab Swarmcast Podcast.  Del Collins asked me to write up something about tabletop RPG gaming and some of the games SCARAB will be bringing to AtomaCon.  These tabletop RPGs are different from the Organized Play RPGs, such as Pathfinder Society, in that they are usually a one-shot game, come in a wide variety of game mechanics and styles and deal with a very singular experience.  Tabletop RPGs at conventions can be a good way for players to learn about new games or try out games they’ve heard about but not had a chance to play before.

We’ve got some great offerings for new and more experienced RPG gamers this year.  They run the gamut of traditional pen, paper and dice games to more abstract, story-telling games.   We’ve got some classics, some new, and some more esoteric offerings.  If you are new to the whole shebang, as it were, do not worry.  Our experienced GMs have got you covered.  We’re here to make sure you have fun.

Some of more tradition gaming offering are Arcanis the World of Shattered Empires, a fantasy game setting of high adventure, and Dragon Age the RPG, based on the popular video game by BioWare.  If you are looking for something fast and light hearted, we have Maid the RPG (based on the anime trope) and Kobolds Ate My Baby, where you get to take on the role of pesky and mischievous kobolds.  Do you want to play a dragon, and fight other dragons and monsters?  Give BattleDragons by Spartacus Publishing a try!

We are offering up some of the more talked about indie gaming hotness as well.  Using the FATE system, Keberos Club offers a Victorian-themed super-powered theme.  Better Angels offers a chance to play as super villains, using a game mechanic that helps explain why the bad guys always seem to lose to those pesky super heroes.  Also being offered is Fiasco by Jason Morningstar, a game that indie gamers have enjoyed for years now and was featured prominently on Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop web series.  Other much talked about indie games being offered are Apocalypse World and the Drama System game Hill Folk.  Give these last two in particular a try for a very different roleplaying experience, as they both deal heavily with character development and world building.

These are but some of the tabletop RPGs being offered by SCARAB.  Check the Warhorn site (https://warhorn.net/events/atomacon) for a more complete listing.  If you want to learn more about some of these games or others, please feel free to talk to any of the SCARAB Swarm, we may be able to suggest some other games to check out, and may even be able to break out a Quick Start from any of the Free RPG Day materials we have on hand.  Feel free to also ask about the Swarmcast Podcast and the SCARAB Iron GM contest as well.

Jon Maness
SCARAB Iron GM 2012

Family Friendly vs Family Oriented

There have been a great deal questions and confusion among con-goers and con-newbies as far as the difference between the terms Family-friendly and Family-oriented.   AtomaCon is a Family-friendly convention.   What does that mean?  Well, it means we have tried to price our memberships so it is affordable for the whole family to attend.  Programming, Dealer’s room , and Costuming guidelines reflect a PG nature with some of the more adult subject matter being held later in the evening.

In short, what you see during the day should be suitable for most families.  However, it is up to each family to decide what that is.  There will be Costumed folks dressed from all genres.  If your kid is scared of Storm Troopers or R2D2 or Zombies, you might have a problem.  (My daughter was afraid of anything with white faces for a while).  Everyone has their own opinion especially in the costuming area.   Is someone dressed as Tarzan or one of the Greeks from 300 or Slave Leia from Star Wars or Wonder Woman inappropriate for children?  Sure they are skimpy outfits but in the context where they are from, most would say no.  Rule of thumb, if you can’t wear it on the beach legally, then it doesn’t belong at this type of convention.  That means tops and bottoms for the ladies and bottoms for the men—no thongs. Body paint is not clothes—even though I’ve seen this tastefully done!   Most Cosplayers know what is appropriate when small children are present.

Family-friendly does not mean it is safe to just drop off your minor children and let them go.  This is a public event and there will NO adult supervision provided.  Kids 15 and younger must have an adult who can take responsibility for their actions attend with them.  This is for a couple of reasons.  If no one is watching your kid and they damage hotel property or fall and hurt themselves, who is going to be responsible for it?  What if your kid leaves the hotel and they get assaulted in the parking lot?  We as a convention can’t possibly provide enough people to babysit your children nor do we want to take on the liability to do so either!  We want young people at our convention, but we want them to be safe.   We will have kid-oriented events especially in the gaming room and a few special discussion panels but most of our programming will be suitable for everyone to attend.

Family-oriented is basically an event that is geared toward kids.  Most of the events are suitable for kids and the parents pretty much have to tag along.  Sometimes it is called kid-friendly.  Most of the times these events have folks who can help supervise and watch your kids.  AtomaCon is not that kind of event.

I hope this helps explain a little bit about the convention and please comment if you have questions.

Gaming Comes to AtomaCon!

Dell Collins from SCARAB is our guest blogger for today:

Gaming for AtomaCon is being run by the South Carolina Area Roleplayers And Boardgamers (SCARAB). SCARAB travels all over the United Stated bringing our sponsors great games to events, retailers and gamers of all types.
For AtomaCon we are bringing a slightly different gaming experience than other conventions typically run. We are designing our schedule around entertaining, short play games so people who may have never gamed before can jump into and play without having to have any experience playing games before. This type of schedule was tried at XCon World by SCARAB and PAX Prime by Paizo this year to great success and we think it is a great fit for AtomaCon as well.
We will be bringing lots of board games from our library with us and one game in particular that we are bringing to run as a tourney is King of Tokyo from the awesome sponsor Iello. Winner will get a copy of the game! In addition we will be running a variety of roleplaying games and of course we will have the vastly popular Pathfinder Society.
We would be thrilled to have you attend and demo your favorite games, for those more experienced gamers please feel free to bring your own games and if you are an experienced roleplaying game master feel free to contact us if you would like to run your game at AtomaCon and we will get it on the schedule so players can begin signing up asap.
Are you a gaming newbie or just haven’t gamed in what seems like forever? That’s is awesome, come on out and let us introduce you to this wonderful hobby or for those who have been away from the hobby a while let us show you some of the hottest games being played today. We believe there is a game for everyone and we are happy to help you find the kind of game you like to play and get you started having fun.
Hours of the gaming room will mirror those of the convention: Friday 4pm-midnightSaturday 10am-Midnight and Sunday 10am-4pm.
To see the full schedule as it develops and to reserve your seat at a scheduled game tune into the warhorn site at https://warhorn.net/events/atomacon
Don’t see a game you want to play on the schedule then please contact us and we will do our best to get that game on the schedule and remember we are going to have a chunk of our board game library with us that will allow you to check out a game and play ad hoc as much as you like.

Thanks,
Del Collins
Director of SCARAB

New guests this year!

Today we will feature some of our guests who are making their first appearance at our convention. Please visit their sites to learn more about them!

Stephen Euin Cobb
http://www.stevecobb.com/

Currently a contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine, Stephen was a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen’s Universe Magazine for three years (2006-2010), a contributing editor for Robot Magazine for one year (2009-2010), and has written for H+ Magazine, Grim Couture Magazine, Port Iris Magazine and Digit Magazine. Stephen also has a popular award winning weekly interview-based podcast in which he and his guests discuss all the ways our lives are going to be different in the future.

Heather E. Hutsell
http://www.heatherehutsell.com/
Heather is a self published author of (currently) 9 books. Genres range from absurdist fiction to Steampunk mystery, vampyre and werewolf romantic horror and other surrealist and otherworldly tales. Heather is also an artist and costumer.

Chris Kennedy
http://chriskennedypublishing.com/
Chris Kennedy is a Carolina native (NC), who has been ranked as high as #30 on Amazon’s Top 100 Science Fiction Authors List. His works include: When the Gods Aren’t Gods, Janissaries, Red Tide: The Chinese Invasion of Seattle, Occupied Seattle. Chris is a 20-year Navy veteran and educator.

Gail Z Martin
http://www.ascendantkingdoms.com/
Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series (Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of Ice Forged in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, Reign of Ash and War of Shadows (Orbit Books, 2015), plus The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven & Dark Lady’s Chosen ) from Solaris Books and The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn and The Dread) from Orbit Books. She writes two series of ebook short stories: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures and the Deadly Curiosities Adventures. Gail will be having a book launch party on Saturday from 9 pm- 11 pm at the convention. Look for signs at the convention for the room number!

James Daniel Ross
http://www.darkquestbooks.com/store/product-list.php?pg1-cid56.html
The Radiation Angels: The Chimerium Gambit is his first novel and is followed by The Radiation Angels: The Key to Damocles. James shares a Dream Realm Award with the other others in Breach the Hull, and an EPPIE award with the others appearing in Bad Ass Faeries 2.
Josh Strnad
http://www.joshstrnad.com/
Josh Strnad has possessed a deep love of books since he was just a wee lad. When not guzzling down hot tea and typing stories on his old computer, he also dabbles in film making, writing music, and drawing cartoons. A few of his favorite authors include Mark Twain, HG Wells, Edgar Allen Poe, and CS Lewis. Josh’s first novel Pantheon is now available from Urania Speculative Fiction. Josh lives in small-town North Carolina with his family and two incorrigibly goofy golden retrievers.

Ashley Field-Pamela Nance
http://spirithunter.us/
Since forming Spirit Hunters of the South in 2008, Ashley Field & Pamela Nance have conducted field-work at approximately 70 historic sites & properties throughout the mid-Atlantic & southern United States. Over time, they developed a paranormal investigative model based on research methodologies from anthropology, archaeology, history & quantum physics.

Gregory French
http://gregoryfrench.weebly.com/
Gregory French is a New York native who currently lives in South Carolina. He got his start in professional acting when a friend asked him to be in a commercial he was shooting. He has appeared on the tv shows “Under the Dome” and “Revolution”, but is best known for his many appearances on “The Walking Dead”, where he has played over 15 different walkers in seasons 3 and 4 including the Barbed Wire Face Walker, one of the Gas Mask Walkers, and several Prison Walkers. His movie credits include “Iron Man 3″, “Parental Guidance”, and “We’re the Millers”.

Michael Mundy
http://www.noboundariesmediaentertainment.com/#!michael-mundy/c1okl
Mike lives in Atlanta where he works, as an actor whenever possible! His most recent notable appearance includes the television show The Walking Dead, where his eyeball was showcased in the opening shot of the season 3 premiere. The shot pulled out to reveal “Grandpa Walker,” who soon succumbed to a fire poker in the head gifted by T-Dog. Spends time in the recording studio working with many bands. When not acting or working mike enjoys hiking and fishing.

 

 

Local Guest Spotlight!

Charleston is a city rich is culture and talent.  No wonder we are consistently voted one of the best places to visit and one of the friendliest cities!  This year we are pleased to host a rich assortment of local guests.   Below is just a little about them:

Christine Brunson

http://www.undeadnorm.com/

http://www.christinebrunson.com/blog/

Christine is a local artist. She made her debut as co-creator, writer, and colorist for the web comic Undead Norm. Soon she found herself writing scripts for other stories and coloring pages for other creators. Christine hopes to continue making great comics for people to enjoy for many years to come!

 

Marie F Crow

http://mariefcrow.com/

Marie is the author of four books in the post-apocalyptic Risen Series as well as three books in the children’s Abigail and Her Pet Zombie Series as well as The Sirens and Blood Cravings Series.  In addition to writing, Marie has her own publishing company: Marie F Crow Publishing located in Goose Creek, SC.

 

SL Figuhr

http://slfiguhr.com/

SL is fan of the macabre and fantasy, SL’s biggest influences came from authors like Bram Stoker, Mary Shelly, Anne Rice, Edgar Allen Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft provided early influences. Other inspirations include Tales From The Crypt, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Xena, Alias, and a host of 1980′s movies. She has two books out in the Immortalibus Bella Series and hopes to have a third completed by the end of the year.

 

Leah Rhyne

http://www.leahrhyne.com/p/undead-america_21.html

Her first novel, Undead America: Zombie Days, Campfire Nights released in October, 2012, by MuseItUp Publishing. It’s sequel: Undead America: No Angels, was out in October, 2013. Around the web, you can find her writing for The Charleston City Paper, where she focuses on the local arts scene and a few opinion pieces, or at LitReactor, where the focus is books, writing, and more books.

 

Bruce Orr

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4508549.Bruce_Orr

Bruce Orr is a retired criminal investigator turned author.After retiring Mr. Orr combined his love for investigation and research with his love for history and writing. He began researching local Lowcountry legends and is now known as a “Ghostorian”. Bruce has written “Six Miles to Charleston” which is a look at the facts behind the legend of John and Lavinia Fisher, who were accused of robbing and murdering their guests at an Inn in 1819, Haunted Summerville, SC,”Ghosts of Berkeley County, SC and his latest book: Ghosts of the USS Yorktown, the Phantoms of Patriots Point.

 

Andy Rider

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o08IcEcXwAA

Stand-up comedian Andy Rider seeks to be both unique and hilarious. In the nearly three years he’s been doing stand-up he has been a finalist in the 2011 Charleston Stand-Up Competition and entertained audiences in both Carolina’s with a storytelling style that touches on comic books, dreams, trips to foreign lands, movies and even modeling.

Some of our other local artists attending:

James Christopher Hill

http://www.jameshillgallery.com/

TM Showers

https://www.facebook.com/artoftmshowers

Dina Barron (Hooks N Toggles)

http://www.hooksntoggles.com/

 

 

And now a word from our sponsors…………

Putting on a 3 day convention is a huge financial undertaking! You have facilities fees (rental of the space), guest expenses, table rentals , a/v equipment purchases, badge and program book printing, laminate, badge clips, badge labels, signage, certificates/trophies/ prizes for the various activities, supplies for make and takes, plus just the general office supplies like laminators, staplers, pens, etc.  We get the funds to make all this possible three ways: Membership sales, Dealer’s Room Fees and Sponsors.

Sponsors help us in a variety of ways.  Some help with money, other provide products that we can use for prizes or giveaways, and others donate items that we can use in our charity auction.  They are a very important to bringing a convention like ours to fruition.   Anyone can be a Sponsor. It doesn’t have to be “geek” related.  We geeks buy homes, cars, furniture, electronics and go to the doctor. We eat at fast food restaurants and we enjoy fine dining.  Advertising at our convention is just another way to get the word out to a large number of people at one time.  Our rates are really cheap in comparison to many advertising outlets.   So if you or you know someone who may be interested in supporting us, please let me know, we are always willing to work something out to help both parties.

Just a little about our current sponsors, I encourage everyone to support them!

 

Soundwave Music, Comics and Movies

http://soundwavecomics.com/

Greg and Holly at Soundwave have been our sponsors from the beginning. They have given us a great deal of support and have helped spread the word about the convention to their customers.  The store is located in Summerville on 17A.

Yoda News.com

http://www.yodasnews.com/

Looking for news on Star Wars Collectibles? This is a great site to find it!

 

USS Yorktown Ghost Tours

http://www.yorktownghosttours.com

Come aboard the famous “Fighting Lady” on this exclusive guided walking ghost tour that explores the unexplained mysteries of the USS Yorktown, the legendary WWII aircraft carrier docked in the harbor in historic Charleston, SC.  Walk in the steps of Heroes where many gave their all and a few may linger still.  Hear stories of sacrifice and devastation which befell many who served as this tour ventures into areas normally restricted to the public. Learn of the strange activity that has been documented and reported over the years including the startling results of the investigation by Syfy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” and see for yourself why The Today Show and Family Circle Magazine named this as THE walking ghost tour to do in Charleston . Rates are $25 for a 90 minute tour but group rates are available.

 

James Hill Gallery   

http://www.jameshillgallery.com/

James is a local Charleston Artist and literally an original support of the convention. His ideas and enthusiasm really was what kicked me in the butt to start the convention!  He works in just about every medium.  He creates both vibrant landscapes, murals, as well as Sci-fi, fantasy, Gothic, and Steampunk themed works.   In addition to being a painter, James has created a plethora of works in the digital, 3D media.  He has participated in Spoleto Festival, and the North Charleston Arts Festival as well as MegaCon, DragonCon, ConCarolinas, Contemporal, XCon just to name a few.

 

Scripped

http://www.scripped.com

Scripped is screenwriting software and one of the sponsors of our Film Festival this year.

 

The History Press

http://historypress.net

The History Press is a local Charleston Publisher.  They publish mostly historical/reference based books for different regions all over the world.  Our guests Bruce Orr and Tally Johnson have books published by them.   Whether  it is ghost stories, craft brewing,  best foods, or pirate history, this is definitely the place to visit.

Pop Up Tee 

http://popuptee.com

Pop Up Tee offers t-shirts for a limited time. The shirts are $12.99 and incudes shipping.  They are usually shipped within 12 days after the promotion ends. I’ve bought several shirts from them and found them to be of good quality and in most cases I had my shirts about 5 days after the offer ended.

Sonic North Charleston

http://www.sonicdrivein.com

Best place to get a milkshake! The manager is a cosplayer and fan and they will be at the convention this year with games and give aways!