Matt O'Connell | May 18, 2012
So much cool stuff happening this weekend that it could, if you’re not careful, make your brain implode. The events below are loaded with rock stars, artists, actors and other celebrities to beat the band; not the least of which is Batman & Robin appearing at the same event. No word yet on whether or not they’ll be in costume or using their altar egos.
SURTEX is sketching out a home in New York City for the next few days. This neat event features hundreds of artists and designers dedicated to producing innovative and original works.
Just down the river in Asbury Park they’ve got the Bamboozle Festival, which fits the same genre. Now in its tenth year, this three-day boardwalk festival functions as an artist’s resource, gathering all sorts of talented musicians for an oceanside boatload of fun.
Rock on the Range, according to its tagline, is “Where Rock Lives.” Apparently, that’s Columbus, OH. They certainly have some impressive guests to support their thesis. This year’s performers include Marilyn Manson, The Darkness, Anthrax, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Cypress Hill and more. Not sure “rock” springs to mind with all of those, but they surely won’t have any trouble finding an audience!
Pouzza Fest is another festival of music, this time up in Montreal. They’ve also got some bands you may have heard of on the bill, including The Bouncing Souls and Less Than Jake. Not sure about the translation of “Pouzza” (I see two Z’s and a P and I immediately think “pizza) but this event seems to find its foothold in the Punk scene.
Now we move on to fun and games, and this weekend has plenty of that lined up. CanGames in Ottawa is Canada’s longest running gaming convention, with a core focus on RPG’s, miniature games and board games.
RPG’s not your bag of dorkiness? Try out the Big Wow ComicFest in San Jose. this event has a long history of showcasing California’s pop culture and comic scene.
Also kicking around this weekend is the Kapow! Comic Con over in the UK. This one targets a wider base of attendees, exploring the realms of comics, TV, movies, and the games inspired by all of those creative works. They have some pretty respectable guests too, including big name writers & artists.
Moving on down to Dallas, they’ve got their own Comic Con this weekend, and boast the most impressive roster of celebrity guests. Stop in to shake hands with Patrick Stewart, Adam West, Burt Ward or comic legend Stan Lee.
Down in Mobile, AL they’re cooking up MOBICON XV, formerly known as the Mobile Comic Art and Science Fiction Festival. This year’s event will feature a range of special guests including everything from Authors and Anime creators to experts in the Paranormal.
And I’m sure there’s a pretty clean segue possible to get from that to this: the 13th Annual UFO Conference in McMinnville, OR. Guests will discuss past and present UFO sightings, the existence of secret military bases and weapons, share blurry photos of nondescript objects and finally agree on their favorite X-Files episode. Seriously, though, I’m all ears on this UFO stuff if anybody ever wants to show some actual evidence.
Also (btw), they’ve got this cheese thing in Seattle. Everybody likes cheese, right?
Facebook’s IPO has been the buzz of the tech world, but most of the conversation seems to be around how rich it has made Mark Zuckerberg. The shocking thing (to me) isn’t that he’s worth $20 billion, it’s that there are 23 people who are richer than that.
Any bets on whether or not Battleship is going to unseat The Avengers at the box office throne? I’m still trying to wrap my head around how they made a movie based around that game, and why it seems to have aliens in it? Maybe attendees of the UFO Convention were involved in development. Or maybe they needed more excuses to use CGI so they wouldn’t have to actually insert human content into the movie.
About the Author: Matt hails from Boston and has a background in Film and Writing. As weather phenomena go, he prefers earthquakes to Nor'easters these days, so he's currently residing in the East Bay. He produced a feature film called "Night Sounds" after graduating from Emerson College, which premiered at a film festival in Massachusetts. Matt continues to write screenplays and work in the film community, while working as a freelance copywriter, editor, and part-time member of the Hound.