Vermont Comic Con: September 19/20th!

Vermont Comic Con is officially happening, and they’re getting ready to go. Here’s the initial press release and activities they have planned so far:

Burlington, VT – Vermont’s second annual Comic Con is back celebrating September 19-20 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington.

Presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company, Gemr, Yogibo, and Tilt’s Classic Arcade & Ale House, Vermont Comic Con is hosting a Blood Drive throughout the weekend in partnership with the American Red Cross. They will also be holding an art raffle, with proceeds to benefit Special Olympics Vermont.

An event designed to provide fun for the entire family, Vermont Comic Con events include:

-Meet top artists in the world of comics, representing Marvel Comics (Joe Caramanga & Charles Paul Wilson III), Archie Comics (Dan Parent), Image Comics (Cliff Rathburn), IDW (Blair Shedd) & more -Exclusive art and commission opportunities from local artists-

-Free Junior Jedi Classes (brought to us by Martial Arts Instructor Nate Porter)

-Gaming room with games for players of all levels presented by Brap’s Magic -Cosplay events, including a visits from the 501st New England Garrison & Vermont Cosplayers, as well as panels and a costume contest -Appearances by Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), Jason Faunt (Power Rangers), Brian O’Halloran (Clerks) & more -Vermont Comic Con Jr, an arts & creativity workshop hosted all weekend by Emily Drouin of the comic book series ‘Eplis’ with a family-friendly after party at Tilt -Numerous panels for fans, as well as networking opportunities for local artists, writers, and makers

-21+ After Party hosted by Zen Lounge

General admission tickets are $20 for a single day pass, $35 for a weekend pass and VIP packages starting at $100 are available for purchase on http://www.vtcomiccon.com

Lori L. MacLaughlin Signing!

Tonight at Barnes and Noble, local author Lori L. MacLaughlin will be signing her fantasy novel Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble! The event will take place at 6:00pm.

Here’s what the book is about:

Trouble is Tara Triannon’s middle name. As swords for hire, Tara and her sister Laraina thrive on the danger. But a surprise invasion throws them into chaos… and trouble on a whole new level. Pursued by the Butcher, a terrifying assassin more wolf than man, Tara and Laraina must get a prince marked for death and a young, inept sorceress to safety. There’s only one problem – eluding the Butcher has never been done. Aided by a secretive soldier of fortune, they flee the relentless hunter.

Gifted with magic and cursed by nightmares that are all too real, Tara must stop an army led by a madman and fend off an evil Being caught in a centuries-old trap who seeks to control her magic and escape through her dreams – all while keeping one step ahead of the Butcher.

Reminder: The Vermont SF Writer’s Series Author Duel!

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This Sunday, Phoenix Books and Geek Mountain State will present the latest installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series! Watch as Max Gladstone (Last First Snow), Vermont’s own Brian Staveley (Providence of Fire), Elizabeth Bear (Karen Memory), and James Cambias (Corsair) compete against one another, to discover the most dramatic reader of the group.

  • MAX GLADSTONE is a fencer, a fiddler, and a two-time finalist for the John W. Campbell Award. He is fluent in Mandarin and has taught English in China. Max lives and writes in Somerset, Massachusetts, near Boston.
  • BRIAN STAVELEY lives in rural Vermont. This is his second novel, followingThe Emperor’s Blades.
  • ELIZABETH BEAR was the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2005. She has won two Hugo Awards for her short fiction, a Sturgeon Award, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Bear lives in Brookfield, Massachusetts.
  • JAMES CAMBIAS is a game designer and multiple award-nominated science fiction and fantasy author.

The event will take place on Sunday, July 26th at 2pm at Phoenix Books in Burlington! Tickets are $3 per person, and include a coupon for $5 off a book by one of our featured authors!  Tickets will be available at either Phoenix Books location starting on July 12th, and coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.  Seating is limited.

RSVP here.

Geek Things for July 17th, 2015

  • Night Circus, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne. (Circus)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – See our homepage for format, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Get Pop-Cultured: Minions Fun, 7:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Minions)
  • FNM – Path to Exile and the Piglet Token, 6:00pm, Flights of Fantasy Books and Games, Albany, New York. (Gaming)
  • Tabletop Sanctuary, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Crowe’s Nest, Randolph
  • FNM: Tinker & Smithy, 6:30pm, Tinker & Smithy, Middlebury. (Gaming)
  • Middlebury Game Night, 6:30pm, Isley Library Community Room, Middlebury. (Gaming)
  • “Heroes in Nature” 10am, Waterbury Library, Waterbury. Please call the Library to register: 244-7036. (Kids)
  • Magic: the Gathering group, 3pm – 5pm, VT Room, Aldrich Public Library, Barre. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Standard Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic: Origins Booster Draft, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • “Night Skies” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm / 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, Saint Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “It Came From Above” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • What’s Your Passion, 2:30pm – 2:45pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, Saint Johnsbury. (Museums)
  • ‘Shrek the Musical’, 8-10 pm, Stowe Town Hall Theatre, Stowe. $15-25. (Theater)
  • Birds By Ears & Eyes, 7 pm, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • ‘Bat Boy, the Musical’, 7 pm, FlynnSpace, Burlington. $14-16. (Theater)
  • ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’, 7:30 pm, Weston Playhouse, Weston. $39-52. (Theater)
  • Superheroes Story Time, 10:30 am, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. (Kids)
  • Vermont Brewers Festival, 12-4 & 5:30-9:30 pm, Waterfront Park, Burlington. $35; limited space; for ages 21 and up. (Beer)
  • Super Animals, 3:30-4:30 pm, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester. (Kids)
  • Magic: The Gathering, 6-8 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Gaming)
  • Hike: Farms to Forests, 11 am, Meet at History Hike parking lot., Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm. (Ourdoors)
  • Water Striders I, 1:30 pm, Meet at the Nature Trail. Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Stowe Free Library Giant Book Sale, 9 am-8 pm , Stowe Free Library, Stowe. (Books)
  • Creative Writing Workshop, 10:30 am, 22 Church St., Burlington. Free; preregister at meetup.com; limited space. (Writing)
  • Bookmobile, 4-6:45 pm, See williston.lib.vt.us for details. Various locations, Williston. (Books)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls, 8 pm, Meet at the steps 10 minutes before start time. Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $18; preregister. (Haunts)

Presenting The Vermont SF Writer’s Series Author Duel!

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For our next installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series, we’re switching things up a bit. Tor Books has four of their authors on tour in New England, and we wanted to have some fun with them. On Sunday, July 26th, join us and Phoenix Books to watch Max Gladstone (Last First Snow), Vermont’s own Brian Staveley (Providence of Fire), Elizabeth Bear (Karen Memory), and James Cambias (Corsair) compete against one another, to discover the most dramatic reader of the lot.

  • MAX GLADSTONE is a fencer, a fiddler, and a two-time finalist for the John W. Campbell Award. He is fluent in Mandarin and has taught English in China. Max lives and writes in Somerset, Massachusetts, near Boston.
  • BRIAN STAVELEY lives in rural Vermont. This is his second novel, following The Emperor’s Blades.
  • ELIZABETH BEAR was the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2005. She has won two Hugo Awards for her short fiction, a Sturgeon Award, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Bear lives in Brookfield, Massachusetts.
  • JAMES CAMBIAS is a game designer and multiple award-nominated science fiction and fantasy author.

The event will take place on Sunday, July 26th at 2pm at Phoenix Books in Burlington! Tickets are $3 per person, and include a coupon for $5 off a book by one of our featured authors!  Tickets will be available at either Phoenix Books location starting on July 12th, and coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.  Seating is limited.

RSVP here.

Ant Man Early Screenings

Marvel’s latest entry into the MCU is upon us, and a handful of theaters are screening it early! Here’s where you can catch Ant Man tonight, July 16th:

  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 7:15 pm (3D), 9:00pm (2D)
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 7:00pm (3D), 9:00pm (2D)
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury. 7:00pm (3D), 9:00pm (2D)
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 7:00pm
  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 7:00pm (3D), 9:25pm (2D)
  • Marquis Theater, Middlebury. 7:00pm / 9:00pm
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:00pm / 9:45pm

Here’s where it’ll open normally, on July 17th:

  • Sunset Drive In, Colchester. 8:55pm (Along with Inside Out)
  • Palace 9, South Burlington.
  • Capitol Theater, Montpelier.
  • Playhouse Theater, Randolph.
  • Latchis Theater, Brattleboro.
  • Village Picture Shows, Manchester Center.
  • Bujou Theatre, Morrisville.

Geek Things for July 16th

  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Hero Games, 10 am, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. (Kids)
  • Throwback Thursday Film Series – The Goonies, 10:30 am, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid. $2. (Movies)
  • Hot Topics in Environmental Law Lecture Series – “The Next Legal Profession: Lawyers Creating Sustainable Local Economies.”, 12-1 pm, Room 007, Oakes Hall, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. (Law)
  • Cool Chemists, 1-2pm, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester. (Kids)
  • Superhero Parade, 1-3pm, Church Street, Burlington. (Kids)
  • Movie Night – The Lego Movie, 6-8 pm, Fairfax Community Library, Fairfax. (Kids)
  • ‘Rattlesnakes in Vermont’, 6:30-8:30pm, Green Mountain National Forest Office, Rutland. (Snakes)
  • Writing for Young Adults, 6:30 pm, 22 Church St., Burlington. Free; preregister at meet up.com; limited space. (Writing)
  • ‘Shrek the Musical’, 8-10 pm, Stowe Town Hall Theatre, Stowe. $15-25. (Theater)
  • Water Striders II, 1:30 pm, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm. (Kids)
  • Dorset Theatre Festival: ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily’, 8 pm, Dorset Playhouse, Dorset. $8-49. (Theater)
  • Stowe Free Library Giant Book Sale, 9 am-8 pm, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. (Books)
  • Lego Club, 4-5 pm, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester. (Legos)
  • Lego My Library Program, 2:30-4 pm, Highgate Public Library, Highgate Center. (Legos)
  • Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30-8:30 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Models)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Wicked Waterfront, 8 pm, Meet at the fountain at the bottom of Pearl Street 10 minutes before start time, Battery Park, Burlington. $18; preregister. (Haunts)
  • Raptors in Residence, 1-1:30 pm, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. Regular farm admission, $5-8; free for members and kids under 3. (Birds)
  • Forza: The Samurai Sword Workout, 6:30-7:30 pm, North End Studio A, Burlington. $10. (Workout)
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon. (Gaming)
  • 2-Player Game Night, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon. (Gaming)
  • Magic EDH/Commander Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon. (Gaming)
  • Bat Boy, The Musical, 7:00pm, FlynnSpace, Burlington. (Theater)
  • Planet Forward: in search of solutions to the biggest challenges facing our planet, 4:30 – 5:30pm, McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Get Pop-Cultured: Throwback Thursday 1970s, 9:00am, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Pop Culture)
  • Board Game Night, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • “It Came From Above” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Skies” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm / 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • What’s Your Passion, 2:30pm – 2:45pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, Saint Johnsbury. (Museums)
  • Dragons of Tarkir League End Draft, Flights of Fantasy Books and Games, Albany, New York