Geek Day today Across Vermont!

Today is loaded with geek things across the state of Vermont today! Here’s some of the things that you can get up to.

First and foremost, Vermont Comic Con is kicking off at 10 up in Sheraton Hotel in Burlington. We’ll be there, along with a number of comic book artists, vendors, gamers and fans. (We’re getting there a bit later in the day, but if you’re there, come by and say hello!)

If you like your gaming with a bit more of a charity thing, head over to Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House, where they’re hosting an Extra Life campaign. Across town, Quarterstaff Games is doing the same.  Proceeds benefit the Vermont Children’s Hospital.

If you’re into Magic: The Gathering, Quarterstaff Games is hosting a Pro Tour Qualifier with PT Fate Reforged over in South Burlington’s Holiday Inn Hotel.

If you’re in northern Vermont, the Derby Line Events committee hosts a screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show at 7:00pm.

Finally, if you’re down in Rutland, Vermont, today is their 55th Annual Halloween Parade, which kicks off at 6:30pm in Southern Vermont. This parade’s a big one, and it’s even shown up in a number of comics.


As You Wish – The Princess Bride at Essex Cinemas

Phoenix Books and Essex Cinemas are teaming up for a cool event on November 1st: As You Wish – a Princess Bride party. The event will take place at the Essex Cinemas’ T-Rex theater at 5:30: the film will begin shortly after 6:30. There’ll be giveaways and more.

“There will be joy,” says Kristen, Phoenix’s events manager. “Anyone who knows never to go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line will want to be there. It’ll be a blast for anyone new to The Princess Bride, too. The evening will feature games, prizes, costumes, photo ops, and general merriment. For some of our prizes, we reached out to Houghton Mifflin, who publishes The Princess Bride, and they were as good as Miracle Max! We’re actually going to have a copy of The Princess Bride signed by William Goldman as part of our Grand Prize at this event. This is a special book, and it’s cool to think it might be passed down as an heirloom, just like the copy of The Princess Bride that the grandfather reads in the film.” Eaton says that fans should be on the lookout for other chances to win Princess Bride-related prizes, and the chance to purchase their own signed copy of the book.

The event was inspired by the publication of the new memoir by Cary Elwes, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. Cary Elwes – who played Westley in the film – was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories. With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for fans of this beloved film.

More details can be found here. Tickets are $11.25 for adults and $7.75 for Children and Seniors, and can be purchased here.

Geek Things for October 24th, 2014

  •  FNM – Friday Night Magic – See our homepage for format, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 am-2 pm, Central VT Medical Center, Berlin. (Blood)
  • Aladdin Jr, 7pm, Harwood Union High School, Duxbury. $5 at the door. (Theater)
  • Theatre Program Open Rehearsal of “Vampire”, 2:30 – 4:30pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury COllege, Middlebury. (Theater)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • FNM at Heroes Kingdom, 6:00pm, Heroes Kingdom, St. Albans. (Gaming)
  • Tabletop Sanctuary, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Crowe’s Nest, Randolph. (Gaming)
  • MTG:FNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • FNM at the Book Garden, 7:00pm, Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic: Draft, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Flames of War Open Play, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Friday Nights for Teen Tinkerers, 6:30 pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. Members: $8 / Non-members: $10, pre-registration is encouraged, drop-ins allowed. (Tech)
  • Business of Being an Artist, 5:45 pm, Flynn Center Studios, BUrlington. (Art)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls, 7 pm, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $15; preregister. (Ghosts)
  • ‘Vermont Journal of Environmental Law’ Symposium – “Cradle to Cradle: The Elimination of Waste”, 8:45 am-6:30 pm, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. (Talk)
  • Vermont Tech Jam, 10 am-5 pm, Memorial Auditorium, Burlington. (Tech)
  • Teen Advisory Board, 4-5:30 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Libraries)
  • Dungeons & Dragons, 6-8 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Gaming)
  • Teen Movie – The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 6-8:30 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Movies)
  • ‘War of the Worlds’ & ‘The Magnificent Roughnecks’, 7 pm, Newman Center, Plattsburgh NY. (Movies)
  • ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, 7:30 pm, Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock. $12-22. (Theater)
  • The Haunted Forest, 11 am-1 pm, Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Williston. $9-15; preregister. (Haunts)
  • ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’, 8 & 11 pm, MainLine Theatre, Montréal, Canada. $15-20. (Theater)
  • Nightmare Vermont, 7-11 pm, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction. $10-15. (Haunts)
  • ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’, 7:30 pm, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. $10-22. (Theater)

Colin Powell to visit Norwich University

The following press release was just issued from Norwich University:

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired four-star U.S. Army general Colin L. Powell will observe Veterans Day at Norwich University and deliver the Fall 2014 Todd Lecture Series talk on campus at 7 p.m. in Shapiro Field House.

Both Tuesday, Nov. 11 events are free and open to the public.

Distinguished by his public service over the course of his 50-year career, Powell has held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations.

From 1987–1989, Powell served as President Ronald Reagan’s national security advisor. He served from 1989–1993 as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. President George W. Bush appointed Powell the 65th Secretary of State, a nomination unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Since leaving public office, Powell has focused on improving educational opportunities for young people and issues of national economic development and efficient energy use.

The author of two best-selling books, “My American Journey” and “It Worked for Me,” he currently serves on numerous boards, including the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York (his alma mater) and the Council on Foreign Relations.

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, Norwich University will honor all veterans in a remembrance ceremony to be held at 3 p.m. on campus on the Upper Parade Ground. Events will include a review of the entire Corps of Cadets, which currently stands at 1,450 members. General Powell will serve as the reviewing officer, and he will receive special honors. Powell will also accompany undergraduate Cadet Colonel Regan Steen, NU’15, in placing a memorial wreath.

The ceremony will include special remarks by Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, (USA Ret.) and President Richard W. Schneider. Sullivan ’59, serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Norwich. All veterans, family members and their supporters are invited to attend. Accessible parking and seating are available.

Later that evening, Powell will present “Leadership: Taking Charge,” the Fall 2014 Todd Lecture Series talk at 7 p.m. in Shapiro Field House. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Seating will be first come, first served. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series is named in honor of Army Maj. Gen. Russell Todd (USA Ret.) and his wife, Carol, in gratitude for their dedicated service to the university. Todd ’50, serves as Norwich President Emeritus. With this series, Norwich brings the nation’s foremost thought leaders from the worlds of business, politics, the arts, science, the military and other disciplines to campus. All events are free and open to the public.


˜˜˜Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

 In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here:    

This should be an interesting talk – the Todd Lecture is an ongoing thing at Norwich, and I come away from each one with a full head. This one (even if you don’t necessarily agree with him politically) should be an interesting one.

Vermont Gets Its Own Comic Con

Featured artist Nick Bradshaw

Seven Days covers the upcoming VT Comic Con:

Hey, Vermont geeks: Ever wanted to meet a zombie from “The Walking Dead”? What about Mr. McFeely, the mailman from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”? Or maybe you’ve been looking for an excuse to rub elbows withJames Kochalka, the state’s first cartoonist laureate.

You’re in luck. The first annualVermont Comic Con happens this weekend, October 25 to 26, at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington. Those characters, and a host of others, will be in town for the family-friendly event, organized by New Hampshire-based Moulton Comic Expo in conjunction with Comic Art House.

Read the full article here.


Dr. Prida’s Horror Show is Oct. 29 at Hop ‘N Moose

This looks interesting: the College of St. Joseph is holding a horror show on October 29th down at the Hop’n Moose Brewing company in Rutland. This appears to be a presentation on popular culture and some of the deeper roots of horror in America.

From ghouls and ghosts and long-leggedy beasties to things that go bump in the night, CSJ’s mad professor of English and pop culture will take a fun look at what scares us the most and why we love it.

Just in time for Halloween, College of St. Joseph presents Dr. Prida’s Horror Show at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at Hop ‘N Moose in Downtown Rutland. Enjoy good food and friends while gaining the forbidden knowledge behind the reasons clowns freak us out and we wonder aloud about the Zombie Apocalypse.

CSJ Associate Professor Dr. Jonas Prida will present topics that include the culture of horror in the U.S. and elsewhere; scary icons such as dolls, clowns, and monsters; and discussions with the audience about the most frightening books and movies of all time.

Why are American Horror Story and Walking Dead such popular television shows these days? Why do we love horror movies and Halloween? Jonas is just dying to tell you.

The presentation is free and open to all who dare to attend. Summon your friends, because Hop ‘N Moose will create a special, themed cocktail for the event.


Interview with the Organizers of Vermont Comic Con

Vermont Comic Con is coming up this Saturday and Sunday! We had an opportunity to chat with the organizer of the event, J. Moulton.

Geek Mountain State: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. With Vermont ComicCon coming up this week, what can you tell us about how Vermont Comic Con came to be?
Jason Moulton:  Vermont Comiccon is the culmination of an idea to bring a complete pop culture experience to an art rich community that until now did not have a Comiccon. Vermont is well known for having a fantastic art presence.

GMS: What can you tell us about Moulton Comic Expo, and how did they get into organizing conventions?
JM:  J Moulton, owner of Moulton Comic Expo grew up a lifelong fan of comics, tv and pop culture. With a desire for community awareness, charity and business, he ventured out to promote art and pop culture in a convention setting. Keeping with his charitable background, he chooses a charity for every event attached to his company.

GMS: Where do you hope to see VTCC go from here, provided your first year is successful?
JM:  our first year is successful already strictly measured by the community’s support and from the response to the event. In the future we will only grow as much as the community sees fit. We hope to bring a crowd pleasing show for years to come.

GMS: What makes Vermont special when it comes to comics and cartooning?
JM:  Vermont is a hot spot for art and artists of many mediums. Comic legends are from here from Frank Miller to James Kochalka. We have been fortunate to have some wonderful guests from Vermont.

GMS: Vermont doesn’t have much of a convention scene: Why do you think that there hasn’t been a Vermont Comic Con here in recent years?
JM:  We believe that Vermont has not had a convention in recent years because they have been overlooked and under appreciated in their fandom. Vermont has a need for an event such as this and through grassroots organization and community involvement we have realized the scene is there but hidden.

GMS: Finally, what are you the most excited about for this convention?
JM: we are most excited to bring the first licensed Comiccon to an artful community and seeing those artists gain exposure with their craft. We are also excited to see the result if a lot of hard work and sleepless nights. :)

Geek Things for October 22nd, 2014

  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls, 7 pm, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $15; preregister. (Ghosts)
  • Environmental & Health Sciences Speaker Series – “Laboratory Techniques to Evaluate the Connection Between Exercise, Hunger and Energy Intake.” 4-5:15 pm, Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, Johnson. (Science)
  • Tech Tutor Program, 5:30-8 pm, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Tech)
  • ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’, 8 pm, MainLine Theatre, Montréal. Canada. $15-20. (Theater)
  • Sumo Bots: Robotics Club, 3-4 pm, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Robots)
  • Magic: The Gathering – Draft – $12 Entry Fee, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • D&D Encounters, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Solar 101, 7:00PM-8:00PM, Fox Room, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. (Solar)
  • Looking for Signs of Life in the Cosmos. 1:30pm, Aldrich Library, Barre. $5 donation. (Astronomy)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive. 9am – 3:00pm, National Life, Montpelier. (Blood)
  • Solar Heat Workshop. 5:30-6:30 pm, Brown Public Library, Northfield. (Solar)
  • Pokemon League, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounters, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Physics Colloquium – “Enhanced Superfluid Response of Parahydrogen in Nanoscale Confinement,” 4:05 pm to 5:15 pm, Kalkin Building 003, UVM, Burlington. (Physics)
  • Archer Mayor – “Proof Positive” reading & discussion, 6;30pm, New Milford Public Library, New Milford, CT. (Authors)
  • Board Game Day & Night, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)