Make-A-Wish fundraiser: Witches, Wizards, & Wishes!

Vermont’s Make-A-Wish is partnering with the Vermont Teddy Bear factory in Shelburne for an upcoming fundraiser:, which will take place on October 27th: Witches, Wizards & Wishes.

The organization is working to raise $40,000, and they’re more than halfway to their goal now. Here’s the details:

Join us for Witches, Wizards & Wishes 2018 – a Make-A-Wish® fundraiser that celebrates the Vermont wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. It’s a family-friendly event powered by wish families, volunteers, donors and friends.

Visit us at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory in Shelburne for a family-friendly, autumn festival! Register your team, invite friends and family, and take part in a 5K walk, Hyperfocus Art face-painting, Big Blue Trunk games, and many craft activity booths! The Dairy Center will cater lunch and DoughBro will have cider donuts! All attendees are welcome to participate in VT Teddy Bear Factory tours and costume contests. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome, and costumes are encouraged for them as well!

We ask all registrants coming to the event to raise a minimum of $100 to gain admittance. Attendees who do not raise the minimum amount will be charged $10 per person, in order to participate in all activities. We encourage all participants to fundraise for wishes!

By participating and fundraising, you help bring the life-changing impact of a wish to children in our community who are battling life-threatening medical conditions. A wish experience can truly change a child’s life, and you can help.

Encourage friends and family to support your team and help support Vermont’s Wish Kids! Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers and the best costumes. Registration provides lunch, access to all activities and Vermont Teddy Bear Factory.

Tickets can be found here.

Jason Lutes’ Berlin and tour

Vermont cartoonist Jason Lutes recently released his new book: Berlin, a massive compilation of his long-running cartoon.

Here’s what it’s about:

Twenty years in the making, this sweeping masterpiece charts Berlin through the rise of Nazism

During the past two decades, Jason Lutes has quietly created one of the masterworks of the graphic novel golden age. Serialized in twenty-two issues, collected in two volumes, with a third to be co-released at the time of this omnibus, Berlinhas over 100,000 in print. Berlin will be one of the high-water marks of the medium: rich in its researched historical detail; compassionate in its character studies; and as timely as ever in its depiction of a society slowly awakening to the stranglehold of fascism.

Berlin is an intricate look at the fall of the Weimar Republic through the eyes of its citizens—Marthe Müller: a young woman escaping the memory of a brother killed in World War One; Kurt Severing: an idealistic journalist losing faith in the printed word as fascism and extremism take hold; the Brauns: a family torn apart by poverty and politics. Lutes weaves these characters’ lives into the larger fabric of a city slowly ripping apart.

The city itself is the central protagonist in this historical fiction. Lavish salons, crumbling sidewalks, dusty attics, and train stations: all these places come alive in Lutes’ masterful hand. Weimar Berlin was the world’s metropolis, where intellectualism, creativity, and sensuous liberal values thrived, and Lutes maps its tragic, inevitable decline. Devastatingly relevant and beautifully told, Berlin is one of the great epics of the comics medium.


Lutes has a busy tour ahead of him to support the book, and he’ll be stopping in Maryland,Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Quebec, Texas, Washington, and Vermont. Here’s where you can find him here:

  • The Center for Cartoon Studies
    Thursday, October 4, 2018 – 5:00pm
  • Phoenix Books Rutland
    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – 6:30pm
  • Vermont Book Shop
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – 6:00pm
  • Phoenix Books Essex & Burlington
    Thursday, October 18, 2018 – 7:00pm

Upcoming event: Cyber Warfare discussion w/ NYT’s David Sanger

This is an event that looks really intriguing: the Vermont Humanities Council and the Brownell Library will be hosting New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger, who will discuss a cyber warfare.

The event will take place on October 17th at 5:00PM at UVM’s Ira Allen Chapel.

New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger describes America’s move to using cyber warfare as a key part of its arsenal. Examining its impact on both defense strategy and civil liberties, he argues that over-classification is not only impeding our understanding of government actions but also hurting American national security.


Vermont Comic Con debuts in Barre this weekend

Now in its fifth year, Vermont Comic Con is making a big change: it’s debuting in Barre for the first time, after it was founded and ran for four years in Burlington’s Hilton. It’ll run this weekend on September 15th and 16th at Barre’s Civic Center.

The con, run by Moulton Conventions, follows the Green Mountain Comic Expo, which has run for the last couple of years in the Civic Center. Speaking with the Times Argus, Jason Moulton notes that he sees the center as the long-term home, and that the central location makes it a bit closer for people coming in from around the state.

This year’s show will feature a variety of comic artists, actors and personalities, as well as a lineup of panel discussions, gaming sessions and a cosplay contest. Tickets are $30 for the weekend, $20 for Saturday or Sunday, while kids under 7 can be admitted for free.

Montpelier’s Book Garden discontinuing Magic: The Gathering Events

For a number of years, Montpelier bookstore The Book Garden has held a regular series of Magic: The Gathering gaming events, such as Friday Night Magic and regular tournaments. In a Facebook post this morning, the store announced that it will no longer hold the events.

The store will continue to sell cards and other products, but won’t be holding its regular games.

Haunting of Hill House gets a Netflix Adaptation

One of Vermont’s most famous SF/F writers is Shirley Jackson, who lived in the Bennington area. She was a prolific author, and while she lived in Vermont, she wrote one of her more famous novels, The Haunting of Hill House inspired in part by Jennings Hall on the campus of Benningotn College.

The novel has gotten its share of adaptations — films in 1963 and in 1999, but a new adaptation is on its way: Netflix will release a TV show based on the novel, which will debut on October 12th on the service. According to Entertainment Weekly, it’ll follow a family in the past and in the modern day as “they deal with the ghosts, both literal and figurative, that have come to haunt them.”

2001: A Space Odyssey is coming to the T-Rex Theater

Essex Cinemas has announced that it will be holding a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s classic science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey next month, on Friday, September 7th.

This year is the film’s 50th anniversary, and it was recently remastered in 4K for a limited re-released in IMAX and “large format theaters.) Vermont doesn’t have an IMAX theater, but Essex Cinemas’ T-Rex is the largest screen in the state.

The theater will hold screenings at 12:30PM, 4:00PM, and 7:30PM, with tickets running from $8 to $11.50 depending on the screening time.

F. Brett Cox’s End Of All Our Exploring is now out!

Norwich University professor and speculative fiction author F. Brett Cox has a new book out this week: The End of All Our Exploring. It’s a collection of his short fiction, along with some historical notes.

The stories in F. Brett Cox’s debut collection move through multiple genres and many times and places, from the monsters of the 19th century to the future fields of war, from New England to the South to the American West, from the strange house at the top of the hill to the bottom of your childhood swimming pool. But whatever the time and place, and whether utterly fantastic or all too real, all of these remarkable fictions pose the fundamental question: what’s next? The End of All Our Exploring features 27 stories, and it also includes Cox’s unique historical notes.

The book is now in stores. He’ll also be stopping by Bear Pond Books on September 17th to discuss the collection.