Marvel profiles Rutland’s Halloween parade

Rutland’s Halloween parade has an out-sized reputation in the comics industry, thanks to a couple of long-standing fans over the years, and has even been featured in comics — it got a nice shout-out in Avengers #83 back in the 1970s. has posted up a nice profile of the parade, and its roots in comic history:

The heroes—Vision, Black Panther, Quicksilver, and Goliath—hit the out-of-the-way city on Halloween evening to chase down reports of a kidnapping plot, and were welcomed enthusiastically by the parade’s organizer, Tom Fagan, who’d invited them to ride on one of the many colorful floats being readied for the event. The Avengers smiled and played along, keeping vigilant watch on the throngs of the costumed attendees who lined the Rutland streets.

Read the entire profile here. The parade is actually taking place at 6:30 PM tonight, after being postponed due to the weather last night.

For Sale: Tardis, slightly used

Are you a Doctor Who fan? Want to travel the galaxy and the depths of time? You might have your chance: Jesse Whitaker is putting up his replica TARDIS for sale.

It won’t be cheap: it’ll cost you $5000 (marked down from the original $7000) — but he’ll take the best offer he gets. Whitaker says that he made it himself, but can’t store it any longer. This particular prop can be broken down for storage, and can also light up and make sounds from the show.

I’ve seen this prop in person over the years: Whitaker brought it to Vermont Comic Con a couple of times, and it’s an impressive, accurate-looking build.

Seven Days reviews Katherine Arden, F. Brett Cox

Seven Days’ Margot Harrison reviewed two topical books in the latest issue of the newspaper: Katherine Arden’s YA novel Small Spaces and F. Brett Cox’s The End of All Our Exploring.

On Arden’s part, she notes that the book is “sure to creep out younger ones as she deftly balances the scares with the heartfelt feels,” and that it’s the “perfect read for any kid who comes home from the corn maze thoroughly unnerved by the dry rustle of wind through the stalks — and then asks for a scary story.”

When it comes to Cox’s book of short stories, she says that “while his characters explore many strange and forbidden realms, he never ceases to remind us that the human mind is the strangest one of all.”

Read the entire review here.

Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium

This Friday and Saturday: there’ll be a Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival & Symposium taking place at UVM, put on by the Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, and the Vermont Folklife Center.

Guests will include Stephen R. Bissette, Jon Chad, Glynnis Fawkes, Julia Gfrörer, James Kochalka, Rachel Lindsay, Eric Shanower, Rob Walton, Craig Yoe, and others. There’ll also be a pair of keynote presentations by Jaime Hernandez and Julian Chambliss on October 26th and 27th, respectively.


New comics show: Catamount Comics & Collectables Expo

Another comic show has popped up in the aftermath of the demise of Vermont Comic Con: the Catamount Comics & Collectibles Expo, which will be held next year on September 14th at the Dudley H. Davis Student Center at UVM.

According to the Facebook event page, it’ll be a single-day show featuring “artists, comic book creators, writers, comic books, and anything collectable. Admission will be $5 for adults, with kids 12 and under free

A one day show highlighting artists, comic book creators, writers, comic books and anything collectable. With a family friendly admission price of just $5 for adults and kids under 12 free, come check out local and regional artists, see awesome costumes, and maybe pick up back issues of your favorite comics, or get that toy your parents never bought you as a kid.

The event is currently working to fill its tables, saying that vendors can purchase a spot for $100. You can RSVP / remind yourself about the event here

There’s been a handful of new events pop up in recent weeks as organizers work to fill the void of the central gathering point that VTCC grew to become in the last five years. The biggest such event thus far has been the Vermont Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo, which will take place at the Champlain Valley Expo next April.

Kickstart This: The Lucid Filter — An Urban Fantasy Series

Burlington-based writer/director Joshua Miner recently launched a Kickstarter for an urban fantasy webseries series called The Lucid Filter. He’s looking to raise $6,000 in the next 23 days.

The initial project will be for a 30 minute pilot episode, described as a ghost-hunting type show.

A group of college students wield arcane powers in a struggle to protect their sleepy New England town from demon-summoning occultists and eldritch horrors.  Serial entrepreneur Becky Carter founded the Paranormal Research and Containment Society, along with a reality-style web show called “The Lucid Filter”.  The web show is styled after typical ghost hunting / paranormal investigation shows, with the added feature of it including actual paranormal events mixed in with staged hauntings.

Backer tiers begin at $5 for a download of the pilot episode, going all the way up to $2,500 for executive producer privileges.

Kickstart This: Handmade Foam Dungeon Tiles

Need some additional items for your upcoming roleplaying game? A new Kickstarter project is selling handmade foam dungeon tiles. They’re looking to raise $500, with 11 days to go.

These handcrafted dungeon tiles are made out of a type of foam known as Extruded Polystyrene, also called XPS foam. The XPS foam is carved by hand to include intricate designs for cracked stonework in order to simulate stone flooring that would be found in a dungeon. Once the design has been carved into the foam, it is also textured to give an stony appearance. Once the weathered stonework design has been carved into the foam, and the stone texture has been applied, it is then given a coat of a sealer to protect the foam and to make it more durable. After the sealer is applied, the protected foam is now hand painted to mimic the appearance of stone, resulting in the final product.

For $5, you can get five tiles, and $25 will get you 30.

Kickstart this: Vermont’s first board game cafe

A group in Burlington want to open the state’s first board game cafe, and they’ve launched a Kickstarter to help realize their dream.

The Boardroom is planned for the Queen City as a place where people can go to check out a library of board games, and enjoy some food and a beverage while they’re at it. They explain that they’re going to put together a library of 400 games, ranging from familiar classics to hot new games. They also note that they plan to offer a wide range of classes and events.

The cafe will be located on Colchester Avenue in Burlington, near Winooski, in a recently renovated building. Funds for the campaign will go to adding to the cafe’s library, equipment for the kitchen, and furniture. They’re looking to raise $7000 in the next 29 days. Perks for backers include free game passes, memberships, and more.

Vermont Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo: Next April

With Vermont Comic Con melted down, there’s been numerous questions for Vermont SF/F and comic fans: what will replace the event? A contender appears to be the Vermont Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo, which will be put on by event outfit Vermont Gatherings,. It’ll be held next year on April 27th and 28th at the Champlain Valley Exposition.

The group just launched a website and Facebook Page for the convention, and describes it as an event that will host “authors, artists, gamers, cosplayers, fan organizations, comic enthusiasts, vehicle displays, prop makers, fight demos, vendors and much more.”

There’s no other details just yet, but it looks like it could easily fill the void left by VTCC, which ran for five years in Burlington and Barre. What’s more, Vermont Gatherings has a pretty good track record for these types of events, and has steadily added to their portfolio in recent years, encompassing the Vermont Renaissance Faire, the Vermont Living History & Militaria Expo, and the Vermont Steampunk Expo. Hopefully, it’ll put a priority on the local creators and groups in the area.

Vermont Gatherings isn’t the only group  eyeing the state: a Facebook page popped up for Vermont Pop-Culture Con, although no date has been announced as of yet.