Cartoon Cosplay Rewind in Springfield

Springfield’s Vermont Steampunk Festival will host a Cartoon Cosplay ball at the Hartness House Inn in April. Tickets will go on sale on January 26th, and will run $25 in advance, while the regular price is $30. The event will begin at 7PM and will go to midnight.

Join us for this amazingly fun 80s and 90s cartoon themed cosplay ball at the Hartness House Inn on April 6th. Come dressed as your favorite retro cartoon character from the 80s or 90s. This is a fundraiser for the Springfield Vermont Steampunk Festival; enjoy one event and help support another!

Here’s the Facebook event for the event.

Katherine Arden and S.A. Chakraborty signing at Phoenix Books

In January, Phoenix Books will bring in two fantasy authors for a discussion of their new novels: Katherine Arden and S.A. Chakraborty, whose new novels, The Winter of the Witch and Kingdom of Copper, respectively, come out in 2019. 

Arden is a local fantasy author who has gained acclaim for her books The Bear and the Nightingale, and The Girl in the Tower. Her next, The Winter of the Witch, will conclude that trilogy, which draws its inspiration from medieval Russia. Chakraborty hails from New York, and released her debut novel last year, The City of Brass, a fantasy novel inspired by legends from the Middle East. 

Phoenix will be hosting both authors for a discussion on Thursday, January 24th at its Burlington location at 6:30PM. The event will be ticketed, with admission $3 (which will take $5 off of any of their books). 

Champlain Games Festival 2019 date announced

The organizers behind the Champlain Games Festival have announced their next show: April 13th, 2019 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. 

This year’s show focused on local game development and gamers, and next year’s will likely be the same, although they haven’t announced any details or programming yet. Stay tuned. 

Higher Ground to host Wizardfest — a Harry Potter dance party

Higher Ground is hosting a Harry Potter dance party called Wizardfest, which will take place on December 5th. The night will include a costume contest (groups encouraged), along with Harry Potter themed-drinks, Quidditch pong, and more. Cats, owls, and toads not admitted.

Tickets are in $15 advance, $20 day of show, $25 wand advance and $30 wand day of show.

Details / Facebook. 

 

Springfield’s Steampunk Festival is looking for a coordinator

Springfield’s Vermont Steampunk Festival took a year off in 2018 while it worked to reorganize but as 2019 approaches, it looks as though the town is trying to get the ball rolling on another festival. Case in point, it’s hiring a coordinator.

According to a Facebook job listing, the position will be a stipend position rather than a volunteer one.

We are looking for someone who is very organized, can stay calm under pressure, loves coordinating events, who is considered a leader, who is social media savvy, comfortable speaking in front of people, comfortable with basic word and excel, and who has a positive attitude. You do NOT have to be into steampunk (although that would be fantastic!) to be able to coordinate the festival.

The full job ad can be found on the festival’s website,

Harry Potter Day at the Aldrich Library

Barre’s Aldrich Library is hosting a Harry Potter Day on Saturday, November 10th between 12:30 and 4PM.

Young witches and wizards, are you ready for the next Fantastic Beasts movie? Come celebrate the magical world of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series with games, crafts and activities, including wand-making, magical beasts trivia, house badge-making, a monster book craft, and more! Then watch the first Fantastic Beasts film while munching wizardly treats. A magical time is guaranteed for all!

Come in a Harry Potter themed costume for a chance to win a copy of the audiobook “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and other marvelous prizes!

This weekend: Carnage 21!

This snuck up fast: Vermont’s premier gaming convention, Carnage 21 is taking place this weekend in Killington at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel.

From the looks of things, it’s busy this weekend:

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.

Marvel.com 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.

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.

Details.