Vermont Comic Con 2015 Announcement

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The folks behind Vermont Comic Con have announced the dates for their upcoming show: September 19th and 20th, 2015. This is a different weekend than they’d previously mentioned at last year’s convention (it had been Labor Day), but it’s good to see them move off of a major holiday and onto a different weekend. Like last year, the convention will be at the Sheraton in Burlington.

More announcements are set to come over the course of the year. Stay tuned.

Imaginary Worlds Collide At Vermont Comic Con

VPR has posted up an article and some photographs from Vermont Comic Con:

Halloween is around the corner, but some comic fans dress up in costume year-round. And all manner of characters came out for the first annual Vermont Comic Con in Burlington this weekend. Folks dressed in elaborate costumes ranging from obscure comic characters to fairytale favorites.

For some, it’s a chance to be a hero – or a villain – for a day.

Curtis Swafford won the “novice” category in the costume contest. He dressed as Edward Elric from “Fullmetal Alchemist,” a Japanese manga series.

“I’ve always been a dork and geek my whole life. I like anything fantasy, sci-fi, anime,” said Swafford. “It’s all good.”

Listen to the article and look at a slideshow here.

Vermont Comic Con: GMS Recap

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Over the weekend, Geek Mountain State (myself and a couple of hapless and selfless volunteers), had a table at Vermont Comic Con, which exceeded our expectations nicely on Saturday and Sunday. With this first year of the convention, we weren’t sure exactly what to think: was this simply the workings of an outside company trying to force a standard-grade Comic Con into Vermont, or something that would ignore most of Vermont’s vibrant community of artists and creators? Without the longer track record that other conventions have (such as in the major media markets of New York City and Boston), it was hard to tell.

The convention was a fun time, mixing the typical ‘Comic Con’ elements such as Cosplayers and vendors with some good local offerings, such as Tilt Arcade’s game machines and the Vermont Library Association’s booth. We were perfectly positioned next to Gamer’s Grotto and chatted with a number of existing GMS followers and people who were simply curious about what we were up to. Walking the convention floor, we were happy to see a number of local artists and authors selling and presenting their artwork, and a ton of local superheroes, fans and gawkers wandering back and forth over the two days.

What was fantastic to see was a sort of vindication for us and our mission: ‘Geek’ culture is alive and well in Vermont, and events such as this have the ability to pull in a number of people. From all reports, the convention did extremely well, with a crowded two days on the convention floor and game rooms. It’s also nice to see the various elements of Vermont’s geek scene come together: Brap’s Magic put together an extensive gaming schedule, costumes were out in full force, and elements of the state’s cartoonist/artist community were present.

One thing that we were very thrilled about was the people who stopped by who had heard about us through various ways and means. We talked to countless fans who were interested in the site, converted a few more followers, but more importantly, met a ton of new people: we’ve formed a number of new links to people, which is very exciting: we can’t wait to see what they’ll be up to in the coming year.

It’s clear that this was a first-year effort, and the convention will have some things to work on in the coming year: the convention’s website is… painful, to say the least, with little information for vendors until the last minute, and with some copy editing issues. There were a number of artists present who weren’t listed, and as a result, we came across a number of pleasant surprises wandering around. These, however, are pretty minor issues.

There were some glaring omissions: mainstay stores such as Quarterstaff Games wasn’t present (although they had a game day across town) at all, while there didn’t appear to be any official presence of the Center for Cartoon Studies, which is a major force in the cartooning world right here in Vermont. Hopefully, we’ll see them next year. Some additional programming wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

As a starting point, it looks like it was a success: the convention organizers have already indicated that they’ll be back next year (Labor Day 2015 is the new date). There’s certainly a lot of potential for them to grow and expand over the coming years, and that potential has us incredibly excited to see this become a mainstay here in Vermont.

For our part, many thanks to Megan, Ian and Matt for helping to man the table this year. Next year? We need a banner.

Vermont Gets Its Own Comic Con

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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.

 

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. 🙂

Tickets for Vermont Comic Con

Vermont Comic Con is coming up in just over a week, with tickets on sale now. Here’s the rates for the convention:

  • Single Day: $20.00. This 1 day pass is valid for admission on either Saturday, Oct 25th or Sunday, Oct 26th.
  • Single Day – Student / Military / Senior: $15.00. Must show valid ID proving discount along with ticket to use this admission. This 1 day pass is valid for admission on either Saturday, Oct 25th or Sunday, Oct 26th.
  • Weekend: $35.00. This 2 day pass is valid for admission on Saturday, Oct 25th and Sunday, Oct 26th.
  • Weekend – Student / Military / Senior: $27.50. Must show valid ID proving discount along with ticket to use this admission. This 2 day pass is valid for admission on Saturday, Oct 25th and Sunday, Oct 26th.
  • VIP Pass: $100. This VIP 2 day pass includes the weekend pass, after party ticket, exclusive ticket, and all access pass (valid Saturday, Oct 25th + Sunday, Oct 26th).
  • VIP Pass – Student/Military/Senior: $90.00. Must show valid ID proving discount along with ticket to use this admission. This VIP 2 day pass includes the weekend pass, after party ticket, exclusive ticket, and all access pass (valid Saturday, Oct 25th + Sunday, Oct 26th).
  • Walking Dead/Vermont Comiccon Exclusive Print: $10.00. One Walking Dead/Vermont Comiccon Exclusive Print.
  • After Party: $10.00. The after party will be held on October 25th from 8pm-12am at The Vermont Sports Grill on 1705 Williston Rd, right down the street from the Sheraton.

Purchase tickets here.

Vermont Comic Con Anti-Harassment Policy

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Vermont Comic Con is coming up, and one of the things that we’re happy to see that they’ve put together is a solid policy for conduct at the event. Conventions are increasingly taking harrassment of patrons seriously, and we’re very happy to see that VTCC has taken the time to put something like this together.

You can find the policy on their website.

Here’s what it says:

Vermont Comic Con is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, fandom, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, political background, body size, race, religion, etc.

We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. This includes, but is not limited to: physical assault, verbal harassment, sexual harassment, stalking, unwanted physical contact, unwanted advances, or inappropriate photography. (Inappropriate photography is defined as photography where the subject feels they are being stalked, exploited, degraded, or disrespected through being photographed. While it is reasonable that photographers will be photographing costumers and other parts of the convention, should this photography become harassing or sexual in nature, the photographer will be subject to the above harassment policy.) Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference (without a refund) at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment is defined by the victim. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. If you cannot find a staff, crew, or volunteer member to assist you, please go to the information desks located near registration or near the entrance of the exhibition floor. Please report to us before taking matters into your own hands (such as personally confronting the aggressor or posting on social media). We have professional security and they are properly equipped for these contingencies.

The individual or group may be:

Warned to cease and desist;
Asked to leave the convention, or;
Banned from the convention for any period of time (without a refund).
Exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsor or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social Vermont Comic Con events.

We’re happy to see this: it defines what types of behavior are unacceptable at the convention, what steps to take if it happens, and what happens to the offender. This also appears to apply to all participants, whether it’s a costumer, attendee, volunteer or vendor.

As we noted on Twitter when we asked the convention if they had a policy (it wasn’t clearly linked on their website), this is important stuff. Far too often, (and not just at genre conventions), people are made to feel unwelcome or uncomfortable by simply showing up to have a good time – harrassment of all types has been in the news lately, especially in the genre commuunity. Too often, this is pushed aside as being not important. This is a good step.

Week in Geek

We’re going to try something over here, a retrospective on the week, based on the major topics we’ve talked about, with a bit of commentary.


Vermont Comic Con – Word that Vermont was getting its very own Comic Con in Burlington has been huge this week, as has our look at Vermont’s history of conventions in The Vermont Convention Scene. Word of Vermont Comic Con has gotten a number of fans excited on Facebook and Twitter, and it’s easy to see why: neighboring Comic Cons in Boston and Manchester have grown in recent years, and it’s not uncommon to see fans from Vermont in the walkways or behind tables.

We’re cautiously optimistic for this one. On one hand, it’s the first time that this event will be run (although it’s not the first comic con in Vermont, despite the organizer’s claims.) and they’re in a huge space. Hopefully, they’ll attract a good number of people, and it’ll become a center point for people who follow GMS. We’ll likely be there, although exactly how we’ll be there is up in the air.

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Geek Mountain State Presents Cold Mountain Stories: A Night of the Fantastic was announced earlier this week, our fourth entry in the Vermont Science Fiction Writer’s Series. We’re pretty excited for this one (as we are for all of them), because we’ve got a really strong lineup of authors. We’ve also started releasing video footage from the first event in the series, Strange as Night, Dark as Fiction #1: F. Brett Cox. We’ve got more footage that’ll come out over the course of April and a new installment will come out next week. Our next reading will take place on April 19th at Quarterstaff Games in Burlington.

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This weekend marks International Tabletop Day 2014 in Vermont, and there’s a variety of events taking place across the state with places in Burlington, Danby, Fairlee, and Winooski holding official events.

Lovecraft in Windham County! was also popular this week. The aforementioned F. Brett Cox is talking about famed horror author H.P. Lovecraft at the Rockingham Free Library next Thursday. We attended another talk by him last month in Montpelier, and it was a pretty interesting one. If you’re in the area, check it out. We’ll have a reminder next week.

Second Life for Triple Play Games! Triple Play Games is frequently on our Geek Things event list each morning, and we were pretty sad that the store was closing up shop in Lebanon in March, but excited to hear that they found a new home. They’re opening up again today. Gamers in Lebanon, you won’t be without a gaming store for long: Black Moon Games is moving in.

And finally, weirdly, our 2011 post on Fossil Hunting in Vermont was popular this week. Happy hunting, but you might want to wait until the snow vanishes, which should happen … someday.

 

That’s what’s been popular this week – what news were you most happy with?