Creators, makers and performers will unite this weekend to promote the continuation of literacy at Nashville’s popular-arts conference, Hypericon. Taking place at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel from June 17-19, this multi-genre event has something in store for all fandoms.
This year’s convention (affectionately nicknamed “Hypericon Next GEN”) plans to be a big affair, as pre-registration weekend tickets have already eclipsed those of the first Geek Media Expo, another local Nashville fan-run event.
“We are excited about taking Hypericon to a whole new level this year,” said Hypericon Board Member Lucas Leverett. “After 10 years of one of Nashville’s traditional fandom favorites, it was time to take a huge leap forward. I’ve been lucky to work with some amazing people since I joined the Board of Directors last year and agreed to be the architect of the new branding and expanded scope of the event.”
“While we’re honoring all the old favorites like the Spam Slam and our annual Memorial Luau, we have injected exciting new events like the Burlesque Cabaret and our new twist on costume competition: the Cosplay Showcase,” said Leverett. “Being part of a team with the most experience in Nashville fandom of an local convention is a treat. They really understand the fan culture and the love we all share, and our shared responsibilities have been flowing really well among all the changes.”
There will be great guests, fun panels and interesting events happening throughout the weekend of Hypericon 11.
Hypericon features a wide assortment of guests, including:
- Author Guest of Honor Stephen Zimmer
- Artist Guest of Honor Mitch Foust
- Cosplay Guest of Honor Gogo Incognito
- Industry Guest of Honor Rick Prince
- Steampunk Guest of Honor James Neathery
- Master of Ceremonies Big Daddy Cool Johnny Delarocca
- Michael Bielaczyc
- Elonka Dunin
- Melissa Gay
- Cosplay, Inc.
- Infinite Dreams Gaming
- D.G. Driver
- Glen Cook
- Cosplay Collective
- Michelle Nickell
- Tommy Hancock
- Loren Damewood
- Louise Herring-Jones
- Conquest Gaming
- Bryan Stancliff
Some of the many Hypericon events include:
- Burlesque Cabaret
- Cosplay Showcase (Best in Show winner receives a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card)
- The Fred Grimm Memorial Luau
- Hypericon Science Theater 3000
- Sips N Giggles – Contests at the Coffee Shop: Spam Slam, Best/Worst Opening Line Contest
- Art Show
- Surprise panels and more!
Also, the Zombies In My Blog crew will be appearing in the Talkin’ Dead panel happening on Saturday afternoon, where we will be discussing all things dead, including but not limited to: Night of the Living Dead, The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, World War Z, Day by Day Armageddon, The Walking Dead: Michonne, 28 Days Later, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Z Nation and The Zombie Survival Guide.
Be on the lookout, because there’s a VERY good chance you’ll see some of the ZIMB crew hosting other panels throughout the weekend, as well.
Hypericon is a great weekend to party with the Zombies!