July 31, 2016
It first started back in 2005 - two horror-loving friends with the same birthday (August 29) decided to have a "different" kind of party for themselves. Fast forward over a decade later: the event is now the world's largest annual zombie "attack" walk, happening every August, always starting at 8:29 p.m. - no matter the weather, no matter what! For those who don't know, a "Zombie Walk" is an event where thousands of people come dressed as a zombie and walk down the street just like they were starring in George Romero's film Night of the Living Dead. (Last year, it was estimated that 35,000 zombies participated.)
The walk starts and ends in the Highlands area of Louisville, Kentucky (my fave part of the city). This year the meeting point will be at the corner of Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway. Concerts and merriment start after 9:00 p.m. and continue until midnight. So, if you plan to be in or near the Derby City in late August, make sure you attend the zombie walk - even if you'd rather be a spectator or a "zombie hunter" instead. All are welcome.
This year the Zombie (Attack) Walk will take place on August 27. Check out the official links below for more info.
June 30, 2016
Almost time for fireworks! And Fandomfest 2016 - now taking place at the Kentucky Exposition Center from July 29 through July 31. This event keeps getting bigger and better every year (started in 2005 as Fright Night Film Fest). You can find accomodations at the Courtyard Louisville Airport Hotel.
Description from the website:
Fandomfest is the largest comic con in the midsouth region, reaching thousands of attendees. We serve the anime, comic book, pop culture, movie, TV, scifi, horror, literary, arts crowd, and Fandomfest is the flagship show of our multi-city tour.
Gaming and Cosplay will also be happening. Special guest of honor will be the legendary Stan Lee. (See the site for a full list of celebrity, artist and author guests.)
Don't miss the fun!
And be sure to check back here later this month for more book and movie reviews.
Happy 4th of July!
May 31, 2016
Happy to remind everyone that Derby City Comic Con is returning this year to the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville on June 25 and 26.
The Hyatt Regency is set to be the official host hotel. Scheduled events include panels, Cosplay, gaming, vendors, as well as activities for children. Special guests who have been announced are comic book artist Jae Lee, comic book writer Bob Layton, Bryan Johnson and Ming Chen of Comic Book Men, as well as Colleen Doran, graphic novel artist - and many others.
Click here for tickets and more information.
April 30, 2016
It's already the end of April - and not too early to bring up events I'm looking forward to this fall. Join me this October 7 - 9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel here in Louisville for a new favorite, local convention: Imaginarium 2016, a midwestern/midsouth conference for writers, readers and fans (media, news, publishing, gaming).
Check here for more details.
The Imadjinn Awards (includes an awards banquet) will be handed out on Saturday, October 8 to winners in the categories of Small Press nominees and independently published authors.
Also on Saturday evening, October 8, make plans to attend the third annual Imaginarium Masquerade Ball. There will, of course, be a costume contest.
Don't forget that the Film Festival will include an awards show as well. Many things to keep track of over the course of three days!
Some special guests of the convention this year:
Brian Keene (author and Guest of Honor)
Elizabeth Bevarly (author)
Jason Sizemore (author/editor/publisher)
Lynn Tincher (author/filmmaker)
Michael Knost (author/editor)
Lana Read (screenwriter/film director)
Tim Waggoner (author)
Dan Jolley (author/game designer)
Maurice Broaddus (author/editor)
And many more....
I hope to see you there!
March 29, 2016
I've wanted to be in the same room with Stephen King since I was 13 years old. Finally, it seems I'll have my chance. Louisville is one of the stops on his 2016 book tour this summer - probably the first time he's been to the Derby City, so I was quite excited by the news.
Tickets went on sale here on March 26, and I'm happy to say I nabbed one early that morning. Even though the event is sponsored by Carmichael's Bookstore, the actual venue for his appearance will be Iroquois Amphitheater.
From King's official website:
"To celebrate the release of End of Watch, Stephen King will embark on a twelve city book tour kicking off on June 7 in New Jersey. The tour will include an evening with Stephen discussing End of Watch (the final book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy) and much more. At each event, 400 pre-signed books will be given out at random. There will not be book signings during the appearances."
For more details, click the link below. (It's been reported that the events in Iowa and New Jersey have already sold out.)
I also wanted to remind people that ConGlomeration 2016 (Louisville's grassroots interactive sci-fi and fantasy convention) will take place April 8 - 10 here at the Ramada Plaza Hotel. Click here for more info.