The Hoover Public Library's 4th annual SciFi/Fantasy Fest was last weekend and it was amazing! Anime heroes walked the halls and physicists and Harvard professors taught reading with cardboard cutouts of dragons hanging in the background. It was very enjoyable. Here's a quick layout of the highlights!
Vendors and Cosplayers
Spiderman Cosplayer at the Vendor Showroom
There were cosplayers everywhere, unfortunately they were sectioned off to a different part of the library for their tracks so I didn't get to see as many as I wanted to.
Becca Nation's Etsy
Circle skirts, Pokemon, and key chains, oh my! The vendors were on point. I bought more than $50 worth of merchandise that went to my kids.
Clubs and Associations
Magic City Lego User Group was amazing! Their projects were grand and very extensive. My favorite pieces had to be the Minions and the fireside Skywalker scene though.
Magic City Lego User Group
This pic actually holds a lot of information. There were no cards or info on the designer who was using the printer but I do know he was placing random printed Pokemon in the library for people to grab. I missed one by a couple of seconds.
So we have a genuine STARFLEET Chapter in our city that I was completely unaware of. To be fair, I'm more of
a casual Trekkie and would tend to get more questions wrong than right if asked enough trivia, but I loved TNG, and I grew up with it, so sue me. You can find their website HERE
I was mostly on the Writing track with a few exceptions. I was late to a panel because I ran to get my copy of Winter Tide signed by Ruthanna Emrys just in case we ran late (I got a really cool signature too!) All panels were pretty awesome, and going into it with the thought I had already heard everything there was to be heard on the subject, I was pleasantly surprised. There were many great minds on the panels I went to, and the variety of writers that were present probably had a lot to do with it (Hugo and Nebula winners/nominees). If I could be a teen girl and put little hearts over all of the pictures I would. Hoover did a great job in bringing all of these artists and writers in. I was especially surprised by their moderators, which did a great job keeping the conversations rolling and asking less common questions. *You can actually see the back of The Reluctant Empress's author Teresa Howard in this pic ;)
Let me know if you have had any great con or festival experiences this summer!