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Thursday, July 7, 2016
First ever convention in Hattiesburg brings the fantastic to town
For the first time ever, the Mississippi town of Hattiesburg will host a convention aimed at fans of science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk, comics and cosplay.Southern GeekFest, a production by Rafe White and Tim Nicholas, takes place April 2 and 3 at theForrest County Multi Purpose Center, 962 Sullivan Drive.
White and Nicholas attended many conventions over the years, making notes of what they liked and didn’t like about each gathering, as part of their research for planning their own. Both have volunteered, working behind the scenes of otherevents, to learn to hold a successful con. Southern GeekFest marks their first outing at the helm and they haven’t held back.
The two men seek to bring the pop culture world to Hattiesburg in a prism-like display of the many aspects of the genre. The town has previously hosted role-play gaming conventions, but nothing on the level of variety offered by Southern GeekFest.
Headlining the event is an appearance on April 2 byStar Trek: Voyager’sTim Russ. The mellow-voiced actor/singer/voice actor has also worked inFallout4andLive Free or Die Hard, among others.
A screening of Mississippian Frank Ladner’s indie Southern mock-umentary “Max Peril” takes place during the conference, adding a local flavor to the fantastic worlds offered throughout the event.
Others on the agenda include actor/writer/director Jessy Hughes; actor/producer/director/writer Jeremy London; artist/illustrator/graphic designer Gavin Michelli; actor/cosplayer/John R. Mangus; actor/director Scotty Whitehurst; actor Jerrad Vunovich; makeup/effects artists Dark Water FX. Authors include JL Mulvihill, KD Wood, Rob Cerio and more. John Dell of Marvel/DC Comic brings another aspect to the mix.
Non-human representatives at the convention include many of the iconic vehicles of the genre, includingBela, a Great Thief, the North American black Impala which appeared inSupernatural.
With many of the guest artists crossing categories, nearly every aspect of the convention world will be represented. The lineup goes beyond those mentioned and continues to expand. The latest additions can be found on the conventionwebsite.
Watch for more stories from Southern GeekFest in the coming weeks.
Originally appeared 03/01/2016 at http://www.examiner.com/article/first-ever-convention-hattiesburg-brings-the-fantastic-to-town