Last year, I helped out with Louisville?s multimedia science fiction and fantasy convention, ConGlomeration. They were so grateful, that they forced me to serve them for all time. I mean, they inducted me into the convention committee. ConGlomeration has some great people and events this year. On a normal year, you can expect to see authors, artists, gamers, musicians, and cosplayers (costume wearers). This year, we also have mad science experiments and a troupe of actors. We're bringing in the independent theater group The Alley. At their own place, they've performed such wonders as Evil Dead: The Musical, Star Wars in 60 Minutes or Less, The Matrix, and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. At ConGlomeration, you can see them perform two radio serial-based shows that are included in your normal ticket price: Flash Gordon and Commander Cody. Normally, to see two shows by The Alley would cost more than your generally admission to ConGlomeration, but these are being thrown in as a bonus. We?re bringing LVL1 (?Level 1?) hackerspace. They?re a collective group of scientists, engineers, inventors, and other geniuses who share a four-story building filled with high-tech equipment, all so they can play around with it and see what kind of wild stuff they can make. They're bringing a device that will let ConGlomeration attendees explode a watermelon with just the power of their minds. But we're not neglecting our usual attractions. There will be dozens of vendors, carrying everything from books to jewelry to swords. Our hospitality suite will be stocked with all the drinks and snacks you want, including a 'high tea' on Saturday as led by the Louisville Tea Company. There will be board games, card games, miniatures games, and roleplaying games played throughout the event, including a game lending library to
try out new games. Noted gamer Sean Patrick Fannon will be up from Atlanta. Indie Press Revolution will be on hand to introduce you to weird games you?ve never heard of. There will be dozens of events, seminars, and panel discussions. Listen to filking (parody singing), and concerts by Drunk & Sailor and by the Klingon klezmer folk band Il Troubador. Watch our masquerade for amazing contests and skits. We also have special guests of honor that we?re bringing in: Artist: Beth Trott is primarily a watercolorist but also works in a number of other mediums, including digital, oils, graphite, and pen and ink. Her clients include Fantasy Flight Games, Paizo Publishing, White Wolf Publishing, and Wizards of the Coast, and Harper Collins. Author: Ian 'Lizard' Harac is an alpha nerd, with works published for Dungeons & Dragons, GURPS, the Dying Earth books, and the HERO system, as well as a regular column for PC World magazine. He leads the science fiction and fantasy writers group in Louisville. He'll be reading from his novel The Rainbow Connection, in which an FBI agent goes to the land of Oz to solve a Munchkin?s murder, and from Medic, in which a sentient ambulance in a post-apocalyptic future spew his thoughts. Publisher: Jason Sizemore of Apex Books is by his own admission a hillbilly done good.
His Apex Magazine has featured pieces from some of the most famous science fiction and fantasy authors today, and was a finalist for the 2012 Hugo Awards. As an editor, Jason has been nominated personally for a Hugo and a Stoker Award. What: ConGlomeration When: Friday April 5 ? Sunday April 7 2013 Where: Ramada Inn Plaza, 9700 Bluegrass Pkwy, Louisville KY 40299 How Much: Admission is $45, which covers the entire three days, and all of the programming. Online: www.conglomeration.info, www.facebook.com/conglomerationky, twitter.com/conglomeration Who: YOU! -- Dave Mattingly BlackWyrm