Happy Tuesday, my friends! Here we are, on the final day of May. This is the point where I take a deep breath before diving head first into summer. Starting next Tuesday, I’ll be taking my summer course on Tuesday and Thursday, and my summer convention season starts hitting with Indy Pop Con on the 17th. I spoke with members of Team Geeking on Saturday, starting to lay out plans, and I’m planning on really hitting the promo posts hard over the next few weeks. In addition, I’m evaluating my free time, to try to put more work into the blog, and start putting more content up again. Starting next Monday, I’ll be back on the Star Trek viewing and writing kick, the first Monday of every month, and I know Grant is getting back on writing Media Monday, as well. So, let’s do this thing!
First, we look to June!
- June 5th – Ash Comic & Toy Show! One of Indianapolis’ longest running shows has their next event at the Caribbean Cove Hotel off Michigan on the northwest side!
- June 11th – The Shake Ups Bake Up! From 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, join the Shake Ups in Ponyville at Hero’s Emporium for a bake sale supporting No Kid Hungry! Get baked goods, and try to decide: muffin or cupcake?
- June 15th: Chopping Block Screening! Chopping Block, a film by local filmmaker Joshua Hull, will be screened at the original Sinking Ship! In addition, they will have beers from Scarlet Lane Brewing Company in McCordsville on tap! This will be at 9:30 PM, there will a themed menu, and it’ll just flat-out be a good time!
- June 16th – 19th: DroidCon 4! What I know: This is a convention for builders of Star Wars-style droids. What I don’t know: Anything else. I’ve reached out to their contact a few times, and have received no response. I’ve even checked my junk/spam folder. So, check it out at your own risk.
- June 17th – 19th: Indy Pop Con! Oh, heck yeah! One of my favorite downtown Indy cons! Team Geeking will be there, either interviewing folks, taking pictures, or vending! Come join a good time!
- June 22nd: Archie Signing at Aw Yeah Muncie! Come join Aw Yeah Comics in Muncie as they welcome Archie writer Mark Waid, and artist Veronica Fish, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM!
- June 24th – 26th: Days of the Dead! A locally ran horror convention that I normally hear good things about! Click the link for more information!
- June 25th: Naptown Roller Girls Star Wars Night! It’s your annual night of Roller Derby and Star Wars! Head to the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis to see our own Naptown Roller Girls, with a special appearance by Star Wars Indiana! Gates open at 5:00 PM, and the first bout starts at 6:00 PM!
- June 26th – Fort Wayne Hobby and Collectibles Show! Held at the Classic Cafe in Fort Wayne, check them out between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM and see if you can fill holes in your collection! Toys, comics, records, and more!
Now, what’s happening in July!
- July 1st -3rd: InConJunction! Join the Head Geek at the 36th running of this fan-run Science Fiction and Fantasy convention! Held Friday through Sunday at the Marriott East in Indianapolis, I’m really interested to see how this is going to turn out!
- July 8th – 10th: Ikasucon! Back in Fort Wayne for the 9th year, you will want to check this out if you’re into Japanese anime, manga, gaming, and pop culture!
- July 9th: Gluestick Fest! I heard about this through my friends in the Indy Webcomics Group. It looks to be a cool little shindig in Irvington for makers of ‘zines and self-publishers. The link brings you to their WordPress site, which has more info!
- July 23rd: TeenCon! This is a convention put on by the New Castle Henry County Library. Having lived in New Castle until 1986, and then living in Henry County through most of the 1990’s, I’ve spent a lot of time at this library, so I fully support this small show put on by their Teen Reading program! If you’re in for a trip to New Castle, it’ll be fun!
- July 23rd: Indianapolis Indians Star Wars Night! It’s the Indianapolis Indians vs. the Charlotte Knights at Victory Field in Indianapolis! In addition, there will be appearances by Star Wars Indiana as some of your favorite Star Wars characters!
Hey! We have some Kickstarter campaigns to list! Remember, I don’t necessarily endorse these, I just know they are Hoosier-based campaigns, of a Geeky interest, and I want you all to look into them, and make your own decisions!
- Campaign Trail – Have you ever thought campaigning for public office looked fun? This game has you campaigning, fundraising, ad vying for the position of President! Take a look before the polls close on June 2nd!
- “First Officer’s Log” 5oth Anniversary Con*Quest Journal – I’ve covered the Con*Quest Journals here before, and I strongly believe they are a “must own” for anyone who is looking for cool and unique ways to store and display their convention memories! This campaign is for their journal commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek! Available in hardcover or leather, you really want to check this out, before it beams back up on June 4th!
- Awful Fantasy: The Card Game – This is a comedy/fantasy card game, where you play the role of an author, and you’re competing to be the first in completing their awful fantasy novel! Added bonus: It’s already funded! This looks kinda fun, so you might want to check it out before they close the book on June 5th.
- Paper Triangle #1 – Kathryn Silver’s comic about a magic pen in the hands of an artist has already met its goal, but you know you want in on the first issue! Plus, she’s got a lot of great stuff in the stretch goals! Check it out before it ends on June 11th!
- Hipster: Teenage Wasteland: This is a stand-alone expansion for Hipster: The Card Game. Check out the Kickstarter before it ends on June 19th for more information!
- Level Up Barcade & Grill – From the looks of it, the goal of this Kickstarter is to open a retro arcade and grill in Fort Wayne. They’re just getting started from the looks of it, so check it out before it ends on June 23rd!
- Mind Revel Podcast – Friend of the blog Carl Doninger is looking to start a new podcast, and he needs equipment! This IndieGoGo campaign has some spiffy perks, like being a co-host, and more! Check it out, and help a good local dude put out a good local ‘cast!
Finally, what’s happening with the blog?
- Picture of the week: Throwback pic: The Head Geek and his Geek Cat buddy.
- On last week’s podcast, I did something new and fun. I asked Twitter for a topic that I could speak five minutes on. Not only did American Cartoonist Kyle Latino give me a subject, but he also gave me his own five minutes, which I think made for an interesting ‘cast. So, I’m throwing this out there to everyone: Do you have something Geeky you’d like me to talk about for five minutes? Bonus points if you’d like to put your own five minutes in! Let me know, and we can work it out!
- It looks like I’m tabling at my first convention this summer! That’s right, I was invited to set up a Fan Table at InConJunction this year, and I’m seeing if they would like to run an Awkward Twitter Mingle, as well! In addition, I’m also going to be a guest at Teen Con 2016 in New Castle, held by the New Castle Henry County Public Library. I’m figuring, I’m going to have handouts with information on starting a blog, as well as business cards. I’m also looking into my budget, to see if I can order buttons or stickers. What would YOU expect to see at a Geeking in Indiana table? Please, let me know!
- #FeedABlogger – Never required, but always appreciated! There are three ways you can financially help Geeking in Indiana: using the Amazon Affiliate Link when you are shopping on Amazon, donating using the Paypal link, or buying an item off the Amazon Wish List. Unless otherwise requested, all supporters that I can track (aka, those donating or shopping the wish list) will be listed on the Awesome Supporters page.
- The month of May has proven to be even busier than the months I was working in school!
- Do you like how the blog looks? If you ever look at the bottom of any of the pages, you can see this is in huge part to Spencer Sokol over at Studio 27 Indy, and Aric Harris of TikiKitchen Design. They are both great and talented individuals who help keep the blog running, and looking professional. If you’re looking for any sort of web work, I highly recommend either (or both!) of those gentlemen.
That’s all for this week! If you have anything to add, don’t be afraid to let me know!