Happy Tuesday, dear readers! We are back with another heaping helping of Hoosier happenings! With August drawing to a close, we are looking at starting to wrap up 2017. I’ve already started on the 2018 convention listing, which will go live in October, and I’ve already starting to figure out where the blog is going next year, since I have a lot of stuff I want to do, I don’t have time to get it all done, and I’m not getting any younger! However, that’s too far into the future, so let’s draw it back in a bit, and look at what’s coming up the next few months!
Oh, and before I forget, don’t forget to check the Blog News section at the bottom of the page, because nominations are open for Nuvo’s “Best of Indy”, which has been a running gag for me for the last few years. Can I be the second best Twitter feed for THREE years in a row? Read that block of text to see how you can help, as well as some of the folks I’d love to see on that ballot!
Looking ahead to September!
- September 1st & 2nd: ISU-Con! Props to Avital for the tip on this. This is a free event, held in the ISU Arena Building. Take a look at the event page for more information!
- September 2nd: Doctor Who Comics Day at Aw Yeah Comics! Visit the comic shop owned and ran by a real Doctor and celebrate Doctor Who Comics Day! 10% off Doctor Who merchandise, and more! Check out their event page for details! (This is happening at other comic shops, too, but this one is actually owned by a Doctor!)
- September 8th – 10th: Tri-Con! This is a locally-ran pop culture convention down in Evansville that sounds like a good time! Someday, I’ll be able to visit, but sadly not this year. You should still go, though!
- September 8th – 10th: HorrorHound! This is a cool horror convention, with a strong Halloween focus (the holiday, not the movie). I attended a few years ago, and while horror isn’t my scene, it was definitely interesting.
- September 15th – 17th: RamenCon! Anime convention up in South Bend! I don’t normally catch wind of a lot of events in that area, so if you’re up there, check it out!
October will be here sooner than you think!
- October 6th: Shocktober in Irvington! Join the Obsessive Viewer podcast as they bring local short horror films back to the Irving Theater in Irvington! There will be short films, interviews with the film’s creators, as well as door prizes for attendees! Tickets are now on sale, and will increase in price after Labor Day Weekend, so jump on it now! Check the link for the details! (Huge thanks to the Black Hat Society of Irvington for helping Matt with a scheduling mix-up!)
- October 6th: The Shake Ups & Frank Dean Celebrate the Beatles! If short horror films aren’t your thing, then might I recommend this cool show with The Shake Ups? They put on a great show, and they do fantastic Beatles covers! If I hadn’t committed to Shocktober, this is where I’d be!
- October 14th: KokomoCon! KokomoCon is back! This groovy show, hosted by Comics Cubed, is a relaxing, fun, one day event up in Kokomo, that is on my “must hit” list every year!
- October 28th: Doctoberfest! Back for the second year! Doctor Who and Halloween collide at Who North America in Camby, with local crafts people, artists, a pumpkin carving contest, and a Doctor Who costume contest! Shop their selection of Doctor Who merchandise, or visit the vendors! Rachel from The Five-ish Fangirls and I are looking to have a table again, this year!
Now, what’s happening with the blog, the blogger, and friends of the blog?
- This Week’s Photo: This is what kids mean by “modding” your equipment, right? This is my Daydream VR headset, which I use to watch movies on my phone on a plane, like when I go visit the Geekling in SoCal. Some readers thought it needed a little something extra, and I agreed.
- Nuvo Best of Indy Voting: I’m a bit behind on letting everyone know, but the Nuvo Best of Indy nominations are up and running! HOWEVER, it is a new system, and it’s set up different from previous years. So, if you’d like to nominate the “IndianaGeeking” account for “Best Twitter Feed”, so I can go for second place for the third year in a row, head on over to the link heading this section, and if you don’t already have a Nuvo account, create one. Once that account is created, scroll on down to where you see sections in red stating “NOMINATE YOUR FAVES IN…” and you’ll find different categories. “Best local Twitter Feed” can be found under “News and Views”, on page 3. You have to hit the “Continue” button twice to get there, type in “IndianaGeeking”, hit “Continue” once more, verify with a Captcha, and continue again. SUBMITTED! If you’re curious, here’s who I’ve been nominating in each category. You can nominate once a day, and it runs through September 13th! Thanks!
- Shopping – I’m not doing any nominations in this category, because there are too many good shops in town. However, they do FINALLY have a category for “Best local spot to buy/play board games” as well as a “Best local comic book shop”, both on Page 2.
- Arts and Entertainment – Note: This starts with a “Continue” button, then rolls into a “Submit” button for no discernible reason. Treat Submit as Continue.
- Best Local Comedian (page 2) – Rick Garrett
- Best local burlesque troupe (page 3) – Angel Burlesque
- Best local burlesque performer (page 3) – Katie Angel
- Best local author (page 4) – Hans Cummings
- Food and Drink – You’re on your own, here. 😉
- Music and Nightlife – Please, don’t nominate the same band in multiple categories (rock, metal, etc)
- Best local Rock (page 2) – 5 Year Mission
- Best local pop (page 2) – The Shake Ups (no “Beach City” or “Ponyville”)
- Best local punk/hardcore (page 2) – The Yavin 4
- Best new local album (page 3) – The Shake Ups in Beach City
- Best new local music video (page 3) – The Shake Ups, “Kindergarten Kid”
- News and Views – You’re on your own again. This is where Best local Twitter feed is, though!
- Send Jimmy to the Clown Motel: All the details are either on the Geeking in Indiana FB page, or at the link, but long story short: Jimmy is a buddy of mine in Southern California, who’s terrified of clowns. He took a bet that if they could raise $1K for Ronald McDonald House out there, he’d stay at the Clown Motel in Nevada. Not local, but still a good cause, so I’m pushing it for them, because that’s what friends do! FINAL WEEK!!!
- Damien and the Good Place to Die: This is a GoFundMe, to help local writer Zachary Kline and local illustrator (and occasional blog contributor) Samantha Kyle get some copies of their book printed! Take a look, and throw some money at them!
- Shop: If you look to the right hand side, there is a “Shop” link for the blog. Right now, it’s just fidget spinners and pins. I’m still working on getting discount codes, and other merchandise, up and good to go. Give it a try, if you’d like, but please, be patient! I’m still testing it!
- Do you like how the blog looks? Then check out Studio 27 Indy and TikiKitchen Design. I just write this stuff. They’re the ones that make me look good.
- Support the Blog: So far, I have podcast hosting, Dropbox, and Adobe Creative Cloud (student subscription, I’m not THAT rich!) covered, thanks to friendly awesome supporters! However, I could still use help, to make sure I have enough for domain name hosting, equipment improvements, and convention tables!
That’s it for this week, as we roll our way through 2017! I’ll see you all tomorrow!