Happy Tuesday! Are we all doing okay? Are we dealing with our post-Gen Con malaise in a healthy fashion? For me, this is involving sorting through interviews, and setting out the blog’s game plan for the next month. To give you a teaser for the rest of the week, I’ll be having my thoughts on Gen Con, along with my photos, up on Thursday, and then Friday will be the Gen Con episode of the Indiana Geeking podcast, featuring interviews with… well, you’ll find out on Friday! Now that Gen Con has passed, however, it is time to look ahead, into this month and September, to see what other joyous Geekishness awaits us!
So, looking ahead into August:
- August 14 – 16: Indy Fur Con! For furry fans and fur suiters, this is the show for you! Happening at the Marriott East, you can visit the link for more information!
- August 15: Geek Girl Brunch! Indianapolis now has a chapter of the Geek Girl Brunch, and the first meeting is approaching fast! Sign up on the national page (on the link) and then find our local chapter to jump right in!
- August 21: Revenge of the Nerds with Razor Ramones, Yavin 4! Held at the 5th Quarter Lounge in Indianapolis, this is “a show where mocked subcultures come together and celebrate.” The Razor Ramones are a wrestling themed Ramones-style pop punk band, and the Yavin 4 are a Star Wars themed band here in Indy. Click the link for the Facebook Event Page with more information!
- August 22: Who North America Open House! Everyone’s favorite merchant of BBC merchandise is having another open house! Did you see their booth at Gen Con, and mourn the fact you couldn’t get anything, because you spent your money on playmats with cute cat pictures on them? Head down from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM to mingle with fellow Whovians, check out their collection, and buy some cool stuff!
- August 30: Indiana Toy & Comic Expo! This year, they have moved their one day show down to Bloomington! Check out comics, toys, and more at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center, and visit their site for more information! Bonus: Team Geeking Member Bri will be tabling at the show, with her art, books, and buttons!
- August 30: Ash Comics Show! An Indianapolis Geek tradition! Check out their newest location at the Caribbean Cove Hotel & Water Park off Michigan Road and I-465 on the northwest side of Indy!
Looking ahead to September:
- September 11 – 13: HorrorHound Weekend! Coming back to the Marriott East, this show has a huge list of guests currently. Check out my thoughts on last year’s show here!
- September 18 – 20: RamenCon! “The tastiest convention in town” is coming to Merrilville! For more information on this anime convention, click their link!
- September 25 – 27: Tri-Con! Head down to Evansville this weekend for the multi-fandom convention, Tri-Con! For more information, check out their website!
Now, for events that are longer than a weekend, let’s take a look at what’s going on in Hoosier Museums:
- Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
- Hot Wheels: Race to Win
- When is it? Now through August 16th! ENDING SOON!!!
- What is it? Using Hot Wheels, your family can learn how to create fast, and safe, racing machines! Learn the science behind racing, and check out memorabilia and race gear! Very appropriate for the month of May in Indianapolis! Look for my blog post about it here!
- Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer!
- When is it? Opens on September 26, and runs through April 10th, 2016!
- What is it? This is the first museum exhibit featuring everybody’s favorite Turtles! Explore the Turtle’s lair, and use problem solving and team work to solve puzzles, mazes, and obstacles!
Now, we’re going to look at some Kickstarter and Crowdfunding campaigns that I think you’ll really enjoy! Note: Unless I specify, a link is not to be considered an endorsement. A link merely means the campaign is a Hoosier-based campaign that I believe my readers would be interested in.
- Invisibility Blues: Exploring Race in Video Games! I was digging through Kickstarters in Indiana, and this one caught my eye. Take a look, and if it catches yours, make sure to jump on before it ends on August 8th!
- Hipster: The Card Game! Knowing some of my readers, I thought you might be interested in this, as well! Take a look before it ends on August 10th!
- Ninja Camp! “A fast paced, family-friendly tactical card game for 2-4 ninja campers that plays in 30 mins or less.” Camp lets out on August 18th.
- Last Front: The Strategy Card Game! “Capture territories, gain bonuses and burn your opponents in this fast-paced high stakes card game set in WWII!” Campaign ends on September 8th!
- The Keystone-Monon Community Garden! This isn’t my normal “Geeky” fundraiser I like to push, but as you all know, I like to support my friends. Sara Croft, of Solid Gold Eats, has been busy helping start a community garden at Arsenal Park. They have received some grants from the city of Indianapolis, but they can use more help. Please take a look, and give, if you can.
- StevRayBro Patreon! StevRayBro is a local 2D animator here in Indianapolis, who was brought to my attention in the build up to Indy Pop Con. On Sunday, I learned the dude had a Patreon! Let’s welcome him with donations!
- Just Plain Something Patreon! Katie and her boyfriend, Mike, have a podcast where they talk about movies on the drive home from them. Katie also records podcasts under the Just Plain Something banner. They are also looking to do YouTube videos! Take a look at their Patreon, and give them a hand with their dream!
- Kathryn Silver/Paper Triangle Patreon! Kathryn Silver is a digital artist and creator, who is looking to work on her graphic novel, Paper Triangle.
- Samantha Kyle Patreon! Samantha is a local artist, cartoonist, Pegasister, and all around awesome person. Support goes towards her being able to focus on her work, and the book of comics she’s working on.
- The Failed Task Podcast! This Geeky podcast out of Bloomington is looking to cover web hosting, plus attending more conventions!
- Crit Confirm! In order to afford their podcast hosting, convention fees, and the other costs of running a podcast, Crit Confirm Entertainment has started a Patreon! Show them some love, as I help them out every now and again with blog posts!
- Trae Dorn! The man makes comics, podcasts, and he has the fortitude to read my blog and listen to my podcasts! That’s worth at least a buck a month, so he can sing your praises in private, right?
- Little Guardians Patreon! They have hit their first level! Thanks to Patreon supporters, Little Guardians is in the process of bringing on a colorist to get all of their work into the Wonderful World of Color! Next goal: Bringing on an artist for a side story! They’re almost half-way there!
- Title Unrelated Patreon! My friend G Pike also had a Patreon for Title Unrelated! G is another local artist, and member of the Indy Webcomics Group, and is just an outstanding artist! Check it out! They are almost to their next goal, so give it a look!
- Kyle Latino Patreon! Kyle’s no longer in Indiana, but he’s a good chap, so I’m making sure to throw him on here! Kyle does cool stuff like Prime 8’s and Welcome to Slinktown, Jerks, and he gives some good peeks and exclusives to contributors!
- Troy Brownfield Patreon! Troy Brownfield, along with Enkaru and Ben Olsen, work on Sparkshooter and Solo Acoustic. This will help them focus more on this work!
- RSquared Studios Patreon! These fine folks, all experienced in comics, are looking to be able to focus on their own IP, Yva Starling: Troubleshooter. This Patreon will help them focus on that.
Finally, what’s going on with the blog:
- EXCITING NEWS!!! The Twitter account for the Head Geek, @IndianaGeeking, is up against Pat McAfee and Ray Steele for the “Best Twitter Account” on Nuvo’s website! You can vote once a day, so I’m asking everyone to please go to Nuvo.Net, register an account, and give me some love!
- If you’ve noticed some of the graphics I use around the blog, you might notice a slowly growing theme in the imagery. The gentleman who has been creating these graphics for me, Aric “Tikikitchen” Harris, has an Etsy shop full of his other artwork, from science fiction to tiki-inspired. His Etsy store is here!
- Are you looking to help the blog? Parking at the Circle Center garages for Gen Con cost me quite a bit of money. If you’d care to help me with some of these costs:
- Have you been listening to the Indiana Geeking podcast? Did you know you could find it on the Stitcher podcast app (where you can leave a rating on their website), or subscribe on iTunes (where you can rate and review the podcast)? Is there another place you would like to find it? Let me know!
- Do you have a tip, or a request? Please drop me a line at IndianaGeeking@gmail.com and I’ll be more than happy to give you a shout out, or answer any questions you might have!