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By which headline I mean the Sci-Fi London Oktoberfest, which runs from the 11th to the 13th. This event is a science fiction film festival with workshops and panels, some of which are about making your own films and TV shows. The one that excites me is Starship London, where Sci-Fi London teams up with the Institute for Interstellar Studies to hold a symposium to promote awareness and education to support their goals. Their goals are simple yet profound, and if they pull it off everything changes for the human race: to realize interstellar flight before the year 2100. This is not a joke, they are absolutely serious, and they are working hard to generate the technical expertise and scientific knowledge required to make it happen. But don’t forget they are also running a whole lot of Sci-Fi on the Big Screen, including the first 3 of the new Evangelion movies in their Anime All Nighter.

Yes, the Luggage Family were all there at NADWCon this year in Baltimore. Daddy Luggage was built for me by my good friend Jenn, and she built herself the purse version Mommy Luggage, slightly smaller on the other side. Offler (her Con name obviously, and too bad you can’t see her Crocodile hat properly in this image) built herself the darling little Child Luggage, complete with the painted toenails as described in the books. If you are one of the few people out there asking yourself what books? at this point, you have a treat in store for you. The books of Sir Terry Pratchett are amazing and hysterical, satirical and more than a bit silly, and very much worth your time to check out.

Luggage Family
Luggage Family

MechaCon is the largest Anime Con in New Orleans, and runs this year from August 23rd to the 25th. There will be a ton of things going on there, including Cosplay and AMV competitions, with a wide range of guests to see and events to attend. What makes this memorable for me is the Red Carpet Affair, their opening night formal dance and party. The theme this year is When you wish upon a Deathstar, and they are encouraging costumes that are a blend of Disney and Star Wars, in honor of the franchise changing hands. I particularly like the Deathstar as Micky Mouse image, it is quite a hoot.


And going on now; check The Schedule to get a glimpse of what all is going on, check Comic Con‘s very own web site for all the amazing details, and check any one of the hundred’s of sites webcasting from there for all kinds of coverage. Sadly, that no longer includes G4TV, because it no longer exists; it is in the process of being converted to a soft porn channel owned by a soft porn magazine.

A wonderfully creative person in Second Life by the name of Janeel Kharg has actually built a virtual version of Ankh-Morpork, with all kinds of interesting details, hidden ways, goodies and giveaways. Be sure to pick up a free map when you arrive so you can find your way around. To get there, use this SLURL. There are also some excellent Discworld Avatars available at the sim, which you can look at here.