What is UK Expo?
Three years ago we noticed something at the conventions we were going to - lots of fans of British stuff. In fact, they were everywhere! It wouldn’t matter what type of comic or anime convention we attended, we always saw loads of people dressed up as the Doctor or Sherlock wandering the halls and spreading the love. The more we talked to people the more we realized that this trend was here to stay. There just weren’t really any conventions specifically for it. Sure, lots of current cons have the occasional themed-panel or photo shoot, but British pop culture was never the focus! What were all those Whovians, Sherlockians, Potterheads, and Steampunks to do? The vision came to over delicious delivered pizza - there needs to be a British Convention! It would be a grand event populated by Anglophiles all! It would be a place were British things would take center stage instead of the sideshow, a smaller panel room, or the lonely hallway next to the vending machines. It would be a triumph! And so the first UK Expo was planned, prepared, and re-scheduled (after the original hotel was sold and turned into a parking lot). This is where you, the people, those who get all sorts of silly English jokes and references, can gather together and witness the dawn of a new convention! Let’s have a smashing good time. There are loads to see and do. Why not go see a panel? Dance majestically at Her Majesty’s Charity Ball! Play some fun games with daft friends in gaming! Join in the costume contest! Talk to fun people about very nerdy things! Find that picture of Benedict Cumberbatch with the clue attached to start playing our secret spy game! Do a silly walk! Thank you all for your attendance and support of UK Expo! Cheers! Enjoy the con! -Molly Katzfey, Convention Chair
Inside and Out
Guests 1 Schedule 2 T.A.R.D.I.S. Etiquette 4 Panel Programming 3 Steampunk Short Film Theatre 4 The Many Faces of Sherlock 2 Be Suave, like Bond 4 Meet Winston 1 Gaming 4
Guests of UK Expo 2014 William Fliss William Fliss is an Archivist in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives at Raynor Memorial Libraries. He is curator ofMarquette University’s enormous collection of J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts, second in size only to the collection at Oxford’s Bodleian Library. He will be talking about Marquette’s fantastic collection! The collection at Marquette University of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973), professor of Old and Middle English language and literature at Oxford University, 1925-1959, contains the original manuscripts and multiple working drafts for three of the author’s most celebrated books, The Hobbit (1937), Farmer Giles of Ham (1949), and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), as well as the original copy of the children’s book Mr. Bliss (published in facsimile form in 1982). The collection includes books by and about Tolkien, periodicals produced by Tolkien enthusiasts, audio and video recordings, and a host of published and unpublished materials relating to Tolkien’s life and fantasy writings. Tolkien manuscripts reside at Marquette because of the vision of William B. Ready (1914-1981), director of libraries from 1956 to 1963. Ready was appointed with the understanding that he would aggressively collect material for the newly-constructed Memorial Library. He recognized The Lord of the Rings as a masterpiece soon after its publication, long before the work and its author gained enormous popularity. With administrative approval, Ready approached Tolkien in 1956 through Bertram Rota, a well-known rare book dealer in London. At the time, no other institution had expressed an interest in Tolkien’s literary manuscripts. After a relatively brief period of negotiation, an agreement was reached whereby Marquette purchased the manuscripts for 1,500 pounds (or less than $5,000). The first shipment of material arrived in 1957; The Lord of the Rings manuscripts arrived the next year. Tolkien accepted offers to visit and speak at Marquette in both 1957 and 1959, but on each occasion he canceled the anticipated visit due to family concerns. Tolkien’s personal and academic papers, as well as his other literary manuscripts (e.g. The Silmarillion and Leaf by Niggle), are at the Bodleian Library of Oxford University.
What is Steam Century? Steam Century is two things, really: it’s a friendly organization of steampunk enthusiasts gathered for the purpose of putting on events like live action interactive mysteries and the Darke Carnival. And, it’s the world created for those events to take place in. Steam Century was created by a group of friends in Madison in 2007, making it the first recorded steampunk group in town (as far as we know). And friendship is still the guiding principle of the group—they don’t put on events for profit or prestige, but because they enjoy sharing their love of steampunk with the community. Steam Century’s founder, Kerry Dobbins
(now a Prof. of History at a prestigious university in Kansas), created Steam Century because she was tired of steampunk events that were little more than “having tea.” She realized the genre had a potential for a unique variety of events. The first Steam Century mystery took place at CONvergence in 2008. Additional mysteries have been held at No Brand Con, Daisho Con, Geek.kon, Marscon, and Midway Village Museum. In 2009, Steam Century presented the first Darke Carnival, a steampunkthemed festival of music, belly dancing, sideshow performers, and carnival games. Today, the Steam Century team includes a wide range of eclectic talents, including actors, costumers, gadgeteers, prop builders, writers, playwrights, and designers. Additional information, including details on how you can become a member, can be found online at http://www.hmabadger. com and http://www.darkecarnival.com. The world of Steam Century is one in which our history went astray—steam power has been used since the Renaissance, magic is real, and science does not always work in a way that 21st century minds might expect. Steam Century creates its world as an interactive project. Since the group started in Madison, Wisconsin, they started with the political situation of their home town. In order to create a wide range of narrative possibilities, they wanted to make Wisconsin a nexus of political boundaries. Therefore, Wisconsin in “1905” is the Western frontier of the British Empire (the infamous rebellion of 1776 was put down and is now a distant memory), bordered on the north by New France, to the east by the Native American nation of Tekamthi, and to the south by Elatse (a polyglot nation made up of exiles from the American Revolution, the remains of the Five Nations, as well as French and Spanish immigrants). Politics do not make up the only differences in the world of Steam Century. Werewolves, vampires, and other mysterious beings prowl the night. Magicians and scientists vie for control of the elements. But Steam Century is not merely a world with good guys and bad guys. Its stories that come from complicated situations in which individuals need to make tough decisions.
Where Fantasy Rules! Meet cast members of the #1 Renaissance Faire in the country (as published in Renaissance Magazine)! Bristol Renaissance Faire troupe is a community of actors from the Faire that entertain with an Elizabethan flair. Travel back in time to the year 1574 and take a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England! Prof. Pinkerton of Dead Man’s Carnival Prof. Pinkerton Xyloma is a Magician, Musician, Juggler, Break Dancer, Historian, Storyteller, Sideshow performer, and who knows what else! Over the last 10 years he has performed his 10-1 style Circus Vaudeville act all over the world. He is a founding member and ringleader behind Milwaukee’s Premiere Variety Show “The Dead Man’s Carnival”. His art restores the stage to a place where showmanship reigns supreme.
The year was 1996. The upcoming convention was HME/Visions’96, the seventh annual Doctor Who/etc convention in Rosemont, Illinois. The Visions dance had seen dwindling attendance over the past few years, and it was felt that a replacement was needed. I had discussions with Jennifer Adams Kelley about what to do with it; I had been Visions dance DJ since its beginning and was also ready to call it a day. Instead of trying to find ways of changing the dance, I suggested a wholesale replacement with something completely different. At the time I and my friends Dave Broucek and Rick Kellerman were heavily into Mystery Science Theater 3000. Quite simply, my suggestion was to present a live MST3000-style show using Doctor Who stories as source material. I got the tentative go-ahead and recruited Dave and Rick, as well as Robert Warnock, to help me create and perform the show. Mystery Science Theater 3000 was the brainchild of Joel Hodgson of Minnesota, an extremely talented creative engine. The show had begun as a local broadcast on KTMA and would eventually become an important award-winning show for Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel. The concept was simple: a man is stranded on an orbiting space station as a part of a sceintific experiment by a mad scientist. He is forced to watch bad movies, and his reactions are observed. To cope with the situation, he builds himself a few robot pals, and together they make fun of the bad movies by cracking wise at them.
Winston is our loveable mascot! He is an English Bulldog. He also has an extremely varied wardrobe and taste in friends!
FRIDAY TIME LAKESHORE REGISTRATION PERE MARQUETTE EXECUTIVE A EXECUTIVE BC EXECUTIVE D CRYSTAL MILWAUKEE SOLOMON JUNEAU 00:00 01:00 02:00 03:00 04:00 05:00 06:00 07:00 08:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 Registration Open 15:00 New Who 2pm-9pm Sonic Screwdriver 16:00 Showdown! 17:00 Sherlock 18:00 Opening Ceremony 19:00 20:00 Her Majesty’s 21:00 Masquerade Ball 22:00 23:00
Room of Requirement 8am-4am
VIP @ 2:30pm VIP @ 2:30pm The Milwaukee Time Lords
Attendee Lounge Open 3pm-4am
Exhibit Hall Open 3pm-8pm
Photobooth Professor Open Layton 3pm-10pm
Gaming Open 2pm-4am
Information, Operations, Security, Lost & Found, General Services
BritLit A Brief History of Time (Lords)
Spice Girls Fandom
TIME LAKESHORE REGISTRATION PERE MARQUETTE EXECUTIVE A EXECUTIVE BC EXECUTIVE D CRYSTAL MILWAUKEE SOLOMON JUNEAU 00:00 British 01:00 Mystery Theater 02:00 03:00 04:00 05:00 06:00 07:00 08:00 Registration Zumba w/ Open 09:00 GeekyGamerGirl 8am-9pm 10:00 Ring Game/2nd 11:00 Age Info Session 12:00 Acting & Web 13:00 Voice Series Production 14:00 15:00 William Fliss Model UK 16:00 Parliament 17:00 Eurovision Short 18:00 Steampunk Film Theatre 19:00 20:00 Costume Contest Prof. Pinkerton of 21:00 Dead Man’s Carnival 22:00 Mysterious 23:00 Theatre 337
Top Gear: Blowing Trannies
Costume Contest and Steampunk Fashion Show Signup
VIP @ 9:30am VIP @ 9:30am Attendee Lounge
Exhibit Hall Open 10am-7pm
Photobooth Open 10am-10pm
Gaming Open 2pm-4am
Pathfinder: Hollow’s Last Hope
(Stop in to signup!)
Costume Contest and Steampunk Fashion Show Signup
Room of Requirement 8am-4am
Room of Requirement 8am-4am
Information, Operations, Security, Lost & Found, General Services
Classic Wooing Speed Dating: Hetero
TIME LAKESHORE REGISTRATION PERE MARQUETTE EXECUTIVE A EXECUTIVE BC EXECUTIVE D CRYSTAL MILWAUKEE SOLOMON JUNEAU 00:00 01:00 02:00 03:00 04:00 05:00 06:00 07:00 08:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:00
Christopher Lee Is Awsome!
Irish Mob Mystery British Theater
Zumba w/ GeekyGamerGirl Breaking the Routine - Learn Improv
Knighting Ceremony Steampunk Fashion Show LUMOS: Light, More Light! Closing Ceremony
Registration Open 8am-2pm
Craft Invasion! The Milwaukee Time Lords
Attendee Lounge UKX Official Feedback Panel
Exhibit Hall Open 10am-4pm
Photobooth Open 10am-4pm
Read or Die Hogwarts
Detective Sherlock Holmes, created by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was based on a real and renown forensic scientist whom Doyle personally studied under in college. On such a fascinating foundation with which to build a cannon of short stories, it is no surprise that Homes has delighted us for over a century.
Captivating audiences with hundreds of stories, plays, and radio adaptations, Holmes made it to film in 1900 and is listed as the most portrayed literary character in the Guinness Book of World Records, portrayed on screen more than 254 times. In recent decades, you may think of Holmes as Peter Cushing from the 1960s BBC TV series, or perhaps Robert Downey Jr and Benedict Cumberbatch in the latest adaptations; however, there are other rather interesting performances of the detective. He has been played by several Muppets, brought from the dead to work with a robotic Watson in the 22nd century, and has been the inspiration for characters in TV shows, such as House and Japan’s Case Closed. Holmes also plays a role in the real world, as the first fictional character to receive an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Society of Chemistry, and also as the United Kingdom’s police information database, called “HOLMES 2” (Home Office Large Major Enquiry System). Strangely enough, as a doctor and writer of poems and other books, Doyle once said, “If in one hundred years I am known only as the man who invented Sherlock Holmes, then I will have considered my life a failure.” Surely, millions of fans see him as a success.
by Crystal Hampton
Not unlike famous pop stars, Holmes has been reinvented countless times, sometimes in the most surprising ways. For instance, his cap and cape were never mentioned in Doyle’s short stories, but they were added by illustrators at a later point. Also, his beloved phrase, “elementary, my dear Watson” was reinterpreted from the stories sometime in the late 1800s.
Christopher Lee Is Awsome!
Smart Dating for Blokes and Birds
The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes.
Gaming Open 8am-4am
Room of Requirement 8am-4am
Gaming Open 8am-4pm
Room of Requirement 8am-5pm
Dr. Who RPG: The Prisoners Time Forgot (Stop in to signup!)
Information, Operations, Security, Lost & Found, General Services
Knighting Ceremony Our benevolent ruler is looking for new knights and ladies for the court. Test your mettle and might against the Code of Chivalry and you could be knighted! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.
BritLit Explore authors and the written word, from historical authors to current works. Come discuss J. R. R. Tolkein, J. K. Rowling, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Ian Fleming, Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, etc.
LUMOS: Light, More Light! Face it, not being at Hogwarts is no fun. Why not bring the magical world of J.K. Rowling to you? Join the Lawrence University Magical Organization of Students as we explore ways to use our magic for the forces of good!
Christopher Lee Is Awesome Whose the coolest geek actor of all? While there can be many candidates, this panel gives the case for Christopher Lee, a man who has in many movies and played many of the BEST characters in all of geekdom. Join us in celebrating one awesome career!
Model UK Parliament This panel is for all the political buffs out there. The panel will have a government and an opposition, to model the real government. The two major topics that we will be discussing will be the Crimea and Scottish independence. Other topics can be discussed if we have time.
Classic Wooing Chivalry is not dead! Learn the art of the 16th Century English compliment and how to give and receive such praise gracefully. Hosted by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.
Mysterious Theatre 337 Be prepared to LOL as this group of experienced performers cracks jokes, MST3K-style, to one of the greatest Dr. Who episodes of all time – The Five Doctors! Even if you have never seen this episode, Doctor Who, or Mystery Science Theater 3000, you’ll enjoy listening to this hilarious group’s commentary. Unexpect the Expected!
Costume Contest See the creative genius of our attendees as they compete for fun or fame in our Costume Contest! There is no telling what type of costume you may see! Interested in participating? Stop by the Costume Contest and Steampunk Fashion Show signup panel. Costume Contest and Steampunk Fashion Show Signup Yep. The title says it all. This is the spot to come if you would like to signup to be in either the Costume Contest or the Steampunk Fashion Show (or both). We want you! Craft Invasion Bracelets, papercraft, bookmarks, coloring, wands, oh my! We have a ton of fun for kids and kids at heart! Eurovision See the best of Eurovision, Europe’s definitive singing contest! Starting in 1956, it one of the world’s longest running television programmes. It is one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world with viewing numbers as high as 600 million! Join us to see what you’ve been missing! Hogwarts: What House Do You Belong In? Learn all about the founders of the four different houses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Be sorted into the right house for you by the Sorting Hat! Irish Mob Be you of Clerkenwell or Noonan persuasion, join us for a rollicking good time of our British version of the classic game Mafia!
Mystery British Theater It’s a video buffet of British awesomeness! Join us for random clips, fan videos and goofy weirdness from all your favorite Brit series and movies! We delve into things from all over the board, you’re guaranteed to like something. See clips from old classics or new stuff you never even heard about! A good time shall be had by all. Content with adult language and content will be shown.
First Floor Registration
Breaking the Routine – Learn Improv Ever see that show Who’s Line is it Anyway? Ever want to try something like it? Come and learn improv today. Improv is like acting but instead of learning lines you learn how to use your wits. Come and learn to be an improver today!
Exhibit Hall Pére Marquette
Room of Requirement
To Parking Garage
Milwaukee AB Gaming
New Who Covering all of Doctor Who after the 2005 restart, find out about parts of the show you’ve missed, meet new friends, and share your favorite parts of the series. This is an open forum to discuss anything related to modern Doctor Who episodes, from the 9th to the 12th Doctor. Professor Layton Prof. Layton and his apprentice Luke recall an early adventure uncovering the mystery behind an opera and it’s composer’s long lost daughter. Prof. Pinkerton of Dead Man’s Carnival Join Prof. Pinkerton Xyloma as he returns the stage to a place where showmanship reigns supreme! Acrobatics? Magic? Who knows what to expect? Come and find out! Read or Die Watch as Yomiko Readman, an agent for the British Library, uses her special powers of controlling paper to save the world from the hands of Ikkyu as he attempts to reconstruct Beethoven’s supposedly lost “Death Symphony”. Ring Game/2nd Age Info Session Come get information about two live-actionrole-playing games Tolkien fans get together to play for fun: Ring Game and Second Age Alliance. Both games are played in beautiful Governor Dodge State Park in south-western Wisconsin once to twice a year. We’ll share information about the games, links to the fan groups, and our experience playing them! Secret Panel ???? This panel is awesome and you totally should be here. But, wait, what’s going on? Why isn’t it on the schedule? Heh heh heh! Test your super secret agent spy skills by finding and figuring out clues throughout the convention. You’ll uncover the where, what, and when to reach a secret panel just for you! Got stuck? Go to the Room of Requirement for extra help! Sherlock This is for all you Sherlockians out there. Come and discuss your favorite parts and characters. Come and share information that others might not know and maybe learn some stuff yourself. Smart Dating For Blokes and Birds It can be a scary world out there for the lonely geek! Learn how to protect yourself physically and emotionally from the creeps. Also get tips on how to get out and find the right one! Share your lucky encounters and horror stories with follow fans in this must attend panel!
Sonic Screwdriver Showdown! Come and discuss which Doctor is the best Doctor (or at least your favorite Doctor) across all series (including companions and villains!). Speed Dating: Hetero Need to find that special someone? Here is the place to do so! We’ll be rotating everyone so they get a chance to meet each other and get an opportunity to meet the person of their dreams! This first speed dating event is just a heterosexual matchup, please look forward to LGBT next year! All participants must be 18 or older. Spice Girls Fandom Come remember the best-selling girls group of all time – the Spice Girls! Formed in ‘94, it’s been two decades since they entered the scene. Let’s talk about the “girl power” movement they inspired in the 90’s, Spiceworld, and more! Steam Century Steam Century is pleased to be making its first visit to UK Expo! Designed to be played concurrently with other convention events, players will be tasked with solving a mystery by interviewing suspects, examining clues, and solving puzzles. No experience is required! The event will get underway with an opening theatrical scene at Noon; players will then have all afternoon to solve the mystery, dropping off their solutions by 5:00 PM. Then, at 5:30 PM, a final theatrical scene will reveal the solution, with an out-ofcharacter explanation of the mystery to follow. Steampunk Fashion Show See professionals and amateurs alike as they show off their creative steampunk outfits! Have a great outfit yourself? Sign up to be part of the fantasy at the Costume Contest and Steampunk Fashion Show Signup panel! Steampunk Short Film Theatre A showcase of some of the newest and best short films - created all by fans! Check out page 4! Tale Telling Join the panel of fairy tale characters as they have everyone help them retell their tales. Then the fairy tale characters will work their magic,
and help you create your own tales. Brought to life by the Bristol Renaissance Faire. The Milwaukee Time Lords Learn about Milwaukee’s very own Doctor Who fan club. Founded in August, 1989, they are have been a cornerstone of British fandom in the area for very nearly twenty-five years! Top Gear: Blowing Trannies This panel lists some of the worst mechanical failures from Top Gear (and best moments). We’re going topless and crashing the party. Hold on to your lugnuts! Join the discussion about the best and worst of Top Gear and have a wheel-y good time. Tire-d of American car shows? Get geared up and Stig around for fun! UKX Official Feedback Panel Welp, the con is nearly over and you really need to tell someone how your weekend went! We are here for you! We want to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly so we can improve for next year and give you more of the stuff you loved. Voice Acting and Web Series Production So you want to make a web series or voice act on the web or tele? Well come on in to the wonderful world of Gothic Hippy Productions. Joel Linsk knows what it takes for you to be on your way and he loves getting the audience involved. So come one, come all! William Fliss Sit and learn with William Fliss, an archivist in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives at Raynor Memorial Libraries. He is curator of Marquette University’s enormous collection of J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts, second in size only to the collection at Oxford’s Bodleian Library. He will be talking about Marquette’s fantastic collection! Zumba w/ GeekyGamerGirl Spend some time at UK Expo with an energizing Zumba class taught by the GeekyGamerGirl! Zumba is a fun and easy to follow Latininspired dance fitness party. Come enjoy some geeky music and exercise with me! Comfortable and easy to move in attire is recommended.
Steampunk Short Film Theatre STEAMPUNK SHORT FILM THEATRE Showcases a variety of steampunk short films from around the world. Films are Not Rated. All screenings are free and open to the public. AIRLORDS OF AIRIA Showtime: 6pm Runtime: 15 minutes Country of Origin: Germany Language: English Director: Dirk Müller After a war, Airlord Karak, an admiral of the airship fleet of Airia, war hero and known daredevil, is placed into early retirement from active duty. He is reassigned to command scientific expeditions to cartograph uncharted territories. On one of these journeys he discovers an ancient tidal machine and with it plans to seize power over the republic of Airia and the whole continent. Karak and his troops occupy the naval base Wodnik 7 and Karak tries to convert his niece Luna, police commander of the base, to his cause. Luna despises his fantasies of almightiness and joins up with a band of smugglers to obstruct her uncle’s plans for domination and seeks to destroy the machine. The world of Airlords of Airia Millennia after a global cataclysm, mankind has to survive in a barren world. The landmasses erode, and navigation on the sea has become impossible due to strong tidal forces, sea quakes and weather phenomenon. Crossing of the oceans is solely done by air routes. In this world, several imperialistic empires have a fight over the remaining undiscovered territories, and often these results in armed conflict. The most important military leaders of the republic of Airia are the admirals of the air fleet, called Airlords. After years of costly war, the three most powerful empires, Airia, Siren and Nautica cosign a peace treaty. As condition, all sides agreed to abstain from
by Nick “Two Sheds” Katzfey The universe is vast and unpredictable. Space is mysterious. Time is wibbly and wobbly. Therefore, the average citizen is quite unlikely to encounter a random alien time traveller. However, in the event of an encounter with the TARDIS and/or the Doctor, there are certain actions recommended by the staff of UK Expo. Following the guidelines listed below may very well save your life! 1. If you hear a vorp sound, look and listen! The TARDIS, unlike other time machines, has a very specific VORP VORP sound that proceeds its materialization. Whenever you hear this sound, quickly observe you surroundings. Is there now an outdated phone box somewhere in the vicinity that you’ve never noticed before? Are there any aliens or robot suddenly creeping around? Did someone get a branch stuck in a leaf blower? Unless you just want to send of the rest of the day being boring, we suggest you fin that TARDIS before it vorps itself away to adventure without you! 2. If you do find the TARDIS, still be careful. Look, the Doctor is a busy guy. He’s probably quite busy saving the universe from aliens again and this little stop in your little town is probably the first time he’s gotten to rest and eat lunch. However, the TARDIS could also be there for earth-saving reasons and the slightest interruption could very well upset the delicate balance between life and earth-exploding death. So, don’t go banging on the door selling the timelord magazine subscriptions. 3. Knock politely. The Doctor actually does love meeting new people (well, some regenerations more than others) and would certainly like to talk to a citizen of
claiming new territories overseas, disarming their troops and to unseat certain Airlords.
TRIAL OF THE MASK Showtime: 6:15pm Runtime: 12 minutes Country of Origin: USA Language:English Directors: Cory McBurnett and William David Trial of the Mask is a short film-style production mixing contemporary Steampunk styled aesthetics with the story and myths of the Star Wars universe. Produced independently from the bowels of the Atlanta art underground, Trial of the Mask spearheads a new revisionist movement contemplating the future of mass media while harkening styles and themes of the past. The story follows Steampunk Boba Fett, played by noted cosplayer and comic/gaming convention veteran John Strangeway, and his journey to exterminate the Jedi, Kala’myr (played by Rachel Marshall). In this made-up Star Wars universe, Steampunk Darth Vader (steampunk vet Dave Lee) hires Boba Fett for the job. During Boba Fett’s travels he meets other Steampunk space bounty hunters and smugglers to acquire the whereabouts of this rebel Jedi. Throughout this process Boba Fett learns that his bounty is actually his ex-lover, Sarakk. In keeping with the romantic symmetry of the Star Wars story, the two characters face off with a dual brought about by the wishes of external forces. The characters, though hardened by Seampunk visuals, showcase honest human emotions in the film’s climax, regardless of the outcome of the bounty hunters’ final showdown. STREGA: UNBOUND Showtime: 6:27pm Runtime: 12 minutes Country of Origin: USA Language: English Director: Patrick Murray It’s the 1940’s during WWII, and Prof. Eidelberg is being forced by a secret Nazi cult to steal an
ancient manuscript. But dealing with forbidden knowledge comes at a price. Made popular by the steampunk web series Dirigible Days, Salazar Strega appears in this separate, stand-alone, pulp film noir supernatural setting and story that is heavily influenced by H.P. Lovecraft. THE WARS OF OTHER MEN Showtime: 6:39pm Runtime: 27 minutes Country of Origin: USA Language: English Director: Mike Zawacki Set in the past of an alternate timeline, The Wars of Other Men tells the story of a nameless Lieutenant fighting for an army on the verge of defeat. The enemy has begun to dominate the battlefield with their new chemical super weapon, known only as “the Fog.” When his superiors learn the location of the facility that manufactures the Fog, the Lieutenant is ordered to lead a squad through the war torn city to capture the scientist responsible for its creation… at a terrible cost to soldier and civilian alike. With the lives of his men and the fate of the war hanging in the balance the Lieutenant must make a choice — will he be a good soldier or will he be a good man? AURORA Showtime: 7:06pm Runtime: 34 minutes Country of Origin: Australia Language: English Director: Chris Kellett After his wife is kidnapped by a group of slave traders, Emerson Marks, captain of the airship ‘Aurora’, must fight against all odds in order to rescue her. Produced with a budget of $1800 over a 3 1/2 year period, ‘Aurora’ is the creation of a dedicated cast and crew of over 100 people based in South Australia. The film was recently named Best Action/Adventure Film at the Comic Con International Independent Film Festival 2013.
Gaming Stop in at any time to play a wide assortment of your favorite games and a plethora of new ones! Some great games to check out are: Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity, Monty Python Fluxx, Risk, The King Is Dead, The War on Terror, Super Munchkin, Chrononauts, Twilight Imperium, Puerto Rico, Carcasonne, Mad Zepplin, Arkham Horror, S.P.A.N.C., Ninja Burger, and so many more! We will have several scheduled special games of Doctor Who RPGs - all throughout the weekend, as well as a Patherfinder module on Saturday afternoon. We encourage you stop in to find out more about each game and to sign up beforehand! An ID is required to checkout all games. your strange little planet. Be sure to knock (not bang) on the door to say hello. 4. Comment on the TARDIS’s size paradox. The Doctor knows that the TARDIS is bigger on the inside. He will probably roll his eyes when he hears you say this. Do it anyway, he still thinks it’s funny. 5. Wipe your feet. You never know what you’ve stepped in, so wipe you feet before entering the TARDIS. 6. Don’t. Touch. Anything. Sure, it looks fun, all those knobs, switches, pulleys and dials - but don’t touch anything. Seriously, the TARDIS is not OSHA approved and may or may not be violating several fire codes, but the Doctor can make it work. You, however, do not possess a degree in time travel (yet) and likely have little-to-no experience with time machines. The slightest nudge on the wrong lever could easily land you millions of years and galaxies away form everything you know. Let the Doctor do the time-travelling. 7. Let the Doctor choose his companions. When visiting the timelord, make sure to say hello to his companion(s) should he have one(s). The Doctor is fickle and mysterious in picking his traveling partners, it also helps if you’re a cute girl whose hobbies include running away screaming from monsters and robots. It’s considered rude to geek out at him, begging to be his next companion. If you’re cool and chill about it, he just may ask you to join him on his next thrilling adventure. 8. Don’t steal stuff. Finally, should you and the Doctor part ways, say goodbye and leave on a positive note. Don’t swipe a sonic screwdriver.
How To Be Suave Like James Bond (for men from a lady’s perspective) by Lady H.
No British accent or license to kill? Don’t you worry! Here are 007 ways to be first class like James Bond... 1. Take care of yourself. Who doesn’t love a man who smells and looks fresh? Whatever your style, keep-up your hair by trimming and shaving. Cologne isn’t as important as showering with a fresh scent and deodorant. It doesn’t hurt to keep deodorant with you, just in case. And keep those nails trimmed! 2. Dress to impress. Add some timeless pieces to your wardrobe a solid colored jacket and matching trousers, black suspenders (keeping pants up better than belts) and shoes, a polo or dress shirt, and a nice tie and watch. Simple! Remember, Bond wore simple and well fitting suits, so it’s important to find clothes that do not hug your body or fit so loosely that they wrinkle instead of falling into place. Finally, wash and iron your clothes regularly, if your clothes have an odor, it negates #1.
3. Move with confidence When walking, step heel then toe to avoid tripping over obstacles. Keep your shoulder back and head looking up to see what is coming at a distance. Plan where you want to go, so you will not walk in circles or seem disoriented. Hands should be at your sides when talking to someone. If that’s difficult, try holding something, like a book-bag strap or a water bottle; or gesture low and towards the person with whom you are speaking. 4. Be assured and flirtatious Look in the mirror and practice a content facial expression - your poker face. Feel where and how your move your facial features to obtain that pleasing appearance. When spotting someone you want to talk to, smile and maintain eye contact for about 5 seconds. Do not stare and do not look away too quickly. Return the eye contact again. Then, if the person seems interested, start up a conversation. 5. Smooth talk When in a conversation, breath evenly and think about your tone of voice and volume. A low volume and even tone does not show anxiety and eases the conversation for the other person involved. Utilize the location or situation as a conversation starter and stay away from yes & no questions. For instance, “Have you seen anything cool at the con yet?” or “Your cosplay looks sweet! Have you been cosplaying long?” When in doubt, repeat what the other person is saying and ask questions regarding their statements. People love to talk about themselves. If all goes well, think about a safe way to exchange contact information. Only trading emails may be a safe start, and if you are underage, ask your parents for their permission. 6. Be well mannered Hold open doors for anyone in need, like a person holding packages or someone following close behind you. Say please, thank you, and you’re welcome. This helps everyone have a positive image of you, including the cute person blushing in your direction. Be patient and wait your turn. Take the chance while waiting in line to talk more with your person of interest. 7. Be a good spy It’s always good to arrive early to survey your surroundings. Become comfortable, knowing where you want to go and what you want to do, so you have suggestions and ideas if needed. When talking to someone, really listen to what they say. Do not play your DS and nod your head to the conversation. Observe their body language. Know if the other person is not interested. Are they taking a step back or moving nearer you? Do they look at you and talk in your direction, or are they constantly looking elsewhere and interrupting you to speak with other people? When you to leave the conversation, thank the person for chatting and move on. If all else fails. Think, WWBD (What Would Bond Do)?
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