This past weekend, thousands of fans descended upon the Kentucky International Convention Center for the 10th year of FandomFest in Louisville, KY. The convention had a little something for everyone – covering sci-fi, fantasy, horror, gaming and everything in between. Between the cosplay, panels, memorabilia, and celebrity guests I don’t think anyone went away disappointed.
Vendors were out in force, selling hundreds of different shirts, figurines, and even replica weapons! Artists proudly showcased their portfolios and even offered to draw you as your favorite character! It would be impossible to list all the great people we met at the convention, but a few standouts were the young Robert Midgett whose first book Vagabonds was published at 15! Look for a review coming soon. Author Mysti Parker was in character with a longbow as tall as she was! For more cosplay check out our photo album on our facebook page here.
Panels are the lifeblood of any convention, and there were dozens of panels over the 3 day weekend covering webcomics, grimms fairy tales, and competitive gaming. Unfortunately, the discussion panel on the differences between The Walking Dead graphic novel and tv show we attended was moderated by 3 out of 4 people who either hadn’t read or weren’t up to date on the comic series.
Speaking of competitive gaming. The EVO world champion, Justin Wong, was available to be challenged by those daring enough to duel with the greatest in the Fightfest tournament.
Celebrities included the entire Star Trek: The Next Generation cast (minus Picard), Chandler Riggs (Carl) of The Walking Dead, Sylvester Mccoy (7th Doctor), and Edward James Olmos who was gracious enough to let us ask him a few questions about Blade Runner, directing, and his upcoming projects. Look for that soon.
The convention has come a long way since starting as a horror film festival Fright Night Film Fest 10 years ago. I can’t wait to see the nerdiness to come in another decade.