It's that time of year again! The 7th annual Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention kicks off tomorrow at the Hilton, and we've got the scoop on what's in store, as well as FREE passes! Read on to find out more.
Whether this is your first Con or your 40th, the place to be this weekend is the Hilton in East Memphis. Nerds and non-nerds alike are sure to find something to enjoy, from the Super Hero Escape Room (how awesome is that?) to the Rocky Horror Picture Show viewing, the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention 2016 has a little something for everyone. We'd have to write a novel in order to cover all the awesome events the Con has in store (which is why we'll be breaking this up into a series of articles) but a few of the highlights include a concert by Kazha, the truly incredible sounding Live Cartoon and the opportunity to meet Chance Raspberry, lead animator for The Simpsons.
One of the weekend's coolest offerings is sure to be The Piranha Room. I spoke with organizer Joe Thordarson, and just hearing him talk about the Piranha Room Ball makes me wish it was Friday night already! Inspired by a legendary San Diego club from the '90s, the Piranha Room Gothic Ball will be a club unlike anything you've ever experienced. While a DJ spins vinyl hits from bands like Sisters of Mercy and The Smiths, artists will create work on 10-foot high canvases stationed off to to the side of the dance floor. Writers will use giant sharpees to pen gothic poetry (or anything else that strikes their fancy) while attendees mingle and dance.
"I like the idea of how at the beginning of the night you have a blank slate," Thordarson says. And by the end, the club will have truly been transformed. For those who aren't so keen on dancing, there will be plenty of comfortable seating off the the sides. It's a sentiment you can't help but appreciate; I'm personally the type who enjoys the music and atmosphere of a club, but wouldn't be caught dead out on a dance floor. It's nice to see that Thordarson and company have worked to create a space where we can have fun without getting too far outside of our comfort zones.
According to Thordarson, the one criticism the Con has gotten over the years is that the fun often ends too early. They've taken that into account this year, and will be offering events that stretch well into the night, as well as some gaming that goes nearly around the clock. Be sure to check out the full schedule here, and stop back by our blog as the weekend progresses.
And one of the best things about the Con is that it's a truly inclusive event that offers something for everyone. "I really see genuine diversity at our convention," Thordarson says. And anyone who has attended in the past will certainly agree.
This 3-day extravaganza is also unique in the aspect that it's geared toward all ages. "Parents and kids are in the same place having fun."
Doors open at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow and close at 4 p.m. on Sunday. As I mentioned before, we'll be offering updates and dispatches from Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention throughout the weekend.