Weekend Planning: Magic City Con 2015

Geek Alabama Weekend Planning

Sadly there was no Alabama Phoenix Festival this year.  But thankfully the Birmingham Metro is still having at least one geeky/nerdy con this year!  This year, the Magic City Con makes its debut!  Magic City Con is a fan convention that will be held at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center on Highway 280 on July 24-26th 2015. Their con features a variety of panels that focus on cosplay, video games, Star Wars, and much more!

For them, they see the cosplayers as the heart of our convention. You bring amazing characters and creatures to life and they would love to give you a wonderful event to highlight your hard work and creativity!  They have a stage where you can show off and flaunt your mad sewing and creating skills as you participate in their cosplay contests. They also have cosplay guest speakers and panels that will be sure to interest anyone from casual to established. Take your cosplay to the next level with helpful tips from their knowledgeable panelists! Want to start cosplaying but didn’t know where to start, they have you covered as well!  Their contests are judged by cosplayers who have all been recognized and appreciated for their own creations.

Magic City Con has panels featuring some of the voices of the Star Wars Rebels cast! Are you a rebel or buckethead? All are welcome to come chat about the popular new Disney animated series featuring the crew of the Ghost in this newest installment to the Star Wars franchise which is set five years before ‘Star Wars IV:A New Hope’.


Maybe the paranormal and supernatural are more your speed-if so, they have Ghost Hunt Weekends on hand to help show you how to take on any unwanted spirits haunting you. Maybe talking about the supernatural isn’t scary enough for you though. Perhaps you want to try your hand at a real ghost adventure but don’t have all the awesome gear. Ghost Hunt Weekends is looking to find some brave souls who want to search out some restless spirits! Are you brave enough to join them?

Looking to geek out? They have a night of tabletop gaming; new games to try as well as tried and true ones you have always loved that you don’t want to miss out playing! Are you more of a DM than a player? Let them know if you are interested in running a game at one of our tables!   For our wee geeks who dress up and want to participate in the fun, they have a four hour KidCon event that gives even the smallest geeks a place to show off their costumes, hang out with some of our special guests, watch live demonstrations, enjoy crafts, participate in contests and have a chance at winning prizes!

With all the featured guests, panels, contests, games and events that they have planned, you don’t want to miss the event everyone will be talking about! Come and be a part of a one of a kind experience close to home!  Some of the guests for 2015 includes Steve Blum, Jennifer Hale, Greg Ellis, Kevin Bley, and others!  Featured guests includes  Umbrella Corporation: Alabama Division, Florence Steampunk Society, Magic City Lego Users Group, Mandalorian Mercs, Alabama Ghostbusters, Alabama 501st Garrison, and Thr33 Days Dead.


Panels will be hosted by Hillary Wilson, Jason Bray and Allison Lane, Jenny Brown, Silver Kitsune, Joe Crowe, Shawn Wray, Project Potemkin, Colleen Johnson, The Deucecast Movie Show, Good Morning Empire, Daniel Emery Taylor, G.S. Jennsen, Travis Shoaf, Lauren Rachel Wall, and more!  There will be a cosplay contest, a special KidCon, gaming, panels, vendors, and more!  Tickets are $45 for a weekend pass!  To learn more go to: http://www.magiccitycon.com/

Follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/magiccitycon and on Twitter @ALMagicCityCon.

The Evening Post: Get Your Personalized Star Wars Weather Forecast

Geek Alabama Evening Post

So if you have not noticed, today is Star Wars Day!  May the fourth be with you!  And to celebrate, I have found a way to get a personalized weather forecast, Star Wars style!  Tom Scott has put together something called the Star Wars Weather Forecast.  It’s the weather forecast, as described by the planets of Star Wars.  All you do is type in the city you live in, and you get to see which Star Wars planet closely describes the weather where you are at.  For example, the weather in Anniston, Alabama is like Naboo.


So, want to try it out yourself, head to: http://www.tomscott.com/weather/starwars/

Watch The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Second Trailer


Wow Harrison Ford, you still look very good for your age!  The second trailer for the newest Star Wars movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now out!  And, there is a ton of great footage from the movie in it, much more footage than the first trailer.  Judging by the second trailer, I think J.J. Abrams knows what he is doing, and this movie is going to rock!  Enjoy the trailer, and the movie comes out on December 18th, that can not get here soon enough!

Watch This Amazing Tie Fighter Star Wars Short Film


From the YouTube channel OtaKing77077 or Paul Johnson, comes a great animated short film called Tie Fighter.  The film features an elite squadron of Tie fighter pilots as they wage a battle against the Rebels.  The animation is spectacular in this, as it’s all done in 1980’s Japanese animation that is very detailed and over the top.  For someone who took four years on weekends to hand draw this, it was done beautifully!

This film is inspired by LucasArts’ 1994 TIE Fighter game, and you might not know about the game.  But after watching this, you will be looking up this game.  And, I like how he ended his YouTube description.

Don’t support me on Patreon, because I don’t have one! And don’t donate to my Kickstarter, because I don’t have one of those either. Instead, if you enjoyed this, give someone at your workplace, uni, school or whatever a random bar of chocolate or can or Coke or something. Seriously, it’ll probably make their day.  That would totally make my day.

You will love this, enjoy!

Check Out This Low Budget Star Wars Fan Made Trailer


The YouTube channel Dumb Drum made a low budget shot by shot remake of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer!  Instead of fancy computer graphics, they used cardboard and glue.  Instead of the snowy lightsaber scene, they shot in a field with a cardboard lightsaber, and it gets better!  The YouTube channel uses “Sweded”, which means summarized recreation of popular pop-culture films using limited budgets and a camcorder.  This is very Sweded, enjoy!