An Recap Of Annicon 2017 With Pictures And Video


Last weekend the Public Library of Anniston – Calhoun County held the 6th annual Annicon.  This event held at the Anniston City Meeting Center is free and is a diverse celebration of all things Asian including music, costuming, manga, anime, food, history, and cultures presented by the library.  But don’t worry, plenty of other geeky and nerdy things ranging from comics, gaming, cosplay, TV shows – movies, and more were also represented!

Before I get started, the local newspaper in Anniston did a small article and a few pictures.  What you are about to see blows away the coverage they did!  Yep, for someone like me who the newspaper does not like and deletes any comments I make on their social media, I think I did a good job!  And it does not require paying because I would never charge to access my pictures, video, and articles!  Being an Aspie rocks!

Yes, the folks who put together Annicon can use my pictures and video!

So, when I arrived I went to the event table where Hanrong Wang, who works as a librarian at Jacksonville State University, was painting people’s first names in Chinese writing!  So, here is what Nathan is like in Chinese!

Next, I took some shots of Chef Bob from Isshin Asian Cafe in Jacksonville where he showed how to make and roll and Asian favorite, Sushi!

Next, I took some shots of the Judo demonstration done by JSU Judo.

Next, I took some pictures and a short video from The College of Phoenix Rising.  An educational society focused on learning about and recreating pre 17th century European Culture.

Next, here are a few pictures from Dina Lawson who did a bellydance performance!

Next, it was time for the Annicon Cosplay Contest!  Here is a video and a lot of photos!

Next, here are some pictures featuring Asian artifacts from the Berman Museum of World History.

Next, here is photos and one song on video from the local band Guardian of Troy.

Next, I have video and lots of pictures of guest Caleb Hyles.  Caleb does cover songs of just about anything on YouTube.  In the video, I ask him a question about Facebook video and using other social media to promote your YouTube channel.  Also in the video, Caleb does cover songs from My Little Pony and Steven Universe!

Annicon also had a gaming area where you could play board games or take part in tournaments like the Super Smash Bros. tourney.

To wrap things up, Annicon also had the Tommy J’s J-Pop Dance Party!

And here are some general photos I took throughout the day!

Overall, the people at Annicon really had a good time.  The volunteers estimate around 2,000-3,000 people arrived for this free event!  Other guests such as John Swasey, Hillary Wilson, Veenacos, and more were great as well!  So, I will be back in 2018 to cover the next Annicon event.  Maybe I can hold a panel or speak in 2018?  We will see!

Learn more about Annicon at: http://www.annicon.com/

You can also find photos on the Geek Alabama Facebook page, Google Photos, and on Flickr too!

Videos can be found on the Nathan Young (Geek Alabama) YouTube channel and most videos can be found on the Geek Alabama Facebook page too!

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Anniston Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast 2017


People turned out in droves for the 2017 Anniston Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the Anniston City Meeting Center.  This event this year raised around $60,000 to provide low-income children with clothing and school supplies for the new school year in August.  Along with Kiwanis volunteers, Key Club volunteers from area high schools and Circle K volunteers from Jacksonville State once again helped out in the breakfast.

For more info. on the Anniston Kiwanis go to: http://annistonkiwanis.com/.  Enjoy the pictures and the video from the event!

You can also find photos on the Geek Alabama Facebook page, Google Photos, and on Flickr too!

Bid On Items In The 2016 UCP Telethon Silent Auction


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The 58th annual UCP Telethon is happening this weekend in Anniston Alabama!  And to help the UCP of East Alabama raise a lot of money, I am featuring some really big silent auction items that you can bid on until 6 pm Central on Sunday August 7th.  As always, there are some really big sports related auction items.

Let’s start with signed pictures from Alabama coach Nick Saban (#282) and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. (#283)

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There’s a signed Alabama football (#76)

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There’s a signed Alabama cap (#255)

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There’s also mini helmets signed by Nick Saban (#256) and Jake Coker (#75)

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But there is more than sports stuff!  There is a guitar signed by Charlie Daniels, Little Texas, Confederate Railroad, and others. (#139)

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And there is a Johnson guitar (#78)

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There is a giant boat book shelf with oar. (#187)

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There is a smaller boat book shelf with oar. (#186)

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There is a curio cabinet. (#281)

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And there is a three wheel bike with umbrella. (#130)

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There are plenty of great giant pictures and artwork!

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The biggest ones are a Alabama Crimson Dynasty print by Daniel Moore (#126)

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There is an Auburn Spirit Eagle picture. (#132)

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There is also another Alabama Daniel Moore print. (#194)

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And for the gift certificates, there are some good ones!  There is a Talladega fall race Tri-Oval tower tickets (#526) or (#528)

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There is Southwest two one way plane tickets. (#529) or (#527)

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There is a Jacksonville State University suite tickets during the homecoming game October 29th. (#546)

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There is a Zoom teeth whitening package. (#505)

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There are three custom whitening kits available. (#530, #531, or #532)

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There is a one night stay plus spa credit at the Wind Creek casino in south Alabama. (#501)

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There are two tickets to a Sara Evans concert in Montgomery this December. (#538)

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There is one Botox treatment available. (#522)

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There is also a 2 day guided turkey hunt in Spring 2017. (#539)

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And there is another one man guided turkey hunt in Spring 2017. (#543)

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And there are many more certificates!  To see all the items available in the silent auction, visit the Anniston City Meeting Center on the corner of Noble Street and 16th Street.  To call in your bid to any of the items above call 256-770-7688 or 256-403-1740.  The silent auction closes at 6 pm Central and you don’t have to be present to win!

And if you don’t mind, please donate to the UCP of East Central Alabama by calling 256-770-7685 or 888-437-9696!

Anniston Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast 2016


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UPDATE: Hey, it’s a new post here on Geek Alabama!  Sorry for the lack of posts, but I am finishing up a big move and hope to be back to a regular schedule within a week or two!

Many people turned out for the 2016 Anniston Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the Anniston City Meeting Center.  This event raises around $50,000 to provide low-income children with clothing and school supplies for the new school year.  Over 5000 pancake breakfasts were served to the people.  Along with Kiwanis volunteers, Key Club volunteers from area high schools and Circle K volunteers from Jacksonville State helped out in the breakfast.

For more info. on the Anniston Kiwanis go to: http://annistonkiwanis.com/.  Enjoy the pictures and the video from the event!

Weekend Planning: Woodstock 5K / UCP Telethon 2015


Geek Alabama Weekend Planning

This weekend in Anniston is very big!  First off, the 2015 Woodstock 5K takes place in Anniston early Saturday morning with the race kicking off at 7:30 am.  The 35th annual Woodstock 5K and Kidstock 1 mile run will feature over 1000 runners running throughout the streets and historic neighborhoods in East Anniston.  Again this year they are proud to host the Road Runners Club of America’s Southern Region 5K Championship. Woodstock is a challenging 5K with world class start/finish lines, their famous up the hill finish on Woodstock Avenue and then a great after-race celebration with food, live music, fellowship, and vendors, in front of Anniston High School.  Learn more about the Woodstock 5K at:  http://www.annistonrunners.com/woodstock5k/

Enjoy a video from the 2014 edition!

Also this weekend is the 2015 UCP Telethon!  The 57th Annual UCP Telethon will be held on Saturday, August 1st, from 6 pm – 10 pm, and Sunday, August 2nd, from noon – 6 pm at the Anniston Meeting Center.  Don’t miss all the fun and excitement! Join them at the meeting center for their annual silent auction with some fabulous items to be auctioned. Also, they will have some great talent on-stage and great food from local restaurants at the concession stand. If you are looking for family fun and entertainment, this event is for you. The great thing about it is, all proceeds from this event will help sponsor therapeutic services and programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities in the community!

Watch the livestream of the 2015 telethon, and learn more about the UCP of East Alabama at: http://www.ecaucp.org/