If you’re not yet sure what to get for the geek in your life for Christmas, or if you just want to let your own geek flag fly proud, then this weekend head on over to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi this weekend from the 12th until the 14th for Geek-O-Nomicon. It is a first year pop-culture convention brought to you by locals Julianna McRae, Ian McRae, and Jessica McClammy. With years of prior convention experience under their belt, they started doing their research in earnest more than a year ago and now culminating with a three day convention including stats from the big and small screen as well as comic artists, writers, and more.
They wanted to create a fan-run event to bring the experience found at other events to Biloxi. Speaking with Julianna and Ian, they expressed that they really wanted a comfortable event where fans can have the opportunity to meet with some of the creators and stars of their favorite films, shows, comics, and books and really have an opportunity to meet them and not be in an elbow to elbow packed house with no time to do anything than wave and move on after waiting in line for hours. “We’re trying to start something that’s an intimate experience rather than having something so large that it’s immediately impersonal and disconnected from the Biloxi community
Headlining the lineup of more than forty guests includes Stargate’s Christopher Judge, Farscape’s Gigi Edgely, Battlestar Galactica’s Richard Hatch, Jack Stauffer, and Hunger Game’s Jerrad Vunovich. You’ll have an opportunity to meet stars from many of your favorite shows, get photos and autographs and attend panels and hear them speak about their experiences then as well as now.
One exciting aspect of the weekend will also be a Guinness World Record attempt for assembling the largest number of Steampunk Cosplayers in one place at one time. The current record stands at 185 (set back in 2010 at the San Diego Comic Con), and Cannon Trawets, leader of the Mississippi Steampunk Society, said he is confident the group will be able to set the record and is aiming for at least 225. The attempt will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the convention center.
A short films festival, costume contests, acting workshops, an art gallery, and educational displays at the Museum of Geekery, Nerdom, and Affiliated Fun adds to the event. Fan groups from around the Southeast will be in attendance, from Star Wars to Star Trek and from Battlestar Galactica to Dr. Who, there’s fans of all types. It’s a perfect place to meet like minded fans and make new friendships that will last far beyond the single weekend.
Event tickets are available on site with discounts for military, students, law enforcement, and first responders.