Sunday, May 31, 2009


Thinkgalacticon Announces 2009 Convention Lineup

Local leftist fandom group Thinkgalactic will host it's second convention "Thinkgalacticon" June 26-28 at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave.
Thinkgalacticon, heavily inspired by feminist fandom institution Wiscon, Thinkgalacticon seeks to bring some of that spirit to Chicago.

According to the official Thinkgalacticon website, the panel offerings are as follows:

These days, many people seem to be making art, clothing, and technology by modifying found objects/recycling things. Many also repurpose older technology others have thrown out (e.g. turning old computers into a community center lab). Let's talk about what we're making and doing and how it relates to activism (recycling? making activist artwork?) and/or sf (characters making do with found objects).

When an author chooses to have biologically-defined gender roles (e.g., with werewolves, alien races, witches/warlocks with different abilities based on sex) for sentient species, what impact does that have?

ANARCHISM AND THE SUPERHERO: ANTI-CRIME DIRECT ACTIONIST OR ENFORCER OF THE STATE? Let's talk about superheroes. From Alan Moore's Watchmen and V for Vendetta to Warren Ellis's The Authority to DC's Superman to Marvel's Captain America there are a variety of perspectives on the superhero and politics.

FIGHTING FOR RECOGNITION IN THE SF COMMUNITY Let's talk about the history of women, GLBT people, and people of color to be recognized as SF writers and fans in the US and other countries. The intention of this panel is to provide useful perspective for current struggles.

RACE AND ETHNICITY IN YA How do young people decide how to identify? What stories deal with choosing how to identify? How does one's identity change over time? How does one identify as one race/ethnicity when coming from a different/mixed family? (A work in progress: please let us know what you’d like to see here!)

THE CONTINUING APPEAL OF THE APOCALYPSE A critical discussion of post-apocalypse stories. While many fans are interested in these stories because they explore the rebuilding of a better society, there is recurring theme where most of the world's population needs to die in order to start building new social systems. Why do these interest us and why is this problematic?

INFINITE DIVERSITY IN INFINITE COMBINATIONS... OR NOT? Particularly in light of the "reboot" of the Star Trek universe, let's take some time to talk about what the series has done with issues of race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, and so forth. And let's talk about what we'd like to see next!

RACEFAIL ‘09 RaceFail '09 is a blogosphere discussion about race and racism in science fiction books and fandom. Well-known white authors and some of their fans spoke out and responded to criticisms in racist and problematic ways creating a discussion that sprawled over dozens of blogs. If you fail publicly, how do you show yourself again in public? What resources should you consult to educate yourself before going out in public again? How do you avoid failing yet again by avoiding owning up to your fail? What positive things can come out of fail? What have we learned from RaceFail and what else should we do as writers, fans, and people? Let’s create some tools for the community.

IMAGINING THE FUTURE OF FOOD The head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change begs the world to eat less meat. While veganism and locavore movements are spreading, the production of genetically modified foods is also growing. Corporations like Monsanto are continuing to dictate what gets on to our plates and the U.S. government is continuing to do nothing about this. How does SF/F look at food and the ethical/environmental implications of how we produce it? What does writing about food issues look like? How can SF/F imagine what the future of food looks like?

GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN FAN FICTION Let's look at all types of fan fiction. In what ways do some fan authors subvert conventional notions of gender and sexuality? Conversely, in what ways are stereotypes reinforced? A number of tropes explicitly play with gender roles and expectations (e.g. "genderswap/genderfuck" stories, or the dreaded "mpreg")-- are these tropes subversive? If not, are there any individual stories that are subversive?

BLOCK PRINTING/BOOK WORKSHOP with notable guest Josh MacPhee. Make block prints & stencils out of recycled materials, and put together a book with everyone's prints to take home!

CULTURAL APPROPRIATION Instead of writing about futures with a lot less racism, and less cultural divisions amongst people, how do you write stories that include specific currently existing cultures? How do you educate yourself about other cultures and races without offending the people you want to learn about? People of color are not here to teach you anything, nor are they exotic beings for you to stare at. What resources are available?

POLITICS AND SF MOVEMENT Paul Kincaid has an article in Argentus 2008 (Hard Right) linking the implicit worldviews in the rhetorical outlook of hard science fiction and political conservatism. Do certain movements or subgenres in SF tend to get associated with certain political viewpoints? Are there works that break the mold or subvert expectations?

CLIMATE CHANGE Every con needs to talk about climate change. It's big. It's scary. It's here. What are the socio-political ramifications of climate change? In Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler looks at society at the beginning of environmental collapse while Kim Stanley Robinson has recently been exploring what scientific minds would do in the near future to stave off environmental catastrophe. Who else is imagining this future and what else can we do?

THE ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN IN SF/F Child abuse is frequently used as a plot element or character motivation in SF/F literature; however, the occurrence and effects of maltreatment are commonly portrayed in a simplistic, inaccurate way. For example, people who suffer child abuse are depicted as either forever scarred or untouched by their experiences. Perpetrators of abuse are depicted as monsters, characters we can distance from ourselves by seeing them as inhuman. Not only does this simplistic treatment of child abuse lead to the creation of two-dimensional characters and tedious plot, it can impact how readers understand and react to the social issue. Let's explore the ways in which oppression, abuse, and resilience impact society and the individual. We'll discuss accurate information about child maltreatment, give examples from current SF/F of problematic and useful depictions of maltreatment, and open a discussion about how SF/F literature may influence current social attitudes toward children.

RECOGNIZING THE PRIVILEGE IN THEISM AND ATHEISM Explosive discussions frequently occur when atheists and theists try to talk about religion, non-belief, and our society. One of the main causes of this is because there are complicated privilege issues that make people in both groups defensive. Besides just looking at our own history, let us look at representations in sf/f of religion as both a liberating force and an oppressive one. What stories have an explicitly atheist-leaning world for better or worse? How can leftist atheists and believers come together and fight the religious right?

CLASS, THE ECONOMY, AND YOU How did class divisions contribute to our current economic collapse? How do we see art and activism in relation to different class positions? How does our art and activism change with OR in relation to our job status and the economy? How do these things change when combining your class with other underrepresented groups you belong to? Are the narratives we have in stories perpetuating the problems in our society and can we write and think our way out of them?

WHY ARE THESE BROWN PEOPLE HARSHING MY SQUEE? Why is racial representation important in genre fiction? What are the politics of being a Fan of Color? Just what is the cost of participating in fandom if you are a racial minority?

Saturday, May 30, 2009


Babes with Blades closes the run of "Macbeth"

If you're interested in this show, seats are limited.Babes with Blades are closing the run of their show Macbeth (Tomorrow - Saturday night) has SOLD OUT. they have some "obstructed viewing" seats still available and a waiting list, and I *think* we still have some tix for tonight (plus the extras). Call 773-880-0016 to reserve/get on the waiting list/check availability.

Do robots dream of them?

UK-based housewares company Back 4 gives you the chance to own your very own electric sheep.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Trek Fight!

Sunday, May 24, 2009


District 9 Trailer without the blurred face and with subtitles

This looks promising, but I just have a gut feeling about this one, and it's not good. I desperately want to be wrong. If this turns out to be "Alien Nation, only not as good" I'm gonna be salty.

Friday, May 22, 2009


Exclusive with ‘Reclaiming The Blade’ director on™ . I'm semi-frantically searching for places that will screen this.


"Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf mugshot on

He was arrested for making a nuisance of himself at the Walgreens on Chicago and Michigan avenues at some ungodly hour for some ridonkulous reason. The salacious details may be found on the link below.
TSG Mug Shot: Shia LaBeouf

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Thursday, May 21, 2009


Belfry Deuce - Stingy Brim Bowler:

a little somethin' somethin' for my freaky darlings in search of a bowler.

Belfry Deuce - Stingy Brim Bowler:

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Too Funny!

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Filkin' around: I Fight Dragons

The music surrounding fandom today is light years ahead of the "filk" that I grew up on as a young nerdling in the early eighties. All we really had back then was the odd soundtrack, whatever some fan put together for a con or Weird Al Jankovic. Period. Now there's awesome groups like Abney Park, the global phenomenon of Wizard Rock and local groups like I Fight Dragons. This local band uses old school video game sounds and infuses them with an infectious indie sensibility. I'm liking them a bit more with every listen.

The band is currently offering a free download of their EP if you go to their website.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Words kinda fail me

I haven't read Shatner Quake . I fear the book may swallow my soul. But here's the authors synopsis:

It’s the first ShatnerCon with William Shatner as the guest of honor! But after a failed terrorist attack by Campbellians, a crazy terrorist cult that worships Bruce Campbell, all of the characters ever played by William Shatner are suddenly sucked into our world. Their mission: hunt down and destroy the real William Shatner.

Featuring: Captain Kirk, TJ Hooker, Denny Crane, Rescue 911 Shatner, Singer Shatner, Shakespearean Shatner, Twilight Zone Shatner, Cartoon Kirk, Esperanto Shatner, Priceline Shatner, SNL Shatner, and – of course – William Shatner!

No costumed con-goer will be spared in their wave of destruction, no redshirt will make it out alive, and not even the Klingons will be able to stand up to a deranged Captain Kirk with a lightsaber. But these Shatner-clones are about to learn a hard lesson…that the real William Shatner doesn’t take crap from anybody. Not even himself.

It’s Shatnertastic!

If you read it and make it through the experience with your grey matter intact, let me know how it goes.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Did anyone in Chicago even SEE Dragonball Evolution? I heart this fan review.

I work at a theater, so imagine my surprise when this one slipped past me. The fans pretty much pulled out the long knives and chopped it into teeny bits, but I can't really form a personal opinion without seeing it. I can, however, post my favorite review so far.

If you saw this trailer, don't you think you would be seeing a sweet movie? Iknow I would.

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Monday, May 11, 2009


J.J. Abrams discusses working with Leonard Nimoy on Jimmy Fallon


where there is fandom, there are fans makin' stuff.

courtesy of the crafty hipsters at

Best of Star Trek DIY, Threadbanger - Watch more Funny Videos

Friday, May 08, 2009


"A Nightmare on Elm Street" is looking for Extras

Atmosphere Casting of Chicago is now casting extras for a Platinum Dunes revisioning of the horror classic "A Nightmare On Elm Street". Shooting is set to begin on May 5th and run until July.

Information from the Atmosphere casting website requests the following:

"REAL teenagers and High School students. No acting experience required at all. Age range from 16-20(young looking). I am looking primarily for caucasian male and females.

TRIPLETS!!! I am looking for identical, FEMALE triplets in the 5-7 yr age range, preferably BLONDE. THIS WILL BE A SPEAKING PART! The girls should also know how to jump rope.

If interested, please send your children's photo, along with AGE, HEIGHT, WEIGHT, DATE OF BIRTH, CLOTHING SIZES, PHONE NUMBER, AND PARENT'S NAME to:


If you have already registered with us and submitted a PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT OR COMP CARD in the past, PLEASE e-mail us ASAP with natural, candid 3x5 photos of yourself. The director doesn't want to see regular headshots, he would like to see how people really look.

Get your submissions in ASAP as I am casting NOW!!! Keep checking here as I update what I am looking for next!!


For additional information go to the atmosphere website at

Thursday, May 07, 2009


May 17, 2009 - "Terminator" Retrospective Cocktail Party

*Cross-Posted from Facebook*

The Chicago Nerd Social Club will host "Terminator: A Classic Retrospective" Sunday, May 17, 2009, 6:30pm - 10:30pm at Risque Cafe, 3419 N Clark St. Lovers of all things Cyberdyne Systems will gather for an opportunity to review the classics known as “The Terminator”, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”. The nights events will include ticket give-aways for an Exclusive CNSC Reserved seat at the May 18th Screening of “Terminator Salvation”. We’ll be having Terminator Trivia for prizes and Tickets. This event is open to anyone and everyone who loves Terminator and is hoping for a seat at the screening. Come for a chance to see the new "Terminator Salvation" in an Exclusive Reserved Seating screening. For more information contact the Chicago Nerd Social Club at

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009


hello, my name is troodles and I am addicted to fan shorts

How to make semi-sweet wolverine claws

wolverine's claws suck. they kinda do

Monday, May 04, 2009


Troodles' big Damn Star Trek discussion. You may want to grab a potty break.

This is definitely one of the times where my flammable workplace gimp suit comes in handy. I work at a theater as an usher. I could do worse, and have, but I digress. Today was a "perk" kind of day.

I was allowed to clock off early so I could go to an advance screening of the new J.J. Abrams contribution to the Star Trek Franchise. Finally, A movie I can watch the crap out of. I'll be honest, I fully expected him to not "get it" in the slightest and laugh at the audience instead of with us, but he gets us. He really really gets where our heads are at.

It's not just the special effects, which are undeniably bad-ass. It's not just the costumes that I personally love and now want a pair of Romulan boots. It's the teeny weeny things that a fan would pick up: It's the verbal exchange between the characters, their personal struggles and what ultimately draws them to become who they become. I love the nods to the original television series and even smaller nods to previous movie soundtracks, especially during battle sequences.

This movie made me laugh, cheer, and love the experience of sitting in a theater again. Things like this movie are why I like the fandom.

I would go into detail about the finer points of the movie, but I really don't like "spoiler pigs" who one-up their readers and spoil the experience. Go. Enjoy. You're welcome.

Now, on to Star Trek related crap: Shatner's not in it and I profoundly do not care. He pretends not to either, but he devotes a fair amount of time griping about it.

Personally, I'm chalking it up to some karmic blowback from the "get a life" remark. I didn't find an unsullied version, but you get the drift. My take on the whole situation is this: the first time you laugh AT my fandom instead of WITH us, is the end of any damn-giving that this blogger plans to engage in. His geek pass got revoked right after that SNL episode, at least in my eyes.


May 9, 2009: Sci-Fi Spectacular

The Music Box Theater,3733 N. Southport Ave., will host "Sci-Fi Spectacular," an evening of vintage 35mm sci-fi movie trailers, Saturday, May 9 from midnight to 2 a.m. Hosted by Rusty Nails, the the group plans to offer prizes, dealer tables and "more." Tickets are $20 in advance or $24 the day of the event.
Advance tickets are available now at the Music Box box office, Laurie's Planet of Sound and through Ticketweb. For more information, call 773-871-6607 or email

Sunday, May 03, 2009


June 20, 2009 - 7th Annual Slay-A-Thon

This is definitely a "thon" made for fans. Chicago-based Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans are hosting their 7th Annual "Slay-A-Thon" Make-A-Wish Foundation Benefit at Dave and Buster's Gold Coast, Saturday, June 20, 2009, 11:30 AM - Midnight.

Unlike other events, which require exertion and detract from "Buffy" viewing time, "Buffy" fans can raise money for a damn good cause and do what they love: watch some of the best of the best episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel", while raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois.

Participants are not required to attend the entire event. Stay for the day or stop by for your favorite episodes. People who actively (or sedendarily) participate in the event get friends, family, and co-workers to "sponsor" them - just like with a walkathon, or other fundraising events of that type. All participant proceeds and sponsor dollars will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois.

According to the Slay-A-Thon website, the group has raised $67,000 and granted 13 wishes. For more information, you may contact this year's organizers Jennifer Cohen and Kelly Creamer at the official Slay-A-Thon page:

Friday, May 01, 2009


May 2 , 2009 - Free Comic Book Day Event at Challenger

May 2 is Free Comic Book book day in our fair metropolis and Challenger Comics, 1845 N. Western Ave., is doing it's part to share the swag love. Stop by challenger to claim sweet giveaways as well as appearance by Erik Larsen, debuting his all-new Savage Dragon #148 Come for the freebies, stay for live music from the band Heroes for Hire. For more information call 773-2780155 or email