Pictures from ConnectiCon 2017

Pikachu.

Pikachu.

Author A.L. Davroe.

Author A.L. Davroe.

Rocket.

Rocket.

Dr. Fate

Dr. Fate

Queen Amidala.

Queen Amidala.

Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones).

Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones).

Thor and Loki.

Thor and Loki.

Ghostface.

Ghostface.

Julian Glover (Indiana Jones ad the Last Crusade).

Julian Glover (Indiana Jones ad the Last Crusade).

Chewbacca.

Chewbacca.

Loki and Thor.

Loki and Thor.

Peggy Carter and Captain America.

Peggy Carter and Captain America.

Author Neo Edmund.

Author Neo Edmund.

Pictures from Day 2 and 3 of ConnectiCon Part 2

By Jason Harris

Jack Skellington and Sally.


Deadpool.


Stormtrooper Samurai.




Harley Quinn and Pikachu.



John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark) talking to a young fan.


Thor.








Harley Quinn and the Joker.


Authors Jamie K. Schmidt, Casey Wyatt, and Corrina Lawson.

This is the last ConnectiCon picture post. Thank you for taking the time to look at them.

Pictures from Day 2 and 3 of ConnectiCon Part 1

By Jason Harris

Gizmoduck.

Toy soldiers.

 

Dr. Frank N. Furter.

Leeloo.

Author Kevin J. Anderson.


Cruella De Vil.

Rey and BB-8.

Major Kira.

Harley Quinn.

Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation).



Queen Amidala.


Artist Steve Geiger showing how to draw Spider-man.

ConnectiCon 2016: Day One

By Jason Harris

 

ConnectiCon officially started today and runs until Sunday at the Connecticut Convention Center. There are celebrities, artists, vendors, and cosplayers at the convention. There are also Q & A sessions, panels, workshops, and much more.

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Walter Koenig (Star Trek).

Tiana, the frog princess.

Baymax

Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

He-man.

Nana Visitor (Star Trek: DS9).

Harley Quinn.


Guy Gilchrist.

Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings).


The Beast and Belle.



Pictures from ConnectiCon 2015

By Jason Harris

This year marks the 12th ConnectiCon, which was founded in 2002 and the first one was held in 2003. You can find out about it’s history here.

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W.B. Mason.

W.B. Mason.

Baymax.

Baymax.

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The Lone Gunmen from The X-Files were in attendance.

Bruce Harwood ( John Fitzgerald Byers of The Lone Gunmen)

Bruce Harwood ( John Fitzgerald Byers on The Lone Gunmen)

Tom Braidwood (Melvin Frohike on The Lone Gunmen).

Tom Braidwood (Melvin Frohike on The Lone Gunmen).

Dean Haglund (Richard 'Ringo' Langly on The Lone Gunmen).

Dean Haglund (Richard ‘Ringo’ Langly on The Lone Gunmen).

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Green Lantern.

Green Lantern.

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Prince Charming and Cinderella.

Prince Charming and Cinderella.

George Takei.

George Takei.

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Actress and author Amber Benson.

Actress and author Amber Benson.

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Queen Amidala and friend.

Queen Amidala and friend.

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Thor and Thor.

Thor and Thor.

A Jedi.

A Jedi.

The Power Rangers.

The Power Rangers.

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Supergirl and friend.

Supergirl and friend.

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Voice actor Bill Farmer.

Voice actor Bill Farmer.

Characters from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

Characters from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

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The Voice Acting in Television panel with Kari Wahlgren, Chris Bevins, Maurice LeMarche, Phil Lanarr, Bill Farmer, and Dameon Clarke.

The Voice Acting in Television panel with Kari Wahlgren, Chris Bevins, Maurice LeMarche, Phil Lanarr, Bill Farmer, and Dameon Clarke.

Harley Quinn punching Batgirl.

Harley Quinn punching Batgirl.

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Dr. Who.

Dr. Who.

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Dr. Who.

Dr. Who.

Peter

Peter “Starlord” Quill.

Loki.

Loki.

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Bluntman and Chronic.

Bluntman and Chronic.

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Harley Quinn, The Riddler, and Robin.

Harley Quinn, The Riddler, and Robin.

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Yoko Littner.

Excitment and Craziness at ConnectiCon 2012

Excitment and Craziness at ConnectiCon 2012

by Kendra L. Saunders

ConnectiCon has all of the rush, excitement and craziness of any of the major conventions, but it also provides a few much-needed lulls.

Carlos Ferro and Kendra L. Saunders at ConnectiCon 2012.

Carlos Ferro and Kendra L. Saunders at ConnectiCon 2012.

ConnectiCon 2012 boasted some fun and impressive guests, most notably Doug Walker, the Nostalgia Critic and Carlos Ferro (voice actor for Assassin’s Creed, Gears of War). The panel rooms were reasonable in size and there were enough genres represented to keep anyone entertained. Some of the most popular panels at this year’s convention were the ones centered around My Little Pony (I kid you not), a panel about famous bromances and the Steampunk Sex panel.

The Vagabonds and roadie, Kendra L. Saunders. Photo by Nick Presuto.

The Vagabonds and roadie, Kendra L. Saunders. Photo by Nick Presuto.

Now, walking around in full steampunk get-up with a popular steampunk group, The Vagabonds, means you’re going to be asked once or 10 times if you’re part of the Steampunk Sex panel. We were not part of it, and in fact, The Vagabonds had a panel scheduled at the same time. The Vagabonds’ crowd was a bit smaller for that particular panel, but I, as their ‘roadie’ and not a member of the actual group, could gauge things from the floor. The audience members were all incredibly entertaining people who kept the vibe in the room fun. Who says panels can’t be like a rock concert?

The dealer room was a bit slim and I did hear several complaints about that throughout the weekend. I’d intended to buy a wig at the convention, actually, but there weren’t any of the usual wig tables. There was an impressive market for Japanese foods, candy, and drinks, however, and those booths seemed especially crowded.

Carlos Ferro’s panel on Friday night was lively and enthusiastic, both on the part of the attendees and on the part of Carlos himself. He told us a few things he wasn’t supposed to (he’ll be a voice in the new Batman game and hinted at being a famous villain for it) and made a lot of jokes about his man crush on Michael Fassbender. He also mentioned that he prefers ConnectiCon to San Diego Comic Con. Carlos DJed the rave on Saturday night.

The Nostalgia Critic was so popular at the event that his presentation on Saturday caused outrageous lines of eager fans and headaches for the staff. The line had to be cut off at some point and a second presentation scheduled for the following day, which pushed the closing ceremonies back. The Nostalgia Critic was chipper and funny in person and when I mentioned to him that my brothers and I had gotten headaches and stomach-aches from watching his videos, he just smiled and said, “Always good to know I caused physical pain!” I saw male and female cosplayers of the Nostalgia Critic roaming the halls. How’s that for surreal!

Kendra L. Saunders with cosplay gender bender Avengers.

Kendra L. Saunders with cosplay gender bender Avengers.

Speaking of cosplaying, there was a ridiculously convincing Mr. T at ConnectiCon. If you told me that it was the real Mr. T just trolling all of us, I would believe you. Other standouts included a Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a woman dressed entirely as a piece of art, a cosplay group as most of the cast of Game of Thrones, Gumby and loads of great Doctor Who characters.

Kendra L. Saunders and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Kendra L. Saunders and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

The rave on Friday and Saturday night drew a lot of attention and went on well into the early hours of the morning. Cafeteria space for the event was plentiful (better than other conventions I’ve attended) and for the most part, I didn’t see any rudeness or bad behavior on the part of the staff, despite mumblings and mutterings I heard from other con-goers.

All in all, I suggest ConnectiCon for anyone thinking of attending a convention in the northeastern states. Make sure to book your room well in advance, though (at least 6 months prior), as rooms sell out very quickly. Bring your imagination, a sense of humor and plenty of water bottles,and I can almost assure you that you’ll have a great time.

About the author:

Kendra L. Saunders is the author of magic realism novel, Inanimate Objects, host of the quirky literary podcast, 13 1/2 Minutes, marketing coordinator for Spencer Hill Press, Jazz-Age/all things England enthusiast and sometimes-roadie for her friends, The Vagabonds. For more information about her, as well as helpful writing tips, visit www.kendralsaunders.com. The Vagabonds can be found at www.the-vagabonds.net. Nick Presuto can be found at http://pyrophotography.tumblr.com/.

Upcoming Articles

Next week, there will be a review of The Dark Knight Rises on Friday. There will also be articles about Readercon 23 and ConnectiCon and pictures from Necon 32.

The following week, there will be interview articles with Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the married couple who brought audiences Little Miss Sunshine and their new movie Ruby Sparks. There will also be an interview article with Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, the stars of Ruby Sparks. There will also be a review of the movie.

ConnectiCon Happens this Weekend

ConnectiCon runs from Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15 at the Connecticut Convention Center, located at 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford.

Convention guests include Amanda Winn Lee, Jim Cummings, and Margaret Killjoy. For a complete list and guest bios, click here.

The convention brings people the RKO Army, out of Rhode Island, which will perform scenes from the Joss Whedon Universe and “Repo.” There are also events such as ComicStripTease and Cosplay Chess. For a complete list, click here.

According to its website, “ConnectiCon is New England’s ONLY massively, multi-genre pop culture convention, the convention’s focus is on all things pop culture and does every genre of pop culture in as big a way as possible.”

For more information about the convention, click here.