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CONTACT: Mina Frannea
Media Director, Geek-O-Nomicon
Biloxi, Mississippi, November 27, 2014: Festive Geekness and Family Fun: Multi-Fandom Convention Geek-O-Nomicon Comes to Biloxi December 2014.
Add a bit of geeky merriment to your holiday festivities with Geek-O-Nomicon, coming this December 12-14 to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi. This distinctive, multi-genre convention brings a full weekend of activities and entertainment for all ages. Admission passes can be purchased for the entire weekend or for a given day. Children ages 11-15 receive discounted admission, with children 10 and under admitted free with an accompanying paid adult. A 10% discount on general admission is available to the military, students, teachers, law enforcement, first responders, and seniors age 60 and up. Geek-O-Nomicon also offers a special three-day general admission rate for families.
For its inaugural year, Geek-O-Nomicon pays homage to the steampunk genre, hosting an official attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most steampunks in one location. The world record attempt is open to all ages and participants must be in costume. Fans can take in steampunk specific panels, browse specialty booths and displays, and attend a Steampunk Hafla, one of the convention's three scheduled dances. The convention's wide range of programming also brings together a great mix of Geek pop culture, Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy, Anime, Gaming and Cosplay.
Celebrity guests appearing at Geek-O-Nomicon include fan favorites like Stargate SG-1's Christopher Judge (Teal'c), Farscape's Gigi Edgley (Chiana) and Battlestar Galactica's Richard Hatch (Capt. Apollo/Tom Zarek). Lynn Lowry (Cat People), Jerrad Vunovich (Hunger Games/Walking Dead), Jack Stauffer (Battlestar Galactica/All My Children), Vic Mignogna (Attack on Titan/Pokemon) and Mississippi local Miles Doleac (American Horror Story) round off the list of headlining actors. The convention's sizeable guest list also features several award winning authors and big names in the print industry such as Jody Lynn Nye, Allan Gilbreath and Peter J. Wacks; local and international artists such as Chris Achilleos, Philo Barnhart and Brian Steward; special effects experts, stunt actors, film industry professionals, entertainers and a number of professional cosplayers. Gaming legend and inventor of the 100 face dice, Lou Zocchi, as well as many fangroups will also be in attendance over the weekend. A full guest list is available on the event website at whynotgeek.com.
Several interesting panels and workshops will be offered throughout the weekend. Topics will cover everything from special effects make up, prop building and costuming; to writing and marketing a novel, belly dancing, paranormal investigations, anti-bullying and a healthy geek lifestyle. Attendees will also have an opportunity to attend a two-hour acting workshop taught by Golden Globe nominee Richard Hatch where they can learn how to build confidence and communication skills, gain insight about the business of acting, and learn how to break into today's entertainment industry. Geek-O-Nomicon has also planned several activities just for kids, including a family-friendly dance on Friday.
If shopping is more your passion or you're looking for a rare comic, a specialty collectible or a unique holiday gift, you can find these and many other items in Geek-O-Nomicon's large dealers room which will be open during convention hours. You can also check out Geek-O-Nomicon's charity auction benefitting local non-profits like TEAAM Autism. Stop by the onsite art gallery featuring works of local and international artists and the Museum of Geekery which will have collectibles and memorabilia on display. There will be a silent auction at the end of the weekend for select pieces from the art gallery.
The convention's Gaming Zone will have classic table top gaming of all kinds, live action role play and a cutting edge, state of the art video game room. The new Google game Ingress will be a big part of the weekend's gaming action and several Gaming tournaments are scheduled on each day of the convention. Be sure to check out the large props on display like the Cylon Raider and the various movies and shorts that will be showing in the screening room. And, if you want to know what it's like to go through astronaut training, you can try the GyroGym! With so much to see and do, you might not have time to enter Geek-O-Nomicon's Cosplay contest or Geekmas Tree Decorating contest, but stop by and cheer on the participants and their creativity.
The weekend wouldn't be complete without the exciting live entertainment Geek-O-Nomicon has planned. Take in a gothic Lolita fashion show, a rare cabaret performance by theater veteran Jack Stauffer, a concert by The Cog is Dead, or an edgy steampunk sideshow from Carnival Epsilon. A highlight of the convention weekend will be Fitzgerald's Realm of Magic, where master illusionist Ron Fitzgerald will have you sitting on the edge of your seat with his dark theatrical magic! If you still have some energy to burn after the illusion show, you can put the kids to bed and head on over to the Edgewater Inn, one of Geek-O-Nomicon's four host hotels, and Geek your Freak with the 21 and over crowd until the wee hours.
With its stellar guest list and large array of activities and entertainment options, Geek-O-Nomicon is garnering a lot of attention and promises to be an exceptional first time convention. Come check out the excitement Dec 12-14, 2014 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center and add a bit of geeky fun to your holidays. Passes can be purchased at the pre-sale rates through December 10th at whynotgeek.com. Follow Geek-O-Nomicon on Facebook and Twitter to get real time updates.