I made it a life goal to find and read every science fiction novel with an old woman as a main character… except that as it turns out, it might only take a year. Find out more at Worldcon! Thursday at 13:30 (1:30pm) at Odeon 5 in Point Square. #worldcon2019pic.twitter.com/jym9i6sOLq
The twelfth annual Eirtakon anime, sci-fi and gaming convention opens tomorrow in the Croke Park Convention Centre.
Announced a few weeks back as the final installment of the event, organisers have a bit of a New Orleans funeral planned for the Irish anime fandom’s cornerstone event.
Writes Helene Duffy:
Eirtakon expects over 4000 people from all over Ireland will come together for the weekend to celebrate anime, manga and Japanese culture. This year you can meet international cosplay and anime guests, listen to cultural panels, take part in cosplay and gaming workshops, play your favourite board games or compete in the huge range of console tournaments.
During the convention you will also have the opportunity to watch dozens of hours of anime screenings, watch or participate in the Cosplay Blind Date, and shop till you drop in the biggest artist’s alley and trader’s hall ever seen at an Irish convention.
Guest appearances this year include Doom/Wolfenstein creator John Romero, Ghost Recon/Dragon Siege artist Brenda Romero, and voice actors Luci Christian (One Piece, Gunslinger Girl) & John Swasey (Borderlands 2, Halo, One Piece), while musical events include the Irish Video Game Orchestra and the Taiseiyo Taiko Drummers.
Made Ordinary, a fantasy superhero drama set in an Ireland from ‘a parallel dimension’….
Starring Michelle Costello and Tristan Heanue and featuring Morgan C Jones as the world’s greatest super villain, Dr. Devastation who has been released after “30 years of imprisonment. With no powers, no money and no allies he must adapt to a world that has long forgotten who he is”.
Director Christian Kotey, of makers Rising Films sez:
”This is a real first. A science fiction story told from the viewpoint of the defeated villain. There’s huge interest in the site and the online comic. We are interested in co-producers and broadcasters who wish to come on board and help us bring Made Ordinary and it’s universe to as wide an audience as possible…”
An exhaustively researched (currently in its fifth iteration with future updates including Dune and Mass Effect planned) fictional spaceship size comparison chart by German digital artist Dirk Loechel featuring craft of all descriptions from Star Wars, Warhammer, Babylon5, Star Trek, Wall-E, Serenity, Farscape, Silent Running, Independence Day, AvP, Battlestar Galactica and dozens more.
The second trailer for the upcoming Neill Blokamp-helmed, Matt Damontastic all-action, sci-fi eyeball-pleaser from Sony Pictures, what sez:
In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.