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The Nerd Yorker
FIRST THIS: BUY BOROUGHCON TIX BEFORE PRICES GO UP!
BoroughCon tickets have been on sale on the down-low for a couple weeks now but the time is right to go big! Now is your opportunity to get into BoroughCon at the introductory rate. If you surf over to https://boroughcon.com/product-category/tickets/ you’ll find an array of ticket prices from $20 (Friday only) to $100 (four-day VIP). That will go up if you wait until the last minute, so please don’t make us charge you, our most committed friends, full retail.
In fact, let’s sweeten the deal. Enter in promo code MEFIRST for an additional 5% off this week.
Emma Watson as Belle! Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts! Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellan as Lumiere and Cogsworth! Are you on Fandango yet? The live-action Beauty and the Beast 3-D arrives in theaters Friday, to the delight of families that geek out together.
And right next door is Blum House’s first horror entry since reviving M. Night Shyamalan’s career with Split a couple months back. This time around, The Belko Experiment shows the literal cutthroat side of corporate office work, with John C. McGinley, Michael Rooker and Tony Goldwyn among the bloodletters.
IN REAL LIFE
Just like last weekend, two conventions vie for Nerd Yorkers’ attention. But these two could not be more different.
I-CON 32, located at Long Island’s Suffolk Community College Brentwood Campus, revives a moribund franchise that, at its peak, packed in 10,000 fans. A multi-track affair, the new I-CON will honor media guest Cecil Baldwin (from Welcome to Nightvale — good get!) and author Cory Doctorow (possibly the most influential science fiction writer whose stuff hasn’t been given the Hollywood treatment yet).
Simultaneously, in Piscataway, N.J. — clear at the other end of New York’s gravity well — is Dark Side of the Con. It’s kinky, vampiric and sure to put the Goth back in Gotham. Some might say that this event is nothing but a three-day gathering of polyamorous fetishists bound together in leather and spandex. All we can say is, it’s at the Radisson.
WHAT’S NEW AT BOROUGHCON
Since last week, we announced Dante Basco (Hook, Avatar: The Last Airbender) and Cree Summer (Rugrats, Codename: Kids Next Door). Consider yourself to know that the comic book track will include Tony Bedard, Mike Grell, Mark McKenna and grandmaster “Marvelous” Marv Wolfman.
We figured we’d be done with announcing celebrity guests by now, but it just isn’t so. Keep checking back at https://boroughcon.com through this coming week at least. (We’ll also be providing more detail on our gaming track.)