Tuesday, August 31, 2010

BrickCon 2010

Now is the time to register for BrickCon 2010, September 30th through October 3rd. This year’s Theme is “Tales of the Brick!” Build your Tale and tell (and show) it to the world!

We return to the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall and have added the Rainier Room (Northwest Rooms) to our venue space. We’ll be using the Rainier Room (6,000 sq ft) for all of our Convention Activities including the Thursday Meet and Greet and our General Assemblies, seminars and contests.

Registering now will guarantee you’ll receive a customized engraved name badge you can wear proudly to the entire three day (four if you count Thursday – and we do!) event. Included with your registration will be a great Goody Bag, a Free Luncheon on Friday. And, if you’re old enough, you can attend our Thursday Meet and Greet get together where mixed drinks, beer and wine will be available ($4 per drink – cash only) along with free Mexican fare (snacks).

If you procrastinate too long, September 15th is the “deadline”, we cannot guarantee the terrific Goody Bag and custom badge. Registration will close September 28th. Then registration will only be at the door at the Exhibition Hall.

Visit www.brickcon.org now for details and Register Now!


Adult Registration (21+) $65
Young Adult Registration (18-21) $60
Under 18 (Teen) Registration (must include an Adult (21+) as a package) $60
T-Shirts $15 – $17.50
Convention Model $20

Wayne Hussey

Monday, August 30, 2010

Upcoming Events: September 2010 & Beyond

PAX Prime: September 3rd-5th, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.paxsite.com/

FanFair Fest: September 4th-5th, 2010 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://fanfairfest.com

Kumoricon: September 4th-6th, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.kumoricon.org/

Spark Animation: September 8th-12th 2010 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://siggraph.ca/festivals/information.php?SPARKA10

Rose City ComiCon: September 10th-11th, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.rosecitycomicon.com

Greater Seattle Toy Show: September 11th, 2010 - Kent, Washington
Website: http://www.oldride.com/events/washington_toyshow.html

Shrewfaire: September 11th-12th, 2010 - Kings Valley, Oregon
Website: http://www.shrewfaire.com/

4th Division Cascadian International Model Railroaders Convention: September 16th-18th, 2010 - Lynnwood, Washington
Website: http://www.4dpnr.org/CI2010.htm

Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival(MIFFF): September 17th-19th, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.mifff.org

Portland Pirate Festival: September 18th-19th, 2010 - St. Johns, Oregon
Website: http://www.portlandpiratefestival.com/

Retro Gaming Expo: September 18th-19th, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://retrogamingexpo.com/

TEDxRedmond: September 18, 2010 - Redmond, Washington
Website: http://www.tedxredmond.com/

OHMS/Evergreen Air & Space Museum Model Contest: September 19th, 2010 - McMinnville, Oregon

Website: http://www.ipms-portland.org

Foolscap: September 24th-26th, 2010 - Redmond, Washington
Website: http://www.foolscapcon.org/

Rain Furrest: September 24th-26th, 2010 - Sea-Tac, Washington
Website: http://www.rainfurrest.org

Jet City Comic Show: September 25th, 2010, Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.jetcitycomicshow.com

Sci-Fan Modeling Show: September 25th, 2010, Lynnwood, Washington
Website: http://www.galaxyhobby.com/scifan.htm

BrickCon: September 30th - October 3rd, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.brickcon.org/

ConQuest Oregon: October 1st-3rd, 2010 - Hillsburo, Oregon
Website: http://www.conquestoregon.com/

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival:
October 1st-3rd, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://hplfilmfestival.com

Twilight Convention: October 1st-3rd, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.creationent.com/cal/twilight_or.htm

VCON: October 1st-3rd, 2010 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://www.vcon.ca

Wordstock Festival: October 7th-10th, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.wordstockfestival.com/

Tactical Solutions: October 8th-10th, 2010 - Spokane Valley, Washington
Website: http://tactical-solutions-gaming.tripod.com/index.html

IPMS Vancouver Fall Model Show: October 9th, 2010 - Burnaby, BC Canada
Website: http://www.ipmsvancouver.ca/page2/page2.html

TEDxRainier: October 10th, 2010 - Seattle, Washington

Website: http://tedxrainier.com

Northwest Events Show: October 12th, 2010 - Seattle, Washington

Website: http://www.nweventshow.com/

Con-Version: October 15th-17th, 2010 - Calgary, AB Canada
Website: http://www.con-version.org/

FallCon: October 15th-17th, 2010 - Calgary, AB Canada
Website: http://www.fallcon.com/

Tri-City Independent Fan Film Festival: October 16th, 2010 - Richland, Washington
Website: http://www.tcif3.com/

Red & White Calgary Comic & Toy Expo: October 17th, 2010 - Calgary, Alberta Canada
Website: http://www.comicandtoy.ca/

Robothon: October 22nd-24th, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.robothon.org

ZOMBCON: October 29th-31st, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.zombcon.com

Hot Rod Monsters Film Festival: October 30th-31st, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.hotrodmonstersfilmfest.com/

Victoria Toy Show: October 31st, 2010 - Victoria, BC Canada
Website: http://members.shaw.ca/dshelton99/

Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival: October 3rd-7th, 2010 - Calgary, AB Canada
Website: http://www.giraffest.ca/

AmberCon Northwest: November 4th-6th, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.amberconnw.org/

Aki Con: November 5th-7th, 2010 - Bellevue, Washington
Website: http://www.akicon.org/

BellinghamComiCon: November 6th, 2010 - Ferndale, Washington
Website: http://www.bellinghamcomicon.com

BottosCon: November 12th-14th, 2010 - Surrey, BC Canada
Website: http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/BottosCon/

Orycon: November 12th-14th, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.orycon.org/

Greater Vancouver DieCast Toy Show: November 14th, 2010 - Pitt Meadows, BC Canada
Website: http://www.ricktippe.com/diecast/

Portland Comic Book Show: November 14th, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.portlandcomicbookshow.com/

SteamCon: November 19th-21th, 2010 - Sea-Tac, Washington

Tomodaichi Fest: November 26th-28th, 2010 - Boise, Idaho
Website: http://www.tomodachifest.com/

PLAY! a Video Game Symphony: December 6th, 2010 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://www.play-symphony.com

RustyCon: January 15th-17th, 2011 - Sea-Tac, Washington
Website: http://www.rustycon.com/

ConQuest NW: January 21st-23rd, 2011 - Sea-Tac, Washington
Website: http://www.conquestnw.com/

Salute To Twilight Convention: January 21st-23rd, 2011 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.creationent.com/cal/twilight_wa.htm

Video Games Live!: January 22nd, 2011 - Seattle, Washington

Website: http://www.videogameslive.com

Spark FX: January 26th - January 30th, 2011 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://siggraph.ca/

Conflikt: January 28th-30th, 2011 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://conflikt.org/

Gotta Con: February 4th-6th, 2011 - Victoria, BC Canada
Website: http://www.gottacon.com/

Northwest Model Hobby Expo: February 11th-13th, 2011 - Monroe, Washington
Website: http://www.nwmodelhobbyexpo.com/

BeyondCon: February 18-20th, 2011 - Gig Harbor, Washington
Website: http://www.beyondcon.org

RadCon: February 18-20th, 2011 - Pasco, Washington
Website: http://www.radcon.org/

Chibi Chibi Con: February 19th, 2011 - Olympia, Washington
Website: http://chibichibicon.net

Emerald City ComiCon: March 4th-6th, 2011 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/

Ani Id Con: March 11th-13th, 2011 - Boise, Idaho
Website: http://aniidacon.webs.com/

Northwest Festivals & Events Conference: March 13th-15th, 2011 - Bellevue, Washington
Website: http://www.nwfestivalconference.com/

Dak-Kon XV: March 18th-20th, 2011 - Courtenay, BC Canada
Website: http://members.axion.net/~murdock/tourney.html

Edmonton Toy Show: March 20th, 2011 - Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Website: http://www.edtoyshow.com/

Gamestorm: March 24th-27th, 2011 - Vancouver, Washington
Website: http://www.gamestorm.org

Calgary Game Show: April 1st-3rd, 2011 - Calgary, Alberta Canada
Website: http://www.cal-con.ca/

Washington State Science & Engineering Fair: April 1st-2nd, 2011 - Seattle, Washington

Just A Game Con: April 9th-10th, 2011 - Corvallis, Oregon
Website: http://home.centurytel.net/GOMC/JAGC.htm

Supertrain: April 16th-17th, 2011 - Calgary, Alberta Canada
Website: http://www.supertrain.ca/

Norwescon: April 21st-24th, 2011 - Sea-Tac, Washington
Website: http://www.norwescon.org/

Sakura-Con: April 22nd-24th, 2011 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.sakuracon.org

Spokane Comicon: May 21st, 2011, Spokane, Washington

Victoria Toy Show: May 22nd, 2011 - Victoria, BC Canada
Website: http://members.shaw.ca/dshelton99/

Bloody Words: June 3rd-5th, 2011 - Victoria, BC Canada
Website: http://www.bloodywords2011.com/

Siggraph: August 8th-12th, 2011 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://www.siggraph.org/calendar/

Monday, August 23, 2010

LEGO Games Tour Comes To Northwest

The LEGO Games Summer Tour makes a stop at Seattle Center in Seattle from Friday, August 27 through Sunday, August 29th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. It will then be stopping at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland from Friday, September 3rd through Monday, September 6th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. At these free family events, parents and kids can enjoy playing and building with LEGO blocks, including life-sized versions of the new LEGO games.

LEGO Games Summer Tour

At the LEGO Games Summer Tour stop, families can build and then be robots, race through a labyrinth, travel up a pyramid, and play against other families to win great prizes.

These LEGO Days games are based on new LEGO Games, such as Minotaurus, Ramses Pyramid, and Robo Champ. Each of these toy games is designed with the idea that families can break them apart, change and redesign them, and then build them again.

LEGO Days attendees can also try to guess the number of bricks in a LEGO minotaur model to earn a chance to win a trip to LEGOLAND in California.

For more information visit Facebook.com/LEGOGames or the news section at games.LEGO.com.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Steamcon: T-shirt Contest Deadline Extended! September 10th

There is still time!  We need you to design a t-shirt for Steamcon2.  Using our theme of steampunk in the weird, weird west, come up with a suitable design for the official t-shirt for Steamcon II. Robotic sharp shooters, mystical shaman, or airship stage coaches?What would best represent steampunk in the American west?    

The shirt should say "Steamcon II" in roman numerals and a serif font.  Any other text is optional, but it can have the date and "Weird, Weird West" as well.  Designs will be printed on a dark colored t-shirt either black or dark brown, so take this in to account when designing.  Please do not use any copyrighted character/s, unless you are the copyright holder and can give us the rights to print.

Who is eligible: Anyone who wishes to submit a t-shirt design.

Deadline: Submissions must be emailed to
by September 10th.

Design specs:  Full color, Size: anywhere from 8" x 8" up to 8.5" x 11".  Initial submissions should be jpegs of 100 DPI.  The final art will need to be Photoshop files with the layers or bitmaps or tiff or comparable; at 300 DPI.   We will request those of the winner after judging takes place.

Reward:  A membership to Steamcon 2, a pair of concert tickets for the Saturday concert at Steamcon II, two free t-shirts and your name on the chests of steampunks everywhere!  (If contest winner is unable to attend Steamcon 2, all rewards can be transferred to Steamcon 3 or they may receive current equivalent monetary compensation.)

If you have any questions, email

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Vancouver Hosts Lord of the Rings Concert

Six Movements for Orchestra and Chorus Composed by Howard Shore

The Vancouver Symphony will host the northwest premiere of "The Lord of the Rings Symphony". Playing to sold-out concert halls around the world, the extraordinary Lord of the Rings Symphony comes to the Orpheum Theater, performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra! This monumental work, a symphonic suite of music from Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning movie trilogy and film composer Howard Shore, evokes the grand scope of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterpiece. With a full orchestra, choir, instrumental and vocal soloists, and the awe-inspiring imagery of renowned Tolkien artists Alan Lee and John Howe displayed on video screens in the hall, The Lord of the Rings Symphony will be a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience!

Lord of the Rings Symphony
November 27th & 28th, 2010
Orpheum Theater
Vancouver, BC Canada

Local LEGO Certified Professional Interviewed

Dan Parker, one of only 11 LEGO Certified Professionals is interviewed on the television show "New Day Northwest" about his work. Learn more about Dan Parker and his studio "City Blocks" in Tacoma: Web www.TbPcityblocks.com & www.facebook.com/cityblocks

Battlestar Galatica: The Exhibition Opening In Seattle

October 23rd, 2010 - March 4th, 2012
New Traveling exhibition to feature three full-size spaceships, costumes, and props from the original remained series

SEATTLE, WA -- Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) is proud to announce its latest exhibition, Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition. Organized by EMP|SFM and in partnership with Universal Cable Productions and Syfy, Battlestar Galactica features three stunning, full-size prop spaceships, iconic costumes, new exhibition films, music and other props from the original and reimagined series. Battlestar Galactica opens to the public Oct. 23, 2010 and runs through March 4, 2012 at EMP|SFM in Seattle.

"The museum is honored to be organizing the first exhibition devoted to both series," said Brooks Peck, Curator of Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition. "Battlestar Galactica is one of those rare science fiction shows that appeals to a wide range of people because it combines high adventure with very personal drama. It explores what it means to be human, and has a lot of fun doing so."

Opening weekend (Oct. 22-24, 2010) will include museum member and public events with some of Battlestar Galactica's most popular personalities.

"Over its four season run on Syfy, Battlestar Galactica became an iconic series that not only entertained, but fulfilled the promise of all great science fiction. It provoked us into examining our world and ourselves through its politically-charged, socially-relevant, religious and technological themes," said Mark Stern, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Syfy, and Co-head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. "It is an honor for us to partner with EMP|SFM in this one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience BSG in an up-close and personal way."

The exhibition will be presented in the Milestones Gallery on EMP's third level. Battlestar Galactica will become a traveling exhibition in 2012 after its premiere at EMP|SFM.

About Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition:

Battlestar Galactica is an epic drama of interstellar proportions. The last vestiges of humanity flee a cybernetic Cylon horde, traversing the stars in search of the fabled promised land of Earth. The setting of Battlestar Galactica may be rife with spaceships and inhuman adversaries, but ultimately the show is a complex narrative about how we attempt to retain our humanity under desperate circumstances. The series acts as a science-fictional lens through which to examine difficult questions that we may encounter in our own lives.

Exhibition sections:

Creation of Battlestar Galactica

Explores the genesis of the two versions of the show (1978 and 2003) and introduces the story and central conflicts.

The Search

Focuses on one of the central elements of the shows, the human quest to find the lost colony of Earth. The Search is also a spiritual one, as the humans seek meaning in a dangerous galaxy and grapple with issues of religion, fate and freedom.

The Ships

Three life-size spacecraft from the later series—two human and one Cylon— are the exhibition show stoppers. Concept art, storyboards, props and films complement the ships.

Humans and Cylons

This section presents the major characters from the shows including: Commander Adama, Starbuck, Boomer, Number Six and the Imperious Leader. Costumes are featured, along with props and concept art.

Exhibition specifics:

• Three full-size (30-feet long) prop spaceships:
◦ Viper Mark 2
◦ Viper Mark 7
◦ Cylon Raider
• Series props featuring:
◦ 15 costumes
◦ Dozens of props, concept sketches and storyboards
• Exhibition films
• Interactives:
◦ Music interactives
◦ Human/Cylon identity interactive


Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) is dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music and the thought-provoking ideas and experiences of science fiction.


Since EMP opened in 2000 and SFM in 2004, EMP|SFM has welcomed more than 5 million visitors through its doors. From its museum planning stages in 1998 through 2009, EMP|SFM has been a key economic driver among Seattle nonprofit arts and culture organizations, with combined EMP|SFM institutional expenditures and EMP|SFM audience-member spending resulting in $651 million dollars of local economic impact. EMP|SFM is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Metropolis Screening in October

The Complete Metropolis with Live Orchestra Accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra SIFF Cinema

The inaugural City Arts Fest will host the Seattle premiere the rerelease of Fritz Lang's Metropolis. The film includes footage that was found in a vault in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was restored by the F.W. Murnau Foundation. The film will also include an accompaniment by the world renowned Alloy Orchestra. The screenings celebrate the film as both a silent masterpiece and a testament to the value of film preservation.

Harry Potter Exhibition Coming To Seattle

Pacific Science Center / Oct 23, 2010 - Jan 30, 2011

SEATTLE—August 10, 2010—Soon Harry Potter fans in Seattle will get the chance to step inside the famous wizard’s magical world with Harry Potter: The Exhibition, which opens at Pacific Science Center on October 23, 2010. Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 14 at 9 a.m. Museum members can take advantage of a special pre-sale opportunity beginning at noon on August 10 through 9 a.m. on August 14. Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis, who plays Neville Longbottom in the film series, was on hand today at the Pacific Science Center to kick off the announcement.

In the exhibit, guests will be able to experience dramatic displays inspired by the Harry Potter film sets and see the amazing craftsmanship behind authentic costumes and props from the films. Harry Potter: The Exhibition will run in Seattle through January 30, 2011.

Pacific Science Center in Seattle is the only West Coast venue and the last planned U.S. destination for the exhibition.

In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES) created the 10,000-square-foot experiential exhibition, which features hundreds of artifacts and costumes from all of the Harry Potter films, including new items from the highly-anticipated, two-part finale to the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsTM. To add to the excitement, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 will be presented in IMAX® 3D at Pacific Science Center’s Boeing IMAX Theater when the film opens on November 19, 2010.

“The response to the exhibition is overwhelmingly positive and we are delighted to continue providing fans with this immersive Harry Potter experience,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, domestic licensing and worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “The magical settings bring the world of Harry Potter and its characters to life, and the Pacific Science Center is the perfect location for the exhibition’s West Coast debut.”

Harry Potter: The Exhibition offers fans a first-hand view of more than 200 authentic artifacts displayed in settings inspired by the film sets—including the Great Hall, Hagrid’s hut, the Gryffindor™ common room—and more.

“We are thrilled that the exhibition’s West Coast debut will be made at Pacific Science Center in Seattle,” said Eddie Newquist, chief creative officer for GES. “We hope everyone will have a chance to be drawn into the magical spell of this exhibition, allowing them to relive their favorite moments from the films. A visit to Harry Potter: The Exhibition is great for anyone who loves seeing how inspiring stories and blockbuster films become a reality.”

“Harry Potter’s world has captivated the imaginations of children and adults alike around the world,” said Bryce Seidl, president and CEO for Pacific Science Center. “Through amazing storytelling, state-of-the-art technology and stunning costumes and sets, the Harry Potter stories have evolved into one of the most celebrated and cherished movie series in history. We are thrilled to bring this enchanting world to Seattle for the West Coast premiere and final U.S. stop of Harry Potter: The Exhibition. We are confident it will attract new audiences, including people of all ages and backgrounds, to Pacific Science Center to experience this one-of-a-kind exhibit as well as the Science Center’s world-class science exhibits and programs.”

Harry Potter: The Exhibition opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2010, and runs through Sunday, January 30, 2011. The exhibition requires a time-entry ticket and guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets early to ensure the best date and time. Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased at the Science Center box office, through the website pacificsciencecenter.org or by phone at (206) 443-2001. General public admission to Harry Potter: The Exhibition is $26 for adults; $24 for seniors (65 and over) and youth (6-15); $17 for children (ages 3-5) and includes admission to all of Pacific Science Center’s exhibits. Members receive discounted admission as well as access to the exclusive pre-sale opportunity, now through August 14.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Pacific Northwest LEGO Film

AFOL(Adult Fans Of LEGO) A Blocumentary is a short documentary film about LEGO builders and enthusiasts that reside in the Pacific Northwest. The film visits people's homes, club meetings, and conventions that take place in the region. The film was released in early 2010 and was directed by Jess Gibson.

AFOL A Blocumentary from AFOL on Vimeo.