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Ninja Stan
10-04-2006, 09:58 PM
Ask and ye shall receive. Behold the nerdy glory that is Pure Speculation (http://www.purespeculation.org)! A multidisciplinary geek festival of gaming of all types, costuming, and all other things science fiction and fantasy.

As part of the organization committee, I invite you all to visit the web site and check us out. We are still a tiny con, only in our second year, but we are local and we have some great events and guests in store. Hobby stores from all over Edmonton, videogame developers, science fiction authors, fantasy artists, game specialists, videos, and more await the geek who dares to brave--okay, enough with the melodrama.

This is a convention by geeks, for geeks. We don't have anything else like it in Edmonton, folks, so my friend Brent Jans decided to start it up. I'm part of his tiny cadre of organizational volunteers, so I'm here to encourage people to see what we're all about and volunteer or attend the next convention in October. Support your fellow geeks!

Thank you.

ShermanT
10-04-2006, 11:56 PM
Hello Ninja Stan,

First off welcome to the C2E.

Second off, this is just so awesome that I decided to split it into it's own topic. It sounds good... and I'm glad there are people who do this kind of thing in the city. Thanks!

MylesC
11-04-2006, 12:03 AM
I've told Stan before, but I think this is a great idea. I really, really hope that this takes off and grows. Maybe our own version of PAX! 8)

Sonic Death Monkey
11-04-2006, 11:10 AM
Looks cool. Like I said in the anime topic, if Pure Speculation can work together with the animathon and the comic/toy fair to put on one big show, this could be a big enough geekfest to hold at the Shaw and thereby add another notch on the E-town festival belt. Right now Pure Spec's focus seems to be mainly on gaming if I'm reading the website correctly.

gen1977
11-04-2006, 12:22 PM
wow! Excellent! Thanks ninja stan! i checked out the site and if you have half as many things planned for 2006 then i am definitely interested.

What a great opportunity to partake in the glory that is the "kingdom of geek"!

There does seeem to be a focus on gaming but that genre is so vast , ccgs, computer, table top, rpgs, etc and i can only surmise, but the more people that attend, the broader the subject matter will get.

I wonder about almalgamating with the other events in the city... the animethon takes up essentially ALL of macEwan as it is now with lots of individual rooms for all the events and dare i say it, can the shaw handle something that would require that kind of "partitioning"? ...just a thought. but anything is possible! ^_^

ShermanT
11-04-2006, 06:42 PM
The good thing about getting on the ground floor of an event like this that it can be whatever you want it to be. Get all your card gaming/roleplaying friends and volunteer to be game/dungeon masters at this event!

Have you in fact talked to the large anime clubs in the city to get support for an event like this Stan? Might be a good place to start.

Sonic Death Monkey
11-04-2006, 10:50 PM
The http://www.animethon.org/ website has its own message board. If any of you happen to be posting there, perhaps this thread and the Animathon thread should be linked there. Might spark a good discussion on this.


I wonder about almalgamating with the other events in the city... the animethon takes up essentially ALL of macEwan as it is now with lots of individual rooms for all the events and dare i say it, can the shaw handle something that would require that kind of "partitioning"? ...just a thought. but anything is possible! ^_^
It's just a matter of scheduling, I suppose.
And don't forget that the Shaw just expanded with the lovely white wall cutting off the valley view from J-Ave, so there should be plenty more rooms. Otherwise, some stuff could be scheduled at the nearby hotels and maybe the World Trade Centre.

Ninja Stan
13-04-2006, 09:49 PM
I suppose Pure Spec could failry be said to focus on gaming. It's what the organizing committee is most familiar with, certainly, but our head organizer, Brent, has always wanted Pure Spec to be a gathering of geeks (AGoG, has that acronym already been taken?) of all stripes and fandom. And fantasy, sci-fi, television, and movies all have their place in games.

Just look at all the role-playing and card games based on popular geek properties: Buffy, A Game of Thrones, Conan, Marvel and DC Comics, G.I. Joe, even the Wildstorm! CCG and The Darkness video game!

The best thing about geekdom is that, while there are the elitists out there (eg. Star Wars vs. Star Trek, LARPers vs. table-top gamers, Tolkienites vs. the world, etc.), geekdom is all about sharing common interests and being open to new ideas, new games, and new people. Everyone's got their own geek, and Pure Spec is a great place to show it off!

I'm glad Edmonton has such a vibrant geek community so that something like this is possible! We got started late for last year's convention, but this year promises to be bigger, stronger, faster! We have the technology, plus the support of some great people, including owners of some of the geek stores in town, local authors and artists, and not to mention my own employers, some of the folk at BioWare Corp.!

Argentbear
13-04-2006, 10:04 PM
So I'm sitting here at my desk, when my room-mate Stan smacks me on the back of the head and tells me to get on this forum. And I have to say, the positive response to even the mention of a sci-fi con fills me with glee! I'm glad you all approve, and speaking on behalf of the organizers, we'll do our best for you.

As Stan said, it is fair to say that the first one had a gaming focus; we are all gamers and it was easier to run what we knew. But we plan to balance things out at future cons, not by cutting games, but by expanding the other programs. You can expect more movie, literary, and hobby related events as part of it, as well as games galore!

The website is not updated at the moment, but that changes at the beginning of May. So check back then to get up-to-date info. And if you have any ideas or suggestions, either post them here or email me. I'm happy to listen to any ideas.

And keep October 14 and 15 open, my fellow geeks! See you then!

Cheers!
Brent Jans

ShermanT
14-04-2006, 05:48 AM
Ahh that explains it.

Sounds exciting... must be a handful to organize, but imagine someday a con that can use up a one or two halls at Shaw Conference. That would be something! Thanks for doing this, and make sure you keep us posted (about the new site). Personally I forget about stuff like this so easily that I need almost constant reminders to sign up and stuff (once the time draws near).

Make sure you let ppl at UACS know about this as well when the new year starts. Their new president will want to know about this so he can tell everyone in the Comp Sci department about it too. I think an event like this would go over well with them.

Sonic Death Monkey
14-04-2006, 06:00 PM
Notifying computer science students is a good start, but maybe think bigger than that.

If you are able to get more widespread advertising and promotion going, it wouldn't hurt. I personally never heard of this convention until now. If not this year, then later as it grows bigger. Not only will more promotion help attract more people, it could help snag more corporate sponsorships.

It doesn't have to cost much either.

Distribute flyers at the gaming stores, comic shops, video stores and bookstores.

Post the flyers on public billboards.

Notify the media of this event, and aim to get some prime-time TV news coverage.

Invite the mornings news on-location hosts and entertainment reporters.

See if Bounce or Sonic want to do an on-location broadcast.

Notify the What's On sections of the newspapers.

Look into getting EEDC and other business, festival and events promoter types to help get the word out.

ShermanT
14-04-2006, 06:09 PM
Sounds like he's gonna need more volunteers SDM.. (;), ;), nudge, nudge)

Ninja Stan
15-04-2006, 01:21 AM
Oho, the monkjey thinks he's got some great suggestions we haven't already considered, eh? Very well, it shall be Monkey vs. Ninja in the Thunderdome! (Pirate and robot will have to duke it out on their own time.)

Notifying computer science students is a good start, but maybe think bigger than that.

If you are able to get more widespread advertising and promotion going, it wouldn't hurt. I personally never heard of this convention until now. If not this year, then later as it grows bigger. Not only will more promotion help attract more people, it could help snag more corporate sponsorships.

It doesn't have to cost much either.
Bring it on, Monkey. Let's rumble... textually.

Distribute flyers at the gaming stores, comic shops, video stores and bookstores.
Gamer, please! :p

Those are going to be the first places we're distributing promo materials. Anywhere geeks congregate will get some material, including the anime clubs, the gaming club, Star Trek club, historical re-creation organizations, book clubs, etc.

Post the flyers on public billboards.
We'll do this, too, except that irresponsible posters generally cover up things really quickly. We'd do two runs on Whyte and Jasper, probalby the campi of the U and Grant Mac, likely NAIT as well.

Notify the media of this event, and aim to get some prime-time TV news coverage.

Invite the mornings news on-location hosts and entertainment reporters.

See if Bounce or Sonic want to do an on-location broadcast.

Notify the What's On sections of the newspapers.
Yup, already considered. I don't think it's quite Bounce's oeuvre, seeing as I've never seen anyone riffing on tha hype fresh beatz and chilling at a crib, and "damn, baby, but you iz fiiiiiiine! You gots at least 18 Charisma! I failed my Will save vs. awwwww yeeeaaahh!" Sonic might work better because many of us geeks are their target demographic.

Look into getting EEDC and other business, festival and events promoter types to help get the word out.
This last one is something I don't think we've considered, seeing as how we don't know any of these kinds of people. Anyone out there in C2E land involved with the EEDC *cough*MylesC*cough*, or know of any business, festival, or events promoters *cough*MylesC*cough* and knows me personally *cough*MylesC*cough*?

Ooh, heavens, I must be coming down with something. I'd best go and have a lie-down so I don't get sick. *cough*MylesC*cough*

Argentbear
20-04-2006, 10:29 AM
So here's a thought. While I have you all here, why not tell me what you'd like to see at Pure Speculation. Don't worry if it's something you think we're "obviously" going to have anyway. Sometimes its good to know that we are programming stuff right.

But hit me with your wish list people. No promises, but this convention is for you, and I'd like to do as much of the things you want as I can.

Cheers!
Brent

MylesC
20-04-2006, 12:05 PM
Ooh, heavens, I must be coming down with something. I'd best go and have a lie-down so I don't get sick. *cough*MylesC*cough*

We'll talk ;)

Sonic Death Monkey
20-04-2006, 08:36 PM
So here's a thought. While I have you all here, why not tell me what you'd like to see at Pure Speculation. Don't worry if it's something you think we're "obviously" going to have anyway. Sometimes its good to know that we are programming stuff right.

But hit me with your wish list people. No promises, but this convention is for you, and I'd like to do as much of the things you want as I can.

Cheers!
Brent

Read my first post in this thread. :wink:
Comics!
Anime!

gen1977
24-04-2006, 05:54 PM
I know you have artists covered but what about some local genre (fantasy & sci fi specifically) writers doing a Q&A, readings, and maybe talking about their experiences writing in the genre? a great way to promote local writers. Maybe Audreys or Greenwoods (two great local bookshops) could get involved.

Ninja Stan
25-04-2006, 09:16 PM
I know you have artists covered but what about some local genre (fantasy & sci fi specifically) writers doing a Q&A, readings, and maybe talking about their experiences writing in the genre? a great way to promote local writers. Maybe Audreys or Greenwoods (two great local bookshops) could get involved.
Way ahead of you, gen1977. Last year we hosted the inimitable Malcolm Azania/Minister Faust--teacher, activist, and author of The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad. We also had Diane Walton of On-Spec magazine and Robert Richardson.

This year, I believe Ms. Walton is helping us out on the author front, letting us know of local authors who might be interested.

Argentbear
25-04-2006, 09:36 PM
Read my first post in this thread. :wink:
Comics!
Anime!

Done and done! Comics will be handled by one of our sponsors (no, I can't tell you who yet; we are still ironing things out). Anime? Well, here's hoping I can interest someone in doing an "Anime 101" type of event(s) at Pure Spec. I don't really plan to go beyond that for the immediate future, after all, why step on Animethon's toes?

That it? What else you got? C'mon, bring it!

Cheers!
Brent

ShermanT
25-04-2006, 10:01 PM
How about console gaming? Super Smash Bros. Tourny!

I dare you to get Nathan Fillion to come ;)

RichardS
25-04-2006, 10:35 PM
So, has anyone grabbed thsi idea by the you know what and offered it up to the EEDC/Chamber?????

Sonic Death Monkey
25-04-2006, 10:52 PM
Or go talk to these people:
http://www.eventsedmonton.ca/

They did this news conference recently where they mentioned that they want to help out fledging festivals.

Argentbear
26-04-2006, 01:17 AM
How about console gaming? Super Smash Bros. Tourny!

I dare you to get Nathan Fillion to come ;)


We're working on getting the guys who used to do Fragapalooza to help us out with some computer/console gaming.

And I've been in contact with Mr. Fillion's agent to see if he can make it out this year. He couldn't last year, some commitments for a movie called Serenity... So think happy thoughts, everyone!

What else?

Cheers!
Brent

ShermanT
26-04-2006, 01:37 AM
That'd be really cool. I've always wanted to meet him and I am a huge Firefly fan ;)

Keep up the good work. The guys who setup Fragapalooza really know what they are doing.

Now to get more people to show up and make this the event of the year! :D

Sonic Death Monkey
26-04-2006, 04:59 PM
Anime? Well, here's hoping I can interest someone in doing an "Anime 101" type of event(s) at Pure Spec. I don't really plan to go beyond that for the immediate future, after all, why step on Animethon's toes?As I said before, instead of stepping on their toes, why not work with the Animethon people, and look into putting on a joint event? For now, there's a cross-promotion opportunity there. But a combined Animethon/Pure Spec event could bring more numbers of people with similar tastes (i.e. geeks).

Ninja Stan
26-04-2006, 06:46 PM
We're working on getting the guys who used to do Fragapalooza to help us out with some computer/console gaming.
One of the originators just so happens to be a co-worker of mine.


And I've been in contact with Mr. Fillion's agent to see if he can make it out this year. He couldn't last year, some commitments for a movie called Serenity... So think happy thoughts, everyone!
*sigh* He's so dreamy. I watched him in Slither and when I recently played Jade Empire again, I got to hear his voice. Soooooo cool! I've totally got a man-crush on the dude.

Argentbear
04-05-2006, 06:48 PM
Sorry to bust in on a tangent, but any of you geeks that are interested in seeing "Serenity" on the big screen again, should check out the Special Events subject header on this page.

Go now!

We now return you to your regularily scheduled thread.

Cheers!
Brent

Sonic Death Monkey
06-05-2006, 07:12 PM
If you want to attract the comics crowd, are there any local artists that would bring them in? The only one I can think of is Todd MacFarlane because he's one of the Oilers' owners.

Argentbear
29-05-2006, 09:43 AM
Okay, so in the latest breaking Pure Speculation news, we are working on bringing a few guests to the con. Two of them, Nathan Fillion and Wil Wheaton, are signed up with Eventful, an on-line company that helps set up appearences.

So we need your help! We need to reach critical mass (about 75 votes) in order to get the ball rolling on this. Head on over to my blog at www.brentdorklord.blogspot.com and vote! If we can reach critical mass, we will do everything we can to bring them up for the con.

Cheers!
Brent

*edit* If you want to vote, please use the "vote" button in the Eventful ads in my blog's sidebar. Just scroll down, and you'll see the pictures of Nathan and Wil. Thanks!

Sonic Death Monkey
29-05-2006, 10:35 AM
I clicked on your link. Perhaps you should mention where exactly on your blog to vote because it took me a while to find the voting buttons.

ShermanT
29-05-2006, 12:18 PM
I clicked on your link. Perhaps you should mention where exactly on your blog to vote because it took me a while to find the voting buttons.

I second that.. Your voting boxes look like ads so I kind of ignored them.

As an aside, I am happy you are considering two of the most personable famous geek figures around. I hope at least one of them works out... honestly I don't care which.

gen1977
05-06-2006, 04:21 PM
i went in and voted for both ^_^ Hopefully at least one of them will work out.

Ninja Stan
06-06-2006, 11:05 PM
Thank you all for your support. We're getting close to 2/3 of critical mass for Wil Wheaton and over 1/2 critical mass for Nathan Fillion, who Argentbear and I saw at the Next Act last Thursday. It was cool.

Let's hope both are available and willing to come to the convention. Spread the word, Edmontonians! Let's get our geek on!

MylesC
21-07-2006, 12:39 PM
If you haven't already, get over to Eventful and put in some requests to get these two actors to Edmonton!

Wil Wheaton (http://eventful.com/demand/D0-001-000000642-9)

Nathan Fillion (http://eventful.com/demand/D0-001-000000671-1)

Ninja Stan
21-07-2006, 08:16 PM
We've got enough for Nathan Fillion to consider, but we're still short 7 votes for Wil Wheaton, who is actually the easier of the two to arrange a trip for. Thanks to everyone for their help.

MylesC
23-07-2006, 02:16 PM
Good to hear, Stan! Keep up updated :D

Willamena
12-09-2006, 02:27 PM
ooh! Some of my best friends are geeks. Thanks for the info.

Ninja Stan
17-09-2006, 09:52 PM
Sadly, it doesn't look like Pure Speculation will get either of them. We have, however, lined up other esteemed geek professionals, including:

Minister Faust (http://www.ministerfaust.com/)
Sissi Chapman
Barb Galler-Smith (http://www.sfcanada.ca/summer2006/conversionphotos.htm)
J.Y.T. (Jennifer) Kennedy (http://www.dragonmoonpress.com/dominion.htm)
Ann Marston (http://www.compusmart.ab.ca/amarston/index.htm)
Jim Beveridge (http://members.shaw.ca/jimbeveridge/contents.html)

Argentbear
19-09-2006, 06:30 PM
So, here is a little taste of what you'll find at Pure Speculation II: Electrum Boogaloo:

Comic Talks 2006; Local Authors Sissi Chapman, Minister Faust, Barb Galler-Smith, Jennifer Kennedy, and Ann Marston; The Fan Film Festival, featuring the best in local and international sf&f fan films; The Browncoats Costume Shindig; The Geeks for Geeks Charity Auction, in support of The Edmonton Small Press Association; Award-winning SF&F Artist Jim Beveridge; Bioware Game Designer Patrick Weekes; Con of Cold III; Dreamblade Sealed box Tourney; The Merchant's Quarter; The Knights of the Northern Realm; The 501st Badlands Garrison; Dark Horse Comics; EDGE Publishing; Tarol Hunt; Warmachine; Life-size Kill Dr. Lucky; The Edmonton Small Press Association; On Spec Magazine...

I think you get the idea. :) There is a lot of stuff going on, and you should not only plan to check it out, but you should also tell all your friends!

For more information, head to our website. (http://www.purespeculation.org) And get in on the sweet pre-registration price (only 11 days left!).

Cheers!
Brent Jans
Pure Speculation Organizer

Sonic Death Monkey
06-10-2006, 06:45 PM
Hey, this is coming up next weekend. What you guys doing in terms of promoting this thing to the entire city?

Argentbear
09-10-2006, 06:40 PM
Hey, this is coming up next weekend. What you guys doing in terms of promoting this thing to the entire city?

Well, we've postered, handbilled, and pushed ourselves onto every message board we can find. You'll hear our ads on Sonic in the next little while, and I expect stories to start popping up in the newspapers soon.

And we promoted across the province as well, because why should Edmonton have all the fun?

Now, here's a question right back at ya: Have you bought your weekend pass yet?

Check us out: www.purespeculation.org
(http://www.purespeculation.org)
Cheers!
Brent

Sonic Death Monkey
09-10-2006, 11:43 PM
Dammit! I want to go, but alas I have other plans that will take me out of town that weekend. But I have been spreading the word to those who may be interested.

Argentbear
12-10-2006, 05:09 PM
Dammit! I want to go, but alas I have other plans that will take me out of town that weekend. But I have been spreading the word to those who may be interested.

Thanks, SDM, it all helps!

Cheers!
Brent

RichardS
16-10-2006, 05:58 AM
Monday October 16 2006

In geekworld, it's always Halloween
Sci-fi's costumed crusaders are a supportive, fun-loving community

Scott McKeen
The Edmonton Journal


Monday, October 16, 2006



CREDIT: Larry Wong, the Journal
Greg Montemurro, dressed as Boba Fett, and Erin Scott, as Hawkgirl, get together at the Pure Speculation 2 science fiction/fantasy convention on the weekend.



So I walk into the Delta Edmonton South Hotel and approach the concierge.

Me: "Can you tell me where I might find the sci-fi convention?"

Him: "Yeah, just follow Darth Vader."

He points. Sure enough, there's Luke's father striding down the hall, cape billowing, with Imperial stormtroopers in lockstep. Like me, he's heading to the Pure Speculation convention, billed as Edmonton's premiere sci-fi event.

Inside the Delta ballroom is a nerd's bazaar of comics, action figures, trading cards, trinkets and toys; tributes to Superman and Batman, Star Wars and Star Trek; a wandering gallery of costumed crusaders, in everything from spacesuits to knight's armour.

Concurrent convention sessions are being held in other meeting rooms. In one, delegates are discussing the merits of travel on digitized beams, by transporter.

"Some of the sessions just drift off into random geekdom," says one of the organizers, David Chapman.

In the main ballroom, talking to Boba Fett, the rogue bounty hunter of Star Wars, is a wondrous woman in a wicked outfit of green tights and red, knee-high boots. Sprouting out of her shoulder blades are a pair of magnificent, downy wings.

Meet Erin Scott, 24, graphic artist and web designer. Or, as she's known to her growing legion of fans in the room, Hawkgirl.

"I have an interest in costumes," says Scott, tugging on the waist of her tights. "Halloween is always my favourite time of year."

Scott has about 10 other costumes, including the Princess Leia slave outfit from Return of the Jedi -- the metallic space bikini that inspired libidinous fantasies in millions of geeks all over the Empire.

"I have to stand perfectly straight when I wear that one," she says, "or things might fall out."

Maybe that's why Boba Fett is close at hand. Fett is Scott's boyfriend, Greg Montemurro. Scott and Montemurro worked together for months on the costumes. It was a bit like married couples putting up wallpaper. Apparently, even superheroes lose their cool.

"She does a lot of yelling," says Fett, while Hawkgirl smiles sweetly.

Sweating inside his Darth Vader garb is James Graham, 36. He's in the military -- a corporal and weapons technician. He bought his helmeted suit on-line from a boutique builder. It comes with a chest unit that reproduces Vader's space-asthma breathing. All in all, it cost close to $1,000.

"Why am I into this?" he says. "The kids. You should see their eyes light up when they see us."

Me: "But you're a geek, right?"

Him: "Pretty much."

With him is Imperial stormtrooper Jay Wright, 35, an accounts manager, as well as Imperial bike scout Angela Mash, 35. Mash works in regulatory prosecution for Alberta Justice.

All three are in the Badlands Garrison of the 501st Legion, a worldwide community of 4,000 costumed Star Wars fans. The local garrison has 45 members, and like a geek service club does appearances at charity and community events.

Across the room are Gabrielle Phillips and friend Chelsea Kerr. Both are 16 and in costume as characters from the Final Fantasy video game series. Phillips attends Ross Shep; Kerr, Victoria School. Both are unrepentant geeks.

"I love it," says Phillips. "It makes me happy. It's just a ton of fun."

Kerr says the geek community is tolerant, supportive and kind. You don't get teased at a sci-fi convention.

The world outside a sci-fi convention is not so understanding. No matter, because contrary to popular belief, geeks are having a fabulous time being geeks, says Jay Bardyla, another convention organizer.

Look around the room, he says. Listen to the laughter. The people here come in all shapes and sizes, from all walks of life. One stereotype isn't true, by the way. The attractiveness quotient is about the same as in any other crowd.

Bardyla says part of the appeal to sci-fi and fantasy is the escape, the role- playing and identifying with characters. But these things, he says, are not unique to geekdom. Others escape into the fantasy of television, a good book, or the vicarious experience of cheering for the home team. Some people become lounge singers at karaoke night, or hockey stars in their beer league.

Like everyone else, geeks are just looking for a little fun, a little adventure, says Bardyla. "I mean, how many of us in our daily lives get to slay a dragon?"

[email protected]

The Edmonton Journal 2006








Copyright 2006 CanWest Interactive, a division of CanWest MediaWorks Publications, Inc.. All rights reserved.

Ninja Stan
18-11-2006, 10:44 PM
MylesC asked me to post a re-cap in the Pure Speculation thread--I hope this is the one he was referring to--so here goes.

The convention was a great success fo all involved but us organizers. All of the feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive, and those attendees who have been to both last year's and this year's were very impressed with how much bigger everything was this time around.

All of our panelists were enthusiastic about returning next year and had a lot of suggestions on how to better frame our various panels within the convention schedule and perhaps re-jig the schedule so we could have more people attending more numerous but shorter panels.

Aside from our special guests this year--which included Tarol Hunt of the "Goblins!" webcomic, fantasy artist Jim Beveridge, and a number of local authors--one of the highlights of the convention for me was the charity auction, which raised nearly $700 for the Edmonton Small Press Association, fulfilling Pure Speculation's mandate of "by geeks, for geeks." i was outbid by the Edmonton Journal's Scott McKeen for a couple of lots, for which he shall ever be my convention nemesis.

Other highlights include a costume-filled shindig where attendees both in and out of costume mingled, made merry, and had fun competing for prizes in categories ranging from "Best Value Village costume" to "Best use of tinfoil" (sadly, no one used tinfoil this year) to the usual "Best Superhero" and "Best Star Wars" categories for each gender; a fan film festival featuring Calgary's Dancing Monkey Productions' "Rotten Shaolin Zombies" and "The Muffin Man." Also in the video line-up this year was "Done the Impossible" a documentary about how Firefly's fanbase made the Serenity movie possible.

We've already started planning next year's convention, Pure Speculation III: The Search for Spec, and we hope that the Connect2Edmonton community continues to show its enthusiasm and support for Edmonton's premier (and, for now, only) sci-fi convention. Big changes are afoot for next year, such as the search for a more reasonably priced venue, more special guests, more and different panels and panelists. The idea is: now that we know what we're doing and have a stable core of organizers, we can use what we've learned to make subsequent conventions into something all of Edmonton can be proud of.

We're already talking with the folks at Animethon about cross-promotion and made some contacts at the Pop Culture Fair, and while we're not looking at combining all of Edmonton's geekdom into one big, nerdgasmic uber-event just yet, we are hoping to increase the stature and presence of our little convention in the years to come.

ShermanT
19-11-2006, 05:30 AM
Thanks for the update. I am glad everything went well, and I do look forward to what you have in store for next year :)

Sonic Death Monkey
21-10-2007, 07:24 PM
Just watching a news story of the Pop Culture Fair on TV, and it reminded me of Pure Speculation and whatever became of it. Well, it came and went, for it was held on Oct 13 - 14 at Hazeldean Community Hall.

So what happened to the promotion for this thing? And why such an odd location? So much for growing a new festival.

Tiran
06-06-2008, 05:26 PM
And the thread rises zombie like from the dead.

Pure Spec is not dead, and it returns again this year (Oct 18-19) with "Attack of the 50 Foot Spec". Last year was a critical (and more importantly a financial) success. And by success I mean didn't crash and burn. It had some issues, but it was fun, and not broke, so it will return, better than before.

I personally only joined the group after the festival last year so I will not speak to what happened to the promotions. I do know the new venue was selected because it is smaller and more cost effective. The hotel venue was large, and looked emptier than the actual numbers. Continuing with that space would have driven the festival into the ground financially. We need to grow ourselves to that size naturally, (if you build it they will come is not sound planning strategy).

We will be promoting more, and would welcome advice, free advertising ;), volunteers and anything else you can suggest. (I read the thread and the suggestions already made are already under review/consideration/progress.)

Sonic Death Monkey
06-06-2008, 07:42 PM
I also resurrected the mega-geek convention/festival idea in this thread:
http://www.connect2edmonton.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=7340

that thread has links to similar events in Calgary and Toronto