2016: The year of Geek in Glasgow
As much as travel plays a massive element in My Big Geek Adventure, sometimes it’s nice to know that there are activities close to home where I can satisfy my geeky tendencies. So far, Glasgow is shaping up to be THE place to be in 2016 and with Book 2 about to be published, I’m thinking that a lot of these might feature in Book 3!
This post has been a long time coming as every time I think I’ve finished, there’s another great event that makes me excited about being a Geek in Glasgow this year. So grab your diary as here’s a rundown of just some of the fantastic events that have already been announced;
This is a fantastic event in the Glasgow calendar and because of it I was able to meet my idol Joss Whedon back in 2014 (when Much Ado About Nothing was the closing film that year). I used to think that this kind of festival was just full of foreign films that I wouldn’t understand but the programming team have very much tapped into what people want to see, with the festival growing in popularity every year.
This year is particularly good for geeks as they have the fantastically freaky Frightfest and they also have a whole strand called Nerdvana. I really wanted to get tickets to see Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark at Kelvingrove Museum but I was too late for tickets (gutted). I guess I’ll just have to make do with Con Air at a secret venue and the documentary The Road to Civil War: Marvel Renaissance. I’ll be blogging about these after the event of course.
The programme for the Aye Write festival always has an eclectic mix of events and this year is no different. Whether you are a sci-fi geek, crime geek or just like the idea of turning your fanfic into a novel, there’s plenty to choose from. I’m hoping that the tickets for Marcus Berkmann – Set Phasers to Stun: 50years of Star Trek don’t sell out before payday!
David Duchovny Gig – 5th May
I’ve already written about the fact that Special Agent Fox Mulder is coming to Glasgow to promote his debut album, Hell or Highwater. And I have tickets! *fangirls all over the place*
They seem to be doing something a bit different this year with a Comic Festival and a separate Comic Con. I haven’t been to this before but I think I’ll try and get tickets this year to check it out. It seems a bit daft to have this great event on your doorstep and not to support it. If anyone has any tips/suggestions or insider knowledge on what I should be looking out for at this one, please let me know!
This is always a good event for those looking to top up their memorabilia or get an autograph. It was here that I was able to cross ‘Meet a Villian’ off my list when I met Robert Englund. This year so far they have announced James Marsters (aka Spike from Buffy) who I travelled to Newcastle to meet will be appearing. If I had only known that if I had waited a year I could have just went half an hour up the road! Oh well!
This event has been growing over the past year or two and I’ve attended quite a few of them. Different from your standard traders hall, it’s full of hand made goodies. Whether it’s original art you are looking for, comic themed jewellery or even geeky cupcakes they are all made locally and with love. Always a good place to pick up a bargain. My favourite purchase so far? My Serenity cushion!
What a fantastic line up for the city and it’s only February! Who knows what gems will be announced or spring up? I have a good feeling about being a geek in Glasgow this year. Have I missed anything? Let me know and I’ll add it in!