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  • Awesome August is running wild!

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    Friendly furries at Condition: Wasteland last weekend in London, Ontario
    Friendly furries at Condition: Wasteland last weekend in London, Ontario

    As the last full month summer, August is a month that is typically busy and filled with last minute activities from preparing for the harvest to preparing to go back to school.  It is also filled with last minute celebrations and amazing events that have been months in the planning.  This past weekend in London, Ontario was filled with furious, furry fun as folks from all around gathered to celebrate the summer in costume.  Many of the folks wore amazing, full furry costumes professionally on par with sports team mascots and many of them have the skills to compete in that arena.  Check out the amazing dance videos from Saturday night.

     This weekend in Baltimore the huge Anime convention, Otakon, will be blowing it out of the water with awesome, anime cosplaying and in Chicago, Wizard World will be making it happen with an amazing list of guests from old favorites like William Shatner and Stan Lee to Brandon Routh and Norman Reedus, and one of the best costume contests in the Midwest with  of Stan Lee‘s “Who Wants to Be a Superhero?” running it.

    Jarrett admires Kala Smith's costume at Wizard World Chicago 2012
    Jarrett admires Kala Smith’s costume at Wizard World Chicago 2012

    Next weekend the focus will return to Indianapolis where gaming companies, large and small, will bring their old standards and their latest and greatest to meet with gamers from all over the world for The Best Four Days in Gaming at Gen Con!  In addition to hosting gaming for over 40,000 gamers, Gen Con has something for everyone from dances, to concerts and comedy shows and also one of the top masquerades in the midwest.  Gen Con isn’t without its celebrity gamers and Trekies won’t be disappointed in having gamer great, Wil Wheaton, while paranormal fans can meet Syfy celebrity, Grant Wilson and learn his new, hit game, Dwarven Miner.  Check out the interview with Grant and Michael Richie at Origins.

    Right in the middle of Gen Con you will find yourself tempted to run up to Chicago for a bargain at one of the world’s top ten flea markets, The All Nighter.  Where, in addition to a fairground full of bargains, you will see celebrities, models, and concerts, all in a carnival environment.

     On the weekend of the 23rd Canada’s biggest geek festival will be happening at the Toronto Fan Expo.  On the same weekend you can see some of the most amazing, intense, cosplayers around as they gather in Jackson, Michigan, only don’t call them cosplayers, but rather, Living Historians as they gather to charge into battle on horseback, shoot authentic, Civil War era canons, and fire their rifles at the Jackson Muster.

    Civil War costumed players at the Hastings Civil War muster.  Don't call them Cosplayers but rather Living Historians
    Civil War costumed players at the Hastings Civil War muster. Don’t call them Cosplayers but rather Living Historians

    Labor Day Weekend tops off the month and one of the toughest decisions will be which direction to go!  To the north in Minneapolis is the Anime convention Meta Con where you can see various stars of voice acting like Billy West and Sonny Strait, and the hot, new band, Steam Powered Giraffe.  To the southeast, Atlanta hosts the huge fan convention, Dragon Con and to the southwest in San Antonio, Texas the mother of all costume conventions, the World Science Fiction convention, World Con 71.  While there may be bigger costumed conventions around, it is truly the mother of all costumed conventions as it is the oldest and it is where the convention costume/cosplay contest was first seen.

    So, pick a direction and an event.  August is looking to be awesome!

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  • History comes alive this weekend at the Kalamazoo Living History Show

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    Now Recruiting, The Kalamazoo Living History Show!Now Recruiting, The Kalamazoo Living History Show!
    Now Recruiting, The Kalamazoo Living History Show!

    This weekend in Kalamazoo, history comes to life at the 38th annual Kalamazoo Living History Show.

    Living History in Kalamazoo
    Living History in Kalamazoo

    If last year’s history repeats itself, over 10,000 spectators,  artists, craftsmen, performers, and 19th century historical reenactors will assemble for this year’s show, themed, “The Alamo: ‘Victory or Death!'”

    Whether you come to buy, sell, learn, or just have fun Its a great show!
    Whether you come to buy, sell, learn, or just have fun Its a great show!

     

    The Kalamazoo Living History Show will take place Saturday March 16  from 9 until 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 17 from 9 until 4 p.m. at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center in the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

    The Kalamazoo Living History Show is a great time for all ages
    The Kalamazoo Living History Show is a great time for all ages

    The Kalamazoo Living History Show combines historical lectures, music, art and museum quality exhibits, awesome costumes (or rather historical accouterments!), and of course, hundreds of artists, craftsmen, sellers, traders, and exhibitors.

    Leslie Martin Conwell smiles after announcing the 2012 show broke 10,000 attendees
    Leslie Martin Conwell smiles after announcing the 2012 show broke 10,000

    Guest speakers include William Sheets, Terry Todish, and from Native Sun Productions, Gary Foreman.  Music and dance performers include the Bush Native American Drum and Dance, the SouthEastern WaterSpider Drum, and the musical duo, Jim’s Red Pants.

    Wares of all kinds will be on display for your perusal and purchase
    Wares of all kinds will be on display for your perusal and purchase

    The price of admission is $7 for one day, $10 for the weekend, and children 12 and under are free (must be accompanied by an adult!)

    Soldiers and civilians will mix and mingle as they browse the booths
    Soldiers and civilians will mix and mingle as they browse the booths

    Everyone at the show wearing their pre-1890s garb will be eligible to win the door prizes!

    Fun people and fun times await!
    Fun people and fun times await!

     

    For history buffs, 19th century reenactors, Steampunks who want to learn more about America in the 1800’s and want to find the perfect piece to finish off that outfit before the Up in the Aether Convention in Dearborn this May, this is the place to be this weekend!  So come by boat, plane, train, horse, or DeLorean, (just leave your time machines and death rays outside or you’ll scare the natives!)

    For more photos from the Kalamazoo Living History Show check out The Weird Review Kalamazoo Living History Show photo galleries for 2011 and 2012

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  • The Civil War Comes to Charlton Park!

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    On July 16th and 17th, as foretold in a recent article on weirdreview.com, the drama and terror of the Civil War spilled over into Charlton Park.  Soldiers, Canons, and lovely ladies in Civil War era acoutrements engaged in the Battle for Brandy Station.  Union Soldiers marched into the town looking for a deserter.  They were met by the mayor who insisted they leave his town alone, but the commander of the invading units demanded they assist him in finding their AWOL soldier and vowing to loot and pillage if they failed to assist.

    The drunken solder was found in the tavern and brought out into the village green where, to the shock of the ladies present, he was shot and killed without mercy.  True to his word, the commander ordered the village looted and pillaged.  One brave lady ran while her home was being looted to warn the children to hide.  Unfortunately she was too late and the children were already being shepherded in mass into the village green.  A few, brave Confederate horsemen made a bold effort to hold off the Yanks while their foot soldiers made their way to the village.  They held them off long enough to allow the children to get off the battle field and then their compatriots arrived.

    It was a quick but bloody battle and the Union outnumbered them four to one.  Sadly the invading Union Army left their bloody tracks on the bodies of men, women, and children as they carried away the hard earned treasures of the villages men, women, and children.

    Yesterday, our war correspondent shot documentary footage of the sad event as well as photos.  The video documentary was set to the music  Impartial by the Clockwork Dolls.  More to come as our correspondent did an interview after the battle with a few brave soldiers from the South.