The first Escape Velocity!
This weekend Garth and I will be participating in the debut of ESCAPE VELOCITY, a convention celebrating science fiction, science fact, the blending of both worlds, the wonder of an engineering fair, and many other awesomely nerdy things. We’ve never been invited to take part in anything like this before, which makes us equal parts curious and thrilled. This promises to be a unique experience and we hope you come join us for this surely one-of-a-kind event.
The story of our involvement is almost astronomical in nature. Like an astronomer discovering celestial wonders, sometimes you just have to be looking in the right place at the right time.
A few months ago, at Katsucon, we were giving our panel talk titled “SPAAACE! And Why It’s Awesome!” It’s not a terribly scientific panel. It’s really just me and Garth nerding-out about all the stuff we find cool about outer space. We try to put in as much science fact as our brains can handle, but we let everyone know from the beginning that we’re not scientists or trained educators. We’re comic nerds who love space and we’re there to share our enthusiasm. We’ve done this panel at numerous conventions and whether we have an intimate audience or a large crowd, we always have fun. It just so happened that at this particular panel on this particular day at this particular year of Katsucon, one of the curators of the Museum of Science Fiction was there because she was intrigued by the title. After we finished she approached us and said, “We’re putting on a show called Escape Velocity this summer and we need you two for our pop culture programming.” To which we immediately replied, “Hell yes.”
So now we find ourselves on the eve of the convention weekend, readying ourselves for a show unlike any we’ve done before. Our usual conventions are either anime or comic book themed, and we sometimes find ourselves rubbing elbows with voice actors, comic artists, animators, cosplay celebrities, and so on. This weekend we will find ourselves in the company of astronomers, astrophysicists, astronauts, and NASA directors! Seriously!
We’ll be selling comics and giving panel talks all weekend. Come see us and be a part of something really stellar.