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If you’re a nerd like me, there’sonly one thing that can get you toenter the athletic complex here atStony Brook, and it obviously isn’tbasketball. For the thirtieth year run-ning, I-CON is returning to campus,and I assure you that all of your geeky friends are psyched.For those of you who remainnaïve to the seductive charms of I-CON, it’s Stony Brook’s very ownscience fiction and fantasy conven-tion. Each year, nerds, geeks,
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’s Associate Edi-tor Evan Goldaper and the like grabtheir costumes and prepare for aweekend of geeky excess. Conven-tions like this usually feature specialguests from the industry, and of course I-CON is no exception. Thetwo headliners this year are JulieBenz, who appeared in “Buffy theVampire Slayer” and plays themother on TV’s “No Ordinary Fam-ily,” and Thomas Jane, from HBO’s“Hung,” in addition to dozens of significantly more minor celebritiesranging from Pokémon’s Brock (in-sert fanboy squeal here), ColdSpring Harbor Labs, DC’s Answer Man and my next-door neighbor Dan. Side note: Only at I-CON canyou have celebrities
minor than Darla from Buffy. But I digress.All of them will be appearing in avariety of panel discussions andsigning autographs.I hope that this year, unlike pre-vious ones, I will be able to build upthe courage to tell Brock how im-pressive he was at voicing Seviper and Croagunk. As a fair warning, if you want to do something similar,like tell Julie Benz how improbableit is that she’d be able to run at super speeds in high-heeled shoes, prepareto wait on very long lines. These area feature of all conventions, and arebest dealt with by bringing a DS andtaking advantage of the fact thateveryone around you
has a DS.I-CON also features a massivemerchandise floor that’s like the fleamarket of my dreams, where allguests can purchase such necessitiesas Super Nintendo games, importedmanga, and adorable plushies and isbasically thus the place where all of the money I earn all year seems tofind itself. There are also smaller events like trivia competitions, alive performance of the PhoenixWright musical, a masquerade balland such stage shows as “CosplayBurlesque.” I have no complete ideaof what that last one entails, but their write-up promises “naughty” ver-sions of beloved characters rangingfrom Tuxedo Mask to Harley Quinn,which personally leaves me scaredout of my mind.If you’re sensing that I-CON ison a much smaller scale than other conventions like Comic-Con, you’reright. Big industry reveals aren’tmade here, and you would never ex-pect to see people as famous as StanLee or Tim Burton. That doesn’tseem to bother fans on campus, whostill seem incredibly excited. An-other I-CON expert, ColleenO’Connor, noted that the smaller size allows for it to have a muchmore intimate feel than its bigger siblings. She added, “I love I-CON.I’ve been going to I-CON for years.It was my first convention, so it’sspecial to me.”Indeed, this sense of communityis something I-CON loves to stress,and it is common for students to re-turn many times. This year’s will bemy fifth consecutive I-CON, whichmakes me feel old, but still excited.Other students will be making their first appearance at I-CON this year.One of our staffers here at
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, Sarah Evins, said that“I’ve never been to a convention be-fore, so I’m excited to be inductedinto a whole new level of geekdom,I guess.”It may not be full of prestige, butif you’re reading this issue, I-CONis probably the closest convention toyou. Tickets are in the form of mem-bership, which is on sale online or atthe campus bookstore. Students doget a discount, so you have no ex-cuse to not go. I, of course, suggestthat you do. Look for me: I’ll be theone with all the humorous pins.
I-CON Is Back!
By Evan Goldaper