A celebration of all things science fiction, gaming, anime, technology and fantasy, the ninth annual GeekFest will be held August 17-19 on the campus of Central Texas College. Numerous gaming tournaments, cosplay demonstrations, costume contests, tabletop gaming, workshops with celebrity guests and other activities will be held throughout the weekend at the Mayborn Science Theater (Bldg. 152) and the Anderson Campus Center (Bldg. 156).

GeekFest opens Friday, August 17 at 6 p.m. with the Harry Potter Yule Ball upstairs in the Student Center (Bldg. 106). The event features a music provided by a disc jockey and patrons are encouraged to dress in their best Harry Potter-themed costumes. Also Friday night in the Mayborn Science Theater, GeekFest goers can enjoy a Smash Brothers console tournament, LAN and console game playing, tabletop gaming, Dungeons and Dragons, the return of the Retro Gaming room, live action role playing (LARP), workshops and other activities until 11 p.m.

Saturday events start at 7:30 a.m. with a GeekFest 5k Fun Run at the CTC gym. Sign up is available online at bit.ly/geekfest5k. Registration through August 9 is $25. Then, August 10-18, registration is $30. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume or other geeky outfit. Other activities open at 10 a.m. including a variety of workshops, gaming events, a cake contest, Harry Potter festivities including the community quilt project “Snitches Get Stitches,” robotics, Steampunk, cosplay, Star Wars events, anime and the Princess Camp. An artist dojo will also be available with live art demonstrations and question/answer sessions with various artists.

Also on Saturday are the kids and adult costume contests. The adult contest will be emceed by a special celebrity guest. For the first time, GeekFest will hold a mobile Fortnite game tournament in the Mayborn Science Theater. That evening, Steampunk band, the Spacecorps, will perform in the Mayborn Science Theater and live stand-up comedians will also perform.

Sunday’s events will feature the GeekFest “Got Talent” show in addition to the continued gaming tournaments and workshops including the Princess Camp and the Harry Potter-themed quilt project.

Some of the workshops during GeekFest include computer coding, science programs  such as astronomy and potential life on other planets, comics and super heroes, 3D printing and a variety of sessions by authors, writers and artists. Joy Lin of Austin will present Super Hero Science which is aimed at teachers and discusses how to teach science concepts through the use of super heroes. The Texas A&M University-College Station library will present “A Map Shows Maybes” featuring a display of maps of fictional places from stories like Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and more.  

Special guests for this year’s GeekFest include Harker Heights High School graduate and former CTC student Carl Martin, owner and operator of Shinka Studios. Martin is a professional prop maker and cosplayer who now lives in Atlanta, GA. He manages a prop maker coalition, works as a fabricator for Volpin Props and travels the United States and other countries as a cosplay guest, judging contests and teaching. Martin is well known for his appearance on the reality television series “Heroes of Cosplay” and he will host the “Prop Making 101” workshop and the Q&A session “How to Monetize Your Dream.”

A GeekFest veteran, Preston Corbell returns to present several workshops on filmmaking. Born in Dallas, Corbell is an actor, filmmaker and writer. His most notable role is the voice of the robot Casey on the children's-themed web series “The Casey Files” released in May 2017 on Amazon Prime Video. He will host the “Ways to Create Your Own Film” and “Breaking Through the Noise” workshops.

Also scheduled to appear is Cynthia Lee Fontaine who won the hearts of fans during Season 8 of the reality television competition show "RuPaul’s Drag Race." Better known as "CUCU," Fontaine garnered the Miss Congeniality award  during the show. She will assist in the cosplay contest, emcee the costume contest and perform a song. Fontaine will also host a question/answer session for VIP guests on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Daniel G. Benes will bring his amazing old-school science show to GeekFest. Experience state-of-the-art demonstrations of physics, chemistry and hair-raising, high-voltage electrical magic combined with working museum-quality scientific antiques, audience participation and old-fashioned showmanship for some serious scientific fun. Benes' show and exhibit is for kids (and adults) of all ages. He offers STEAM-based demonstrations of science, physics, chemistry and electricity mixed with antique science and technology which is guaranteed to entertain and educate.

Wristbands are on sale now and required for all GeekFest patrons over the age of 12. A limited number of VIP passes are available for $50 which include a three-day wristband, event t-shirt, lanyard and badge, reserved seating at events, access to the VIP lounge, meet and greerts with guests and presenters and early access to some programs. VIP passes will not be sold at the door.

Advanced three-day wristbands are $20 through August 16 and provide admission to all events/programs during the entire event. The cost is $30 at the door. One-day wristbands are available through August 16. Patrons can purchase a one-day wristband for Friday or Sunday only for $10 or $15 at the door. The Saturday-only one-day wristband is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Active-duty military and military family members, Planetarium members and CTC students and employees receive a discount on the price of wristbands purchased at the door. To purchase wristbands online, see a schedule of GeekFest events and more, visit geekfest.ctcd.edu.   


Photo: Carl Martin, former CTC student and renowned cosplayer