Ghost hunters, gamers, and comic book enthusiasts will converge for one day of entertainment and celebration of “geek culture” at the Delaware County District Library’s (DCDL) third annual Great GeekFest. The free comic-con will take place at the Delaware Main Library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. The day features headline entertainment by paranormal investigator, author and board game designer Grant Wilson.
Wilson has paved the way for much of the modern paranormal field through his work with the group The Atlantic Paranormal Society (T.A.P.S), which he co-founded. His unique level-headed approach to the field caught the attention of the world through the top-watched Syfy cable show “Ghost Hunters,” which he produced along with “Ghost Hunters International.” Wilson will present on the comic-con main stage at 1 p.m.
“This year, we are thrilled to welcome Grant Wilson as our keynote speaker. Not only is he an internationally known paranormal investigator – and for many years star of the Syfy show “Ghost Hunters” – he is also an awesome artist, author and board game designer,” said Great GeekFest Coordinator Mandy Henning. “During Grant’s main stage appearance, he will answer questions of all kinds, so be prepared to ask away about the paranormal, writing, board games or general nerdiness!”
Magic by the Mastersons will be featured at 11 a.m. on the main stage. Reed and Ashton Masterson are nationally touring, award-winning illusionists that bring a whole new meaning to the term “magic show” with their signature rock star style and larger than life personalities. They’ve performed for numerous celebrities and have been featured on television networks and specials.
Throughout the day, dozens of activities will take place all over the library. The day’s events kick off at 10 a.m. with the first 100 people through the door receiving a collectible pin.
Attendees arriving in costume may enter the cosplay contest, which will be at 3 p.m. Participants must pre-register in advance online at the Great GeekFest website or the day of the comic-con prior to 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to winners of each age division: children 0-11, teens 12-17, and adults ages 18 and up.
Photo opportunities with favorite franchise characters are back again for the third year. Pictures are free and may be taken with cell phones and personal cameras. Look for Star Wars favorites, Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Captain America, and Disney princesses Elsa and Tiana throughout the day.
Young “geeks” will enjoy an entire children’s area in the Library’s upstairs mezzanine dedicated to crafts, balloon entertainment from Erica Carlson, a caricature artist, and even a chat with a mermaid.
The Great GeekFest Screening Room will feature sci-fi trailers, favorite television episodes, and cult classics like “The Goonies” all day.
Finally, no comic-con would be complete without a day’s worth of interactive, educational and entertaining fan panels. Cosplay, comic book collecting, anime, drawing, and the integration of pop culture in beer culture will all be topics of discussion.
This free event will take place for all ages at the Delaware Main Library, 20 E. Winter St. in Delaware, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. More details are available on the library’s website at www.delawarelibrary.org/ggf.
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