"ConBust is a sci-fi/fantasy/anime/gaming convention put on each spring by students at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. This three-day event provides fans of various geekdoms the opportunity to gather and enjoy their interests as a whole. Panels and workshops, as well as movie and anime showings, can be found in great abundance throughout the weekend. And of course, we have a fabulous array of guests who will be showing. What sets ConBust apart from most other sci-fi, fantasy, anime, and/or gaming conventions is its focus on the female members of the participating community. While the various realms of geekdom remain stereotypically male-dominated, ConBust is held to celebrate the work of women amongst these genres."
Dr. Who Club will have an info table, present two panel discussions, and cosplay. There will be multiple events going on simultaneously throughout the weekend.
~ Friday March 29 5pm-midnight
~ Saturday March 30 9am-midnight*
~ Sunday March 31 9am-4pm (Easter)
-Monday April 1 we do a screening at British Sci-Fi Night at Popcorn Noir in Easthampton...that is listed as a separate Meetup.
*On Saturday night a new episode of Dr. Who will be aired on BBC America...possibly we will screen that somewhere else and announce that as a separate Meetup.
11th Annual Conbust* is presented by Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society. View the Conbust website (http://sophia.smith.edu/conbust/) for general event info and pricing. Pre-registration is open through March 9. They did a great with their commercial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=r3mB92ILUKo), which I think gives a nice overview of what it will be like. And here's a, let's say music video (http://youtu.be/oGk5Rhzq-q4). Guests announced so far include: Bruce Coville, Elaine Cunningham, Annette Curtis Klause, Stephanie Dray, Charles Dunbar, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Sarah Hodge-Wetherb, Sharyn November, Tamora Pierce, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Kelly Turnbull, and Steampunk Family. *Photo from Sophian March 14, 2012 article about last year's Conbust (http://www.smithsophian.com/news/conbust-brings-geek-culture-to-smith-1.2819635#.UTPz43yDTjB).
PAR-TIC-I-PATE -- We need your help! Volunteer to staff the table for a shift, make Dr. Who treats so that we can give them out at our panels or meetup, donate items or funds for trivia prizes, or take photographs for our website.
Vending: Dr. Who Club will have table space in Dealer Room A, where we will have a contest, give out information, and have a mailing list sign-up.
We will be together with Geeky Bling (http://www.elegancebyniki.com/geeky-bling.html), Annie's Book Stop (http://anniesbookstopworcester.wordpress.com/) (Sat. only), and Meme Mugs (http://www.etsy.com/shop/mememugs) (Sat & Sun).
Dr. Who Club is proud to be presenting two panel discussions at Conbust! (about one hour each)
Saturday 11 am: Women of Dr. Who -- Seelye Room 201
Panelists: Alicia Brody, Caroline Womack, Patricia M. Cryan
A panel examining the many women in the Doctor Who universe, including companions, enemies, allies, and "other" (ahem River Song ahem). Is the portrayal of women in Doctor Who any different than in other shows? Why is there such a sizable female fan base for the show? Will any woman ever agree with the Doctor's assessment of what clothing item is "cool"? Our all-female panel from the Dr Who Club of Western Massachusetts will discuss all eras of the show, and we'll look at how the Doctor has changed with the women around him over the past 50 years.
Saturday 1pm: 50 years of Dr. Who -- Seelye Room 106
Panelists: Alicia Brody, Andy Steinberg, Caroline Womack
As the longest still-running science fiction/fantasy show of all time, there's something about that little blue box and the funny man inside that has kept folks coming back to Doctor Who. The Doctor Who Club of Western Massachusetts will host a discussion of all things Whovian throughout the ages. What enduring qualities keep people interested? What evolutions (or regenerations) has the show undergone to change with the times? What can we look forward to in the future of the WHOniverse? Fans of all eras and all Doctors are welcome. Hors d'ouvres may include celery, fish fingers & custard, and hot dogs.
Saturday 2:30pm: Meetup
Dr. Who fans will meet, take pictures in costume, socialize, and have a good time.
Saturday 6:00pm Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup Group: Meet and Greet
Meet at Pizza Amore on Green St., near Seelye Hall. If you have a chance, please RSVP at Meetup.com/4SciFi
Directions: From Main Street (Rte.9) in Northampton take West Street (Rte. 66 West). In about 200 feet, turn right onto Green Street. Turn right into parking lot and follow the sidewalk which leads behind and to the right of Washburn House. Seelye is directly beyond and to the right.
Carpooling is encouraged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from driving alone; it cuts emissions and cost in half. Please post your rides offered or needed on our Ridebuzz.org (http://www.ridebuzz.org/activity-group/western-ma-meetup-groups-19995.html) page
& you'll be registered to win a bag of Ridebuzz Coffee from Dean's Beans.
Social media: In-between meetings, you can also stay in touch via our Meetup discussion board, and these websites: