Atomacon, which stands for “all types of media art convention,” is returning to North Charleston for the third year to celebrate all things weird, colorful and geeky. The three-day event, much like larger-scale conventions such as Atlanta’s Dragon-Con, is all about fantasy and science fiction media with an emphasis on art and pop culture creations such as comic books, video games and other technology. There will be two sci-fi film screenings of “Prelude to Axanar” and “Dreadnought Dominion,” a costume contest with four different categories separating experience levels, and Pokemon card games and tournaments throughout the festival. Special guests include Robert J. Sawyer, an award-winning sci-fi novelist who penned “Red Planet Blues” and “Calculating God”; Don Maitz, an illustrator who created the pirate character for Captain Morgan Spice Rum; and Brian Malow, a scientist and national science media personality.
When: various times, Friday-Sunday
Where: Charleston Plaza Hotel, 4770 Goer Drive, North Charleston
Price: Three-day passes are $20 for teens (ages 13-18) and $40 for adults; day passes are $10 for teens and $15-$25 for adults, depending on the day of entry. Children younger than 13 are admitted free.
More info: atomacon.org
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