Geek Media Expo 2014

By | November 1, 2014

GMX Vol 6

GMX (Geek Media Expo) was held over the past weekend at the Cool Springs Conference Center in Franklin TN. The event, which was sponsored by Gamestop, is a great convention to check out for people new to conventions or long time fans. This years convention had several guests for participants to meet. Some of my favorites included Greg Grundberg from Heroes, Lee Arenberg from Pirates of the Caribbean and Once upon a Time, and the Marble Hornets. The convention had several fun activities to participate in but one of my favorite things about the convention is the game rooms. GMX hosts two game rooms one is a digital game room where you can play video games, and the other is an analog game room where groups can get together and play table top games.

GameStop, Inc.

I decided to venture into the analog room and have a little fun. I ended up meeting up with some new people and playing a game called The Call of Cthulhu, a fun horror fiction game. As a long time fan of table top games I am sad to say that I had never played this game because it was a lot of fun and easy to learn. After a few hours of playing games I decided to wander around and check out my personal favorite thing about every convention that I have ever been to, the cosplays. The amount of work that goes into these costumes is just amazing. I stumbled into some favorite characters from movies, comic books, and even video games. My two favorite characters included Big Daddy from Bioshock and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. GMX, like any convention, had some great booths to shop at over the weekend. I picked up some new comic books and had my eye on a Steampunk watch which I ultimately did not purchase to keep my spending under control, one of the most difficult things to do when you are surrounded by awesome geek stuff. The Steampunk watch was produced by a local leatherworks shop. The guy working the booth was really cool and gave me his card so I can get a custom watch made be sure to check them out at www.starboardsky.com.

steampunk watch

After doing a great deal of shopping I ventured into a room where the beginnings of a full scale replica of the Millennium Falcon was on display. If you didn’t get to attend the convention you can check out the project at http://fullscalefalcon.com/. GMX also had a Jedi Training going on outside which was basically a fun obstacle course that included light saber duels and trying to find all the pieces of poor C-3PO. The countdown to GMX Volume 7 has already began so make sure you check it out next year October 30-November 1st more information can be found at http://geekmediaexpo.com/

 

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About Joe

I am a photographer, writer and computer programmer (by day). My childhood consisted of taking things apart to find out how they worked and building lego castles with Mister Sinister guarding the gates from my little sister who loved to tear down my amazing creations. Mister Sinister was one of my very first action figure toys and I played with him until his arm eventually broke, at which time I am pretty sure he got a bottle rocket jetpack and I never seen him again. I think as far back as I can remember I was a Marvel fan, and of all the Marvel Universe the X-men always commanded my attention the most. My first comic was an issue of Uncanny X-men, but I have no clue which one. Now, as an adult, I look back and wish I would have taken better care of those toys and still had some of them today. I'm one of the few Computer Programmers who actually prefer console games to pc games. I get a little ridicule from some of my colleagues. For me it is about the social activity and my xbox never has a lack of people signed in on my friends list. I have discovered that I am addicted to achievements and often compete with my friends to try and get all the achievements in a game. I still play Magic the Gathering, mum is the word, and also enjoy many table top games such as Betrayal at House on the Hill. One of my favorite things to do is take pictures and so I have been slowly going to more and more comic conventions and photographing cosplay at its best.

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