Houston is rapidly becoming a geek paradise thanks to the parade of consistently improving pop-culture conventions, among them this weekend's Space City Con. ''We're just trying to make sure that our hometown, a larger city, a broad geographical city, has the 'galactic' reach of con events,'' said founder George Comits. ''[That] people know they can come here to Con to make a party of our geek festival.''
This year's guest list is impressive. Sylvester McCoy, the seventh Doctor Who and recently Radagast the Brown in the Hobbit films, will be making an appearance (we're sure fans are set to pump him for stories from DW's 50 years or on what we can expect from the rest of Peter Jackson's newest trilogy). Jewel Staite of Firefly, Goth superstar author Gabrielle Faust and more Star Trek cast members than you can swing a Bat’leth at will also be on hand. SCC is big on attracting organized fan groups as well as stars. Global level officers of the 501st Storm Trooper Legion are also expected to be in attendance this year.
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Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Drive. For information, visit spacecitycon.com. $20 to $45.
Fri., Aug. 2, 12-7 p.m.; Aug. 3-4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 2013