Podcasts have become an essential part of geek culture. For most geeks, it is not enough to read the book, watch the movie or watch the latest episode. We must talk about it! We relive the best moments, laugh and worry over the problematic ones, analyse, speculate, conjure up history and context, evaluate artistry and tease out philosophy. In short, we take the media we are given and we go beyond! A single episode of Star Trek: TOS or Classic Doctor Who still regularly generates hundreds of podcasts. Geeks are rarely content to skim the surface of the world. Thanks goodness for that!
This is the story of one of those podcasts. In the words of its creators:
“Once upon a time, three friends started a podcast to explore the deeper side of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and romance, along with popular art and culture. We were tired of literary snobs telling us that our writing and reading preferences didn’t count as art. Our podcast style is casual, and we love to geek out about the things we love! We’re readers, writers, and consumers of culture who believe mass-market writing has something for everyone, not just ‘those nerds.'”
“Beyond the Trope is hosted by Michelle Graham, Giles Hash, and Emily Singer. Michelle is a copywriter, proofreader, and blogger by day and, well, pretty much the same thing by night. Her head is full of fairy tales and shiny things, which is especially useful for writing YA fantasy. Giles is an aspiring YA Sci-Fi author with a passion for stories that entertain first and make readers think second. His career has taken many turns, but Beyond the Trope is by far one of the best paths he’s chosen on the road to publication. Emily is a speculative fiction author-in-training who loves diverse stories and totally unique premises. When she’s not reading, writing, or podcasting, she’s haunting the local comic store, brushing up on Doctor Who trivia, or gushing about other super-nerdy things.”
We have met some delightful people in the process of organizing Geek Fair 2015 at the Longmont Museum. Some of these people even seemed to be appearing to us from across vast distances of time but that is what the Society for Creative Anachronism is all about. Who would have guessed that. right here in Longmont, Colorado, we would have the chance to be in the presence of royalty from the Barony of Caer Galen?
They may be royal but they are also very approachable and love to show off all their amazing artifacts from the past. Even we don’t know what they will bring to Geek Fair, except for adventure, of course. Wherever they go, adventure follows!
There is adventure for all ages at Geek Fair!
The Barony of Caer Galen is a part of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the study and re-creation of the best aspects of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Caer Galen is located mainly in Boulder, Broomfield, and Weld Counties in Colorado.
Hurry! We must call a truce in time for Geek Fair!
Just a quick group photo then we’re off to the Fair!
We hope Mistresses Anne and Matilda will be there to welcome us!
All photos by Lady Bree of Caer Galen
Geek Fair is happening at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road on September 20 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.. It is a great opportunity for teachers to gather resources and ideas for their classrooms and for the whole family to have an amazing afternoon at the museum! Read more about other special guests here, here and here!
So far, you have been introduced to the creativity of two of our guests at the Upcoming Geek Fair 2015, part of the Longmont Museum’s Cultural Resources Fair, but now we are here to announce an opportunity to tap into your own creativity! The talented and personable Nate Doyle of the Colorado Miniature Painters Alliance will be hosting a Make-and-Take Miniatures Table! You can create a vivid work of art like this and the best thing is that it will be yours to keep forever!
The CMPA is a group of miniature painting enthusiasts from around the state of Colorado. They run painting workshops at some of the local conventions and have regular meetups where they paint and learn from each other. They love to paint, they love to teach, and they love new people. They can be found on Facebook and their website.
All of the beautifully detailed miniatures in this post are the work of Nate Doyle. What will you create at Geek Fair? Arrive early to get your chance to paint. Thanks to the generosity of our artist and his organization, the miniatures will be free but lines to create them could be long.
Geek Fair takes place at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road