At the Alabama Phoenix Festival

With the Alabama Phoenix Festival in town, I knew I’d be spending more time there than at the club this weekend.  And it’s an absolute blast.

The event celebrates creativity and imagination, and whether your interests are anime, comic books, costuming, gaming, science fiction, or just experiencing something you won’t see every day, it offers plenty for you to do and see.

It’s underway until 11 p.m. tonight and from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center.  If you missed opening day, here are some thing you still have opportunity to experience in person.

A highlight for me was getting to meet and interview Allen Bellman, one of the last remaining artists from the Golden Age of comics.  He worked for Timely (which later became Marvel) during the 1940s and 1950s, drawing such iconic characters as Captain America, the Human Torch, and the Sub-Mariner.

Among the amazing costumes on display is this Supergirl ensemble.  I couldn’t help but wonder if it once resided in Helen Slater’s closet.

This steampunk mask is one of several creations designed by costume artist Paige Gardner Smith.

Huntsville’s Stephanie Osborn, author of The Displaced Detective sci fi/mystery series was on hand to sign copies of her novels.  She also presented two fascinating seminars about historical research yesterday and will be taking part in panel discussions about independent publishing and the psychology of fiction later this weekend.

Among yesterday’s costume-clad festival habitues were Hunter Brown as the tenth incarnation of Dr. Who and Green Lantern Ali Ribe, both of Birmingham.

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One Response to At the Alabama Phoenix Festival

  1. NETMA= Nobody Ever Tells Me Anything.
    How come I’ve never heard of the Phoenix Festival, and did not know it was coming? Who is in charge of their Marketing? Can I help in future?
    I am a Fantasy geek, a lot of nerd, and a Renaissance Woman, so I love these types of events, but thought I’d have to go to Atlanta or farther to enjoy one. Can someone please get me in touch with the organizers so I don’t miss it next year?
    May I help bring Fantasy Authors to your event, like Mercedes “Misty” Lackey? She is My current hero/example of Fantasy writers. I would love to one day have a short story Edited/Included in one of her Anthologies. She even started her own Publishing company- Luna. She is a Renaissance Woman to the extreme- writes LOTS, as well as music, has an online blog/webnovel series, rehabilitates birds of prey, and manages a property with her husband in Oklahoma. Would love to physically meet her one day.
    My husband and I are Big Bang Theory, MythBusters, Brain Games, Outstanding Acts of Science fans. Other than football/sports we really only watch things that stretch our minds and funny bones. I am so disappointed to find that there was an awesome event like this right down the road from me, and Nobody Told Me until afterwards!

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