TIM CHITWOOD: From big screen to fandom fest

June 16, 2013 

Stretched out on a cold white table, so sweet, so cold, so fair, it's Monday Mail.

Saints

Today's opening is from the blues song "St. James Infirmary." And speaking of public health facilities …

Personal region

Here's an email from someone named Howard, who writes apparently in reference to a report of some layoffs at Columbus Regional, which said the cuts resulted from reduced federal spending:

Tim,

Regional is blowing smoke, look beyond the screen.

Dear Howard:

Having visited my parents when they were in hospital rooms with other patients, I have learned looking behind the screen is often more personal than you want to get.

ConHeads

Did you know that besides big conventions like DragonCon and Comic-Con and ConvictCon (ConCon), you also can hold fan mini-conventions? No? Me neither:

Twi-hards, Trekkers, Whovians, Potterheads, Dragonballers, Marvel Zombies and Tributes pay heed! The Columbus Public Library wants you (and your friends) for Fan Fest 2013. Fandoms, for those not in the know, are the informal communities that support their favorite books, movies and television shows. These can exist formally on the Internet or informally amongst friends. The teen services librarians at the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries have noticed a growth in many different fandoms amongst its young supporters and have decided to honor them with their own day …

The free event takes place on Saturday June 22, at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road. Event hours will be from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The entire public is invited to attend.

Author Marissa Meyer, bestselling author of Cinder and The Lunar Chronicles quartet, will be speaking with fans via virtual chat at 1 p.m EST. Ms. Meyer, a Washingtonian who began writing fan fiction when she was 14, will be able to answer questions from the audience during her presentation.

Galaxy Man, the star of the Georgia-based Galaxy Man graphic novel series, will make several appearances throughout the day. Galaxy Man's creator, Kyle Puttkammer, will be on hand to answer questions and to sell copies of his work as well as others from his Galactic Press collection.

For more information please contact the Teen Department of the Columbus Public Library at 706-243-2690 …

Dear Library:

Twi-hards? Dragonballers? "Graphic" novels? This hardly sounds appropriate for our impressionable young people, so I'm filing a parental complaint.

No, wait: I don't have any kids. Never mind.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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