Last year we had the privilege of speaking at our home town of Thunder Bay for the first annual ThunderCon and we’re back again this year!
Having grown up in Thunder Bay where my geekdom came alive to late nights watching Star Trek and stargazing with my grandfather at lake Shebandowan, I am so excited about this convention. Back in the day (old man voice), the geek community existed in Thunder Bay, but there wasn’t a rally point for all of us. We knew we were out there, and would detect one another in the rows of science fiction books at book stores, collect in basements playing Dungeons and Dragons, or hide in the art room in high school (far from the gym) playing first edition Magic the Gathering. But to gather openly! Not really a thing. So to see this happen is so awesome and to be invited as guests is a huge huge honour.
Then last year, some visionary geeks in Thunder Bay organized ThunderCon. The con was a huge success with attendance much higher than anticipated. This year the convention has doubled to two days running this weekend at the Valhalla hotel next to the Thunder Bay airport.
This year we’re doing a few panels including one on the film and one called “Chasing Your Dreams Sucks.” The intent of the panel is to normalize the challenges one faces when taking on a creative endeavour and talk openly about the hurdles that you can face in doing so. This isn’t to discourage people from chasing their dreams, but rather to understand that when you face opposition, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re on the wrong path; sometimes it means you’re right where you need to be.
We’ll also be showing off some new footage and a brand new 8 min demo reel which, for the first time, will show what the final film will look/feel like!
If you’re at the convention, be sure to hit us up!
Congratulations to the ThunderCon organizers! Looking forward to this year’s event!
Today (Sunday Oct 25th) Is ThunderCon! ThunderCon is a first ever comic convention being hosted in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada…our home town!
We will have a booth open all day on the convention floor at the Valhalla Inn where the convention is being hosted. And I’ll be giving a talk in the “Cantina” at from 4pm to 5:30pm
Thunder Bay is where my geek began. During the 80’s and 90’s, geek culture was not nearly as prolific. To see a convention in my home town is amazing and my congratulations to all the event coordinators. To have Chasing Atlantis invited to present is such an honour. I spent the evening yesterday walking past houses of friends who have since moved away remembering long D&D and video game sessions. I write this blog post from my old room where I spent evenings watching NEW Star Trek episodes, Sojourner’s landing on Mars, and Discovery Channel documentaries about the Space Shuttle. Now we’re back with an opportunity to meet a rallied geek community in my home town showing off interviews we’ve done with those who created Trek and built the probes that went to Mars, and flew the Shuttle. I am at once humbled and proud.
If you’re at ThunderCon this weekend, please be sure to visit our booth and check out our talk at 4pm!
Last week I was up in Thunder Bay for my Grandfather’s 85th birthday. Henry Dlugosz, my grandfather on my mother’s side who emigrated from Poland following the second world war, is more commonly referred to as Dziadziu by the grandchildren.
In some earlier posts I talked about my grandfather and how he inspired my love of space and of learning. It was at the cottage, 45 minutes outside of Thunder Bay at Shebandowan lake, that I learned about how vast the universe was. It’s been a few years since I was able to get up to the cottage. Getting back out there to celebrate my grandfather’s birthday so close following our return from Florida was an amazingly cathartic experience. In a sense the trip home was full circle. It was really out on the dock with Dziadziu that this trip south to see the shuttle first began. I was a kid and space was cool and neat. Now I’m an adult (sortof) and space is cool and neat, but I can rent cars and use cameras and have a valid passport.
Below are some shots I wanted to share:
This is my grandfather and I at the cottage at Shebandowan celebrating his 85th Birthday.
This is the cottage itself. My grandfather constructed the cottage. Construction began in the late 1970’s
Here I am standing on the dock where most of my early star-gazing days were hosted
Above the tree line in the previous image, I’ve tried to point out where my grandfather had first revealed the Andromeda galaxy in the night sky. It was a fuzzy blob just above these trees (probably actually through the trees now as they are taller than they once were.) Of all the celestial objects we looked at back then, this memory stands out the clearest. I think it was because of the immense scales of size my grandfather was trying to convey at the time.