Galaxyfest had all the magic this past weekend, Feb. 24-27, 2017. Truly creative cosplay, gaming, panels, celebrities, a rap artist, and a magician could all be found at one of the favorite sci-fi conventions in the Rocky Mountain area. It is always something special when con attendees first enter the hotel, and this time was extra cool with the lobby front doors transformed into a TARDIS. The AfterDark programming for the adults and kids programming for the little ones had everyone entertained. As always the event was held at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs with a view of the gorgeous Pikes Peak in the background. The con had so much geeky goodness that there was hardly enough time to soak in all the fun.
Cosplay creativity shined with everything from a stunning Aquaman to the perfect Kylo Ren. Every fandom was represented including sci-fi, anime, steampunk, and comics. The adult costume contest Saturday night featured incredible talent. The panels offered knowledge and fun with a Steampunk panel, the Importance of Female Superheroes, Kick A** Magical Girls for the anime lovers, the list went on. Gaming fans had plenty to choose from with both tabletop and video areas packed with fans. The almighty dealer’s room had all the treasures a pocketbook could handle. It is always a joy to explore and find those hard to find items.
Celebrities of film and television were on hand to meet their fans, sign autographs, and get up close and personal with photo ops. Garrett Wang (Star Trek: Voyager) charmed the hell out of everyone he came across. This year’s Master of Ceremonies was hilarious, warm, and kind to everyone he met. Veronica Taylor’s table was never lonely. The actress who played “Ash and May in the first eight episodes of “Pokémon” had fans young and young at heart excited to hear her stories. Actress Tracee Lee Cocco who appeared in more than 100 episodes as aliens in “Star Trek” franchise always had a smile. Carrie Keagan of “Up Close with Carrie Keagan” and “Big Morning Buzz Live on VH1″ was there to meet and greet, and Ellen Hollman of History Channel’s hot new series “SIX” was on hand.
Mega Ran hosted a Nerd Core Hip Hop panel that not only shook the room; he got the crowd ready for the big cosplay contest. A former language arts teacher and video game enthusiast, he struck a chord with the audience. This guy happens to be the only rapper to be licensed by CAPCOM (Mega Man, Street Fighter, Resident Evil), and his music has been featured on ESPN, “Portlandia,” “20/20,” and WWE. Mega Ran brought the energy in on that Friday night with his movie dance party and scored big with audience involvement on Saturday. Magician and mentalist Paul Draper brought his Mysteries of the Mind show to amaze attendees. Draper has made appearances on the History Channel, “Hell’s Kitchen,” HBO, GCTV, Hallmark, Travel Channel, “Pawn Stars” and more.