Pellissippi State offers return of popular multi-fandom weekend

Pellissippi State hosts Pellicon, a multi-fandom convention for fans of anime, gaming, role playing and sci-fi, the weekend of March 24-25. Pictured: Pellicon 2011 attendees.

Over the course of one weekend last March, there were Jedi warriors and all sorts of other characters roaming the campus of Pellissippi State Community College. The scene will be repeated this year, during the second annual Pellicon convention on March 24 and 25.

Pellicon is a nonprofit, multi-fandom convention for fans of anime, gaming, role playing and sci-fi. The event features presentations by faculty from Pellissippi State’s Media Technologies program. Pellicon is hosted by S.U.R.G.E. (Sci-fi, Ultima-anime, Role playing, Games and Everything else), a Pellissippi State club focused on multi-fandom—a collective of fans of sci-fi, games and the like—and hobbies.

A wide range of guests, panels, contests and events will be featured at Pellicon. Special guests include the MidSouth Garrison of the 501st Legion, a group that celebrates the “Star Wars” films through costuming, and My Parents Favorite Music, a band centered on gaming and other “nerd culture.”

Panel topics include Cosplay, Lolita fashion, anime, ’90s cartoons, Doctor Who, Xadune live-action role playing, the Legend of Zelda, Xbox Achievement Hunting and more. Contests include a Cosplay competition, nerd Jeopardy and Nintendo trivia.

A game room will be open all weekend for free play, and there will be tournaments for games such as Marvel VS Capcom 3, Street Fighter IV and Super Smash Brothers Brawl. There also will be a dealer room where artists sell their wares.

All Pellicon activities take place at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Event hours both days are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Panels and other activities take place in the Goins Building, with faculty presentations being offered in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art.

Admission fees range from $10 to $20, with discounts for students who present a valid student photo ID card.

For additional information, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pellicon.org. Updates can also be found at www.facebook.com/Pellicon4ever.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.