Sci-fi convention returns

OMNI-CON 2011 is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 2 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 3 in the RUC. OMNI-CON is a two-day science fiction/fantasy convention run by fans of that genre. It is hosted by Alpha Psi Phi and rightstuf.com.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Gina Dennis, empress of Alpha Psi Phi, said. “Last year it wasn’t that huge, but everyone that came had a ball.”

Alpha Psi Phi is flying in two guests, Doug Walker, also known as “That Guy with the Glasses,” and Scott Christian Sava, creator of the web comic, “The Dreamland Chronicles.”

The event organizers encourage those attending to dress up in costumes. For the best costume, a cash prize will be awarded.

“Last year,” Dennis said, “I want to say about 11 out of the hundred-something people were dressed up. We are hoping to have more this year.”

There will be an art exhibit showing local artists’ work. There will also be an art contest that everyone is welcome to enter. The winner will receive a cash prize.

Booths will be set up by local venders, such as Mountain Top Comics and Downtown Comics. They will have comic books, graphic novels, action figures, and Manga.

A console gaming tournament featuring Street Fighter 4 and Capcom 3 will take place. For those who don’t want to participate in the tournament but want to play games, gaming consoles and table-top games, such as Dungeons and Dragons, will be provided.

According to Dennis, the event is truly something for everyone.

Dennis said that one popular booth everyone enjoys, even those not typically into science fiction/fantasy, is the zombie panel.

“We’ve already had two or three people ask to run the zombie panel,” Dennis said.

Other activities that will be at OMNI-CON 2011 include anime viewing, Cosplay contest, scavenger hunt, chalk drawing contest, and informative panels. All of the contests offer a cash prize.

Pre-registration tickets are $5 for one day and $8 for the whole weekend. Tickets will be $7 for one day and $10 for the whole weekend if purchased at the door.

For more information, visit www.omnicon.us.