Where fiction meets reality

When I saw her late last week, The Current’s Barb Abney was a bit nervous about her plans to attend last week’s (and weekend’s) Convergence in Bloomington. It was a four-day “annual convention for fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy in all media.”

“How did it go?” I asked her this afternoon.

“I loved it,” she said. “Those are my people. Those nerds can really party.”

She gave me pictures…

The Wonder Woman contingent was well represented, by Current fans, as it turned out. Meet (left to right: Craig Petska, Kathy Compo, Jen Petska)


You might be inclined to think Elyse Shuldheiss was the only person in a Rainbow Brite (and Starlite the Pony) costume. You would be wrong.


Sadly, we only know her as “Star Wars girl.”


Alex Bajwa provides words to live by…


More than 5,000 people showed up at the convention, according to organizers.

l’etoile sums it up:

During one lively debate over beer, I realized my table was populated by comedians, authors, illustrators, and screenwriters, all voicing opinions regarding Star Trek. Who is the best-written female character? Why does Star Trek: Enterprise suck? And how can Star Trek: Voyager replace so many crashed runabouts? CONvergence overflows with weird, creative, and obsessive types who eagerly talk about new emerging subcultures (bronies,* anybody?) or trade euphemisms about the male version of a “camel toe.” Note: Men, make sure your “moose knuckle” is not showing when you leave your house. Embarrassing.

Learn more at the group’s Facebook page.