Sci-fi fantasy to stop in Stevens Point
Michael Glielmi grew up with a black-and-white television watching a favorite science program with Dr. Dan Q. Posen. It’s no wonder then that he loves to share his sci-fi enthusiasm with others.
“I have been a huge sci-fi geek ever since,” he said. “I still have one of his books.”
Glielmi is one of two men who built and now present the “Doctor Who” Daleks at sci-fi conventions, like Ego Con, which is coming up Saturday, March 25. The day-long event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening games continuing until 11 p.m. This year’s convention will be at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center, 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point.
Cost of admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students with photo ID and children accompanied by an adult.
Glielmi built Dalek Caan and Dave Duca built Dalek Sec from scratch for the conventions. This year, there also will be a third one, Dalek Thay, courtesy of Joseph Thorp.
“My personal favorite part of Ego Con, of any convention we attend, is seeing the kids interact with Dave’s Dalek Sec,” Glielmi said. “Dave and I built the Daleks because they are the most popular and most powerful enemy of Dr. Who. (The show) has some of the most imaginative and mind bending stories and concepts from any science fiction show to date, and the Daleks add to that wealth of brain twisting entertainment.”
“Doctor Who” is not the only player at EgoCon, however. The convention was started by and is sponsored by the North Eastern Wisconsin Friends of the Doctor, but it includes many other areas of science fiction, fantasy, gaming and science. The group is trying to get more people interested in the Civil War and history as well.
“The hardest part is explaining to people were not just ‘Doctor Who,’” said Paulette Imhoff, committee chair for EgoCon. “We like science, westerns, geography, pretty much any type of science. The group is like that, we’ve just got such open minds.”
That will be evident to convention-goers when they see the amount of materials presented by the approximately 10 vendors throughout the day. There are many different types of books, and authors will be present. There also will be other entertainment such as a program about ancient Egypt at 1 p.m. and a movie produced by filmmaker Christopher Mihm at 3 p.m.
“It is at the conventions where you can touch and see up close those things that you would only see on a TV or a smart phone screen,” Gliemli said. “It is a hands on experience that kids rarely get today.
“Sharing these moments leaves lasting impressions and increases the motivation to do more,” he said.
As in other years, there also will be board games and oversized games as well as the Tardis to photograph.
The group also gives back to the community with money earned during a charity auction at 2 p.m. Proceeds will go to Wisconsin Public Television and St. Paul Lutheran Church pantry. Included in this year’s auction is an adipose from “Doctor Who” and Dalek cakes. The quilt theme is robots and will include Iron Giant, Rosie from the “Jetsons,” little robots from “Batteries Not Included,” Walle, Marvin from “Restaurant at the End of the Universe,” Nomad from “Star Trek,” Optimus Prime from “Transformers” and Data from “Star Trek: Next Generation.” There will also be door prizes.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/egoconevent.egocon/about. For current schedule updates, visit EGO CON.