Spectacles & Tentacles

Geek gatherings used to be regarded like the cantina in Star Wars: A New Hope -- full of weirdos and hostile to outsiders. In a post-AOL world, people unleashed their inner nerds and with them, comic books, sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming in all its forms freely flooded into pop culture's mainstream. Local geek culture blog Lightning Octopus channels that enthusiasm and celebrates its second birthday with Lightning Octocon on Saturday, June 2.

Jonathan Simon, the cephalopod-centric mind behind the lauded blog, says that the “-con” at the end of the party’s name is a joke pointed at big geek events always labeled as some kind of convention. The east valley soiree will be a lot more laidback than your average geek gathering, with snacks, some retro gaming, and other surprises. After all, it’s really about the people inside the costumes. Simon says, “The best part about writing about local stuff is you actually get to meet readers.”

Sat., June 2, 7-10 p.m., 2012
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Jose Gonzalez