MarsCon - Forces of Darkness

MarsCon 2021 Virtual Masquerade
Friday the 13th (11/13/2020)

Thanks to coronavirus, our annual sometime-around-Halloween Masquerade will be a little bit different.

Please join us from the safety of your Internet Access Device for the MarsCon 2020 November Masquerade! This event will be free...* but advance registration is required. Here's what we are planning:

Track #1 - Panels - Dance - Music (Zoom)

6:00 - 7:00 pm - Panel: What Are We Reading, Watching and Writing?
We’ll have clips from SF/Fantasy and hard science based films and shows, recommended reading for fans, and some creative insights in areas such as web comics.
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkcOuhrjspE9INIDZdA95fBRgaK6thOCQk
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the 6:00 pm panel.

movit posters!

7:00 - 8:00 pm - Let’s Get This Party Started and Dance! Zumba en Masque
Wear a costume you can move in if you like. Zumba is for all bodies, all levels set to Latin and world rhythms. This event will also include some Halloween geek themed music like Monster Mash and Time Warp. The number one goal is to have fun!
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqdOyopzwrGNLg61br6Jfi7MoGtTh3-Icw
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the 7:00 pm panel.

masked dancers

8:00 - 9:00 pm - MarsCon’s Comedy Music Sampler Platter
Lighten your day with some funny music brought to you by the world’s longest-running fandom convention comedy music concert series.

This one-hour concert features performances by Beth Kinderman, Marc With A C, Lauren Mayer, Devo Spice, MarsCon 2021 Music Guest Of Honor Robbie Ellis, and the great Luke Ski who will also be hosting, as well as a cameo appearance by Dr. Pinkerton of the Consortium Of Genius!

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErduGgrTovE9cim8LdXYuZUCZH9uPLUuxc
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the 8:00 pm panel.

funny music

9:00 - 10:00 pm - Panel: Plagues in Fiction and Film
Fiction considered includes Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s The Last Man, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, Richard Matheson’s I am Legend, Thomas M. Disch’s The Genocides, David Brin’s The Postman, and several titles by J.G. Ballard. Films considered include The World, the Flesh and the Devil; The Last Man on Earth; The Andromeda Strain; Night of the Living Dead; and The Quiet Earth.
Eric M. Heideman, mod.
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYufuirqzwqE9bPESwTyEt15i5Ef7nEE-Dg
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the 9:00 pm panel.

Plague Poster

10:00 - 11:00 pm - General Social Chat
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvcuuqrzgpHNV0TRsciTyfBHNgtWEYnDvT
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the “General Social Chat” panel.

Track #2 - Online Gaming (Discord)

6:00 - 11:00 pm - Villains are Everywhere

A dark pall has covered the land and YOU are quite possibly the last remaining hope. Searching for an item of incredible power, your group encounters an utterly deserted village with a massive castle overlooking it. What horrors await on this dark night?

A role playing scenario for up to 8 players.

System will be Dungeons & Dragons 3.5. Or Pathfinder, if needed.

Send email to games21b@marscon.org to sign up. Matthew Hellendrung will send your invitation via Discord. Players will need access to that platform.

track 2 - gaming

Track #3 - Watch Party

Co-sponsored by SF Minnesota’s Classic Horror Films & Fan’s Educational Network for Science Fiction

7:00 - 8:30 pm - Virtual Viewing. Film: The Last Man on Earth (b&w; USA/Italy, 1964; 88 minutes)
Co-dirs.: Ubaldo B. Ragona, Sidney Salkow;
co-scr.: Richard Mattheson (as Logan Swenson). William Leicester;
co-scr – Italian version: Furio M. Monetti, Ubaldo Ragon;
from the 1956 novel I am Legend by Richard Matheson.
Cast:Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Daniell, Umberto Raho.

In Richard Mattheson’s durable science fiction horror novel I am Legend a global plague has turned humanity into will-less beings who sleep by day and hunt by night, but who are opposed by a resourceful scientist (Price). The novel has inspired at least three direct adaptations and influenced the creation of the “Living Dead” sub-genre movie sub-genre, starting with director George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968). The Last Man on Earth, first and most faithful adaptation of Matheson’s novel, makes good atmospheric use of the film’s modest budget. The story is both creepy and compassionate. And Vincent Price, in a tremendous performance, almost carries the story single-handed.

The Last Man On Earth

Live stream here:
Tubi (free)
https://tubitv.com/movies/309706/the-last-man-on-earth (black & white)
https://tubitv.com/movies/555696/the-last-man-on-earth-in-color (colorized)

Currently on Roku at:
SGL Entertainment
Dark Star Records
Fear Flicks
Scifi & Horror
The Ultimate Movie Channel
The Ultimate Music Channel

Also available to subscribers on Amazon Prime
You can view the movie while chatting on the Masquerade Ball event page, here: https://www.facebook.com/events/351192669327621/

Event Chat - (facebook)

If you are on Facebook, join this event there to get updates, notifications, and chat with other attendees.
6:00 - 11:00 pm - https://www.facebook.com/events/351192669327621/

*...While the 2020 MarsCon November Virtual Masquerade is free to all we’ll be more than happy to accept donations. Visit the MarsCon Store and pick your level of support. We thank you!


The Forces of Darkness shall assemble and unleash on March 12th - 14th, 2021

MarsCon is a fan-run science fiction convention for all ages held every March in the Twin Cities area. At MarsCon you’ll find panel discussions, parties, guest of honor presentations, music of many kinds, our art show, film/anime room, science room, dealers room, charity auction, and masquerade. Our comedy music track is virtually a con in itself, and attracts a nation-wide audience.

MarsCon 2021

“Forces of Darkness”
March 12 - 14, 2021
Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Airport/Mall of America
3800 American Blvd. E.
Bloomington, MN 55425

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