Just a few weeks ago, East Tennessee's biggest and oldest nerd convention, AdventureCon, returned to the Knoxville Convention Center after a two-year sojourn in Sevier County. This weekend sees the debut of a potential competitor when Fanboy Expo opens at Chilhowee Park's Jacob Building.
The convention starts in just a couple of hours--doors open at noon--and runs through Sunday. The guest list is impressive: Dirk Benedict, from the original Battlestar Galactica; George Lazenby, who played James Bond in the 1969 one-off On Her Majesty's Secret Service; Lindsay Wagner, the Bionic Woman; and C. Thomas Howell, among others. (There's also a long list of comics writers and artists set to appear.) And there are three special events scheduled: A Scream Queen/King contest (Friday at 5 p.m.), a Zombie Ball at Latitude 35 (Friday at 9 p.m.), and a costume contest (Saturday, 3:45 p.m.). Ticket prices range from $15 for a single-day pass to $199 for a Super VIP weekend pass.