CyPhaCon 2014 at the Lake Charles Civic Center
CyPhaCon, Lake Charles' 4th annual Anime, Gaming and Science Fiction/Fantasy convention, will be held Friday-Sunday, April 4-6, at the Lake Charles Civic Center.
CyPhaCon is a family-friendly event for people who enjoy gaming, anime & sci-fi/fantasy media and programming. The dedicated staff and volunteers are all representatives of gaming and geek culture in Southwest Louisiana, while at the same time showcase a varied and eclectic sampling of employment and educational background in the area.
Running on the second and third floors of the central section of the Lake Charles Civic Center, CyPhaCon 2014 brings a lot to the table. Major guests include actress Kandyse McClure, well known for her popular role as Lt. Anastasia “Dee” Dualla in “Battlestar Galactica”, voice-actress Tiffany Grant, best known for her portrayal of Asuka in “Neon Genesis: Evangelion”, and writer/producer Diana Botsford, who’s screen credits include “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the cult favorite sci-fi series, “Spiral Zone,” among others.
There will also be fan groups a-plenty, including the “Star Wars”-oriented 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, and Red Stick Rebellion, the “Star Trek”-oriented Starfleet International groups (represented by the local U.S.S. Lafitte, New Orleans-based U.S.S. New Orleans, and Baton Rouge-based U.S.S. Corsair fan groups), the Whedonverse “Firefly/Serenity”-oriented Houston and Southwest Louisiana Browncoats, the “Alien” & “Predator”-oriented Hunters Den, and many others.
Activities include the Lake Charles Scion Esports-sponsored “League Of Legends” tournament, the wildly popular immersive Mechcorps Mechpods, musical guests Bedlam Bards and Suzaku Seven, the CyPhaKids children-oriented activity area (targeted especially for kids ages 4 to 10), a costuming, or ‘cosplay’ contest, celebrity autograph and photo opportunities, an anime films viewing room, fan group presentations and panels, artists displaying and creating, authors discussing their work, and many other treats designed to bring attendees an exciting event experience. Finally, there will be a charity auction held on Saturday, April 5 benefiting Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana.
Doors will open for registration at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 4 with the opening ceremonies and the convention from 7 p.m. to midnight. Convention hours for Saturday, April 5 are from 8 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pre-registration memberships are still available through Ticketleap, and Paper Heroes at 3941 Ryan Street, Suite A. For info and updates on CYPHA L.L.C. and CyPhaCon, visit http://www.cyphacon.org, or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CyPhaCon.