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Pop culture fans to unite at LI Geek Convention

Two-day event is geared to fan niches from "Doctor Who" to "Star Wars."

Long Island Geek Convention participant Joshua Lou Friedman,

Long Island Geek Convention participant Joshua Lou Friedman, 50, of Los Angeles meets R2-D2 at the 2017 event. Photo Credit: Ken Deep

Everybody is a geek for something. Find your fancy at LI Geek Convention this weekend in Hauppauge where sci-fi/fantasy/superhero fans gather to celebrate their fandom.

“You can geek out on just about anything. There’s a broad palette of subjects to work with,” says showrunner Ken Deep, 47, of Ridge. “This year we wanted to make our convention very interactive with more events where you can participate in.”

FOR 'DOCTOR WHO' FANS Meet actors Paul McGann (the eighth Doctor), Wendy Padbury (astrophysicist Zoe Heriot during the second Doctor’s final season), Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon during the second Doctor’s era) and John Davey (monsters: Dalek, Cyberman, Ood and others), who will sign autographs, take photos and speak at panels. There's a deep-dive discussion at 2 p.m. Saturday about the 13th Doctor (actress Jodie Whittaker), the groundbreaking first female Doctor Who. “There’s been a breath of new life in the show, which is heading in a brave new direction,” Deep says. “But Doctor Who has always been about change, growth and moving forward. It’s an exciting time in the franchise.”

Dress like the 13th Doctor Who and you could win a raffle of a collectible figure.

FOR SUPERHERO FANS Whether you’re a Marvel or DC fan, LI Geek has you covered. An “Infinity War” panel analyzes the third Marvel Avengers film on Saturday at 6 p.m. while a late-night Marvel Movies discussion at 10 p.m. Saturday will span the entire world from Black Panther to Spider-Man. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Superman: The Movie,” Sunday kicks off with a 10 a.m. conversation on the legendary DC film starring the late Christopher Reeve. "We kind of take superhero movies for granted now, but when ‘Superman’ opened 40 years ago it was revolutionary," says Deep. "Prior to that, comic book movies were silly and campy. It all started with this film."

FOR STAR WARS FANS Young Jedi wannabes can learn the ways of The Force with The Saber Guild at a Padawan meet and greet at noon Saturday, or discover how to build an R2-D2 droid at a panel at 1 p.m.. Then comes the “Pros & Cons of Stars Wars: the Disney Years” discussion at 8 p.m.

“With this being a gap period between Star Wars movies, we will offer discussions and speculations about where the series is going,” Deep says.

Additionally, cosplayers can pick up ideas at the “Costuming in a Galaxy Far, Far Away” panel at 10 a.m Sunday, then get crafty at the 11 a.m. “Porg Party.”

FOR KISS FANS The masked men are hot again with the announcement of their “End of the Road” farewell tour. See Kiss’ former catalog consultant Robert Conte of Massapequa deliver a presentation on the band’s history and their 1978 cult film, “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park” at 1 p.m. Sunday Then catch Kiss cover band Unmasked perform acoustically at 2 p.m. Sunday

“There’s no band more sci-fi/fantasy/horror than KISS,” says Deep. “It fits the bill for our convention and something fun we can offer our attendees.”

FOR TRANSFORMERS FANS Meet voice actor Gregg Berger, who portrays Grimlock in “Transformers” TV series and video games, as he conducts a panel (Saturday at 5 p.m.) on how Transformers went from toys to cartoons. “The guy has over 100 voice credits,” Deep says. “He has been in everything from Transformers to Garfield.”

FOR GAMERS Test your knowledge in games including Wheel of Fandom (noon Saturday), “Big Bang Theory” trivia (7 p.m. Saturday) or Fandom Feud (11 a.m. Sunday).

“There’s a lot of imagination involved in gaming,” Deep says. “Any kind of gaming, whether it’s trivia or roleplaying games, is all part of why we geek out on things.”

LI Geek Convention

WHEN|WHERE 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Hyatt Regency Long Island, 1717 Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge

INFO 631-784-1234, longislandgeek.com

ADMISSION $25 weekend pass ($10 ages 3-12), $99 deluxe pass (includes early admission, dinner with celebrities)

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