By Chris McGuinness
Killeen Daily Herald
Area nerds can rejoice, as Central Texas College gears up to celebrate its third annual GeekFest convention this month on the college's Killeen campus.
The college already is selling wristbands for the event, which is Aug. 17 and 18 and covers everything related to gaming, fantasy, anime, technology and science fiction.
This year, the college expanded the event, extending the venue to include both the Mayborn Planetarium and an adjacent facility, building 150.
GeekFest 2012 will feature more than 50 vendors, as well as gaming tournaments and costume, cake and anime contests. The event also will host seminars or game design and publishing, writing, screenwriting, philosophy in anime, 2D and 3D animation and more.
Other activities will include a "Humans vs. Zombies" competition and Quiddich for Kids, and a "Hunger Games" training camp.
The event will host a 24-hour film festival and two showings of "The "Rocky Horror Picture Show" at 9 and 11 p.m. Aug. 17, along with a live shadow cast from Austin's Alamo Drafthouse.
In addition to games, competitions, movies and vendors, Geekfest 2012 also will have a roster of special guests including Peter Mayhew, who portrayed Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" movies, and Tim Taylor, who appeared in the 2012 movie "The Hunger Games."
GeekFest opens at 6 p.m. Aug. 17, and there is no admission fee.
There is a charge for all "dome activities," according to the college's website. Wristbands cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door and $12 at the door for active-duty military, CTC or Texas A&M University-Central Texas students and employees, and planetarium members. Wristbands for kids 12 and younger are $5.
Proceeds will benefit the CTC student ambassador program, which was created in 2009 to assist the college with community outreach, recruitment and retention.
For more information about Geekfest, go to www.ctcd.edu or call (254) 526-7161.