News & views from this weekend’s FANATICON2 conference, via Twitter & Youtube

Below the videos is a moderated feed of Tweets about the FANATICON2 conference taking place May 19-21 in Asheville, N.C. Fanaticon returns for its second year with “comics, collectibles, pop culture and more.” Unlike your typical summer fest, Fanaticon is mostly indoors. There’s less ziplining and corndog eating, more trivia (movie and trivia night is on Thursday, May 19), costumes, sci-fi and heady panel discussions. The main event is Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Asheville Art Museum, with vendors, a kids’ zone, music (Mad Tea Party, Falcon Lords) and more. A kick-off rave takes place Friday, May 20 at the Grove House. Free admission to the festival. For more on the conference, visit

Zanseattle made a video of Dancin’ on the Deck at the Asheville Art Museum.

And AskAsheville got this round-up:

Valerie Meiss Performs “Doctor Who” at FANATICON2

About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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