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Fandoms

Ever since the premier of Star Trek in the 1960s, various television shows and movie franchises have attracted followers and enthusiasts that are both passionate and devoted to their causes. National and even international fan clubs have been organized in which members discuss episodes and plot twists, keep track of the latest film developments, and attend science fiction and comic book conventions dressed as their favorite characters. Pittsburgh contains local chapters for many of these associations, including those geared towards Star Trek, Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Firefly. These organizations are more than just avenues for like-minded individuals to congregate, however, as members also sponsor charity events, visit children’s hospitals and make guest appearances at various conventions and parades throughout the year. No matter what you are a fan of, you’re not alone in the Steel City.

 

Beyond the Bridges

Bjo Trimble and the Good Ship Enterprise The legendary Star Trek fan played a significant role in the early days of the sci-fi franchise, including organizing a “Save Star Trek” campaign during the 1960s.

The Early Days of Joss Whedon Fandom In her book Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby?, Allyson Beatrice offers personal insights on Buffy the Vampire Slayer fandom during the Internet Age.

Lost and the Redefining of Online Fandoms Article exploring the online fanbase of the ABC drama Lost and the resulting community, as outlined in the book Lost Ate My Life by Jon Lachonis and Amy Johnston.

Salt Lake City, Cosplay and Charity Members of various Utah-based fanclubs discussed how they combine cosplay with charity as part of the “Cosplayers and Charity” panel at the 2015 Salt Lake FanX.

 

Pittsburgh Fandoms

The Beginnings of the USS Inferno The Pittsburgh chapter of STARFLEET: The International Star Trek Fan Association was formed in 2004 and serves as the Steel City base of operation for Star Trek fans.

Browncoats: Rivers and Bridges Brigade Members from the Pittsburgh chapter of Firefly and Serenity fans discuss their initiation into the fandom, as well as the organization’s charity efforts within the region.

Garrison Carida, Star Wars and Charity The Pittsburgh chapter of the 501st Legion, an international Star Wars fanclub, discussed the organization’s charity work at the December 2013 Steel City Con.

Ghostbusters, Jedi and St. Patrick's Day The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pittsburgh features appearances by the Steel City Ghostbusters and Star Wars fans, proving that everyone is Irish in March.

Steel City Fans of Doctor Who Pittsburgh fans of the BBC classic share their thoughts on what makes the series so popular, as well as their opinions on the various portrayals of the time-travelling Doctor.

The Steel City Ghostbusters Members of the Pittsburgh fanclub attend numerous conventions, parades and charity events in the region, dressed as characters from the classic 1984 supernatural comedy.

The Steel City Time Machine A Pittsburgh Back to the Future fan refurbished a 1982 DeLorean into a replica of the film’s time travelling sports coupe and can often be seen patrolling the streets of city in it.

 

Geek Pittsburgh Photo Galleries

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016 It was a beautiful day for a parade in Pittsburgh, and both the Irish and Geek faithful were not disappointed with the 2016 version of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2015 Despite a steady rain, the Irish faithful still flocked to the annual event, which included the Steel City Ghostbusters, Rebel Legion from Star Wars and Steel City Time Machine.

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2014 The annual event was again filled with a plethora of Geek Culture, including appearances by the Steel City Ghostbusters, Star Wars fans and various film-based movie cars.

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013 The annual event offered two special treats for Pittsburgh Geek Fans in 2013, with appearances by both the Steel City Ghostbusters and local Rebel Legion from Star Wars.

 

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