Lex-i-con to honor ‘self-confessed geek’ killed in road accident

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Apr 22, 2014 - 21:02
  • Updated : Apr 23, 2014 - 11:00
Lex Boutilier and his wife Jae-soon pose together during a Mardi Gras celebration in Seoul in February.
Two events will be held in Itaewon on Saturday in honor of longtime expat Lex Boutilier, who died in a road accident on April 4.

An indoor event with a Comic Con feel will be held in the afternoon, followed by a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and live music in the evening.

The Lex-i-con events are being organized by a group of Boutilier’s friends, led by Jacco Zwetsloot, who worked with him at Hongik University.

Zwetsloot said he got to know Boutilier through a shared interest in science fiction, graphic novels and other genres.

“He was very much part of the alternative music scene and art and role-playing games and ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ and stuff. He was a very proud self-confessed geek,” he said.

“If you had only met him once or twice he would seem to be pretty quiet, and wouldn’t appear to be very outgoing. But once you got to know him, he would open up and share things of interest with you.”

The name of the events comes from the geeky side of his personality, Zwetsloot said.

“He loved comic books and role-playing games and things, so he loved those kinds of events ― conferences like comic cons,” he said.

“And so we thought an event for Lex should be a Lex-i-con, there was no other choice. It was a no-brainer.”

The events will also be raising money for Boutilier’s family, as he died without life insurance provisions.

Lex-i-con Part 1 will be held from 1-5 p.m. and includes a 1980s-themed trivia quiz, raffle and auction, as well as a bake sale.

Lex-i-con 2 will run from 8 p.m. and show a screening of “Rocky Horror,” followed by live music from G.T. Arpe and Slow Dress. There will also be a separate auction at the evening event.

Both events are open to anyone, and will be held at Divine in Itaewon, Seoul. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

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