Parading: The Krewe of Apollo

Yes, there are plenty of parades in the New Orleans area.  If you are one of our readers from outside of New Orleans you are probably familiar with these parades.  However, Mardi Gras extends throughout Cajun country (and into the coastal parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida).  Mr. Nola Nerd Couple hails from the small town of Lockport, Louisiana.   Every year, on the Saturday before Mardi Gras, the Krewe of Lockport rolls throughout the town. It’s a special parade because literally it one giant family party. Here is our posts on the last two years of this parade.

2016 Krewe of Apollo

2015 Krewe of Apollo

Of course, we will be at the parade this Saturday.  It rolls at noon, and sure promises to be a good way to pass the time, cher.

Hope to see you there!Krewe of Apollo

 

Star Wars-ing: Star Wars Links

Han Solo – Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero. A New Star Wars Story Begins:  While I’m more interested in the larger universe’s stories, I am excited about this film. Mainly because It has Donald Glover.

Chuck Wendig on the Battle of Jakku, Han and Leia’s Complex Relationship, and More from Aftermath: Empire’s End:  Meeting Timothy Zahn and talking briefly has to him about his upcoming Thrwan novel, has made us both want to read more Star Wars novels.  Wendig’s set of novels are on our list, and we will read them soon.

Hasbro’s New Star Wars Toys Come in Sicknasty Old-School Packaging: The headline is kind of silly.  Really, “sicknasty?” But this is kind of cool for collectors…or exploitive towards them.

New Chewbacca Joonas Suotamo Has a Message for Star Wars Fans: As long as Mr. Suotamo remembers just how very big the shoes he his filling are, he will do quite alright.
Krewe of Chewbacchus Twitter:  We missed the parade this year due to being at Pensacon.  This is where nerdom meets Mardi Gras.
The Star Wars Show:

 

Star Wars-ing: Kathleen Kennedy and Rian Johnson Will Appear at Star Wars Celebration and Other Celebration News

On Friday, April 14th Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and director of The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, will have a panel at Celebration. This leads us to believe that the first presentation of a trailer for The Last Jedi will be at Celebration.

Gus Lopez, the creator of The Star Wars Collectors Archive, will also be at Celebration. Celebration is creating a Collecting Track that will “feature in-depth information on a variety of topic from mainstream to delightfully obscure.”   This Track will be made up of the Collector’s Stage (in room W307ABC) which will feature panels by expert collectors from all around the world, and the Collectors’ Social Room (Room W306D).  The Social room is exactly that for collectors.  Mr. Lopez will be putting together the program for the Collector’s stage.

According to his Facebook, Timothy Zahn will be making an apperance at Celebration as well. In fact, THRAWN, Zahn’s first book of the new universe featuring his most famous creation from the extended universe, will be released the week before.  Lines will be long, but he also stated he would do as many signings as they schedule for him.

 

 

ComicCon-ing: Pensacon 2017 Review

Pensacon 2017 has come and gone and it didn’t disappoint. Even though I was slowed down due to an illness, we still had a lot of fun at the con.

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The Vendor Area

This is the fourth year of Pensacon and Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple has made it to all four (I missed the first  year).  This year saw a change in layout in that Pensacon used the Bay Center for Vendors, Artists, and Celebrities only.  Panels were all off site. Downtown Pensacola is truly the venue for Pensacon.

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Pensacon even uses the Back Parking Lot!

The new setup worked well for Pensacon as far as we could tell.  The volunteers and con organizers made sure the setup went smoothly.  Because of the limited space, many lines had to form in hallways with escorts bringing small groups in for popular guests. Unlike most cons we have  attended, the Pensacon volunteers are truly about creating a great environment for the fans and celebrities alike.  We have never seen a Pensacon volunteer be rude or engage in throwing around their authority.  They weren’t pushovers, but they treated each situation as a solvable problem.  This to me is the mark of a great con and goes a long way to making sure everyone has a great time.

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The Henry Jones. Indiana was the dog’s name. 

Each celebrity we met made sure to give us that “30 Second Connection.”  Not one celebrity guest was there just to collect our money.  Well, actually, they were, but they never made us feel this way.  John Wesley Shipp loved my accent (I almost offered to speak to him all day), Henry Winkler listened to my story of Bacchus 1977, and David Ankrum remarked that our Rogue One poster was the first one that he signed. We will have more about our encounters in later blogs and/or podcasts.

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The artists and writers were also great.  Tony Isabella was a highlight for me (and I’ll talk more about meeting him another blog).  He did remark that Pensacon treats him very well, which again shows how well run the con is.  Most of the time artists and writers are second tier to celebrity guests, but he volunteered this information without prompting so that leads us to thinking it is genuine.

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Constantine cosplayers after a photo-op with Matt Ryan

While the vendor section is not huge due to space constraints, there was plenty of great merchandise.  Numerous comic book vendors, mom and pop artists vendors, nerd jewelry, and of course mystery boxes dominated. Again, I wish some of the comic book vendors would setup a box with comics from the artists present.  The vendor area was crowded but the flow kept moving and I didn’t see many of the problems we saw two years ago.

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Jedi Family taking a rest

The panels were all offsite, but with the weather that Pensacola had on Saturday and Sunday didn’t hinder people from attending the panels.   Even though they had free trolley services, the walk wasn’t bad mainly because the weather was perfect. Friends of ours that held a few panels remarked that the later the panel was the better attended they were.  In fact, their panel that took place after Bay Center closed was packed, and their after party game show had even more people.  Pensacon goers apparently love to keep the con going!

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The line Saturday at noon to get into the con. We didn’t really hear many people complain, though. 

Has Pensacon outgrown the Bay Center? It’s getting there.  The artists deserve a little more space then the Artist Halo, but if you move them too far away will it hurt their sales?  It would be nice to every thing under one roof. We probably would have attended more panels if they were in the same place as the artists and celebrities, but it didn’t stop us from going to the ones that we did. However, a larger convention center will not solve the problem of long lines of people getting into the center.  We have been to cons in New Orleans, Houston, and London, that have had the same issue Pensacon had in much larger venues.  In all cases, getting people into the venue is all about human man power. I really wish cons would charge more and mail credentials to pre-paid guests the way Star Wars Celebration does.  Now this might have looked to be a problem, but I heard very few people actually complain about it. In fact, when we asked people about it, not one complained even if they waited.  I think this is because it was so well run on the inside.

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An autograph seeker going from Celebrity East to Celebrity West

Pensacon will be back next year on February 23, 24, and 25 2018.  They have already announced Lou Ferrigno and Paul Blake.

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Dad Bane

The most important thing that Pensacon does successfully is that it makes us want to visit Pensacola.  Every time we have gone to Pensacon we have explored more of Pensacola and have enjoyed it more.  Pensacola has a lot of competition for tourists on the Gulf Coast with Gulf Shores, Destin, and Panama City Beach. The city, especially the downtown area, welcomes Pensacon guests.  They embrace it. By creating tours with IHMC Robotics, telescope viewing with the Pensacola State College Planetarium, and panels involving the The National Naval Air Museum and the National Flight Academy, Pensacon gave out of town visitors like us reasons to come back.

And we will come back to both, Pensacon and Pensacola.

 

 

 

 

ComicCon-ing: Fan Expo Dallas Updates

The next major con in drivable distance from New Orleans is Fan Expo Dallas.  We can’t make it to this con, but, man, do we want to it.  It’s shaping to be a fantastic con with plenty of great guests.

Since our previous post on Fan Expo Dallas, the following guests have been announced:

  • Karen Gillan and Alex Kingston from Doctor Who will be there.  They are fantastic guests and are always entertaining.
  • Khary Payton will make an appearance at Dallas.  This is a treat for Walking Dead fans in that he will be joining Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Norman Reedus.
  • Tom Wilson, best known as Biff Tannen from Back to the Future, will be going to Dallas.  We were among the first that met him in New Orleans and if you are a fan of the series, go get his autograph. He is very personable.
  • An actor who will be a Fan Expo who we always seemed to miss, which is shame for him because  would take all of our money, is Jason Isaacs.  We would really want to get him to sign Harry Potter and Star Wars Rebels stuff.
  • Willa Holland (Thea from Arrow) will be in Dallas. We have never met her, but we do have an Arrow poster that needs her autograph.
  • The stars of the hit animie series RWBR will be at Fan Expo Dallas.  This includes Lindsay Jones, Kara Everle, Arryn Zech, Barbara Dunkelman.

There is also a large line-up of cosplayers at Fan Expo. Here is a list of some of the cosplayers listed on their site:

  • Alexandria the Red
  • Leeanna Vamp
  • Jessica Nigri
  • Meg Turney
  • Brit Bliss
  • Heather 1337
  • Riddle
  • Ani-Mia
  • Karli Woods
  • MCubed
  • Chelsea von Chastity
  • Dee Rich Cosplay
  • Christina Faye
  • Calen Hoffman
  • Cecil Grimes
  • Koi Fish Asylum

Fan Expo Dallas is at the Dallas Convention Center from March 31 to April 2.

ComicCon-ing: Pensacon Links

Of course, we have been writing about Pensacon.  However, we are three hours away.  Here is what some Pensacola news sources and blogs have been writing about Pensacon:

We will be heading east real soon.  I will be wearing our Nola Nerd Couple shirts on Saturday and Sunday, so if you see us come say hi!

Have a great con!!!