ComicCon-ing: Why We Go to Conventions

Doing all my post-Star Wars Celebration write-ups and the podcast, I took the time to think about why do we go to cons.  They can be expensive, frustrating, and exhausting experiences.  Yet, we keep going and going.

Yet, we keep going and going.

Yes, we are collectors.  We love collecting autographs.  I know collecting signatures doesn’t make sense to some people, but I usually counter that argument by asking the person what they collect and point out why THAT is absurd.  (When you really think about it, collecting is an absurd practice). We love meeting the celebrities and crew members of films.  We want to show our appreciation for them. Both of our collections are extensive.  But this isn’t the reason why we go to cons.

Yes, we like to fill our house with geek art and objects. I love our Batman in New Orleans prints.  I love all the Zelda pieces my wife buys because she loves them. Our goal is to make one of our rooms, the Nola Nerd Couple Lounge. But this isn’t the reason why we go to cons.

We love collecting comic books.  We collect all Star Wars comics.  We love going to panels at cons where comic book creators are speaking and then searching out their books for them to sign.  One of my most prized pieces is the issue of Iron Fist that marks the first appearance of Misty Knight.  Misty’s creator, Tony Isabella, signed our copy.  It is framed and hanging in our Nola Nerd Couple Lounge right next to our Stan Lee signed comic.  But this isn’t the reason why we go to cons.

When we drove back from the con we, along with Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple’s sister, debriefed each other on our day.  The part where we got the most excited was when we were talking about talking with people in lines.

The real reason we go to cons is that we love being around individuals who love the same things as us.  It’s the fandoms that make cons enjoyable.

I waited for two and half hours for Hayden Christensen. While meeting him was fantastic, it also was a blur.  However, the guy from the UK in front of me had, not surprisingly, the same interests as me.  We talked about cons.  We spoke about music. I didn’t feel like I waited for two hours. Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple had the same stories about people she met in line. She told me more about the guy she was in line with for Tiya Sircar, then she did about Mr. Sircar. Waiting for Phil Noto, the person in front of me chatted about comics books. Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple joined an online group of autograph collectors and did a meet up with them on Friday and had a great time.

If you check other write-ups and podcasts of Star Wars Celebration, you will notice that meeting other fans is the usually the number one reason why people do this.  Being with other fans is where the real lasting memories are made.

In my very first blog about a con, I entitled it Nerds of the World Unite. That was my first con. I was just glib with the title. Now, I understand how correct I was in my title. We go to cons to feel united with other people like us.  We do this the same way people go to football games, political rallies, or book clubs.

We go to be with our tribe.

 

Star Wars-ing: Ahsoka Lives!

I think a lot of Star Wars fans of the Clone Wars have the same response to Ahsoka Tano that I did. I hated her at first.  She was a typical teenager. Anakin gave her the perfect nickname in “Snips.”

Then I became invested in the show.  My feelings for Ahsoka changed.  First, it was “ok…I don’t mind an Ahsoka episode.”  Then I couldn’t wait for them. The way she exits the show makes her the Jedi (I know she left the Order but she never wavered; it was the Order that did) I admire the most.  In fact, when Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple asked who was my favorite character, I didn’t hesitate when I said Ahsoka. Unfortunately, she was asking what lanyard I wanted from Amazon, and she was unforgivably not an option. I went with Rey instead.

Meeting Ashley Eckstein was fantastic.  She is one of the last people we needed for our Clone Wars Poster.  Ms. Eckstein was even surprised we never met her before when she saw the names already on the poster.  She talked to each of us and even noticed that Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple’s sister was wearing one of her jumpers.

The next day at the Rebels Panel, showrunner Dave Filoni was wearing an Ahsoka Lives? shirt. Now, the Saturday of Celebration was the Ahsoka Lives Day!  He is completely aware of the fandom and realized that there was going to be a huge meetup that day.  In other words, he was basically trolling fans.

After that panel, almost everyone that cosplayed as Ahsoka or who wore any clothing with her on it, gathered at the main steps to the second floor of the convention center to take a group picture.  Ashley was there, and so was Dave with a new shirt that changed the “?” to a “!”  (Click on the pictures to make them larger).

Later in the day, I attended the Marvel panel.  There was an extremely unscientific poll about who should their next comic focus on. Of course, it was Ahsoka.

BECAUSE AHSOKA LIVES!

Star Wars-ing: Amazing Cosplay at Star Wars Celebration

One of our favorite pastimes at Star Wars Celebration is seeing people cosplay.  From the thrown together ones to the extremely detailed, they are all done with love of a true fan at heart.  We love the mash-ups and the by the book accurate.

Here are the pictures we took at Celebration of people dressed up as some incarnation of a Star Wars character or idea.  If any of these cosplayers are you, shoot us an email at nolanerdcouple@gmail.com, and we will send you the unedited picture! Click on the image to make them larger.

The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast Episode 12: Star Wars Celebration Review

Star Wars Celebration Orlando has come and gone.  We had some amazing experiences and frustrating ones as well.  We talk about all the things we love and the things we didn’t like at Celebration.  Luckily, the bad things didn’t ruin it for us (even though I’m not sure that was the case for everyone).  We also do a lengthy preview of Comicpalooza, talk about a May the Fourth event at Dat Dog, and give our take on how to tackle Jazz Fest.

Of course, we took tons of photos at Celebration, plus we still have some blogs to write about Celebration.  These pics will mostly be of the exhibition and autograph halls in addition to other sights that we saw in our four days at Star Wars Celebration Orlando.  Click pictures to make them larger adn to read captions.  If any of the photos are of you, let us know and we can send you an unedited copy.

ComicCon-ing: Megacon Orlando Is Living Up to Its Name

To see our previous coverage of MegaCon, click here.

MegaCon, which takes place on Memorial Day Weekend in Orlando, keeps turning into a top-notch convention. Here are the latest additions.

  • Alice Cooper:  The rock star who brought a new level of theatricality to live performances will be at MegaCon.
  • Jason Aaron:  If you read this blog often, you will notice that we are huge Star Wars fans.  At our local comic shop, we pull all Star Wars Comics.  The writer for the main title, Mr. Aaron, will be there.  He also presently writes for Thor.
  • Nolan North, Troy Baker, and Jennifer Hale:  These veteran voice actors will be at MegaCon.  Nolan North and Troy Baker are part of my favorite game series of all time, Uncharted.

They have also added some more comic creators such as:

  • Mike Zeck
  • Cat Staggs
  • Eddy Barrows
  • Zim Zub
  • Sanford Greene
  • Katie Cook
  • Mike Perkins
  • Georges Jeanty
  • Nick Bradshaw
  • Ant Lucia
  • Aaron Lopresti
  • Tony Harris
  • Giselle Lagace
  • Matt ‘Batt” Banning
  • Mike McKone

We can’t wait to see you there. You will be able to recognize us because we will be the happy couple celebrating their 6th wedding anniversary!

ComicCon-ing: Comicpalooza’s Story Includes Authors

Comicpalooza works hard to make sure authors are included in their lineup. From nationally known and widely acclaimed to the local author, this con understands that every author has a story to tell and that those stories deserve to find an audience.

Jim Butcher leads the well-known artist list.  Mr. Butcher is an author known for the The Codex Alera and The Dresden File. The Magicians Trilogy author Lev Grossman will be there. Mat Johnson, a writer of Loving Day and Pym, will be signing books. Bring your copy of Doctor Strange Blu-ray because screenwriter C. Robert Cargill will be at Comicpalooza.

For a list of authors at Comicpalooza, click here.  Stop by an authors booth, ask them about their books. You never know you might find a new favorite book!

ComicCon-ing: Comicpalooza Dares To Reach Punishingly Good Levels

Of course, I make an update of the announcements Comicpalooza has been making on Monday.  I swear they read my post, then told me to hold their beer, because the rest of the week were made up of fantastic guest announcements.

Charlie Cox: That’s right, Daredevil will be in Houston for Comicpalooza.  He joins fellow Defenders, Mike Colter and Finn Jones. Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple is still deciding if she wants Daredevil or Stardust.

Elden Henson: Daredevil’s law partner Foggy Nelson will also be at Comicpalooza.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he signs quite a few Might Duck pictures as well.

Geoffery Cantor:  Mr. Cantor plays newspaper editor Mitchell Ellison on Daredevil.

Paul Wesley: The star of Vampire Diaries will be at Comicpalooza.

Judge Reinhold: Probably the first two rated R comedies I saw were Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Beverly Hills Cop.  Therefore, I’m super excited to meet him in Houston on May 12-14.

Pom Klementieff – If Ms. Klementieff’s name doesn’t ring a bell now, the week before Comicpalooza it will with her portrayal of Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 which comes out the week before.

Chuck Norris:  Chuck Norris needs no introduction.

Jon Bernthal: The man who makes the Punisher such an interest character will be at Comicpalooza.  Mr. Bernthal has also appeared in The Walking Dead and The Wolf of Wall Street.

See you in Houston.