I’m finally back with a music podcast! This one gives short impressions of the latest from Kendrick Lamar, Father John Misty, The Afghan Whigs, and the Mountain Goats. I also talk about how my anticipation of the Singles soundtrack changed with the suicide of Chris Cornell. Finally, I attempt to sum up why music is important in my life and how it has saved from a few bouts of real anxiety and depression, how I’ve spent more time with people like Chris Cornell or Paul Westerberg than some family members, and how concerts should be safe places.
Kendrick Lamar Damn (explicit)
Father John Misty Pure Comedy
The Afghan Whigs In Spades
The Mountain Goats Goths
You can by tickets to The Mountain Goats show at the Republic NOLA here.
Singles Soundtrack (it’s partially on spotify, but the link doesn’t work, so here is the iTunes link.)
NolaNerdCouple.com is just one avenue that we strive to bring you news of the nerd world. However, if you aren’t following us on social media, you are missing out on some good nerd stuff. We will be writing blogs infrequently for the next three weeks, but that doesn’t mean we are going to be on total vacation. Our Twitter,Instagram, and Facebook pages will all be very active during those weeks. Twitter is especially important to follow if you are interested in following our MegaCon convention coverage. Also, we plan on spending a day at St. Augustine, Florida so our Instagram will feature some of our pictures from that excursion. On Facebook, we mainly share nerdy news from around the world.
It’s the end of school, and we are both tired and need a little break from…well, everything. We love doing this blog, but it takes a lot of work and a lot of dedication. Some are simple, like this one that I started at 5:45 am and finished at 6:15 am. However, the podcast and the picture-heavy blogs take a lot of work (and I minimally edit both). We are going out of town and have a few other responsibilities that will take up our early summer. We aren’t teaching but we have teacher duties for the first couple of weeks for June.
So, with the notable exception of MegaCon blogs, we will be back in mid to late June. But, thanks to social media, we will still be making our presence known. So give us a follow at Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to get the full story of our adventures!
MegaCon Orlando is bringing plenty of star power this weekend to the Orange County Convention Center. You can see our previous writeups about MegaCon here.
MegaCon recently announced that Tom Cavanagh would be joining the celebrity guests. Is it wrong that I want him to sign an 8×10 of each version of Harrison Wells he has played on The Flash? Famke Janssen, Jane Grey from the X-Men series will be in Orlando. She also played one of my favorite James Bond villains in Goldeneye.
MegaCon will also have plenty of exclusives on sale. One that I have my eye on is a special Love is Love edition with a variant cover by Cat Staggs. Also on my wish list, is the Star Wars Classics Newspaper Comics Vol. 1 Exclusive with a variant cover by Russ Manning. Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple wants the Batman Adventures #12 with a variant cover by Jonboy Meyers.
The schedule for MegaCon has released their programming schedule, which can be seen here and the app is available in the in the App Store and Google Play.
Slowly, we have been making the transition from convention attendee to convention observer. Still, there is a lot of room for improvement in this field. Every time I leave a con I think of a thousand things I could have done better as a reporter.
Here are a few:
Paying more attention to Cosplayers. This is my biggest weakness as media at cons. I see these people work so hard and yet I don’t take nearly enough pictures of Cosplayers. I think it goes to my natural shyness and the awkwardness of asking someone to take their picture. I need to do a better job of that. Also, I really need to start interviewing cosplayers. Why did they pick that cosplay? What led them to cosplay? How did they make their costume? I think it would enhance the blog to do this more.
Splitting up with Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple. OK, not that kind of splitting up. It’s just that we often do the same things at cons. We could double the amount of ground to cover if we split up. We did this at Celebration, and I think it really showed in our followed up podcast since we had so much more to talk about.
Ask comic creators for short interviews. This is really hard because they are there to make money. This is their livelihoo. Plus, when I do ask, I often feel imposter syndrome. I know more than I think I do, but I feel intimidated asking creators questions.
Attend more panels. Panels can be hit or miss. Panels with celebrities need to be moderated well. Fan questions sometimes venture into character/actor confusion. Still, they can give great insights into the craft. Fan lead panels need to be well thought out and truly planned. Getting up on a stage and talking about something is like being in a class with an unprepared teacher. The planned out panels can be treasure mine of great information.
Interview independent vendors. A lot of artists at shows are local artists selling their wares. Every con we go to we see one person who has such a unique idea that we end up spending lots of time talking to the artist…without our microphone. Other vendors go to con to con. They must have great convention stories that haven’t been broadcasted.
Running this blog is becoming a full-time job in the amount of hours it takes to work. I often wake up at 5 am and write until 6, and then do the photo editing at night after work. Organizing my time was the first big move I had to make to learn how to do this blog as a news source. Now, it’s time to work on gathering the information so I can write more interesting blogs about conventions.
The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival is this weekend along the banks of Bayou St. John. There will music to be heard, food to be consumed, and art to be purchased. The art side will have over 60 arts and crafts vendors. The menu looks fantastic. In fact, if you are an outsider, please realize that most Louisiana festivals do have better food than most major cities have at their best restaurants. There will also be a marketplace for local businesses to set up shop. Plus, there will be tons of activities for the whole family.
The music lineup is lead by Cupid, John Cleary, and Cracker. Of course, there will be tons of local artists for you enjoy as well.
We have never been to Bayou Boogaloo. We will try to make it this year. If we can’t, leave us a comment on how your experience was there!
Comicpalooza amazed us at its size. The George R. Brown Convention Center is a large convention hall designed for the downtown area of the fourth largest city in the United States. We had more steps walking the convention center floor on our pedometer than we did at Star Wars Celebration (and for Celebration, we had to park about a mile away…here our hotel was attached to the convention center). We spent Friday in the main hall. Upstairs, there was an area for sports (roller derby and combat training). Most of the panel rooms were upstairs.
Also upstairs, was the gaming area.
First, there was the electronic gaming area. This was a bigger area than most cons gaming areas. Some indie companies games were putting on their latest games. There was a classic gaming space and place to learn about making games. Then we entered the George Bush Ballroom, a massive space. Half of it was dedicated to table top games. Still, half of the area was actually larger than some cons we have attended.
The amount of table top games being played show how active this community is. People were huddled in a circle playing Werewolf, a father and son were playing Destiny (and the kid is probably better than I am at the game), and groups were enjoying Settlers of Cataan.
Please click the pictures to make them larger! If any of these pictures are of you, and you would like the original file, we can send it to you. Also, if you would like to share your gaming experience at Comicpalooza with us, we would love to post your story!
This weekend we had the amazing opportunity to be part of the Comicpalooza Podcast Program. Comicpalooza sets up a booth in the middle of its showroom floor and selects applicants to do a podcast from the floor. We did ours from noon to one on Saturday, after a very successful Friday at the con. We talk about meeting comic creators David Finch, Chad Hardin, Tony Harris, and James Robinson. Our friend, Jessica Raney, from the BFE Podcast (and you can listen to the BFE episode we were on here if you so choose to) stopped by to promote her new short story collection, Oddballs. We talked more about Comicpalooza and convinced her to buy the Harris and Robinson Star Wars one off, C3PO. We had a fantastic time doing the podcast and have to do another one to talk about the fun that we had after our broadcast! Big thanks to Comicpalooza for giving us this opportunity!