ComicCon-ing: More Guests Annouced for Biloxi Wizard World

Now that we have explained our somewhat long absence, hopefully, we can get back to writing more posts and doing more nerdy things.

The next big event that we want to do is Wizard World Biloxi. They have announced some great guest since our last post on the con.

  • Jewel Statie: Best known for her work on Firefly, she will be there Saturday and Sunday.
  • John Schneider: The former Duke of Hazard will be in Biloxi on Saturday and Sunday
  • James Marsters: My personal favorite cast member from Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be there all weekend.
  • Barry Bostwick: The star of The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be there all three days.
  • Lou Ferrigno: The Incredible Hulk himself will be at the con for the weekend.
  • Thomas Ian Nicholas: I never realized that the kid from Rookie of the Year grew up to be a teenager in American Pie.  Mr. Nicholas will be there all three days.

The con will be held in Biloxi from October 13-15 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center.  Find out more at the official site!

 

Major Nola Nerd Couple Announcement

I’ve been hinting at new content for the blog and podcast for a while.  This new content is such a gamechanger that we are considering a name change.

Nola Nerd Trio sounds pretty great, doesn’t it?

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That’s right! Nola Nerd Couple is expanding! Nola Nerd Baby will be joining us in the spring!

To say we are super excited is an understatement.  We have been trying for quite a while.  In fact, we have been trying for so long that the possibility actually just became an abstract thought.  We just kind of accepted our fate that we wouldn’t have kids.

Then one day, one of Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple’s friends randomly shared on Facebook a post from Audobon Fertility.  It was in April and apparently National Infertility Awareness month.  They were running screenings for couples for $100.  We made the appointment.

We realized that accepting our fate was wrong.

We like to think that our love is so strong that just the little amount of help that was given to us was all we needed.  Ours and God’s love did the rest.

Now, the first sixteen weeks have not been fun for Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple.  She has had morning sickness 24/7. We haven’t been able to do much and had to miss the Louisiana Comic Con because of it.  In fact, we can’t do podcasts because if she talks too much it makes her nauseous. Still, she knows it will be worth it in the end!

Now, let me address our little one.

Dear Sofia Catherine, 

As I’m writing this, I’m having trouble seeing the screen because my eyes are full of tears of joy.  As I write this blog, I realize that every single blog we have ever written has been addressed to you. That’s right, we were talking to you before you ever existed.  This blog is the story of your mom and me and soon you.  It contains all the things you will love, like Star Wars and Disney, because we won’t give you much choice.  It probably includes all the things you will pretend to hate when you have to go through your rebellious phase (please don’t pick Star Wars).  In this blog, you will see that your mom and I have seen a good bit of the world and had many adventures.  Don’t worry, we will do everything to make sure you see those things as well.  Especially Italy because you need to see where your grandfather came from. In our podcasts, you will find out that we are just silly people that like silly things.  Just like you will.  We can’t wait to write about the experiences we haven’t been able to have because you haven’t been here.  But soon you will be. This blog will always be there even if we write in it less and less.  We will make sure we keep the domain name so that you can read this someday.

Because this is more than just the stories of us.  This is your story.

This is your story.

Love, 

Mom and Dad

ComicCon-ing: Louisiana Comic Con This Weekend

The Louisiana Comic Con in Lafayette will take place this weekend.  We are excited and so should you be!

One of the best things about any con is the panels. Here is the panel schedule:

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As you can tell, the celebrity guests are going to be on the main stage. The Panel Room, however, offers something different for con goers. These panels cover a full range of topics from cosplaying, writing, and drawing.

We hope to see you at one of the panels!

Star Wars-ing: Find the Force this Weekend

Even though The Last Jedi doesn’t come out until December, that doesn’t mean we all can’t experience the force this weekend. On September 1, Force Friday II will take place. This is when the first merchandise for the movies will be released, providing clues to the movie.

LucasFilm will also be releasing Find the Force, an augmented reality app, to be used while shopping for new merchandise. This app will be a treasure hunt that will allow you activate old and new characters from The Last Jedi.

ComicCon-ing: Dragon Con

Our friends at Outside the Long Box alway say how we go to cons more than anyone they know.  But you know what? They have been to Dragon Con, and we haven’t.

And unfortunately, we won’t be able to go again this year.  This is a shame because this con places an enormous amount of importance on creators and especially authors. It truly is a reading nerds con.

If we were going, here is just a few of the people we would want to meet:

  • Kevin Anderson: Star Wars author
  • John Barrowman: Would love to get a Malcolm Merlyn signed picture
  • Julie Benz:  I really want to start a Dexter poster, and I already have her signature for Buffy.
  • Alton Brown: The guy behind Good Eats!
  • Charisma Carpenter: One of the few Buffy people I haven’t met yet.
  • Amanda Conner: While we have some Harley books signed, we always have more.
  • Brett Dalton:  Would love to add him to our Agents of Shield collection
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Again, plenty of comics to have her signed
  • Matt Fraction:  His Hawkeye may be my favorite comic not named Watchmen
  • Karen Gillian: We just finished her run on Doctor Who…all the feels.
  • Willa Holland: We still need her on our Arrow and Arrowverse posters
  • Echo Kellum:  Again, another Arrowverse person we would love to meet.  Plus, I would seriously be tempted to get a Ben and Kate pic.  Seriously.
  • Mike Miller: DC’s Injustice is a great out of continuity comic.  Mr. Miller’s artwork is a big reason for that.
  • Jimmy Palmiotti: See Amanda Connor above
  • Christopher Paolini:  I’m pretty sure Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple would love having him sign her books.
  • Matt Smith:  See this blog
  • Timothy Zahn:  We did get the limited edition of Thrawn at Star Wars Celebration, but we didn’t get it signed.

I didn’t even mention these people who will also be there: Jason David Frank, Sean Gunn, Clare Kramer, Zachary Levi, James Mathis III, Peter Mayhew, Gates McFAdden, Dina Meyer, Danielle Panabaker, Rob Paulsen, Billie Piper, Katee Sackoff, John Wesley Shipp, Gail Simone, Rachel Skarsten, Kevin Sorbo, Jewel Staite, Karl Urban, and Ming-Na Wen.

And again, that still scratches the surface of Dragon Con. One day, one day.

ComicCon-ing: Comics at Louisiana Comic Con

As I was looking at the Louisiana Comic Con’s excellent Facebook page, I came across one of their vendor spotlight posts.  This was for Big J’s comic shop. One of the first comments was “more comics at a comic con is something I fully support.” Well, here at Nola Nerd Couple we couldn’t agree more.

Louisiana Comic Con responded that they have six comic guests and at least four comics vendors, plus few vendors that will sell comics along with other items.

The comics guests are Mike Zeck, John Beatty, Rob Guillory, Kody Chamberlain, Greg Burnham, and Brian Steward. We have met most of the main celebrity guests, so for this one, I want to meet all of the comics guests.  I’ve read the first volume of Chew and it has left me hungry for more. For labor day weekend, I plan on submerging myself into Mike Zeck and John Beatty’s work in Marvel comics.  For Chamberlain, Burnham, and Steward, I can’t wait to read some of their work and plan on buying some directly from them. Tuskegee Heirs, Mr. Burnham’s comic, seems like it is right in my wheelhouse of interests.

You have to love a comic con that still supports comics!

 

Exercising: Goals Update

When school started again, my exercise plan went out the window. I had been going to Planet Fitness quite regularly, but not so much now. However, I have stayed the same weight so far.  I’m now 217 lbs which will make it 22 lbs from Christmas. I want to be 190 by Christmas 2017 but will settle for 200.

I am coaching football this year.  I’m not a football guru, but I do know a few things, and it is freshmen football, so it’s not the high pressure of varsity football.  It’s much more about teaching.  Plus, it’s outside which is great since every single time I’ve had an arthritic flare, my vitamin D levels are low.  Furthermore, I’m moving around.

One thing I’ve learned is the power of nutrition.  Eating well is, of course, a good thing, but making sure I don’t over eat is even more important. If it comes out of my kitchen, I weigh it.  This has led to me realizing how much I ate.  I recently split a large poorboy from Parkway Bakery the other day with Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple, and I was shocked at how full I was.  A year ago, I would have devoured that thing by myself.

I’m starting to notice how much better I look and so are other people.  More importantly, I feel so much better than I did before.  I have more energy and more focus.

Now, I just need to work on that 17-27 lbs I want to lose by Christmas!