ComicCon-ing: Louisiana Comic Con at Lafayette

It’s time to check in on the Louisiana Comic Con which will be held at the Cajundome on September 16 & 17. While we haven’t been to this con before, I think the Cajundome is a great venue for the show.  It has a large floor and should have quite a few rooms for panels.

Here are some of the guests:

  • Jason David Frank:  The Green Power Ranger is always a hit at every con he attends.
  • Shannon Purser: The Stranger Things star will be in attendance.  We didn’t meet her at the Mississippi Comic Con, but we watched her interact with guests and watch their faces light up when she did.
  • Jason Douglas:  I’m pretty sure he will be a favorite guest with his work on Attack on Titan and The Walking Dead. For us Star Wars collectors, he did the voice of Orson Krennic in Star Wars: Go Rogue.
  • Jordan Woods-Robinson: Mr. Woods-Robinson has appeared on The Walking Dead and Nashville.
  • Jake the Snake Roberts:  The wrestling great will be at Louisiana Comic Con.
  • Cherami Leigh:  Ms. Leigh has extensive credits in anime.
  • Tiffany Vollmer:  This New Orleans resident has many anime credits on her resume.
  • Mike Zeck: This comic creator has done extensive work for Marvel, DC, and Image comics. As a penciler, for Marvel, he worked on Captain America and the 1984 Secret Wars series in which he designed the new (at the time) black and white costume for Spider-Man. He also illustrated the great Spider-Man storyline “Kraven’s Last Hunt.” For DC, he has worked on covers for Batman and worked with Mark Waid on The Kingdom, a sequel to Kingdom Come.
  • John Beatty: This comic creator’s credits include Captain America, Secret Wars, and the Punisher.
  • Rob Guillory:  This Eisner Award nominee and Lafayette native has done pencil work on Howard the Duck, Thor, and The Walking Dead.  He is most famous for his work on Chew, a series about a Food and Drug Administration agent. This New York Times Bestsellers List book won an Eisner for Best New Series in 2010 and best ongoing series in 2011.
  • Kody Chamberlain:  This Thibodaux native, is a penciler, inker, and colorist. He has worked on BOOM! Studios Tag, and wrote and drew Sweets: A New Orleans Crime Story.
  • Brian Steward: Mr. Steward is an artist, writer, and photographer whose credits include pieces for Delirium, Fangoria, and Heavy Metal.

The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast Episode 15: Mississippi Comic Con

After a month’s vacation from podcasting, we are back with a review of the MS Comic Con. We got to meet quite a few members of the Star Wars universe and get some autographs to help complete, and start, some collections. This was a well-organized con that seems to be growing.  We then preview the Louisiana Comic Con in Lafayette coming up in September. We also give our thoughts on Guardians 2 and Wonder Woman, because we are nothing if not timely.

 

Blogging: Vacation

Well, it’s summer time and we are on vacation. We will be taking a two week break from the website, but we will still be active on social media. We might even do a podcast. We will be back soon with adventures from St. Augustine and previews of the Mississippi Comic Con and the Game of Thrones con in Nashville. 

See you soon! 

ComicCon-ing: MegaCon Orlando Takes Place This Weekend!

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.

Hope to see you there!

ComicCon-ing: We Will Be Podcasting at Comicpalooza

We will be podcasting at Comicpalooza!  We will be at Booth 3319 from 12-1pm Saturday.

Of course, we are a little nervous.  We have only been  podcasting for the last six months, and we have never done an episode in front of people.

Because the focus of our podcast is Star Wars and comic cons, we will dedicate most of the time to it.  We will talk about our previous experience with Comicpalooza and some of this year’s guests who have worked on Star Wars films and comics.

We are still working on our outline, but I’m hoping it will be a good show! We hope to see you there!

Running: The WDW Second Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon

IMG_2071eAs soon as I crossed the finish line of my first half-marathon, I knew that I wanted to do another.

Life got pretty crazy after my first half-marathon. I flew back to Virginia and started a new full-time job. I took a few months off from running, but I still signed up for the second The Dark Half-Marathon when registration opened in August. I started my training back at square one doing Couch to 10K to get me eased into the walk/run intervals. I did pretty well in Fall but definitely didn’t train as much as I wanted in the Winter. I thought it was hard to run with a baby in a jogger stroller, but it is even more difficult running with an active toddler who does not want to stay in the stroller.

My main running time would be on the weekends when my husband Darin and I would take turns watching Layla while the other ran. I would try to do lunch time or after work walks, but it didn’t always happen. I underestimated how hard it can be to make time for myself while working a full-time job and having a toddler.

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I was pretty nervous on race day. We hadn’t done any races since the first The Dark Side Half-Marathon, and we were in the last corral. We were actually in the second to last corral during the first Half-Marathon, so the pressure was definitely on this time to stay ahead of the balloon ladies. I had only seen them from a far distance last time, but this time we started in a mini-wave only minutes in front of them. I looked at Darin and said, “I am one with the force, and the force is with me.”

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The race started, and even though I had used the bathroom three times before going to the corrals, I drank a lot of water (later I would realize I actually drank too much water) and knew that I wouldn’t be able to comfortably run until I used the bathroom again. Thank goodness we at least had a mini-wave in front of us because that allowed me to take a much-needed bathroom break at mile 2. The balloon ladies caught up thanks to the long bathroom line, and I took off running as soon as I jumped out of that porter potty. I accidentally left my husband behind because he was being sweet and waiting for me. Oops. The balloon ladies passed him, and a couple people around him were already quitting. I called him to let him know I had started running right away out of fear of that Death Star balloon getting too close, and he easily got back to me.

The race went really well the next few miles. My muscles were warmed up, and I was fully completing my runs and walks at an excellent pace. Every mile, the pace keepers would announce how far ahead of the balloon ladies we were running. We were getting farther and farther ahead. Running through Animal Kingdom was an amazing experience, and Darin and I high-fived as we reached the half-way point several minutes ahead of the balloon ladies.

And then things quickly started going downhill for me. My hands were throbbing and becoming very swollen. My legs and body felt great, so I pushed through. Once the sun was fully out, the heat and humidity took its toll on me. At the water stations, I would pour water on myself. I started occasionally feeling dizzy and nauseous. Thankfully, Darin and I bought running pouches so I had a granola bar and energy chews to snack on. Those helped, but not enough. Eventually, I could no longer run and just maintained a power walk. Darin was fantastic and kept track of our pace and the looming balloon ladies.

Finally, we reached Hollywood Studios. I knew that if I could make it to Hollywood Studios, then the excitement and cheering should push me to the finish line. Seeing the 10-mile marker made me smile even though I was in pain and feeling incredibly ill. Our time in Hollywood Studios was brief, but the cast members on Hollywood Blvd were in costume and cheering us on. Running through The Boardwalk is kind of a blur, but I loved all the people out with signs and encouragement. I high-fived many costumed 501st Legion members. I wanted to cry when we reached Epcot because I was so close but yet so far away. I actually started doubting my ability to finish the race. Darin tried to make jokes and keep me motivated, but I couldn’t even talk. I did enjoy seeing all the cast members in front of the countries, waving flags, and cheering. When I finally reached Spaceship Earth, I breathed the slightest sigh of relief, and it wasn’t long before I had the finish line in my sights.

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Darin and I held hands as we crossed the finish line. And after getting my medal, I went straight to the medical tent. I had heat exhaustion and salt depletion. My hands were so swollen that it hurt to move them at all. They gave me cool rags, ice packs, Gatorade, and chips. They had me lay down and told me to try not to drink water for a while because I needed to retain salt. Everyone was amazing, and now I know what to do and not do to prevent salt depletion in the future.

Overall, the race was harder for me than my first Half-Marathon because of the heat exhaustion and salt depletion that I endured. But, at least I didn’t fall down and hurt myself like last year. I am incredibly thankful that I completed the race. I don’t think I would have been able to finish without the love and support of my husband who practically dragged me through Epcot.

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I still have two bruised purple toenails and some tightness in my shins, but I am eager to get back into running again once I am all healed up. Eventually, I will be able to complete a Half-Marathon without collapsing at the finish line. We plan on signing up for The Light Side Half-Marathon (January 2018) as soon as registration opens, as well as doing The Dark Side (April 2018) again so we can receive The Kessel Run medals. Darin even wants to do the challenge (where you complete the 10k on Saturday and the Half-Marathon on Sunday), but I will just stick to conquering the Half-Marathon for now. He wants to be able to actually RUN during his 10ks and then be the supportive husband doing slow walk/run intervals with me during the Half-Marathons.

Thank you, Nola Nerd Couple for letting me tell my story about this year’s The Dark Side Half-Marathon. Hopefully, I can report again from California and give my take on The Light Side. And maybe one of these days I will be able to complete a race without complications or Death Star balloons haunting looming behind me…

ComicCon-ing: Comicpalooza Brings The Noise and Comic Creators

Comicpalooza has a varied lineup.  Seriously, there is something for everyone there.

  • Rex Brown: The bassist who has been in Pantera and Down will be at Comicpalooza.
  • Christy Carlson Romano:  Ms. Romano was on Even Stevens and voiced the title character on Kim Possible.
  • Marky Ramone – The second drummer for the Ramones will be at Comicpaolooza.  He is one of the members inducted into the Hall of Fame which lets you know his importance to the group.
  • Tony Harris: Comic creator known for Starman, Iron Man, Ex Machina, and C3PO
  • James Robinson:  Comic creator known for Starman, Earth 2, Superman, and Fantastic Four
  • David Finch: Comic creator known for Batman, Wonder Woman, The New Avengers, and Ultimate X-Men
  • Doug Hazlewood: Comic creator for Animal Man, The Flash, and Wonder Woman.  I can’t wait for him to sign my Death of Superman for which he worked as an inker.
  • Sam Jones:  The savior of the universe.  He saved every last one of us.  That’s right, Flash Gordon will be at Comicpalooza.

To see our full Comicpalooza coverage including our podcasts, click here!

Can’t wait to see you in Houston!