Star Wars-ing: Quick Thursday Recap

  • The 40th-anniversary panel was amazing according to friends who camped out. The fact that Harrison Ford and John Williams were there put it over the top.  We can’t wait to stream it.
  • The STEM/STEAM Star Wars panel was one of the best panels I went to about education at a con. They discussed how sci-fi led them to science.  Holly Griffith, an engineer at NASA, stated she owed her career to Princess Leia.
  • Denis Lawson is not someone that does a lot of cons.  However, he was one of the nicest and most personable people we have seen at a con and his line was always long.
  • Temuera Morrison was ecstatic to sign our picture of the character he voiced in Moana, Chief Tui.
  • Billy Dee Williams is still the coolest person on the planet.
  • We got everything we wanted at the Celebration store!!!
  • We bought Thrawn with the exclusive convention cover and got the exclusive pin. Can’t wait to read it.
  • The line to get in was ridicuslous.  They knew the number of tickets that were sold and that still planned poorly.  However, they did realize that it was not very smooth, and they announced tonight at close that there are expanding their entrance points.
  • The photo-op location is in a weird spot in the corner.  Not sure why, but that was a bad decision. Even if it is smoothly run, it’s still not a good location.

Even though the last two were “even better ifs,” the first day was a pure success for us. We had goals and we did most of them.  We did have to split up become some lines took more time, but we had great expereinces with each person we met.

Of course, we will do a full written recap and review next week as well as podcast covering everything.

Star Wars-ing: Meeting Taylor Gray of Star Wars Rebels

Here at Nola Nerd Couple Headquarters, Star Wars makes up a large part of our lives.  We have made trips to the West and East coast because of Star Wars.  We collect everything Star Wars from figurines to calendars to games to clothes. We are keeping up with new Star Wars canon by reading the Marvel Comics. Cristina was a big fan of Clone Wars (which I have not seen) and started watching Star Wars Rebels as soon as it came out. Star Wars Rebels takes place about five years before the events of Episode IV. I did not plan on watching Star Wars Rebels, often doing something else while Cristina watched.  It was hard to not pay attention.  It has great stories that match the talent level of its cast which includes Freddie Prince, Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Jason Isaacs, Dee Bradley Baker, and David Oyelowo. However, it was the character of Ezra Bridger voiced by Taylor Gray that really drew me in. 

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Ezra Bridger of Star Wars Rebels

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ComicCon-ing: Cristina’s Day with Tom Hiddleston

My celebrity dream came true and I was able to meet Tom Hiddleston at Wizard World Philadelphia on June 4, 2016. Talk about a VIP experience!!

ComicCon-ing: Space City Comic Con

Being approved as media for a comic con is a tricky business.  We are there to promote the con.  We truly aren’t media in that we are not there to do an investigative report on the con.  Nola Nerd Couple states on their application that our main focus is on getting people to understand why we love conventions.  Before the con, we hype up the con so people can understand why we want to attend one. After the con, we report on what we did. We also provide some constructive criticisms in the hope that someone at the con reads them. Most of the time we report 99% positives.

Yet, we are fans.  We have dual personalities at cons. We are media looking to interview mainly comic book artists. We really want to sit down with the artists and learn more about their craft. We would love to interview actors, but their time is extremely regulated and limited.  We pay our own way to the cons we attend. We are also fans who love to collect autographs, and pay for that ourselves.  Media passes might provide us with free entry but everything else comes on our own dime.

It was our anniversary and Cristina surprised me with tickets for autographs for some of the Sons of Anarchy people. Then alleged nonpayment and bounced checks occurred with the Sons of Anarchy cast. (We will post an editorial later this week explaining it from our point of view.  We didn’t get to talk to any higher ups so all we have is speculation and our story).

So this post is going to focus on the good things that happened. Mostly.

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ComicCon-Ing: Space City Comic Con in Houston 2016

Cristina will share her experience of Space City Comic Son in this blog. Kurt’s experience will come tomorrow, with an editorial the following day.

Kurt and I had plans to attend MegaCon this year, but due to budgetary restraints, and the fact that we’re going to Wizard World Philadelphia next week, we decided to stay home. On a whim, we applied for media passes to Space City Comic Con (SCCC). We attended in January 2014 when it was in Galveston, TX and thoroughly enjoyed it. Luckily, we were accepted and found a cheap hotel close to the NRG Center. Since it was our anniversary weekend, May 28th marked five happy, nerdy years married, I decided to make sure Kurt had a great experience by meeting some of the Sons of Anarchy cast. SOA is one of Kurt’s favorite television shows and over fifteen people from the show were attending the con. SCCC pushed buying autograph tickets ahead of time and in order to ensure that we stayed on budget, I bought autograph tickets for Kim Coates (Tig), Ryan Hurst (Opie), Drea De Matteo (Wendy), and the elusive Charlie Hunnam (Jax). Kurt was going to have a wonderful anniversary present and we’d have a great time covering the con as media! Or so we thought… Continue reading

ComicCon-ing: Artists Spotlight For Space City Comic Con

Comic cons have evolved throughout the years. Some people will say that most aren’t comic cons shouldn’t be comic cons anymore because the focus seems to be on media guests and not the artists.  That may be but I haven’t been to a con yet that didn’t feature artists.  Every con I’ve been too has always had talented artists. Space City Comic Con in Houston is no exception.

I’ve already written a blog on Fred Van Lente and his work writing The Comic Book History of Comics. It’s an amazing book that has me looking for more comics that are works of non-fiction.

 

Darryl Makes Comics DMC No. 1

Darryl Makes Comics DMC No. 1

Darryl McDaniels, better known as DMC from Run DMC, has created his own line of comics called Darryl Makes Comics.  I’ve read issue #1, and its fantastic.  Set in the 80s, there is a vigilante going around helping people who is known as DMC. There are plenty of references to lyrics from the seminal rap group, but they never force it. In addition, it calls into question about who do superheroes answer to. In this comic, a “hero” has to answer to a shadowing rich person at the end.  I can’t wait to read all issues, especially if they are as good as the first.

 

Dave Dorman Star Wars Variants

Dave Dorman Star Wars Variants

Dave Dorman is an artist who often does work for Star Wars. We have been collecting the new Marvel Star Wars comics since they started, and Mr. Dorman has done quite a few of the variants. His work is amazing and we have a few comics for him to sign. Of course, if he has others to purchase, we will probably buy a few as well. (Probably means definitely).

 

Doug Hazlewood, Inker on The Death of Superman

Doug Hazlewood, Inker on The Death of Superman

Doug Hazlewood has been a long time inker and you can find lots of his work in hardcover and trade paperback. In fact, he was the inker for the best-selling comic book ever – the Death of Superman. The inkwork on that book is fantastic as is the work that Hazlewood did with Grant Morrison on Animal Man.

 

The Paybacks written by Donny Cates

The Paybacks written by Donny Cates

Donny Cates is a comic book writer.  I just purchased the first volume of his work The Paybacks because it sounds, well, original. It’s about a group of heroes that act as repos for other heroes who spend more than they earn.  Superheroes need all those wonderful toys, but not everyone can be Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark.  Some have to buy on credit and some over extend themselves.  Now doesn’t that sound like a great comic?  When I’m done with it I’ll write a review…unless I decide I need to read the complete set first.

These are just a few of the artists that will be at Space City Comic Con. I can’t wait to see all the artists and their work.  My budget might not like it but my Nola Nerd Couple Headquarters still needs some decorating!

 

 

ComicCon-ing: Pensacon 2016 Full Recap

Pensacon celebrated its third year in Pensacola this year and we decided to make a weekend of it and attend all three days. The first year, I drove up on Saturday morning with two of my good friends and last year, Kurt and I drove up on Saturday morning. Both years we made the three hour trek back to New Orleans at the end of the day, but this year, we drove up Friday afternoon and came back Sunday evening. Thus, we were able to experience much more than in previous years and enjoy many more aspects of the con that we had missed.

One of my big collections is autographs. I love meeting celebrities that star in shows that I love to watch and having that thirty second connection with them. This year, there were almost twenty people I wanted to meet and besides one, whom I decided to put off until another con, I accomplished my goal and received many new autographs and treasured items in the process. Continue reading