ComicCon-ing: MegaCon Continues to Focus on Comic Creators

MegaCon has excellent celebrity guests year in and year out.  This year is no exception, and we are trying to figure out how to pay for it all.

However, MegaCon, which is under the Fan Expo umbrella of Infroma Exhibitions,  doesn’t forget the comic part of their convention. To comic book collectors, this year’s guests is as star-studded as the celebrity guests.  In fact, we might spend more time in the comic creators’ area.

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Comic Book Creator Area at MegaCon 2017

Some of the people that will be appearing:

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ComicCon-ing: 2001 at MegaCon

Few times do I get to the “spare no expense” level with a con guest for myself.  Of course, Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple seems to find her self in that situation a little more often. For me, it was meeting Sarah Michelle Gellar and John Hurt.

Now, MegaCon has Gary Lockwood and Keir Dullea.

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Comic Con-ing: Pensacon 2018, part 2

One of our favorite cons to attend is Pensacon, in Pensacola, FL. Not only are the workers and volunteers some of the nicest that we have ever encountered at a con, but they consistently get good guests, have quality panels, and supplement those with people from Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association with telescopes, West Florida Public Libraries conducting Superhero Training for kids, a gaming room with tons of different games being played all day (both tabletop and video), and The SCA (Society of Creative Anachronism), who recreate the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.  

It is not just the Pensacola Bay Center that gets involved; instead, the entire town takes part in the fun, from the airport to the restaurants. You can fly into Pensacola Intergalactic Airport and have lunch at the Star Trek Holodeck at Atlas Oyster House, where you could take a photo in the Captain’s chair and check out original props while you drink a James Tea Kirk or a Spock’s Mojito. Dinner could be at Nintendo at The Tin Cow, where you could eat Bob-omb Nachos or a Koopa Burger, drink Lon Lon Milk, or have a spiked shake like Yoshi’s Cookie and the Princess Peach. Everything downtown is walkable, so you do not have to worry if you imbibe in too much Milk of Poppy or Basilisk Blood at The Cabaret. Larger guest panels take place at various established around the town, like the Saenger Theatre, Pensacola Little Theatre, and the Rex Theatre. It truly is a wonderful weekend.

 

Images from Pensacon 2017.

This year, we finally scored a room at the Pensacola Grand Hotel across the street from the Bay Center. Not only is it the official host hotel, but they have panels there and many of the guests stay there as well. We were giddy with excitement to finally be in the thick of the action day and night. If you read my previous blogs on Introducing: Nola Nerd Baby, you will know that I became pregnant in June 2017, which put my due date two weeks after Pensacon. I remained hopeful that even though I would be 38 weeks pregnant, I could take the three hour drive to Pensacola and attend. We had the host hotel, I could always just walk back to our room if I became tired. Right? Oh so wrong.

My doctor diagnosed me with preeclampsia and admitted me into the hospital on February 20th. I had my daughter on Thursday, February 22nd. Pensacon was February 23rd-25th. Needless to say, either one of us going was unfortunately out of the question.

There were so many guests this year that I was looking forward to meeting! A brief list:

  • Adam Brown: Ori in The Hobbit trilogy. I started dwarf poster and adding him would have been cool.
  • Arthur Darvill: Rory Williams in Doctor Who and Rip Hunter in Legends of Tomorrow. Rory is my absolute favorite companion (yes, he is a companion!) because his undying love for Amy Pond reminds me so much of my husband’s love for me.
  • Barbara Hershey: Cora Mills on Once Upon a Time and Ann Rutledge on Damien. I loved her on OUAT and the short-lived but amazing Damien, while my husband loved her from The Entity. She plays villainous so well.
  • Camille Coduri: Jackie Tyler on Doctor Who. I loved Rose’s family and Camille brought such a sweet comedy to her character.
  • Chris Sarandon: Prince Humperdinck in The Princess Bride, voice of Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas. TNBC is one of my all time favorite movies and I am itching to start a poster with all of the cast on it.
  • Claudia Gray: author of Star Wars novels, like Bloodline. I intend to read all of the new canon SW novels, so she would be cool to meet.
  • Hugh Spight: Gamorean guard and an Elom monster in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. I probably have more Star Wars autographs than any other fandom. Even the background characters.
  • Ian McElhinney: Ser Barristan Selmy in Game of Thrones and General Dodonna in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Two of my top fandoms so I really wanted multiple signatures from him!
  • Jason Isaacs: Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, The Grand Inquisitor in Star Wars Rebels, and Captain Gabriel Lorca on Star Trek: Discovery. Even though I want his autograph for all of these characters, the amazing Lucius Malfoy would have be first. He was amazing in that role.
  • John de Lancie: Q in the Star Trek universe and the voice of Discord on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Discord is my favorite character on MLP.
  • Pom Klementieff: Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I am a big MCU fan so I would have loved to add her to my collection.
  • Seth Gilliam: Ellis Carver on The Wire. This is my husband’s number one fandom and the person he was looking forward to the most.
  • Wai Ching Ho: Madame Gao in the Netflix Marvel universe. She gave us a shoutout!

This list does not even include the cool guests that we have already met:

  • Tony Isabella: Creator of Black Lightning (now a television show!)
  • Tommy Flanagan: Chibs on Sons of Anarchy
  • Ryan Hurst: Opie on Sons of Anarchy
  • Ray Park: Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
  • Paul Blake: Greedo in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
  • Lou Ferrigno: The Incredible Hulk
  • John Barrowman: Capt. Jack Harkness on Doctor Who, Malcolm Merlyn on Arrow
  • Jason David Frank: The original Green Power Ranger
  • Ian Beattie: Meryn Trant on Game of Thrones (he gave us a shoutout!)
  • Garrick Hagon: Red Three (Biggs) in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
  • Charles Martinet: voice of Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi.
  • Brent Spiner: Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation

And these are just the ones I am interested in! Pensacon had over 100 guests!

Luckily, one of my best friends was going to the con and was able to be our correspondent. He wrote about his experience here (spoiler alert: he loved it). Next year, our daughter’s first birthday will be the Friday of Pensacon, which is February 22nd – 24th. Are we still going to go and celebrate her first birthday in Pensacola? You bet your sweet bippy we are! We cannot think of a better first birthday party for her, than to experience it with thousands of other like-minded people. She might think everyone is dressed up and having fun in honor of her birthday. And as far as I am concerned, they are. See you next year, Pensacon! We cannot wait to take our little Nola Nerd Baby!

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Nola Nerd Baby’s first cosplay: Yoda

Comic Con-ing: Pensacon 2018

If you have read our recent previous posts, you know that we had our first child on the Thursday before Pensacon; needless to say, we could not personally attend! Thankfully, we have a wonderful friend who went in our stead. Here is his great recap below:

Hello Nola Nerd Couple readers!  I had the honor of filling in for the Nola Nerd Couple this year at Pensacon 2018 due to a new arrival, Nola Nerd Baby. So once I heard I would be heading to Pensacon, I immediately downloaded the Pensacon 2018 app on my phone to see all the things I was in store for.  I arrived early to beat the Friday crowd to get a feel for this year’s layout and I was impressed how well the limited space was utilized.  As Pensacon regulars know, the Pensacola Bay Center has a very unique floor plan, which I’m sure leads to many challenges for the Pensacon staff, but they successfully pulled off another great year.

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Comic Con-ing: Megacon – First Look

Megacon in Orlando, FL is over Memorial Weekend and we will be attending! This will be Nola Nerd Baby’s first convention, so we are excited to dress her in some baby cosplay and have her see the sights and sounds that make comic conventions so much fun. We love going to Megacon and we just know our daughter will love it as well! Let us look at some of the offerings at this year’s con.

The guest list this year is fantastic. Jeff Goldblum! Besides portraying The Grandmaster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he is the subject of that awesome meme from Jurassic Park! Not to mention, has the famous FaceBook page, The Same Photo of Jeff Goldblum Every Day. If you are into horror, like my husband, you will remember him from The Fly. He is a legend and I am stoked to be able to meet him and add him to my autograph collection! My sister and I are also doing a photo op, because, let’s face it, it is Jeff Goldblum. Jeff is appearing Saturday only.

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The amazing Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park.

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The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast Episode 15: Wizard World New Orleans 2018 Wrap-Up

After a long absence, The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast is back! In this show, we explain why we were gone for so long, what we were up to in that time, and finally, we focus in on Wizard World New Orleans 2018!  Spoiler alert: we had a great con.  Show notes for this episode in the photo gallery below!

 

ComicCon-ing: Wizard World Programming

Besides meeting celebrities and browsing the booths from many different geek vendors, Wizard World New Orleans offers countless hours of programming.  Topics range from Q&A with celebrities to DIY cosplay to fandom discussions to creating your own fiction.

Here is a sample of what Wizard World New Orleans has to offer:

  • Interactive Q&As with Stan Lee (Saturday, 1 p.m.), David Tennant (Saturday, 2 p.m.), Ian Somerhalder (Saturday, 3 p.m.), Henry Winkler (Sunday, noon), Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” Saturday, 12:30 p.m.),  Ruth Connell (“Supernatural,” Saturday, noon), Joe Flanigan (“Stargate: Atlantis,” Saturday, 1:30 p.m.)

  • Group sessions with the casts of “Gotham” (Saturday, 4 p.m.) and “Boy Meets World” (Saturday, 4 p.m.) and “Women Of Sci-Fi” Charisma Carpenter (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and  Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed) (Saturday, 2 p.m.)

  • Disney Trivia panel with Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite ) and Thomas Ian Nicholas (Rookie of the Year,  Saturday, 2 p.m.)

  • Creator-themed hours featuring industry superstars Stuart Sayger (“Micronauts”), Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion), Clinton Hobart  (licensed Disney fine artist), Mark Kistler (“Secret City”, Tom Cook  (“Saturday Morning Cartoons”), Greg Herren (“Garden District Gothic”), Victor Dandridge  (“The Samaritan”) and more

  • Sci-Fi Speed Dating sessions (Friday 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m./LGBTPQ, 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.mhttp://secure.campaigner.com/CSB/LGBTPQ, 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.)

  • Screening of the award-winning feature documentary COMIX: Beyond the Comic Book Pages, a film all about comic books, and the phenomenon surrounding them that features some of the greatest talents in the industry (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.).

  • Fan-based panels on subjects ranging from podcasting, indie comics, “Ghosts of New Orleans” with the Paranormal Society of New Orleans, “Doctor Who,” “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars” and more

  • Kids programming all three days, including story time, face painting, puppet shows, dance parties, magic, learn to draw, (and Kids 10 and under are free every day with paid adult)

  • World-famous Wizard World Comic Con Adult Costume Contest, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Kids Costume Contests on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

  • Cosplay with special guests Da Berry Best Cosplays, Alex Cosplays, OhMySophii, Princess Morgan, Captain K and  Canvas Cosplay and more, throughout the weekend

  • Cosplay Workshops (Working with Worbla, How to Bring a Character to Life, Creators and Social Media, Intro to Molding/Casting, Makeup, Pokemon), require additional ticket

Most of these panels and workshops are included with the price of your ticket, but a few may cost extra. You can find the complete programming guide here.

The 2018 Wizard World New Orleans show hours are Friday, January 5, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, January 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, January 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.