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.

ComicCon-ing: Mississippi Comic Con

The Mississippi Comic Con will be held June 24 and 25 at the MS Trade Mart in Jackson, Mississippi.  The con has a great lineup and is an easy drive from New Orleans.

The main people we want to see are Jeremy Bulloch, Mark Dodson, Jerome St.John Blake, and Barbara Goodson.  They all have had various roles in different Star Wars productions.  Mr. Bulloch is most famous for giving life to Boba Fett.  We need him to complete a Fett picture we have that has Daniel Logan and Temora Morrison’s signatures. Mr. Dodson voiced one of Ms. Nola Nerd Couple’s favorite characters, Salacious Crumb. Mr. Blake portrayed Mas Amedda (a character I want to learn more about in the new canon) and well as quite a few others in the prequels.  Ms. Goodson, most famous for Rita Repulsa from the Power Rangers, voiced Mother Talzin in the Clone Wars, again a favorite of Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple.

There will be other Power Rangers guests there including Walter Jones and David Yost.  Wrestling fans from the cold war era will enjoy meeting Nikolai Volkoff. There will also be actors from Stranger Things and anime as well as several comic creators.

So you put on your best cosplay, breeze into that city and have people stop and bow! Cause we are going to Jackson and you should go to!

ComicCon-ing: Cosplay from MegaCon

Cosplay at MegaCon was on point. The amount of time and effort that went into each person’s cosplay was evident.

Click on each photo to see the large version. If any of the pictures are of you, we would be glad to send you the picture unedited, just leave a comment or send us an email at nolanerdcouple@gmail.com.  I tried to leave a caption for each picture, but I’m not sure of what every cosplay is especially when it comes to anime or games. Corrections are encouraged in the comments or through email.  We would also love to have you share the story of how you made your cosplay and if you would like we could set you up as a guest blogger!

ComicCon-ing: Pictures from MegaCon

MegaCon was a great convention.  There was plenty of vendors and artists. In fact, there may have been too many to choose from especially with the artists.  The cosplay was excellent.  The comic creators’ line-up was amazing.

Here are some random pictures from the con.  Click to see full size. If you are in any of these images and would like a copy, please leave a comment with your email address or send an email to nolanerdcouple@gmail.com, and we would be glad to send you the unedited picture.

 

We will be back tomorrow with just cosplay pics.

The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast Episode 14: Podcasting from the MegaCon Floor!

MegaCon was a great con experience under horrible conditions for one of us.  The con was great, but Mr. Nola Nerd Couple became really ill with an upper respiratory infection before he even got to the con.  This delayed our arriving at the con late Friday instead of early Friday.  He even felt so bad he didn’t attend until late Saturday and he felt horrible the whole time.  That didn’t stop Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple from having a great time (even though she succumbed to the sinus infection Monday morning).  Still, the little bit of time the Mr. got to spend at the con was a great success.  Warning: this is a minimally edited podcast so there is lots of crowd noise and even a speaker announcement that proves we were at Megacon. We talk about meeting some of our favorite comic creators and a few actors at the con. Special thanks to Geekella, Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple’s sister, for letting us record at her booth. Thanks for listening!

PS. We will have pictures from the con in a large picture post up as soon as we can.

ComicCon-ing: Learning How to Be Press at Conventions

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.

ComicCon-ing: Gaming at Comicpalooza

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!