ComicCon-ing: Con Season Approaches

Well, actually, con season is actually year round, but for us, it is usually busiest during the first four months.

First, there is Wizard World New Orleans. It is also one of the first cons of the year in the US taking place during the first full weekend in January.  While we do more in-depth previews of the con in upcoming blogs, generally speaking, it is always a great con. For me, Wizard World New Orleans usually has some fantastic panels, including some on New Orleans itself. Also, it’s right in the center of everything.  It’s at the foot of the CBD and a short walk to the French Quarter. Unlike a lot of other cons, you aren’t stuck eating con food since you have world class restaurants just a few blocks away.

The next con we usually attend is Pensacon. Pensacola is a quick drive from NOLA if you want to make to make just a one day trip.  However, we totally recommend going all three days. Pensacola hosts Pensacon with events occurring all over the downtown area. Plus, their guest lists always has something for almost every fandom there is. This con is a couple of weeks before Miss Nola Nerd Baby is due, so who knows…she might make her world premiere in Florida!

Usually, the next con for us is Star Wars Celebration, but there will not be one this year. This is great for us because Miss Nola Nerd Baby will be here and we will be too busy spoiling her to have attended this year.  But we do have some cosplay ideas for 2019 that involve her!

She might make her first appearance at Comicpalooza. We had such a great time last year at the con that we would love to go again.  We were part of their podcast series and did one live on the floor and had a great time doing it.

But it’s too soon to plan that trip. If she’s like me, she will be a fussy baby. If she’s like her mom, she will be perfect. 🙂

Basically, the point of this blog is that going to cons is part of who we are. We want that to be part of who is as well. We want her to get hooked on comics and nerdy stuff.  We will spend less money on these cons because of her, but we still will go. We have to be the people we are to be the parents we want to be. A lot of the things I love and a lot of the things Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple loves are things that our parents enjoyed.

So see you at a con!

 

 

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!

Episode 38: Podcasting from the Comicpalooza Floor!

This weekend we had the amazing opportunity to be part of the Comicpalooza Podcast Program.  Comicpalooza sets up a booth in the middle of its showroom floor and selects applicants to do a podcast from the floor.  We did ours from noon to one on Saturday, after a very successful Friday at the con.  We talk about meeting comic creators David Finch, Chad Hardin, Tony Harris, and James Robinson.  Our friend, Jessica Raney, from the BFE Podcast (and you can listen to the BFE episode we were on here if you so choose to) stopped by to promote her new short story collection, Oddballs.  We talked more about Comicpalooza and convinced her to buy the Harris and Robinson Star Wars one off, C3PO.  We had a fantastic time doing the podcast and have to do another one to talk about the fun that we had after our broadcast! Big thanks to Comicpalooza for giving us this opportunity!

ComicCon-ing: Comicpalooza Kicks Off This Friday!

Texas’s largest comic con starts this week!  Great guests such as Chuck Norris, Charlie Cox, Anthony Mackie, and the newly added Shannon Elizabeth will be just a few of the celebrity guests that will be there.

The event schedule for the con can be found here.  One of the great things that Comicpalooza does is that it includes autographing and photo ops in its list.  This actually allows you to plan your days.

We will be getting to Houston around 6-7 on Friday, so I’m not sure if we will make any activities even though they go on into the night. So, here are a few events we love to go to on Saturday and Sunday (of course we might have to split up to achieve a few of these, lol):

Saturday

Comics in Academia – Room 351C – 10:30am

Lance Henriksen Q&A – Room 332A – 10:30am

 

Star Wars Enthusiasts of Houston Mega Cosplay Photo Shoot – Hall B3 – 1-2pm

Valiant 101: The Story Starts Here Room – 371C – 1:30-2:30pm

Anthony Mackie Q&A – General Assembly – 4:30 to 5:30

Sunday

Daredevil Q&A -General Assembly – 11:00-11:45

SpongeBob SquarePants Q&A – Room 332A – 12:00-1:00pm

Technology of The Expanse: How NASA Operates in Space in the Present and in the Future – Room 381A – 1:00pm-2:00 pm

Remembering Carrie Fisher – Room 351C – 4:30-5:30 pm

You can see all of our coverage of Comicpalooaza here.

ComicCon-ing: Comicpalooza Literary Panels

One my favorite types of panels at any con is the writer panels. Comicpalooza has tons of these roundtables, which is a great thing for those that go to cons to learn.  There are quite a few people who attend cons for these types of panels.

Comicpalooza has tons of these panels, but here is a few that we would love to attend.

Friday

11:30-12:30 – Beyond Hogwarts: What’s New In Potterverse featuring H.C.H. Ritz, Cornelia G. Amiri, and Fern Brady

11:30 – 12:30 – The Writer’s Guide to Crossing Genres featuring Jim Butcher, C. Stuart Hardwick, Tex Thompson, Michelle Muenzler

5:30 – 6:30 – Folklore and Mythology for Writers featuring Jim Butcher, Michael Wilson, Carrie Patel, and C. Robert Cargill

Saturday

10-11 – Mental Illness in Speculative Fiction featuring Deborah L. Davitt, K. M. Tolan, Paige E. Ewing, Arylias Nova, and Kate Pentecost

11:30-12:30 QA with Doctor Strange Writer C. Robert Cargill

1-2 Working on Novels vs. Comics featuring Jim Butcher, Mat Johnson, and Michael Ashleigh Finn

4-5 Meet Lev Grossman: Author of The Magicians Trilogy

Sunday

11:30-12:30 Writing in the Fantasy Genre featuring Lev Grossman, Jim Butcher, Tex Thompson, Martha Wells, and Carrie Patel

2:30-3:30 Featured Guest Q&A with Jim Butcher

4-5 The Rise of AI in Science Fiction featuring C. M. Bratton, C. Stuart Hardwick, William Ledbetter, John Moore.

Again, this is just a few of the literary panels at Comicpalooza.  The full list is listed here.

Can’t wait to see you at Comicpalooza!

Episode 37: Star Wars Celebration Review

Star Wars Celebration Orlando has come and gone.  We had some amazing experiences and frustrating ones as well.  We talk about all the things we love and the things we didn’t like at Celebration.  Luckily, the bad things didn’t ruin it for us (even though I’m not sure that was the case for everyone).  We also do a lengthy preview of Comicpalooza, talk about a May the Fourth event at Dat Dog, and give our take on how to tackle Jazz Fest.

Of course, we took tons of photos at Celebration, plus we still have some blogs to write about Celebration.  These pics will mostly be of the exhibition and autograph halls in addition to other sights that we saw in our four days at Star Wars Celebration Orlando.  Click pictures to make them larger adn to read captions.  If any of the photos are of you, let us know and we can send you an unedited copy.

ComicCon-ing: Comicpalooza’s Story Includes Authors

Comicpalooza works hard to make sure authors are included in their lineup. From nationally known and widely acclaimed to the local author, this con understands that every author has a story to tell and that those stories deserve to find an audience.

Jim Butcher leads the well-known artist list.  Mr. Butcher is an author known for the The Codex Alera and The Dresden File. The Magicians Trilogy author Lev Grossman will be there. Mat Johnson, a writer of Loving Day and Pym, will be signing books. Bring your copy of Doctor Strange Blu-ray because screenwriter C. Robert Cargill will be at Comicpalooza.

For a list of authors at Comicpalooza, click here.  Stop by an authors booth, ask them about their books. You never know you might find a new favorite book!