Monthly, we try to update you on the cons in driving distance a little more in-depth than our weekly con feature. (These are the cons we know about….let us know if we are not covering a con that is near New Orleans!).
Louisiana Comic Con (The CajunDome, Lafayette, October 6&7): One of the great things about Louisiana Comic Con is that not only do they announce guests with their excellent Facebook posts, but they also do vendor spotlights. One of the hardest things to do at a con is to find out what vendors are at a con. A map ahead of time is great, but actual details about a vendor is a godsend. It lets you plan the day better and if you are anything like us your days are usually planned to the brim. So go check out their Facebook page!
Gulf Coast Fan Fest (Mississippi Coast Convention Center, Biloxi, October 13 & 14): Scout Taylor-Compton, who played Laurie Strode in Rob Zombie’s Halloween movies, will be in Biloxi. I’m really excited about this because I started a Zombie Halloween poster with Taylor Mane (he played Michael Meyers in those films) at Pensacon a few years back. Joining her will be Kent McCord, a veteran TV actor whose credits include Glactica 1980 and Farscape. This con will be something special for the Mississippi Gulf Coast and we can’t wait.
Pensacon (Downtown Pensacola, Pensacola, February 22-24, 2019): If you are frequent reader of this blog, you know that we are practically in love with Pensacon. Like the 11th Doctor was with his Tardis. Well, look at the guest list for this February con in July and you will know why. They keep adding great names. Lucy Davis, from The Office UK, Shaun of the Dead, and Wonder Woman will be there. She nearly stole Wonder Woman away from Gal Gadot and that is no small feat! Alan Oppenheimer, the voice of Skeletor, will be in Pensacola. The Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, will be appearing at Pensacon again at the 2019 con. Fans of Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon will be pleased to meet Taimak. Also, Jeremy Davies, a favorite of the Nola Nerd Couple will be at Pensacon. Now, what do we get signed…a Saving Private Ryan picture or a Lost picture of him as Daniel Faraday. We missed Pensacon last year because it was the same weekend as the Nola Nerd Baby’s birth…which means she will be turning one at the con this year! We can’t wait.
Mississippi Comic Con (MS Trade Mart in Jackson, Mississippi, June 23-24):
We didn’t make it to the Mississippi Comic-Con this year because this little cutie had her baptism.
We wanted to attend. Meeting Linda Blair would have been awesome, and we just finished watching The Office so meeting Kate Flannery would have been a great start to a collection for that franchise.
Since we didn’t make it to the con, here are a few links to stories about the con:
A set of articles from the Starkville Daily News (Hail State!) about a young man who operates a lemonade stand to make it to the Mississippi Comic-Con. (1, 2, and 3)
An excellent walk through the show floor! (Check out the youtube channel for more great stuff!)
Louisiana Comic Con (The CajunDome, Lafayette, October 6&7): Ryan Hurst from Remember the Titans and Sons of Anarchy will be appearing at the con. We met him at the Space City Comic Con, and it was one of the highlights of that trip to Houston. Also appearing will be designer and illustrator Kathryn Shuff. You can see more of her stuff here.
Gulf Coast Fan Fest (Mississippi Coast Convention Center, Biloxi, October 13 & 14): Hercules! Hercules! – Kevin Sorbo will be making an appearance at Gulf Coast Fan Fest. He will be joining Ray Park, Sam Jones, Peter Davison, Jason Mewes, Denise Crosby, and Seth Gilliam. This is going to be a great con, and we can’t wait for it!
Pensacon (Downtown Pensacola, Pensacola, February 22-24, 2019): I don’t know how Pensacon does it, but they get guests announced for their next con as soon as they present one closes. Ok, we do know how they do it. They treat their guests fantastically and equally. Artist Tony Isabella has remarked to us how wonderful he gets treated at this con. It shows in the guests that they get. I wouldn’t be surprised if plenty of artists and celebrity guests spread the wonderfulness of Pensacon amongst themselves. Here are just a few of the guests announced for 219: Kevin Conroy, Jonathan Frakes, Catherine Tate, Orlando Jones, Timothy Zahn, Charles Fleischer, Sean Gunn, Paul Freeman, Julian Glover, Diamond Dallas Page, Karen Allen. This is about one-fourth of the people they have announced. We will go through them more as we get closer to the con. Also, it will be Nola Nerd Baby’s first birthday on the Friday of Pensacon! She will think it’s a giant party for her!
Mississippi Comic Con (MS Trade Mart in Jackson, Mississippi, June 23-24): Woah. I didn’t see this coming. Not at all. Mississippi Comic con added Linda Blair to their list of celebrities coming to Jackson. The Exorcist is the greatest horror film ever and one of the best films to examine what it means to believe in something greater than yourself. Her acting is instrumental to the film’s success. For any serious horror fan autograph collector, she is a must get. Joining her in Jackson will be the savior of the universe, Sam Jones. Mr. Jones played the title character in Flash Gordon and himself in Ted. If you can’t get enough fun at the con there is the after party at Hal and Mal’s after. Editor’s note: We can’t make it to this con due to Nola Nerd Baby’s christening. So everyone going have fun for us and tell Ms. Blair hello for us!
Louisiana Comic Con (The CajunDome, Lafayette, October 6&7): This con will be held on October 6 & 7 at the Cajundome in Lafayette. Joining Eisner award winner Rob Gillory will be Paul Blake. Mr. Blake is best known for his role as Greedo in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. If you are a fan of Nintendo and Mario, then Charles Martinet is a must meet for you. He is a great con guest and is super entertaining to all the fans that meet him. Besides voicing Mario, he has done voice work in Skyrim and acted in The Game as Micheal Douglas’s father.
Gulf Coast Fan Fest (Mississippi Coast Convention Center, Biloxi, October 13 & 14): This con already has a great lineup and they keep adding to it weekly. Rick Worthy of The Magians and Supernatural will be appearing at the con. One of my favorite artists, Ken Kelly, will be at the con. He painted the covers for Love Gun and Destroyer by KISS. One of the few Star Trek members I haven’t met yet is Denis Crosby. Maybe I can fix that the GCFF. Also, appearing will be William Katt, or as I like to call him The Greatest American Hero.
Next week: A family illness kept us away last week, so we apologize for missing a week. Next week, we will add Pensacon to the rotation since they are announcing guests already!
Megacon: Again, we had a blast at MegaCon. We are in the process of doing a podcast about the con, but we just returned home from vacation and are looking forward to getting Nola Nerd Baby back on schedule. MegaCon as far as we know hasn’t released any dates for next year’s con, but their sister con, MegaCon Tampa Bay, will be held Septemeber 21-23. We will try to update our comic con previews weekly, and we will feature Tampa Bay as soon as they start announcing guests.
Mississippi Comic Con: We attended the Mississippi Comic Con last year and had a great time. This con will be on June 23 and 24 at the MS Trade Mart in Jackson Mississippi. The lineup is impressive for a con that is probably the smallest of the ones that we cover. It will feature Ryan Hurst, Austin St. John, Michael Biehn, Maile Flanagan, Kate Flannery, Todd Habekorn, David Fielding, John Morton, David Ankrum, Dickey Beer, and Jake the Snake Roberts. We have been binging The Office and are looking forward to meeting Kate Flannery.
Louisiana Comic Con: This con will be held on October 6 & 7 at the Cajundome in Lafayette. This con is a little far away, so it’s guest roster is limited. However, it does feature homegrown talent and Eisner-award winner Rob Guillory.
Gulf Coast Fan Fest: This con will be at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center on October 13-14, 2018. This convention is a brand new con, and it already has a great lineup. Some of the celebrity guests include Seth Gilliam, Sam Jones, Ming Chen, David Naughton, Ray Park, and Jason Mewes. Mr. Nola Nerd Couple is a massive fan of The Wire so he can’t wait to meet Mr. Gilliam
The Louisiana Comic Con in Lafayette will take place this weekend. We are excited and so should you be!
One of the best things about any con is the panels. Here is the panel schedule:
As you can tell, the celebrity guests are going to be on the main stage. The Panel Room, however, offers something different for con goers. These panels cover a full range of topics from cosplaying, writing, and drawing.
We hope to see you at one of the panels!
As I was looking at the Louisiana Comic Con’s excellent Facebook page, I came across one of their vendor spotlight posts. This was for Big J’s comic shop. One of the first comments was “more comics at a comic con is something I fully support.” Well, here at Nola Nerd Couple we couldn’t agree more.
Louisiana Comic Con responded that they have six comic guests and at least four comics vendors, plus few vendors that will sell comics along with other items.
The comics guests are Mike Zeck, John Beatty, Rob Guillory, Kody Chamberlain, Greg Burnham, and Brian Steward. We have met most of the main celebrity guests, so for this one, I want to meet all of the comics guests. I’ve read the first volume of Chew and it has left me hungry for more. For labor day weekend, I plan on submerging myself into Mike Zeck and John Beatty’s work in Marvel comics. For Chamberlain, Burnham, and Steward, I can’t wait to read some of their work and plan on buying some directly from them. Tuskegee Heirs, Mr. Burnham’s comic, seems like it is right in my wheelhouse of interests.
You have to love a comic con that still supports comics!