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: Other Con News


MegaCon has been steadily adding guests to its lineup.  Here are the latest additions:

  • Gina Torres:  A fixture in the Whedonverse, she has had pivotal roles in Firefly and Angel. ( Which is also the two fandoms I need signatures for!)
  • Tom Wilson: We met Mr. Wilson at another con recently and he is nothing like Buff ‘Mad Dog’ Tannen in Back to the Future.  If you are looking to do a Back to the Future autograph collection (and almost everyone does cons from time to time), Mr. Wilson is a must get.
  • Jeri Ryan:  All fans of Star Trek will be lining up to get Mr. Ryan (“Seven of Nine” from Voyager).
  • Matthew Lewis:  The Harry Potter star turned heartthrob who once received a twitter request from Ms. Rowlings to put his close back on (warning: link will lead to a scantily clad Mr. Lewis), will be at MegaCon.  His line may be long mainly due to swooning from admirers.
  • Ray Park:  The martial arts expert and former Sith Lord, Ray Park will be at MegaCon.  He was also in X-Men films (the first set).
  • Spencer Wilding:  Mr. Wilding is one of the new men to suit up as the Dark Lord of the Sith, Lord Vader in Rogue One. He has also had roles in Doctor Who and  Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Elyes Gabel:  The star of the TV series Scorpion will be in Orlando.
  • Richard Dean Anderson:  Mr. Anderson has been involved in the different Star Gate franchises and is well known for his creation of MacGyver.



ComicPalooza is coming up in May as well.  We already have our hotel booked.

  • Amy Jo Johnson:  The only Power Ranger I knew by real name before I went to cons (and that was because of Felicity).  I was just the wrong age to watch Power Rangers.
  • Steve LeiaLoaha: This iconic inker has worked for Marvel and DC. His work on Fables earned him an Eisner.
  • Rodger Bumpass: Celebrated voice actor, Roger Bumpass will be at Comicpalooza.  He has brought to life Squidward Tentacles in SpongeBob as well as doing voice work in Teen Titans.
  • Bill Fagerbakke: Joining his SquareBob co-star Mr. Bumpass, Mr. Fagerbakke will make an apperance at Comicpalooza.  He was also fan favorite Dauber on Coach, and was Marshall’s dad on How I Met Your Mother.



Pensacon just ended, right?  That doesn’t stop the producers from adding guests for 2018!

  • Danny Tamberelli & Michael Maronna:  Pete and Pete from the hit Nickelodeon show (which I remember because Michael Stipe was a weird ice cream salesman one episode) will be at Pensacon.
  • Lita:  Pensacon always gets great wrestling talent and Hall of Famer Lita is no exception.
  • Frazer Hines: The second Doctor’s companion will be at Pensacon.
  • Paul Blake:  The man behind the bounty hunter who shot first, Greedo, will be appearing at Pensacon.
  • Lou Ferrigno:  The Incredible Hulk himself will be appearing at Pensacon.
  • Ian McElhinney: When Pensacon announced they would have a Game of Thrones character who never appeared at a US Con, we racked our brains on who it could be. I was rooting for Donald Sumpter, but Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple knew it would be Mr. McElhinney.  Not only is he one of our favorite characters on Game of Thrones, he is also General Dodonna in Rogue One.

Star Wars-ing: Star Wars at Pensacon

In our latest podcast, Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple we did a wrap up of Pensacon 2017.  A large section of that podcast dealt with the Star Wars people we met at Pensacon.

Here are some pictures of the Star Wars cast and crew at Pensacon.  Click to make any picture larger.

To hear about our adventures meeting the Star Wars cast and crew at Pensacon, as well as other guests, click the file below:

The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast Episode 6: Pensacon 2017 Wrap-Up

We look back on the wildly successful Pensacon 2017. We discuss some of the celebrity encounters we had as well as some of our shopping experiences. Plus, we take a long look at the Star Wars guests at Pensacon!

Here is the podcast:


For more of our coverage of Pensacon 2017, click the links below:

A look at the Cosplay at Pensacon

Review of Pensacon 2017

For a look at all of our Pensacon coverage over the last couple of years, click here and scroll down.


ComicCon-ing: Pictures of Cosplay from Pensacon

I really was under the weather for Pensacon, so I took a lot of breaks just to people watch.  Here are are some of the great cosplays that we saw over the weekend. If any of these pictures are you, let us know, we would love to give you credit for your hard work.

Just click on the picture to see a larger image.


ComicCon-ing: Pensacon 2017 Review

Pensacon 2017 has come and gone and it didn’t disappoint. Even though I was slowed down due to an illness, we still had a lot of fun at the con.


The Vendor Area

This is the fourth year of Pensacon and Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple has made it to all four (I missed the first  year).  This year saw a change in layout in that Pensacon used the Bay Center for Vendors, Artists, and Celebrities only.  Panels were all off site. Downtown Pensacola is truly the venue for Pensacon.


Pensacon even uses the Back Parking Lot!

The new setup worked well for Pensacon as far as we could tell.  The volunteers and con organizers made sure the setup went smoothly.  Because of the limited space, many lines had to form in hallways with escorts bringing small groups in for popular guests. Unlike most cons we have  attended, the Pensacon volunteers are truly about creating a great environment for the fans and celebrities alike.  We have never seen a Pensacon volunteer be rude or engage in throwing around their authority.  They weren’t pushovers, but they treated each situation as a solvable problem.  This to me is the mark of a great con and goes a long way to making sure everyone has a great time.


The Henry Jones. Indiana was the dog’s name. 

Each celebrity we met made sure to give us that “30 Second Connection.”  Not one celebrity guest was there just to collect our money.  Well, actually, they were, but they never made us feel this way.  John Wesley Shipp loved my accent (I almost offered to speak to him all day), Henry Winkler listened to my story of Bacchus 1977, and David Ankrum remarked that our Rogue One poster was the first one that he signed. We will have more about our encounters in later blogs and/or podcasts.


The artists and writers were also great.  Tony Isabella was a highlight for me (and I’ll talk more about meeting him another blog).  He did remark that Pensacon treats him very well, which again shows how well run the con is.  Most of the time artists and writers are second tier to celebrity guests, but he volunteered this information without prompting so that leads us to thinking it is genuine.


Constantine cosplayers after a photo-op with Matt Ryan

While the vendor section is not huge due to space constraints, there was plenty of great merchandise.  Numerous comic book vendors, mom and pop artists vendors, nerd jewelry, and of course mystery boxes dominated. Again, I wish some of the comic book vendors would setup a box with comics from the artists present.  The vendor area was crowded but the flow kept moving and I didn’t see many of the problems we saw two years ago.


Jedi Family taking a rest

The panels were all offsite, but with the weather that Pensacola had on Saturday and Sunday didn’t hinder people from attending the panels.   Even though they had free trolley services, the walk wasn’t bad mainly because the weather was perfect. Friends of ours that held a few panels remarked that the later the panel was the better attended they were.  In fact, their panel that took place after Bay Center closed was packed, and their after party game show had even more people.  Pensacon goers apparently love to keep the con going!


The line Saturday at noon to get into the con. We didn’t really hear many people complain, though. 

Has Pensacon outgrown the Bay Center? It’s getting there.  The artists deserve a little more space then the Artist Halo, but if you move them too far away will it hurt their sales?  It would be nice to every thing under one roof. We probably would have attended more panels if they were in the same place as the artists and celebrities, but it didn’t stop us from going to the ones that we did. However, a larger convention center will not solve the problem of long lines of people getting into the center.  We have been to cons in New Orleans, Houston, and London, that have had the same issue Pensacon had in much larger venues.  In all cases, getting people into the venue is all about human man power. I really wish cons would charge more and mail credentials to pre-paid guests the way Star Wars Celebration does.  Now this might have looked to be a problem, but I heard very few people actually complain about it. In fact, when we asked people about it, not one complained even if they waited.  I think this is because it was so well run on the inside.


An autograph seeker going from Celebrity East to Celebrity West

Pensacon will be back next year on February 23, 24, and 25 2018.  They have already announced Lou Ferrigno and Paul Blake.


Dad Bane

The most important thing that Pensacon does successfully is that it makes us want to visit Pensacola.  Every time we have gone to Pensacon we have explored more of Pensacola and have enjoyed it more.  Pensacola has a lot of competition for tourists on the Gulf Coast with Gulf Shores, Destin, and Panama City Beach. The city, especially the downtown area, welcomes Pensacon guests.  They embrace it. By creating tours with IHMC Robotics, telescope viewing with the Pensacola State College Planetarium, and panels involving the The National Naval Air Museum and the National Flight Academy, Pensacon gave out of town visitors like us reasons to come back.

And we will come back to both, Pensacon and Pensacola.





ComicCon-ing: Pensacon Links

Of course, we have been writing about Pensacon.  However, we are three hours away.  Here is what some Pensacola news sources and blogs have been writing about Pensacon:

We will be heading east real soon.  I will be wearing our Nola Nerd Couple shirts on Saturday and Sunday, so if you see us come say hi!

Have a great con!!!