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!

Star Wars-ing: Star Wars at Comicpalooza

Every con we go to, we like to make Star Wars connections.  I usually am meticulous with my research for this kind of blog, but this week my real job is taking most of my time, so I’m kind of doing this one on the fly.

  • Jessica Henwick: The star of Iron Fist was also Jess Testor in The Force Awakens
  • James Robinson and Tony Harris:  This comic team brought us the one off for C3PO.  But don’t be fooled by the one-off. This is one of the best single issue comics in the new Marvel line of Star Wars comics.  It brings up serious issues about artificial intelligence in a moving and thought-provoking way.  It is simply fantastic.
  • Ben Templesmith did work in the previous Marvel Star Wars runs.
  • On Friday at 10 am, there will be a panel on the Storytelling of Story Wars in 370D.
  • Later at 4 that same day, there will be a Star Wars improv show in room 362A.  On Saturday, at 2:30 this will be repeated.
  • At 4:30 on Friday in room 361C, a local theater troop will put on a reading of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.  At 4:30 on Saturday, the reading will do the second half of it.
  • On Saturday at 1, there will be a Star Wars Enthusiasts of Huston Mega Cosplay Photo Shoot in Hall B3 if you want to see some great Star Wars costumes.
  • Saturday evening at 9 pm, there will be a discussion as to what is better Star Wars or Star Trek.  Personally, that’s comparing apples and oranges to me, but I love both equally!

May the force be with you!