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!

ComicCon-ing: Comicpalooza Dares To Reach Punishingly Good Levels

Of course, I make an update of the announcements Comicpalooza has been making on Monday.  I swear they read my post, then told me to hold their beer, because the rest of the week were made up of fantastic guest announcements.

Charlie Cox: That’s right, Daredevil will be in Houston for Comicpalooza.  He joins fellow Defenders, Mike Colter and Finn Jones. Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple is still deciding if she wants Daredevil or Stardust.

Elden Henson: Daredevil’s law partner Foggy Nelson will also be at Comicpalooza.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he signs quite a few Might Duck pictures as well.

Geoffery Cantor:  Mr. Cantor plays newspaper editor Mitchell Ellison on Daredevil.

Paul Wesley: The star of Vampire Diaries will be at Comicpalooza.

Judge Reinhold: Probably the first two rated R comedies I saw were Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Beverly Hills Cop.  Therefore, I’m super excited to meet him in Houston on May 12-14.

Pom Klementieff – If Ms. Klementieff’s name doesn’t ring a bell now, the week before Comicpalooza it will with her portrayal of Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 which comes out the week before.

Chuck Norris:  Chuck Norris needs no introduction.

Jon Bernthal: The man who makes the Punisher such an interest character will be at Comicpalooza.  Mr. Bernthal has also appeared in The Walking Dead and The Wolf of Wall Street.

See you in Houston.

ComicCon-ing: We Have Been Chosen as a Comicpalooza Podcast Partnership Program

Our podcast has come a long way.  A year ago we bought the equipment and then an emergency situation at work called Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple to change her duties.  She didn’t have time for the podcast because she had to focus on her day job.  Her hard work paid off in that she was named Teacher of the Year!

I carried on doing the music podcast, but it’s hard to do a solo podcast.  However, once she settled into the process, we were able to pick up doing the podcast regularly. We are still teaching ourselves the process of producing a podcast.  However, it is one of my favorite hours of the week.  We would have these conversations anyway, but it’s great to have an hour set aside to have a face to face conversation, even if the point is to have other people listen in.

At first, we really weren’t sure if people were listening.  Then one day, Comicpalloza asked us if we applied to their podcast program.  We honestly weren’t sure if we were ready, but we took this as the encouragement we needed.

We were ecstatic to find out this week that we were actually chosen!  Comicpalooza has a special place in Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple’s heart in that she got to meet Mr. Cary Elwes there.  This wasn’t a regular celebrity encounter.  She was able to tell him a story of how special he is to her and really was moved by it.  The staff and volunteers of this con have been great to us when were able to make, and friend of ours who have gone done panels there have had nothing but great things to say about it.  In other words, we couldn’t think of a better con to be a podcast partner with!

In other words, we couldn’t think of a better con to be a podcast partner with!

Plus, if you have been reading our blog posts about Comicpalooza, you know this will be a great con. Felicia Day, Finn Jones, Jason David Frank, Robert Englund, Lance Henriksen, Chad Coleman, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Amy Jo Johnson, Mary McDonnel, Mike Colter, Danielle Panabaker, and Candice Patton will be among the guests at this con.

We hope to see some of our Louisiana and Texas nerd friends there, and maybe even some from beyond.

 

ComicCon-ing: Comicpalooza Keeps Adding Great Guests!

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Since our last update on Comicpalooza, they have announced some great guests!  We already have our hotel booked and can’t wait to have a great time in Houston.

New guests include:

  • Mike Colter joins fellow Defender Finn Jones at Comicpalooza.  The con is offering a special Defenders Speed Pass  (basically a VIP pass) for the duo.
  • Comicpalooza has lined up two stars from The Flash.  Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow) and Candice Patton (Iris West).  They also have a Flash Speed Force Pass.  And we see what you did there Comicpalooza!
  • Author Jim Butcher will be in Houston for the con.  Best known for his series, The Dresden Files, Mr. Butcher has been recommended to us by all of our smarter nerd friends.
  • Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians Trilogy, will be at Comicpalooza. The Magicians is now a hit tv series on the SyFy channel.
  • C. Robert Cargill, the writer for the movie adaptation of Doctor Strange, will also be in Houston.  He has numerous screen and TV projects under his belt.
  • Mat Johnson, a novelist, will be making an appearance.  His newest novel, Loving Day, is being developed into a series for Showtime.

Passes for Comicpalooza can be bought here.

ComicCon-ing: Other Con News

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

Reviewing: 2014 Year in Review – May through September

Part 2 of my 2014 Year in Review.

May

The second weekend of Jazz Fest we saw Bruce Springsteen on the main stage. It was jam packed and hard to hear him and it made us realize that we should never main stage Jazz Fest again. Not worth it.

Bruce Springsteen at Jazz Fest

Bruce Springsteen at Jazz Fest…way too crowded.

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