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.

Star Wars-ing: Amazing Cosplay at Star Wars Celebration

One of our favorite pastimes at Star Wars Celebration is seeing people cosplay.  From the thrown together ones to the extremely detailed, they are all done with love of a true fan at heart.  We love the mash-ups and the by the book accurate.

Here are the pictures we took at Celebration of people dressed up as some incarnation of a Star Wars character or idea.  If any of these cosplayers are you, shoot us an email at nolanerdcouple@gmail.com, and we will send you the unedited picture! Click on the image to make them larger.

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 Panels about Cosplay

Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple sometimes cosplays at cons.  Me, not so much.  Mainly, because…well, I don’t know why.  Laziness probably.  What I need to do is to go to a few of these panels so I can put my ideas to real cosplays.

Friday

Demystifying Cosplay: Official Pensacon cosplay guests Kimber Lee, Hythrall, and Cami Roebuck will talk about how cosplay is really for everyone, not just the sartorially gifted. This panel is located in Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A at 2:45 pm.

Cosplayers Guide to Convention Survival:  Cosplaying is hard work.  This panel will share experiences on how to make it to the end of con by having a fun and safe time.  This panel is located in Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A at 4 pm.

Wig: Purchasing, Caring for, and Styling: A great cosplay often depends on a great wig to complete the look.  Go to this panel to learn more!   This panel is located in Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A at 7:45 pm.

Saturday

Armor Crafting:  Learn how to turn PVC board into armor. How cool is that! This panel is located in Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A at 11 am.

Makeup and Cosplay! Cosplay makeup is an artform to itself.  Katherine Koenig and Paige Huges will give you advice how to enhance your cosplay through makeup! This panel is located in Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A at 1:30 pm.

Cosplay Posing: Official Pensacon cosplay guests Eitaya Designs, Miyu Miyu Cosplay, Rikativity, and LEONHART.cosplay will instruct people to pose for photography. Safety will probably be a big part of this panel’s discussion as well. This panel is located in Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A at 2:45 pm.

Sunday

Using 3D Printers and Other Machines for Cosplay and Art: Vinyl cutters, CNC routers and 3D printers can be used for cosplay and this panel discusses how.

Kids and Families in Cosplay:  The family that cosplays together stays together!  Besides everyone will swoon at how cute your family is.  Go to this con discuss how to get the whole family involved.  This panel is located in Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A at 4 pm.

Ladies of the Legion: Rebel, Imperial or Mando?  This panel will discuss creating female and gender neurtal costomes from the Star Wars Universe. This panel is located in Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A at 5:15 pm.

Using 3D Printers and Other Machines for Cosplay and Art: Vinyl cutters, CNC routers and 3D printers can be used for cosplay and this panel discusses how.This panel is located in Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room C at 5:15 pm.

 

Of course, there will be Cosplay Contest Saturday from 8-10 pm at the Saenger Theatre (doors open at 7:30).  You did have to pre-register to enter (registration closed Tuesday).

Again, all information about Pensacon is in their guide and in their fantastic app which is available for Andriod and iOS.  We highly recommend you download it!!!

 

 

ComicCon-ing: Do It Yourself Panels at Wizard World New Orleans

 

 

For the next two weeks, most of our blogs will be about Wizard World New Orleans. The Convention is held at the Morial Convention Center on January 6,7, and 8th.  This week we will be previewing the event, and next week reviewing the event. 

 

One of the most underrated aspects of any comic con is its educational value.  Most cons have quite a few panels in which you can learn.  Topics often deal with cosplay, photography, writing, and drawing.

Here is a list of panels that will help spark your creativity:

Friday

6:00-6:45 START YOUR CREATIVITY ENGINES! (ROOM 343)  Storytellers will share their experiences in creating their own worlds as well as how to handle the business side of things.

6:30-7:15 MOLD MAKING AND RESIN CASTING WITH WIZARD WORLD COSPLAY GUEST MOGCHELLE (COSPLAY STAGE) For those who like to work with their hands, this panel is for you. There will be a demonstration of mold creation and resin casting.

6:30-7:15 VIPS OF SELF-PUBLISHING (ROOM 240)  Already have written a novel, play or short story, but have no idea how to get it publish?  Then this panel should be perfect for you.

7:30-8:15 COSPLAY 101 (COSPLAY STAGE)  Cosplay can be intimidating, especially when you see the costumes of the more experienced members of the community. Well, their costumes look great because of a lot of trial and error.  Go to this panel and ask questions, so your cosplay can be as good as theirs!

8:00-8:45 FROM THUMBS TO PRINT: CREATING YOUR OWN COMIC BOOK WITH KOOLasHECK (CREATIVE STAGE) Learn the process of creating a comic book by someone who does every aspect in the medium.  Also at 12-12:45 on Saturday.

8:30-9:15 NAIL THAT COSPLAY PHOTOSHOOT with EMMA TATE (COSPLAY STAGE)  If you put in a lot work into your cosplay, you will want to document it. This panel, hosted by Emma Tate, will go over a lot of do’s and don’ts including how to stay safe.

Saturday

11:30-12:15 WORKING WITH WORBLA: AN INTRO FOR BEGINNER COSPLAYERS with EMMA TATE (COSPLAY STAGE) If you are like me, you have to look up worbla. Now that you know what it is, go to this panel so Ms. Tate can help learn how to craft it into your cosplays.

11:30-12:15 STORYTELLING with MICHAEL GOLDEN (ROOM 240) Interested in storytelling but need that extra push to make it more professional.  This panel will share storytelling rules.

12:30-1:15 DRAFTING AN UNDERBUST CORSET PATTERN WITH WIZARD WORLD COSPLAY GUEST, BRIT BLISS (COSPLAY STAGE) This panel will feature a live demonstration.

2:00-2:45 GET PUBLISHED! PROFESSIONAL WRITERS REVEAL PLOT AND PUBLISHING SECRETS (ROOM 238) Before you publish, learn from the trials and tribulations of those that have!

4:00-4:45 YOU CAN LEARN TO DRAW IN 30 MINUTES! (CREATIVE STAGE) Aimed toward younger convention goers, you can learn to draw with the former PBS artist Mark Kistler.

4:30-5:15 COSPLAY FOR THE NONPROFESSIONAL (COSPLAY STAGE) Aimed for those of use who can’t afford the materials or the time to do a professional cosplay.

Sunday

11:00-11:45 U CRE-8 COMICS PRESENTS: CHARACTER CRAFTERS (ROOM 238) This panel allows you create your own character from scratch!

11:30-12:15 SILICONE MOLD MAKING AND RESIN PROP CASTING Q&A (CREATIVE STAGE) Learn tips and tricks from professionals dealing with silicone and resin. In their panel description, they ask for questions so don’t be shy!

11:30-12:15 VIDEO GAME DEVELOPMENT (ROOM 240)  As a computer science teacher, I’m looking forward to this one so I can let my students know how smart these professionals are and how hard they work.

12:30-1:15 THAT THING CALLED THERMOPLASTICS WITH WIZARD WORLD COSPLAY GUEST MOGCHELLE (COSPLAY STAGE) This panel will feature a live demonstration so you can learn how to use this important element of the cosplay world.

2:00-2:45 FIND YOUR CREATIVE CAREER! (ROOM 343) Have you heard that you can’t be creative and have a career?  Go to this panel to find the truth!

For a full listing of the panels, click here.

ComicCon-ing: A Preview of Pensacon

This weekend Nola Nerd Couple will be attending Pensacon in Pensacola, Florida.  We believe this is one of the best Comic-Cons on the Gulf Coast and in the South.  Perfectly located near the beach and I-10, Pensacon allows for a perfect getaway weekend.

Pensacon is a growing con that always gets great guests.  A few of the guests that we are excited to meet this year are:

Of course, there are plenty of more guests to check out from such series as Star WarsDoctor Who (Strax!), Agents of Shield, and Game of Thrones.

Pensacon also has a great lineup of artists as well. Probably the biggest name in for the artists is Neal Adams whose credits include Batman and X-Men. Doug Sneyd’s cartoons have been featured in Playboy since 1964.  Artists may do commissions so check the Pensacon website, um now, to find out if you need to book in advance.  The artist alley is usually my favorite part of the con.  Not only do we find great things to decorate Nola Nerd Couple Headquarters with, but also the artists are always so nice.  I, personally, love that they found a way to become successful by working hard in a field in which they had some natural talent.  It is always great to hear their origin stories. In fact, the best conversations I have had at any con have always been with the artists.

Besides media and artists guests, Pensacon has a full schedule of events.  There will be tons of panels by the actors, artists, and experts on issues related to comics and comic cons. I personally recommend “Horrible Horrible Horrible Horrible Stereotypes in Comic Book History” on Saturday at 4:45 as my colleague and friend, Bill Plasse, will be one of the presenters (Looks like Bill can’t make it, but the panel will still go on!).  Of course, I always explain Comic-Cons as “jewelry shows for geeks” and, accordingly, there will be ton of vendors there. In addition, there will also be a cosplay contest a short film festivalsci-fi speed dating, and Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company Performance.

We will be taking plenty of pictures and may interview a few artists and convention attendees for our blog next week.  Until then, have a happy con!