ComicCon-ing: MegaCon Review

MegaCon 2018 was a memorable con for the Nola Nerd Couple. We have attended many cons over the years, but this will be one of the record books, scrapbooks, and baby books.  That’s right! It was the first con for Nola Nerd Baby, and even though she is only three months, she made the most of it.

The Nola Nerd Baby went as Wonder Woman to the con, and she was so cute that even other people with babies would remark how cute she is. I mean how couldn’t they!

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MegaCon was held in the West Concourse this year.  It’s an ample space with tons of rooms of different sizes for different panels.  The main floor was well laid out except for one area leading into the autograph section in the middle.  It seemed to bottleneck there quite often.  As far as MegaCon goes, that is the only negative we can think of for the entire weekend, and even that was easily avoidable.

The autograph area was extensive and well spaced out. Every celebrity guest we met was fantastic.  Chris Sarandon talked at length to us about the Nola Nerd Baby.  Catherine Tate did as well, and her agent was so smitten with her he bought her an autograph!

Mr. Nola Nerd had a great time meeting Gary Lockwood and Keir Duella, the stars of 2001. Mr. Duella told us how he didn’t audition for 2001; he just received the call from his agent while making Bunny Lake is Missing.  Mr. Lockwood talked to us about being parents.  Mr. Nola Nerd Couple was over the moon meeting these two legends.

Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple and Mr. Nola Nerd Solo (our Orlando correspondent but originally from the New Orleans area) met Lucy Lawless. While they were waiting she did her signature Xena yell (which Mr. Nola Nerd herd from down the hall).  Mrs. Nola Nerd shared with her how much Xena meant to her and her love of mythology.  Meanwhile, Mr. Nola Nerd Couple and Baby were meeting the lovely Amy Acker and took a photo with her.

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At this time, the Nola Nerd Baby had a major blowout.  Of course, the nearest bathroom didn’t have a changing table in the men’s room.  This, of course, is not MegaCon’s fault but this is something that is becoming tiring.

While Mr. Nola Nerd and Baby took a rest, Mrs. Nola Nerd and Nola Nerd Solo met Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel.  The afternoon we also met Christopher Daniel Barnes and Susan Egan.  Wrapping up our celebrity guest signings were Jeff Goldbloom and Jennifer Morrison.

Even though we had a full day of autographs, the lines moved reasonably well, and when they didn’t, it was because the guest was just that nice to their fans. We still found time to squeeze in a panel and Mrs. Nola Nerd took a photo with Mr. Goldbloom.

The panel we attended was John Cena’s.  He was very charming and answered the questions quickly and to the point.  He talked about the origins of his catchphrases and why he is still a face.

We spent the rest of the day roaming around the con.  We also met a few of the comic book artists.  Mr. Nola Nerd Couple was super excited to meet the artist for Black Panther, Brian Stelfreeze.

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Mr. Stelfreeze siging Black Panther!

We attended the Elijah Wood panel and came away inspired. He took about ten minutes to answer each question and spoke with such passion about his craft that it was inspiring.

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Elijah Wood panel

We also bought quite a few art pieces.  We purchased a set of postcards with positive messages about being a girl in today’s world that will go on Nola Nerd Baby’s wall of female empowerment. We bought a very cool Ariel beadwork and fantastic print of the three hitchhiking ghosts from Disney’s Haunted Mansion.

We spent most of the rest of our time just enjoying the con.

One of the things we love about MegaCon is our friends and family in Orlando.  As previously stated, Nola Nerd Solo (who attened Pensacon in our place while we were welcoming Nola Nerd Baby into the world) was there and joined us for some autograph collecting.  Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple’s sister (Geekella) and brother-in-law live there as well so we get to spend some quality time with them at the con.  They went with a friend (below as Daneyres)  all of whom did a fantastic job doing cosplay for the con.

Through it all, the Nola Nerd Baby was the star of the show.  The celebrities, artists, and volunteers couldn’t get enough of her.  She worked the crowd and even though she had to do a significant costume change, she still wowed everyone she met.

We can’t wait to come back for MegaCon 19 with her!

Comic Con-ing: Megacon – First Look

Megacon in Orlando, FL is over Memorial Weekend and we will be attending! This will be Nola Nerd Baby’s first convention, so we are excited to dress her in some baby cosplay and have her see the sights and sounds that make comic conventions so much fun. We love going to Megacon and we just know our daughter will love it as well! Let us look at some of the offerings at this year’s con.

The guest list this year is fantastic. Jeff Goldblum! Besides portraying The Grandmaster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he is the subject of that awesome meme from Jurassic Park! Not to mention, has the famous FaceBook page, The Same Photo of Jeff Goldblum Every Day. If you are into horror, like my husband, you will remember him from The Fly. He is a legend and I am stoked to be able to meet him and add him to my autograph collection! My sister and I are also doing a photo op, because, let’s face it, it is Jeff Goldblum. Jeff is appearing Saturday only.

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The amazing Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park.

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The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast Episode 8: Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Celebration, and MegaCon

In this edition of The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast, we give our thoughts on two episodes of Star Wars Rebels: Double Agent Droid and Twin Suns. We also discuss some of the featured art at Star Wars Celebration.  We briefly discuss our diving into the Star Wars canon books. Finally, we give an update on MegaCon.  This is a long podcast for us so we don’t mind if you listen at double speed.  We probably make more sense that way!

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.

ComicCon-ing: Orlando’s Megacon

Nola Nerd Couple is not going to Megacon this year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.  If you are in the central Florida area, go!  It’s a great con with plenty of guests for autograph seekers, artists, and vendors.

Tom Felton and Jason Isaacs will be there along with the Phelps twins for the Harry Potter fans.  Trekkies will be able to meet William Shatner, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols. Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes will doing a special stage event on Saturday night. For you NOLA nerds, they will be in New Orleans on Wednesday. John Cusack will also be there, but since I won’t be it hurts too much to talk about. I mean, I try to be Lloyd Daubler on my better days.

One of the main reasons that you should go is to meet Stan Lee. He is one the comic book greats and if you are an autograph collector he should be in it.  It is still amazing that at 93 he attends three days of a con.  However, it seems that his con days are coming to an end, so get his autograph while you can.

Of course, there are plenty of artist, panels, shopping to do at Megacon.  We always come home full of stuff. We highly recommend that you stop by Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple’s sister’s booth: Geekella.  She is a fantastic artist and has great pieces for you to buy.  We have quite a few of her works at Nola Nerd Couple Headquarters. We also highly recommend Purrito Press for your nerd art needs.  Both will be located in artists alley!

Megacon opens today at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando and runs through Sunday.

Have a happy con!

 

ComicCon-ing: Meeting the Cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Star Trek: The Next Generation helped me get through college. It was on right when I got home and provided a great study break later on at night. At the time, we could catch TV stations from both New Orleans and Baton Rouge, and luckily for me, a channel from each city played it in syndication. While I’m not the kind of Trekkie that can recite engineering schematics or much less dialogue, it is one of my favorite shows of all time.

A couple of years back, Wizard World New Orleans announced the cast would be attending the Comic Con. Due to an early Mardi Gras and the hosting of the SuperBowl, the con was moved to early December. It was on my birthday weekend. However, when the date approached, Wil Wheaton and Patrick Stewart, for very good reasons, had to cancel. (I didn’t vilify either one unlike Sheldon Cooper).

The rest of the cast didn’t let me down. Each one of them understood that the fans at comic cons just want a few minutes of their time to tell them what the show meant to them. Wizard World placed quite a few of them next to each other, and the chemistry that was apparent on screen was still there all these years later. They joked with each other, asked us questions, and totally made us feel great.

However, Marina Sirtis took it to the next level. Like every young man that watched the show, I had a huge crush on her. Scratch that past tense, I still have a huge crush on her. When we walked up to her booth, I think she developed a crush on….Cristina. She kept remarking how beautiful my wife was. While it wasn’t a crush on me, I can’t really complain about her gushing over Cristina! Cristina told her that the poster was my birthday present, so Sirtis gave me her autograph for free as a birthday present!

It was a great birthday. I got to spend it meeting some of my teenage heroes. I had six out of the eight actors’ signatures on my poster. I figured it would be a while before I got the last two.

To paraphrase one of my favorite attractions in Orlando…”or so I thought.”

Orlando’s MegaCon, just six months later, had the entire ST:TNG cast including Sir Patrick Stewart and Wil Wheaton. This was great for us since we have family that lives there. Both Stewart and Wheaton made the wait worth it. We told them we both missed them in New Orleans and they both explained why they couldn’t be there. They both understood that 30-second connection (which Wheaton actually talks about in his blog and on Twitter).

They all understood that this is a way to make sure their work lives on. Comic Cons allow us to meet our heroes. The ones that understand that a positive experience will make us rewatch their shows and tell others about our experience, which in turn may make others watch the show. Plus, the money they make at the cons has to be a great perk as well!STTNG

Now my poster is complete. It has the place of honor in our Nola Nerd Couple lounge. It makes me smile and think of how much fun we had at both of those Comic Cons. Writing about this, made me realize how much I love Comic Cons. Luckily for us, we have quite a few still in store for this year!

 

ComicCon-ing: MegaCon 2015

On Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, Kurt and I went down to Orlando, Florida for one of their biggest conventions: MegaCon. MegaCon, despite some lingering logistic issues, was a great time. My sister, Geekella: Art by Dina Cavicchia, had a booth in Artist’s Alley, so we also got to experience MegaCon on Thursday evening behind the scenes, because we went to help her and her friend Erin Denton, who runs Purrito Press and was in the booth right next to her, set up. Seeing the con on Thursday, with all the exhibitors, artists, and vendors coming and going with boxes, carts, giant bags, and all sorts of things in disarray, and then seeing it on Friday morning was amazing. It’s really interesting to see how much work goes into setting up shop and perfecting your booth before the con opens. Even Dina’s simpler booth setup took at least 4 hours to perfect. Watching the artists try to display their wares in a friendly and inviting way with such limited space was intriguing. And the vendors and exhibitors with the big booths simply awed me. Some of the vendors had so much stuff in their space, that it blew my mind to think how long it took them to set it up.

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Geekella: Art by Dina Cavicchia is ready to go for MegaCon 2015!

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