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.

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: 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!!!


ComicCon-ing: Guest Cancellations at Pensacon

Unfortunately, not all guests could keep their commitment to Pensacon due to job conflicts, health, and other reasons. The nature of their line of work is often random and hard to foresee. Many con goers get upset at this, but we find that kind of odd. If you are going to a con because you are a fan of their work, you should be happy they have work (which is the number one reason they have to cancel).

Here is a list of people who have canceled for Pensacon:

  • James Marsters
  • Beg Bergen
  • Tara Reid
  • Tony Todd
  • Sven-Ole Thorsen
  • Benard Rose
  • Gemma Whelan
  • Bill Morrison
  • Dave Dorman (I know I posted about him being there on Wednesday, but I missed the tweet on Tuesday that he had to cancel due to illness…we hope he gets well soon!)

Still, Pensacon has a great lineup of celebrity guests, writers, and artists.  We hope to see you there!!!


ComicCon-ing: Science Activities and Panels at Pensacon

As teachers, we are always looking for ways to learn. Apparently so does Pensacon!  If you download the guide to your mobile device, you can filter the schedule to show the numerous science activities that Pensacon will be holding.  In addition to these activities, there will be a few panels discussing science issues and technology.


View the Stars:  No, this doesn’t refer to the celebrity autographing rooms. We are talking about looking at the cosmos. The Pensacola State College Planetarium will be holding Solar Day viewing and Skywatching Night Viewing. The solar day viewing will take place on Friday from 1-5, and Saturday and Sunday from 10-5:30.  The Skywatching Night Viewing will take place Friday and Saturday from 9 to midnight.

Robotics: The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) will be presenting  an hour long walking tour of their new lab and their robots.  To ensure your place on this tour, they recommend you register here. They have sessions throughout the weekend, but one session is already sold out, so book ahead!


From the Past to the Future: 3D Technology in Terrestrial and Underwater Archeology: I am going to have a hard time fighting the urge to speed on my way to Pensacon (don’t worry I will not speed).  This is one panel that I really want to attend.  This is a great idea for a panel for science and history fans. This panel will take place from 5:15 to 6 pm at Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room C.

SciFi 3D Printing and 3D Modeling: This panel will include a dmonstration and will end with a printing of a model spaceship. This panel will take place from 7:45 to 8:30 pm at Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room C.


Earth Needs More People:  Author John Cserep will make his case for expansion of our species. This panel will take place from 12:15 to 1:00 pm at Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room C.

From the Depths of the Abyss to the Outer Reaches of Space: Naval Aviation The National Naval Aviation Museum will have items on display from deep water exploration and manned space flight.  Plus, you can see some of the historical inspirations for Steampunk. This panel will take place from 4:00 to 4:45 pm at Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room C.

National Flight Academy Demonstration: The staff of the National Flight Academy staff will have a flight simulator and rador station to show the public what their pilots work with. They will also discuss the technology used in their program.  This panel will take place from 4:15 to 5:45 pm at the Pensacola Little Theatre Courtroom.

Colonizing Mars in Our Lifetime: A discussion of where mankind is on our endeavor to reach the red planet. This panel will take place from 5:15 to 6 pm at the Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room C.




ComicCon-ing: Pensacon Panels about Comics

Comic Cons are called comic cons for a reason.  It all started with a love for comics.  Of course, they have grown by leaps and bounds to include all sorts of media and genres in those forms.  Still, there is nothing like a great comic book discussion.  If time permits, we love attending panels about comics, so you meet see us at one of these…come and say hello. Again, I’ll probably miss a few so make sure you check the Pensacon guide for the full details.  The Comics panels have a bright red color next to them.


1:30 – 2:15 Stupid Super Villains and Why We Love Them at the Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A.  Our good friends the Longbox guys will be hosting this panel.  We will be en route at the time, so if you are there please ask a question about Stilt-Man for us.


5:15 – 6:00 Think Independent (Making Comics) at the Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A.  Want to publish your own comic?  This is the panel for you.  It will be led by And Childress and Geoffry Gwin.


11:00 – 11:45 am Diversity in Comics at the Saenger Theatre 2nd Floor Room B.  Comic book creators will discuss how diversity has grown both on the pages of comics but also in the offices of comic book publishers. Comic writers and artists for this panel include Jen Broomall, Elliott Fernandez, Tony Isabella, NEN, Rodney Ramos, and Jeremy Whitley.

12:15 – 1:00 Creator-Owned Comics at the Saenger Theatre 2nd Floor Room B.  Go beyond the big publishers and create your own comic book.  Comic writers and artists for this panel include Pat Broderick, Steven Butler, Derec Donovan, Barry Gregory, and Kelly Yates.

2:45 – 3:30 Jack Kirby Tribute at theSaenger Theatre 2nd Floor Room A. The more you learn about comics and comic book history, the more the name Jack Kirby will grow in stature. Artists and writers will discuss his impact on the industry.  Comic writers and artists for this panel include Buzz, Mark Maddox, Steve Scott, and Scott Shaw.

4:00 – 4:45 Civil Rights and Social Justice as Reflected in Comic Books in Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A. The Longbox guys will discuss how social issues have been reflected in comic books.  Plus, as a special treat, Tony Isabella will be joining them.

5:15 – 6:00 CNA Debate (vs) Panel Discussion at Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A.  This panel is billed as a fandom showdown.

5:15 – 6:00 Drawing TMNT at the Saenger Theatre 2nd Floor Room A.  Legendary creator Guy Gilchrist will give you the lowdown on creating Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics. Guy Gilchrist is always interesting and this is sure to be an informative panel.

6:30 – 7:15 Getting Started in Self-Publishing: From Comic Books to Video Games at the Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A.  Byran Kind and Steven McCall of Neo-Realms discuss the process of self-publishing.

7:45-8:30 Civil Disobedience as Reflected in Comic Books (Why Luke Cage Can’t Breathe) at Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room A. The Longbox Guys (there is a reason why their podcast is one of the few I make a point to listen to every episode) will show how comic books reflect civil disobedience in the 60s and 70s as well as today.


12:15 – 1:00 How to Make a Truly Terrible Comic: Common Storytelling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them at the Saenger Theatre 2nd Floor Room A.  If you are a writer, go learn from the pros.  Comic writers and artists for this panel include Pat Broderick, Jose Delbo, Barry Gregory, Tony Isabella, and Jeremy Whitley.

2:45 – 3:30 Horrible, Horrible, Horrible Stereotypes in Comic Books at the Grand Hotel 1st Floor Room C.  comichistorianspanelWe attended this panel last year, and it truly made us want to learn more about comics.  In fact, Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple used a few topics that were brought up in her AP Human Geography class when discussing culture and culture appropriation.  (Which is why she is probably Teacher of the Year and not me). This one is again led by the Longbox guys who do so many panels because, frankly, they are good at it.

4:00 – 4:45 Creating Comic Books for the Digital Age at the Saenger Theatre 2nd Floor Room A. How has technology changed the medium?   Comic writers and artists for this panel include Barry Gregory, Elliott Fernandez, Matt Frank,  and Kelly Yates.

5:15 – 6:00 The Process of Creating Comics at the at the Saenger Theatre 2nd Floor Room B.  Comics don’t just magically appear at your shop.  It’s a long process and these comic book writers and artists will give you the scoop. Comic writers and artists for this panel include John Dell, Derec Donovan, Roland Paris, Michael Russell, Steve Scott

Again, here is the map for Pensacon.








ComicCon-ing: Quick Pensacon Update

Pensacon is almost here!  Next week, we will do a week long preview of the con. Here are a few additions from our last writing:

Kimber Lee:  A cosplayer, model, and actress.

DJ Butler:  The author of speculative fiction will be returning to Pensacon.

Pensacon has also published their schedule. Considering that this con uses the whole downtown area, it is really worth checking out. Below is a map of the Trolley route which shows the other venues Pensacon uses.


We can’t wait!