ComicCon-ing: Early Wizard World New Orleans Preview

At Nola Nerd Couple, you know we love comic cons. Well, New Orleans Comic Con is just two months away!  New Orleans’s largest comic con will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention center on January 6,7, and 8 2017.  While there are still plenty of more guests to be announced, it is already shaping up to be a great con!

Wizard World runs the New Orleans Comic con.  We have attended the New Orleans Comic Con for quite a while now and have even gone to other Wizard World Cons such as the one at Philadelphia.  Their cons are always smoothly run.  They always get top notch entertainment.

For people like us that collect celebrity autographs, this is shaping up to be a great con. Stephen Amell and David Ramsey of Arrow will be there. Mr. Amell will only be there on Sunday so if you plan on meeting him, make sure you plan wisely.  Having met him before, he is always charming to his guests and works hard to make sure all people who pay for an autograph get an experience worth the money they are spending.  Two Sons of Anarchy actors will be there as well also. I haven’t met Theo Rossi before and am looking forward to add him to the collection. And since he is in Luke Cage, I might have to buy two autographs.  We have met Ryan Hurst before, but part of me wants to get a Remember the Titans picture signed. For those that only know him as Opie from SoA be warned, he is a gentle giant.  Other actors that have announced are Nichelle Nichols from Star Trek, who is still as beautiful as ever, and Peter Mayhew (Chewbaccca) who is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet at a convention.  As soon as other guests are announced, we will post them on our website!

The line up for the artists for New Orleans this year is incredible. I’m only going to list a few of them here but this is as strong as of line up of artists and writers that I have seen at a con.  Here are just a few:

  • Neal Adams:  An Eisner Award Hall of Famer he has worked on Batman, Green Lantern, X-Men, Superman, and Avengers. Favoring a realist style in his artwork, his artwork helped revive quite a few characters and created some of the greatest works in comics.  I can’t tell you the number of people that have told me how great Green Lantern/Green Arrow is, and it is on my to read list.
  • Fred Van Lente: I consider Mr. Van Lente’s Comic Book History of Comics to be required reading for nerds. I can’t wait to start Archer and Armstrong, his current work wiht Valiant Comics.
  • Bob Camp: The guy worked on Ren and Stimpy.  Do I need to say more?!
  • Sam Humphries:  The current writer for Green Lanterns!
  • Ken Kelly:  The first album I ever bought with my own money was Kiss’s Destroyer.  Best 5 cents I have spent at a garage sale.  Mr. Kelly painted the cover.
  • Phil Ortiz:  Mr. Ortiz has worked on the Simpsons, Muppet Babies, and He-Man.  We highly recommend you get a “Simpsonized” portrait of yourself!
  • Joe Quinones:  His relaunched Howard the Duck is excellent. He even got Lea Thompson to agree to “be” in the book!
  • Dan Slott:  Mr. Slott is Marvel writer working on Amazing Spider-Man since 2008.  His run on the present Silver Surfer is one of best Marvel books out right now.
  • Rachel Stott:  One of my favorite illustrators, her work on the Star Trek/Planet of the Apes crossover is brilliant. It stays true to the masks from the film while allowing a high level of expressiveness from those characters.

Besides celebrities and artists, Wizard World New Orleans always has great panels and events such as the costume contests.  They are still working on the  approving and scheduling approving of panels and events.

When they release more celebrity guests, events, and programming, we will write about it here!

ComicCon-ing: Space City Comic Con

Being approved as media for a comic con is a tricky business.  We are there to promote the con.  We truly aren’t media in that we are not there to do an investigative report on the con.  Nola Nerd Couple states on their application that our main focus is on getting people to understand why we love conventions.  Before the con, we hype up the con so people can understand why we want to attend one. After the con, we report on what we did. We also provide some constructive criticisms in the hope that someone at the con reads them. Most of the time we report 99% positives.

Yet, we are fans.  We have dual personalities at cons. We are media looking to interview mainly comic book artists. We really want to sit down with the artists and learn more about their craft. We would love to interview actors, but their time is extremely regulated and limited.  We pay our own way to the cons we attend. We are also fans who love to collect autographs, and pay for that ourselves.  Media passes might provide us with free entry but everything else comes on our own dime.

It was our anniversary and Cristina surprised me with tickets for autographs for some of the Sons of Anarchy people. Then alleged nonpayment and bounced checks occurred with the Sons of Anarchy cast. (We will post an editorial later this week explaining it from our point of view.  We didn’t get to talk to any higher ups so all we have is speculation and our story).

So this post is going to focus on the good things that happened. Mostly.

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ComicCon-Ing: Space City Comic Con in Houston 2016

Cristina will share her experience of Space City Comic Son in this blog. Kurt’s experience will come tomorrow, with an editorial the following day.

Kurt and I had plans to attend MegaCon this year, but due to budgetary restraints, and the fact that we’re going to Wizard World Philadelphia next week, we decided to stay home. On a whim, we applied for media passes to Space City Comic Con (SCCC). We attended in January 2014 when it was in Galveston, TX and thoroughly enjoyed it. Luckily, we were accepted and found a cheap hotel close to the NRG Center. Since it was our anniversary weekend, May 28th marked five happy, nerdy years married, I decided to make sure Kurt had a great experience by meeting some of the Sons of Anarchy cast. SOA is one of Kurt’s favorite television shows and over fifteen people from the show were attending the con. SCCC pushed buying autograph tickets ahead of time and in order to ensure that we stayed on budget, I bought autograph tickets for Kim Coates (Tig), Ryan Hurst (Opie), Drea De Matteo (Wendy), and the elusive Charlie Hunnam (Jax). Kurt was going to have a wonderful anniversary present and we’d have a great time covering the con as media! Or so we thought… Continue reading

ComicCon-ing: Space City Comic Con Preview

Our anniversary is May 28th.  We will be spending it at the Space City Comic Con.  Why?  Because the nerd couple that cons together, stays together.

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Courtesy of Space City Comic Con

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