3 Months and Counting… 6 Tips to Prepare for Comic-Con

Ehrmergerd, the Con is only 3 months away!!! Be prepared, nerds! This post will help you get started.

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Now that your Comic-Con badges and hotels are secured (for most of you), it’s time to start developing the an attack plan. If this is your first time to Comic-Con, there is much, much more than just showing up on Preview Night. Whether it’s exercising, budgeting, or buying supplies, planning is the key to a successful Comic-Con. Three months will pass before we know it so here are a few things to consider as you prepare for the big trip:

1. My Precious… Your badge and hotel.
tumblr_l9xbdeDCPA1qe4tx4o1_400If you don’t have a CC badge, your only options are to work for a vendor or to be invited as a guest of a volunteer or panelist. There are, of course, contests out there but they are far and few between and chances of winning are slim. For you current badge holders, make sure you have your e-mail badge confirmation in an easy…

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My Fitness Journey

One of the most important journeys anyone can undertake is the fitness journey.  It is a journey without end, and a journey that has an effect on all the parts of your life.  It can be a journey with many twists and turns, stops and starts, and more than a few bumps along the way.  I thought I would share mine with you.

I’ve always been a big girl.  I was a pretty skinny kid, but family history, genetics and not learning how to eat healthier contributed to my size as I struck out on my own.  However, I’ve always been active.  You probably wouldn’t guess it by looking at me, but there it is.  I started working out way back in junior high school when a new gym opened in my neighborhood.  I would hop on my mo-ped and go work through the Nautilus machines (do they still have those?)  I have always loved to dance, so hitting the clubs was a great exercise for me as well.  I would take aerobics, yoga, fitness dance classes, had work-out videos that I actually put to good use and not as a coaster.  So, working out has never been my problem.

Eating healthy has always been an issue for me.  My thoughts used to be, “Just eat less”.  Well, not necessarily.  Because I can be strict and eat hardly any calories in a day.  I’m tough that way, but it doesn’t always result in weight loss or loss of inches.  Stress eating can also be a problem with me.  I’m a picky eater, so add that into the mix and it makes healthy eating a problem.  I joined all the diet programs at some point in time.  I followed them with religious fervor.  I would see success and then the results would stop.  Just stop.  I went to the doctor and told him all the things I just told you.  He would refer me to a nutritionist.  Same thing, results for a while and then nothing.  So, I can eat less and follow diet rules, but why wasn’t I seeing results?

I will give myself this, I never stopped trying.  Over the last two years, a couple things happened.  One, I looked in the mirror one day and said, “OK, this is what I am going to look like as an adult human.”  Then I said, “And I’m super OK with it as long as I’m healthy enough to be an old lady and drive my kid crazy.”  Then a friend told me about NerdStrong Gym (then known as Nrdfit).

I went into NerdStrong with the usual goals, “Lose Weight”. That is what I was always taught.  It is about being thin.  Thin is better.  Thin is beautiful.  Thin is healthy.  Right?  Well, not necessarily.  I learned that increasing my strength and mobility are the keys to health.  If you get better at those two things, then the fat will burn and the muscles will build.  The weight, well, it might change and it might stay about the same; but your body, your engine, will run better and you will achieve the real success, which is health.  When you are searching for a gym to call your own, please take into account the coaching you receive.  I’m super lucky to have coaches that are still on their own fitness journeys and encourage and push when needed, but always with safety as a first priority.  You might have to look for a while to find a good fit for you, but keep looking.

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Photo: Nerdstrong Gym

Here are some photos of my progress over the last couple of years:

The other thing I learned at NerdStrong is to go to FitFax, or a program like it, to get a real picture of your overall health.  FitFax combines solid nutritional advice to compliment your workouts.  Their advice to me as to cut sugar way down and build protein up.  Just taking my sugar down to under 40 g a day made me feel so much better, I burned fat and built muscle.  My weight stayed about the same, but I took up way less space.  Now, that was the advice I got for my body and my body alone from professionals, coaches, nutritionists and doctors, so don’t you go doing this without checking with a doctor first!   What’s good for me may not be good for your body.  Got it?  OK. 

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Photo: fit-fax.com

One bonus benefit from NerdStrong Gym is the community spirit of the place.  There are game nights at the gym, RPGs at the gym, there is a facebook group that plans outings together to museums, hiking, theme parks, etc.  That added benefit helps keep me on track as well.  My fellow nerds help me along the way as we workout and reach new goals in our fitness journeys. They are there with a high-five when you accomplish something major and a hand-up when you are struggling.

All of these positive results had an effect on the rest of my life.  I began to look in the mirror and like what I saw.  Not because I was a size smaller, but because I was taking an active role in my health.  I am the boss of me as it turns out!  I also started really challenging myself by taking and posting selfies on days when I felt particularly awesome.  I don’t allow negative talk in front of the mirror anymore.

You can also get your friends and family in on your journey.  Let them know your goal is to feel better physically and mentally.  Not that you want to lose weight or fit a certain jeans size.  Ask them to provide positive feedback to ease you along those bumps in the road.  Also, feel free to comment to us here at RAHNOV, so we can applaud your progress as well.  We love selfies!

Your own journey should start with a visit to your doctor no matter what you decide to do as a first step to better health.  Keep us posted on your progress!

Happy and safe travels!

Love, Kim and Scout

 

WonderCon Recap: Part Four

To wrap up our trip to WonderCon LA, we thought we would showcase some great cosplays we saw at the con as well as the Marvel Group photoshoot.

Right when we arrived at the con, we ran into one of my favorite Winter Soldier Cap cosplayers and got a pic:

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I would love to do a Winter Soldier Cap cosplay someday, but I must let my bank account recover first!

We also ran into some Pokemon characters and Scout went crazy:

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Then there was that time Nick Fury ran into Nick Fury:

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I ran into Mr. Stark, and we got along just fine…for now:

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Our friends, Christine and Oakley, as Steampunk SheHulk and Wild West Deadpool:

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We always have great selfie game:

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Last day we got some pics with our friends in their great Harry Potter cosplays.  Justin was Lord Voldemort:

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He’s right behind me, isn’t he?

Sarah as Rowena Ravenclaw and Toni as Dolores Umbridge:

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Dolores starts to torture the poor kid immediately.

We also saw Hagrid and Weird Al, cause, reasons?

We also got to participate in the Marvel group photo, which is hosted by The West Coast Avengers.  Here are some pics from that:

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All pics from the group photo shoot from West Coast Avengers

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As you can see, we had a great time at WonderCon 2016.

Thanks for reading about our adventure.  Next up, SDCC!  Until then…

Read part one, part two, part three

Love, Kim and Scout

 

WonderCon Recap: Part Three

For part three of our trip to WonderCon 2016 we focused on our new cosplay, Cap and Nick Fury.  I finally, finally, pulled the trigger and commissioned a Captain America corset and leggings from Castle Corsetry.  Tis a thing of beauty!  Here are some pics of the work in progress:

Here are some pics of the finished product with close-ups of the seams, oh the seams!!!

I absolutely love this cosplay!  I will be wearing this for many years to come.  If you would like to commission some of their work and/or order some of their cinchers or corsets, please visit their site here.  Also, feel free to shoot them an email with any questions you might have.  I cannot recommend their work hard enough!

Here are some solo photos that Justin Davidson Photography took for me:

For Scout’s Nick Fury cosplay, we hit up Amazon for the coat.  It is actually an adult sized pleather trench.  It is made in China, so I knew the sizing would be tiny.  I was right.  My regular sized 10 year old needed an XL!  When ordering from sites like these, go through a reputable company like Amazon, and measure for sizing.  Then go up a size.  Especially when ordering for your kid.  If it is too big, it won’t be for long! The eye patch is also from Amazon.  Leggings, t-shirt and boots from Target.  The prop weapons are by Disgruntled Veteran on Etsy.  He makes con-friendly props that are a good price and quality.  Get them here.

Here are some pics of Scout’s cosplay:

We had an opportunity for Justin Davidson Photography to take some great cosplay photos of our new cosplay.  As always, Justin makes us both feel super comfortable and brings great ideas for locations, lighting and poses to the table.  If you want some great photos, please book him here.

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All cosplay photos and lead photo by Justin Davidson Photography

 

 

 

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For the fourth and final recap of our trip to WonderCon 2016, we’ll talk about the Marvel group photo and post some more photos of excellent cosplays we saw at the con.  Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

Read Part One and Part Two of WonderCon 2016

Fashion Alert: Ladies T’s at Tee Fury

OK, came across a great announcement today.  Tee Fury now has ladies t-shirts in sizes for everyone!  Sized up to 3X.  This is great news if you get tired of having to buy a guy’s shirt and perform surgery on it.  I also came across their leggings, which go up to a 4x.  Check out their designs here and check out the video below.

*Lead photo and video from Tee Fury

Great news ladies!  Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

WonderCon Recap: Part Two

Part One of our WonderCon recap, we discussed the con floor and a a couple of the panels.  For Part Two, we wanted show you some of the fun cosplay we encountered as well as our cosplay choices.

Day One of the con, Scout and I went with casual Cap and Falcon.

If you ever want to get into cosplaying but aren’t feeling fully confident yet, I suggest a cosplay like this.  Everyday clothes with a prop or two.  A cosplay like this is a nice way to ease into it.  We got a lot of positive reactions to this cosplay as well.

Scout’s t-shirt is from Fallas.  My t-shirt and boots are from Target.  My jeans are from Torrid.  Scout’s shoes are from Payless.  The wings and goggles were in a set from Amazon.  My shield was a lucky find at a con for fifty bucks, but I found a good option for you here.

As you can see, with the exception of the shield, this cosplay is very inexpensive and oh-so-easy.  If you decide to go with a cosplay like this, please share pics with us!

Day two of the con, Scout and I wore our new Cap and Nick Fury cosplays.  I will go into more detail on both in part three.

Day three was the big Harry Potter cosplay group, which we were so happy to be a part of!  We wore our Hufflepuff student cosplays that day.  Where to find these items was covered here.

Here are some photos from that day:

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In parts three and four, I will go into detail of our new Cap and Nick Fury cosplays, the Marvel group photoshoot and some more great cosplay we saw at WonderCon 2016.  Until then…

Love, Kim and Scout

WonderCon 2016 Recap: Part One

For the first part of our WonderCon 2016 recap, we’ll take a look at some of the programming and the con floor.

Before the con even started, we got the great news that WonderCon is headed back to Anaheim next year.  Now, no offense to the LA Convention Center (the staff at that convention center seriously could not have been nicer!), but WonderCon needs more room.  Not to mention that the availability of hotels in the area, the affordability of hotels in the area and the general “nerd camp” vibe that Anaheim brings to the table.  Lastly, the most excellent fountain for group pics.  It can’t be beat.

I’m picky when it comes to WonderCon.  It is the kid’s and my favorite con of the year, hand’s down.  It is a huge cosplay con, and it is the perfect size in my humble opinion.

Now, on to the show!

Day One was our busiest panel-going day.  We attended the Her Universe SDCC Fashion Show Preview.  Long story short, the fashion show will happen again this year at SDCC on Thursday afternoon.  There will be three winners this time.  A judge’s winner, audience winner and a home audience winner.  The show will be streamed on the new Comic Con HQ channel with a documentary on the show preparations, bios on the contestants, geeky girl fashions, etc. preceding the show itself.  After that news, we got a preview of what last year’s winners have designed for Hot Topic.  They designed a Star Wars The Force Awakens collection that should be beautiful!  We didn’t get a very good look at the designs as of yet, but they are going to be very high-end looking with a good price point.  Best news of all, plus sizes will be made available at the same time this year.  So, hooray for inclusion!  This is something that Her Universe has emphasized from the very beginning and kudos for that!  Here are some pics from the presentation:

The panel was attended by Hot Topic executives as well as last year’s winners.  Ashley Eckstein moderated.  Ashley is wearing the Captain Phasma jacket and leggings, which are going to be a must-have for me!

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I ran into Tony B. Kim of crazy4comiccon.com fame:

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Afterwards, the kid and I went to Comic Book Law School, which is a stop I make whenever I can for that continuing legal education that I have to get (What better place to get your credits than at a con?  I mean, you’re already there!). Michael L Lovitz, Esq. teaches this series at WonderCon and SDCC.  If you are in the legal field or a creative one and want to know the ins and outs of rights and licensing as well as intellectual property, then look up these great panels.

Between these panels, the kid and I hit the floor for a bit.

There were a lot of great fashion booths at this year’s WonderCon.  Here is some of our haul:

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We got some fun t-shirts, and I scored a Cap sweater.  I was disappointed by the availability of plus size fashions.  As always, the t-shirt offerings were teeny tiny ladies t-shirts or men’s shirts that I have to surgically alter.  The nerd girl struggle is real!

 

 

Parts two, three and four will explore all the great cosplays we saw as well as the Marvel and Harry Potter group photo shoots.

Love, Kim and Scout