Tony B. Kim talked about this here blog on Crazy4ComicCon.com today. I’m so excited about this! Besides that, he makes some great points about blogging and how to get started and build an audience. Con season is in full swing, so get bloggin!
As the convention season ramps up and as we approach the San Diego Comic-Con, I regularly get asked about blogging advice. What I love about our geek community is how our fandom inspires us to express our thoughts through social media, Youtube and writing original web content. Comic-Con has been a great inspiration for many of us to create a platform to share our ideas and bring our tribe closer together. It has always been my dream to inspire as many fellow nerds to create/blog/podcast/tweets in the name of fandom. However, as many of you know, starting a blog is easy, sustaining it with a growing audience is HARD. What started out with a few of your ambitious friends has degenerated into just you posting once a month. I feel your pain. It’s not easy and sometimes it feels easier to just quit. Well, here are a few lessons I’ve…
The 45+ years of the San Diego Comic-Con is what makes this event such a unique pop culture phenomenon. The rich history, the cosplay and the partnership with enthusiastic fans has made Comic-Con the Mecca for all things nerdy. WatchMojo.com made this killer video listing 5 reason why SDCC is so celebrated and embraced by fandom.
Wow, so many geeky lifestyle panels to choose from! Scout and I will have a full schedule for sure! Here is the link to the full preview, but here are some highlights:
The Her Universe Fashion Show Update—For the last two years, Her Universe and Hot Topic have produced The Her Universe “Geek Couture” Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con. Each year two winners were chosen and given the unique professional opportunity to design a fashion collection to be sold in Hot Topic stores. Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein,Cat Carson (SVP of Her Universe), Ed Labay (divisional merchandise manager of music and licensing), and Andrea Lewis (senior brand marketing manager) from Hot Topic and 2015 fashion show winners Kelly Cercone and Leetal Platt take you behind the scenes of the making of their all-new Star Wars: The Force Awakens line for Hot Topic. Learn how these designers went from runway to retail! Plus, get an exclusive sneak peek at this new Star Wars collection and hear details about how to submit your designs for the 2016 Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con!
Cosplay Makeup 101—This panel covers what it takes to perfect your cosplay by having great makeup to go with it. It will cover beauty makeup, appliance application, special fx makeup, sculpting, molding, casting, and wig styling. The panelists includeDawnielle Banks (Makeup By Siryn, Batgirl Spoiled lead makeup designer), Ashley Troub (Ghost Hunters, winning look SDCC Her Universe Fashion Show), Kelton Ching (SDCC 2014 Apocalypse makeup demo, Blizzcon 2015 4th place winner), and Chrissy Lynn (Super Power Beat Down’s Darth Maul, League of Steam’s White Wolf), who have honed their craft in the makeup, film, television, and cosplay photography worlds. They will answer your questions about makeup to match your costuming and cosplay, as well as offer tips and tools of the trade to use. Moderated by cosplayer Mac Beauvais (Monstrous Makeup Manuals 1&2 model, actress in The Gloaming).
Geek Wars: The Star Wars Edition—Fans love to geek out, but they also like engaging in important culture topics. In this Star Warsedition of Geek Wars, professional nerds battle it out over Star Wars trivia while also discussing relevant social topics like stereotyping, feminism, body shaming, and much more. Plus, the panel will speculate about Episode VIII! This will be a lively and enlightening conversation that might challenge your view on the pop culture world. Panelists include Chris Gore (comedian, personality), Amy Ratcliffe (writer), Ivy Doom Kitty (professional cosplayer), and Jennifer Landa (YouTube personality). Hosted by Tony B Kim (blogger).
I’m in the Nerd Business—How do you create and sustain a business that caters to the geek lifestyle without exploiting the very people to whom you provide services? Join this panel of entrepreneurs, whose traditional businesses cater to a predominantly nerdy or geeky clientele. Panelists Matthew Arevalo (Loot Crate), Donna Ricci (Geeky Teas, formerly Clockwork Couture), Janelle Badali (Badali Jewelry), and David Nett (Nerdstrong Gym) discuss how these businesses started, and how they sustain their service to their clientele in the face of mass-market exploitation of geekdom. How do you compete with the giant corporate conglomerates that have suddenly discovered the geek marketplace? How do you sell goods and market services to a community seeking authenticity, without falling into the trap of pandering or gimmicks? Moderated by Brian Ward (The Arkham Sessions, Shout! Factory).
Jet Set Nerds—Jet Set Nerd Anastasia Washington (Anastationtv, Jet Set Nerds) and jet setters Stephanie Pressman(Fashionably Nerdy), Angelique Toschi (Nerds in La La Land), Stacy Renfroe (Nerds in La La Land), Michelle Chubby Bunny(Geek & Sundry), Yume Lee (Lootcrate), Marlon (Nerd Coolture), and Curious Joi (Curious Joi) chat about packing up your bags and finding Nerd Mecca wherever you go! Moderated by Jennifer Kretchmer (producer).
Geeklings & Parental Units—Explore what it’s like be a geek, working in a geek culture vocation, while raising a geekling. Join panelists for a rousing discussion of modern-day parenting, attending conventions, using devices, cosplaying, online privacy, and using tech to make you a better parent, as well as when is best to introduce kids to the Star Wars movies (and in what order?), and more! Bring your kids and your questions! The panel will have some coloring books to keep kids occupied so you can try to focus! Panelists include Melody Mooney (writer, Geekmom.com), Kendra Moras (Photography by Kendra Jean), Heather Pritchett (technical director, Disney Animation), and Cris Moras (lighter, Disney Feature Animation). Moderated by Theresa Wollenstein (organizer, Geeklings & Parental Units playdate group).
I’m so lucky to know a lot of these great geeks that are going to share their knowledge and expertise with you! They bring so much to the table. Should be a fantastic con!
OK, so we are at t-minus 25 days and counting to WonderCon 2016! Scout and I are super excited. We have some new cosplay to debut (more on that later).
WonderCon has posted a list of vendors, artists and small publishers as well as a floor map. You can find all of that here.
They also posted pictures of the exclusive con t-shirts that will be available. They come in a variety of sizes for men and women. Women’s all the way up to a size 22/24 (the XXXL). Nice addition to this merchandise to include everyone. They are not taking pre-orders ala SDCC, but will be available on the floor. Pictures of the styles are below.
OK, so the first Con of the year is done! Scout and I had a fantastic time! To recap:
I grew up in Arkansas and a few of my oldest and dearest friends still live in Arkansas and in the South. We went to SDCC a few years ago together and had a blast. As the years went by, we kept trying to synch up and go to another Con together without success. Life happens. So, when I noticed that they got together for the Dallas Comic Cons (they have two a year), and Scout’s birthday trip was coming up, we pulled the trigger on making the trip to Dallas.
The Con we attended is the smaller of the two. I expected something LBCC sized, but got more Comikaze sized instead. Nice surprise.
The panel situation there was a bit different. There is way more emphasis on meet and greet opportunities with celebrities. These experiences are a separate ticket, but you are guaranteed to meet the celebrity, take a picture with them and get an autograph. I think that is definitely worth the money.
The main ballroom had Q and A sessions with various celebrities rather than the cast of a movie or television show. I was unable to attend these sessions due to time, but my friends saw John Barrowman and said he was fantastic!
This Con is a big cosplay con. The cosplay competition was wonderful. So many talented cosplayers in that part of our country. I did not envy the judges having to award the best in show to just one cosplay.
The show floor was also a bit different. There wasn’t a dedicated Artists’ Alley, instead the artists and small publishers were mixed in with all the other booths. This does have its advantages. The floor was relatively small, so the artists had guaranteed foot traffic.
Scout and I really loved the vendors that Dallas had to offer. Lot’s of fashion, jewelry and accessories. We took full advantage!
We also had an endless supply of Funko Pops to choose from at several booths.
OK, so we bought a few…
Part Two of our experience, I will go into more detail on the cosplay experience!