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California Republic Comic Con, bringing nerds together for a second year

16 Oct

Recently we took a jaunt north to Merced to check out the second year of California Republic Comic Con. Now, growing up in the Central Valley, we never would’ve thought we’d be heading to Merced for a comic convention… to be honest, most of the Valley just didn’t seem big enough, or nerd friendly enough, to host. But this event proved to us that today we’d be wrong.

Not a whole lot to say, as this event is small (but growing!), so let me just list out some of the good things and a few things we’d like to see improved next year.

  • excellent cosplay showing. Even that Pennywise who was following us around. Actually, especially Pennywise. But seriously, there were lots more cosplayers than we had expected- and the family cosplays were so fun!- and that was awesome! Also, we knew we were heading in the right direction as we drove to the fairgrounds because of the prolific cosplay groups- something that we usually only notice in larger cities, like LA.
  • the dealer room also was a good show. Multiple local valley comic and collectible stores, as well as numerous local artists. The room was full, but you didn’t feel cramped. (Bonus, the fans from that building at the fairgrounds worked beautifully and the room was comfortable, even though there were lots of people wandering about)
  • loved the idea of the film festival. And Laser Tag! However, we thought that maybe they should be separated next year as the few minutes of the film festival we caught were distracted by the laser tag players noise.
  • the gaming area was the saddest thing ever. To be honest, it was 4 game stations. We were impressed with the titles of the games (classics!) but really felt the room could have been better utilized if there had been some table top games available, or a few MAGIC or Pokemon games…
  • the weather was beautiful. Mid September in the Central Valley could be hot but on that weekend it was the high 80’s and sunny. Quite lovely for a little outside time. Excellent timing, CRCC.
  • food trucks!

Overall, we had a good time and would attend again. Check out the album of pics here!

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Guest Post!!~ San Diego Comic Con: Nerds of a Feather Flock Together!

2 Aug

Hello fellow nerds! My name is Bethany and NerdLush recruited me to write a blog about my San Diego Comic Con experience this year. First, a little bit about myself- I am a book nerd, TV junkie, and general superhero fan. I have been attending Comic Con the last 7 years, and it’s always been an adventure. This year was no different.

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Heroes & Villains Fan Fest, San Jose… Stephen Amell

1 Jan

Late summer 2016, we headed over towards the coast to check out a new (to us) convention, Heroes & Villains Fan Fest. We had a lot of fun… and I’m finally getting off my butt to share the video we shot of Stephen Amell’s solo panel.  Continue reading

ZappCon year 3

5 Nov

Last month we had the opportunity to attend the third year of ZappCon. This is still a small regional convention in Central California, but since it’s first year it has grown nicely- without getting two big for its britches.

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Gather forth your Heroes, your villains, and all the wine!

2 Sep

Ventured towards California’s coast over the weekend to attend the 2nd Heroes and Villains Fan Fest (HVFF) in San Jose. This is a convention that has been growing steadily since its first event a year and a half/two years ago. It was a good weekend- not perfect- and something we’d love to check out again.

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Out and About in the Central Valley- Modesto Con

19 Jul

Since moving HQ from LA to the Central Valley in 2014, we’ve tried to ensure that we take in the local nerdy scene. Growing up in the area, I remember having a few decent events when I was a kid and then nothing for a solid 10 years. Thus… it’s been a lot of fun checking out some of the local conventions and seeing the community grow.

We recently had the opportunity to hop in the car for an hour plus drive to head to Modesto for a convention. Now… I cannot remember the last time I actually stopped the car in Modesto… but it’s one of the little towns in the Valley with a lot of fun history. You might remember it as the town from American GraffitiContinue reading

Another WonderCon survival story!

20 May

I’ve been sitting on my thoughts about WonderCon 2016 for a bit now because I was bitter about being there alone this year… but that wasn’t WonderCon’s fault. So I’ve decided to draft my thoughts and just move on.

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Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, year 5

15 Nov

One of the great things about attending all 5 years of Stan Lee’s Comikaze is that we’ve been able to observe the convention grow and change every year. This year the event grew to having two halls of LA’s Convention Center. We noted last year that it wasn’t quite big enough for us to travel for the event to attend for multiple days- we discussed on our travels home that this year, we felt it was almost a requirement ro come multiple days.

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It’s still not a perfect convention, but it is a good time.

First, let’s talk about the two halls. The South Hall housed the special autographing guests and the photo op area. As well as the Hot Topic sponsored main stage. The problem with this was that it was so far from the West Hall (or dealer room) that we didn’t venture over more than once a day. And while we would’ve liked to see msome of the panels on that stage, standing in a crowd to listen to anyone is not our cup of tea. Last year we attended the panels with John Barrowman because they were in room and it wouldn’t feel like a cluster fuck. The crowd set up is very unappealing. Especially after a couple of days of conning.

There were several awesome guests however. Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Danielle Panabaker, and Summer Glau were all out in the open. With Stan Lee and Carrie Fisher in the VIP area, I assume (we never saw them).

And if you like Power Rangers- there were several available to chat with.

We only stopped to chat with Tara Platt and Yuri Lowenthal, but we’re a little boased around here.

The room also housed the traditional cars one sees at a convention.

As mentioned earlier, the West Hall was the main dealer room. This room was dramatically larger from last year. We tend to time our first walk-thru- it took between 2.5-3 hours to walk from one end to the other. And that’s without stopping to shop- strictly glancing over the booths, maybe saying hello, and continuing our journey. Traditionally, SDCC takes somewhere between 3-3.5 hours to walk the dealer room. One thing we miss at Comikaze in the major booths. DC just moved headquarters to LA- they should have a presence at every decently sized con on the west coast, for instance. And we’d really like more TV/movie booths/panels/guests. But for collectors… there were plenty of opportunities to find your goodies. Personally, I scored several Funko Pops for my collection and the John Diggle action figure for my Arrow collection. The rest of the NerdLush crew added missing comics to their collection.

Comikaze is also a great convention for Cosplay. NerdLush crew member Emily was in attendance as “Old Gregg” from The Mighty Boosh. Fans attended showing off their creative costumes and props from superheroes to anime to TV/movies, and including interpretations unique to the fan. It was quite fun to hang out above the entry way (on the panel level) to watch the cosplayer below, trying to name everyone.

Additionally, Comikaze offers multiple panels. Not just Q&A’s with actors and creators but also discussions regarding a variety of topics. I was part the of the “Star Wars Psychology” panel with talked about the recently released book, all things Star Wars, and interestingly whether we believed the traumas Luke Skywalker experienced could turn him to the dark side. Bonus- being on a panel with Janina Scarlet, Alan Kistler, Billy San Juan, and Jenna Busch representing the PsychGeeks is always awesome (even when I am trying to avoid spoilers for the new film).

One thing we’d really like to see at Comikaze is a robotics competition. NerdLush has recently had the opportunity to attend a high school competition and it inspired the idea that this convention would be a great opportunity to host a friendly tournament. There was a booth for a local team in the South Hall… Personally, I would’ve loved having the chance to see teams compete. And, it would be another chance for those kids to be in an area where they can feel comfortable and supported. A few years ago, the convention hosted a zombie obstacle course- this would also be welcomed.

We did like the number of taco/food trucks available, however the lines were crazy. We practiced our SDCC food plan and had a collection of power snacks- jerky, fruit cups, red vines, and granola- with us. Led to not needing to fight through the lines.

The bottom line is this- is it time for Comikaze 2016, yet?

The pictures are located in our Facebook album here. Enjoy.

ZappCon Year 2

24 Oct

This past weekend we had the opportunity to attend a local conventions second year event. We were able to attend last year and so were able to see how the event had grown. ZappCon, year 2, took a solid step into growing as an event we plan to attend for the foreseeable future.

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No ConCrud for me! #SDCC happened without me!

12 Jul

While I absolutely love attending San Diego Comic Con, this year real life has kept me at home and watching the news online for all the latest nerd tidbits.

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