Tag Archives: CosPlay

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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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.

Wizard World Sacramento

24 Jun

The downside of hitting a convention for only one day is that the day is spent rushing around trying to see as much as possible while still enjoying it. The upside? You went to a convention- any time spent at one is a good time.

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I got a last minute-ish invite to join a panel at Wizard World Sacramento and as it is only a hop and three skips north of the NerdLush HQ, I accepted. But as it is so close, it made as much sense to opt for a day trip as it did to go for the whole weekend (especially with several other things coming up quick). So Saturday morning, I hopped in Tardis Jr and ventured to nerd fun. Continue reading

WonderCon 2015- panel fun times for all!

11 Apr

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WonderCon 2015 was a celebration of popular culture and nerdery. It offered fans a chance to meet creators and artists, to see props and replicas, to meet some treasured celebrities, and even to attend panels for creators, mental health considerations, and favorite TV shows or upcoming films. (Also- lots of cosplay fun)

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Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo graduates to an event for all

8 Nov

Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo recently celebrated its fourth year with it’s largest event to date. The convention has grown immensely since it began in 2011- but it’s done so smartly; it doesn’t feel too big for its space or time. Over all, it was a fun filled weekend of nerdy adventuring.

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I’ve attended Comikaze every year- however, this was the first year I attended all 3 days (though Friday was just a short visit to get a feel for it and pick up our passes). It was also the first year I’d participated in a panel.

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Stand up for your nerd self! Nerd Power!

26 Sep

Had to sit through a training on self care for clinicians today, i.e. how to take care of myself so that I can take care of my clients. Not a bad training, as trainings go, but personally I figured out my own self care approaches while in grad school- the first time. It did strike an idea- what are some self care ideas for my nerd peers? I mean, there are a lot of easy self care and coping skills that healthy adults use all the time, but are there any that strike me as key for ideas for nerds? Or what can be tweaked to be specific?

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Pondering a cosplay question- does not compute

17 Aug

I started a training this week for the job I am doing for the next year. One of the topics related to proper dress attire- should be common sense stuff,right? Especially since I am working at a prison. But apparently my institution is fairly lax and there are a lot of questionable things that have been worn inside…

The basic thing is don’t wear the same color as the inmates. And, ladies, remember that men are looking at you as though you are a piece of meat. And they are starving.

Pretty simple, right?

But it got me thinking about cosplay again- something that’s been happening a lot since I started this site. Continue reading

The Wonderousness of WonderCon 2014… or how Easter Weekend is going to need a week to recover from

21 Apr

The con season is off to a brilliant start and NerdLush spent this Easter weekend in sunny Anaheim wandering the halls of WonderCon for the third year. Three significant differences from the prior years- a) rather than just going for Sunday, we went for all 3 days, b) rather than being only at the hall and otherwise being at home- we had a hotel room, and c) instead of just being fans, press, or otherwise wandering around innocently, I had been asked to be part of a panel on “The Psychology of Cult TV”. The latter piece will be covered in a separate post because honestly, I don’t remember much of it- my first panel… I was nervous! BUT! I have been told it (and I) was very good. And it felt pretty awesome. Continue reading

Yuri’s Night! Epic SPAAAAAACE Party Brings Out The Scientist In Us All!

13 Apr

Last year, I was wandering around Twitter on April 12th and noticed that a lot of people that I loved/followed were all attending a party for “Yuri’s Night”. So I said to myself, “self… what is this Yuri’s Night thing and why am I not at this party?” Oh, I looked- it was completely sold out at that point; so I bookmarked it as something to look at for this year. And then I googled the event and it’s meaning. Continue reading

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