HAPPY DAY 1 of New York Comic Con

The day has come!!!
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Have a great first day at NYCC. Make sure to stop by The Nerd Machine booth on the con floor. It promises to be pretty epic!
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Photo Credit: Nerd Machine Instagram

 

And let me know what you are up to on Twitter @nerdinthecity. I want to hear all about it!!

Surviving New York Comic Con

With only 2 days to go until the Javits Center opens it’s doors to nerds from all over the world, I thought I’d share a little wisdom I’ve learned from cons past.
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Tip#1: Walk the path less taken

Sure everyone wants to get into the big panels. The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Marvel, etc. But why not try some panels not attended by every nerd this side of the Mississippi? A few of my choices for the weekend include panels like:

Thursday’s Picks

60 Years of Bazooka Joe – 3:45pm in room 1A01. “The panel will expose the story behind the comics with a slideshow, jokes, fortunes, video clips and surprise giveaways for everyone in attendance!”

Women in Comics – 3:15pm in room 1A15. “This panel will cover all aspects of women in the comic book world: the creators, the mythos, the history and of course the superheroes.” I’ve attended this panel the past 2 years and it’s always worth going to.

Friday’s Picks

The Wheel of Time Turns & Epic Fantasy Remains Epic – 11am in room 1A17.  “…an absolutely epic panel on high fantasy. In order to complete your quest to conquer this realm, you must learn what sets epic fantasy apart from other works of literary swords and sorcery.” Plus this panel has Bioware writer and Star Wars novelist Drew Karpyshyn. So it’s a win, win.

Felicia Day and Geek & Sundry Presents! – 12:15am in room 1A22. “Learn more about what’s coming up for Geek & Sundry with Felicia Day!” Felicia Day has become a veritable princess of nerdom and it’s always worth finding out what she has brewing.

Saturday’s Picks

Fathers of the Dark Knight – 11am in room 1B02.  “Teaching artist Roberto William and a cast of talented teens have come together to tell the tale behind the creation of the Batman, his friends and foes.” This new play sounds really intriguing and will be opening in New York. Worth a look.

50 Years of Dr. Who – 11:15am in room 1A23. “TV’s longest running science fiction show celebrates it’s 50th anniversary in November and a panel of Experts celebrate our shared fandom.” The big 5-0 is approaching for Dr. who and for fans everywhere this panel is the perfect place to celebrate the show’s anniversary.

Sundays PIcks

It’s Morphin’ Time – 10:45am in room 1A22. “Get ready for a blast from the past because it’s Morphin’ Time! Check out the Power Rangers panel where Jason David Frank, Tommy the Green/White Ranger, is reunited with two old friends, Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy, or better known as the bullying duo of Angel Grove High, Bulk and Skull.”  It’s the freaking White Ranger. He was definitely a big time crush of mine in high school!!! Sounds amazing!

Warner Archive Presents: Almost Forgotten TV Heroes – 1:30pm in room 1A10. “With Smallville’s triumphant 10-season run still fresh in our memories and a certain Man of Steel soaring high in the cinema, Warner Archive think it’s worth a look at some lesser known super-shows.” I love a good superhero montage and this panel sounds like it will offer just that!

 

I love to walk the path less taken. I rarely go towards the Main Stage, because I can usually watch those panels later on YouTube. But at the less populated panels, I always learn about something new. And I always enjoy not scrambling for a seat as I enter the panel room. Give it a try. What less obvious panels will you be attending this weekend?

 

All quoted text comes directly from the NYCC website. Head here for more info.

Comic Con Recap

Friday Highlights

Today I had the priviledge of running a few panels I would otherwise never have thought to go to. And they were great!

-First up was ‘Setting the Score: Composing for Film and Television.’ On the panel was Dino Meneghin, Frederick Wiedmann, Jay Vincent, Kevin Menthei, Matthew Patches and Will Bates.

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Between them all they’ve worked on projects such as: Teen Wolf, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mass Effect 3, Ninjago, Green Lantern Animated Series, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, The Calling, Resident Evil, Ultimate Spiderman, Almost Earth, The Golden Globes and much more.

It was so interesting to hear them speak about a side of the music industry that doesn’t get nearly as much press as it deserves. Here are a few quotes from the panel.

‘Our job is to sit in a room with directors, producers, etc and turn their words into music.’
                     -Kevin Manthei
‘If you hear a melody enough times, it sticks in your heart and that’s a priviledge to make’
                     -Jay Vincent

All of these men truly loved their craft. It was great to attend this panel!!

-Next was another panel about music. ‘Maestros of Horror and Sci-Fi Music.’ On this panel was Cris Velasco, Daniel Kayser, Jason Graves, Kevin Riepl, Nile Rodgers, Sam Hulick, Sascha Dikiciyan and Tom Salta.

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I must make mention, on both composer panels a lot of the men mentioned Star Wars as their inspiration for pursuing a career in music. This is no great surprise but is merely awesome!!

One of the main things I learned in this panel is that video game composers do not have their own Grammy category.
“Once the word ‘game’ was attached to the genre it immediately was associated with kiddie games. And therefore was not taken seriously.” -Nile Rodgers

“Video games need their own Grammy category!”  -Nile Rodgers

-The last panel I worked was for Aspen Comics.

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This brand is celebrating is 10th anniversary next year. Congrats!!
The thing that most excoted me was their first novel release called ‘The Lost Spark’ by J.T. Krul. It really piqued my interest. Check it out.
On this panel were Frank Mastromauro, J.T. Krul, Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald.

After I finished my shift, I shed my crew shirt and headed off to explore the show floor.

After the con, I headed to the Best Buy theater to watch Tge Nerdist Podcast Live from NYC!!

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Guest stars  Guillermo del Toro, Joel Hodgson and Travis Beacham were on hand to lend nerd support. Aling with the ever present Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. And of course leader of the nerd herd himself Chris Hardwick.
Great way to end a full day of nerdocity!

30 Days of Nerdy Hair

Bonus Day 2 –  Princess Leia

Ok, here it is. The one I’m sure you’ve all been wondering if I’d do or not. I just have to say… it’s called 30 Days of Nerdy Hair. Would it really be complete without the buns? Oh ye of little faith. 🙂

So… today’s inspiration is a fanboys dream girl and a fan girl’s inspiration. Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

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Basically ypu make a severe part, slick it down a bit and then make a full bun on each side of your head. Voila!

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Perfect for day 3 of New York Comic Con!!!
May the con be with you.

ComicCon Recap

Thursday’s Highlights

This year I am so excited to be part of the NYCC crew. But you really have limited access to the panels and such as you are working.
Which suited me just fine. It was a blast.

The highlights I experienced were as follows:
-Hasbro’s Transformers panel
-DC collectibles panel
-My Little Pony panel
-VIP experience

Hasbro’s Transformers

As a nanny I do tend to catch the occasional cartoon now and then. Transformers is one of those. It was really cool to see where they are taking the show in season 3. Ps, Star Scream is my favorite decepticon. Bumblebee my favorite Autobot.

DC Collectibles

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DC is doing some very cool stuff.
Aside from the daily awesome superhero stuff they do, the 3 things that really interested me were the We Are Heroes campaign, their new partnership with Aardman and the new Justice League Kia’s that are being released.

-We Are Heroes is a campaign to support the Horn of Africa which is seeing the worst period in 60 years. This Justice League collectible set is being sold to raise funds to support Africa in this time of crisis.

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-Aardman productions is the studio that brought us such beloved favorites as Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run. They are teaming up with DC to produce an Aardman inspired- Batman figure and claymation cartoon on Cartoon Network. They showed a clip and it is amazing.

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-Kia is also partnering with DC and they are systematically releasing a series of Justice League inspired cars. Batman   is the first superhero car released.

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Color me interested. Living in New York… it’s not vital to have a car to get around. It’s actually a bit of a nuisance. Parking, tickets, traffic, road rage. But these Kia’s almost make me wanna give it a go.

My Little Pony

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The main thing I learned at the My Little Pony panel was that there are a lot more adult Pony fans out there than I could ever imagine. Plus there’s a subsect known as Bronies. Bronies are bro pony fans, men who love My Little Pony (that phrase is a slippery slope.)

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VIP Lounge

After working the panels floor I headed down to work the VIP lounge. This is where the real work was happening. Hundreds of red Comic Con bags, luggage, coats and merch being checked in so the con attendees could be freed up for con activities. I got an amazing impromtu arm and leg work-out due to all the bag lifting and merch jumping. Weirdly fun!

All in all a great day!
Stay tuned for Friday’s recap…

30 Days of Nerdy Hair

Day 30 – Uhura

Today is the last of my 30 day hair experiment. When I began this I didn’t realize that the last day of this would mark the first day of New York Comic Con. And since NYCC is the mini mecca of nerdom (come on, SDCC gets the real crown) I’ve decided to extend the blog by 3 days. So get ready for bonus hairstyles starting tomorrow.

As for today, my inspiration was Zoe Saldana’s Uhura in the movie reboot of Star Trek.

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This style is all about the high pony tail. Make it as high as you can and then take a section of hair and wrap it around the holder.

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Stay tuned for more fun from Comic Con throughout the weekend. Who has 2 thumbs and is part of the NYCC crew this year… this girl!

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