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.

The Countdown Begins

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Only 3 days till New York Comic Con opens it’s doors to nerds from all over the world. Granted NYCC is not quite the behemoth that SDCC is, but we do alright! (If you count 30,000+ as merely alright)

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So check out the official NYCC website. And start planning your days now, nerds. Cause you know what to expect. And if it’s your first time  then check back for tips on how to survive this nerd mecca.

Comic Con Recap

Sunday Highlights

Sunday I pulled a double shift at the con. Here’s a shot of the calm before the storm.
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Lots of panel and line management. I got to work the kid’s stage during the costume contest and I even did the information booth.

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Question anyone?

I also got to direct a certain taciturn young wizard to the correct panel hall. Ok he’s not actually a wizard and he was perfectly polite, but he plays one in the Harry Potter movies.
Tom Felton himself.

I got to sit in on a few minutes of Sean Astin’s last minute Q&A. What a charming, down to earth, funny man!
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These were my favorite costumes from the kid’s costume contest.
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Tiny Superman with krytonian curl in the middle of his forehead.
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Adorably tiny Green Lantern.

And my very favorite of the whole con…
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Convertible Bumblebee!!
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Amazing!!

Side note: one of the NYCC staff members prepped for the con with a perfectly nerdy manicure.
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Finally, I got to experience the end and disassembling of the con. 5 o clock hits and the sweep begins.
The second the majority of the people exit the show floor, the booths begin coming down and the carpets get rolled up. Almost like the con never even happened.

Except that it did! And what a great first year on crew!!!
Can’t wait for next year.
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30 Days of Nerdy Hair

Bonus Day 3 – Rapunzel

Here it is, everyone. The last hairstyle of the series.
I have to thank you all for coming to this page to see my little experiments. It’s been so much fun. And honestly I’ve really learned a lot, not only about what my hair is capable of doing, but of what I am capable of doing to it.
If you find yourself with free time, go on Pinterest, google your favorite movies or come right here and copy some styles. It’s fun, challenging and you’ll learn about your own hair.

A lot of people throughout the series kept saying ‘this isn’t nerdy, it’s beautiful.’

What I wanna do at Nerd in the City is share with you that beauty and nerdity can be one and the same. It is for me.

Zachary Levi (of Chuck, The Nerd Machine and… Tangled!) is always saying that, ‘being a nerd just means you’re really passionate about something.’

I think you have to be pretty passionate to get up at 5am every morning and copy hairstyles from popular and obscure entertainment sources for a straight 33 days. I am a nerd. And proud to be one!!

So without any more talking here it is. Today’s inspiration is Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled. Voiced by Mandy Moore.

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I have been collecting flowers throughout the series in anticipation of creating this hairstyle. I love this one. It may be my favorite out of all the styles. But more on that tomorrow…

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Final day of Comic Con, final day of 30 Days of Nerdy Hair. Can’t wait for next year, on both counts!

Comic Con Recap

Saturday Highlights

Today was a day of leisure for me. No work to speak of. Only play!!

-First up I hit the Violet and Daisy panel. Featuring the Academy Award winning writer or Precious, Geoffrey Fletcher. Also featuring Carrie Fisher asking all the questions. As usual Carrie was wry, sarcastic and delightful. I always love getting to see her at the cons. Icon!!!

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They also really delved into what Violet and Daisy was about and showed a few clips. It looks great!!

-Next up I hit the Marvel: Heroes panel ‘The MMO you’ve been waiting for.’

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Now I love games but I’m not a big gamer. And I know nothing about MMO’s, RPG’s, PVP’s, etc.
But this got me excited. It’s an online, action, RPG (Role Playing-Game). It’s super cool because each character (there are many Marvel character options) has a catalogue of costumes featured with that character. Classic Spiderman, darker movie Spiderman. Hulk with classic purple pants, Avengers movie Hulk with ripped jeans.
It’s a very cool, unique way to give each person options with their favorite characters!
At the end of the panel, attendees were offered a code to join closed Beta. Yes, please!

-Next was the TBS King of the Nerds panel. They gave out these cute nerd glasses.

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On January 17th a new show premiers on TBS called ‘King of the Nerds.’ With hosts Curtis Armstrong and Robert Carradine of Revenge of the Nerds (how fitting!)

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Basically  nerds will compete on the show for the ultimate title King of the Nerds! The cast includes a wide range of nerds. Math nerds, cosplay nerds, pop culture nerds, physics nerds, etc.
It looks predictably nerdtastic.
The panel featured a few challenges from the actual show:
-Rubiks cube contest
-Batman vs. Superman debate (Superman won, duh!!)
-nerd Jeopardy

Plus they gave out free TBS Rubiks cubes. All in all it looks like a fun show and it was a very entertaining panel.

-Every year at NYCC I try to make it to a panel with Geoff Johns from DC comics. I missed the Green Lantern panel on Friday but was just in time for the Justice League panel today.

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I am a big Geoff fan. I love his work! He’s has such a sensability about the DC world. He does new things while staying true and maintaining the integrity of the characters you know and love.
Also on the panel were Bob Wayne, Brian Buccellato, Brian Cunningham, Cliff Chiang, David Finch, Francis Manapul, Ivan Reis, Jim Lee, Joe Prado.

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And yeah… they discussed this a little:

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-Now while I love DC, I am constantly amazed by Marvel. The way they have organized the company and taken over the summer movie industry (and soon the world) is both exciting and inspiring.
And the Marvel TV panel was right across the hall and you could just hear waves of cheering and screaming from the DC panel.
Come to find out it was all due to the resurrection of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson. Joss Whedon and Marvel announced that he is the first character being brought to the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot being created by Joss himself. And Clark Gregg was there in person to deliver the news.
Again, there is a special place in my heart for DC and for Geoff Johns. But damn if I wasn’t thinking I picked the wrong team at 5:15pm in E hall.

-After all the panels I wanted to see were over (and I clearly couldn’t get into the IGN for Walking Dead or for Firefly) I hit the show floor again.
Here are some show floor highlight pics:

-The Nerdist booth:

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-Nerd vehicles:

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-DC booth:

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-Legendary booth:

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-Marvel has released a line of colognes. Each scent is inspired by an Avenger:

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No Hawkeye scent to be seen… disappointed! I imagine it smells like a brooding, American James Bond might smell. I’d date a guy who smelled like that.

-Lego:

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-the TMNT lair

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-Activity Zone

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-Cosplay

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-Just Dance 4

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-nerdy greeting cards

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So tomorrow is the last day. And I’m working a full, double shifty day!!! Stay tuned.

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Smile!!

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

Bonus Day 1 – Elektra

Today’s inspiration is Jennifer Garner’s Elektra.

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This one is super easy and low maintenance. Perfect for a whole day at the con.

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