Monday, December 12, 2016

Win Tickets to Wizard World New Orleans!

Do you want to go to the 2017 Wizard World New Orleans? Of course you do! The guest line-up is enough to make any geek drool, their vendors are fabulous, and the cosplay is always on point! Who wouldn't want to spend three days running amok in this geeky Wonderland??? (Clickity click here to check out some of my previous Wizard World coverage, in case you're not already sold.)

So what's in store for this year? Only a mega list of guests that has given me serious palpitations!! You might think that Nichelle Nichols (one of my personal heroes) and Carrie Fischer would be enough to make anyone swoon, but they weren't done there. Check out this impressive guest list:

·         David Duchovny - X FIles’ “Fox Mulder” (Appearing Saturday only)
·         Carrie Fisher* - Star Wars “Princess Leia”
·         Stephen Amell - Arrow (Appearing Sunday only)
·         Steve Yeun - Walking Dead
·         Christopher Lloyd *- Back to the Future
·         Tom Felton* - Harry Potter Franchise
·         Tom WIlson (“Biff) - Back to the Future
·         Michael Rooker - The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy
·         Michael Cudlitz - The Walking Dead
·         WWE Superstars Batista (Dave Bautista) (“Dax the Destroyer” from blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise) (Appearing Saturday) and Finn Balor (Appearing Sunday)
·         Mitch Pileggi - X Files
·         Nichelle Nichols  - Star Trek *Appearing all three days
·         Jewel Staite* - Serenity, Firefly
·         David Ramsey* - Arrow and Dexter
·         Sean Gunn - Guardians of the Galaxy, Gilmore Girls
·         Ray Park - Star Wars: Episode 1, X Men
·         Peter Mayhew - Star Wars IV, V  
·         Theo Rossi* - Luke Cage, Sons of Anarchy
·         Ryan Hurst* - Sons of Anarchy
·         Max Thieriot - "Bates Motel"
·         Nestor Carbonell - "Bates Motel"
·         James Marsters - “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
·         Joonas Suotamo - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
·         Robert Englund* - A Nightmare on Elm Street
·         Steven Yeun* - "The Walking Dead"
·         Jason David Frank - "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers"
·         Sam Jones - The Flash, Ted
·         Chris 51 - (Epic Ink)
·         Kato Kaelin -
·         Montel Williams -

*Appearing Sat/Sun
Everyone else all three days unless otherwise noted.

If that's not enough, there will be parties, Q&A sessions, cosplay tutorials, panels, contests, and a ton of vendors to tempt your wallet! Who loves ya, baby? That's right, I do!

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Never Underestimate the Power of Humor

So, there was recently an election that didn't exactly turn out the way most of us thought it would (to put it lightly). There have been a laundry list of reactions to the election of Donald Trump to the highest office in the Country, from anger to confusion to apathy to full blown depression. It's that last one I want to address today. We all know that there are several groups of people who are now fearing for their personal safety during the Trump Times, and most of that fear is being expressed through outrage and protests and articles not unlike this one. There are those, however, who are reacting in a much more quiet, but no less intense way: deep, soul-sucking depression and hopelessness. If you are one of these people, or know someone who might be, please know that I am worried about you. There has been a rise in suicides since Election Day, especially among the LGBTQ+ community (a community that already has some of the highest suicide rates in the Country), and I could not sit by without addressing this sensitive and nuanced subject. Thankfully, I am not alone. The following essay was sent to me from someone who wanted to share their very personal story in the hopes of reaching someone who could use a little hope right now:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The She-Geeks Loot Crate Dream Crate

Recently the Loot Crate team contacted She-Geeks to ask me to participate in their Dream Crate project. Essentially, I (and several other bloggers) write about what would be in my perfect Loot Crate box one month. In case you're somehow unfamiliar, Loot Crate is a monthly subscription service that sends a themed box full of geeky loot to your door every month for a fee. The overall value of all the items in the box is significantly more than you pay for the service, so as long as you like what you're getting it's an incredible deal for fans.

I took this project pretty seriously. I know several people who have gotten Loot Crate before and ended up dropping it due to disinterest. If I'm going to create a box, I wanted to make sure that it was one people could get excited over. I wanted the reaction to my Dream Crate to be, "If I opened that box one month I would die a thousand happy deaths." So, with a firm goal in mind, I set out to do a little research. I asked subscribers in my social circle what they liked and what they didn't like about Loot Crate. General consensus was that a t-shirt was an essential inclusion, Funko POP figures were a great value, and keeping things as functional as they are awesome is a great way to keep them from being stuffed on a dusty shelf somewhere. With these things in mind, plus the basic structure of a typical Loot Crate box, I set out to create my Dream Crate:

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The #PokeMonument is Now #PokeGone

Just two weeks ago, a Pokemon statue mysteriously appeared in the middle of a derelict fountain in Coliseum Square Park in New Orleans with only the words #Pokemonument carved into the base as a clue to its origins/meaning. As of just before midnight tonight, all that's left of the defiant, and sometimes controversial, Pikachu statue is the base structure with a new hashtag (#Pokegone), and a QR code embedded in the structure. I was notified by a source (who, along with the artists themselves, wishes to remain anonymous) that the guerrilla art piece had been "updated" and given a link to a website explaining the statue's sudden disappearance (that same website is where the QR code on what's left of the statue will take you). According to the website, you now have the opportunity to potentially own the statue itself and help repair the defunct fountains in Coliseum Square (some of which haven't been operational for decades). Here is their statement:

Friday, August 5, 2016

Hijab Wearing Cosplayer Proves She's Worthy of Cap's Shield

Cosplay: Hijabi Hooligan Cosplay Photo by: Transwarp Photography
By now, you've likely seen this photo of cosplayer Dania Khalil of Hijabi Hooligan Cosplay (I could not love that name more, by the way) as Captain America. I'd be surprised if you haven't since her photo has been shared far and wide from the She-Geeks Facebook page to Gizmodo to Fashionably Geek, she basically exploded overnight!

Now, Khalil is no newcomer to cosplay. She's got several great cosplays in her costume arsenal (my favorites are her Lady Loki and Assassins Creed), but her Captain America is what's getting all the attention. As of this morning, she's just proven just how appropriate all this attention is.

Right now, being a Muslim in America is difficult with hatred, ignorance, and outright bigotry running wild, but Khalil's patriotic cosplay has cut right through all of that to bring out the best in us as fans. Since her photo started making the geek rounds, she's received a ton of wonderful messages and comments from fans, and apparently plenty of offers to send her actual cash to help get her a more professional shield to compliment the quality of the rest of her outfit. She's received so many offers that she had to address them publicly, and how she is choosing to handle all of the attention she's getting proves that she absolutely deserves to carry that iconic shield:

"Hey everyone! Many of you have offered to donate to GoFundMe to get me a better Cap shield, but I think I have a better cause for your money to go towards. I set up this campaign to aid Syria, as they desperately need our help at the minute. I'm sure many of you are aware of the atrocities being committed in Syria and the hardships the people there are facing. Stories like that of the 12 year old girl who tried to take her own life to give her family one less mouth to feed have rocked the world and brought tears to my eyes many a time.
If you could all spare as little as £1/$1 and share the link with your friends and family, I would be forever grateful.
Thank you all for the love you've shown me- now let's show those in need that same love. <3"

In true Captain America fashion, she is diverting this attention away from herself and on to others in need. Seriously, this woman is just a shining example of the best in all of us. If you'd like to spread the good around, you can find her GoFundMe page here. I think it's safe to say that we could all use a a few more people like her in the world.

Keep making us proud, Dania!!