2017 Convention Plans!

ECCC just wrapped up, so I think it’s safe to say we’re officially starting into the spring and summer convention season! Last year I kept my convention plans pretty chill, and I don’t have a zillion cons planned this year either. However, I am hitting up some pretty exciting conventions, and I cannot wait! Here’s where you can catch me this year:

Denver Comic Con, June 30-July 2

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I go to this convention every single year, and every single year it’s better than the last! DCC 2016 had several amazing from The Hillywood Show, to Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alex Kingston and Jenna Coleman, Hayley Atwell, and WAY more. In this year’s convention it looks like the guest list is going to be even more kickass. Right now they’ve got appearances announced from people like Felicia Day, Khary Payton, Weird Al, Finn Jones, Caleb McLaughlin, Billie Piper, and TONS more.

So will I be seeing you there? If you haven’t already bought your tickets, jump on it! The speed passes have sold out already!

San Diego Comic Con, July 20-July 23

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Guys. This is a big one. For the first time EVER, I’ll be attending San Diego Comic Con. I have wanted to attend this con FOREVER. Usually, I’m chilling at home covering the news breaking from the convention, so I’m so incredibly stoked to finally be able to be in “the room where it happens”.

This is the biggest convention ever, and what makes it even more fun is that there is not only a ton of stuff to do and see within the convention, there are loads of rad things to hit up outside–one being the wonderful Nerd HQ. I cannot WAIT to see what this convention has in store for me. If you want to go, be sure to register for a Comic Con Member ID to be sure you can get a ticket! They go fast!

Will I see you at either of the conventions? Let me know in the comments! I hope to see you there. As always, I’ll be covering the conventions here on my blog and on my Twitter, @Kendall_Ashley

 

Interview with Cat Staggs

When Supergirl came to TV, I think we all knew it was only a matter of time before they re-introduced us to Kara in the comic book world. The Adventures of Supergirl has been rocking the comics world since January of this year, and I had the opportunity to chat a bit with Cat Staggs, the artist behind the amazing cover, who’ll be providing the interior art for the latest chapter of the book, which releases digitally TODAY.

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What I love about Cat’s work is how beautifully and realistically she’s able to recreate faces that we’ve seen in real life (you can head to her website to see some of the art she’s done for the Smallville and Orphan Black comics), so I couldn’t wait to talk to her about her work on The Adventures of Supergirl! Take a peek into our conversation!

Kendall: How does your process differ between working on an interior and working on the cover? 

Cat: They’re two different things. In one I’m working closely with the writer to create the interior art, and when I’m working on a cover I’m trying to tell a story without giving too much away.

K: I’m always just blown away when I see how well you’re able to not only create original art, but also draw the faces of real people like you’ve done with The Adventures of Supergirl as well as stuff like Smallville and Orphan Black. Do you prefer drawing real people over creating something from scratch?

C: I don’t really prefer one over the other. Regardless of what I’m drawing, I like to draw people to look realistic. I like to focus on conveying emotions rather than drawing these stiff-looking figures. I really work hard understanding what the character is feeling so when I draw someone it looks emotional rather than someone just opening their mouths or something like that.

K: How did you get into comics to begin with? 

C: I did a lot of knocking on doors after getting laid off from another job! No, but really it was all about meeting people and getting the my work out there. I went to a lot of cons to get my stuff seen, working on trading card art, as well as working with Lucasfilm on a lot of Star Wars art. Then one day Jim Lee offered to give me a shot, and that was Phantom Lady.

K: The Adventures of Supergirl isn’t your first run with Supergirl. You also got to redesign her costume in 2013. How do you feel about the costume she wears on the show (and, by extension, the comic)? 

C: I love the costume in the series! Honestly, I think it’s one of the better Supergirl costumes that we’ve seen in a live-action adaptation. It really holds on to the source material.

K: How do you feel about the Supergirl you worked on in 2013 versus the current Supergirl?

C: I mean, they’re from different worlds, and really almost different characters. One is more defiant and rebellious than the character we see in the show, but I think they’re both awesome characters. I don’t know, put them together, maybe? Then I guess you’d get Wonder Woman, though…

K: Do you have any advice for people looking to get into comics?

C: Ultimately you’ve got to get your work out there. There are so many ways for people to get exposure these days. Getting on Twitter alone can be a great way to showcase your work and reach out to people in the industry. Going to shows and conventions is so helpful to get your work in front of people’s faces and to get the opportunity to do some face-to-face networking. You’ve just got to make it and get it out there! I mean, you definitely have to put in the time and the work, but there are so many great tools to help you get yourself and your work in front of real people.

K: Any last words on what we can expect from the latest installment of The Adventures of Supergirl?

C: I just really hope people like it. It’s a pretty emotional chapter.

Thanks so much to Cat for taking the time to chat with me. Be sure to grab yourself a copy of Chapter 10 of The Adventures of Supergirl. The chapter is available for download Monday, today, via the DC Comics App, Readdcentertainment.com, iBooks, comiXology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, and iVerse ComicsPlus. Here are a few images from the interior to whet your appetite for new Supergirl content!

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Also, if you’re heading to Denver Comic Con this year, you’re in luck, because Cat Staggs is going to be one of the fabulous artists in attendance! Be sure to check out her Twitter and the Denver Comic Con page to see what she’ll be up to at the con. And be sure to let me know your thoughts about the The Adventures of Supergirl in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: Link

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I’ve mentioned before how I recently started playing Zelda: The Ocarina of Time for the first time as an adult. Loads of people have told me how great the game was, and how it was a staple of their childhood. I wasn’t sure how I’d come to it myself, not having grown up playing the game. Unsurprisingly, I loved it, even though I didn’t grow up playing the game. It’s a ton of fun and I love how it feels like a giant puzzle to solve. Maybe the game doesn’t have nostalgic ties for me, but I’m loving the game all the same. With that in mind, and with con season coming up, I decided to expand my normal everyday cosplay horizons outside of movie and TV characters and bring in a video game-inspired everyday cosplay with this Link inspired look. Take a peek:

 

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What is your favorite video game from your childhood? Have you started playing a classic game as an adult? What was that experience like? Let me know in the comments!

WiSH Con: A New Convention All About Women In Sci-Fi And Horror

There are some really amazing outlets for women in the geek industry these days, from Geek Girl Con to the newly-formed Wayward Daughters Academy, and now there is a new, up-and-coming convention dedicated to celebrating women in horror and science fiction: WiSH Con.

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2016 will be the convention’s inaugural year,  and I could not be more excited about what the convention has to offer. The guest list is shaping up nicely with guests like Kim Rhodes from Supernatural, Nicki Clyne and Leah Cairns from Battlestar Gallactica, Gracyn Shinyei from Supernatural, music from Destiny Whitaker and The Salty Caramels, writers and directors will be there, there will be yoga and panels on geeky wellness, fan-led panels, a costume contest, vendors, a red carpet, and much more. I could not be more excited about this convention. I love how the founders are making an entire convention just for celebrating the women who help make horror and sci-fi a genre we all love so much. I got to chat with the convention founders to learn a bit more about the con. Here’s our conversation:

Where did the idea come for starting this convention?
Being fans ourselves, we have gone to many different conventions throughout the years. We have noticed, in those years, that there has been a lack of support for the women in front of and behind the camera that make these shows great. With all of that in mind, we wanted to make a: for fans by fans event. With all of us being conventions goers it seemed like the natural way to go.

How did you take WiSHCon from idea to actual convention?
Kerry (co-chair) and I were talking about it hypothetically for a few weeks to see if it could go from a dream to a reality. First, we came up with the concept with the name following soon after. After we came up with the WiSHCon name, we started to throw out our dream list of shows that we wanted to see participate. Once we took a step back and saw the vast list we had created, we knew that this is a much bigger opportunity than we had initially realized and there are so many women that need to be honored. After that we added in Deb (head of Vendor Relations) and Emma (Head of publicity) as well as a couple of assistants to help make this event work a bit smoother.

What was the most challenging thing you encountered while starting this convention?
In the beginning stages, with this being our first year, the challenge was where to start first and how make sure each step did not become an overwhelming event. Each stage we encounter can lead to ten more things that need to be accomplished. That alone presents multiple challenges that seem to reproduce in the blink of an eye.
Once we got to the point where our website went live and we started sending out invites for panelists, our biggest obstacle was being taken seriously. We have been seen as only fans trying to put on an event for other fans just for personal entertainment or as a hobby. To be clear, we are a: for fans by fans event, but that is not the sole purpose of WiSHCon and it is taken a lot more serious than just a hobby. Along that same line, it’s been quite difficult being taken seriously as women in a male dominated business.

Currently, our biggest challenge has been financial side of things; being that we are not privately funded like a lot of other conventions. So our present-day obstacle is getting sponsors, fundraising on Indiegogo, and maintaining broad exposure.

What do you hope attendees will gain from WiSHCon?

We really hope attendees get an appreciation of what women experience not only in Hollywood but in business in general. It’s not about showing that women are superior but that they are equals and should be treated as such in Hollywood and in life. On a lighter note, we want fans to have fun meeting these amazing women, making lifelong friendships with other fans from across the world, like all of us have.

Who are some of the celebrity guests we can expect to see at the con?
The ones we have currently signed are Kim Rhodes best known for Supernatural, Star Trek Voyager, and the upcoming show Colony. Claudia Christian best known for her role in the Babylon 5 franchise. Shannon Eichorn who is a science fiction author. Luvia Petersen best known for Continuum and Battlestar Galactica. Marita Grabiak – writer/director – who has worked on Firefly, Dollhouse, Smallville, and Battlestar Galactica among many others. Leah Cairns best known for Battlestar Galactica, the movie Interstellar, and Kyle XY.

What kind of panels will you have at the con?
We will have a mix celebrity guest panels and fan panels representing shows past and present. Besides panels, we will have an eclectic vendor room, costume contest and red carpet, Saturday night concert, trivia contest, and a special VIP breakfast with celebrity guests on Sunday.

Where do you hope to see WiSHCon in five years?
In five years, we hope to see an event that happens more than once a year in multiple states across the country.

Where can we find you all online?
You can find us on Facebook,  Twitter, on our website, or just shoot us an email: WiSHConInfo@gmail.com

Can we help fund the con? Where can we donate?
Absolutely! Anyone can contribute by visiting our Indiegogo page where we have perks listed for official swag, discount weekend passes, and autographed merchandise. There are also once in a lifetime opportunities listed among the perks. Fans can also donate through our website, Red Bubble store, and an ongoing Represent campaign.

Where can we buy tickets?
Currently, the only place to buy tickets is through our Indiegogo campaign. Once our campaign has successfully ended, regular price tickets will be available come April 2016 link will be posted on our sites. In the meantime, the hotel location where the convention will be held, The Hilton Columbus Downtown, is currently taking reservations at a discounted price, rooms are limited.

Thanks so much to the WiSH Con team for taking the time to chat. Be sure to check out their website, and donate to the con if you can! What do you think of WiSH Con? Do you think you’ll attend? What would you like to see at the con this year or in future years? Let me know in the comments!  

Convention Season: Attending an Out of State Convention (Plus a Contest!)

I love convention season. There is nothing more fun than buying passes, planning your schedule, your outfits, and setting off to head to a totally amazing convention. Last year I had a pretty fun con schedule (for me, anyway), heading to Denver Comic Con, GeekGirlCon, and Rocky Mountain Con. This year, I kept things toned down and only headed out to Denver Comic Con. I had a great time, and got to hang out with new and old friends, like my buddy the Raptor Evangelist:

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But the thing about going to conventions is they are all learning experiences. Conventions are NUTS, and if you’re travelling out of state for them, they can get even nuttier. So while con season is starting to draw to a close, we still have conventions like GeekGirlCon and New York Comic Con on the horizon. While I know some of my readers are located in Seattle and New York and can easily make the jump to GeekGirlCon or New York Comic Con, I know a lot of you are like me, and attending either of those conventions means a cross-country trip.

Well, since AnimeVendor.com is running a contest, giving away two four-day passes to New York Comic Con, I thought I’d offer a few tips that seems simple, but can really help enhance the experience of attending a convention that is out-of-state:

Prioritize

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You’re going to a new, exciting city to a new, exciting convention. Not only are there tons of things you probably want to do at the con, there are probably even more things you want to see in the city itself. You’ve got to face the facts: you can’t do it all. Decide what is most important to you, and prioritize those first. Make yourself a schedule that won’t drive you crazy (only you know what that looks like). For any con I attend, local or otherwise, I always plan for a few panels in case my first choice doesn’t work out for some reason. If you want to work in some sightseeing time, do that, too. Any convention is a wonderfully exhausting experience, just make sure you plan a trip that stays wonderfully exhausting and doesn’t meander into the realm of “emotionally and physically draining” or “unpleasant and exhausting”.

Make Sure You’re Comfortable With Your Hotel

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The temptation will be to book yourself a sketchy hotel because “I’ll be at the con all day, anyway”. DON’T DO THIS! You don’t have to go super fancy, but make sure you’re booking yourself a room in a hotel in which you feel safe and comfortable. You’ll be exhausted after a long day at the con, so you want to come back to a place where you truly feel you can relax. Whether that means a nicer hotel, rooming with a buddy, rooming by yourself, or making sure your hotel has a pool, don’t ignore those things that make you feel safe and cozy. I can’t tell you how many people I talked to at GeekGirlCon who dreaded going back to their rooms–one even checked out early to sleep on the floor of another friend’s hotel room–because their hotel was atrocious. Find that happy place between a crazy fancy hotel room and the hotel from Vacancy.

Figure Out Food Options Ahead of Time

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When I attended GeekGirlCon last year, I didn’t rent a car. I took a shuttle from the airport to and from my hotel, and walked anywhere else I needed to go. Here’s the thing though: I’m a hardcore introvert. So once the end of the day came, I didn’t want to have to sit in a crowded restaurant. I wanted to be alone, in my hotel room, where I didn’t have to talk to anyone. Unfortunately, I didn’t figure out the nearby food situation ahead of time, so I found that a lot of places I figured would deliver, didn’t deliver to my hotel. One particular sad night I got a big migraine, and I decided the only cure was hot wings–but they didn’t deliver. So I found myself tromping boldly down and back up Pike Street with a half-crazed look of migraine madness, a shabby looking hoodie, yoga pants, and purple Uggs just to pick myself up some hot wings. It wasn’t my best moment of the convention. Of course, even if you’re more social and less migraine prone than I am, it’s still good to at least scout out your food options before you sit down in a restaurant. You’ll definitely want to know–before you order–which restaurants are expensive, which ones have big waits, and which ones aren’t worth your time.

Drink Water

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When I’m at home, I drink a TON of water. I live in Colorado, so our tap water is amazingly refreshing. When I travel out of state, I often forget how gross other state’s water can be, so I get a nasty gulp of tap water and opt to lay off the water…and then I get migraines and go on half-crazed walks for hot wings. I’m just sayin’, drink that water, kids. Conventions are tiring, they’re hot, and there can be a lot of walking. Keeping some water on you at all times can help keep you upright and enjoying the entire convention.

What are some of your tips for attending an out-of-state con? Got any con horror stories or cautionary tales to share? Let me know in the comments! And if you to attend New York Comic Con and don’t have a pass, head to AnimeVendor.com to enter their contest for two free, four-day passes! 

5 Fandom Friday: Things I’ve Bought at Cons

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I’m gonna be real honest with you guys. I don’t buy a ton of stuff at cons. It isn’t because I don’t looooove getting some freshly squeezed, con-exclusive nerd goods, but they are usually so CRAZY expensive and I rarely have the money to get the stuff I really want. Besides, half of the fun for me isn’t getting a lot of stuff–I love the actual experience of a convention more than I love finding cool stuff to buy. So this week’s prompt of things I’ve bought at cons is a bit…sparse, mainly because I don’t have a lot of bought goods to show for my conning. Still, those things I have bought are pretty darn special to me.

Supernatural Stickers–similar (Rocky Mountain Con)

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For the life of me, I cannot remember where I got these stickers. They were all drawn by a local artist, but because I am awful, I can’t recall who drew them. Still, I think they’re adorable, and I stuck them all on my water bottle so they can follow me around everywhere. I mean, I live in Colorado–its high elevation, guys. We need our water bottles with us AT ALL TIMES.

SHIELD Logo Sticker–similar (Denver Comic Con 2015)

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Same thing here. I can’t recall the shop where I bought this one, but this one wasn’t drawn by a local artist, so I feel a bit better about forgetting where I purchased it. I put this sticker on my car, and I LOVE how it looks. Makes me feel like an official agent of SHIELD.

Imperial Love Hoodie (Denver Comic Con 2015)

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This particular item is from Her Universe, but I bought the hoodie in the Super Hero Stuff booth. These guys are always a HUGE presence on the exhibition floor, and it’s tough to not get sucked in to all the shiny, fandom swag they have on sale. I’d been wanting this hoodie for some time now, so when I saw it on sale at the con, I had to snatch one up for myself. It’s amazing and SO SOFT.

Daenerys Targaryen Pop! Funko Doll (Denver Comic Con 2014)

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I picked up this doll at a comic book shop’s booth, but you can get your own Dany doll at the Pop! Funko website. This is one of my favorite Pops. I just love the little dragon that is riding on Dany’s arm, and oddly enough, her outfit as she and the rest of the Dothraki are travelling across the Great Grass Sea and through the deserts is one of my favorite Dany outfits. She currently guards my desk at work.

Supernatural Bracelet (SDCC 2015)

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I know I technically did not attend SDCC this year, but since I purchased this bracelet over SDCC, I’m counting it! I got this charm bracelet from OhDemCrafts on Etsy, and I love it. The bracelet is beautiful, and it even has enough spaces so I can add some more charms if I want to (I have this idea of making a fandom charm bracelet, and this is the perfect place to start). Whether or not I add charms, I’m obsessed with this bracelet. It’s that understated fandom swag that I love, and it’s just a gorgeous charm bracelet.

What are some of your favorite con souvenirs? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today!

Denver Comic Con 2015 Roundup

And just like that, another Denver Comic Con is in the books. This year’s con was completely amazing, but man, I am zonked.

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Exhausted or not, I had the BEST time. Last year’s con was marvelous, but I feel like they only stepped their game up this year. certainly crowded, but this year it felt especially packed. It was exciting to see so many people come out for such an amazing event! There was fabulous cosplay everywhere you looked, and I even caught a glimpse of an old friend from last year, the Raptor Evangelist.

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Unlike last year, my everyday cosplay efforts were highly successful. I stuck with my original outfit plan of Heisenberg, Scarlet Witch, and Black Widow, and I’m so glad that I did. I think if I had tried to pull something crazy off in the last few days, I would have crashed and burned. So ten points for planning ahead!

I did try out Vine, as I mentioned earlier on the blog. It wasn’t an epic failure, nor did I fall to the ground and have a Squidward-esque attack of being overwhelmed by the future. I’m not sure what to think about Vine, honestly. I think it’s something I want to play with a bit more, but I’m glad that I’ve started messing around with it. You can follow me on Vine to see my videos from the con.

At last year’s con, I spent most of my time in the smaller panels–which I thoroughly loved. This year, however, I didn’t get to spend time on the smaller panels. There were SO MANY big-name guests this year, and paired with several interviews that I had scheduled, and I just couldn’t swing it to the smaller panels. I was most bummed about missing the “Cosplay on a Budget” panel by my fellow Female Geek Blogger pal over at Cosplay Cents. However, if you want to see how that panel went, head over to Cosplay Cents’s website for a recap.

Though it was too bad that I missed the smaller panels, I was THRILLED to have gotten the chance to attend so many of the amazing main event panels. I also learned my lesson from last year, and I allowed plenty of time in my schedule for standing in line.

Jewel Staite

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I, of course, could not miss a chance to hear Ms. Kaylee herself. Jewel was fabulous. She’s snarky, sweet, and shares my love of cheeseburgers. She has been quite busy lately, starring in several upcoming projects (How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town, 40 Below and Falling, and Personal Effects). So we’ve got lots of Jewel to look forward to on the big screen! She also spent a small amount of time talking about Higher Ground, a short-lived, soapy show that I was OBSESSED with in middle school. She mentioned that, in addition to co-starring with the future Mr. Anakin Skywalker himself, Jewel’s fiance, Charlie, also had a guest role on the show. Charlie was at the con and was watching the panel, but Jewel didn’t point him out to avoid embarrassing him (and, let’s be honest, causing a fan mob to form). However, she assured us he was the hottest one in the room. It was so sweet to see how head-over-heels she is with Charlie. Also, if you follow her on Twitter (which you should), she just announced that she’s having a baby! Congrats, Jewel! Head over to my Vine to see my videos from her panel.

Gwendoline Christie

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You wouldn’t know it from watching her as Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, but Gwendoline Christie is actually hilarious. She has the most infectious laugh, and she has such a passion for what she does. I could have listened to Gwendoline talk about Brienne for hours. Gwendoline loves Brienne–who doesn’t, for real–and she works really hard to keep as much as she can as authentic as she can. For instance, the armor she wears as Brienne is completely metal (read: heavy), and she will only use the real (read: also heavy) sword when she’s wielding Oathkeeper. Unsurprisingly, she didn’t talk much about The Force Awakens, except for calling it “a dream come true” (by the way, if you haven’t seen her as Captain Phasma yet, you should do that now). She also spoke a bit about her role in Mockingjay Part II as Commander Lyme. Again, she didn’t have much to say, apart from calling her a strong woman and a rebel. I cannot WAIT! Gwendoline is truly inspirational, and it was so amazing to hear her talking about Brienne, empowering women, and finding strength and confidence in playing such a unique (and fully AWESOME) character like Brienne. Unfortunately, I was having tech issues, so I only grabbed one Vine from her panel. Head over to my Vine to see my videos from her panel.

David Morrissey and Scott Wilson

*Walking Dead spoilers below, be warned* Hershel and Governor Collage Because who doesn’t want a panel with the Governor and Hershel, amirite? These two are fabulous. David Morrissey is, mercifully, nothing like his character. David is funny, he seems to be a genuinely nice man, and he truly cared about his Walking Dead cast members–even Rick. Scott Wilson, on the other hand, seems to be just like Hershel. He’s a kind man, and he seemed to genuinely care about the fans that came out to see them. Though the told several great stories–like Scott falling asleep when they shot Hershel’s leg amputation scene and snoring on camera, or David realizing he’d never be able to go outside again after he saw that he essentially killed Christmas when he beheaded Hershel, who is basically Santa himself–there was no reference to my favorite Walking Dead thing ever, the first Walking Dead Bad Lip Reading (start at 3:56 for the Governor’s song). I supposed mentioning it at San Diego Comic Con is enough, but I really wanted to see him say “On Broadway”. Head over to my Vine to see my videos from their panel.

And while seeing panels is always lovely, part of the real fun of Comic Con is getting to meet fabulous people, and I got to meet some AMAZING people this year. While I’ll post more about my interviews with these folks later, here’s a quick rundown of who I met with:

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I’m actually still in shock that I got to do this. I was given the AMAZING opportunity by DC Comics to sit down with Becky Cloonan (writer of Gotham Academy), Marguerite Bennett (author of Earth 2 and the upcoming Bombshells comic), and Jim Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (writers of Harley Quinn, Starfire, and the upcoming Harley Quinn and Power Girl mini-series). These folks were marvelous, and I can’t wait to share my interviews with them here! geek-fuel-bw-logoGeek Fuel is a Denver-based geeky subscription box. They’ve been around for about six months and are already taking the world by storm. There are lots of geek subscription boxes out there, but these guys have some pretty rad ideas to help them stand out from the crowd. Check ’em out, and come back here for more on them!

EspionageBecause of crappy cell service, dead phones, and migraines, I didn’t actually get to talk to the awesome women of Espionage Cosmetics at the con. However, these guys are super rad, and I can’t wait to talk to you guys about them, so we’re going to chat post-con. Again, check these folks out, and come back here for an interview with them!

I also got a photo op with Karen Gillan. I’ve never done a photo op before, but I just couldn’t pass up missing Karen Gillan in person. Check it out:

Kendall and Karen

I was super nervous about saying something stupid, but luckily they churned everyone through the line very quickly (it was a HUGE line–I am sure Karen was exhausted) so I didn’t have time to say anything beyond “hello” and “thank you”–which I did stupendously well, as if I’d been saying “hello” and “thank you” my whole life.

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In short, Denver Comic Con was amazing. The entire event was top-notch, and I love seeing this con get better and better each year. Even better, proceeds from ticket sales benefits the non-profit Pop Culture Classroom, a Denver-based education nonprofit that offers pop culture, core-aligned educational programs. The driving power behind PCC stems from the staff’s personal experiences of the positive influence of comics and other pop culture media in the staff’s own lives. They envision individuals transformed by the educational power of popular culture who create diverse, inclusive and engaged communities. Judging by how many people attended the con, I’m sure PPC raised a TON of money (you can donate on their website, if you’re so inclined). Even better? Umbrella Corp Denver donated their proceeds to PPC as well. Ten points to Umbrella Corp!

I’m incredibly sad that Denver Comic Con is over, but I had so much fun this year. I cannot wait to see what the con has in store in the future. Time to get ready for Denver Comic Con 2016!

Did you attend Denver Comic Con? What was your favorite part? Tell me about it or any other cons you attended this month in the comments. Be sure to follow me on Vine to see my con videos, follow me on Twitter and my convention hashtag, #KenAtTheCon to see other convention tidbits. Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ so you don’t miss the amazing interviews I snagged at this year’s DCC! 

Denver Comic Con: Everyday Cosplay Outfit Lineup

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Denver Comic Con is only days away, so it’s time for me to officially land on the outfits I’ll be wearing at the con. I’ve already let you all in on one of the outfits,  Everyday Walter White/Heisenberg:

Everyday Heisenberg Cosplay

While I will probably be making a few changes to the original outfit I laid out in my Polyvore set, I just couldn’t resist going to the con as The One Who Knocks.

The other outfits I’ve decided on are Everyday Black Widow:

Everyday Black Widow Cosplay

…and everyday Scarlet Witch:

Everyday Scarlet Witch

I promise here, before all of  you, to not attempt any sort of a Wanda Maximoff-esque Romani accent at the con. 

Of course, this is me we’re talking about, and I like to procrastinate and wait until the last minute on stuff like this. I created an Everyday Dragonborn look last week that I kind of love, and ever since GeekGirlCon last year, I’ve wanted to try to pull off an Arrow Everyday Cosplay. However, though I really love those two looks, it’d require me to build two entire outfits from scratch, and I’m trying to save my funds for con swag. So though there is a small part of me that wants to change up my outfit choices, I will most likely stick with the three outfits I’ve chosen. Besides, I really, really love the Heisenberg, Scarlet Witch, and Black Widow looks. Super adorbs.

How are your cosplay and con outfits coming? Let me know your cosplay, everyday cosplay, and outfit plans for this year’s con season in the comments. And remember, if you’re in Denver and want to attend Denver Comic Con, buy your tickets now! The 3-day passes have sold out, but you can still get adult and child day passes. Let me know in the comments if you’re coming to DCC; I’d love to say hello!

Denver Comic Con Everyday Cosplay Prep

Denver Comic Con is coming up, and I’ve been narrowing down the outfits I want to wear at the con this year.

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While I’m not going in all-out cosplay due to general lack of cosplay skills and the fact that I’m attending the con with a press pass and that would be challenging in full-on cosplay, I will be attending in everyday cosplay. I told y’all about some of my outfit ideas last week, I’ve officially decided on my first outfit.

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I couldn’t resist! I zoomed through Breaking Bad over the past month, and I simply had to do a Heisenberg-inspired outfit for DCC. That, and I also got a hella cute hat at Target that would be perfect for a Heisenberg outfit. As of right now, I’m considering deviating a bit from the everyday cosplay I created last week. Here’s a preview of what I’m thinking:

Everyday Cosplay Walter White

Are you going to Denver Comic Con or another convention this year? Are you planning to dress in cosplay or everyday cosplay? Let me know in the comments! And be sure to get your tickets to Denver Comic Con! They’re selling quickly! 

Denver Comic Con Prep: The Outfits

I’ve made it no secret that I suck at cosplay. So unlike last year’s Denver Comic Con, I’ve decided to stick more to my game plan for last year‘s GeekGirlCon, and attend the con in everyday cosplay. Much like GGC, I’m going to the con with a press badge (woo-HOO!), so I don’t really want to be running about the con, trying to get my Lois Lane on in some uncomfy, bulky, hot cosplay.

So everyday cosplay it is! I’ve been thinking of the different outfits I’d like to try over the three days at the con, and I’ve been able to narrow them down to a few finalists. Take a peek:

Black Widow

Everyday Black Widow Cosplay

I love Black Widow so much, and I’ve wanted to wear a Black Widow-inspired outfit for quite a while now. Also, I finally plopped down the money and bought the Her Universe Black Widow jacket from ThinkGeek (Her Universe was sold out in my size). So I feel like this one is almost meant to be. My only concern is that it might get a little toasty at the con in the jacket.

Walter White/Heisenberg

Everyday Heisenberg Cosplay

I’ve mentioned that I was watching Breaking Bad for the first time over the Walking Dead hiatus. And if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I managed to zip through that entire show in a little over a month. So while I’m super sad that I’ve managed to already finish what was arguably one of the best shows on television EVER, the show also really inspired me to create a Heisenberg everyday cosplay look. The only problem is, with the exception of the boots, tights, and the specs, I don’t own anything remotely Water White/Heisenberg-ish.

Scarlet Witch

Everyday Scarlet Witch

I love Wanda/Scarlet Witch’s look from Age of Ultron. This outfit wouldn’t be too hot to wear in a crowded convention center, and it would be super comfy to move around in. I also own most of the pieces for this look. Now if I could only get that mind control stuff down, I’d be set…

Hawkeye

Everyday Hawkeye

This is another look that I just love, and one that would be cool enough for the con. Sadly, I don’t own that awesome tank, and it’s sold out from the store. I could make the outfit work without that tank, but I just love that thing. Regardless, this one is another easy look, and I just love Hawkeye–movie and comics version.

Darth Vader

Everyday Darth Vader

There’s been a lot of Marvel love in this post, but this Vader look is one of my favorite everyday cosplay looks I’ve pulled together. This one would be incredibly easy, but also incredibly cute. I’ve been wanting to make this outfit work since I first pulled it together–I just need the ring and the hoodie.

Arrow

Everyday Arrow

Whether you call him the Hood, Green Arrow, the Vigilante, or Oliver Queen, you have to admit that he’s got a pretty sweet, superhero style. Though I love Ollie’s vigilante look, this is another look that I’d have to basically build from scratch. However, it’s also one I’d probably wear a lot if I do it well, so it’s a toss-up.

What are your favorites? Should I try an outfit that I didn’t mention? What are some of your favorite everyday cosplay looks? Let me know in the comments! Also, if you’re planning on going to Denver Comic Con, let me know! I’d love to say hey! If you haven’t bought your ticket to the con yet, you should definitely buy your tickets now–they’re going fast!