Cosplay Break: The d’Arda Sisters

Remi and Noelle

I met the d’Arda Sisters at the Houston Con back in 2014. Not only were their costumes amazing, this dynamic duo was friendly as well, chatting with myself and others working booths in that section of the convention. I haven’t had a chance to see them at a convention since that time but I follow them on Facebook and Instagram. I’m especially fond of their Instagram feed as they post everything from behind-the-scenes cosplay photos to tech posts and go live every now and then. They also have a Storenvy site where you can purchase prints directly from them.

Remi d’Arda (Photo by ModelMosa)

Some of my favorite cosplays by these young ladies include Power Girl, Ms. Marvel, Supergirl, and Mockingbird. They’ve created plenty of other cosplays over the years and you should check out their work on social media.

Noelle d’Arda (Photo by ModelMosa)

These young ladies are extremely cool and I highly recommend meeting them if you ever get the chance. Hopefully our paths will cross again someday and I can get a quick interview with them for my blog.

Remi d’Arda (Photo by Maze Studio)

If you’ve ever met the d’Arda Sisters, let me know in the comments. Also, be sure to check out their work on social media and show them a little love by purchasing a print or two from their shop!

Noelle d’Arda (Photo by Maze Studio)

The d’Arda Sisters were not made aware of this post. It’s simply an appreciation post.

Thanks for checking out this second entry in my Cosplay Break series. If you are a cosplayer or know someone who cosplays and would like to be featured in this series, send me a message with your contact information.

Oh, and here’s a shot from the time that I met these wonderful ladies!

Cosplay Break: Ivy Doomkitty

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I had the honor of meeting cosplayer Ivy Doomkitty a few years ago. She was extremely nice and didn’t mind answering questions about her many costumes. If you’re familiar with her work, you know that she tends to put a sexy spin on her cosplays or gender bends characters.

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Ivy has become known as an advocate for body positivity and is in high demand for appearances at conventions. She is also involved with a number of charities.

To learn more about Ivy Doomkitty, check out her website or look her up on social media.

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This is the first in a new series of cosplay focused blog posts for my page. I plan on giving a quick glimpse at different cosplayers from all over the world. I’ll be posting about cosplayers that I like and sharing a few of their images on this page. I chose Ivy first because I appreciate the work that she does not only on her costumes, but with charities and body positivity as well.

She was not made aware of this post. It’s simply an appreciation post.

If you know any cosplayers that might want to be highlighted on my blog, just let me know. As always, thanks for checking out my blog.

CyPhaCon 2019

Lake Charles, LA

CyPhaCon kicked off its ninth year on Friday, April 12th, at the Lake Charles Civic Center. I was unable to attend on that day but from what I heard, the crowd was larger than a normal Friday for the convention. I arrived on Saturday morning to a line of people filling up the lobby of the Civic Center waiting to purchase tickets or to pick up their prepaid passes.

The convention had programming running throughout the day including panels on multiple subjects. Panels included author presentations, celebrity Q&A sessions, gaming, cosplay instructional presentations, vintage geek fandoms, and much more. I hosted a panel on DC Universe’s Doom Patrol. There was also a gaming tournament hosted by Scion E-Sports.

Celebrity guests included Bruce Boxleitner, Caitlin Glass, Andrew Robinson, Todd Haberkorn, and Rekha Sharma. I didn’t visit with any of them but their lines were fairly busy throughout the convention, especially Mr. Haberkorn’s line. I intended on getting an autograph from Ms. Sharma on Sunday, but she had to leave unexpectedly for work and wasn’t able to return to the convention.


There were quite a few fan groups, costuming groups, artists, and authors on the second and third floor of the Civic Center. I spent most of my time visiting with them. There were some excellent artists at the event.

CyPhaCafe provided excellent food at very reasonable prices (especially for a convention). This company has provided concessions for CyPhaCon for quite a few years now and their service really stands out from other convention concessions. Instead of standard hot dogs and nachos (although they do provide those items), CyPhaCafe offers loaded baked potatoes, po-boys, seafood options, pulled pork sandwiches, and more.

The convention’s cosplay contest, which always draws a big crowd, did not disappoint. There were many excellent costumes on display and the hostess, Ms. Oo La La, emceed the event with great flair. Speaking of Ms. Oo La La, she was just one of many featured cosplayers including Little Red Fox Cosplay and INeedSugar. Spidey Team was also on hand as were plenty of other cosplay pros and amateurs.

The convention also included a rotating display of vehicles including two Ghostbusters inspired vehicles and a Blues Brothers car. Ecteaux One was especially cool.

CyPhaCon is promoted as an anime, gaming, and science fiction convention, but the crowd that it draws leans more towards anime than gaming or sci-fi. As expected, the vendors cater to anime fans because of this fact and I don’t blame them one bit. There weren’t many attendees cosplaying as comic book or science fiction characters, but I did see a few of them. One of my favorites was a young lady cosplaying Raven from DC Comics.

Attendance was very good as expected, but a severe weather threat in the area seemed to keep the crowd a little bit smaller on Saturday than I’ve seen in past years. I’m already excited about next year’s event, as it will be the convention’s tenth anniversary. Hopefully they are planning something big for their first decade celebration.

I hope to attend the Greater Austin Comic Con in June but those plans are still in the air. If I do go, I plan on checking out the Cybertronic Spree’s live performance. They’ve really impressed me on YouTube and from what friends have said, they are even better live. Ray Park, Ric Flair, Adrian Paul, Karan Ashley, and Larry Hama are just a few of the guests that are scheduled to be in attendance.

As always, thanks for reading. I’m sure that I’ll be attending CyPhaCon again next year just as I’ve done almost every year prior unless something insane happens. I’ll have a Doom Patrol episode review later this week and possibly a Pet Sematary or Hellboy film review, too.


Louisiana Comic Con 2019

Lafayette, LA

I’ve attended Louisiana Comic Con in Lafayette almost every year since its inception. I’ve watched as it has grown along with other events put on by AVC Conventions over the years. I’ve always been impressed by their lineup which includes local fan groups, authors, and artists, as well as more nationally known talent including celebrities from science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other pop culture genres.

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This year was a tad different as this was the first year that I presented a panel at an AVC event. I’ve done a number of panels over the years, many of them with my friends in Southern Geek and a few by myself, but this was really the first time that I did a panel on my own at a convention with very few of my friends in attendance. My panel was about blind bag collectibles and while my audience was small, it was very engaging. I learned a lot from the experience and hope to offer up another panel next year.

Scott Innes, the voice of Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, and many, many more.

I got to attend multiple panels at Louisiana Comic Con this year. When I first started attending conventions I spent most of my time in the fan group or vendor area but have grown to really love attending panels. My favorite panel at the convention was by Scott Innes, voice of Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred Flinstone, Elroy Jetson, and many more characters. Innes told the crowd about his life on the radio, writing music, and voicing some of the most beloved characters in animation history. He would easily jump from one character voice to another and even gave us a replay of Shaggy and Scooby arguing over food (surprise, surprise). I also enjoyed panels by Little Red Fox Cosplay and the Drag Punks.

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Of course, no convention is complete without a few celebrities, and Louisiana Comic Con had them in spades. This time around I got autographs and photos with Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Walking Dead, the original Pet Sematary) and Amy Dumas (Lita from WWE). Other celebrities in attendance included Kel Mitchell, Austin St. John, Walter Jones, Jamie Marchi, and Kate Flannery, among others.

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Both Ms. Crosby and Ms. Dumas were great to meet. They were extremely friendly and appeared to be genuinely happy to meet their fans. Ms. Crosby loved the fact that she was given Mardi Gras beads! It was really nice meeting both of them.

“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”

Cosplayers are a staple at most conventions, so it wasn’t a shock to see quite a few at LCC. Two of my favorites were a gentleman dressed as Doc Brown from Back To The Future and another fellow dressed as everyone’s favorite Cajun mutant, Gambit! There were many more cosplayers in attendance and all of them looked great.

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I capped off my day at the convention with a trip to the official after party at Caffe Cottage on St. Mary Blvd. Hosted by the Drag Punks and Orion’s Envy, the event featured karaoke and drag performances. I braved the stage for my take on KISS’ classic ballad, Beth, and then enjoyed the performances by everyone else. It was a really fun time and my first drag show!

The Drag Punks put on a great show!

I left the after party a little bit before the show ended (I’m old. I know) and headed back home to the Lake Charles area. I wasn’t able to attend the second day of the event, but based on pictures and comments on social media, it was just as fun as the first day. I will definitely be returning next year and can’t wait for Louisiana Comic Con to return!

Thanks for reading my post. I’ll be heading to CyPhaCon next month and will have a full report on that event as well. If you would like me to attend your event or know of one that I should attend, let me know in the comments!

See You This Weekend!

Lafayette, LA

If you happen to be in or around the Lafayette, LA area this weekend and love comics, science fiction, fantasy, films, or television, be sure to check out Louisiana Comic Con! I’ve attended this convention on multiple occasions and have really enjoyed it every time. This year will be the first year that I actually get to attend as a presenter for a panel. My panel, It’s The Little Things, will take place on Saturday in the second panel room at 4:00 PM. It will take a look at blind bag collectibles and why myself and others collect them.

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I plan on being in attendance all day Saturday and can’t wait to meet Lita from WWE and Denise Crosby from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Tons of other guests will be on site to meet with fans, take photos, and sign autographs. In fact, the convention has regularly added guests for weeks now including their most recent addition, the voice of Scooby-Doo himself, Scott Innes.

I plan on checking out the Convention After Party at Caffe Cottage once the doors close on the convention on Saturday. It’s being hosted by my favorite green ladies, Orion’s Envy! I’m not sure how long I will be able to stay at the party, but I’ll definitely be there for a bit. The Drag Punks will perform and there will also be cosplay karaoke! Who knows? I might get on stage and belt out a few tunes myself!

I originally planned on cosplaying for this convention, but due to the fact that I’m pretty lazy, I have not completed the costume that I hoped to wear. With that being said, I’ll still be easy to find at the convention. I will most likely be wearing my blue DC Universe Superman shirt. If you plan on attending, let me know in the comments. It would be great to meet some of my readers!

I want to thank Louisiana Comic Con for the opportunity to present a panel at their event. I hope that I get to see a few of you this weekend!



Outpost: Austin, TX

Weird City

Keep Austin Weird.  It’s a sentiment shared by plenty of people across the city of Austin and pretty much all over the state of Texas.  Austin is definitely something of a strange bird when compared to the rest of the state that it calls home, but it somehow manages to be something to just about anyone that passes through it.

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I recently visited the capitol city of Texas with my family for the first time.  I have relatives that live there now and decided that it was time for a visit.  I also wanted to see what was so wonderfully bizarre about ATX.  I wasn’t disappointed at all.  This post will feature a brief glimpse at our time in Austin.  I hope that you enjoy it.

Our journey began where every journey across Texas should begin: Buc-ee’s Travel Center.  Buc-ee’s is as Texas as Whataburger and cowboys.  It’s a staple of the Lone Star State and if you ever get the chance to visit one of these extraordinary travel centers, I highly recommend it.  The larger centers are found along most major highway systems throughout the state and smaller, more standard convenience store versions of the chain can be found in many neighborhoods in Texas.  The travel centers offer everything from Texas and Buc-ee’s souvenirs to brisket, sausage, and other great tasting goodies.  They also have their own line of sweets which can be found in both the large and small versions of the stores.  My wife’s favorite treat are the Buc-ee’s Beaver Nuggets, which are sweet puffed corn treats.  I love the t-shirts and the restrooms.  The shirts change on a regular basis and have become collectors’ items for fans of the chain.  The restrooms are insanely clean and the stalls are walled around so that no one can see in or out while you’re taking care of business.  Learn more about Buc-ee’s here.

After meeting up with our relatives in Austin, they took us on a whirlwind tour of the city and then stopped on Congress Avenue to let us check out a wonderful stretch of shops that included Big Top Candy Shop and Lucy In Disguise With Diamonds.  Big Top featured all sorts of wonderful candies and sweets including many old fashioned candies that are harder to find in brick and mortar stores.  They had an enormous selection of more modern candy as well and all of it was under the guise of a traditional tent circus.  Oddities were hanging on the wall as were classic circus posters.

Lucy In Disguise With Diamonds is every cosplayer’s dream.  It featured all sorts of accessories and pieces for creating your own costume as well as costumes that were ready to rent or own.  Photography was restricted in the shop since it’s pretty obvious that with all of the cool items that they stock, people will naturally want to try things on and post selfies without actually buying things.  The store had everything from high end creations to simple costumes that can be purchased in stores like Party City for Halloween.  If you’re a cosplayer, definitely check out this place.

Our second day in Austin featured a visit to the State Capitol, the Texas Capitol Visitor’s Center, Barton Creek Greenbelt, Zilker Botanical GardenAmy’s Ice Creams, and the Congress Bridge Bats.  We journeyed to the gorgeous state capitol grounds first and checked out the many statues and monuments that highlighted both local and state events, individuals, and the multiple cultures that have impacted the city and state.  One of my favorite monuments was the one for African American history in Texas.  The large monument was simply beautiful.

We then took a guided tour (absolutely free) of the capitol and also visited the Texas Capitol Vistor’s Center that featured exhibits highlighting everything Austin and Texas.  There were exhibits for the capitol and the history of Texas, as well as exhibits highlighting truly unique aspects of the state such as Blue Bell Ice Cream and Whataburger.  My favorite part of this visit was getting to see the painting Dawn At The Alamo by Irish painter Henry Arthur McArdle.  It is located in the Senate Chamber.

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After our trip to the capitol, we had lunch at In-N-Out Burger because we wanted to see what all the hullabaloo was about.  As far as hamburgers go, it was pretty good.  We then journeyed to the Barton Creek Greenbelt for a quick hike smack in the middle of Austin.  We were surrounded by rocks, trees, and even a few rock climbers.  After our brief hike (which was a wonder to find in the middle of a bustling city), we went to Amy’s Ice Creams, a trippy little ice cream joint that featured all sorts of wonderful flavors.  Be sure to check out their link above to see the wild and delicious flavors that they offer.  On our trip, Amy’s had a dinosaur theme going in honor of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  Flavors included Godzilla, Rex, and Blue (for the beloved velociraptor) and others. I took on the Dino, which featured Mexican vanilla ice cream, rainbow sprinkles, and Fruity Pebbles.  It was tasty!

After visiting the Greenbelt and filling up on ice cream, we headed to Zilker Botanical Garden to look at some beautifully unique gardens.  The Hartman Prehistoric Garden and the Isamu Taniguchi Oriental Garden were two of our favorites, as were the Pioneer Settlement and the Woodland Fairie Exhibit (a limited time exhibit).  The Prehistoric garden included a replica of the Zilker Turtle fossil found at the site (the real fossil is at the Texas Memorial Museum).  It also features a statue of an Ornithomimus, a dinosaur whose tracks were found in the garden.

That evening we staked out a spot under the Congress Avenue Bridge to see the Congress Bridge Bats take flight.  Be sure to check their website above if you plan on making a trek to Austin to see the bats, as they only make their trek throughout certain months of the year.  It really is an awesome sight to see whenever they take to the night sky.  I also recommend visiting the Nightwing monument located just down from the bridge near Barton Springs Road.  It was created by Dale Whistler and quietly spins in the night as the wind blows.

Our last day in the city included a visit to the Texas Memorial Museum located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.  We spent a few hours learning about the geological and biological history (and prehistory) of the state of Texas.  Exhibits were found in the Hall of Geology and Paleontology, the Hall of Texas Wildlife, the Hall of Biodiversity, and the Great Hall, which features the suspended reconstruction of a skeleton of Quetzalcoatlus northropi, a massive pterosaur found in Big Bend National Park.  There was also an exhibit dedicated to the ancient Buzz Saw Sharks (Whorl Tooth Sharks) found in Texas, Idaho, and other U.S. states, as well as Mexico and even Australia!  This is a moving exhibit that will only be at the museum until September of this year.  Visiting this museum was a blast!  I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.  Be sure to check it out if you can!

After leaving the museum, we had one last visit with our relatives that included a walk along the Colorado River on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.  We paid our respects to Stevie Ray Vaughan along the trail by visiting his statue.  We then headed back to Louisiana.  Our journey home included more stops at Buc-ee’s and a couple of detours at shops in Bastrop, TX.

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I highly recommend visiting the city of Austin, TX.  It is beautiful, the people are friendly, and there’s so much more to the city that I need to explore.  I haven’t even visited any of the live music locations yet, and there are plenty of other places in and around the city that I want to experience.  Check out the Travel Texas and Austin Travel websites for more information and maybe we’ll run into each other next time I visit!

As always, thanks for reading my posts.  I really appreciate each and every one of you for reading, liking, and sharing my content.

Rank: Top Ten Most Clicked Pics

No Pacific Rim Uprising Yet….

But I do still plan to see the film as soon as possible.  While I’m waiting for a chance to see the film (and review it), I thought that it would be interesting to take a look at the ten most clicked photos from my blog since I first started posting over four years ago!  I’ll give a brief comment for each photo and I’ve also included five honorable mentions that just missed the cut.  I hope you enjoy!

#1–Star Trek Continues Wallpaper

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It’s no surprise that a Star Trek Continues wallpaper is my most clicked image.  All but one of my most viewed posts has something to do with STC.  It’s one of my favorite shows and it always will be.

#2–The Discount Dark Knight and Jinx (Curry Time Cosplay)

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I’m absolutely, one hundred percent, tee totally sure that the reason that this is my second most viewed photo is because my alter ego, DDK, is in the photo.  It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the very lovely Curry Time Cosplay is in this photo…at….all.

In all honesty, this is just one of multiple photos from my post that highlighted a wonderful weekend at CoastCon in Biloxi, MS.  It’s my second most viewed post of all time, and this photo can attest to that!

#3–Another STC photo

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Featuring four of the lovely ladies that were part of the STC crew, it’s no shocker that this photo was my third most clicked pic! (L to R: Kim Stinger, Kipleigh Brown, Michele Specht, and Cat Roberts).

#4–CoastCon Strikes Again!!!

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DDK took a ton of photos at CoastCon a few years ago and once again, he’s pretty sure that the reason that everybody clicked on this photo is because he’s in it.  It has absolutely nothing to do with the lovely Wonder Woman cosplayer in the photo.  Oh, and if anyone knows her, let me know so that I can list her name and/or cosplay page if she has one.

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Velma never looked better than she did here at CoastCon.  If you know who this person is, let me know so that I can give her credit.  Based on the number of clicks on the photo, she was a hit with my readers.

#6–The Amorettes

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Truth be told, I could have made a list entirely of photos of the Amorettes.  All of their photos that I have featured have been clicked multiple times, but this one surged into sixth place on my list.

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Todd Haberkorn has a lot of fans, so it’s not a big surprise to see that my photo that I took with him a couple of years ago made my Top Ten list.  Between his massive anime following and his loyal Star Trek Continues fans, it’s no wonder that plenty of people have clicked this pic….or because I’m in it.

#8–Mechacon’s Mascots, Jett & Zee

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I’ve taken plenty of photos with Jett & Zee over the years, but this particular photo, taken at CyPhaCon a few years ago, obviously impressed my readers.  It zooms in at number eight on my list.

#9–You can’t keep CoastCon down!

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CoastCon is back on the list in the nine hole with this photo of myself, Awkward Cosplay Girl and another wonderful cosplayer that I don’t have a name for at the moment.  Let me know who she is and I’ll give her full credit.

#10–Surprise, Surprise: CoastCon closes out the Top Ten

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My good friend, Nick Foreman, better known as Toad Sage Cosplay, rounds out the Top Ten with yet another CoastCon photo.  Here he is as the good Doctor from Doctor Who, (#7 to be exact).  That means that five out of ten of my top photos come from my second most viewed post.

CoastCon obviously has some loyal fans….or they like to click on photos of me with lovely ladies, Scooby-Doo lady friends, or the Doctor!

Here are my next five honorable mentions in order by the number of views:

1-Me with the very lovely and extremely cool, Michele Specht, from Star Trek Continues.

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2-Bryce Dallas Howard, probably because of her hair.

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3-CoastCon still going strong with Lego Wonder Woman.

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4-My favorite group of green ladies, Orion’s Envy, and myself.

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5-The dashingly handsome Chris Doohan from Star Trek Continues.

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I hope that you enjoyed this little break from my standard posts.  I plan on making a few more lists in the near future.  Thanks for reading!!!

 

Gulf South Convention Roundup!

All Over The Gulf States!

With a new year comes new geeky things!  One of those geeky things is a fresh round of conventions across the Gulf South!  In this post I’ll be listing a few of these conventions that will be hitting us within the next few months.  I’ll also let you know if I’ll be in attendance at any of them.

First off, let’s take a look at Pensacon in Pensacola, FL.  Although I’ve never had the pleasure of attending this particular convention, I’ve heard nothing but great things about it.  It has grown with each year and based on their guest list for 2018, they have no intentions of slowing down any time soon!

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From The Walking Dead to Doctor Who and Star Trek to Galaxy Quest, there is a media guest for everyone.  Some of my personal favorites include the original Buffy The Vampire Slayer and all around gorgeous lady, Kristy Swanson, the Swamp Thing film’s Adrienne Barbeau, and Married….With Children’s own Marcy Darcy, Amanda Bearse.  Other guests include Jack Skellington himself, Chris Sarandon, Walter Jones (Black Ranger from the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers), Cooper Andrews (the wonderful Jerry from The Walking Dead) and a whole host of other excellent actors, authors, artists, and exhibitors.

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Seriously, this convention is loaded, and if any of my friends happen to attend, I want a full report on this convention (and maybe a phone call from Kristy Swanson)!  Once my crazy schedule dies down a bit, I hope to make the trip to sunny Florida to attend Pensacon!  Check out all of their wonderful guests, vendors, artists, and more here.  Pensacon happens next month, February 23-25.

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Up next is one of my favorite conventions of all time, CoastCon.  Held in lovely Biloxi, MS at the beautiful Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, this convention is celebrating its 41st year.  That’s right, kids.  This southern, fan-run convention has been kicking around as long as I have!

This year’s guests include anime voice artist, Bryce Papenbrook, and Sherrilyn Kenyon, author of the Lords of Avalon series and the Chronicles of Nick.  This is one of the most fan-friendly conventions that you can attend, and I love not only the convention itself, but the entire city of Biloxi.  This is the type of convention that you go to in order to hang out with friends old and new, and to attend panels covering all of your favorite fandoms.  Get information on guests, hotels, and more here.  The event will take place March 16-18.

Next up is the third incarnation of another one of my favorites, Southern Geekfest!  As of this writing, there hasn’t been much talk about this year’s event.  I’m hoping to actually make this event this year since I missed last year and because it is headed up by some wonderful people.  Hattiesburg, MS isn’t the first place one might think of when talking about pop culture, but there is a thriving fandom community in this wonderful Mississippi town.  Keep an eye out for more updates on this convention here.

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Last but not least is the local con, CyPhaCon, in Lake Charles, LA.  From April 6th-8th, CyPhaCon will take place at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  This year’s event looks to be just as excellent as the last couple of years with guests such as Warehouse 13’s Eddie McClintock, Babylon 5’s Jason Carter, and Farscape’s Gigi Edgley.  Anime fans will get the chance to meet Ian Sinclair and J. Michael Tatum.  Kimberly Richardson and Mike Moreau are slated to attend as author guests.  Morgan and Danny Allain will be in attendance as artist guests.  Cosplay guests, fan groups, and the performance group Take One Productions will also be in attendance.

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There are many more guests, including musical guests, to be announced, so be sure to look here for more information about this upcoming event.  I am definitely going to this event, so be sure to look for me.  When the event gets closer, I’ll let you all know exactly when I’ll be there.  My primary goal:  to get a hug from Gigi Edgley!  I loved her as Chiana on Farscape, and she stole my heart with her guest role on Star Trek Continues.

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That’s all for now, folks.  Thank you for reading my post.  If you’re attending any of these events, be sure to let me know how it goes!

Wanna Be Famous????

On This Very Blog

I’m sure that you are all aware that convention season is upon us.  Last year was a bust for me as I only attended one convention (Louisiana Comic Con, which was awesome).  This year I plan on attending a few more.  I have definite plans to attend CyPhaCon in Lake Charles, LA and Louisiana Comic Con in Lafayette, LA.  I also hope to attend Southern Geek Fest in Hattiesburg, MS and CoastCon in Biloxi, MS.  Those two are pretty much up in the air at the moment, but I highly recommend attending them if you can.  I’m also looking at attending at least one or two other smaller conventions in Louisiana and possibly Texas.

So why am I posting this and how will it make you famous?

Simply put:  I want new material for my blog and want your help doing so.

In order to do this, I want to do a few one-on-one interviews in person with cosplayers, other bloggers, artists, authors, convention runners, super fans, and maybe a celebrity or two.  If you happen to be any of the things that I just listed, I want to hear from you!

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If you are attending any of the same conventions that I am going to and have a few minutes to kill, I want to talk to you.  I want to know why you love to write.  I want to know what inspired you to create your art.  I want to know how long it takes for you to make your costumes.  Get the picture????

If you aren’t going to be at a convention but happen to be fairly local to me (from Beaumont, TX to Lafayette, LA and north to Alexandria, LA), I’d  love to hang out with you wherever you’d like to meet and talk about what makes you tick.

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Last year I started my “Ten Burning Questions” posts and while popular, it became difficult to find participants.  People enjoyed reading those posts, but only a few brave souls actually agreed to answer questions.  By doing interviews in person, though, I hope to get a little more insight to the individuals that I interview.

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If you are someone you know is interested in being interviewed, please shoot me a message either through this blog or over on my Facebook page here.

Thanks for reading and thanks for your help!

Louisiana Comic Con 2017!

A Long Time Ago….

Almost exactly one year ago to be exact, I attended Louisiana Comic Con 2016.  Due to real life, surprises, scheduled events, and all out chaos, the very same convention became my first within a year’s time.  Now, I didn’t forget that I attended Calcasieu Serial Fest just a few weeks ago, but I don’t consider that particular event a convention.  It’s a festival, a celebration of all things cliffhanger (and I highly recommend you attend next year).  Louisiana Comic Con, on the other hand, isn’t as niche-focused.  Nope, it’s a celebration of all things geek, and the 2017 edition was just as fun as last year’s event.

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Last year’s event featured the Library Bards, and I managed to get a peck on the helmet from Bonnie Gordon (pictured above)!  That alone made 2016 a pretty special event, so 2017 had to blow the roof off of the Cajundome!  In all fairness, though, a kiss from Bonnie is pretty tough to beat, so I went into this year’s event with the hope that I’d at least have a lot of fun.  I did.

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A few months ago, it was announced that Shannon Purser (poor Barb from Stranger Things) would be attending the convention.  Since I’m a pretty big fan of that show, and really loved Barb, I was excited to attend the event.  Unfortunately she had to cancel because of some awards show (The Emmy Awards or something **sarcasm activate!**) and couldn’t make it.  While it broke my heart that my favorite best friend in all of TV history wasn’t going to be able to be at the event, I totally understood why she would be absent.

Just a few days after her cancellation, though, Louisiana Comic Con upped the ante and announced Sean Astin as her replacement.  I basically grew up watching this guy grow up on the big screen, so I was excited to see that he was added to the show.  Along with him were a number of other screen and voice actors including Barry Bostwick, Jason David Frank, Michael Biehn, Cherami Leigh, and Tiffany Vollmer.  Also in attendance were pro wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts, legendary screenwriter John Russo, multiple cosplayers, and comic artists such as Rob Guillory and Greg Burnham.  There were many more guests in attendance as well.

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I arrived at the event around 9:30 on Saturday morning.  There were two lines.  One was for those that had prepaid and already had their tickets and the other was for those of us who had to purchase tickets on site.  Despite being rather long, the line for “day of” purchasers moved quickly (as it did last year).  Once I got inside the venue, it was reasonably crowded, but with plenty of elbow room to go mobile when needed.  The Spidey Team, Krewe du Moon (a Sailor Moon fan/cosplay group), the 501st (Star Wars fan group), and other fan groups lined the hallway.  Corporate sponsors like 106.3 Radio Lafayette were also on hand.

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My friends from Orion’s Envy were also at the event and I finally got to check in with them for the first time in a year.  It was good to see them in full force once again!  There were also a number of excellent costumes on display at the event.  Everybody from Deadpool to Eric Cartman was represented to varying skill levels.  Some of my favorites included Aquaman, Harley Quinn, and the soon-to-be-legendary Batfam (in my featured photo).  It also looked as if the vendors were doing nicely on the main floor as well.  Toys and t-shirts were prevalent, but there were also plenty of comics vendors, custom item vendors, and Man Made Soap on hand with plenty of wares to purchase.

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There were also some excellent panels at the convention.  I attended a few of them and one of my favorites was “Basics of Modding A Nerf Gun For Steampunk with Cajun Moon Creations.”  Miss OoLaLa, Brigette Rose, was there for the assist.

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I was unable to attend the After Party on Saturday evening, and life called me back for Sunday, so I was only able to attend one day of Louisiana Comic Con.  With that said, though, I’ll definitely be back next year!  Be sure to click on the links to read about last year’s event and to show a little support to the Louisiana-based artists and cosplayers I mentioned in the post.  Also, feel free to share this post with anybody that I might have talked about here.  I’d love for them to know that this little nobody showed them some love.

As always, thanks for reading.  I don’t want to commit myself to any upcoming conventions at the moment, but I REALLY want to make it to at least two events that are coming up next year.  Those events are CyPhaCon and Southern Geek Fest.  As we get closer to those events, I’ll definitely post about them.  Until next time, stay hungry my friends!