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And then there was Cherry City

About a month after my visit to Wizard World I had the opportunity to go to another Comic Con – Cherry City Comic Con, in Salem Oregon.

This was a smaller event, and I find it interesting to compare the two – particularly if I just look at the Sundays I worked.

There were less people at Cherry City, to be sure, and the celebrity guests were lower profile. I saw less cosplay or costuming (though what I did see was impressive), and it seemed like there were more people who had a lower-level of Geekery. Less hardcore, or maybe just less overt about it. Honestly, it made it seemed like it would be a good place for a baby-geek, or when Introducing someone to the awesomeness (and diversity) of the geek and nerd world.

Something that stood out to me was how very many kids there were! So many Elsas, Annas, and other princesses! There was one little girl who was dressed PERFECTLY as Rey (and happy to tell you exactly who she was).

This guy had a great, crocheted, Cthulu mask/hat!

It was a lot of fun to see these little ones running about, happily posing for pictures and sharing about their costumes.

One of the highlights of the displaying were the two dinosaurs – costumed as Freddy and Jason – running around and getting into the occasional fight.

They fight one another!

And they’d fight others!

The pace of Cherry City was slower, which meant less contacts for me (sad on the business end of things), but it was better for actually connecting with people. And it didn’t completely exhaust me by the end of the day!

I’m curious to hear what other people’s experiences at Comic Con’s have been. What kind do you prefer? What is the thing you always want to make sure to do at a Comic Con?

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Finding a Place at Wizard World PDX

I’d never been to a Comic Con before.

It almost feels strange to say it, I mean they occur ALL the time near me, but I’ve just never quite gotten myself to one.  When I mentioned this some time ago a few friends recommended that I try out Wizard World.

So, I did end up attending Wizard World  – just not as an attendee… instead I got to combine my love of all things Nerd/Geek and my love of Nail-Wraps by working a Jamberry table at Wizard World in Portland, Oregon.

The not-so-awesome side of this as a first introduction is that I didn’t get to wander around quite as much and, other than a random sighting of Nichelle Nichols (!!) I didn’t get to take the time to go see any of the celebs that were there (if I had realizes that the signing space was SO close to us I probably would have at least taken a moment to wander by, I just didn’t realize how close we were to that area until we were taking things down).

The awesome thing though,  for an introvert like myself, was that I had a purpose. I had a thing I was doing which allowed me to engage with people more comfortably. I always feel so much more comfortable in social situations when I have a job that I’m supposed to be doing (it’s one of the reasons that I was so often the one organizing the parties when I was younger. If I’m hostess then I have specific duties and can focus on that rather than freaking out about how to talk to people).

Anyhow, back to Wizard World.

There were a lot of really great costumes wandering around, and it was really fun to see them all. It was also cool to see so many references that I understood (though there were plenty that I didn’t) and I loved getting compliments on the T-Shirt I chose to wear.

There were some absolutely adorable families dressed up in matching costumes, and some spectacular coordinated outfits. And, really, that’s what this event is about – getting to geek out and be immersed in your costume. So, without further ado… how about some costumes/cosplayers?

This guy was wandering around quite a bit – I rather appreciated the costume!

Mulan! There were a decent number of Disney related costumes.

Generations of Ghost Busters!

Family costumes were plentiful!

 

It Isn’t Christmas Without….

We all have our holiday traditions, those things that help to make it Christmas (if you celebrate Christmas!) For me this includes four movies, in particular. I just realized, as I was putting this together, that the most recent one is nearly 40 years old… so I would love to hear what your favorites are – add some more recent movies to my list!

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My Top Ten Blogging Projects of 2016 (in an alternate-reality)

  1. There was the absolutely splendid series of blog posts I did exploring the deeper issues and concepts that run through a few modern TV shows. Alongside that was an equally popular and insightful series that explored the re-boots and continuations of a few shows from my younger years, such as Girl Meets World, Fuller House and The Gilmore Girls.
  2.  I ran a series of posts that explored the progress I was making in revising and polishing my first novel. It included all the struggles of finding the characters true voice, and refusing to let them take charge of the story because one just is determined to be places he cannot be. But it came together and I finish the year with a nearly-ready-to-do-something-with draft.
  3. A year with #MidnightMonsterCat – a blend of blogging, twitter, and Instagram, this feature came together to be an entertaining mix of my experiences with the cat I adopted on New Year’s Eve 2015. Navigating the reality of a human and a 16lb, 2 year old, former partial-stray tomcat living together in a small single-room living space.
  4. I am proud of a number of the posts I did about the reading I’ve been rocking through this year, but I am particularly fond of the post series I did about Les Miserables – which I finally finished reading all of. I’d finished it back in High School, and have been meaning a re-read ever since. Really this series of posts was a pretty academic thing, exploring the historical and cultural contexts that informed this story.  I also took a side-trip into comparing some of the movies and musical versions of the story.
  5. Who could not love the Musicals posts? I saw The Book of Mormon, The Wizard of Oz, Newsies and Motown the Musical and had such a fun time sharing my experience with all of them with all of you.  There was also the review of Allegiance which I saw in the theaters and felt was a beautiful and haunting way to explore that time in our past.
  6. Passionate Geeks powered through the year with some wonderful explorations of the variety of geekdom’s that exist in the world.
  7.  Those posts that explored those very relevant social-issues in terms of how they manifest in current movies…
  8. There was…
  9. Uhm…
  10. The post I completed with the Top Ten Blog Posts of the year, in which I reflected on things that people really appreciated and enjoyed, evoking memories from their own lives and projects through the year.

Let’s face it, 2016 has been a rough year for many of us, personally, nationally, and globally. It’s certainly been a challenging year for me and, while I had a lot of ideas for blogging projects, I wasn’t able to get many of them launched.  But that’s okay, because in my alternate-reality world I was totally successful in making it all happen!

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Lessons from Crazy-Ex-Girlfriend

Episodes 4 and 5 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend have a bunch of tidbits of wisdom, points for reflection, and lessons to be learned.

  • Bonkerballs isn’t actually in the DSM-5 yet, no matter how much we may all agree that it should be a legitimate diagnosis.
  • Tinder is exclusively for hookups (to be fair, a number of shows have informed me of this). Meeting someone through it can lead to a hookup, or to having your kidney harvested.
  • The power of a twirley skirt should not be underestimated.
  • Pay attention to commercials, maybe they will provide you with good advice… Or, you know… not.
  • If you decide to start making healthy choices, perhaps starting that with staying up all night is not the correct way to go about that. Also, there is something beautifully resonating in the statement, “I got this treadmill desk, and then realized I can’t do work on it, and I hate walking.”  Sure, maybe we haven’t all made a $2,000 mistake like that but… I am sure many of us have made a lesser cost mistake of a similar type.
  • You may not ever actually feel like an adult. And trying to be an adult often ends up in strange conversations. At least, for some of us….
  • Being intelligent doesn’t mean you know anything about life.
  • There is always something powerful about someone you admire saying that they think you’re cool.
  • It’s just as hard to ignore when someone you care about says something negative about you.
  • Talking (and especially singing) about a Father’s love for their daughter can be very challenging.
  • Good deeds, done for bragging rights, may merit some deeper investigation – are you really doing something good?
  • You can say a lot without saying a thing.
  • Knowing the things that are broken about ourselves, and honestly acknowledging them can help to make a small step in the direction of repairing it.

Though the tone of the show doesn’t change much at all in these episodes, slowly there are more and more insightful things shinning through.  Perhaps it’s because the writers, and actors, are all getting a feel for the characters and so are able to really explore with them, or maybe it’s a planned arc with Rebecca’s changing mental state….