Minnesota SpringCon 2014

The Midwest Comic Book Association has been celebrating Nerdiness for 26 years! Time to go check out what they have to offer!

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This picture of my girl, Captain Marvel, totally caught my eye!

I obtained a free ticket from my bookstore to check out Spring Con. Thank you, MCBA!!
I was seriously unprepared for the awesomeness of this Con. Here’s the most amazing thing. It’s run by fans! The feel of a Con run by people who are simply passionate is so different from any corporate run gig. They care so much about the event and find ways to fill the needs for all fans. My ticket bought me two days of entertainment AND helped several charities: MN Food Shelves, MN Lupus Foundation, and Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. All panels were open to everyone and a Heroclix tournament was happening right above our heads.

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Listen! What’s that smell! The Ecto-1 was present!

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POW! Batmobile

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A Series of Cons- Part 2

Market Time!!!!

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These are definitely the toys you are looking for.

The second reason I love going to Cons is for the all the lovely, lovely Swag! My favorite Cons have fantastic merch rooms filled with vendors and artisans ready to show me things I never dreamed I wanted but now I can’t live without! So much SHINY!

It’s always the same. I’ll scout out the room to get the lay of the land, swooping around several times. Then I’ll move in and start looking closely at each item and assess it’s value. Next I’ll ponder and think of pros and cons of an item in question. After I consider every angle I’ll conservatively purchase said item and feel pretty good about it. Last, I frantically storm through the rows of happy sellers, tossing my money in every direction. Everyone’s happy, except for my husband.

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Sorry, Feds. I catch em, I keep em!

 

Seriously though, there are many awesome and unique items that are very hard to come by with the added bonus of getting to know the artist/creator of the things you love.

The Comic Con Merch room was as big as I hoped it would be. Rows and rows of artist and merchant booths filled with Nerdy goodness. I was so overwhelmed by all the items available, my Nerdy senses were tingling in overdrive.

 

 

I know most people go to Comic Con to stalk see their favorite celebrities but mine was for a single purpose. See all the shiny!

Shiny things this way…
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Honor Thy Mothership

fc,550x550,slate.u2 Our Mother of Dragons by Megan Lara is a favorite of mine at Red Bubble. Its stories like Daenerys Targaryen’s that keep me going back to Song of Ice and Fire and Evil Santa, GRRM.

I’m often amused by the marketing groups who put together lists of products which are supposed to appeal to us ladies and Mother’s day is one of the best/worst. Flowers, brunch, and spas along with Michael Buble are among the top matches with a quick search. It’s not that I don’t appreciate a nice smelly candle or a great cookbook, it’s more that as I look at the combined lists I think that’s not me.

Ladies are a diverse group and have many, many interests. Marketers, I’m looking at you!

Think Geek’s Mom List has a great selection for many kinds of Nerdy moms that are great gifts to give year round. My dream shopping spree would be to buy all the things at Think Geek!

 

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A bouquet of Kittens because its a freakin BOUQUET OF KITTENS!!!

 

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These Health Bar yoga pants are totally my idea of being healthy.

 

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Jewelry for SCIENCE!

How do you celebrate your own Nerdy mom? Comment below!

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Agent Carter is Coming

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Marvel’s Official Synopsis

I can not even begin to share how excited I am that this really happening. I love Peggy Carter with the heat of a thousand suns. Here is the official synopsis direct from Marvel just this morning.

After seeing Hayley Atwell kick some serious bad guy butt cheeks in her Marvel One Shot, I have been ready to watch the crap out of anything she does. Thank you, Marvel!

 

A Series of Cons- Part I

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Minneapolis Wizard World Comic Con 2014

It’s Con season!

I went to my first Con about seven years ago. It changed my whole world view. Going brought me such joy, such a sense of finally finding my own tribe. This year I decided to branch out and try a few new ones.

San Diego Comic Con is the Science Fiction and Fantasy convention most people think about when the word ‘Convention’ or ‘Con’ come up. It’s highly unlikely I’ll ever attend that show but when I heard they had a tour coming to my city I had to see what the fuss was all about.

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My Con buddy for the day could not jump in fast enough!

This beauty was right inside the entrance. The best part was the money collected to sit in this time machine goes toward the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. Money well spent!

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Revenge of the Fifth!

If you thought the Star Wars goodness from yesterday was over, you are mistaken! May 5th means exploring the Dark Side of the Force! Once again, the best way to find it is by looking for #revengeofthefifth for all the fun.

I spent way too much time playing Revenge of the Fifth today. It’s a Flash supported game (time to open up your Chrome browsers, Apple friends) where sheep of the galaxy duel one another while wielding lightsabers in their teeth or blast each other with Force powers. Ewe should totally get in touch with your inner Black Sheep and take down that rebel scum. (See what I did just then?) Then you can post your results from your epic battle of epicness on Twitter for bragging rights.

Speaking of Star Wars! Did anyone not see this?

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ICYMI, the Star Wars official Instagram posted this pic of a familiar face yesterday!

I also went to my first Comic Con yesterday! Here are a few Star Wars themed things we saw.

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Even though this Jedi was in a tight spot, evil is no match against adorable young cosplayers. (Seriously though, they were all amazing) I never got photos of the two Princess Leias I spotted but they were both great.

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I found a booth that featured this demo of the Star Wars X-Wing Miniature Game. The people at the booth were super friendly and had a lot of info to share. I even got a coupon for free gourmet fries at their gaming store and cafe. I can’t wait to redeem them. Mmmmm, fries…

Ahem, anyway! I learned two things about this game.

1 The game was created right here in Minnesota.

2 I could not resist the power to say “pew pew” when blasting my canons at enemy ships.

Last, my own little Nerdling was so excited when I showed him the Star Wars Miniature game, he decided to make his own version of the Death Star Trench scene.

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True to Star Wars canon, the Empire couldn’t hit a thing and the Star Destroyers crashed into the Death Star.

I hope you had a great May 4th too. Share your day in the comments below!