San Diego Comic Con Weekend!!

 

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It’s here! SDCC 2014 is definitely a geek holiday. There are so many Nerdy goodies coming out of this weekend that it takes days or even weeks to sort it all out. It’s too big and too vast to know everything until the fairy dust settles. This is a community that lights Nerd news like a boat filled with wildfire, but even the legions of fans can’t keep up with all the cool insider treats.

io9 had a great run down of “The Floor” where you can buy all the new things, many exclusive to SDCC attendees. io9 article here

Nerd makers of all kids flood the scene. Writers, artists, innovators, actors, and industry creators of every variety make appearances first hand. There are more cool Nerds around than you can shake a Mage Staff at!

Here’s a cute article from Yahoo about Bennie’s first day at Comic Con. How Benedict Cumberbatch Won the First Day of Comic Con

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Benedict Cumberbatch make a surprise appearance at the Dramworks Panel. I’ve never been so jealous of a penguin in my life.

Then there are the teasers like these. First Marvel released an Antman poster earlier this week, then they gave us a bunch of very tense concept art pieces from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Our heroes look awesome, but they also look totally screwed.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Iron Man sporting new armor

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Scarlet Witch (We always refer to her as  ‘That  crazy bitch’)

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Captain America giving good jaw.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Black Widow, a glimpse of Hulk, and Mjolnlr . I’d run from all three of those fists.

From DC Comics we gat a sneak peek at Batman’s new duds.

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The caped crusader’s new cape!

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Close-up of Ben Afleck’s new cowl.

Attendees should always be kind to one another anyway, but an even bigger reason to be kind to your fellow Nerds is you never know who is standing next to you. Celebrities and industry makers want to get in on the fun too so they make it a regular habit of wandering the crowds incognito to experience the Con first hand. Here is an article from last year’s SDCC from BuzzFeed, Matt Smith Walked The Floor At Comic-Con In A Bart Simpson Mask  (yes THAT Matt Smith!) He wanted to hang out on The Floor so he sported a mask and an American accent while he wandered through the crowds. Next time Bart Simpson wants a hug, you might consider it, or a high five at the very least if you don’t do hugs with strangers.

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Bart Simpson is really a Time Lord. Explains so much.

It pays to be nice because you never know if you’ve been talking with, say the editor of a favorite comic, or screenplay writer of a favorite show, or a producer of your favorite web series. It’s also much easier to make new Nerdy friends that way too.

More Nerdy goodness to come over the weekend and remember…

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Thanks, Keep Calm-O-Matic!

Have fun, Con-goers! We’ll be stalking, er I mean, watching you!

I mean… enjoying your adventures and every movement…

Peering at you from the internet…

It’s just super fun to be part of your lives…

Man, Phil Coulson was right. This fan stuff is hard.

 

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Holy Free Stuff, Batman!

Today is the 75 anniversary of Batman’s first comic.

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Lookin good, old man!

 

Wow, Bruce. You don’t look a day over 41 (so I’ve heard)!

So the Nerdling and I went down to the local Barnes and Noble to check out their version of the Caped Crusader birthday bash.

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Iron Man swung by with his tigers on gold leashes to wish Bruce a happy birthday.

Call me impressed. There was a story time, Bruce Wayne approved juice and cookies, trivia, prizes, bat-staches, masks, coloring sheets, buttons, temporary tattoos, bookmarks,  a free comic, giant posters, and a graphic novel sized essential guide to navigating Batman’s 75 year journey.

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Thanks, DC and B&N!

Talk about a great gift bag for the party guests!

 

We also picked up a few non DC items like a full Big Nate book, a Star Wars poster, and ‘How to speak Dothraki’ (Pro-Tip, don’t say thank you) pamphlets from their Get Pop-Cultured month promo. I guess we’ll be coming to a few more of these events over the next month. Fantastic loot from this birthday plunder.

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Golly, Batman. I was kidding about the plunder. It was all free, I swear!

 

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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