SDCC 2014 – Weekend Wrap Up

It’s Sunday NIGHT, Nerdlings!  That means the big SDCC 2014 announcements have all been made, stars have been blinded by flashes, and it’s time for the poor staff to clean up all the glitter, spandex, and whatever that is by NBC’S Hannibal booth… *Shudders*

The star power coming out of SDCC 2014 was so epic last night they created a White Dwarf and the cosplayers leveled up all the Nerdy trophies for Achievement in Awesome. My feeds have been ridiculously difficult to keep up with in the past few days as I tried to swipe quickly through Twitter, Tumbler, Instagram, and websites to get the best Nerdy news. Since it’s impossible to go through it all, I’ll just do a run down of the things I’m most excited to see.

We finally got our first look at Wonder Woman. Look at her! She is an AMAZON! She is sooooo not taking anyone’s crap.  She looks hot (both figurative and literal) and is about to serve up some JUSTICE!

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THAT’S IT! TOTALLY PUTTING ON MY WONDER WOMAN UNDEROOS AGAIN!!

While I still feel some concern about what the actual movie will be like, I have to say, Concept and Costuming got it right. It was pretty funny to see all my feeds go nuts about Gal Gadot and then throw in a nod to the boys, Batman and Superman. DC’s top story on their website is all about Diana Prince and I’m please as punch to see it. Behold, your new Wonder Woman!

Marvel has been throwing news at us all weekend starting with our first official introduction to Agent Carter.

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I LOVE HOW THIS TELLS THE SAME STORY FROM TWO DIFFERENT SIDES. BRILLIANT!

The Marvel Television panel hosted Hayley Atwell and several of the creators, including Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, for Marvel’s newest series, Agent Carter. The show will begin in 1946 before SHIELD was founded and like her One-Shot, we’ll see Peggy adapting to life after WWII. The show hopes to portray the harsh realities of a post war world, which many women faced after the men returned. Skilled and competent women were displaced and expected to return to their roles in the home. Peggy Carter will have to fight to find her place in a man’s world but she’s not alone. Peggy will definitely encounter other women facing the same dilemma. What remains to be seen are what choices they will make when faced with stepping back into old ideas or trying to fit into an unappealing future. I’m really hoping to see some seriously conflicted heroines and grey area, badass lady villains.

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MADAME HYDRA, ANYONE?

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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.

 

Carol Corps Meet Up At Convergence 2014

tumblr_n8bjbcDTdQ1s0ubwuo1_1280I recently attended my first Carol Corps! In my quest to learn all things Marvel, I’ve gravitated toward Kelly Sue DeConnick and her story of Carol Danvers AKA Captain Marvel. Not only were the ladies at the meet up extremely welcoming and friendly, but they were all so amazingly talented. From Cosplay geniuses to artists and musicians, these ladies were a variable renaissance of nerdy talent. I left feeling pretty happy that I connected with some new friends and inspired to create…SOMETHING! Our photo above is super cute. I’m the awkward blonde, second from the right.

Because I am fantastic at bumbling my way through life, it wasn’t until much, much later that I realized the third woman from the left was Sigrid Ellis. Of the many hats Sigrid wears, editor of Pretty Deadly at Image Comics and 2 time nominee for the Hugo awards are two hats of note.  Ms. Ellis  strolled up to our group with a huge smile and casual confidence. I thought her to be a founding mother having no idea how close to the mark I was. *facepalm*

The latest incarnation of Captain Marvel is amazing and resonates with many people today. It’s one of my recs for both kids and adults at the bookstore. Carol is a complex character who is trying to find her way through this world, and more importantly, trying to find ways to be comfortable in her own skin. Like all interesting characters, she has moments of strength and weakness.  More than anything else, Carol is a great role model.

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This cover art captures my feelings about Captain Marvel perfectly!

If you haven’t read this yet, you totally should. If you have? Come Squee with me!

More than anything else, I’m always grateful to meet new friends who share my nerdy interests. That’s one of the main reasons I go to Cons and other Nerdy events; to find my tribe. I’m looking forward to meeting up with these fine ladies again soon.

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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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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!