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Her Universe is Promising Exciting News and Exclusive Debuts at WonderCon!

Her Universe is returning to WonderCon! This year WonderCon is at the Los Angeles Convention Center March 25-27, and Her Universe will be hosting two panels and a portfolio review. So aspiring artists, designers, and writers, here is your chance to get noticed!

The Her Universe “Geek Couture” Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con, co produced by Hot Topic and Her Universe has been a hit for the past two years. GeekGirl World was there last year when the winner was chosen and we covered some of the amazing outfits hitting the runway. In preparation for this year’s 2016 fashion show, during the “Her Universe Fashion Show Update” panel at WonderCon (Friday, March 25, 2pm to 3pm in room 502B), attendees will hear the latest information on submissions for the fashion show and get to be the first to see the new collection designed by last year’s winners, Leetal Platt and Kelly Cercone. Ashley Eckstein, SVP of Her Universe and voice of Star Wars Rebels‘ Ahsoka Tano, will be headlining the panel along with executives from Hot Topic to give aspiring fashion designers advice on how they can get their designs in the market.

Her Universe Press, the publishing imprint of Her Universe, will be sponsoring the “Calling All Aspiring Writers/Her Universe Press” panel (Saturday, March 26, 2pm to 3pm in room 515A). Ashley Eckstein is hosting this panel for fans and writers who are working on getting their novel published. During the panel, attendees will be able to get advice from published authors Heather Nuhfer (Weirdest), E. Anne Convery (The Confidence Chronicles), and New York Times, USA Today and #1 International bestselling author Christina Hobbs who writes under the penname “Christina Lauren” with her writing partner.

At the “Her Universe Geek Fashion Portfolio Review” (Saturday, March 26 from 10:30am to 11:30am in room 150), fans and designers looking to either submit entries to the The Her Universe Fashion Show or just break into the fashion business, can share their portfolio with industry professionals from Her Universe and Hot Topic and get tips and advice on how best to prepare to show their work.

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Finally, for those attending WonderCon, you can go check out the Her Universe boutique (booth #1225) where they will debut new geek fashion designs and apparel from  Star Wars, Marvel, Doctor Who, Star Trek and more. Her Universe continues to make their mark in geek fashion by offering a bevy of option for all sizes with fun casual to dressy choices for ladies to show off their geekyness to the world. One of the major debuts at the booth will be the Her Universe Marvel activewear collection for juniors inspired by Captain America: Civil War. This first of it’s kind collection will be sold at Kohl’s stores nationwide and at Kohls.com the end of March in anticipation of the movie hitting theaters in May.

Check out Her Universe online at  www.heruniverse.com.

Follow Ashley Eckstein & Her Universe on:

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YouTube(https://www.youtube.com/user/HerUniverseChannel?sub_confirmation=1).

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Crafty Geeks Making the Best of Their Small Businesses

It’s becoming more popular every holiday season: shop small, buy local, support small businesses. Depending on who you talk to, you’ll find all kinds of reasons consumers are shying away from the traditional shopping grounds like the mall or department stores or large specialty chains. There are some who despise the crush of the crowds, many who don’t like the early morning lines, and still others who want to passively protest what they feel is the commercialism of the holidays.

The choice to buy from small business has been gaining traction, especially in the last five years since American Express founded the official event known as “Small Business Saturday”, where the Saturday after Black Friday is devoted to focusing on smaller mom n’ pop type shops, or any business that isn’t known for being part of a corporation or large chain.

While the economic blood still belongs to the veins of Black Friday sales and arteries of Cyber Monday deals, according to Forbes.com, Small Business Saturday has the projected potential to get $15 billion flowing through the smaller capillaries of the economy.

Taking fair advantage of niche buying habits of geeks, nerds, and fandom lovers, three geeky entrepreneurs local to Las Vegas have tapped into the natural inclination of fans be more discerning in their purchases. Melanie Davis, Kimberly*, and Allison Cosson all started their small business for different reasons, but they all share the same entrepreneurial spirit that it takes to succeed in a growing competitive market.

Melanie Davis, The MAD Girl With a Box, just started up her business this last September. Barely in the game for even a month, Melanie brought together five other local artists to launch her mobile shop-on-the-go. Customers browse around inside a refurbished trailer, picking up everything from My Little Pony skirts to Teenage Mutant Ninja make up bags.

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Plates and glasses etched with Harry Potter quotes, jewelry from several fandoms, and quirky wall art are as much a decoration in the cozy trailer as they are merchandise.

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Melanie says that one reason for her mobile shop is to “provide a new avenue to market handmade items[…] without relying on conventions” where tables or booths could range “anywhere from $50 to $300.” By keeping the venue cost low, crafters could put more of their investment into better quality items and collect a larger profit at the end of the day.

“I would like to make this my primary business so I can make my own hours and manage my own company.” But Melanie, who also works as a copy editor for Caesar’s Entertainment, is just as invested in her co-crafters’ futures as she is her own. “I work with a few wonderful artists that act as vendors and supply me with my merchandise,” she explains. Buying from her small business doesn’t just benefit her; it also means customers are helping “the artists that are trying to make some extra [money] to support their own families.”

On the other end of the spectrum is Kimberly, the Girl With One Eye, who has been running her own business since 2011. In the small business world, 4 years practically makes Kimberly a veteran. (That old statistic about 80% of new small businesses failing in the first year is too varied to track, but it’s safe to say that 4 years is a healthy run)

The Girl With One Eye is most often seen in convention booths surrounded by homemade clothing and accessories that would beckon over any patron into retro or Harajuku style Gothic Lolita clothing. The mix at the booth is a little June Cleaver sprinkled over some Wednesday Addams melted over Betty Page.

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Kimberly says that she only offers items that she’d be proud to wear, and because of that she was unsure how well her first geeky pieces would sell. “It soon became clear that there were a lot of people like me out there who wanted things that were both cute and geeky, so I shifted to focus on more geeky prints.”

Kimberly comes from a long line of sewers and crafters, and because of this she’s had a long time to hone her skills. “I was so used the quality and creative freedom that homemade clothes had to offer that sewing and creating things for myself to wear was just the next step.”

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The impetus for starting her own business followed a diagnosis with a rare form of cancer. “I decided that instead of feeling sorry for myself, I would use this as the inspiration to start the clothing business I had always wanted to do!”

Long term goals for the Girl with One Eye include expansion in both employees and distribution. Kimberly would like to be able to hire a real staff, or at least pay the friends who help her with her creations. Her “ultimate goal,” she admits, would be “to grow GW1E to the level where I will be able to make both custom, one of a kind pieces of clothing, as well as ready to wear clothing that I could wholesale to big box stores!”

Somewhere flexible in between is Allison Cosson who owns Nerdful Things. A contributor to the co-lab efforts of MAD Girl, Allison has also spent the last two years keeping her own Etsy shop stocked with an array of housewares like fandom-themed pub glasses, glass-etched beer steins, and shot glasses, video game inspired key holders and jewelry, and vinyl decals. Fans of the Nightmare Before Christmas, Harry Potter, and German folklore figure Krampus will find holiday decorations available.

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A fixture at many craft fairs and shows in town, Allison’s attractive displays draw all kinds of customers. And while always happy to move her available stock, she says, “If I can create anything your heart desires, I will. Custom orders are more fun to fill I think.”

Allison started making most of the items she now sells out of necessity. “I wanted [and] needed things that represented my grandma and they weren’t readily available, or if I could find them they were outside the price I was looking to pay.” So instead she turned her desires into a crafty collections of unique pieces that eventually expanded into fandom-worthy merchandise. “They’re things I’m interested in and want in my own house,” she says.

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Unlike Melanie and Kimberly, Allison’s goal is keep Nerdful Things “mainly as a side business.” Keeping her small business manageable is a challenge for her. “I mostly just enjoy the making part and customer interaction.”

And really that’s what small businesses are all about. While the goals of entrepreneurs vary, one thing is always the same: positive customer relationships are essential. “I think small businesses don’t get the recognition they deserve most times. It’s hard to start from scratch and try and build up a customer base,” says Allison. Very often a new startup will reach out to family, friends, neighbors, and eventually social media. With online stores like Etsy, easy to assemble websites like Wix, and a consistent Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Yelp updates, a hobby has the potential to quickly turn into a business.

But it’s not enough for the crafter to just advertise and display his or her work. Customers have to keep the snowball rolling too. “If you have a great experience at a local store, share it! Tweet, like, Yelp, post, spread the word! Any bit of advertising is good for the business and would be appreciated by any small business owner up against the big stores,” informs Melanie.

Allison agrees. “Other than a direct sale, a person that believes in your product and is willing to tell everyone about it is the most important thing to a small business owner.”

And because these are not manufactured products but handcrafted items, customers can know that every item they buy is “a piece of [our] talent, [our] knowledge, and [our] blood, sweat, and tears,” impassions Kimberly. “Not only are they buying a one of a kind, wearable piece of art, they are buying it from me, an individual who they quite often get to meet and talk to face to face.”

Despite the love of Black Friday and the traffic of Cyber Monday, the trend of supporting small businesses seems to focus not just on avoiding mass consumerism during the holidays, but redirecting where one’s dollar goes. The current thinking seems to be “We’re going to buy, we’re going to spend, so let’s make that spending count.”

This Small Business Saturday, consider transferring some of your space creds to geeky artists and crafters like Melanie, Kimberly, and Allison. You can show your support of friends and relatives who run their own businesses, or browse any number of shops that specialize in homemade and handcrafted specialties, too. However you spend your money this holiday season, make your dollars count in ways that will benefit those who are working uniquely for you!

Follow MAD’s traveling Box on her Facebook.

You can view more of GW1E’s clothing on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter.

Keep up to date with Nerdful Things’ holiday assortment on Facebook.

*Kimberly was pleased to participate in this article, but asked to omit her full name.
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10 Halloween Costumes to Avoid This Year

Can you believe that Halloween is already upon us?! If you haven’t picked out your costume already, then there’s two basic rules you should follow before you decide on the perfect one:

  1. Don’t be cliche
  2. Don’t be offensive

To help ensure that you don’t make a fool of yourself during your Halloween festivities,  we’ve compiled a list of 10 costumes that should be avoided at all cost!

1. Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn has always been a popular choice for Halloween, but her popularity has risen to a totally different level since the Suicide Squad trailer was unveiled at San Diego Comic Con.

Any variation of Harley Quinn (including Arkham Asylum) is just going to be unoriginal, overdone, and just plain meh this Halloween.

You may think I’m merely making an assumption here, but I recently spent some time at New York Comic Con, and, shit you not, if I took a shot for every Quinn cosplay I saw, I’d be deader than dead. Literally every other woman was dressed up as Quinn.

So… lest you want to become the joke of the party, avoid dressing up like Dr. Harleen Quinzel this year.

Exception: Gender bender Quinn.

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2. A Knockoff

If you’re not sure what I mean by this, then just to any costume store and look at the costume titles. A Mario (Super Mario Bros.) costume is normally labeled under “plumber costume”,  and Katniss Everdeen is simply “archer lady.”

These costumes always just end up looking cheap, and super fans of the original character will always point out to you what’s wrong with your costume.

If you plan on going this route, then make sure to pick up some RC Cola on your way to the party!

Exception: Home made character costumes. Those are always charming, and while they may not be precise, they highlight your mad costume making skills and are excellent conversation pieces.

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3. Power Rangers

There is usually always a group of friends at the Halloween party who thought that dressing up like Power Rangers would be a great idea.

In reality, you’ll find that not only are these costumes overdone, but they’re annoying.

Men, be prepared to make some people super uncomfortable when your your junk is center stage in that flimsy fabric, and women, make sure you invest in Spanx (unless you want to go totally commando, because ALL undergarment lines will show) and be prepared for the absolute nightmare that is bathroom breaks. Pro tip: don’t break the seal.

Exception: Dressing up as a Power Ranger in armor form. Now THAT’S badass.

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4. Cultural Costumes

Innocent as your intentions may be, the chances are pretty high that you’ll offend someone with your super cute Native American costume.

Save yourself an earful and avoid all cultural costumes completely.

Exception: Tonto from Lone Ranger. Because Johnny Depp.

 

 

5. A Hashtag

Do I even have to explain why you should avoid this costume? #NO

Exception: NO EXCEPTIONS

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6. Sexy Versions of Unsexy Things

I personally do not like dressing up all sexy for Halloween, but I have absolutely nothing against women who do. If you have a killer body, show it off in a sexy costume, by all means! Halloween is designed for role playing and imagination (even if you are leaving none to it).

But there needs to a line drawn when it comes to what is considered sexy.

Let’s do a quick rundown of what’s sexy and what’s not, just to give you a basic idea of what to avoid:

Black Widow: Sexy!

Sesame Street Characters: …ew

Wonder Woman: Super sexy!

Dora the Explorer: WTF is wrong with you?

Honestly, if it wasn’t sexy to begin with, then don’t try to make it that way.

Exceptions: Honestly, I don’t know.

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7. Caitlyn Jenner

Seriously? Don’t be that dickhead at the party who thought this was a good/funny idea.

Caitlyn may be all over the news and tabloids these days, but dressing up like her as a joke, lighthearted as it may be, is actually extremely insulting not only to her, but to the transgender community as a whole.

Use some common sense and courtesy and leave this tasteless costume on the shelf to wither and die.

Exception: Just don’t.

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8. A Nurse

You’ll feel hot and confident wearing this costume, but the reality is that it’s just sooo overdone.

It’s the typical choice, and that’s not a good thing.

Oh, and what’s even worse than the standard nurse costume? The nurse costume with syringes for alcohol shots. Talk about trashy.

Exceptions: Nurse Joy from Pokemon, unsexy zombie nurse.

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9. Donald Trump

Political costumes are a perennial favorite and are often overdone in general, but if you are going this route and want to stand out from the crowd of faux candidates this Halloween, then you might want to avoid dressing up like Donald Trump.

His high profile nature, eccentricity, and ridiculous hair all make him a popular costume choice, so expect to see him on Halloween more than any other would-be presidential candidate.

Instead, why not try dressing up like a stoner version of Bernie Sanders or something? Just spitballing here.

Exceptions: Oh, I don’t know, zombie Trump?

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10. Elsa (or Anna)

I love Frozen as much as the next gal, but just let it go already (lame pun absolutely intended).

This costume is way too popular, and honestly, there are plenty of other Disney ladies who need some love.

Maybe try dressing up as Merida? Or what about Mulan? Jasmine? There are way too many options!

Exceptions: I think having everything zombified is the ultimate exception.

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What other costumes should be avoided this Halloween? Let us know in the comments! And for more costumes to avoid, check out last years list!

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Face Off Ep 6: Extraterrestrial Enterprise

This week’s Foundation Challenge uses inspiration from 60’s sci-fi shows like Lost in Space, Buck Rogers, and Star Trek. The guest judge is Michael Westmore for his extensive work with the Star Trek franchise. Each artist chooses a landscape and model to create their retro alien using Michael Westmore’s advise to not rely heavily on prosthetics, but to use paint to really highlight the features.

Evan’s avatar-ish alien and Jordan’s green and orange bombshell alien are his favoritesface1 with Evan’s coming out on top, winning him immunity.

Ve and Neville join Michael Westmore in the lab, each having had a hand in the evolution of the Klingon race. This evolution plays a pivotal part of this weeks spotlight challenge because the artists must now take their 60’s retro alien, and evolve their design into a modern day sci-fi alien. The three will be coming around to each artist to give input on their designs, and the proper way to show the evolution in makeup.

Ben hates his foundation makeup, and feeling very uninspired for the spotlight because of this, is worried he may not be able to turn it around. When it’s time for Michael Westmore to visit them in the lab he brings with him Jonathan Frakes!! (Each artist totally geeks out, there may even have been some tears.) He and Michael Westmore visit each artist, and advise on their sculpts thus far.

Stevie has a lot of little things in her sculpt that they recommend changes on to make the look more cohesive. They particularly don’t like her “cute” nose and give her tips on how to make it better. Meg runs out of time with her mold and is forced to use polyfoam for her cowl on day 3. She is the self-dubbed “queen of the bottom 3,” and is worried this week will be her last if she finds herself once more in bottom looks. All of her painting must be done in last looks.  

Guest judge with Glenn, Ve and Neville is none other than Michael Dorn! Worf!!! (omg omg omg!)

This week as each makeup is revealed, they morph first into the foundation look, and then evolve into the modern makeup the artist has created. Mckenzie dismisses Kevon, Evan, Nora, Meg, and Ricky as the artists that are “safe” this week, leaving Stevie, Scott, Jasmine, Ben, Jason, and Jordan as the best and worst.

Glenn tells Stevie her makeup is one of the best paint jobs in terms of technique has has seen on the show thus far which looks as though it comes as a shock to her. Scott’s underground water alien is “stunning” according to Ve and Neville particularly likes the sculptural elements in her face. Jasmine’s makeup has fundamental sculpt flaws and although Michael Dorn loves the top of the head, he feels the nose and lip have gone awry. Ben really managed to transform his original design and created an incredibly successful makeup with realistic skin texture. Glenn tells Jason he has a massive amount of technical errors in his sculpt. Jordan had one of the top two looks during the foundation challenge but now Ve is disappointed in where he took his makeup, while Glenn advises that building armor which helped his character last week did not help him this week as more time should have been spent on his sculpt and paint.

The winner tonight is Ben who originally thought he would just be “polishing a turd” managed to create a seamless, believable alien. Jason will be packing his makeup kit tonight with just too many flaws in his look tonight for the judges.

Let us know what you thought of the looks this week and just how excited you were for the guest judges!

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Get a Virtual Reality Headset for Free at Comic-Con from Syfy… Sort Of.

Syfy will be giving away free virtual reality headsets during Comic-Con this week!

And before I get your hopes up too high, I should note that they will be of the Cardboard kind!

The network is bringing 13,000 DIY Cardboard virtual reality headsets to Comic-Con in San Diego this week to promote The Expanse –  a space drama that will premiere on Syfy in December, Variety reports.

This will mark the first time that a TV network has used Google’s Cardboard VR headset to promote an upcoming TV series. 

The Cardboard VR Headset was created by Google as a cheap and affordable way to get the virtual reality experience at home. It is made out of (you guessed it) cardboard and includes a viewer and a slot to place your smartphone in. When used with certified apps, your phone will act as a virtual reality machine.

It’s kind of like those old school red view finders mostly all of us had as a kid, but surprisingly not as complicated.

Attendees of the convention can pick up their Cardboard headset at the Expanse Café in the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego. Once assembled, you can then download Syfy’s “Expanse” app (which is available on iOS and Android). The app will allow you to explore one of the spaceships featured in the show.

The app also will be compatible with other Cardboard VR headsets (which really isn’t surprising considering it’s just, um, cardboard).

Will you be picking up a Cardboard VR headset at SDCC? let us know in the comments below!

 

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Her Universe Returns to SDCC with New Styles, Events

Geek girl fashion company Her Universe announced today that it will be returning to San Diego Comic-Con International once again with their large variety of fangirl styles!

Her Universe will be debuting several new designs at the event and will offer its most popular clothing and accessories from Star Wars, Marvel, Star Trek, Studio Ghibli and Nerdist.

“We are excited to bring our Her Universe boutique back to San Diego Comic Con,” said Ashley Eckstein, founder of Her Universe. “Elevating our product like it’s never been before; we have an assortment of casual and dressy options to beautifully express your fandom and Flaunt Your World!”

The Star Wars Her Universe boutique will be located in the Lucasfilm Pavilion (#2913Q). A second Her Universe boutique will also be available (#1317), this time filled with fangirl fashions from Marvel, Star Trek, Studio Ghibli and more.

One of the most notable, and perhaps functional, items for sale will be the Ultimate Convention Hoodie, the perfect choice for anyone who is planning on bringing home plenty of goods from Comic-Con.

Her Universe describes the hoodie as follows:

Designed by Chris Hardwick, con-goers don’t have time for disorganized hoodies and backpacks, so Her Universe has streamlined them into the Ultimate Convention Hoodie. This new version of this popular Nerdist hoodie has additional features including plenty of pockets for all your swag and gear – front pockets, sleeve pockets, a pocket big enough for a water bottle, two pockets for poster tubes, and one for comic books! This is uni-sex fit and is available for men and women.

In addition to the boutiques, Her Universe will be producing the second annual “geek couture” Her Universe Fashion Show with partner Hot Topic.  The event offers two winners the opportunity to design a fashion collection with Her Universe for Hot Topic. It will be held July 9th, 6pm, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego.

Her Universe and Hot Topic will also be presenting a special screening of Spirited Away after the fashion show, hosted by Ashley Eckstein, on Thursday, July 9th at 9pm at the Horton Grand Theatre in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Entry to the screening requires a ticket, with drawings for entry tickets at the Horton Grand Theatre being held on Thursday, July 9th at 9am in the Autograph Area of Comic-Con.

The ever so busy Ashley Eckstein will also be taking part in two panels during the convention on Friday, July 10th:

1:00pm – “The Business of Geek Fashion” in room 14A

3:00pm – BBC/”How Comic Books Took Over Hollywood” in room 25ABC

Whew… it seems like there’s A LOT of Her Universe to be had in San Diego during this year’s Comic-Con!

Will be checking out any of Her Universe’s events? Let us know in the comments below!

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SDCC Survival Guide!

Can you believe that San Diego Comic-Con is just two days away!? Start preparing your mind for the sheer epicness right now by arming yourself with the Comic-Con Survival Guide, lest your head explodes immediately upon entering the convention.

The guide, which you can download here, is the 8th annual edition produced by Click Communications.

As one could gather from the name, the Survival Guide will provide convention-goers with essential tips on how to get the most out of their experience at SDCC. In addition to tips, it also provides facts about many of the celebrities and fandoms that will be on display during the convention.

And for those of you hoping to pick up some souvenirs while at the convention, Click has complied a list of some of the more geeky toys and items that you should check out, and they have even complied a check list for you (just in case you’re planning on buying all of them, no judgement!).

If anything the guide will act as excellent reading material when you’re inevitably stuck in line waiting for a panel to begin.

Download the guide and keep it on your mobile device while you’re at the convention! You also could print it out (if having a paper guide is more your cup of tea).

Are you prepared for SDCC? Share your excitement in the comments below!

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GGW Goes to Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con

Oh, Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con! I just spent the day at the Southpoint geeking out with fellow fans, admiring beautiful work in Artist Alley, resisting the temptation of buying EVERYTHING in the exhibitor’s hall, and learning so much from the guests at the panels. Dare I say it was… amazing?!

I started off my morning talking with the very talented and creative artists and exhibitors. I was particularly excited to see that there were so many women and local Las Vegas businesses present. More than that, I found the sense of community and camaraderie to be warm and welcoming. Every single person I talked to was excited to tell me about their work, and not in a sleazy used car salesmen, “buy my stuff” kind of way. They were genuinely passionate and excited to be there! I wish I had a museum and a million dollars, so I could buy every single thing from every single booth. Alas, I’ll have to settle with sharing a slideshow. Please check out the photos, and if you see something you love, reach out to the artist or business!

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After strolling through the con floor, I decided to check out some panels. Much like how I wanted to buy EVERYTHING, I also wanted to see EVERYTHING and go to ALL the panels. Lacking a clone, I mostly stuck to the main stage, which provided ample seating and there was not a bad view in the whole room, no matter where I sat.

In the “Sailor Moon Spotlight,” actors Linda Ballantyne (Sailor Moon), Katie Griffin (Sailor Mars), Susan Roman (Sailor Jupiter), and Toby Proctor (Tuxedo Mask) talked about the logistics of filming as a voice actor, rattled off their characters’ glorious battle cries, and discussed how the show was edited for North American audiences. Confession: I have never seen an entire Sailor Moon episode. That changes now!

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Sailor Moon Spotlight by Allison Cosson

In the “Architects of Pop Culture” panel, Steve Mcniven, Charles Soule, and Mark Bagley discussed how killing Wolverine in Death of Wolverine was “a blast;” how Mcniven is not violent by nature, but loves blood, guts, and viscera; and how humor is much harder and more “mysterious” than drama in comics!

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McNiven, Soule, and Bagley

Rob Liefeld Smashes Pop Culture! Self-proclaimed comic enthusiast, hip hop fan, and feather-ruffler with ADHD ran across the room personally answering fan questions and doing impressions. He said he “jumped & cried & jumped & cried” when the Deadpool film was announced, and teased we’ll have to wait until next year to see if he makes a cameo in the movie!

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Creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman presented a slideshow of rare, personal photos documenting how the heroes in a halfshell progressed from a simple comic to movies and television shows! Fun fact: TMNT came to be after Eastman pondered what animal Bruce Lee would least likely be (a turtle)!

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In “Behind the Masks with Greg Capullo and John Romita, Jr.,” these legendary comic book artists (who reportedly have more than 70 years of experience combined) offered a frank, honest, and real look of what life is like in the comic book industry! In their Q&A, they revealed that they can be their own biggest critics, analyzing every line for symmetry and perfection!

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Actor, singer, dancer, activist, and Member of the British Empire, John Barrowman started his panel by saying, “Get ready ’cause it’s me!” The next hour was full of saucy innuendos & duets with fans! He also admitted he’s talking with DC about a comic, and there will be much more of Malcolm Merlyn on Season 4 of Arrow! Barrowman was definitely the highlight of the day for me. I literally could have listened to him talk all day. Even though his panel ended 15 minutes after it was scheduled to stop, it still felt much too short!

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After an action-packed afternoon of panels, jokes, impressions, and songs, I decided to call it a day! While I didn’t get to see everything (Still waiting on my clone… where is she?), I was very pleased with all of the panels I had the privilege of watching. Tomorrow is the final day of the con, and it is guaranteed to be another day full of geeky good times that will be fun for the whole family.

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Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con: Artists and Exhibitors Spotlight

The 3rd annual Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con is bringing a wealth of talent to the South Point Hotel & Casino from June 19th to the 21st to celebrate art, comics, television, fandoms, and more.  We recently highlighted some of the weekend’s festivities, including the fact that more than 300 exhibitors and 200 artists will be setting up shop to display their work.

Among the many vendors, crafters, and artists are Las Vegas residents Hayley Etter, Free Isabelo, and Brittany Butta. We’re going to tell you who they are, what they do, why you should check out their work, where you can find them at the con, and how you can support them online.

HAYLEY ETTER
WHO: Hayley is doubly talented: not only is she an exceptional crafter, but she also uses her creative streak and eye for detail as a film-maker! She’s currently working on a superhero-themed web series set to debut later this year through her production company Black Noise Film Group.
WHAT: Hayley offers a variety of products for people of all ages, including handmade picture frames designed in 4×6, 5×7, and 8×10 dimensions; pop culture headbands; felt superhero ornaments (I bought Thor’s hammer/Mjolnir at a previous craft sale and vouch for its awesomeness); and earrings of superhero logos made from the dice game Dicemasters. Her mom even chipped in on crafting, creating baby onesies, headbands, and dice bags.
WHY: GeekGirl World loves that Hayley and her mom work together! A passion for crafting and geekiness clearly run in the family. Her products make great gifts, and a photo in one of her comic book collaged frames would make a cool present for Dad this Father’s Day!
WHERE: Artist Alley – N5
HOW: Etsy: etsy.com/vintagehummingbird

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FREE ISABELO
WHO: Hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii, Free Isabelo is an artist and philanthropist (who has worked with Make-A-Wish Foundation, Heartfelt Heroes, Comics for the Masses Foundation, and Ronald McDonald House). Among his many achievements, Free created LFDF (Live Free Die Free) Comics to produce his work and help new creators get their work out there. He loves the current era of comics, his favorite character is Magneto, and he is influenced by Jim Lee, Ken Lashley, Scott Clark, Whilce Portacio, Joe Mad!, J. Scott Campbell, Marc Silvestri, Neal Adams, Alex Ross, Todd McFarlane, and Norman Rockwell. He’s thrilled “that independent artists have a voice in the industry now that the internet connects us all.”
WHAT: Free is doing something special at this con: Steampunk comic book characters! There will be exclusive Harley and Joker prints. Only 20 will be made of each, and they will never be printed again. They’re $20 apiece, or $30 for both. Be sure to also check out his Steam Royals Metal Cards, which feature some of our favorite DC and Marvel characters in all their swanky steampunk glory.
WHY: GeekGirl World loves seeing people give back to their communities! Free is definitely helping make the world a better place through his art, positive attitude, and sense of team work. Fun fact: Free is known to do over 100 FREE sketches every day when doing a convention or event. He says, “If you want to get a free sketch from Free or any of the LFDF Comics artists, just stop by the LFDF Comics booth or table and smile… and ask for one!”
WHERE: Joining Free at Exhibitor Booth 1217 are Jeremy Lassner, Jay Savage, and Victor Moya
HOW: Facebook: Free Isabelo or freekflow808; Instagram: Freekflow808; Twitter: Freekflow808; Website: LFDFComic.com (no “S”)

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BRITTANY BUTTA
WHO: Brittany has been crafting for over a decade, and was only 8 years old when she first got into sewing! (Can I just say, when I was 8, I had barely mastered “cutting on the dashed line.”) She credits her mother for teaching her everything she knows, and continues to challenge herself with new projects through independent study and practice. Today, she showcases her work under Rev’d Up Geek Designs.
WHAT: Brittany says that Rev’d Up Geek Designs makes showing your geek side easy and functional! From hair bows, bow ties, scarves, make up purses, themed pinafore sets (including My Little Pony, Avengers, and Batman), and plushies (those Pokemon ones!), there is something for everyone.
WHY: As a woman, it’s challenging to find things that are both geeky and girly (literally why GeekGirl World exists). We love that Brittany is able to combine both in her attire and accessories for women. Not all of her products will be available for sale at the con (like the pinafores-Drats!), but feel free to talk to her about custom orders.
WHERE: Artist Alley – K4
HOW: Facebook: Facebook.com/revdupgeekdesigns; Etsy: etsy.com/shop/revdupgeekdesigns

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If you’re going to be at Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con, be sure to check out their work!

For a full listing of all the exhibitors and artists and a map of the con floor, click here!

 

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Amazing Las Vegas Comic Convention Preview

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The third annual Amazing Las Vegas Comic Convention will take place at South Point Hotel & Casino June 19-­21, 2015. It will feature an exhibit floor complete with more than 300 exhibitors, an exciting Artist Alley with more than 200 artists, and autograph sessions. Passes are available at the South Point box office, or online.

 

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Friday night will feature a Family Feud Cosplay edition, Saturday afternoon will have an elite Marvel panel including former Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, and Saturday evening will end with a cosplay contest complete with prizes. All weekend long there will be DIY workshops demonstrating costuming techniques, guest appearances by stars from the reality show Face Off, and fan meet-ups for Bob’s Burgers, Mortal Kombat X, Doctor Who, and more.

Families will not want to miss Sunday’s Kids’ Day, which will feature a costume parade, free sketches by Mat Nastos, Spotlights on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers, and will be offering a free anti-bullying program called Mission: Bully-Proof. It will be taught by Chris Casamassa, a martial arts champion. He will share his nationally acclaimed anti-bullying program with our young guests, teaching them how to create a respectful and healthy environment, and how to peacefully resolve conflicts.

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Special guests will include John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow), Tyler Mane (X-Men, Halloween, Troy), and Troy Brenna (Avengers, X-Men, Thor). Also featured will be several all-stars from Power Rangers, and voice actors from Sailor Moon. There will be several comic/cartoon industry guests like Kevin Eastman (TMNT), Rob Liefeld (Deadpool), Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn), George Perez (Avengers, Teen Titans), and Steve McNiven (Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy).

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