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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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