This was a year of major firsts for New York Comic Con. This year, the convention featured three offsite venues, including Madison Square Garden. While con attendance reached record numbers, the offsite spaces meant that the main show floor, hallways, and Artists Alley didn’t often feel overcrowded (the exception being a few peak times each day). Continue reading New York Comic Con 2016 in a Nutshell
We at the Daily Geekette go to a lot of conventions, and love to enjoy them to the fullest extent. But for the younger audience who are attending their first con to those old timers who need a few tips to freshen up on their con-going skills, we want to give you the best insight into what and what not to do within the world of conventions. From Cosplaying, Panel Going, Shopping, and more – we want to make sure you are ready for your favorite up and coming con like you would be for the Zombie apocalypse (and trust me, with the amount of attendees, some of these cons can feel like The Walking Dead at times!)
So to help you, here are some of the DG crew with their batches of Geekette wisdom to get through the convention season ahead!
A few weeks ago, I got to attend ConnectiCon 2016 – a convention that I hold really close to my heart. I love the unique mixture of nerdy guests they get, along with having a big con feel with (currently) enough space to explore and not get those tight and smelly issues that most popular cons suffer from. ConnectiCon is also an event that seems to pride itself on diversity, whether it be within the content it offers, or the incredible amounts of different people that are drawn to attend year after year. These things, and more, keep me coming back to this Connecticut homegrown convention without fail, and this year had some fantastic highlights that need to be celebrated.
This past weekend, I got the chance to attend Rhode Island Comic Con. I frequent the convention scene as often as my job will allow, however, this was my first time venturing to the Rhode Island con. If you want to read about Bri’s experience as press, check out her convention overview.
Continue reading Melissa’s First Rhode Island Comic Con
While I don’t entirely agree with the Merriam-Webster definition of fangirl as ‘a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something’ (OVERLY enthusiastic? Fanboy is defined in precisely the same, slightly under-handed manner, just with girl and woman replaced by boy and man ), I am exceedingly pleased in the fact that fangirls are making strides toward being an accepted demographic.
For those of us who have ever been teased for the shows or movies we like to watch, questioned about our true love or knowledge of any given fandom, or mocked because sometimes it’s fun to dress-up in a costume for no good reason other than it’s lots of fun to dress-up in a costume, Sam Maggs’s A Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks is a delightful, positive read for anyone looking for heartfelt encouragement, charming suggestions or affirmation in the name of her geeky proclivities.
This week is around the time last year I posted my Life Hacks article. You can read that fabulous article by clicking here. However, this got me thinking that convention season is fast approaching and we all need an emergency kit. This week, we will be going over what you will need in your emergency kit. For organization’s sake, I will be breaking things down into three categories. Continue reading Emergency Cosplay Kit
I was really happy when Long Island Who got off the ground in 2013. Up until then there weren’t any exclusively Doctor Who cons close to Boston. Even though I didn’t go to the first convention, I knew I would eventually attend, especially since I can’t afford to fly out to Los Angeles for Gallifrey One every year.
The highlights for today will be short, as we find ourselves exhausted from running around the Javitz Center and carting around tons of free books.
The absolute highlight was that every single panel we attended, the panelists brought up encouraging women to get more involved. Bill Nye and Randall Monroe encouraged women to ask for raises and get more involved with science. Cory Doctorow continued to encourage women to ask questions at his panel. Asi Burak encouraged women to get into programming and the gaming industry. Not to mention, the Women of Marvel and Women of DC panels were pretty close to impossible to get in to. That makes me (Kayla) over the moon, happy.
Unlike our Editor-in-Chief, Dalin, I did not get to go to NYCC on Thursday, and I was not in the same room as George Clooney. Friday was my first day at NYCC, and in my very short time there, it was highly eventful. I got to stand pretty close to Amber Benson, met a cool author, got some things signed, and hit a panel. I’ve got some… interesting highlights and lowlights to share:
As you wind down from Otakon or Boston Comic Con, or get pumped up for New York Comic Con or whatever convention is in your neck of the woods next, it would mean a lot to me if you take a second to think about the word “staff.”
Now, this past weekend at BCC, I, and all the other volunteers around me, had on a bright yellow shirt with the word “STAFF” printed on them. We were not getting paid to be there — we were volunteering on our own time. We were not there to actually walk around the floor, go to panels, etc. We were there to coordinate people, and make sure that the patrons were having a good time.
Over 40,000 people walked through the doors of the Seaport World Trade Center on Saturday. If you were there and saw a girl jumping or running around with a red bandanna on her head, you were looking at me. My goal was to keep people waiting in the direct sunlight happy and excited about the con. I was dancing, calling out, trying to make people laugh. I was outside from 7:30am until 2:00pm. And I was loving it.