I literally had a quick whirl at Long Beach Comic Con this year. On Saturday night, I dropped by to hang out with the Guild of Extras. I unfortunately missed out on all The Guild events all day but I at least got to say hi and meet some people, plus I got to catch up with my friend, Nicole Eng. Here’s a great group shot taken with all of us plus Amy Okuda (Tinkerbella) and Robin Thorsen (Clara).
On Sunday, I stopped by for a couple of hours in the morning and hit the exhibition hall to say hello to everyone I could possibly know! Chatted a bit with Team Unicorn, Steve Niles,Â Nathaniel Osollo, Evan Spears, Rebecca and James Hicks (Little Vampires). I love that I can say hello to awesome people at a local convention. Long Beach Comic Con is a bit quieter this year but even though I was only there for a couple of hours, I did pay for a weekend badge. I’m all about supporting local comic book cons. It’s a little tough to get the whole team together during a Halloween weekend but hopefully next year, we will do a better coverage.
Again, I recommend this convention for anyone looking for a convention where they can enjoy the company of fellow comic nerds in a very relaxed environment.
The ‘Women Running Geeky Businesses’ panel was literally the last thing I did at the convention. Unfortunately, I had to book it out of the con before 3pm and catch my flight back to L.A. I wanted to check out this panel to pick up some tips from women who knew what they were doing, personal business-wise. The women on the panel were Megan Gaiser (Her Interactive), Jenn Fujikawa (JustJENNDesign), Stephanie Ogle (Cinema Books), Chrystal Doucette (Digital Soaps), Jo Jo Stiletto (Jo Jo Stiletto Events) and Erica McGillivray (Geek Girl Con’s CEO) as moderator.
I am not a business-minded woman. I’m kind of all over the place and it’s a little bit of a miracle I’ve managed to actually get Defective Geeks up and running for as long as it has (almost five years!). Of course, with the help of my close friends, things have picked up around here. Still, if you ask me if I’ll ever figure out a way to monetize Defective Geeks, I will probably slowly sink to the floor.
I admire anyone who are smart enough to be able to turn their own passion and interests into a self-sustaining career… but it’s just that much more cool to have these geek girls talk about their own success. It was also a unique panel where the audience heard different success stories from women of all ages and very different career and life choices.
by Lisa Foiles
Look, I know what youâ€™re thinking: â€œLisa Foiles isnâ€™t qualified to write a Top 10 list! Sheâ€™s only good at Top 5 lists, like on her Internet show called â€˜Top 5 with Lisa Foiles,â€™ which was awesome until she canceled it and made all of her fans super cranky!â€
Well, Iâ€™ll have you know that the number â€˜10â€™ is, mathematically speaking, twice the number â€˜5.â€™ So, in mathematical terms, this list could potentially be TWICE as awesome as one of my normal Top 5 lists. Sure, thereâ€™s no silly video and you have no idea if Iâ€™m wearing a cute outfit while typing this or not, but I assure you â€“ Comikaze Expo has so many awesome events and special guests to talk about, this list practically writes itself.
Sit back, relax, pour yourself a non-alcoholic beverage if youâ€™ll be driving or are a child, and get ready to purchase wheelbarrow-loads of $12 Comikaze tickets, because this list is the most convincing piece of â€œjournalismâ€ youâ€™ll read all day:
Comikaze is ALL about comics: The event will have a DC presence, as well as all of the best indie publishers. Weâ€™re talking over 200 vendors! Thatâ€™s a significantly large 3-digit number! And with Comikazeâ€™s $12 tickets, youâ€™ll have plenty of moneyz leftover for shopping.
On Sunday – this was a cute arts and crafts panel hosted by Tammy Vince Cruz and Rachelle Abellar from the Geek Girl Con’s design team. Not only were these two ladies busy churning out all the design collateral for the convention; they also organized a successful, interactive panel that encouraged attendees to drop by and make sock puppets.
But not just any sock puppets. Sock puppets inspired by Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.
I arrived a little late into the panel due to the walk from the main convention center to the EMP Museum. The room was jam packed with people busy super-gluing feathers and rhinestones onto their puppets. It was great to see everyone in deep concentration over their own sock puppets. It was definitely a full panel and a lot of fun for all ages– a great way to mix the nerdy adults with nerdy children.
The panel felt like it ended a little too soon. Maybe next time they will be allotted more time because, seriously, you can’t rush art. Everyone seemed to have had fun regardless and they all smiled as they held up their puppets proudly.
I didn’t try and butt in to make my own puppet (every seat was taken by the time I got there) but I did take a lot of photos of everyone while they worked.
There’s been a lot of buzz in the nerd community about Los Angeles’ newest and most kick-ass comic book convention, Comikaze Expo. The woman behind the legend is Regina Carpinelli, a real life Wonder Woman and she has been working non-stop (seriously… non-stop) to make this convention mind-blowing-ly awesome.
I started talking to Regina by chance when they contacted Defective Geeks because they picked up one of our cards from Fortune Cookie’s artist alley table at Anime Expo. Right away she embraced our team and our blog like we were old pals and we met her in person at San Diego Comic Con this year. She has kept us involved with Comikaze ever since and we love her for it. Can I just gush for a moment and say what a funny and energetic lady geek she is?
Comikaze Expo is going to have an epic first year and we think you better be there with us. You bet Team Defective Geeks will be representing. For now, get to know Regina a little better and read our interview with her.
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How did you come up with the name of the convention? What’s the story behind the octopus logo? Do you wish you could have a real, giant octopus as a mascot during the convention?
CARPINELLI: We chose the name â€œComikazeâ€ for a few reasons. We feel that there is only ONE â€œComic-Conâ€ and it lives in San Diego. A lot of other shows use the name Comic-Con to ride the coattails of San Diegoâ€™s success, but they are in no way affiliated. We have a lot of respect for SDCC, but we wanted to create something unique; we are our own brand. The name Comikaze makes perfect sense, since we planned on doing a full on LA Invasion. We pretty much â€œKamikazeâ€™dâ€ the geek world – we just came out of the blue!