Moon Crisis Sailormoon Exhibit at Rothick Art Haus

I had missed out on the first Sailormoon event in Little Tokyo, and then again on the opening night of Moon Crisis down in Anaheim. I mean, Anaheim? Yikes that is far for me. After I’d heard about the insane crowds at both events, causing some folks unable to even get into the gallery, I didn’t feel too left out. THEN one of my favorite artists, Miss Kika, announced she would be at the Moon Crisis “second opening night” to sign what remained of her limited edition silkscreen print, “Moonlight Legend”, at a reduced price. Now, I’d seen this piece up close and personal at Anime Expo, so I knew how gorgeous it is – and I’d been coveting it ever since she would tease her instagram followers with images of its progress. I decided I’d do everything I could to get out to Anaheim and splurge on this truly spectacular piece. It a twist of serendipity, my friends decided to take their daughter to Disneyland that afternoon, and dropped me off at Rothick Art Haus right before Moon Crisis was getting underway.

Here are some of my favorite piece of artwork from the exhibit:

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Chibi Usa and Luna P by Pamela Barbieri

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Steffie’s San Diego Hen Party

It’s never easy when my girlfriends walk down that long, red carpet towards some man I’d shank in a heartbeat should he ever hurt my precious friend. Don’t get me wrong, most of the men my friends have decided to share their lives with I now consider friends, but they should never for a moment forget whose side I stand on out of pure loyalty. Eyes all of them.

Steffie is my fifth bride, and so far the only one who wanted a bachelorette blow-out weekend. The last time I had a hand in any sort of bachelorette shenanigans was in 2005 when I planned Lynleigh, my first brides’, “tacky bridesmaids dresses” themed party, which took place on a singular night in Hollywood. Nine years and three brides later, Steffie wants not a bachelorette party but a Hen Do, the UK, Aussie, Kiwi and Irish equivalent. The groom-to-be is Scottish and therefore, a Hen is fitting.

Here are some of the highlights from the weekend:


Our hostess, Tootie, dressed as Cher (LIPS Drag & Dinner Show)




They made Steffie and the other brides-to-be do a floor shot




Samplers from the Stone Brewery




Bride and Maid of Honor




Party Favors!



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So I made a little Tastemade video of our trip to the Ballast Point Brewery, which unfortunately cut Steffie off. Sorry, Steffie! She wanted to add that she also enjoyed the Victory At Sea porter and Sculpin ale.


All in all, it was 48 hours of hot pink, phallic gags and booze-soaked good times. Soon enough, though, it will be time to walk down that aisle, Steffie Love. Your girls will be there right behind you whenever you need us.
XoXo,

America’s Family Pet Expo 2013

Adopt a happy, tongue flopping dog

I will never tire of this pic

(Family Pet Expo 2011)

There are truly no words to describe the amount of cuteness experienced at America’s Family Pet Expo. Year after year, the Family Pet Expo takes over the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa and brings the citizens of Southern California in touch with rescue groups, breed specific clubs and organizations, retailers and innovators of pet products, pageants, competitions, demos and entertainment. Every year, my friend Annie and I plan an entire day to the Family Pet Expo and over the years, as our four-legged children have grown (substantially in her case, as she has one medium-large dog and one large dog), we’ve hit the jackpot in free samples and deeply discounted goods.

This year, I was fortunate enough to have been given 100 tickets through The Place Magazine, and between the giveaway held on my blog, my Twitter giveaway, and just randomly handing out tickets to strangers at the ticket gate on the day I attended, I was able to giveaway each and every ticket. I think only 15 of them were reserved for my own friends and I. It was an extreme honor to connect people with the Family Pet Expo. Many happy tails begin through the adoptions made at the Family Pet Expo.

Now, without further ado, here are just a small sampling of the animals I cuddled at the 2013 America’s Family Pet Expo:

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First Annual Comikaze Expo

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If you follow me on Twitter you’ll already know the gist of this post. I went to Comikaze Expo. I left by 3:00pm.

I understand that first year conventions are going to be rough around the edges, but it was one thing after the other and the other after the other and after being there for five hours and feeling like I was getting nowhere, I just couldn’t take it anymore and had to leave. Here is a rundown of my day:

– They gave me the incorrect wrist band (no badges). It was only corrected by the good fortune of running into Dianne from Defective Geeks, who recognized the incorrect wrist band and swapped it out for the correct press band.

– NO ONE knew where room 306AB was. This was where The Woman in Black sneak peek was to be held. I was treated very rudely by no less than four volunteers who had no idea where this room was. Finally, one young man sought to figure it out and get to the bottom of it. Thank you, sir, for pointing me in the correct direction. I wish I got his name so I could say THIS GUY! HE’S DOING IT RIGHT.

– While still on the hunt for room 306AB, I noticed a volunteer hauling a pile of large boxes out of the main room/exhibitor hall (which was incidentally 99% of the convention, the Kentia Hall) so I dashed toward him to assist him with the door – only to be yelled at by another volunteer, “THAT’S NOT AN EXIT!”
Firstly, I wasn’t trying to escape the convention – I was trying to help someone who this woman chose to ignore and just stand by the door with two of her apathetic volunteer buddies. Secondly, who speaks that way to someone while representing a start-up event? Surprise, surprise, she did not know where room 306AB was, either.

The Woman in Black preview never happened. Technical difficulties that just never got resolved. Regina, the founder of the convention, apologized and gave those of us who attended the means for free passes to next year. Frankly, I’d rather have my $22 for this year back and show her my faith via financial support for next year when I know things will be better.

– The other panel “rooms” were merely areas of Kentia Hall sectioned off. I attended the Uncool Japan panel, which despite its technical difficulties, went on with its very interesting lecture. Or tried to, rather. The panel for the All That reunion was so obnoxiously loud that we struggled to hear our brave panelist, Alex Levitt, as he had to frequently pause mid-sentence and wait for the whooping and whatnot to pass.

– The Stan Lee/Living Social Coupon was a big, fat joke. Nobody could tell me what the Stan Lee/POW gift was, I was sent from booth to booth to booth and the only prize for paying more than everyone else was a cheap Spider-Man mini poster and a raffle ticket. A total rip-off.

– There were no printed schedules or floor maps. The excuse I kept hearing? “We’re trying to save trees.” No, you’re trying to keep the con cheap, which I commend, but some sort of schedule needs to be available to attendees at all times. No one is asking for a 30 page glossy colored professional grade booklet; just some black & white, two-sided basic information would have made a world of difference. Not everyone owns a smart phone, or even has the capability to see .pdf files, which is what attendees had to access through the Comikaze Expo website.

– I think a lot of the issues I ran into could have been easily avoided had the volunteers been briefed beforehand on where everything was located and at the very least if they alone had schedules to help assist turned around attendees. Not to mention having the foresight to realize the All That reunion was going to be a distraction to other attendees and sticking them elsewhere.

– Due to the layout and nature of the event, Comikaze Expo felt a little too much like my teenage years when I spent every 3rd Sunday of the month down at the Shrine Auditorium for the L.A. Sci-Fi Comic Book Convention.

– Though the claustrophobia of the exhibitors area was aggravating (and to be expected), I managed to score an awesome corset from Damsel in this Dress – fit by proprietor Michelle. I can’t wait to wear it out (and I’m already scheming what I’m going to buy next!) ❤

– I thought about sticking around and attending another panel or two, or even holding out to see Mark Hamill because I did bother to bring some comics on the chance he would sign some stuff (turns out he did), and I think I would have had I schedule in my hand to remind me of the awesome shit left to be had, but my frustration got the better of me and I left, feeling defeated.

– What good of today there was came from the amazing exhibitors, attendees, cosplayers and convention founder Regina herself, who has her heart in the right place, and knows how to talk to people, but a woeful lack of support and structure from the very people (not all, but many) who are meant to assist her.

– It is also worth mentioning how wonderful it was to see/hear the excitement from first year convention attendees. Many people my own age told me Comikaze Expo was their first con and all of my quibbles and woes seemed to vanish every time I met a new con goer. For this reason above any other, I want Comikaze Expo to survive.

Technical difficulties, schedule mishaps and other bumps in the road are always to be expected at first year conventions, but the hostility, runaround, unfriendliness, and chaos is ultimately what drove me away from Comikaze Expo. I am hoping that some serious lessons are going to be learned from this weekend and the future of Comikaze Expo will only grow wiser and brighter. Maybe we’ll dance again next year, Comikaze Expo.

Photos:

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Harley Quinn & The Joker

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Deadpool (Allan) & Snake Eyes (Zach)

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Rainbow Dash (MK Presson)

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Mad Hatter (Will) & Captain Jack Sparrow (Dwight)

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Ghostbusters Joe & Daniel

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Joel with Crow and Tom Servo (Nicole)

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TROMA

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Coedx (Andi)

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Gaming Area

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Nurse Joker (Julie Doll)

Geek Girl Con: Day Two

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Day Two got off to a slippery start as my guidebooks app contradicted what was in the programming book and I could not find information on Batgirls panel that I wanted to attend. Luckily both Tori and I stumbled on it, being extraordinarily early for the vampire panel that was to follow in the same room.

Sunday Panels

Panel: Batgirls
Panelists: Gail Simone and Kyrax2, the Batgirl from San Diego Comic-Con
Description: Gail & Kyrax2 talk about women creators and characters in comic books. They discuss the relaunch of DC Comics’ 52 titles and, of course, the Batgirls.

Highlights:
– Discussing the definition of female strength and the variety of strengths females can possess.
– Gail claimed to not be a fan of cookie cutter female powers. “We don’t need another Wonder Woman.”
– The problems in meeting the attitude that “If you’re not Wonder Woman you’re not a feminist.”
– A strong woman, “A woman who is in control of her circumstances,” as defined by the founder of Yuri-con
– Vulnerability is OK so long as it is handled appropriately and not used to victimize a woman
– Gail encouraged the public to not merely speak out against titles they dislike, but reach out and comment on the titles they do like. Positive reinforcement, people!
– Voting with our dollar – but asking smart questions, What am I voting on?
– Gail said DC marketing is recognizing & becoming more open to change and trying to catch up with its widened female audience.
– They brought up the point that just because we’re female doesn’t mean we have to purchase comics that feature women if they don’t interest us. We want quality, not crap. Emphasis on talking about the good and let low sales kill the bad.
– How should we express our dislike? Letters, blogging are ideal.
– Kyrax spoke in such passionate detail about her love for Stephanie Brown I think I am going to have to pick up some titles. My first for a Bat-centric female hero.

While this was a necessary, appropriately timed and engaging panel there is still a pressing desire I have to have a separate discussion for female comic book villains. I don’t relate to much of the female heroes (though admittedly I need to give a couple more a chance) but the more morally ambiguous characters like Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Even Zatanna, who for all of her staunch heroism, can be a formidable enemy even to the “good guys” and is a person I relate to intently.

Panel: The Vampire Panel
Panelists: Leah Wilson, Jessica Dwyer, Nancy Holder, Alan Kistler
Description: Jacob McMurray hosts a panel to examine the lure of the vampire in popular culture. Scary or sparkly, you can’t spray holy water in a bookstore or at a Red Box without hitting a vampire. Why has “Das Wampyr” endured and captivated us for so long?

What a fantastic panel! Alas, there are never enough hours in a day to really get 100% satisfaction from discussing vampires, but these entertaining and knowledgeable panelists did an amazing job of encompassing why we love vampires.
Highlights:
– While going down the row, each panelists are asked to describe why they love vampires: Allure of the immortal, representatives of what we want and what we shouldn’t want, power of chosing who they are, no set of rules.
– “Vampires give good angst,” Jessica Dwyer
– “Versatility,” said Leah Wilson
– Why we still cling to the memes that persist? Vampires are simpler
– Vampires who want to love but are denied – something we can relate to.
– “Vampires are always going to have a say in what’s going on in our society at the moment.” JD, when discussing the issues that surround vampires – particularly, classism, racism and homophobia.
– “They speak to our souls, that part we don’t talk about but that’s there.” – Jessica Dwyer
– Dwyer also brought up Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, who is still considered a hero in Romania today because he fought for the church. Dangerous but heroic.
– What is the connection between the erotic and deadly? Alan K. answered, “Power – unapologetic power.” There is something in all of us that respects power.
– The visceral connection; symbolism of being pierced
– The forbidden, the defeat of death
– How Dracula set up the blue print for vampires and how vampires are judged against him.
Carmilla, starring Ingrid Pitt, makes for a strong female vampire.
– Panelists Recommendations: I, Vampire (DC Comics), V-Wars, Uncanny Allegories, Morganville Vampires, Black Blood Brothers, Dark Shadow comics

Panel: That Comic Isn’t About Me
Panelists: Zan Christensen (moderator), Chris Lange, Ashley Cook, Gail Simone
Description: Take a critical look at gender, sexuality, and race in comics. Discuss how important it is to easily identify with characters, the state of diversity in comic arts, and why readers often overlook stories featuring characters whose gender, sexuality, race, class, or culture differs from their own.

I wasn’t originally intended on sitting in on this panel, but I am glad that I did. Topics and points brought up and discussed:
– The drive to have valuable female characters
– The abundant “revenge” story where a women is killed and used to start a male’s revenge story
– The common idea that women do not read comics
– Rape used as a tool to fuel the man;s revenge story and the female is forgotten
– A desire to create more supportive characters for gay youth
– Gail’s mission to bring a more positive, realistic variety of women
– When asked about any roadblocks to impede the progress, Gail confessed that she didn’t ask for approval initially and now they (DC) trusts her. She never had editorial roadblocks, merely fan rage.
– The importance of creating our own images/spaces when the big cons don’t offer anything
– Minority characters bare the burden of representing all and criticism can ensue from individuals who don’t feel they relate to that representative. Fight tokenism.

Panel: Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology
Description: From Wonder Woman to Buffy Summers, Emma Peel to Sydney Bristow, Charlie’s Angels to the Powerpuff Girls, superwomen are more than love interests or sidekicks who stand by their men. Author, blogger, and pop culture historian, Jennifer K. Stuller, explains how the female hero in modern mythology has broken through the boys’ club barrier and reveals the pivotal role of high-heeled, costumed, and kick-ass crimefighters in popular culture through video clips, slides, and readings.

This was a promotional panel for Ms. Stuller’s book of the same name. She gave a reading with a multimedia presentation that showcased the variety of roles women have conquered in media pop culture:
– Caretaker
– Femme Fatale
– Sidekicks/Sisters
– Spy
– Secret Assassin
– Detective
– Witch
– Reporter
– Superhero

She discussed archetypes, modern mythology and the myth-makers themselves. It was very entertaining and I’d have probably purchased her book had it not been sold it out. In due time.

It is worth mentioning that I attempted to sit through The Importance of Superheroes panel but was extremely disappointed to find it to be merely a self-help panel led by two women who did not even pretend to be interested in fandom but wanted to life-coach the audience into reorganizing their lives and attaining their goals. It was mildly irritating to have the word “superhero” toted around as a marketing buzz word rather than coming from the heart of true fans.

The convention ended in a truly stupendous way with Labyrinth Sing-Along with special guest Karen Prell, a Henson puppeteer who performed The Junk Lady as well as Red Fraggle in Fraggle Rock. Having a hundred or so other Labyrinth fans all under one roof to sing and shout the lines and lyrics I know so well was absolutely magical.

Geek Girl Con – Day Two in Pictures:

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Christina as Misty

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World of Warcraft – Tier 4 Priest by Amanda Wan

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Gail Simone & Kyrax2

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Crystal as Princess Leia

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Original LOTR elf by Addie

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Kirsten

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Kate as Professor McGonagall

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Karen Prell demonstrating hand puppetry

Overall, I think Geek Girl Con was a resounding success. There were some minor quibbles I had, the venue not withstanding:

– I understand this is a family friendly convention that encourages parents to bring the wee ones but there is no excuse for rudeness. When an infant in particular starts to make noises please remove them from the panel. A number of parents permitted their baby to continue babbling or fussing. It’s disrespectful to not just the other paying attendees but the panelists themselves.

– Programs that were not adequately updated and only people with smart phones who bothered to download the guidebook app had the most current programming schedule.

– I would have liked to attend the PR event on Saturday, but it was scheduled directly in the middle of the day when lots was going on, so and other press badge holders had to make a tough choice and still feel like we were partially missing out.

These minor quibbles aside, I predict greatness for Geek Girl Con and look forward to an ever expanding program that will one day encompass all of the roles women have taken on in geek culture and all of the individual characters that make up the source of our fandom.

Great job, Geek Girl Con!

Geek Girl Con – Day One

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I stopped attending conventions regularly in 2003. I felt horrifically closed in at Comic-Con back in 2006 and have vowed not to return until I can as press or professional. I’ve felt the absence of conventions in my life like I feel the absence of an old friend. The kind of friend that got me in just enough trouble to make it fun, but not have my mom come and pick me up at some police station. I switched from pouring my money into conventions to traveling the world, a decision I still stand by, but with Geek Girl Con it’s different. Though it took a while for Crossbow Chicks’ Tori to officially have me on board (in part due to some personal issues that needed to be resolved before I threw money at this trip), once I was in, I was all in!
Firstly: this convention is in Seattle, a city I got a sampling of when I played bridesmaid last July.
Secondly: I have a gaggle of friends that live in Seattle (and favorite relatives that live in Port Angeles)
Thirdly: I like that this is an all-fandom encompassing convention. Niche conventions, Galifrey One aside, just don’t cut it with me any longer.
Fourthly: Women run conventions and the awesomeness of their organization and people skills. I’ve been to one all-female ran first-year convention before and it was impeccably executed. There will always be bumps, but call me a sexiest little minx, I just dig the She-ra vibe.

I stayed a full week in Seattle, also to catch the Terry Pratchett discussion at Town Hall and to spend time with my friend Liz, her husband Art and Tori – whom I have not seen in person in a decade. Additionally, as Glass of Win’s food feed is featured on the Seattle based Restraunteers blog, I knew I would have my picking of some truly fine dining.

Saturday and Sunday, however, was all dedicated to Geek Girl Con.

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An impressive line was already winding its way down the courtyard of Seattle’s North Center rooms. As press Tori of Crossbow Chicks and I were granted a wee bit early access and took a snap of the small but mighty and diverse dealers room as retailers and artists scrambled to set up before the doors opened to the crowd outside.

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The Little Vampires!

I was dismayed to discover that 1/4th of the conventions programming was set at the EMP, a good 5-10 minute walk (depending on how fast you’re hustling). Not that I don’t enjoy a brisk walk, but speaking not only as a cardiac patient who can only do so much, as a convention attendee who wants to experience as many panels as I could, I was forced to pick one over another merely because I was too exhausted or felt I could not make the next event if I was in the other building. It was ridiculous and I am glad to know that another venue is already being looked into.

Panels:

Heroine’s Journey
Description: The role of the heroine in a patriarchal society is fraught with pitfalls. Panelists address the historical position of WWII action heroine Claudette Colbert, the complexities of the warrior woman in genre media, the heroine’s journey in anime and RPG, and the non-heterosocial world of Wonder Woman’s Themyscira. Bring your questions!
Panelists: Haviva Avirom (moderator), Sara Freeman, Catherine Bailey, and Erin Lovejoy-Guron

All of the panelists read from dissertations, essays and thesis they wrote, which was nice because they were prepared but also a hindrance because it did not allow much room for making eye-contact and fully engaging the audience. The panel started late and met with technological issues, and as such, the women were forced to speed-read through their papers. While all informative, this got distracting and I got lost a few times. Luckily I’d hear familiar names like “Sailormoon” and hop right back on board.

Ms. Freeman talked extensively about the films of Claudette Colbert and how she improved the image of women during World War II – actively playing a role rather than just a symbol of morale and patriotism. I’ve now added Sin You Went Away | Three Came Home | So Proudly We Hail to my Netflix Queue.

Ms. Avirom discussed the woman warrior in media, specifically highlighting Captain Kara “Starbuck” Thrace from Battlestar Galactica, and how writers are taking what has been traditionally attributed as “male” traits and giving them to central female characters.

Ms. Baily talked about fighting stereotypes while deflecting being targeted as “masculine.” She used Yuna from Final Fantasy X and Sailormoon as examples of heroines who mediates between healing/redemption, destructiveness, and using the connectivity as a team to source their power.
note: Being a huge Sailormoon fan, I hope to see a solo Sailormoon or magical girls panel in the future at GGC.

Ms. Lovejoy-Guron discussed the non-heterosocial world of Wonder Woman’s Themyscira. She first started out defining matriarchy as a society that is egalitarian and went on to describe the Code of the Amazons, how it works and how it is flawed.

There wasn’t much time for questions, but the one question that got in was in regards to the Catwoman 1 comic. The panelists shared a collective groan.
Haviva called the scene in question, “Drunk Halloween sex.” Additionally that the comic was drawn “more as titillation” than for the benefit of Catwoman’s character.

Panel: On Writing Urban Fantasy
Description: Urban Fantasy is a red-hot genre! Learn about world building, magic, and characterization for a compelling paranormal world. How do you write heroines who are smart, strong, and sexual AND refuse to wait to be rescued? The audience is encouraged to ask questions and do some writing exercises.
Panelists: Yasmine Galenorn (author)
As this is what my own personal fiction leans into, I wasn’t going to miss this panel for the world. Ms. Galenorn really knew how to handle a panel: she passed out a kind of syllabus on the topics she was to touch on that also doubled as a very informative and useful guidelines to writing urban fantasy. Highlights include:
– The lines between paranormal romance and urban fantasy
– Primary driving force = characters
– Writing characters people can relate to
– Letting the characters develop on their own
– Letting the series evolve on their own
– Advises to keep records of everything in your world
– The importance of consistency
– Advises: Reverse outlines. Bullet points of what you just wrote in the chapter you just completed. Write what needs to happen next.

Panel: Geek Girls in Pop-Culture
Description: How challenging is creating geek girl characters? Come to a panel discussion on geek girl representations in film, TV, novels, comics, and other media. What’s the current state of geek girl characters in pop culture?
Panelists: Amy Berg, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Sarah Kuhn, Jessica Mills, Stephanie Thorpe
Sigh. This was such a promising panel, and perhaps it was for all of the fans of the panelists. However, this panel was not at all a discussion of the broader geek girls in pop culture so much as it was a massive love-fest for the panelists and their specific creations. While I have no problem with that, it’s not what the description toted the panel to be about. There was little to no broader discussion on geek girls and the moderator did nothing to steer the discussion outside of the characters that the panelists created. I probably would not have attended had I known this was the way it was going to go. Although, I do now have a quasi girl-crush on Amy Berg and want to start watching Eureka, so all isn’t lost.

Panel: Nerd Burlesque: Translating Fandom to the Stage
Description: Proving that smart can be very sexy, a panel of seasoned burlesque pros share their thoughts, theories, tricks, and tips on taking their obsessions and translating them for the stage through the art of burlesque. Both women and men will discuss the notion of empowerment through burlesque and finding inspiration in well-loved characters and concepts.
Panelists: Elsa Von Schmaltz (moderator), Jo Jo Stiletto, The Mad Marquis de Maltease, Sophie Maltease, Billy Corazon, Heidi Von Haught, Hottie McNaughty, Miss Elaine Yes, Sailor St. Claire

This was a fantastically fun and titillating panel. I’ve always had a keen interest in burlesque and once nerd burlesque came on my radar earlier this year with the Batman Burlesque show I attended in Toronto I have been hooked and desperate for more. All of the panelists were informative, witty and fun to listen to. They talked about the freedom of being able to express their obsessions on stage; how it’s all about “translating the geeky obsession in a sexual way,” said Jo Jo. The message: it’s OK to have fantasies about fandom.
They also discussed the unfortunate prevalence of burlesque troupes that pander to fandom rather than being fans themselves or even bothering to take the time to really get into the character they are representing. I witnessed a few of these acts at the Batman Burlesque show. What is the solution to this? I asked the panel. To ensure that the non-fan performers understand their character; doing research, watching episodes/scenes and talking to the producers or other performers who are fans.

Images from Geek Girl Con – Day One:

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Sophie Maltese and her D20, Gary

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Dianne (Defective Geeks) and Shing (Sawdust Bear)

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Scarlett O’Hairdye and Bolt Action as Amy Pond and The Doctor

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The Tardis – via Geek Stained Glass

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Kyrax2 as Batgirl

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Jareth

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Ami-chan as Sailor Mercury

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Two Little Leia’s (names?)

More to come!

Harry Potter Tribute Exhibit

In Alhambra there is a quirky art gallery called Gallery Nucleus that hosts numerous opening receptions throughout the year. Past events include Sweet Streets, The Art of Thor, Edward Scissorhands 20th Anniversary Tribute, pin-up and more. No show I have attended prior has ever drawn the crowd that was seen on Saturday, July 9th – the night of the Harry Potter Tribute Exhibit. By the time my friend Loren and I arrived (promptly at 7:00pm, when the show was set to begin) the line was wrapped around the corner, down the street and well into the parking lot behind the art gallery. It would eventually wind through the parking lot and back onto the sidewalk again.

Normally this would be daunting, but Harry Potter fans are a special sort and many of us were content to make friends with our line neighbors and take turns going up and down the line to check out the costumes people showed up in. In my Tonks costume, that is exactly what I did. Here are my pictures from the two hours I spent in the line:

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Pansy Parkinson (Loren) & Professor Snape


Dolores Umbridge
Dolores Umbridge (Donna)


Tonks & Luna
Tonks (Amy) + Luna (Deana)


Slytherin Couple!
Hayden + Bebe in Slytherin uniforms


Draco + Bellatrix
Holyhead Harpy player (Katrina) + Bellatrix (Miss April)


Custom Harry Potter Skirt
Jolle made her own skirt!
Mischief Managed


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Bellatrix (Tina Fells)


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DJ “Nine and three quarters” (Ben)


Luna Lovegood
Luna Lovegood (Violette Rain)


Molly Weasley
Molly Weasley (Donna)


Xenophilius & Luna Lovegood
Xenophilius (Nathaniel) & Luna (Becky)


Deatheater Ian
Deatheater Ian


The owner of gallery nucleus was determined to make sure every single person was able to eventually get inside. Even if he had to keep the gallery open until 1:00am, he did not want to have to turn away a single fan. Finally, after two long hours, we entered gallery nucleus! We were given a raffle ticket and a button and it was time to view the art. Here are some of my favorites:


Voldemort Statue
He’s climbin’ in your windows, snatchin’ your muggles up.


The Boy Who Lived - Kei Acedera
The Boy Who Lived – Kei Acedera


Solace - Grace Alba
Solace – Grace Alba


Avada Kedavra! by Katie McDee
Avada Kedavra! by Katie McDee


Brains and Beauty - Jocelyn Liang
Brains and Beauty – Jocelyn Liang


Little Fluffy & Hedwig - Becky Dreistadt
Little Fluffy & Hedwig – Becky Dreistadt


Psychedelic Luna - Xavier Collette
Psychedelic Luna – Xavier Collette


It was another successful opening reception and I even won a raffle prize! Additionally, it only took until 10:00pm to get everyone inside. Congratulations, gallery nucleus, on a job well done. You can check out all of the pieces, including information on available prints for sale, right here.

I bought a very cute print (NSFW) by Vera Brosgol and two unicorns from the Tokidoki “UnicornO” collection. I managed to get Stellina, the unicorn I most wanted! The other is Pogo, which I’m OK with but I’d still like to try and snag Bellina and Dolce. I’m still waiting to see if there will be any prints available of some of the Luna Lovegood related art I saw.

What are your plans for the last installment of the Harry Potter films?
I have my ticket to a midnight showing at a local theater where I will sit amongst my guy friends and officially say goodbye to the Harry Potter franchise.
Until Pottermore comes out.