Star Wars-ing: Find the Force this Weekend

Even though The Last Jedi doesn’t come out until December, that doesn’t mean we all can’t experience the force this weekend. On September 1, Force Friday II will take place. This is when the first merchandise for the movies will be released, providing clues to the movie.

LucasFilm will also be releasing Find the Force, an augmented reality app, to be used while shopping for new merchandise. This app will be a treasure hunt that will allow you activate old and new characters from The Last Jedi.


ComicCon-ing: Dragon Con

Our friends at Outside the Long Box alway say how we go to cons more than anyone they know.  But you know what? They have been to Dragon Con, and we haven’t.

And unfortunately, we won’t be able to go again this year.  This is a shame because this con places an enormous amount of importance on creators and especially authors. It truly is a reading nerds con.

If we were going, here is just a few of the people we would want to meet:

  • Kevin Anderson: Star Wars author
  • John Barrowman: Would love to get a Malcolm Merlyn signed picture
  • Julie Benz:  I really want to start a Dexter poster, and I already have her signature for Buffy.
  • Alton Brown: The guy behind Good Eats!
  • Charisma Carpenter: One of the few Buffy people I haven’t met yet.
  • Amanda Conner: While we have some Harley books signed, we always have more.
  • Brett Dalton:  Would love to add him to our Agents of Shield collection
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Again, plenty of comics to have her signed
  • Matt Fraction:  His Hawkeye may be my favorite comic not named Watchmen
  • Karen Gillian: We just finished her run on Doctor Who…all the feels.
  • Willa Holland: We still need her on our Arrow and Arrowverse posters
  • Echo Kellum:  Again, another Arrowverse person we would love to meet.  Plus, I would seriously be tempted to get a Ben and Kate pic.  Seriously.
  • Mike Miller: DC’s Injustice is a great out of continuity comic.  Mr. Miller’s artwork is a big reason for that.
  • Jimmy Palmiotti: See Amanda Connor above
  • Christopher Paolini:  I’m pretty sure Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple would love having him sign her books.
  • Matt Smith:  See this blog
  • Timothy Zahn:  We did get the limited edition of Thrawn at Star Wars Celebration, but we didn’t get it signed.

I didn’t even mention these people who will also be there: Jason David Frank, Sean Gunn, Clare Kramer, Zachary Levi, James Mathis III, Peter Mayhew, Gates McFAdden, Dina Meyer, Danielle Panabaker, Rob Paulsen, Billie Piper, Katee Sackoff, John Wesley Shipp, Gail Simone, Rachel Skarsten, Kevin Sorbo, Jewel Staite, Karl Urban, and Ming-Na Wen.

And again, that still scratches the surface of Dragon Con. One day, one day.

ComicCon-ing: Comics at Louisiana Comic Con

As I was looking at the Louisiana Comic Con’s excellent Facebook page, I came across one of their vendor spotlight posts.  This was for Big J’s comic shop. One of the first comments was “more comics at a comic con is something I fully support.” Well, here at Nola Nerd Couple we couldn’t agree more.

Louisiana Comic Con responded that they have six comic guests and at least four comics vendors, plus few vendors that will sell comics along with other items.

The comics guests are Mike Zeck, John Beatty, Rob Guillory, Kody Chamberlain, Greg Burnham, and Brian Steward. We have met most of the main celebrity guests, so for this one, I want to meet all of the comics guests.  I’ve read the first volume of Chew and it has left me hungry for more. For labor day weekend, I plan on submerging myself into Mike Zeck and John Beatty’s work in Marvel comics.  For Chamberlain, Burnham, and Steward, I can’t wait to read some of their work and plan on buying some directly from them. Tuskegee Heirs, Mr. Burnham’s comic, seems like it is right in my wheelhouse of interests.

You have to love a comic con that still supports comics!


Exercising: Goals Update

When school started again, my exercise plan went out the window. I had been going to Planet Fitness quite regularly, but not so much now. However, I have stayed the same weight so far.  I’m now 217 lbs which will make it 22 lbs from Christmas. I want to be 190 by Christmas 2017 but will settle for 200.

I am coaching football this year.  I’m not a football guru, but I do know a few things, and it is freshmen football, so it’s not the high pressure of varsity football.  It’s much more about teaching.  Plus, it’s outside which is great since every single time I’ve had an arthritic flare, my vitamin D levels are low.  Furthermore, I’m moving around.

One thing I’ve learned is the power of nutrition.  Eating well is, of course, a good thing, but making sure I don’t over eat is even more important. If it comes out of my kitchen, I weigh it.  This has led to me realizing how much I ate.  I recently split a large poorboy from Parkway Bakery the other day with Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple, and I was shocked at how full I was.  A year ago, I would have devoured that thing by myself.

I’m starting to notice how much better I look and so are other people.  More importantly, I feel so much better than I did before.  I have more energy and more focus.

Now, I just need to work on that 17-27 lbs I want to lose by Christmas!

Watching: The Matt Smith Years of Doctor Who

Matt Smith was our worst con experience ever.  We paid $99, and he didn’t even say hello or look at us.  He didn’t even acknowledge we were there.  Sure getting his autograph was nice, but part of what you pay for is the 20-second exchange with an artist. And this was before we even watched an episode of his. We wanted to hate his seasons.

But we couldn’t.

I mean how could we.  His first season is as perfect of a television season as possible. His companions, Amy and Rory, are both two of the best ever. Steven Moffet hits many of his highest notes as showrunner during this time.

Yet, standing above it all is the brilliance of Matt Smith. Let’s face it, the cards were against him following David Tennant. Mr. Smith could have been brilliant playing a version of that character.  Yet, the decision to let go a lot of the anger of his character was an important one. His Doctor learned a lot of hard lessons from the Tenth Doctor. Yet, even though he was a quirky Doctor, he still made sure people knew he was not a man to be trifled with. Surprising, when we rewatched his episodes, we noticed that there was a darkness to his Doctor that was always lurking beneath the surface.  His quirkiness was often a way for the Doctor to deal with the darkness.

Watching that first go around, we would often state how we loved that episode but still didn’t like Mr. Smith.  Then we watched The Crown and saw how much range he truly has. He isn’t particularly likable as the Duke of Edinburgh, but he is utterly captivating.   We have been rewatching Doctor Who, and we flew through his season. While the ninth is Cristina’s Doctor and Tenth is mine, he will always be one of our favorites. He still made us laugh and cry.

If we do get to meet him again at a con, we will.  Of course, we will tell him about our first experience, but how his work, and the quality of it, couldn’t keep us mad.


Star Wars-ing: The EW Article We Didn’t Read

We have a subscription to EW. We read it often.  Except for this week.

It’s hard doing a Star Wars weekly feature when we don’t want to know anything about The Last Jedi.  There is some great stuff out there that do give spoilers.  I love the Making Star Wars site, but only go back and read it after the movie is out.

For us, we like to know nothing but what the trailers and toys tell us going into a movie. It’s kind of hard to escape the toys.

At first, I was going to read the EW article, but then I noticed that quite a few podcasts decided to talk about the feature. This makes me wonder if there is more than what I want to know.,

We want to go the movie with as little knowledge as possible so we can be wowed or disappointed. I truly believe that if you know too much about a movie, particularly a Star Wars movie, you can become a little cynical. It can make you wish things were different.

I know this makes us weird for a Star Wars/nerd site that writes news features, but hey, we are fans first. And we want to do fandom our way.

Star Wars-ing: A New Obi-Wan Kenobi Film….Maybe…Hopefully

Last weekend, the Star Wars Twitterverse was all abuzz with the possibility that there might be a new Kenobi film. The key word in the sentence is “possibility.”  There is no script, and no one is attached. I think the news leaked to gauge interest from fans.

How could we not want an Obi-Wan Kenobi film, especially if Ewan McGregor signs on.

However, Star Wars Rebels has given us the Obi-Wan story we truly wanted to see if you have been watching The Clone Wars.  But what if you are that person who’s canon of Star Wars is only movies.  There is still plenty of stories about Obi-Wan to tell.

First of all, he is on a planet controlled by a Hutt.  This means unsavory characters will be there and maybe a few from his past.  To protect Luke, he must protect his identity. Second of all, as someone said on Twitter, a stand-alone movie could be just one adventure taking place over a day or a week.  Also, we don’t know all that much about the galaxy in the years that Luke is growing up so this is an era ripe for telling stories.  However, to be convincing, Luke’s protection has to always be kept in the forefront of the plot.

We also don’t know if Kenobi has a connection to the new trilogy.  We do know that Mr. Mcgregor has a line in The Force Awakens, but does the character have a deeper connection to events playing out.  Could the stand alone movie, which would be expected after Episode IX explain that connection?  If he does have an impact on the new trilogy, this is where I expect them to go.

They could do a Kenobi before Qui-Gon movie, but that just seems like a bad move to me.  Replacing the actor once was risky, and it did pay off, but a second time might be pushing it.