Programming Note from the Nola Nerd Couple

We have outgrown our present website.  In fact, we have gotten to the point that we can’t even post more pictures on our site without paying more money.  So, we shopped arround and will be hosting nolanerdcouple.com on a new host.

We are in the process of having our domain transferred from it’s present registar to our new host. Hopefully, this will occur in the next few days.  We will be posting, without picture, until this happens on this site, and on our new site. We will also let everyone know when we have moved over.

Thanks for following our adventures, and here is hoping that you stick around for our new ones!

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ComicCon-ing: Friday Recap and Saturday Preview of Wizard World New Orleans

Friday is always a great day at Wizard World New Orleans.  It is well attended but at the same time, it is the easiest day to browse.  And browse we did.  We already have our eye on some artwork!

We did get to meet Patricia Summersett, the voice of Zelda.  This was a huge deal for Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple. Her first game was The Legend of Zelda.  She has been obsessed ever since.  I can’t even count the number of Zelda items we own.  Ms. Summersett was charming and even signed her name in the characters language and left us a surprise message on the back of the photograph.

The Nola Nerd Baby just chilled and enjoyed the show from her stroller. She actually clapped when Ms. Summersett signed her photograph, which was random and funny.  She did get quite a few compliments on her Supergirl outfit.

Today, we plan on going to a few panels including Mads Mikkelsen’s one at 5 pm.  We may even meet him today or tomorrow to get a Rogue One poster signed. We also might meet Ms. Summersett again to sign an item we already own.  We also plan on complimenting all the great cosplay we will see.

We also recommend stopping by the 501st booth.  The 501st is made up Star Wars fans who take Star Wars costuming seriously, and even though they dress as dark side characters, they take charity work even more seriously.  Go take a picture with a Tie Fighter pilot and learn more about their great organization. One of our correspondents, Bill Plasse, will be at the 501st booth today.

A former student of ours is also a featured Wizard World cosplayer.  She has her own table and her cosplay work is outstanding.  Her cosplay name is INeedSuger.  If you are a cosplayer or interested in cosplay, go tell her hello!

See you at the con!

ComicCon-ing: The Panels We Will Try to Attend at Wizard World New Orleans

While celebrities are often the draw for comic conventions, regular goers know that cons offer way more.  Wizard World New Orleans programming allows attendees a chance to learn, discuss, and interact with their favorite fandoms in ways that give us a sense of community.

Here are some of the panels we hope we have a chance to attend:

Friday:

  • Enjoying The Con As A Family – tips and tricks on how to successfully navigate the convention when you bring the entire family
  • Make a Nerdy Living:  Well, we love doing the blog, podcast, and videos. Maybe, we can learn how to make this into something more!
  • Cosplay 101: Wizard World Cosplay guests will give you some pointers on how to make a next level cosplay…or just an entry one in my case

Saturday

  • How My Struggle To Become A Comic Book Writer Helped Me Beat Stage 3 Cancer:  Uplifting panels are always a great thing at a con.
  • Cosplay and Anxiety:  I’ve been very upfront about my anxiety and makes me happy to see others are open as well.  It removes the stigma, and it helps bring about an even greater and better sense of community.

Sunday:

  • Why We Love Wonder Woman – the moderators for this panel are some of the best I’ve seen at cons, so this should be an interesting discussion.

While these are just a few panels we want to attend, there are tons more. You can see all the programming information, including where and when, here.

If you are interested in going to Wizard World New Orleans, there is still time to purchase your tickets. You can go here and buy them. Also, don’t forget to use the code NerdCouple10 to get 10% off your purchase!

ComicCon-ing: Wizard World New Orleans Celebrity Guests Information.

The great thing about conventions is that it allows fans to learn more about their favorite shows. Notably, you can learn a lot from the casts and creators of the show. Wizard World New Orleans is hosting tons of celebrity panels this weekend.

Friday will feature panels with casts from the Power Rangers and The Walking Dead. Saturday, fans of Outlander, IZombie, and Vampire Diaries will get to listen to multiple members of the cast. Also on Saturday, Mads Mikkelson will be having a one on one. Sunday, fans of Outlander can ask creator Diana Gabaldon about their favorite characters. Also, Sean Gunn and the cast of Charmed will be having a panel.

Also, if you need to plan your days around guest signings and photo ops, then check out the guests’ schedules (which can change) here.

If you are interested in going to Wizard World New Orleans, there is still time to purchase your tickets. You can go here and buy them. Also, don’t forget to use the code NerdCouple10 to get 10% off your purchase!

ComicCon-ing: Wizard World New Orleans Programming

Here is a preview of the programming that will occur at Wizard World New Orleans this weekend:

  • Interactive group Q&As with the casts of “Outlander” (Sophie Skelton, Richard Rankin, Lotte Verbeek and author Diana Gabaldon; Saturday, noon); “The Walking Dead” (Michael Cudlitz, Tom Payne, Jenna Elfman, Austin Amelio, Mo Collins, Kirk Acevedo and Cailey Fleming; Friday, 7:30 p.m.); “iZombie” (Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Aly Michalka and Rahul Kohli; Saturday, 2 p.m.); “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” (Jason Faunt and Erin Cahill; Friday, 6:30 p.m.); “Charmed” (Holly Marie Combs, Brian Krause and Drew Fuller; Sunday, 1 p.m.); “The Vampire Diaries” (Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Daniel Gillies, Zach Roerig and David Alpay ; Saturday, 5 p.m.); and “Luke Cage” (Mike Colter and Simone Missick; Saturday, 3 p.m.)
  • Sessions with Mikkelsen (Saturday, 5 p.m.), Gunn (Sunday, 2 p.m.); Ryan (Saturday, noon); Daniel Cudmore (The Twilight Saga; Saturday, 4 p.m.); Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”; Saturday, 2 p.m.); and Gabaldon (Sunday, 11 a.m.)
  • Disney Trivia panel with Walt Before Mickey star Thomas Ian Nicholas (Rookie of the Year), moderated by Handbook for Mortals author Lani Sarem (Saturday, 3 p.m.)
  • Voice actor session featuring Patricia Summersett (“Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild”) and Scott Innes (“Scooby Doo”) (Saturday, 4:30 p.m)
  • Creator sessions with industry superstars Dr. Travis Langley, Josh Lyman, Arthur Suydam, Joe Wos, Mostafa Moussa, Tim Lattie, Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, Jonny Harvey, “The Pumpkin Geek” Alex Wer, Shawn Coss and more
  • Fan- and industry-based panels on subjects ranging from family convention attendance, YouTube, paranormal, magical girls, entrepreneurship, Star Trek, Disney, Black Panther, Terror Tales of Louisiana, fandom and community service, Cursed Hollywood and more
  • Drawing Disney with licensed Disney Fine Artist Clinton Hobart, including an original painting, to be raffled off to Creative Stage session attendees at the end of the show (Friday, 7:15 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.); the more sessions a fan attends, the more chances to win it
  • Kids programming all three days, including story time, face painting, puppet shows, dance parties, magic, learn to draw, (and Kids 10 and under are free every day with paid adult)
  • World-famous Wizard World Adult Costume Contest, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Kids Costume Contests on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • Super Sonic Speed Dating (Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 12/2/4/6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m., 1/3 p.m.)
  • Cosplay with special guests Knightmage, Thousand Faces, Remy Domino, Ineedsugar, Missy Mayhem, Christina Dark, Cosplayme, Aretmis Wild and more, throughout the weekend
  • Drink & Draw hosted by Shawn Coss, for pros and amateurs alike… weirdness, drinks, drawing, and prizes (at Dat Dog, 601 Frenchmen St.; Friday, 9-11 p.m., FREE admission and $1 drinks with Wizard World wristband)
  • Cards Against Humanity With David Alpay, an after-hours celebration with “The Vampire Diaries” star featuring fun with everyone’s favorite card game, prizes, pizza, and more (Friday 9 p.m., Saturday, 7 p.m.), require an additional ticket
  • Cosplay and Industry Workshops (Chainmaille, Intro to Sculpting, How to Bring a Character to Life, Acting the Biz, Wiz-Art, Resin Casting), require an additional ticket
Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms or show floor stages at the convention center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.
A full list of Wizard World New Orleans programming is available at http://wizardworld.com/programming-entertainment/neworleans (subjects, guests, times and rooms subject to change).
We will be highlighting a few panels that we would love to attend in a later post.  If you are interested in going to Wizard World New Orleans, there is still time to purchase your tickets. You can go here and buy them.  Also, don’t forget to use the code NerdCouple10 to get 10% off your purchase!

ComicCon-ing: Wizard World New Orleans Survival Guide

    • We will be doing some in-depth previews of Wizard World New Orleans throughout this week, but we know that a lot of people going will be going to their first convention. Here are our tips for surviving:
      • Make an itinerary. If you scroll down on this page, you will see the programming schedule.  Wizard World will have a guest schedule (well as much as they can) up as soon as they can.
      • Relax.  There are tons of things to do, and it is impossible to do them all. If you miss something, it’s ok. Unless you…
      • Pre-pay for autographs and photo-ops.  This allows you to budget ahead of time, and we highly recommend it.  Make sure you put the times the celebrity is signing and when the photo ops occur in your phone.  Set reminders if you have to.  If you paid ahead of time, you don’t want to miss out on this.  Also, if the guest’s schedule is not listed on the website, find their area first and take a picture of their itinerary which Wizard World usually has in front of their table.
      • Browse.  The vendor area is the largest area of Wizard World New Orleans.  You will find stuff that fit your personality and fandoms. Unless it is in artist alley, you might find it elsewhere.  Browse and shop around.
      • Speaking of artist alley, buy some art. Our baby’s nursery is decorated almost exclusively with art purchased at Comic Cons, and most were bought at Wizard World New Orleans.
      • Bring cash.  Plenty of vendors and artists will take square but not all and sometimes connectivity can be an issue.  Cash always works.  Plus, some celebrity guests only accept cash.
      • Eat and drink.  Especially water.  Drink plenty of it.
      • Take your kids.  We are.  But remember the other guests.  If your little one is not happy doing something, and they won’t redirect their behavior, take them somewhere else.  This is especially true for panels.  Think about it, panels are basically college seminars with some lecture and some question and answer.  It’s impossible to ask a little one to be interested in that.
      • Be kind. Ask before you take photos of someone. Say excuse me when walking in crowded areas.  Be aware of your surroundings.
      • Have fun.  Step out of your comfort zone.  Whatever your nerdom is, you will find others that share your interests.  Meet new people, and make new friends.

 

If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, you can go here and buy them.  Also, don’t forget to use the code NerdCouple10 to get 10% off your purchase!

 

 

ComicCon-ing: Help Wizard World New Orleans Help Team Happy Foundation

Wizard World New Orleans is one of our favorite cons. We have attended Wizard World cons in other cities and have enjoyed each one. One of the things that they do well is to tailor their conventions for the city they are in that weekend. Also, they love to give back to the communities they are in.

This year, they have collaborated with Team Happy Foundation to give reading materials to children who don’t typically have access to such things. Since this is a comic convention, they are explicitly asking for “child-appropriate graphic novels, comics, science fiction books, or any other similar materials to Wizard World New Orleans on January 4th-6th and leave them in a specially marked donation receptacle near the Special Guest Registration desk.”

This is a great idea. I grew up in an area that didn’t have a comic shop or a bookstore. As teachers, we know the power that reading provides a child. We also know that comic books and graphic novels can be as instructive and as enriching as any other form of Literature. We both have made connections to students that usually don’t read by introducing them to comics, or by just letting them know we read comics. Plus, graphic novels cover every genre. There are amazing memoirs, biographies, discussions of science, in addition to fiction. Reading leads to reading, and good reading is good reading. We both have advanced degrees, yet more than half of the books we read are comics, graphic novels, and sci-fi/fantasy books.

If giving the gift of reading isn’t’ enough, Wizard World New Orleans is making it even more enticing for fans. If you donate two or more materials to the Team Happy Foundation during Wizard World New Orleans, you will receive a pre-autographed celebrity photo from a selection of previous wizard world guests. They are first-come, first-served while supplies last and are for one per family.

The first event scheduled on the 2019 Wizard World calendar, New Orleans show hours are Friday, January 4, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, January 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, January 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult. Learn more here.