ComicCon-ing: Louisiana Comic Con is Less than a Month Away

If you have been reading the last couple of weeks, you will have noticed that we are excited about the Louisiana Comic Con.  The more nerdy events in our area, the better.  And any reason that gets me to Lafayette is a good idea.

The con will be held September 16 and 17 at the Cajundome.  Saturday’s hours are from 10 am to 6 pm, and on Sunday the con is open from 10 am to 5 pm.  It’s $25 for a single day pass, but you get a great deal if you buy weekend passes for $40.  If you have a military id, you can purchase at the box office in person weekend passes for $25.  Children ages 2 to 10 will only be charged $5, but also must be bought in person.

There will be professional photo ops which will be done by Wolf Studios Photograph.  We have had them before, and they do a great job.

The con still is adding great guests.  For me, the most impressive guest addition is John Russo.  Mr. Russo is the co-writer of the screenplay for the Night of the Living Dead. He will also be appearing at a showing of The Night of the Living Dead on the 16th at the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise theater and will do a question and answer session afterward.  This event is an after hours event and costs $5. Also, if you go their guest web page, you will see some of the prices for autographs, selfies, and photo-ops under each guest.

The Official After Party will be held at The Studio Downtown with 106.4 Radio Lafayette.

Hope to see you there! Well, maybe not the after party, we are kind of old! But you may catch us at The Olde Tyme Grocery after eating the best shrimp po’boy on the planet.



Reading: Nerd Links for June 26-July 2 2016

Comic Book Resources Interviews writers Julie and Shawna Benson and artist Claire Roe:  CBR talks to the creators of the new run of The Birds of Prey.  Makes me wish I would have given the Birds of Prey show from the turn of the century a chance.

Why It’s So Great that Ta-Nehisi Coates is Writing Black Panther:  Jordon Minor of explains how he fell in love with comic books because of Mr. Coates approach to his new Black Panther run. Mr. Minor’s thoughts often echo my own about the new run, which is wildly positive, especially since I’m new to Black Panther.

The Politics of Marvel’s Black Panther:  The above story sent me to this well written look at the history and politics of Black Panther by Evan Narcisse.  T’Challa, the Black Panther, is the King of Wakanda so by nature he has to be political when he is doing his day job. He also, more than any other character on the Marvel roster, collides with real world issues which Narcisse discuss in detail. More importantly, it made me want to go back and read older Black Panther stories.

Where Have All the Good Men Gone and Where are All the Gods? Reflections on the Rifts in Superhero Fandom:  Andrew Wheeler discusses the fandom fatigue with dark comics, which started with Watchmen. He doesn’t blame Watchmen, but it did spawn plenty of writers who think that’s how all comics should be. He also laments that every major event in the Marvel Universe in the last decade has been Hero vs Hero stories. He calls for more hope in supehero comics, especially with the big two.  He calls for more inclusion and for stories not to be so hyper-masculine. This would make it more in line with its readers which is showing a growth in all the underrepresented minorities in comics (i.e. everyone but white males). I don’t agree with every point he makes, but he does have a point.  

Word Ballon Podcast Dan Jurgens on Superman’s DC Rebirth: John Siuntres, whose podcasts are a treasure trove of information for comic book fans, talks with Superman writer Dan Jurgens.

Louisiana During World War II: A documentary written by Jerry P. Sanson of LSU at Alexandria and directed, edited and narrated by William B. Robison. Dr. Robison was one Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple’s professors during her undergrad and graduate days at Southeastern Louisiana University.  Many of her professors during her time there, as well as many others from around the state, are featured in the video.  The link takes you to the 1st video of the series which are all on youtube.

Eating: Smitty’s Seafood

The Hamper

The Hamper

Boiled seafood must sound like the most boring bland food in the world to an outsider. Yet, we all know in Louisiana our boiled seafood is everything but boring or bland. Boiled seafood is more than a meal; it’s a celebration.

We were celebrating the fact that Cristina’s mom and step-dad came to visit. We needed a place that served boiled seafood. Smitty’s in Kenner did just fine.

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Parading: A Tradition Unlike Any Other – Small Town Mardi Gras Parades

If you are reading this from outside of New Orleans and Louisiana, this blog is about Mardi Gras.  Yet, it has nothing to do with New Orleans.  Sure New Orleans and Metairie are great places to catch a parade.  But so are Houma, Luling, LaRose, Golden Meadow, and Thibodaux.  In fact, my two of my favorite parades growing up were the Lockport and Gheens parade.

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