5 Celebrity Follows after Comic-Con

Lots of fun celebrity tweets came out of San Diego Comic-Con this year. These are 5 Celebrity Follows you might find fun:

  1. Robert Kazinsky (@RobertKazinsky) – Playing Orgrim Doomhammer in the new Warcraft movie, Robert Kazinski is a fellow geek and gamer, so it’s always fun to see what geekiness he’s getting into.

    https://twitter.com/RobertKazinsky/status/620371582142169088

  2. Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) – He doesn’t have a lot of tweets under his belt, but now that he’s playing Deadpool in the upcoming movie, Ryan Reynolds seems to have embraced his character’s humor and doesn’t mind sharing it with his fans.

    https://twitter.com/VancityReynolds/status/621308028977938432

  3. Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) – The star of Supernatural interacts regularly with his fans online and promotes his “Always Keep Fighting”  campaign.

    https://twitter.com/jarpad/status/620305600778387456

  4. Stephen Amell (@amellywood) – Star of CW’s Arrow Stephen Amell is big about fan interaction. He tends to be more active on Facebook, but still stays in touch on twitter.

    https://twitter.com/amellywood/status/619939363221172224

  5.  Hayley Atwell (@HayleyAtwell) – Hayley Atwell, star of Marvel’s Agent Carter wins the internet with her Dubsmash War  with Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD stars Chloe Bennet and Clark Gregg.

    https://twitter.com/HayleyAtwell/status/621426138972295168

Who are your favorite geek culture celebrities to follow on Twitter?

Day 4 of SDCC – Con with a Kid

For the last 20 years or so, I’ve done Comic-Con the same way. A group of us meet in San Diego, we try to coordinate meals, we wander the convention floor together, we go to panels together when they interest us, but we’re pretty free to do what we want, when we want to and there’s never a second thought if someone can’t do something with the group because they want to do something else!

SDCC2015TARDISWell, this year, my husband an I decided to take our 12-year-old nephew to the Con on Sunday. Let me tell you, my hats off to all you parents who take your kids to Comic-Con. It was a great experience, but following behind a 12-year-old while they explore the convention floor certainly made me look at the convention differently. A couple things I learned:

  1. Have goals, but be flexible – Our first goal was to find the TARDIS on display at The Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum booth. Along the way we took detours and stops, but it gave us a direction to head. We then needed a new goal so we went to the Small Press area to look for pins for his lanyard, again, stopping along the way if he saw something that caught his attention.
  2. 12-year-olds need breaks – There were a couple times when we needed to sit and re-energize. I tried to station us in the sales pavilion where we could people watch while we took a break. It was a good way to rest without getting board.
  3. Double check information – One of the big fails (and learning experiences) that came out of the day was missing a signing and photo-op. Our nephew wanted to get a picture with a YouTuber he’s a big fan of, but one of the line wranglers said the guy would be taking a break until 1:30 (2 hours away). So we went and got lunch and came back only to find that he was FINISHED signing at 1:30. My nephew was able to get some quick pictures from a few feet away, but he was still very disappointed.

All in all, I think it was a very positive experience for everyone. While the day was mostly focused on our nephew, I was still able to buy a really cool Avengers print by artist Dave Pryor and we went to a very cool panel about The Future of Fan Culture which looked at the changing demographics in Geek Culture and asked the question, “Why aren’t we seeing that diversity reflected in the media we consume?” I believe the panel will be posted on The Word Balloon.

Overall, this was a very exciting convention. Starting geektitude definitely changed my experience, but in very good and fun ways. I’ll be spending the next week with my husband’s family in Cape Cod, so I may not be posting every day. But make sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook as I’ll be sorting through all the new people I’ve met and groups I’ve followed so I can start connecting you to all the geeky things out there you might not be aware of!

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Comic-Con International such a wonderful experience!

Day 3 of SDCC 2015 – The Convention Floor

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Hey everybody!

Tonight’s post is going to be a little light on content. I spent most of my day hanging out with my friends Rob and Andy on the convention floor. We stopped in at the LEGO booth, checked out a lot of t-shirt, card and toy stalls, but mostly we just checked out what everyone was doing. As I said in an earlier post, I’ve been coming to Comic-Con for about 20 years now, and really…it’s not about what panels you go to or what merchandise you buy or what studios you get swag from. Comic-Con, to me anyway, is about spending a weekend with people like you. In fact, that’s why I’m trying to make geektitude a thing. It’s about sharing what you love with others. And I think the more we think of conventions as something to share instead of just something to do…the more we will ultimately get out of it.

Tomorrow will be a completely different experience for me. Tomorrow I will be attending the convention with my 12 year old nephew. So, this will be one of the first times I get to experience the Con through the eyes of a kid who’s never been to a convention before. I have a feeling I will have lots to talk about in tomorrow’s post.

Until then, have a great night!

Day 2 of SDCC 2015 – Lucifer and Live Tweets

Hi! Welcome back!

Where I focused yesterday on geek culture, today turned out to be more about actual content that’s out there for us to consume.

My friend Rob wanted to check out the Lucifer pilot screening. I haven’t read the books, but he has and he wanted to see what they were doing with the series. They showed the full pilot, and I really liked it. Tom Ellis is hilarious and charming. Lauren German was strong and I think the two have a very strong chemistry together. But my biggest problem with the show is it’s another CSI X (or as Rob corrected me…Law and Order X). Do we really need another show with a female cop and a mysterious male lead with super natural powers/background? We have Sleepy Hollow and we HAD Forever. Do we really need to repeat this same formula over and over again? It’s getting a little stale. That being said, I’m planning on giving Lucifer a shot because it really was very funny.

I also had the chance to go to the Sense8 panel. It was unofficial (i.e. Netflix didn’t pay for any actors to show up) but J. Michael Straczynski was all we needed. For those of you not in the know, Sense8 is about 8 people from all over the world who are mentally and emotionally connected. It’s beautiful, complex, ground-breaking and I will definitely be focusing an upcoming post on it in the very near future. Anyway, Straczynski explained that there isn’t any news about wether or not the show will be renewed, but they are hoping to hear the verdict in the next week or two. They are waiting for Netflix to do their due diligence. We’ll have to keep our fingers crossed. I absolutely love this show and it would be a crime if it wasn’t renewed. This panel also marked my first attempt at live tweeting, so it’s a little rough, but you can find all my notes on my twitter page. The thing that struck me the most was Straczynski’s response to a question concerning critics saying the diversity (especially regarding gender and sexuality) of the show was too “in your face.” He explained (this is very paraphrased) that Science Fiction expects you to set your parameters and then stay within the box. He said very specifically, “We said, ‘the box is bad.'” I have to say, J. Michael Straczynski is one of my new favorite people.

In between, I went to a panel that covered a topic that is extremely important to me. The Diversity and Queer Gaming panel dealt with how diversity in gender, ethnicity and sexuality is changing in gaming. I’m gay and identify as a “gaymer” but even that label was challenged as not being inclusive to a broader range of gamers. This is a very hot topic in the gaming community right now. GamerGate focused the discussion on women, but race and sexual identity are finally starting to be discussed as well. Josh Trujillo (editor, Death Saves-Fallen Heroes of the Kitchen Table) led a panel which included Matthew Michael Browne (video game product manager), Matthew Conn (filmmaker, Gaming in Color), Philip Jones (filmmaker, Gaming in Color), Jenni Villarreal (Loot Crate) and Keith Lapinig. The six panelists talked about their experience with being minorities in the gaming community and fielded questions from the audience on where this discussion is going. Please, if you are a gamer and are not part of the discussion of diversity in gaming, please step outside of what you know and become part of the conversation. This is a big issue that isn’t going to change unless everyone makes it a priority.

WELL! That was quite the soap box to end on. We ended the day with the annual Worst Cartoons Ever panel, but it’s late, I have another big day tomorrow and I need to get some sleep. So that will have to be covered another day. Have a great night and Keep it Geek!

Day 1 of San Diego Comic-Con 2015

Hey everyone! This is technically my first official post, and I couldn’t be more excited!

I have been attending San Diego Comic-Con for about 20 years now, and this has been one of the most exciting days at SDCC I’ve ever had. When I decided to launch geektitude, I knew that it would change the way I did Comic-Con, but I don’t think I realized how much!

Panels for the Day – Geek Culture
I spent a lot of time in room 14A today. My goal was to hit as many geek culture panels as possible this weekend, but I had no idea the diversity I would find in one room. I started off with the “Wrath of Con Bloggers” panel. They started out by asking if anyone had a blog that was a less than a year old. Well…geektitude isn’t even a week old…so YES! After I explained what my goals with geektitude were (to create a safe community to support all types of geeks) I was immediately asked by panelist Alyssa Franks of the Friends of ComicCon Forum to get in touch with her afterwards. She obviously has a lot of experience creating and maintaining a community, and for her to reach out to someone as new to all this as me was really cool. Other panelists included Tony B. Kim (Crazy 4 Comic Con), Megan Gotch (The Nerdy Girlie), and Leonard Sultana (An Englishman in San Diego). I’m very excited to check out their work.

Another highlight was the Jet Set Nerds panel. These 5 women were just fun. Anastasia Washington (Jet Set Nerds, TheStream.tv), Stephanie Pressman (Geek360, Fashionably Nerdy), Becky Sanders (Jet Set Nerds), Elle (Your Friend Elle), and Curious Joi (Curious Joi, Icon) made me want to hop on a plane and start exploring geeky places around the world.

I also want to mention that Elle is crowd funding for an app called Nerd Out which is basically a resource to consolidate all the different geek culture events and gatherings around the world in one place. Check it out and donate if you can, because I know I’d certainly love an app like this.

The last thing I want to mention was the really cool and very unexpected Nerdstrong panel. Basically, it’s a gym created by nerds and geeks to make health and fitness accessible to nerds and geeks. It was very inspiring and it seems like a very cool community to be a part of. Unfortunately, they are currently only in North Hollywood, but they are trying to find ways to expand without breaking the integrity of their concept, so keep an eye on them!

Very briefly, a audience member mentioned that he had a blog that dealt with similar concepts of nerds and fitness. I got the name of his blog (Dumbbells and Dragons—possibly the best name for a blog EVER) and it looks like it has some good things to offer!

At the end of the day, this is just a quick recap of the panels I saw today. Once the whirlwind of the convention is over, I’ll try and give more attention to each of these amazing geeks, but I wanted to get it all out there before a.) I forgot some of it and b.) before hitting the hay! After all…this was only day 1!

As one of my new twitter followers said to me today, “Keep it Geek!”

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