Wondercon 2019

The weekend of March 28-31 was Wondercon 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Wondercon is personally one of my favorite conventions and was over way too soon and was a whirlwind of cosplay, comics, and fans. What was interesting and dominant is the the women and Black Girl Magic.

There were so much to look forward to. The cast and crew of “Dark Phoenix” teased the full power of the Phoenix Force during its WonderCon 2019 presentation, bringing two never-before-seen clips and plenty of behind-the-scenes stories. Simon Kinberg makes his directorial debut with “Dark Phoenix,” was immediately asked how the movie ends.

“Everybody dies,” Kinberg joked, referencing that other Marvel franchise. “They turn to dust.”

Batman celebrated a milestone at WonderCon as a standing room-only crowd came together to honor the Dark Knight and his 80 year legacy. March 30 marks the official 80th anniversary of the birth of Batman.

Probably the most unexpectedly impressive is from the Dark Phoenix panel. The action that includes new features of the climactic battle, effects and cinematography were all solid, but it was the score by Hans Zimmer that was the highlight. Obviously, like other fans, I was skeptical but the exclusive features change some perspectives.

This year, Artist Alley was on point with excellent artwork from tons of artists. I have been working on paying for a table myself for artist alley but that will be at a later. One artist in particular that caught my eye was a Sailor Moon T-shirt by Patabot. She also creates beautiful Sailor Moon henshin pins. I purchased both at Wondercon.

“In the name of the moon, I will f**k you up”

T-shirt designed by Patabot

Other artists you should take a gander at is STLOcarina. I purchased the Sailor Moon broach Ocarina.

Super Emo Friends is another artist that sells prints and pins.

Yoshi Yoshitani makes beautiful works of art with full size prints and even tarot cards.

The craftsmanship of each artist in artist alley made it the best one yet. It truly shows the creativity of the community.

WonderCon is well known for its cosplay. With beautiful scenery and a mini amphitheater no wonder many of the biggest cosplayers meet up here. Not only am I an artist but a cosplayer as well. Day one, I cosplayed as Storm and day two, I cosplayed at Raven.

At the end of the day, Wondercon was met with good people, good content, good cosplay, and a whole lot of good fun.

Inside Out Challenge

I wake every morning with the same routine. I even able to work out. Then there are days where I’m on autopilot. No one ever seemed to understand how I am feeling most days. When I’m say “I’m exhausted”. I get responses asking me why or stating I’m too young to be tired. I have to pretend that I’m okay and content even when my pain hits, even when my anxiety hits, even when my depression hits. I never felt I was good enough. Every time I do something wrong in someone’s eyes or if I’m not “top notch” in someone’s eyes I feel like crap. I’m internally crying more but when I physically cry, it’s red. I feel like I’m suffocating and feel so much pain. The overthinking even becomes to much. I take off my glasses and curl in a ball under my blanket. No one has seen it. At the end of the day, I am functional. I am breathing.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. However, what is really International Women’s day? What is the history behind it?

The earliest Women’s Day observance was originally called “National Woman’s Day,” and it was held on February 28, 1909 (my birthday) in New York. This day was organized by the Socialist Party of America at the suggestion of Theresa Malkiel.

In August 1910, an International Socialist Women’s Conference was organized to precede the general meeting of the Socialist Second International in Copenhagen, Denmark. This was to proposed the establishment of an annual Women’s day inspired by the U.S. 100 women from 17 different countries agreed with the idea to have a Women’s Day to promote equal rights including suffrage for Women. At that time, Americans still celebrated National Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February.

So why March 8th? In 1914 International Women’s Day was held on March 8 in Germany, possibly because that day was a Sunday, and now it is always held on March 8 in all countries. Another thing to note is that the 1914 observance of the Day in Germany was dedicated to women’s right to vote, which German women did not win until 1918.

Other countries made the day a holiday as well. The State Council in China proclaimed on December 23 that March 8 would be made an official holiday with women in China given a half-day off. The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day in the International Women’s Year, 1975. In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.

Back in the states, in 2011 when Obama was still president marked the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be “Women’s History Month”, calling Americans to mark IWD by reflecting on “the extraordinary accomplishments of women” in shaping the country’s history.

Since then, there has been a theme every year. The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is: ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’. The focus of the theme is on innovative ways in which to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.