Nerdbot-Con 2018

2018’s 3rd annual Nerdbot-Con was bigger than ever hosted by Nerdbot Media. The event was held on Saturday, September 22 in the historic Pasadena at the Pasadena Convention Center. This year hosted more music, more activities, more venders, and more guests. This is one convention to take your your family too.

As you walk in, you are greeted by the staff whom are very polite and friendly. Another thing you notice is music. Music is always playing. This year is the year of the tributes with amazing tributes from various rock, alternative, and heavy metal bands. You can’t help to sing along.

However, towards the upper level in room 214 is live music from various tribute bands. One that truly peaked my interest was Sacred Silence who did the tribute of System of the Down. I could not pull myself away from all the totally metal songs.

The cosplay was just as amazing as the live music. If you wanted a few shots of your cosplay, there was no way you could have left the con without getting a few free shots from the two amazing photographers: Michael Benedict and James Rulison. There are other amazing photographers wandering around outside including The Steel Shark, Andrew Bell, Marc Amba, Ivan Aburto, and a many more.

For my cosplay, I was Rogue reverting towards a more classic version.

Overall, the 3rd year of Nerdbot-Con was a complete success and looking forward to next year’s conventions.

Long Beach Comic Con 2018

In life things happen for absolutely no reason. After a long ride on the Blue Line with the 1st delay on the tracks on Washington Station and another delay further down between Firestone station and Compton station I finally made it to Long Beach Comic Con.

This is my second year in attendance but this year there is a new location on the lower level of the Entertainment Center. The weather was decent and getting in was pretty easy.

Upon arrival, I checked out the Exhibit Hall. Of course, there is no wi-fi at all unless you pay for it. I got the pleasure to meet Christian Calloway, Ray Rise, and Gary Hersheberger from Twin Peaks, which were a lot of attendees favorite due to the Twin Peaks reunion.

I also had a lovely conversation with Dino Andrade, the voice of Speedy Gonzales and Hellsing ultimate.

At conventions, there are always amazing professional makeup artists. E.I. School of Professional Make Up was there at the Social Square with exceptional body makeup of Black Panther, Shuri, and Okoye from the Black Panther movie.

Towards the middle of the exhibit hall is the Artist Alley. There are so many exhibitors but one that caught my attention was is Tara who owns Gear Oil. I purchased the Anxiety and Pain oil roller ball. I think both are important for those who go to conventions and in life. Mental Health is just as important. It’s part of your regular health.

Even though I write and provide content, I am also a cosplayer. I decided to go light this yeah and display a Victorian Era Steampunk outfit.

Overall, the convention was very relaxed and always a pleasant experience minus difficulties with wi-fi, I do recommend people to attend for a pleasant time.

San Diego Comic-Con International 2018

Every year, San Diego Comic-Con brings together fans and comic enthusiast from all over the world to celebrate the movies, TV shows comics, video games, art, and more that they love. This year’s conventions ran from July 18th-22nd in San Diego, with Wednesday being preview night. There is enough to see and do with or without a badge. For me, I took in everything San Diego including the Gaslamp District.

Everyone tends to come for the panels and guest at the infamous Hall H that will give the fans first look at the new trailers and the ultimate fan experience. Hall H is a 65,000 square foot centerpiece that now draws 130,000 excited sci-fi, fantasy, comic book, television, and film fans each year. In Hall H, you will see the very extent of pop culture. Below are the biggest trailers from Hall H:

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

Aquaman

Glass

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Shazam!

Steven Universe: The Movie

The Walking Dead: Season 9

Fear The Walking Dead

Doctor Who: Series 11

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Star Trek: Discovery

Better Call Saul: Season 4

The Man in the High Castle

Nightflyers

The Orville

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Purge (TV series)

Iron Fist

Disenchantment

The Gifted

Arrow, Season 7

Black Lightening

Young Justice

Titans

Legacies

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

The Flash

Supergirl

Family Guy

Voltron: Legendary Defender

Preacher, Season 3

There is so much that happens at Comic-Con that it is impossible to catch everything. On top of being trailer reveals, there were tons of exclusives. Funko Pop was probably the most popular booth in the exhibit hall where people were after the metallic Whiz Funko Pop. Me, on the other hand, all I wanted for months was the Black Lady Funko Pop (which was also available at Hot Topic). Other popular booths included Tokidoki, Nickelodeon (featuring the original Double Dare wheel), Viz Media, Syfi, Lego (featuring an enormous Thanos out of legos), Artist Alley, and many more. FYE also had their pop up shop at Horton Plaza near the Gaslamp. This is where I acquired the SDCC Harley Quinn exclusive in purple/green. I also met the jewelry designer for RockLove, Allison Cimino who worked with Marvel and the movie Black Panther to release limited edition Black Panther jewelry.

The entertainment hall is probably the second biggest attraction next to Hall H. You need a day at least to explore the entire hall. I visited my graduate alma mater, Academy of Art. What I was looking forward to is meeting Jerry “the King” Lawler and Lita at the 3 Boys Productions/Headlocked Comics.

Cosplay has always been a big thing for me. I did expect more cosplayers. On Saturday, I cosplayed as Harley Quinn. Not only did people loved my cosplayed, they appreciated it. I have been to a lot of conventions and most people like my cosplay but to feel appreciated is something I never expected. The children loved it so much that it made them extremely happy.

San Diego Comic-Con was as great as I figured it would be. Even if you couldn’t get a pass to get inside the convention center, there is plenty to do around the convention center and the Gaslamp area to enjoy.