This year, I went to more conventions than I ever have before. Gallifrey 2011, Geek Girl Con, Long Beach Comic Con. Sure, that’s only three cons…but I’m broke.
Anyway cons are, in part, about creators great and small getting together to let each other, as well as fans, about the things they’re working on. As a writer, I go to cons in part to look for cool things to write about. However, I only write about a small fraction of the things I come across. So, I thought it’d be cool to spotlight some of the stuff that I learned about and really liked, but never got a chance to write about before now:
** Standard Action – a well-produced, wonderfully-acted fantasy webseries created by Joanna Gaskell. I first heard about this at Geek Girl Con back in October, as she was on the “Women in Web Series” panel. Having heard a little about how it was made, it just goes to show how good you can make a small budget look on camera, and how all you really need (“all,” as if either is so easy to come by!) is great acting and writing to make a successful webseries. It’s not about how much money you have, is what I’m saying. Check it out! While Standard Action is clearly designed for geeks (specifically ones who play RPGs), the story is interesting enough for non-geeks to follow.
** Causality – This web series isn’t up yet, but it sounds like it’s going to be awesome! This is another Geek Girl Con find. Series creator, Glynis Mitchell, was also on that “Women in Webseries” panel, and seems like an incredibly smart, creative (not to mention awesomely feminist) artist. The concept is intriguing, and the trailer she showed at the panel looked really good. Check out the site and keep tabs on this one. I think it has serious potential.
** The Geeky Hostess – an awesome geek-focused lifestyle/etiquette blog kept by proprietor, and Geek Miss Manners, Tara.
** Comediva– the internet home for geeky, funny ladies! A fabulous one-stop shop for web comics, videos, and comedy galore!
** CupcakePow.com – creator Jody Houser delivers one of the cutest and snarkiest web comics EVAR! Met Jody at Comikaze Expo!
** Eliza Frye – One of my favorite artist discoveries at LBCC. Her artwork totally stopped me in my tracks. If I weren’t so broke, I would’ve bought everything she had. Alas, I was so broke. But next time I have some disposable income, her graphic novels will be mine!
** OMGCow.com – I had the pleasure of meeting artist Sheika Lugtu and her boyfriend in a banana costume at Long Beach Comic Con. She was super sweet and also super-talented, doing me up an adorable sketch of myself:
Art by Sheika Lugtu
She also has a line of colored drawings of superheroes as various objects, and I bought one of Wonder Woman and one of Iron Man as balloons. Very cute. Check out her site, where she has an autobiographical comic.
** Cuddly Capes – I came across artist Rosa and her awesome salesman partner, Peter, at LBCC. I couldn’t afford to commission her, but her stuff was so ADORABLE (and looked as cuddly as advertised):
Cuddly Scarlet Witch by Rosa
Check out her Deviant Art page above. From what she and Peter told me at the con, they’ve got big plans for the coming year, so stay tuned!
** Forgettably Famous – An awesome, intriguing web comic written by Anae Crockett and drawn by Kat Zuniga. I met these fabulous ladies at LBCC, and Kat was doing free commissions, so I asked her for one! Check out what I look like as a comic character:
I would LOVE to be a comic book character!
This was, by far, my favorite thing acquired at LBCC.
** Pendant Audio – I don’t generally listen to podcasts, but when I do, my favorite ones tend to be dramatic ones. Stories acted out. This site is chock full of those!
** SoulGeek.com – an awesome geek dating site created by the fabulous Dino Andrade. Geek to Geek was lame, but SoulGeek actually works! Also, they do in-person events in L.A. I’m hoping that 2012 will be a lot more social for me! 😉
** Dumbledore’s Army – this fun-loving band of Harry Potter aficionados was super informative and sweet to me at LBCC and Comikaze Expo. This is the link to the L.A. meetup, but I believe they have meetups in other cities, too!
** Rebel Legion – Star Wars fans, take note! If you want to focus on cosplaying the “good guys” with a really great group, check out the Rebel Legion. They’re like the 501st, but they don’t do evil.
** Time of the Faeries – I’m a big fan of photography, so I love the idea of graphic novels being created using it, as opposed to penciled artwork. Usually, it’s not executed terribly well, but Time of the Faeries is a beautiful urban fantasy. So is Corsentino’s other book, Afterlight.
And that’s all she wrote, folks! Hopefully, you’ll discover a new favorite for yourself! Enjoy!