Portland Comic Con 2015 A Late but Great Review

Mothra cosplay w/thanks to S. Shadow's Natural Photography

Mothra cosplay w/thanks to S. Shadow's Natural Photography

Mothra cosplay w/thanks to S. Shadow’s Natural Photography

Wizard World’s Portland Comic Con happened at the Portland Convention Center in Portland, Oregon January 23, 24 and 25. Yes I’m a week behind and I do apologize, gentle reader. So many amazing things happened at the con and I did tweet one or two of them, and now I’d like to write them up properly.

Inspector Gadget Portland Comic Con 2015

Inspector Gadget Portland Comic Con 2015

Friday was the first day of the con and due to work I didn’t make it. One must keep one’s job to continue to enjoy going to cons. Saturday I wore my Mothra cosplay and Sunday I wore my steampunk cosplay. I’m afraid I didn’t get any pictures of my steampunk cosplay, which is a shame because I finally put together something really nice. Next time for sure!

Classic Catwoman & Penguin

Classic Catwoman & Penguin

Speaking of cosplay there were some amazing ones at the con. There was a classic Catwoman with a Penguin that was fantastic. I also saw another Popeye. There was an adorable little Midna as well as a couple of Zeldas and several Links.

The booths were amazing too. I even bought some comics at this con, all of them Doctor Strange. The best booth of the con, IMHO, though was the Rock Rebel table. I was walking by, on my way to another booth I wanted to take a look at and I stopped in my tracks because there, on the table, were several different bags with classic monsters on them, and they had matching billfolds.

Rock RebelHe was thrilled to discuss Godzilla and the Munsters while I was selecting my bag. He loved the Gareth Edwards Godzilla and was surprised and excited to hear that Toho is planning on their own Godzilla reboot this year. We also discussed how Lillian Munster’s dress was so tight she couldn’t walk in it and had to be carried to where she would stand on set. Then he told me about how the Munsters drove off in the Munster Koach, went joy riding on the freeway in full make-up one day and caused quite a commotion.

It’s so much fun to meet another fan. But I digress, he had Walking Dead totes and bags as well as shirts and even Addams Family, Jaws and Edward Scissors Hands stuff so there was something for everyone but what really caught my eye were the bags. These aren’t just cheap bags thrown together either. He was very proud of them and showed me how they are lined with different fabric and patterns. I simply love my bag and I love the billfold even more. The bag holds everything I could ask for, and although it could use a couple more pockets for organizational purposes, it is plenty spacious while still being a good size.

Rock Rebel

Rock Rebel

Now generally I’m not much on impulse buying, although at a con I do make exceptions. I’ve also needed a new bag since one of my favorites wore out just before Christmas so I’ve been on the look-out for a nice one. These are spectacular and they are unique pieces. I meant to only carry it for cons but I haven’t had time to change out to one of my more normal ones all week (and you thought it was just blogging that I get too busy for).

I’m speculating here, but judging by his reaction I was one of his first customers and he cut me a great deal on the bag and matching wallet combo. I asked him what made him think of this and he said that he’d been going to cons for a while and what he noticed was that while, yes, there were a lot of younger people there were also a lot of mothers there too and, he said, he got to thinking, these are the women who are kind of neglected fans and they are the ones who have jobs and therefore discretionary income to spend on unique items that reflect their own fandom.

Munster Go Home:  Lilly Munster bag and billfold

Munster Go Home: Lilly Munster bag and billfold

I think that is just brilliant. I really found myself hoping he made bank because he’s right and there is money to be made and frankly, I’m tired of being overlooked at cons and stuff because I’m not a guy or a hot 20 year old.

Since he wasn’t all that busy and I had other booths to check out I asked if he’d mind if I stopped back later to ask a few more questions. He was quite happy to do that and said I could stop by any time. The good news is that when I swung back by, he was absolutely mobbed with customers. I was very happy for him.

The next thing I want to talk about is S. Shadow’s Natural Photography. I was fortunate enough to be noticed by their photographer at the Rose City Comic Con, which is where I debuted my Mothra Cosplay. Well he found me again at the Portland Comic Con and took another couple of pictures and they are gorgeous. If you are in the Greater Portland Metropolitan Area and you want some nice photographs taken I would recommend him.

Smaug and his hoard at the Weta Workshop

Smaug and his hoard at the Weta Workshop

The Weta Booth was huge and well worth a browse. One of the members of my party (we actually had, very loosly, a fighter, a spellcaster, a healer and a beserker) got a pouch of the coins like the ones used in the Hobbit and a replica of The Key to Erebor. A must see for any Hobbit fans.

I got my copy of How To Survive A Sharknado signed. That is a very funny and useful book. Not only does it even have some practical advice but it’s actually an episode guide for all of the Sci-Fi Sharknado-like movies. Very clever that.

Safety First!

Safety First!

Of course it wasn’t until Sunday, when I was wearing my Steampunk cosplay that I stumbled upon a plush Godzilla and a plush King Ghidorah. Why, oh why, couldn’t I have found that when I was being Mothra?

We also sat in on Sacha Rioz’s panel discussion. He was delightful. Trying to get things going the MC, who clearly doesn’t know much about the show (Grimm), asked Sacha, “So you’re here for the con, is there anyplace you’ve found that’s kind of special since you’ve been here?”

Of course the audience was tittering as this question developed and Sacha was kind of grinning. He answered, “We film here.” The audience burst out laughing.

The poor MC just looked out at us and said, “And you just let me go ahead and dig that hole.”

Sacha also said that he didn’t know that much about cosplay, the MC asked him about it, but he found that most of the time, if he guessed “Doctor Who,” he was safe. That was very funny too. During the Q & A several cosplayers asked questions and he guessed Doctor Who on them. Only one was actually Doctor Who but there was a delightful Arthur Dent from Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy, which is at least British.

I would have to say that the Wizard World Portland Comic Con was a rousing success for us. We had a ton of fun, found some great items and just really enjoyed every minute there. I hope others who went also had fun and if you’re considering going to a con, I would say you should do it. It’s fun for the whole family. K.

P.S. if you’re looking for a really nice corset for your Steampunk cosplay, or just in general you might check out Ms Martha’s Corset Shoppe (I’m hoping to save up for The Warrior, myself).

Some bonus photos:

Weeping Angel

Weeping Angel

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The Wicked Queen from Snow White.

The Wicked Queen from Snow White.

Adorable couple as Dorothy and Glenda

Adorable couple as Dorothy and Glenda

Rebel Pilot and Unicycle riding, bagpipe playing Darth Vader

Rebel Pilot and Unicycle riding, bagpipe playing Darth Vader

Tinkerbelle

Tinkerbelle

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Thelma

Thelma

Alien and Oregon Duck Attending the Rose City Comic Con

RCCC Logo

RCCC Logo

RCCC Logo

Star of Stargate SG:1 and voice of Magneto on X-Men: Evolution is coming to Portland’s own comic convention

Portland, OR – Actor, writer, voice actor, and football player, Christopher Judge, will be a guest for the upcoming Rose City Comic Con taking place on September 21st and 22nd, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Christopher is best known for his role as the alien Teal’cl on Stargate: SG1 where he appeared in more episodes than any other character. He also played the voice of Magneto on the animated series, X-Men: Evolution. Chris was also an Oregon Duck from 1982-1985 where he lead in kickoff returns and interceptions, as well as being a three time All American.

Christopher began his acting career in 1990 with roles in Neon Ryder and MacGuyver, but since then has appeared in Bird on a Wire, House Party 2, 21 Jump Street, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, He Man and the Masters of the Universe, Andromeda, The Mentalist, and most recently in The Dark Knight Rises.

Other special guests at this year’s Rose City Comic Con are Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Jewel Staite (Firefly/Serenity), Sam Jones (Flash Gordon), David Giuntoli (Grimm), Billy West (Futurama), Lee Arenberg (Pirates of the Caribbean) and John DiMaggio (futurama).

Sponsoring RCCC this year is one of the largest comic retailers, Things From Another World, a leading comic book publisher, ONI Press, the premier source for nerdy socks, Sock Dreams, Portland’s long standing gaming store, Rainy Day Games, Dark Horse Comics, Oregon’s premiere Tattoo studio, Infinity Tattoo and Oregon City’s epic, Stryker’s Main Street Arcade.

RCCC 2013 will feature even more of a variety of film/television stars, voice actors, comic guests, vendors, merchandise, gaming, contests, artists, speakers and pop culture than its previous groundbreaking year!
With an anticipated attendance of over 15,000 in 2013, Rose City Comic Con has established itself as one of the most exciting new conventions on the scene. Founded by Portland-area entrepreneur Ron Brister in 2012, RCCC is one of the fastest growing conventions with the focus of fan and family-friendly fun.

Look for regular press releases containing all of the latest news leading up to the show in September 2013. For more information, please visit RCCC’s website at www.rosecitycomiccon.com

Rose City Comic Con is going where no one has gone before!

RCCC Logo

RCCC Logo

RCCC Logo

Rose City Comic Con is going where no one has gone before!

Star of the sci-fi television show, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, to appear at Portland’s largest comic convention!

Portland, OR – Actor and star of the hit sci-fi television show, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Avery Brooks, is the sixth celebrity guest announced for the upcoming Rose City Comic Con taking place on September 21st and 22nd, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Avery Brooks is best known for his role as Commander/Captain/Admiral Benjamin Sisko in the sci-fi series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hawk in the mystery series, Spenser: For Hire, the spinoff series, A Man Called Hawk, and as Dr. Robert Sweeney in American History X.

Avery was the first African American in US history to receive an MFA in acting and directing in 1976. Since then he’s appeared in numerous television shows, commercials, video games, and films including American Playhouse, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Roots: The Gift, Gargoyles, The Big Hit, and 15 Minutes. Avery has also taught acting at many universities.

Other special guests at this year’s Rose City Comic Con are Jewel Staite (Firefly/Serenity), Sam Jones (Flash Gordon), David Giuntoli (Grimm), and Billy West (Futurama), and John DiMaggio (futurama).

Sponsoring RCCC this year is one of the largest comic retailers, Things From Another World, a leading comic book publisher, ONI Press, the premier source for nerdy socks, Sock Dreams, Portland’s long standing gaming store, Rainy Day Games, and Oregon City’s epic, Stryker’s Main Street Arcade.

RCCC 2013 will feature even more of a variety of film/television stars, voice actors, comic guests, vendors, merchandise, gaming, contests, artists, speakers and pop culture than its previous groundbreaking year!

With an anticipated attendance of over 15,000 in 2013, Rose City Comic Con has established itself as one of the most exciting new conventions on the scene. Founded by Portland-area entrepreneur Ron Brister in 2012, RCCC is one of the fastest growing conventions with the focus of fan and family-friendly fun.

Look for regular press releases containing all of the latest news leading up to the show in September 2013. For more information, please visit RCCC’s website at www.RoseCityComicCon.com

War In Flesh, Second Chances and The Rose City Comic Con

NBC's Grimm

As much as I love the characters from In The Flesh and as much as I have outlined and imagined a great story for the sequel War In Flesh, I have had a lot of trouble getting motivated to write it. This is because my heart is really set on writing a space opera. I promised myself I could write a space opera when I was finished with In The Flesh but my beta readers and the few who have bought and read In The Flesh wanted a sequel and I thought, rather than make them wait, I would get to work on it. Sadly this has only led to delay after delay as I struggle to find the right words to express my ideas and tell the story.

Well last night I gave myself permission to get started on my space opera. I have so many ideas and can visualize so many scenes from it, plus the characters I’ve saved for it are some of my very favorites. That released the creative block and I am happy to say that I got some writing done on both War In Flesh and the new space opera. I don’t have a good name for it yet.

NBC's Grimm

NBC’s Grimm

The working title for my space opera is Second Chances, which is a terrible title. Hopefully something better will come to me as I write and then all I’ll have to do is figure out how to change the title of a book in Scrivner. I’m very happy to be working on it. If things go the way they did last night not only will War In Flesh be completed sooner than if I had not allowed myself to work concurrently on Second Chances but also Second Chances will be ready to publish shortly after.

Today I have to see about getting a media pass for The Rose City Comic Con since I will be in Portland for that. I’ll be writing up my impressions for the Geek Girl Project. David Guintoli of Grimm will be at the con and maybe I’ll get to interview him. Although I don’t have any good questions to ask yet so if you have any you’d like me to ask please let me know. K.