San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Artist Roundup

SDCC 2015 GeekMom Artist Roundup. Image by Ariane Coffin.
SDCC 2015 GeekMom Artist Roundup. Image by Ariane Coffin.

Every year my husband and I spend most of my San Diego Comic-Con browsing the booths of artists on the show floor. Without fail, we purchase more art than we have room for—yet we always manage to fit on a wall somehow—and I find a new set of artists to add to my list of favorites. Joining the list with all the wonderful people I showcased last year are the artists I’ve discovered at SDCC this year. Here they are, in no particular order:

Otis Frampton

Art of Otis Frampton. (permission pending)
Art of Otis Frampton, used with permission.

Otis has a long list of projects he’s worked on, but I’m here to tell you about ABCDEFGeek. They are a series of hilariously clever, ultra-geeky alphabet picture books that won’t fail to make you chuckle. My favorites are “C is for Canceled” with an image of Jayne, or “I is for Indispensable (Also Irony)” picturing a Redshirt.

Sara Richard

Art by Sara Richard. (permission pending)
Art by Sara Richard, used with permission.

Here’s a fresh take on some old favorites! On Sara’s website you’ll find just about every geek fandom represented—with a unique twist—like Back to the Future, Dragon Ball Z, Doctor Who, and many more.

Chrissie Zullo

Art by Chrissie Zullo. (permission pending)
Art by Chrissie Zullo, used with permission.

Chrissie has a lot of comic-based art, and rightfully so, since she has worked as an illustrator for DC, Dark Horse, IDW, and more. However, I was especially fond of her Kiki and Nausicaa prints pictured here.

Alina Chau

Art by Alina Chau. (permission pending)
Art by Alina Chau, used with permission

Alina has some whimsical watercolor art for both adult and children. She has worked in the animation industry on small little projects you probably haven’t heard of like, oh, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) She now works on her own projects, and I’m glad because she has a big variety of prints and other items in her shop to show for it.

Travis Hanson

Art by Travis Hanson, used with permission.
Art by Travis Hanson, used with permission.

Travis has some really great kid books, and he should know seeing as he has five kids of his own. My husband and I purchased Adventures for a Lazy Afternoon, a compilation art book with an inspiring text flowing through it about the power of inspiration, creativity, and good ol’ determination. He offered to make us a drawing on the first page and we described our two girls. Travis got them pretty dead on, all while holding a conversation with us and quite surprisingly not looking down at the paper all that often—how does he do that?! Be sure to check out his picture book about teddy bear pirates too, because teddy bear pirates.

Patrick Ballesteros

Art by Patrick Ballesteros, used with permission.
Art by Patrick Ballesteros, used with permission.

Patrick can turn any geeky fandom into a scene of boisterous kids. He’s all about bringing fun into art, evoking nostalgia, and embracing your inner child. He has a huge series of “25 Cent Wonders” featuring our favorite geek icons on themed kiddie rides. Fun? Check!

Finni Chang

Art by Finni Chang, used with permission.
Art by Finni Chang, used with permission.

I didn’t get to meet Finni first hand because I decided to take a break while my husband went to visit the Artists’ Alley one last time. He bought one print from her during that time and spent the rest of the day browsing her website, umming and ahhing about which print he’d buy next. Finni is especially fond of Zelda, and we love her “Zeldamon” series—that would be Zelda and Pokemon merged together. Win.


Art by Patara at Vuduberi. (permission pending)
Art by Patara at Vuduberi, used with permission.

If you can say no to your impulse for buying these super cute prints to decorate your child’s bedroom, you’re a stronger person than me. Patara is an artist at the studio Vuduberi, who specializes in the adorable and whimsical from prints to games and toys. I especially liked the print pictured here with the little girl stuffing pandas in her closet. I can’t look at it without thinking too many pandas is a good problem to have.

Kei Acedera

Art by Kei Acedera, images used with permission. (permission pending)
Art by Kei Acedera, images used with permission.

If you’re into Alice in Wonderland, look no further than Kei. Her illustrations cover other subjects too, and all of it is intricate and delightfully strange. She is the art director at the Imaginism Studios, home of many other very talented artists worth checking out.

This is it for my list this year. There’s always more talented and ingenious artists than I can actually see while at SDCC, but these were the ones that caught my eye. Did you also attend? Please share your favorite finds and experiences in the comment section, I’d love to hear them!

SDCC: ‘Agent Carter’ vs. ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ … In a Dubsmash War


San Diego Comic-Con has been a whirlwind of information this week. The Force Awakens takes Hall H to a private concert! The debut of the new Batman v Superman trailer!

But perhaps the greatest thing to come out of SDCC 2015 is… the Agent Carter vs. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. dubsmash war. Enjoy.


Here’s Why I Want the New ‘Die Hard’ Blu-ray Collection

The Nakatomi Plaza: Die Hard Collection. Photo: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC.

“Welcome to the party, pal!”

Sure, I’ve seen the Die Hard movies a jillion times now. Okay—I’ve seen the first one a jillion times. The second and third come in… well, second and third. I’ve actually seen the third one a lot. I’m working my way up to quoting the fourth and the fifth.

However, I would proudly call those last two flicks my own just to have the upcoming Nakatomi Plaza: Die Hard Collection.

The original is probably one of my favorite action movies and definitely one of my favorite Christmas movies. It’s also one of the movies that will always keep me awake at night.

This upcoming special edition packs all five Die Hard flicks into a replica of that very familiar Los Angeles tower. Yes, it’s the same one that had most of its windows shattered, the same one that had John McClane’s bloody footprints stamped onto the side, and the same one that aided in blowing an FBI helicopter right out of the sky.

Inside, it has Blu-ray and Digital HD versions of Die Hard, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hard, and A Good Day to Die Hard. The last two also feature an unrated version of each film. There’s also a bonus Blu-ray on “Decoding Die Hard,” a 32-page booklet about the franchise, and five villain collectible cards. Hans, booby—you’ve got yourself a trading card!

Fox will start taking pre-orders for the Nakatomi Plaza: Die Hard Collection in their booth at San Diego Comic-Con, as well as online. You can expect to pay $89.99 for this magnificent piece, and I’m guessing they won’t take bearer bonds. Otherwise, you can score one when it’s released on October 13, 2015. Yippee-ki-yay!

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC.

Marvel Offers Unlimited Comics for 1 Cent

The Marvel Unlimited promotion is valid through July 27, 2015. Photo: Marvel.

Remember when you used to be able to get comics for just a few cents? Well, Marvel is making comics available for a penny—about 17,000 of them.

The company just announced plans to offer its Marvel Unlimited service for the introductory price of 1 cent. As part of the San Diego Comic-Con festivities, this deal will only be offered to new subscribers and only for the first month.

However, that’s an awful lot of eye candy for the price of well… penny candy. The collection features 75 years of Marvel Comics, which includes The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel, and so much more. If it seems really overwhelming (in a good way, of course), click over to the Discover section, which allows users to search by storylines, characters, or creators.

To get the discounted goods, you will need to use the promo code PENNY during your checkout process. Just know that this offer is only good through July 20, 2015. (Editor’s Note: The offer has been extended through July 27!) There are a few other restrictions as well. Like, don’t expect to cancel your current subscription to get the discount; the offer is only open to new and former (now-cancelled) members who have not subscribed with a promotional offer in the last 6 months. It also doesn’t work on gift subscriptions, Annual, or Annual Plus memberships. Make sure to read the fine print!

The Marvel Unlimited app is available on the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. After the 1-cent promotional period is up, expect to pay $9.99 per month. However, that fee ensures that you’ll always have plenty to read, since both classic and new issues are being added on a weekly basis.

Get Ready For Geek-Inspired Couture In The Her Universe Fashion Show at SDCC

Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein in a Darth Vader inspired look, photo credit Kelsey Edwards Photography

If you love TARDIS gowns and gender-bending Loki cosplay, you’re going to love to see what Her Universe brings to San Diego Comic-Con. If you like to design those things, you’re going to want to participate. Her Universe will be presenting a “geek couture” fashion show and design competition, and the grand prize is your own fashion collection for Hot Topic.

This isn’t a cosplay competition. It’s a fashion design contest. They can be couture-style or ready-to-wear. (See below for a few sample idea sketches.) And you don’t have to be a professional to enter–call it your own at-home, geeked-up version of Project Runway. (You’ll have to furnish your own Tim Gunn telling you to, “Make it work!”) Two grand prize winners will get that chance to co-design a collection for Hot Topic with Her Universe’s founder Ashley Eckstein.

For those who just want to see the results, The Her Universe Fashion Show will be held July 24th during SDCC at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel (near the San Diego Convention Center where Comic-Con is held). Entry will be first come-first served and admission is free with a San Diego Comic-Con 2014 badge.

“Fangirls are already using the halls of San Diego Comic-Con International as their runway to showcase custom fashions. We wanted to give these designers a bigger stage to share their talent and also provide an educational experience in the fashion industry,” said Eckstein.

Only 30 people will be chosen to show their designs at SDCC, so get to work! The deadline is April 4. Enter at You can also watch Eckstein rocking a handcrafted leather ensemble designed by Doug Dunnam in this video:

Bumblee-inspired look, credit Her Universe
A frock to make even Captain Kirk jealous, credit Her Universe
Lookin’ like Loki, credit Her Universe
Try to look a little livelier than Lori’s Ghost, credit Her Universe
TARDIS dress not actually bigger on the inside, credit Her Universe


Giveaway: Hallmark Keepsake Ornament, Recordable Storybook and Text Bands!

TIE Interceptor, Image: Hallmark

Once again Hallmark is debuting some fantastic new Keepsake ornaments at San Diego Comic-Con from July 11th-15th in San Diego, California.

This year they’ll have three very limited edition ornaments for sale at the convention. If you’re lucky enough to attend, then you’ll have a chance at 4-LOM and Zuckuss (Star Wars), A Human Hero (The Dark Knight Rises) and Cylon Centurion (Battlestar Galactica). The runs of each are limited 1000, 875 and 750 with prices from $25 to $35 so if you want these you better head to their booth in the Lucasfilm Pavilion first thing.

While you’re there, you’ll also get a sneak peek at some of the ornaments planned for 2013, get free autographs from one of the artists behind 4-LOM and Zuckuss and meet Bob Holt, the creator of hoops&yoyo. Can’t make it to San Diego Comic-Con? All is not lost. Hallmark is offering a special Comic-Con Gift Pack to one lucky GeekMom reader who will get a pair of the new Hallmark Text Bands and their choice of one Keepsake Ornament and one Recordable Storybook from a select list.

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The Streets of San Diego Comic-Con

One thing that struck my kids about San Diego Comic-Con was how much the convention spills out into the streets. The crowds engulf the entire Gaslamp District, packing its sidewalks, restaurants, and hotels. When my twelve-year-old, ten-year-old, and I left the convention center to meet GeekMom Kristen and my little goddaughter for lunch, my girls found just as much to gawk at on the streets as they had at SDCC itself.

Even the buildings dress up for Comic-Con.

My ten-year-old was both grossed out and amused by AMC’s Walking Dead truck, which meandered through the streets all week, displaying an assortment of bloody zombie limbs sticking out from the back. (I’ll save that photo for the bottom of this post under a gore warning.)

I always think it’s even more fun to encounter cosplayers outside, away from the con’s lavishly decorated booths. Shreck-green paint really stands out under the blue San Diego sky.

Even barbarians have to stop and take a call sometimes.

As you make your way through the crowded streets, you’re as likely to bump into a celebrity as a Stormtrooper. We looked out our van window on the way to the con one morning and spotted actress Claudia Wells, best known for her role as Jennifer in Back to the Future, traveling to the con by pedicab. (In SDCC traffic, that’s faster than a DeLorean.)

I have to admit those pedicabs start to look pretty tempting after four full days of hoofing it from one end of the convention center to the other. By the end of the week, my limbs felt fit for the back of that Walking Dead truck. (Here’s that gore warning!)

San Diego Comic-Con: Thank You Cosplayers!

The Mad Hatter

If there’s one thing that’s universally true about fan conventions, it’s that there will be cosplay. In the case of San Diego, many people who are packing away this year’s costume as I write are also planning next year’s costume in their heads. Serious cosplayers don’t just raid the local costume shop at Halloween. They painstakingly search through fabrics to get just the right texture and weight to recreate the looks of their favorite heros. It doesn’t even have to be heros, or re-creations for that matter. Cosplayers come up with infinite variations of familiar themes and those are often the most amazing costumes you’ll see.

Little Lady Vader

Although most of the people in costume are adults, there are always a few kids in the mix.  I can never decide what’s cuter, a little one who has thought up her own costume and is proudly walking along with her normally dressed family, or the parents and kids that are dressed alike.  This year I saw whole families of Klingons, Star Fleet personnel, Stormtoopers and even pirates wandering the vendor hall.

Princess Leia and Han Solo with attitude

One of my favorite things to do at a con is take pictures of all these people. They’re always happy to stop and pose, and sometimes they even throw in a little attitude. A cocky Han Solo is just so much more fun than one who simply smiles, and you haven’t really lived until you sass Darth Vader and he tries to Force-choke you. It’s as fun for me as it is for them because they like being recognized and I like seeing characters from my favorite television shows, movies and comics come to life.

Torchwood: Captains John Hart and Jack Harkness

The one thing that impresses me most is that these people aren’t being paid to add to the convention atmosphere.  They’re doing it just because it’s a fun tribute to the things they love.  When I snap a photo it’s  partly for me, so I can show friends at home and look back and remember the fun of the convention, but they’re also for the cosplayer.  It’s not like there’s a tip jar where I can throw them a few dollars as appreciation.  The best way I can say thank you is to stop them and snap a picture in recognition of their hard work.  So, to all the cosplayers at San Diego this year, thank you.  Thank you for taking the time and making the effort.  The con is so much more than it could ever be without you!


San Diego Comic-Con: Mixo Kooky Kans

Batman Kooky Can…Nice Abs, Batman

Even if you never see a single panel, you can still keep yourself completely entertained and likely empty your wallet looking through the vendor booths at San Diego Comic-Con. It’s been three full days and I still walk down the rows certain that I’ve seen everything, only to find that there are entire areas of the floor that I’ve completely missed.  It’s like little elves sneak in at night and add new stuff while I’m sleeping. Wandering through a newly discovered area this morning I came across Mixo Kooky Cans and fell in love.

This brand new product is launching itself during the convention and judging by the number of sold out signs scattered across the booth I wasn’t the only one drawn to these adorable renditions of superheros and Smurfs and monsters.  I was too late to get Batman or Superman because they were behind the dreaded sold out tape, but the monster series, which includes kid-friendly, cute versions of vampires is going home with me.

Vampire Kookycraft Graveyard

These retro-style tins are 8.5″ tall and come in sets of four that are sold individually.  Open them up and they get even better.  Each is filled with either tasty Mixo candy or a Kookycraft which is a bit like old style paper dolls only better. I spoke with Reis O’Brien, Art Director at Mixo, who told me that they wanted to turn scary monsters into lovable creatures, striving for that warm-fuzzy vibe that kids and adults both love.  If you look at the vampire graveyard you can see that effort in the smiling faces that stare out from gargoyles and the moon and even the vampire in his hearse.

Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostbusters!

Since this was the company’s debut, not every item was available for purchase just yet.  There are plans for Ghostbusters and Hello Kitty cans as well as more monsters and superheros.  If you couldn’t make it to San Diego you can still get these adorable collectible tins directly from Mixo as well as see their future releases.  Just remember, these are so cute that if you want them for yourself, you’re going to have to fight to keep them away from your kids.


San Diego Comic-Con: Things My Kids Can’t Wait to See

Friday was another day of fantastic costumes, stimulating panel discussions, and total sensory overload at San Diego Comic-Con.

Today I’m taking two of my kids in for the fun—it’ll be the first comics convention for my ten- and twelve-year-old daughters. They’re especially excited to meet author/illustrator Raina Telgemeier, whose wonderful middle-grade graphic novel, Smile, won the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens last night. Smile is the funny, touching, wryly honest story of Raina’s own orthodontic nightmare during her middle-school years. My girls have read the book at least a half-dozen times each, and they are beside themselves at the prospect of seeing Raina in person this afternoon.

We might have to stop by the Random House booth and enjoy an old-school game of Joust. My husband I and both had a giant squee moment when we saw this blast from the past yesterday. It’s a promotion for the book Ready Player One, which I am dying to read.

I’m guessing my kids’ll also enjoy the toy vendors. I fell in love with these little “Marshall” dolls yesterday at the Squibbles Ink & Rotofugi booth and couldn’t resist bringing a pink Marshall home to the gang. And his little dog, Gumdrop, too…

I’m betting my girls will flip over the Tintin and Bone displays.

But I suspect it’ll be the Uglydoll booth that breaks my checking account.

Of course the best parts of Comic-Con are the surprises. My girls are raring to go, so we’re heading downtown now to see what SDCC has in store for us today!

San Diego Comic-Con: Sleestaks and Sea Monsters with Sid and Marty Krofft

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

I grew up in the seventies when Saturday mornings belonged to kids. I’d wake up at the crack of dawn and run downstairs to turn on the TV just loud enough to hear, but not loud enough to wake my still sleeping parents. There were some wonderfully cheesy programs on Saturday mornings, but my favorite show, the one I’d never miss, was Land of the Lost.

First, it had a fantastic opening sequence, with an earthquake and then a little raft plummeting to it’s near doom. Second, it had a theme song that to this day, I can sing on cue. And lastly, it had Sleestaks, those creepy human-alien-lizard-things-in-rubber-suits-that-hissed. I hated the Sleestaks and they scared me so much that they gave me nightmares, but I still loved that show. At San Diego Comic-Con on Friday I attended a panel with the show’s creators, Sid and Marty Krofft, and I was star-struck.

These two little old men sat at a table on a stage while fans who still remember shows like Banana Splits, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and H.R. Pufnstuf delighted in their every word. We listened as they talked about their early lives selling cars and working in a circus. We heard about how cheaply their shows were made and how they would be impossible to make today.

They made jokes at each other’s expense and were so genuine that it felt like we were all just sitting having coffee, not in the middle of a convention center with thousands of people outside the doors. And yes, they did address the what-are-you-smoking accusations and assured the audience that no drugs were used in the creation of their wild and crazy shows. Amid the stories, the reminiscing, and the brotherly teasing, there was one thing that was perfectly clear. These guys love what they do.

They love it so much that they’ve never stopped. The fans have never stopped loving these shows either and the Krofft brothers are rewarding them with new projects like the September release of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters on DVD and a new version of The Bugaloos. At the end of the panel they encouraged everyone to take a free posters promoting Sigmund and come by their booth later that afternoon for signatures. We all dutifully filed past the little box of posters to grab our treasure and then snapped pictures as H. R. Pufnstuf himself waddled out onto the stage and it was wonderful.

It wasn’t a room filled with two thousand people who’d been waiting in line for a day just to get a seat. There weren’t hundreds of cameras and screaming fans, but these guys, these two brothers with some crazy ideas and a lot of determination reached the hearts of countless kids years ago, and with the release of their new projects are certain to create a whole new generation of devoted fans.


San Diego Comic-Con Day One: Star Wars Legos, Ewok Attack!

Lego bricks anyone?

Yesterday was my first full day at San Diego Comic-Con and it was fantastic! There were so many things to see that I found myself wandering from booth to booth, panel to panel, with absolutely no plan. I thought I’d try to at least walk the floor in some kind of order so that I’d know what I’d seen and what I had to investigate another day, but no, I jumped from booth to booth like a cat chasing a laser dot on the wall.

One booth that was a ridiculous amount of fun was from Lego. They had a giant pile of yellow bricks, and I desperately wanted to swim in it, but there were all these kids and I figured Lego probably would not appreciate my enthusiasm. In addition to the swimming pool that I couldn’t use (but did play with for a bit) their store was selling a handful of early-release Star Wars Lego sets.




There was a Republic Frigate, Anakin’s Podracer and then I found this little gem which was my favorite of the whole bunch. That’s right, it’s called Ewok Attack! I added the exclamation point but I have to say I think there should be one on the box. As a long time fan of the cute but deadly Ewoks, this was the first thing at the con that I really had trouble not buying on sight. You’ve got happy little Ewoks minding their own furry business. Along come the evil Imperials, but fear not! These guys will defeat them with logs and sling-shots and rocks. You’ve just got to love the Ewoks. No, really, you do or they will leave you broken on the forest floor.

Lego Smith Nightspeeder



If you happen to be an Imperial and the Ewoks aren’t your favorites, then what about this Sith Nightspeeder? I think it’s important to note that, speeder or not, the Ewoks could still take you out with a well-placed bit of handmade rope.  I know, these aren’t just Imperials, they’re Sith, but the Ewoks are not to be underestimated. Snazzy vehicles pose no challenge.  None!

Lego Millenium Falcon



On the other hand, if you’re Rebel Scum, then you can have the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. Yes, build your very own Millenium Falcon so you can help the Ewoks and shoot down any Sith that may escape their deadly grasp. Yes, Han and the Ewoks had a rocky start, but in the end he came to love them, too. No one can withstand their cuteness.

These great new Lego sets, along with Darth Maul’s Infiltrator, Podracers and a Republic Frigate are only available at San Diego Comic-Con for now, but you’ll see them in stores this August. Now, I’m off to the con again, and if no one’s looking I’m going to dive into that pile of yellow Legos.  Think anyone will notice?

SDCC Costume of the Day

I’m writing in the brief lull between Crazy Thursday at Comic-Con and Even Crazier Friday at Comic-Con. Yesterday was a perfect day at the con—the crowd-size was respectable but not overwhelming, the panels I attended were terrifically interesting (more about those in a future post), and there were plenty of costumes worth swooning over.

This was one the swooniest, by a mile.

This fabulous Neo-Victorian Biologist costume was made by a bona fide geek mom. Sara Jones’s background in costume design comes in handy when her daughter Linden Reid needs garb for SDCC. My photo—snapped with a camera that was being obstreperous all day—does not do this amazing creation justice. The detail-work was exquisite, especially on Linden’s butterfly-collector’s backpack.

I have loads of SDCC awesomeness to write about later, but right it’s time to head back into the fray. I’m wishing I had Sara Jones here to liven up my wardrobe a little!

San Diego Comic-Con or Bust

San Diego Comic-Con

There are conventions, and then there’s San Diego Comic-Con. We’re talking 4 days (and a preview night) of celebrities, panels, advance screenings, cosplay, parties and everything the geek masses could possibly want all gathered together in one place, along with 130,000 people. I’m making my first trip to SDCC this year, and in between jumping up and down with excitement over finally making the pilgrimage, I’ve been desperately trying not to be overwhelmed by the sheer size of it all.

As soon as they released the schedule I started making a must-see list. Then things got added to the schedule so I revised my list. Then there were parties that aren’t on the official schedule, but that I wanted to attend, so I revised my list again. And then I remembered w00tstock and it was at about this point that I feared my head would explode like an over-ripe melon. I took a deep breath and crumpled up the whole list before downloading the official mobile app and giving it another try.

With just three days before I board a plane I’ve managed to figure out one thing, and that is, I’ve figured out absolutely nothing. Sure, I’ve checked off my favorite events in the handy-dandy mobile app so I’ll have an idea of when things happen, but I know I’m not likely to make even half of the things I’ve checked.

Everyone tells tales about the incredible lines that stretch through the convention center, so short of picking one event and planting myself in that line all day, there will be little to no hope of getting into the room. This means the super-popular panels like The Walking Dead or True Blood or Game of Thrones are right off my list. And you know what? That’s perfectly okay.

There is so much happening at SDCC, that standing in line for hours just to see a panel is not for me. There are are just too many other things I could be checking out. There’s a giant exhibit hall to explore, autographs to score and the artist’s alley to investigate. I’m kind of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my pants girl, so half the fun for me is just wandering around until something catches my eye.

And then there’s  the best part of every con I’ve ever attended. The people. It’s the friends I know who’ve made the trip, the online friends that I’ll meet for the first time and the complete strangers I end up chatting with that make a convention worth attending. I love snapping pictures of the cosplayers who are always happy to pose and listening to random snippets of happy conversation as celebrities chat with their fans. Amid all the booths and panels and parties, it’s the like-minded people that surround me that make conventions so much fun and I can not wait to see them all in San Diego!

(Also, I’m a bit of a  twitter-holic so you can follow me, @nicolewakelin, for updates from SDCC throughout the convention.)

The 2011 Star Wars Fan Film Challenge: Cast Your Vote!

There’s still time left to vote for your favorite Star Wars Fan Film over at the 2011 Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge ! You have until July 14th to cast your vote, and the winners will be announced at the San Diego Comic-Con later this month!

Back in 2009, Olivia Munn asked me to write and produce two short films designed to promote this event. As a gigantoriffic Star Wars freak, they were fun to write, and once we got to Comic Con, it was double fun to be surrounded by like-minded people who got my jokes about the Kessel Run and Womp Rats. (Which I tend to make quite a lot in casual conversation, as it turns out.) And I can tell you, straight up, that there are so many talented filmmakers out there! Some of these films are incredibly creative, quite well made, and hilarious to boot.

Hey, here’s some links to the two I did! Won’t you watch them please? I worked so hard on them and was SEVEN AND A HALF MONTHS PREGNANT when we made them, so while you take a look, I’ll just sit here and wait for you to finish and then send me my medal.

Operation Olivia: The Star Wars Fan Film Challenge, Episode 1

Operation Olivia: The Star Wars Fan Film Challenge, Episode 2

BONUS: Here is a picture of Olivia and Josh touching my big ol’ belly at the screening.

Josh, Kristen & Olivia at the Star Wars Fan Film Challenge 2008

Gearing Up for San Diego Comic-Con

I read something scary on Twitter the other day: words so alarming they actually made me gasp.

Only six weeks until SDCC!

Six weeks until San Diego Comic-Con?! It hardly seems possible! And yet it’s true. Actually, since that tweet was several days ago, there are less than six weeks until the biggest event of my family’s summer: Comic-Con begins on Thursday, July 21.

Time for this con-crazy mother to get her ducks in a row. This will be my fourth time attending SDCC, which is the biggest and most crowded comics convention in the United States. Every year, I’ve shared photos, stories, and panel recaps at my blog. This year, to pile extra fun on top of the Mountain of Fun that is SDCC, I’ll be writing about my con experiences here at GeekMom. I’m super-excited to be here!

As the con countdown commences, I’m keeping a sharp eye on the Comic-Con website for panel and event announcements. This year my husband (a comic book writer and editor) and I are bringing our three oldest kids, so we have a lot of planning to do. Some of my favorite things about comics conventions are the writer and artist discussion panels—I love to hear other creative folks talk about their work. Last year’s panels were amazing, especially the kids’ graphic novels discussion, the epic fantasy panel, and Michael Scott’s interview with Rick Riordan.

It was also pretty exciting when the actor who played Young Benjamin Linus popped up in the audience at the LOST Encyclopedia panel.

Of course the very best part of any comics convention is gawking at the fabulous costumes.

I hear a couple of other GeekMoms will be in attendance, so we’ll have to have a geek meet for sure. If you’re going too, leave a comment and let us know!