How To Have Fun at Comic Con When You’re Broke

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If it is one place geeks love to be at, it’s a comic con. It is one of the very places when I am surrounded by people who get my passion for Star Wars or collecting Pop figures.

I went to Toronto Comic Con last weekend with my hubby. He timed my visit so that we could hit the convention together. I was super excited to go. In the weeks leading up to itย  I was planning my fun on a limited budget. A lot of people were asking me about conventions and the cost of them. While I have gone to them and spent a lot of money, you don’t need a ton of cash to go to one.

I won’t go into to much about travel and tickets, but I will say this: If you are heading out of town for a con, there are a few ways to save cash. If you are staying at a hotel, check to see which hotels have a deal running with the convention. Hal-con usually has one with Delta, so we stay there. Also, if you can’t afford a three day pass or VIP, so what? Pick a day best for you and get a day ticket. (I suggest Saturday. It’s the busiest day but will have the most going on).

Celebs:ย Meeting actors is one of my favorite things to do. In Toronto, I didn’t have much cash to work with. So, I made a list of who I wanted to meet. Manu Bennett was my main priority. My husband met a bunch, so I tagged along with him. If you want to meet a celeb but have no cash, wait til their line up is empty or close to it. You’re allowed to go say hello to them. Just check with the volunteer running the line.

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Me and Manu. He was super sweet. I hate how I look here but who cares, I’m with Manu! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

Celebs: Part 2 During the weekend, there are Q&A’s happening with the actors and sometimes with authors. These are FREE! Check the schedule for when these are happening. They are super fun and you can get a chance to ask a question. The best q&a I ever went to was John Rhys Davies. He was entertaining the entire time and even went full Gimli when asked a Lord of the Rings question.

*Note: There are some big cons that charge for certain q&a’s, which in my opinion is stupid. This is rare though. The few I seen that you needed a ticket was a Doctor Who event as well as a duo q&a with William Shatner and Patrick Stewart.

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Me and Mr. C with ‘Hodor’! I tagged along with hubby to meet him. He was so cool and chatty! Loved him!

Authors:ย They don’t charge to meet them. So if you are a book nerd, go say hi, maybe buy a book and get some swag. Many have free bookmarks and such to give out.

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Author Sherry D. Ramsey at Caper Con a couple years ago. I am interviewing her soon!

Shopping: The downfall ofย  nerds. So much geekery, so little money! The bigger the con, the more vendors and artists there selling their wares. I *try* to roam around a bit first before I shopp. If I see something a vendor, artist or author is selling and I have no cash, I always ask for a business card. That way when I have money for fun stuff, I can order from them. I should add, that on the last day of a convention some sellers will have sales. So you might be able to score some good loot at a cheaper price.

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I love business cards. This is some of my geeky ones.ย 

Cosplay:ย While I don’t normally dress up, I love checking out costumes, taking photos and talking to cosplayers. It all adds to the fun when half the crowd is dressed up. Sometimes certain groups dress up, like the Steampunk Society and the 501st Legion. If you like a costume, ask the person for a pic or get one with them. Just remember to be respectful!

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Me hanging out with the dark side. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Kick ass white walker costume.

Panels:ย There are often various panels running during the weekend. I have gone to writing themed panels, author talks, debates, and other fun things. These are all FREE. If you go to a craft session, you might need to pay a small fee for materials. I went to a plushie making panel once. It was only $5 to go.

Con Food:ย I can’t stress this enough: TAKE WATER WITH YOU! At least one bottle. Not only is it cheaper, but lines can be long. And you will get thirsty. On day one of Toronto Comic con, I ignored my own advice. Tsk tsk. We ended up paying six bucks for two small waters. Also, carry a bag or backpack and take some snacks. Eating at a con can get pricey. We ate their once this time, and paid $20 for just two hot dogs and two cans of pop. Usually the best deal is a piece of pizza and pop.

The main thing is to have fun when you go. Sometimes you find something priceless, like a new best friend.

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Me and Laura. Met her in 2013 in line for Dean Cain. Instant friends. Love this lady โค I see her every time I am in Toronto for a con.ย 

I’m sure I missed a tidbit or two. How do you save money at comic con? What are your favorite things to do?

 

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Geek Wedding: The Shoes

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I have been excited to start making my comic book shoes for the wedding. About a month or so ago I finally found the perfect shoes to wear on the big day that I could also get crafty with.I bought a pair of black wedge heels.

This morning ย my best friend and MoH came over. And so it began! We turned off our writer brain and tapped into the crafty side.

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The starting process.

We started by cutting thin strips and used Modge Podge to glue it down and seal it. Some strips we cut worked out perfectly. I especially liked the ‘Ha Ha!’ seen here.

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The right sides of the shoes. We worked on one each, helping each other as we went. (Ok, more like I needed the help ๐Ÿ˜› )

We then cut out scenes and pictures to fill in the black space. Once finished, we used more Modge Podge to seal it. A thin coat is all that was needed (so far).

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Excuse the messy table. Crafts aren’t exactly neat endeavors. ๐Ÿ˜‰

While they are pretty much a finished shoe, we just need to cut out some small images and wording like ‘Bam!’ and I have a ‘KaPow!’ somewhere too. We will add those, then give the shoes one or two more coats of the Modge Podge.

We had a lot of fun making these. My wedding shoes have Rocket, a wookie, Superman and more!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

CaperCon 2015!

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There isn’t a whole lot in my community that caters to geeks. Here in Cape Breton, there isn’t too much big or exciting that usually happens. It has only been in the last few years that big name bands have started to venture our way.

The closest convention to where I live is in Halifax. Hal-Con started about six years ago I do believe. I have attended several, including the first year. I just HAD to go. I had heard about these comic cons, had wanted to go. And now one was happening close to home.

But this weekend, Cape Breton had its very own convention, aimed at gamers, anime, bookworms, sci-fi geeks, you name it! So how could I not go to a convention that was taking place a short drive away?!

CaperCon took place Sept. 11th-13th. I had to miss the first day but luckily I got there Saturday, and decided to go again on Sunday.

I arrived a bit early on Saturday. I was traveling with Sherry, who was a guest at the con!

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Sherry in her awesome steampunk outfit on Sunday.

I helped with some setting up. I got the table ready for the Third Person Press girls.

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Nancy and Sherry, two of the lovely ladies of Third Person Press.

During the coarse of the weekend, I went to some fantastic panels, which is something I don’t get to do much of (or at all) at the bigger conventions. I went to two writing panels put on by Sherry. I also went to Fanfiction 101 as well as two other fanfic panels. I missed the Batman V.S. Captain America debate. Bummer! Oh well, next time!

Sherry Ramsey had her book launch so I bought her two latest novels. ‘The Seventh Crow’ as well as her sequel to ‘One’s Aspect of The Sun’, titled ‘Dark Beneathย The Moon’. I hit up her signing and had both autographed, of course!

I also had lots of time to go through the vendor area and artists.

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People having fun spending some money! ๐Ÿ™‚

I didn’t buy nearly as much as I wanted to, but I did get Mister part of his birthday gift, and a lil something for someone else. Local shops were there selling their gear. ‘Atomic Records’, ‘The Local NPC’, as well as ‘My Secret Identity’. A number of artists were there as well, and I had a lot of fun talking to some of them.

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Had a great chat with artist Jeff Wilson! ๐Ÿ™‚

I also learned that Nova Scotia has a medieval society! I think that is so awesome. I wish I could remember their official name! (If you know, please comment below! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) ย I had no idea it existed and I wished they had been back on Sunday so I could have chatted with them more. The guy I was talking to was really nice and let me try on a helmet! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Ready for battle. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Thanks to my friend Andrew who took the pic!)

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These helmets were awesome.

The thing I love about conventions, big or small, is that no matter what they all have the same feel. Everyone is there to get their geek on. Everyone is accepted. No matter who you are or what you look like or what fandom you are dressed as, it is like one big family.

The thing I love about small cons, is that I had time to look around and go to just about everything I wanted to go to. I hung out with friends, took lots of photos of everything and of as many cosplayers as I could. I met some pretty cool people and I had fun exploring the con.

I really hope CaperCon 2016 happens. There were over 1000 people at this convention, which everyone on the committee was thrilled about. I want to thank those people for making it happen. They all did an amazing job, and I know they are hoping to do this again.

I had a blast. I do hope that if it happens next year, that the dates will be different since it would be the same date as my BIG FAT GEEK WEDDING! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ ย But worse case scenario, I skip the gift opening Sunday and head out to the con ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think it would be fitting for the geeky newly weds to end their weekend by spending it at a convention.

Coming Soon

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I just spent two kick ass days at a convention, held here locally. Our first one!!! And it went really well!!!!

As much as I want to write RIGHT NOW about all the fun that was had, I am drained and totally exhausted!!! Which is great because it is a good exhausted. I have the whole “I geeked out non-stop with people who get me” excitement.

So, I am going to go get the pj’s on and curl up. Tomorrow I will be back with an account of Caper Con!!

My Newest (and most favorite!) Star Wars Item

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It’s been a little hectic here in my part of the world. Work has been very busy (now I can buy groceries- yay! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and I have little time to myself. At the end of the day I am too tired to do very much, so projects, letters and reading have gone to the side for now.

I am however, slowly getting some things done for the wedding next year. So far there’s zombies, storm troopers, and super heroes incorporated.

I have been able to write the occasional piece of fan mail. A few weeks ago I wrote to one of my favorite kick ass women.

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Princess Leia. Bam!

When I wrote to Carrie Fisher, I had no idea if I would get a response and I figured it I did it would take a long time. But just over twenty days later I got this in the mail, so I am pretty stoked.

It’s almost TGIF, and I am celebrating a bit early. I am heading out for some good pub food with Mr. C and some friends shortly. Then I plan to sleep, work tomorrow. and sleep a part of my weekend away.

I hope your summer is going great and you are having lots of fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Book Haul

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Over the last few days my book collection has grown a tad. A couple of weeks ago, I entered a giveaway on Tumblr. (Yes, The Geeky Book Lady is over there! Come find me and say hi! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I follow a lot of book and geeky blogs over there. Every so often when I see a book blog do a give away, I follow, and never expect to win.

BUT this time I did! Freckles-and-books,whose blog is called ‘The Girl With The Book Addiction’, ran a give away for TWO ‘Ms. Marvel’ comics and I won! Woot!!! They arrived today! ๐Ÿ˜€

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I love the smell of a new book. Or any book, for that matter.

Over the weekend I went to Value Village with my sister. Not a place I hit often but when I do, I go straight to the book section. I bought the first book in the ‘Sisterhood of The Travelling Pants’ series (so now I have all of them, yay!) and three trashy romances. I love a good romance, trashy or ooey-gooey lovey. It’s all good to me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Got the four books for about three bucks. Not bad! (I found out too late I could have gotten another for free. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ )

Have any of you added to your book shelves lately? If so, what did you get!? ๐Ÿ™‚

My Slice Of Heaven

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Everyone should have a spot just for themselves. Mr. C has his Man Cave (aka the living room), and I have my “Bear Cave”. (Fun fact: My nickname is Bear.) My spot is where I write letters, fiction and this lil old blog. It’s where I store my babies (aka my books) and work on my crafty projects. Recently I spring cleaned my office/library and took a few pics. I plan on adding a few new things, such as a bean bag chair so I can chill in here and read without being disturbed and another shelf for my growing collection of books and geekery.

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The view from my desk. I especially enjoy my life sized Chibs and Jax Teller.

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Partial view from my entrance. I’ve had that desk since I was thirteen. I shudder to think of how many coats of paint are on that thing by now. On days like today, that little window offers a great breeze.

My room may not be fancy and huge, but it’s all mine and I’m cozy here. It’s my happy place.

My pride and joy is my bookcase. I even have a section of authors I know (fellow writing buddies and friends.)

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The first four books on the left are anthologies I’m published in.

I have all sorts of things in here. Anything pertaining to my love of writing or my geeky side is found in my room. I should add that my personal faves are in here, since we have geekery through out the entire house.

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This old fashioned typewriter was given to me by a librarian I know. I wish I was able to use it but it makes a cool addition to my room.

I’m also a huge fan of art work. I have several fandom pieces hanging on my walls, and I also have some art given to me by close friends.

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Pic doesn’t do it justice. Piece done by my one of my best friends, Sherry.

I love my little corner of the world. I can come in here and shut out the noise and stress of the world, even for just a little while. I am always adding to it, one way or the other. (Like when I sneak books in. Seriously, I have a problem. I’m okay with that though ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Do you have your own cave or corner that is just for you? What is your favorite thing about it?