On meeting your heroes: the Elfquest creators who helped create me

This year is #FortyYearsofPointedEars for my favorite graphic novel series, Wendy and Richard Pini's Elfquest. They are heading to Chicago's C2E2 which means I'm finally going to get to meet my heroes. Here's how Elfquest has impacted me (in life, career, and elsewhere) and how I plan to make the best use of my brief moments with them.

Have you met your heroes?

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Con survival guide: What to expect at your first pop culture convention

Oh hey, I don't just spend my time at ren faires, I also spend them geeking out at pop culture conventions. Because of course I do. If you've never been to a pop culture convention and are of the geekier persuasion, you might be missing out on some major fun. There are hundreds of pop culture conventions around the world that span from traditional comic book conventions to book conventions, anime conventions, and specialty conventions of all flavors. If you're heading to your own local convention for the first time, I've got some basics rules and tips to make it more enjoyable. Let's talk about pop culture convention tips for surviving your first con.

3 reasons why LeakyCon might be the king of all geek cons and considerations for the future

I mentioned LeakyCon a few weeks ago in a round-up of summer cons that would be great to take your teen to — and boy, was it ever. This was my first year experiencing the pure, unadulterated geek fest that is LeakyCon, and it didn't disappoint. What began four years ago as a small meet-up of Harry Potter fans has blossomed into a series of days that are truly special. I started reading Harry Potter 14 years ago, and there was nothing like this back in the day. No way to easily connect with people over the internet (there was no Tumblr! Twitter! Not even Facebook!), no way of being able to share the serious feels I had about the series with others unless they were a) my friends and b) actually interested in the books. Basically, I spent a lot of time talking with my then nine-year-old brother about Harry Potter, because no one else I knew really cared.