Wizard World Comic Con Portland! 2019 Update!

It’s here! Hold on to something! We’re going to covering everything we can. As well as making new memories with old friends!

*TALENT SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Cancellations: Hale Appleman, Stella Maeve and Ernie Hudson

Also here is a schedule lay out for all the upcoming shows.

Wizard World Portland

Portland

Feb 22, 23, 24 2019

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

Friday, Feb 22, 2019 – 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 – 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday, Feb 24, 2019 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

WIZARD WORLD COSTUME CONTEST 7:30 – 9:00PM

The Wizard World Comic Con Costume Contest is no joke. The best of the best will be dressed to impress in their superhero & pop culture finest, so be prepared for some serious cosplay. Grab your buddies and suit up to take a chance at bringing home the gold! Categories include Best in Show, Best Hero, Best Villain, Best Group and Best Anime (Prize Package Sponsored by RightStufAnime.com)

All 2018 Best in Show winners will receive a custom Wizard World prop from Shield Labs and will be in the running to win a spot as an Official Wizard World Cosplay Guest during the 2019 season!

Recommended for Ages 13+

Costumes must be family friendly

Absolutely no pyrotechnics, live flames, shooting weapons, or smoke generators allowed

Electricity will not be provided. If a costume requires electricity, it must be included as part of the costume.

Contestants will be required to go up and down stairs during the contest and need to be able to do so in a safe manner. Assistance can be provide by Wizard World Staff

Contestants must arrive on time and stay for the entire contest to be eligible for prizes.

Skits are welcomed but definitely not required

Anyone interested in participating can sign-up at the SHIELD LABS booth inside the exhibition floor on Saturday. Registration closes at 5PM! We’ll see you there!

As of right now this is the current the line up for this 2019 Comic Con. I will be keeping up to date with everything and making changes as I go. Enjoy!!!

Celebrity Guests

Jason Momoa

Just Added!

Jason Momoa

Friday – Saturday
AquamanJustice LeagueGame Of Thrones

Alyson Hannigan

Alyson Hannigan

Saturday – Sunday
Buffy the Vampire SlayerHow I Met Your MotherAmerican Pie

Alexis Denisof

Alexis Denisof

Saturday – Sunday
Buffy the Vampire SlayerHow I Met Your Mother

James Marsters

James Marsters

Saturday – Sunday
Buffy the Vampire SlayerTorchwoodSmallvilleMarvel’s Runaways

Juliet Landau

Juliet Landau

Saturday – Sunday
Buffy the Vampire SlayerAngelEd Wood

Julie Benz

Julie Benz

Saturday – Sunday
Buffy the Vampire SlayerDexterSupernatural

Amber Benson

Amber Benson

Friday – Sunday
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Clare Kramer

Clare Kramer

Saturday – Sunday
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Charisma Carpenter

Charisma Carpenter

Saturday – Sunday
Angel [Cordelia Chase] • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Hale Appleman

Hale Appleman

Saturday – Sunday
The Magicians

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Saturday – Sunday
ConstantineAssassin’s Creed: Black Flag

Thomas Ian Nicholas

Thomas Ian Nicholas

Friday – Sunday
Rookie of the YearAmerican Pie

MORE GUESTS COMING SOON!

MORE GUESTS COMING SOON!

Pokémon GO Day!

So the Hobbits and I went on a Pokémon hunt let we do every weekend. Or opportunity to do so 😊. We walked all over town and beyond what we normally do. I was rather surprised, negate it was the kids ideas to keep going. Hit like 5 different raids, hatched like 9 eggs, kids leveled up a couple of times. I’m still working my way to level 36…… Yeah, if you play the game, you know it’s a grind.

Plus there was a car show downtown with the farmer’s market. Plus great music and food.

Not a bad day and we all had fun.

Family Connection Problems? Tips for Revamping Your Game Nights

As kids get older, they understandably want more independence. And while that’s a perfectly reasonable thing to give them, it doesn’t change the fact that you still want to be able to spend time with them. The question inevitably becomes how you can balance your child’s need for space with your own need to be a part of their life.

Back in the day, many turned to a family game night to do just that, but many would consider that a bit passe. That’s only because they’re still stuck in the 1950s, since a game night can be a fun bonding experience for everyone—if done right. To see what we mean, try these three tips to take family gaming to the next level.

Let Them Choose

Craving independence is one of the reasons kids will usually turn down an old-fashioned game night. The best way to remedy this is to give them that feeling of independence—even if they are doing something with their parents. Even something as simple as picking what you’re going to do together can make things more engaging, which makes it more likely that you’ll be able to organize another game night in the future.

Consider Putting Away The Board Games

‘Game night’ usually just means ‘really old board games’, but there’s no rule that says it has to be that way. While the occasional evening with Monopoly isn’t all that bad, try to get with the times and do something a bit more active or in line with your child’s interests.

Video and PC games are also liked by kids of all ages—adults too. So try and find some  games you can play together. For example, Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the world right now. With how simple it is to learn, it’ll be a snap to get into it together as a family. Of course, for this type of gaming to happen, it’s important to have reliable high-speed internet. The last thing you want  is to lose your connect mid-game. So you may want to contact your phone and internet service provider and discuss your options for installing high speed internet.

While gaming may have negative connotations for some, the reality is that gaming serves as an excellent opportunity for kids to learn coding languages and computing basics. So use your weekly game night as an opportunity to play and learn together as a family.

If you’re not going to be connected to the internet, then this is an excellent time to try tabletop gaming as well – this is particularly going to be a hit if some of your kids are creative. For games like Dungeons and Dragons, there are certain measures of preparation to take, but the overall experience can be a great way to learn more about your kids and yourself through good ol’ RPG-ing.

Be Flexible

It’s entirely possible that game night will go off without a hitch and everyone will love it. This, however, is just the best-case scenario. It’s also just as possible your kid might get bored and quit part way through, and this is okay.

Trying to force them to stay and play with you is just going to make things worse, so try to roll with the punches. It’s okay to switch to a different game if you need to or even just call it quits early on. You can try again some other time, and your child will appreciate being let go instead of being stuck in a situation.

Try more passive activities next time, they may not be what you imagined but starting out small can work pretty well. Maybe watch some movies (a Star Wars marathon never can go wrong). Maybe even debate a bit after on the best ones (here are some rankings if you want some good debating points). If staying at home doesn’t work well, even going to dinner with the family can foster a feeling of closeness. The point here as that you should be flexible and try anything that might be easier for your kids to settle in.

If you can remember these easy tips on revamping the old family game night, you’ll definitely be able to connect with your kids and spend more time with them than before.

References:

Family Time Isn’t Just for Fun — It Also Has Some Serious Benefits | She Knows

What is D&D | Dungeons and Dragons  

What Phone and Internet Speed is Right for Me? | MaxxSouth

What Was Once Thought Lost

So I have written about this a few times now. About the autographs that my father gave me of the cast of Star Trek. How Shatner’s and Nimoy went missing or worst yet, STOLEN .. I even meet William Shatner and told him the whole story about it. Shanter even talked with my Father over the phone about it hahaha.

A Small Conversation With William Shatner & Bob Camp At Wizard World

Remembering Leonard Nimoy

Star Trek Book Challenge

I know there are a few more post that I have written. But for the life of me, I can not find them haha. Anyways, as I finish up moving. I found a little piece of blueish green paper stuck to the bottom of a old cigar box… Could it be?!? I disbelieve I handed the paper over to my girlfriend to make sure. It was William Shatner autograph!! So I now have my Father’s original autograph, plus mine.

Sadly I am still missing Nimoy and the pictures.. But I fear it maybe to late for his autograph. Unless I pay an ungodly amount of money.. Worst part is the missing pictures, they are family memories. Why would anyone take those? But this is a rather small happy ending, bittersweet if you will.

Nerdy Shenanigans & Other Life Updates

So this year as been rather busy for myself and for all the good reasons. So later this week I’ll been moving in with my girlfriend or at least starting to move stuff. Plus we’ve been trying to have our anniversary trip now for better part of a month now. Kept having to changed the date do to work and or moving. But I think we finally locked a date in haha.

Also while all this is going on, I’ve gotten back into podcasting. The New Geek Fallout and a new podcast called The Pop Culture Hindsight. I’m rather looking forward to this podcast, mostly do to the fact it’s with Chris Lockhart. Plus Lots of Wizard World stories and other media coverage. I’ve also start something new called The Daily Nerdy Life, it’s a news web page that pulls and shares other blogs, posts, etc. from all over. Something to help new bloggers and old. It has everything from comics, movies and video games. As well as all things pop culture.

In addition to all this, I am also working on a new blog call ASTRO BLog GO!! The main focus of this blog is cartoons and artwork of all kinds, and also share my artwork. Which is something I haven’t done in a long, long time. Just something different from Nerdy Life Of Mine and fun. So yeah.. LOTS of new events going on and can’t wait to share it with you all.

Twitter: @iRoberts3

Instagram: @nerdylifeofmine

P.S. I’m also writing my book in between all this, it’s based around my life and all the fun/weird things that have happened to me. I’ll release more information about it as time goes on.

5 Books That Every Parent Should Read with Their Kids

Star Trek and Star Wars Book Challenges are fascinating dive into some of our favorite universes, but just because you’re busy reading them doesn’t mean you can’t also enjoy sharing some (hopefully nerdy) reading time with your family. Reading with your child is one of the most important things you can do as a parent to promote literacy, cultivate a love of learning, and nurture bonding. Here are five tried and true books aimed at a wide range of age levels that are exceptional choices for parent-child read-aloud:

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS BY SHEL SILVERSTEIN: This traditional collection of children’s poems is the ideal book to introduce children to the beautiful world of poetry. By combining profound stories with fanciful characters and humor, Silverstein has created a beloved masterpiece partnered with imaginative illustrations.

HARRY POTTER BY (Series) J.K. ROWLING: This venerable series of fantasy novels is a favorite with kids and adults alike, making it the perfect choice for a parent-child read-aloud. Although the books can look daunting at first glance, try not to let the high word count deter you. The entire series has won critical acclaim and garnered much commercial success by combining the fantasy world of witchcraft with a myriad of vulnerable coming of age themes.

WONDER BY R.J. PALACIO: Although not as high as the Harry Potter word count, Wonder still provides a challenging read for tween kids. This award-winning children’s novel follows the story of the precocious Auggie Pullman, a fifth-grade boy living with a disfigured face. Up until this school year, Auggie had been homeschooled due to his medical condition and the hardships it causes him. The heartwarming book centers around Auggie’s launch into a mainstream school and how he deals with the emotional and social stresses that come along with this transition.

READY PLAYER ONE BY ERNEST CLINE: This book has been hailed as a nerdy favorite, so if you want to share some of your nerdy childhood with your kids, then you should definitely take a look at “Ready Player One”. Set in 2044, this young adult novel will unite both kids and their parents as they explore a fantastical world together. “Ready Player One” appeals to science fiction fans as well as gamers and those just looking for a fast-paced adventure. This is an ideal book for the teenage age group.

CHARLOTTE’S WEB BY E.B. WHITE: This classic children’s novel has stood the test of time, as evidenced by its legions of fans from all generations. The beloved book uses a simple story in a farm setting to explore themes of death, innocence, and coming of age.

And additionally, though this might take some work, you can take it up a notch and write your own stories for your children. This is a great creative exercise and a great opportunity to see what you find valuable for children to learn. Just make sure to keep the word count reasonable for their age, which varies quite a bit. If your kid is around 8-10 years old, you can count that a story from 20,000 to 25,000 words. Be sure to use a word counter as you finish chapter after chapter, and have some friends ready for feedback.

An alternative to this, if both you and your child are particularly patient and creative, is to both work together to write a story (illustration books can be really fun with this ideas). This can be highly imaginative exercise for both you and your child.

All five of these books will spark your child’s imagination and provide the opportunity for you to bond with your child in both an educational and nurturing manner.

References:

http://www.writing-world.com/children/backes1.shtml

https://wordcounter.io

https://www.book2mykids.com/b2mk/Default.aspx?appname=Store&tabname=Home&

https://takelessons.com/blog/creative-writing-books-for-kids

 

The Best Movies and TV Shows for Car Geeks

Featured image courtesy of Industrial Motoring

We can all agree that cars are awesome. Some of the best movies are those that make use of car chases, luxury cars, and daring stunts. It is with this in mind that we present a handful of the best films and shows that are notable for their automotive decadence.

Top Gear

This is the pinnacle of what all car shows should be about; a combination of interesting individuals with fun chemistry who mix it up with races, comparisons of vehicles, some shenanigans, and even the occasional celebrity to share their thoughts on cars. While the original British series will never be replaced, the transition over to streaming media platforms in the form of “The Grand Tour” still provides quality car-centered entertainment.

The “The Fast and the Furious” Franchise

This movie franchise has become a staple of all car and action junkies. While the genre of these films has evolved from drift racing to action films that happen to have a high number of stunts involving cars, they never cease to entertain. One feature that these films offer over the other films on this list is the sheer quantity of films in their library.

The “Mad Max” Franchise

This quartet of films is not only an ode to the Pursuit Special, last of the V8 Interceptors but, at least regarding the subsequent films that have gone completely post-apocalyptic, to the culture of car modifications. There’s also something to savor in a setting that gives people the freedom of going off-road at high speeds, just so long as they have the “guzzoline” to keep them moving.

Back to the Future I-III

While Max Max’s Pursuit Special is certainly a well-regarded vehicle, the Back to the Future franchise is arguably the single-greatest source of promotion for the gullwing-doored DeLorean DMC-12. Sure, this franchise is a film classic for fans of the 1980s and time travel theorizing, but the DeLorean is what most people think of when these movies come up in conversation.

 

While there are countless other offerings you may have thought of, this list is sure to provide a great viewing experience for anyone with a remote interest in cars, action or scifi. For more nerdy musings on films, comics, and more check out any one of my podcasts by clicking here.

 

A Nerdy Family Kinda Thing

(Image Courtesy of SimplyMac.com)

Having fun with the family doesn’t have to mean kids movies on repeat and endless trips to the community pool. Getting outdoors and having fun with your family is essential of course, but if you belong to a family of nerds, you may not always prefer stereotypical family-fun activities. Mix it up and with these fun, nerdy activity ideas.

Bake a Nerdy Treat Together

What is your favorite video game, nerdy movie, or book character? Try searching YouTube for a dessert tutorial inspired by your favorite series. There are quite a few creative, fun, and delicious baking idea videos on YouTube that will get your family excited to try a new recipe modeled after their favorite fandom character. Search for a Minecraft Creeper cake, Pikachu-inspired macarons, or Hufflepuff-themed cupcakes and make a list of recipes to bake with your family. You could even plan a themed party together with multiple recipes.

PC Gaming

Find a few age-appropriate games to play together as a family and reserve some time each week or month for playing a family-friendly game together. You can have a game account created for each family member and play together on separate computers, or you can choose to share one or more accounts as a family and take turns playing. Console games generally allow only two players to play together. With PC gaming, the entire family can log in and have fun together in-game simultaneously.

Tabletop Gaming

Games like Settlers of Catan and Dungeons and Dragons will quickly become weekly rituals if you have older children who are interested in role-playing games. Tabletop gaming is a creative alternative to video games and gamers tend to enjoy them, even if they are hesitant to start playing. Role-playing tabletop games allow players to take on the role of a hero they create and play in an imaginary, fantasy world. Props can be used, including models, cards, and objects. These kind of games are more verbally interactive than most video games are, so they make a great family bonding experience.

Nerf War

Grab some Nerf guns and have an epic battle! You can try this activity indoors or outdoors, with or without water involved. It’s nowhere near as messy as paintball and not even close to as painful as airsoft gun fights can be. Best of all, Nerf gun wars can include kids of all ages.
If your family is getting bored with the same old family activities, adding a few new ones into the routine can help re-create excitement around family nights. Each of these ideas will spark lengthy family conversations and foster stronger connections with your crew. For example, starting a tabletop gaming campaign with your family involves often involves creating characters, quests, and worlds with a lot of detail, which requires collaboration and a lot of talking. PC gaming will introduce your family to a new game world, full of challenges and objects that your family will be eager to discuss. Keep an open mind and encourage the rest of your family to come up with more suggestions for other nerdy things to do together.

Random Thoughts

I found myself thinking about my Father today, while I was on my way to my son’s Boy Scouts meeting. I think what started it was when I realized that Father’s Day is coming up. For a split second I thought about calling him.. Then the sad cold truth set in again…

I know it’s been it’s been almost three years since my Father passed away. But it really hasn’t felt like it, I still want to call him and telling him things. In that time there have been so many events that have changed everything about me as a person, as well as my life as a whole. Somethings have been hard to deal with, other’s needed to be done for the better. Good or bad, the choices I made are mine and I don’t regret them for one bit. It’s odd tho.. At this point in life things are going rather well, not perfect and that is fine. I don’t want perfect, I just want to live my life and have it drama free as possible. So far I think I’ve done a rather good job of that. Lilly (my oldest) is coming into her own. Finished ballet, reads all the time and over all super nerd. She has so much personality and a strong mind, it blows me away at times. I forgot she is 10 from time to time.

Jackson’s (my youngest) got into Boy Scouts earlier this year and is moving those the ranks fast. He loves it and draws all the time, he himself has become a mid-manner nerd as well. Everything from comics, Star Wars and Trek, Doctor Who, the list goes on and on. I took them both to Comic Con this year and I have to say that they were in their element. Even my personal life has been going rather well, I’ve been dating someone for almost a year now. Words are at a loss for me to explain to you on how happy I am. She is everything to me, and I’ve still in shock that she said yes to a date hahaha. Always thought that she might be out of my league. That is something else I wish I can share with my Dad.

I just wish my Father was still around, I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it really. I know it’s effective a lot of things I do, This blog for example, my art.. I just stand there and look blankly at the board, even the book I started writing. A lot of it has stop or just become rather lackluster. It’s not that I don’t want to do these things, I have the ideas and drive to do it. But once I start, I drift off and lose focus on everything. I know I want to change these things, but getting there is the hard part. Maybe I need to find another challenge like the Star Trek Book Challenge. I know I have a few Comic Con stories I need to finish. Plus a few updates on some pasted stories I’ve written.

Who know what the future will bring. I know I am looking forward to it.

Happy Father’s Day to the Dads out there!! Keep up the good work and keep everyone safe.

~Jason Roberts