I had a great con this year.
I managed to snag a hotel room. Worked my butt oft. Bought stuff and saw tons of art. I even managed to hang out with some friends.
I already posted a book review for one of the books I bought, Serenity Rose – 10 Awkward Years by Aaron Alexovich. Now comes the rest of the stuff I acquired.
I purchased a collection of comics published by IDW. Edward Scissorhands drawn by Drew Rausch, written by Kate Leth. This new Edward Scissorhands series takes place many years after the movie. I blew through the 5 comic books available and feel like I will be purchasing them as they come out. They are pretty interesting.
On a visit the the neglected “6th floor” I got a gorgeous print of a lady playing a cello from Sasha Yoss. You can see her work at www.sashayoss.com. This is the only thing that might trump Serenity Rose for the coolest thing I got. I also snached up a Princess Mononoke print and “the Sires of Time” comic by J.M. Dragunas. His site is www.dragunasmonster.com. I have not read the comic just yet. The art is very detailed and it looks interesting.
The 6th floor also introduced me to Martha Hull and her work. I purchased her two books. “Death’s Daughter & the Basket of Kittens” and “Untimely Death Alphabet.” Both were very entertaining to look at, despite the morbid topics. Her work can be seen at www.marthahull.com.
The last things I acquired are not going to be used for their intended purposes. One is a writers guide to the history of fictitious creatures such witches, faeries and vampires. The other is a horror writers workbook, both by Ty Hulse. More items I have not looked at much. I plan on using the books for ideas.
My art has turned a bit dark lately, us artists go through phases. Dark and creepy things interested me this year. Last year not much was interesting ( I was broke anyway) and the year before that I got a bunch of cute stuff.
My illustration today is a self portrait based off a selfie. I really enjoyed having green hair. I am also going to be drawing more people in preparation for a painting/illustration that I will be starting shortly.
What will I draw tomorrow?
Many of us bloggers are looking back over our years. Some of us will focus on the things we failed to complete, others will just review key events and the rest will summarize the successes.
I will be celebrating my successes.
1. Completed 2 of 3 “Year of 300” goals.
- approx 450 hours of “fine art” including 6 paintings and 4 computer graphics
- approx 400 hours of exercise. Most of this is walking to and from work. My Dr. says I am surprisingly fit for someone of my weight/height ratio.
- approx 150 hours of web dev. Just could not sit in front of a computer more than I do at work, and the few projects I did get done on the computer.
2. I got out and did stuff.
- I worked ECCC 2014, all four days. I discovered that I need to take a day off AFTER the event
- I worked PAX Prime 2014, all four days. Took the day after off, even though I did not feel as tired as usual. I am still undecided if I want to work it next year.
- I went to JetCity Comic Con as an Attendee! My first con as an attendee. It was really nice to just mill around and look at stuff. I got to see some really cool art and talk lots of interesting people.
- I helped a teeny bit with Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show. I created some flyers for a new section.
- I did my best to get out and walk around and take photos and “see” my surroundings.
3. Stayed at home and did stuff.
- Hosted a 72hour game-a-thon at my house. Cooked food and everything. It was fun even though there was not much turn out.
- Painting, Painting, Painting.
- World of Warcraft, the little bit of time I felt like sitting in front of a computer.
- READ!! I started and completed quite a few books. Not all of them were awesome. I have some that are difficult reads and I am still working on them.
- Started an Instagram account (bycarissac if you want to follow me.) I have learned that it is very important to tag your posts, hashtag this and hashtag that. I like Instagram better than Twitter though. Images are more important to me than snippets of words.
- Started an online portfolio, web design tutorial (I’m stuck on content right now) and a drawing tutorial (also stuck on content.)
I think that sums up most of the stuff.
Next year will be pretty awesome too.
PAX Prime 2014 has descended upon Seattle, and I am working it. (Table Top if you want to stop by and say ‘Hi.’)
People freak me out, and not always in a good way. Yes, nerds and geeks are still people. Even though I have more in common with the type of people that attend PAX and ECCC they still freak me out.
I hate small talk, and therefore suck at it. I constantly say inappropriate things, or have no clue how to respond, and it only gets worse if I do not know what to expect or “something” is not going to plan. This year my unplanned “something” is that I was not able to go up the day before and get my enforcer badge and shirts. This sucks!!!
All I can hope is that my spouse remembered to ask where to get them tomorrow. Yeah, I do not like relying on people either. People mess up perfectly good plans on a regular basis.
So, why do I keep doing this to myself?
Well, I enjoy it once everything starts. Even the guys who will not look at me because I am a “girl with boobs” (this is way stranger to me than getting hit on.) I like to see what people wear, who they bring, and listening to what they talk about. It is really neat.
I also never got to do this kind of stuff as a kid. I kind of missed out on the crazy parties and general weirdness that people experience in their late teens and early twenties. I get to snatch bits of fun in my thirties instead. Not a bad trade, I am old enough to value the experiences.
How do I get through it?
I have a lot of experience with customer service. Once things get rolling I can become what the attendees expect in an Enforcer at PAX.
It is about to get girly for a bit.
I do not usually wear makeup. I dislike how it feels and it takes a bit of time and maintenance, which I find annoying. I am also super sensitive to mascara and eye liner and can only use a few types (more work.) The bonus of makeup is that it is a mask, you can look like and become someone else. We do not call it “war paint” for nothing.
I like to dress up for events and allow other sides of my personality out, though it can be tiring. This year at PAX I will have purple hair with blue stripes (well the front 1/4 will.) I will also be busting out the colorful eye shadows and lip gloss (ooo lala.) Stuff I do not get to do on a daily basis.
Once my warpaint is on and I am caffeinated (Chai latte please,) you will never know that I was nervous and that people freak me out.
Have fun this weekend!
Some of me will.
FYI, I use Espionage Cosmetics. They are a local company and have a great product. I will be wearing the Gamer Girl color set and circuit board nail wraps (ran out of the d20’s.) If any of you people out there are looking for some good stuff. It is very vibrant and hangs out for a really long time. I am pretty sure they have a booth.
Wait, when did that happen?
What is a Nerd? Well, since I married a Geek, I have a pretty good definition, supplied by said geek. Nerds are passionate about a small group of things and are quite often introverted. Geeks are passionate about lots of things and are often extroverted.
There is such a bad stigma on the word, Nerd. It is almost as bad as calling someone a jock, slut, jerk or loser. This is a case of stereotyping and judging a large group of people on a smaller, but more prominent, subgroup. I am not a “pale kid,” dungeon dweller, egg head or anything like that. Not many people are. Yet that is what we envision when we hear the words nerd or geek.
I did not really consider myself a nerd or geek until recently. It is my spouses fault really. He is a huge geek, self admitted. Dungeon’s and Dragons, Magic the Gathering, console games, PC games, history, cars, guns and law; they all seem to fascinate him and he knows a lot about a lot. I think that my narrower scope of interests, art, RPG style computer/console games, web design, books and, the coup-de-gras, I like to be at home, has let him dub me a nerd. Much of these were not even a huge interest until I met him and let him get me involved in things like PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) or ECCC(Emerald City Comic Con.)
I was not always a “nerd” though, I think I have always been a bit on the geeky side. I like books, so sue me. I think the nerdy trend happened in my teen years. I live in the middle of nowhere. No TV, no radio, nothing but fish, books, and video games. Isolation in those important years altered my personality and kept me from being a cheerleader (for which I am happy about.)
I ran through the small local library first. I even read the self-help and how-to books. Then I got to work on some video games. The first one I remember liking (enough to remember its name even) was Crusaders of the Dark Savant. It was hard and had pretty good graphics. The first video game I purchased (almost all on my own) was Final Fantasy VII ($90 CAN.) I had loved FFIV so much I wanted to buy one of the games (both are on my top 5 list of fave video games.)
You will notice that there is no mention of board games or card games. I am not that lucky or skilled to play these and win a fraction of the time. I avoid these due to the low chance of wining, losing all the time is not fun, nor is it educational. I remember I once won Monopoly, that was over 15 years ago. I gloated for a whole day.
I have to say that I love the Nerd/Geek culture. The intelligent and inside jokes, silly actives and the wide variety of skills members have. There is even a really significant female subculture within. I get to be a geek girl and do the things that I wanted to do as a teenager. Colors in my hair and googlie eyes on my nails. Being a Nerd is not all bad 😉