Monroe Comic Con Recap

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Although I was unable to attend Monroe Comic Con as an artist this year, I had a blast hanging out and enjoying cosplay for the first time.  I’ve put together some pretty decent costumes before but nothing specifically worn at a non-Halloween related event.  Some of the past costumes I’ve done were the Charlieze Theron version of Aeon Flux (which is the closest to cosplay I’ve gotten, something I blogged and obsessed about but wore to the NYC Halloween parade), Baroness from GI Joe (a nice one for ladies with glasses), Edgar Allen Poe (for which I won best costume at a Halloween party, and it cost me $2.00 to put together), and Link from The Legend of Zelda.

For my first official cosplay put together especially for Monroe Comic Con, I was Zatanna Zatara, from the wonderful universe of DC Comics.  I was introduced to her through playing copious amounts of DC Universe Online. I wanted to do a version that was more modest and comfortable as inspired by this rendition of Zatanna. Unfortunately, I was unable to stay until the end of the con for the cosplay contest but ran around for long enough to take pictures, get some autographs, shop, and appear in a couple of videos.

I got to meet cosplay artist and model, Alloy Ash, and thank her for inspiring me to try cosplaying for reals. I saw her give a talk at Motor City Comic Con back in May and her words really gave me the confidence to just have fun despite my lack of sewing skills or funds for the hobby. Cosplay is for everyone!

I also got to meet the Red Power Ranger “Rocky”, Steve Cardenas. He was part of the original series as well as the 1995 Power Ranger movie for which I have the puffy VHS copy of – now signed! He couldn’t have been more patient with our lack of camera phone technology skills, and I got to hold his helmet!!!

Dr. Fate was my boyfriend, so I can say we were probably the most magical couple in attendance!

Monroe Comic Con was awesome and well put together by Gary Pillette and family. You really got the sense that the show was a family affair and supported by the community. It had an economical cover fee of $5.00, so your money could go towards other fun things like comics, games, autographs, artwork, etc.

I appear at the end of this episode of Comics Continuum, meeting the Red Ranger at the 22 minute mark!

Check out all the cosplay and me in the opening shot of this video:

In other news, as of today I am pleased to announce that my application to be an exhibitor at the first ever comic book convention highlighting the talents of lady comic book creators was accepted by Comique Con! It is an honor to be a part of such an amazing event and also my first book signing of 2015. I will have the opportunity to premiere some the merchandise displaying my original fan art that I’ve been getting set up to be in the online store. It is quite possible that preparations and promotions for the con will push back the release date of Skin of the Night. In a perfect world I would have it ready for the show, but I’d rather enjoy the process and do a good job on it! I will keep you posted on my progress and further details of Comique Con.

And The Winner Is…

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The stress ball contest has ended and I have my winner. Because there wouldn’t have been a contest without the help of my two participants, they both will have a reserved signed copy of Skin of the Night shipped to them upon publication.

stress ball contest winner

The giveaway was in celebration of my first published book turning one year old. The sequel will be coming out around Halloween. You may purchase book one, Blood & Alcohol, at amazon and look forward to more giveaways after book two, Skin of the Night, is published.

SR 1 banner createspace n amazon

Progress on Skin of the Night is happening. I’m about halfway through the number of drawings I was shooting for with this book.  The writing was completed earlier this year and will be ready to go to beta readers with drawings around mid-October. I am truly grateful that one of my fabulous editors from my last book has signed on to do this one too. Of course I picked my most favorite time of year, Halloween/fall, for the final push to get my book out. There is so much going on right now, it’s been challenging making time for everything and staying balanced and not burning out.

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In other news, there seems to be some movement on the Mini PI tank top that I ordered back on July 1st and got lost in the mail. The design was ultimately intended to be included in my product line of geeky fan art in The Sick Shoppe, the online store I created to sell The Sick Rose merchandise and am expanding to include other items featuring my original artwork and signed copies of my books. Fingers crossed that I finally get the tank one day, you know, before winter, but I’ve already decided it’s probably best to go through another company. I will be devoting more time to reopening the store after Skin of the Night comes out.

tank top

This weekend I will be hanging out at Monroe Comic Con as Zatanna and meeting the Red Ranger and whatnot. Geeky shenanigans to ensue.