Jul
2015

San Diego Comicon – July 2015

I love volunteering at Comicons. I NEVER thought I would be able to put my love of volunteering to use at San Diego Comicon. Well, the spousal unit (SU) and I lucked out! We got on the list – and showed up to work!

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We volunteered all 4 days of the con and the one day prior to the con. I put on 73+ miles on my Fitbit. :-) The convention center was only part of the location.

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The entire area surrounding the convention center had activities and fun stuff. I don’t think we saw ⅓ of it all. However, here is a bit that we did see:

ZOMBIES!!

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Cosplay

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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More famous people

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GREAT photo opportunities

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And – of course, like any good book nerd – GREAT comic books, authors and books:

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I am sooooo glad we had this opportunity! We are slated to do it again next year. I might be recuperated by then!

 

 

 

Jan
2014

Friday Funny = Wizard World Comicon

I like to volunteer at various events in the Pacific Northwest. I feel like I am giving to my community, but I am also enjoying the heck out of myself.

One of the venues where I like to volunteer is in the Comicon arena! I meet celebrities, I pay zero dollars, and I get to see what’s new and interesting in the worlds of sic-fi and fantasy (and much much more). But, mostly, I get to hang with some awesome people – none of whom are celebrities.

While we are volunteering, we are not allowed to take photos, but without the shirt, I’m ready to rock and roll.

So, today I am at Wizard World Comicon and not posting. Therefore, I offer you a few photos from last year:

This is the closest I will ever be to The Rock:

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And this is how close I WAS to Norman Reedus:

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See ya on the flip-side!

 

Nov
2013

Scholastic Warehouse Sale – December 2013

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I have worked the Scholastic Warehouse Sale in Portland for the last 5 years. I help at the large ones (summer and winter) – and occasionally the smaller ones (usually August).

It is a great way to purchase books for your classroom, your child’s bookshelves or, if you are like me, your own bookshelf. I will be working this one December 4 – 12, 2013. I won’t be at the Saturday sale days due to other obligations.

Oct
2013

Volunteering Season Continues

I like to volunteer as much as I can handle this time of year. There are a number of volunteer opportunities in Portland in October. This weekend, I was supposed to volunteer at Wordstock, but got sick and decided to stay home and recuperate. I’m bummed because Maggie Stiefvater was there at 5:00.

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Another favourite of mine, Bruce Hale, was introducing Clark the Shark to youngsters on one of the AM stages.

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However, I am saving my energy for the next 3 days of volunteering. I spend about 12-14 hours per day at a book trade show in Portland. It falls on the same weekend as Wordstock and I’ve been doing this one for 4 years now, so it take priority.

I get to meet some great people year after year.

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I was SUPER blonde back then. Not so much any more. This is one of the reps from  Scholastic, Kris. She is DIVINE!

A few of the authors I am looking forward to seeing are:

Ivan Doig

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Jane Kirkpatrick

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Brandon Sanderson

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Jeffrey Deaver (of Lincoln Rhyme fame)

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Marissa Meyer

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Roland Smith

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I know there will be some surprises for me regarding authors to see, but these are a few of the authors I want to connect with. Last year, I saw April Henry and (sigh – I forgot to get a photo) Sherman Alexi.

Additionally, I enjoy connecting with bookseller and book buyers each year from all over the Pacific Northwest. I see a lot of the same faces – and we razz each other each year. Good times.

Until later…

Sep
2013

The Walking Dead…Season 4

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Okay – not that I’m counting (yes, I am), but The Walking Dead starts in 24 nights! I love this show for a variety of reasons:

  • The characters are deep and relatable
  • The zombie piece is that … just a piece. It’s more about how everyday people work through a very bad situation
  • The acting is fantastic
  • The characters are appealing and I root for them
  • The bad guys are not caricatures of villains

I really would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be an extra on this show, but it’s filmed in Atlanta. Not exactly around the corner. But … a girl can dream.

I met two of the actors at one of the comic cons that I volunteered at last year: Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker (whom I have loved as an actor for years). Here’s a picture of me volunteering with Norman Reedus. I was “crowd control” -> I missed taking a picture of the woman who brought her service chicken. Reedus was very kind to her as she asked him to pet her chicken.

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This is the autographed photo of Michael Rooker that we got for our friends at Stanfords in Clackamas. They are all big The Walking Dead fans and they treat us very well, so we spoiled them a little bit. Michael Rooker was a very awesome and gracious guest.

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The next month, we went to Emerald City Comic Con and met Danai Gurira (Michonne):

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I’m really anxious for 24 days to go by… but they will soon enough.

Sep
2013

(Original) Battlestar Galactica Stars at Comic Cons 2012

Last year, my spousal unit and I went to Rose City Comic Con. And like most comic cons – this one was a blast. It was my first Rose City Comic Con and I got to see some great people. Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford the autographs and photos, but I got to learn the ropes.

One of my favourite shows growing up was Battlestar Galactica. Yes, I am THAT old! So, I was able to see two of the actors from the original show at two different comic cons.

At Rose City, I saw Richard Hatch (Apollo of original Battlestar Galactica and Tom Zarek of the new rendition). His entire presentation was about how he wants to bring back Battlestar Galactica (particularly his Apollo). He even had a video that he made (which was a little cheesy). And that has been his riff for a number of years. I just have to say, with respect, let it go man!

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Last year, at Emerald City  Comic Con – I met Starbuck (Dirk Benedict). THAT was an awesome experience. Very nice man. He commented on my glasses (Dolce and Gabbana) and how much he liked them on me. Sweetie bear. He was my very first MAJOR crush on an actor. I gotta say – I’m not over him. :-)

Funny thing – it was his 68th birthday that day (March 1). If I look that good at 58, I’ll be happy.

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This year, I am volunteering at Rose City  Comic Con. And it looks like I was assigned to Admissions. Look out people – I’m gonna see alllll of you!!

Peace out!

Sep
2013

Important Stuff – Shoes…

Okay kiddies! I am debating which of my new awesome shoes I should wear this weekend. The Henchmen shirts are long-sleeved red shirts (not brick red or Christmas red, but kinda blue-red, which sounds intriguing). So,

Number One? (bonus: HELLO KITTY!)

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Number Two? (bonus: villains on the left shoe, X-Men on the right shoe)

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One?

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Two?

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Option three, if you can’t decide:

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Sep
2013

Rose City ComiCon 2013

I am working the Rose City ComiCon this weekend. I’m not sure what my schedule will be, but I am REALLY excited to be a part of it. There will be photos and blogging A LOT starting Friday (if I’m not too exhausted).

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It is being held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. And it’s pretty inexpensive to get in ($30 for both days). Absolutely well worth it! I’ll be one of nearly 300 henchmen in red long-sleeved shirts. Look for me.

I am really excited to meet Avery Brooks

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and Christopher Judge

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Look for more throughout the week.

 

Oct
2010

PNBA – Days Two and Three

The last two days of PNBA were a whirlwind. I did a variety of tasks: registration desk, author signings, breakfast with the authors, and door. But on each day, I ended up doing “Library/Breakdown” which is always awesome.

A quick introduction, too. This is Lana (I’m in the orange beside her). She introduced me to PNBA after we volunteered at Willamette Writers last year. THANK YOU, LANA! This is a great experience for me.

So, Day Two was business as usual. I met a few people. I hung out with friends I hadn’t seen in a while. And I was present at the author’s breakfast. There were 4 authors: two adult titles and two children’s/YA titles. I was lucky to get a copy of David Wiesner’s Art & Max, which is a children’s book:

David Wiesner is a three-time Caldecott winner (Flotsam is delish). He signed his newest book, Art & Max, which is a gem! The art is beautiful and the story is both amusing and profound. His presentation was wonderful!

And on Day Three, I came away with a few prizes, which I love.

Vladimir Tod is a series of YA books that I just got into – and I am enjoying them immensely. The first is Eighth Grade Bites. I’m sure you get the idea! On the last day, as people were packing up, I got a free bag.

The last goodie was a real surprise. A book representative was offering t-shirts from a book called Chicken Big. On the last day, as I was cleaning up, she handed me one and I said “thank you.” I wasn’t quite sure what I was thanking her for. Check out this shirt:

It’s a story about a “critter” who emerges from an egg and all the other barnyard animals wonder “what is it?” Delightful story. It’s a little huge for me, but I’m wearing the shirt to work today.

Next year? ABSOLUTELY! The volunteer coordinator is going to give me additional duties next year. I had a ball again! Thanks to Ben for helping me understand the author signing routine, to “the sisters” for helping me learn the ins and outs, to Larry and Karen for giving me the right amount of responsibility at the registration desk, and to Lana for introducing me to this event.

Oct
2010

PNBA – Day One

Again, I am volunteering at the PNBA Trade Show. PNBA = Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. I had a complete ball last year so I was invited back to volunteer all three days.

Last night, I was a part of the Author Night Capper. About 20 – 30 authors from all over the Pacific Northwest (mostly) participated. Books varied from non-fiction to cookbooks to adult fiction to children’s books.

And – once again – I was honoured to be seated with a fantastic author: Ron Lovell.

Ron is a former Journalism professor at OSU who retired a while ago. Now, he writes a mystery series with a professor as the protagonist: Thomas Martindale! The book he brought with him last night is the 8th in the series, Murder in E-Flat Major, which was released last July.

As I sat with Ron, he regaled me with funny stories about some of his signings – and offered fantastic advice for when I’m sitting on that side of the table autographing my books. ☺ And it was neat to see book buyers and booksellers talk to him about his series. Some were fakey-fake, but most were genuine and pleased that he has a new book out. Some just wanted books for their Christmas list, I’m sure. Giggle.

So, I’m about 1/3 of the way through the book – and it’s wonderful. The cover is absolutely gorgeous (as you can see from the picture) and each chapter number is enveloped in a cello. His details are spot-on without being overwhelming and his characters are intelligent, interesting, and very human. The Pacific Northwest comes alive in his books as it takes place (mostly) on the Oregon coast: Newport, Yaquina Bay, and Drift Creek Falls. I will offer a full review at a later date.

So, today, I head back this afternoon. I’m working ½ day today doing registration and clean-up so that we can be ready for Saturday. I’m working the entire day on Saturday: 7:30 to about 3:00.

Busy! Busy! But I love it!