LADIESCON 2018!


2018-02-22
Our annual FREE Convention is Saturday, September 22 from 11am to 5pm at the Armory in Somerville.

Get all the details on our LadiesCon website.

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LadiesCon 2018 – Plan Your Day

Ladiescon logoIn just a few days it will be time for LadiesCon 2018. If you are reading this we hope to see you there. If you aren’t familiar with LadiesCon, here’s the main scoop.

LadiesCon is a one-day celebration of women of all kinds and their work in comic books, science fiction, fantasy, cosplay, and many other realms of pop culture. This Con is for everyone, with a focus on creators who identify as women, non-binary, LGBTQ, and people of color, plus local artists. Our goal is to shift the ratios that you usually see at comic cons.  And perhaps the most important thing, admission is free!

We work hard all year fundraising to make LC free because 1. we don’t want admission cost to be a deterrent, and 2. we want you to come spend your hard earned money on our amazing vendors and guests. We also couldn’t do this without help from our sponsors, Rockland Trust, Candlewick Press, and of course, Comicazi.

So – planning your day. The Con is located at The Armory in Somerville MA, and starts at 11am. That is, unless you go for an early access VIP entry ticket. Early Access starts at 10am. You get some breakfast, a swag bag, and less crowded access to vendors, guests, and the ’66 Batmobile. It also is a helpful part of our fundraising efforts, with 100% of the ticket price going right into LadiesCon 2019.

OK – you have arrived at the Con. Stop at the Welcome table in the lobby and say hi, then continue on to the Con floor. Pause a moment and take it in, there is a lot to see both upstairs and down (there is both an elevator and stairs to get to the balcony area). Visit creators at their tables and enjoy their work, chat with them if you are comfortable doing so, and if something really strikes your fancy, make a purchase. Supporting creators is the best way to make your voice heard about what you want in the industry. Pro-tip: not all vendors take cards so bring some cash if you are able. There are ATMs down the road.

Our special guests are easy to find (everything is pretty easy to find since we are a one room con). Stop by and see Marjorie Liu – Eisner and Hugo award winner and author of Monstress, winner of two Einser awards and artist on Squirrel Girl Erica Henderson, Kristen Gudsnuk – creator of Henchgirl and the graphic novel Making Friends, Ming Doylewriter and artist on Constantine and artist for DC Comics upcoming Anatomy of a Metahuman. Just added: Jason Badower. His covers for DC Comics include: The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Captain Atom, Gotham City Garage and Krypton. Jason also wrote a Wonder Woman story that featured her officiating a gay wedding.

As if all that wasn’t enough, we also have panels happening both  upstairs and down. Info can be found on the LC website panel page, and here’s a schedule to help you plan:

We hope to see you in LadiesCon 2018. We do this for you and need your support to keep doing it. Let’s make an amazing day for each other!

Red Menace Reading Recommendations – Spooky Fall Fairytales

Before I dive into this topic, I just need to ask – who’s excited for LadiesCon 2018? It’s just a week and a half away and we are so excited for the show we’ve put together for you this year. Besides the incredible guests and talented vendors, I’m particularly excited for the panel line up that we have this year. We’ve got some fascinating people talking about a wide variety of topics at the intersections of feminism, body positivity, and fandom, and I just hope I get a chance to hear some of them! We also still have a few tickets for our early access breakfast left! While the con itself is free, we sell these tickets as an opportunity for those who can afford it to help KEEP it free for those who can’t, and the benefits are great – a chance to meet our guests with only a few other folks in the room, first crack at all of the vendors, a bag full of awesome gifts, and breakfast!
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End of Summer Reading

While many of us are currently finding ourselves staring Fall in the face as we start school, enjoy our last beach day, or prepare for Ladies Con, it’s hard to remember that summer is technically not over yet.  Well, at least it isn’t over officially until September 23rd, the first day of Fall. So until that time, there might be those of you out there holding onto summer with everything they have – and I’m here to help you with that. I have three get reading suggestions that will not only help you remember how the warm summer sun feels, but also how it can make you feel like no other season can.

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Love in the Time of Giant Robots: Transformers and My Marriage

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My husband and I just celebrated our twelfth wedding anniversary. It marks a little over half of the full time we’ve been together. Our relationship has a lot of the same qualities I see in other happy, committed couples: respect, trust, affection, and a desire to continue growing and improving together. But we also have our share of unique elements in our relationship. One of these is a shared appreciation for transforming robots.

Transformers, the well-known transforming robot toys, and the media surrounding them have been a constant in my relationship with my husband. Weird as it may seem, the toys and shows have had a role in our courtship and marriage. Here are a few of the highlights.

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Convention Season Survival Guide

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The Crowd at NerdCon in Boston in 2017.

      We are in the middle of convention season and with LadiesCon around the corner we thought that we would share some great conventioning tips that we have learned over the years and help you prepare for successful conventioning. Here are our top fifteen tips to help everyone enjoy conventions.
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Netflix review: GLOW Season 2

Last year I reviewed GLOW season 1, so natural next step: review GLOW season 2. This review will contain spoilers, so if you haven’t watched season 2 yet and you care about that sort of thing, come back and read this later. The 30 minute episodes make GLOW super bingeable so it’s pretty easy to cruise though the entire second season.

GLOW season 2 picks up with the ladies returning to work, trying to exhibit a little more ownership over their roles. For Ruth and Debbie this means trying to take on new roles on the other side of the camera, and for the other women, it’s exploring their characters and relationships more. As I mentioned in my season 1 review, it’s the side characters of GLOW who really hold my heart. And while the incredibly complex relationship between Debbie and Ruth continues to be a central-ish plot point, each of the other ladies (and Bash) also get their chance to shine. They are no longer “the one who dresses as a wolf” or “the British woman.” Instead we get a deeper look at these women in terms of what drives, motivates, and in some cases, transforms them.

This is important not just in terms of giving the diverse cast opportunities, but because for me, the relationship between Debbie and Ruth doesn’t have much of an arc and therefore, neither do their characters. At best, you watch them go from friends to enemies to begrudging co-workers, neither overly likable, despite the fact that outside the ring Ruth is often set up as hero of sorts whereas Debbie remains aloof and purposely removed, at times casting herself as a villain. These roles being the opposite of their wresting characters still isn’t really interesting enough to make up for the fact that Debbie and Ruth seem more like the anchors for the ensemble than anything else. More than anything, they provide a static touch point rather than any dynamic catalyst.

Another focus of this season is how these women operate in the space that has now been made for them. In season 1 we see them fighting for their place, trying to get a foot in the door, even if that means playing up to 80’s stereotypes of race and gender. In season 2 you get the sense that now that there is a bit more stability in their wrestling shows (they have fans and everything), many of the characters are exploring that space and are trying to take ownership of it. One of the more interesting arcs is Beirut’s. While she accepted her character in the beginning, her real desire is to shed the guise of a terrorist and rise again as her truer self, a phoenix. This, in parallel with the exploration of her sexuality make her character the one who has perhaps gone through the most transformation.

It’s so rare to get a show with such a large female ensemble cast, let alone one where the focus is on the internal relationships of the character themselves, rather than an outside male influence. As much fun as watching the evolution of the wrestling was, what really held my heart in GLOW was watching the evolution of the friendships and the formation of the family.

San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Highlights

San Diego Comic-Con, as most of you probably know, is the pinnacle of pop culture conventions, one of the largest shows of its kind in the entire world. To be perfectly frank, I’d long thought of such an event as terrifying – too many people, all jostling to look at celebrities and learn about the latest movies and video games. Sure, comics are right in the title, but it’s become so focused on pop culture as a whole – would there really be anything there for me?
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The Real Christopher Robin

This Friday (Aug 3, 2018) marks the release of Walt Disney Picture’s Christopher Robin – a fictional tale about the adult Christopher Robin rediscovering his imagination.

While the film looks pretty adorable (assuming you’re a fan of Pooh and the gang), it’s actually kinda strange when you take into account that Milne, the creator and author of the original Winnie-the-Pooh books, based the character of Christopher Robin on his own son. That’s right, Christopher Robin was indeed a real person.

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The Ladies Podcast – The Scumbag Who Was Right In Front of Him

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This month, we’re talking about tropes! What is a trope? What makes them so effective that they keep popping up again and again? Which tropes do we love? Which ones do we actively seek out?

We’ll be adding a few links to examples of our favorite tropes soon.

Check out previous episodes and subscribe to the podcast on our podcast page.