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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!

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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.

Games To Travel With

Hello, darlings! Summer is soon to arrive, and that usually means a lot of travel and vacations. I know a lot of you are asking, “But, Meepleine, when I get to my destination, it can sometimes be a little boring.” And so, I give you this little  list of little games that you can throw in a bag and take with you (virtually) anywhere! (I’m writing this post on my lonesome because Lady Diceacorn is currently packing to move to her new house! She’ll do a post later on about how to effectively pack your games. Last count, she was on 30+ boxes of just games.) Continue reading

The Ladies Podcast – It’s All About Love

The Ladies Podcast is back with a brand new episode! This month, we’re taking on love – with a twist. We’re sharing a few of the things that we love to hate – favorite ranting topics – or hate to love – the guilty pleasures.

Smalerie discusses the musical version of The Phantom of the Opera and its less than stellar sequel.

Cartoon Sara dishes on the much loathed episode of the original Star Trek that she can’t help but enjoy.

Check out our previous episodes on our Podcast page.

Selections from the Geek Dictionary

There are all sorts of words and phrases from pop culture that have crossed over into the wider vernacular. Some are extremely well known. Others are less so, but still incredibly fun and useful once you know them. These are a few of my favorites.

Watsonian and Doylist

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“Elementary, my dear Watson…Doyle…whichever one you are.” (Source: Wikipedia)

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Definition: From the perspective of a person in a fictional world (Watsonian) or from the perspective of an author or reader (Doylist). Useful in discussion of a fiction to clarify if you are talking about “in universe” explanations for something that happened or the “behind the scenes” version of events.

Etymology: The terms have their origins in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories and refer to the two different people who could be said to have authored those works. Dr. John Watson is a fictional character in the same world as Holmes. To him, Holmes is a real person capable of acting and thinking on his own. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a real author who sees Holmes as a fictional character whose actions are dictated by a writer and the outside pressures that influence the writer.

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Boston Comic Con: Food and Fandom with the Ladies of Comicazi

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If you’ve enjoyed dining on delicious snacks at our events, thrilled to our tales of the super hero cookbooks of yore, or enjoyed any of our posts on how geekiness makes its way into the kitchen, you’ll want to check out our Food and Fandom panel at Boston ComicConJoin us tomorrow, August 14 at 1PM as we discuss how we and other fans have brought the fiction we love to the dining table.

Bonus Post: Disney Highlights

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Town Hall and pretty much the whole park get gussied up for Halloween. Did I ever mention how much I love bunting?

 

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Victorian Pumpkin Lady loves you “this much!”

 

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Anything with an angry Donald on it makes me happy. Therefore, all of Micky’s Philharmagic makes me happy.

 

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Cartoon Sara provided me with a list of acceptable names for this thing. They include Spaceship Earth, and That Giant Golf Ball Thing, but NOT Mission Space or Disney’s Death Star.

 

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Oh man, you should have seen all the faces and people pushing their dishes away when Chef Gibb explained what Haggis was. Priceless!

 

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Nom, and I don’t even care for Sea Marshmallows, um, I mean scallops…

 

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I have tried many times to get a good pic of this Fiji Mermaid carving outside of Voyage of the Little Mermaid. I think he wants to kiss, but I am not ready for that level of commitment.

Muppet Trivia FAQ Starring Q and A

As you may have noticed if you’ve been keeping up with the blog or following the Ladies on social media, Muppet Trivia is almost here! But perhaps you have unanswered questions about Muppet Trivia. Maybe there are things you need to know before you decide to join us for an amazing night of Muppet themed fun. Maybe you’re afraid to ask (though I assure you, we’re all very approachable).

Well never fear! We’ve got the answers to all your Muppet Trivia questions and we’ve brought in two very special guests to bring them to you. You know them, you see them every day, and we’re pretty sure they’re two of your twenty-six most favorite letters of the alphabet. Let’s hear it for Q and A!

The letter Q and the letter A

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