Written by Shae

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Shortly after my last blog went up, SLCC made another announcement of the celebrity guest kind. I was dead asleep this morning (as I am a vampire) when Mattie came bounding into my room to excitedly, and loudly, tell me that The Winter Soldier himself, Sebastian Stan, is going to be attending the very con we are going to at the end of this month. 

Now, there are a few things here that everyone should probably know, 1. Mattie liked this particular actor first, 2. she totally got me hooked. There are few crushes I have in this world, and needless to say, he is my kryptonite. While I was already excited for the list of guests this con had, I am now torn. 

This is a dream con in a lot of ways when it comes to guests. There's people from Firefly, Doctor Who, Arrow, and now Two Avengers. It's hard to choose which celebrity photos and autographs to get. Personally, I am kind of shocked that Sebastian is going to be there, and just a little lost. Like, how is this even my life? I'm not one to have shy moments, so this is completely throwing me off. Which, again, rarely happens. It's a double edged sword. While i'm really happy and excited, I'm also nervous. Me? Nervous? I swear it happens from time to time.

Needless to say, I am rather thrilled to have this opportunity. I just need to work up the courage to actually get a autograph. SLCC managed to bring in a celebrity that I was not expecting and can actually geek out about, just don't let Mattie or John know. I do have a reputation to protect here. With that being said, I suppose its time to start getting my head back into con mode. If I was a bit more with it I would have started working on my own Winter Soldier cosplay by now....butttttt life happens. With just a few weeks away, I might actually convince myself to not be nervous.

 
 
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It is official, I'm going to Salt Lake Comic Con! All right, it's been official for a while now, but I was on the fence about going. Mostly due to some personal life issues. However, Mattie excitedly talked me into going, and we all know I can't say no to her. The ever growing lists of guests had me buying my ticket first thing Monday morning. The excitement is almost unbearable. 

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a total lack of patience. This is no different, and I want SLCC to be here now. Sadly, there will be no cosplay this con. While I could pull up an old one, I'd rather just go and enjoy the con as is. My last out of state con was Dragon Con a few years ago, so I'm a bit out of practice when it comes to traveling to cons. Thankfully this one is close to home.

Mattie has given her list of celebs that she is excited to meet and I have to agree with her on all of them. There has been the addition of the Doctor's Latest Companion with Jenna-Louise Coleman, and of course who doesn't want to meet Captain America? I can't even wrap my head around the number of guests attending this convention. I guess it's time to start budgeting out for autographs and photos. Thankfully the pricing is available online, otherwise I would be a little worried. Passes, of course are still for sale on the site, and if available. At the door. Get them quick.

Let's be honest, though, we all know I'll be hanging out in the dealer's room for the majority of the con. It's just what a Shae does. After all, I have to find the coolest geeky gift things for you guys, not to mention my own need for shiny things. Funko will be there, and you know what that means? POP! figures. If those things could literally be any cuter I might just fall over and never get up. Seriously, they keep coming out with more and more POP's. With their various brands and even con exclusives, I guarantee there is a POP for everyone. And I mean, everyone. 

Every single one of our close friends can expect at least one POP! from either Mattie or myself as birthday or Christmas gifts. That's even extended to our non-nerdy families. Yes, my family, while quietly somewhat nerdy, has come to love the POP! just as much as I do. Which is impossible. But, it happens. I plan on expanding my collection from SLCC, especially since Mattie still has more than I do....which is not okay at all. Stay tuned as we bring you guys updates, live tweets, and of course my obnoxious commentary, as well as even a podcast, maybe. And, more blogs. Always, more blogs and I will see all of you at Salt Lake Comic Con! 

 
 

Written by Mattie

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More and more, Salt Lake Comic Con keeps adding new guests to their line up for the 2015 convention. Some of these guests include those who have been in major motion pictures that have become cult classics.

Two of these actors, James and Oliver Phelps were in all eight Harry Potter movies. They played the double trouble redheaded Weasley twins, George and Fred. Together they stirred up trouble and mayhem for the residents of Hogwarts. Both James and Oliver will be attending Salt Lake Comic Con at the end of this month. 


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However, if you’re a fan of the J.R.R. Tolkien universe in The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, and have watched the movies, you may be interested in Sean Astin. He played the loveable hobbit, Samwise Gamgee who was always looking forward to a meal. He assisted Frodo Baggins to destroy the one ring to rule them all.

However Sean Astin has been in so many other things. He was Mikey in the cult classic, The Goonies. He played Rudy in Rudy, he was the hysterical ‘roided out brother in 50 First Dates and is currently the voice of Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sean Astin is a jack of all trades.

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On top of having a hobbit coming to SLCC, they will also be having a dwarf attending as well. Dean O’Gorman aka Fili from The Hobbit will be making his journey to Utah. He was also in the Almighty Johnsons TV Series as Anders Johnson.

These are some of the awesome movie stars that brought your favorite characters from your favorite books to life on the big screen and all four of these actors will be at Salt Lake Comic Con. Can’t wait to see them there.

 
 

Written by Mattie

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Now, I have to admit that there is one guest above all other guests that I am excited for when it comes to Salt Lake Comic Con. This guest, I have had a crush on since 2005 and am completely excited for getting an autograph from him, which I was lucky to get. This awesome guest is none other than Captain America himself, Chris Evans.

Unfortunately, when the tickets went live for it…I tried to get the photo op, which just happened to sell out within four minutes and I didn’t get one even though I tried my hardest to. Yet, thankfully I was able to get an autograph. Still get to meet him. Maybe ask for a hug.

Anyways, I first fell for Chris Evans and his adorable smirk when he appeared in Fantastic 4 where he played Johnny Storm back in 2005. Even though the movie was very cheesy, he was amazing. Then again, my favorite part was him discovering he had fire abilities at the retreat. He reprised this role in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

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He was also in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World where he played the skater/ movie star Lucas Lee. “The first click you hear is gonna be me hanging up. The second is me pulling the trigger” is probably my favorite quote of Lucas Lee’s. Okay, it's the deep voice he does it in, because that's not that deep of a quote. Lucas Lee is the ultimate skater bad ass that bursts into a million little coins because he bailed off the rail. He made me laugh and swoon at the same time. “The only thing separating me from her is the two minutes it’s gonna take to kick your ass.” I love that movie. So awesome.

On top of that, he was in my favorite movie, The Losers where he played Jensen. Jensen is the quick thinking techy geek, who like his comrades was blackmailed, betrayed and presumed dead. However, he’s hilarious throughout the movie and even though he’s a tech…he still kicks butt. One of his quotes was, “That’s right bitches, I got a crossbow!” It’s truly my favorite movie. Every time I hear Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing, I think of his rendition of it and I dance to it like how he did in the movie. “So…you, uh ladies liking the angle of the dangle?”

I also have to admit that I loved him in Snowpiercer. It was a post-apocalyptic movie where Earth had frozen over and the only people left alive on the planet are stuck on a train that travels around the world. This train though, see those at the back of it live a terrible life where at first they were starved and now live at the mercy at those at the front of the train. However, that’s when Curtis (Chris Evans) leads a group to the front of the train to try to bring equality for all. It was a tough movie, but in the end…I liked it. It was definitely one that made you think.

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However, Chris Evans is best known for being Captain America in the Marvel movies. From Captain America: The First Avenger to The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron to finally next year when Captain America: Civil War comes out, he is known as a simple kid from Brooklyn that was made into a superhero and scolds Tony Stark every now and then. I have to admit, I didn’t like the Captain America character until Chris Evans took over the role. He has beyond excelled at this role, and I will be sad to see Captain America go when the time comes.

So in all…this may have been a complete fan girl blog about this amazing actor. In all of his movies, he has made me laugh and cry. I even have to admit that I have watched What’s Your Number? with him and Anna Faris and I enjoyed it. To be fair it was hysterical and cute at the same time.

So, to have the chance to be able to meet this amazing actor is definitely going to be a memory I will hold near and dear forever. I hope I can get a picture, or that they would be at least selling a picture with him at the table. That’s all I can dream about. I really can’t wait. Salt Lake Comic Con is going to be amazing. 

 
 

Written by Mattie

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Salt Lake Comic Con has so many great and wonderful guests attending the convention this year. As some of you know, Shae and I are fans of Once Upon a Time and watch it religiously, I usually have to catch it the next day on demand, but we never miss it. As it turns out, at this year’s SLCC, there are several guests from OUAT who will be in attendance.

For starters, Kristin Bauer will be there. She plays Maleficent, the dragon shape shifting enchantress who ends up befriending the heroes in order to find her daughter that was stolen from her at the fault of the heroes. Who knows what’s going to happen this next season when Emma is running around as the Dark One. Kristin has also played Pam De Beaufort in True Blood has so many other roles in other TV shows. She’s one fiery guest who will be at SLCC. 

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On top of that, Emma Caulfield will also be in attendance at SLCC. Way back in the first season of Once Upon a Time, she played the Blind Witch, the one who tempted Hansel and Gretel into her clutches. However, Emma Caulfield is better well known as the vengeance demon, Anya, lover of Xander Harris in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was the demon afraid of bunnies.


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Then, we also have Christopher Gorham who played the Wizard of OZ/Walsh the flying monkey in Once Upon a Time. He had Emma fall in love with him after her memories were taken away. Thankfully, Hook came to save the day and Walsh turned into a flying monkey that was working for the Wicked Witch. However he’s also been in USA’s Covert Affairs where he played Auggie Anderson. I really haven't had the chance to watch that show yet, but my mother loves it.

These are the Once Upon a Time guests that are attending Salt Lake Comic Con. Can’t wait to see everyone there.

 
 

Written by Mattie

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Over the last few weeks, Salt Lake Comic Con has added many awesome guests to their lineup. One of those guests just happens to be one of my favorite Doctor Who companions. Yes, Arthur Darvill will be in attendance at Salt Lake City Comic Con.

Now, Arthur is best known for playing Rory Williams on Doctor Who. There he stole the heart of millions as the centurion, a gladiator who protected Amy for many, many years as she resided in Pandora’s Box. I have to say, that he was the main reason why I continued watching Doctor Who after David Tennant regenerated. He was funny and cute and pretty much a wonderful character.

Arthur has also been in BBC’s critically acclaimed drama, Broadchurch which also starred David Tennant. There he starred as the Reverend Paul Coates. I never saw Broadchurch, but John has said he did a wonderful job.

However, Arthur Darvill will also be appearing in the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow as Rip Hunter. He will be starring alongside Arrow’s Caity Lotz (White Canary) and Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer a.k.a. ATOM) and The Flash’s Victor Garber (Firestorm), Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold) and Dominic Purcell (Heat Wave). I’m actually bouncing out of my seat in anticipation for this TV show. 

I am super excited to meet Arthur Darvill at Salt Lake Comic Con and even more excited for Legends of Tomorrow to come to my TV screen. I can’t wait. 

 
 

Written by Mattie

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Not only does Salt Lake Comic Con have Robbie Amell, John Barrowman and Alex Kingston added to their list of people appearing from the awesome geek shows of the CW, they also have two more that are just spectacular.

That’s right, the super sexy vampire from The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder will also be making his appearance at SLCC 2015. He plays Damon Salvatore, brother to Stefan Salvatore whom are two vampires that have lived hundreds of years and now find themselves in a love triangle with the beautiful Bonnie Bennett. I really haven’t watched much of this show, but I have caught a few episodes here and there. I love it’s spinoff show, The Originals so much though. He was also Boone Carlyle in the TV show, Lost and he was Adam Knight in CW’s Smallville

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On top of that, SLCC has the queen of the geeks, Felicia Day attending this year. How is she attached to the CW you ask? Well, she played Charlie Bradbury, the techy, girl-loving friend/essentially little sister of Sam and Dean Winchester in CW’s hit show, Supernatural. Sadly though, due to Sam taking things too far in this last season, Charlie was brutally murdered by the ancestors of Dr. Frankenstein, which honestly made me cry for days.

Plus, Felicia Day starred in the short web-series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion as Penny, the love interest. Well, that ended horribly for her character, pun intended. She also stars in her own web-series, The Guild as Cyd aka Codex, an antisocial gamer who one-day meets her guildies and they all become super close, even though they’re all strange in their own ways.

Salt Lake Comic Con has so many more guests going to attend this year’s event. Stay tuned, I have more blogs on the way. 

 
 

Written by Mattie

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Now, Salt Lake Comic Con prides themselves on the guests that they get to come to the convention, and let me tell you…I am impressed. They get big named guests from all genres. Two of these guests are from the popular and awesome BBC show, Doctor Who, and they just happen to cross over into the amazing CW show, Arrow.

“Hello Sweetie.” That’s right; Alex Kingston a.k.a. River Song in Doctor Who and also Dinah Lance in Arrow will be at SLCC. We are first introduced to River Song in Doctor Who, in Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead, two of my favorite episodes actually. But our introduction to her is short lived since well... she dies. River is spunky, awesome, and turns out to be a Time Lord! She is a well-loved character played by a spectacular actress.

We also get to see her in Arrow as the kind-of estranged mother of Laurel and Sara Lance. The first time I saw her in Arrow I squeed, “RIVER!!!” If I am recalling correctly, Shae argued with me on it, but I won in the end. Even though Dinah left Laurel and Quentin after Sara “died” the first time…she is still an awesome character in the show. Alex will be at SLCC Friday and Saturday. 

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I love Alex Kingston, yet I love John Barrowman more and he will be there as well. I was first introduced to John and his awesome acting skills when he appeared with the ninth Doctor in Doctor Who. There, he played the Time Agent/con man that was befriended by the Doctor and Rose Tyler. After a Dalek killed him, he was brought back to live via Rose Tyler and Time Lord magic and became immortal. Since then Jack has died many times but always comes back. He is definitely one of the most awesome things to have come out of Doctor Who.

Imagine my surprise while watching Arrow and he showed up as the main villain. That’s right, John plays the Dark Archer a.k.a. Malcolm Merlyn. Malcolm is so devious and evil, he even got Ollie killed once. Yet he’s one of my favorite characters. Hell, after this last season of Arrow he became the new Ra’s Al Ghul. He’s so devious and so evil…I mean…Crap! Everyone who watches this show and didn’t love John before he took this part hates the character Malcolm Merlyn. I’ve tried to hate him, but there’s no possible way I can!

I have to say though; I’ve met John Barrowman before at Dragon Con in Atlanta, like four years ago.  Still to this day, meeting him is one of my favorite memories. He’s personable and is also so animated. Also, he had a pet dog named Mattie when he was younger. I got to hear the story since our names were the same and rare. I totally hope his husband Scott comes along too. Shae and I have to get a picture with him. He will only be there Saturday though.

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But, to go along with the whole Arrow tangent…well, sort of…Robbie Amell, Stephen Amell’s cousin will also be joining these two at SLCC. He’s attached to Arrow though CW’s show, The Flash where he plays Ronnie Raymond who collided with Dr. Martin Stein the day the particle accelerator blew up to create Firestorm, a superhero meta-human. They are totally into crossovers, so I’m pretty sure one of these days Firestorm will be seen in Arrow.

He also starred in the movie, The Duff.  I totally wanted to see that movie, but sadly it got out of theaters too quick and I haven’t had the funds to buy it. So until it gets onto Netflix...I will have to wait. It looks funny though. He was also in CW’s short-lived series, The Tomorrow People and he was in an episode of Modern Family where he played Haley’s super short-term boyfriend, Chase before she realized that she loves Andy. Robbie will be there Friday and Saturday.

So all in all, there are three amazing actors/guests to meet already! I’m excited! 

 
 

Written by Mattie

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So, in the last week, Shae and I have decided to attend our neighboring state Utah’s, Salt Lake Comic Con. It will be a blast to attend an out of state convention, especially since we haven’t been to one since we have been a part of Girls of Geek12. So it makes to return to our old con ways and see conventions all around the country.

Now, Salt Lake Comic Con is a convention that started in 2013 with record-breaking numbers. In 2013 they were the third largest comic con in the United States and they had sold out all VIP tickets. This convention has a lot of appeal, hence why we are drawn towards it.

Salt Lake Comic Con is also connected to Salt Lake Comic Con FanX which happened this past January. Both of these cons are put on by Dan Farr Productions. Dan Farr Productions aim to organize awesome events and partners with kick butt celebrities bringing you the best brands in the pop culture business. What more could a geek want?!

On top of the many celebrity stars that you can see at Salt Lake Comic Con, they have hours of panel programming, Artist Alley, Author Avenue, cosplay and cosplay activities and games, other special events and even a Superhero Run 5k where you dress up in cosplay and run! All proceeds for the Superhero Run 5k will go to the renovations for the new Specialty Hospital of Utah.There’s much to see and do, and Shae and I are excited to partake in this event. Hopefully we will see you all there as well. 

 
 

Written by Julia

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The night before Denver Comic Con I sat on my hotel bed excitedly going through the list of panels happening over the weekend. I soon came across a panel about women in comics. I thought it had an interesting premise because it was about the history of women in comics as well as the women currently writing. The description seemed a little discombobulated, but I kept reading it and was relatively intrigued. Then I got to the bottom of the page. All of the names listed were male names. I thought maybe I was mistaken and though they were traditionally used as male names, maybe in this case they were representing women who would be on the panel. Nope. After further investigation I was sure that the Women in Comics panel consisted solely of men. “Well, think I’ll pass on that one” I said to my dad and then continued to read about science panels and Muppet panels and family panels.

Having a completely male panel about women in comics was a big mistake. No amount of explanations or apologies can change that. And the aftermath of this event could have been handled better as well, but that’s not what I want to talk about today. There have been several articles and discussions about this topic already and this is important! But I also strongly believe that it is important to talk about good steps that are being made and positive things that are happening. Having acknowledged that structuring the panel in this way was unacceptable, I want to address a big worry I have. I worry that the Women in Comics panel will overshadow all the great work that the Pop Culture Classroom did at Denver Comic Con 2015. On the day of the infamous panel, my Twitter was filled with people tweeting about the mistake and how disappointed they were. Again, this is an important discussion, but I wish I would have seen it side by side with a discussion about the great kid’s area that Pop Culture Classroom set up in the center of the Con floor and the fun, interesting NASA panels that were full of science and nerdiness. I wish I would have seen more tweets about the smiling children that were enjoying a convention bursting with activities directed specifically at them.

Denver Comic Con is a non-profit convention whose proceeds are used by Pop Culture Classroom to fund curriculum that is written using comics, graphic novels, and other pop culture materials. And this is so cool!! I am an incredibly antsy person and school has always been frustrating for me because sitting through class can be draining and exhausting. I’ve always found, however, that when I can connect what I’m learning to something else I’m interested in, class becomes fun and exciting! This isn’t a new concept at all, but Pop Culture Classroom has taken this idea a step further than most education professionals dare to go. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, comic books can be amazing learning tools if in the right hands. Pop Culture Classroom understands this fact and is using a medium that is often frowned upon to create fantastic opportunities for students to learn and have fun in the process! There is a stigma surrounding comics that they are less intellectually challenging than books, but this does not need to be the case! As with all media, there is a depth and a range to comic content. Yes, there are some comics that are just plain silly and some that just seem to be violent for violence sake. But so many comics, a plethora of comics in fact, are educational, thought-provoking, and engaging! Pop Culture Classroom knows this and is working incredibly hard to bring the fun of comics to children in a genuine educational format.

Pop Culture Classroom and Denver Comic Con’s commitment to education and to getting kids excited about comics was apparent all throughout the con. With the programming and activities offered all three days, children were left without a moment of dullness. Not only did kids benefit from this, but the whole con had a really awesome, optimistic feel to it. I’ve never seen so many happy families at a con and it was an absolute joy. The show floor was buzzing with life and enthusiasm and this atmosphere permeated into every room I entered at the Colorado Convention Center. There were phenomenal family cosplays and a significant lack of tears as children didn’t have time or reason to be bored and upset. But the happy feeling of the family focused con was not the only benefit. You can bet I was excited to go to a panel about real robots in space and the practicality of our sci-fi favorites like R2-D2 and C-3PO. And I was right in the mix of all ages of fans ogling a table full of incredible Lego artwork. Denver Comic Con had the perfect balance of directing activities at the younger generation while still making it an unforgettable experience for every age.

So long story short, yes Denver Comic Con made a glaring mistake, but it is my sincerest hope that this does not overshadow all of the good that Denver Comic Con and Pop Culture Classroom are doing. Denver Comic Con has only been around for four years and I am astounded by how far it has grown in this short time. I hope that the Women in Comics panel will be a learning experience for Denver Comic Con and that they will be given the opportunity and support to keep moving in a direction of education and acceptance. Denver Comic Con and Pop Culture Classroom have so much potential to change children’s lives and make their days a little better. I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s so true. I know that I, as a child, would have been thrilled to experience Pop Culture Classroom's curriculum and it could easily be a turning point in a student’s life, helping them realize how fun learning can be. Here’s to many more years of family friendly conventions and an atmosphere of awe at Denver Comic Con.