ECCC

ECCC Vendors

Phew! Emerald City Comicon took way more out of me than I thought. I had a great time on panels, at screenings, and meeting people, but ended up being too tired to function for multiple days after. The con may have ended on Sunday, but I’m just now ready to start talking about all of the cool things I saw! Starting with: Vendors. I spend most of my time at conventions in the exhibit hall, and this was no exception. There were old favorites (like Espionage Cosmetics and CuteBricks) and a bunch of new folks that I fell in love with. You need to check out the following folks immediately:

We Love Fine

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I’ve been an admirer of WeLoveFine for a while, but finally bought my first pair of leggings from them on Saturday and wore them on Sunday. They were super comfy and I got lots of compliments! I can already see more legging purchases in my future…

Daily Lovelies

Daily Lovelies

 

Yes, I have a weakness for geeky cosmetics. And yes, I already have too much. But when I found the adorable Daily Lovelies, I couldn’t resist grabbing some to try! I purchased the gorgeous and glittery “Who’d Want Me for a Flatmate?” (seen above), and “I Solemnly Swear I’m Up To No Good,” a shimmery neutral that has already become my go-to eyeshadow base.

The Truffle Cottage

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I unfortunately didn’t get to try these truffles, but that didn’t stop me from staring at them every time I passed by the booth. I mean, they have chocolate truffles in the shapes of the Ghostbusters and Superman logos, and Iron Man’s head, and they have large TARDIS truffles, and…and…you just have to check them out. And if you’re ever looking for a gift for me, you know where to find it.

Zoms

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I’ve seen Zoms at a few different conventions, and I always have to stop to ooh and aww over the cutest plush zombie the world’s ever seen. They’ve grown to include a few different types of plushies, and I hear they have some really cool new ones that they’ll be launching soon.

Were you at ECCC? What exhibitors did you fall in love with?

I’ll be profiling one more vendor in detail tomorrow, so stay tuned!

It’s Emerald City Comicon!

Just a reminder that I’m out and about at Emerald City Comicon starting today! If you’re there, find me and say “Hi!” If you can’t make it, just follow along with my adventures on Twitter.

Here’s a reminder of the panels I’ll  be at. You can see the full listings here.

Friday:

6pm: I can be a Geek and Feminine:  Room 2AB

8pm: Job Hunters: Room 3AB

Saturday:

11am: How To Talk to Geek Girls (And Other Supposed Mythical Creatures):  Room 2AB

3pm: OneUpMakeup: Makeup For Geeks: Room 401

In town for the con?  You may be interested in some of my other posts:

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tara’s at Emerald City Comicon!

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I’m thrilled to be on four panels at Emerald City Comicon this upcoming weekend. If you’re in Seattle, make sure you get yourself over there! Can’t make the panels? I’ll be wandering about the show the rest of the time, so keep an eye out for me!

Friday:

I can be a Geek and Feminine: 6pm in Room 2AB

Do you love Star Wars AND the color pink? Spend equal amounts of time shopping for clothes AND comics? There’s no shame in being geeky and feminine! Join panelists Bonnie Burton(author of The Star Wars Craft Book), Kristina Horner (YouTube vlogger “italktosnakes”),Molly McIsaac (geek fashion blogger and cosplayer), and Tara Theoharis (geek lifestyle blogger at Geekyhostess.com) as they celebrate the people and things that make being geeky and feminine fantastic! Men and women are welcome to participate in this lively discussion on what it means to be a geeky woman in the 21st Century.
I’m so psyched for this panel! Come be a part of a great discussion on being geek and feminine and learn about some awesome geeky women!

Job Hunters: 8pm in Room 3AB

Join the creators of Job Hunters, (Forest Gibson, Liz Leo, Kristina Horner, Tara Theoharis), the Seattle-based dystopian web series for a screening and Q&A. There may even be some surprises… (check us out at www.watchjobhunters.com!)
We have a special announcement–make sure you’re at the panel to be the first to hear it!

Saturday:

How To Talk to Geek Girls (And Other Supposed Mythical Creatures): 11am in Room 2AB

You see the cute geek girl at the comic shop… but you have no idea what to say to her! Let us help you with “How To Talk To Girls”, the panel that is equal parts comedy and social commentary that’s been sprinkled with a bit of dating advice and served from a feminine point of view. (But don’t let that scare you. It’s really not that frightening!) Come for the laughs… but be forewarned. You just may learn something! Presented by Molly McIsaac, Gail Simone, John Roderick, Sarah Kuhn and Forest Gibson.
I’ll be moderating this panel. The panelists are amazing and hilarious, come be entertained!

OneUpMakeup: Makeup For Geeks: 3pm in Room 401

The ladies of OneUpMakeup (Kristina Horner, Liz Leo, Mallory Shoemaker, Meagan Karimi-Naser, Molly McIsaac and Tara Theoharis) create makeup looks inspired by their nerdy passions and favorite fandoms. Join them as they talk makeup, answer your questions, and do some live demos. Whether you just wear makeup when cosplaying or rock it everyday, we’ve got a look for you! See more in the meantime at youtube.com/oneupmakeup!
We’ve got a demo and some raffle prizes planned. Make sure you get  to the panel in time to get a raffle ticket!

Will you be at Emerald City Comicon? What panels/celebs are you excited to see?

Giveaway: Espionage Cosmetics ECCC Collection

Emerald City Promo Poster

My favorite geeky cosmetics company is making history today: They’re the first makeup company in geeky history to be asked to launch a con exclusive. Presenting: The “EC Collectors Edition!”

The colors are perfect for the Emerald City and any woman who wants to look a bit more like a superhero. And with names like “Variant” and “Origin Story,” they’re just too fun not to use. Check out the descriptions, in order from top to bottom, below:

First Appearance

It’s like falling in love… except more badass. That moment you flip through the pages and meet a new character for the first time. One that sparkles and shines but still makes you green with envy of their awesomeness. This mixture of gold and kryptonite, your first appearance on the scene definitely won’t be your last.

Variant

From the depths of darkness rises a new shade of awesome — Variant. For those smoky dark-eyed nights when a regular black just won’t do, this dark charcoal throws in flashes of copper sparkle to show off a special edition look of seduction.

Crossover 

The only thing better than being the hero of your own universe is the almighty crossover. This cosmetic-grade glitterbomb of awesome green, silver, and copper is certain to name you the reigning hero wherever you go.

Origin Story

If we don’t learn from the past, we’re doomed to repeat it. But in some cases, that’s okay — especially when it shines. With shimmering yellow and sparkling gold, Origin Story doesn’t just tell the world where you came from, it paves the road for awesomeness ahead.

You can pick up your collection at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle from March 1-3. Can’t make it to the con? Win a set below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Geek Fashion: Finds from ECCC

If you’re looking to expand your geek wardrobe, look no further than  your local con. In the past I’ve purchased t-shirts and aprons, but this year I focused on fun accessories. Lucky for you, you can pick up everything I got online! Take a look:

Tardis Scarf

I’ve been eyeing this scarf online for a while, and was thrilled to see it at the con! I bought it instantly. The scarf is long (almost 8 feet), and made from a t-shirt-style jersey knit, meaning it’s light, comfortable, and drapes well. The scarf’s available at Binary Winter’s Etsy shop as well as some sweet t-shirts and ties. You’ll love everything there!

Cupcake Socks

I couldn’t NOT get cupcake socks. PunchBrand.com has tons of adorable clothes and accessories, check them out!

Espionage Cosmetics

I had the pleasure of getting a demo of Espionage Cosmetics by the CEO/Artistic Director, Jaimie Cordero (seen above. Don’t you LOVE her hair?). After the demo, I purchased a few colors and have been wearing them ever since. This makeup is versatile, fun to use, and stays on for a long time. I love it! Be on the lookout for a full post on Espionage in the future.

Do you stock up on Geek Fashion/Beauty products at cons? What’s your favorite purchase?

Geek Etiquette: Tips from Comic Artists

The Geeky Hostess is gonna help you get your manners on! Each Monday, we’ll focus on a topic of etiquette. We’ll take a look at the classic rules (using Emily Post as a guide), and then evaluate the rules for our daily lives, creating a guide to “Geek Etiquette.” Have an etiquette question or topic suggestion? Email tara@geekyhostess.com!

At Emerald City Comicon, I asked my favorite web comic artists to share an etiquette tip. The results were… well… just watch:

You’re welcome/I’m sorry.

Tara’s at ECCC!

Starting today, I will be picking up comics, seeing stars of my fave geeky shows, and taking photos of adorable cosplayers. That’s right, I’ll be at Emerald City Comicon.

If you want to come up and say hi, or are looking for something cool to do at ECCC, this is my schedule:

Friday

3pm: Women in Webseries

Although the female producers of Job Hunters will not be on this panel, we’ll still be in attendance to show our spirit of other local women in webseries.

The rest of my time on Friday will be spent exploring the main floor and chatting up artists and vendors on things like cupcakes and their favorite parties!

Saturday

3pm: Futurama: The Future Sounds Good

My friend and fellow Job Hunters producer Forest Gibson will be moderating a panel featuring the voice talent of Futurama. Can’t wait!

4pm: Zombie Orpheus Entertainment’s Webseries Premierathon!

I’ll be checking out other local webseries at this panel.

6pm: Womanthology

This women-made comic anthology has been making a buzz around the comic/Kickstarter scenes. Can’t wait to see what it’s all about!

10:30pm: Nerdprov

I’ll be watching an amazing team of improvisers go nerdy for the night at the Market Theater.

Sunday

2pm: JOB HUNTERS WORLD PREMIERE!

Can you tell I’m excited? We’ll be premiering the first episode of Job Hunters and doing a Q&A with the producers. Many of the cast and crew will also be in attendance, so we may pull some of them up for the Q&A as well.

After the premiere, folks can meet us at the Night Zero booth to chat more and take pics. We’ll even have some of our jumpsuits available for folks to try on.

 

Are you going to ECCC? Check out their full programming list here. What are you most excited for?

Geek Etiquette: Convention Etiquette

The Geeky Hostess is gonna help you get your manners on! Each Monday, we’ll focus on a topic of etiquette. We’ll take a look at the classic rules (using Emily Post as a guide), and then evaluate the rules for our daily lives, creating a guide to “Geek Etiquette.” Have an etiquette question or topic suggestion? Email tara@geekyhostess.com!

Emerald City Comicon, Norwescon, PAX East, and tons of other conventions are just around the corner. Are you ready? Here are some tips to make sure you have a safe and fun time without pissing anyone else off.

  • Get Some Sleep. Conventions often turn into an all day/all night adventure, which means you should stockpile your sleeping hours the few days before the convention. Try to get at least 8 hours, and eat well and exercise while you’re at it. You’ll feel better about those convention nachos and 10 hours on your feet if you’re prepared.
  • Drink Plenty of Water. Water will keep you feeling full, hydrated, less sluggish, and less hungover. It will prevent you from getting sick. It will make you popular when your friends don’t have any. Always make sure you have some on  hand! Water can be expensive and rare at conventions, so bring your own bottle or mark all of the water fountains on your convention map.
  • Wear Deodorant. Let’s get real for a moment. Geeks have gotten a bad rap for being smelly. Geeks aren’t smelly. Thousands of people stuck in one room that are on their feet all day and seeing really cool things that make them sweat with excitement are smelly. Including me. Wear deodorant. You may even consider picking up a tiny travel version to keep in your bag. Alternatively, don’t wear too much perfume/cologne. A lot of people have allergies.
  • Bring a Bag/Backpack. You’re going to be bringing a lot of stuff with you, and probably collecting even more at the con. Bring a sturdy bag/backpack/purse with you that you’re comfortable holding for a while. You may consider bringing a smaller portable bag to fill up once your main bag is full.
  • Bring Antibacterial Gel. Conventions, like airports, are a breeding ground for germs. If you’re at a convention where you’re touching the same thing as everyone else (think of the game controllers at PAX…), antibac gel is a must. You can find travel sizes at any drugstore, or you can pick up a nice-smelling one from Bath and Body Works.
  • Bring A Charger. Your phone/camera/DS/iPad WILL die. Be prepared with a charger or extra battery.
  • Bring Something to Keep You Busy. If you’re planning on trying out the newest game, attending that sweet panel, or shaking the hand of your favorite celebrity, you’re looking at waiting in line. Bring something like a book, Kindle, DS, or even a card game to keep you busy in line. If you bring a game that plays more than one or two people, you may even make friends with those who are in line with you!
  • Dress Appropriately. Make sure you’re comfortable at all times. This is no time for high heels. Wear comfortable shoes you can walk/stand in and dress in layers. I’d recommend a fun, geeky tank top or t-shirt with a sweater/sweatshirt/light jacket in case it gets cold. Cosplay is great if you want to get a lot of photos taken, but you may want to be prepared with a comfortable outfit to change into in case you get uncomfortable or want to go incognito for a bit. If you’re at the convention as Press or plan on talking more seriously with a celeb or convention representative, don’t cosplay. As awesome as you are, people may not take you as seriously. I’d recommend picking one day to do cosplay, and spend your other days wandering around in normal apparel.
  • Know how to talk to the celebs. Celebs are people too. Seriously! If you’re meeting a celeb, feel free to introduce yourself, tell them what you like about their work, and then allow them to move on to the next person. You will probably not end up their best friend, and probably won’t be able to take them out for drinks after. Whatever you do, avoid acting like a stalker. I once met Nicholas Brendan at a con and told him that his character on Buffy reminded me so much of my husband (then fiance), that it felt like I was engaged to him. Although I meant to tell a funny story, the stalker alarms were definitely going off. Learn from my mistake.
  • Take Plenty of Pictures! These pictures will end up being your Facebook profile pics for the next year. Take tons of them! Everyone at the con wants sweet pics, and most people will be willing to take a pic for you. Don’t be afraid to ask! If you take a great picture of someone else, ask them for their email address so you can pass it off to them later. If you see an adorable child in cosplay, make sure you ask their parents’ permission before taking their pic. You don’t want to be the creepy person photographing children.
  • Children First. This convention may be their first foray into geek culture. Let them have a good time! If they can’t see, let them go in front of you so they can. If the DC booth only has one free comic left, let the kid have it. They’ll be learning about con behavior based on how they’re treated; help create a generation of thoughtful attendees.
  • Set a Spending Limit. Comicons can be a scary place for your wallet. There will be limited edition art, sweet t-shirts, books and more to purchase. Decide before you attend how much you want to spend, and keep an eye on that limit. Some people just take out that much in cash, and will only use that at the con.
  • It’s Free Stuff, Not the Antidote. I’ve been pushed away and practically run over for free stuff at cons. I’ve heard of children getting toys ripped out of their hands. GUYS. STOP IT. It may seem cool in the moment, but what are you going to do with that tiny plastic tank or that XXL branded t-shirt once you get home? Assess the free stuff being handed out practically and only take what you’ll actually use.
  • WWWWD? If all else fails, remember the words of the wise Wil Wheaton: Don’t be a dick.

Do you have any tips I missed? Leave them in the comments!

What conventions will you be at? I’ll be premiering Job Hunters at Emerald City Comicon this Sunday, April 1st. Check out our panel in room 2AB at 2pm!

The next week, I’ll be speaking on some panels at Norwescon. Find me at “Gaming and Community,” “How to Sell Yourself,” “Privacy in the Age of the Internet,” and “New Media DIY: Video.”

Emerald City Comicon!

Emerald City Comicon is coming up this weekend (March 4th-6th), and I can’t wait!

William Shatner, Felicia Day, Rainn Wilson, Wil Wheaton, and cast members of Fringe and Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be in attendance, plus more. Whether you like comics, movies, pop culture, or fun geeky toys, there’s something for everyone.

Emerald City Comicon is one of the most welcoming, family-friendly, enjoyable cons I’ve ever been to. I can’t wait to return this year!

I also have the pleasure in performing with Unexpected Productions on Friday night at 10:30 for their special NERDprov show. Come on out and show your geek-girl support!

Will you be attending ECCC this year?

Tickets are available at the door, ranging in price from $20 to $45. Children 10 and under are free with paying adult.