I'm back, and just in time for the start of a new year. Here are a few thoughts and plans for the upcoming year.
I'd like to try a few new conventions this year. Part of my interest may be due to the fact that I wasn't able to get a ticket to San Diego Comic-Con at the pre-registration sale. That sale is set aside for folks who had tickets to last year's Comic-Con, but I was in Africa at the time and my internet connection may have had problems. I'll try again when the general sale happens. I did apply to be a volunteer at the convention, but that's also a tough gig to get.
In the mean time, I've got tickets to one new event, and that's the 2015 Star Wars Celebration in April. That's a new convention for me and I'm looking forward to checking it out.
I plan on attending WonderCon this year, but tickets have yet to go on sale. It shouldn't be a problems, but that convention has been getting a lot more popular lately.
I'd like to try the Denver ComicCon, but haven't made firm plans, yet. I've heard great things, and I've got a niece in the area that attended last year. I think it'd be a blast to attend it with her.
I'll attend the Central Coast Comic Con (C4) in Ventura. It's my local convention, and although it's small, I like going. The last two years I guided/chaperoned some teens who'd been intrigued with my stories from San Diego Comic-Con, and I had a great time seeing the convention through their eyes.
Long Beach is another local convention I've been meaning to attend, and I plan on putting it in the mix. There's only so many conventions I can attend in a year, so this one may depend on whether I get to all of the others. Still, I've heard great things.
I've been taking a break from my cosplay projects as I've had other life activities getting in the way. But, I'm ready to get back to it, and the Ithorian costume has been calling to me. I've also been planning some changes to the Headless Horseman costume, and Darth Malgus needs some serious upgrades/repairs.
I have some new costumes in mind as well. General Kang from Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country has been on my radar for awhile. I've got some preliminary plans and designs in place, and I've already bought some material.
A cosplaying friend pointed me to an image of Tenzin from Legend of Korra. I enjoyed the Avatar: The Last Airbender series, so I've been watching the new series and really love it! I'm pretty excited to become Tenzin, and think I can pull it off. It'd also be an easy cosplay to wear around a convention.
I'm a rather out-of-control comic collector, and I've decided to use this blog to organize my collection and my thoughts about collecting. I'd like to discuss what I'm reading, especially the indie comics I'm discovering. I'm also on a mission to develop my manga/anime cred, so I'll use this site to monitor my progress.
Video gaming is a secret pleasure that consumes a LOT of my time (and is one of the reasons I was neglecting this blog recently). So, I think I'll try to redirect some of that obsession into documenting the games I find and play. Especially from the perspective of an older gaming enthusiast.
I just finished my annual Lord of the Rings marathon, and for the last two years it's incorporated a major food component. In May I'll be participating in another Star Wars Improv show. I plan on getting This Day in Geek History posts back on schedule. And there are a lot of other geek activities that need documenting.
I have an Elder Geeksman Facebook account. I'm using it to post announcements I come across, things like comic or genre movie news. I'll also post links to articles I publish here. I may add a scrolling feed of announcements to this site if the volume calls for it. We'll see.