2015: Some plans for the new year

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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.

Conventions

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.

Cosplay

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.

Comics

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.

Gaming

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.

Miscellaneous Geekery

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. 

Facebook

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.

 

Brief Hiatus

Hi folks. I know I haven't posted in a while, but that's mainly due to some priorities that have come up. Right now Harriet and I are on our way to Rwanda. We'll be back around Thanksgiving, and I'll get back to the geeky goodness at that time.

And just because the question keeps coming up, no - we are not at risk for Ebola. Africa is HUGE, and Rwanda is farther away from the outbreak countries than we are from Dallas, or even New York (the Ebola outbreaks currently in the US). So have no fears, we are safe (from Ebola anyway).

 

About me

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NOTE: The contents of this post (with some important editing) has now become my About page. I recommend reading that over bothering with this post.

Well, I need to create some sort of bio for the about page. I'm enjoy creating these altered images of our traditional statesmen, imagining what they'd be like if exposed to modern geek culture or what geek culture would be like if it stretched back into their eras. Sort of like the steampunk concept. I'd like to think that a slight temporal nudge would establish Ben Franklin as one of our founding geeks. Think of the geek aphorisms that we'd have right now.

I'm nowhere near his league in experience or wisdom, but compared to the vast majority of younger geeks I meet at conventions and online, I have achieved some sort of elder status. Combined with my interest in the breadth of geek culture, I've wanted a place to store my explorations, thoughts, observations, experimentation, and occasional exploitation of my geek experience. This site will become that repository.

I've been a geek for over half a century. I count the start when I read my first comic book. It was a Marvel Journey Into Mystery featuring Thor, and I remember that he was fighting gangsters. I believe it was issue #89 with a cover date of Feb. 1963, and that more or less fits all of my other memories of the time.

Since then I've marveled at the Silver Surfer, wondered at the coming of Galactus, cried over Gwen Stacy and Jean Grey, watched the Hulk fight the Wendigo and some little Canadian guy dressed in yellow and black, rolled my eyes at the Punisher, tried to understand The Watchman, felt overwhelmed by Crisis after Crisis, and ... well, you get the idea.

And that's just comic culture. I voraciously read science fiction and fantasy; grokking the Kwisatz Haderach while flying on a white dragon with my precious. I've watched the premier of EVERY Star Trek series (TOS through Enterprise, and I like ALL of them). I remember asking my father about every villain in the Batman TV series (remember I was a Silver Age Marvel reader). And in college, I took a woman on our first date to see Star Wars (before it was called A New Hope).

Gaming has run the gambit from RPGs (including the original D&D), LARPs (Shadowrun and Vampire: The Masquerade), text games (Crystal Caves, Zork, etc), video games (from Pong and ASCII Star Trek to Lara Croft), MUDs and MMORPGs (so many choices), and the current table top craze (who'd have thought).

Although I attended the first San Francisco Star Trek convention back in the 70's, I took a long break from conventions until my 50th birthday when I finally attended San Diego Comic-Con. I've been back ever since. Convention culture has become its own phenomena, and so I'm also attending WonderCon and APE, and plan on adding a few more conventions to my schedule in the next couple of years.

And every year I've tried some new geek sub-culture, from Bronies to Furries. Some stick (I attend the Kung Fu movie round up every year at Comic-Con) and others don't (I appreciate My Little Pony, but it's not on my regular watch list). My current obsession is Cosplay, and I'll be documenting my progress.

To be clear, this ain't no humble brag. I'm flat out bragging. I like geeks, and I'm proud to be one. I like the imagination and creativity they show, the seriousness and the humor, the detail and the lack of continuity. I dive in where I can and try to understand the joys, motivations, and dreams. I've lived long enough to have some perspective and have enough disposable income to explore. What I record here is subject to my biases and viewpoint.

Live long and prosper, may the force be with you, and excelsior!