This is late but here we go!
Now that my blisters have healed and my muscles have recovered, I can finally post about how NYCC went.
NYCC was SWAMPED. Like “Lenni couldn’t get into her panels or hadda stand in the back because there were no seats” swamped. But I did it. I went and had a fabulous time.
Despite the record setting attendance, I would really… REEEEEELY appriciate it if NYCC brought back professional hours so I could actually make it to the panels I wanna see. They’re all educational anyway so I shouldn’t have had to battle to get in. Wall to wall people is the sign of a successful con but if I can’t get near vendors and authors to talk to them about getting their materials into the library, it’s a bust for ME professionally. Hopefully next year, they’ll bring them back.
Other than that, I only had issue trying to find Deadpool merchandise for my daughter. Deadpool is her favorite (obviously, I screen what she sees because, DEADPOOL) and she went dressed up as a mini Ladypool. She was the cutest damn Ladypool ever and of course, everyone wanted her picture. I am pretty convinced there wasn’t another little girl at that con dressed as Deadpool and I got some MAJOR Awesome Mom points. But I’ll be twice damned if I could find a shirt, hat, bracelet, ear rings, or anything wearable with any Deadpool on it in a kid’s size. One guy said it’s because they don’t really market Deadpool to kids but there’s a fuckton if Frank Miller Batmans, Wolverines, and such and they’re not exactly known for their pacifist, bloodless comics.
It got to the point where my daughter started to cry.
Granted, even the laziest Google search will turn up a glut of stuff (thank you, Etsy) but why not Deadpool? There were plenty of grown women who were Ladypool who would have loved a bracelet or dogtags or SOMETHING with Deadpool on it.
There’s a market here, people. Get on this.
In the end, one really nice woman who asked for a picture because my kid looked so awesome gave us a Deadpool postcard in plastic because the kiddo looked so upset (she is my hero now) but it shouldn’t have come to that. Yes, Deadpool is adult, but a lot of comics are and if Batman was the kiddo’s fav, I would have had my pick of accessories in her size.
What I’m saying is Marvel? Deadpool is awesome and girls like it, too. Can we have some cute stuff, too?
Once again, there were no professional hours so I hadda mash my way through the throng to get to my panels. I didn’t spend too much time on the floor since it was so packed but swag was attained and cool things/people were seen.
Now, I am beyond exhausted so I am gonna put my feet up and get some rest for tomorrow. This will be my first year to go all four days… Meep… ;___;
If you’ve been keeping up with me on Facebook or on Twitter or even here, you may notice I’m all up in YouTube with the gaming walkthroughs will commentary. CrazyShootin started it all and now I’m on TheRadBrad, inLove, and agentjr watching games that I haven’t gotten to play or want to play… Or have been ruined for me by my ex. But that’s a long and depressing story. :p
Now, I am DYIN to get the tech necessary to record myself playing these games because hilarity ensues when I get frustrated or scared of these things. Also, what better platform to talk about my life than horror games? ;D It would be a much more comfortable way for me to start a vlog since that’s the thing people do these days. Playing the games gives something for my adoring public to watch instead of my face.
Yeah, I’m late to the party train with all of this but I kinda don’t care. Watch or not, it’s up to you. I’m still saving up the money for the tech to do this and for a PS4 (the release date for Silent Hills isn’t till next year! I have time!) so don’t count on it going up right away. But it’s coming!
I suppose the main reason for me to want to do this is because I enjoy watching others so much, I’d like to add my voice to the cacophony, as it were. I don’t plan for it to make any money or for me to be particularly good at it or for me to upload all the time (as you can see I don’t even update my regular blog very much), but I think it would be fun!
The hashtag was flipping every where so I read up on it and thank you so much Wired for summing it up for me. Since everyone in the universe is talking about it, why shouldn’t I chime in?
This scares me for a multitude of reasons… First and foremost, I like gaming and I’m not half bad at it. As I’ve posted before, I thought it’d be cool to make vids and such. Now, I’m scared to even talk on the internet lest some crazy ex of mine ruin the shit out of my life.
But I’m boring so, that’s not likely.
The biggest reason? I have a daughter who is a budding gamer. She loves this and has even expressed a desire to make her own games one day.
Nothing would make me prouder. Well, my daughter could grow up to anything she wanted and as long as she was happy with her life, I’d be the proudest mother in the universe. But she says “Mama! I wanna make my own games one day!” She draws characters, devises how her enemies will attack and how the hero will defend. She writes plots, listens eagerly to her mama’s rants about escort missions and glitchy enemies, and takes it all in like an adorable sponge. She cut her teeth on Brave for the PS3 and she is the one who introduced me to Amnesia* from a picture in a gaming magazine I’d left around. I see such amazing potential in her; this bouncy, creative little brownie who scampers around my house.
Is what happened to Zoe Quinn what awaits my daughter? Is slut-shaming and death threats the result of her speaking out against something she doesn’t like? Or making something innovative? Hell, or even making something relatively mediocre!
As a woman it’s scary, as a person who creates things to be consumed by the masses it’s scary, and as a mother, it’s fucking terrifying.
So the gaming world may be changing, the demographics are changing, the prices, the consoles, blah, blah, blah… Damnit, me and my kid just wanna play cool games. We wanna laugh, we wanna be scared, we wanna have adventures! And we shouldn’t be afraid to let people know we want those things. I shouldn’t be scared someone would read this and start threatening my life.
Just play games and be cool. Is that too much to ask?
*I keep her away from most scary games. Too much violence and straight up creepy shit.
As I hope you know by this point, I have been reviewing books and other sundry things I come across over at Otakus and Geeks for some time now; still being amazed at the fact anyone gives a crap about what I think. As it stands, I am apparently so freaking awesome, I have been made editor.
Now, I’m sure you’ll laugh because I did. I make some pretty awesome typos in my own posts here so it’s funny someone else would trust me to edit their work. But there it is! Woohoo!