Dalek Arthur’s First Convention

My husband and I are huge nerds.  Our combined nerdiness permeates every corner of our home.  Shelves full of role-playing books, anime and super hero action figures, comics, manga, anime, board games, stuffed toys – well you get the idea.  So really if Arthur wants to be anything but a nerd he’s in the wrong house.

Yesterday my hubby and I took Arthur to his first anime convention.  I desperately needed out of the house and Arthur desperately needed stimulation so off we went to get down with our geeky selves.

Now anime conventions are really more my thing than Fred’s.  He’s more of a sci-fi and game guy.  So lucky for him the Dr Who Society Of Canada was at this convention showing off their wares.  We both LOVE Dr Who (new and old) and Fred always carries with him the sonic screwdriver I gave him last Christmas – 10th Dr.  Y’know.  Just in case.

The Society had some Daleks there – they were life sized and AMAZING.  They moved and talked and decided to make Arthur one of their own.  He was fascinated by them and had to stop and watch whenever we saw them roaming the hallway.

This is Dalek Simon.  Simon Says "EXTERMINATE"

This is Dalek Simon. Simon Says “EXTERMINATE”

This convention also had some of the best cosplay outside of Anime North.  I especially loved seeing all the ponies – Arthur got his picture taken with this nice lady dressed as Rarity (mommy’s favourite).

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We spent the last two hours enjoying the comedy improv of the 404’s.  Arthur actually fell asleep halfway through, and I didn’t have to leave at all.  During the show he played/ate cheerios on the floor – we stayed in the back corner so he had room to move about.

He had to take them all out to eat them one by one.

He had to take them all out to eat them one by one.

It was a good day.  Saw some people I hadn’t seen since going on mat leave.  Got to chat and hang out with my brother for awhile.  He made everyone who saw him smile and enjoyed seeing all the people in bright clothes.  Next convention though I’m totally dressing him up.  Then all uteri in the area will explode from the cuteness.  I’m thinking Finn from Adventure Time.  Or a small Dr Who.  So many costume choices!

 

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I Can Hit The Share Button!

I finally have a few moments to myself to write a blog post (and guys it’s a doozy) but it will take editing and thinking upon – neither of which my exhausted and addled brain can accomplish tonight.  So, I will therefore shower thee with a plethora of YouTube shares from my favorite videos list.  Enjoy!

Orthodox Celts – Star of the Country Down – this is a traditiona Irish Celtic band formed in Belgrade and a favorite of Serbia.  They are also awesome.

This show is why I can never name my child Simon.  Because every time I hear the name the song starts playing in my head…

This just makes me happy because dogs + Star Wars = Giggles

This guy’s pretty good at accents.  Yeah.  Reminds me that when I was in California I got asked several times where I was from because my accent was strange to them.

If you don’t know what Mameshiba are then go look them up on YouTube and watch them.  NOW.

Whenever I have a life changing question I always wonder…what would Neil Patrick Harris do?

This is probably my not-created-by-my-brother favorite anime music video of all time.  Work of editing wonder.

How to be alone.  If you haven’t seen this video watch it now.  Please.  It’s beautiful.

Vincent Price makes anything better.

This is also amazing.  Watch.

Sometimes all we need is a little validation.  This is guaranteed to make you smile.  It’s long but SOOOO worth it!

And finally a video I made about my dog Princess after she died.  I know the font and color suck but I made it in grief and it helped to heal my broken heart.

 

Geeking Out For a Paycheque – Love What I Do

Ah, geek paradise.  A job at a local comic book shop.  Sitting around reading comics and manga all day and talking it up with local geeks on all subjects of nerdom.

Not really.

The comic shop I work at tries and succeeds at being like other retail stores in many aspects.  The customer service.  Friendly knowledgeable staff.  Open and inviting atmosphere.  It challenges the common notion that all shops are dirty, seedy hole-in-the-wall dungeons staffed by disaffected, overweight owners and frequented by customers who have never seen a girl or taken a bath.

We let in natural light.  We keep the store tidy and work hard to merchandise products in an easy to find and pleasing manner.  We sweep and mop, organize, dust, inventory and work our little butts off to make sure that all our customers (be they hardcore comic guys or confused grandmothers) have a pleasant experience in store.

So, no, we don’t have time to read comics.  However, we love the products in our store and will happily share our knowledge with you should you ask.  What do I do?  I’m a manager but my area of expertise is anime, manga and related products.  I also enjoy a hefty knowledge of comics (thanks to years of training by our resident expert) and basic knowledge in Dungeons and Dragons and various boardgames.

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