Wizard World: The Chicago Recap


I heard someone refer to the Wizard World comic conventions as “signature-based shows”, meaning they’re mainly a show to go to if you want to get autographs. Now I’m not much of an autograph collector, but there is no doubt that is what a lot of the attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago came for. Large blocks of queues take up a significant amount of floor space on the first and second floors of the show.

But luckily for me, there’s more to Wizard World than that.

Panelists answer audience questions & let them take a closer look at their work after the Advanced Costumes Panel

The Chicago show kicked off on Thursday with only about three hours of panels, but that is one way to get more content in while giving a chance for some attendees to pick up their badges. I dedicated my evening to cosplay panels with Advanced Costuming and Armor as well as Costumes + Play = Cosplay!.

The advanced panel with Toby Markham, Ken Kooi, and Thomas Spanos really represented the gamut of techniques for making great-looking costume pieces and was full of stories and tips on materials that can be used and considerations to keep in mind during your own builds. I especially appreciated their message that you don’t have to necessarily use expensive materials to make something that looks nice; it’s ok to start small. In the other panel I even learned a new way of dyeing wigs that involves a . . . → Read More: Wizard World: The Chicago Recap

Alyssa Rosenberg: Reporter, Feminist, Science Fiction Fan

Alyssa Rosenberg

by Priya Chhaya

There was a time a few years ago where I lived to get my pop culture commentary from the Washington Post (WaPo). Mostly it involved weekly live chats about a little show called LOST with Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly. But when the column, Celebritology, went defunct I parted ways with the Style section and leaned on other blogs like Vulture and Entertainment Weekly for my daily dose of movies, television, and books. Then, as a true child of the digital age, I found myself sharing pop culture articles from the WaPo again and it was a few months before I realized they were all by one person: Alyssa Rosenberg.

Her column, Act Four, covers a wide array of topics – in one week you could find her waxing over a plot point in Orange is the New Black, providing recaps of Game of Thrones, all the while covering the culture angle of a particular real life event (such as the tragic movie theatre shootings). As I read her work I realized that there are two things that I really love about her writings. The first is that no matter the subject, Rosenberg is incredibly honest and fair with her commentary. The second is that when dealing with tough subjects she does so in a thoughtful and respectful manner.

This is most evident in four pieces she put together in the last year:

Two Magazine Covers and the Fight for Transgender Equality Want to Celebrate Southern Heritage? . . . → Read More: Alyssa Rosenberg: Reporter, Feminist, Science Fiction Fan

Tricia Barr Talks Star Wars Land and More on Jogcast Radio


Apparently the ladies of Fangirls Going Rogue have a fanbase in Australia! Tricia Barr joins Jogcast Radio to discuss D23 Expo news, including Star Wars Land, the Drew Struzan poster for The Force Awakens, and the Rogue One cast photo. Simon Pegg’s role in Star Wars resulted in differing opinions.

Plus, Tricia gets a chance to share some insight on her award-winning space opera Wynde.

Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She is one of four authors of Ultimate Star Wars from DK Publishing, has written several feature articles for Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and RebelForce Radio Presents Fangirls Going Rogue.

Tricia Barr’s novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library’s successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena’s Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.

For updates on all things FANgirl follow @FANgirlcantina on Twitter or like FANgirl Zone on Facebook. At times she tries the Tumblr.

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Fandom Fashion Friday #3

Her Universe Star Wars Back to School Fashion

This week’s Fandom Fashion Friday features the latest in clothing and accessories for Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Studio Ghibli. . . . → Read More: Fandom Fashion Friday #3

Kay Tries Out Fish Fingers & Custard with Nerd Lunch

Fish Fingers & Custard Before and After

Only my long-lost podcasting brother and my enthusiasm for Doctor Who fandom could combine forces to encourage me to make such questionable food choices.

The latest Nerd Lunch podcast Extra Helping finds my buddy CT and I paying tribute to the 11th Doctor by trying the character’s signature food combo – fish fingers and custard.

We talk about the faux holiday associated with it, attempt to be semi-scientific about the process, and yes, that’s my Amy Pond impersonation at the very beginning.

Have you ever tried it before? If not, proceed with caution. Much later after the recording my digestive system had a change of hearts.

And to hear more of CT and I talking about Doctor Who, be sure to check out The Nerd Lunch Doctor Who Drilldown.

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. A voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, reviewing, and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would pick up more jobs, hobbies, and fitness routines if she was a Time Lord. You can follow her on Twitter.

Tomorrowland: The Review

Ladies and gentlebeings, we’ve reached the Tomorrowland stop on my Strange Age of Tomorrowland World Awakens 2015 movie tour. You may proceed with this review without any major spoilers. Please feel free to stretch your imaginations, take small children by the hand, and be sure to hang on to any personal belongings.

This is my favorite stop so far.

There’s a clear enthusiasm and momentum behind Tomorrowland. And it’s so many things I hesitate to label it as thrilling or reflective or hope-inducing, because as much as it has those elements within it, it’s a much more intricate piece of filmmaking than a broad label can do justice. I have to wonder if that’s why some critics aren’t liking it; it’s not easy to pin down. (Pun completely intended.)

Tomorrowland is reminiscent, modern, and forward-thinking. There is action, adventure and impressive special effects. Moments of whimsy appear and a few times it runs right up to the line of being too silly, but this movie isn’t shying away from the fact that it has a message for you–a very wordy message, but an interesting and thought-provoking one nonetheless.

I’ll admit the narrative is a bit messy and gets complicated at times but the world Brad Bird created makes it easy enough to suspend disbelief and take it all in stride. Fun references to Disneyland are heaviest in the beginning, there’s a bunch of Star Wars in the middle, and a scene right out of The Rocketeer appears towards the end. . . . → Read More: Tomorrowland: The Review

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Ideas Become Reality: Star Wars Production Class

When the schedule for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim came out, one of the University-track panels I immediately got excited about was “Ideas Become Reality: Star Wars Production Class”. When it comes to your favorite TV shows or movies, you probably know who stars in it, you may even know who directed it and often who wrote it too, but fans tend to not recognize producers quite as widely. Tricia, BJ, and I talked briefly about producing when we focused on Kathleen Kennedy in episode three of Hyperspace Theories. In it I admired Kennedy’s ability to get things done–a very useful trait when you’re running a production.

What does it mean to be a “producer,” and what does it mean to produce for Lucasfilm? Athena Portillo, Line Producer for Star Wars Rebels and Liz Marshall, Production Manager for Star Wars Rebels, will dive in to the specific roles of production staff, cover skills and traits needed to do the job, and give tips and insider tricks how to deal with the challenges and the ever–changing landscape -Ideas Become Reality: Star Wars Production Class listing

the flowchart of a show at the packed Star Wars Production Class

Held on Saturday afternoon, the Star Wars Production panel was run by Athena Portillo and Liz Marshall who both work in a producing role on Star Wars Rebels. The room was filled to capacity and these women hit the ground running to cover a lot of info in their allotted time. There was no . . . → Read More: Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Ideas Become Reality: Star Wars Production Class

Nerd Lunch Discusses A New Hope with Kay

Last year I sat down with the Nerd Lunch crew and Michael May to have a broad conversation about Star Wars. Now the group has reconvened to start drilling into the original trilogy. This episode of the podcast covers Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, or as CT would probably call it “just Star Wars”.

We have a wide smattering of introductions, viewing experiences and history with this movie. Plus since we all re-watched it right before the recording, we bring what we notice now to the table too. There’s even discussion about how much lying takes place. And keep an ear out for my summarization of Han Solo in the detention block.

From how awesome Princess Leia is to our favorite (and least favorite) contributions from the Special Edition, this podcast makes the Kessel Run in about 13 parsecs.

As an added bonus over on their Facebook page Nerd Lunch had a discussion about which Star Wars characters the podcast hosts and frequent guests represent. The discussion ran over onto Twitter as well and somehow according to Facebook I am Padme and according to Twitter I am Leia. Not bad.

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. A voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, reviewing, and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would . . . → Read More: Nerd Lunch Discusses A New Hope with Kay

Kay at C2E2 2015: The Recap

Kay recaps her experience at C2E2 2015. . . . → Read More: Kay at C2E2 2015: The Recap

Princess Leia and Padmé Are Awesome: Fangirl Chat


On the latest episode of Fangirl Chat, Tricia Barr and Teresa Delgado share a behind the scenes look at Celebration Anaheim. Teresa missed the “What Princess Leia Means to Me” panel on Sunday, so Tricia shared some highlights, including men declaring how awesome Leia is and asking for more toys featuring female characters. Then the ladies discuss what Padmé means to them and whether or not Leia should be a Disney Princess.

Here is the Celebration Closing Ceremonies that features a great array of fans, especially lots of fangirls!

You can find the ladies of Fangirl Chat as follows:


Fangirls Going Rogue: @FGGoingRogue

Tricia: @fangirlcantina

Teresa: @icecoldpenguin

Email: fangirlsgoingrogue@gmail.com

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Instagram: @FGGoingRogue