Yes I have been busy and deviantArt mobile leaves much to be desired but I am around still! I tend to pop in and out in between the craziness that is my life currently, but outside of InverseReality-2
I am not sure that anyone else would fully understand all the stuff I am currently juggling. I have honestly learned SO MUCH and keep leveling up skills I never knew I possessed.
For those of you who are new or who haven't read my long ago journal-man I can't remember when I posted it now-but I am working on a first year Birmingham Alabama convention called Magic City Con ( www.magiccitycon.com ). I have been busy and lost to creating, driving and making it a successful first year event that will grow into an annual tradition. It has gaming (video games and tabletop), cosplay and sci-fi at the forefront of our programming though we do have panels on the paranormal (even a Saturday night ghost hunt at the haunted Sloss Furnace!), horror (cast and crew of Thr33 Days Dead will be there from Syfy Channel's Town of the Living Dead), anime, pop culture, and so much more. These are all things I love as well as my co-chair and we wanted to focus on what we enjoyed and knew the most about in our first year. I feel if you are passionate about something, that it shows in all aspects of what you do and I truly hope this holds true with this event as well. We are a fan run convention which means we are invested in this event ourselves along with our sponsors to create an amazing event for our guests. We love to promote and help a lot of different national and local nonprofit groups since we believe in giving back to the community that we are a part of along with local businesses and franchises. We are able to help a variety of nonprofits raise awareness and funds needed for their charities which is a great feeling. The actors we have coming to Magic City Con is an amazing trio of actors whom I admire and was surprised to see how many things they worked together on. There is a strong Bioware thread tying them together, but there is also Star Wars-the Clone Wars series and Star Wars Rebels, various animated superhero tv series and so much more! These guys have never been together at a con before-well, not all three! Jennifer Hale, Steve Blum and Greg Ellis (this is his second convention ever so be gentle with him) have never all been together on a panel or spoken at events so I am excited to see them since they have such wonderful chemistry.
I have also had the good fortune to work with some amazing folks who are involved with DragonCon helping me with the program at Magic City Con. We have some local podcasts like The Deucecast Show and Good Morning, Empire who are going to be a part of our event, and we are happy to have some local groups like the 501st, Mandalorian Mercs and Alabama GBs (Ghostbusters) come as well. We have a KidCon event on Saturday morning where young ones can come and go through Harry Potter classes after getting 'sorted' by the sorting hat. Crafting their own wand, taking Potions 101 to create concoctions and topping off the experience with mixing up their own Butterbeer is just one of the many things we have in store for our wee geek guests. With groups like Legos having tables set up for kids to come up and create, Nintendo and PlayStation coming out with games to be demo'd, GameStop running systems for them to play on, costume contests, a Pokemon Trading Post, and the tabletop room running games that ages 6 and up can play, we know that the kids will have a blast!
I won't go into all the other stuff running throughout the weekend like the tabletop tournaments giving out cash prizes or giveaway drawings with prizes like an unopened box of Magic Modern Master 2015 cards up for grabs, or talk about the Cosplay Contests and events that will be happening. We have amazing vendors that will be there or a phenomenal tattoo artist whose amazing Dragon Age sleeve was recognized by the Weekes on Twitter (which is how I found her!), and we have so much love for the amazing artists who are a part of our event that we commissioned several of them to create unique art prints for Steve, Jen and Greg to sign that will be exclusive to our event. I hope that I have piqued your interest in Magic City Con enough to check out our website: www.magiccitycon.com or to follow us on twitter @ALMagicCityCon or like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/magiccitycon?…
to show us your support! If you can spread the word about us we would truly be grateful to you! We are currently looking for volunteers to help us make this event a success, so if you want to come to help us out, please do ( www.magiccitycon.com/forms/vol…
). And if you are a vendor or artist, we have a very limited amount of space left-down to our last few tables, so please check out the dealer's room if you are interested ( www.magiccitycon.com/forms/
Lastly, if you have fanart or fanfic or just a heartfelt note of thanks to either Jennifer Hale (Fem!Shep from Mass Effect, Krem Aclassi from Dragon Age Inquisition, Samus from Metroid Prime, Bastila Shan from Knights of the Old Republic to name a few), Steve Blum (Vincent Valentine, Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Beebop, Grunt from Mass Effect, Oghren from Dragon Age, Zeb from Star Wars Rebels, Amon from Legend of Korra and so many freaking more characters), and Greg Ellis (Disciple from Knights of the Old Republic 2, Commander Cullen Stanton Rutherford from the Dragon Age series, Anders from Dragon Age Awakenings) then please send it to me! I need a high resolution file that can be printed on 8x10 print quality paper. You can mail me something, but the deadline is July 15th which will be tight for a lot of people. You can note me here with your message to the actor(s) just please please please sign your art, make sure you don't forget to put a note if you care to, and let me know how you want your artwork/fic/poetry signed because some people like to use their real names, others like their usernames. I am just thrilled to create a fan appreciation package for each actor from their fans and have it for them when they arrive to Magic City Con. We are fan created after all, it is our wish to get the fans' words and work to the actors to be appreciated. If you are interested in sending me your notes and digital art or word docs, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and thank you in advance for taking part!