April 9, 2014

Catching Up, Getting Down to Business, and Talking Captain America!

JPEG300_biginvert90I’ve been a little out of touch lately with the blog. Things are happening, have happened, or will soon happen and I’d like to clear some of it up. A lot of you know my back-story and how my wife passed away last February due to a brain tumor. My kid and I made it fine through the holidays, through the Kid’s fourth birthday, and even through the one year anniversary. But shortly after that, I hit a mental wall. It was spurred on by my new business acquisition which was going very slowly. Then, BAM! I lost my little brother about three weeks ago. I could go into a lot more detail, but these were the major factors, and so I wasn’t blogging like I should.

I’m starting to get a little more clear-headed and things are starting to move in the right direction and I’ve gotten to a point where I can start talking about the business acquisition. In short, I’m opening up my own comic book shop. I don’t guess I should call it a comic book shop, though, because it’s going to be so much more. In fact, most comic book shops are actually “pop culture centers.” Look at Collected, the store that bought up some of the Lone Star locations. Their tag line is “Your Pop Culture Headquarters.” As much as we want to think we geeks and nerds are still a niche culture, we’re not. We are now mainstream. We have sold out. And it’s a good thing!

The shop I’m hoping to open, called A Galaxy Called Dallas: Comics, Books, & Collectibles, will be in the location of Comic Book Craze in Garland, Texas. Matt and Chris McIntosh, the original owners, moved off to Florida where they said it was warmer. Really? I guess they meant year round. Anyway, they’ve gone and opened up SuperVillain Comics in Cocoa Beach. New owners were found for CBC and after some problems, the shop was available again, so I’ve decided to step in and try to get it back on track. It’s still going to be about a month before we can open the doors, but during that time, we will be doing inventory, bringing in new product, cleaning up the place, maybe re-arranging some fixtures for more floor space, and etc. If we can get it open sooner then we will. First order of business is to get the comic book buyers back in the doors and show them that they are an important part of the store. Another important part of the store is the gamers. Without either of the two, the store is nothing. But I’ve got to earn your trust and to do that, I’ve got to get the comics back on the wall as quickly as possible and not screw up pull lists, and get the games back on the calendar and make them fun events!

Right now, I’m waiting to sign the lease and that will get us in the door and on our way. We will probably have the windows covered but with signs up explaining everything. Covering windows will afford us the privacy of working without interruption and make it a little bit of a surprise for you when we do open the doors!

In the meantime, stay tuned here for more information about the store and what you can do to help us make it a success.

Oh, yeah. I went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier with Les and Thomas from Fellowship of the Geeks and it was awesome. Watch for the next post for a small review and a link to a podcast that I was on about the movie.

March 26, 2014

All-Con Shenanigans

R2D2 at AllCon 2014
For those of you who haven't been to All-Con, you really need to try it at least once. It's the reason I started this blog five years ago. Man. Five years. Doesn't seem like that long ago. But, when you go to this event and see the community that it breeds, you'll see why folks keep coming back.

This is just one of the many reasons I like going. David Petty and the Taffeta Darling were co-hosting the Ms. Star Wars Pageant and to win the sash and crown you have to prove your love for all things Star Wars. One of those ways was "dancing for Jabba."




Here's David's example.


Do you have any great stories to share from All-Con 2014? Tell us!

March 24, 2014

March Madness for Geeks

Though March Madness has already started, it’s not too late to take part in it. io9 always has a bracket with a different theme and this year they are pitting genre against genre. In SciFi vs. Fantasy, you’ll see head-to-head match-ups such as Conan the Barbarian against Highlander, or Blade Runner against The Time Machine. The brackets are a great inspiration for finding something to read or watch also.

Also, StarWars.com gives us This Is Madness – The Star Wars Character Tournament.  A video was released with Master Yoda kicking off the event as he was also the winner from last year’s tournament.

Both tournaments are still going on and still plenty of time to vote for your favorites! Enjoy!

March 2, 2014

Loot Crate

So, Glitzy Geek Girl has got me hooked on Loot Crate. I saw all of the cool things that she got last month, and so I decided I didn’t want to be left out. Check out my first unboxing below. If you decided to join, be sure and use this link so that I can earn more Loot Crates!

My personal Loot Crate link: http://mbsy.co/lootcrate/1719003

February 24, 2014

The Book Carriage Plays Host To Local Scifi & Fantasy Authors

The Book Carriage in Roanoke Texas The Book Carriage & Coffee Shop in Roanoke, Texas, will host a meet and greet on Saturday, March 8, 2014, from 1 PM until 3 PM. Guests will have a chance ask questions and purchase books of three local scifi and fantasy authors. Scot C. Morgan, C. A. Szarek, and Matthew Bryant will be in attendance with their books.

 

Scot C. Morgan - Adamar

C. A. Szarek - King's Riders Series

Matthew Bryant - World Between Series The first book in the series, Towers, is available on Kindle for free from February 24th until February 28th.

February 23, 2014

All-Con Has A New Costume Contest

AllCon Championship Costuming All-Con is upping the ante on costumes this year. They are now giving a $1000 cash prize to the winner of the Championship Costuming competition. This is like Thunder Dome, 30 contestants enter, one costumer leaves! As of a week ago, only 10 of the 30 had been filled, so hurry and get your application in!

One thing to keep in mind is that this is not a cosplay event. There will be no group entries only solo. Judging will focus on the design, construction, and creativity of the costume!

Application for Championship Costuming

What kind of costumes do you like to see in competition? Have you got a costume idea that know one has tried yet?

February 21, 2014

ConDFW – Before I Head Out The Door

ConDFW XIII Facebook Cover Image ConDFW starts today ConDFW XIII and I just wanted to remind everyone before I left out for the Crowne Plaza. I’m looking forward to a great weekend. During load-in, I found that I’ll be setting right next to Selina Rosen and Yard Dog Press. That’s a fun group of people and I’m very happy about my location with them! I’m looking forward to also seeing my friends Gloria Oliver, Jaye Wells, and so many others. You can also keep up on Twitter by following the hashtag #ConDFW. If you’ve got some free time this weekend, come see us!

If you can’t make it to us but still have some free time, go up to Denton and check out Mini-Akon. My friend David Doub will be up there having fun on Saturday. It’s at a few locations, so be sure and check out the Facebook event page for more info.

All in all, have a great weekend in Dallas, enjoy the warm weather, and above all, keep on geekin’!

What events are you or would you go to? If not these, just what are you up to this weekend?

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