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Countdown to Megacon 2012

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…MEGACON TIME! To me, it’s one of the highlights of my trooping season. Geeks from around the country come to Orlando for 3 days of happy geeking out. You can see anything and everything at Megacon and I look forward to it every year.

Last year the 501st legion appeared in full force. We helped raise over $1,000 for the Red Cross with our Shoot a Stormtrooper activity and this year we plan on doing it again for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We are joined again by the Rebel LegionSouthern R2 Builders Group, and Costumer’s with a Cause. Stan Lee is also scheduled to be back again this year for autographs and a panel to talk about his career and Marvel Comics.

If you come in costume, be prepared to be flashed…by cameras that is. Last year it took me about an hour just to walk into the con because I was stopped every 10 feet (I think at one point I had a short line). A silly Megacon tradition is the carrying of free hug signs. Look for them as I am sure some fan boy or fan girl will be wearing one. As with most cons, if you plan on attending buy your tickets online ahead of time and get there at least one hour early. This will give you plenty of time to get your tickets and see some of the amazing costumes before heading into the panels or the exhibitor hall.

I’ll be incognito each day so I’ll see you there…even if you don’t see me. 😉

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Captain America to the Rescue!

One of my geeky loves is technology accessories. If it will work with my iPod, I will fall in love. One day online I stumbled on a pair of Captain America headphones. The artwork brought me back to the earlier days of the character. As a child Captain America was one of my favorite characters. I even made up a song about him that I would walk around the house singing. I thought the headphones were looked pretty cool and figured “why not?”.

The box arrived and I was super excited to test them out.  One problem…my son saw them first. Since he is really big into boxes, I thought that is what he wanted. I was not so lucky. He wanted my headphones. I don’t like to share my geeky toys, but since I was convinced he wouldn’t like them, I let him try them on. I was wrong again. He loved them so much he declared “I think these will be mine now” and then walked off to play “Where’s my water?” on the iPad. 45 minutes later, I had to beg to get them back.

I have always wanted my son to have a pair of headphones for car trips and other times I didn’t feel like listening to “Wheres my water?” or “Sonic the Hedgehog” .  I have looked at most brands and even bought a few different pairs. He never found them interesting or comfortable enough to wear.  I had given up on the fight and felt doomed to forever hear Car’s 20 million times on road trips. It never occurred to me it would be my headphones he would want.

After I finally had my mitts on them I realized why he liked them so much. They are pretty comfy and the sound isn’t too bad either. They are certainly not Boise quality, but for a pair of stylized headphones, they are pretty nice. Unlike the new child headphones, these do not have the volume control, but since my iPod has that feature built in, I’m not missing it.

Since it is so hard to find my son headphones I am giving this one up and just going to get my own. Its amazing how I thought I was beaten and then out of the blue here comes Captain America to save the day. Now gone are the days of listening to Cars 20 million times while on a road trip. Thank you Captain America. You’re my hero!

If you are in need of a hero to save you on car trips, check out Coloud headphones website for a selection of other styles including Hello KittySponge Bob Square PantsStar Wars, and NHL styles.

“In exchange for my time and efforts in  reporting my opinion within this blog, I received a free review sample. Even though I receive this benefit, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.”

 

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Charlie Brown Issue #1

Charlie Brown Issue #1

Charlie Brown Issue #1

While looking for the latest in DC New 52 on my Comixology app, I stumbled on a familiar face… Charlie Brown. It looks like old Charles has jumped from the comic strip to the comic book. It wasn’t quite what I expected. The first issue wasn’t one story like The Justice League or X-Men. Instead there were multiple stories, each with a little warmth or laugh along the way. The layout reminded me a lot of the Archie books my parents would buy me at the grocery store. The art is beautiful and simple just like the comic strip was.

The stories are a mix of new and old comic strip favorites. A big plus is that it’s easy enough to read that my six year old son would have no problems with it. I probably won’t buy every one that comes out, but when I want something easy and lite, this will be at the top of my list.

Next time you are in the comic book shop or click on your comic book app, check it out. At a digital price of $1.99 (store price $3.99), it’s just long enough to be worth it.

 

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