Connecting at Kokomo-Con 2014

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I know you’re all probably sick and tired of hearing about Kokomo-Con, but I wanted to share a little from my experience last Saturday. As a writer and as a nerd, I gained so much from attending the event.

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Connecting with Carrie at Kokomo-Con 2014!

To be honest, one of the main reasons we went was to examine the event’s potential as a marketing venue for future book sales. Kokomo-Con attracts many local artists and writers who are interested in connecting with potential readers, and since my friends and I write fantasy, we considered this a great opportunity. After perusing the booths, and speaking with the vendors, we verified that it would be a viable marketing opportunity, that and a lot of fun. None of us are published yet, so my sister and I, along with my 6-year-old nephew, went to the event dressed as our favorite characters from Peter Jackson’s rendition of The Hobbit. I went as Tauriel, of course, and my sister dressed up as Thranduil. Rylee made the cutest little Legolas ever!

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Things got a little bit . . . harry

Business aside, the event was enjoyable. There were great costumes, vendors, and show cases worth seeing. There was even a gaming room open to the public.The other cosplayers were absolutely amazing! There was even a guy dressed up as Frankenberry . . . not that I got his costume. My favorites were the 501 Storm Troopers who attend the event every year. This year, they brought Darth Vader along. We took over 100 pictures, I’m not even joking.

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I think it’s safe to say I’ve created a little nerd;)

One of the highlights, besides winning the group costume contest, was exposing my nephew to the amazing world of nerdom and fostering his love of sci-fi and fantasy. I think it’s safe to say I’ve created a little nerd;) Mission accomplished, Auntie. More importantly, we did something special as a family, something he’s really into now. Probably going to have to do this again next year, and the year after that, and the year after that . . . well, you get the picture.

All in all, It was a great event, and we’re definitely going to do this again on the account that it’s Rylee’s new favorite event right after Halloween and Christmas. Haha. So, if you’re near the Kokomo area this time next year, check it out. Who knows, maybe I’ll see you there . . . though I’ll probably be dressed as someone else. New cosplay ideas, anyone?

Thanks for stopping by. If you’d like to see more pictures from Kokomo-Con 2014 check out my Twitter page @kbbetzner.

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I Took an Elfie . . . No, Not an Elephant Selfie

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I took an elfie!

I know I just blogged about Kokomo-Con, and you’re all probably sick of hearing about it, but I’m just so excited to participate in my first cosplay ever! This year, I’ll be going as Tauriel from the Hobbit trilogy. Despite her obvious OC qualities, she’s still one of my favorite characters in the trilogy . . . besides Bard. Love me some Luke Evans!

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Getting in some last minute target practice

The costume has actually been pretty easy to put together. I already had the boots and the bow. The rest I had to order online. After waiting for over two weeks, my styled wig and latex ears came in the mail at the end of last week. So now all I have to wait on is . . . the costume. Haha! In the meantime, I need to paint my ears. Latex ears tend to come a little on the pale side, even in regards to elves. I also need to pick up some brown tights and some make-up. Even without the outfit, I can see the costume is going to be great. Over the weekend, I tried out the wig with the ears just to see how things would look. So far, so good.

The Elf Queen–er King of Mirkwood

As I mentioned before, my sister is going with me. She’ll be dressed as Thranduil. She ordered the wig (and a backup wig) and the robe, but the crown she made herself from wire and hot glue. So far, it’s looking pretty good, but it’s not finished yet. I’m really excited about her costume because she already looks a lot like Lee Pace, so even though she’s a woman, I think her costume will be very convincing. Don’t you agree? The only thing she’s missing is the party elk that Thranduil rides around on.

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All we need now is for someone to go as the elk

My nephew will also be going with me again this year, and of course, he’s going to have a costume as well. Going along with the Mirkwood theme, he’ll be dressed as Legolas Greenleaf, Thranduil’s son. I thought that was a cute idea since his mother is playing Thranduil. Rylee’s super excited about his costume, especially since he gets to carry a toy bow.

A friend of mine will be joining us, though I’m not sure what she’ll be doing for a costume . . . maybe I can convince her to wear a hat with horns to go as Thranduil’s elk . . . or maybe not. Haha.

Anyway, I can’t wait for October 18th and hopefully I’ll see some of you there too!

Gearing Up for Kokomo-Con 2014!

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Official logo of Kokomo-Con 2014

19 days and counting down until this year’s Kokomo-Con. I know what you’re thinking: Kokomo-Con? What’s that? I’ve never heard of Kokomo-Con. Well, unless you live near Central Indiana, you probably have not heard of this slowly growing nerd convention. It’s like Gen-Con but smaller . . . a lot smaller. In the upcoming years, I’m hoping to see it grow. I see promise in this event.

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Let’s just say this Storm Trooper’s wife was not very happy . . .

Last year, I attended with my nephew just to check it out as a potential marketing venue for my upcoming novel. What I found were a lot of booths with guys trying to sell vintage Star Wars collectables and Walking Dead memorabilia. Among them, dotted here and there, were some authors and artists, as well. Those were my favorite booths, as I got a chance to meet these artists face-to-face and inquire on their careers. It was unclear whether or not they viewed this event as a worthwhile marketing venue, but it was clear they enjoyed the convention.

Adventure time!

More so, I enjoyed the costumes. There were so many cool costumes, and everyone was so eager to have their picture taken (with a hot blonde mind you. Haha!) I had so much taking pictures with all of the cosplayers and introducing my nephew to my nerdum . . . I don’t know if he’s been changed for the better . . . but hopefully his life’s dream of becoming a Storm Trooper can be one day be fulfilled.

Anyway, this year the event promises to be better than last year with special guests Denny O’Neil, Rafael Nieves, Dan Dougherty, Matt Hansel, and Dave Aikins, to name a few. Solution Squad, Unshaven Comics, Highwind Steamworks and other companies/groups will also be present for the event. I’m looking forward to visiting their booths and seeing all of the great costumes. Speaking of costumes . . .

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No, not that kind of elf . . .

My sister and I are dressing up this year as Tauriel and Thranuil from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. For squees, my nephew is going as child Legolas. My friend, Sarah, will be joining us, even though her costume will be Star Trek themed (traitor). In preparation for the event, my sister and I have ordered hand-made elf ears, custom-made costumes, and wigs. My sister is even making her own crown out of wire, hot glue, and fake leaves. So far, it’s looking pretty good.

With everything going wrong in my life right now, this is something I’m really looking forward to, so I hope it’s not a bust. With my family and friends going with me, I’m sure it won’t be . . . even if all of the costume parts don’t come in on time. (I’m sure we can wing it).

For those of you who are looking for an interesting event to attend or your first comic-con experience, consider the Kokomo-Con. It won’t disappoint, and maybe I’ll see you there!