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Geek Girl Con <3

Hello Everyone!

I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since GeekGirlCon. I’ve been wanting to recap the weekend in a blogpost ever since I got back, but whenever I sit down, I’m not even sure where to start. I feel like no matter what I type, I’m not going to do the convention justice. I’ve known about GGC for a few years, and a few months ago, I decided it was finally time to take the plunge and apply to be a contributor. I honestly had no idea what to expect, but was ecstatic when they reached out and asked if I wanted to be on the Magical Girl & Steven Universe panels and do a book signing! A million times yes!! I was honestly a little nervous. It was my first time doing anything like this, and I’d heard so many amazing things about this convention.

What if I messed up? What if it didn’t live up to my expectations? I couldn’t help having those nagging doubting thoughts, but I’m so happy to report that from the moment I walked inside I loved it so much. I spent so much time look around at all of the vendors, cosplays and chatting with fellow panelist and con-goers, I didn’t honestly take too many pictures

There was so much to see and do! Picking up my camera honestly didn’t even cross my mind. Which honestly was kind of refreshing! It was my first time in Seattle, for a Florida girl the weather was such an amazing change of pace. I learned pretty quickly that I should keep my rain bonnet in my pocket at all times lol. It’s not that it was necessarily raining, but there seemed to be a steady mist on most of the days.

 

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After picking up my …what are these things called, name plate? name sign?

…plack?

Whatever! The thing with my name on it to put on the table for panels/signings and stuff, I went in search for the Ada‘s books booth. I’d been emailing back in forth with them, and knew they’d have copies of Confidence for sale. I really wanted to meet them in person, and pay my books a visit as well! This was the first time I’d seen them for sale at a convention, where I wasn’t the vendor. It made me so happy. If you’re in Seattle, there should be some signed copies just waiting for a new home at their brick and mortar store, Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe  just waiting to be apart of your reading list!

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Magical Girls United and ready to go! Here we have Natasha, (Fearless Photoworks) Katie (FakeGirlGirls Podcast) and N’Donna our magical girl senpai (mahoshojogakuen) We decided to meet up before the panel, since it would be our first time meeting in person. We had a big group email where we’d been chatting in preparation and I was so excited to meet them in person! We where all a little jittery, and where able to bond and freak out together once we heard that the panel had capped out.

Luckily once we got started the conversation flowed so naturally! We chatted afterwards about reuniting and getting to do this panel at another convention in the future. I really hope it happens. Honestly, there is so much to say about this genre, and I feel like we could have talked for days about magical girls.

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After the panel on a lunch run, I had to stopped in my tracks when I saw this awesome Orion cosplayer! I had been playing Amnesia Memories during the flight, and am causally obsessed with completing each and every route! (*-*) I thought this cosplay was too perfect! She got all of the little details right, and just looked so cute!

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Day 2

We started our morning at The Crumpet Shop, which became my favorite breakfast spot during our trip to Seattle! The Egg, Cheese and Tomato crumpet was so nice I had it twice.

…On two separate days, but still…

I could eat that forever.

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I was so happy to see that Sammus and I where on the same signing block. She is an amazing musician and Matt and I had the pleasure of seeing her preform at the GGC Pre-Party on Friday. You could not help but feel hyped, while watching her on stage, her songs filled with pride, nerdom, and I encourage you all to check her out, and pre-order her upcoming album! “Pieces in Space” which will be out later this week on the 28th!

Thanks to everyone who came to say hello and have their books signed! You guys seriously made my day!! If any of you are reading this right now- you are amazing. Best wishes on your own stories and art projects! I’m cheering for you guys right now from across my computer screen. 😀 NaNoWriMo is just a little over a week away, let’s be writing buddies okay?

Anyways! Back to the convention,

After the signing, Matt and I hopped over to lunch with some extended family, with just enough time for me to nervously pace around for a half hour before the Steven Universe panel… Which was good, because honestly, left to my own devices I would have been way too nervous to eat. I had no idea was going to be on the main stage! We hadn’t planned on meeting before hand, and I was worried I’d complacently blank out on stage. n the comfort of my living room, I can geek out about Steven Universe for hours…but on stage? Bahhhh!!

Luckily it went off without a hitch, and the other ladies on the panel where beyond amazing. We had Eula Scott Bynoe as the mod, who was so talented at making everyone feel at ease, and keeping the conversation going, Jennifer Paz, the voice of Lapis Lazil on the show (one of my favorite characters!) who shared her own personal experience, and a peak of what it’s like to work on the show, which was so interesting to hear about. And Wendi Chen an illustrator who makes the cutest fanart. I felt honored to be apart of the conversation and hope to see them all again at another con!

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After panel selfies.

The weekend went by in a whirlwind, and I’m so thankful for every moument. A huge thanks to GeekGirlCon for everything. It was an unforgettable weekend that made my face hurt from smiling. ❤

I hope to see you all next year!

xo Paige

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Artist Alley Displays & Setting up our table at GeekyCon (VIDEO)

Hey Guys! 
A few people have asked me about the table displays Matt and I have when we vend at conventions. They’ve changed a lot over the years, and definitely for the better! Overtime we’ve learned so much about making our displays practical and easy to travel with. Matt really has a great eye for design, and creates most of the elements that we have, and I am so thankful for that! It’s always really cool to see what he’ll come up with next. ^.^

Our table at GeekyCon was by far my favorite with fun pops of color, and these great speech bubble signs that included quotes from both Pumpkin Spiced & Confidence (they could be removed to use as props in pictures) It was our most interactive and fun display yet!

I thought it would be really neat to do a time lapse of our set up process, and show how we turn the standard plain table into something that really pops. So I brought along the tripod, and filmed before the marketplace opened on the first day of GeekyCon


Here are some of the things we used in our set up 
Wire cube shelving.
I always see these used by vendors at conventions, and I never knew where to get them or what they were called. We actually happened upon them while shopping at Aldi for groceries. (so random!) But it turns out you can get these at target, amazon, and walmart. They’re great for hanging prints, or in our case suspending speech bubbles.

-Table cloths 
We are just using simple plastic table clothes from party city. But they have so many fun color options to choose from! Table clothes are a really fun way to give your set up a pop of color and personality. In the past we’ve done everything from pink polka dotted,  skull and crossbones. I love how well the pop of teal in our current display is slightly muted by the lace. For me, it’s just the right amount of color.

-Book Holders – This wanted something that wouldn’t take up too much space and I was so happy when we found these Small Plain Sliding Wire Easels  from Hobby Lobby. They’re small, compact, and don’t distract at all from the books.

-Binder Clips  We use these to hang up our signs! 

-Yarn Was tied on the top and bottom of our shelving to suspend the signs. I love how it kind of made them look like they were floating.


-Banner/Signs  Our banner is handmade with scrap booking paper and ribbon. And all the signs we have are designed, printed, then spray glued to foam board. Let me know if that’s something you’d like to see a tutorial on in the future!

-Odds & Ends Decorative birdcage, homemade mini suitcase (to hold plushies.)

Emergency Supplies.  Duct tape, Scissors, Safety Pins, Zip Ties, Paper, Sharpies, A needle and thread, and sometimes even a hot glue gun. Even if you don’t end up using them at all. It’s good to be prepared. And at some point in time, another artist is bound to yell “DOES ANYONE HAVE SCISSORS?!” And you’ll be able to help, and maybe even make a new friend.  🙂

A sheet to cover your table with at the end of the night. You want something to say “We’re closed for business!” in the evening. plus it’ll make opening in the morning so much easier!

One final thought. 
Always be prepared for something unexpected to happen. Things break, Display pieces get left behind, and sometimes the table you end up with might be smaller than you intended. Our banner was originally made for an 8ft table. As you can see in the video, it took some trial and error to get it to work out. Hiccups happen, and in the moument it can be really easy to get worried or stressed out. I know I have in the past. Sometimes things don’t workout, and that’s okay. All we can is move forward, make the display as nice as possible with the tools you have, take a deep breath, and remember to relax and enjoy the convention! They always go by so fast.

Do you vend at conventions? If so, what advice have you learned over the years?

Looking forward to hearing from you!
xo Paige

P.S A hugeeee thank you to everyone who stopped by our table at GeekyCon! And for everyone who’s reached out and shared their support for the book. Seriously, it means so much to me ❤ Thank you!!

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Geekycon 2015

Hello!
Geekycon has come and gone, and I honesty can’t believe it’s over! A huge heart felt thank you to everyone who stopped by our table to snag a copy of the books, a bat, take a picture or say hello! You honestly made the convention so wonderful for us. ❤ 
The top of our display, we actually recorded a video of our process setting up so keep an eye out for that video on youtube. Matt made and put together our awesome display this year and I LOVE IT! ❤ Each of the speech bubbles either from Pumpkin Spiced or Confidence, and they actually unclip so that you can take pictures with them. So fun!
 ALL OF THE BOOKS! I was so happy to have Pumpkin Spiced #3 and Confidence for sale. Matt and I worked so hard to get them ready for print, and we were so excited to share them!
 Posing with a quote from Confidence for instagram. So cool! 
.Ultra awesome ladies posing with their new copies of Pumpkin Spiced #1, Dina from Geekella, and posing with my very own wizard card from the trolley witch. 😀 They made a bunch of cards featuring attendees as wizards to give out along with their chocolate frogs. All you had to do was submit a picture and short bio of yourself. Mine said, Paige Lavoie is a Hufflepuff Hogwarts Alumni who failed her all but one of flying courses. She wields a unicorn core wand in one hand & an almond milk latte and in other and spends her time writing stories, drawing comics & making youtube videos.”  Thanks trolley witch! It was magical ❤
 Our friends and convention-neighbors from last year Amanda and Katy posing and I posing with quote signs! “I WOULD NEVER HATE OUR FICTIONAL CHILDREN!” was a crowd favorite
Posing with their new batty friends ❤ 
    Matt and I wandered around the vendor room together on Sunday morning and came across an adorable husband and wife duo who run “WizardBrooms” Handmade magical looking broomsticks made with care, and so much character! After browsing through their collection we knew we couldn’t leave the convention without one. I’m glad to have a broom in the house that suits our magical little cottage. Thanks WizardBrooms! There’s a video of me “flying” around artist alley that might make it into my GeekyCon video. :p It’s super ridiculous 

Over in the back corner of the Marketplace there were two tables with post-it notes set up. One said “I love my” the other said “I’m grateful for” throughout the weekend the table filled up with more and more little notes. Here’s mine. a picture of mie :p  I thought this was such a fun positive thing to have at the convention. Every time I walked past it made me smile. 🙂 More Geekycon posts to come! For now, I’m going to pour myself another cup of coffee, snuggle with my puppy and (maybe) start unpacking :p

Thanks for all the love and support and I’ll talk to you soon!
xo Paige

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Megacon!

 I LOVE conventions! They’re fun, full of energy (and energy drinks) 
And all weekend I’m surrounded by creative, unique people who enjoy 
creating costumes, comics, anime and sci-fi! Megacon is one of my favorites
and I’m so excited to be vending at this years show, in just a few weeks. 
Here’s a video in which i jabber on about the convention, and show
of a few of the goodies I’ll have for sale at the Pumpkin Spiced booth!
Hope to see you there xoxo 
Paige