Convention Impossible: MegaCon Orlando 2017

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe. MegaCon has passed and man this will be my most honest review, let’s get to it!

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observations of the lead writer and producer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and feelings, more like deep thoughts and feelings about this convention because it will be one huge honest review especially the results.

Location: This convention has been held at the Orange County Convention for many years but has been in multiple buildings. In most of the years I’ve been to this convention it was in the North Concourse and then one year or two in the South Concourse and now this year was in the North South Concourse. I know it sounds confusing but I am not done yet! Basically, the building is separated in North and South where you can cut through the vendor’s room to get to both sides until closing time when you have to go back out to get to either side. In order to get your ticket, you had to walk to the South side in the side to get your wristband, VIP pass, and the Press pass like mine, which was a pin on tag which you could also clip onto a lanyard. There was also the option for four day pass holders to receive their passes in the mail to ease the trouble of waiting. Hmmm, why not do that other cons? Anyways, so with panels, you had to go to either North or South Concourse areas to see the panels and how I saw it that the more comic book and sci-fi panels were on North side, not only that there were also the cartoon guests and video game panels on top of it, while the South side had the anime related panels and North had the gaming room for any gamers that need a break. Having the game room somewhere in the Concourse instead of the vendor’s room like with previous years, which that is next!

Vendor’s Hall: Or Exhibitor’s Hall for the volunteers working! It was …pardon my French…fucking huge! I never thought in my five years of returning I would see something this big! I thought the one during 2011 was big! Not only we had a lot of vendors, which we did find some sweet ones including Tee Turtle where I got my “Crazy Cat Lady” shirt (I know that is supposed to be for someone who is single but I do love cats and it had kitties!) Not only that, the Artist’s Alley was also huge since we were walking all over to find me some Dolic earrings since I didn’t have any while wearing my Doctor Who dress. Oh, need to mention the celebrity area! Not only it was huge but there was one huge, huge, HUGE area for Stan Lee! Gondras was only there for a day and he saw the humongous line of people and I was like “Oh f**k no!” If anyone has been on Splash Mountain, that line was way longer than that! I did meet Katie Griffin and Linda Ballumtyne in the flesh and did give them lanyards themed after their respective Sailor Scout. I did want to meet some of the other guests but we had to run to so many panels to get for the channel, which speaking of which…

Panels: This year was the only year at MegaCon I’ve been to the most panels. As said before, we had to go between the concourses to get to the many panels we have gone to. We went to Q&A panels for Brina Palencia, Mike McFarland (which I was glad to hear that he is also a Whovian and he has me wanting to watch Hitalia after knowing that he is Estonia and always hearing Todd Haberkorn as Italy.) Also, a panel with Amanda Miller, Brina, and Jamie Marchi, and went to Billy West’s panel Saturday night which was hilarious. I think the best panels I’ve been to all weekend were Stan Lee’s and the Tom Wilson panels! Stan Lee is of course the major comic book legend and without him we wouldn’t see the awesome Marvel movies. Too bad we couldn’t interview him because it would’ve been as entertaining as the panel but couldn’t do an interview, which I will get into detail after the Verdict. This panel was very good and we got to hear about Stan’s first visit to Universal and there was one tip that one person did ask out during the Q&A part was about his advice for anyone who wants to become a writer and that is: “Write what you like! All I hear about nowadays from writers is I write this book for this age group but what happens if you’re older than that and will you like it? Don’t write for anyone else just what you like.”

I will take that to heart since I have started writing fiction stuff and my second book will be out in September and just wrote it based on things I liked rather than others would like and that will be passed onto the next book which I am about to start to work on soon.

We did tape a lot of panels but there were two we didn’t get footage for which were the Flash panel with Tom Cavanah and Danielle Pannebaker who played Reverse Flash and Killer Frost because of copyright reasons and how they did talk about show stuff. I did find funny from the panel that Daniellle did mention to Tom how she was in Sky High and that his kids would love it and guess what they do and they always want to watch it. The other panel we didn’t get was the Q&A panel with Troy Baker and Nolan North due to coming in close to it ending. One thing I was happy with this panel was after getting off the phone with Gondras was that Troy mentioned how video games should be more accessible for blind people! I did cheer for it and I was really happy about it since there have been articles lately about blind people playing games, for instance this past week my buddy Stellarnan did put a link up about a Japanese boy who was blind since birth beat a rhythm game series and wrote to Nintendo to make more and they sent him a Braille letter thanking him for playing and that they will pass his request on. Another example is that there is a guy on YouTube that plays games and has his friends help with navigation, which the last game he did with his friends was MarioKart 8 for the Switch. I did write to Nintendo a long time ago about making a screen reader since I do play Pokemon (Haven’t opened Sun yet!) and it’s hard not being able to read the story and it would help. I will find a way of getting a new letter to Japan after this to get it developed. Anyways, I did thank Troy for it and he really wants to see more players out there even with a disability. This got me to ask Jennifer Hale and Ally Hillis during the Mass Effect panel about it and they said that we are at a time to have more inclusion and accessibility in games and they want to see more people game too. This gave me major hope and if it is possible to get the word out more then it can happen.

Don’t worry guys, Nerdy Shirts will get the videos up of the other panels we got so you can enjoy and I can put them into posts so you can see what I experienced. Which I will start with Tom Wilson’s panel since I caught that on my phone so stay tuned for that!

Verdict:

Convention: CONVENTION COMPLETE
Press: CONVENTION ABORTED!

I know it’s weird to do two different verdicts but this year after doing press this just once it is only once that we will do it.

Don’t get me wrong, I was appreciative for doing it but I felt screwed over as a small blog. Yes, the convention was great and the good thing was that we got to see panels but the truth was we had to be re-considered for this convention after being turned down. I was glad we did since we got to see Stan Lee’s panel and many others, heck the Totally Spies reunion as well. While Press itself is something we have done in the past but I feel like it needs to be worked on a lot more.

What do I mean by this? Well, I feel like the press form should at least mention requirements needed or wanted, especially for online media outlets. New blogs and YouTube channels are coming up and there are times when they want to do a huge convention like we just did and not only that MetroCon has been our first big convention we started with. Why go for the bigger ones? It’s because we are trying to build our resumes in order to do press for other conventions. We have done press for four years and have built it up and have done interviews, which I will mention that next, and have reviewed their events as time went on to show that we can actually do what we do. I even built our press kit in Powerpoint to show what we’ve done so far for press to show it. With a press kit or not, this would help big conventions and bigger conventions trust the smaller blogs along with major press outlets like local newspapers since the newspapers really focus on the event as a whole when YouTube channels or online magazines can do a lot more like we have done with Omni, Mythic, and even Holiday Matsuri which I feel MegaCon should have more trust in smaller outlets. Well, Orlando at least since we haven’t exactly done it with Tampa.

Next is interviews…::heavily sighs:: On the form, it asked about doing interviews and it mentioned how you can interview staff or the celebrity guests which we wanted to do it with guests of course. Then there was another question underneath saying, “What are the top two guests you want to interview?” At the time when they started doing guest announcements the two real guests that caught my eye or shall I say ear since I use JAWS were Stan Lee and Tim Curry and after being re-considered I did ask about that and was told not until April. We were turned down for interviews and I tried to ask about voice actors and was asked what we wanted and waited until they got announced and asked and then was turned down for that too and was told only cosplayers, attendees, and comic book artists.

Okay, I understand Stan Lee and Tim Curry are huge names and it would be hard to see about getting interviews but what about the guests? What is the real reason you won’t let us interview anyone else? That is what puzzeled me the most. I remembered during MythiCon 2014 where Chuck Huber was going to be there for two days and was given the reason of due to him being there for two days can’t find the time that would be easy to get an interview with him even though he wanted to do it when we told him what had happened. (Chuck, we owe you one so come back to Orlando if you can.) I felt like I was let down majorly about that since voice actors are our biggest thing and I bet you’re wondering “Don’t you cosplay?” Yes I do but here is the thing, when I do interview questions I base it on the work of those people which I research it first and then come up with what I want to ask and well since I can’t really see the work in front of me then there’s the problem. For instance, I was able to interview Riddle because I remembered her from Heroes of Cosplay and I did like what she brought to the show as a cosplayer and had fun talking to her. RJ Heady was easy due to how I knew his work from Face Off and makeup effects are my favorite and they were able to describe the work very well on that show since my vision was not as great when season two rolled around with him on there. So, comic book artists wouldn’t be the best place for me since I can’t keep up with comics due to being not able to read them and see them. I can interview authors that I have read since I can listen to the audiobooks and voice actors because I am able to hear the dub easily. That is why I took it to Twitter to see if some of the guests would like to be interviewed through email and was able to get Katie Griffin and Linda Ballumtyne and promote the convention as well, which I did forget to mention that when I got re-considered that the big thing of doing press is to promote MegaCon and that is what we do with our Convention Spotlight and Last Minute Convention Info since this year was going to be a huge travel year with other things going on such as Volcano Bay and Pandora opening at Universal and Disney. That is why I am treating conventions as travel now among promoting them.

I think that is it, so yeah, after looking at it, I think this will be the only year for us at MegaCon Orlando. We have other conventions to think of and of course the ones we have done press for in the past since we have had great experiences.

I believe that is it for this Convention Impossible! I didn’t try to bash on MegaCon, we did have fun but wishing that press would have been better in my book. I did get to ask questions if I were in an interview which you will get to see in our videos of some of the panels. I am glad that Troy Baker wants to see more accessibility with video games and I was glad to meet Katie Griffin and Linda Ballumtyne which you can still read those interviews! Too bad the Doctor Who companions cancelled since there is a new season of Legends of Tomorrow for Arthur Darvil to do but not sure why Jenna Coleman. Oh well!

What is next for us? My Top Ten Songs for May! Stay tuned!

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T. V.: Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. Season 4 Review

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I should’ve done this yesterday but finally thought that it was a great season that it should get a review and that is Agents of SHIELD Season 4! Let’s get to it!

Season Synopsis: Last time on Agents, we saw Daisy, also known as Quake, go off on her own to take out any criminals so she could get away from SHIELD once she lost Lincoln. The season brings in a new threat that deals with an ancient text known as the Dark Hold which opens one’s mind to endless possibilities such as turning an android into human to having a new life beyond the real world. All thanks to this text, new trouble arises for our agents and Colson as he tries to get Daisy back and meets Ghost Rider while he is at it. Besides making new friends, he finds out a new group that is trying to get rid of inhumans known as the Watch Dogs and knows that he has to protect his superhero strength friends along with his agents.

Disclaimer: This review is based on observation and opinion of the lead writer! Please respect her thoughts and opinions in this review! Also, spoilers may be ahead!

Thoughts: Oh man! This season was a lot better than the last, so much better that I forgot that Season 3 even existed! Yes, there were a few misses in this season but everything else was like “Holy sh*t!” The twists and turns took this season to new heights and how they introduced Ghost Rider made it even better. No, this is not the Nicholas Cage one but a newer one that drives a car than the motorcycle. I think I liked this one since I have seen reviews on the Cage Ghost Rider and too cartoony when Agents captured the character very well even when he returned to the Hell Mouth and then came back in the end of the season. Perfect esart and end to a season and hoping they keep this Ghost Ridr and get the rights back to the movie like with Spidey since Marvel can do right by getting characters back to their side. I wouldn’t mind seeing a movie with this Rider or re-tell the story teading up to this one to fill in the blanks that led to Season 4.

Okay, better stop fangirling for a bit because the rest of the season did play more with the Fitz and Simmons relationship again which I felt that this season was a major test for them both because Fitz had been buddy-buddy with Radcliffe from last season. I know I did say I forgot the last season but I did like Radcliffe even if he shown up out of left field for me when Hive was the villain.This season shown a bigger interaction with Radcliffe since it brought something from Age of Ultron into this season and that is building an almost real android and that is the new character Aida! Apparently now in the Marvel universe, if you create one of these ever since Ultron existed people have to report that they created one. Fitz meets Aida while visiting Radcliffe at home and he does warn Radcliffe that he has to report to the authorities about her and Radcliffe of course refuses and keeps it as a secret. You know this goes wrong, right? It does! She does get hold of the Dark Hold and all hell breaks loose all thanks to it, especially when the Matrix is involved or the Frake Work is involved. Oh yeah, we go into the Matrix with this season where we found out that Radcliffe made a world where life can be perfect but it gets twisted all thanks to Aida. It was meant to be made to load up your consciousness after you die but our Agents do get kidnapped and Daisy and Simmons have to rescue them from this messed up version where Hydra wins. Gondras wasn’t liking this part since Fitz and Simmons’ relationship was being tested towards the end of the season which Aida was really wanting Fitz! I did notice that too but I know Fitz really wanted to stay with Simmons even despite the hurt he was bringing on and how he wanted to connect with Aida and teach her how to be human but that was all wrong. I think this season was a huge development for Fitz’s character since it shown how he explained how hard his dad was on him during his life and you saw it the most during the Frame Work portion of the season, even though we saw the eviler side of Fitz in that part. We also get to see other sides of some of the characters in the Freme Work side such as May being colder than ever, Mack with his daughter with his more fatherly side, and of course Radcliffe being guilty for creating the Frame Work and Aida! Oh yeah, this season had a lot of character development and that is what I liked, especially with the first two seasons! Hoping the next season will be even better.

There was one thing that did confuse me, I am not sure if it’s because I missed a few episodes in Daytona, once ten rolled around I was exhausted from my long day of work, but the cocoon thing. Apparently, there was something where a inhuman was created through being inside a cocoon and didn’t see that much in the past few seasons. I am guessing it was something that led to Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 where the post-credits scene dealt with a cocoon as well which is foretelling of one character for the next movie. I wished that was told a lot better than it was the Senator’s brother being inside of it and didn’t want him alive, apparently she didn’t like inhumans and didn’t explain that much to me about her character and her brother, it felt like she was in for a few episodes and was killed by an exploding inhuman and that was it. I think Marvel should’ve explained things better when they can tell good stories. Io me it felt like that was glossed over and then cuts to Talbot working with SHIELD despite his feelings working with them and then to the Frame Work and so on. Hoping Guardians 3 explains the cocoons a bit better or at least the new Inhumans tv series, oh yes they are doing it, will explain that better!

Rating: 4.5 Star Pawprints out of 5! Even though this season was better than the last but the cocoon thing was confusing and felt like a one shot thing and forgotten about it. Ghost Rider being in this season was a really good change and it brought something new to the story and hoping that Marvel gets bte rights back to the movies since they can do a better movie than the ones that are made for the Rider himself. I did like the Frame Work stuff since this season cdi show what humans can be reckless with technology especially with artificial intelligence. I feel as though this can be a warning sign if we did create Aida and it goes haywire. I rather not being so afraid since I have to rely on tech for my everyday use. Now let’s see what Marvel has in store for the next season and Inhumans.

That is it for this review! I am glad to to do this since it was a season hat I enjoyed and it’s in time for MegaCon in a week. Let’s see what happens with Mega! In the meantime, I may do a post that deals with a subject that a lot of people may notice that still exists is the Wheeaboo and I may still do the anime that should be dubbed post either after the coverage on MegaCon or before it. Stay tuned!

Conventions: Convention Survival Snacks!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I was going to do this as a video but due to how busy I have been, I decided to do it as a post instead on Word Press. What is it? It is my Convention Survival Snacks! I wanted to do it as a video before Omni when the convention just started for us here in Central Florida but you know my sad computer story and couldn’t do it. If you guys still want a video later, probably before any fall/winter conventions, I could do it but right now with MegaCon fastly upon us dfr Memoria Day Weekend in one week…yeah! What snacks do I suggest, keep reading!

1. Protein Bars: Starting my list is protein bars! Reason why is that these can be tasty but they do help with filling in your appetite as the day goes on. The ones I did carry during Omni were the Cliff bars in Chocolate Mint which is basically a protein bar version of a Thin Mint. Yes, they do have that weird taste but they can be very handy when surviving three or in Mega’s case four days of convention going, it is good to carry one just in case!
2. Granola bars: Since I mentioned protein bars, granola bars are another great thing to carry in your backpack or messenger bag like me! Also for any of your hotel roomies to carry too. These are not that expensive and they do provide energy and protein too alongside fiber in case if anyone needs it. The bars I recommend the best are Quaker bars if you are into chewy bars like I do and have a nice crunch along with it and of course I do love my chocolate chips, S’mores, and of course I used to get the Thin Mint ones last year but a Variety Pack can last you and any roomies that may want a bar or two. If you don’t want them to be a squishy mess, there is the Nature Valley classic bars which are very crunchy and solid and you get two per pack.
3. Cracker packs: I am mentioning these because I started carrying these with me last year as a nice added snack in case if I felt my stomach rumble a lot more and they are those little Thomas or Captain Wafer cracker packs. When I was little and was in the second grade, I had these with my lunch and for snacktime during the day and these were filling and still are. Great thing that these come in different flavors and variety packs if you want more than one flavor and be surprised by eating them. My fave is always the cream cheese and chives because it gives a nice herbal flavor with the wheat crackers. Also, the peanut butter ones with the honey cracker are also good too! You can get them for a good price at WalMart, Publix, Dollar Gneral, and one place here in my area known as Ollie’s.
4. PopTarts: I know they aren’t the healthiest thing on the planet but knowing as a college student and a convention goer and you know you are late, PopTarts are your best friend! You don’t have to toast them, they are already ready for you to eat. Plus, you already have the frosting on top on a lot of them which with Toaster Streudel you have to put it on. Plus, nice accessory for that school girl cosplay to run out of your hotel room with a PopTart in your mouth. (I know, nerd!)
5. Nuts: If you want to keep the healthy part going and need extra protein, nuts are usually your best friend unless you’re not allergic to them. I remembered always carrying cashews and almonds but it was hard for me to finish them off in the end but I did something pretty cool which I will mention next…
6. Brownie brittle: If anyone knows about this then it is handy, if not I will esplain for any new people to the concept. Brownie brittle is basically the thin, baked parts of a brownie, basically the almost burnt bits of the brownie but in cookie form. THey have many flavors and the cool thing I did is I crumbled it up and mixed it with whatever nuts I carried and make it as a mini trail mix. Plus, it is low calorie for bronie brittle!
7. Peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches: One of my all time fave things about being a nerd is peanut butter and jelly, especially in the same jar! If you guys remembered Goober Grape from the 1990s like me, then high five! Good thing is that you don’t harefrigerate peanut butter and jelly but you can do it with the sandwich itself after it’s made. I will be doing this since the pb does offer the protein and the j gives you the sweetness! Great for hotel snacking in between panels if you go back to your room and need a snack. Also, helps any of your roomies that may need it and it is also inexpensive when you gather your snacks for the con. I am doing this this time since during Omni until Sunday I didn’t eat breakfast which the good thing is that this is any time food too!
8. Chex Mix: Another thing I love to carry during conventions is basically snack mix especially the beloved Chex Mix! Great thing about these is that you can carry it in small snack bags or you can get a freezer bag like I do and carry ate entire bag in it and it pretty much keeps you eating all weekend. Great to share with others too who love this stuff! What I also like is that there are different flavors to choose from which I do love the Traditional and Turtle ones the most. I want to try Muddy Buddy but got Traditional this time around since the Target I went to didn’t have Muddy Buddy. Anyways, Hershey’s did make their own which I haven’t found in my area yet but may do someday since I love having snack mix and it does keep you snacking even during panels. Heck, I think I had a lot of mix during Ranger Stop with the Cheddar flavor.
9. Japanese snacks: For that Wheeaboo inside of us, there are times when we want something to snack other things and there are times when we find vendors selling Japanese snacks! I always love finding Mr. Japanese Snacks whenever I go to the conventions, especially with Omni and Holiday Matsuri, he tends to carry a lot of new items and the classics that I love and the ones I tend to pick up the most since they last a good while is Hi Chew! They are like Starburst but a lot chewier and they have more flavors like apple, strawberry, and I even found cherry flavored at an Asian market in town. Speaking of which, there are also looking around in Asian markets if you have the time to do so since getting snacks can be time consuiing while packing. Also, you can get a great box of pocky for Scott McNeill.
10. M&M’s: I know candy is not the greatest thing but if you are craving for it then by all means but M&M’s are the best thing to go since they are really good movie snacks and panel snacks. Plus, there are the usual chocolate lovers that tend to carry these and also the old prhrse, “Melt in your moth, not your hand!” Also, if you find the M&M’s World during Omni, then a good idea to get some or a tin!
11. Chips: Potato chips in any style, whether your standard Lay’s, Cape Cod’s, and so much more, can be that perfect snack if you’re craving for them! They can be an excellent snack to share with your roomies or to go into the snack bar at your hotel or into a WaWa need be. The best chip for a backpack would be Pringles since they come in a cardboard tube and they don’t cgetcrushed as easily and you do have the travel size versions which I used to have in my university days. Plus, they are pretty cheap to purchase when you only have a dollar on you.
12. Combos: My finally snack of this list is of course Combos! I know, in case if you haven’t heard, these were re-called a year ago due to finding peanut elements in them and now they have been showing up in stores again, well depending where you live. WalMart bring them back in town. Anyways, these are our fave snack during conventions because they are easy to carry in a freezer bag and we all enjoy them the same. As in me, Gondras, and Nerdy Shirts. They come in pizza flavor, heddar, nacho cheese, and you can choose between the basic cracker and the pretzel. I prefer the pretzel slightly more because I am a pretzel addict! Now youc an see why I ove Chex Mix! Anyways, this is one good snack to carry and you can eat it easily during panels or while sitting down for a break.
That is it for this post! If you guys want to see this in video format whenever I go to the next con then I can do it for you! So, enjoy your convention adventures which we will try with ours!

By the way guys, we have a Patreon now! Since we don’t have any donations on Go Fund Me, which you should donate to that to so we can have our convention experiences in and out of town to bring you awesome content to our YouTube, so we also have Patreon to continue it! Here is our link to donate:

https://www.patreon.com/user?u=6153140

That is it for now! Stay tuned for our convention coverage from MegaCon!

Books: Gilded Cage by Vic James

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time for another book review!

Title: Gilded Cage
Author: Vic James

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation! Please respect her thoughts and feelings about this book.

Synopsis: This story is a telling of magical aristocrats in a modern world where commoners are there to serve them. We meet the Hadley family who end up in the world of Slave Days where a family has to work for the Jardian family, a huge aristocratic family that has been equal for many years, for ten years. The family is known for having many of magical skill and secrets that they don’t want to give until the Hadleys have their son sent to a Slave Town in order to work while the others were sent to the prestitious Clindestined where they not only have to take care of baby that one of their members gave birth to with a slave woman but taking care of a family member who has been in a coma for over twenty years.Twists and turns take shape and even people are willing to get hurt or die in order to change things and show that everyone is equal no matter who they are.

Thoughts: All I have to say this book was DAMN! This is one story I wanted to keep going and not be disturbed from reading because of how good it was! I did get confused on some points such as the family backstory with the character Utope who was in a coma for over twenty years. Yes, it got explained but I wondered is that is she so emotionally unstable even with death? I mean she went into her coma after losing her parents in a fire and then destroyed an entire wing after a death and I feel like that should be something the family should control or at least help her by going through treatment or training to control her powers or both. I remembered in the Dresden Files, it was explained that Molly’s powers can be triggered by feelings and in Ghost Story her guilt made her magic even more powerful. So, yeah Utope’s powers should’ve been helped with.

I was also even surprised by how Luke, the son, was sent off to the Slave Town for being “useless” to the Jardians but it was revealed later that he was useful. I did like all the parts with him and how he was dealing at the place he was in even when working with the rebels since it shown the darker side of the Slave Days if you’re not useful to the Equals. I almost thought they weren’t going to make it when a huge chemical fire rose up when he and the rebels rescued a friend that got arrested and tortured. You know those moments in books that you think your fave character will die but he survives in the end. I had that the most with Caid in Midnight Breed Series for most of the books he shown up. That is how I felt about Luke and hoping if there is a sequel, since the epilogue opened it to one, that he gets through what had happened to him in the end and that he gets rescued again.

Another character I did like was Abby, Luke’s older sister, I did like how she interacted with Jenna, the unskilled member, and had a feeling that they would get together despite how forbidden it was. I liked how she did the hardest not only to act normal as she worked but knowing the secrets of the family as she worked such as remembering the history since she had read upon it before working for them and trying to figure out why Luke got sent away when she and her parents and the little sister were sent to the Jardian home instead. I did like how she said, “Screw the rules!” towards the guy that was on the leash that was known as Dog. He did interact with her at first by grabbing her ankle when she had to take him to the stables on the property and she knew that something was really up and wanted to solve the mystery behind it and why was he treated as a dog. She is one of those characters that can fit with the Mystery Inc. group on Scooby Doo with how suspicious she gets. I can see why Jenna fell for her in the end.

Rating: 5 Star Star Pawprints out of 5! This book was a very good read! I never thought I would enjoy it as much! There were some confusing moments like I mentioned above but hey I got passed that with how well it was written. I am hoping there is a sequel since it opened up to one and you know I would be reading that! Way to go Ms. James!

That is it for this review! I am glad I am almost caught up with my “Older Than Three Months” shelf on my Net Galley account. I was so caught up with the Victor Reader Stream but I am glad to find some of the books I read in the past recorded and also as Bookshare files so far. That is about it!

Conventions: Last Minute MegaCon Info!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe. It is time for the last minute MegaCon info.

I know you are wondering why am I doing this now? Well, since MegaCon is our largest convention in town and people tend to get ready through the time between announcements like we are when it comes to press. I do have some updates that I have received in email.

Pulse Tribute Events on May 26th and 27th: First is that there will be Pulse tribute events during the convention. Everyone knows what had happened to us a year ago in June which was the Pulse Night Club shooting and we lost 49 people in that shooting which was even more sad. We will have a Orlando United Day starting this June but MegaCon will be having tribute events this year to celebrate the ones who survived and died during the horrific night.

PikaBelleChu Event: Our friend PikaBelleChu has invited us and if you follow her on Facebook, you may have gotten her invite to her MegaCon photoshoot. I am thinking of going as Pokemon Ranger Link since that cosplay got some love during Omni. It will be Saturday afternoon.

New Guests: Of course there have been more guests added as time went on and two of them you probably have seen my interviews with which include Katie Griffin and Linda Ballumtyne from Sailor Moon and other guests include Danielle Pannenbaker, Alice Cooper, Mike McFalrand, Troy Baker, Jamie Marchi, and so many more. Check the page for more updates and others probably added until the weekend.

Hotels: Knowing that these will be filled by the weekend, I would say if you are into getting a hotel room or bunking with people, do it now! Knowing this will cause a lot of booking along with the tourist season already starting for us. So, check any of the hotel websites or any travel sites for any deals.

Locations to Go to After Con Conquering: Like most people we do like to go around after our time at the convention and what else is there to do in Orlando? There is the theme parks, Disney Springs which you can catch the new Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 if you haven’t and if you don’t want to travel that far there is also theaters at Pointe Orlando and at CityWalk in the same area as the convention center along International Drive. If you have someone who wants to shop their hearts out, you also have shops in Pointe Orlando, CityWalk, even Florida Mall, Disney Springs, and we do have our Belz Outlet, and many more. And of course our many restuarants at the Orlando Eye, Red Robin, and one stop if you can get to which me and Gondras recommend and that is Pao Gustoso in case you want Brazilian cuisine for an affordable price.

That is about it! In case you want more information on where to stay and where you want to go during the convention, you can look under the Travel link on http://www.negaconorlando.com and also any of the theme park websites on top of that. What is next? Besides our coverage from this convention, we will also have the Top Ten Songs of May! 2017 where are you going? And also, make sure you donate to our Go Fund Me, Nerdy Shique Universe Travel, so we can go to these conventions and expand our work!

Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! So, we saw Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 and man it was hilarious and awesome! Let’s see what I think!

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation of thn! Please respect the thoughts of this review and warning! Spolers might be imminent!

Synopsis: We meet up with Peter Quill and the gang finding themselves in a new adventure across the galaxy! This movie is set to the music of Awesome Mix Volume 2 where we get to see the secret behind Peter Quill’s family and who his dad is when we meet Ego, a Celestial and made his own planet. What we don’t know is that daddy is really not alright and will Peter surrender himself to his Celestial self or stay with his family of rag tag heroes and a plant?

Thoughts: I know it was cheesy of me to kind of quote “Surrender” by Cheap Trick with that but it does say it all.

Anyeays! This movie was HILARIOUS! We couldn’t stop laughing because of all the stuff that went on! I know there was a lot of serious things going on but the comedy made it better! Heck, my audio description made it better especially when Groot brought back a dude’s toe to Rocket and Yandu which I couldn’t stop laughing and coughing! What was even more priceless is hearing Drax reciting a Gurren Lagan speech! Gondras pointed it out and I was thinking, “I wonder if Steve Blum and Kyle Hebert were seeing the movie and realized what he said?” Or at least Yuri Lowenthal going as Simone, “HEY!” Or just laugh hysterically with everyone like we did.

Gondras did go MST3K and I even cued up when audio description said, “Groot used vines…” I tapped on Gondras’ shoulder and I said, “Groot used Vine whip!” He started laughing because I have a shirt from Aardvark Tees with that on it and should’ve said, “It was super effective!” I know we are all nerds!

We did have Stan Lee make his cameo but don’t want to spoil that for you guys! What was random was seeing Howard the Duck again and even more random in the credits Jeff Goldblum dancing in one of the pics. I guess they wanted to bring him in his Thor: Ragnarok costume as a way of promoting that Ragnarok is coming out this year and the thing was if SpiderMan: Home Coming wasn’t coming out in July then it would’ve been this movie and then Ragnarok but nope! We’re getting Spidey back in July! Hoping the Marvel version will beat the horrible Amazing SpiderMan movies since the guy playing Peter in it is better from what we saw in Civil War.

Now, will I get the soundtrack like with the first? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! I am not sure! I liked the first soundtrack and all but the only song I do still ove that was in this movie was of course “Surrender” by Cheap Trick. Let’s see what happens. I know we will be getting this movie on DVD or Blue Ray.

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! I gave this movie the highest rating because it was funny and enjoyable. Movie Bob thought that Marvel movie sequels don’t build up to the first except for Winter Soldier but to me this one was as good as its first! It kept the comedy except for one part where a priestess’ red carpet ended being stuck for a bit. Didn’t laugh as much at that but the rest it was something that was part of the story. Yeah, we did hear a lot of pop culture references but that is like the first where Gamora did refer back to her remembering Peter’s story and comparisons he used like in the first one with Kevin Bacon.It was enjoyable and it kept us and the entire theater laughing and did have a sad ending on top of that! Now I can’t wait for the third which the end credits scene did give us a look into.

That is about it for this review! What is next? Well, we will be doing the last minute convention information for MegaCon Orlando 2017!

Travel: We Have a Go FUnd Me for Conventions!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I will be reviewing Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 later on today but right now I need to talk serious with you all!

Well, with the four years of doing press at conventions it has gotten very expensive and it is hard for us to not only travel with the hiking gas prices every winter and summer formula of oil being put into the tanks and pumps at gas stations and in cars but there is also food, parking prices like at the Marriot World Center, MetroCons surrounding parking lots, heck even over at MegaCon with the lots too. Plus, we do consider on thinking of hotel time to time but we don’t have enough money to get a room which the last time we did that was at the LaQuinta during Anime Festival Orlando 2015 which is not bad for a price. And of course what if we want to get our own video camera since Nerdy Shirts is letting us borrow the camera from his brother and that can get risky and I do have my IPad with low memory and trying to fix that and thinking of upgrading since I do use it for copying schedules in Numbers and of course use it for back up notes and sometimes camera work. Yes, I know a lot of expenses to consider as a press guy since we do consider ourselves among convention goers since we have to think of the same things time to time besides the usual cosplay issue.

That is why I created a Go Fund Me for us to help out with these issues. As you know I haven’t been working an actual job and have been trying to do the monetization on our YouTube content but some videos can’t be monetized for copyright claims since now we know what to do during Holiday Matsuri if we get the press pass this year and we all know that YouTUbe is having a lot of companies that provide ads pulling out due to certain content that is posted which YouTube did make new guidelines for last year. Which to tell you the truth, we aren’t getting that many views even though we have over 32K views but it is not that much. Plus, my first book only sold two copies and my next one won’t come out until early September and I am still working on my career stuff while Gondras is still going through school and same with Nerdy Shirts on top of it and Gondras just works part time and has bills like everyone. So, that is why hoping the Go Fund Me will help. Why not do Patreon? We were thinking of that for the moment since everyone is on there but I realized we don’t post as much on YouTube and yes I can put more things on there but everyone has their beauty stuff when we do more of convention videos which that draws a lot more views than my beauty videos which I did try along with a haul and taste testing. I may go back to it but with Patreon, most people draw for most people and come up with shirts but I am not at that stage yet. I am at the business cards stage! I do make keychains though not sure how people would like that. It is something to consider but Go Fund Me is the one to go at this time!

And now, finally what did we title it? Well, it’s called Nerdy Shique Universe Travels because we are trying to go to many conventions in Florida, we even want to go back to MetroCon since we did like the convention and had great experiences so far well except having a panel pushed back. Of course, our goal would be SuperCon in Miami for next year and many others outside of the states in the future since we want to expand our press scope to others. Plus, I do consider conventions part of travel since not only we are enjoying three or four days at one but there are other parts of a city we want to explore, for instance, when we went to Metro back in 2013 we drove around the first night before we found Sonic because it has been years since I been back to Tampa for Busch Gardens and Gondras rarely got to see Tampa for more than that and it’s good to know about your surroundings. So, we will be covered for gas, parking fees, and if we want any hotel expenses since it does become a task finding parking for a day. Also, for any equipment we might consider in the future since besides our usual travel problems, we do have that to consider!

In case if you are wondering, our starting goal is $1,500 at the moment but may change later but it is a start! Please donate if you can! Whether it’s $1 or $10, it will help us get to where we need to go when it comes to what we want to do!

So, that is about it and the link for the Go Fund Me is at:

Oops! Actually our goal according to Go Fund me is $150,000!?

Um…well try and donate?

https://www.gofundme.com/nerdy-shique-universe-travel

There is the link! Stay tuned for our Guardians review!

Books: The Bear and the Nightingale by Catherine Arden

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time for another book review! This one was a hard one but let’s see what I think!

Title: The e Bear and the Nightingale
Author: Catherine Arden

Disclaimer: This Review is based on opinion and observation of the lead writer and please respect her thoughts on this book!

Synopsis: We meet a wild child by the name of Vasilisa who lives on the edge of wilderness in a small village in Russia where winter roars through most of the year. Like many children, she enjoys listening to the old stories that her nurse tells including the one about Frost and his brother which most people fear them the most when they hear the story.

When her mother dies, her father goes to Moscow to find a new wife which she forbids her and family to honor the old spirits that are worshipped by the village which causes Vasilisa to be fearful of the problems that start arising due to how these spirits aren’t being worshipped anymore. Signs start showing up such as crops failing and demons coming closer from the forest which causes her new stepmother to become even more stricter in grooming her in becoming either a bride or a nun. As time goes, she has to fight the ones she love in order to combat the evil that comes close with the gifts that were concealed from her in order to save the village despite having dirty looks casted upon her.

Thoughts: This was a really good book but at the same time it was something that slightly made me take breaks due to how much it scared me. It is supposed to be a sci-fi and fantasy tale but I saw more of a fantasy story with a lot of religious undertones weaved in. The writer, Arden, did look into folktales to weave into this story which made it even more interesting and I did get brought back to my Comparative Myth class in the heroes unit of the class where this is a twist on the hero myth.

How so you might ask? Well, we see most heroes being brave in a lot of tales which they are either chosen from saving their friends from evil at a young age or have a special gift early on but Vasilisa was mostly put into her predicament based on fear from her stepmother and had her gift from her father that he got from Moscow and given to her nurse in order to give to her but kept until she was a teenager when things got worse. Not only that, a priest did add more to her fear and her stepmother’s and half ister;s fears on top of that. Which they did show the priest follow the siren songs of a water spirit that Vasilisa made friends with in the beginning of the book to rescue him before he died and was told that he will end all the spirits of the forest unless he dies or she has to get rid of him herself which a lot of heroes do have a major choice to do and you see it with her. As in, she did make a choice of sacrificing her life and food by giving it to the Donavoy in the oven and did hurt herself when the Frost’s brother shown up by going into the forest herself to save her family or she will be sent off to a convent to be a nun because her stepmother forced her to go. What makes her different from most heroes too is that people mistrusted her too which she saw that she wasn’t acting like how a normal woman at the time should be as in taking care of the family in the kitchen, being married off to a man, when she rather rides horses and go into the forest to play around. When she was arranged to be married off, she scared off her fiancé in order to rescue her nephew by riding the fiance’s horse! This got the looks that they thought she was a witch and should be exiled instead of being able to live in the village. I can see how much fear can cause your own hero to be mistrusted and turn away from the tales that you know and love on top of it in order to be saved.

The reason why I had to take breaks was the parts with the stepmother and how she was acting towards Vasilisa and her interactions with the priest. I know this is early in Russia’s history and how religion was taught differently back then but I felt sorry for Vasilisa the most since she was treated harshly by the stepmother and I know why. In the beginning of the story, she was able to see the demons and she wanted to be a nun herself but couldn’t due to being married off to Vasilisa’s dad. She refused to bathe because that was when the demon she saw the most came around. Her fear was something she couldn’t control but forced upon on the family and she didn’t know how to deal with it. Heck, I remembered when the priest gave Vasilisa a crucifix in order to protect her but the stepmother took it away from her knowing that it didn’t belong to Vasilisa but meant for herself alone. I can see why the priest gave it to her because he remembered that Vasilisa was the one to save him from a spirit that tried to kill him off. I can see how the priest wants to help the stepmother but he did show how he was becoming more involved with the Frost legend due to see the “Bear” which he thought it was something else that would help him even in his services. A very good antagonist in my opinion that adds onto how Vasilisa would have to save the village from the evil demons.

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Star Pawprints! I gave it a rating of 5 because this story was a very well written story despite how many breaks I had to take. It shows how fear can make you into a hero that can be despised by your own community. I wonder how the recorded version will sound whenever I get to it through my NLS wishlist since that would be interesting to hear. Vasilisa is a really good hero in how she was developed and shown how much sacrifice she had to go through in order to save her family and her village from eternal famine from evil.

That is it for this review! I hope with the next book I don’t have to take so many breaks in between because it is starting to become a modern sci-fi tale in it. Let’s see what I bring next!

Interviews: Linda Ballamtyne from Sailor Moon

::kitty minion with a moon mark on forehead appears::

Kitty: Runa!?

Me: Nyu? Are you aone of my minions or something?
Moon Kitty: I’m Moonbeam! I came from the moon and I was sent here all thanks to your Sonic Screwdriver having a special power to change into Sailor Universe!
Me: What!? ::takes out screwdriver and sees new setting:: How the heck did this happen!?

Moonbeam: Your love for writing and nerd things brought the setting! Now repeat after me! “Universe Renegade Power! MakeUp!”
Me: Here goes! Universe Renegade Power MakeUp! ::Screwdriver glows dark blue and changes me into a sailor scout with dark blue accents and star jewels near blue ears:: I am the one who fights for love and nerd-kind alike! In the name of the Nerd Universe, I write reviews and interview awesome stars and punish trolls and that means you!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Another surprise for you all and it is another awesome interview with another Sailor Scout and that is Linda Ballamtyne who will be at MegaCon 2017 in Orlando! Like Kate, she will be appearing for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and I had the pleasure to ask her a few questions! I hope you all enjoy what she has to say and hoping you guys crack up as much as I did since it was an enjoyable read. I am also including her thank you note at the bottom because she put it at the end and I don’t have the heart crystal to delete it because it was so sweet and make sure you check her out and follow her on social media too!
Q1: Yo0u will be at MegaCon this year, how does it feel to be at a convention in the Sunshine State?
Are you kidding?!!??! I’m from Canada! It’s always awesome to go to Florida. That’s our home away from home in the winter. That said, it’ll be the summer when Megacon is on and everyone keeps warning us of how warm it will be. We (Katie Griffin/Sailor Mars) and I say BRING IT!!!!
Q2: How does it feel to meet long time fans of Sailor Moon?
I love meeting all the fans of Sailor Moon. The stories they have of why Sailor Moon is so important to them or how it changed their lives are always amazing. They usually start with a 30 year-old saying, “You don’t understand, you were my childhood!”. And I say, “But how can that be? Aren’t we the same age?” LOL! But the truth of the matter is, while I may have been important to them when they were growing up, they were equally as important to me back when I recorded the show. They were there watching the show and supporting me when I was just starting out my career. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. Our friendship actually spans two decades. So if we seem like immediate besties at a comic con when we meet, that’s because we’ve known each other for a very long time… we just haven’t met in person until that very moment. It’s pretty huge for both of us.
Q3: What has been your favorite fan experience from any of the other conventions you have been to?
Oh man, there are sooooo many! From the first fan I met who simply said “Sailor Moon. Now I’ve met two of you” (apparently she had met Terry Hawkes before me) and then she just smiled and walked away, to the woman who dropped to her knees sobbing, to the ones who are now voice actors themselves and were inspired by me when they were young, to the babies who don’t even know they are fans yet but their mothers or fathers are dressed as Sailor Moon. I love them all!!!! Don’t you dare make me pick a favourite… Or I shall punish you in the name of the Moon!!!!
Q4: Since there were other voice actresses who have played the role of Sailor Moon, how did you become one of the voices?
Like most roles, I had to audition for the part of Sailor Moon. That’s what it is to be an actor. You audition a lot– pretty much everyday. And you don’t always get the roles you want. But you go out every time and do your absolute best. Because if you don’t do your best, if you’re not prepared, you simply won’t get the part. It can be a lot of heartache. Every role I audition for I want. But I certainly don’t get every part. I’ve been really lucky in my career. I’ve worked a lot. But I’ve also heard the word “No” more times than I care to remember. Sailor Moon was one of the ones I hold on to and remember how sweet it felt to hear the word “Yes”.
Q5. What has been your favorite episode as Sailor Moon?
I loved recording the whole ending of Sailor Moon S. That was intense. I and I really loved the story line. Getting to dig down deep and feel the raw emotions of what she was going through was amazing.
I also loved when Serena was “drunk” on “juice”. That was a total blast! It was just silly fun and we laughed a lot while recording it.
Q6: If you were one of the other Sailor Scouts, who would you be and why? (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Saturn do count just in case you’re wondering!)
I flip-flop with this all the time. I love how tomboyish Jupes was. She was just so cool and tough. I loved her so much! But I also loved Mars. She was a true friend. Calling out Serena when she was being an idiot but always there for her. She was more cutting and sarcastic… I LOVE that part of her.
Q7: Not sure if you know this but Viz Media re-dubbed the original series since they dubbed Sailor Moon Crystal. What are your thoughts on this and have you seen it? If you have, what are your thoughts on Stephanie Sheh being the title character now?
I’d have to have been under a rock for the last 4 years not to have known about the Viz dub and Crystal. I love that they have given the fans something more. Everyone has been waiting and wanting more for sooooooooooooooo long and finally they get to sink their teeth into a little new Sailor Moon material. I like that Crystal holds more true to the manga and I think Stephanie Sheh is trying to be closer to the original Japanese voice which is cool.
Q8: Now it’s time for my favorite question for voice actors! What was the funniest thing that ever happened to you while in the booth or did you play any pranks on anyone?
It was pretty funny when Rini and Moon switched ages. Usually we record all the episodes all by ourselves in the studio, but for that episode Sugar and I were together. She has such a high voice. Watching her face contort going down lower was HILARIOUS! And then when Rini grabs her boobs and said, “Get a load of these”… OMG… we almost died laughing. We didn’t get scripts ahead of time so we were watching it for the first time while we recorded it and we just couldn’t stop laughing. It took us WAY to long to record that episode. But we just couldn’t stop. That’s probably one of the reasons they wouldn’t let us record together. LOL.
Q9: Are there any new projects that you can talk about for you?
I have a few of things I’m working on right now. George of the Jungle is now on air, Zhu Zhu Pets, Top Wing, Wandering Wenda, Little People and others. I also do a lot of commercials as well. I’m pretty lucky. I love what I do and I seem to get work. No complaints here.

Thanks so much for the interview. Please feel free to correct any spelling and grammar. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

My social media is:
Insta and Twitter: @LABallantyne
Facebook: Linda Ballantyne

Thanks again!

Linda B

Well that is it for this interview! There is one more Sailor Scout that I am still waiting on and that is Susan Roman who played Sailor Jupiter, my favorite Sailor Scout. Here is the thing with me and Sailor Moon the series…better take out the tissues!

::clears throat:: I even replied to Linda with this but haven’t done it with Katie yet but hope you’re reading out there…the series came on Toonami when I was in middle school and still running through high school and well I was bullied for having a speech impediment and of course being visually impaired since I was diagnosed during my freshman year of high school with my eye condition. Sailor Moon did teach me not to let the bullies put you down for being smart and all around different. I didn’t realize that until now after reading the past two interviews since Katie and Linda along with anyone who has been on the cast even the new cast heard why and how it changed their lives. Like Fairy Tail teaching me how to be persistent and not to give up te fight even how hard it gets, Sailor Moon did teach me how to believe in myself. I did look up to Jupiter the most since she did help Serena/Usagi to become tough in the fight even if she starts crying in battle. I still remember when I commented on Stallarnan’s video where she shown how to do the famous bunhead hairdo that you see (watch it, in case if you want to pull it off) she asked what is your fave Sailor Scout? I did say Jupiter and she replied, “She bakes cakes and kics ass while doing it.” Lol Which I agree!

Susan Roman, if you are out there! I still want to ask you these questions too! Or at least get to meet you during MegaCon since you will be there too!

That is it for this interview! You can also still catch my interview with Katie Griffin and make sure you follow her and Linda on social media and catch them at MegaCon or at a convention near you!

What is next? I may go ahead and do the anime that should be dubbed post after all because looking on it, I do have some suggestions! Until next time from Sailor Universe! ::changes back into the fedora and trenchcoat with the .hack thunder wave symbols wearing cat girl:: Now where is Gondras with the Tardus?