Panels: Writing Villains from Omni Fandom Expo 2018!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Now continuing with our Omni Fandom Expo coverage with another panel!

Writing Villains Panel from Friday!

Another Friday night panel during Omni this past March is the Writing Villains Panel. Since we have the heroes we cannot forget the villains which can be fun! Trust me, my fave villain will always be Loki from the Marvel movies!

Here, I felt like this was better out of the two because I felt like the tips here were a little more fleshed out and we had more discussion to go with since a lot of media has really interesting villains to see and read and not only that we have different philosophies when it comes to the villain’s actions. How will I do my villains in my newest book? Well, I can’t tell you but Love Found in Cinders does have a villain that I did have fun playing around with. So, enjoy these two videos!

That is it for this post! I hope you enjoyed this post. Make sure to catch my other posts and next one will be my writing panel! Stay tuned!

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Panels: Writing Heroes from Omni Fandom Expo 2018!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I am back with another video from Omni Fandom Expo 2018!

Writing Heroes Friday Panel!

Sorry for not being on here this past week, I’ve been studying for my JAWS Certification exam so I can go further down my path of Assistive Tech and I do have an announcement towards the end.

So, this panel is a writing advice panel known as Writing Heroes which caught Gondras and my ears because around this time I was a bit in a rut with my third book. I had a hard time writing it because I felt like it was not flowing as much and this panel did help me in a way and that is with back story.

Even though GOndras felt a little bit put down for what he said about writing someone’s back story was sad but I liked what was said and now that I have my story back on track I know where to keep going. And not only that my buddies Mimi Jean Pamfiloff and Kaz LaFave did give me inspiration to keep going. Don’t worry, they will be mentioned towards the end of my third book.

I would say you don’t always have to follow every tip in this video to a “T” since this is about writing your characters and you can write the hero anyway you want since like how Mimi put it, “It’s your story! Do whatever you want!” These young ladies also had a villain’s panel which will be after my newest book review! So, you can follow these tips or just do what you want!

Announcement: Now it’s time to announce that I was offered the Assistive Technology Instructor job in Daytona Beach! Yay! If you remembered, I did mention that I did a work experience at the rehab center and not having much experience teaching did notice that I need to work on things before I come back to it. I did and went to volunteer in my school district, went to Apple workshops to get better handles on apps and advanced learning, and even learned Android, and now I have a new Braille note taker the Braille Sense Polaris! So, back in February I re-applied for the position since one of my friends out there I knew for a long time sent me the link since they were looking for a new instructor and applied to see what would happen, I did get the interview in April and was told a week or so later that someone else was chosen. I know it sounds weird but then Tuesday comes around and I get a call and it was the person who gave me the experience and I did ask her for a recommendation letter for the school I was applying to for my grad certificate and she offered me the job. Yes, I took it because this was something I wanted for a long time and I know I may be a bit rusty but I did help people learn new apps, I did say I got my Customer Service Training Instructor to download Soundscape and she loved it! I did also suggest it to use it on paratransit if you’re lost this morning at the NFB meeting. I was really excited that I got offered this and yes I will be moving to Daytona. Don’t worry, this will keep going because Nerdy Shique Universe was the blog that started everything for me. As in, being able to get on Word Press, start the YouTube Channel, even getting to so many conventions and writing about so many things from hauls, to anime, cosplay, and even getting to interview so many people like Brian Beacock, Lauren Landa, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and even now Derek Steven Prince for that entire hour. I don’t want this to end ever because it was also something that led me to writing my two books and onto my third. I may be posting less but I will make sure you guys will get the content, I will go back to Orlando for conventions when the press opportunities get approved, I mean did fill out Anime Festival Orlando’s form to see if I can extend the olive branch again because time has passed and hoping things look up. And of course, this will bring new technology experiences for me because the world of assistive tech is expanding ever since 2018 started, I mean Microsoft just created a controller for one-handed gamers. I guess you are also wondering, will I still do Soundscape at Florida Mall, I will have to see because I want to do that experiment and see how well it works. If I knew about it in March, I would’ve had it then but now that I know it exists I will test it.

So, anyways, I’m glad for this new opportunity and right now just waiting on the paperwork to go through and thinking about apartments, which that is another thing! I will be living on my own until Gondras graduates. He is supportive because he knew my struggles in finding a job the past three years and it’s hard having a cane in hand being interviewed for a position because we are the largest unemployed group at the moment and it’s heartbreaking. It did take me some time but the patience shown it and I’m glad that 2018 so far has been my year and I’m still trucking! Now that I got that career rolling that means getting back to school is another part to complete.

That’s it for this post! Stay tuned for the next panel video from Omni Fandom Expo 2018! I’m sorry for it taking so long but things got in the way and we’re catching up so got more things to get up! Until next time!

Favorites: March & April 2018

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for favorites!

March & April 2018 Favorites!

Favorite Cosplay: Rarity from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic! First is my favorite moments of Omni Fandom Expo from this year! I always start off any favorites when there is a convention involved in the two months that they are based on! First is my five cosplay to do this one and that is Rarity from My Little Pony! I picked up a tulle dress from Hot Topic and one of them happened to be Flutter Shy while the other being Rarity! I was surprised that so many recognized my costume even though I did get mixed up as Twilight Sparkle, which I wanted her dress but that wasn’t in my size. I also thought I was getting Apple Jack except that order got cancelled which it said my size was in stock but then it wasn’t. Anyways, I did get the wig and the unicorn horn that was on clearance at Hot Topic’s website and it worked out! I did forget my bronzer except my makeup looked fine to people, I wore the Pur My Little Pony Movie pallet which is based on the newer ponies while Colour Pop did their stuff based on the classic ones. I used the shades in Rarity and Generosity alongside Mythical Dreams from Wet N Wild’s Unicorn Glow set, the Infinite Star eyeliner from NYX alongside Pure Society from NYX, Unicorn Heart from Makeup Revolution and Pearlescent Pink from Wet N Wild! I also wore my unicorn earrings from Etsy. I was happy that people loved my cosplay and I do have to fix one of the ears on the horn headband because I had to do that with the horn which it looks like its ripping. I am definitely going to do this costume again because of how many compliments I got as her!

Favorite Find in the Vendor’s Room: Pink Ranger Lunch Box! Something that I found in the vendor’s room that I never would think to find and that is my Pink Ranger lunch box from Mighty Morphen Power Rangers! I wished I had this when I was young since that is how I got into Power Rangers like any kid! Trust me I wanted to see the movie when I was a kid in the theaters. I would so take this with me with my food during Ranger Stop if we do press this year because I would be having fun if someone catches me with this. Plus, the price was hard to give it up for because it was only $5 when something like this would be around $14 at Hot Topic. Knowing Gondras would probably guilt trip if I didn’t buy it either because you can’t find this as much as you could back in the 1990s!

Best Interview: With Derek Steven Prince! Reason why is that not only we had an hour but I feel like this has been one of my best interviews I’ve done. I was able to learn a lot about a voice actor and even was surprised that his first role was on Power Rangers, hey Ranger Stop, get him! Get him! Even with the actor who played Divatox, you could have so much fun! Also, you get pretty good advice on top of it if you want to get into voice acting. I did mention in the Paul St. Peter panel post that every actor has different advice to get into the voice acting business and this will be a nice learning experience from our interview with him.

Most Favorite Moment: Being Brought Up Front by No Ordinary Balloon Man at His Panel! I had to mention this because it was the most touching moment of all time. I will never forget this and having my badge on my wall was one reason why I have it there and that was when I brought up by Bruce during his Twisting up the Odds panel. I did help him with re-creating a penguin he made for a kid that had the same disability as him and also blind and it shows that I was seen as an inspiration to him and everyone else in the room because I’ve overcame a lot of obstacles like he has in life except it was with blindness and that was even harder. All thanks to this moment, I did write an article for the Braille Monitor which is NFB’s newsletter that comes out every month. I’m a member and also a board member for the Central Florida Chapter and one thing is to be a self-advocate and my representation of the blindness community at these conventions doing press is one of those things. I can’t wait to see if my article about this moment ends up in May’s newsletter. In the meantime, this is still my favorite moment!

Favorite Event: This Year’s Script Reading! This year’s script reading was one of the most entertaining since there were a lot more guests to play with and more scripts to have. It was entertaining to see everyone read the two Guardians 2 scripts even with the part where Groot had to bring back Yandu’s fin and you had Derek doing his VImpmon voice for Yandu which kind of matches and Josh as Rocket Raccoon. Even though Josh as the typical Jewish mom for the Fifth Element was awesome too! I did almost yell out, “Think of your character from Mad Bull 34!” For doing Rocket or was it something else. Why? In that anime, he did have a New York accent and I would say watch Bennet the Sage’s Anime Abandoned episode for the clip.

Makeup!

Brush Set: The Unicorn Brushes from Black Beauty! First is a brush set and I loved the brushes that Hot Topic’s Black Heart Beauty brand came out with because they are nice and soft! You get four and they include a contour brush, a blush brush, an all-over eye shadow brush, and a liner brush! All of them perform beautifully but I think the eye shadow brush should’ve been made with more bristles because I felt like it was a bit flimsy when it applied eye shadow. To me the other brushes were very well made and performed awesome!

New Shadow Pallet: Urban Decay Petite Heat! I know I won’t shut up about the Naked Heat and now it’s the Petite Heat! I was on the fence of getting this since it included matte shades that weren’t in the Naked Heat and one shade that should’ve been in the original and that is the orange shade in this one. Yeah, there is the terra cotta shade in the original but would have a better balance with the orange and I can see why I can pair this one with the original and it worked out!

Favorite Re-Discovered Item: NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams! Well, I finally got these again since NYX did send me the email about items that will be gone once sold out and I got a set of the Soft Matte Lip Creams. It’s been forever since I had these in my lip drawer and never re-purchased over time. I always loved Milan and want to get that again since it looked so good on me and I noticed they released more shades even San Juan since I’m Puerto Rican I may need to get that one too and the color even sounds pretty. These are five re-discovery.

New Skin Care: Clearasil Acne Protection Face Wash and Stubborn Acne Pads! Recently, I switched my face wash and facial cleaning pads to the Clearasil brand because I was running low and was in Target with my dad and tried to find my Stridex ones since I was getting my five Hydro Touch primer and Target is the only other store besides CVS that carries NYX. So, since they didn’t have Stridex, I decided to check out Clearasil and remembered how this brand has been around since my middle school days and fell in love with the facial wash sample I got and tried to get my mom to buy me that specific one and she wouldn’t listen to me! She always pushed using soap as my face wash and it made my skin dry over time. Then I remembered it was either my brother or my nephew leaving a container of the facial pads and loved those, they were the ones that exfoliate only not the ones I got and used Stridex afterwards. I noticed my face was not recovering over time as much as I hoped and when my dad read out Acne Protection and Prevention on the face wash that got me interested because there are times where I do get my zits show up and then what got me sold to have Clearasil for real was the facial pads which read, “Gets rid of stubborn acne!” Yes, they were $8 each but they always say pay a little more for skin care because you have one skin so take care of it. I’m not talking about going Sunday Riley prices but these two things so far do work. Starting to at least because the little pads are exfoliating my face which you have a rough side and a smooth side and I first exfoliate and then use the smooth side to calm everything down and I feel like the little bumps that don’t want to leave are starting to come up and reduce a little, it will take time which all skin care does for most people and I will update in due time to see if it’s still working. I do love the clean smell that both give off! Oh right, the face wash, it’s not so harsh like the Clean & Clear, it’s just a creamy wash and it also smells nice! Let’s see how well it goes!

Book: The Ballad of Huck & Miguel! Next is five book and I give it to The Ballad of Huck & Miguel because it was a modern twist to the classic by Mark Twain and when I sent Tim DeRoche the review he was surprised I never read the classic but this gives you a newer idea of that tale. I loved it and didn’t want to close Kindle at all while reading this.

Songs: It’s that time again! Time for my favorite songs!

1. “I Want It That Way” by. Backstreet Boys! First song on my top five is from my pop roots and that is “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys. I was a fan when I was younger and since I had them in my head for the longest time it was time to give them another listen. It felt good to listen to their music again because it brought me back so many memories and I did go to see them when they toured with the Black & Blue album which was the last album before they went on hiatus. I did hear how Kevin left the band which I remembered hearing one of their latest songs on I Heart and it’s not bad but this song has brought so many memories and I’m able to sing along with to this day. Nineteen years I can still sing it!
2. “Crossing Fields” cover by. Jonathan Young! Next is another cover I love by Jonathan Young and that is the cover of the first theme song from Sword Art Online. I loved this song when I first saw SAO when it was just subbed and when I heard the English translated cover I was happy. At first I heard a girl do it, not sure who it was but it sounded good until I heard Jonathan Young’s version and loved it even more! I did get it on ITunes for my phone playlist.
3. “Re: Re:” by. Asian Kung Fu Generation! Yay! I’m back to my Japanese music roots since I rarely mention any artists from Japan on these lists. I think it’s because there haven’t been many new songs coming out and Gendou hasn’t been updating as much. There is one song I was happy about that was used for the anime Erased and that’s “Re: Re:” by Asian Kung Fu Generation. I remembered first hearing this song back in 2006 on their Solfa album and wondered what it was called for the longest time until we saw the anime Erased in the viewing rooms at Omni 2016. When Gondras told me the title, it did make sense that it got its title since it’s like a response to love in time since in the translated versions we tend to hear starts with “I’ve waited for you! I’ve waited for you!” And makes sense for the anime due to the time travel that takes place. This is an amazing song and glad that they did a re-recording for the 2016 version of the album and knowing that I will be getting it onto my phone at some point.
4. “History Maker” from Yuri!! On Ice! Knowing that Vivi is reading this and might get it in her head. So, I’ve been getting “History Maker” in my head ever since I started watching Yuri!!! On Ice with the girls on our Galantine’s Date and I do sing along with it time to time too when I ever listen to Nate Wants to Battle’s version and Pellock’s version, which I prefer his version more due to how pretty it sounds with the guitars and the rest of the instrumentation. The reason why I also love this song is that it does have a great message along with it because since I’ve been working on my Grad application I have been having this song in my head due to how I want to follow my dream of becoming an A. T. Specialist and I do agree with the lyric, “We are born to make history!” Because we are the only ones to make history happen not anyone else when it comes to what we want to do and that’s how I felt when I re-wrote my essay which I need to Spell Check it and the song was also in my head even at the point where I mentioned that I felt regret for not going and finishing the original Minor I wanted to do. If you have the time, I would suggest the full version of this song and give it a good listen to on repeat, it’s a really good song!
5. “A Rose for Epona” by. Iluvuti! Finally, I’m listening to this song because it’s always in my head as of late! I heard of this band while watching a Pastel Goth tutorial which had no voice over to it but let the music play. They’re pretty much Celtic Metal kind of like how I put seven dust under Southern Metal, Iluvuti is Celtic Metal and they do it so well too! This is the prettiest song for a metal song and sometimes makes me think of Fairy Tail since they do River Dance music mixed with metal in that series and same with Seven Deadly Sins. I did have another song from these guys in mind but this song seems to stick with me! Maybe that other one will be on the next list, you will never know!
Well, that is it for this list. I know it wasn’t much because I was really wearing the same kind of cosmetics to my customer service training courses and hardly any room to try new things. Hoping I will have new favorites in the next two months. What is next? Will be reviewing a new app I have been trying out by Microsoft! So, stay tuned!

Conventions: Paul St. Peter Panel from Omni Fandom Expo 2018!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I’m back with another post and it’s a new Omni Fandom Expo video!

Paul St. Peter Voice Acting for Business & Pleasure Panel!

If you’ve been here since 2016, Paul St. Peter has been a staple guest at Omni Fandom Expo since then and has been a great guest ever since. You may have heard him in kingdom Hearts 2 as Xemnes, Naruto as the Nine Tailed Fox voice, and Wyrmon in Digimon Season 2 also Stingmon and the many evolutions after that. Paul always puts on his voice acting panels and they are very informative since Gondras and I do attend them every time he puts them on. If you’re wanting to be a voice actor and he’s a guest at your convention, I highly recommend his panels because he not only tells you what’s possible but also does demos in his Voice Maker panels. We got video from his Voice Acting for Business & Pleasure which tells you the difference in doing it for fun and doing it in the business world. All thanks to his panels, now I add the question, “What is your advice to people wanting to go into voice acting?” for my interviews because a lot of voice actors go into this business in different ways and it’s good to get different advice from different actors. I did ask J. Michael Tatum and Brandon McInnis this question too which you will hear that in our interview soon but in the meantime you get to see this video, which you should watch to the end, and our interview with Derek Steven Prince earlier in our Omni posts.

That’s it for this post! Stay tuned for the rest of our coverage from Omni, we do have more panel videos coming up. Of course our interview with Mr. Tatum and Mr. McInnis soon. So stay tuned and follow us on Twitter for our updates!

Beauty: Beauty Products I Would Replace If THey Were Gone After A Convention!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time for a fun post!

Ten Makeup Products I Would Buy If Everything Vanishes!

So, today’s new beauty post is something I saw all thanks to Emily Noel and now Jessica Braun did a videos on and that is what if you were somewhere with a hotel, like a convention for example and the next day your makeup is stolen! Like the cleaning staff sees your beloved Urban Decay pallet and steals it or a roomie takes your makeup case by accident and you have to buy your top ten items over again! Here are my ten items I would purchase again and it would be based on what I use! Let’s see what I have to say!

1. NYX Hydro Touch Face Primer: I’ve been using this primer a lot because I love how it keeps my face moisturized while wearing my makeup and makes my foundation application a lot smoother than before. It doesn’t feel dry when I put it on like the L’Oréal Magic Face Base.
2. NYX White Eye Base: I love this stuff and has been my favorite so far and see why this is a great base for my eyes. I do have to set it after rubbing it and it’s also creamy and one thing is be careful not to go overboard because it can slide a little bit. I would suggest using a brush when putting it on!
3. Maybelline Monoid Eye Shadow in Vanilla: Next is my eye shadow set shade and that is Vanilla from Maybelline’s Monoid Shadow line. This is very matte and it holds my eye base in place! It’s not that expensive like most shadows and it is great and does last you for months with the amount of shadow in the pan.
4. Essence Lash and Brow Gel: A brow product if it was stolen and need to have it in a quick and can only spend $2 on my brow product and that is the Essence Brow and Lash Gel in clear! I love using this as a base for my brow pomade from NYX but other times I tend to just use its own and it makes my brows tamed.
5. Urban Decay Naked Heat! If I were to replace an eye shadow pallet if it was stolen it would be the Naked Heat by Urban Decay! I would travel with Petite Heat but I would have the actual pallet if I wanted to go out for a night with Gondras or if I were to be a guest it would be my number one pallet to wear. I have to keep my paws away from this pallet since I’m addicted to it especially with the Petite Heat now.
6. L’Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga! If I had a mascara stolen, I would replace the Miss Manga! This is my Holy Grail mascara and it has been my trustiest of them all because of how nice it makes my lashes look and I feel like an anime character wearing this one. I almost thought about Perversion from Urban Decay but this one has been my all-time favorite for the most part.
7. NYX Concealer in a Pot in Light & Green! I know it might be cheating but the concealers from NYX are now my newest faves! I know I have been using the one from Almay but these work a lot better and also a lot cheaper in my opinion, plus you get to see the product being used up more than the concealer wands since that can be a hassle and it doesn’t drip as much.
8. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation in Buff Bisque! I just bought my second bottle of this foundation because I started loving it a lot! I know if this was taken by someone during a con I know a Walgreens would be nearby to get another bottle of this foundation. Plus, my shade was matched perfectly in this range because my skin is normally hard to match a foundation with because it’s so warm and Buff Bisque is the only one to match along with the Warm Beige powder.
9. Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer! If this was stolen from my makeup case I would probably cry because I love this thing so much! I know whoever will take this will also love it since it is kind of pricey in the drugstore but it’s worth the $15 for it due to how well it blends, how nice its pigmentation is, and it does smell good!
10. MAC Blush in Warm Soul! If I had to replace a blush I think I would have to replace my blush in Warm Soul by MAC the most! I do love my Dainty and Gleeful but this one has been one I reached for the past month and a half because of how pretty it is and it is the most natural blush you’ll ever get. I heard Wet N Wild’s Apricot in the Middle is also nice but if I end up running into the closest MAC after finding this gone in the morning it will be the first blush I will run to!
Runner Ups: I know there are times where runner ups can be mentioned!

1. Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore: I’ve been using this blush for a few cosplays now and can see why I loved it so much! It’s a pretty berry color on the cheeks and it’s not so dark either. It just gives a pretty shade to the cheeks!
2. Makeup Revolution’s Unicorn Heart Highlight: I would be upset to find this is stolen if I were to be doing Rarity as one of my cosplays and someone snatches it due to its packaging.
3. NYX’s Dreamcatcher Pallet in Dusk to Dawn: I love this pallet a lot like the other two but this one is my most loved out of them since I can do a quick and easy neutral eye with it!
4. Too Faced Chocolate Bonbons Pallet: If this was stolen for its chocolate scent I would probably cry too!
5. Urban Decay Perversion: I love this mascara and I think it’s my number two favorite in my fave mascaras because this gives my lashes an amazing curl and goes with all of my Urban Decay pallets I own!
Well guys that is it for this post! I had fun doing this one since it gives you a perspective on what makeup products I would replace if they were taken! If that were to happen, I would have a Rarity overload reaction since makeup is my favorite thing to be creative with and would be super upset if some of my favorite things were taken, especially my Urban Decay Naked Heat if that were to be taken by someone. So, if you want to do this as a post or video, I would like to see what would you replace if someone stole your makeup during a convention or vacation or just broke into your place and did it? We all have different tastes!

What is next? Well be waiting on our Paul St. Peter video to be edited so stay tuned!

Interviews: Derek Steven Prince at Omni Fandom Expo 2018!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I’m back with more Omni coverage!

Interview with Derek Steven Prince

It’s up on YouTube and that is our interview with Mr. Derek Steven Prince! You may have heard him in Digimon as DemiVeemon, Veemon, ExVeemon, Paildramon, and even Imperialmon! I bet you’re wondering, “Wait! What about Flamedramon and Raidramon?” Well, they’re done by Steve Blum. Anyways, other series he was in included love Hina, Naruto, Bleach, and his first role in Power Rangers Turbo as Divatox’s nephew! You will get to hear that story in this interview and even did the voice during Jeopardy that Friday, which we had a hard time figuring out the character’s name. He did show up in other Power Rangers seasons as villains and monsters.

What is next? Well, I’m having a bit of YouTube app trouble and hoping to get my Coastal Scents Revealed 1 look up on there soon. We also will be having a special treat coming up this week and excited to bring it to you all! So, stay tuned! We are trying to get the other videos up from Omni but need to make some edits so hoping we can get them up as soon as we can! Enjoy!

Interviews: No Ordinary Balloon Man and Shadow Scythe Studios from Omni Fandom Expo 2018!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy SHique Universe! Now to continue with our press coverage from Omni Fandom Expo!

Interview with Bruce Carr and Evan Benardi!

So, this year had a new person to interview or two new people and they are Bruce Carr, also known as the No Ordinary Balloon Man, and Evan from Shadow Scythe Studios. If you haven’t been to Omni, Bruce was known for the Colossal Titan from Attack on Titan during the first year of Omni in 2014 when he attacked the Matthew Mercer and Kyle Hebert panel. That is the most impressive feat when it came to balloon making! The year after he made Armored Titan for the Cast Panel in 2015 which you can still catch that video on our channel and it is our most viewed to this day. We got to interview him and Evan this year since we wanted to show his work to you guys! He and Evan are examples when it comes to doing anything with a disability.

So enjoy the interview and make sure you check out Bruce’s stuff all over social media with No Ordinary Balloon Man and if you want to have him anywhere at events and conventions, get in contact with him! : Cough: holidaymatsuri::cough: Which I did suggest Lighthouse have him at their walk for next year. Forgot to mention, he does sing anything you request! We all sang the “Pokémon Theme” even during one of his panels.

Anyways, stay tuned for everything else from Omni Fandom Expo and enjoy our interview! Until next time!

Conventions: Omni Fandom Expo 2018: The Most Inspirational Anime Convention Year!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I’m back from Omni Expo 2018 and man I am exhausted but feel inspired! How so? Well, this year was a huge inspirational convention and there were things that took place that were things that made me not feel inspired but an inspiration on its own. I will explain as the review goes on.

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts, opinions, and observation of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on this convention and thank you!

Man! This year was a huge year for Omni Expo and let’s see let’s start with location!

Location: This year Omni Expo was at the Florida Hotel again since it was a success at this location a year ago. Last year, the format was a little weird because of Panel Room 1 being close to the vendor hall and the Main Events Room and so on, this year they changed it up slightly. Instead of having Panel Room 1 close to Vendors, they put it closer to the Gamin Rooms and Panel Room 2 which 2 was changed and was a bit bigger from last year. As in, PR 2 is not as tiny, I don’t feel like my claustrophobia was being affected, it was just longer and had more chairs in the audience area. PR 1, on the other hand, it was wider! As in, it seems like they wanted these rooms to be bigger than last year’s rooms and glad they went with that especially with more people attendee this convention. Yes, there was a bigger turn out this year that I’ve noticed and glad to see that with this year. Heck, someone even posted on the Florida Mall Facebook saying, “There are so many people with weird colored hair, armor, and more.” This is what happens when you hold a convention, heck I still remember walking past Auntie Ann’s last year as Link and everyone followed with their gazes.

Vendors Hall: This year’s Vendors Hall felt like it was the same size as last year. Even though I was hoping Surreal Makeup would be back for this year since there was one item I did see I would like to get but they weren’t there which sucked a little. Hoping to catch them again somewhere at Holiday Matsuri if we get press again or just buy from their website. I did find something nice that I did end up picking up and that is a Pink Ranger lunch box from the same guy who sells a lot of old school stuff even from Power Rangers. It is the classic Mighty Morphen Pink Ranger and as you know it brings back so many memories and when I was around that age I didn’t get any Power Rangers stuff except the movie items from McDonald’s when I was about to go into the fourth grade and wanted to see that movie but saw Pocahontas instead. This lunch box does come in handy to carry food in even for convention time when I do carry sandwiches and other things, heck I think it’s roomier than my Dead Pool Chimichanga truck lunch box. We did bump into the Japanese snacks guy we always love buying from since he spotted me through my Rarity cosplay and I thought he wouldn’t be selling at the convention but silly kitty or shall I say unicorn me was glad to see him and did get another mystery bag and a bag of strawberry Kit Kats to try out! Look out for a video on that! Besides the vendors, they did bring back some of the vehicles they had on display, which we did hear the Jurassic Park theme song playing in the back and that was next to Rob Simms’s table. We mostly mingled with some of the other guests, I did get to talk to Mesumi Sempai a little bit since I never got to talk to her one on one and she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. We did talk to Paul St. Peter again since we have interviewed him last year and it was sad that he didn’t bring back Pirate Curses. We did go to two of his other panels which….

Events & Panels: This year was eventful! Even more than last year! I can see why there was a bigger turn out since there were a lot of guests coming including Sawa who was the Japanese singer that was invited this year, we wanted to interview her but due to her being on high demand for interviews and her schedule being busy we will be arranging a Skype interview sometime soon. We did go to her acoustic show Saturday night and if you haven’t seen her live I would suggest to do so! We do have both of her CDs and I will probably do a review of them whenever I can get the time to do it since now I’ve been pretty busy. I did get brought to tears during one of her songs since it was very touching and hearing it acoustic made it even more special. She did do one medley but don’t want to tell you guys about it since she did say not to record that one but the others you could. I did like the song “What Is Wrong with Me?” since that is also a sticker you could get for free at her table and can’t wait to hear the album version. We did go to her panel on Sunday and it was very educational because we get to learn about the bath houses and she shown pictures of the one her family owns. It’s interesting to learn that like with apprenticeships, where you take up some of the more cultural things like being a Geisha and puppetry, it is starting to become a bit of a dying breed due to people in Japan starting to get their own bathrooms to take showers and baths in. If you’re visiting Japan at all, I would say visit them or even Sawa’s family’s bathhouse since we have seen them in anime and movies why not check out the real one? Also, meet Sawa if she is at a convention near you because she is a major sweetheart!

Besides going to Sawa’s stuff, we did go to, well I did go to the Crystal Carnivale ball since it was RWBY themed this year. As you know, Gondras and I are huge fans and well we did have a bit of a hiccup at the door. The thing was Gondras was supposed to be my escort despite not being formally dressed, I thought he would do his Fourth Doctor but he didn’t since it would be a little hot in the Florida Mall Hotel despite it being cold at night, I know the weather should have happened during Holiday Matsuri. Anyways, when we got to the door, they wouldn’t allow Gondras in even though we asked the staff it was okay and apparently word didn’t get to the volunteers at the door. I didn’t want to waste the $5 and went in anyways. One of the staff members did find me and apologized for what had happened at the door and was appreciative for what we have done ever since the convention started. I did spend the rest of the hour there but felt bad for Gondras even though they wanted him back in and I tried telling him to come back which they said it was okay, he didn’t want to. I did try having fun at least and got to see the Nora cosplayer, since she is one of my fave characters from the series, perform even if I couldn’t see it. The funny thing though, not sure if they got the vibe from my dress or something, the room was split into red and white tables representing Team RWBY and Team JNPR and when you entered the ball you were given a pack of buttons with clothes pins in the color representing that team and I was already sitting at a white tablecloth table and asked what color was the clothespin and it was white. I did joke in my notes, “Maybe they knew I had a Team JNPR shirt?” Which is true, I have it in my closet again to go with my new RWBY chiffon skirt and hat! I did reunite with Gondras and we go to the Creating Good Guys panel and Bad Guys panels that night since I am a writer after all and have been on a major writer’s block with my third book and getting back into it, it was interesting in my opinion since it did give me new insights in how I should take my story. I even asked advice from Kaz LeFave and Mimi Jean Pamfiloff recently and I thank them for that. In between both of those panels, we did attend Derek Steven Prince’s Jeopardy panel which I did put on our itinerary as a possible thing to do. We did participate in it and winning lets you spend an hour with him. Did we win? Yes! It was a challenge with most of the questions and we got to learn more about him before the interview which you will catch on our YouTube soon which that was our entire hour with him. He did come into the Creating Bad Guys panel and sit in on it. I think we do have video from that so you will get to see the Good Guys and Bad Guys panels.

Many other events and panels we went to include the two panels that Bruce Carr also known as No Ordinary Balloon Man which if you haven’t catched him at a con, you should because he does a lot of balloon creations. This year he went all Digimon with Wyrmon, Tai, and the Digimon Emperor! We did see Josh Seth stand next to the Tai creation during the weekend which was awesome. What panel stood out between the two he had done was Twisting Up the Odds because what was interesting about him is that he has Asperger’s along with Evan, which we also catch with him and records video of his creations, and it was a very inspirational panel. One thing I have to say is that being disabled people think you can’t do anything and it’s heartbreaking to see that. I did help with making a penguin because Bruce pulled me up to the front due to his story about how he went into balloon making and that he and I recreated the penguin he had made for a boy that not only his condition but was also blind and that he came to me for that it brought tears of joy. Heck, trying to keep my composure here! I still have the penguin and knowing that my final review part may make you guys cry so have the tissues because I may need them too! Another event on a happier note, the Live Script Reading! This year’s script reading was very entertaining and it included Sawa, Paul, Derek, Josh, one of the cosplay guests, and Rob Simms and the scripts they had included from Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, and Fifth Element. Perfect timing for Guardians 2 since they had the scenes with Taser Face and the one where Groot had to get Yandu’s fin back. In the Taser Face thing, Sawa played the part of Rocket and she did pretty well and she did narrate the Yandu and Groot part where Josh was Rocket, Rob was Groot, and Derek was Yandu. He gave him the Veemon voice from what I was noticing and it fit! I still busted out laughing with the human toe part! That still gets me even when how the audio description read it out to me while seeing the movie a year ago. And another event was Josh Seth’s illusion show that he made for Omni Expo! What most people probably don’t know is that he does magic related things and it was an amazing show that he put together for Omni and how he made the tricks. Heck, the final trick, he had the serial number on Gondras’ dollar bill in the end! Holy crap! Two thumbs up if you’re into magic shows. It was my first one live as a blind person since Gondras wanted to see how Josh would make his show seen by a blind person since on Pen & Teller’s Fool Us show one of the magicians did a card trick made for a blind participant in mind. I did participate somewhat in the final trick where he tried asking me to come up but he had me stay in the audience. Don’t want to fall off another stage which…in case anyone is asking…my panel…no one came again! I am not sure if it is my time slot selection since the cosplay contest was going on and hoped to get some remains of Josh’s crowd from his creative panel. Empty and again Gondras had to play the crowd which I do have video from. Not sure if I should bring another panel or not, who knows what will happen next year.

Rating: ::hears alarms:: SUPER CONVENTION ACCOMPLISHED! What does that mean? It means this convention had a major accomplishment since things have gone through the roof! This year’s Omni has been a major inspirational convention because of how we can tackle obstacles and put ourselves out there. Ever since Omni first found this blog all thanks to a small typo, I wouldn’t be still doing press for them to this day and is keeping me hopeful for my future doing press. Not only that, also my dreams to become an Assistive Tech Specialist since I was told to stick with writing except I use tech in order to write and without that tech I wouldn’t be writing this review and Nerdy Shique Universe wouldn’t exist! All I have to say is that all thanks to meeting Sawa, Derek Steven Prince, even getting to be up there with Bruce helping him with re-creating that penguin, it has inspired me to go further. What really makes me go further was that staff member, Roy, who came to talk to me before the Crystal Carnivale ever started and telling me that they have appreciated what not only me but what Gondras and Nerdy Shirts had done over the years. Yes, I went to year one alone and came back with two other members and looking at what we’ve done is a major accomplishment and that really warmed my heart. ::sees kitty minions with tissue boxes:: Thanks! ::takes one:: So in the end, I hung up my Omni Expo badge as a symbol of how much we’ve done in the past and even this year. Thank you Omni Expo for bringing us for press every year and showing that you guys may be small as heck but you still bring people to your convention even if it’s before springtime and had to switch with MegaCon. You guys are still a favorite and keep on going!

Needs for Improvement: Even though this year was really good but I do have two things to improve on…

Improving Volunteers With Escorts: As in, letting them know that even if they don’t have formal wear but let their escorts into the Crystal Carnivale when it comes to being disabled. Staff did apologize to me in person which was the best thing ever and I did write to Omni that there should be something in place to help any disabled, especially blind, attendees when it comes to getting around and even having their escorts with them in a special way. For instance, when I was in the costume contest last year as Link, I had Gondras escort me to where I need to be and they let him help and even handled Ageslash in making it wave. Anyways, that should be a permanent thing for certain events whether it’s being a contestant or going into the formal even if the escort is not dressed for the occasion.
Signings Should Be In A Small Room: What I mean by this is that the lines for the guests were taking up foot traffic in the Vendor’s Room which there were the area for shopping and it was hard to see who was in line for the guests and who was going to a vendor. I think the Florida Mall Hotel can move the walls so it would be a nice section to block off between the vendor halls and have people either peek in to see if a guest is around or see about the schedule on an easel to say, “Hey! This person is going to be back at this time!” Would ease the foot traffic a little or expand the width of the vendor’s area to make it more expanded for signings. I missed it where in the Double Tree near Universal there was a big area for the guests to sign things and that was out of the way of people walking, it was the same way back at the Rosen Center in 2015 and even year one where there was one huge area towards the back of the vendor area for guests so it would be easier to walk around. So yeah, there should be a bigger area for guests and/or make a room separate for them so foot traffic won’t be so obstructed. Always next year folks!

Guest Suggestions: Since I haven’t put this in here, now starting to with new reviews, I think conventions should be suggested some people and take them on a bit more. Here are my suggestions for 2019!

Melissa Fon: Since we have three Digimon guest, why not get someone from one of the most iconic of the seasons and darkest of them all, Melissa Fon who played Rika. She also was the voice of Edward in Cowboy Bebop!
Steve Blum: He was at Holiday Matsuri and would be fun for him to return for another Orlando convention!
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn: Can’t have Steve without Mary since they have worked with each other in the past!
Neil Kaplan: He has not been back to Orlando has he? He plays Halsemon and Hawkmon in Digimon Season 2 and any Voltron: Legendary Defender fans, he is Zarcon for that season!
Team FourStar: It’s been four years since they’ve been back and it would be fun to bring the main three, Lenimpataur, Takata, and KaiserNekko to bring on the fun. Especially with Final Fantasy VII Mission Abridged being such a hit. Try having your fiancé quote Vincent Valentine from this!
Louis Lovehog also known as Linkara: Since MythiCon had ended in 2014, I think we’re missing Atop the Fourth Wall Live and it would be fun to see him do another comic here in the Sunshine State!

Well, that is it for this review! Don’t worry everyone, we do have videos coming up from this year’s event! From my panel to our interview with Mr. Prince, we have a lot! Not only that, I did say we are trying to arrange a Skype interview with Sawa in the near future due to her packed schedule and hoping we can get it up before whatever convention we go to next. Knowing that our time differences well probably be worked around since she is in Japan and we’re in the U. S. would be nice to visit Japan, wouldn’t it? Hey, we have to work with what we got and I did re-install Skype since we have our first interview in the works to make up for not being able to interview anyone during Holiday Matsuri last year. You will see! So, in the meantime, make sure you follow us on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique for all the latest updates for our posts here on Word Press and YouTube. In case if you want to suggest who we should start doing Skype interviews with, would like suggestions and see if we can reach out. We also would like authors too since we do have book reviews here! So, until next time! Catch you all on the universe side!

Convention Spotlight: Omni Expo 2018 in Orlando, FL

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Another year and another Convention Spotlight!

Convention: Omni Fandom Expo
Dates: March 9-11, 2018
Location: Florida Mall Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, FL

It’s the fifth year for Omni Expo and even a fifth year for us to cover the convention for press which we’re excited about! It will be at the Florida Mall Resort again. It seems like this convention was had a major success at this hotel and glad it did since it is easier to navigate and walk around in in my honest opinion. For anyone new…

Hotel: This hotel is attached to the Florida Mall which is a huge tourist trap for us here in Orlando. People from all over the world come to this mall and also stay at this hotel year round. For anyone who are veterans of this mall, they have changed up some of the layout and moved some of the shops. Trust me, it wasn’t easy finding the new location for Hot Topic last year when I picked up my new Rise Against shirt but you do have the food court for meal time, even discounts from what we’ve seen with some stores. I will link to the entire website this time because I figure it’s easier to take a look at everything that way.

In case you guys want to know what’s in the food court and some of the food kiosks, here are a few:

Joey Fatone’s Burgers and Hot Dogs
Five Guys Burgers & Fries
Subway
Chicken Now
Taco Bell
Auntie Ann’s

And so much more! There are places outside and even a plaza with a Publix next to the mall in case if you want something different. Make sure you hit Chick-Fil-A Friday and Saturday and if you head further west, you can hit International Drive for more places to eat.

Guests: Of course we can’t forget the guests coming and coming back!

Returning Guests:

Bruce Karr: Oh yes, No Ordinary Balloon Man is coming back for another year. He is well-known for his balloon creations. If you were at Omni last year, he made a Hercule Satan and of course you can request for him to make something for you.
Paul St. Peter: He is back everyone! The voice of Wyrmon, Stingmon, Kokomon, and Xemnes is back for another year at Omni Expo. Hoping he does Pirate Curses again and check out his voice acting panels while you’re at it!
Mesumi Sempai: She’s back for another year and if she does her Lolita panel, I suggest going to it if you’re wondering how to dress in the popular Japanese style. She has really good info.

New Guests:

Sawa: New guest to arrive and from Japan! Sawa is making their first appearance and you may have heard their music in the game The World Ends with You!
Derek Steven Prince: The Digimon Emperor has arrived for this year’s Omni and can’t wait to meet him and get my copy of Digimon Season 2 signed by him!
Josh Seth: He’s returning to Orlando for another convention! We’ve interviewed him at Holiday Matsuri and hoping to do it again and without interruptions. Anyways, you may know him as the voice as Tai from Digimon and Tetsuo from the forever famed movie Akira and one voice from one anime called pilot Candidate as the voice of Zero!

You can see other guests on the Guests tab on the Omni Expo page!

Panels & Events: I did mention above that we’re hoping to see Paul’s Pirate Curses panel which is a lot of fun especially when people yell things at each other and of course get to learn more about pirates outside of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He should teach a pirate class at UCF. Just saying; Some other events, which one I am excited about is the Crystal Carnivale Ball and this year is going to be based on the Beacon Dance from RWBY and it’s $5 at the door. So grab your formal wear even formal versions of your cosplay and a mask if need be and join in on the fun! Another event that keeps popping up is the Dance, Death, Rumble! I guess it’s like Suicide Karaoke but with dancing. We may have to check this out. And of course the Café Au Lait Maid Café events taking place during the weekend. These events are what you would experience at a real life maid café in Japan. CanadaJin3 did do a video talking about these but she deleted everything but you can find other videos experiencing these things in case if you’re interested. I will update you guys on Twitter in case of panel info for me since I did put in a panel form with Nerdy Shirts’ idea. The Assistive Tech panel video is still up from last year if you haven’t seen it. If you want to check out more events, you can check out the link below!

Well, that’s it! Better follow us on Twitter because I will be updating with things as the convention gets closer with any interviews that will be taking place, any panel updates since I’m crossing my fingers, and much more! We’re hoping to take some pics this year since last year we didn’t do many and definitely apologize with that. And of course we have the business cards for the blog, my first book, and now my second book, Love Found in Cinders.

Omni Expo Official WebsiteWhat is next? The RWBY Volume 5 review since this newest season just ended recently and like with the first four there will be a review so stay tuned!

Conventions: Holiday Matsuri 2017 Idol Festival!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It’s time for the final coverage from Holiday Matsuri 2017!

Saturday, December 16, 2016 Idol Festival:

This year introduced a new event to Holiday Matsuri and it is known as the Idol Festival. These are pretty popular in Japan even with how much Vokyloid has been a huge part of that popularity. In Japan, idols go onstage and perform either solo or in a group and here is kind of the same thing where women act as the idols and dance or play instruments along with the music.

We only were there for a few of the acts from the start of it since we were heading to J. Michael Tatum’s panel right after we got some footage. Sorry if the video is not as great since there were a lot of people at this thing. I did like some of the music since I do like J-Pop and still listen to it on my I Heart Radio app even when it pops up on my Favorites radio with Baby Metal, Asian KungFu Generation, and I think I have High & Mighty Color and a bit of Gackt time to time.

I hope you enjoy these videos and the rest of the coverage we have brought you from this past Holiday Matsuri. Now they are gearing up for this year’s and already have some of the forms up. We are definitely going back and hoping to stay at the World Center since that was great too.

Speaking of press, good news is that we now have press passes for Omni Expo 2018 and excited about it! I will be doing the Convention Spotlight either towards the end of this month or early February since the convention is in March again. So, stay tuned everyone!