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!

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!

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!

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?

Favorites: March and April 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is that time again and that is my Favorites for March and April! Last time, I felt like I didn’t feel like I had that many favorites and I had to type that list into Word Press due to having no computer access until around the first two weeks of March. Well, mid-March actually! I learned my lesson, never go online for free versions of Windows products. What do I have? Let’s see!

Fave Cosplay Moment: People Recognizing Me as Link! As you know, we did press for our fourth year at Omni Expo and this year I finally got to have a new cosplay! Yay! I used some of my work experience money to gather parts and that was mostly to finish Pokemon Ranger Link from Legend of Zelda. This cosplay was in the planning stages back when I first did Pokemon Ranger Rusty, which you can see in my video interview with Eric Stuart, and after graduating I didn’t have the funds after 2015 and knew I had to put it off until I get the funds. I did get Silveon which we dubbed the name “Silvy” for this. I was glad to get the goggles from Black Flame Creations, the hat from Amazon, I found the gloves and did have a ong wig to tuck into my shirt, and finally my overshirt with the patches. What was most impressive about my cosplay besides wearing elf ears for my first time is the Eageslash that Gondras made into the Master Sword and Shield. Even the judges were impressed during pre-judging with all the Pokemon and Zelda elements and one of them did say, “I can see the spirit of Pokemon.” What was awesome was that during Saturday, we went into the food court since we were starving and didn’t eat on the way which is a bad idea and that will change for MegaCon ::does Side Show Bob groan:: (Don’t get me wrong, I am excited to go to MegaCon after not being there for five years but will explain some stuff in the review after the convention!) and on the way back to the convention, we had to pass by Auntie Ann’s since it was inside the Florida Mall. People noticed who I was and they followed with their gazes and I didn’t know until Gondras noticed and told me and I was happy. Yes, I hardly smile due to having a fixed chip in my front tooth but I was still happy. I think this has been my fave cosplay this year especially with the goggles which I should mention that down below!

Fave Interview: Josh Martin and Chris Rager! This year’s Omni had another double interview and that is with Chris Rager, Hercule Satan, and Josh Martin, Magen Boo. Before the convention, I tend to request who we want to interview and we wanted a double interview with these two and we got it! I had so much fun interviewing these two because not only we went a little close to time but off topic but we enjoyed it! It is like my interview with RJ Heady last year which I also had fun during, which you can also see on YouTube. And yes, I am Link in that video and the one with Paul St. Peter. It was fun!

Best Attempt At MakeUp: Doing Winged Liner for First Time! I did have to look up how to do winged liner since I NEVER did it before. I know I should’ve practiced but due to being busy with preparing for the convention and going through all the computer problems, I didn’t get to do it. I did it blindly as best as I could and even took the tip of do it subtle like since one video I saw as basing their Link was based on a older Link. I had a bit of eyeliner issues with the Wet N Wild liner I used which had the chiseled tip which was hard to work with and the girl who did Cosplay 101 was surprised that I did it for my first time for the cosplay when I commented on one point she made. I may have to practice this since I dibuy the NYX black pencil liner. I know people usually use a gel liner but the pencil linder I used did work out as well.

Fave Cosplay Accessory: Legend of Zelda themed Goggles! I had to mention these on here since it seems to be a liking for most people too. When I started getting into steam punk stuff, I fisited a stand by these guys known as Black Flame Creations over at Anime Festival Orlando. I got their Harley Quin themed goggles which you know me when it comes to Harley. I am talking about animated and comic book version not the movie version. Anyways, they did say they will do custom jobs on their goggles and mentioned Zelda elements they can do and I decided to go with them for my goggles for Link due to how awesome they are! If you haven’t checked these guys out, I highly highly highly recommend them for goggles. I really want to see other stuff and hoping I run into them again. They did tell me and recommend me to Aunt Matilda’s steam punk items too. Still, check out Black Flame at blackflamecreations.com and tell them I sent you! Anyways, I even wore these to Orlando Overdrive (sorry, footage coming soon from that) and people also liked them too. That is why it’s a fave item even with my compass earrings I got from Amazon and the necklace that I got from Etsy.

Fave Phone Case: Rarity phone case! My fave item I found in a convention is a phone case done by someone who made the Kakashi 3DS XL case I used to have but it broke all thanks to it being dropped. I need to get another from her but she did advertise on Omni’s group that she had phone cases and I asked about My Little Pony which you know that I love that series. She did have IPhone 5 cases that fit my SE ever since I got it and I found one of Rarity. At first I wanted Twilight Sparkle since she is my first fave pony along with Pinky Pie being my second while third I would give to Rarity and the girl sold out of Twilight but she did have some of four of the others which included Pinky and Rarity. I almost got Pinky but the Rarity one looked prettier in a way and shinier! I may have to ask for a Twilight in the future and hoping I can ask for another DS case of Twilight too if I can. I am not sure what my funds will be for Mega at the moment but hey I do have a nice phone case!

Fave Eye Shadow: Shooting Star by Surreal MakeUp! I had to keep myself from using this a lot since it so pretty and shiny and I don’t want to go overboard with it either and that is Shooting Star by a brand called Surreal MakeUp. I mentioned them the most in my review on Omni because they were the first makeup brand I have seen at a convention! I normally find cosplay makers, artists, the usual anime vendors, and so much more but not a makeup brand this brand is an indie one. They came from Clearwater and they are all natural and the owner and her husband are very nice. I was debating on either getting one of her lip items but when she mentioned Shooting Star that was when it became a winner of my wallet! It is a beautiful shimmery shade and it will look amazing! On that Sunday, I wore my Midnight Blue eye shadow all over my lid and Shooting Star in my crease. I have to warn you guys, this is a pigment and it is stupidly pigmented! As in, you may have to dip your brush once and tap a bit and then dab! She will be at DragCOn and other places if you pay attention to her website: http://www.surrealmakeup.com and I have been mentioning in some comments on YouTubers’ videos that are going to check her out. And also, what’s cool about her brand is that if you don’t know what to get but still want to try her stuff, she offers sample pods which you put the pods into your cart and then look through the site and when checking out you write down what you want to sample. It’s worth a try at least. You rarely get that from most brands. So, I will be giving Surreal MakeUp the Star Pawprint of Approval!

Favorite Primer: L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Face Base! ::hears record screech and people gasping:: What!? Can’t a girl try something new? Well, the story is that I can’t use the Nivea Post Shave Balm ever again. ::tosses it out the window:: Because my skin became irritated! I know I raved about it last year all thanks to Nikki Tutorials raving about it and makeup artists used it but what I didn’t know is that this thing sinks into pores and can clog them since the skin does absorb this product after you shave…well when you are a man shaving. I did feel it tingle after I shaved my chin. So, I had to stop using it and did learn the hard way too that the Nivea is not a sensitive skin friend either! I know, how ironic? All thanks to a video from Jeffree Starr, he did a video where he did a half and half test of two face primers and one is expensive as all high heavens and the other drugstore which is my fave place of all for makeup and he tested the L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Face Base and oh man! I love it! I have to thank Jeffree for this because when he mentioned that this is meant for all skin types I knew I had to find it and glad that it is still existing. It may be a tiny pot of primer but usually you don’t need that much to begin with and this did last me a month and a half! My skin did calm down and I did feel a slight tingle since my skin is not used to something new but it did calm down as I used it and it felt so good whenever I applied the primer and my concealer did go on smoothly along with my foundation and all my makeup stayed on pretty well. I will be getting this for now on! Goodbye Nivea!

Fave Mascara: Maybelline Angel Push Up! I never thought I would try a falsies mascara until I tried Maybelline’s Falsies Angel Push Up! I am glad that this mascara give me the same affect as a pair of false lashes when I don’t wear them. What is the point of false lashes when they can cause problems. Read my Cosmetic Controversy post on those. Anyways, I find the tube interesting looking since it almost reminds me of a pushup pop but with a mascara tube! I did like how my lashes felt with this one and willing to keep trying other mascaras to see how they feel.

Fave New YouTube Channel: Vivid Barnicle! So, lately I have been watching Wheeaboo story videos since Wheeaboos are a bane of our existence. I do admit I did have a bit of a Wheeaboo side in my earlier days of getting into anime but it did die down since I got into other things like Doctor Who and My Little Pony and much more. I stumbled upon this one girl known as Vivid Barnicle and she reads a lot of stories that are horror like where people had many experiences with Wheeaboos. For anyone who doesn’t know what a Wheeaboo is they are basically a person who is overly obsessed with anime and Japan and bases Japanese culture on what they see in anime such as believing that there are still samurais like Rurouni Kenshin walking around when they haven’t exist in many decades. Also, I did take Japanese courses and it is not as easy as many would think. Anyways, some of my fave stories include a girl who tried dying her skin in a bathtub with sharpies and alcohol for her Homestuck cosplay and one that was really recent where a girl got attacked by one Wheeaboo that attended her college and caught her stealing stuff including her Yuri On Ice costume she made. It is amazing how much people become very obsessed with anime stuff. So glad I grew up!

Best Series Come Back: Mystery Science Theater 3000! Yes! It’s back! For those of you who are nerds and haven’t grow up as much as I did with this series, MST3K has come back and in full force on NetFlix and so many people are happy including us, as in me, GOndras, and Nerdy Shirts! For those of you who are new to knowing about this, it is a show where a guy and his two robots riff on cheesy sci-fi and horror movies sent by their worst enemy! It is hilarious and some of the jokes are funny as each movie goes on. Even Movie Bob was happy to see it back that he was in tears at first and then laughing so much with the first episode. What made us happy was Patton Oswald is a character on this which fits with him and it feels like he takes his pony character from My Little Pony and turned it into Max on this. It was even awesome that Felicia Day being the new Forrester in this one. Yes, we have to drop by her table at Mega for a “hi!” Plus, the theme song is always catchy!

Well, that is about it for this bi-montly favorites! Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates including when we put up the Orlando Overdrive footage! I really need to get that from Gondras. What is next? Maybe another book review or maybe last minute convention info for MegaCon and still waiting on news from anyone on email interviews. So sit tight!

Interviews: Katie Griffin from Sailor Moon!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! SURPRISE! I have an interview for you guys and it is from one of the guests at MegaCon this year! I know it is kind of weird seeing it here when you guys tend to see me in action on YouTube whether wearing elven ears or a snowy white wig, but this is the best I can do since long story short we can’t interview people in person which sucks for us. But the next best thing was doing this. And if you remembered from our early days, this was how I did interviews, well transcribe them and I did one with Kyle Hebert through email before Omni Expo 2014! Who did I get for this one? It is none other but Katie Griffin! She is the original voice of Sailor Mars from our fave anime Sailor Moon! She is also the voice of Alex and Mindy on Totally Spies which was one of my fave series too when I was in high school going into college. What did I send her? Read on people!

Q1: Knowing that you will be in Orlando, FL for MegaCon, how does it feel to be going to a convention in the Sunshine State?
I LOVE Florida! I’ve been to Florida many times, and the sunshine never disappoints! My parents vacation twice a year in Siesta Key, so Florida is a bit of a home away from home! Looking forward to MegaCon!

Q2: I noticed that you have been to a lot of conventions, how do you like meeting your fans that have been long time Sailor Moon fans?
We are soooooo lucky to have such an incredible fan base for Sailor Moon. It’s really hard to compare it to any other show, but our fans are so loyal, and so supportive, we honestly LOVE meeting everyone, and hearing how much Sailor Moon influenced and shaped people’s lives. It’s really unbelievable how important this show was to so many people.

Q3: With all the fans you have met, what has been your favorite fan experience?
I get asked this question a lot. It’s a tough call. I honestly couldn’t tell you why, but Sailor Moon has affected people so deeply that we are frequently told how Sailor Moon ‘saved my life’. Some of our fans have gone through some pretty dark stuff, and Sailor Moon was there for them. These are the most special experiences for me. I have worked on a LOT of shows over the past 20 years, and even though I may have had a great time on some of them, or they were big shows for my career, I will never have fans coming up to me to tell me any of them ‘saved their life’. It’s pretty special to be a part of something that means so much to people.

Q4. What will fans see and expect during the convention this year? As in, what panels will you do and what events are you looking forward to while visiting Orlando, etc.?
Panels are never ‘planned’. People have questions, and we have answers. It really isn’t something we plan for. I have been to Orlando many times over the years. We went with our family to Disney world last April and had an absolute blast. Probably won’t have much time to do anything other than the convention, unfortunately.

Q5. With the roles you have done as a voice actress, what has been the hardest thing about recording lines?
The hardest thing about voice acting is getting a cold, believe it or not. Your voice changes, and you struggle to reach your character’s voice in many cases, and I never worry or stress about anything more than I do when I get sick. Perhaps for me, because many of my voices are much higher in range than my regular speaking voice, I struggle so much more. It’s an awful feeling. A cold for me, means that I’m not able to work for a week or two, or audition, because I sound so completely different.

Q6: Not sure if you have seen this but Viz Media re-dubbed the original Sailor Moon series, as in gave the scouts newer voices and even put episodes that weren’t shown to US audiences, etc., have you seen it and if so, what were your thoughts especially with the new actress for Mars? If you have seen it, have you met Christina V. (Mars)?
I am so thrilled that Viz Media re-dubbed! The fans have waited a looooooong time for this, and I think it’s fantastic that Sailor Moon lives on! I met Christina briefly a few years ago in L.A at Fan Expo, and she seemed super nice! Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the new dub, but from what I’ve heard Christina does an amazing job as Mars!

Q6. What was your favorite episode with Sailor Mars?

I liked whenever there was a little bit of comedy for Rei. She was very serious a lot of the time, so whenever there was a funny scene, I went for it! I liked every episode with Chad, because he was such a goofball! He was good for Rei! I also liked some of the silly bickering scenes. Rei had some of the best lines when she fought with Serena. It was silly. And, I really looked forward to it!! tee hee.

Q7. If you were one of the other Sailor Scouts or Guardians, which one would you be and why?
Hmmmm…..I change my mind on this question, but I always come back to Jupes. Sailor Jupiter was one tough cookie. I really liked that about her. I also like that she baked a lot. I don’t really bake…..but I like eating baked goods! Bring on the cookies!! *smile*

Q8. I always love asking this question to any voice actor, what was the funniest thing that happened to you in the booth or are there any pranks you did to a castmate while they were in the booth?
I would love to tell you that pranks happened on Sailor Moon, but we mostly recorded on our own, and time was always of the essence, so it was usually all business. I just completed two seasons of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, the TV series (I played Sam Sparks!) and I have to say I have never had more fun on a show, than I did on this one. We got to record as a group, and I was pretty lucky to work with such a ridiculously talented and funny cast. (I don’t think I answered this question properly, but no one has officially ‘pranked’ me in the booth, so this was the best I could come up with)

Q9. What is some advice you would give to anyone who wants to become a voice actor or actress?
First, ask yourself WHY do I want to be a voice actor?? If the answer is, “I like the sound of my voice”, or “people say I have a good voice and should be in radio”. If those are the only reasons, I think you may want to reconsider. On the other hand, if you are an actor and really want to dive into to this wild and wonderful world, wherever you live, you should research voice-over workshops. Get a little experience listening to yourself through a microphone, with headphones on. Also, you’ll need a demo. If you want an example of what your demo should sound like, you can check out http://www.voicebank.net, where you’ll hear hundreds of different demos. And, you shop for an agent. Being a voice actor really is one of the best jobs in the world. I feel very fortunate that I get to do this every day. But, it’s also and incredibly tough nut to crack. Lots of competition, so if you’re up to the challenge, do your research, take classes, make an awesome demo, and go for it!!!!

Q10. Are there any new projects for you coming up that you can talk about?
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is airing right now on Cartoon Network! I’m also on a show called Luna Petunia on Netflix! I play Bibi Bubbles! Inspector Gadget CGi is currently on air. I play Kayla on that one. There’s also Wishenpoof! I play ‘Mom’ on that one. I believe Atomic Puppet is airing right now. I play Abby. I’m Mama Penguin on Little People. And, I play Kitty Boon on a show called Mysticons!!! (which I don’t think has aired yet)

That is it you guys! I am so glad that I had this opportunity to send Katie some questions to answer. If you guys are going to be at MegaCon, she will be there from Friday to Sunday according to the Guest List in the anime section! I am trying to see about some other people at the moment, I would say stay tuned here, on Twitter, and on Facebook for our updates. I would like to thank Katie for giving this opportunity as well, which I should drop by her table during the days she will be at the con!

What is next for Nerdy Shique Universe? Well, my Top Ten Songs for April which will be an interesting take on the list this month!

Convention Spotlight: MegaCon 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time! It’s time to do the time warp and announce that we are doing press for…

Convention: MegaCon
Location: Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL
Dates: May 25-28, 2017

Oh yes! We are going back to Orlando’s biggest convention when it comes to comics, sci-fi, cosplay, anime, and even horror and that is MegaCon! This convention used to be family owned during the eight years I’ve been from 2005-2012 and was sold to Fan Expo two years back and if you remembered that we didn’t get to have press a year ago and our buddy and videographer, Nerdy Shirts, did do a review on this convention for us. I am proud to announce that we will be doing press at this year’s event. I bet you’re wondering what happened with Tampa, due to time issues with me in Daytona and Gondras working we couldn’t make it but be glad we can make this one and bring you a review and hoping interviews! Let’s get a move on shall we?

Location: Like every year, this convention is held over at the Orange County Convention Center which is in the center of Downtown Orlando on International Drive! If you have been to this con in this past and possibly others held by Mega or at least the Home & Garden Show or even the NFB National Convention at the Rosen Center that connects to the center, you all know this place is HUGE! Sorry Fun Spot!

This place has a lot of restaurants in the surrounding area so you have a lot of options for eating such as Red Robin, Denny’s, Perkins, and so much more along International Drive for food. Also you have tons of hotels to choose from because Orlando is known for that. I would say check the hotel you are planning to book for any rooms left because this year may cause rooms to be booked all over! I do recommend the Extended Stay which you can get a kitchen if need be in your room!

Guests: MegaCon has a ton of guests this year and I am mentioning some here:

Felicia Day
Tim Curry
Stan Lee
Yaya Han
Stan Lee
Meatloaf
Mike Tyson
Nicholas Brendan
Eliza Dushku
Jenna Coleman

You can check out http://www.megaconorlando.com for the full list and I am hoping they update the voice actors part soon because I missed Eric Veil last year along with Monica RIal and other people. I hope they bring those two back because I would love them in the Shique Hot Seat with the other guests I would like to interview from this year. I don’t want to jynx but will announce over on our Twitter page and Facebook page!

Mail-In Order Autographs: What caught my kitty curiosity is something called “Mail-in-Autographs” which really surprises me. Fans that can’t attend can either send in items for the guests to sign or they can order 8 X 10 photos of the guests to be signed. You can check out http://www.OfficialPix.com for the services starting this month since we are already in April!

Photo-Ops: Besides the Mail-In-Order Autographs, there is always the photo-ops where you can get up to three of your buddies to get a pic with one of the celebs invited to this convention! These ops will be selling three to four weeks of the convention which you can keep checking megaconorlando.com for more info and services!

I guess that is good for this post! If you all want more info such as more guests, attractions, travel info, and even contest related things, you can just head over to http://www.megaconorlando.com for all the info! Also, I will bring the Last Minute Convention Info two weeks before this con because knowing that this con will be busy and so will everyone preparing like we will here at Nerdy Shique Universe that I will bring this info as soon as possible! Make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter for updates when our Last Minute Con Info goes up along with any interview info when we have our list of guests we’re having in our Shique Hot Seat this year. Stay tuned for everything!

What is next? Of ourse the March and April Faves of this year alongside nire book reviews coming up so stay tuned!

Conventions: Omni Fandom Expo Cosplay Masquerade Contest 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Now it’s time to close the coverage from Omni Expo!

Cosplay Masquerade Contest

The last round of videos and the best is saved for last are our videos from the Costume Masquerade Contest! I realized whe idn’t take any photos of cosplay this time but this to make up for that since the really good cosplays didn’t come until Saturday. I know if you saw my last two or three videos I was cosplaying as Link from Legend of Zelda but as a Pokemon Ranger and did enter this year.

I have been in three contests which happened to be the one during MegaCon in 2011 as Hatsuharu Sohma, the Cosplay Runway and Costume Contest from Holiday Matsuri as my ice gym trainer and Lucy Heartfilia! This year was something that Gondras went a step beyond and that is create my prop again. The story behind my costume was all thanks to my Pokemon Ranger cosplay design which you saw in my Eric Stuart Interview video may years ago during MythiCon. I had the idea in my head when Pokemon X and Y came out and introduced a new type of Pokemon known as Fairy Type which I thought what happens if I were to crossover Link and have a Silveon to represent Navi! I didn’t start gathering some of the things until AFO 2015 when I got my Silveon but was short on funds so I had to wait a bit, which I wanted to do it for the 20th Anniversary but didn’t have it in time and did my water trainer instead. So, when I got my work experience money it gave me a chance to get the parts I needed to get the costume made in time for this year which happened to be of course the hat and goggles and my dad did do my patches with the parts we picked up at the Thriftko in town and Salvation Army since I couldn’t find a pair of shorts that fit me right until I went there. What Gondras added was Ageslash but in the Master Sword design! You will get to see him with it since that took a month to complete and using the materials along with it! Oh right, I did forget one thing I didn’t mention that I purchased and was a first for me to wear was prosthetic ears! During Holiday Matsuri, our friend Chibi mentioned there was someone in Artist’s Alley with elf ears and Gondras pointed out that Link had them and I picked up a pair after the convention due to my skin matching issue. At least I got through that fine and the costume was a success! People liked the goggles and even people at Auntie Ann’s saw me and had following looks as I passed heading back to the con. Also, what I didn’t realize while doing this costume in time was the release of the Nintendo Switch and the release of Breath of the Wild.

So, onto the costume contest! Oh man, the entries were amazing! The judges admitted they had a hard time choosing which they had to get the head of the convention for help! You will see all the entries and see who won in part two since the camera split the video. I congratulate all the entries including the only one with a skit which was Echantress from Suicide Squad.

Will I do Link again if you guys are wondering? Yes I will and hoping for MegaCon since PikaBelleChu did invite us to her Pokemon event that weekend so let’s see what happens! Now enjoy the video!

That is it for this post! Next convention on our Universe LineUp is MegaCon 2017! We are happy to announce that we are doing press for this year and hoping to get interviews with some of the big names so stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook for announcements of what will take place and yes I will be doing my Convention Spotlight by the start of April so check back!

Also, next I will be doing my Top Ten Songs, so also stay tuned for that!

Conventions: Interview with Chris Rager and Josh Martin at Omni Expo 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Now it’s time for another interview from this past year’s Omni Expo!

Interview with Josh Martin and Chris Rager!

This was a double interview and it was our second one we have done since you guys remembered that I did one with two of the Dino Thunder rangers last year. This year it was with Josh Martin, the voice of Magen Boo, and Chris Rager, the voice of Hercule Satan, in Dragonbal throughout the many many many years it has been around! I was glad to interview these two at the same time because so many of you have been Dragonball fans and it would make sense to bring in two of the guys together since we did have fun doing it with the Dino Thunder Rangers. We talked about DBZ stuff even Fairy Tail, also even talked about voice acting since I like watching commentaries and did see the Cheramie Leigh recording session which is pretty fun to see what the voice actors do in the booth. And of course I do ask my what’s the funniest thing that ever happened in the booth because we get to hear stories of funny things in the booth. Still my fave question of all time! If you listen closely, I did say, “Cheramie, you will be in the seat next!” Because I want to interview her in the future since she is awesome and one of my top fave voice actresses!

Well, that is it for this post! Stay tuned for our costume contest videos!

Conventions: Assistive Technology Panel

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Now to continue with our coverage from this year’s Omni Expo with something completely different!

Devices From the Dark

This year’s convention was a first for me to host a panel. Some conventions allow attendees and press to host panels and Omni Expo is one of them, which this one was something close to my heart.

This past winter I was in Daytona doing a work experience that deals with teaching Assistive Technology since that is the career field I want to go into due to how much I use it. I need more experience like most people and one of those experiences was to add it to my press job and my Employment Placement Specialist thought it would be a good idea to showcase inclusion of people with disabilities, especially with visual impairments, through technology and Omni Expo was a good place to start since they are supposed to be a technology convention along with anime, cosplay, and other nerdy things. One of the ideas of the project was a panel on assistive technology which I titled “Devices from the Dark” which is a play off my book’s title The Blind Perspective: Convention Stories from the Dark and I talked about screen readers and even shown off some devices that I use on a daily basis plus apps that haven’t been seen before.

Did I get an audience? No! It was sad to not have one but to be fair the panel room I picked was a little far away and there were a lot of things taking place and most of the attendees didn’t come until Saturday when the big costume contest was taking place. So, Gondras and Nerdy Shirts improved as an audience and this is how the panel came to be.

Plus, I did dedicate this panel to my EPS since I didn’t know until the week before Omni that she passed away during February which was a major bummer. So, to you Shakira, I dedicate this panel to you and hope your spirit is in a better place and I will make sure I make my career goal no matter how it happens!

That is it for this post! Stay tuned for the Cinterview with Chris Rager, Mr. Satan, and Josh Martin, Magen Buu, coming up this week!

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