The Convention Qudrant: Holiday Matsuri 2018 Guests Q&A Panel!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! I am back with another Holiday Matsuri video!
2018!

Okay guys, the last video from last year’s Hol Mat is here.
Voice Actors Q&A Panel at Holiday Matsuri. Like the past few years we have done press, we have recorded another year. Well, more like Nerdy Shirts. SO, me and Gondras were on our way to this panel since he forgot the tripod in our room and as we got closer that was when my cane incident. Trust me, when we told him the news about what had happened he was surprised. I will talk about that later.

Anyways, this panel apparently while Nerdy Shirts was recording, Todd noticed him and asked about it which you will hear from that moment. We did make it for the end which was good and glad we did despite being late and my cane being broken which I will go tint next!

Like with the last post, this will also be the last Guests Q&A thing we will record because this is our last Holiday Matsuri we will be covering press for. I know we should come back for it as attendees but press has been a big thing for us for many years and still remembering doing it for MetroCon many years ago and we missed going to that one. We would go to it this year but this July will be getting my eyes checked so may stay in a hotel Friday night. Anyways, we have appreciated the work and we have done really great work and gotten awesome opportunities at Hol Mat during the years we have attended and covered even with how we interviewed Steve Blum which was amazing. What got us not to cover anymore is that last year’s press staff was disorganized. The past years before that as in 2015 through 2017 they were really organized as in making sure we have events to cover and also Google Hangouts to do with the teams, heck I did love 2017 Hangouts when there were more than one press teams in the chat! Having that time to meet was a good thing and gives us time to work together and say, “I will cover this event!” “We will cover this.” And so on, last year that didn’t happen. It felt like we were dismissed and it did take almost close to the convention for any word about us getting the passes when we did reserve our room. Vivi was mad that Tobi and him didn’t get any word about not getting approved either. I did get the message that they were overwhelmed with so many people signing up for it but smaller conventions have gotten a high demand, even Omni, on press and they were able to handle it by doing what they need to do and schedule what they can. Heck, even Barbara Goodson at last year’s RangerStop told me that she was already packed with interviews and understood. I think the high demand last year was due to the guests they were getting since we did tot that chance to interview Jennifer Hale which made me happy despite losing my cane, which I will get to next. So, in the end, I feel like the Press Staff could have handled it better last year and I know we have brought great publicity to the convention but seeing how disorganized it was who knows what would happen for this year and I am really grateful for what we have done and the opportunities presented to us. I hope you have enjoyed we have brought to you guys and this year we are hoping for RangerStop 7 since I had a blast and hoping Gondras will join me for it too since we have been Power Rangers fans for years!
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Another reason is that my cane was broken at Holiday Matsuri and I never experienced that at bigger conventions. Plus, I felt like blindness is overlooked when becoming accessible. For one thing, last year, on the group I posted an idea where town criers would call out where certain events would be and where other rooms like Vendor’s Hall and Game Room, even someone came up with an idea of playing certain music to show the different areas are. I also liked that idea but it can be drowned out. What ticked me off though was a guy out of nowhere saying it was a completely bad idea because of people with sound sensory issues can have problems. I can see where he is coming from but the Manga Library was actually considered a quiet place and of course some panels are pretty quiet too. Not only that, I did reply to his comment saying, you know you can either be in a different spot or just wear ear buds, I mean Electric Daisy Carnival even sell them in their store on site for anyone who needs them and there is an electronics store in the World Center if need be. I did appreciate one staff member who was in charge of some of the set up for the convention did ask me to message her with my ideas and I did write my post about making conventions more accessible to the blind and sent that link and unfortunately no reply nor anything happened. I felt like it was not looked at. To me blindness does get overlooked and not considered as much nowadays, it was earlier when I did do the Blind Experience back in 2013 but now I feel like accessibility should not only consider the people with sound issues but also visual issues and what is interesting I found out I was not the only blind person going to this thing and it’s not easy when so many people are in one place and you need to get to somewhere and don’t have an idea of where you’re going. Not only that, there are times where people get distracted by their friends and what’s in front of them or even by the phone in hand which can cause an accident like my cane breaking, I am still sad about that, I think people should be more aware about that too. Not only that, not sitting in the middle of walkway either, saw that on the ramp in the hotel heading towards the rooms.

I think that is it guys! I know I rambled a bit but wanted you guys to understand what I have experienced and why we made our decision, on this. Not sure about attending as attendees since I felt like some of the stuff was a bit disorganized outside of Press. Even I heard the Christmas Tree Ornament thing didn’t happen. I know I always look forward to this convention every year with the Convention Spotlight but after last year it is now aborted for me in my mind. Hoping we do go back to MetroCon since I have missed that for many years and they were our first Press Experience so we will see for next year.

Well, that is it for the Hol Mat posts. So, what is next? Our interview with Tia Ballard from Omni Fandom Expo!

The Convention Quadrant: Holiday Matsuri 2018 Opening Ceremonies!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! I am back with a post that was supposed to be up a while back!

Holiday Matsuri 2018 Opening Ceremonies!

I know, why am I doing this close to the end of May? Well, life did get in the way! Ever since Gondras and I moved into our own place, took place during the Volcano Bay hang out when there should have been a Google Hangout for Press, things have happened since. As in me starting my job, getting unpacked, doing groceries, getting things for our living room and well during January the both of us got sick except me it was serious with a sinus infection! We weren’t able to upload the last two videos which one was the Opening Ceremonies. While doing groceries for the weekend on the day the convention started, Nerdy Shirts texted me about recording the Opening Ceremonies and said, “Yes but not the dancing parts!” The past years we did record them we got claimed for the music being in the shot. Anyone doing press at any convention, just record the important parts and not any performances because YouTube loves to claim everything for Copyright even if it’s overseas. Heck, I did warn the Press Staff at Matsuri about Idol Fest, this is one good reason for a Hangout to mention.

Anyways, hope you guys have enjoyed these videos. Sorry for the wait due to life getting in the way and this will be our last Opening Ceremonies at Holiday Matsuri we will ever record. I will explain in the next post which is the voice actor’s panel that Nerdy Shirts also recorded! Stay tuned!

Convention Impossible: Holiday Matsuri 2018!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds traveling the vast universe! It’s time for our Convention Impossible post on Holiday Matsuri. It’s going to be a hard one this time around which I know there will be some Needs for Improvement.

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and observations from the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on the convention and its rating because not everyone has the same experience especially with this convention.

Oh man! Where to start! This year we had a different experience from past years since it felt like the convention gone and went without even knowing. We did stay at the World Center like last year and I felt like we spent more time in the room than the con itself. Let me talk about the hotel.

Hotel: Like I said above, we stayed at the World Center and we spent some time before heading there by getting some shopping done for the weekend as in getting food to eat in the room and getting checks cashed because apparently there was a security breach that took place and best to use cash at the hotel areas itself rather than your card. Trust me, being hacked is not fun. So, we got to the hotel and the parking was packed! Apparently, besides Matsuri, there were two other events taking place and it was a military ball type event and a business convention in one of the wings. This does happen at some venues where some events take place at the same time, especially with conventions. Good examples, the cheerleading competitions during MegaCon when they were held in March, Omni Fandom Expo taking place at the same time as Florida Anime Experience when they first started, even a beauty pageant took place at the World Center as Omni Fandom Expo taking place, these are a few but these three going on at the same time caused parking to be full and Gondras was told to park at the outlets and take the shuttle but he did find a parking spot. We were glad we had East Tower this year with our room and it was a one bed and one couch situation. I did remember that leading up to the convention that they talked about rooms being sold out and the Queen Bed rooms were taken by then and I have a feeling people from the other two events were also staying in those. So glad they extended stay slots at other hotels in the area to cater to everyone. We were afraid that Hol Mat would be moved next year but heard that it won’t so who knows where we will be next December. I did point out Gaylord Palms but realized that they have their Ice exhibit and that would be an issue to hold Hol Mat there unless they give discount tickets to attendees, just saying. We did have a great stay this year and man that King Size Bed was comfy. Also our roomie was great too! At first we asked on the Hol Mat Housing Group to find new roomies and the first cancelled due to financial reasons which does happen, second one what friends coming, and third person was a major charm! She was awesome and she is a big Tales fan and she did host a trivia panel which I will get to later!

Game Room: I have to point this out because this year’s Game Room was very impressive this year and better than years before. Not only it featured your classic cabinets that you tend to see at this convention but we also had Japanese games including the famous Gundam pods! If you haven’t been to Japan in the Otaku areas, it’s basically a Gundam cockpit simulator game where it’s in an arcade that you have people dressed as the attendants in the Gundam anime series and you get to be in the pods where you get to pilot Gundams ranging across the vast series. Gondras wanted to play this thing so bad if we ever got to go to the arcade with it and they brought it here except he didn’t fit in it due to how tall he is. That did make him happy that they brought it to a convention of all places where a lot of fans would roam around. Also, there was the Rock Band set up which not only had the classic songs but there were a few more added in. Besides this room having games inside there were games spread out in the convention itself like Music Tag near the vendor’s room which I will get to now…

Vendor’s Room: I liked it better this year than the last. How so? Not only it felt bigger but the vendors were better this year! As in there were more variety in merch than it has been before as in plushies, apparel, even artists for instance which I felt like I bought more items from as usual since I do love handmade items since they are more unique. Some of these items include a seatbelt type belt for your pants featuring Happy. You know I love the kitties from Fairy Tail and haven’t gotten much of Happy lately and glad to get this because this is a comfy belt! As in, you just have a cloth strap versus leather which to me leather belts do become uncomfortable even while being Lucy thank you very much! I should have taken a card from this vendor because I would want to see if they can make a plain black one. I also did find my favorite seller who had the cat ears and tails. She did give me a discount again which made me happy and did pick up two of her newer furs which one pair of ears and tail had pastel spots all over and pink bows with the bells and I didn’t mind having that on my ears because they matched better with the pastel spots. As you know, calico kitties are one of my favorite types of kitties. While the other pair is more interesting which is a very fluffy fur that is in red with silver striping. I didn’t get the bows and bells, which I should have asked, maybe I should message her about that but it was so soft that I did hand her the money for them too. I love her ears and tales and I suggest buying from her. I did run into Japanese Snacks Guy at the front of the room which he had a really good spot. He had new items which are these long gummy things. They remind me of those jolly Rancher bars I remembered as a kid which I wished I could find them again but as a gummy. I haven’t opened them yet since I have been munching on candy canes all thanks to my L cosplay! I am not kidding, after Hol Mat, I have not only my remnants of the Hershey’s candy canes but two boxes of Sour Patch Kids canes, a box of soda flavored which features Crush, Dr. Pepper, and A&W Root Beer canes which the A&W got my interest since that is my fave root beer ever! And now waiting on a shipment of Trolli Brite Crawler ones which I did order a box through Shipt and they taste good! They aren’t overbearing sour since the sour powder is inside. Anyways, I did get another pack of Hi-Chew which is green apple, I did like this flavor from long ago when I first got into them and got a bag with multiple flavors. I still have my stock just in case I need something to chew on even at work and that is not gum. Also, I did get something chocolate but only one item since I still have a big container of mint bark and a chocolate bar thing from Gondras’ job and my chocolate container filled to the brim. They are these chocolates I did love but this time different types of strawberries which is going to be interesting. Other items I did get were for holiday parties, I did get a Charmander for a toy drive party but didn’t go due to really bad weather rolling through Daytona Thursday, even a tornado warning happened and had to stay in the building, and got a Groot keychain for a White Elephant gift thing for the staff party and was entertaining seeing that get passed on for a gift steal. I also got a new Jolteon plush which you guys know I cosplay as my own Thunder Gym Leader and I had a plush from Disney of Jolteon but it was a chibi form one. This one is him on all four legs like my little figure on my desk. Trust me I couldn’t resist since the only Evees I have left to get are Umbreon, which I have a Dark Trainer in mind, and Espeon, which I haven’t done a Psychic trainer yet. I will have to wait for Omni to see if anyone sells an Umbreon in the same style as my Jolteon which the interesting thing there was one but in a prize machine. I did almost have Gondras get me Umbreon as a belated birthday present but I wanted the Pikachu with the Rawst Berry instead because I didn’t know when I could see that one ever again. And Gondras did get something and that was Keith Silverstein’s autograph on his Persona games. When we heard Mr. Silverstein being at the con, Gondras wanted to bring him something that was rare and it was these games he got from Cyber Tron Gaming here in town, which is a game shop that sells vintage games and some anime too. Which by the way…

Guests: Oh man the guests! Did we interview? Yes! The only one we didn’t interview was Zach Callison because by the end of the weekend according to his Liaison that he was done for the weekend. Hoping we can get a Skype interview since we have a line to get to for that with some people from Ranger Stop, I did Tweet Zach to see if he can do it with us and haven’t heard back. We did get to have a video interview with Brittney Karbowski which was great, I know we did interview her years ago at MetroCon but had to transcribe it and now that we do video ones it worked out. And we did interview Jennifer Hale finally! As you guys know we wanted to do it at MegaCon 2017 but since everything going down we didn’t get it and since this was another chance for us we did get to sit down with her for one and it was great! We will get the videos up as soon as possible if we can since I am really busy with work and Gondar’s is to, we will try to get them up as soon as we can so stay tuned on Twitter!

Panels: We didn’t go to many this year. I did say we spent most of our time in the room and I felt bored. I know it’s sad since panels are the greatest part of the convention experience. Not only that this year we didn’t have a real coverage schedule which I will get to that later due to press not being as organized as it has been. I admit I was on Colour Pop and Ulta’s websites shopping since Ulta was doing a gift to spend $35 to get a free gift from their brand. I did make it and it’s at my parents’ place, I am thinking of doing a collective haul of beauty stuff since I did buy clothes for work and fleece jackets too since it was freezing here for a bit. And Colour Pop did a 40% off pallets and picked up two I was eyeing on and a $30 off their Lux Lipsticks which I got one I wanted. So, yeah I was a bit bored. We did go to two yaoi ones, well me with Vivi and Tobi. We went to Yaoi after Dark and Yaoi on Ice, the Voice Actors panel on Saturday which Nerdy Shirts did record from the start which we were late due to something that took place. And the Funimation Peep Show. I told you guys not that many and wishing we did go to more or at least had a set schedule this year. I did try submitting Blind Perspective but didn’t hear anything about it, I think it was not approved being it a writing panel. Oh well, I don’t think it will be a panel I will submit again, I do want to bring Blind Experience though since that was a success even though some people did tell us it wasn’t that great. I think it is a success in my eyes and people did enjoy it during Hol Mat 2013. Let’s see what 2019 brings. I did forget to mention the Tales Of Trivia Panel, that was also a fun one since all thanks to playing Xilia 2 for the most part with Gondras, I did get to answer the questions on that game. I did win the Mila and Jude keychain or shall I say phone charm.

Verdict: Convention…abor…Complete! I am saying why! I felt like this convention was almost an Aborted this year due to some things going on but I give it a Complete because I have noticed some staff were working harder than others and I will explain in Needs for Improvement!

Needs for Improvement:
Hotel NFI: Don’t Plan SO Many Things At Once! I know this is something that does happen but I feel like the hotel was overbooked for events this year and as said above that included a business convention in the western part of the hotel, the Military Ball, and Hol Mat. This caused a major parking problem and I felt like due to the overbooking not everyone could park at the hotel even when you were a person with a room. I did see that on the group were there was supposed to be more parking areas but it wasn’t noticed. Even motorcycles took up an entire space! There should have been parking slots for motorcycles instead of having the riders do that. With the Outlets parking, I don’t think anyone of us who owns a car would have enjoyed it. ZI did see one of our friends did have to park there but being towed is not great either. SO, my message to World Center, don’t overbook when you know hol Mat is there for you guys. Not only that for anyone who wants to hold an event in Orlando at the same time as a convention, there are other places in town that you can hold events and some of them are pretty big like the Caribe Royale where Hol Mat was at, Rosen Shingle Creek, Rosen Center, Holiday Inn Across from Universal has a decent size ballroom, I can go on, even the Florida Mall Hotel is pretty big with how Omni holds their events. I would say do research in holding events at other places please, there were so many people coming to this thing, plus some people did say they had complaints about some of the Military Ball attendants, which I haven’t heard much of.
Attend Your Meet Ups! I have been hearing about how meet ups are being held and others just had people bail on them, this is according to Vivi. I understand the convention is filled with shiny things that you can be distracted by but having a meet up with people that you schedule on a group is something important from what I have seen. I remembered people posting meet ups for Naruto, My Hero Academia, even a Lolita one and these are planned ahead in time and scheduled with the convention and it not happening is something that says it was not cared about. I know Vivi was excited for the Yuri On Ice meet ups and the Lolita Meet Up because she ordered an actual cord for her first time and it’s sad to hear that it didn’t go well, it was just crafting and some people almost came in but didn’t go in since it wasn’t really a meet up. I guess I am glad that I didn’t go through a meet up, I bet if I were to cosplay as Sue or one of the Wild Pussy Cats from My Hero Academia and find out the meet up wasn’t happening at last minute where people just left I would be mad! I am not sure if that still happened since that would have been fun to witness.
Press.pardon my French…WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO YOU GUYS!? Sorry guys, I had to ask because the past few years Press was really organized ever since we have started getting the press pass with them and thought they were a good con to go to since we have seen great and unique events, meet up with awesome guests and hoping to interview them. I was glad we got the interviews this year and I noticed that the Guest Relations people were working harder since they had to take care a lot of people and working with press for possible interviews like us. Press this year….I know they had higher demand…I know they probably have been swamped…but I was lucky to meet someone who helped in getting us in. I haven’t seen bad organization since JACON 2009 actually. To tell you the truth, I preferred Press at Hol Mat to be more organized as in first of all having a set schedule to cover events which was great, it helped get more coverage out there even on our channel where we had so many videos, like our coverage from last year and the year before, not only that it kept us going to more events too that we never got to see. I also enjoyed that! We also got great pics from the Cosplay Runway over the years and now this year we didn’t go due to our interviews which was fine in my book. This year without that set schedule, yes we got to be a bit more slack but I missed it especially doing the Google Hangouts which the past two years we got to sit down with the Press Staff, even last year was the best Hangouts because I got to talk to the other teams that were covering Hol Mat but now this year I am wondering who else got approved besides us or shall I say who else got handed Press Passes? We didn’t get to meet anyone from Press unlike last year where we got to meet some of the other Press teams in person. See where I’m going? I know Press can have high Demand and I can see why with this year but not being able to see who else is doing it with you makes it like you’re the only ones doing it. I am glad that whoever has known what we do remembers us, even the staff member who has responded to my post about my giving away some of my manga due to the move knows about us all thanks to her daughter. That is why for 2019 starting with Omni Fandom Expo we will have better promo materials since we have worked hard especially this year with Omni, interviewing APl DeAp at the NFB Convention, Ranger Stop, and now with this one I felt not so much work. I am sorry guys but with my rating with what I was about to say was almost an Aborted because I felt this convention felt disorganized and Vivi pointed out that attendees weren’t as friendly in person as I have seen more people talking on the group and once the con does happen not a lot of people talk in person, it just becomes a huge standoff mess. I did have fun with our roomie though during her panel since it was a trivia thing and hoping to get to stay with her again maybe for Metro and we are looking into a room for Omni next year since working now we can do hotel stays a little more often. Also was supposed to meet another person I have met on the board but she was in line for something. I know big tangent…next point…
Watch Out for Disabled People! What do I mean by this, I had my cane cracked by someone during the con? I know, gasp! Okay, the story is that Gondras and I were heading over to the voice actors panel on Saturday and on the way there someone walked up and walked and in front of my cane but in the worst way, it was halfway up the cane and tripped over it and caused it to crack. I wasn’t hurt nor the person and it caused the cane to twist and cracked one of the joints where it collapses. We did get it duct taped Sunday because using an umbrella was not easy for me, I even ran into a wall since I missed my cane so much and almost cried Sunday because of it helping Gondras carry stuff to his car. This was something that still made me mad and bid felt like I lost a best friend when my cane cracked. Even the mobility instructor was annoyed when I told him about what had happened when I went to get a new cane, I didn’t show up with my taped one because I felt awkward so I show up with my short cane I had since my college days. I know the con was crowded but when I am at cons using my mobility skills people step aside! Even people with guide dogs, wheelchairs, and even crutches get that treatment too but what I went through was even worse. The person who tripped even said, “I didn’t know!” I was appalled when I heard that because here is the thing, all thanks to the comic Homestuck, people have cosplayed the blind character in that even back in 2012 when the comic had a major spike in popularity and people thought my cane was a prop and I was cosplaying the character when I now the comic with the troll side having candy corn horns. I even remembered seeing someone with huge horns from that comic, I think they did a better horn design for their character they were doing. Anyway, I cosplay as characters like Lucy, my many Pokémon characters even my variation of Link, and so on and my cane is always with me. Plus, it is my symbol of being someone in the bind community getting to enjoy a convention like a sighted person and doing press for it. So please guys, watch out for people in wheelchairs, guide dogs since there was a story that Vivid Barnacle read that someone had their service dog get hurt really badly at a con to use as an example, and watch out for blind canes because they’re not props and blind people are real! Yes Homestuck did have one in comic form but we are real!
Please Wait to Celebrate After the Con! What I mean by this is that I did notice that there was a meet up at Volcano Bay three weeks before the con or was it four weeks, can’t keep count but still it was planned during my moving weekend. It is great to have meet ups outside of the convention and good to party but best to save it during a time after the convention or during like how AFO does it with any volunteers. During the last three weeks before the convention it should be taken as a way to plan and make sure things are finished as and secured for the con, plus I think that would’ve been a better Saturday to do the Google Hangouts for Press too since I did get my internet in and would have spent the time before my dad shown up to take me for my grocery trip talking to the Hol Mat Press Crew and when the con is over then you can go to Volcano Bay or have dinner somewhere. I did notice that not every convention goer could go to this thing, like I said I was moving that weekend, so best to just save any big party things for after or at least during the convention to do a pat on the back thing for a job well done. The convention weekend is the real test of how the event goes rather than thinking it will be great in advance. That’s my opinion on that.
Need Better Security! Even With the Rooms! Apparently this year there was a lot of stuff being stolen, even a projector was stolen from someone’s room. I am glad no one went to our room or Vivi’s and Tobi’s room. I would be pissed if someone stolen my Braille Sense Polaris because that thing isn’t cheap! There should be better security at this thing since we have seen so many things happen at cons and now this taking place I feel a little unsafe with Hol Mat knowing that people broke into hotel rooms to take things. It’s sad that people are willing to hurt others to get their stuff, one thing is it’s not right, just save up for that product you want and then buy it. Someone else’s stuff is not yours people and plus you are risking your freedom for jail and being banned from the con itself. So, please better security.

Well guys that is it for this year’s review. I know a lot of people had fun during this weekend but I felt like even though we were Press doing what we do but I felt like this year was not the year that we had more work as Press. I did mention above on asking what had happened. I know conventions are supposed to be fun but I did say in my Ranger Stop review that I enjoy doing press and looking at this one I felt like my experience at Hol Mat was not as great as it had been last year and with 2016. I understand there being a higher demand in one department but Press could have been better handled. We did try to salvage what we could, we did enjoy our roommate which she was fun and she did have to volunteer during the weekend. Are we coming back? It looks like not so much at this point. I did answer someone asking who is going to what in 2019 and we just got word about our Press Passes for Omni Fandom Expo which is a great Christmas gift and hoping to get a room next year for that since I do live here in Daytona now. And of course Ranger Stop since that was a major blast this past year even getting to interview some of the guests this year. Vivi did mention MetroCon which I want to go back to due to how that one was our first Press job of all time and it’s been years since we’ve gone back to them. AFO…it will take us forever to meet their press requirements of how many followers which I wish we could have a bypass on that when we have done a lot of work already and do have still have a small following and Reuben Langdon is on our list for interviews we want to do. Let’s see what 2019 brings with our Press work!

Note: I know it seemed biased with this review but people experience different things and this is how I felt about this year’s event. I want to thank Jerad from Guest Relations who worked hard in getting us the interviews that we were able to do and Trina Wilson for helping us get our press passes when we didn’t get much of a response when it comes to how many applications they have received this year. If anyone from Hol Mat’s staff reads this, sorry for being harsh but I was pretty honest and observed what I have been even before the convention itself, it is a big “IF” in coming back. Thank you for understanding.

Conventions: Forever Red from Ranger Stop 6!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back! It’s time for the last panel from Ranger Stop 6!

Forever Red!

This panel was a last minute add on by Christopher Kayman Lee since as we all know from Wild Force that they had a huge crossover of red rangers from the past up to the present so we had Jason, T. J., Tommy, Eric, and Wes, and many more leading up to the Wild Force Red Ranger.

This panel was kind of like that but with the red rangers attending the con as guests so we had of course Austin St. John, Christopher Kayman Lee, and of course ZuiRanger Red with them, which you get to hear his translator in this one. And yes, they were asked to do their morphing calls which you get to see in the upcoming interviews! Enjoy!

That is it for this panel! The panels at Ranger Stop this year were as amazing as Ranger Stop 3 especially with Saban Meets Disney Era this past year. Hoping next year we get to see more awesome panels with more guests. They need to get more of Time Force or at least the entire team. Ohhhh staff! Wait, would’ there be an anniversary next year for Lost Galaxy? Hmmm! Let’s see what happens!

Next is the first of the interviews with Mike Ginn who plays Jem in RPM! I had fun talking with him so stay tuned and follow us on Twitter! Until next time!

Conventions: Saban Era Meets Disney Era from Ranger Stop 6!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back! I am so sorry for not putting any new posts up due to work making me busy lately! Yes, your lovely writer here is now working as an Adaptive Tech Instructor but don’t worry I have not forgotten about this blog since the tech does help me create posts. I do have another Ranger Stop post!

Saban Era Meets Disney Era!

This panel got me excited about this year’s convention the most and that is the Saban Era meeting the Disney Era Power Rangers! I did enjoy this panel and I did have a moment in the video where I went to the line, which the good thing is instead of someone with a mike running around the room like last time they had a mike in one part of the room like MegaCon did. I did ask Yoshi and brother, Peter about Hyper Force, which is a table top Power Rangers RPG they have been doing well Peter and Yoshi was just revealed as a new ranger. And if you heard from Peter, yes I have seen episodes and it was easy for me to tell his voice apart and he goes “Nice hat!” All weekend I have been wearing my RWBY hat since I don’t have a Power Rangers hat. I may need to look for one before next year’s event. Anyways, enjoy and when you get to that point where I am heading for the line, please do a Mystery Science Theater moment by going, “whoa!”

That is it for this post~! I bet you’re wondering, where’s my November Ipsy post? Well, here is the thing! I ended up ordering something extra which Ipsy does now and the bag gets shipped later according to my order placement email and well another thing is that it ended up at my parents’ house after my move and apparently they won’t ship to my new address until this month. So yeah, I know I should have skipped a month but my bags have been so good especially this one and this month’s! Hoping it doesn’t take until the start of 2019 for December’s to arrive and since I am here on the coast, I will sign back up for Boxy Charm but have to wait a bit before that happens. Don’t worry I will get it back and might do a year of it or just monthly. Let’s see what happens. Once Gondras does give it to me I will post about it on here and sorry for it being late. I will also make sure to keep on posting here since Holiday Matsuri is getting closer and I have to start packing soon for that so I will get the next panel up which is a last minute add on they did at Ranger Stop and the interviews that we were able to do at the convention. So stay tuned and make sure you’re on Twitter following us! Until next time stay beautiful while traveling the universe!

Conventions: Mega Force Panel!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds traveling across the vast universe! I am back with another video for you from Ranger Stop this year!

Mega Force Five Year Anniversary Panel!

Can you believe it that it has been five years since Mega Force has been on air? Dang! Time has gone fast but when you look at it, Dino Charge and Ninja Steel has been the last two seasons that have aired.

Sorry if Voiceover is on during this or if not and sorry for not focusing the camera on the cast as well. Plus somehow my camera didn’t start recording until the point you see where it started with one of the girls speaking. I hope I got the parts where two of the guys were talking about the episode where they switched bodies and they started to act like each other because one of them does it very well and they started to do everyone on the cast. This was a pretty fun panel to go to and great to meet these guys as well since got to talk to them. I didn’t get to have interviews with any of them during the weekend due to how busy they were so hoping in the near future that we do have one over Skype with one of them. So stay tuned for that!

I hope you all enjoy this panel video and the next one is the Saban Era Meets Disney Era Panel where you get to see a lot of the Saban actors and Disney actors from Power Rangers in one panel. Stay tuned and follow our Twitter while you’re at it!

Conventions: The Villain, Mentor, and the Minion Panel!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds traveling the vast universe! I am back with another post and it’s from Ranger Stop!

The Villain, Mentor, and the minion Panel!

The next panel is The Villain, The Mentor, and the Minion from Ranger Stop this year and it was a panel that I had to get onto YouTube. It featured Barbara Goodson, David Fielding, Peta-Marie Rickson, and Romy. Sharf, and I think Psycho Red was in this too from what I remembered. Anyways, this was entertaining since we got to hear the different stories especially how Peta had to recount how she as Alpha tried to fight Ivan Ooze during the Power Rangers Movie back from the 90’s and that she had her eyes covered and heard how they were going to blow things up around her. Scary thought right there.

And also, if you’re watching this and notice my camera is not focusing on anyone let me say this. This is from a comment someone had left on the In Space panel on YouTube about how I didn’t point my camera towards the cast but just the host and downwards. I am doing my best with this stuff and since I didn’t have Nerdy Shirts with me with the camera on the first two days, I had to rely on myself like when I started doing this press stuff. Reason why I put this stuff up since the comment did ask about that is because I want to bring awesome content to you guys who don’t get to go to these things and probably couldn’t make this year’s event so I put it up. Plus my left arm’s motor skills aren’t the best so I had to hold it up the best as I could. So please, I’m asking don’t get mad about how bad it looks. I do the best I can as someone who does press and at least you get to hear these people speak in this video and same with the others. I may not be Steve Saylor or Molly Berk but I am just Mari Blue Cat who does this stuff for you guys! I am dedicated to my work and I want to make it work! Thank you!

So, that’s it for this post, hope you enjoy this panel because the next one is the Mega Force Panel! Stay tuned!

Conventions: Power Rangers In Space: 25 Years Later!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds traveling across the vast universe! I have been busy with my move since it’s going to take place tomorrow. Before I continue packing, I want to post at least one panel video for you all on here from Ranger Stop!

Power Rangers in Space: 25 Years After!

First panel up is the Power Rangers in Space panel! This season has been one of my favorites since it does continue from Turbo after Cordon gets taken. This season was also the end of the Cordon Era of Power Rangers since we already know what happens. If you’re new to this season, I would suggest to take a watch because it had a lot of stuff going on in this one even Ninja Turtles showing up. Not kidding! At the same time, the live-action Ninja Turtles series was going on at the same time and had a crossover with this season. It was weird but I’ve seen weirder in most anime and funnier too, I mean me and Gondras are watching Overlord for one thing but hey at least I had a blast watching this season. So enjoy this panel even with the ones who couldn’t attend Friday’s events which someone did comment about that. This blog has your back when it comes to panel videos!

That is it for this panel video! Next will be the Villain, Mentor, and Minion panel from Saturday! Stay tuned and make sure you follow us on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique to get that alert! Until next time! Stay beautiful while traveling the universe and also wish me luck at my new place while you’re at it!

Panels: Joshua Seth Creativity Panel from Omni Fandom Expo 2018!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! We are back with a new post and the final video from Omni Fandom Expo!

Joshua Seth Creativity Panel!

Here it is and saved the best for last and that is Joshua Seth’s Creativity panel! I know it took a bit but got it up for you guys.

Anyways, this panel was an interesting one since it looks into how being creative as an artist, a writer, and so on since being creative is important especially in today’s world. Whether you’re on radio or making your own music, having that creativity helps. It did help spark my writing a little more for my third book and I can see how Josh’s point in listening to some music helps with the creative mind. I’m listening to music on the Electric Daisy Carnival radio because of the techno beats are helpful in my focus. I know its weird knowing someone who loves metal, hard rock, and alternative listening to techno but I do still have a very eclectic taste. Josh does point out some of the music he listens to and you hear the music he uses in this panel and I believe he used it in his Sunday magic show which was a fun thing to go to. If you are at a convention where Mr. Seth is a guest at, I suggest to go to his Creativity panel because you will learn some things that you haven’t realized that can help with what you want to do in the creative process. I also suggest his illusion show because it did end our weekend at Omni Fandom Expo very well and whatever day he does it on at your local convention will do the same! Also volunteer for his show!

That is it for all of what we have for this year’s Omni Fandom Expo! I want to thank the staff for having us for another year as press! We will be back of course since this is the first convention that keeps us doing what we do and I appreciate it so much! I also want to thank Vivi for the editing with this video and the Paul St. Peter panel by putting that one together. Now let’s make 2019 one of the best years Omni will have!

What is next? Hoping to get it up will be the interview with Brandon McInnis and J. Michael Tatum since3 we didn’t get to interview them at Holiday Matsuri we were able to catch them on Skype! Hoping this would give us more interview opportunities so let’s see how this one turns out because Sawa is next on our Skype list. So stay tuned and make sure you follow us on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique for the latest updates! Also, Gondras was on Nerdy Shirts’ channel, Super Reaction Bros. doing trailer reactions and an episode reaction on A Series of Unfortunate Events! So you can check their Twitter for their updates @

Panels: From Attendee to Author: The BLind Perspective from Omni Fandom Expo 2018

Love Found In Cinders: A Backwards Fairy TaleHello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It’s time to bring you another Omni Expo Video!

From Attendee to Author: The Blind Perspective!

So, it’s time for my panel! This was right after Josh Seth’s panel during Omni that Saturday. Don’t worry we will get it up since it has to go through edits but in the meantime you get this one.

Nerdy Shirts thought it would be a good idea to do a panel about my writing and put “Blind Perspective’ in its name since it is the name of my first book. I created this panel to not only talk about myself but also give tips on starting a blog and writing a book. Even though this is my first time presenting this panel and was a little nervous but hey it is a good step in the right direction which I also filled out a form for Holiday Matsuri and hoping to host it at that this year.

About attendees….like last year not many and Gondras had to play the audience again. Not sure if it is due to what slots I picked but this time it fell upon the costume contest’s slot. Wait, one person did come in and leave. I am not sure if I will host another panel next year but if you think I should keep going then please comment down below.

What is next for Nerdy Shique Universe? Well, Josh Seth’s panel is next since it is the best one saved for last! Also, trying to get the video together and that is something we wanted to do since Holiday Matsuri and that is a Skype interview with J Michael Tatum and and Brandon McInnis! Once that happens, follow us on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique for the updates! And also, I will be linking you guys to my books, The Blind Perspective and Love Found in Cinders, so you can The Blind Perspective: Convention Stories From the Darkcheck them out and purchase them as EBooks! You can also find them as individual pages on this blog up above! Enjoy!