Keep that Northwest Comic Fest 2015 Feeling
After every comic convention there is the initial reaction of relief tinged with sadness: relief because now we have time to go home and look at all the cool stuff we bought or won; sadness because it’s over and that means being around fewer people that understand what it is like to be a nerd. Most people cannot afford to take three days off every week to indulge in their nerdy ways for a full day. However, there are some ways to keep the Northwest Comic Fest alive.
Listen for It
Salem Geeks Speak is a local podcast that covers all things geek. Zombie Grimm and Svengali were both at the Northwest Comic Fest, and they have a recap of the weekend as well as other podcasts.
Community Radio KMUZ (88.5 and 100.7) also participated as a vendor at the fest; they have a radio broadcast called “Geekly Update” on Sundays at 2 p.m.
Shop for It
Visit Tony’s Kingdom of Comics in Keizer. They have a large selection of comics, graphic novels and other things that nerds love. Plus, they have a friendly dog, who will probably greet you and walk away.
There are shops that you can visit online to help support local artists. Kathy Carjasso specializes in soft hand crafts and works with Doctor Who, Star Trek and other themes. Meescha Dare, who illustrated Flopsville Theater, does a number of colorful prints, many related to the Day of the Dead. Rebecca Priepke of Comic Girl Creations makes her items from real comic books; send her tweet to see some other items.
Join for It
Many of the cosplay units are nearby. From Portland Superheroes Coalition to the Mandalorian Mercs and Starfleet, joining a club will help keep that cosplay spirit alive while also doing good things for the community.
Wait for It
There are more events coming for the Willamette Valley. Coming up conventions include Rose City Comic Con on Sept. 19 and 20, the Emerald Valley Comic Fest on Oct. 3 – 4 and Eugene Comic Con on Nov. 14 and 15.
Halloween on October 31 is always a good time to break out a little cosplay. Plan a party yourself for your geeky friends and see who has the best costume. Then get to work on that costume or make some upgrades to an older one.
Read for It
Supporting your favorite comic book creators is also a good way to get steeped in the comic convention feeling. TREKKER, Blood & Gourd and Reclaiming Godhood are a good start.
Don’t let your enthusiasm for Northwest Comic Fest die. We can all use a little more pop culture cool in our nerdoms. Keep posted with Facebook.