When we first started collecting these memes in blog form, it was pretty much just to fill a gap. BoroughCon isn’t until May and, frankly, we didn’t have a whole lot of news we could share with the public until now.
But today, in the wake of announcing our cosplay guest Riki “Riddle” LeCotey, we checked our stats and discovered that this site had already seen more traffic than it hosted on 29 out of 30 days in November — and it was still only 8:30 a.m.! And we have contracts in hand for several fan-favorite voice actors and agreements with or strong expressions of interest from a number of top-shelf comic book talents. Then, in addition to more celebrity guest announcements, there’s all the details you need to know about programming, ticket sales, vendors, travel arrangements … We’re going to have substantive news for you at least a couple times a week going forward.
In short, we don’t really need to do this meme wrap-up anymore. But we probably will. It’s fun, and a lot of people seem to enjoy it.
So here’s what you may have missed in December:
#12: “I’m a celebrity, not an Ewok!” Nerd royalty Kevin Smith checked in via Facebook Live at the Rogue One premiere.
#11: That’s OK — we keep mixing her up with Sarah Jessica Parker. The geek crush who embodied both Buffy and Daphne couldn’t tell the difference between George Michael (RIP) and Boy George. Courtesy: Daily Star.
#7: Oh, and by the way, David Tennant. They’re rebooting Duck Tales! And check out the cast!
#6: We all know a Hermione. A revisionist view of how the Harry Potter books completely missed who the true protagonist was. Courtesy: Simply Potter.
#5: The world still needs heroes on patrol. Courtesy: Anime Empire.
#3: We spent way too much time on this. Here’s a hint: Look for the blue eyes. Courtesy: Christopher Pinto.
November was a return to what-passes-for-normal for the BoroughCrew. After the breakthrough month of October, we’ve returned to incrementally increasing our web presence and meeting new people face-to-face. We attended several other cons, routinized the process for spreading the posts here on our web site and reached into Pinterest, Tumblr and other social media platforms. We sat down with Creative One Comics for a freewheeling interview. And, all the while, we’ve been negotiating with actors, artists, writers, vendors and other stakeholders we think our attendees might want to meet.
And we kept posting stuff to Facebook that you looked at once or twice and shared. Here are the most popular from last month:
161 … And borscht after. The Russians made their own — pretty impressive! — superteam movie, for somewhere around $5 million. Source: GameSpot Universe.
183: Doctor Whoof. The Doctor regenerates as a corgi. It’s just so durn cute! Thank you, Mashable!
207: Sentence him to Azkaban. Wizard World is suing one of its celebrity bookers for allegedly frontrunning a million-dollar signed collectibles business, the New York Post reports.
230: Project Wight. This indie game puts you in the role of one of the last of a species on the verge of extinction. Credit: Now This.
235: We prefer novel graphics. NPR argues that we don’t need the term “graphic novel” anymore. ‘Monkey See’ columnist Glen Weldon makes some good points and would’ve made more but it’s Pledge Week.
329: Fantasy Tavern. I don’t know what to say about this except, “Wow”! I’ll buy a round of mead for anyone who can list every reference in this amazing piece of art. All I know about it is that it comes via a redditor who goes by Ridley X.
First, let me state that nobody’s more disappointed in the presidential election than I am. More scared, nervous, distraught? Sure. More reason to be so? Absolutely. But I took this one hard. I’m inured to the pain a little because, in my first presidential election, I knocked on doors for Mondale-Ferraro. How so many people felt a week ago was how I felt the first Wednesday in November 1984. So I’ve been the one talking people down off of ledges, not one of them contemplating the leap.
Second, this post is all just my opinion. I’m not speaking for the whole BoroughCon leadership team today. If it helps you to picture me sitting on the barstool next to you, do that. (Or, if you’re local, hit me up in the comments. I got the first round.) Without going into too much detail, we span the political spectrum. And, in contrast to the rest of America, the older and whiter a member of the BoroughCrew is, the more liberal he’s likely to be.
This is strictly about tactics — actions that can be viewed objectively and judged dispassionately. And my message is this:
Boycotting comics conventions based on which column their venues’ electoral votes went is simply a stupid thing to do.
Let me unpack that a little but, first, let me catch you up on the news in case you missed it. Many sources, including Bleeding Cool, report that some comic artists are now declining to attend conventions in states where the majority of 2016 presidential ballots favored Donald Trump. So far, the big names are Humberto Ramos and George Perez. Others might join in. So let’s see how many layers of wrong we can uncover.
It accomplishes nothing except venting your anger. If you’d have said, “If Florida goes for Trump, I’m never appearing at Paradise City again!” then, yes, you ought to follow through with your threat. But you can’t tell people after they voted who they should have voted for. If you wanted to change people’s minds, you’re a few days too late. Even so, as there are more bullet points to follow, it probably wouldn’t have been the most effective tack.
It does little to protect you. Latino artists are rightfully unnerved about the spate of racist speech and acts leading up to and especially since the election. There are places I’d think twice about stepping into. Detroit’s Suburban Collection Showplace isn’t one of them. I know a little about this, by the way. The places where they’re not fond of “Mexicans” are the same places where they’ve got a thing or two to say about Jews. But I’ve spent time — a lot of time — in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and most the rest of the Goober Belt (I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, for crying out loud!), and I’m still in one piece. Nobody’s named a dam after me yet. Meantime, you have to admit you’re just as likely to fall victim to foul play where Hillary carried the night.
It doesn’t distinguish between Trump’s supporters, Clinton’s and everyone else’s. So let me get this straight: You’re boycotting MegaCon, Dragon Con, Salt Lake Comic Con, Phoenix Comic Con and dozens of other events because you don’t like the way the attendees voted? No, scratch that. You don’t know how any of them voted. You can be pretty sure that tons of con-goers who are actually local to Orlando, Atlanta, SLC and Phoenix had nothing to do with Trump. You’re just punishing them for not reaching out to their friends and relatives in the outlying counties. Which is really hypocritical of you, considering the final bullet point.
It is an incredibly insular thing to do. Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro went on to epic defeat. They took only Mondale’s home state of Minnesota (not even Ferraro’s home state of New York!) and the District of Columbia. Ronald Reagan took the whole rest of the map. This wasn’t a squeaker we lost. It was the most humiliating of defeats. We should’ve been braced for it, but of course we weren’t. We were certain we were going to win! “How could we have lost?” we asked each other the next day. “Everybody we know voted for Mondale!”
So if everybody you know voted for Clinton, then you need to meet more people. It was her election to lose, so she lost it. And why? Because of the bubble of arrogance that both sides emanate. Why did so much of the country — including the no-longer-called “blue wall” states — go for Trump? The stuff he said was nonsensical in so many ways, but he bothered to talk to people. She didn’t — at least not about anything they cared about. If she could’ve expressed her positions better — and more frequently — to the people she expected to govern, she could’ve pulled this one out. But, as the old political maxim goes, “You can’t beat somebody with nobody.”
So sequential artists, wherever you live, wherever you’re from, whatever your politics, don’t walk out on America. You’ll leave too big a vacuum and, as scared as you might be at your reception in some locales, you should be even more scared of who or what fills that vacuum.
I want to personally apologize to all BoroughCon.com visitors who were put off by yesterday’s post about Alexa rankings.
So many of you have become daily visitors to this site, and so many of you daily visitors had evidently spread the word to your friends. For that, the entire BoroughCon team is grateful and humbled. The last thing in the world we wanted to do was impose upon what we considered, at this end, to be our budding friendship.
That’s why I’d like to say I’m sorry for any bad feeling that post might have caused. It was presumptuous of me to post it, and I hope you can forgive me.
I doubt there was anything objectionable about the post itself. It was a pretty dry, data-driven piece about which major pop culture expos have the most visited web sites. Not everybody is going to be interested in that, but I don’t see how anyone could be offended by it either.
What was offensive to many was the way it was presented.
It was posted as part of our “Premium Content” section. And I suppose we haven’t explained what that means well enough and often enough.
Most of our stuff — blog posts, reviews, the event listings in the “Nerd Yorker” calendar — is offered to you for free for its entertainment value. We also provide you at no charge, for obviously self-serving reasons, updates on how BoroughCon is progressing in terms of guests, vendors, artists, sponsors and programming.
Premium content, though, consists of posts that have more business value than entertainment value. If you’re a comic book publisher, you might want to understand copyright law a little better, and members of BoroughCon’s leadership team have the experience, skill and willingness to explain it clearly. If you’re new to the game of being a featured guest at fan conventions, you might want to pick the brains of people who have negotiated contracts for such services on what you can reasonably ask for — and what you’d be remiss if you didn’t demand. If you’re a con-runner, you might want to know more about management, funding and social media marketing — and if there’s a fellow con-runner who’s an MBA with years of IT consulting experience, he might have something worth listening to.
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October was the month everything changed around here.
Foremost, we announced our first guest, Heroes of Cosplay star Monika Lee, and BoroughCon’s Facebook page saw a stratospheric spike in traffic because of that. We also announced a slew of new sponsors and official service providers, and that caused a cascade of attention. We also started formalizing our cross-platform media strategy, which means that both the Facebook page and this site got discovered via Reddit, StumbleUpon and YouTube as well as Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat. (Tumblr and Pinterest are coming next.) Getting listed on several pop culture convention directory sites has also had a measurable impact. And of course, we’ve been adding content here pretty much daily, so there’s always a new alert being pushed out to Facebook via WordPress.
So we need to craft some new rules about the memes presented in this monthly round-up. First, they can’t be about BoroughCon itself or BoroughCon.com. That goes for not only for our reviews and blog posts, but also for the events on the Nerd Yorker events calendar, recaps of our personal appearances, news about our guests, and links to our sponsors, providers, vendors and artists.
There’s still plenty left to share. To wit:
No. 11: 15 forgotten superhero shows. Some mercifully so. But Birds of Prey was just ahead of its time. The CW could totally pull it off now.
No. 10: PS4 is the best birth control $299 can buy. They’ll probably remain just friends, no benefits. (Source: Gamenesia)
No. 9: Markups on BoroughCon.com posts. Kidding not kidding. (Source: Incidental Comics)
No. 8: Reading about a comic book hero reading about something else. How meta. (H/T Todd Carney)
No. 7: ‘Aliens’ should be aired every Mother’s Day. Fandor presents a compelling case for Ripley as the action hero every mom can relate to.
No. 6: Black, cosplayer, and proud. This slideshow from Afropunk demonstrates how cosplayers of color have defied expectations and thus how anyone — regardless not only by race but also by gender, body shape, ability or any other visually defining feature — can dress in any style they can imagine.
No. 5: Halloween decorating done right. Courtesy of the Fox affiliate in Cincinnati.
No. 4: Disney’s old-school macabre. Delightfully creepy and whimsical.
No. 3 Lego, customer service done right. If you work at a contact center, you need to strive to be as good as the CSR who wrote this letter to a seven-year-old dissatisfied customer.
No. 2: Generation nerd. Gary’s daughter and her questing companions at Wizard World Tulsa.
No. 1: Are your children human or kaiju? ScaryMommy has a theory.
Our new mascot. Our new sponsors. An old action hero. Even older cosplayers. Real-life Wonder Woman in her invisible plane, real-life people you see at conventions and even real-life Quidditch. But the real-life (-ish) zombie fight makes it a September to dismember.
Here’s the best from the past month on BoroughCon’s Facebook page as determined by you:
No. 12: Dire Straits Cosplay. “Money for Nothing” brought to life by costumer Marie Porter.
No. 11: Harrison Ford in 1978 Looks Like Everyone in 2016. And still going strong. Keep ’em flyin’, Han!
No. 10: Wonder Woman in her Invisible Plane. Cosplay is for everybody! Thanks, Ben Holliday!
No. 9: 15 People You’ll See At Every Con. Imgur took this down, but nothing ever leaves the internet. Here it is, courtesy of a minute’s Googling:
No. 8: Parkour of the Dead. Intense, realistic zombie chase as captured by GoPro. Courtesy of The LAD Bible.
No. 7: Real-Life Quidditch. Colombian skydivers out for an afternoon of wizarding.
No. 6: FUNimation + Crunchyroll team up … to, among other things, sponsor BoroughCon!
No. 5: 8 Games You’ll Want to Buy in September. Courtesy of our friends at PCMagazine. Wish we could tell you more, but the link already redirects to to 9 Games You’ll Want to Buy in October.
No. 3 (T): Alodia Meets the ‘CA:Civil War’ Cast. Philippine cosplay star Alodia Gosiengfiao meets Falcon, Bucky, Cap and some other guy. (For extra credit, Alodia got another 100+ views on BoroughCon’s FB page just for taking selfies on the plane to New York for the Luke Cage premiere.)
No. 3 (T): BoroughCon Mascot Revealed. We just can’t seem to get enough of her and, apparently, neither can you! You’ll see her in new outfits and new illustration styles soon.
No. 2: Octoturkey. Is it a Cthulu thing? Not necessarily, but not necessarily not.
No. 1: Steve and Peggy’s 70th Anniversary Photo. Courtesy of CosplayParents!