Nerd Expo 2019 Recap

Nerd Expo 2019 Recap

By Veronica Nunez
October 14, 2019

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Nerd Expo was held on September 21, 2019 at the Pasadena Convention Center.  I only stayed for a few hours, but I really enjoyed the live concert by Ragnarock on the lower level.  They played some great songs from the 80s including the theme to The Neverending Story which you can watch here.

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My primary intent for attending Nerd Expo this year was to add Ray Park’s autograph to my Darkside hockey jersey.  The room he was in for signings was on the lower level where the Nerf shooting was happening, too.  Some of the kids were rapid firing and hitting their targets with ease.  It was a very popular spot with the kids at the show.

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Matty Cardarople was another special guest doing signings and photos, but he also made an appearance on the Main Stage prior to Ragnarock’s performance.   You may have seen Matty on Stranger Things as the arcade attendant in season two and as the video store manager in season three.  He seemed as shy and awkward, but very nice, on the stage as he does on screen.

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Nerd Expo is organized by Nerd Bot, and it’s a small convention which had some good live music, special guests, and fun cosplays.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald Fan Event

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald Fan Event

By Veronica Nunez

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We got up at 3am on a Saturday morning to attend a special fan event at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park on November 3, 2018. We were wristbanded and given tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood upon check-in.

The event began with an Imax screening of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald at the AMC Theatre at Universal CityWalk.. There were donuts from Voodoo Donuts and coffee and tea available for us before the event as well as gorgeous tote bags containing buttons and keyrings.   There were costumes from the film’s characters on display while we waited to be allowed to enter the theater.

After the screening we walked to Universal Studios and enjoyed riding some rides prior to the press event with the cast members of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald being held in front of Hogwarts Castle. We had been told that our wristband may get us into a viewing area for the press event, but that wasn’t the case even though there was room in the roped off area.

I did get a few photos of Eddie Reddmayne while he was giving interviews in another area of Hogsmeade prior to the main press event.

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We ended up leaving shortly after not getting into the press event as the weather had gotten warmer than we had expected and we were tired since we’d been up since 3am. It was a really fun fan event, and it was completely free!

 

FBF: Gilmore Girls Festival of Four Seasons

 

 

Gilmore Girls Festival of Four Seasons

by Veronica Nunez

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On November 19 and 20, 2016 Netflix hosted a free fan event for their “revival” of Gilmore Girls on the University of California Los Angeles campus.  I got there 2 hours early, but I still stood in a line which lasted over an hour.

You were checked in while in line which included being given a wristband and a map of the various activations.  My first stop was to take a photo in front of the gazebo, then I went to get some free coffee at Luke’s. My next stop was Taylor’s Olde Fashioned Soda Shoppe where we were given backs of saltwater taffy and small candy stick pieces.

 

There was also “Kirk’s Button Emporium” where you could select a button of your choice, and this great sign was posted asking patrons to only take one button.

 

 

There were some black umbrellas hanging from a few trees for photo ops and they had umbrellas available for the fans to use because of the rain.  Each umbrella had “In Omhia Paratus” printed on one side so there were plenty of people taking fun photos.

 

There was a photo booth inside the Stars Hollow Gazette, and a large tent held “Kim’s Antiques” which contained various “antique” furniture as well as props from the original Gilmore Girls series.

 

It lightly rained sporadically throughout the day, but the event was a lot of fun and completely worth waiting in lines in the rain.