What is Fan Art?

July 20, 2015 | Posted in ART, CULTURE & HISTORY, FANDOM | By

Portrait of John Sheppard of Stargate: Atlantis.

Fan art has been a part of fandom communities for decades. From “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” to “Twilight” and “Harry Potter”, fans of television series, movies, books, music and anime – or even of a media genre as a whole – have been creating pieces of art based on their favorite heroes and heroines for years.

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DragonCon in Atlanta, Georgia: Your Survival Guide

June 30, 2015 | Posted in CONVENTIONS | By

DragonCon Klingon

Dragon*Con is a media fandom convention held annually over the Labor Day weekend in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Dragon*Con is the largest such event on the East Coast, celebrating science fiction, fantasy, anime, comics, gaming…

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10 Tips For Surviving Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia

June 29, 2015 | Posted in CONVENTIONS | By

Enjoy the costuming - but be polite.

Dragon*Con, held in Atlanta, Georgia over the Labor Day weekend, draws over thirty thousand attendees and is only getting bigger by the year. Fans of science-fiction, fantasy, film, comics, anime and music convene annually on downtown Atlanta to shop, attend

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The Rudest Thing that I Have Ever Experienced as an Artist

June 19, 2015 | Posted in ART BUSINESS, CONVENTIONS | By

Portrait of Jack and Daniel from Stargate SG-1.

Artists quickly learn that they need to develop a thick skin in order to make it in their chosen field. Teachers and mentors—at least the good ones—will give their students honest, if sometimes brutal, feedback on their artwork. Critics can be merciless…and the general public even more so…

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Don’t Call Me a Groupie

June 19, 2015 | Posted in CULTURE & HISTORY, MUSIC | By

Fans at a rock concert

The other day, I was en route to New York City with a friend to catch a concert. We were wearing coordinated rock band t-shirts as a bit of an in-joke, and to celebrate the fandom which had first brought us together…

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Women Rocking Cosplay Scene at Phoenix Comicon 2015

May 31, 2015 | Posted in CONVENTIONS, COSTUMING & COSPLAY | By

If you live in Phoenix and see Wonder Woman crossing the street, don’t be alarmed, she’d not chasing down a bad guy. Chances are, she’s headed to Phoenix Comicon. Every comic book lover, steampunk junkie and people who just love

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Phoenix Comicon 2015 is days away. Is your cosplay costume ready?

May 27, 2015 | Posted in CONVENTIONS, COSTUMING & COSPLAY | By

Surely you have more than one costume for the 4-day event? No? Don’t worry, there will be many vendors there, ready to get you suited up in no time. Okay, maybe not for this con, but if you start now

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Etiquette for Shopping at and Browsing Craft Fairs and Dealers Halls

April 11, 2015 | Posted in CONVENTIONS, CRAFTING BUSINESS | By

It can be a lot of work setting up this display. Please let me do so in peace.

I have been a vendor at craft fairs and in the dealers’ halls at various conventions and events for over fifteen years. Overall, being a vendor has been a great experience…

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Diary Entries 2nd To 8th April 2015


Mystery Writers by Nana B Agyei on Flickr

Diary – Easter Monday 6th April 2015 – The main Easter Bank Holiday though being unemployed left it feeling like just another Monday for me. My Mum did us a special Easter lunch which was almost a Christmas Dinner and very nice.

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Mystery Writers by Nana B Agyei on Flickr

Is this the Lacuna offices? Oh good, perhaps you can explain to me why I just came here. I’ve forgotten already. Did I have my mind wiped already, possibly yesterday? That’ll save me a few dollars if I did.

I’d like to thank you for curing my Déjà Vu problem. I really don’t think I met you before, though your friend here looks a bit familiar.

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