Thursday, May 30, 2013

MisCon 27 was an incredible show.

The whole Larsen Clan went to Missoula Montana for MisCon 27 last weekend.
4 days of Con and 2 days of travel.
We got home tired.  But our brains and hearts were full of lots of cool information, fun, and friendship.  The guest list was amazing.  Go to the MisCon web site to see all the names.
Evelyn was especially excited to meet Patricia Briggs (who writes Mercy Thompson) and Diana Pharaoh Francis.  I was happy to meet CJ Cherryh, whose books I have been reading for almost 30 years, and her friend Jane Fancher.
Siona took part in the writers workshops and got some great advice from MH Bonham of Sky Warrior Books.
Chani learned a lot about film making from Taryn Hough, whose film Electro-Cute won the MisCon Film Festival!
We discovered new talents and new friends.
We will definitely be back again, and if you have a chance to go to a MisCon, you should.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Just Back from Missoula

We just got back from a fabulous MisCon 4-day extravaganza in Missoula, Montana.
I will post a better post con post, with pictures, as soon as I get an extra 15 minutes.
Let it be known that the Larsens had a great time.  Met some of our favorite authors.  Met great artists, movie makers, editors and publishers.  Made new friends and added a must-attend Con to our schedule.

If we met you at MisCon, welcome to LarsenGeekery!  Drop us a note.  We are also on Facebook.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Go West Young Geeks!

Actually, we are headed East.  Seattle is about as far West as you can go.
But the Larsen Geeks are off to Missoula Montana for MisCon.  Montana's biggest Science Fiction Convention.  We are even taking the dogs.  It's a dog friendly show!  We won't be vending, just geeking out with the rest of the SciFi fans.  So if you are in Missoula this weekend, we will see you there.

Remember, if you can't make it to a show to see us, you can always get great LarsenGeekery Art, Comics, and Gear at our online store.  CLICK HERE for GEEKERY GEAR.  The Internet is standing by to take your order...

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thanks Bellingham...On to Missoula

Pacific NerdWest in Bellingham last week was an interesting Geekfest.
We met Neil Grayston, Fargo from Eureka, and the Gang from Hey Ash Wacha Playin?
and lots and lots of other geeky cool people.
Oh, yeah!  And Evelyn was in a fashion show!

And next week the Larsen Geeks are off to Missoula Montana for MisCon.  Montana's biggest Science Fiction Convention.

Remember, if you can't make it to a show to see us, you can always get great LarsenGeekery Art, Comics, and Gear at our online store.  CLICK HERE for GEEKERY GEAR.  The Internet is always open...

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pacific NerdWest is in Bellingham, WA May 11 & 12

Pacific NerdWest will be taking place in Bellingham, WA May 11 & 12, 2013.

LarsenGeekery will be there all weekend in the Leopold Crystal Ballroom.
In fact, we will be vending in the poll position, right as you enter the ballroom.
Look for the LarsenGeekery banner.  We will be right in front of you, next to Tinplate Studios (always a good vending neighbor).

We will have art, comics, greeting cards, buttons, bags, purses, costume accessories, you name it.
Come by, say hi.  Make Jay draw something.  Then go see the other great vendors and artists who will be at the show.  COMPLETE LIST
If you buy your tickets now online, you can save $5.

In addition to the Vendors and Artist, there will be a Charity Auction, LARPing, Nerf Wars, Neil Grayston (Fargo from Eureka), Panels, Games, Games, and Games.

Join Us: Pacific NerdWest in Bellingham, WA May 11 & 12, 2013.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Free Comic Book Day Offer

LarsenGeekery has an Etsy Store, full of great gear: Cards, Prints, Bags, and Comics.
And Saturday, May 4th 2013 (May the Forth Be With You...) is Free Comic Book Day.
You can visit your local comic book shop Saturday and pick up some free comic books.
Pretty cool!

Well, LarsenGeekery is doing its part to celebrate Free Comic Book Day.
Just visit our Etsy Store, pick out something you like, and order it before end of day Saturday, May 4th 2013 (Pacific Time), and we will include a Free Comic Book along with your order!

Go Visit Our Etsy Store Now!  Get a Free Comic Book!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Looking Forward (and back) to Iron Man 3

Looking Forward to Iron Man 3 this weekend

I have not seen the new Iron Man 3 movie yet, but I have my tickets to see it on Friday.
I’m excited and hoping it is a good movie.  Iron Man 1 was great, 2 was okay.  I’m hoping this one is a at least good.

Iron Man has always been one of my favorites ever since I was a kid of 7 and 8.
When I first started trading empty bottles for nickels and dimes and dimes for comic books, my favorites were Batman, Captain America and Iron Man. 

Batman in those days was a silly detective and the books would give you clues and you would try to solve the crime before Batman and Robin did.  Batman was fun in those days, not the psychologically burdened Dark Knight that he became later.  I liked Batman, everybody did.  He had a TV show and was super famous.

Captain America was pretty well known as well.  But Iron Man seemed to be somebody only I was reading about.  None of my friends knew Iron Man.  He had no TV show.  In my circle of friends and family, I was the only one buying and reading stories about Tony Stark and his crazy technological inventions.  Tony wasn’t a drunk or a psychological mess in those days either—he was a respected business man with a suit and tie with a secret identity and secret skills the people around him did not know about.  As a young Mormon kid, that was how I felt.  I had to be proper and wear a tie, but secretly I wanted to do things and learn things I wasn’t supposed to be doing and learning.  I dreamed about building a secret lab with secret planes and rockets and robots and stuff.  But mostly my secret life was filled with comics and books from the library full of stories I wasn’t supposed to be reading.

I also learned how to draw by copying the pictures in those comics.  Then I would put my own dialog on the pictures.  I’m still kind of doing that these days.

Later, as I got older, I started realizing that Iron Man’s armor was kind of a metaphor for all our technology.  I learned that no matter how we wrap ourselves in metal cars and planes and extend our senses with TV and satellites, that we are still biological animals with limitations and issues that cannot be solved with technology, that we are still scared little monkeys no matter how cool our toys and how powerful our inventions.  Tony Stark showed me a lot of that, and it has remained true even as I have learned a lot more than what could be slipped into a comic book.

Iron Man comics have been all over the map from horribly bad, to corny, to incredible (I’m looking at you Matt Fraction).  But even at their worst, they are always enjoyable.  I’m hoping this movie will be an addition to the “Incredible Iron Man” list.  But even if it is corny, I will still enjoy it.

See you at the movies.  And then let’s go save the world!
-- Jay
Don't forget, Next Week is our next show:
May 11 &12th 2013, Pacific NerdWest 13 - Bellingham WA
Games, Art, Vendors (including LarsenGeekery), and I hear Fargo from Eureka is going to be there!