NERDBOT-CON 2018

NERDBOT MEDIA presents NERDBOT-CON 2018

Saturday September 22nd, 2018

10am – 5pm

*ONE DAY ONLY NERD CULTURE AND COSPLAY CONVENTION*

*Over 120 Vendors*Celebrity Guests*Cosplay Contests*Nerd Karaoke*

*Nerf Gun Zombie Shoot Out*Photo Rooms*Panels*Live Music*Performances*

AND MORE!

 

*Tickets are on sale now for $18/will go up to $22 at the door*

*Kids under 12 are free with Adult Ticket purchase*

 

*Celebrity Guests Include*

Gregg Berger – Cartoon Voice Actor

Rikki Simmons – Cartoon Voice Actor

Suzie Plakson – Star Trek Actress

Rikishi – WWE Hall of Famer

Christopher Khayman Lee – Power Rangers Actor

Jack Guzman – Power Rangers Actor

Gigi Edgley – Actress

Eric Bauza – Voice Actor

And More!

All paid ticket holders have free entry to the Nerdbot-Con After-Party!

 

 

 

This will be NERDBOT MEDIA’S 3rd annual NERDBOT-CON at the Pasadena Convention Center.

In 2018, we are going to go bigger and better with more activities, more vendors, more music, more guests, more games, and awesome panels!

 

NERDBOT-CON is your alternative to huge, faceless and expensive conventions with long lines and enormous crowds that steal your soul (and your wallet!). Our safe and family friendly event is centrally located in the heart of beautiful Pasadena, California.

 

NERDBOT MEDIA, a leading company in new media and journalism, has been organizing great meet ups, after parties, and night events in the Los Angeles area for the past three years, including the brand-new smash hit anime convention Anime Pasadena.

 

Our staff has been attending and covering conventions for years now. We think it’s time for something different! NERDBOT-CON is a fun and interactive event for all attendees. Cosplayers, photographers, collectors, and all Nerds and geeks that just want to go out, see their friends, and have an AWESOME time.

 

Our mission is to bring the very best photographers, videographers, vendors, and entertainment to the beautiful Pasadena Convention Center. It’s going to be an amazing day of interactive giveaways, panels, Cosplay contests and photoshoots.

 

Our official NERDBOT-CON 2017 Highlight Video is available on YouTube!

The Grand Geek Gathering reviewed NERDBOT-CON 2017 and had an amazing time!

Find NERDBOT all over Social Media:

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NERDBOT Media Official Website

NERDBOT Media on Facebook

NERDBOT Media on Twitter

NERDBOT Media on Instagram

NERDBOT Media on YouTube

 

For inquiries about Nerdbot Media and Nerdbot-Con please contact:

Elvin@nerdbot.com

Anthony@nerdbot.com

Loryn@nerdbot.com

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Cosplay Sneak Peek: Tom Sidoti as Negan!

We caught up with Artist and Cosplayer Tom Sidoti to get some insight into the creation of his latest cosplay, Negan from The Walking Dead. Read on to see what Tom had to say about why he chose to cosplay Negan, how the cosplay came to be, and what went into making some of the props that would bring Negan to life.

 

 

What was it about the character Negan that made you want to cosplay him?

I wanted to cosplay Negan because I first fell in love with him in the comics and I felt that he was the best villain that the comics ever had. When they announced he was coming to the TV show I was very scared that they would not be able to portray him the way he needed to be because it was on regular TV, but Jeffrey Dean Morgan was able to make the character into someone the viewers both loved and hated at the same time, which was very unique from my perspective.

I love everything there is about the character Negan and I can see his point of view in the way he is surviving the apocalyptic world, but I also see his enemy, Rick Grimes’ point of view and I do often find myself siding with both at the same time and that’s mostly because of how well both of those actors portray their characters.

Though I can relate to and side with both Negan and Rick, when it comes down to it I don’t think my look can pull off a Rick Grimes cosplay. However I did feel that I could pull off a Negan cosplay properly and even though it’s well known in the cosplay community that you don’t have to look a certain way or have a certain body type to pull off any character, I do think my natural look helps this character come out even more and that’s definitely one of the reasons why I wanted to do it.

What went into the creation of this cosplay?

When it came to creating the costume I already had a leather jacket, a white shirt, grey pants, and black combat boots. I do have more accurate boots to use for this cosplay I just couldn’t find them right now so the black combat boots will do this time.

I got a hold of a brown leather belt and put bullet holsters on it and since you definitely cannot take a Bowie knife into a convention I made one out of foam. As for the most important piece of this cosplay, Lucille “The Vampire Bat” as Negan calls her, I purchased a replica Lucille off of Amazon. So realistically not too much went into making this character as a lot of it is made up of stuff I already owned or could easily purchase.

Can you tell us about the creation of the parts you made?

The things I did have to make were pretty simple for this character. When I added the bullet holsters to the belt I used craft foam and a battery. I rolled the craft foam around the battery to measure out the size of a bullet and I used a finger drill to drill holes into the leather belt and the foam and then I stitched it on the belt. Negan has about 10 bullet holsters on his belt so I made 10 bullet holsters by repeating the above process 10 times.

Now, I watch a lot of prop making tutorials and tv shows so when it came to the Bowie knife I knew it was going to be a pretty simple prop to make. I started with a sketch on paper then moved the sketch to cardboard and cut it out. Then I used craft foam to cut out the center of the blade. I strengthened the handle of the blade with more craft foam and then strengthened the center of the blade with another small piece of craft foam which is the Orange piece in the pictures. From there I used a dremmel to give the blade some shape and let it all dry and harden. Once it was dry I covered it in primer and painted it black and silver.

It was also fairly simple when it came to the sheath for the blade. Same beginning process went into it as once again I started with paper sketch and transferred the paper sketch to foam. After that was cut out I stitched it together and painted it black so that it had more of the authentic look of an actual leather sheath. While making the bullet holsters, Bowie knife, and sheath, I was able to look back and think of things I’ve seen people do in the past to get the ideas of how to do them easily and effectively.

When it comes to prop making in general I’ve been perfecting my number one go to cosplay. which is my tactical Captain America. I wore that cosplay for the first time at New York City Comic-Con in 2011 and I’ve been working on perfecting the props for that one since then and it wasn’t until last year, 2017, that I was completely happy with the way it looks. I’ve done everything from making chest armor, helmets, over the head ear pieces and weapons. Even with that amount of prop making experience I’m still not as extensive with my prop making as other people are but I do enjoy making props very much.

What are you looking forward to the most about debuting this cosplay?

I’m looking forward to going to wonder con this year and seeing more people cosplaying as characters from The Walking Dead and taking pictures with them. I also like to find other people wearing that same character as me and taking pictures with them so I’ll be keeping my eyes open for more Negan’s and getting some great pictures throughout the convention.

Thank you so much to Tom Sidoti for sharing this cosplay sneak peek with us. Make sure to keep an eye out for him as Negan during WonderCon 2018 at the Anaheim Convention Center March 23rd-25th!

The Return of WonderCon

The title says it all. WonderCon has returned to Anaheim, and this cosplayer is super excited. The food truck line is back and better then 2015, everyone gathering around the fountain to show off their cosplay’s and take group photos and the wide open floor layout for all vendors and artist. It was so good to be back in Anaheim for a convention, to be able to Disney bound throughout the weekend was great.
If you were unaware WonderCon had to be held at the LA Convention Center in 2016 due to construction in Anaheim. So all of us who attended WonderCon in 2016 where very familiar with the LA Convention Center due to Comikaze being held there just 5 months prior. For the amount of vendors, artists and cosplay booths that comic conventions have been building up over the years, having WonderCon in LA wasn’t the best place but we couldn’t just not have WonderCon right?
So as I have said before WonderCon is back in Anaheim and after speaking to a few people over the weekend they are just as happy with it as I am. I look forward to WonderCon next year and many more cons to come.