11
Apr

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 Monday morning geekery and To Do List

Good morning, Monday!

Now is when I take some time to contemplate what I did yesterday. What worked, what I should change, and create my To Do list for today and this week. Something that I find really important is to critically look at yourself every day and to not keep doing the same bullshit I did before if it’s not working.

IN THE MEANTIME you should register for Intervention: Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Future Media at http://www.interventioncon.com I’ll be releasing information about some of the programming soon.

Joining us this year is:

Gigi Edgley – “Chiana”, Farscape

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Todd Haberkorn – Voice Actor: “Hetalia”, “Fairy Tale”; Actor: “Spock”, “Star Trek Continues”

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Robert Axelrod – Voice Actor Lord Zedd, Power Rangers

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Pete Abrams – Sluggy Freelance

And of course James and I will be there doing presentations about the arts, marketing, and web design. I have a few secret creative projects that will be revealed soon. 1 thing I am probably going to make my Indie Marketing panel more interactive – and it will be a lot better since I CAN SEE THIS YEAR and I am no longer blind. :D I’m tweaking the format this year to be a bit more interactive.

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I’ll also be looking for people to talk about cosplay and to help folks who are new to cosplay get started or get better. Contact us via the Intervention site if you fit this description of this panel.

Join me tonight at the ReGeneration Who 3 tickets go on sale we will be having an interactive G+ Hangout party.

Hangout starts at 7, tickets go on sale to the general public at 7:30.

But you should register for Intervention now. VIP art and T Shirt designs come out this week – because Tuesday is my last eye surgery and I can see again so I can make things again! :D



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28
Mar

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 (Re)Generation Who 2 was another success! Onward to 3!

Thank you to everyone who came out to (Re)Generation Who 2 this past March 18-20, 2016. This includes the staff, guests, collaborators, and attendees. Every single person gave their all to make this a fabulous weekend and I am incredibly grateful for your support. I would not be able to make these conventions without you. The positive reviews are already flooding in.

We’ve made great strides toward making an all-inclusive, family-friendly during the day space for attendees. I am so proud that our Children’s Programming has already been getting acclaim and press. You can thank Eric and Eta for this wonderful track – that even our guests were overjoyed to participate in!

I am already working to expand what we can offer for next year.

For me the convention starts – ok well – for me the con never ends. I am already planning the 3rd one for months now and so I basically am always working. But as far as deployment goes, my con last from Wednesday to Wednesday. That’s pretty brutal considering my average day during this time is from 5:30AM-1:30AM.

How do I do it? I have help. And coffee. And I wear a dress over running leggings and sleek-looking hiking boots so that I can do literally anything required of me while still looking presentable:

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I need to get a storage facility in Maryland where the staff is. I live in New Jersey and so we store everything where I live. Well, this meant that on the last day I had to drive 2.5 hours home and unload the entire large panel van myself. Harknell has a bad back and while he did try to do as much as he could, I won’t let him injure himself.

It took 4 hours and by the time I was finished I was talking to the boxes as if they were people. @_@ It was worth it, though!

We have a lot of photos and video being processed, but here are some things from the con that I have right now.

Here is Nick Briggs, the voice of the Daleks and Cybermen, learning ASL:


Nick Briggs, the voice of the Daleks, conquers Baltimore and learns ASL.

A video posted by (Re)Generation Who (@regenerationwho) on

Here is Wendy Padbury pouring tea at the sold out Tea with the Doctor VIP event:


Wendy Padbury is mother at Tea with the Doctor.

A video posted by (Re)Generation Who (@regenerationwho) on

Here is me with MORE BOXES TO LOAD WHEEE:

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Here are some photos taken by Vinny of our 3 days of concerts, panel discussions, celebrity interviews, dance parties, the Davros Variety Hour, and general PARTY TIME. You never know what to expect at (Re)Generaton Who – and that’s because we are always evolving and developing our own content that you won’t see anywhere else – and we accept your suggestions. It’s a full time job, but well worth it for the results:

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Here is our “So, How Did We Do?” feedback panel at the end of the con. That’s me in the center:

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Thank you for coming out to (Re)Generation Who 2. Thank you for staffing. Thank you for being kind. Thank you for everything. Thank you for being you.

It was our goal to compliment the already amazing fan and con community with our work and we achieved that. I have a very specific vision of using this con to bring families of all types together – and to always support and help all other cons to create a better world for tomorrow with more cons, more fans, and more positive things to enjoy.

I LOL at you if you ask me “if” there will be a 3. I’ll let you know quite soon what the go live date for (Re)Generation Who 3′s registration is.

Here are some things people are saying:

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For more photos, join our Facebook Group, follow the con on twitter, and instagram.



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04
Mar

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 (Re)Generation Who Doctor Who Convention in Maryland registration deadline is today!

We have been very busy over here.

Daily Registrations are now available for (Re)Generation Who 2. The prices for daily registrations this year are:

Friday: $40
Saturday: $55
Sunday: $45

In addition you can still purchase VIP levels and Con T-shirts until midnight tonight.

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Tier 1 VIP will be available up to the con however, we’ll be sending our shirt orders in after midnight tonight. We won’t have many sizes of regular con t shirts available at con and no extra VIP shirts to buy – we operate primarily on pre-order. To guarantee your size you should pre-order. And besides, these help us raise money for the con. :)

Check out what’s available on our Merchandise and VIP page to get these items. Get yours via the event’s registration page or upgrade your existing registration. :)

(Re)Generation Who is a 3 day Doctor Who convention in Hunt Valley, MD this March 18-20, 2016 produced by Oni Hartstein and James Harknell.

Guests include 5th Doctor: Peter Davison, 6th Doctor: Colin Baker, Professor Albert Smithe (“Last Christmas”): Michael Troughton, 6th Doctor’s Companion Peri: Nicola Bryant, 2nd Doctor’s Companion Jamie: Frazer Hines, 7th Doctor Companion Ace: Sophie (Aldred) Henderson, Voice of Daleks, Cybermen, and More: Nick Briggs, Davros: Terry Molloy, 2nd Doctor’s Companion Victoria: Deborah Watling, and many more.

Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at door for adults and $20 for children. Click here to get more info. This event is likely to sell out so you really should register now and book your room. Hope to see you there!



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02
Dec

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 Doctor Who Convention Sixth Doctor cosplay!

So I went to visit our friends at LI WHO a couple weekends ago. They were nice enough to give us a panel to promote my Doctor Who con, (Re)Generation Who in MD this March. Of course, I had to dress for the occasion:

Photo by John Horne

Arnold Blumberg, James Harknell, and Oni Hartstein. Photo by John Horne

Photo by James Harknell

Photo by James Harknell

Monica, Oni, and Johnny Blaze Leavitt

Monica, Oni, and Johnny Blaze Leavitt

Photo by Allison Eckers Hoffman

Photo by Allison Eckers Hoffman

Photo by James Harknell

Photo by James Harknell

Literally everyone loved it:

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Costume graciously sponsored by Frockasaurus. See more of her work and get your own here.



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02
Nov

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 What happens when you make fun of geeks in my presence; why I run conventions

I grew up in Pittsburgh, which was Mr. Rogers’ home town. Unfortunately I never had the chance to meet him but I regard him as one of the most hardcore people who ever lived. He is one of my biggest inspirations. I know many people who did meet him or work with him and they all have great things to say about him.

When I am having a particularly tough day I tend to ask myself, “What would Mr. Rogers do right now?” You can see at the bottom of my company’s website I actually have a quote of his hidden in the footer.

Not everyone understands why geek culture and conventions have always been a big part of my life and on some occasions people have made fun of what I do. I tend to handle them pretty well.

You see, this all started out as simply something I enjoyed and wanted to participate in. As I continued as an artist and cartoonist I had the opportunity to meet many people. Some of these people found great strength in my work, which surprised me. I never thought I was anything special. I was just doing my thing. My thing just happened to be something that made people laugh or smile. I always took the time to sit with and talk with anyone who came to my table. I never was too wrapped up in my art – I always saw it in so far as how people interacted with it. In many ways I see my visual art as performance art. If it touches someone or makes their day better than I have won. The people were always infinitely more important to me than any of my art pieces.

I eventually started staffing cons because I saw some things I didn’t agree with and I am a big proponent of getting involved instead of complaining.

The feedback from people that my work – art AND staffing cons helped them. Deeply. People left abusive relationships, pursued education, felt that they finally fit in, and found better lives because of my work.

Then I started Intervention to further that directly. Intervention is specially a makerspace to help people move forward in life via their creativity.

Then I started (Re)Generation Who: The Doctor Who Convention for Every Generation. It had one of the strongest starts in indie convention history – all because of what my organization had been doing for many years.

The people have always been important to me than any other noun in this equation. Including “money”.

Regardless of how blunt my Daily Real Talk may sound, it’s always about the people before I even look after myself. That’s why when I talk to people who don’t understand the convention world I sometimes change how I talk about it. Instead of saying I run geek conventions I may phrase it in a way that they understand. I like to feel that most people understand how important and powerful it is to be there for everyone and to put out events that truly serve the community, regardless of if they understand geek or any particular fandom. I am a master at getting a geek hater to eat their words.

The people who have told me directly that the work that we do saved their life or helped them out of seriously bad times are many. I don’t think I’d bother with doing anything that I do if it weren’t for the people who we can help and the great friends that we have made. At one event that I did in the past I lost about $10,000 – personally. My friend Frank approached me and pointed out to me that there were attendees who had broken down in tears of joy for what we had done that weekend. He knew that even one attendee feeling like that was worth the loss to me. I’ll gladly work extra freelance hours to make that back up.

That’s how I measure success.

If anyone doesn’t get it, I can explain all of this and show them this video below. I’m a master at confronting sour people with humanity and compassion and placing what we do into terms they can understand to the point that continuing to hold onto their hatred makes them feel terrible. If you are pressed for time and have to skip, make sure you pop back in at the end of the video.

Mr. Rogers understood how important it was to be there for people before I was even born. He says it correctly here – we are servants. That is our responsibility in media. I’ve had many moments like this in my life already – all because of conventions, geeks, and My People.

He is one of my inspirations, my staff and attendees are the other inspirations in my life. Even the biggest geek hater can understand that – and if they can’t, that’s fine. They can continue sitting at their table for one. I’ll be partying with My People.



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