SqueeCon 2018

Super thrilled to be a part of Squeecon’s inaugural event this Saturday.  I am really looking forward to being a panelist as well one of their many talented cosplay guests.

There will be tons of things to see and do including film screenings, local artists & vendors, locally sourced food and snacks, performances and a fabulous mixer with nerd karaoke at the bar.

 

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If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, then go do so! Looks like it is going to be a lot of fun and also a great way to support diversity in art, film and all things fandom.

Did I also mention there is a cat cafe down the street?

 

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For more info and tickets:

https://bit.ly/2DOYTyV

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Weekend Update – November 18, 2018

 

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Good evening everyone, I’m your host, Mr. Clever and welcome to another Weekend Update.

The weeks before Thanksgiving is what Salem residents refer to as “Recovering from October” while I refer to it as “Post October Depression.” It can be tough running on all cylinders for 31 days, then abruptly halting come November 1st.

But have no fear, that’s why we have #conlife.

Despite the cancelation of Jenna Coleman, a few of us wondered if it would still be worth it to attend that most stressful of local cons – RICC. Anyone that has attended RICC knows the many potential challenges. The amount of people and the issues just getting inside. People (and children) getting locked out of the con. Being unable to get back to one side of the con or the other. The list goes on (and on and on and on). But, the tickets were bought, the bags were packed, so off we went.

It was so much better than expected. They made a lot of changes to the layout and we went on Sunday. I don’t know if it was one or the other or both but this was the first time it didn’t feel like I spent the entire time elbowing through crowds as thick as Halloween in Salem. It was wonderful and felt like maybe I wouldn’t need a special reason to go next year. (Ask me about my RICC must see list…)

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My good friend Gregory in his sea dog finery
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Waiting in line for Tom Felton is more fun with friends!
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I first met these two lovelies at The Cosplay Affair that I co-hosted back in 2016.  It was great to see them again!

 

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I don’t normally scare the vendors, but I do when they are the amazing Juli Mayers from https://www.facebook.com/WickedLittleStudio/

As I bid goodbye to another October and RICC, some of my friends and I decided to treat ourselves with a little day trip to Maine. Now mind you, to me, Maine means one thing – Stonewall Kitchen. And lots and lots of pumpkin butter. And possibly one or two things for CJ (but not likely).

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Even Cybermen can appreciate the yummy goodness

If you have never been to the flagship Stonewall Kitchen location, go now. I foresee many more trips in my immediate future!

For the weeks ahead I don’t mind saying I don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving but I am excited about the grand opening of a new chocolate shop in Salem: Kakawa Chocolate House. I got to meet the owner / proprietor and you can bet I want to be one of the first in line to taste whatever goodies they have in stock.

This has been your weekend update for the week ending November 18, 2018.
Cyberplanner out.

Jenna cancelled RICC

I am so humbled by the amount of people sending me messages and checking in on me after finding out that Jenna cancelled RICC. She must have gotten word that Mr. Clever was coming to see her.  😜😜 I love that so many of my friends knew how much it meant to me to meet her.

I’m sad, but that is the risk you take when going to a con for a guest. I’ve never done that in the four years of Conlife. It’s a gamble. But the way I see it, it’s like anything else. When you buy a con ticket you don’t know if you will get sick, have to work, get a flat, have a miserable time, etc.

Eventually I will get my Clever/Clara pic. For now, I am happy with the array of lovely Clara’s that I have met over the years!

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Clever and Clara at the Pandorica Restaurant.
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Clever and Clara at Regen.
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All the Claras at Super Megafest
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Night out on the town for Clever and Clara at the Wonderland Ball

 

 

RICC and Jenna Coleman 2018

 

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Me: Nah, I will never go back to RICC.

RICC: Jenna Coleman

Me: Well, damn.

So, it looks like RICC 2018 will be happening after all. Now, don’t get me wrong, I somehow manage to have a great time every year at this con, despite the long lines that can rival Disneyland’s, the massive crowds and the infamous unorganized spaces. Because for whatever reason, RICC manages to get great guests year after year.

My spouse and I have what we call our “Short list.” The people that we would brave the craziness for. At the very top is Sean and Gus from Psych.  Followed by a Burn Notice cast reunion for him and Jenna Coleman for me. Well, damn.

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My wonderful friends Jenne and Cass brought my chessboard for her to sign at Boston Comic Con one year. She was super funny and sweet about it. She even loved my cosplay and showed her mom. So you would think that I would NOT be a nervous wreck to meet her, but NOPE.

Luckily, I will have a bunch of great friends with me to support me.  As always.

 

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Wish me luck  – getting through this con, AND meeting Jenna.

Upgrade in Progress Wednesday

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Upgrade in Progress. Or should I say UNDEAD in Progress? Cyberplanner part all ready for Zombie Clever!

I wanted to make it look broken, beat up, falling apart, wires falling out, only one light working – and with minimal blood and more motor oil looking colors. I am very happy with how it turned out, especially given my allergies to latex and silicones.

Five year Anniversary as Clever

Five years.

This weekend at Super Megafest marks FIVE years that I have been cosplaying as Mr. Clever. I have been cosplaying as Clever longer than Matt Smith had been the Doctor.

It also marks five years of meeting some of my best friends. Not just con friends. But, friends that are a huge part of my life – beyond fandom, beyond conlife. I wouldn’t have met them if not for my cosplay, if not for Clever, if not for Matt, or not for Doctor Who.

And as Doctor Who enters a brand new chapter in its long run, I hope many fans, young, old, newcomers, and returning ones, like myself, find their own piece of magic in the TARDIS. It is a wonderful thing, and I truly believe the Doctor herself, would enjoy every second of it.

 

Who will I see for this anniversary at SMF? I have so many crazy, fun memories. Who wants to make more?

 

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The photo that started it all.  The “legend of Ron Jeremy.”

 

 

Happy Anniversary Nightmare in Silver

Anyone who has met me knows that Nightmare in Silver is my favorite Doctor Who episode. But NiS is so much more than just an episode to me.

We all have those things that have changed our lives, or mattered to us, or maybe even helped us through difficult times. Some have a series of books, and yes, for sure I do have Harry Potter, some people have music, others might have sports figures. For me, I have one episode of one tv show.

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Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor and Mr. Clever

Over the years, people have asked me *how* this is possible, how can one thing, one character, change so much of a person’s life?

My best analogy is the “stone in the water causes ripples” cliché. One thing led to another, which led to another.

Before we moved back to Salem (we of course being myself, CJ, and 3 cats) we never really left the house. We didn’t socialize, we each had one or two friends that we saw on occasion and that was it. (and they are great friends, don’t get me wrong!) But it was always just us, sitting around the house, bored. And for me, getting dressed to go outside was hell. That was always a horrible point of contention for us. Going out meant having to get dressed. Having to put on some semblance of “normalcy”. We even had the chance to go to San Diego Comic Con for free one year and we said no. Crowds? People? Nope.

Fast forward to cosplay life. Getting dressed up? Yes please. I think I spend more time in my cosplay than any other outfit that I own. And aside from the issues with the cyberplanner itself, it is so comfortable to wear. I feel like myself in it. This was the first time in 35+ years that I wanted to go out, to talk, to socialize, to interact. Suddenly we have all these friends, and cons, and laughter and events and game nights and people over filling our lives with fun and life and love and everything that matters in this world.

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I also would have had a full blown panic attack before if someone had attempted to take my photo.  I still hate it, but I have overcome SO much.

That first stone to get cast into the water, the first ripple, was watching NiS that one night. That “A-ha” moment of “I wanna become this character” that brought cosplay into our lives, which brought conlife, and in turn forever changed our lives and the lives of our friends.

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In short, none of this would have been possible before.

Happy 5th Anniversary Nightmare in Silver.