Comic And Anime Conventions: Pop Culture Central

Comic And Anime Conventions: Pop Culture Central

It's a great experience for everyone.
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Though the summer is coming to an end, it's still the perfect time for the infamous anime and comic book conventions to start springing up in various locations bringing pop culture enthusiasts together. You might be familiar with the bigger ones that happened this summer like San Diego Comic Con, Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California, and maybe even Otakon that occurred a couple of weekends in Baltimore, Maryland. Luckily convention season isn’t over as the Fall season is kicking in with its conventions like New York City Comic Con in New York, New York. As an avid lover of animation, comics, and multiple TV shows, I love these kinds of conventions because it brings people together to just, well, nerd out about everything!

Being on social media sites like Facebook and Tumblr has opened up my eyes to the convention scene in multiple ways. A lot of times I see many pictures of people's cosplays, artist's booths they set up in conventions, and even exhibitions. It got me to such a point where, a couple of years ago, I just had to go to a convention and experience everything for myself. I scored lucky in 2013 as I finally got the chance to purchase tickets and attend New York Comic Con for two of the four days the convention is held. Just going to that one convention really made me appreciate how great these events can be and ever since, I’ve been making it almost a tradition to attend various conventions every year.

In the few years I’ve been attending comic and anime conventions, I’ve come to love them all, no matter how small or big they are. I’ve met so many great people (even the famous ones!), seen a handful of beautiful cosplays, and bought so much merchandise. The biggest convention I’ve ever attended was, admittedly, New York Comic Con as I made it a tradition to go the next few years after my first attendance in 2013. And even though I’m not attending it this year, I’m happy with how I’ve expanded my convention experience to more than just one convention. In fact, this past spring, I attended the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s own Sakura Matsuri event. Though it was a literal festival centric around flowers and Japanese culture, it was still a nice experience expanding out from just one convention as I saw many great things and people.

So what makes these conventions and festivals so great?

I think that it’s the atmosphere that brings out so much potential in having a fun time and meeting new people. My personal favorite thing when going to conventions is browsing through what’s known as the “Artist’s Alley” where I can browse through various artist’s works. Not only that, but a majority of these artists are freelance artists that have a following on the Internet so being able to meet some in person is always a pleasure. Another thing that I enjoy a lot in conventions is meeting new people and chatting with them, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Even just simply talking about a show or character you love is the best way to initiate a conversation, especially when they're in cosplay!

I could go on and on about my adventures at these conventions, but I think the best way to experience them is actually going there. In some ways, conventions feel like a completely different world because you're surrounded by so many people who are similar to you in so many ways. I might be stretching it a little relating the feeling of going to conventions being like I'm "home." But I know that if I never involved myself into the convention craze and scene, my life would be so different.

It's ultimately not a bad idea to check it out and go to these conventions and hey, maybe you might have a great time too!

Cover Image Credit: Photographer: Maria Qureshi

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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23 Must See Twilight Zone Episodes To Watch Before The Revival Series

Jordan Peele is directing the most recent revival of the Twilight Zone, but have you seen the original series?

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The Twilight Zone ran for 5 seasons from 1959-1964 and was revived for the first time in 1985-1989, the second revival in 2002-2003, and most recently, Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone has just begun to release episodes on the first of April. The new series is being released on CBS All Access (looks like I need to make an account!)

With the excitement of the show being revived again, and by none other than Jordan Peele, I wanted to reflect upon the original episodes.

This amazing show tackled a variety of topics which are still topics of discussion to this day such as:

-Beauty standards

-Twisted justice/vengeance

-Accepting death

-Parallel universes

-Be careful what you wish for

-Can you fight fate?

-Artificial intelligence

-Humans are the real monsters

-Time travel

Note: This top list only includes episodes from seasons 1,2,3, and 5. Unfortunately, I can not include season 4 in my list because it is not available to view on Netflix.

A Penny For Your Thoughts (Season 2, Episode 16)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUhthnDQLiU

"Gaining telepathic abilities when his coin lands on its edge, bank clerk Hector B. Poole learns the difference between people's plans and fantasies."

-Netflix's episode description

A Stop At Willoughby (Season 1, Episode 30)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf1jD0Z5L6M

"While napping on the train home, a harried adman dreams of Willoughby, a Utopian 1880 town, then gets a chance to make Willoughby his final last stop."

-Netflix's episode description

The Jeopardy Room (Season 5, Episode 29)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMMs7d31Q5E

"A defector is trapped in a hotel room and given 3 hours to find a hidden bomb."

-Netflix's episode description

Nightmare At 20,000 Feet (Season 5, Episode 3)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6gv2_KhiOg

"A man, newly recovered from a nervous breakdown, becomes convinces that a monster only he sees is damaging the plane he's flying in."

-Netflix's episode description

The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street (Season 1, Episode 22)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT4N6QqGsSI

"On a peaceful suburban street, strange occurences and mysterious people stroke the residents' paranoia to a disastrous intensty."

-Netflix's episode description

One For The Angels (Season 1, Episode 2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1tzL0QZlKI

"When Death informs salesman Lou that he'll die at midnight, Lou talks Death into a stay of execution to make a final, seemingly perfect sales pitch."

-Netflix's episode description

The Rip Van Winkle Caper (Season 2, Episode 24)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mpIzO30SSE

"After a successful gold heist, the criminals and a scientist cohort put themselves in suspended animation. Decades later, they have a rude awakening."

-Netflix's episode description

The 7th Is Made Up Of Phantoms (Season 5, Episode 10)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTYcOIjJDK8

"Three 1960s National Guard soldiers on maneuvers near the Little Big Horn battle site find themselves unwittingly involved in Custer's last stand."

-Netflix's episode description

The Hunt (Season 3, Episode 19)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69F1SxicAZ4

"Upon returning from a coon hunt, Hyder Simpson discovers that no one can see or hear him because he has passed on."

-Netflix's episode description

The Passerby (Season 3, Episode 4)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09oC4MTTvi8

"Near the end of the Civil War, a sergeant stops at the remains of the home of Lavinia Godwin, who's been watching wounded soldiers parade by."

-Netflix's episode description

The Man In The Bottle (Season 2, Episode 2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bGbRUALaFk

A couple's luck turns when a genie springs from a bottle in their antique shop. He grants them four wishes but warns, "be careful what they wish for."

-Netflix's episode description

Living Doll (Season 5, Episode 6)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hfTP-LgW8E

A father does battle with his stepdaughter's talking doll, whose vocabulary includes such phrased as "I hate you" and "I'm going to kill you."

-Netflix's episode description

A Most Unusual Camera (Season 2, Episode 10)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hshN_LImdBU

"When three dum-dum crooks get ahold of a camera that takes pictures of the guture, they set out to make a quick fortune with their new toy."

-Netflix's episode description

The Shelter (Season 3, Episode 3)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TghYXxm3wq8

"As a neighborhood scrambles to prepare for an impending nuclear attack, everyone turns against the one family that installed a bomb shelter."

-Netflix's episode description

What You Need (Season 1, Episode 12)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIsm97HL0EU

"When a crook learns that a psychic peddler is selling people items they'll need in the future, he attempts to exploit the gift, with dubious results."

-Netflix's episode description

To Serve Man (Season 3, Episode 24)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5NWCD7D5n8

"An alien race comes to earth, promising peace and sharing technology. A linguist and his team set out to translate the aliens' language."

-Netflix's episode description

Execution (Season 1, Episode 26)

"In 1880, as outlaw Joe is about to be hanged, he's teleported to the future by a scientist, who gets a rude surprise when he tries to send Joe back."

-Netflix's episode description

Nick Of Time (Season 2, Episode 7)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=405IKLIMvJo

"A pair of newlyweds stopping in a small town are trapped by their own superstition when playing a fortune telling machine at a local diner."

-Netflix's episode description

The Midnight Sun (Season 3, Episode 10)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCEWd7usi_M

"When the Earth falls out of orbit, two women try to cope with the increasingly oppressive heat in a nearly abandoned city."

-Netflix's episode description

Little Girl Lost (Season 3, Episode 26)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcFmIIiixrA

"Awoken by the cries of his daughter, a father enters the girl's room to find she's vanished -- even though he can still hear her crying out for help."

-Netflix's episode description

Back There (Season 2, Episode 13)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clTlP_yB9jk

"After debating whether time travel can change history, a prominent Washington man finds himself in 1865, on the night President Lincoln will be shot."

-Netflix's episode description

Mirror Image (Season 1, Episode 21)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVSOCbXzdO0

"While waiting in a bus station, Millicent Barnes has the strange feeling that her doppelganger is trying to take over her life."

-Netflix's episode description

An Occurrence At Owl Creek

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByOlA8fQTbw

"It is the end of the Civil War and Union troops have occupied the South. They are going to execute a Southern resistance fighter."

-Netflix's episode description

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