Presenting The Hungarian Wand Shop

Greeting wizards and witches!

If you thought that Ollivander’s was the only place you could get custom wands, let me make your day by telling you that if your travels aren’t taking you Diagon Alley, there is another option.

Presenting The Hungarian Wand Shop!

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This family owned and operated shop hand crafts each item into a unique, one of a kind treasure. They specialize in Wooden Magic Wands and speciality items like wand sleeves and holsters. Using various types of wood from all over the world they creat custom pieces to help each wand seeker get the item of their dreams. “If you can imagine it, we can make it”

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Each is wand is covered with multiple layers of protective finish and comes with a fabric bag and presentation box. Also included with the wand is a vial of “Magical Essence” to make your wand more “Powerful”.

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“My official title is founder and master wandmaker for the Hungarian wand shop. I have been a fan of Harry Potter since I started reading the first book to my children many years ago. The first wand I made was for my nephew, he had broken his plastic one, then his sisters both wanted one and then their friends, and it sort of took off from there. I have made wands for people all over the world and love to discuss woods and wandlore. It is a family shop, with both of my children helping.” ~Greg Laslo

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At DragonCon, you can find The Hungarian Wand shop in booth 429 on the 2nd floor of the vendors halls in AmericasMart.

Outside the convention you can find them here:

http://www.hungarianwandshop.com

https://www.facebook.com/TheHungarianWandShop

Please visit their website for a complete list of wand and wood options and feel free to email them a custom wand order!

Happy Spell Casting,
~CC

(All photos courtesy of The Hungarian Wand Shop)
Thank you Greg for sharing part of your world with us. We look forward to seeing you at DragonCon.

Presenting Middle Earth News

Fellow Tolkien fans, gather round as WeGeekGirls presents…

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“We believe, without a doubt, it was Tolkien’s passion he poured into his books, and the time he spent meticulously going over the tiniest of details, that we fans exist today. All his efforts came together to create those beloved books we fans now treasure. Without Tolkien we would have no Bilbo and Frodo, Arwen and Aragorn, or Thorin and his company of Dwarves, to endlessly entertain our imaginations and inspire us.” ~MiddleEarthNews

Fans first, this group of reporters work to bring the latest Tolkien based information to the masses. Be it film news, Tolkien-inspired art, artists/artisans or games, everything they cover is done with Tolkien fans in mind.

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“It is our hope you will find Middle-earth News a welcoming place, and one you’ll love to visit and enjoy for years to come.” ~MiddleEarthNews

And when I say fans first, I don’t say that lightly. If you are going to see anyone dressed a part or waiting in line for the latest Tolkien related releases, it will be the folks at Middle-Earth News. Not only are they covering DragonCon, they will be a part of some of the panels as well.

Staff reporter Amanda C. can be found:

Panelist – “Middle-earth vs. Westeros” panel on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency V ballroom
Panelist – “The Hobbit: Book to Film” panel on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the main Tolkien-track room (Marriott L401-403)
Adventurer – Dragon Con’s Night at the Aqaurium on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium
Reporter/Fan – My fellow staff reporter, Valdis Longbeard, and I will be walking the floor Friday-Monday in search of attendees to interview and cosplayers to feature on Middle-earth News. Please don’t be afraid to come say hello if you spot us!

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Amanda C. is a self-proclaimed nerd who, once introduced to Tolkien, quickly became deeply entrenched in the vast world of Middle-earth, swept away by the deep moral messages, intense battles and the handsome dwarf, Kili.
In addition to reporting the latest in Middle-earth news/events, Amanda is a full-time university student, passionate animal lover (Ozzy is her cat and Gimli her guinea pig), traveler, writer, watcher of TV/movies and attender of nerdy conventions.

You can find Middle-Earth News at:
http://www.middleearthnews.com

https://twitter.com/MiddleEarthNews

https://www.facebook.com/middleearthnews

and Amanda at:

https://twitter.com/TheZenPhoenix

https://www.facebook.com/TheZenPhoenix

Lastly, here is the link to the rest of the Tolkien Track:

http://middleearth.dragoncon.org/

Happy Adventuring!
~CC

Thank you Amanda for introducing yourself and letting us know where to find you during DragonCon. We look forward to seeing you there!

Presenting Warfire Forge

I have been so excited to tell you all about this DragonCon vendor! Here is a sneak peek from my collection…

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Presenting Warfire Forge

This father (Tim) and son (Brock) duo, together, create a wide array of metal work. Their particular interests are in prop making, specifically, creating weapons and amor (historical and/or fantasy) that may have traditionally been forged or fabricated. They also like to tinker, so steampunk items have become more frequent projects, especially for Tim.

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“I have been blacksmithing for 7 years and had the original vision for Warfire Forge. After gaining enough experience and confidence in my work, I convinced my dad to try it out with me, as this was the kind of work he was doing on the side essentially anyway and had over 30 years of metalworking experience. I really owe it to my parents for their vast creativity as I grew up. I was constantly exposed to artwork and my vivid imagination was able to roam freely with their support.” ~ Brock

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“We’re outgrowing our shop space and are at a pivotal point of expansion with Warfire. More of my work than anything, comes from custom commissions, so we are constantly approaching new projects and that sets us apart in many ways I think. We aren’t satisfied with cranking out the same dozen pieces because it’s easy. We don’t do so well with limitations and aren’t shy when it comes to tackling challenging projects. It is an opportunity often to learn (or have an excuse to experiment) from each new piece. We eat, drink, and breathe this stuff. We really love what we do.” ~Brock

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(All photos courtesy of Warfire Forge)

I have been a fan of Warfire Forge for many years and have had the opportunity to watch them work. They are some of the nicest guys you will meet, full of knowledge and very willing to share it. Anyone finding themselves in need of prop weaponry/armor/chainmail or jewelry should find these guys at the convention.

They will be located with the vendors in AmericasMart, Floor 2, Vendor 351

Outside DragonCon, you can find them at:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/WarFireForge

https://www.facebook.com/pages/WarFire-Forge/244510695595272

Happy Wielding :)
~CC

Thank you Brock for chatting with me and letting us share a little bit of your story! We will be stopping by the Warfire booth next week!!

Presenting DJ Spider

Ladies and Gents I am going to just dive right into this post! I met this hip chick years ago via the dance-floor of a local 80’s club…presenting…

DJ SPIDER

As her name suggests, DJ Spider has been spinning a variety of formats for the last 20 years and while her primary style is goth/industrial, she adds healthy doses of 80s, 90s, dance, EDM and electro to the mix. She has been described (and I can attest to) “vibrant”, “surprising”, “kick-ass” and “Omigod, is she really that tall?”

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On top of moving the masses with sweet beats, DJ Spider, is an avid costumer and self proclaimed geek. She has been costuming for over 10 years but (much to my excitement) her choices are usually off the beaten path. DJ Spider grew up with the comics of the 80s and 90s (plenty of subject matter) and likes to dig deep and recreate costumes that are rarely seen or even ignored completely because of “retro-awfulness”. She has cosplayed over 40 comic book characters over the years. These include Zatanna, Dazzler, Rogue, Big Barda and Wonder Woman and the list keeps growing. She is even one of the admins for http://www.TheSuperheroCostumingForum.com!

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DJ Spider often combines her Dijing and cosplay with convention attendance, much like her upcoming time at DragonCon. She took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions…

CC: How long have you been a performer at DragonCon?

DJS:My first gig was back in 2005, and since then I’ve DJ’d events for them in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and now again in 2014. I’m really fortunate to have such a great ConFamily!

CC: What makes you choose this particular convention?

DJS:DragonCon was the first convention I ever attended, back in 2003, and I walked around absolutely google-eyed, and feeling like I had found “home”. I can’t imagine not being there now! They work so hard keep bringing new options to the attendees, create exciting events and panels, and up their game when they can, but still keep the fans in mind.

CC: What are your favorite things about DragonCon?

DJS: It’s the total immersion into geekery and nerdom. The con runs almost 24 hours, and exists among a network of hotels, so there’s always something to see or do. I adore the costumes and creativity, the passion people have for their fandoms, and the fun the guests almost always seem to have. Plus the way Atlanta embraces it, which is so evident at the turnout for the Saturday parade! But mostly, it’s my friends, many of whom I wait all year to see in person. I never would have become part of the SCF (the Superhero Costuming Forum) without having met cosplayers at DragonCon, and they have become some of the dearest people to my heart.

CC: Where can we find you at the convention?

DJS: I’ll be running around in costume all weekend! But I’ll also be DJing at DragonCon’s Night at the Georgia Aquarium on Saturday night from 7-11p, and then jumping right over to the Hyatt to DJ for the DragonCon Burlesque Glamour Geek Review at midnight. You can also find me at almost all of the SCF meet-n-greets, as well as the large Marvel and DC Universe shoots. And if you see me, say hi!

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Don’t you just adore her! Please make it out to one of her DragonCon gigs if you can. Your dancing shoes with thank you!

You can also find DJ Spider at…

Twitter @thatDJSpider
DJ PAGE:
DJ Spider (Music)
COSTUMING PAGE:
DJ Spider (Cosplay and Costuming)
PODOMATIC:
DJ Spider’s Podcast
FLICKR:
DJ Spider’s Pix
DJ Spider’s Tumbler
PINTEREST:
DJ Spider’s Pins
DJ Spider’s InstagRandoms

Happy Dancing!!
~CC

THANK YOU DJ Spider for taking the time to answer my questions and providing photos of the post! I’m looking forward to seeing you again!

Presenting Badali Jewelry Specialties, Inc.

Greetings awesome geek family! We are at the ONE WEEK mark until DragonCon!! Well, it’s the one week mark for WeGeekGirls anyway ;)

In this, the fourth, countdown post, I decided to introduce (or perhaps re-introduce) you to superior, wearable craftsmanship in the form of

Badali Jewelry Specialties, Inc.

This family owned and operated company prides themselves in high quality (not to mention unique) hand crafted jewelry and top notch customer service.

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In addition to the over 35 different categories of product, Badali also produces officially licensed The Hobbit™ and The Lord of the Rings™ jewelry with Middle-Earth Enterprises; Wheel of Time™ jewelry with Robert Jordan’s estate; Elantris Aon™, Mistborn™ and Stormlight Archive™ jewelry with Brandon Sanderson, Kingkiller Chronicle™ jewelry with Patrick Rothfuss, The Dresden Files© jewelry with Jim Butcher and The Iron Druid Chronicles™ jewelry with Kevin Hearne.

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In their facilities in Layton, Utah, each piece is made one at a time and finished by hand.

“We take our inspiration from our personal interests. Whether the inspiration comes from a novel that one of us has just discovered, a book series we have long loved, a personal geek-centric interest we have or have had, or something cool one of us dreamed up, our designs are always rooted in a deep personal interest. By being fans of the content that we take inspiration from, the items we create are far higher in quality, design and storytelling than if we we’re only making items according to what was only popular at the time. We only design and make items that we would want to wear ourselves. For some items, like the Lord of The Rings line, we have spent a lifetime dreaming up what they should look like and being able to make them come to life is dream come true.”- Janelle Badali Powell

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Aren’t these pieces amazing!? You all know I am partial to the LOTR and Hobbit designs but it is clear to see the “deep personal interest” Janelle mentioned in each piece. There is an impressive attention to detail that I believe makes these pieces stand out and beg to be a part of a fans ensemble.

Ok, I will get down to brass tacks now ;)

Badali Jewelry Specialties, Inc. will be located at Booth #151-171 in the Dealers Hall at AmericasMart (adjacent to the Westin Peachtree Plaza). Janelle wanted me to share the news (BONUS) that they will also be hosting an at booth book signing with Jim Butcher (date and time TBD).

Make sure you stop by the BJS, Inc. booth while in the Dealers Hall and add to your fandom jewelry collection!!!

Badali Jewelry can also be found at:

http://www.badalijewelry.com

https://www.facebook.com/BadaliJewelrySpecialties

Twitter @BadaliJewelry

Happy Shopping :)
~CC

Thank you to Janelle for taking the time to share information and photos with me!! GiGi and I look forward to stopping by the booth next week!!

Presenting Marquis of Vaudeville

‘Ello Ladies and Gents!

Have you ever wondered where shows get their music? I know I have often sat watching a show and found myself wondering more about who the musicians of the soundtrack were than what was going on during the program.

I recently finished binge watching the thriller ‘Dexter’ on Netflix and fully admit, as exciting as the show was, I found the above to be true multiple times. I must have tweeted about watching the show several times because a few weeks ago, my personal twitter handle got a new follower…Marquis of Vaudeville…

Much to my delight, in their description, they mention that they have done music for not only ‘Dexter’ but ‘Charmed’ ,among others. I immediately went to YouTube to see what I could find…(after I followed back, of course)

 

 

I loved this quote from the bio on their website:

“Having the ambitious wish to propel the entire world into a melodic
vortex, Marquis of Vaudeville emits an extraordinary sound that spirals
listeners on an utterly imaginative, musical merry-go-round. One never
knows what moodswung journey they’ll embark upon once these musical
highwaymen hijack their consciousness.”

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and also this one:

“Hate them, love them, they demand the world take notice, and merely desire to incite something genuine, to inspire sincere emotion despite the world’s mind numbing mediocrity and generic mass production. Marquis of Vaudeville is a tantalizing flavor for even the most finicky musical appetite.”

If I could have formed better words for how I find their music, I would have tried but those fit perfectly.

BONUS!!!!! They will be performing at DragonCon, Friday night at 1:30am (ok, so kinda Saturday) in the Marriott’s Atrium Ballroom! Go ahead and join the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/328682780630906 as a reminder to yourself to stay up late that night ;)

By day you can find Marquis of Vaudeville at:

https://www.facebook.com/marquisofvaudeville

http://www.reverbnation.com/marquisofvaudeville

https://twitter.com/MarquisofV

http://www.marquisofvaudeville.com/

If you can’t get a sense of my enthusiasm from the words of this post, let me add that I have purchased both of their albums (available on iTunes) and am quickly becoming obsessed. SO, if you likey (yes, I meant to say it that way) what you hear, join me Friday night for what is sure to be a great show!!!

Happy Listening <3
~CC

HUGE thanks to Toby for all of helpful information, the photos and for giving my little twitter page a follow! Looking forward to the show!!

Gail Z. Martin

Greetings gals and guys! Welcome to our first DragonCon feature!

We Geek Girls presents author Gail Z. Martin.

I was introduced to Gail’s work via her Chronicles of the Necromancer series and have been a fan ever since!

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Here is a little bit about her:

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy War of Shadows (Orbit Books, April 2015) and the Deadly Curiosities new urban fantasy series (new book November 2015 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC, as well as Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures a new Steampunk series (July 2015, Solaris Books) co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin. She is also author of Ice Forged and Reign of Ash in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga. Gail is the author of The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven & Dark Lady’s Chosen) from Solaris Books and The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn and The Dread) from Orbit Books. She writes two series of ebook short stories: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures and the Deadly Curiosities Adventures.

Gail’s work will appear in at several new anthologies in 2015. In 2014, her stories were featured in: Clockwork Universe Steampunk vs. Aliens, Athena’s Daughters, Dreams of Steel 5, The Big Bad 2, Dance Like a Monkey, plus an illustrated story in Icarus: A Graphic Novel, Heroes, Realms of Imagination, the British Fantasy Society’s Unexpected Journeys and With Great Power. Other US/UK anthologies include Magic (Solaris), The Bitten Word, Rum & Runestones, Spells & Swashbucklers, and The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women.

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Gail was nice enough to take a few questions from WGG…

“CC: How long have you been an attending professional at DragonCon?

GZM: I came to my first DragonCon in 2007, and have been blown away by it ever since!

CC: What makes you choose this particular convention?

GZM: I live in Charlotte, NC so Atlanta is a pretty reasonable drive. That said, DragonCon is so awesome it’s worth arriving by mule team if you have to! I love the costumes, the music, the art, the wide variety of panels, and all the marvelous people. There is so much going on, and so much wonderful energy—and it gets bigger and better every year!

CC: Where can we find you?

GZM: Here’s my schedule:
Title: A Magical Place: The Role of Setting in Urban Fantasy–Time: Fri 10:00 am Location: Chastain BC – Westin
Title: Fictional Writing and Skepticism–Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: 204-207 – Hilton
Title: Critique Groups and Beta Readers–Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt
Title: How ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Has Changed Publishing and Writing–Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: 201 – Hilton
Title: Athena’s Daughters Authors Meet & Greet–Time: Sat 10:00 am Location: A708 – Marriott
Title: Wreaking Havoc in Many Guises: Demons in Urban Fantasy–Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: Chastain BC – Westin
Title: Book signing at Larry Smith Books —Time: Sat. 2 p.m. Location: Dealers’ Room
Title: Who Needs Dystopias When You Have History–Time: Sat 10:00 pm Location: Augusta 3 – Westin
Title: Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading—Time: Sun 11:30 a.m. Location: Hyatt Vinings
Title: Peopling Your Fiction–Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt
Title: Athena’s Daughters book signing—Time: Mon. 11-12 a.m. Location: Artists’ Alley
Title: Werewolves, Vampires, Demons, Dragons-Oh My! –Time: Mon 01:00 pm Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt

CC: Will you have a booth (I know you didn’t last year)?
GZM: No, but I will have a signing in the Dealer’s Room at Larry Smith Books and in Artists Alley.

CC: What do you enjoy seeing/doing at DragonCon?
GZM: I love people-watching at the Marriott and at the Hyatt—all the amazing costumes! I love the Dealers’ Room and the Art Show. I love concerts by Emerald Rose, Abney Park, Cruxshadows, and the Blibbering Humdingers. I love catching up with author friends and reader friends. I love the energy in a panel filled with people who are passionate about the topic. And I love my annual dinner and mint julep at Pittypat’s Porch!

As you can see from her answers, Gail is not only an attending professional, she a fan of DragonCon. I think that we can all agree with her that the “wonderful energy” is something that draws all of us.

You can find Gail Z. Martin at :

http://www.AscendantKingdoms.com
Twitter @GailZMartin
Facebook.com/WinterKingdoms
DisquietingVisions.com (Blog)
GhostInTheMachinePodcast.com

and also:

https://www.goodreads.com/GailZMartin

http://wattpad.com/GailZMartin

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If you are looking for adventure, passion and unforgettable characters, please take some time to check out Gail’s work and be sure to find her at DragonCon!

~CC
(all photos are courtesy of Gail Z. Martin)

Thank you Gail Z. Martin for taking the time to speak with WeGeekGirls! GiGi and I look forward to seeing you there!!

Countdown to DragonCon 2014

Greetings gals and guys! We are almost 10 days away from the epicness that is DragonCon!!!! Are you excited!? WeGeekGirls are!

For those of you who don’t know about it or aren’t sure about whether or not to attend. Follow this link and be prepare to be amazed…

http://www.dragoncon.org

(you can also see our photos from last year on our site)

Stay tuned in the coming days as we pass the remaining time with featurettes of who/what/when/wheres that we are looking forward to, in hopes that you will look forward to them too!

If you are attending make sure you let us know!

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Survival Guide to Dragon Con

DragonconlogoDragon Con is a sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming convention held annually over the Labor Day weekend. The convention is hosted in Hyatt Atlanta Hotel, Hilton Atlanta Hotel, Marriott Marquis Hotel, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, and the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel. It can be an overwhelming experience for newbies. The multiple panels, the multitude of people, meeting celebrities, cosplayers, and spending lots of money.

Here are a few things that I learned from attending my first Dragon Con:

Take it easy. You’re not going to be able to attend every panel. Plan ahead. Don’t forget to visit the dealers and the art show. As the convention nears, Dragon Con will release the Pocket Program Guide and mobile app for download with every schedule and maps for all of the hotels. Make sure to follow Dragon Con on Twitter and Facebook for schedule changes.

Try to arrive a day early if possible. It allows you time to stop by registration to pick up your badge. You will need to wear your badge the entire time of the convention.

Walk around the ‘Walk of Fame’. Geek out in seeing  your favorite actor. Make sure you have the right amount in cash for an autograph or photo-op.

Pack a small bag or backpack with:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Aspirin
  • Bandaids
  • Sunscreen
  • Deodorant
  • Extra batteries for camera
  • Cell phone charger
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle (stay hydrated)

More tips:

  • Obey the 5-2-1 rule.  Get at least 5 hours of sleep, 2 meals a day, and 1 shower each day.
  • Be prepared to walk. Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Be nice to the Hotel and Dragon Con staff.
  • Make sure to visit the ATM before the convention starts.
  • Ask cosplayers permission to photograph them.
  • Talk to people while waiting in line.

Have fun!

I look forward to attending next year’s Dragon Con.

Have you attended Dragon Con for the first time this year? What was your experience like? What advice would you give others who haven’t been? Share your experiences and tips in the comments below.