Five on Friday: America Rock

Five on Friday: America Rock

Here are five of my favorite songs from America Rock in no particular order. You'll see that my favorite songs relate to women's history and Colonial History. I find it interesting that there are no songs relating to the Civil War or World War II. Is the image of those two wars too bleak? I think that when we reflect on the American Revolution, we do so with a romantic lens. It's hard to write songs about slavery, families being divided by war, and the destruction railroads by Sherman with a catchy tune. 

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Derby City Comic Con sold to LCTC Proprietor

Chuck Moore, former owner of Derby City Comic Con, and archivist at CompleteSet

Chuck Moore, former owner of Derby City Comic Con, and archivist at CompleteSet

Over the course of the last five years, I have been privileged to meet some of the most incredible people working in the convention circuit. I've had my share of convention staff, volunteers, and show runners who rubbed me the wrong way or otherwise gave me cause not to support their show. However, Lexington Comic & Toy Convention and Derby City Comic Con have always been very special events for me because the people have made it so.

I attended DCCC for the first time in 2011. It was my first convention experience blogging at Kentucky Geek Girl and I didn't have business cards or any promotional material. But it was there I met Chuck Moore, who was there to promote Comic Related, a site which has produced news, commentary, and a community for like-minded comics fans since 2004. It was nice to introduce myself to someone and say, "Hi, I started a blog recently and we kind of do the same thing." 

Jarrod Greer (right) with LCTC staff member Brandon Helms (left)

Jarrod Greer (right) with LCTC staff member Brandon Helms (left)

Just  few months later, I learned that Lexington was getting its own convention and that someone from my hometown would be running it. Knowing that Jarrod and Jaime Greer are behind LCTC has brought me so much joy. Getting to see familiar faces, high school classmates, making friends from all across the country, and meeting fantastic celebrities has been wonderful. They're two of the most caring people that you will ever meet and genuinely care about fans, celebrities, artists, volunteers, everyone associated with their convention.

Getting reacquainted with Chuck and his fiancee Ginny (with whom he cohosts the Charlie Tonic Hour) has been a delight. They're tremendous people and I had the pleasure of being having Chuck as a neighbor at LCTC this year. He was representing Comic Related, DCCC, and a company that I'll be sharing more information about, CompleteSet. LCTC wasn't exactly an easy experience for me in 2015, for personal reasons, but knowing that I had such amazing people so close by was awesome. And, as luck with have it, I learned that Chuck is from a small town in Southern Ohio, not a half hour from my hometown! Such a small world, but a comforting world all the same.

Chuck has never met a stranger. He gets to know everyone in the business, because he's been around it for so long. Not seeing him for a year, catching up with him is just like picking up with a friend. He, too, cares deeply about fans, artists, and volunteers. After taking over Derby City Comic Con in 2012, he has been a driving force behind the convention scene in Louisville, providing an affordable, expertly run show, that everyone can enjoy. 

Derby City has changed hands twice, but its just a testament to the growth that it is experiencing. A comics and creators focused convention, it is founded on the connection between artists and their fans; it has been a place where I have learned of extremely talented artists and have been able to buy some fantastic pieces. I've enjoyed my experiences there and look forward to attending in the future. DCCC is now owned by Jarrod Greer of Lexington Comic & Toy Convention and I couldn't be happier.

Of the change in ownership, Chuck had this to say on Facebook, 

My life has become very full of so many good things over the last year and I feel I have taken the convention as far as I can running it. I'm very proud of what I achieved and it was time to choose a new path, put my family first and focus on my career at CompleteSet. I cannot wait do see what the future holds as Jarrod shares much of the same vision I had for for the convention. I'm honored to have been a part of it for the past three years and thank Eric Banister for the firm foundation upon which we've all built this event for Louisville.

Best of luck with your family and new career at CompleteSet! Congratulations, Jarrod! You guys are the absolute best. I look forward to nothing but great things from the both of you. You deserve them!

I'm looking forward to the growth of Derby City Comic Con and will share with you all the latest in developments in this story. I know that there will be a lot of news coming out about LCTC in the next little bit as guests are announced. Keep locked to Kentucky Geek Girl for the latest in Kentucky convention news.

Trailer Tuesday: The Martian

Trailer Tuesday: The Martian

Space... the final frontier. When I was in seventh grade, way back in 1999, I went to a local planetarium that showed our group a presentation about terraforming. The idea that humans could populate another planet has been endlessly fascinating to me. I've always enjoyed space and thinking about if there was life in other galaxies, if universes like ours existed, and wondering if we were ever going to make a manned space flight beyond the moon. 

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