So you wanted to be a meme? – LVL UP Expo Hijinks

LVL UP was a lot of fun, in the background you can see how large this once small convention has started to get!

We had a very basic premise this convention.  Ask people fandom trivia and if they could get 3 right before 2 wrong, they got a prize.  If they got 2 wrong but wanted the prize anyways, we asked them to do a dare.  Boom! Thats how this video happened.



Thor and Loki Learn about “The YouTube”

Our first video in our new cosplay only channel.

We split DorkSideCookies and DorksideGaming so that people can enjoy either or both types of content.

The Guy in the Chair Ep 2: Star Trek Discovery, Cosplay Weapon Bans, Black Panther, and Our Favorite Video Games

Here it is, our 2nd episode of The Guy in the Chair, filmed out of Millennium Fandom Bar in Las Vegas!

This week we have something special, Hal agreed to live stream playing Dream Daddy (a Japanese dating game) if we get 250 likes, lets help make it happen!

Also, the next livestream, November 8th, I’ll be giving out a $50 dollar Amazon gift card to one random person who comments a question you’d like us to answer during the next livestream. 🙂  Please post the comment on the youtube video to be eligible for the contest, I’ll “try” to look here too, but I don’t want to accidentally miss it!

Thanks everyone, this episode we talked about

Star Trek Discovery and its similarity to Axenar.
The cosplay weapon Ban, Security theater or valid security measure?
Black Panther. SQUEE!!!! So Awesome
Finally, we talk about our preferred video game types.


Please share what you think!

Star Wars Kylo Ren Cosplay – Interview with Rylo Ren at Otakon Vegas!

Kylo is having a rough time, nah, not about the whole dad thing, sure, it was a little unnecessary but what is the Dark Side if not about drama?

No, he’s frustrated because after being told to “take a break”, “relax a little”, he travelled to Otakon Vegas on a little planet without even spacefaring ability.

Everything was going great at first…until the first mom asked for a pic with a Dementor from  Harry Potter…  By the time the grandparents started raving at how great his deatheater costume was, he had had it and the lightsaber came out!

Enjoy this interview with Rylo Ren as Kylo Ren with Squirrel Girl LV at Otakon Vegas. 🙂

Bella and Emily as Lightning Returns – Lightning & Lumina from Final Fantasy XIII

Wow.  Just wow, these two are amazing!   They made the costume and props themselves and did a great job.  The tall one is Bella as Lightning and the other one is Emily as Lumina from the same game, Final Fantasy XIII.


Interview with Steff Von Schweetz at Otakon Vegas

Here is our interview with Steff Von Schweetz!  Looking at this video, it really highlights how far we’ve come!

We interviewed her at Supertoycon, then at Sabakon, then Otakon, and each one was a pretty massive improvement in quality IMO.  Can’t wait for the next interview because it’ll indicate another advancement.  I’m thinking about doing some sort of transition video highlighting what we learned overtime. 🙂

Otakon Vegas Fashion Show 2017

So we received a press pass at Otakon Vegas 2017 and were there taking photos most of the weekend.  We have our new camera, a Nikon D750 which we specifically bought for its low light performance, so of course when our friend Cheyenne Jaz Wise was going to be in it, we had to give it a try.  I’m pleasantly surprised how the photos came out!  If you’ve been with us since the beginning in May 2016, you know we’re totally new to all of this, but we’re learning as quickly as we can.  These came out pretty good and I’m proud of them.  I put a few down below, but if you want to look through all 50+ of them, head on over to Facebook.  While you’re there, if you could give us a page like, we’d really appreciate it! (1000+ page likes help convince more cons to give us press passes, more press passes means more photos, videos, etc!)




Otakon Panel Discussion – The Rise of Strong female characters in Pop Culture


So we’re really trying to get into a position where we can spend a good amount of time helping promote all kinds of cool geeky things, as part of that, we want to record more panels.  If you’re interested in us helping record a panel you’re putting together, talk to us!

In this panel, Mariah Mallad (Momokun), Cheyenne Jaz Wise, and Thornechan join SquirrelGirl LV at Otakon for a discussion about all of the great new female characters coming out of pop culture in the form of anime, comics, and tv shows! This was SquirrelGirl’s first panel but the room at Otakon was really nice. 🙂


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SquirrelGirlLV interviews the Doctor! – David Tennant Doctor Who cosplay at Salt Lake Comiccon


My favorite part is when Rob does his “wibbly wobbly” impression at about 2:30.

This guy just looks great as Doctor Who, and had a cool personality that I think comes across well through the video.



Saturday (the 20th), we went to Sabakon, the anime, video gaming, and pop culture convention held this last weekend in Las Vegas.  The whole Vegas team was there, Lydon on camera, Ramsey doing PR, and I was doing a bit of photography and chatting with attendees and vendors.

I’ve been to a dozen-ish or so cons, and I definitely still feel like a stranger to the magically strangely wondrous land of conventions.  Despite this, I’m still surprised by how different each convention feels.  Sabakon was definitely even more different than other cons I’ve been to recently, but a good different.  While each convention seems to “feel” different, depending on the promoters, the organizers, the venue, etc, I’d gotten to the point that I sort of expected each convention to be a bit cookie cutter with 80% the same layout with 20% of “this is how we’re different!”.  Sabakon didn’t seem to be trying to copy the standard con format I’m used to, or if it’s copying a format, it isn’t one that I’ve been to.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the “anime” format, but if you’re reading this and you have only been to comic book/pop culture conventions, when you go here (you’re going to check it out, right?), you’ll get what I’m feeling.  At least for me, Sabakon will always be the convention other similarly formatted conventions will be copying, rather than the other way around. 😉

When I first walked into the con, there was a frenzy of activity.  People going everywhere; volunteers busily handing out badges, and plenty of people seemingly just hanging out.  The convention was spread throughout the hotel, so there wasn’t any single entryway that opened to the rest of the convention.  Instead, after getting your badge, you could go due West into a lounge, gaming area, back out and West to some sort of hangout area (we met with the cosplaying Kiba corgi for an interview there, later on, it’ll be up soon!), and finally you could head past the pool towards the main hall and meeting rooms.

Kiba the Cosplay Corgi, and yes, that is a master chief helmet that he wears sometimes too!

Kiba the Cosplay Corgi, and yes, that is a master chief helmet that he wears sometimes too!  He was pretty tuckered out.

For me, the chaos of rooms sprawling around the entrance along with signs and volunteers running around just made it more “homey” to me.  I talked to a few other visitors as well as some vendors, and they reiterated that feeling to me.  There is something magical about a smaller con that seems mostly run by volunteers but has still reached that critical mass so that there always seems like someone new around the corner.  Sabakon is at that point.  I really liked it immediately.

There was a lot of great content. There were great artists (we commissioned a squirrel girl, viewable below! check out his work here), all kinds of anime and pop culture themed toys, props, and cosplay items, and some really great cosplays on display here.

This booth stood out to us for 3 things. 1) The biggest sandwiches I've ever seen anyone ever eat! 2) The most patience for dealing with us filming right here 3) some super cute drawings, including a squirrel girl we bought for a very reasonable $10!!!!

This booth stood out to us for 3 things. 1) The biggest sandwiches I’ve ever seen anyone ever eat! 2) The most patience for dealing with us filming right here as they painted away! 3) some super cute drawings, including a squirrel girl we bought for a very reasonable $10!!!!  You can see a print in the stand of pics right there

There were AWESOME cosplayers.  Which is great, because that’s kinda what we do after all. 🙂  I love conventions, art, pop culture, etc, but cosplay is our focus at these conventions, and this convention delivered in spades.

Dustbunny here just before her interview with Squirrel Girl LV, coming to a YouTube channel near you! :)

Dustbunny here just before her interview with Squirrel Girl LV, coming to a YouTube channel near you! 🙂

Unfortunately, I didn’t go to any panels, but there were many panels covering all kinds of different things that I haven’t seen as much at other cons.  Ball dance lessons, a very skit-focused cosplay show (including people singing and doing dance routines!), and comedy shows!  The panels were diverse and interesting enough that I wished I had scheduled a bit of time to enjoy these panels (in the interest of reviewing them here of course! ;)) as opposed to just focused on our Squirrel Girl LV & Friends show.  Next time I’ll definitely bring enough crew that I can wander off and do, see, and report on everything!

The cosplay show I just talked about, the Masquerade, was very cool!  We originally were focused on interviewing cosplayers and taking pics of the con, but enough of the cosplayers talked about the Masquerade that we decided to try and record the show.  We recorded about an hour of the show before our equipment gave out.  We had started with about 5 hours of battery life starting out, which was expected to be enough for the interviews, but even with frequent charging from nearby wall sockets, we couldn’t quite stretch out to the full 8 hours required to film the rest of the show.

The masquerade really highlighted both how brave many of these young cosplayers are, and how welcoming and supportive the community can be.  From beginner skill to more advanced skills, everyone was welcomed, clapped for, and walked off the stage happy.

one of the many skits from the masquerade

one of the many skits from the masquerade

So in summary, I don’t know if all anime conventions are similar to this type of layout, but I think I’m hooked.   I really appreciate Momokun making us aware of Sabakon, and we appreciate the Sabakon organizers for being so welcoming! I’m looking forward to the next Sabakon and we’ll make sure to schedule some other anime conventions into our normal mix of pop culture, comic, and SciFi conventions.

Until next year, please share with us your experiences, maybe tell us about any panels you experienced or whatever else I should try and experience!

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