Checkout part 1 here.
I would say that my favorite part of the convention is walking through the artist alleys and find awesome artists to follow. Here are a few that I love!
Katie Cook (blog/shop)
She is the nicest person ever! At the convention, she sold mini paintings, and she even did custom mini paintings. Without hesitation, I asked her to paint Alice. I follow her on twitter, and it turns out she’s funny, too! My kind of artist.
Daniel & Dawna of Steam Crow (site/store)
I met Daniel at the convention. He was very proud of his designs, and he should be. One of the favorites is the “Viking on a Narwhal” (inspired by Game of Thrones). Unfortunately, he didn’t have it in the postcard sizes. I really love his style.
Elisabeth Holmes of The Naughty Rabbit (shop)
This girl is around my age, and she had a brillant idea to create popular fiction characters into rabbits, inspired by her own pet rabbit at home. I thought it was genius! I wish there was more work in her shop, but she told me that school is ruling her life right now. I hope she is able to add more over the summer.
Monocle Mustache Project (kickstarter)
This thing is amazing! It makes me laugh everytime I put it on. And others around me too.
When I found out that there was a comic con in Denver I knew I was going! If it was anything like the San Diego Comic Con, I was in! This was Denver’s first comic con so I knew it couldn’t possibly live up to San Diego’s (although I’m sure that would be true if it was Denver’s 20th) but if it was even a miniature version, I knew I would love it.
This passed weekend the Comic Con finally arrived and I was so happy!
The first thing about Denver’s Convention Center that is unique is the 40 foot blue bear peaking inside the windows looking in the window. He’s so cute!
Of course it had all of the quarky and fun things the other cons have:
The best cosplay all year.
A lot of sweaty nerds jam packed in one place.
Favorite characters from tv shows– Jasika Nicole from Fringe and Colin Ferguson from Eureka.
We got through the entire thing in 2 hours so it was literally the tiny version of comic con but it had the they vibe and enthuseam that I was expecting. I hope they can make it bigger and better next year.
In part 2, I talk about art and artists and I discovered on Comic Con.
Here is a list of my top 6 favorite plugins that I’ve learned to love. I have only been experimenting with WordPress(.org) itself and it’s plugins for a short time so if you know of an amazing plugin, or maybe one that’s easier or looks better than what I have already, I want to hear about it.
My Favorite WordPress Plugins
Broken Link Checker – This has saved me from unknowingly promoting links that don’t work. The most common links, for me, that become broken are YouTube videos. For whatever reason, people are deleting their videos left and right, but this plugins makes it super easy to fix them. And during the time that the link is down, it puts a strike-through in the text indicating the link no longer works.
Embedly – This makes it super easy to embed videos (from anywhere) in addition to most anything else. All I do is paste the link into the post and it is embedded on my site. It embeds Tweets, Google Maps, XKCD comics, anything!
[My lovely learning experience of living in Florida. Yikes!]
[Where we have been vacationing with the in-laws this summer.]
[My favorite XKCD comic ever!]
Link Within – This is really cool because it automatically links to similar stories from within your blog and suggests them. I love this because when I’m reading other blogs, I get really into a DIY post or daily outfit posts, and this plugin will suggest others just like it. I hope my readers appreciate that too.
WPtouch – This make your blog super easy to navigate if your reader is checking out your blog from their mobile device. I often feel frustrated by websites that are too big for my little phones screen and am glad I have this life saver in place. The only catch is that it’s a general template with a few options like background image and date icon but none of your hard earned blog designing with show up. It’s one of those give and take kind of things.
Wickett Twitter Widget – I have installed and un-installed many a twitter plugins. And even still this plugin has it’s flaws but it’s what I have settled with because it’s the best I’ve seen so far with functionality and looks (I’m a minimalist).
Editorial Calendar – This is probably my favorite plugin I’ve found recently because I can’t live without my google calendar and now I have a WordPress calendar right in my dashboard. Love it!
Although these six are my favorites and I couldn’t live without them, I currently have 22 plugins installed (20 active, 2 inactive) so here is the complete list:
amr events calendar
Broken Link Checker
Collapsible Archive Widget
Contact Form 7
Feed Subscriber Stats
Google Analytics for WordPress
I Like This
Strictly Auto Tags
Tag List Widget
Thank Me Later
Twitter Mentions as Comments
Wickett Twitter Widget
WordPress Editorial Calendar
I love talking about this stuff so if you have a second, please let me know what your favorite plugins are.