San Diego Comic-Con – here we come!


Hot Nerd Girl San Diego Comic Con

San Diego Comic-Con.

It’s my favorite and least favorite time of year. So much fun! So much stress!

Going to Cons for almost 15 years couldn’t even prepare me for the madness that is Comic-Con. Luckily, I’ve learned to relax, take it all in stride, and not try to do every. single. thing. Every year I go is a completely different and unique experience and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Here is some general information, tips, lessons learned, where you can find me, and people/panels I feel deserve to be seen. I’ll be posting Con coverage on my social media during the Con (so be sure to follow!) and some wrap ups afterwards.


Twitter: @hot_nerd_girl


May the Con be ever in your favor!

Panels I’m thinking about attending:

My list is much longer than this but here are a few panels that I plan to attend that have nothing to do with a TV show or movie. I’m a bit biased because I have friends and acquaintances involved in each of these but they definitely deserve some attention and if you want to meet me there’s a good chance you’ll get a chance at one of these panels! Again, I can’t guarantee (things happen, one must be flexible at SDCC) but I’m going to try my best! Either way, these are panels and topics that are definitely worth checking out!


10:00am – Wrath of Con Bloggers (Room 14A)

12:30pm – Roddenberry Entertainment Presents (Room 24ABC)

2:00pm – Greenlight Your Passion Project (Room 7AB)

7:00pm – PodCRASH with That Chris Gore Live (Room 25ABC)


10:00am – Geek Wars: The Nerds Awaken (Room 14A)

12:00pm – Star Wars Goes Steampunk (Room 14A)


11:00am – Andre the Giant: The Man Behind the Legend (Room 29AB)

4:00pm – Oddball Comic Live! (Room 7AB)

Where you’re guaranteed to see me:

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I’ll be at the Game of Bloggers meet up on Wednesday night at the Dragons Den next to Petco Park 9pm-12am hosted by Tony Kim of Crazy4ComicCon fame

For more information on how to attend go HERE!

People to visit in the Exhibition Hall:

I-07 – Sergio Aragones (one of the nicest people you will ever meet)

1915 – DC Entertainment (great photo op! The photographer with the spiky white hair is my friend Tre Ridings. Everyone be sure to tell him that I say “hi” 😉 )

4037 – Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum (great photo op!)

4016 – Ivy Doomkitty (she’s hosting a bunch of your favorite cosplayers, check out her Twitter for a schedule)

1947 – NASA (because…NASA…)

1309 – National Cartoonists Society (specifically Greg Evans and Karen Evans)

2543 – Roddenberry Entertainment

The single most important piece of advice I can give you:

At Cons I shake a lot of hands and am touched by a lot of people. I’m a hugger and a touchy-feely person who puts my hands on people while we’re talking. I’m also Obsessive Compulsive and I get sick VERY easily. Therefore…

Hand sanitizer, hand sanitizer, hand sanitizer.

I cannot emphasize this enough. Even if you’re pro-germ, anti-anti-bacterial (I get it, I use good old fashioned soap and water at home), make this the ONE time of year that you use tons and tons of the stuff. The more alcohol the better (none of the “all-natural” stuff). You WILL get Con Crud. Frequent applications of healthy-sized dollops (none of these little mini squirts) of hand sanitizer will help prevent Con Crud. I promise. Get one of those little bottles that hangs from your backpack. Everyone has them, no one will think you look like a dork. Hand wipes also work but are harder to use on the sly. But get some becuae you will use them, often. And wash your hands with soap and water as often as you can.


Girls, if you’re surfing the crimson wave, RUN and get yourself a period cup. Moon Cup, Lily Cup, Whatever Cup. Doesn’t matter what brand (they’re a personal preference thing anyways). You will not regret it. I’m convinced that it is the single most important item a woman can have in the zombie apocalypse as well.

Other helpful advice based on my experience:

Relax. For real. There’s NO WAY on God’s green Earth that you’re going to get to do everything you want to do. Pick and choose and make a plan. Want to see the Doctor Who panel in Hall H? Plan to camp out that night.

Which brings us to Hall H. Frakking Hall H. It used to be so simple. Not anymore. I’m older and wiser now so it would take a lot to persuade me to camp out (the need to camp out is a relatively recent phenomenon I’ll point out), especially with the new wrist band requirement. I used to get with a group of friends and take turns, I could go shower, eat, brush my teeth, etc. We were all there for some part of the night and weren’t letting in a huge group of people at the last minute – usually just my Mama but she’s tiny and doesn’t count. It was a very non-douchy way of helping each other out. With the new wrist band requirement you can still do that but say goodbye to any parties, meetups, premiers, or evening activities that night. If you’re not there when they hand the bands out, you’re not getting in. Unless you’re between the ages of 18-25 and can handle night after night of it, camping out sucks. Decide which day is most important to you and do it once. I’m not gonna lie, it’s a huge rush to be in the Hall and to see everything first. It’s also where I first saw Tony Kim of Crazy4ComicCon and the Button Lady. I have some amazing memories in Hall H. Now they pretty much release most of it online immediately after so I’m over the camping. That being said, I was in Ballroom 20 for the 10 year Firefly reunion and you can bet your ass I’d be camping out for the 20th. If you can’t live without it, camp for it. Otherwise, don’t bother.

Where to drink according to Discover SD:

*Disclaimer: I’ve only personally been to a few of these so I can’t vouch for them personally

Best downtown bars

Comic-Con specialty cocktails

Things to do around Comic-Con if you couldn’t get tickets:

Find ideas HERE and HERE.

Links to last year’s SDCC coverage by yours truly:

2014 Part 1 (Panels and Floor)

2014 Part 2 (Costume Contest and Cosplay)

2014 Part 3 (Joss Whedon Nerd HQ and Outlander Premier)

My two favorite Comic-Con insider blogs:


The Nerdy Girlie

Stay tuned for more San Diego Comic-Con coverage!

Harry Potter Photo Shoot & Contest


Today is my birthday (that’s right, I’m a Groundhog baby) and for the past three years I’ve posted a photo shoot to mark the occasion. In 2012 it was Batgirl. In 2013 it was a superhero character I created named Delilah. Last year it was the Dread Pirate Tracy.

This year I FINALLY got my acceptance letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (thank YOU Professor McGonagall) so I grabbed my robes, my broom and my handmade wand (I totally whittled and painted it myself thankyouverymuch) and snuck into the Forbidden Forest for some practice.

In case you were wondering, I got sorted into Gryffindor. The socks may have given that away.

I always have a lot of fun writing the silly little stories that go along with the pictures (yes, I know exactly how silly they are) and folks seem to like them so I’ll just keep doing it :)

What’s that? You want to win a signed copy of one of these pictures? Ok, fine. There’s a contest after the pics. BUT WAIT! This time there’s actually TWO contests!

My name is Tracy and I just got accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy! 

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I wonder why they chose me, I’m a bit old for a First Year…

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Oh well, don’t care! I love practicing spells with my wand.

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Sometimes I even get a spell to work!


Flying on my broomstick is also pretty wicked.

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Wait – full stop – what is THAT??

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The Dark Lord is back! Better race back to Hogwarts and warn everyone!

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I got this guys!


Take THAT Lord Voldemort!


All in day’s work.

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Big thanks, as always, to my friend and photographer, Jon Upson. The Harry Potter pictures were supposed to be a few quick ones for the calendars and thanks to his wonderful talent, we ended up shooting a ton! To Mama Jedi for assisting on yet another photo shoot and for being my biggest cheerleader. To my friend and HNG Podcast co-host Darcy for over 4 years of constant motivation and support. Seriously, I couldn’t do this without him. To Reba for the lovely, and very last-minute, watermarks. And to my talented artist friend, Ben Risbeck, for fabulous, and also last-minute, photo shopping of the spell effects.

Quick announcement! Me and the Podthingy boys (John Mulhall, author of Geddy’s Moon; Blayne Alexander, lead singer of Idiot Stare; and Hayden Lawrence, NerdBFF and Geek Outlaw) will have a booth at Long Beach Comic Expo February 28th-March 1st! Come say “Hi!” and check out the entire first season of the podcast HERE.


Part 1: If you want a chance to win a signed print of your choice from this photo shoot, leave a comment below by Thursday, February 5th at Midnight PST. I’ll pull five names out of a hat and contact you directly if you’re a winner!

Part 2: I love, love, love all of the photo shopped photos that people have sent me over the years. So much so that I have a facebook photo album dedicated to them! Photo shop a spell or a Dementor or anything Harry Potter-related that you’d like into one of the 5 photos below and myself and an expert panel of judges will choose a winner. The winner will get a customized package full of HNG swag and will be featured on the HNG Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest pages! Photo shopped image must be submitted by the Thursday, February 5th at Midnight PST deadline! Send to:

Option 1:

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Option 2:

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Option 3:

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Option 4:

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Option 5:

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Thanks to everyone who participates!