'We are going to the Comic Con together', I told my three year old daughter. 'It's a very nice place where people go, a lot of them dressed up. And you can dress up too!' She was almost jumping up and down in excitement.. We took her to the very first Dutch Comic Con when she was a few months old, but this felt like the first time.
She chose to dress up as her favorite princess, Rapunzel, and took her toy frying pan with her. I found a dress for myself and used some golden dye to make myself recognizable as queen Arianna, Rapunzels real mother. In preparation to the big day we watched a few cosplay videos and Evy was looking forward to it very much. 'Are we going to the Comic Con today??' 'No, not yet love'...
Finally it was time. We live in Utrecht, so we took the bus and walked the last bit. Evy saw other cosplayers on the way. 'Look, that person has green hair!' She didn't mind that it got busier and busier. In the hall we bumped into a Rapunzel cosplayer, so her day was already made.. At last we got a wristband and could go inside. A lot of music and other sounds came towards us, but it didn't deter her in the least.
A thing I really liked about the Dutch Comic Con is the lay-out. The hall we entered in was filled with the photobooth, catwalk and the quest square. This is comparable to Facts, Belgium, but unlike in Gent there are still other things to see and do in this hall. Green screens from The Simpsons and Aquaman, a Star Wars prop with Storm Troopers, but also some dealers. The other half of the hall was for computergames.
Evy and I got in line for Laura, or Cyarine. She is my husbands cousin, and Evy is one of her biggest fans. The line wasn't very long, and Evy got a big hug :-) Laura give her a signed print, but she really didn't understand the meaning of an autograph. She wanted to write her own name! Laura found this very amusing and they traded autographs..
Another good thing about the Dutch Comic Con, a lot of food stands. This means a lot of different foods, but also enough room to sit down and eat. The bathrooms weren't too busy either. The total lay-out was a bit confusing at times, but I liked the mixed halls best, something to eat, something to do/see and something to buy. The dealer hall can be bit too much of the same thing.
The thing Evy liked best was just walking around and looking at all the beautiful people. Furry's and Disney princesses where her favorite. There is nothing specifically to do for children (not yet!), but the workshops at the Dutch Comic Con would have been cool for older Geeklings too. We met several parents with their Geeklings, including this cool Wonder Woman. In the dealer hall we found some companies with Disney products and they where a big hit with Evy. I bought her a Pascal pluche, which was a lot cheaper then the ones I found online.
To recap, we had a great day. The Dutch Comic Con really can be fun for a three year old. As long as you follow their lead and pace. Geeklings usually love activities. Evy's highlight was making a video at the DC greenscreen. She doesn't know Aquaman, so to her it was king Triton :-)
Coming soon: Do's and don'ts when visiting a Comic Con with a (young) Geekling. And the video!
Geeklings had a great day on the Dutch Comic Con. Evy (3) stole the hearts of visitors as Rapunzel and her mother could tag along.. A report and video will be up soon. For now: some pictures! If you met us there, let me know!
Some fandoms are not suitable for young Geeklings. At least, not until recently.
The series Pop Classics storybooks introduces Buffy the Vampire Slayer to itty bitty potentials. Not as the ass-kicking hero we know and love, but as an eight-year-old Buffy, who's afraid of the noises in her closet. This is a story about natural fears and overcoming them, with all the Buffy characters and wonderful illustrations.
Still.. it's the opinion of the Geeklings that count, and my girls love the book. My three year old can already 'read' the book to others (see the video below!) and want to name her firstborn Willow..
Other books in the series are Home Alone, E:T, Back to the Future and X-Files. The first three are versions of the stories we all know but adapted for young minds. The last is a story about a young Mulder and Scully on a sleepover in de backyard, with the subtitle 'Earth Children are Weird'. I'm going to collect them all, that's for sure!
Dutch Muggles, unite! A Harry Potter pop-up store opened it's doors in Hoog Catherijne (Utrecht) this week.
You can try out the famous invisibility cloak in the 'cloak room', express your love for the Fandom on the 'Muggle Wall' and see life-size Lego versions of Hagrid and Harry, and minatures of Hogwarts.
Besides that you can spend all your money on Harry Potter books, movies, games, mugs and other Potter related things. Geeklings will visit this week, but you can already find a lot of pictures HERE.
Searching for special and eco-friendly clothes for your Geekling? Look no further. Not for every taste, nor every wallet, but I love the pieces the ladies from Infantium Victoria make. They use their design skills to create high-end, organic and vegan fashion for kids.
I met them at a fair a few years ago, when their direction seemed to be more gothic orientated, but the romantic themes en nostalgic feelings can still be felt in their current collection. Look at these two dresses.. I wish I had the budget to buy them both!
You are never too young to Firefly! The series got canceled after one season. But as our captain says: "the worst thing that could have happened is if it had stayed dead". The fandom is very much alive. So why not pay tribute to Jayne and home-knit hats.. Jayne: "How's it sit? Pretty cunning, dontcha think?" Kaylee: "I think it's the sweetest hat ever."
You can buy different versions on Etsy, but remember, Wool can be itchy. So lining from another material is nice for the smallest Geeklings.
Let's not forget about Kaylee, sweet and strong at the same time. I just adore her character. I made a Kaylee costume for my girls when they where babies and can highly recommend. The coveralls make sure babies are warm and comfy and the small sizes have buttons down the legs for easy diaper access. The look darn cute too, if I say so myself. If you go for realism then buy real overalls/coveralls. They have the right look, but rarely the right color.
Tamara, Geek, mother of two Geeklings, editor.