DISCOUNT CODE: Brooklyn Brewery Launch Party

While Chicago’s hometown comic convention is C2E2, cons are popular across the US. Each has its own set of exclusives- toys, books, beer. New York Comic Con was the only place to try Brooklyn Brewery’s Defender IPA… until now. My friends at Lakeshore Beverage are introducing this superhero-themed “defender of beer” to The Windy City.... Read more »

This GEEKend: Shatner's World, The Last Defender, and Anime Cosplay

I spent too much of this evening looking for the perfect Jessica Jones scarf. If it’s gonna be this cold in Chicago for this long, I can at least look like a Marvel heroine. …I didn’t find one, by the way. I’m super-picky (and trying to be frugal.) If you’re brave (and fashionable) enough for... Read more »

The perfect book for science geeks and dog lovers

I got a Kindle for Christmas. It has really brought the act of reading back into my daily routine. I just finished my first e-book, How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and his Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain. I first saw its author at Dragon Con 2015. I’m so glad I kept my promise to myself... Read more »

My 3 favorite under eye concealers

<b>GOOD: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye. </b> $24<p>I like the confidence of this product's name. It makes a claim, and delivers. It Cosmetics offers full coverage with this formula- so much so that you must go REALLY easy on its application. It can feel heavy if you're not gentle. I was enjoying this product a great deal... until my geek guy accidentally knocked it into the toilet. :( RIP.
Thanks to all of the geeky makeup reviews I’ve done, I’ve developed some strong opinions on cosmetics. I don’t just wear indie brands, either. I shop around. I’ll often mix-and-match drugstore makeup with high-end in hopes of finding a cost-effective combination. My perfect arsenal is pretty much built, with the exception of one thing: under eye concealer.... Read more »

Geekheart Guidance: The "right way" to replay video games

It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of the Mass Effect video games. Still, I was surprised when someone e-mailed me for game-related counsel. Wow! I’ve secretly always wanted an advice column. Welcome to “Geekheart Guidance.” <3 The issue at hand is the replay value of massive, open world video games with lots of... Read more »

This GEEKend: Flip Con and Brass City Games

I can’t seem to finish Fallout 4. I thought the game was ending at least 5 times now, and it just won’t be over. So, I’m putting it down to tell you about this GEEKend. Yes, with these fabulous events, you can go out, meet new friends, and have fun while I keep trying to... Read more »

My 2016 New Year's resolution is financial

I always try to share my New Year’s resolutions on GGC. It’s more for me than for you, but hey- I’m glad you’re here, gentle reader. Last year’s resolutions were successful. Sort of. I think I ended up making less cosplay instead of focusing on repairs, but the result was the same. The year before that... Read more »

Santa hat strut: Cosplay photos from Con Alt Delete 2015

Merida from Brave, with hair as orange as could be!
The art of cosplay often comes with suffering- painful shoes, itchy body paint, wigs that are too tight. Perhaps the greatest nemesis of the cosplayer is cold weather. I’ve always struggled with winter conventions. Costumes warm enough for the season are often unflattering. They’re ALWAYS too hot for the indoor portions of cons. So, you... Read more »

The moment I cried during Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILER-FREE!)

**As long as you’ve seen the TRAILERS for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this post will contain NO SPOILERS. If you have not watched the trailers, I admire your will power; this is not the post you’re looking for. Move along.**           As you might expect, I saw Star Wars: The... Read more »

10 holiday party games that aren't Cards Against Humanity

1. DiXit - If you like Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples, you may very well dig DiXit. This game uses similar mechanics. Instead of words, though, DiXit uses gorgeous art. Each round, one player offers inspiration- a movie quote, sound effect, really anything. Then, all players secretly submit cards from their hands that they feel best embody the inspiration. Everyone votes on their favorite. The art is beautiful to look at. Best of all, the game pieces are wooden bunnies. Awww!!
Let me start by saying this: I love Cards Against Humanity. I know one of the game’s creators and several other employees. It has been a joy to watch a local company grow. I think CAH does amazing things for charity. Their Black Friday social commentary is on-point. They are great gift givers and supporters... Read more »