Relative Dimensions \ Obsessive Comics Disorder #38: "Baltimore Comic Con Wrap-up"

That's right everyone!  We're changing things up yet *again*.  Over the past few weeks, I've been really thinking about where to go with Relative Dimensions and what to do with the show.  Finally, this weekend I realized that the podcast that I wanted to do most is the one I was really already starting to do - a podcast with my best friend Philip about all the geeky obsessions we have.  Comic books, games (board/card games and video games), movies, TV, etc. - which is everything that I talk about on this site as well.  So why do I need to have a different podcast with a different name to talk about all of the same things - why not have the podcast and the website be the same and talk about the same things.  So thus, we are bringing back the "Obsessive Comics Disorder" name and slapping it onto the Relative Dimensions feed.  The old OCD podcast feed will fade away (the links do not work anyways) and those that are subscribed to the original Relative Dimensions feed will not have to do anything but watch as it transitions into the new OCD podcast feed.

We've also got a new email!  You can send stuff to us at feedback@ocdcast.com now!

In this podcast - Philip and I talk about our recent trip to Baltimore Comic Con this past weekend and all the fun that ensued.  Did you go?  Send us your thoughts and opinions.

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Keeping Track Of All My Action Figures

Earlier I wrote about my experiences at Baltimore Comic Con. One of the issues I had leading up to comic con, however, was trying to find a way to keep track of my action figure collection so we didn't buy figures that we already had. Click on through to see what my solution was.

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For my comic books, I've used the Comic Collectorz software (www.collectorz.com) for awhile now to keep track of what I do or don't have. Yet I haven't found any sort of similar software/website for letting me track what action figures I did or didn't have. I had a couple of ideas about making a database in Microsoft Access, but it would have taken too much time, and I also needed a way to view the database from my phone. That's when I stumbled onto Evernote.

In case you aren't familar, Evernote (www.evernote.com) is a place where you can create notebooks of all kinds of information and have them sync across multiple devices. I now have it installed on both my Macbook and Windows PC, as well as my iPhone and iPad. Changes I make on one device are pushed to all my different devices.

Playing around with the different options available, I first tried to create one master note that would contain all of my action figures along with a picture of them. This proved to be quite difficult, as I had trouble formatting the note and it was taking a lot of time to scroll back and forth through the note due to the amount of figures I had. Then, I realized I could make a whole notebook dedicated to action figures and have each figure be its own note. I used my webcam to take a picture of each one and resized it so that it wouldn't take up too much space (free Evernote accounts have a limit on how much can be uploaded during a month). Now, not only does the notebook look so much neater and more organized; I can also use the search feature to quickly find a certain figure and see if I have it/don't have it. Then, I shared the notebook with Ashley so that she could access it as well.

Overall, this solution has been great. It came in really handy when Ashley found those World of Warcraft figures because she could look and see which ones we already had. Now I just need to put in all the different figures that we obtained from the comic con, and I'll be all set!

Do you keep track of your action figures/other collections? How do you do it?

 

Baltimore Comic Con Wrap-Up

This past weekend, I took the family (and Philip) up to Baltimore for the Baltimore Comic Con! Those of you who listen to Relative Dimensions have heard some of this on this week's episode, but for everyone else I wanted to put up a blog post about it as well. Read onwards to hear what I thought.

Ever since I have gotten into comic books, I have looked forward to the Baltimore Comic Con every year. It is probably my favorite comic convention that I have been to (New York ranks up there as well, but the distance and money involved make it second best). The first year I went, Ashley and I even dressed up and participated in the first annual costume contest that they held.

So how did this year rank up? First of all, I tried to fix many mistakes that I had made in the past. Starting off - I tried to park a little ways away from the convention center, but not TOO far away. My reasoning for this - I didn't want to have a long walk, but I didn't want to waste $15-20 of valuable comic con money to pay for parking. I still ended up paying $10, which is not as good as I would have liked, but I think to get any cheaper I would have had a long hike.

Secondly, I made sure to get there as soon as I could. We got to the convention center right around when the con started, and aside from some issues checking in (more on that in a second), we still were able to get in not too long after the doors opened. Given that most of the vendors do not change between years, Ashley led the way to one side of the dealers and started looking for good deals -- which she succeeded at. She found some of the World of Warcraft Premium series of action figures for only $5 a pop (normally they are like $30+), which we quickly snatched up. At the same booth, I even found the Caveman Batman and Colonial Batman figures from the Return of Bruce Wayne series (didn't really care to get them at $15+, but at $5? Sure!).

Normally, I use Baltimore Comic Con as an excuse to stock up on $5 trade paperbacks, but this year I didn't see a lot of them that I wanted. Ashley and Chloe sure stocked up though; they found lots of them that they wanted to read. I'm not going to complain, anything to get Chloe reading is a plus in my book. What I *did* find though were a lot of retailers selling $1 single issues - INCLUDING new releases! I immediately took to those bins, digging for any New 52 Batman titles. See, I haven't been following that many comics recently due to the wedding/new house. While I've stayed up to date with at least Batman and Justice League, a lot of the other Bat-titles (Batgirl, Batman and Robin, Detective Comics) I've gotten behind on. However, at $1 an issue, I quickly caught up on many of those titles, which I'm excited about.

My only beef with Baltimore Comic Con is that if you show up to the event having not bought a ticket, it can be kind of hard to understand what you need to do. Ashley and I had already got tickets in advance, so we were good; but Philip didn't. We spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out what line he needed to be in and where to go for tickets. At one point, someone made us believe that he had to get his ticket and then leave the convention center to get his wristband, but that turned out not to be the case. The other downside to the convention wasn't the convention's fault, it was my lack of keeping up with the comic book world. I normally like to cruise around artist alley and interview a couple of comics peoples, but having not that much time to spend at the con and not being as up to date on what people are working on, I chose to spend my time going through the rest of the floor.

All in all, Baltimore is a great convention that I look forward to going to with the family every year. Just as in years before, I'll take lessons from this year and apply them to my experience next year. Heck - hopefully next year or the year afterwards I'll be able to afford a table at the con and be there both days to enjoy the event to the fullest. If you live in the DC/MD/VA/PA area, then I highly suggest that you attend next year.

Did you go to the convention? What did you enjoy about it? Leave me a note in the comments.