There are lots of convention lists out there but I’m creating this one as a list of well-run conventions in the immediate Chicago/Rosemont area. This list will be limited to conventions I have researched and feel are worth attending.(more…)
It’s November, which means it begins my month of how much free stuff can I rake in just for turning another year older. Every year friends ask me how I get all this stuff so I have started making a list to share of what freebies I get, from where, and how I signed up. This year I’m starting the list at the start of the month and I’ll add as new freebies arrive.(more…)
Welcome to my little corner of the internet! I’m Mary Jo, aka KnitChick, and I’ve been online far too long (over 20 years at this point). I’m a lifelong Chicagoan, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else! My undergraduate degree is in Communications, Mass Media & Theatre, while I have a Masters in Library & Information Science. Currently I’m working for an experiential marketing company in downtown Chicago, on the 52nd floor of the AON Center (way too high for someone afraid of heights, eep!)
When I’m not at work, I am heavily involved in the cosplay community. I started cosplaying and going to conventions in 2007. I’ve been staffing conventions since 2009 (Anime Central, C2E2, Youmacon, Chicago TARDIS, Ramencon & more). The last couple of years I’ve been doing photography at conventions as well (not really a new thing – I’ve been serious about photography for about 25 years now, but I’ve only had my DSLR for about 3 years at this point).
My favorite shows are Kamen Rider W, Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger, and Power Rangers Hyperforce. I love Kamen Rider in general (I’ve seen all but 4 of the Heisei era Riders at this point, working my way through the pre-Decade shows right now), and Super Sentai. My favorite cosplays currently are my toku costumes, primarily Philip from Kamen Rider W (his clothes are super comfy!), but I’ve also done several other Riders and Sentai cosplays. Eventually I’d love to have some suited Sentai and Rider costumes.
Come November, once again I play the annual ‘how much free stuff can I rake in’ game! Every year I have friends asking how I manage to pull in so much for my birthday, so I’m sharing what I got this year and how I got it. A lot of these are through either email lists or phone apps, so the trade off is extra apps on your phone or lots of email throughout the year (or in my case, both). But it can be worth it! Some of these only really send something good at your birthday, others send good stuff year round – I’ve tried to note which ones are really worth signing up for.(more…)