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Our first con of the 2021 Comicon season began today, and continues tomorrow: 3 Rivers Comicon "Lite" (as in outdoors, in the daylight, under shady tents) at the Homestead Waterfront. Weather was fantastic, and we made a lot of new fans, selling many comics while hanging with a bunch of Pittsburgh-based comics creators.

Maskripper will especially like this photo: Kristin (who plays Arabic superheroine Jinniyya, mistress of the wind) is an accomplished bellydancer, so she has a beautiful fringed harem-style covid mask to go along with her costume. A fully masked heroine!
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Then Kristin posed for some more photos without the mask.
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This one emphasizes the super-strength aspect of her character.
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Also in attendance were a couple of our voluptuous villainesses: the volatile Vaporia (played by Josalynn) and the destructive Dyna
(Milo) in her brand-new shiny catsuit with the new-and-improved 'lowercase d' logo. The Heroineburgh vending table was in full effect, and these lovely ladies attracted new comic book buyers! More great photos to come tomorrow.
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Re: 2021 Comicon Season

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Will probably still sit out 2021 with as busy as we have been ....Really miss all the fun and room parties and introducing new girls to our cosplay group but we'll get back when we can! looks like a cool con!!
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batgirl1969 wrote: 3 weeks ago looks like a cool con!!
It definitely was! The final day (Sunday) continued the high energy, as we sold lots of comics...and several folks who found out about us even downloaded various episodes later that night. So we finally have a *local* audience, which is nice.

Anyway....here are some photos and video from the final day, where a pitched battle was staged for the benefit of outdoor onlookers!

The actresses assembled for a group shot. From left to right: Dark Spectra (Erika), X-Machina (Serra), Arctica (Bridget) and Sintilla (Alicia).
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The diabolical Dark Spectra struts her stuff near the vendor booth. She's plotting her takeover of the Steel City!
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Arctica sells the comic books and merchandise like nobody's business...who's going to turn down a gorgeous ginger heroine in her
amazing thigh-high boots?
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Supervillainess Sintilla strikes a slinky pose by one of the many trees in the lot where the Con was held...near the comic shop!
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X-Machina is ready for action in her lovely costume..behold the mistress of magnetism and machines!
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And then...the ferocious final battle takes place. Heroines battle villainesses for the ultimate supremacy!
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Arctica's greeting from 3 Rivers Comicon for our fans on Youtube!

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Re: 2021 Comicon Season

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Do you guys travel at all? I'd love to see you at Fan Expo Boston.
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I know this is mainstream and for probably not the superheroine in peril, bdsm or other fetish audience at the cons but do you ever get fans of that who will come up and talk to the group? do they ever mention kink???
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IMSancho wrote: 3 weeks ago Do you guys travel at all? I'd love to see you at Fan Expo Boston.
We will be at Big Apple Comic Con's Summer Expo at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel on Sat July 24.
https://big-apple-comic-con.ticketleap. ... _at_1000AM

And we will be at Terrificon at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on July 30 - Aug 1.
The lovely Arctica will be there with us!
And look at this comic book creator lineup: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Donny Cates, Tim Sale, Ron Garney, Dan Jurgens,
Lee Weeks, Jim Starlin, Graham Nolan, Jerry Ordway, Paul Kupperberg, Michael Golden, Al Milgrom, and our pal Billy Tucci!!
https://www.terrificon.com/

So those are the closest we'll get to Boston this year. It's just not possible for us to do a ton of out-of-town Cons so we picked those two carefully (and the other ones we're going to are in other directions, like Central PA or Ohio).

However, our comic books are well represented in the Greater Boston area. You can find our comics at all of these stores:
Paper Asylum (Beverly). Comic Book Palace (Haverhill). Rubber Chicken (Bellingham). Wild Time (Attleboro).
Million Year Picnic (Cambridge).
batgirl1969 wrote: 3 weeks ago I know this is mainstream and for probably not the superheroine in peril, bdsm or other fetish audience at the cons but do you ever get fans of that who will come up and talk to the group? do they ever mention kink???
Yes, occasionally. At 3 Rivers Con, the crowd is smaller and more comic book-oriented, so it hasn't come up. But Steel City Con draws from a wider audience deep in the sticks. At the Steel City Cons in 2019, we talked with one gentleman dressed as Captain America who pretty much knew about the whole SHIP community. But it's not too common, and it's usually among the older crowd.
The gateway word is usually mentioning something like Elektra Woman & Dyna Girl, Black Scorpion or Bill Black's Nightveil Media movies in terms of comparisons (I bring up George Perez's Sisterhood of Superheroines regularly, but nobody seems to know of it).

However, several of our actresses cross over into burlesque, fetish and go-go, so if the topic comes up and everyone is respectful,
those particular actresses are fine talking about it. Pretty sure that some of the Generation X goth/industrial types (some of the actresses are from the local music scene) are quite aware of that aspect. We've never had any real problems yet.

For the millennial and zoomer crowd, none of that seems to be a gateway (which is why we should be worried, to some extent, about the SHIP crowd aging out). Among that crowd, our appeal seems to be more one or more of these aspects:
- Progressivism (LGBT representation and sex-positive feminism)
- Cosplay (They really like the costume designs)
- Anime/manga (A character reminds them of something from a superhero manga, such as My Hero Academia)

Basically, we try to use as many aspects of the series as possible to appeal to different crowds, so it's both "mainstream" and "underground" at the same time. Hope that is a good answer for you, batgirl1969.

Here are a handful more photos of 3 Rivers Con from other social media:

Bridget likes to take closeups of herself as Arctica. You can see the care she takes with her beautiful blue makeup.
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Alicia hangs out with a couple of fans from the area goth/industrial scene (as I mentioned above).
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A photo that Bridget took of our table setup, featuring the "Anti-Heroineburgh" banner (which we wanted to feature, since
both Sintilla and Vaporia were on hand). Comics on the left are The Edge (by Marvin Wynn) and the ones in the middle are
Music Maker (by our actress Mauricia, who plays Vendetta).
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Sintilla captured in transformation mode..we used the 'electrical room' in the comic shop as our dressing room headquarters.
One of the heroines will be featured in a "This is a job for..." sequence in upcoming Episode 20, ducking in and out of that very
room like the classic Superman TV show!

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cool!! Thanks Shevek! I KNOW the Goth/metal groups are into it for sure, thats where a lot of my friends are from. Sintilla could sure put the screws to a helpless heroine!!!
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Terrificon is the same weekend as Fan Expo Boston. Mohegan Sun is a two-hour drive from Boston.

Decisions, decisions...
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It was hot out there this past weekend, so the costumes needed a good airing-out/washing. Kristin volunteered to take her Jinniyya costume home and wash it out to get it ready for Steel City Con in three weeks. And then she posted on her Facebook, "Even superheroes sometimes have to do laundry!" So wonderful. We'll just call this one "Jinniyya's laundry day."
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batgirl1969 wrote: 3 weeks ago cool!! Thanks Shevek! I KNOW the Goth/metal groups are into it for sure, thats where a lot of my friends are from. Sintilla could sure put the screws to a helpless heroine!!!
More goth/industrial than metal, Batgirl1969 (although metal and punk guys do like comics, and they bought some from us).

But as far as Sintilla - that's not her personality to torture a heroine (although we have other villainesses who would, such as Vaporia). She's more in the realm of mischief and mayhem, and pulling the wool over their eyes - the whole "ha ha, look what I can get away with, and you can't stop me!" attitude. Think Catwoman (Julie Newmar + Eartha Kitt).

In fact, Sintilla might be more into getting a spanking herself than being spanked. Alicia posted a whole series of sizzling costume shots from the dressing room (she likes to use the black and white filter) and it kind of makes you wish you were in that room, no? :)
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One more that Alicia took, posing by the table with Serra (aka X-Machina). Serra is an incredibly energetic salesgirl - she goes around from booth to booth introducing everyone to Heroineburgh, and gets many people interested with her engaging personality.
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IMSancho wrote: 3 weeks ago Terrificon is the same weekend as Fan Expo Boston. Mohegan Sun is a two-hour drive from Boston.

Decisions, decisions...
Actually..they're on different weekends.
Terrificon is July 30-Aug 1.
Fan Expo Boston is Aug 6-8.
Pretty sure this might be slightly on purpose, as adjacent organizers tend to shy from competing on the same weekend.

Well, we hope to see you if you can make the trek, and if you do, don't forget to bring lots of comics for all of these fantastic
creators to sign!
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shevek wrote: 3 weeks ago
IMSancho wrote: 3 weeks ago Terrificon is the same weekend as Fan Expo Boston. Mohegan Sun is a two-hour drive from Boston.

Decisions, decisions...
Actually..they're on different weekends.
Terrificon is July 30-Aug 1.
Fan Expo Boston is Aug 6-8.
Pretty sure this might be slightly on purpose, as adjacent organizers tend to shy from competing on the same weekend.

Well, we hope to see you if you can make the trek, and if you do, don't forget to bring lots of comics for all of these fantastic
creators to sign!
Thanks for pointing that out. My mistake. I'm hope I can make it.
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shevek wrote: 3 weeks ago
IMSancho wrote: 3 weeks ago Terrificon is the same weekend as Fan Expo Boston. Mohegan Sun is a two-hour drive from Boston.

Decisions, decisions...
Actually..they're on different weekends.
Terrificon is July 30-Aug 1.
Fan Expo Boston is Aug 6-8.
Pretty sure this might be slightly on purpose, as adjacent organizers tend to shy from competing on the same weekend.

Well, we hope to see you if you can make the trek, and if you do, don't forget to bring lots of comics for all of these fantastic
creators to sign!
I just received an email saying that Fan Expo Boston is now Sept. 3-5.
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IMSancho wrote: 3 weeks ago I just received an email saying that Fan Expo Boston is now Sept. 3-5.
Yep - that's what the Fan Expo site says now.
We're already doing a Con in Pittsburgh (Momento Con) on that weekend (Labor Day).
But at least Terrificon (July 30-Aug 1) is well separated now.
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shevek wrote: 3 weeks ago
IMSancho wrote: 3 weeks ago I just received an email saying that Fan Expo Boston is now Sept. 3-5.
Yep - that's what the Fan Expo site says now.
We're already doing a Con in Pittsburgh (Momento Con) on that weekend (Labor Day).
But at least Terrificon (July 30-Aug 1) is well separated now.
I bought my tickets to Fan Expo Boston yesterday.

I'll get the Terrificon tickets soon.
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Hey there! Before heading off next month to New York and Connecticut, we'll be at Steel City Comicon this weekend in world-famous Monroeville at their Convention Center (not too far away from the Mall where George Romero filmed Dawn of the Dead).
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Of course William Shatner will be there, so it will be packed on Friday, and probably insane on Saturday. But here is the general
schedule of our character appearances:

Friday - Noon to 3 Arogya (her first time at a Con!)
2 to 5 Mesmera (first time for our new actress)
all day Vendetta

Saturday - Noon to 3 Arctica
2 to 5 X-Machina
all day Vendetta

Sunday - Noon to 3 Sintilla
1 to 3 Dyna

If you can make it, stop by our booth and say hi. If not, hopefully look us up in NYC and CT.
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Steel City Comicon June 2021!

The night before, comic book creator Ted Sikora rolled into town and had Alicia sign some books for today (Alicia will be appearing live on Sunday as Sintilla). If you didn't know, Alicia plays not one but TWO supervillainesses..one in Pittsburgh (Sintilla, of course) and one in Cleveland (Regina, the mysterious woman covered in magical glyphs) as the cosplay cover for Ted Sikora's "Bloom" series.
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So we were all set up for the Con today, and then our interior artist Wayne Brown (who was behind our table selling his art prints)
got roped by the whip of Michelle Pfeiffer-style Catwoman. So that was unexpected...
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Meanwhile across the Convention Center, the beautiful Arogya the Healer (Nupur) and the diabolical Mesmera, mistress of hypnotism, posed for an action shot that soon devolved in an all-out battle of superpowers. What were the odds? (Don't tell me, of course).

The action pose!
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The battle!
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Nupur is moving to NYC soon, so Arogya will be joining us in July for an appearance at Big Apple Con (our first out-of-state heroine!).
Here's a beautiful photo from the shoot last Sunday we'll be using for publicity in NYC.
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Arogya and Mesmera taped a nice plug for the Con, and then we wrapped up to get ready for Day 2.

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Day 2 of Steel City Con.

Vendetta, the Italian spirit of vengeance, starts off the day by fighting a security guard from Jurassic World.
She could take on a whole herd of velociraptors!
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Arctica, queen of the frost, stands guard at the Heroineburgh table with help from Vendetta.
You can imagine that posing proudly in front of the booth, they attracted many a customer, and still others who just wanted to take
their photos. We actually added one new store to the Heroineburgh retailer list today!
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X-Machina, mistress of magnetism and machinery, stands happily next to the taller and more imposingly statuesque Arctica.
In the comic, Arctica even puts a move on X-Machina, asking her out for a date after they defeat a monster together.
X-Machina declines, however - mentioning that she already has a boyfriend.
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Our interior artist Wayne Brown (for issue #2) was invited to the charity drawing event, where audience members buy a ticket and pay for the privilege of suggesting random comic book scenarios to the panelists on stage. Wayne's challenge was to render Pinky and the Brai
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n as Galactus & Silver Surfer! He did a great job.

We also took a set of solo poses by X-Machina. Serra, the actress who plays the character, is very enthusiastic and positive about the series, selling copies of the comics all across the convention floor by engaging people with her "magnetic" personality. She also looks very cute in her costume!
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All activity stopped as most of the people in the building tried to cram into the meeting hall for the panel session with the legendary William Shatner. We stayed for about ten minutes, and heard some great humorous stories and banter with the crowd.
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Day 3 (final day) of Steel City Con.

This day belonged to the supervillainesses!

Super-strong Dyna (Milo) and sexy and sneaky clairvoyant Sintilla posing in the photo area.
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Dyna was one of the judges for the teen cosplay competition. Most of the entries dressed up as either video game characters or anime characters...both seem to be very hot amongst the zoomers. (Also on hand was our younger supervillainess Peccadilla, who interpreted all the Japanese names of the anime characters, since the MC of the event was unfamiliar with many of them).
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Sintilla helped judge the adult cosplay competition, which was hard fought. In the end, the entrant dressed up as Oaken (from Frozen) won, not only for his costume, but his ability to stay in character throughout the event. Also earning top marks was a Batman Who Laughs and a Mandalorian.
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Vendetta made sure none of the supervillains came near Paul from Geekadrome..one of our most fervent comic shop supporters in the area.
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Here is the first Stormfront cosplay we've seen at any Con. Thought it was notable.
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Sintilla and Vendetta act out a scene from Issue 2 of Heroineburgh Comics where the two characters battle.
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