October was the month everything changed around here.
Foremost, we announced our first guest, Heroes of Cosplay star Monika Lee, and BoroughCon’s Facebook page saw a stratospheric spike in traffic because of that. We also announced a slew of new sponsors and official service providers, and that caused a cascade of attention. We also started formalizing our cross-platform media strategy, which means that both the Facebook page and this site got discovered via Reddit, StumbleUpon and YouTube as well as Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat. (Tumblr and Pinterest are coming next.) Getting listed on several pop culture convention directory sites has also had a measurable impact. And of course, we’ve been adding content here pretty much daily, so there’s always a new alert being pushed out to Facebook via WordPress.
So we need to craft some new rules about the memes presented in this monthly round-up. First, they can’t be about BoroughCon itself or BoroughCon.com. That goes for not only for our reviews and blog posts, but also for the events on the Nerd Yorker events calendar, recaps of our personal appearances, news about our guests, and links to our sponsors, providers, vendors and artists.
There’s still plenty left to share. To wit:
No. 11: 15 forgotten superhero shows. Some mercifully so. But Birds of Prey was just ahead of its time. The CW could totally pull it off now.
No. 10: PS4 is the best birth control $299 can buy. They’ll probably remain just friends, no benefits. (Source: Gamenesia)
No. 9: Markups on BoroughCon.com posts. Kidding not kidding. (Source: Incidental Comics)
No. 8: Reading about a comic book hero reading about something else. How meta. (H/T Todd Carney)
No. 7: ‘Aliens’ should be aired every Mother’s Day. Fandor presents a compelling case for Ripley as the action hero every mom can relate to.
No. 6: Black, cosplayer, and proud. This slideshow from Afropunk demonstrates how cosplayers of color have defied expectations and thus how anyone — regardless not only by race but also by gender, body shape, ability or any other visually defining feature — can dress in any style they can imagine.
No. 5: Halloween decorating done right. Courtesy of the Fox affiliate in Cincinnati.
No. 4: Disney’s old-school macabre. Delightfully creepy and whimsical.
No. 3 Lego, customer service done right. If you work at a contact center, you need to strive to be as good as the CSR who wrote this letter to a seven-year-old dissatisfied customer.
No. 2: Generation nerd. Gary’s daughter and her questing companions at Wizard World Tulsa.
No. 1: Are your children human or kaiju? ScaryMommy has a theory.