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Episode 197 – Cary Gordon – Social Media Marketing / audio

social media marketing

Cary Gordon (@comicpalooza on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss social media marketing for Comicpalooza.  As part of the Comicpalooza Podcast Partnership Program, Craig invited Cary, comic con’s Social Media Coordinator, to sit down and talk how he and his team work their social media magic for Texas’ largest pop culture event.  The two discuss how far in advance the planning begins (hint: the day after the last one!) which platforms work best for interacting with attendees, how they prep announcements of big guests and more.

You can also listen to Cary’s 2 podcasts: Metal Geeks and MSRcast. Both can be found at http://metalgeeks.net

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Episode 195 – Blue Sun Interpreting – Sign Language Interpreters / audio

sign language

Jennifer Husband and Leyel Hudson of Blue Sun Interpreting (@comicconterp on twitter) sit with host Craig Price to discuss sign language interpreting.  Kicking off the 2016 Comic-Con season in Texas, Craig brings the first of his Comicpalooza Podcast Partnership Program episodes with some great “co-workers”.  Craig first met Jennifer and Leyel during his panel with actor David Anders and was so impressed that he also made sure to call them out in his Ming Chen panel that fall at FanFair. The three talk about dealing with celebrities that ramble (Bill Shatner), celebrities that are super cool and interactive (John Barrowman) and how to deal with nerd words that don’t exist in the “real” world. They also discuss their own mini-convention Deaf Con that will be happening May 7th!  But mostly they geek out over upcoming cons and celebrities. They also discuss their latest venture Blue Sun Interpreting.  Blue Sun Interpreting is dedicated to providing qualified, certified, knowledgeable, professional American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting services for comic conventions and other events in order to provide communication access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. Not only does Comicpalooza stand behind these great interpreters but Reality Check and Craig endorse them wholeheartedly.

You can find Blue Sun Interpreting at https://www.facebook.com/comicconterp/ and on Instagram at http://instagram.com/comiccon.terp

BONUS: For the first time ever, this episode of Reality Check has been transcribed to provide access to any non-hearing folks! Just click here to download the PDF or download the app!

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Episode 167 – Tami Evans – NSA Influence 2015 Preview / audio

NSA Influence 2015

Tami Evans, co-chair of the NSA Influence 2015 convention, give host Craig Price a preview of what to expect in Washington DC. As many of you know, Craig is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and each year attends the national convention. This year, the convention (named Influence 2015) will be at the Marriott Wardman Park from July 18th through July 20th. Tami and past guest Brian Walter are this year’s convention chairs and have they got a convention for you! With a load of breakout sessions, including Craig’s “Podcasting Your Influence: Using Podcasts To Share Your Expertise” on Sunday the 19th at 4:30PM (Craig’s going to record it for a future podcast), the convention will also offer great keynoters like Jeffrey Hayzlett and the one and only George Takei!

Tami and Craig go over the entire schedule, highlighting sessions like Friday night’s comedy night “The Speaker Games!”, a great opening session with the XY Fast Five, Celebrity Sunday, Money Monday and Influence Tuesday. It’s all capped off with a gala CPAE Awards Banquet (email Craig if you have an extra ticket!). There are tons of things to learn as Tami and Craig cover it all in this podcast.

Don’t forget the Cigar PEG charity auction on Monday the 20th. Head over to cigarpeg.com/join to become a member and get your ticket into this exciting night that benefits the NSA Foundation.

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Episode 164 – Thom Singer – Emceeing / audio

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Thom Singer (@ThomSinger on Twitter) returns to give host Craig Price some tips on being an emcee. Being an emcee or host for a corporate event is nothing like being an emcee at a comedy club. To help with Craig’s upcoming hosting duties at Comicpalooza, he decided to look for a professional. Past guest and speaker pal, Thom is widely known as the “Conference Catalyst” and professional emceeing is right in his wheelhouse. The two discuss, what the goals of the emcee is at an event, how to keep things moving along, how to deal with a speaker who goes long. They also discuss another major aspect of emceeing and is far more common, hosting a panel. How do you prepare, how much do you prepare, how do you get quiet guests involved and most importantly, how do you control the one panelist that tries to dominate the time.

Learn more about Thom at http://conferencecatalyst.com and listen to his podcast Cool Things Entreprenuers Do.

APP BONUS: Read Thom’s 10 Tips for Being the Master of Ceremonies

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Episode 161 – John Simons – Comicpalooza 2015 / audio

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John Simons, chairman of Comicpalooza (@comicpalooza on twitter) speaks with host Craig Price about putting a comic-con together. The two discuss the modest history of Comicpalooza from it’s humble beginnings in a movie theater lobby to the juggernaut can’t miss festival that boast 60,000 attendees (more are expected this year!). John explains how he had hoped to grow into a hotel ballroom type of space only to see his comic-con jump into the cavernous George R Brown Convention Center. He talks about how he plans ahead (sometime up to 3 years in advance) for upcoming conventions, who they decide to ask and what type of programming you can expect this year. Craig goes on and on about how great John Barrowman was at Comicpalooza 2014 (It’s kind of embarrassing), the diversity of programming available (it’s really like 10 small conventions happening at once) and the love of beer while waiting in line.

Comicpalooza’s mission is to provide the best and biggest annual multi-format pop culture convention in the southwest region of the United States, serving not only the fans of comics, science fiction, fantasy, video and table top gaming, anime, music and film, but also as a trade show and showcase for the studios, publishers, and manufacturers in those industries.

This year Comicpalooza is happening on May 22nd through the 25th. You can learn about all the guests currently scheduled (Craig is excited to see Haley Atwell and Henry Winkler) at http://www.comicpalooza.com 

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