Family, friends, food... and games! We all have something to be thankful for; even when life is rough. It's with that spirit that communities come together in support of making lives a little brighter for those dealing with dark days.
Now there were many who participated in the Extra Life gaming events going on worldwide on November 7th to raise money to donate to local children's hospitals. Applause for those of you who contributed! Typically, we get to this week that entails shopping, food making, food eating, and more shopping. Of course, you can stick to your typical routine, but this year you also have the opportunity to get an extra chance at giving to those in need at the San Antonio children's hospital through an extra Extra Life event being held on Black Friday by our supporters at HakubiVerse.
So here's what you need to know:
If you happen to be reading this a little late, don't fret! There are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to do something nice for someone else. Do you love video games, conventions, and helping people? Why not volunteer? Our volunteer applications are open for the Electronic Gaming Convention being held February 26-28th, 2021. Check it out HERE!
We are proud to announce Ray, a pillar in the San Antonio art community, as one of our guest artists. Born in Lubbock, Texas and raised on the south side of San Antonio, Ray has been creating art for as long as he can remember. As a child, he would sell sketches of Iron Maiden album covers to buy his favorite snacks. He continued to make art throughout the years, however it wasn’t until his wife gifted him with his first professional art set that he made his debut as an artist. His wife, Lanett, and his daughter, Madelaine Cheri Sharie, are his two biggest supporters.
Ray recalls his wife buying him his first real artist set with a laugh. “I didn’t know what to do with it,” Ray admits.
With the help of Momo Villarreal, his business partner, Ray has been helping to promote other local artists and embracing his Latino heritage. With this in mind, Ray and Momo have opened up the LVL Up Gallery at the Rolling Oaks Mall to provide a safe place for all artists to showcase their work. Check out their events and promotions on Facebook @lvlupartgallerysanantonio
Thanksgiving has been "the time to shop" for years already. New games are ready to fill those Christmas wish lists. However, with concerns about the spread of the virus increasing with the holidays, many of the best deals are exclusively online this year.
Maybe you are hyped up for Hyrule Warriors? Perhaps buying a Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart 8 is more your speed? Are you going to Just Dance into 2021? Whatever your game choice is, the real value comes down to your coefficient of fun. The memories you make with your friends or the characters you journey alongside can last a lifetime.
Local stores also have a lot to offer. Do you need a game that doesn't keep everyone attached to a screen? Whether you want to immerse yourselves in a role-playing game like D&D or use your wits to claim victory in the array of card & board games, our friends at Dragon's Lair can find you the parts you need for your ultimate Thanksgiving gaming experience.
We hope everyone stays safe while shopping this holiday season. If the holidays haven't met your gaming needs, then the Electronic Gaming Convention here in San Antonio, TX will supply you with a variety of fun gaming experiences like tournaments, arcades, and panels; in addition to a wide variety of vendors to let you take home the fun. We're planning to make your convention experience as safe as a live event can get this coming February 26-28th, 2021.
DEACONRAP is a locally known Otaku rapper who blends Hip-Hop culture with an upbeat, nerdy twist!
He started in 2013 when he recorded and made a music video for Mizuumi con 6. He was well received by both convention staff and con goers. Since then DEACONRAP has performed and/or been a guest at many conventions around the state of Texas, such as San Japan, Pax South, Alamo City Comic Con, Anime Sekai, Delta H Con and many more!
San Antonio wants to give you the fun experiences you are craving to escape the boredom that comes from being mostly relegated to one's home. The seemingly outdated concept of the drive-in movies is getting it's second wind. It's not just movies either, many events such as raves, concerts, comedy shows and more have created live events to enjoy from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Still others are holding open-air markets or limited access to enclosed event spaces. Now there are still regulations that require social distancing and masks, but it's nice to have a few options.
You may see us out promoting San Antonio's Electronic Gaming Convention at some of these events, like Godzilla's Birthday Bash weekend held this past Friday, Saturday, & Sunday presented by Lvl Up Art Gallery at Rolling Oaks Mall. We even bring out the game demos from Hebi Studios, including both Slime Time & Rage Ball, so you can get a bit of gaming in while you're learning more about what we'll have in store for you at our gamer focused event.
With only three months until EGC kicks off it's own live event, the anticipation is only growing stronger. We have had numerous successful online tournaments with 1st and 2nd place winners earning gift cards from our sponsors. Our next tournament is a few weeks away, December 5th 2020, featuring the "smash hits": Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Killer Instinct. Check out our social media for more details coming soon.
Alfredo "Freddy" Lopez Jr is an illustrator from San Antonio, TX specializing in illustration & concept art.
His artwork can be found in RPG game titles such as 'EarthDawn' by FASA Games, 'TALOC: Mayan' & 'Dwarven Epics' by WOGD and the upcoming 'Dungeon Crusade'! He is also a licensed artist for TOPPS and UpperDeck with properties ranging from MARVEL to Star Wars. He has worked on trading card sets for Star Wars: Last Jedi, Rogue One, Force Awakens, AMC's The Walking Dead, MARVEL's Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Firefly, Ant-Man, Spider-Man and many others.
To see more of his work, visit his website at www.FreddyLopezJr.com
We're happy to have him join us for our weekend of fun and gaming at EGC in San Antonio, TX being held February 26-28th, 2021
We are big fans of superheroes. They give us hope for a better world. With the chaos circulating fear into ou lives, we need the hope that only true heroes can bring. Right here, in our very own San Antonio community, there are heroes in our midst. EGC is proud to bring you a power couple that is empowering the youth, as well as the community at large.
Cosplay is a powerful artform that Paradox Cosplay has been harnessing for the powers of good for years now. Her passion for a positive community envelops the principles of peace, love, unity, and respect (otherwise known as PLUR). Claude Xavier Cosplay is following in his wife's footsteps on this journey of cosplay empowerment. He believes the true magic of cosplay is in the joy and excitement it can bring into a child's life.
This dynamic duo has teamed up with non-profit organizations focused around children with disabilities, low-income families, and other charities in order to spread hope in our community. Together we can share our appreciation for their contributions and support our community alongside their efforts.
Terrell Maxwell, better known as Claude Xavier, is a cosplayer, model, and pro physique competitor based in San Antonio, TX.
He has been featured SYFY's Fan Creator Friday Spotlight, Drop The Spotlight: Artist of the Month, Cosplayzine, and Concept Moon Magazine.
His cosplay journey began after attending his first comic convention 2018. From there, with the help of his wife Paradox Cosplay, Claude developed a passion for bringing characters to life for non-profit organizations focused around children with disabilities, low-income families, and charities alike.
Claude Xavier tells us,
Yerah Maxwell, known to the world as Paradox Cosplay, was a normal girl from Puerto Rice who spent her time modeling, surfing, selling art and mentoring students afterschool. Until one day, when she met her now best friend, Jeinellys; who got her involved in videogames, manga, anime, fanart, and cosplay. After joining the US Army, she settled in San Antonio, TX where she fostered great friendships with fellow cosplayers. Bringing her love of cosplay to others is what she does, even inspiring her husband to take up the mantle as well. Dedicating her time to learning new ways to build, craft and create for the sake of cosplay is compounded by her ever-evolving photography/editing skills and honed with the love and equality she seeks in this community.
Paradox Cosplay tells us,
The Electronic Gaming Convention (EGC for short) represents the San Antonio Area newest fighting game tournaments. EGC is bringing together the best of the best from around the world in a dazzling exhibition of skill and fun, as players and fans gather to honor the competitive spirit in an open format and determine a champion.