It’s that time of year again, friends, when we start to scrape together funds to attend fan conventions in the new year. In 2014, I gave you 5 California conventions I was dying to attend, and even got the chance to go to a few. In 2015, I am expanding my horizons and sharing with you 5 fan conventions across the United States that are well worth the travel. When it comes to attending fan conventions, the sooner you know what you’re looking for, the better. It’s best to think of fees such as hotel, transportation, cosplay and food as well as entrance cost and spending cash before the actual date, so as to get a head start on purchasing items in advance and not shock your wallet too badly.

If you’re interested in attending one of the cons on the list below, click on the links, visit the pages and book your time NOW, before tickets are gone. Enjoy!

xoxo The Collectiva Diva

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Dragon Con


What: The largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe.

When: September 4-7, 2015

Where: Atlanta, GA

How Much: $100 for Dragon Con Membership

It’s that time of year again. Time for beach trips, expensive air conditioning bills, and films with so many explosions it could be one of Michael Bay’s wet dreams. I’m not as ecstatic as I was last year around this time, mostly because X-Men: Days of Future Past already hit theaters. BUT there are a few films that I will pay the exorbitant theater prices to see based on their trailers alone.

Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson won me over as Black Widow (so  much so that I’ll cosplay her at any opportunity), so this film with her as the lead? Yeah, I’m at the front of the line marked HELL YES.

In USA theaters July 25, 2014.

I purchased a Netflix account a few years back, after I subscribe for the 30-day trial and then forgot to cancel. For a good while, I only rented movies, but then one summer I decided I wanted to get caught up on True Blood. I’d never watched a TV show on Netflix, just because the process seemed a bit overwhelming and I really didn’t know where to begin. True Blood was only available on DVD and I wanted to watch 3 seasons in the month’s time, so that I would be caught up before the 4th season premiered, so I upgraded my account to get 3 DVDs at a time, and I jumped right in. I started off watching 3-4 episodes a day, and after a few weeks, I finished the series. It was an amazing feeling. I understood the story arc, the character development and the themes and premise of the show seemed solid and easy to follow. The writing flowed well and instead of focusing on the little inconsistencies (that a week between programming can magnify), I was looking at THE BIG PICTURE.

And so it began...


In the 10th episode of the show’s final season, Dexter Morgan tries to say “Goodbye Miami” and instead is forced to say goodbye to his Spiritual Mother figure, as Doctor Vogel gets her throat violently slit by her creepy serial killer son, Daniel Saxon.

Mama Vogel and baby Saxon, awkward at breakfast.
Mama Vogel and baby Saxon, awkward at breakfast.


Dexter Season 8 has seen our favorite serial killer up against not only a new kind of killer in the Brain Surgeon but also Dexter’s own demons. With his relationship with Deb deteriorating and generally in flux, his day job with the Miami Police department a constant threat to Dexter’s night time activities and his own moral compass of Harry’s Code in question, it seems that life is irrevocably shifting for dear old Dex.

*Ahoy! Spoilers ahead**

In Season 8, “Make Your Own Kind of Music,” Dexter and team finally figure out what audiences might have guessed with the random insertion of a hot dude that hasn’t died yet into the cast–Oliver Saxon, Cassie the dead neighbor’s boy toy–is the Brain Surgeon AND Dr. Vogel’s not-dead son. Phew! What a plot twist. So, why am I not impressed?

Saxon gets questioned and his hair still looks amaze balls.
Saxon gets questioned by Bautista and his hair still looks amaze balls.