: We saw her at the Science Soirée. It was actually really interesting because at that same Science Soirée we met a guy named Jason Goldman
whose crow story we had covered on one of Christina's Know Brainer segments (see it here
). He was like, "Hey, you talked about one of my articles on your show." And we said, "Wow, you should come on." And he said, "I would love to." Then Cara came up and mentioned that Chloe had texted her about us wanting to have her on and she was totally down to do it. Everybody in the science community is really excited about this which makes us super-happy because nerds often get this cred where people think, "Oh, it's science fiction and fantasy and stuff that's not real." But the actual, legit, super-nerds of this world are real scientists that are really hitting the books super-hard to make this world a better place.
Chloe: If you look at my wall, this isn't a bragging thing, it's just true that I have hundreds of Con badges because I've been to so many damned Cons. It makes up a really good part of my life. So it's really hard to name just one, that's like, "What's your favorite moment of all-time?" I've just spent so much time at Cons, it's really tough for me to say. I think that one of my favorite moments, maybe my favorite moment I guess, was walking into E3 for the first time even though it's not technically a convention, it's more of a conference. When I walked in and I saw all these giant game booths and saw all my favorite companies my jaw just dropped because I had no idea what the inside of a conference was like. Now, Michele and I walk in and we're all like, "Hey, what's up? It's E3. It's cool. Whatever." But that first time I almost fell to my knees and started weeping from joy.
: She's not exaggerating at all. My most memorable experience was a very strange moment where my boyfriend and I were at San Diego Comic-Con, it was maybe three or four years ago and on a Sunday after the Con had kind of chilled out. We were just kind of milling around and booths were kind of closing down and I look over at this one booth and see this guy who I went to elementary school, junior high and high school with. I was like, "Is that Mike Krahulik
? Hey, you're Mike Krahulik
, right?" And he turns his badge around and says, "Yeah. No. Maybe." We reintroduced ourselves and something that I hadn't realized is that he created Penny Arcade
. I had no idea that Penny Arcade was created by him because his online moniker is Gabe (a.k.a. Jonathan Gabriel). It turns out Gabe and Tycho Brahe
(a.k.a. Jerry Holkins) both went to my high school. Jerry is a couple years older than me, so I didn't know him but Mike was only a year above me. It was a really cool moment to see that someone I grew up with had made such a huge difference in the nerd community, especially in the way that I was consuming content that he had created without even realizing that it was him. It was really neat. I felt a sense of pride for Spokane, Washington. It was like, hey, we did a good job, right? We did good.
Chloe: That's so funny because my other idea for a most memorable moment was when I met Mike Krahulik. It was really cool because I was dressed as him.
: Chloe's first cosplay was as Mike Krahulik
. She was so cute. She showed me this picture, and, it's weird to me because I went to elementary school with this kid and here she is now by best friend years later and we're doing this show, and that was her first cosplay. The whole thing's just really weird. [laughs]
Chloe: I got to meet Mike at my first actual convention which was New York Comic-Con. He was just hanging out at a booth and there was no line. I thought, "What is going on?!" This was years ago. I couldn't understand why there was no line. I was a massive fangirl. I went up to him and he recognized me because of a fan letter that I'd sent to him over MySpace. He was like, "Oh, you're that weirdo that sent me that fan letter."
: That's so funny.
: In your most recent Cool Story Chlo entry you mentioned that you'd opened a storeenvy store to raise funds for your next cosplay costume. Is there a date that you're hoping to sell everything by?
Chloe: No, there's no specific date. Essentially what it comes down to is that I like shiny things, so I don't really think and I buy things that I don't need and then I ultimately go, "Man, I could've bought some worbla [thermosoftening plastic] with that." Ultimately, I'm trying to thin out the stuff I don't need because I don't really need that much stuff. I'm just trying to make room in my bank account for things that'll bring me more joy than a pair of designer jeans.
OH!: Will Chaotic Awesome be officially represented at San Diego's Comic-Con this summer?
Michele: Haha, we've been talking about it.
Chloe: That's what we're planning. We would love to.
Michele: We'll have more information about that soon.
Chloe: We'll definitely be there, we just have to figure out in what capacity. I like to not work at Comic-Con, I like it to be my vacation convention but we'll see.
Michele: We might have a location with a couch where people can come and talk to us, but we don't know exactly how and what yet. We're gonna release the details when we know a little more. But there are talks about something that would be really cool that might be happening.
OH!: Both of your careers have generally revolved around a fun sense of infotainment, but have either of you ever had fans surprise you with tearful or emotional thanks for influencing or inspiring them?
: Extremely, actually. There's been a couple things that actually happened but probably the most meaningful involved a kid named Ethan Nichols
. I was really closely related to a character in World of Warcraft
named Lady Sylvanas. When I was going through an injury period where I'd broken my neck and was going through rehab and physical therapy for it Ethan sent me this frisbee with my face on it as Lady Sylvanas. I posted a photo of the frisbee because it was the first real personal gift I'd received. I had gotten gifts before, people had sent me a few things like Thank You cards or fan art, but this was special. It was a cool frisbee that was kind of different and just neat. Then a couple months later his mother had written on my fanpage that he and his girlfriend [Carissa Horton
] had been murdered in a park the night before. So I created a page called Gamers Vs Violence
and we helped his girlfriend's family come out so they could be there for the murder trial because they lived in another state. It was really great that we created this community, a sort of army on Facebook that we'd created, to support him. He was a fan that had done something so special for me so we motivated as many people as we could to do something in return for him.
[see Michele explain Ethan's tragic death and her campaign in his honor in greater detail here
On a more positive note, when I went through surgery a lot of people from my fanpage went into World of Warcraft
and sent me screenshots of them healing Lady Sylvanas in the game as Get Well cards to me while I was in the hospital. That was super-cool.
: My moments were not quite as large as Michele's but every time I go to a convention at least three or four people will come up to me because of this show I do on Syfy called Heroes of Cosplay
. It's a show that's received in different ways. I feel like a lot of the world likes it but a lot of the cosplay world despises it with their very being. At first I was really concerned about the way people were receiving it, but ultimately the things that people come up and say to my face when they come up to me at conventions makes everything completely worth it, especially stories of little girls getting back into cosplay. One example that Michele was there for, was this little girl that was dressed up in costume who looked great. She came up to me and started to motion to me and speak to me and I understood that she was deaf. We brought out our phones and just started typing to each other on our phones and it was just so meaningful to me because she had had so much trouble with the cosplay community she was insecure and nervous. She said I had inspired her to start dressing up again. I don't know what the hell I did to do that but it meant so much to me and stayed with me for so long.
Michele: It really was a cool moment. It was good that you inspired somebody. That's the part that just keeps surprising us over and over because it's a weird feeling. It feels so good to know that you did something that made somebody happier and made them feel inspired. There's something about it that's never stopped surprising us.
Chloe: I hope that I never stop being surprised by it because every time it means so much to me.
: IMDb lists the status of The Road to Azeroth, the first feature length documentary film from Nerdist Industries and produced by Chris Hardwick, as "currently filming." What can you tell us about how that's going? And what would each of you most like fans to know about it?
: The Road to Azeroth
is a project about a sixty-four year old woman named Terry Bolt
who has terminal cancer and who plays World of Warcraft
as therapy. There's been a lot of research out there that shows that people turn to games when they are in times of need and it helps them communicate with other people, especially in a MMO environment or even in just regular co-op games when you have another person on the other side. Andie Bolt
, Terry Bolt's daughter, is a documentarian who started by going on Chris Hardwick
's Nerdist podcast
talking about her mom. She explained that one of her dreams was to do a documentary on her mom's situation so he encouraged her to do it. We call it The Road to Azeroth
. Originally, I was just one of the b-line stories in it because after I'd broken my neck one of the games that I majorly got into while healing from that was World of Warcraft
. That's kind of why I got tied to WoW so hard during that time. After I was interviewed for it they ended up making me a producer on it. We got into BlizzCon and there were things that I could do to help the project in a lot of different ways. Andie's really the big driving force behind the project, it's her baby, I'm just a producer on it. Chloe's part in it comes from having her dress up Andie's mother as her goblin in the game and her sister as her panda. One of the things on Terry's bucket list was to go to BlizzCon and what was really great about that was seeing a 64yr old woman talking to twenty-two year old kids and realizing that this was the greatest equalizer. She's talking about her spec and rotation and her transmog gear and they're all just talking on the same level. Age didn't matter. Gender didn't matter. Disease didn't matter. She was able to just talk about something she was passionate about to thousands of people that were at this convention center. It was amazing. I can't tell you how many times this project has brought me to tears. We're trying to raise an additional $50k for an orchestra and some additional things we want to include through an upcoming Kickstarter campaign and we're hoping to take it to film festivals where I have the feeling it's going to do quite well. It's a two-part thing, it's a web series as well as a documentary.
Chloe: Michele's been so emotional and has been brought to tears so many times working on this because it's her baby too and she loves it so dearly. I've seen her working so damned hard on this movie, she's put a lot of her soul into it. I'm really excited to be a part of it.
Michele: There will be more information about it coming soon. Its Kickstarter will launch in about a month and that's when the trailer will come out for this film. The trailer is gorgeous, it's perfect. Andie's mom is a star and hopefully we'll spread a lot more information about this type of cancer, NET Cancer, it's the same cancer that killed Steve Jobs. She was told three years ago that she had six months to live and she's still going. She's one of the most inspirational women you'll ever meet.
Chloe: She's amazing. Completely amazing.
OH!: I think it's amazing how you've both consistently used your influence to improve the positivity of the world.
Chloe: Thank you.
Michele: We really appreciate that and I think that's ultimately what our goal is. We just want to make sure that we stay positive about things and put good things out into the world.
Michele: People should follow our twitter accounts for more info! A trailer should be dropping soon.
on twitter to stay briefed on all of their exciting projects and make Chaotic Awesome
's live stream goodness part of your Wednesday routine. The full two-hour broadcast runs from 2-4pm PST
, and true to the network's name you can catch the show's segments in convenient bite sized chunks (5-9mins in length) later if you're not able to catch the whole program all at once. Look for Chloe
at SDCC this summer, keep an eye out for Pen & Paper & Laser Guns
' highly anticipated trailer, tune in to Season 1.5 of Syfy's Heroes of Cosplay
(premiering May 27th) and don't forget to support The Road to Azeroth
's upcoming Kickstarter campaign in any and every way you can.
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