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Pay-It-Forward Penguins Take Flight

Checkers and cake

Checkers and his Bright Light Nails family were the first to jump in and pay the adoption fees for one of our Pay-It-Forward Penguins. Checkers has been having so much fun in New Zealand that he and his family decided to help someone else experience the joy of having a stuffed penguin friend this holiday season.

Jenya and I were so excited when we saw that the first official Pay-It-Forward Penguin was already on its way within the first hour of posting the project on our website: Join Checkers and Bright Light Nails this holiday season and pay a penguin forward for a child at the Salem Holiday Market in Oregon. We will also be donating a dollar to the Global Penguin Society for this penguin adoption.

Checkers is the salon penguin for Bright Light Nails. He loves chocolate and traveling through New Zealand when he isn’t helping with the great promotions and nail work being done in the salon. There’s been talk that he will get his own Instagram account, but for now, you can find him at the Facebook and IG accounts for Bright Light Nails. Thanks again to Checkers and his family!

(The first Pay-It-Forward penguin was adopted to a girl at Lilac City Comicon 2019. The adoption fees were paid anonymously. That interaction was one of the factors in creating an official program.)

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Don’t Let Lilac City Comicon 2019 End

It’s been about a month since Lilac City Comicon 2019. The end of a good comic convention is always bittersweet. A lot of memories were made and laughter was plentiful, but real life has to catch up with con-goers at some point. Fortunately, you don’t have to totally let go of Lilac City Comicon 2019. If you’ve already read all the books and comics you bought and you’ve already put up all the posters and prints, here are some tips to keeping that comicon feeling alive.

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Lilac City Comicon 2019 Wrap up: Pay-It-Forward and Penguin Adoptions

Flopsy Penguin!

Nathan O’Brien and his team put together another great show as fans from Spokane and around the world gathered to celebrate pop culture and comics at Lilac City Comicon 2019.’s table was a dream, and we were so happy to meet so many new people and see some from the last year we were here.

We had five penguins adopted. Lucky, our smallest penguin went to a home with a little girl and her siblings. Perry, our last book bird, is rumored to be headed to Iceland and then to have a Summer at Sea! GooseBeret found a forever home right here in Spokane, and Donald the Auktioneer, our Pirates of the Caribbean tribute penguin, was plucked from the penguin crowd with few words said.

Perhaps, our best moment of the day was when one of the guests decided to pay-it-forward. He bought a $45 penguin and asked us to give it to the next child who really loved the penguins. A girl showed up at our table twice and was ready to get a penguin, not in costume, when we told her about the pay-it-forward, she was so happy. She picked up Flopsy in the pink bunny outfit and took her home. (Unfortunately, we forgot to attach Flopsy passport, so if she contacts us, we will mail it out.)

I sold five books, and the Russian lobby cards were a big hit this time around. Normally, I would do a “loot” video, but my budget this year was small. I was super excited to get a Chunx from Matt Brazee; these toys are stackable. I picked up Sprocket the Comic-Cat because of Sprocket’s connection to Lilac City Comicon. However, Matt is already on at least his fourth series of Chunx, and they are super cool.

I also picked up the start of a new series, “The Memoirs of Elikai,” by D. Alexander. I haven’t time to read it, yet, but the story is about the struggle between destiny and free will. Give it a shot; it’s always nice to help out a new author and you may find a story that you love.

In case you’re keeping count, we’ve sold eight penguins so far this year. We will be making a donation to the Global Penguin Society of $1 per penguin sold near the end of the month. That means right now, we’ve pledged $8 to save penguins in the Southern Hemisphere and the Galapagos Islands (because that’s the only place in the Northern Hemisphere where penguins are naturally occurring.)

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What to Look for at Our Booth for Lilac City Comicon 2019

Lilac City Comicon 2019

Giveaways – If you know the secret phrase, you could get a mini Avenger from Kinder Eggs. Brian C. Baer is offering up three stories in his “I Haunt the Spaceship” chapbook. You might find buttons or stickers, too.

Books – Author Shad Engkilterra will be available all weekend to sign his books, except when he’s presenting “Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion: 50 Years of Creativity” on Saturday at noon. Brian C. Baer is scheduled from 10:30 am Sunday to 11:30 am. His books will be available throughout the convention.

Penguins! Handmade with handsewn costumes. Come by and see who’s available for adoption. If you want to match your penguin, we have one with a scarf. If you like Power Rangers or He-Man, we have cosplaying penguins. If you like Pirates, Christmas, Halloween or the collision of two holidays, we have some of those penguins, too. Want to name your own penguin? We have a few penguins who need loving homes and names.

Posters – Stuffed penguins are great for motivation! Book covers make great posters. Need a map of Disneyland? We have those as well.

Photos from Disneyland – Bug’s Land, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and a couple of characters included.

Russian Lobby Cards – Mini-Movie Posters from Russia, including Disney’s Coco, Marvel’s Avengers, and Godzilla 2.

Come by our table! We look forward to seeing you!

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Last Day to Ensure You Get Patreon Discounts at the Penguinate Events for June

Booth set up for Lilac City Comicon

May 31, 2019 is the last day to make sure you can get your Patreon discounts at the events we are participating in during the month of June. If you want $1 off of every $10 you purchase at our table, you simply need to sign up for our Patreon at any level. This discount is on top of any other discounts you may have, like the VIPs and Vendors discount at Lilac City Comicon 2019, Ogden UnCon, and Amazing Las Vegas Comic Convention. If you sign up in June, we may not be notified about your Patreon participation until it’s too late.

What else do you get besides a discount at the events we participate in? One post a month geared toward revealing the “secrets” creativity in a way that you can practice them. This patrons-only post is accessible at any level and usually complements an article about creativity at All Patreon Penguinators are recognized at the end of our YouTube videos. Then, you will want to look at the levels to see which one best fits your needs. Sign up today and get in on the fun!

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Free Chapbook at Penguinate Table (A1) at Lilac City Comicon 2019

Booth set up for Lilac City Comicon

Brian C. Baer is offering fans three death-related stories collected in a chapbook for free at Lilac City Comicon 2019. All you need to do is stop by the Penguinate table (A1) to pick one up on Saturday June 1 or Sunday June 2 during the convention.

If you’ve ever wondered what happened to people abducted by aliens and never returned to Earth, “I Haunt the Spaceship” explores one possibility. Baer deftly draws his characters through the eyes of the abductee.

Baer’s second story, “Tropical Depression,” takes on a rich girl sent to a psychiatric facility to learn how to be normal, or at lest be hidden away from her parent’s society friends and their embarrassment. The story leaves you feeling like maybe not everything was as it seemed.

In “Development Hell on Earth,” the final story of the chapbook, strange things are happening on a movie set. The film has been delayed and is overbudget. A studio meeting should solve the problem.

The stories in the chapbook bring to mind “Beetlejuice,” Harry Houdini and that “ALIENS!” meme guy from the History Channel. For a little light-hearted reading that has more depth than it may first appear. Come to the Penguinate table (A1) at Lilac City Comicon 2019 and get your free copy. While supplies last.

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Lilac City Comicon 2019 Food Drive Benefits Local Charity; One Lucky Donor to Win Custom Made Arcade Table

Joystick and buttons

Attendees going to Lilac City Comicon 2019 (LCCC2019) have an awesome opportunity to help the Spokane community and get an amazing prize on the process. LCCC2019 is partnering with the Jedi Alliance and Our Place Community Outreach (OPCO) for a food drive at the comic convention. Anyone who brings in a non-perishable food item or a toiletry gets one entry for each item into a drawing for a Retro Arcade 60 in 1 Gaming Table provided by the Jedi Alliance.

OPCO is looking for the following food items: Peanut butter, soup, canned meat and spices. If you’d like to bring toiletries, they need: Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes and toilet paper. A more complete list can be found at the Lilac City Comicon 2019 exclusives page. The Retro Arcade Table includes classic games like Donkey Kong, Mappy and Space Invaders.

OPCO operates in the West Central Spokane area and provides for the emergency needs of the people who live. From food distribution and bus passes to utility assistance and hygiene items, OPCO designs it services to create a healthier and more resilient community.

The Jedi Alliance is a church dedicated to the beliefs of the Jedi. It offers it guests and congregation a House of Worship arcade in Spokane.

The winner of the arcade table will be drawn on Sunday by 3 pm. Be sure to bring your non-perishable food items and toiletries to LCCC2019 and get in the drawing for this mega-prize!

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Five Things to Make June Successful for Me

Booth set up for Lilac City Comicon

Hey Penguinators, Friends, Family, and Blog Readers,

The month of June is very important to my future success. If you would like to be a part of it, there are five simple things you can do.

  1. Join my blog’s email notification. (It’s over to the right.) WordPress offers this option for anyone who has a WordPress account, so you’ll need to sign up with them. That ensures that your email isn’t going anywhere else. Alternatively, if you would like to join an actual email list, contact me. I should start one, but I haven’t found a good way to build it, yet.
  2. Join my Patreon. Even at the lowest level, you get one article a month about creativity, just for you (and all my other Penguinators). Jenya is considering doing a penguin photo a month and putting that in a calendar next year. The digital version would be something that we would give to anyone as well. If you’re coming to my events, Patreon will save you some money at my table!
  3. Buy my books. They are available on and on Amazon. If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can also read them there for free.
  4. Visit my website. Every page view, every reader is important. Visiting my website costs you some time, but hopefully, you’ll gain some information that you really wanted. I focus on creativity, entertainment and travel. In June, there’ll be a lot about what’s going on at different events.
  5. Spread the word. Sharing is caring. Share a link to my books. Share a blog post you really liked. Share my Patreon page. You can share online with your social media pages and IRL. If you have one of our penguins, we’d love to see his or her adventures.

Of course, this applies to every month, but it’s particularly important to me this month. I hope to see you at one of the events I’ll be attending: Lilac City Comcicon 2019, City Cakes and Café, Ogden UnCon, Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con, and Second Chance Books Author Signing.

Now it’s your turn. What can I do to help you have a successful June? Leave it in the comments.

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Tiny Avengers Giveaway at Penguinate Table (A1) at Lilac City Comicon 2019

Patch Penguin and Kinder Egg Avengers Toys

I ended up with a couple of doubles of these Avengers figures from Kinder Eggs in Russia. All you have to do is be the first person to come to my table and say “Penguinating is the power of positive creativity.” That means if you’re a VIP at Lilac City Comicon, you have an advantage over others because you get early entry into Lilac City Comicon 2019.

These figures come in their original yellow container with safety card and information card describing how to put them together. The figures you win won’t be revealed until you choose one of the yellow containers. Fully assembled, the figures and their spheres measure just over an inch tall.

If you’re not the first person to say, “Penguinating is the power of positive creativity,” you’ll still get a sticker or chapbook while supplies last. Stop by our table, check out our cosplaying penguins and books, and say the secret words! We look forward to seeing you at Lilac City Comicon 2019.