‘Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion: 50 Years of Creativity’ at Ogden Uncon and the Penguinate Booth (space 227) on Sunday

On the final day of Ogden UnCon 2019, Shad Engkilterra is scheduled to present “Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion: 50 Years of Creativity” in the Ogden Eccles Conference Center Executive Conference Room. Taking a tour through the Haunted Mansion, attendees will get history of the Haunted Mansion and tips on becoming more creative.

At our booth, there will be penguins, books, Buddhas and posters. Our stuffed penguins are handmade with hand-embroidered eyes. Many of them are dressed in costumes; there are pirates, hipsters, BerryBerets and Sally. Jack and Pintel were adopted on Saturday.

Books by Shad Engkilterra and Darren Lamb are ready to be consumed. Shad’s books include “Disneyland Is Creativity,” “The Haunted Mansion Is Creativity” and “The Pirate Union” – a rollicking adventure on the high seas sanctioned by the bureaucrats that run the PU. Darren’s books are light with Buddhist philosophy and heavy with tension and action. If you want to live a better adventure, Darren’s stories are a great place to start.

The Buddhas at our table include Yoda Buddha, Mickey Buddha, and Rick Buddha. Embedded in each Buddha is a seed of the Bodhi tree and a dorje, which is a tool used to bring positive energy to life. Strong Jesus and Cthulu Buddy Christ are also available.

Our posters include Penguin Motivational posters and Disneyland photos from The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Bug’s Land. If you need something a little more pop culture, ask to see our comprehensive selection of Russian Lobby Cards featuring movies from the last two years. Priced at a dollar each, these collectibles are ready to take home.

The first three (3) people to come to our booth and say “Penguinating is the power of positive creativity” will get a tiny Avenger!


Ogden Panels… A Second Look

Ogden UnCon has updated their panel schedule, and I thought I would put together a sample schedule of what I would do if I weren’t at Space 227 selling books, penguins and posters. It’s always nice to put together a wish list and imagine how the UnCon would go. So, here’s what I would do:

Friday – Starting at 9 am.

The vendor floor opens at 9 am, so that would give me about a half hour to get my bearings and see what’s available. It may not be enough time to see everything, but it’s enough to give me a head start because I know I want to support some smaller artists and find that amazing gift or collectible.

WHY AM I NOT ELIGIBLE FOR “Dragons, Dinosaurs and Pirates, Oh my!”? Since I am not between the ages of 5 and 16, even those these subjects suit me to a T, I would choose “How to Turn Your Blog into a Book Production Machine” or “The Philosophy of Spoilers.” Today, I’m leaning toward the former since it would be great as a writer to have a plan for blogging and book writing. Because those both start at 10:30, I would have more time on the floor to see what vendors are there and what goodies I could get.

At noon, it would be between “the Village People” and “Till All Are One: Transformers Franchise.” I’m leaning toward the Transformers thing because I have no real idea what it is about, but the Village People are iconic. Young Man! Which would you choose?

I would attempt to hustle on over to see Jack Stauffer at 1 pm for the BSG cred. I’ve seen Richard Hatch, and I spent a lot of time with Dirk Benedict when he came to Malta. It would be cool to get another perspective on the original BSG.

Amy Hill would be the next panel I would want to attend at 2 pm, but I wouldn’t prioritize her over the Firefly panel at 3 pm. At 4 pm it would be the Star Trek panel with Traccee Lee Cocco, but if I couldn’t get into that panel, the 4:30 “Women in Gaming” panel would be great! I’d finish the day off with “The Land of the Lost” at 6 pm.

Saturday – Starting at 9 am.

The morning is reserved for the floor as I spend the first hour talking with artists and authors and finding a special item to remember Ogden UnCon by. (Maybe a stuffed white penguin…) It’s important to support those who are starting out; this is my time to do it.

At 10:30, I’d hit up “The Story of a Story” unless I missed “the Land of the Lost” panel yesterday. At 11:30, I’d enjoy a trip down memory lane with “The History of D&D.” Then I’d probably grab something to eat and wait for the 1:30 panel: “Animatronics: Behind the Mask.” I’d follow that up with Sophia the Robot’s panel at 3:30 panel – just to keep the theme going. While some of the after-hours panels look amazing. I know I’m going to need some rest to finish off Sunday strong. Though I would still be interested in a couple of the 18+ panels because those are usually the most fun.

Sunday – Starting at 9 am.

Sunday is the last day to make someone’s UnCon great. This is when I make my purchases and find the best things available within my budget. Then, I usually step over my budget by $20 because I just really got to have something.

For some reason, 10 am Sunday is stacked with amazing panels, including “Monarch Butterflies,” “Remembering Game Shows,” and “The Bestiary of Hp Lovecraft.” Add to those the 10:30 panels “Lost in Space (new)” and “How to Become an Author of Change,” and there are a lot of choices that are all right. Since I know I would want to see my own panel “The Haunted Mansion: 50 Years of Creativity” at 11:30 am, I would probably opt for “Monarch Butterflies” Who’s ever seen that at a regular convention?

At 1:30, I would check out the Naomi Grossman panel, and at 3:30, I would make my way over to “The Business Called Art.” That would be my last panel of the UnCon. Hopefully, I would have found time to get everything I wanted from the floor as well.

Remember to stay fueled and hydrated while at Ogden UnCon. We’re all there to have fun. Let’s have a great Unconventional Convention!

Five Things to Make June Successful for Me

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 Penguinate.com 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.

Go Worldwide with Your Comic Con Experience

Comic conventions are known for bringing people from different fandoms to the same place to celebrate each other. When local people come together with travelers from farther way, it is a beautiful thing. Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Star Trek and other fandoms can truly admire and enjoy the conversations and the artistry that goes into cosplaying. While all of this goes on in a specific geographical area delivering wonderful results to the area, there’s no reason why those results have to be kept local.

If you’re headed to Lilac City Comicon 2019, Ogden UnCon, and/or Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con 2019, your comic convention experience can extend beyond your city and state. By purchasing one of our penguins, a portion of the proceeds ($1 per penguin) will be donated to the Global Penguin Society.

Our stuffed penguins are soft, cute, cuddly and handmade. They’re great companions and mascots, and the love to cosplay. Because the eyes are hand embroidered, each penguin is unique. The costumes the penguins wear are handmade as well and often take as much time to make as the penguin itself.

If you’re looking to do something more with your comic con experience, our booth is a great place to start. Act local. Think global. Buy a penguin.

Join our Patreon and save money at our convention and community events. Join by May 31, 2019.

Preorder ‘There Are No Penguins in Alaska” before May 7, 2019

If you know you want a hard copy of the coloring book “There Are No Penguins in Alaska,” now’s the time to preorder it. Because we will be printing them in Russia, we will be unable to replenish our supplies between events. While we would love to sell out of them at Lilac City Comicon 2019 on June 1 and 2, we would hate for anyone to miss out on the coloring book just because they were later on our journey.

So, if you’re going to be at City Cakes and Café for my author signing on June 5, or you’re going to find us at Ogden UnCon on June 7 to 9, or you’re coming to Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con June 14 to 16, preordering ensures that we will have a copy with your name on it  ready for you to pick up. More importantly, you can order them at the convention price of $5 and not have to worry about shipping and handling. Just click on the link to the event you’re going to.

If you aren’t going to make it to any of the events listed, but you can meet with us while we’re in Salem or during our journey, you can still get the $5 price. You just have to be able to pick the coloring book up. Otherwise, they are $8 plus shipping.

If you have no idea how to order, or you know you are going to get one but you don’t want to officially order, leave a note in the comment or contact us through our Facebook page. We’ll set one aside and contact you about payment and delivery.

Of course, preordering anything else you might want is also a good idea. Penguins take more than a day to make, so if we sell out of them, they’ll be gone. Other books we may be able to replenish, but there’s no guarantee. The best way to get what you want is to preorder! You can also order items directly from Amazon or on Amazon Kindle, but they will not be eligible for any discounts.

Remember, members of our Patreon Penguinator team get $1 off for every $10 they spend at our table during an event. If you know you’re going to buy something from us, you might want to join our Patreon and get your discount as well as more information on creativity and stuffed penguins.

Penguinate Makes Epic Comic Convention Trek in just One Month!

It’s just one month until we board the train in Blagoveshchensk to head to Khabarovsk. From there we’ll fly through Seoul and Honolulu to touch down in Portland, OR as we make our way to Lilac City Comicon 2019. Before we get to Spokane though, we’ll make a stop in Independence, OR to get our supplies and make any last-minute preparations. (If you’d like to see what we did last year, check out our archives and videos.) At Lilac City Comicon, I’ll be presenting the sequel to “Disneyland Is Creativity” with the release of “The Haunted Mansions Is Creativity.” Come see my panel “The Haunted Mansion: 50 Years of Creativity.”

From Lilac City Comicon, we’ll head toward Salt Lake City, with a short stop in Idaho to relax, for my author signing at City Cakes and Café on June 5. I can’t wait to see what they have for dinner, and I’m sure I’ll grab some great vegan pastries.

Ogden UnCon 2019 will be from June 7 to 9 in Ogden. The stars of “Black Sails” will be on hand as well as stars from “The Land of the Lost” – talk about retro! Drue M Scott is scheduled to be at our table, and we may have another special guest. On Sunday, I’m schedule to present “The Haunted Mansion: 50 Years of Creativity,” which will give attendees ideas for habits and activities they can do to become more creative.

When we leave Ogden, we’ll head over to Moab in the hopes of seeing Arches National Monument. After that little bit of relaxation (and celebrating Jenya’s birthday), we wind up the tour at Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con 2019.

Of course, this travel schedule may seem epic, but it won’t truly be epic unless you show up. Come by and say “Hi!” If you can’t make it to one of our events but are in the area, let me know I’ll see of I can make it work to meet up. We have some time after Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con to set up other events if you have a lead on something in the west that’s inexpensive. For those who want signed books sent to them, just use the order form on this website and we’ll get them to you as soon as we arrive in the U.S.

If you want one of our books or penguins, preordering will ensure that you get what you want. Our supplies are limited, so click on the event links above and order what you’d like. We’ll have them ready for you at the event, and you won’t have to worry about us being sold out! Remember, everyone of our Patreon Penguinators gets a discount on items bought at our events. Join today at any level!

The Secret to Having More Fun at Lilac City Comicon, Ogden UnCon and Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con

In case you missed it, we only have two months before we begin or first convention: Lilac City Comicon in Spokane, WA on June 1, 2019! We will then hit up City Cakes and Café for an author signing, Ogden UnCon where I am scheduled to present the Haunted Mansion Is Creativity, and Amazing Las Vegas Con.

Preordering is the best way to make sure you get the penguin or book that you want. And if you want to rake in a discount at any of our booths at these conventions and author signing, all you have to do is join our Patreon!

EVERY Patreon member gets $1 of for every $10 he or she spends at our booth. It doesn’t matter which level you choose, you still get the same discount! What could be better?

We look forward to seeing you at one or more of these venues. Make sure when you buy your tickets, you tell the person that penguinate.com sent you!

Press Release: Penguinate.com Raising Money to Save Penguins

For Immediate Release                     Contact: Shad Engkilterra, penguinate.com
Email: shadexaminer@gmail.com

$1 from each penguin sold until July 1, 2019 will go to Global Penguin Society

Penguinate.com will donate $1 for every stuffed penguin it sells between now and July 1, 2019 to the Global Penguin Society (GPS) through the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN).

 “What can be funnier than a penguin that is running to hug you,” said Jenya Engkilterra, penguin designer at penguinate.com. “Maybe he’s not running to hug you. He’s just running, but it doesn’t make it any less funny.”

Penguinate.com’s handmade penguins are made of faux fur and stuffed with holofiber. The eyes are hand embroidered, which gives every penguin a unique look and means there are no hard pieces for children to swallow. Our penguins love to cosplay, and costumes can be made to order.

Product Availability

Handmade stuffed penguins can be ordered at penguinate.com. They will also be featured at the penguinate.com booths at Lilac City Comicon 2019 in Spokane, WA, from June 1 – 2, Ogden UnCon 2019 in Ogden, UT, from June 7 – 9, and Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con 2019 in Las Vegas, NV, from June 14 – 15.

“Our penguins are made to bring joy and happiness to the world,” said Shad Engkilterra, Owner at penguinate.com. “We want to honor the birds that inspired so many happy moments for us and those who have adopted our stuffed penguin friends.”

Penguins and the Charities

Of the 18 species of penguins, only the Galapagos Penguin lives north of the equator. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists 10 of the species as vulnerable or endangered.

“We are concerned about penguins and their environment,” said Jenya Engkilterra. “We want to save penguins in the wild.”

Charity Navigator rates WCN with a score of 100 out of 100 and four stars. Over 90 percent of donated funds go to programs to protect wildlife. GPS has partnered with WCN and its president, Pablo Garcia Borboroglu, was awarded the National Geographic Buffet Award 2018. The organization also received the Whitley Gold Award in 2018.

DisneyNature chose GPS and WCN to receive a portion of the box office take in the first week for the “Penguins” scheduled to be released April 17, 2019.


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