Do you like a good haunted hayride or haunted house? Do you love scary movies? Is Alice Cooper your own personal Jesus? If at least two of these three things are true, then you’ll probably have an amazing time at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, which opened for 2011 this past weekend. For years now, every autumn Universal has turned its theme park into one big haunted house adventure, within which you will find six giant haunted mazes, a terror tram, an entire city block overrun with zombies, deranged clowns roaming around wielding everything from little, creepy noise makers to roaring chainsaws, and what seems to be a yearly tradition: a variety show called Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. It’s a shocking, scary, and unbelievably fun, full-immersion Halloween experience!
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
This was my first year ever to cosplay at Comic-Con, and there was no better character to portray than The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen! As one of the strongest female characters in Young Adult fiction, Katniss will be making her movie debut in Lionsgate's film adaptation, due in theatres in March of 2012.
The Lionsgate booth at SDCC featured an over-sized HG film poster, as well as several screens that played the recently released motion poster. In addition, Lionsgate staffers handed out Mockingjay pins and posters, which became the most sought-after swag of the Con.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
The FBC Crew attended Showtime's 2011 panel entitled 'Tired of Ordinary Television,' which featured three of its TV shows: Dexter, Shameless, and the upcoming Homeland. Despite taking place in Ballroom 20, which holds a little over 4,000 attendees, each show's panel felt more intimate than most. Although each show received an undivided allotment of time during the two-hour panel, the entirety of Showtime's programming fell a bit flat, lacking both fans in the room and exciting news from the shows.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
Hello from Comic-Con! Thursday at SDCC has already delivered an exciting assortment of movie and TV news, awesomely-geeky swag, and previews of the summer's hottest films.
The FBC Crew already snagged a number of posters for The Hunger Games, Lionsgate's upcoming, four-movie saga based on the bestseling books by Suzanne Collins. (Let's just say that we have a bit of an obsession for the books, and we are eagerly awaiting - with a bit of trepidation - the first film due in theatres in March of 2012.) In addition, the Lionsgate booth will be giving out official Mockingjay pins tomorrow! (Fingers crossed!) Stay tuned to the Fanboy Comics website, as yours truly will be donning a Katniss costume to represent the Districts, and we will have lots of photos to share!
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
Greetings from San Diego Comic-Con 2011! It has been an exciting day for the Fanboy Comics crew, and we are eagerly awaiting Thursday's panels and signings!
Today's Preview Night was eventful, as always, with convention press, industry professionals, and Preview Night ticket holders wandering the convention floor to find updates on their favorite films, TV shows, comics, and more. The FBC Crew was no different, as we quickly found the Axe Cop Comic Book Booth manned by none other than Ethan and Malachai Nicolle! (If you are not familiar with the comic book, it is written by a six-year-old and drawn by his twenty-nine-year-old brother.) We were floored to snag signed copies of the Axe Cop Volume 1 graphic novel, as well as copies of the out-of-print "Chop" poster.
FBC is gearing up for the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con and on our list of "stuff we HAVE to check out" is Aron Warner's comic series release, Pariah. Government created, hyper-intelligent teenagers fleeing a frame-job terrorism charge? Yes, PLEASE! Check out all the nitty gritty below, and, if you're heading to SDCC, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Pariah!!!
FROM THE MIND OF OSCAR-WINNING FILM PRODUCER ARON WARNER A NEW GENERATION OF SUPER-TEENS ARE INTRODUCED AT COMIC-CON 2011
Sea Lion Books Unites Warner, Eisner-Nominated Illustrator Brett Weldele and Writer Philip Gellat to Bring A Unique Group of Beyond-Intelligent Teen Fugitives to the Comic Book World This July.
Los Angeles, CA – May 25, 2011 – They’re not super powered, they’re just super smart. The teen protagonists who lead us through the world of Pariah, a twelve-book graphic novel series from the mind of Oscar-winning film producer Aron Warner and published by Sea Lion Books, are the next generation of heroes in the comic book world. Eisner-nominated illustrator Brett Weldele (The Surrogates) will bring the stories to life in ink, and Philip Gelatt will pen the scripts set in Warner’s world for the twelve books. As buzz builds about this unlikely collaboration and the unique story of Pariah, the series will premiere at San Diego Comic Con on July 20 – 24th.
Valentine’s Day is upon us, and, as fellow geeks prepare for a weekend of romance, I feel it is my duty to provide them with some suitably dirty and nerdy cosplay options. Given that we in the geek crowd seem to be eager to dress up as our favorite stormtrooper or hobbit at the drop of Jayne’s hat, I see no reason why we shouldn’t be employing this passion to our…. well, passions! Not only are geeks experts at crafting detailed and high-caliber costumes, but they’re also more likely to be open to the idea of dressing up as Harry and Hermione before rolling in the chamber of secrets. More than one average Joe or Joette has gone running the other way when confronted with a costumed lover, but if your sex muffin has been to SDCC, then I’m sure that they’ll take one glance at your smooth threads and say with a loving voice, “I always thought Pika Chu was kind of dashing.” Below, you’ll find my top geeky Valentine’s day cosplay suggestions for both genders. If you’ve got a comic-sniffer in your life who deserves a little love this Valentine’s Day, take a hint from the Cylons and “have a plan.” These should help:
Tekkoshocon/n/tech-ko-show-con (Steel Mill Con)
1. An anime convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that usually happens around April of every year.
2. A gathering of Otaku, Cosplayers, and gamers to celebrate anime, manga, and Japanese Culture.
3. An experience of dedication and love.
If you were to were to walk down the streets of Pittsburgh, PA, on any given day, you'd be hard pressed not to encounter one of the following: a yinzer, a hipster, or a hometown sports fan. The sports fan, in fact, is your surest bet. Decked out in Steelers regalia, possibly one or more team tattoos, as sure as sure can be, if pricked would bleed black and gold. But, if you were to encounter a six foot tall Pokemon accompanied by members of Team Rocket, you'd do a double-take. If a gaggle of teenage cat-girls and maids passed you on the way to work, you may think your prayers have been answered and the restraining order was finally lifted. One glimpse of Raptor Jesus and our more devout citizens cling to their rosary beads more tightly. Then again, if it's early Spring and you've been in the ‘Burgh a while, you may already know... it's Tekko time in town.
For fans of all things horror and make-up effects, the Monsterpalooza convention returned to the Marriott Hotel in Burbank, CA, providing a chance for all to mingle with independent artists and industry professionals alike in an exciting yet accessible setting. Presented by the Rubber Room and running from April 8-10, the convention exhibits make-up and special effects artists, vendors selling creature-feature DVDs, t-shirts, and posters, make-up and digital design colleges, a monster museum, and a number of well-known genre actors. As a special treat, guests of the con can count on appearances by industry giants like Guillermo del Toro, Jon Favreau, and Greg Nicotero, wandering through the booths, celebrating the creature genre as much as the next fan.
Halloween is a holiday for everyone, and I don't wanna hear any mess about how it isn't recognized as an official American holiday. (I'm talking to you, haters from Mrs. Boyer's 3rd grade class!) First, it is totally secular. So, now that I've completely contradicted my opening sentence, let me amend. Aside from fun-hating religious nuts (which is a group that does not include all religious nuts, but does include religious nuts who don't like Halloween), everyone likes Halloween for one reason or another. Being a lazy person myself, I don't always get into the spirit of Halloween, but I do love the celebration of morbid fun and dark humor, the chill in the air, the notion to dress up in a costume and walk around in public with nothing else to do but indulge in a disgusting excess of alcohol, candy, or both.
Stripes, if you haven't seen it, go see it now! You may have noticed the recent steamrolling of Hollywood by macabre movies and television (Twilight and True Blood), the horror films and horror comedies (Saw and Zombieland), the docu-horrors (Paranormal Activity 1 & 2), the horror-dramas (Supernatural and Dexter), and, of course, the adolescent sorceress sitcoms (Sabrina the Teenage Witch).