Not to start off with this old cliche, but how many times has this happened to you? You're traversing the corridors of a hotel when you turn a corner and see a man wearing only dance pants and a very well-made Elmo mask, either practicing dance moves or having a seizure. I can use the word seizure, because I have a brain tumor. That's our word.
As I sit here on a randomly snowy April morning listening to The Blues Brothers soundtrack, my mind drifts to the likes of The Nerima Daikon Brothers. Like Hideki and Ichiro trying to desperately save their precious daikon field by any means necessary, I'm reminded of two hardworking women scrambling to keep a huge anime convention together. Those two gracious ladies are Jeanie Rabatsky and Allison Milwid, since President/CEO Jim Gogol was rather sick during the pre-production portion of putting on Tekkoshocon X, which took place from March 21-25. A four-day con is a rare thing, but so wise it boggles the four brain cells I have left. The first night of the con was actually held at approximately 6 p.m. at the Hollywood Theatre in Dormont, PA. The genius of this, besides giving anime and manga fans an early start to collect their weekend passes, was to cut down on the lines for the following day, when hordes of preteens bombarded the hotel in which the convention was held. Atlas may have been able to shrug, but Jeanie and Allison had to wait until the con was over, packed up, and ready to go for the next one. Besides having to wrangle guests, volunteers, staff, and myself, they had their hands full. I must say, ladies, you did a hell of a job.
In this WonderCon panel, the forensic psychiatrists of Broadcast Thought, H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., joined forces with Mark E. Safarik, M.S., V.S.M., one of the senior (retired) members of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, to explain the pathology found in the dark world of Gotham City's serial killers. These panelists compared and contrasted some of the deadliest real-life killers with some of Gotham’s most notorious.
Greetings, my fellow tributes!
With The Hunger Games feature film barely a week away from release, I know that if it doesn’t have Ms. Lawrence or Mr. Hutcherson slapped on the cover, it’s going to take a lot to grab your attention. Well, hold on to your mockingjays, because there is ANOTHER Hunger Games film in the works as we speak! I’m not talking Catching Fire; I’m talking about a feature-length fan film made by fans, for fans, with fans, which will cover unexplored events mentioned during Mockingjay, the third and final book of The Hunger Games trilogy. I’m talking about Star Squad!
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT READ MOCKINGJAY!!!
Each year the convention season gets longer and longer. Comic Cons are a big deal now; companies can promote new projects and fans just eat up the chance to meet their favorite creators. The last few years, however, a weariness has taken over the larger cons. SDCC has become massive, and, amidst all the excitement, it can be hard to focus on comics these days. These big conventions are filled with so many people and have so much going on that everyone is exhausted, stressed out, and you can rarely get in to see the panels or the people you want.
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.