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Wizard World 2017 Update!

Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) presents a screening of the 1975, Twentieth Century Fox classic musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show during the Wizard World Comic Con Portland, Saturday, February 18. Barry Bostwick, who starred as “Brad Majors” in the cult favorite, will host the event, along with the local shadow cast group “Clinton Street Cabaret,” beginning at 7 p.m. on the main show floor at the Oregon Convention Center, site of Wizard World Comic Con Portland that weekend.

Wizard World, the leading producer of pop culture events nationwide, is expanding its footprint in the entertainment industry. Tickets are available in advance for $10 at www.wizardworld.com.

“Wizard World is excited to bring this all-time cult favorite to our fans in Portland,” said John D. Maatta, Wizard World President & CEO. “It exemplifies the additional emphasis we are placing on programming and extra activities at our shows to enhance the entertainment value for attendees throughout the weekend.”

“We are looking forward to bringing the original Rocky Horror Picture Show to Wizard World Comic Con,” said Lou Adler, executive producer of the film. “It is a unique opportunity and a perfect match for both.”

“‘It’s just a party, Janet!’ Come and join me for a special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the full Shadow Cast experience,” added Bostwick.

In The Rocky Horror Picture Show, sweethearts Brad Majors (Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, visit the creepy home of eccentric Dr. Frank N Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist in search of a phone. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). The film, famed for midnight showings, has been screened regularly since its September 1975 U.S. release, often with audiences in full costume playing out the scenes as they are shown.

The event will also feature a display of numerous items from the original movie, for an even more authentic experience for attendees. Among them are original costumes, original costume designs, handwritten song lyrics, scripts, contracts and behind-the-scenes photos, from the collection of Larry Viezel, noted Rocky Horror superfan, historian and collector.

Wizard World Comic Con Portland will feature John Barrowman (“Arrow,” “Torchwood”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” God’s Not Dead), Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”), Marie Avgeropoulos and Tasya Teles (“The 100”), Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox (“CHiPs”), Josh McDermitt (“The Walking Dead,” “Retired at 35”), Cerina Vincent (Not Another Teen MovieCabin Fever and Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”) among the all-star cast of celebrities scheduled to appear, February 17-19 at the Oregon Convention Center. The event marks Wizard World’s fifth annual show in Portland and the second on Wizard World’s 2017 calendar of 16 scheduled events.

Additionally, Wizard World will host SocialCon (www.socialcon.com) at Portland on Saturday, February 18, with major social influencers including notables Kristen Hancher, Crawford Collins, Justin Blake, featured musical performer Zach Clayton, Nick Bean, Jackson Krecioch, Bryce Hall and special musical guest Johnny Orlando as well as many others, whose combined follower reach exceeds 50 million. SocialCon will feature meet-and-greets, live performances, Q&A panels, autographs, photo ops and more.

Portland will also feature an exciting array of activities, including non-stop live entertainment throughout extended evening hours, Kick off the Con and After Parties, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities, movie screenings hosted by stars and directors and more. Details to follow soon.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Portland show hours are Friday, February 17, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, February 18, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, February 19, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.

Wizard World is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character—and some never before dreamed—will roam the convention floor. The famed Wizard World Comic Con Portland Costume Contest will take place on Saturday night.

For more on the 2017 Wizard World Comic Con Portland, visit http://wizd.me/PortlandPR.

Star Wars Book Challenge 8: Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #1)

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SO!!! Yeah…. When I started this Challenge I may have kinda read this trilogy out of order…. Yeah I know… So here I am reading the first in the Thraw Trilogy, Heir to the Empire! If you would like here is a link to the post I made about Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #2) I kinda made a OOPS there hahaha SORRY!

“But you must never relax your guard. The Emperor is gone, but the dark side is still powerful. Never forget that.”

It’s been a while since I read Heir to the Empire, and, to be honest, I was afraid it wouldn’t be as good as I remembered. Well, nothing to fear! Zahn truly captivate my mind all over again with this novel! If George Lucas could take advice from him, maybe the Star Wars prequels would have turned out better! Maybe… But I feel the prepuels are getting to much hate now a days. I’ve re-watched them and I do rather enjoy them, specially watching with my kids. To see their faces light up when the Wars comes on is great. BUT! Not Jar-Jar! F’in HATE that guy! The only time I enjoyed him was in Robot Chicken where the killed hi off and his ghost hunts Vader hahaha!!

Sorry got off topic there for bit.. Heir to the Empire!! Yes, Anywho. A reviewer, at the time of the book’s first appearance in 1991, wrote that Heir to the Empire “captures the spirit of the movie trilogy so well, you can almost hear John Williams’ soundtrack.” I would almost have to agree with him on this. Zahn does a superb job rendering the personalities from George Lucas’ films that one can almost hear Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Billy Dee “Hello, what have we here?” Williams when reading their characters’ dialogue. The pace of the book is brisk and the action sequences are so well done that one can swear they are cinematic. Although there are many Star Wars authors whose novels are spellbinding, Zahn stands head and shoulders above the crowd.

216443It is a time of renewal, five years after the destruction of the Death Star and the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire.

But with the war seemingly won, strains are beginning to show in the Rebel Alliance. New challenges to galactic peace have arisen. And Luke Skywalker hears a voice from his past. A voice with a warning. Beware the dark side….

Here is the science fiction publishing event of the year: the exciting continuation of the legendary Star Wars saga. Picking up where the movie trilogy left off, Heir to the Empire reveals the tumultuous events that take place after the most popular series in motion-picture history—masterfully told by Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn.

In spring 1977 a film called Star Wars was released—and a cultural phenomenon was born. Its epic story, about a young man named Luke Skywalker, whose destiny was to save the galaxy from conquest, caught the imaginations of millions and broke all box-office records. Today Star Wars and its sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, are acknowledged as the most popular series in movie history, and rank among the top ten films of all time.

The three Star Wars films form a spectacular saga of bold imaginations and high adventure. But the stories of its characters did not end there. Now for the first time, Lucasfilm Ltd., producer of the Star Wars movies, has authorized the continuation of this beloved story. In an astounding three-book cycle, Timothy Zahn continues the tale of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and the other characters made world famous by Star Wars, as he brilliantly expands upon George Lucas’s stunning vision, “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.”

Heir to the Empire begins five years after the end of Return of the Jedi: the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet back into barely a quarter of the territory that they once controlled. Leia and Han are married and have shouldered heavy burdens in the government of the new Republic. And Luke Skywalker is the first in a hoped-for new line of Jedi Knights.

But thousands of light years away, where a few skirmishes are still taking place, the last of the Emperor’s warlords has taken command of the remains of the Imperial fleet. He has made two vital discoveries that could destroy the fragile new Republic—built with such cost to the Rebel Alliance. The tale that emerges is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale—in short, a story that is worthy of the name Star Wars.

So far we have these book covered in this Challenge:

Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #2)

Star Wars Book Challenge 1: Winner Lose All (Star Wars Legends)

Star Wars Book Challenge 1.5: Han Solo at Stars’ End (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #1)

Star Wars Book Challenge 2: Shadows of the Empire (Star Wars Universe)

Star Wars Book Challenge 2.5: Prophets of the Dark Side (Star Wars: Jedi Prince #6)

Star Wars Book Challenge 3: Star Wars: Scoundrels (Star Wars Legends)

Star Wars Book Challenge 3.5: Han Solo’s Revenge (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #2)

Star Wars Book Challenge 4: Han Solo and the Lost Legacy (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #3)

Star Wars Book Challenge 5: The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars: Novelizations #5)

Star Wars Book Challenge 6: Razor’s Edge (Empire and Rebellion #1)

Star Wars Book Challenge 6.5: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina

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under_constructionOver the next couple of weeks Nerdy Life Of Mine will be going through a lot of changes. I’m working on a whole new layout and image, so if things are buggy or if you find links are broken. I’m sorry and I thank you for understanding. Plus with all the changes going on, we have picked up a new blogger and we are also working on putting together a podcast!! Again thank you for your understanding and if you would like more updates, follow my Twitter @iRoberts3

How to Create a Harry Potter Themed Party.

Aspen Universe: Revelations #4 Preview.

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ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS #4

Joshua Hale Fialkov ; JT Krul – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Peter Steigerwald – Colors

The most groundbreaking event in Aspen Comics’ history continues!!!

This summer, legendary creator Michael Turner’s two greatest creations, Fathom and Soulfire, unite as one in a crossover event so massive in scope, it can only serve to forge a BRAND NEW ASPEN UNIVERSE in the process! While Aspen and Malikai continue to fight for their world, the underwater civilization of the Blue find their very existence—future and past—threatened as never before!

From the mind of Harvey, Eisner and Emmy Award nominated writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and New York Times Best-Selling author J.T. Krul comes this world-shattering new crossover series event that sets the stage for all future Aspen Comics titles to come!

ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS #4 is in stores November 9th, 2016!

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Vikings and Dinosaurs.

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Is there a history of dragons in the Hagar the Horrible strip? Usually it’s just jokes about home life and pillaging. I feel there’s a lot to explore here. Comic books keep getting rebooted, why not comic strips? This could be an idea…

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Bye Bye 2016.

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What a year it has been.

Personal good:  Still married, all three of us are happy, still have a roof and a car and food.  All that basic necessity stuff.

Personal bad:  Three jobs this year.  Discovered the world of massive and constant panic attacks.  Worked for others far more than I did for myself.

Let me explain that last one.

One of the goals for this site was to get me noticed.  I wanted, and still want, to write for a living.  At this point I love selling on eBay so much that I would settle for writing and selling for a living, but the writing still has to be there.  I feel I have been close to breaking through at various times, but then life would happen.  Not that I regret things like getting married and having a child.  But there was also a lot of build up…

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Aspen Comics To Present Amazing Spider-Man #15 Michael Turner Exclusive Cover.

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Playing e-mail catch up to start the new year.  This is from June (ouch) but its still interesting and pretty.

Marvel Comics and Aspen Comics have teamed up to present a never-before-used Michael Turner cover for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man #15, colored by superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald (Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade), limited to 3000 copies, exclusively available for pre-order starting today on June 21st on www.AspenStore.com at 12:00 P.M. (Eastern).

In addition to the all-new colored cover, Aspen Comics will also be offering a special Amazing Spider-Man #15 Michael Turner black and whiteArtist Edition, limited to 1,500 copies.

Aspen strongly recommends purchasing the Amazing Spider-Man #15 AspenStore.com exclusive covers early as their most recent AspenStore.com exclusive variant sold out within hours.

Michael Turner and Aspen Comics collaborated with Marvel Comics before the legendary artist’s passing, creating a sought-after collection…

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Aspen Comics Debuts DC’s Justice League #1 Michael Turner Exclusive Cover.

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(Catching up on things I should have posted in 2016 in order to make 2017 a success.  This was from back in June.  Ouch.  But still cool images.)

Following the immediate sold out release of their DC Comics Rebirth:Batman #1 AspenStore.com variant cover, Aspen Comics is pleased to announce the second exclusive cover, DC’s Rebirth: Justice League #1, debuting for pre-order as a color variant and set (with B&W Artist Edition included) on http://www.AspenStore.com June 26th, 2016. This second collaboration between Aspen Comics and DC Comics will feature a never-before-seen cover by Aspen founder Michael Turner with colors by Peter Steigerwald (Dark Knight: The Last Crusade).

Aspen’s Batman #1 exclusive cover, released previously in early June, sold out in less than 24 hours, and the publisher strongly encourages customers to pre-order their copy of Justice League #1, featuring the iconic Trinity

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