My Thoughts On Wizard World Portland

WWCC20160220_092746.jpgSo if you been following my Twitter, you know I’ve posted a lot of updates and pictures of Wizard World this past weekend and still are posting things about it haha. I was lucky enough to bring my family with me, but I was thinking about making another personal post about our family adventures at Comic Con. I wanted to focus more on the press side of things on this post.

IMG_20160221_123633The lay out was rather different this year. At first I wasn’t too sure I liked it. But it flowed rather well! When you first walk into the area you have all the exhibitors; SO MANY EXHIBITORS! A lot of cool stuff to be had and alsoIMG_20160221_123049 a lot of random treasures. Now behind that you have the autograph area and photo ops. Moving to your right you’ll find the Artist Alley which is beyond cool. Then They did something a little new this year or at least new to me.. They had a gaming event area, filled with new video games and TableTop. They also had a land area for tournament gaming by Bandai Namco and some esports area. I thought everything was very well organized and everything flowed smoothly. The only problem I had was some of the panels I wanted to go to overlapped each other or I was only given a few minutes to get there in time. But that happens at every Con haha, I don’t think that will change anytime soon.

received_10154144866981996The staff was super nice and answered every question you can throw at them. The only down side I had, small as it may be; I ran into Billy Mitchell who is best known for recording high scores on classic games from the golden age of arcade video games. I kinda knew he was a “jerk” at times (I’m putting that nicely). But I walked up and asked him how he was doing and then asked if I could interview him. He didn’t even look at me, just rolled his eyes and said, “right…” and kept walking past me. Okay.. Whatever that means hahaha. I really didn’t expected much from him, but I didn’t expected that. So moving along from that useless drama haha.

received_10154144866916996There were a lot of cosplayers and all were super nice and willing to answer any questions you have. One of them was dressed up as Neelix from Star Trek Voyager, sadly I forgot this guys name. received_10154144866971996But he was apart of the Star Trek Fan of the NW group and panel called “Let’s talk about the next Star Trek series”. Super nice guy! He spent over 2 hours in make-up for the Neelix cosplay and it’s been a work of love for himself. Later he told me that he was planing on going to Vegas for a Star Trek Con received_10154144866951996there. The Panel that himself and others put on was rather interesting. It was cool to sit back and hear everyone talk about what they would like to see in the new series. Like do we want a ship or no ship? Enterprise or another ship? Even a different time period for the show to take place. They even went as far as talking about plot ideas, planets, space stations, actors, etc. I got a lot of this panel recorded for my podcasts and will share that with you very soon.

Weta Workshop was also at the Con. this year. They had so many props and make-up effects, even had a part where you can get make-up put on you, but everything they had was amazing. Founded in 1987 by Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger as RT Effects, Weta Workshop has produced creatures and makeup effects for the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and20160220_150807 Xena: Warrior Princess and effects for films such as Meet the Feebles and Heavenly Creatures. A digital division, Weta Digital, was formed in 1993. Weta Workshop’s output came to worldwide prominence with director Peter Jackson’s film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, producing sets, costumes, armor, weapons, creatures and miniatures. It supported the creation of Reclaiming the Blade (2009), a documentary film on stage combat, historical European and Asian swordsmanship. So that should give you an idea on they are about..

They also had a Star Wars Fan Panel: “There has been an awakening… can you feel it? The future of fandom has irrevocably been changed with the release of The Force Awakens. Join professional nerds as we discuss 4 decades of Star Wars, challenge the audience inreceived_10154144867106996 trivia, and speculation on what the future of the Star Wars universe. Hosted by Tony Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon.com)” Who is a great blogger that I follow and sadly I didn’t get a chance to meet him. The panel was great and fun to be apart of.

I got to meet so many great people and interview a number of them before hand as well. I can’t wait till next year and really get into it :). If you happen to get the chance to go to Wizard World at any point, Do so! People there are super nice and easy to work with. A lot more organized than the first year they did this, a lot of hard work and love went into this event and it shows. The next post will have links to the podcasts with the interviews & panels that I was apart of.

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Meet & Greet A Pre-Wizard World Event: Interviews James Marsters, Christian Kane & Victor Dandridge

Meet & Greet A Pre-Wizard World Event: Interviews James Marsters, Christian Kane & Victor Dandridge

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Let the games begin!!

So the other night me and my wife drove up to Portland to get the press pass for Wizard World! Got to meet some of the other media folks and also the guests that came that night. We had James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel”), Christian Kane (“The Librarians/Angel”) and Chris 51 (“Epic Ink”). We also had artist Victor Dandridge (Editor-In-Chief – Vantage: Inhouse).

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Meet & Greet A Pre-Wizard World Event: Interviews James Marsters, Christian Kane & Victor Dandridge

WWCC

Let the games begin!!

So the other night me and my wife drove up to Portland to get the press pass for Wizard World! Got to meet some of the other media folks and also the guests that came that night. We had James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel”), Christian Kane (“The Librarians/Angel”) and Chris 51 (“Epic Ink”). We also had artist Victor Dandridge (Editor-In-Chief – Vantage: Inhouse).

I was lucky to interview James Marsters, Christian Kane and Victor Dandridge the other night!  I can tell you that all three of these guys are super nice and down to earth. When I got there I RSVP to interview James, but there was a gentleman before myself. So while waiting my turn I was asked if I would like to interview Christian Kane! Sure! I felt bad because I was not ready in any form to ask him any questions. I’ve always been a fan and I’ve followed Leverage all the way to the bitter end…. I loved him in Angel. So I knew I could come up with some question on the spot.. But man, I had a fan freak out moment with him haha. Fantastic guy and super funny. Christian if you happen to read this, thank you for putting up with me hahaha! Sadly most of the interviews are all about 6 to 10 minutes long. Once I get everything uploaded and edited for the podcasts I’ll make sure to share the link with all of you.

img_20160219_003426.jpgJames Marsters…  Down to earth, funny and easy to talk to. As I was walking up he looked at me and said,” Oh! It’s you! I remember you!” Starting to laugh I had to look at him and ask, “It’s the mustache isn’t it?”. While laughing he said “yes” hahaha. Whats great tho, that was almost 3 years ago when me and my wife met him. I was rather shocked. At this point we just started talking about family and his kids and my kids. It felt like running in long lost friend and trying to catch up with everything. Then I realized I wasn’t recording any of these, I quickly turned on my recorder and continued along with everything. Great guy. This interview was about 10 minutes long and again like Christian, I’ll get everything uploaded to the podcast.

Mister Victory Dandridge. We were getting ready to leave for the night till Abby (who runs the press and put all this together.) asked if we would like to interview Victor. Sure! Now I haven’t heard of this guy till last night so I went into this interview flying by the seat of my pants. I’m glad Abby said something to me about him. Easy going and super funny. Amazing artiest as well, what I really like about this conversation we had. It was two fans setting down and talking about comics. If you get the chance to see him at Wizard World do so!! His website is http://vantageinhouse.blogspot.com/

victor-dandridge-10_7Victor Dandridge is a rising star in the small-press market, rapidly gaining notoriety
and acclaim through his creator-owned publishing imprint, Vantage:Inhouse Productions.
Through V:IP, Dandridge has produced award-nominated/winning titles (The Samaritan, Origins Unknown, The Trouble w/ Love, and Wonder Care), the workbook-based educational brand, U Cre-8 Comics, as well as the
multi-media comic book tutorial show, UnConventional.

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Comic Con 2015 Reel (HD) 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Comic Con 2015 Reel (HD) 2015

Oh my GOD! I have tears of joy right now. JJ has taken a few more steps in restoring my hope in the new Star Wars movies. I love the fact this man has gone back to basics. Proofing a point of, just because you can do a thing. Doesn’t mean you should do a thing. By that I mean…. Just because you have a green screen and want to use…

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Comic Con 2015 Reel (HD) 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Comic Con 2015 Reel (HD) 2015

Oh my GOD! I have tears of joy right now. JJ has taken a few more steps in restoring my hope in the new Star Wars movies. I love the fact this man has gone back to basics. Proofing a point of, just because you can do a thing. Doesn’t mean you should do a thing. By that I mean…. Just because you have a green screen and want to use…

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Comic Con 2015 Reel (HD) 2015

Oh my GOD! I have tears of joy right now. JJ has taken a few more steps in restoring my hope in the new Star Wars movies. I love the fact this man has gone back to basics. Proofing a point of, just because you can do a thing. Doesn’t mean you should do a thing. By that I mean…. Just because you have a green screen and want to use lazy tactics in the way of CGI.. Doesn’t mean you should. You can see this movie is a work of love and pure fanboy love for JJ. I can’t wait for this movie to come out on Christmas!

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So what do you guys think of the Star Wars line? Leave you comments below!

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Geek Fallout Ep #110: 2014 Year End Review

Geek Fallout Ep #110: 2014 Year End Review

Geek Fallout.

Rather than a Top 5 or month by month run down, Host Erik Johnson thought we could to try to run this episode like an awards show. Erik is joined by editor Chris Gaida, MissM and Chris Lockhart. For each category we pick a winner and at least one honorable mention. We go through each person’s choices and give everyone else to offer up corresponding comments.

No News (maybe a certain…

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Geek Fallout Ep #110: 2014 Year End Review

Geek Fallout.

Rather than a Top 5 or month by month run down, Host Erik Johnson thought we could to try to run this episode like an awards show. Erik is joined by editor Chris Gaida, MissM and Chris Lockhart. For each category we pick a winner and at least one honorable mention. We go through each person’s choices and give everyone else to offer up corresponding comments.

No News (maybe a certain “Interview” is mentioned) this episode and we also provide a Christmas Report (Brag about Geek Gifts, sickness and funny stories)

The categories are Best Movie, Best Comic Book, Best in TV, Best Treasure (Toy, Collectable, Second Hand Store Find), Fallout Favorites (Best Memories of being on the show), Biggest Letdown, Biggest Anticipation for 2015 and finally ‘Gone but not Forgotten’ (Brief Memorial for Geeky Movers & Shakers)

All the best from the Geek Fallout Podcast & RN/GF Podcast Productions for 2015!!!