Some fun pics from our WizardWorld Chicago trip. Thanks to all the fans who came to the booth. It was a blast!
My blogging hiatus is over and really it never should have begun. Bad scrivener. Bad. In my defense, after our daughter was born in February I got a little side tracked with snuggles and diaper changes. Also the mind numbing state of listlessness which tends to happen when you fall into that spiraling void of sleepless nights that such a life event harbors might have played a part.
But I'm back.
And you, you're excited about that.
Okay, fine, I know what you really came here for. Check out the pics of our latest Comic Con adventure.
This has nothing to do with the writing of science fiction, fantasy, or horror stories, but I'm sad and I can't sleep so I'm posting it anyway. For people like me, born in the late 70's and experiencing the 90's in a very real way, influenced by the music and culture of the time (or hopefully influencing those things) it is disheartening to see another amazing artist pass away. We've lost the Ramones, Gwar, Layne Staley, Andrew Wood, Kurt Cobain and now Scott Weiland.
Another voice of the 90's has left the arena, and it is a damn shame. Scott Weiland was perhaps best know as the frontman for Stone Temple Pilots, but he also put together Velvet Revolver, a group he formed with pretty much the entire band from Guns and Roses except Axel (okay I'm exaggerating but not really).
In STPs time they scored several No. 1 singles on the Billboard Rock Charts, including “Plush”, “Vaseline”, “Interstate Love Song”, and “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart”.
With Velvet Revolver he released two full length albums 2004’s Contraband and 2007’s Libertad.
Weiland won two Grammys: 1994’s Hard Rock Performance for STP’s “Plush” and 2005’s Hard Rock Performance for Velvet Revolver’s “Slither”. His bands have sold more than 45 million records worldwide.
And most recently he had formed another group, the Wildabouts. Sadly throughout his entire career Scott Weiland battled with drug and alcohol addiction. The news is not saying how he died yet, but overdose or not, years of abusing your body can never end well. He wasn't always perfect, no one is really, but he was one of our favorite grunge artists and his music will always live on in our hearts.
Hey everybody...where did Mary go?
Last summer I wrote an article for Fantasy Faction. Between all of the Comic Cons and long days of writing I forgot to actually post a link to it! For those of you that missed the article, which was about the many varieties of elves out there in fantasy, check out the link here.
Welcome back to part two of our review on the Niagara Falls Comic Con 2015, an event so great that it needed two blogs. (or maybe I'm just too lazy to write it all in one sitting)
A feature of the NFCC was having an entire section of the floor dedicated to horror, with unforgettable guests such as Linda Blair, Elvira, the Walking Dead's Scott Wilson, The Puppet Master series Charles Band, and the master of splatter, Tom Savini.
Tom Savini was so friendly, walking around the comic con in his down time and checking out booths, scoping out other horror effects work, and stopping to talk with fans. He was so down to earth there were times that he was walking through and people did not even recognize him, but from the master of effects what can we expect other than a chameleon-like presence?
Check out an interview he did at the Comic Con where he asks the question, are there still any horror movies being made or has it all turned into torture porn?
Beyond the Horror Fest there were plenty of particularly impressive prop setups for fans to experience. The Dr. Who Society of Canada had a whole battalion of Daleks, Dr. Who costumes and props, and their very own Tardis on display for you to interact with and take photos.
The Mad Max interceptor was there, complete with props (vests, weapons, sneers), parked right next door to K.I.T.T. The craziest part of K.I.T.T. was when it talked to you, just as if it stepped out of the classic tv show.
The 501st Legion had a crazy set, including r2 units, sand people, blast a trooper, so many different storm troopers it made your head dizzy with glee, an empire starship backdrop, and a photo opp with a speeder bike.
Besides a bevy of panels and special interest sessions, the NFCC featured Movie Screenings for Atari: Game Over, Ejecta, and 88. Our favorite was 88 as we love love love Katherine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps in the house!), Christopher Lloyd, and Michael Ironside. If that lineup doesn't make you wet your pants then I don't know. Check out a trailer of 88. Nothing like a solid movie screening with Director and Cast in attendance to round out your weekend.
So that was our weekend in a nutshell, a highlight of some of the best the Comic Con had to offer. Did we miss anything? I'm sure we did. Share some of your favorite moments of the #NFCC2015 in the comments here and on Facebook. See all you crazy fans at the next Con!
This past weekend was the annual Niagara Falls Comic Con, 2015 edition, and it was spectacular. Though I did not get to leave my booth as often as my minions, collectively we were able to take in some of the best aspects of what the Comic Con had to offer, and it had plenty.
NCC put together quite an experience for this event, from excellent celebrity attendants like included David Hasselhoff getting together with Kitt. Sean Astin (LOTR, Goonies, Color of Magic, and every other damn movie that is a classic) along with "wish I took the blue pill" Joe Pantoliano and Robert Davi, who got together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Goonies, including an awesome Q&A panel. That in itself would be enough to enjoy for a weekend but the list of talent is far longer than that including: Elvira, Star War's Billy Dee Williams, Fresh Prince aka Carlton Alfonso Ribeiro, the Walking Dead's Scott Wilson, Sons of Anarchy Ryan Hurst, Exorcist's Linda Blair, Catherine Bach aka Daisy Duke, Garrett Wang from Star Trek Voyager, Jason Priestley, Margot Kidder from Superman, Kristy Swanson, Rocky Horror Patricia Quinn, Richard Hatch from Battle Star Galactica, Terry Kiser Weekend at Bernie's, Christopher McDonald Happy Gilmore, and Dr. Who's Colin Baker.
What was so spectacular as a fan was to behold how genuinely nice these stars were to the fans. There was no pretension, only genuine fun to be had by everyone. One of my favorite celeb experiences was when the Daleks came out en force and cornered Kristy Swanson, playing the Dr. Who theme and dancing for her. Shortly thereafter Dr. Who's Colin Baker came out and taught the daleks a lesson they're not soon to forget!
And speaking of the daleks among the many amazing panels presented over the weekend including Sci Fi Speed Dating, LARP classes, Training for the Zombie Apocalypse, and many many more, there was a class on how to build your own dalek!
What comic con would be complete without an insane amount of cosplay, ranging from casual to downright staggering. (Check out the gallery below for a glimpse).
Zombie Bit me was in attendance, acting as a judge for the cosplay events and just being altogether awesome. Each day she had a new cosplay to show off and was really great to all the fans, letting them take pics with her and totally getting into her character with spot on poses.
Contest winners have not been posted yet for the cosplay, but they will be soon at Niagara Falls Comic Con official site.
And finally there was Jen Frankel, writer of the Blood & Magic horror series. She was promoting her Undead Redhead book, a story about a Vegan Zombie, oh yeah you heard me, a Vegan Zombie!
These are only a few of the artists we interacted with, and I truly hope I'm not leaving anyone out, though i fear I must be given the size of the venue and the incredibly talented people in attendance, like Mike Hogue (Jinx the Black Cat), A!H Comics, Wee little stitches and so many more.
Join us next week for Part 2 of our Niagara Falls Comic Con 2015 review. We'll delve into the Horror Fest, the Movie Screenings, and some of the prop setups.
Land of the Giants received its first review on the Lost in a Good Book blog! Drop by and check it out! (Then grab a copy of the book and see for yourself!)
If you've ever heard DJ Shadows track 'Why Hip Hop Sucks in '96' you know it's the money. As I watched Transcendence this evening I realized very much the same thing has happened to the film machine. Transcendence is a film that did not do well in the box office. It was practically out for a day when all the rhinos and elephants and gremlins came crawling out to hoot and holler that it was a steaming pile of crappola.
Seems like that happens an awful lot these days. I love it, they hate it. But I'm not in the business of mass marketing cookie cutter films like the machine is. If it's not going to be the next Transformers then they label it doa.
See Transcendence had me at hello. This is science fiction that I can relate to. I don't need big explosions and half naked women to reel me in, I need story. I'm not saying I don't get in the mood, as most of us do, for an action flick or a big blockbuster. But more often than not I need to be challenged, to be gripped by your philosophical debate or morale dilemma. It's exhilarating for me right now, as we enter this re-emergence of sci-fi. And I mean real sci-fi.
When I was on the cusp of teenagedom, I found my way into the world of Isaac Asimov, and thus my love for sci-fi began. There was something about all those stories that not only took me away to a distant future, sometimes cynical other times breathtaking, but also gave me cause to think.
There was something that Robert Heinlein, Frederick Pohl, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Lester del Rey all had in common. They were all able to write compelling fiction that not only entertained you but left you wondering...What if? (not the Marvel comic, though Peter Porker was a ham).
I sit here feeling a nostalgia to those times, having just finished watching Transcendence. And it's not just this movie that has me feeling it. The other day it was a couple episodes of Black Mirror and before that About Time and Oblivion and a danish film about Machina. For me it's a long overdue revitalization in sci-fi film. Almost like someone came out and said, Maybe we don't need to have big robots in this one?
Anyhow, this started as a blog about how much I enjoyed the film Transcendence and turned into a rant. But hey, what do I know? If you're out there in the vast array of 1's and 0's chime in and share your fondest sci-fi memories.
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