Comic Book Heroines Podcast – Spotlight: Wraith of Love with Susan Lee

Category : Comic Book Heroines, Comics, Entertain Me, Featured, Movies

In this issue, Jessa Phillips interviews Susan Lee, the creator of Wraith of LoveWraith of Love is an online graphic novel, currently in the midst of an Indiegogo campaign to transform the property into an independent film.

Wraith of Love follows Jameson Mercer who survives a suicide attempt and realizes she has the ability to sense those in abusive relationships. She uses her ability to encourage her own recovery, become a vigilante to help those in need and change destiny. Wraith of Love tackles serious topics with plenty of action. The graphic novel features gorgeous black and white noir style, illustrated by hand.

The film promises to bring the action to the screen, featuring a female lead breaking out of the “damsel in distress” stereotype. The film is helmed by Susan Lee, wearing multiple hats as Writer, Director and Producer. Joining the powerhouse crew is Sarah Allyn Bauer as Co-Producer and Steven Huff or Iron Shield Arms as Fight Director. Melissa Sutkowski takes on the role of Jameson Mercer with Patty Jean Robinson as Serena Harris and Bernadette Belinda York on board as Kelly Methany. Get a feel for the vision behind Wraith of Love in their latest campaign video.

To find out more about Wraith of Love, please visit the website at http://www.wraithoflove.com.
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TNT Series Legends Premiere Review

Category : Entertain Me, Featured, Reviews, Television

Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) returns to the small screen in the latest television series, Legends. Based on the Robert Littell novel, Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation, TNT is looking to bring the spy game to their network. The series follows Martin Odum (Sean Bean), a deep cover FBI operative who embeds himself in situations which threaten national security. With each assignment, he takes on the identity of another person and he is good at his job. In fact, Odum is the best there is. When a mysterious stranger approaches him, Odum is forced to question his own identity.

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers

The pilot episode opens with Martin Odum undercover, as Lincoln Dittmann, within a group of domestic terrorists in Virginia. When the ATF executes a raid on the compound where Odum is embedded with his confidential informant, Odum’s identity as a FBI agent is disclosed. At home, Odum is estranged from his wife, though they have a child together. At the FBI office, we learn Odum has a history of going silent in the field. Steve Harris (Friday Night Lights, The Practice) is Yates, Director of the Task Force, while Ali Larter (Resident Evil: Afterlife, Heroes, Obsessed), plays Crystal, the agent in charge of field operatives and the head of Odum’s support team. The support team includes another operative, Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect) as Bobby the IT genius and Tina Majorino as Maggie (Big Love, Veronica Mars), the newest member of the team.

During a briefing with the team, as Odum is describing the back-story, known as as the legend, he has created for Lincoln Dittman, he unknowingly slips into character before the team. At this point, everyone writes off this instance to exhaustion. However, as Odum is leaving the the office, he confronts a stranger who seems to be following Odum. The man explains that Odum is not who he thinks he is; Martin Odum is a legend as well. Confused and looking for answers, Odum turns to Bobby for help in locating the mysterious man.

In the course of another undercover operation as Lincoln Dittmann, his cover is compromised and the team must show off their skills to ensure his safety. Crystal goes uses her assets undercover to get a message to Odum who has to spin a medical history on the fly, while Bobby and Maggie whip up the necessary medical records to back up his story. Zeljko Ivanek (True Blood, Revolution) is revealed as the “Founding Father,” the man calling the shots behind the terrorist organization, just as the undercover operation is blown. Nonetheless, Odum saves the day, showing no fear as he stares down the Founding Father.

Meanwhile, the mysterious man only offers more questions. Odum rushes to meet the mysterious man in hopes of getting some answers. He arrives too late but not before he can obtain a book which offers clues to the conspiracy. Thus ends the premiere episode.

Sean Bean goes undercover in the new TNT series, Legends.

Photo Credit: TNT

The writers find balance between introducing characters, relationships, the conspiracy behind Odum’s true identity and the undercover operation of the week, even if the episode did lack the amount of action I would have liked to see. Bean’s filmography is littered with action roles, after all. Ali Larter gets a few humorous moments in character with Bean and the two work surprisingly well together. Tina Majorino’s character is clearly being set up to play a major role in the story, though we have yet to see where that will lead. The standout, without a doubt, is Sean Bean. His character work is stellar, particularly in the scene where he slips into character before the team. Given the setup of the pilot episode, it seems we will be treated to Bean transforming into a new cover character every week while the greater conspiracy theory unravels. If that is the case, I, for one will be watching.

Sean Bean goes undercover in the new TNT series, Legends.

Photo Credit: TNT

Did you watch Legends? Who do you think Martin Odum is? Share your thoughts on the premiere episode in the comments below.

Outlander Starz Series Premiere Review

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Category : Entertain Me, Featured, Reviews, Television

Tonight, Starz premiered their latest television series, Outlander, with the episode titled “Sassenach.” The television series is based on the popular novel series penned by Diana Gabaldon.

** Warning: This review contains spoilers.

The Outlander series based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon premieres August 9th on Starz.

Graphic courtesy of Starz

Heading the television adaptation is acclaimed Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Helix, Star Trek: The Next Generation). Caitriona Balfe (Escape Plan, Now You See Me, H+) plays Claire, the curious and headstrong lead, whom the audience follows as she “falls through time.” Also among the cast are Sam Heughan (Young Alexander the Great) as Jamie Fraser and Tobias Menzies (The Honorable Woman, Game of Thrones, Rome), doing double duty as Frank Randall/”Black Jack” Randall. Familiar faces James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley, Sense and Sensibility, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Graham McTavish (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, 24) also make appearances in the first episode.

The series begins with Claire nursing wounded soldiers at the end of the World War II and continues as she is reunited with her husband. After years apart, the couple takes a holiday to the Scottish highlands in order to learn about one another again and to satisfy Frank Randall’s curiosity in his family’s past in the area. As the couple explore the local area, we see a loving couple and Starz proves it is not afraid of sex. As Claire expands on the sexuality of her relationship with Frank, she states: “Sex was our bridge back to one another.”

The introduction of the local innkeeper provides some background on the area and the local folklore. While interactions with the local Reverend and his housekeeper give insight to the term “outlander,” the character of “Black Jack” Randall, Frank’s genealogy and the mysteries surrounding Claire. These scenes communicate the necessary information, even if the writing is a tad heavy handed. What is intended to be foreshadowing is in danger of becoming spoilers for audiences who are not familiar with Gabaldon’s novels.

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Photo courtesy of Starz

Claire and Frank sneak up to Craigh na Dun, a collection of stone megaliths where Druids conducted rituals, to watch modern day Druids carry on the practice. When Claire returns the next day to seek out flowers she noticed on her first visit, she is intrigued by the stones and finds herself waking in another time. At first, Claire believes she has wandered onto a film set as she discovers British Redcoats and Scottish rebels fighting in the surrounding woods. She happens upon “Black Jack” Randall, an ancestor to her husband, Frank, whom she mistakes for Frank at their meeting. It quickly becomes clear this man is not her husband when he attempts to rape her.

Before things can go too far, a Scottish rebel jumps in to save the day and promptly kidnaps Claire, bringing her to a nearby cottage where the rest of his group have gathered. Enter Jamie Fraser, a rebel who allows Claire to treat his wounds. The group agrees to take Claire with them as they flee the area, knowing “Black Jack” will soon be on their trail. Claire proves herself to be an asset as she provides information about a potential Redcoat ambush and treats Jamie for a gunshot wound. While Claire keeps an eye out for an opportunity to escape her captors, she opts to travel with them for the time being. I am sure the flirting between her and Jamie had no influence on her decision.

Starz, Outlander, Sam Heughan

Photo courtesy of Starz

Though there is an obvious romantic story developing, it does not take away from Claire as a strong female character. A novelty when it comes to time-traveling fantasy. Claire is written as an intelligent, no-nonsense, speak her mind, passionate woman who has no problem standing up to men, even under threat of violence. That said, there is a certain romantic sensibility to her free-spirited nature which allows her to easily adapt to the ground shifting beneath her. Despite the trials she faces, Claire is almost hopeful about what the future may hold at the end of the episode, “So far I’d been assaulted, threatened, kidnapped and nearly raped and, somehow, I knew that my journey had only just begun.” I hope the writing will use this aspect to its benefit in assisting the audience to suspend their disbelief and enjoy the story as it unfolds.

On the topic of writing, I have yet to develop an opinion on the series’ writing. I will concede the writers utilize a number of different techniques which makes for interesting storytelling. Exposition in some scenes was overdone. One the other hand, the narration was done extremely well. For example, Claire’s thoughts on the simplicity and import of one’s owning a vase or Claire’s description of a past car accident as compared to the sensation of falling through time. This narration is a lovely reminder to the series literary origins.

Finally, let us discuss music. Bear McCreary has made a name for himself for excellence in music composition with work on Black Sails, The Walking Dead, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Da Vinci’s Demon’s, Battlestar Galactica and many other projects. Outlander is another feather in his cap. The opening theme, The Skye Boat Song, sung by Raya Yarbrough, is a lovely song with Scottish folk influence and a clear example of McCreary’s passion for the period in musical history. I have already seen some debate about whether this song is a right fit for the series. In my opinion, it is. While it does not have the bold assertiveness some may expect, the theme elicits images of the fertile land and quaint villages of Scotland many of us have yet to visit, while imparting a sense of  wonder and excitement. Besides, adding fantastic bagpipes makes a theme epic. Again, just my opinion.

 

Did you watch the series premiere? If you are you a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s novels, how do you think the material was handled in the first episode?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Outlander Starz Series Premiere Summary

Category : Entertain Me, Featured, Television

I admit I have never read the books but after seeing the first episode I now definitely will.

Outlander is the newest series on Starz. It is based on the Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon, of which there are eight novels in the series to date. The television series is produced and written by Ronald D Moore of Battlestar Galactica fame.

The Outlander series based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon premieres August 9th on Starz.

Graphic courtesy of Starz

We open up with our heroine Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a World War II nurse showing her excellent skills healing the soldiers directly off the battlefield. The war ends and she goes back to her normal life with her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies). They are a struggling couple at this point, not really knowing each other anymore. They go on vacation to Scotland to rekindle their marriage and stay at a quaint inn run by, what appears to be, a Druid Priestess. Claire and Frank sneak out and watch one of the Druid late night rituals, which I would like to say was beautifully done. Somehow, shortly after that Claire gets thrown back to the year 1743. She is abducted by a clan of Scotsmen and almost raped. Then, she meets an extremely hunky warrior named Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). He is severely injured and Claire helps him out with that. She is now traveling with the Clan and riding with Jamie, wrapped in his shawl the whole time. Some lucky woman she is.

I cannot wait to see what happens. Claire seems to definitely feel a connection between her and Jamie. I will definitely recommend watching this series: the writing is wonderful and the scenery is beautiful in more ways than one!

Con Crud and The Comic-Con Blues: Hannah’s SDCC 2014 Wrap and Dr. Lucy’s Slideshow

Category : Comics, Conventions, Entertain Me, Featured, Geek Out, San Diego Comic Con

“Normality” reigns once again: only the corset welts remain and, thankfully, those are fading fast. (Beach parties are never far off around here; always lurking in the shadows, like Homey the Clown with a sock full of nickels in a dark alley. Ka-pow! Guess what? You’re going to a luau, girl! Damn it. Where’s my parasol?)

Major contributor to Con Crud: the apres-show cocktail. Photo: JSDevore

Major contributor to Con Crud: the apres-show cocktail(s). Photo: JSDevore

Similar to Christmas or Hallowe’en, ’tis not just the actual week of San Diego Comic-Con that excites, ’tis the weeks of preparation and anticipation which makes the event all the sweeter. Planning travel itineraries, organizing in-town logistics, scheduling Meet-and-Geeks, making costumes and booth-lists, plus purchasing all the necessary goodies which accompany any upcoming fete is truly half the fun. Once the big day arrives, it’s a nonstop party rife with too much fun, too little sleep and oft a severe deviation from one’s usually healthy lifestyle: unless you’re Don Draper, a body does not need that many G&Ts in a week. In Con-speak, the condition is known as Con Crud, as in, “I’m so sorry, sweetie. I would love to meet you in Vegas for your birthday, but I still have a serious case of Con Crud.”

Even the best of Comicchanalian carousing must end: a.k.a. Comic-Con Blues. Again, like Christmas or Hallowe’en, when it’s all over, there remains naught but feelings of sadness, satiation and, in some cases, corset welts. Happily (or, sadly for some) there also remain photos! Thanks to our Dr. Lucy and her Canon EOS, we have a plethora of Poison Ivy and a wealth of Doctor Who, yet, oddly, a dearth of Darth. After you’ve scrolled through our slideshow here, find even more of Dr. Lucy’s snaps at Twisted Pair Photography: featuring photographic variety ranging from surfing and skateboarding to The Renaissance Faire, WonderCon Anaheim and, naturally San Diego Comic-Con.

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Briefly, as promised amidst this year’s coverage for GoodToBeAGeek, a quick S/O to a few vendors of SDCC 2014. As longtime readers will already know, I love to treat myself at these things (all year-round, really) and help support artists as well as the economy, local or otherwise. After all, as I say, Mom can’t buy all our art; we need others! As tradition dictates, I like to highlight those Con vendors from whom I purchase. This year’s goodies came from the following:

  • Sighco (a.k.a. ArkhamBazaar): Lovecraftian Novelties & Other Weird Oddities: Poe and Lovecraft gear aplenty, mostly tees … mostly. (In fact, a very special raven led us there. Thank you, Dante! We love and miss you dearly!)
  • JefBot: The True Sci-Fi Adventures of a Nerd in Hollywood: Led by the head-bot himself, Jeff Schuetze, Jefbot is comic strip roman à clé of sorts: “a multigenre, multidimensional and multiethnic comic strip” following the adventures of a struggling actor/working graphics designer who is addicted to film, TV and gaming. IRL, Jeff and his cohort Joe are also the purveyors/artists of International Beatsro t-shirts, like “Mouthfuls of Madness Ramen House” and “Casa del Chalupacabra Restaurante y Cantina”. If you find yourself craving a bowl of Ramen overflowing with Cthulhu, seaweed and spring onions, Jefbot’s the right place.
  • The Bonebreakers (f/the artist known as “O”): Balls Deep: When Nobody’s Weird, the Weirdo is You: Artist and publishers of “The Bonebreakers” graphic novel. My purchase? A whimsical portrait of Mr. Moon! (A character who would fit well within my own Savannah of Williamsburg circle of friends!) Mr. Moon is a portly, Holmesian kitty in tweed with a calabash pipe, mutton chops and, what I surmise is, a churlish attitude tolerated strictly due to his preternatural brilliance. I believe he also harrumphs a great deal, especially when dealing with underlings. Mr. Moon patiently awaits framing and I thank O for his creation, as well as apologize for asking him to sign Mr. Moon on the back, then on the front of my print. (Bellatrix, btw, does not apologize. She’s quite mad, you know?)
The artist "O" signs author Jennifer Susannah Devore's Mr. Moon. SDCC 2014, photo: Twisted Pair Photography

The artist “O” signs author Jennifer Susannah Devore’s very own Mr. Moon. SDCC 2014. Photo: Twisted Pair Photography

Finally, if you’ve kept track (of course you have) … this girl’s Hellboy article was published in this year’s official SDCC Souvenir Book! That’s #4, kids! Fun times! Past years’ books included J.S. Devore articles on Peanuts, Tarzan and Bongo/Simpsons Comics.

SDCC 2014 Photo: Twisted Pair Photography

Now, back to normal for this girl. SDCC is over; enough summer already. Where’s the damn light switch? Photo: Twisted Pair Photography

Hannah’s other fave places to haunt online?

JennyPop.net  jenniferdevore.blogspot.com and amazon.com/author/jenniferdevore

Happy Dog Days of Summer! Miss Hannah Hart’s Fave Summer Flicks

Category : Entertain Me, Featured, Geek Out, Holiday, Movies

For some folks, summer can mean little more than warmer days, shorter nights and a de rigueur vacation: a pleasant yet slight change-up in the regular routine. This is particularly true for those of us inhabiting tropical climes. Born in Miami and raised in SoCal, where summer is not drastically different from the rest of the year, childhood summers notably signified no school, extra Disneyland and family holidays in Hawai’i, which in turn meant a month of guava juice, beachdays and new friends on Waikiki, dinners at Chuck’s Steakhouse and shopping for bark-cloth dresses and Hawaiian dolls at Liberty House and the Polynesian Cultural Center. (Mom was bonkers for all things Hawai’ian, including Daddy, born in Honolulu.) Summers as a child were glorious, but not all that varied from the rest of the year, south of L.A..

A wee Miss Hannah Hart, a.k.a. Jennifer S. Devore: quality father-daughter time, Hawaii c. 1975. Photo: JSDevore

A wee Hannah Hart, a.k.a. Jennifer S. Devore: quality father-daughter time, Hawaii c. 1975. Photo: JSDevore

Still, when everyday is postcard-perfect, it’s easy to grow blasé. So, fast-forward quite a few years, when we couldn’t take one more minute of our damned beautiful, sunshiny beaches, my husband and I picked up our three pets and moved to the East Coast for a very agreeable, wildly divergent change of pace. Both Californians, we never realized what we’d been missing! We spent a fabulous, expeditious six years living on the mid-Atlantic: Cape Charles and Williamsburg, VA. When I wasn’t researching, writing and marketing my Savannah of Williamsburg books, we were driving up and down the East Coast exploring every wee waterway, historic burgh and major metropolis.

Both Cape Charles and Williamsburg are popular destinations for Easterners and Southrons; nothing says summer like seeing license plates from every state up and down the 95 in Colonial Williamsburg parking lots! Add in the heavy, humid, sweet air of summer and Virginia may be simultaneously one of the most uncomfortable and beautiful summertime stations of all. Speaking strictly with regards to American summers, there is nothing so festive and rewarding as an East Coast summer. (Summers abroad? That’s another post. Ahhh, Nice is very nice indeed and the Alps are absolutely alluring.)

Summer actually means something back East: more than just School’s out!, higher electricity bills and frizzy, beach hair. Months of truly stifling winter can breed severe and depressing cabin fever which, thankfully, will always give way to a semi-satisfactory spring thaw. Tulips and daffodils popping through the snow are indeed a lovely egress from Mr. Frosty’s glassy grip; but it can still be damned cold, and oft snowy, through springtime. By the time summer rolls up the shore, folks are champing at the bit for warm days of comforting sunshine and carefree nights of fireflies and crickets. Fourth of July fireworks may traditionally celebrate our American Independence, but they also commemorate a new, deep breath of sweet and salty air. Devouring salt water taffy and sickly sweet pink lemonade, riding your bike on the boardwalk until ten at night, sleeping in until ten with nothing to do but put your bathing suit back on and find your friends down on the sand? This is summer, our American summer. San Diego and Huntington Beach this time of year are absolute barrels of sunny monkeys; but summers in Southampton, NY and Hilton Head, SC are treats you owe yourself, at least once.

Sure, summer’s not my fave season, with the exception of San Diego Comic-Con, of course! Anyone who’s been reading me for a while or knows me socially can verify that autumn is my real gig. Still, I like a good time, no matter what time of year. In fact, this year’s Summer Solstice found me in 100-degree weather, under a blazing sun (sunscreen ga-lore!) far from my beloved beach. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the clear, crisp chlorine of a fabulous family pool (a nice change from the salty surf hiding who-knows-what under the waves) and the cool, watermelon-and-mango, adult beverages which floated my way. Sure, it may not be Hallowe’en, but I can still have a blast! See, because I’m a Jazz-age designed, good time gal, I can do summer better than anyone, in my own, geeky way of course. Most likely, you’re having fun wrong. Of course, one fabulous thing about summer? Autumn is right around the corner … and then Christmas!

For once, frizzy beach hair helped me! My Bellatrix Lestrange at SDCC 2014 was easy-peasy! Photo: Twisted Pair Photography

For once, my eternally frizzy beach hair did me a favour! Bellatrix Lestrange for SDCC 2014 was easy-peasy! Photo: Twisted Pair Photography

Still, as long as the Dog Days summer are now here (generally early-July through mid-August when the star Sirius rises and sets with the sun, at least according to ancient civilizations), let’s stay in the spirit and, more importantly, stay cool! In addition to languid beachdays, Charlie Brown-styled summer camp, vacations abroad, Hawaiian getaways, cross-country road trips, midnight-sun Alaskan cruises and lighter wine choices, please accept my humble suggestions for fun summer flicks to help fill those long, lazy, air-conditioned, Dog Days of summer.

As a fave musician of mine, Jannie Funster of Texas sings, “Where are the girls on banana seat bicycles, the ones with no shoes on their feet?” Why, Miss Jannie, they’re in Laguna and Ocean City and Sandbridge and Bar Harbor! Happy Dog Days of Summer, everyone!

Oft posted on our beach. Best to stay inside and just watch "Jaws"! Photo: JSDevore

Oft posted on our beach. Best to stay inside and just watch “Jaws”! Photo: JSDevore

JennyPop’s Fave Summer Flicks

 

What About Bob?

Lilo and Stitch

Jaws

Muppet Treasure Island

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

Dogtown and Z-Boys

Lords of Dogtown

Poirot: Evil Under the Sun

Poirot: Murder in Mesopotamia

Poirot: Death on the Nile

National Lampoon’s Vacation

National Lampoon’s European Vacation

A Year in Provence: Summer

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown!

Addams Family Values

Little Darlings

The Parent Trap (original)

 

What are your fave summer flicks? LMK @JennyPopNet

#summer #movies #favesummerflicks #summertime

JennyPop’s other Fave TV and Film Lists: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Hannah’s other fave places to haunt online?

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Adrianne Curry Bullwhips Tigra Panty Offenders at SDCC 2014: Party’s Over, Kids.

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Category : Candid Conversations, Conventions, Featured, Geek Out, Geek Rants, San Diego Comic Con, Travel

San Diego’s annual invasion of dapper Doctor Whos, mysterious Batmen, chubby Lolitas and steampunk Poison Ivys has ceased; the marauders having retreated to their workaday lives and quiet homes, wherever those might be. (In fact, roughly fifty per cent of those homes are right here in San Diego, based on attendee registration info.) No one throws a Con quite like America’s Finest City and the financial handshake between Comic-Con International (CCI) and the City of San Diego is hearty, healthy and mutually-beneficial.

According to CelebrityNetWorth, San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2013 infused the local economy with approximately $163million; hotel reservations alone, some 40K, bring in nearly $30million alone. 2014′s figures are expected to be even more impressive. The crush of con-goers, as well as curious looky-loos, is a healthy boon to not only the city, but the Golden State, not nearly as golden as it was in its namesake, 1849 heydays. Perched on the edge of western civilization, California in currently in the pains of drought, immigration woes and incompetent, unfathomably wasteful, Sacramento politicians. If anyone needs a profitable, notable party, it’s California.

Of course, out of every notable party comes an obligatory fool, the dude who drinks too much and is best left on the cool, bathroom tile for the night. SDCC 2014 was no exception: a Zombie Walk Hit-and-Run; and the Tigra Panty Raiders. Also, out of any notable party gone nuts, there comes a hero: ours was #superherobadass Catwoman, a.k.a. Miss Adrianne Curry.

Where there’s Comic-Con, there are hot chicks; where there are hot chicks, there are boys; where there are boys, there is booze and, often, trouble.  Too much booze and testosterone makes for a sketchy situation. Even San Diego CBS8 field reporter Shawn Styles was nearly shaken to pieces by a rowdy, seemingly buzzed, buff group of Outlander promo models as he covered the Con from the always bar-soaked Gaslamp District. Leaving the safe confines of the San Diego Convention Center and venturing into the Gaslamp is risky, even on the best of Saturday nights, but all the more so in a Mardi Gras atmosphere and in costume. The Con floor might be a sardine-packed muddle of geekage, but it’s navigable and friendly. If something goes down in the Con, even just a drop-kicked smartphone, there’s always a Superman nearby to help!

Superman, author Jennifer Susannah Devore, SDCC, 2014, Bellatrix Lestrange

Safety, and gentlemen, abound inside the Con; Superman saved my phone! My hero! Photo: JSDevore

CCI has very clear rules about harassment; then again, so does the San Diego Police Department. Someone -naturally it was a zombie- chose not to heed those rules and attacked one Alicia Marie Bellanger, a.k.a. Tigra, in the Gaslamp District, well outside the Con.

Partial post from Alicia Marie‘s Facebook page:

YESTERDAY, myself, dressed as Tigra, was … in the super crowded San Diego Comic-Con International Gaslamp area taking photos with #SDCC peeps and fans. Some total A$$H0LE came up behind me and tried to stick his hands in my bottoms and then yanked my tail and pants down. I just freaked out, screamed trying to keep my bottoms up — but Adrianne Curry literally took off after dude WITH her Catwoman whip and chased him down, beat his ass. Punched him across the face with the butt of her whip — he had zombie blood on his face – got on her costume.  I have to thank #superherobadass “Catwoman” Adrianne Curry Poison Ivy Katrina and Todd for being such EPIC friends.

Clearly, the offenders were unfamiliar with masked #superherobadass Catwoman, Adrianne Curry.

Adrianne Curry, Alicia Marie Bellanger, SDCC, 2014, Tigra, Catwoman, Poison Ivy

L to R: Poison Ivy (Katrina), Catwoman (Adrianne Curry) and Tigra (Alicia Marie) Photo: Twisted Pair Photography

Adrianne Curry‘s Facebook reply:

I beat the shit out of his face with the butt of my whip …..which is a real bullwhip

As of this post, there is no update as to any pending arrests, or the condition, of Miss Bellanger’s attacker.

Even well-mannered zombies can fall prey to the bedlam of the Gaslamp. Amidst an otherwise well-organized Zombie Walk through the Gaslamp District, a hearing-impaired motorist, his car idling at a crossing area and waiting for the zombies to pass, eventually used his car as a zombieplow to escape the Walk, pushing through the crowd and knocking down a number of pedestrians: zombies and humans alike. Whilst some bystanders surmised he simply grew impatient, the driver later told police his small children  were frightened by the crowd and he, being hard-of-hearing, was confused. Video shows two rather big guys settling on the hood of his car and it was at this point he plowed through said-bedlam.

S.D.P.D. Officer David Stafford stated, “The car windshield was shattered by the crowd. The family was scared so the father drove forward again trying to get away from the angry crowd.’

In the end, three people suffered injuries; one of those leading to a hospital stay, the other two being of minor concern. The driver was not arrested and, thus far, no charges have been filed.

After quite a few years of covering SDCC for GoodToBeAGeek, my cohorts and I ventured into the Gaslamp a number of nights this Con. Most years have been spent either in the Convention Ctr. or the lobbies, patios and bars of the Hilton Bayfront and the Omni Hotel. The only exposure to the outside world being a short walk along Front Street to Santa Fe Depot in order to hop a train back to the calming balm of our wee beach burg. My takeaway? Unless you’re a frat boy at heart, stick to the hotels and Conv. Ctr. Traffic, booze and boys rule the Gaslamp night and for this oft socially awkward, pale and quiet geek girl, the crowds inside the Con are plenty of hustle-and-bustle for me.

SDCC 2014 was far more bonkers, it seems, than previous Cons. WonderCon, for all its discounted stigma as Comic-Con’s Little Sister, is a lovely and elegant tea party, comparatively. As I noted in my pre-Con post, Boobs Are Not Bunnies, CCI makes very clear their rules of conduct. Obviously, as Miss Bellanger noted further on her Facebook page, these rules are becoming more and more necessary:

Continuing post from Alicia Marie‘s Facebook page:

I was very VERY upset because as many times as I have attended #SDCC, I have never experienced this behavior. Just the day before, one of the Trek Bunnies, Amanda Orion) had to have a guy kicked out of the con for being lewd and disgusting and shoving his camera lens between our legs when 3 of us were walking out. This event is supposed to be a fun, light-hearted, exciting, and yes over the top time for everyone. That does not mean start disrespecting people and thinking you can act like an IDIOT just because they have a costume on.  

Then again, if you have #superherobadass Adrianne Curry by your side, have a drink, be safe and if someone does trifle with you, let Catwoman whip some butt!

Through all the absurdity of this year’s Con, it was still, as always, an absolute blast! Miss Bellanger summed it up perfectly:

%$^$-tards aside, it’s still the best time I have all year –
Right now, I am just thankful and happy I have friends that don’t even have to put a costume on to be superheroes.

SDCC, 2014, San Diego Comic-Con, Adrianne Curry, Catwoman

Adrianne Curry, a.k.a. #superherobadass, a.k.a. Catwoman. SDCC 2014 Photo: JSDevore

Well said, Tigra! Very well said! Cheers! Abyssinia next at WonderCon, kittens!

 

Hannah’s other fave places to haunt online?

JennyPop.net  jenniferdevore.blogspot.com and amazon.com/author/jenniferdevore

Let The Gates of Geekhalla Open: SDCC 2014 Commences

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Category : Comics, Conventions, Entertain Me, Featured, Geek Out, San Diego Comic Con, Travel

The Simpsons, SDCC, 2014, geek girl, girls

Always cute boys at SDCC! Mr. Burns is just Miss Hannah’s type! Photo: JSDevore

Aaaaaaand … awaytheygo! San Diego Comic-Con 2014 (July 24-27, 2014, San Diego Convention Ctr.) is officially commenced! Preview Night, Wednesday night’s unofficial kickoff for industry pros, press and others, has come and gone, and whilst crowds may not have peaked to the expected numbers for Friday and Saturday, the crush inside the San Diego Convention Center was as tightly packed and palpably amped as any Con day in recent recall. From the moment one stepped out of the steep, summer humidity and into the blessed, blasting air-conditioning of the Conv. Ctr., there was an energy one could feel through one’s soul, like the floor was made of millions of excitable tribbles. It was as though everyone there, from jaded industry pros to Baby’s First Comic-Con, was just happy, and amazed, to even be there.

Perchance it’s the year-over-year, burgeoning, Herculean task of even getting into the Con, but Preview Night 2014 transmitted a sensorial vibe of sheer joy and unabashed gratitude, like getting a governor’s stay-of-execution or realizing you don’t have to go to the family cabin for Thanksgiving this year. Every minute is a gift. Many a hardcore geek thought WonderCon Anaheim might be it for the year; actually getting into Comic-Con can be a gift from the Nordic gods, a badge to Valhalla.

If folks weren’t simply soaking up the warm and safe embrace of Geekhalla, they were dashing hither and thither, in the brief 6-9p window, to do their part for the economy. Many a vendor offers pre-Con deals, sales and “Preview Night Only” collector’s items. If you think the posh, petite, Asian girls gliding daintily across the marble floors of South Coast Plaza carry impossibly-huge Louis Vuitton and Chanel shopping bags, that’s nothing compared to the sweaty, pasty, peeking-tummy army of Comic Book Guys hefting gargantuan Hasbro and LEGO bags through the carpeted halls of SDCC. Either way, pretty Asian girl or tubby comic nerd … “get out the way, fool!” If there existed any semblance of personal space, it was only due to the fact that Preview Night is not a popular costume day: behold, Friday and Saturday! Wednesday night cosplay was mild, if notable at all. The number of folks in dress could be counted on two hands, if you’re a Simpson.

Now that SDCC 2014 is in gear, keep up the energy, folks! Keep doing your bits for the local economy, too! San Diego loves geeks: local and tourists! Spend freely in our bars, restaurants and shops; and tip generously! Most of all, be kind. Of all that body-crush and shoulder-bumping last night, in the Con and on the streets of the Gaslamp District, I received one, only one, “Excuse me!” It doesn’t hurt your vocal chords, take any time or cost a dime to say something nice when you nudge a fellow geek. Give a pleasant “Hello!” or “Thank you!” to the crossing guards around the Con, too! Armed with little more than a whistle and a smile, these folks have guest control at Disneyland levels! Thanks, guys!

Remember, Yours Truly was picked up by Rotten Tomatoes’ official SDCC 2014 Twitter feed and Dr. Lucy and I will covering all our Con shenanigans for GoodToBEAGeek. Come along with us @GoodToBeAGeek @JennyPopNet @Eslilay and @RottenTomatoes!

SDCC, 2014, Hellboy, Souvenir Book, Jennifer Susannah Devore

SDCC 2014 Souvenir Book: Hellboy’s 20th anniversary. Photo: JSDevore

Finally, if you’re keeping track … Yours Truly’s Hellboy article was published in this year’s official SDCC Souvenir Book! That’s #4, kids! Fun times! Past years’ books included J.S. Devore articles on Peanuts, Tarzan and Bongo/Simpsons Comics.

Abyssinia on the Con floor, cats!

 

Comic Book Heroines Podcast – Bonus Issue No 1: Female Superhero Movies, Fan Web Series and Shopping our local Comic Book Shops

Category : Comic Book Heroines, Comics, Entertain Me, Featured

In this Bonus issue, Kellen Harkins, Amanda Brand and Jessa Phillips started with talking about the All-New Captain Marvel. The conversation took a turn and we spent some time discussing the troubles with making a female superhero movie, fan produced web series and the highs and lows of shopping at our local comic book shops.


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HOST INFO
Kellen Harkins -
 Star Wars triggered a passion for geek in her which spurred her to publish and edit a fanzine, pursue costuming and and education in film/tv production. She has been attending cons for a long time, participating in fandoms from writing and web series to gaming, costuming and more. For some years now, she has been running one of the big media tracks at DragonCon. You can follow the DragonCon track at https://www.facebook.com/groups/AmSFFMedia/

Amanda Brand the comics, gaming, and sci-fi geek behind Geekphoria.net, where she writes about living the nerdy life, crafts, and conventions. She loves everything Batman, has a distinct fondness for the antihero, and will read anything ghoulish or gruesome. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @Geekphoria1, and see what’s amused her today at geekphoria.tumblr.net.

 

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Comic Book Heroines is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Comic Book Heroines is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

The Nerdicane, it is a-Comin’! SDCC 2014 Pre-Preview Night

Category : Conventions, Featured, San Diego Comic Con

San Diego Comic-Con Convention Center, before

The calm before the storm. Photo: JSDevore

The streets were eerily quiet last night. With the exception of oddly quiet construction setups and a formidable sense of a looming pop culture storm, San Diego’s Gaslamp District was nearly devoid of any signs of the true onslaught of geekage fast bearing down on America’s Finest City. Yours Truly used the time to enjoy the vast amount of personal space and the ability walk about the Gaslamp District with arms akimbo and even engaging in the occasional twirl. (I was wearing a tutuesque skirt, after all.) Still, amidst the serene dusk, one could feel a slight tremble in the Earth, like a TGV heading down tracks on the French countryside, or a tornado steadily rumbling toward a calm, Kansas burg.

Nearly every bartender we met said this was their first Comic-Con and, to a man, they all claimed proudly they “weren’t worried”. Suckers. One of them noted plainly and proudly she was from Portland whilst another, across the Gaslamp, stated in the same manner that she was from Seattle, as if hailing from these metropoli alone was pedigree enough to command the coming Nerdicane.

Although, I do have faith in the mirthful and ebullient Kit. Nestled behind the bar, as though in a Shakespearean farce and ready to proffer the occasional aside and commentary to the audience, Kit pours out yummy, Icelandic-tundra, gin cocktails at McCormick & Schmick’s on the ground floor of the Omni Hotel. (Ask for him by name: Kit with one “T”, not two, like Knight Rider.) Kit seemed not only prepped and perked for the pending squall, but struck me as an even greater dork than Yours Truly. (A compliment, Good Sir Kit, to be certain! The cool kids will never know how to follow our lead!) Kit shall be amongst his own kind and, I predict, do raw-ther well.

Keep that smile plastered, Kit! You'll need it for the Nerdicane. Photo: JSDevore

Keep that smile plastered, Kit! You’ll need it for the Nerdicane. Photo: JSDevore

San Diego Comic-Con 2014 kicks off, unofficially, tonight with the coveted Preview Night. Twisted Pair Photography‘s Dr. Lucy and I will be there scoping out the Con floor (to make the most of our time during regular Con days) and checking out all the earlybird geekage like D&D tourneys, sneak-peek screenings and First Come, First Served deals on geek girl gear: notably, the Princess Leia V-neck tee I passed on at WonderCon. Of course, the biggest task of the night? Procuring an official Comic-Con Souvenir Book. Did my article submission make it in again, a 20th anniversary Hellboy retrospective? Fingers and painted toesies crossed!

  • Update: 23 July 2014: Yes, my Hellboy article did make it into the Souvenir Book.
San Diego Comic-Con, setup

Open, open, open! Miss Hannah Hart (a.k.a. Jennifer S. Devore) is ready! Pre-Preview Night at SDCC 2014, photo: JSDevore

Best of all, I was picked up by Rotten Tomatoes’ official SDCC 2014 Twitter feed! Additionally, Dr. Lucy camera and I will covering all our Con shenanigans for GoodToBEAGeek. Come along with us @GoodToBeAGeek @JennyPopNet @Eslilay and @RottenTomatoes!

 

Abyssinia on the Con floor, cats!

Hannah’s other fave places to haunt online?

JennyPop.net  jenniferdevore.blogspot.com and amazon.com/author/jenniferdevore

 

Boobs Are Not Bunnies: Miss Hannah Hart’s Tips and Common Con Courtesy for SDCC 2014

Category : Conventions, Featured, San Diego Comic Con

Cheers, kittens! It’s Moi! One week to go! San Diego Comic-Con (July 24-27, 2014, S.D. Conv. Ctr.) is nigh and America’s Finest City is all abuzz. My own home at the Hotel del Coronado is stuffed to its ivory cornices and red turrets with not just the usual summertime crush of les touristes from all over the globe, but also with a healthy, amusing dose of geekery. Bienvenue a tous! San Diego loves geeks!

SDCC 2013 TMNT

SDCC 2013 Photo: Twisted Pair Photography

Be ye a local geek (comme Moi) and didn’t get in (ni comme Moi), there’s still a faint ray of hope. Local “news” station FOX5 is giving away a pair of badges a day, in this week leading up to the Con; naturally, one must actually watch the local broadcast to learn the “Code of the Day”. Of course, considering what I went through for badges, the hoops could be more difficult than having to endure an hour a day of local news. If you are going, local or not, contest winner or no, I proffer a few helpful tips and links to help your Comic-Con 2014 be as easy-peasy lemon-squeezy as can be.

  • Toucan Blog: daily tips leading up to the Con from the very wizards themselves behind the Comic-Con Int’l (CCI) curtain
  • Programming Schedule: SDCC’s complete, online, Wed.-Sun. catalogue of panels, screenings, autograph signings et al
  • Transportation Info.: quick links to parking, hotel shuttles and local transportation like the MTS Trolleys, Coaster and Amtrak
  • Uber and Lyft: sure-fire, friendly ride-sharing to, from and around the Con; but know these private companies’ rates fluctuate depending on the time of day/night and need. Business 101, kids. Supply and demand hard at work here.
  • Taxi Magic: the beauty of free enterprise and capitalism? It forces real competition! The taxi industry is trying a friendlier, gentler, cleaner approach to service. Download the Taxi Magic app and give S.D. Yellow Cabs another chance.
  • North County Coaster: a great option if you’re coming anywhere from Oceanside south; the Coaster is a quiet, clean ride with great views of the Pacific for most of the way (Snag a seat on the west-facing side for the best views!).
  • Call a friend or beg Dad: if you have anyone in the area whom claims to love you, even tolerate you, even a little bit, capitalize on that. Beg them for a ride! Drop-off and pick-up anywhere in the Gaslamp District makes your life easy-peasy!

As one expects, SDCC is a complete jumblef#&*. Whether you end up inside the Con rubbing elbows and armour with the likes of  Salma Hayek, Daniel Radcliffe, George R.R. Martin, Weird Al and Seth Green or, enjoying the wild festivities that occur just outside the Con doors, it can, at times, feel like a claustrophobic nightmare. Remember to be kind. (As a dyed-in-the-wool geek, I can attest that a lot of us don’t groove well in large volumes of people; we’re oft a pale, quiet, nervous type.)

Princess Leia, Daphne Blake, SDCC 2013

Be nice to the geek girls! SDCC 2013 Photo: Twisted Pair Photography

Comic-Con is a haven for nerdery, creativity and pop-culture camaraderie. It’s also a Tokyo metro-style, sardine-packed, hot-and-humid mess. Try to say “Pardon me” when you bump into Poison Ivy, “Thank you” when Adam West Batman holds open a door for you and a chivalric “After you, Milady!” when you and Princess Leia arrive at the same egress, at the same time. When it comes to cosplay, leave the snark and sneers at home; compliments go a long way in making someone’s day. Some of those costumes take forever to make, are probably raw-ther uncomfortable and it’s a good bet that no matter how smoking they look, the wearer feels just a tad self-conscious.

Apropos: the boobs. Yes, the boobs. As I wrote in my coverage of WonderCon Anaheim 2014, “Of course, de rigueur, there are lots and lots of boobs. There are always lots and lots of boobs. Funny thing is, after a few years of this, I’m beginning to recognize some of them.”  There is also a lot of chatter about the appropriate amount of attention one should give those boobs.

For this girl’s take, if you’re going to put them out there, waaaay out there as some of the ladies do, I think you’d better expect some feedback. Still, that does not excuse some of the vile, verbal assaults hurled their way. Keep it clean, folks. Common courtesy guides one should ask before taking a picture, glance but don’t gawk and never, ever touch! (Please, see official guidelines below.) Just be nice. Like Thumper’s mama says, “If you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.” A good time shall be had by all, especially when we’re all cheery comic chums! Come on, everyone! Let’s all play the Pollyanna Glad Game!

boobs, SDCC

They are not bunnies; you may not pet them. SDCC 2013 Photo: Twisted Pair Photography

As in years past, Dr. Lucy (Twisted Pair Photography) and I shall be covering SDCC 2014 for geek-culture website GoodToBeAGeek, even Preview Night! To boot, Yours Truly is champing at the bit to learn if this year’s submission to the official Souvenir Book -a Hellboy retrospective- made it in again: previous published articles include Peanuts, Tarzan and Bongo/Simpsons Comics. So, follow us on Twitter and stop by GoodToBeAGeek.com in the days following the Con for all the geeky, gooey, booby goodness coming straight from San Diego Comic-Con 2014!

  • Update: 23 July 2014: Yes, my Hellboy article did make it into the 2014 Souvenir Book!

*CCI’s Code of Conduct and Anti Harassment Policy

Attendees must respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. Comic-Con reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the membership and badge of any attendee not in compliance with this policy.

Persons finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate a member of security, or a Comic-Con staff member, so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner. If your safety is at risk and you need immediate assistance you may also use a white house phone and dial 5911

Security may be contacted by visiting our Show Office in Lobby C. A Comic-Con staff member will be in the office during public hours.

 

Abyssinia on the Con floor, cats!

Follow  @JennyPopNet @GoodToBeAGeek @Eslilay  for Con-floor Tweets and pix! #geek #SDCC #cosplay

Hannah’s other fave places to haunt online?

JennyPop.net  jenniferdevore.blogspot.com and amazon.com/author/jenniferdevore

 

San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Badge Quest: Victorious!

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Category : Conventions, E-vents, Featured, Geek Rants, San Diego Comic Con, Travel

Holy moly, Hellboy!! This year was a close one! If you read my Adventures in WonderCon post, you will have noted the tint of sadness that came with realizing WonderCon Anaheim (WCA) was it for the year; the Comic-Con Badge Quest Slaughter of 2014 had left Dr. Lucy and myself emotionally exhausted and near expiration, with little hope of survival on the Con battlefield. Yet, like a Phoenix, rising from Arizona -wait, that doesn’t sound right- we mustered every cell of life that remained, gathered our courage and cerebral weaponry and … huzzah! With two weeks to spare, we parried and riposted our way into San Diego Comic-Con!

Dr. Lucy and I have had a pretty good run of not only getting into SDCC to cover it for geek-culture website GoodToBeAGeek, but also of Yours Truly getting into the accompanying Souvenir Book for a number of years. (Past years included articles on Peanuts, Tarzan and Bongo/Simpsons Comics.) This year’s submission is a piece on the 20th anniversary of Mike Mignola’s half-demon/half-Boy Scout, Hellboy. (Cloven-hooves crossed I get in the Book this year, too!)

  • Update: 23 July 2014: Yes, my Hellboy article did make it into the 2014 Souvenir Book!
Frank Cho artwork, Hellboy, SDCC

Hellboy artwork by Frank Cho

Still, as anyone will tell you, SDCC is becoming more and more difficult to permeate. Getting into the Con via standard, online badge purchase is a crap shoot; obtaining a Member ID is simple enough and getting in the online queue is equally non-taxing; getting to the front of the queue before every day sells out is a seemingly random, lottery-style mind%&*#. GoodToBeAGeek’s very own editor, Jessa Lynn Phillips, who one should note is closely tied-in with SyFy Channel’s upper-echelon, stated, “I don’t think I know anyone who got passes (other than panelists) for more than one day this year.”

To wit, not only is a badge purchase a shot in the dark, this year Comic-Con International (CCI) eliminated the ability to purchase 4-day badges. (Exception being if you purchased a Preview Night badge, for an extra fee, you can add an automatic 4-day pass.) The purpose, according to CCI, was to cut down on unused, precious badge space: folks buying all four days with the intention of only using one or two days. Further, the ability to purchase for friends (up to three plus yourself) during the pre-registration phase -which one can only enter if one attended the previous year- also limited those three friends to those whom attended the previous year. (Crikey! Getting a law degree has got to be simpler. Of course, based on some attorneys I know, it very well might be!)

Naturally, WCA was a blast and, for someone whom loves to play dress up, getting to don my Louise Belcher costume was fun enough in itself and enough to hold me over until Hallowe’en. Still, there had been a faint raincloud over my head as I read CCI’s Toucan Blog daily posts counting down to SDCC 2014.

I had worked my wee fingers to the bone massaging every contact, acquaintance and stranger I could. No one can say I didn’t try. I jiggled all the door handles; like Hillary trying to get into the White House. I even answered an ad on Craigslist to wear an M&M costume; and offered my scribing services for legit pro or press passes, only to be flagged. Apparently “honest-work for honest-comps” is offensive to the CL community; had I offered boudoir photos for scalped badges, I might have made “Best of Craigslist”. Besides the Badge Quest Slaughter, we here at GTBAG applied for press passes, only to be sliced and diced by CCI’s intensely perlustrative press wizards: You shall not [press] pass! I offered to man a booth at GoComics -sadly that contact was no longer with the organization- ; and I looked into volunteering anywhere there was a need within the Con, except the lavvies. One industry-insider advised with a pitiful shake of the head, “Volunteers was filled months ago. It goes almost as fast as the badge sale these days.”

In the end, neither the M&M suit nor a volunteer’s t-shirt was necessary. Happily, Lucy and I were fortunate enough to garner not just an enviable Saturday-pass, but the much-coveted Preview Night-pass! How, you may wonder, mouths collectively agape like codfish? Simple: intricate dealings in the Black Arts, magick of the Teutonic strain and a serendipitous, random spin of Lady Fortuna’s wheel.

Keep all this in mind next year, kids. SDCC online badge sales usually hit mid-February to mid-March. If you got in this year, use that pre-registration phase next year! If you don’t get a badge for 2015, try not to utter in disgust the words of Dr. Sheldon Cooper. It’s okay. You know, th-there’s always WonderCon in Anaheim, you know? Th-that’s just as good. Excuse me. (Turns to cry)

The Big Bang Theory S7e14: "Convention Conundrum". Chuck Lorre Prod., Warner Bros. Prod.

The Big Bang Theory S7e14: “Convention Conundrum”. Chuck Lorre Prod., Warner Bros. Prod.

Take not ye Cons for granted! Each one seems to grow exponentially, year over year. Citing Events in America, a North American trade show and conference directory, SDCC 2014 augurs 130K attendees once again: a self-imposed, max. capacity. Only CES Int’l Las Vegas and New York Comic-Con (NYCC) will bring in more geekage per cubic sq. ft.: 150K and 133K, respectively. NYCC’s projected attendance is up from 117K last year.

As I wrote earlier this year of WCA, oft minimized and discounted as Comic-Con’s little sister, “Whether you get into SDCC or not, WC is fast-becoming a good time all her own and very possibly, depending on how things line up, just as high-maintenance.”

HelloKittyHellboy

Hello Kitty loves dress-up, too!

 

 

Follow  @JennyPopNet @GoodToBeAGeek @Eslilay  for Con-floor Tweets and pix! #geek #SDCC

 

 

Hannah’s other fave places to haunt online?

JennyPop.net  jenniferdevore.blogspot.com and amazon.com/author/jenniferdevore

Comic Book Heroines Podcast – One Shot Issue #7: Peter Panzerfaust Volume 1: The Great Escape

Category : Comic Book Heroines, Comics, Entertain Me, Featured

Comic Book Heroines is a podcast featuring women reading, reviewing and discussing comic books.

In this One Shot, Samantha Cross tells us about Peter Panzerfaust Volume 1: The Great Escape,  the reimagining of Peter Pan set against the backdrop of World World II. Peter Panzervaust is written by Kurtis Wiebe with art by Tyler Jenkins, published by Image Comics.

Comic Cover Art courtesy of Image Comics.

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HOST INFO
Samantha Cross is a writer for Word of the Nerd (www.wordofthenerd.com) and co-host of the DC Confidential Podcast (http://podcasts.wordofthenerdonline.com). She has a Masters in History and works as an Archivist in Seattle, Washington. A long-time DC Comics fan, Sam is also a big fan of titles like SagaGhostedPretty Deadly and Quantum and Woody.

If you like inane comments or the occasional rant, you can follow Sam on Twitter @darling_sammy or check out her blog, The Maniacal Geek (www.maniacalgeek.wordpress.com), where she writes about comic books, television, movies, and whatever else suits her fancy.

CONTACT
Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com or email us at podcasts@goodtobeageek.com.

Comic Book Heroines is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Comic Book Heroines is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.