Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dragon Con 2014 - Phantom Troublemaker's Recap Part 3


I woke up Saturday morning feeling just fine. I didn’t necessarily limit myself Friday night, but I tried to stay aware of the fact that my first panel was at 10 AM. For me this is very early, but I was super-excited about the panel and did not want to miss it. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Timothy Zahn Interview

The fact that I was able to score an interview with Timothy Zahn was huge for me. I've never interviewed anyone before so to me I was starting pretty high up on the awesome scale. I know not everyone knows who he is or has read his books so I'll give a very brief intro for those of you who don't know why I was so excited. Although I'm not sure why you'd be reading this if you don't know who he is. Timothy Zahn basically started the Star Wars expended universe. He's kind of a big deal. In 1991 he wrote Heir to the Empire, and followed with 2 more books to make up the Thrawn trilogy. There was no such things as Star Wars novels before he came along. Now there are gagillions of them, but this is the man that started it all. Even if you haven't read any of them you probably know his original characters. Talon Karrde, Mara Jade, and Grand Admiral Thrawn are almost as well known as any original movie characters. He them proceeded to write 9 other Star Wars novels, and a bunch of short stories.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Costumes of Dragon Con

My Dragon Con 2014 coverage starts winding down with my view on costumes this year. Don't worry, I've saved the best for last. I'll be wrapping it up with my Timothy Zahn interview tomorrow.

I'm not a costumer, but checking out everyone's costumes has always been one of my favorite parts of Dragon Con. I don't have a real camera, and my phone doesn't always get the best shots so I didn't get nearly as many pictures as I wanted. It was just too tough to pull my phone out of my bag, chaeck the lens for cleanliness, and try and get the setting right when you don't want to be the asshole who holds up traffic. Luckily Sharron Von Hoene and her camera were on hand, and did a great job getting lots of pictures that she has kindly allowed me to swipe. Lack of pictures aside I'm really envious of the great cosplayers and costume aficionados out there. I've always wanted to get into it myself, but I'm inherently lazy. Another part of the problem is that I can't think of anything truly unique to do. I don't want to be just another Lara Croft, Rogue, or (god forbid) Slave Leia. And to get truly unique you need to really put some thought and work into you costume. I would totally go as my character from Skyrim, Mass Effect, or any of the other games I have where I've got something so customized that there's no chance any one else will have anything like it. That is also going to require a place to put all your cool weapons and armor and junk when it gets to be too much. I refuse to get over my objection to shelling out hundreds of dollars for a hotel room in the city I live in, and if I can't change when needed I have a hard time committing to a costume for 12 or so hours a day. Let's face it I'm also just a little too out of shape to pull of a Slave Leia without upsetting the children. Until I get my ass back to the gym the best I could do would be a Mon Mothma mu mu, but maybe that's not such a bad idea. I am just too conscious (although accepting) of my body type and it's costuming limitations. I've always wanted to do a Psylocke since she's been one of my favorite X-Men for many years. But I don't have the skill to pull it off accurately, and there aren't enough Spanx and dance tights in the world to suck all my business in properly. This is a weekend about fantasy, and cellulite hanging out of an assless unitard is not part of any fantasy I have. But as usual, I digress.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Movie Magic By R.T. Ewell

I love going to the movie theater. Don't get me wrong, watching a movie at home is great but the experience of going to the movies is like nothing else. When I was younger it wasn't often that I got to go but when I did, it was a memorable experience. I loved pulling into the parking lot and seeing the marquee up in lights with all of the movie titles in big letters. The smell of popcorn as I walked into the lobby still permeates my senses. Even when the usher tears my ticket and directs me to the correct theater brings good feelings inside. Just everything about going to the movies send tremors of excitement down my spine.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Dragon Con 2014 – Phantom Troublemaker’s Recap Part 2


When I did finally wake up on Friday afternoon I felt fine. No headache, nothing. No indication that I had been in some kind of weird, drunken mindwarp the previous night.
I made myself some oatmeal (which I had to eat without the assistance of a spoon), cleaned myself up, and went to wander around a bit before DCW. I was going to need to be there a little early this year because there was a possibility that Monstrosity Championship Wrestling was going to put on a couple of matches. I didn’t know if I would be doing my ring announcing thing or maybe managing somebody or what. It turned out to be a much bigger deal than that.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Beth's Dragon Con Recap Part 2

If you want to hear the intro or know about all the stuff that happened Thursday and Friday you'll have to go back to my last post. This here is all about Saturday and Sunday. Where the real action is, or something...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews September 2014: These Prices Are INSANE! (but not in the way that usually means)

If you don’t know, Previews is the catalogue that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for. It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but typically about two months away. Or sometimes never. I’ve ordered lots of things that have just never come in. Without getting into the specific politics of Diamond, let me just say that they aren’t quite a monopoly and also aren’t quite the worst distributor anybody has ever dealt with in the history of the universe.