Monday, August 31, 2015

Needless Things Podcast 71 – Dragon Con 2015: The Puppetry Track

2015 Dragon Con coverage continues on the Needless Things Podcast! In this week’s episode, Phantom talks to his co-host, Mr. Beau Brown, who also happens to be the director of the Puppetry Track!


Friday, August 28, 2015

Needless Things Podcast 70 – Dragon Con 2015: The ESO Network

2015 Dragon Con coverage continues on the Needless Things Podcast! In this week’s episode, Phantom talks to Mike Gordon and Mike Faber of the Earth Station One Podcasting Network!


Dragon Con 2015: Countdown To DC - A Dragon Highlights Review








My first experience with this wonderful convention was in 2004.  If I recall, I found out about it because of a fan group for the TV show The Tribe, pointing out to me that actors from the show had been there the year before and would be again that year.  As a supporter of the show and its cast I naturally signed up for the convention.  I didn’t realize I would be signing up for an life experience instead.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dragon Con 2015: My Dragon Con



My first Dragon Con was back in back in 2006. That makes me, according to some, a veteran attendee, but I still think you may as well keep calling yourself a newbie until well past your 15th Dragon Con.

The reasoning for that is simple- A veteran in many other endeavors is sometimes defined as someone who has been there and back enough times to have done and seen it (almost) all. Given the size of the convention, as well as the growth rate of the convention over the last six years, it’s impossible to really come close to doing that in six, seven, or even ten Dragon Cons.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Devlin's Domain - The Conspiracy





What do you know, it's another low budget, indie, found footage film. Wait a minute, didn't I just review the exact same type of movie last week? Is that a coincidence? Or is this some kind of conspiracy? Find out in Devlin's Domain.

Dragon Con 2015: Starbase Geek on Convention Etiquette - Part One

We're pretty lucky as geeks when it comes to conventions. In the past when I was growing up, there were only a few conventions that catered to geeks, and they were normally held in the summer. Now we have conventions throughout the entire year all across America and the world. One thing that drives me nuts though is when I go to one and see a lack of convention etiquette by other geeks. Some of the rules I like to live by at cons are just common manners, but others have come around just by observing how people act at cons. This is something that my brother and I talk about quite a bit when we're at a con as the actions of some con goers drive us crazy. Here are some of my rules for convention etiquette, broken into sections.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dragon Con 2015: Horror Track Director Interview

Today my pre-con adventures take us to the world of horror. More specifically, the horror track of Dragon Con. I had the chance to ask Derek, director of the Horror Track, a few questions. They're bringing us all kinds of goodies this year so get your sneak peek on here.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Dragon Con 2015: Phantom Troublemaker Makes A Costume

How would you guys like to read a post about how a guy that has no costume making skills built a Mandalorian costume six years ago?
Great! I knew you’d be into it.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Needless Things Podcast 69 – Dragon Con 2015: American Sci-Fi Classics

2015 Dragon Con coverage continues on the Needless Things Podcast! In this week’s episode, Phantom talks to the men behind the magic of the American Sci-Fi Classics Track, Gary Mitchel and Joe Crowe!


Dragon Con 2015: "It's The Final CON-Down"






  
Do dee dooo dooo…. Do dee do do dooo…



Ahem.  Sorry.  Child of the 80’s.  But hey, who doesn’t love Europe right?



I’m here to talk to you about something very serious, everyone.  A matter of grave importance to us all.  Something not to be taken lightly, so I ask you all to pay close attention.  I want to talk about…CON PREP.

 


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Dragon Con 2015: So Much to Do, So Little Time to Do it in




Okay, so you want to see the sights, hear the sounds, and do whatever is doable at Dragon Con. You’ve looked over the schedule and you’ve checked off just the things you want to see or do that you absolutely can’t live without while spending four days in Atlanta, Georgia at everyone’s favorite fan convention. You’ve looked at the schedule you’ve blocked out, double checked it and triple checked it, held it up to the light and looked at it sideways, and squinted in a kind of funny manner at it. It’s about then that you realize that you’ve blocked out a schedule of about 138 hours of programming for Saturday alone, and the other three days you’ve blocked out aren’t looking any closer to just 16-20 hours of stuff to see and do than Saturday’s schedule.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Devlin's Domain - Creep



 This week's review may give you the creeps. I am Devlin and this is Devlin's Domain. I hope your ready for some low budget, independent cinema.

A lot of low budget films are absolute shit, but there are a few exceptions. I like seeing how filmmakers navigate around the confines of their tight budget. The best low budget films manage to accent the positives, while hiding the negatives. One of the best examples is The Blair Witch Project. It made tons of money without spending hardly any. There's no big special effects, no gory makeup, no elaborate costumes or sets. One of the most memorable scenes is just a camera staring up a frightened woman's snotty nose. This week's film takes the same strategy to produce something completely different. It's a tale of two guys and one of them is a total...

Dragon Con 2015: The Starbase Geek Survival Guide by Jeff Francis

One of the most magical times of the year is almost upon us, the occurrence of Dragon Con! I can't speak for most people, but this convention is the highlight of my year, and I save up for the entire year to head to Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend and have a ton of fun with other geeks, nerds, gamers, and dorks. I've been attending Dragon Con since 2008, and I've picked up a few tricks and tips over that time. The convention can be overwhelming to new people, and even those that are regulars can find themselves nonplused as the crowds grow bigger with every year. To offer some help, I humbly offer this Dragon Con Survival Guide.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Dragon Con 2015: Interview With Dan Carroll


I recently got the chance to ask the Head of Media Relations for Dragon Con, Dan Carroll, a few questions. He's been at this for awhile, and is clearly very passionate about Dragon Con. Hope you enjoy his insights, and stayed tuned for more interviews soon.



Monday, August 17, 2015

Dragon Con 2015: The Costume Post – aka - Road to Furiosa

I’ve said it many times and I’m going to say it again now - the costume community is the single most important fan group at Dragon Con. And I’ll say it again next year, too.

Obviously every aspect of Dragon Con is important – the fan Tracks, the celebrity Guests, the gaming, the artists. The biggest event of the year would be critically lessened by the absence of any of these. But for me the true magic of Dragon Con comes from the immersion in a world of like-minded people. And different scenery – people walking around in costumes – is the best and easiest way for that to happen.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Needless Things Podcast 68 – Dragon Con 2015: Crispy from Dragon Con TV

2015 Dragon Con coverage continues on the Needless Things Podcast! In this week’s episode, Phantom and his co-host Mr. Beau Brown talk to one of the faces of Dragon Con TV, Chris “Crispy” Lloyd!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dragon Con 2015: One Month until Dragon Con – Let’s Talk First Timing It




I’m assuming that most of the people reading this have at least a couple of Dragon Cons under their belts, but hopefully a few of you out there who are going for the first time, whether that first time is in 2015 or beyond, find this article and find it useful. We’re going to look at a few of the most basic things that most people I know say they wish they knew when they made their first trek to Dragon Con. Hopefully it might be useful advice for making your first Dragon Con a little bit easier and a little bit more enjoyable. Additionally, I’ll be providing a few resource links at the bottom of the article that will help you prepare and maybe even get a better handle on what you’re getting into. Also, hopefully, other people will chip in with good advice in the comments below.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Devlin's Domain - Juan Of The Dead



We are back on track this week at Devlin's Domain. Had to take a detour last week due to the sudden loss of the late, great 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper. If you missed it, go check out my tribute to Hot Rod with a review of They Live. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Marvel vs. DC, Small TV vs. Movies - Who Wins This Superhero War?



 

Marvel or DC. Superman or Batman.  Green Arrow or Hawkeye.  Everyone has their own superhero and/or universe preference.  Some in the truly devoted geekdom swear allegiance to both.  Both comic universes have had a long and healthy history of crossing into many genres that include action figures, video games, board games, animation, live action television, and motion picture.  These are all mediums that both universes have played around in for decades.  The recent surge in popularity, however, has brought it to the forefront of multiple industries.  The debate has always raged amongst those in the geekdom over their favorite superhero; who would win in a fight, who has the coolest power, and of course which is the better ‘verse.  This battle is getting played out on the small and large screen even as we speak, and I don’t mean in front of the camera.  I’m talking about ratings and earnings.   

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Masquerade Part 2 - The Job

PART 2

In the first part of this series about my own personal experiences with The Masquerade music venue in Atlanta I talked about my first time there and a few of the memorable experiences that occurred on subsequent visits. Now it’s time to talk about working there – the best job I have ever had.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Needless Things Podcast 67 – Dragon Con 2015: Costuming & Cosplay

2015 Dragon Con coverage starts today on the Needless Things Podcast! Sean Patton of SMP Designs and Sara Nicole Pope join Phantom Troublemaker to discuss costuming and cosplay!


Movie Review: Fant4stic

Normally I wouldn't utilize moronic stylization such as what FOX saw fit to apply to the title of their new Fantastic Four movie, but I find that the more I can distance this abysmal turd from the actual Fantastic Four, the better I feel about our universe.

I don't usually like to give my sentiments away quite so thoroughly in the opening paragraph, but this movie earned it.



Thursday, August 6, 2015

It’s Not Their Fault They Were Filmed That Way



Imagine if you will the following scene.

It’s nighttime along the coast, and a tiny house sits lonely and isolated on the cliff overlooking the sea. The thick fog rolls in slowly, engulfing the house in a cloud made pale blue by the moon’s light. Walking slowly up the steps to the house is a ghastly shell of a man, grey, tattered, and quite clearly dead. He was a pirate in life, and now he seeks revenge on the living for a crime old and long forgotten by all but him and the targets of his supernatural vengeance.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Devlin's Domain - They Live (Roddy Piper Tribute)



This is a special edition of Devlin's Domain where I will be honoring one of my recently fallen heroes. I had a different review planned for this week, but we'll have to visit the Cuban revolution next time. 


Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Callix from Mattel

As not into Peekablue as I was is exactly how excited I was for Callix.

As I’ve mentioned before, the 2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon is my preferred MOTU canon. I won’t disparage the original Filmation cartoon, but the deeper characters and ongoing narrative of the more recent cartoon captured me in a way that the original never did. It was what made truly dig the franchise and gave me that “I must own these toys” feeling that all toy collectors know so well.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Have RPGs Become Too Big?

At long, long, ever so long last I have finished the main storyline of Dragon Age: Inquisition. At my final save I was just over 110 hours into playing. I played this game over many months taking a week off here and there, and played some other games to change it up a little. I should also point out that I really didn't even do most of my companions personal quests, and didn't do several small side quests. Nor did I buy any DLC. So that's 110 hours on one game that isn't even 100% complete. I realized I was in trouble when I was still unlocking new areas at 70 hours. And eventually I just thought "oh no, not again" when I stumbled in to somewhere new. More rifts to close, more shards to find, and much more running around in a place that looks a lot like the place I just left after spending 20 hours trying to get the hell out of there. It got me thinking about RPGs (or role playing games) in general, and how much they've changed over the years. I've been playing them for a long time, and they just seem to keep getting bigger and longer, and I'm not certain that's a good thing.

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Masquerade Part 1 - Discovery

From The Masquerade Facebook Page
It’s a little difficult to contemplate the fact that tomorrow night (last Thursday to you people in the future) could be the last time I attend a show at The Masquerade.

I’m not here to go into details because you can find them plenty of other places:




The short version is that some real estate developer has purchased the land that The Masquerade sits upon and are, quite obviously, going to urban renew the shit out of it. There’s only so much they can do since the core building – the old excelsior mill – is a historic site, but in all likelihood all of the additions will be destroyed and I doubt very much that it will remain a music venue.