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By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Jul, 2016 At 08:57 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarAt their panel during San Diego Comic Con, Netherrealm Studios announced that Wonder Woman and Blue Beetle were coming to Injustice 2. This will be the Jaime Reyes incarnation of Blue Beetle. You can check out the Comic Con Trailer below,

 

By Amy McGarey On 15 Jul, 2016 At 12:11 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Movie News, News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarEarly this morning, Entertainment Weekly debuted 4 new photos from the new Wonder Woman movie to be released next summer. The pictures were released a week prior to Comic-Con as part of a special Comic-Con issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and will be an origin story for Diana Prince. The movie will take place during World War I. Chris Pine (seen below) co-stars as Diana’s love interest Steve Trevor.


After Wonder Woman releases in June 2017, Gal Gadot will go on to appear in Justice League which is set to be released the following November and is already in production.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Baltimore Comic Con is a small but wonderful comic book convention held in Baltimore, Maryland. It is held at the Baltimore Convention Center. This year it was held from September 5th to September 7th, 2014.

Although this was my first year attending as press, I went last year as well.

One writer that was an absolute pleasure to meet was Tom King. He took the time to autograph Grayson #1 and A Once Crowded Sky for me. Although Tom spoke many praises for his work on Grayson, he expressed his passion and love for his novel: A Once Crowded Sky.

Here is a quick synopsis from Amazon on A Once Crowded Sky:

A tour de force debut novel from a former CIA counter-terrorism officer, A Once Crowded Sky fuses the sensibility of bombastic, comic-book-style storytelling with modern literary fiction to bring to life a universe of super men stripped of their powers, newly mortal men forced to confront danger in a world without heroes.

The superheroes of Arcadia City fight a wonderful war and play a wonderful game, forever saving yet another day. However, after sacrificing both their powers and Ultimate, the greatest hero of them all, to defeat the latest apocalypse, these comic book characters are transformed from the marvelous into the mundane.

After too many battles won and too many friends lost, The Soldier of Freedom was fine letting all that glory go. But when a new threat blasts through his city, Soldier, as ever, accepts his duty and reenlists in this next war. Without his once amazing abilities, he’s forced to seek the help of the one man who walked away, the sole hero who refused to make the sacrifice–PenUltimate, the sidekick of Ultimate, who through his own rejection of the game has become the most powerful man in the world, the only one left who might still, once again, save the day.

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I look forward to reading A Once Crowded Sky by Tom King and reviewing it for everyone.

Another person that was a pleasure to meet and watch and listen to at a panel was Charles Soule. He offered his talents on Death of Wolverine, as well as other works like She Hulk and Inhuman.

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Since this convention was local to where I live, my absolute favorite comic book store was present and I had to make a stop at Third Eye Comics’ booth! If you’re not familiar with Third Eye Comics and live in the Maryland area, I highly recommend checking them out. Everyone, from Steve, the owner, to all the other workers take the time to learn your name and what you enjoy. They are an absolute joy to be around and indulge in your comic book needs.

Baltimore Comic Con may be small, but is absolutely worth the experience. I highly recommend at the very least taking a day out to enjoy.

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AMC revealed a Season 5 trailer for The Walking Dead at San Diego Comic Con.

I don’t know about anyone else, but this trailer gets me excited for the new season. Although I’ve been iffy on the show this trailer gives me a lot of hope for the new season with a lot of odes to the comics.

The Walking Dead is set to return on Sunday, October 12th at 9pm on AMC.

What do you think of the trailer? Let us know in the comments!

By Amy McGarey On 18 Mar, 2014 At 11:21 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Contests, Conventions, News, ROG Fashion | With 0 Comments

No GravatarHave you ever wanted to be a geek fashion designer? Her Universe, a company that specializes in sci-fi themed clothing for fangirls, recently announced an open fashion design competition to be held during San Diego Comic Con.

Inspired by recent fashion week trends, such as Rodarte’s collection based on Star Wars, Her Universe decided to team up with Nerdist to create a fashion show centered around “geek couture.” This isn’t just another cosplay competition. Her Universe founder, Ashley Eckstein is looking for designs that can be seen on the runway. Think Project Runway meets Big Bang Theory.

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In order to enter, contestants must submit a design by April 4th. The top 30 designs will be chosen to be featured in the fashion show during Comic Con. The finalists must actually construct their design and send their own model on the runway. Two winners will be chosen. One will be picked by the judges and the other will be the audience favorite.

So what do you win? The winning designers will score the chance to co-design a fashion collection, alongside Ashley Eckstein for Her Universe, that will be sold at Hot Topic. This is an amazing opportunity for designers who want to join the geek fashion movement. For more information on how to enter, see the official contest rules.

By Charles On 16 Oct, 2013 At 11:04 PM | Categorized As Conventions, Editorials, Featured, Reviews, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

No GravatarPreface: I did not attend NYCC as a member of the press. I did not attend as a speaker, professional, general audience member, marvin, or artist. This editorial review is simply a reflection of my experiences over the weekend, and should be taken as such.

Oh what a difference three years makes.

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The Dork Knight Returns!

Yep, it has indeed been three years since I last attended New York Comic Con. Back then, there was still an Anime Festival attached to the annual spectacle that dominates a chunk of Western midtown, and while that population of otaku and cosplayers was segregated from the mass that was NYCC, it was still something. Then 2012 rolled around, the Anime Festival was shelved, and Comic Con transformed itself into a fully immersive (and massive) pop culture extravaganza. Particular emphasis need be laid on the “pop culture” part of this equation, because in the scant years since its inception, NYCC has gone from a comic convention into something closer resembling its San Diego cousin- television culture, video gaming, literature, comics, collectibles and anime, all wrapped into one gigantic package that is literally impossible to navigate, nor experience over the course of a single weekend. Believe me, I’ve tried.

To put things into perspective, the largest event I regularly attend- Baltimore’s Otakon- pulls in around 34,000 people, and packs the halls of the BCC to almost the choke point. The BCC is a rather large space, separated into two buildings and attached hotels, and still manages to hold the growing anime convention each year. New York Comic Con pulls in around 4-5 times as many attendees, into a space not much larger than the BCC, and completely devoid of mass transit access and affordable hotels. Try for a moment, then, to picture the size and scale of such an event, of the masses of people moving along painfully slowly, stopped 20131012_151752up by cosplay photographs and snaking lines on the floor itself, and you get a general idea of what a typical weekend experience is for an NYCC attendee. And, unlike Otakon, those throngs of people are there for the entire weekend- Sunday is just as packed as Thursday, Friday or Saturday, with the line for badge pickup extended out the door.

That’s been one of the main reasons I’ve skipped NYCC for so long. Unlike the other conventions I attend, there is little actual community at the con- most of the weekend is akin to a fight for proverbial survival against the masses. Panels? Not a chance, as I’m not willing to sit in a line for 45 minutes only to be turned away. Autographs? Also slim, since shelling out upwards of $70 for a signed photo offends my “Queens Sensibilities” (not to mention digs into my food budget). What my weekend ultimately boils down to is a few scattered cosplay shots, some chatting with vendors and artists, and catching up with old friends I only see at Comic Con. It’s not that I’m not motivated to do more, it’s just time, space, willpower, and logistics make doing anything beyond “going with the flow” into an impossibility when you have X hours to attempt Y activities. It takes a special sort of masochism to navigate those halls midday, and for this man, the rewards aren’t worth the undertaking.

20131012_192410Now as critical as this sounds, don’t take it to mean that prospective attendees should balk at going. NYCC is a behemoth, one of the few cons that actually thrive from this mass of stimuli and competing events. The size of the con is its greatest asset, since it forces attendees to prioritize, focus on what is truly important to them, and allows plenty of “wiggle room” for those without a clue of what to do. There is something for everyone at NYCC, provided that everyone chooses to dig through a tome of a program guide in search of the exact panels and screenings that everyone wants to see. It teaches humility, as rooms fill and chances at freebies dry up. And it offers the neophyte congoer a glimpse into the wide world of fandom, which can far exceed anyone’s estimates. Comic Con manages through sheer size the same type of fandom convergence that other cons only hint it, placing it on display and offering options for the individual to select from. Every fan should go at least once, just to share in the experience, and question their own place within the fandom community.

As a fandom experience, though, its far from perfect. Every year has its issues, and this year is no exception. Most glaring of these “flaws” was the placement of the Artist Alley: the last time I attended NYCC, the Alley was opposite the show floor, with wide aisles and a good selection of artists. One simply needed to cross past the massive pavilions for comic publishers and media companies to find those die-hard illustrators showcasing wares. This year, the Alley was relocated to Javits North, a still-growing addition to the convention center that more resembles an airplane hangar than a showroom. In its former place was yet another space for shops, small presses, the gigantic Intel Booth, and some artists. Navigating that space was just as brutal as the rest of the floor, but since it was still separated by the media expositions, it could take twice as long to get from one end of the floor to the other. The Alley itself was perfectly solid- professional illustrators and their amateur colleagues shared table space, signed books and prints, and took commissions from enthusiastic attendees. But its location- segregated from the rest of the show- reminded me a bit too much of the 2010 “Anime Ghetto,” where artists and craftspeople of the otaku persuasion were kept away from the “serious artists” (as one of them put it) up stairs. One can only wonder if those same “serious artists” had similar feelings this year…though not likely, given the large foot traffic that was a constant presence in Javits North (took me a full 25 minutes to get there on Saturday Afternoon).

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Image taken Sunday…afternoon.

Autographs were also in their own special section, removed from the show floor, though that was undoubtedly for logistical purposes, as the higher profile guests had their own snakes, which would have wreaked havoc upstairs on the show floor, which already had its own line issues when vendors decided to bring in talent to sign at their tables. (One point of dismay on my part- I never once saw a line for professional wrestling legends Sergeant Slaughter or Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase. Has this country forgotten those legends of yesteryear?)

As with previous NYCCs, the roving vendors had their own section, which was more clustered around the exhibits, which took up a good deal of floor space right as one entered. And those exhibitors pulled out all the stops to grab attention: Bandai had a veritable museum of new/soon to be released products, from Saiyan scanners to a Comic Con exclusive model from the anime series Valvrave. South Park built a replica of Main Street, complete with crashed alien saucer. Daisuki.net had a weekend long viewing party that easily outdrew Funimation, and the Intel booth…well, let’s just say it was one of the few places with open space, owing to its sheer mass and revolving programming. Had I not been a Comic Con veteran, I likely would have gone into overload just staring at the booths and flashing lights.

20131013_114935I didn’t really get to do much over the weekend. Anime panels were thin, and filled up quickly, so I elected to avoid them. As I also have become immune to vendor rooms, I also spent very little money (just at GEN Manga and IFC, on Sunday, when the prices dropped). And since I did not have a press pass for the event, I volunteered my services to a friend’s booth for Saturday and Sunday. I’ve worked as a vendor more than a few times (it’s how I got into NYAF 09), and I’ve found that sitting in that one space is actually one of the better ways to experience the con- you have water, food, a place to sit, and generally get to see the same people as a roving reporter would, just without the claustrophobia. You also get a keen sense of the community at large- what are they spending on, what are they enthusiastic about, who are they cosplaying, et al. This weekend, the “big winners” were Berserk (everyone wanted Gattsu figures), Attack on Titan, soft earmuffs, and Ocarinas, only because I was sitting across from a vendor selling them, and listening to the same 10 songs ALL WEEKEND. And “con babies”- I saw a lot of new parents with costumed children in tow, which made me feel as fuzzy as the scarves I was selling them.

Like I started this review-torial with, I haven’t been to NYCC in three years, so seeing the growth and expansion of this convention into a dominating pop culture event was a point of pride and humility. That said, I also left feeling worn out, exhausted, and a little empty. Some of that was definitely due to working all weekend, but some of that was also the “transient” nature of the con itself- I’ve come to expect a certain amount of community and interaction at conventions I attend. I didn’t find it at NYCC. And that definitely soured some of my experience. But that is coming from a longtime convention veteran, who has already been to 14 other cons this year. For the first-timer, or the inexperienced newb, NYCC likely has a much different feel. Like I said, everyone needs to go at least once to discover where that feeling leads them.

[Gallery] Comic Con After Dark: Images from Sunday night…because not everyone gets to see the con being broken down.

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By SarahTheRebel On 9 Sep, 2013 At 11:49 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWriter Bryan J. L. Glass (Mighty Marvel: Women of Marvel, Thor: First Thunder) and artist Victor Santos (Ghosts, Polar: Came from the Cold, Filthy Rich), two-thirds of the Harvey Award-winning Mice Templar team, will join forces once again for a creator-owned superhero series: Furious!

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Furious is a five-issue miniseries where celebrity, fame, and superheroes meet.

“Furious, the character, is driven by the same outrage and anger we all feel toward injustice, but as a superheroine she realizes she actually has the power to do something about it,” says writer Bryan J. L. Glass. “But no matter how noble the intention, there’s always a price to pay for reckless action.”

Staring into a fractured mirror of her life, the world’s first superhero, Furious, seeks to atone for her past sins by doling out rage-fueled justice! But the spotlight of our celebrity-obsessed media threatens to undo her noblest efforts and expose her true identity before she can achieve redemption.

Furious, the series, is driven by those consequences: an adrenaline-fueled crash into the darkest depths of one woman’s shattered world and what she chooses to do about it!” added Glass.

For fans who can’t wait, Furious will be featured in Dark Horse Presents #31 on December 18.

You know I can’t wait to read about a new female superhero, especially in a universe where she is the only one of her kind.

Furious #1 (of 5) is in comic shops everywhere on January 29, 2014!

By SarahTheRebel On 6 Aug, 2012 At 05:05 AM | Categorized As Animation, Comics/Manga, Conventions, Editorials, Featured, Otaku Events | With 2 Comments

No GravatarCan’t get a badge to Comic-Con? No sweat! More than ever before, SDCC has become a city-wide celebration of all things geek. Although you can only access (most of) the panels, show-floor and art room with a badge, there are plenty of other activities for the lover of all things nerdy!

1.) Home Bases

Companies like BioWare and Sega have bases of operations that are usually outside of the actual convention hall. This means you can still attend any events taking place at these locations. For example, I attended a signing at the BioWare base and tried out the new ME3 Earth DLC before it was released.

Hanging out at the BioWare lounge

2.) Gam3rCon

Gam3rCon is a gem of a convention. Featuring art, performances, a throwback gaming center and current gaming zones, this tiny con was my favorite part of my SDCC trip. I played Sonic until my friends dragged me away, slugged a few folks in UMvC3 and watched a hilariously campy series called Video Game High School. I watched the show on a huge screen, sitting next to Ashphord Jacoway on the roof, drinking a coke and eating a slice of pizza, surrounded by other nerds and looking out over the skyline of San Diego. There were even random fireworks!

Best night ever.

Virtua Fighter on the Sega Saturn

3.) Other outside events

There are also a ton of other, smaller events that take place during Comic Con, such as Nerd HQ, the YouTube Pavilion, the History Channel BBQ and more zombie themed events than you could shake a stick at!

These events often feature free finger foods, games and contests or small shows and swag.

Even the tables at restaurants got a makeover!

4.) City Attractions

San Diego is a small city chock-full of things to do. With a zoo, safari, SeaWorld, a historic theme park and even zip lines! During Comic-Con, some of these locations will have special nerd-themed events like Adventure Time at the Children’s Museum.

Besides the big stuff, there are also tasty restaurants, bars of every kind, flavor and shape, and pedicabs to pedal you around the Gas Lamp District.

5.) Oh the People You Will See

Now this may come as a surprise, but your favorite TV series star or comic book artist has to eat food to sustain him or herself. I know right? I didn’t believe it either… even crazier, they eat people-food!

While at Comic-Con, my friends and I ran into the entire cast of Game of Thrones, Stan Lee and (from a safe distance) George Bush.

Besides the celebrities, you will also be surrounded by a plethora of other nerds! Comic-book fans, video game heads, collectables gurus, Whovians and more! Sit down for a burger and nerd out or take pictures of all the lovely cosplayers!

Costumes galore!

SDCC Can’t Be Replaced

Overall, I found that I had not one bit of free time: there was so much to do outside of SDCC!

Of course, nothing can replace San Diego Comic-Con itself. Walking the floor, buying adorable nerdy-things, meeting the artists behind your favorite comics and listening to the kind of banter you can only hear in a panel of famous nerds is not to be missed!

The lights, the people, the geekery

By SarahTheRebel On 14 May, 2012 At 12:46 AM | Categorized As Animation, Comics/Manga, Conventions, News, News | With 1 Comment

No GravatarI had a great time checking out Long Beach Comic Con, the tiny, tiny little sister of the Comic Con we all know and love. Although the con was small, it had a lot of heart. I met some awesome people, and got free mini-comics. I also saw super cheap comic deals, spectacular geeky cars, folks from shows like Falling Skies and some awesome cosplay! Sadly, I missed out on the Nerdist and the other panels 🙁

Diversity

One of my favorite aspects of the con was the beautiful DIVERSITY. There were so many people of color and WOMEN! I was very excited to see the differences in female (comic book) artist styles and also surprised by how realistically a few of the men drew women’s bodies for their comics. There were very few of them, but their work in being realistic instead of pandering to the horny young male brain was much appreciated!

 

Art

On that topic, the artwork on display was stunning, and I truly regret not budgeting con spending into this week! I saw Avengers and Spiderman Storm Troopers, chibi geek culture characters with sad little phrases on them (Chubaka asks where his medal is for example), natural haired black fairy warriors, the Avengers as children, and more Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy pinups than you could shake a stick at!

Comics

There were too many comics here. I wanted them all, and there were all on sale! T.T

Many comics were only a dollar, and most were at least 25% off. My friend bought three number one issues for $15 total! I refused to let myself go anywhere near them, because I would have gone comic crazy!

Cosplay

Not a lot of people cosplayed, but the ones who did, went all out! I saw an entire Resident Evil themed family, with the boys playing Umbrella Corporation soldiers and the girls playing zombies. I also saw two version of Harley Quinn. One based on Batman: Arkham City (awesome leather-work there) and one in the more traditional outfit. There were also a group of Jedi and Sith running around called the SaberGuild, a She-Ra and a LeeLoo. Oh and some nearly naked turtles, a Dick Tracy and a Gaston. OK there were lots more, and they were all well done!

Panels

The part of the con I most regret missing were the panels! The panels included everything from Cosplay 101 to writing for animation to Womanthology to an anime voice acting workshop with Crispin Freeman! From their descriptions (and the small snippets of conversation I caught from attendees after) these panels sounded super useful and I hope they have similar ones at the next LBCC!

Summary

I can’t wait to attend the next one in November! The Long Beach Comic and Horror Con is November 3rd and 4th so check it out.

For more pictures (and a breakdown of my faves) check out my personal blog, Nerdy but Flirty.

 

 

By otakuman5000 On 12 Oct, 2011 At 10:34 PM | Categorized As Conventions, Editorials, Featured, Otaku Events, Tales of Real Otaku, Videos | With 0 Comments

No GravatarSo New York Comic Con and Chibi-Pa Moto are right around the corner. Much like every year, people need to know how to approach the idea of going to a convention. So to help everyone out there who may be Convention NOOBS, I have just the thing for you. Our CON Survival Guide will help you out and answer just about any questions somebody may have about attending a con. There are plenty of helpful tips about planning, waiting, mingling, discovering, and conquering any anime, sci-fi, comic, or video game convention. So check it out and enjoy. It’s all right here for you. It’s ONLY THE EPIC TRUTH.

 

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