2013 End-Of-The-Year Cons

At the beginning and end of November, 2013, two cons will be taking place in Southern California: Stan Lee’s Comikazee (SLC) and Long Beach Comic-Con (LBCC).

I have attended LBCC the last 2 years, but this will be my first SLC.
I know it is a bit early, (okay 5 months, but hey always great to start early) and since I was not able to obtain San Diego Comic-Con tickets this year, poo-doo!, I have other conventions to look forward to!
Here is my post from my second time at LBCC (I did not have this blog for the first) but let me just say, LBCC has been growing and getting better and better each year.


Long Beach Comic-Con definitely grew in attendance and popularity between the two years I have attended, and it looks like 2013 will be a big year for the fans and coordinators. LBCC is still small enough, though, to keep the “comic-book” lifestyle…the most media I saw last con was a booth for Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 5 Hour Energy, and an “exhibit” for Toyota…I believe they were trying to get into Transformers with the long lasting Hybrids, but who knows.
LBCC really lets the new and upcoming comic creators to connect with fans, artists, writers, and possible stars and big names in the industry! I had the great chance to meet the creator of Human Comics who launched the first issue of his novel at LBCC 2012; a fantastic read and hope for future issues! But it is encounters like these which make me come back to Long Beach every November. This event does not overwhelm you, gives you the chance to walk through and see each booth, person, cosplayer, and plus the convention area itself is fantastic. Great location, amazing weather all year, comforting Marriott a block down the street, the beach the other way down, it is a comforting and calm convention!
Don’t get me wrong, conventions such as WonderCon and San Diego Comic Con are a Star Ship load of fun. . . but for those just getting into the nerdy-geek-convention scene, those just starting to cosplay, or those trying to get their comics or novels out, this is the way to go.

Now for Comikazee; I can not say much about this, but will go from what I have been recently reading about. Obviously this was started by Stan Lee… “Stan Lee’s” Comikazee.
This is the only major Comic convention held in the Los Angeles area, other than smaller toy or sic-fi shows, this is the big dog in “Comic-Cons”. Everything in comics, sic-fi, horror, gaming, anime, cosplaying, fantasy, and pop-culture is incorporated into SLC. Now, as large scale as this convention is, 2013 will only be the third year for Comikazee! 2012 saw 45,000 in attendance, similar to the WonderCon 2013 attendance number.
All these folks come to hunt down rare toys and comics, new and exclusive items, meet the stars, get their autographs and photo ops, and hang out with geeks and nerds from all over the world! With Stan Lee and Elvira, yes the big boobed vampirella, leading the way as the major hosts of the show, Comikazee is sure to please and I am ever so excited for November to come!

See you all there! ‘Til then, keep following my posts and twitter! 😀


Gentle Giant Watto Mini-Bust Review

“Watto, the renowned junk dealer and pod racer fan played a big part in a young Anakin Skywalkers life, not knowing that Anakin would one day become the Sith lord Darth Vader.” Upon the re-release of Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace 3D, Gentle Giant, Ltd. designed this limited edition mini-bust of Watto, the junk dealer and former slave-owner of the young Anakin Skywalker. With an edition size of 1200, approximately 6.5 inches tall, Gentle Giant did a fantastic from all aspects of this piece. Everything from the minute color details and specks on the wings, arms, etc. to the accessories on his utility belt, and the curves and lines of the natural form of this Toydarian of Tatooine. Gentle Giant designed this mini-bust to to Watto examining the chance cube, which is well known for allowing Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn to take the young Anakin Skywalker away from Watto after the Pod-Race. Designed with one eye squinted and the other examining the chance cube, this mini-bust is one of the most detailed and highly precision when created. From the accurate colors of bluish-green throughout the arms, wings, body and head, the brown dirty-like belt, jacket and accessories, the broken tooth on one side of the mouth,even down to the pupils, the eyes look amazing. With Watto’s wings expanding out, one arm raised with the chance cube, and the other scratching his chin, Watto’s grim look of pondering sits very well on any Star Wars fan’s shelf. I am a very, very happy owner of this piece and thank Gentle Giant for another amazing job, well done with such high accuracy and precision to the movie likeness of this junk dealer.

Fast and Furious 6 – Film Review *Spoilers*

The Fast and Furious series has taken us through the streets of Los Angeles, drifters of Tokyo, the Favelas of Brazil, and now through Europe; chasing a new criminal with a sense for racing and cars.
With the majority of the cast returning, Dom (Vin Diesel) is sought out by Hobbs (The Rock) to hunt down the new terror, Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). Hobbs gives them an opportunity to bring back Letty (Michelle rodriguez) “from the dead” as she was presumed all these years.
The team asks for pardons all around, and they go off on the hunt.
(Sorry for the lateness of this review, I have been very busy lately, so I will finish the plot with the most interesting/climatic points of the film)

Letty, actually does not remember who anyone is from her past, and Shaw recruited her as someone he could use for his tasks. She ultimately regains trust in Dom by losing to him in a race and having an intimate moment with him; and after she sees what Shaw is planning, Letty decides to return to the old family. Some car chases, builds and tunings, a tank rampaging the highway, lead up to the “final battle” on a tarmac which seems to be quite a bit longer than the normal Airport Tarmac. Gisele (Gal Gadot) dies saving Han (Sung Kang) by falling off the back of a car stuck atop another; she was reaching for Han’s arm when a thug came up behind him, and she jumped off to shoot the guy, losing Han’s reach and her life. Inside the plane, Dom, Hobbs, Letty, O’connor, Hicks and Shaw engage in fighting along with Shaw’s thugs, ending with the survival of Dom’s team, with Dom bursting through the nose of the plane in a car. Letty returns home with the crew, Han decides to live in Tokyo as he and Gisele had wished, and they all live happily ever after…until the post-credits!
Han is shown racing in Tokyo (Tokyo Drift takes place after Fast6, so Fast7 will be after Tokyo Drift…in other words, the order of the films goes Fast1, Fast2, Fast4, FastFive, Fast6, tokyo Drift, Fast7). A random car hits Han’s and a stranger walks out…this “stranger” is Jason Statham, playing Owen Shaw’s brother seeking revenge for his brother’s death. Han is killed when his car explodes, and Statham, speaking on the phone, says “Dominick Toretto, you don’t know me, but you’re about to”. Thus leading us to the plot of Fast 7 being Jason Statham seeking vengeance on Dominick Toretto’s crew.

Fast 6 almost lived up to the expectations as FastFive. I definitely enjoyed FastFive more than 6, but it was still a great film. Great cars, great team of actors sticking through the film series, and now we await for the seventh and rumored eighth films. FastFive gave us a long awaited fight scene between The Rock and Vin Diesel, so Fast 6 brought us a tag team of these two old nemesis fighting the new criminals and their thugs. Kick-ass action, with some shoot-em-up scenes, bringing in classic muscle and futuristic what-in-the-hell cars, and bringing back people from the dead, Fast 6 crushing the competition was no surprise. Overall, I give Fast 6 an 8/10.

Just a quick sum up and review of this film, stay tuned for my next posts!