SDCC 2013 Cosplayers

Here you go everyone! My 2013 Cosplay photos! Thank you to all the amazing cosplayers of all ages and genres! Feel free to download the photos if you are the rightful person, and feel free to mention who took the photo and where you got it ūüôā BTW, sorry for it not being in gallery form and just clicking next, slight issues with WordPress, hopefully get that resolved ¬†in the morning! Til then, just click on the photo for the larger image and enjoy!

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SDCC 2013 Post-Coverage Day 3+4

Day 3

Day 3 was another exciting day at SDCC. First stop was the DC Entertainment booth to get a wristband for Jim Lee and Scott Snyder signing! Unfortunately, I did not get either, as I came into the exhibit hall too late . . . GOOD NEWS though, I got  a wristband for the 75th anniversary of Superman signing! Skeptical news. . . they did not say who would be there!!
So, our highest hopes were Jim Lee, Scott Snyder, and a surprise appearance by Henry Cavill (long shot but hey you never know) There were two signings for the day, but I got the second signing, 5:30 PM, as to have more time for other booth events.
After this, I ran over to Legendary booth for a pass to pickup a badge for the Godzilla Encounter offsite event! Something I have been wanting to experience and finally had my chance! That too had us return at a later time, 3:30 PM to pick up the actual badge.
Now that I had some time to kill, I wandered over to the Predator 3D exhibit, held by 20th Century Fox. This was a booth covered in leaves as a forest, and inside they were playing the original Predator film in 3D (for the re-release in December) a large amazing cosplay of an elder Predator, and were selling Predator set with the 3D Blu-Ray, a Predator bust limited to 500, and a custom Predator figure holding a spine with YOUR head at the top! An area was set up with about 10 cameras to take photos of your head at different angles, and after the photo, you choose your hair style and place the order! This gets delivered to your home after the convention and I am so excited to see it!! A fantastic offering by Fox and Predator 3D!
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Still some time to kill, so I wandered through the smaller booths looking for The Winner Twins! Acclaimed authors of many books and comics, I have never read their stories so I purchased both their hit books and had a nice talk with them! they gave me insights as to what to do and where to start for creating my own graphic novel! Great gals, sweet, and quite talented as CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, Wall Street Journal, and AOL have all featured stories of them!
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By then, I went back to the Legendary booth to turn in my pass from earlier and pick up my badge for the Godzilla Encounter! (I will have photos at the end of the Day3 section as it was later in the night) A smooth, easy process that took only 10 minutes of line-waiting.
I also had time to stop by the Hobbit booth for an Evangeline Lilly signing! She was promoting her new children’s book and taking photos with the fans! She was such a sweet, friendly, outgoing person! She loved meeting all her fans and hearing our stories of watching her in LOST, and excited for her to be in the Hobbit sequel!
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By now, it was just time to get in line for the Superman 75th Anniversary signing! I stopped by and asked again who would be there . . . but again, nobody would give an answer, whether they really knew or not.
So, hoping for the best, I ran over to one of the comic booths and asked what they recommended for my situation (I had purchased the DC exclusive Superman:Unchained comic the day before, but of course, forget that in my hotel room) So, they recommended a Superman comic which had been graded with a 9.8, drawn by Jim Lee, and I went ahead and purchased it! And just my luck, Jim Lee showed up!! Jim Lee and Tim Daly (Superman movie voice) were the only two signing, though there were three seats. What a tease! So, getting up to the front, the line staff was saying they were only signing the poster, though all the other signing they would sign up to 5 items!! WHAT!?!? I was a little bummed at that point, but, I still went ahead and asked Jim Lee to sign the comic I purchased and he did!!! I was so grateful for that and it meant so much! Jim Lee is the man!!
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Another well spent day at San Diego Comic Con!
Now it was time to step outside and head through the Gaslamp quarter to the Godzilla Encounter! This was quite the epic experience! First we were taken into a room with a “tour guide” of the old props, sets, puppets, etc. of the old Godzilla films. They had a Godzilla Encounter app as well which would unlock certain material if you found all the clues, but our group did not have much time and were rushed into the next room. Alarms started blaring, sirens flashing, and we were escorted into an elevator to evade, GODZILLA!! The elevator was rumbling and shaking as Godzilla stomped closer, then the doors opened and more escorts in work and security clothes rushed us against the “window” which was a large television screen showing a window with blinds, raining outside and buildings across the way. Then, from the side we see something moving, in the darkness a large creature stomps across…all of a sudden, Godzilla’s eyes look into the window with lights flashing and with a roar he stomps away!! One of the best experiences I had during SDCC 2013 and it was well worth it! The badge was so authentic and cool, and the poster given after was beautiful!
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Day 4
Day 4, Sunday, the LAST day of San Diego Comic-Con. This day was a fairly easy going day for me. First, I figured I try my luck at the Marvel booth for Thor: The Dark World signing. This went smoothly the first time as the line was short. I did not draw one of 25 winning tickets, but by the time I got back in line, it wrapped around the booth three times. When my spot returned to the front desk where the free posters were, all the people getting posters (at least 20-30) cut in front of us and were just being jerks (on light terms) They were the people you do not like at Comic-Con and of course, they cut us in line. We reported it to security but they did not know who to take out of line, so they apologized for the inconvenience and I told them thank you for doing their best, it was just the people I was more mad at. On a good note, they ran out of tickets before I or any of them could get a chance to draw. It was just madness at that short period of time.
So, now it was free time to get one last Exhibit Hall adventure. I notice the Spike TV booth had another free photo-opp, so hey why not!? It was a promotion for the series Chris Angel: Believe, and they would photoshop you to be levitating in a chosen background (New York, Stonehenge, Las Vegas) and it was just a quick, fun thing to do. Great that is was free!
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Before leaving the convention for the day, I walked by the Gentle Giant booth to see Doug Jones, actor who plays Abe Sapien from¬†Hellboy,¬†Fawn and PaleFace from¬†Pan’s Labyrinth,¬†and the Silver Surfer in¬†Fantastic 4! He was enjoying every moment of attention and made every fan feel as if you had known him for years! He was hugging us, chatting, signing free postcards (he was also selling 8×10 photos, signed) and taking photos with the fans. I asked him if what is going on with¬†Hellboy 3,¬†to which he replied how Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman are very, very interested, but none of the studios will pick it up! We are both hoping enough fan movement motivated the studios to launch the next film!

Earlier before, I walked by the Mattel booth to see the Back to the Future Hoverboard replica! I had always been interested ever since it was introduced to MattyCollector.com and went over to buy it. this is a life-size, heavy-weaighted, sound-included board, just like that Marty McFly stole from the little girl in Back to the Future part II. 

So, that is a wrap folks with my 2013 San Diego Comic-Con adventure!! This and my last post each covered 2 days of my experiences, and I hope you enjoyed reading! I will have two more posts from SDCC, one with all the Cosplayers, and one will include just photos of exhibits, booths, Gaslamp, etc.
Check back in a few more days for my first video of SDCC and reviews of my purchases!

SDCC 2013 Post-Coverage Day 1+2

San Diego Comic-Con 2013 is done! After a year off of SDCC, (2011 being my first Comic-Con) I had the amazing chance to return to San Diego for 2013!! I was very grateful for this opportunity and it has been the best weekend I have had! It was also the best Convention I have been to yet! (until SDCC 2014 at least).
It was a great pleasure to meet so many wonderful people throughout the weekend, whether we met on twitter first and saw each other in San Diego, or making new friends in lines and the crowds. Everyone was having a blast and I am sure it made each of our weekend’s that much better.
So, this post will be my day to day coverage. From the early morning on Thursday, to the end Sunday afternoon.

Day 1
San Diego, here I come! Due to rooms being booked, I was only able to get a room for Thursday-Sunday, that meant I leave Los Angeles at 4:00 am! I live about 30 minutes North of LA, and leaving that early was the best to avoid traffic. I made it to San Diego in 2 1/2 hours, and had my badge by 7:30. A tip for those that make a drive down to San Diego from the North, leave early! You not only beat the traffic on the roads and freeways, but you find parking easier, get in line earlier at the convention, and don’t have to deal with the heat as much in the morning.
Once I had my badge, I ran over to the Sails Pavilion for the Autograph Line, and hopped in, pretty far back but it was not too bad by the time I got in. The line was full on the stairs and went down the sidewalk quite a ways, and I was half way on the sidewalk. When I came into the Pavilion, I ran over to Robert Kirkman’s signing and scored a ticket on the first draw! Woo! Since we did not have to wait in line again, I ran back and got in line for the Robot Chicken signing and again, first draw I scored a ticket! I returned later that day to both booths (Robot Chicken in the Sails and Kirkman at the Image booth) and it was a great experience! The writers of Robot Chicken loved the fans and were all nice and having fun, especially Seth Green who loved the attention! He was getting on the table taking photos of us, signing our items and taking photos with fans too! Robert Kirkman was also nice, a quieter guy,signing as many items as you had! (Robot Chicken only allowed one personal item and their postcard)
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Before the signings, I wandered the Convention floor, scouting out where I would go the other days, who to see, what to buy, etc. There is just so much to visit, you do get lost! I kept backtracking and making circles as I would down one row, wander to one side when I see something, then come around and forget which way I was headed!
All the exhibits were well set up and had plenty of space to walk through, (I will have a separate post highlighting my favorite exhibits and booths)

Also on the first day, I made my first SDCC 2013 Exclusive purchase! From the noteworthy, and amazing NECA collection, the Albino Predator and Friday the 13th Jason figure! Both will also have their own reviews later on.
A short walk around the Gaslamp district, then it was off to my room for an early night as I had an early rise the next day!

Day 2
So, Day 2 was all about Hall H! I never had the chance for Hall H during my first time to SDCC, so this year it was a must! I arrived to the Convention Center by 4:30 AM, and the line was absolutely insane!! Thousands of people already camped out, in their sleeping bags, running up and down the convention center and marina. BUT, I had a friend already in line so I was able to hop in with him! By 8 AM they were condensing the line, 9 AM letting people in, and we got in about 10 minutes before show time! (First panel was at 10:00 AM) I was very excited to see The Walking Dead Panel! Before that, I had the chance to watch The World’s End, Riddick, KickAss 2, Veronica Mars, (which I did not care for) and finally¬†TWD!¬†The World’s End¬†welcomed Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost, giving us a great preview and discussing past work. KickAss 2 welcomed most of the main cast, along with special character tid bits when each actor was introduced.¬†Riddick¬†was my favorite panel other than¬†TWD,¬†as Vin Diesel and Katie Sackhoff discussed the making of the movie, their past success in the series, Vin talking about his obsession with Dungeons & Dragons, and even a fan asking “Vin Diesel, I have a Vision for you to be in a Marvel film” to which Vin replied “Wait about a month and Marvel will have some good news” as he chuckled and was hesitant to an answer!
Then came . . .¬†The Walking Dead!¬†Chris Hardwick was the moderator, as we welcomed creator Robert Kirkman, exec. producer Gale Ann Hurd, writer Scott Gimple, makeup artist Greg Nicotero, and the stars of the show Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Danai Gurira, David Morrissey, and Chad Coleman! The crowd went nuts when each member was called out, even booing David Morrissey as a joke! They showed the world premiere Season 4 trailer, discussed the making of the show, the shooting, writing the episodes, and even being asked what they would do in a Zombie Apocalypse, which Norman Reedus (giving the best, funniest response) stated “I would take over a hotel, paint my self silver, run around naked in circles and watch South Park” a very pleasing answer to the crowd!
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After the long, fun-filled day in Hall H, I headed back to the Exhibit Floor and jumped in line for¬†The Walking Dead¬†booth, which was set up like the prison with the barb-wire fence, tower with Rick at the top, Walkers roaming around, TV screens playing the trailer and episode clips, and photo-opps! You are given prop crowbars and pose with the Walker for free photos! Then, you are taken to the back, a private room closed off, which is set up like the Governor’s room with wall of heads and his daughter behind a gate, and given an eye patch, prop knife, and pose again! It was one of my favorite exhibits for SDCC, uniqu
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Friday was also great because I had the chance to meet Youtube star KassemG after his interview with a few cosplayers! Great guy, fun encounter, go watch his videos!
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After a crazy, fun filled day, I went to the Gaslamp District and walked around, experienced the sights, sounds, and cosplayers, and made a great purchase of a Bugs Bunny+Superman crossover print at the Course of the Force Chuck Jones Art Gallery! Mike Kungle was the artist, and did an amazing job on this piece! I loved it! I also luckily managed to get the #1 print, which was signed by Mike during his appearance the next day! Thanks to him, the wonderful art gallery, and the wonderful Kate who sold me the artwork!
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This will wrap up my Day 1 and 2 post! The next post will be all about Day 3 and 4! check back later tonight too for all my cosplay photos!!

Pacific Rim – Film Review

What do you get when you combine Godzilla, Mechas, Guillermo Del Toro, and Hellboy? Well¬†Pacific Rim, of course. A film which was underestimated for its greatness, unexpectedly grew in popularity among the geeks of the world. Bringing monster-mashing robot-fighting mind-melding science-fiction awesomeness,¬†Pacific Rim¬†gives us that and more. What brings out the kid in us? What keeps us sane? Gives us something to talk about, obsess over, and want to see over and over again? Everything in¬†Pacific Rim¬†gives us the opportunity to have that spirit again. Guillermo Del Toro uses the most advanced technology, the most widely built sets, the most dynamic and eye-opening scenes to capture us in. Whether I was 10 years old, or 40 years old, I would never get tired of this movie. A new obsession for myself, at only 19, having many more years of¬†Pacific Rim¬†to look forward to. Not only in film, but with toys, collectibles, video games, photos, everything will propel¬†Pacific Rim¬†to a beloved film franchise for years to come. It might take some time, as¬†Hellboy did,¬†but¬†Hellboy¬†has lasted and grown over the years to stardom and ever popular conversation starters for Del Toro fans.¬† So,¬†Pacific Rim¬†is a film revolving around an open portal in the Pacific Ocean, giving way for monsters to access Earth. Called Kaijus, (Japanese for “Strange Creatures”) these creatures weigh thousands of tons, stack hundreds of stories high, and increase in size as years go by (categorized by size categories 1,2,3 etc. and features such as Knifehead, Leatherback, etc) After years of attacks, the world forgave all debts, vengeances, and rivalries, to create Jaegers, (German for Hunter) giant mechas who sync minds with two pilots. One pilot proved too weak to control a Jaeger, so a two pilot system was developed. Created with a fantastic cast, who truly show their strengths and weaknesses in this film. Idris Elba does a great job being the stern, yet humble and caring general of the Jaeger program. Charlie Hunnam, not quite the “big-name” actor, steps up his acting role in¬†Pacific Rim¬†with a powerful story of losing a beloved sibling, then bouncing back to join the fight. And of course, Ron Perlman, Hellboy himself, just makes the crowd cheer when he steps into the screen. What’s not to love!? A strong story, which is not 100% perfect in script, but for any fan of sic-fi and monster flicks, it is quite the ride. Men die, Jaegers fall, Kaijus are killed, their bodies sold off in black markets, and unlikely outcomes lead to an unexpected end to this film. Pacific Rim¬†has instantly become one of my favorite films of all time, a new classic, a new adventure. A new era of films for a person of any age. Bringing us the action, the anticipation, sadness and the will, the joy, doubt, and hope. Pacific Rim¬†gets a 9/10 on my scale. (a few stills from the film)

Monsters University – Film Review

The anticipated prequel to Pixar’s¬†Monsters, Inc.¬†comes¬†Monsters University,¬†the time when Sully, Mike Wazowski and the rest of Monstroplois is in their college years! Many speculate the producers timed this so those who saw the first film at a certain age, would be just about in college for the prequel . . . whether these rumors are true or not, I will believe it as I was very excited to see this film during my college years. Monsters University¬†shows the two (future) head scarers starting college, facing new challenges in school, and making unexpected, lifelong friends, (and enemies, i.e. Randall). Frats and Sororities, classes, dorm life, college is a big change for some of the monsters. All of them want to be great scarers like their idols, to be on trading cards for the next generation to admire, but not ALL of them are quite scary enough. Monsters University¬†takes the classic spin off of one of my favorite childhood films,¬†The Little Giants.¬†A group of unwanted, unpopular, and not-quite-all stars of the Monster World, decide to come together to create a new Fraternity lead by Mike Wazowski. They team together to face all the odds in “friendly” competitions to be the top monsters at MU. Twists, turns, joys and tears bring Oozma Kappa, the un-cool monsters to a new level of scaring. Disney-Pixar studios did quite a great job with this sequel. The classic, laughable comedy that we all found in¬†Monster’s, Inc.¬†brought to life in their college years. With a favorite returning cast, the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi are as good as their first time around. An enjoyable under-dog story for the Disney-Pixar animation fans (which, is not quite unique, but so what) and a great addition to the¬†Monsters¬†co. I give¬†Monsters University¬†an 8/10

Despicable Me 2 – Film Review

Gru is back in action alongside his minions and three girls, but this time, he is here to save the world.

Gru has developed into quite the father figure for Agnes, Edith and Margo. His transition from the evil-villain to a new home business seems to be working for him, until the Anti Villain League asks for his assistance in saving the world. The culprit? No one knows. The culprit’s weapon? A secret chemical used to mutate the infected with all fury and violence in living creatures.

Despicable Me  was a great film and I quite well enjoyed it. Despicable Me 2, however, was not quite as enjoyable. The classic villain quitting his evil day job for a normal life, then being recruited to save the world from the people who tried stopping him.
Steve Carell does a great job with the voice of Gru, the returning cast and characters are well played, and the minions, well who doesn’t love those minions?
A few new characters, on the other hand, are not so impressive, as
Eduardo Perez/El Macho, the typical foreign villain with a new alibi, and Gru’s new sidekick, Lucy Wilde, who is very jumpy, jittery, and an odd one.

A few points to the story line were well derived, such as Gru’s new life, his girls, and the overall saving-the-world sequence. But,¬†Despicable Me 2¬†failed at being ¬†a successful comeback sequel. Some lousy humor, and a very, very limited new villain role.

The minions, on the other hand, did not disappoint.

Overall, a 6/10 for Despicable Me 2.

All About: “The Canadian Nerd Show”

There are countless numbers of bloggers, podcasters, newsletters, and video-casters that cover everything in the Geek world.
Yes that includes me, but hopefully I am special enough for some of you to come back and follow my articles.

But today, I am fulfilling  a promise that I made a long time ago, one which simply kept getting pushed back due to school, family plans, or big nerdy events.

A good friend, well a good twitter-friend at least, The Canadian Nerd.
An awesome nerd from Canada, covering all the latest events, news, and geekery across the Motherland of Canada!

Now, although I am in Southern California, The Canadian Nerd Show is one of my favorite geek or nerd-related show to watch. Plus it gives me future plans for conventions, exclusives, and other news in Canada!

Best part is, something so simple brought us together: Twitter!
When first starting out, I was followed by none other than The Canadian Nerd.
I thought, hell why not! Us geeks must stick together no matter what walk of life or what part of this world we are living in, so I followed back, we chatted, I won an awesome contest (which I must thank again for) with the prize pack of a few New-52 comics, and there we have it!

The Canadian Nerd Show is a fun, intriguing, interesting, and all around nerd-tastic show to follow and keep track of on Twitter!

Here are the links to his profiles:

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheCanadianNerdShow/featured

https://twitter.com/ThaCanadianNerd