Deadpool Gifts for that special gal this Valentines Day

Fellas, still need something for that special gal in your life?
Ladies, do you want something to show off for your man? Or just buy something for yourself?

Castle Corsetry is gearing up for the new Deadpool movie, and in honor, they’re celebrating with a coupon code for 20% off everything in their Etsy store. Use code DEADPOOLVD through Saturday, February 13th to spread the Valentine’s Day love, Merc-style.

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We’ve seen Castle Corsetry’s Merc Gym Gear before, but she’s got corsets and dresses to really round out your closet now!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/castlecorsetry

 

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All of these designs were seen at Le Geek So Chic’s first fashion show of 2016 at Anime Impulse. Le Geek So Chic is a traveling fashion show brand run by Lauren alongside geek goddesses Miss Chrissy Lynn and Bernadette Bentley.

An award-winning designer from the internationally renowned Castle Corsetry, Lauren has designed and built hundreds of corsets in all varieties as well as many custom costume orders specializing in impeccable cosplay recreations. Seen all over the world in the convention circuit, web content left and right, and celebrity clientele, you have assuredly seen Lauren’s handiwork. As a geeky girl herself, Lauren’s enthusiasm is what sets her apart, with dedication and attention to detail making her designs truly exceptional. There isn’t a finer, quirkier costumer around.

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Universal Studios Hollywood – Halloween Horror Nights 2015

For the Southern California residents and visitors, Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood​ starts TONIGHT at Universal Studios Hollywood​!! Check out all their amazing offering’s for this year’s event! Stay tuned for videos from Universal throughout the day!

http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/index.html

From Universal Studios:

Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at http://www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/hollywood, including a “Killer Deal Nights” ticket option with discounts of up to $25 on select dates as well as a Front of Line ticket option which enables guests to enjoy priority access to each “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, “Terror Tram,” Jabbawockeez show and theme park attractions. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.

“Halloween Horror Nights” brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties. This year’s line-up includes:

· “Guillermo del Toro Presents Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness” is inspired by the visionary filmmaker who directed, co-wrote and produced the upcoming October 16 Legendary and Universal Pictures feature film. The three-dimensional living replica of the film is designed to send guests spiraling through the chilling world and into the footsteps of Crimson Peak’s lead character, Edith Cushing, first as they venture from her home in America, then to the decaying and haunted Allerdale Hall mansion in a remote English countryside. With a foreboding “Beware of Crimson Peak” message that echos from Edith’s past, guests will navigate a labyrinth of paranormal tortured souls who have born witness to the estate’s dark history of unspeakable acts…and who continue to reside in vengeful, ghostly forms.

· “The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far,” inspired by season 5 of AMC’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning television series, this all-new maze will feature twice as many walkers in the longest and most gruesome maze ever built at Universal Studios Hollywood. Following in the footsteps of “The Walking Dead” cast, guests will begin their journey at the Terminus safe-haven compound, where an unspeakable hunger has consumed the demented souls of those dwelling within. As the chaos ensues, guests will encounter even greater atrocities as they stumble upon dismembered “W” walkers, witness the horror of victims besieged by the living dead, and step onto the loading dock of the Del Arno Food warehouse to face hordes of “W” walkers.
· The hilarity of this genre-defying blockbuster movie, This is the End, will take a dark turn in this all-new maze experience, “This is the End 3D,” that will come to life in hypnotic 3D. The end of the world will begin as guests head to the ultimate A-list party at James Franco’s new Hollywood Hills home before the Apocalypse strikes, and they find themselves trapped in a life-or-death struggle against the demons of the underworld. With the fate of humanity at the crossroads of heaven and hell, “This is the End 3D” will offer defining moments for those guests brave enough to tempt the devil as their destiny hangs in the balance to be damned for eternity or raptured to heaven engulfed in a sea of blue light.

· Halloween, hailed as one of the greatest horror films of all time and starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her acting debut, will come to life in the demented new experience, “Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home.” The haunted maze will take guests through the tormented town of Haddonfield, where on one fateful Halloween night in 1963, a six-year-old child by the name of Michael Myers inexplicably and brutally stabbed his sister to death with a kitchen knife. Guests will relive the terror that a maniacal Michael Myers inflicted upon the once quiet town after his escape from a psychiatric hospital to take bloody revenge on new and unsuspecting victims.

· The visually stunning, yet terrifying “AVP: Alien vs. Predator” maze is back by popular demand to entangle guests in the middle of an epic and primal war between the universe’s most deadly species in a horrifying haunted attraction inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox cult sci-fi franchise. This menacing maze will bring to life the violent creatures cohabitating our world as it pits two rival alien species in a fight to the death with Earth as their battleground. “AVP: Alien vs Predator” will uncover a dangerous alien spaceship carrying a race of hunter aliens known as Predators and a threatening new alien life form that uses human hosts to propagate its species. After crash landing in a remote section of America and escaping to the countryside, the Alien and Predator become hunter and prey with guests caught in the crossfire.

· The all-new “Terror Tram: Survive the Purge” experience, inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster film series, invites guests to a disturbing “Purge Party,” luring them with exclusive access to the world-famous backlot and thrusting them into the film’s depraved world in which all crime is declared legal as part of the government’s annually sanctioned 12-hour Purge, and where citizens take to the streets to dispose of the country’s less desirable humans without fear of retribution. Recognizing that not all citizens choose to hunt during The Purge, the newly endorsed “Purge Party” welcomes guests to honor this proud national tradition by watching the night’s dramatic events unfold on large video screens set up around the famed Universal backlot – until the experience quickly turns into an unforgettable living nightmare.

Scare Zones:
· “The Purge: Urban Nightmare,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ disturbing blockbuster films, will greet guests with pure unadulterated fear, bringing to life the turmoil and pandemonium that awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims during the government’s annually sanctioned killing spree.
· “Corpz” features an army of decaying World War I soldiers known as “The Lost Generation,” who have risen from their dank, muddy graves to haunt the streets of old Paris.
· Krampus, the demonic Christmas Devil, returns in “Dark Christmas,” a Pagan-themed scare zone where demonic creatures hunt disobedient children and drag them to hell.

And plenty MORE!

Halloween Horror Nights 2014 – Universal Studios, Hollywood

It is that time of year again! The color changing leaves, fresh autumn smell, harvesting the pumpkins, pumpkin everything, to say the least, and of course, zombies, ghosts, the horror, the spooky, and the Halloween! Each year, Southern California attracts hundreds of thousands of guests and fans throughout theme parks, mazes, haunted houses, and other Halloween themed events to get their scares and screams out! It seems Monsters, Inc was not the only company collecting screams. This year I had the wonderful chance to return to Universal Studios, Hollywood for their annual Halloween Horror Nights! The last time I had the opportunity was in 2011, when the park featured mazes and haunts from feature films such as Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Psycho. For 2014, Universal Studios brought the onslaught of Horror for a total of seven mazes; from themes such as Alien vs. Predator, The Walking Dead, and American Werewolf in London. The night is full of fun, scares, laughs, screams, sometimes cries, and all together an incredible night. I surprised my girlfriend this year for her birthday, which was on Friday as well, and we set out to Universal’s HHN! The park closes down and reopens for HHN guests, when regular admittance is 7:00 pm, while VIP admittance is 6:00 pm. However, I found it interesting and useful that the park allows regular-attendees early access as well if you enter through a side gate to make the Terror Tram (Studio Tour Tram) your first ride. But the best part, this line is not really ‘cut-off’ or separated from the park, so you are essentially free to roam to any part of the park! That was pretty awesome, as we entered the park at 6:15 instead of what seemed to be a 7:00 opening. We made our way down to the lower lot where Jurassic Park, The Mummy, and the [fairly] new Transformers rides are located. Also down below, the mazes include The Walking Dead, AVP: Aliens vs Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, and Clowns 3D: Music by Slash; [the lower lot also featured one of five scare zones, this location holding The Walking Dead scare zone.] Our first stop was AVP, which in order to get to, you go through The Walking Dead scare zone, through tunnels, broken down cars, gated areas, and a few stairs and hills. Luckily our AVP wait was only 10 minutes, as well as the other mazes; soon after, the wait shot up to over 115 minutes for the popular mazes! AVP was a pretty fun maze; cool Alien props of the face-huggers, broken containment shells as well as some with face-huggers in them; a cool entrance of a crashed ship; as well as in the beginning, the Predator from the end of AVP, with a burst chest and the glowing green blood everywhere! Throughout the maze, Aliens and Predators would burst through windows and doors, while face-huggers slammed against windows, and a few spots where real actors were being attacked or some fake bodies either skinned or already being eaten alive! Towards the end, the Queen rests against the wall waiting for dinner (you) to arrive! Overall, however, I was a bit disappointed with this maze; After watching videos of the AVP maze in Universal Orland0 (here) it is clear that Universal Hollywood is not up to par whatsoever (Hollywood video here) You would think being the ‘movie capital’ Hollywood would have the better mazes with more interactions and features, but, oh well, at least we got an AVP maze!

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Next up we had The Walking Dead maze which is right next to AVP;  this was set up to the prison scenario as in Season 3 and 4. It was overall a very well designed and fun area! Walkers at every corner, bodies being eaten, crashed cars burning areas and everything you would want in a Walking Dead maze! Not much to say, let alone complain about this one, but definitely an attraction NOT to miss for fans of The Walking Dead or simply fans of zombies! The only ‘confusing’ thing I would say, is the initial walk down to the maze, there are signs for Terminus as well as inside the maze, different sections relating to Terminus . . . so it seems they mashed the two when I personally would have liked just one or the other. After the first two mazes, we set way for the Transformers: 3D ride, as well as Jurassic Park, the classic and favorited ride in Universal Studios! This was our first time on Transformers, and overall I give it a 9/10! Fun filled ride hunting down and battling Decepticons, sitting/riding in a random autobot (well not random, but I forgot the name). It is an actual roller-coaster like ride, similar to The Mummy, but with the Simpsons ride feel as it goes through different animated and film screens along with built sets. Throughout the bottom-lot, costumed walkers roamed the area, on stilts, they were dressed in goat-like and other cattle like creatures! Full gowns, masks, and amazing stilt-walking skills! They were not so much as scary but more fun to watch and run around with.

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Heading back up to the top lot, we merged over to The Simpsons Ride, (an all time favorite, yet I am still saddened that E.T. was removed!) So far lines have been short and no issues there! A quick stop through the Kwik-E-Mart for a look around then it was off to The Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride! This was the longest line of the night et, almost an hour waiting, but totally worth it for a first time rider! I love the outdoor displays and design, as posters were set up to resemble a WWII style propaganda to join “Gru’s Army” as a minion. Prior to boarding the ride, a another waiting area is set to resemble Gru’s living room, and large screens above the doors to show Gru introducing you to the start of the ride! Riders are placed in separate cars similar to The Simpsons, BUT all the cars are in one room and it is just like the old Terminator Ride (another I am saddened to see gone). Again, I would give this ride a 9/10, it is fun, cute, silly, if you are a fan of Despicable Me than you will love it; only complaint here is that it is just too short of a ride!!

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Throughout the rest of the park, we encountered a few more ‘scare zones’; as mentioned before, The Walking Dead  zone is in the lower lot, and the upper lot has the Masquerade theme and Dark Christmas themed zones. The masquerade is a victorian style scare zone; ol’ wigs, englishman, women in large gowns showing the enormous hips, hangings and an ol’ dinner table full of dead diners! Then the ‘Dark Christmas’ theme, my personal favorite of the scare zones! Evil creepy elves, Santas, Mrs. Clauses, zombie reindeer, evil giant nutcrackers, and more! It is a step-up from a ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ style, but so much fun to be around! It truly is a “nightmare” before Christmas! The main entrance, well almost to that, had a Purge themed scare zone; I am not fully familiar with the Purge films, but there was a ‘spokeswoman’ on a stage of bodies, with masked men running around chasing you with chainsaws! And of course, bodies, bodies, and more, bodies. christmas 1  purge 4     unnamed-48  unnamed-51      victorian 4unnamed-71 unnamed-72

The last three mazes we went through this night were Sci Fi’s Face/Off, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Dracula. From Dusk is actually a tv show (who knew? I did not!) and they had scenes playing on a screen outside the building and a few actors who would go through the lines reenacting scenes from the show too. The maze itself is in essentially a strip club called ‘Twister’ with creepy bloody strippers and strip-club-attendees attacking you. Then the Dracula attraction was a bit more pleasant; essentially vampires and ghouls and goblins jumping out chasing you throughout Dracula’s mansion area. . . BUT Face/Off was absolutely incredible!! One of my favorite attractions for the night, and I am so glad Universal Studios brought this theme into the 2014 HHN! From Sci Fi’s hit television series, Face/Off brings makeup artists in a competition to design, build, paint, mold, scrap together the best creatures, monsters, beasts, aliens, any sic-fi related being! And all the previous designs were brought into this maze! Each creature had their own theme, then before exiting, it becomes  a giant rave with strobe lights, heavy EDM music, and a big ol’ party! Definitely the mazy to hit on the way out to end the night on a good, I mean, great note! As for the rest of the night’s adventures, I was happy and surprised to see Star Wars merch in the gift shop( including the awesome Yoda Jedi-training back pack!!), snagged the giant Lard Lad’s Donut from the Kwik-E-Mart, and found some cool Minion displays, tried on Arnie’s jacket from Terminator 2, as well as won some Minion plushes for my girlfriend!! I also included a photo of the wait times to show how much the wait had increased early in the night. (My apologies for this and other blurry photos, it is hard to snap good photos on an iPhone when running through a theme park!) This night was not just a fun filled, Halloween adventure night, but also a night for my girlfriend’s birthday! Shoutout to Mayra, my beautiful churro (yes I’m cheesier than nachos) hope you enjoyed it babe! And hope all my followers and readers also enjoyed the post and get a chance to visit the park!

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Coming Up THIS WEEKEND: Long Beach Comic & Horror-Con 5th Anniversary Show!

EXCITING NEWS!! THIS WEEKEND NOVEMBER 23-24 IS THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF LONG BEACH COMIC CON!!!

Long Beach Comic and Horror Con (#LBCHC) is a rising convention in the heart of Long Beach; held in the Long Beach Convention Center, it is returning for it’s 5th year and it is expected to be HUGE!

LBCHC is here for it’s 5th year! This event has come such a long way, grown so much, but still gives the fans and guests the anticipation of the following year. This will be my third straight year, and I can tell you just from the last two years, 2013 will not disappoint! LBCHC is generally more focused on comics and collectors; pop culture has slowly been increasing each year, as well as panels and popular guests. Artists and writers have the most connection with fans here, as it is a more subtle environment than the exceptionally larger cons.
A brief history/past of LBCHC:

http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/comic-con-about.phpLaunched in 2009 to over 5500 attendees!

  • Stan Lee participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony
  • IDW, BOOM!, Top Cow, Lionsgate, Nintendo, Sony, and more companies have participated in LBCHC
  • LBCHC 2012 had over 10,000 attendees!
  • 2013 is in the making

This year has a HUGE lineup of artists, writers, and special guests! To make it simple, I will post the links but highlight here some of my favorites:

  • Eric Basaldua
  • BATT
  • Ryan Benjamin
  • Brian Buccellato
  • Amanda Conner
  • Noel Gugliami
  • Derek Fridolfs
  • Tom Hodges
  • Mark McCorkle
  • Rob Paulsen
  • Marc Silvestri
  • Alex Sinclair
  • LeeAnna Vamp
  • Vampy Bit Me
  • And  MANY MANY MORE!

http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/comic-con-guests.php
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/comic-con-artist-alley.php

Long Beach Comic Con is also great for its wide array of panels; in smaller rooms and more spread out, you will be able to attend more and actually hear what the panelists or other attendees are saying! In the past I have attended a few artist & writer panels, a 501st Legion cosplay building panel, and a creating comics panel! A few notable this year:

This year at LBCHC also brings the Premiere Hollywood Props auction! You have the chance to win Bumblebee’s head!! Check it out early on Saturday to get your bids in!

 

Tickets are still available, $25 for Saturday, $20 Sunday, or $40 for a weekend pass. There are also a range of ticket packages and VIP packages with exclusive prints, gifts, and more! Get those tickets now!!

If you’d like some personal experience from the past, check out the next link; this is my experience from 2012.
https://earth2geek.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/long-beach-comic-con-2012-is-done-here-is-the-overview-and-tips/

 

For more info, check out their main page http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/index.php and hope to see you there!

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!!

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.

https://earth2geek.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/long-beach-comic-con-2012-is-done-here-is-the-overview-and-tips/

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! 😀