It’s March which means Brackets, Shamrocks and the Emerald City Comic Con.
Join our heroes and heroine as they go green with the sprit of March. As they talk about the Throne of Geekdom. Which pits your fav pop culture characters against each other for your vote. Along with the latest news from Emerald City Comic Con.
With Convention season in full swing, it’s to break out the Survival Guide.
Join our heroes and heroine as they go through some tips and tricks in how to survive both small and large conventions which of course breaks down to some of the amazing things we’ve experienced at conventions. We’ll be wrapping up with a early look at E3.
Ah, the joys of November: not just food and family, but cosplay and comic book conventions. The crew from Comic Issues made a trip to cover ComiKaze’s debut expo. Since it was a new convention, we weren’t sure what to expect. But there were tons of surprises, including Stan Lee (nuff said)!
For a full description of the convention, tune in this Wednesday for the latest episode of the Comic Issues Podcast. Until then, enjoy this photo gallery of cosplay fun.
If you’re a comic fan, and let’s admit it you are, then you love going to the cons. There’s nothing like being in a room full of people with the same passion that you have. This is what really makes the comic conventions so special; it’s not the movie premiers or the exclusive toys. It’s the passion in everyone’s eyes when they’re in a room full of that thing they love… or maybe that’s just me.
If you have nothing to do next Sunday, January 16, and live in the Southern California area, why not stop by at the Shrine Auditorium Expo Center in Los Angeles and meet Lando Calrissian? That’s right, Lando himself will be appearing at the L.A. Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention. This is your chance to get up close and personal with Cloud City’s administrator and have some Star Wars memorabilia signed.
BILLY made one of his first Convention appearances at the LOS ANGELES COMIC BOOK AND SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION during 1999, and now he’s returning to give STAR WARS Collectors another opportunity for an autograph. BILLY will be signing autographs in the Dealers Room 12:00-2:00 P.M. While there is a charge for each autograph, it includes a choice of photo.
The convention will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and is only eight dollars for regular admission, while kids five and under are free. For more info, visit the convention’s website.
Ok, let me first introduce you to what MegaCon is: Mega Convention (read: giant nerd fest). It’s held every year in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. They have something there for just about everyone: comics, manga, anime, movies, artists, collector’s items (action figures, figurines, etc…), video games, swords, dice, clothing, and plenty of miscellaneous stuff. One of the things you’ll also notice before you even get in is that there is a lot of cosplay; there’s even a contest for it! Now that you’re aware of the awesomeness of this convention, I took plenty of pics below for you to see what it’s like.
Ah yes, the dreaded Day 3 of a good con. Dread because it comes with an accompanying feeling of “Damn, I wish this wasn’t over so soon” as well as wondering if you should be there at all, because the last days of most cons are always notoriously lacking, for obvious reasons. GameX did come with the feeling of wishing it wasn’t over so soon, but surprisingly, seemed to maintain about 90% of exhibitors and celebrities throughout the third and final day. We left mid-way through the day only because of scheduling issues with getting back to Pittsburgh at a decent time. Barring that, we would have, without a doubt, stayed the entire third day. Read On
Day 2 of GameX, while starting an hour late for us due to an alarm clock failure, has proven to be just as fun and successful as Day 1. More, actually, on both fronts. I’ve never managed to have this much fun at a gaming convention before. The staff is smart, hard working, friendly and willing to help with whatever anyone needs. The exhibitors were, with one small exception I will mention later, top notch and full of win. The floor? Packed today, people old and young, hardcore gamer and people new to the scene.
This was written Friday, but due to the Philadelphia having some apparent hatred for internet at both hotels and conventions, could only be posted a day late. Apologies.
GameX, day 1 has been for the most part fun, organized and impressive. I would judge it on a peer basis with VGXpo (Useless piece of shit con, not worth the price of admission), but to be honest, from my first day here, it seems to be more on a peer with a PAX type event. Granted, it is a mini-peer of PAX, but the quality is here, do not doubt. There were a few minor organizational hiccups, not worth mentioning in specific really, but it seemed to be on the “Good” end of the disorganized spectrum. Meaning I just don’t think they expected this to be as large and popular as it has been. But, all in all, I cannot say enough about how much the con staff and volunteers have done an excellent job making this go so smoothly.
Before even receiving our press passes, Dave and I entered the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and our nerdy gamer senses were immediately overloaded by the beautiful seemingly endless field of Alienware computers set up as the LAN center here. Row upon row of sleek, shiny black alien motif computers that somehow reminded me of Gandalf’s description of the death and heaven to Pippin in Return of the King. In the evening, we attempted to get a Team Fortress 2 LAN up and running, but as with everything beautiful, ugliness sometimes lies just beneath the surface. Ugliness in the form of cheap power strips that kept blowing out and shutting down entire rows of computers, mid flag cap! They said the issues would be fixed by tonight, so here is hoping for another night of TF2.
The rest of Day 1 consisted of us wandering the floor some more, getting autographs from Brian O’Halloran and cast members of The Guild and drinking BAWLS. Oh, we also formed a Rock Band 2 team called SnoBAWLS, in homage to the delicious frozen slushie treat the BAWLS folks have us all addicted to. We did terrible, but hell, it was fun. Saturday we’ll be taking a close look at a new MMOFPS called Global Agenda, some of the new changes going on in WarHammer Online as well as getting the low down on some hardware and peripherals floating around.
I heartily recommend that anyone in the Philly area or in close driving distance try to make it out Saturday and Sunday. GameX is the one of the most fun conventions I’ve ever attended, and the best on the East Coast without a doubt.
If you are planning to go to Comic Con, you only have two choices for days to go to as of now. Thursday, the official opening of the show floor and Sunday. Which is usually the day when no one wants to go because nothing much goes on on Sundays.