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Indiana Comic Con 2015

This post is long overdue, but work and being a father had take up a lot of my time, as of late.  Indiana Comic Con was a much better-organized convention than it was last year in its inaugural happening.  They had much more space, bigger stars, and a great line up of artists and vendors.

I was very pleased to add two more autographs to my Season 1 Game of Thrones: Rory McCann (The Hound), and Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo).  Both of them were really cool to meet.  Rory was interesting to see smiling and happy, very unlike Sandor Clegane.  Jason was very much the bad-ass you would expect him to be, with his shades, long hair, and general muscly-bigness.

Another highlight of the weekend for my wife and I was getting some brief interaction and an autograph from Jenna Coleman.  Yes, THE Clara Oswald was in town!  It was a little exhilarating to hear her say our names with her accent.  We exchange brief pleasantries with her before moving the line along, but it was nice that she made an effort to say hi and thank us for seeing her.

My wife also took some time to meet a couple of the Disney princess voice actresses.  Paige O’Hara, who voiced Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was there, as well as Linda Larkin, who voiced Jasmine, in Disney’s Aladdin.  My wife got an autograph from each of them to her and our daughter.  Granted our daughter can’t appreciate them yet, but she will sooner than I realize, no doubt.

I was able to find a few issues of Dark Horse’s Star Wars: Legacy and Star Wars: Dark Times that I was missing.  The comic vendor selling them only asked $1 a piece!  I didn’t get to look at any of the other comic vendors, unfortunately, because it turns out I have a lot of missing issues for Legacy.

Speaking of comics, on Saturday of the con, I was dressed in my Captain America (Cap costume hoodie, jeans, nice boots, and the shield) and got to get some pictures with one of the actual shield props used in Captain America: The Winter Soldier!  And it was signed by the main cast of Winter Soldier and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D!! I really felt like Cap for a minute…

Perhaps the pinnacle of nerd for me was a combination of a Saturday and Sunday.  Carrie Fisher was a guest of the con, so of course I had to get her autograph.  I was wrestling with what to have her sign and decided on the variant of the new Princess Leia comic of Carrie from A New Hope with her blaster.  Bonus: Mark Wade was there at the con, so I had him sign it too!  While talking to him, I mentioned I was going to have Carrie sign it and he warned me that she had been glittering people all day.  ‘Oh, boy, something weird to look forward to when I get up there tomorrow,’ I thought.  Man, was I right.

After some schedule rearranging, and time to rest and feel a little better, and lots of time in line, I finally got up to see Carrie F#@*ing Fisher!  Her con handler passes her the comic with the post-it ‘To Phil’.  “Phil!” she exclaimed.  “Hi,” I said.  She wrote ‘Love to Phil’ on the comic cover and paused to look up at me with a look of someone thinking hard.  “Help me remember,” she said.

Uh…what the hell was I supposed to say to that?!

I stood there, with this dumb look on my face, eyes wide with confusion and panic, mouth agape.  “Just say anything,” she said after a few seconds.  As I stumble around in my brain for what to say, I finally just blurted out “Tacos.” Tacos.  Really brain? That’s what we went with?!  Oh well, it’s too late now, as she’s writing.  Under ‘Love to Phil’ she added ‘Meet me at Taco Bell – Let’s ring it! Carrie Fisher.’  I kid you not.  Then, before I’m allowed to leave the table, she tells me to wait.  She stands up, gets out this gold paint-on make up and puts two spots on my left check, then adds some silver glitter.  Then she adds another gold spot to my right cheek and more silver glitter.  This is not a joke.  Here’s photographic proof.

Aftermath of meeting Carrie Fisher.
Aftermath of meeting Carrie Fisher.
Aftermath of meeting Carrie Fisher
The Taco Bell autograph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all, it was a great con.  We got to see some friends attend a convention for the first time, got some fantastic autographs, and had a great time.  We even had the baby with us one day!  This was one of the best cons Indiana has had to date, excluding the well-established Gen Con.

Loot Crate Unboxing – January 2015

Greetings, and welcome to another Loot Crate Unboxing!  This month’s theme: Rewind.  Grab the keys to the Delorean and let’s go!

Another month of great stuff!
Another month of great stuff!

First up on the list, is a nice addition to any geek’s fancy wardrobe.  The skinny tie from Black Tie Geek is a printed silk tie featuring that arcade classic, Space Invaders.  The tie could go with a wide variety of shirts and suits, given it’s very neutral color scheme.  On a personal note, it’s the only skinny tie I own.

Next, we have a ‘varies by your crate’ piece.  Retro anthropomorphized game cartridges which mash up popular nerd things with retro 10-doh! games from Squid Kids Ink.  I ended up getting the Doctor Who cartridge, which is a clear mash up of our favorite TARDIS-flying Gallofreyan and a certain plumber-turned-doctor.  I’m not sure if items like this are random, but this one seems picked out just for me.

Following that, we have another Loot Crate exclusive alternate cover art comic.  This month, we get issue 001 of the new Marvel Star Wars comic.  While I enjoyed several of the titles that Dark Horse ran for Star Wars, I understand why Disney/Lucasfilm took the rights from Dark Horse.  It makes sense that the Disney/Lucasfilm/Marvel powerhouse would monopolize something like this.  That being said, I do look forward to reading it, and maybe keeping up with it.

Speaking of space and robots, we have a very cool Voltron t-shirt this month.  It’s nothing too fancy, but it is a nice schematic-style print from Flophouse.  I do remember watching some of Voltron and thoroughly enjoying it as a child.  I mean, come on!  Giant robot space tigers that can transform and combine into a super robot?! Yes, please!!

Next, we have a Comic Notebook from Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild.  It’s a 60-page notebook with panels laid out like a comic book.  There are even stencils for the dialogue bubbles!  I’m not much of an artist, but this is a pretty cool thing.

Last, we have another awesome pair of sunglasses.  (Do you remember the last pair we got?)  These black and orange 8-bit sunglasses are quite stylish, given their simple design.  Rated to 400 UV protection, they should do a wonderful protecting your eyes.  It’s times like this I wish I didn’t wear prescription glasses.

What was your favorite piece of loot this month?  Let me know in the comments!

Deep Breath – The New Doctor Begins

So, we have the first Doctor Who episode with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor (yes, I know it’s been a couple weeks).  I have to say, I was intrigued by the choice to go with an older actor.  However, I fully reserved my opinions until I saw him in action.  I have seen the Series 8 premier and my patience has been rewarded.  Peter Capaldi is an excellent choice to succeed Matt Smith.

One of the best lines from the episode.  I believe this to be a point of foreshadowing for the series to come.
One of the best lines from the episode. I believe this to be a point of foreshadowing for the series to come.

I have to say, that I embraced the move to an older doctor pretty much from the start.  I haven’t seen much of the Classic Who, but what I have seen of Doctors 3 and 4 are rather good.  Capaldi also does well at capturing the essence of the Doctor.  Once his brain gets starts to fall into sync, he displays the same plain-as-day, matter-of-fact demeanor when making certain points, as we often saw with Christopher Eccleston, and to a lesser degree Matt Smith.  We see the wide-eyed craziness that David Tennant brought to the show when the Doctor decides that exiting through a door is boring, and definitely “not me.”

I also see some some of the sternness from Tom Baker, John Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, and William Hartnell.  The early Doctors had much more of a fatherly/grandfatherly feel to them.  This is  much different style than was seen with Eccleston, Tennant, and Smith.  Capaldi gives me the sense that he will bring some of the classic feel of the character back to the show.  It helps, I think, that Capaldi has watched the show for a long, long time.

I very much look forward to this new Doctor, with his new look, sort of new T.A.R.D.I.S. control room, and the new series.  I especially can’t wait to find out who put the advertisement in the paper and how Stephen Moffat explains Capaldi’s “reappearance” in the Who-niverse.

Are you looking forward to the rest of Series 8?  What are your thoughts on Peter Capaldi?  Do you think we will see any new enemies?  How many of the old ones do you think will return?  Who the bloody hell is Missy?  Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Loot Crate Unboxing – August 2014

Hey everyone! It’s time to unbox another great set of swag from Loot Crate!  This month’s theme follows up on last month’s Villains: Heroes.

August 2014 Heroes Loot Crate - Photo by me.
August 2014 Heroes Loot Crate – Photo by me.

In support of the new movie by Michael Bay, this crate includes a pretty cool Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figure with some glow-in-the-dark to it.  It’s a pretty cool looking figure by Kidrobot based on the new series on Nickelodeon.  I haven’t seen any of the new show, but it seems to be doing well for itself.  Personally, I’m a fan of the live-action TMNT movies from the 90’s.  Remember, go ninja, go ninja, go!

Also from TMNT, there are some pretty sweet mask sunglasses from H2W.  Like the figures, they are randomized for each crate, which is a nice touch.  I would have matched the glasses to the figure, but that’s because I got the Leonardo figure, who wears my favorite color, but the Michaelangelo glasses.  But don’t get me wrong, Mikey is hilarious.  I wear perscription glasses, so I may not sport these often, which kind of bums me out.

Another big item this month is a Loot Crate exclusive Funko POP! figure of Groot.  What makes this figure special, is his one arm glows in the dark.  I believe most of you know by now that Groot can release luminescent spores from his left arm.  You guessed it, the figure’s left arm glows in the dark.  I often find these Funko POP! things creepy looking, but Groot will be proudly displayed at my house.

The lightning bolts are a cool shoe accessory by Schwings.  They lace to your shoes and, presumably, help you run faster.  Ok, that second part isn’t true.  However, they are awesome and make you look kind of like the Flash.  I may have to go buy some lace-up shoes again.

One of three different air fresheners from Sega and Epic Scents also comes with the Crate this month.  I go Mega Man, who is scented as Cool Rush.  I like Mega Man, but kind of wish I had gotten the Sonic one.  Growing up, my brother and I would play Sonic 2 for hours on our Sega Genesis.  Although, once we got a PSOne, we did play quite a bit of Mega Man.  My car will soon smell like speed and heroics.

Making a re-appearance from last month, we have some Deadpool swag.  This month, he breaks the fourth wall with a magnet for what is likely his favorite cereal: Chimichang’Os.  Most Deadpool fans should know of the Merc with a Mouth’s love of chimichangas.  This anti-hero-approved magnet will adorn my fridge proudly next to Bowser from last month.

Finally, we have some digital loot.  A card with codes for cool stuff in Doctor Who: Legacy, Defense Grid: The Awakening, and Gauntlet comes to the Loot Craters this month.  With codes for free swag, I may just have to get a Steam account.  I will also have to look into the free Doctor Who: Legacy app, as the code unlocks 11 Doctors, Rose Tyler, Clara, K-9, and more!

All in all, another great month for Loot Crate subscribers.  Let me know which of the Turtles figures and masks you got, along with the air freshener, in the comments below.  If you aren’t signed up for Loot Crate, but think, ‘Yeah, this thing is for me,’ check out their website here.

Uber Geek Cosplay

One of the cosplay original ideas I have is to build an ‘uber geek’ that combines different aspects of multiple fandoms. To that end, I have amassed the following items:

1. Lightsaber – a ForceFX replica of Luke’s lightsaber from Return of the Jedi
2. Comm Badge – a magnet pin replica of a comm badge from Star Trek: The Next Generation
3. Sonic Screwdriver – a decent replica, with lights and sounds, of the Other Doctor’s sonic screwdriver from The Day of the Doctor
4. Wand – a replica of Harry Potter’s wand from the popular book and movie series
5. Colonial Military dog tags – replicas of Colonel Saul Tigh’s dog tags from Battlestar Galactica
5. Ultra Ball – a foam replica of an ultra ball from Pokemon.
6. Diamond Sword – a foam replica of from the popular Minecraft game
7. 4 Star Dragonball – an acrylic replica from one of the best anime shows of all time, Dragonball & Dragonball Z
8. Cap’s Shield – an aluminum replica of Captain America’s shield that I plan to modify slightly

Today, I purchased an addition to the costume: a Jayne hat, from the cult classic Firefly.  As you can see, I’m bridging quite the array of nerd cultures here. If you have any suggestions as to other items I could add to this, please let me know in the comments!

 

*I would like to say a few things about the links, and apologize for not having one for the Cap Shield.  For the most part, I got these items for about the same price as listed on the links.  Some of them even came from the exact link I’ve given above.  However, when I bought the Col Tigh dog tags, they were not nearly that expensive.

The Doctor and Rose

I’ve been re-watching Doctor Who with my wife recently. She didn’t start to get into the show until the later part of the David Tennant years. I would make references to things she hadn’t seen, forgetting for a moment that she didn’t know what I was talking about. Last night we got to the end of Series 2, where the Doctor and Rose say goodbye. Just as it did the first time, re-watching that two-parter brought tears to my eyes. Though I like Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Amy Pond, and Clara Oswald, Rose Tyler will always be my favorite companion.  Who’s your favorite companion?

The Doctor and Rose at Bad Wolf Bay.  Image from http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g246/sey115/burningup.jpg
The Doctor and Rose at Bad Wolf Bay. Image from http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g246/sey115/burningup.jpg

Hey, Listen!

I posted this ‘about me’ sort of thing over at Quaintjeremy’s Thoughts. I am starting as a contributor there and felt this an adequate way to verify my nerd credit.  Be sure to check out the the Thoughts for other great nerd postings!

quaintjeremy's thoughts

My Editor-In-Chief has asked that I give you all a sort of “about me” blog entry.  Well, here it goes.

I’m 26 years old and have lived in Indiana all my life.  I have been married for nine months to my wonderful wife, who is pregnant with our first child!  Like the EIC, I attended Wabash College.  Unlike the EIC, I do not have a Bachelor of Arts in English.  My degree is in German.  I have never really had any idea what to do with it, as I was not an exceptional German student.  None the less, I have managed to survive pretty well so far.

My nerd credentials are somewhat extensive.  Star Wars was my first science fiction memory and love.  I couldn’t have been much older than 8 when I first saw A New Hope, in its original release edit.  We were over to dinner at…

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