The DLOA crew gather in this week’s Fanservice to talk about their time at Wizard World Austin. They had fun, Continue reading
Hello everyone who couldn’t make it for the full weekend, or for only one day, or even who made it to the whole weekend. I don’t know what your weekend was like, but it was a different type of convention for myself. I’m used to Ikkicon, which takes place between Ikkicon and Comic Con. I don’t know what type of books or films you are in to, but this really helped me understand the many costumes that were there.
When Friday rolled around Bunny and I were ready, to join us was supposed to be Stone and Pyro to have some crazy fun. Which didn’t happen because Stone, sent Pyro to go it alone. That being said, the three of us went there and had our a good time and all. We saw some booths that got our intention and talked Pyro into getting his own IG-88 model. I also tried to look for a few items for myself with no luck. We searched the whole place for anything that would catch our eye. We did get quite a few pictures of all of us. It surprised me to find the Suicide Girls there. It didn’t surprise me to find Bunny going all wide eyes to them. We even found a booth that was playing a game called Cthulhu dice, a fast pace game of two to six players and to brag a bit of myself winning with all of my sanity tokens. We got lots of pictures of some of the costumes that were there. Ours was taken a lot, because we looked great. When it came time for the schools to let out, we decided that we were ready to go. Therefore, our day ended with one interview for Pyro, costume pictures for Bunny, and a few games for me.
With Stone having no excuse to go Saturday: Bunny, Stone, Pyro, and I get to the convention and get to Pyro’s interview, which went so well it just looked like a day for us to follow on. However, the only thing that went wrong is that Pyro (dressed as Waldo) got annoying because people kept finding him. I was not finding anything to keep me here along with Bunny going with the “My feet hurt.” line. So Stone, Bunny, and I took our leave and some pictures to say we were here and nothing else as we left. Pyro told us later that he found two others dressed up as Waldo with him being told the line over two hundred times and no other Jake the dog from Adventure Time, which Stone dressed as today. Bunny went as a witch with bunny ears and a wolf tail. I went as myself just to see if I could have any fun.
Sunday shows up for all of us and how yesterday had me all bummed out with no interviews, it was time for me to show how a dark shadow can be as good as Stone Wearing a Jake the dog outfit. When Bunny and myself got there, we interviewed two people from Resurrected Games, then a lovely woman who dressed up as dark who I scared when I showed up in my flesh suit later to give my card. Then Bunny reminded me of a woman from Z-con who I could interview, which got myself back to being good to be Death again. With my intentions of looking for the Sword of Omens and a Black power ring for me and a White power ring for Bunny didn’t happened, which made me disappointed for it being a convention but not too much for how it went.
For the weekend of Austin Comic Con, it has its days of getting old real quick and others it’s the best thing you can experience if it’s your first convention or the first Comic convention. How smoothly everything went it was like any other place and if I could do it again I would. I give this convention a four out of five for the only reason of how Saturday went, but not to be put against anyone who worked there or anything just for hearing the line repeatedly.
So this was my 3rd year coming to wizard con with my girlfriend and we had a blast!
But for the first time I decided to go in a costume since everyone goes in one and well I thought it was going to be loads of fun. I decided to go as none other then the infamous Psycho Bandit from Borderlands. Yeah I know the mask looks crappy but it was a last minute thing I had to do, like literally I stayed up till 3am in the morning trying to finish this. And you know how loud the DLOA crew is her eon the moon? With no neighbors to complain it’s like a party everyday. a party with explosions, pinatas and gogo dancers. To my surprise I had many people wanting to take my picture, even though I thought people weren’t going cause of the crappy mask, plus no one else came as the Psycho Bandit which made me feel good. Mariah Porter ( My GF) went in as the sexy Poison Ivy. But anywho let’s skip to the details of Comic Con!
This year there were many wonderful costume that caught my eye. Axel, Etzio, Fox McCloud, Naruto and much more were one of the few that i enjoyed taking pictures with. The one that really caught my attention was that one guy from The Watchman. The costume had the guy breathing, and while breathing the black ink was fading and then getting darker just like in the movie, it tripped me out. One that made me laugh was this guy dressed as Zangiff from Street fighter. He had the chest hair the beard he just had everywhere, plus it was his real hear.Another guy came up with a unicorn mask which just made it even more awesome. I know people find the mask weird but it was just the gnarliest mask ever.
On this day I was ready to spend over $200, ready to give my money to those dam people selling the coolest stuff. But to my surprise I felt like this comic con really didn’t have many booths that sold items. I felt like this comic was mostly based on the art and the famous celebrities. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I really did want to spend money on a couple of action figures. I spend a total of about 50-60 dollars.
For the famous celebrities I really wanted to take a picture with WWE World Champion CM Punk. Unfortunately, I was unable to see him since he was at a booth taking pictured behind a curtain. But the prices these people ask for, $25 dollars for a picture is crazy. I you think that’s alittle Patrick Stewart, the guy who plays Xavier in X-men or that bald guy from Star Treck, was charging $75 bucks for an autograph. Just for his autograph they wanted an arm and a leg. Vic Mignogna the voice actor for Broly and Obito Uchia was also charging for a picture and a autograph but at a reasonable decent price.Ten bucks for an autograph and another $10 bucks for a picture count me in. My gf and me were able to get an autograph picture and a photo with the guy.
I was able to catch in video some performances from the Museum Of Weird. One of the performers stuck a long knife down his throat and showed everybody that it was not fake, I almost threw up just looking at him. To top it off he nailed a freaking nail to his nose, hammering that thing down with no pains or screams whatsoever. The other performer had electricity run through his whole body and he lit up a light bulb just by touching it. I’m glad these folks came and hope to see them again.
This years comic con was loads of fun. The my gf and me were able to dress up is what made it fun and exciting. The only downfall was that I expected to be plenty of booths that sold items but a lot of them did not catch my interest or there was just no figures I was into. But don’t let that upset you from coming to next years Comic con, the DLOA Crew will be there anyways dressed up in an awesome bad ass costumes. Excpet Pyro. He gets to dress up as Duct Tape. I know I had lots of fun and I hope to see everyone next year again!
Stone finds as many Finns and Fionnas as he can to science dance with at Wizard world Austin 2012
So we crashed Wizard World again this year. And what a time it was to be had too.
The day started out innocently enough with us arriving on Earth to head to the con, but things (as usual) got really odd for us as the day went on. See, this was the first time we ever went in full costumes to a convention and man was it an entirely different experience. People want to talk to you in costume, take pictures and just have fun. I had no idea how much fun it was being in costume. I went as Jake from Adventure Time, Pyro was Waldo, Clyde was Psycho from Borderlands, Mariah was Poison Ivy, Bunny was a cat witch, Death was Seath and we just had a lot of fun being in costumed characters. Death scared a bunch of people, way too many people were finding Pyro which makes me think he was a really bad Waldo, I was like the only Jake in a sea of Finns so we always found ways to meet up with each other and Bunny cast quite a few spells. Mariah gathered with the other Batman baddies and Clyde, well Clyde is just Clyde. MARS and Legend Larry were there as well but I never could find them.
This year was really well put together. I made it a habit to avoid the celebrities as they have a habit of charging way too much for their wares. We ran into a guy who spent like $150 on three signatures on a photo just to have someone run into him and bend the picture. Kinda sad really. I found myself having more fun in the artist alley this year. I never really stopped to look at them but when I did I was just mesmerized. There were some really really good artists there, as well as some not so good ones.
But the buzz was definetly for the Star Trek TNG reunion panel. Wow, I managed to see them all at least once around the floor and could not help thinking how small many of them were. Patrick Stewart looks like he’s been hitting the gym seriously! That simply proves he’s the best Captain ever – he could tear up the others with very little effort. And Ray Park was a last minute addition and that dude is always awesome. It was good to run across good friends like SSCOT and the 501st, as well as new ones like the Transformers group and some Start Trek cosplayers!
But being in costume made a world of a difference.
It was like an entirely different con experience. There was a new life. My goal was to find as many Finn’s as I could and Science Dance with them.
As you can see it was a really good time. I have watched Wizard World grow over the three years since it started and it’s just getting better and better. This year was no exception, and we always find ways to have far too much fun for our own good at times like these. Which you will see on this Saturdays episode of Fanservice. See me talk about Death’s nipples, Clyde say by far the most interestingly disturbing thing you will ever hear, Pyro come across another Waldo and Bunny looking like she is ready to kill. And to part with, I am going to leave you with this image as we had no idea what it was, but it looked like it needed a hug –
Have you ever thought about cosplay? Like really thought about it? About the time and dedication it takes. About the love gone into every costume. About the passion behind the choices. I know I never have. That all changed today.
It was the first day of Wizard World Austin and as a first day it is really slow compared to the second and third days. But today had an awesome panel led by Jason Davis and the 501st of Texas. I have known Jason for a while now and he is an awesome guy. I have run into these 501st peeps all over the place and they make it look so easy. Get a stormtrooper outfit and join the league. But it is more than that. It is not quite as simple as buying a mass produced costume online at Halloween. Each of these, in order to be correct, is made by hand.
It goes far deeper than that. You see, the 501st, and the counter part Rebel Alliance group, mean something. Just to get into the 501st you need to think about the big question – why? Why do you want to dress up as this and what it means to you. In my wildest dreams I would never have thought about it being anything then something cool to do. Like Halloween anyday. Each of those troopers you see up there and in all these events have gone through a growth. Their growth has led them to adopting the persona of their cosplay armor or outfit. They have armor parties (which I equated to a tupperware party) and they really just mesh together for a greater goal. You see, they do charity events. They do what they do for a greater cause, and to me that is just about as noble as you can be. All of these guys have day jobs and still find the time to be there to put a smile on a child’s face. Who doesn’t love Star Wars? Quiet you Trekkies. You don’t count.
Each one of the members has a story. And they love to share the stories they have experienced along the way. It makes me feel humble and it is something to aspire to. We all need to do more good in the world. I loved hearing the story of the Officer who had to figure out how to make his outfit. And you would never know all that went into it cause people like me think you can just run to the store and pick this thing up. But no, there wasn’t even a pattern for this outfit. He used a Civil War uniform as the base. And I had to go look at the hat. I was marveled. And the secrets of the Sandtroopers back pack were revealed. Though to be honest I had most of it figured out already. It’s the artist in me. But still, bravo. And I could go on and on. but it is better to hear these form them, the ones who lived it. Their passion is contagious.
And look at these costumes up close. It’s no mere pin on tail and cat ears. No, it is super detailed, cannon ready (meaning movie accurate) outfits that just wow. We got to hold the guns and look into the armor and I was blown away. I always just took these guys for granted, but I was very wrong. They have a level of dedication to Star Wars I come no where near. I was actually in awe. And they are humble, they are creative, and they love what they do. I had to re-evaluate my entire perspective of cosplay. Real cosplay. It is no wonder I have always talked a big game on what I want to cosplay but never have done it. I need to find the one thing I really, really want to do. I know I am working on my Steampunk persona, but what would I do in the Star Wars universe? I would love to do a clone trooper, but damn I don’t think I could do that. They can’t sit, they have to go through a regiment to just put it on! I could handle being a handler. I think it would be fun to be a Death Star Gunner. I loved that helmet. But I guess at the end of the day I really want to be the Emperor. He was a man gone wrong, and my entire life I have loved that character. He instilled fear and was just the ultimate bad guy. Most of the time he was a mystery but at the end of the day he was a human just like the rest of us. But I don’t see him getting requested too often for a child’s party. Can you imagine that? The Emperor at a kid’s party. Too funny. But I would so love to figure out the make-up and outfit for it. I could pull off a bad ass Emperor. Then again, he ain’t no Death Star gunner. Decisions, decisions.
I learned something today. I learned that I am even prouder to be a Star Wars fanboy cause I am in the best company. People like Jason and these 501st guys make us all look good. And they are so approachable. I got to look inside the helmet and was just wowed. I never would have thought about fans to circulate the air! So hurrah to you 501st. You guys rock. you even let MARS throw in his 2 cents every now and then.
Wizard World Comic Con is coming back to Austin for the second year and we will be there roaming the floors looking for trouble! Come meet Stone, Pyro, Ariel, MARS and Inessa and get on camera with us. Catch us Novemebr 11th and 12th for sure, and maybe the 13th as well. We look forward to seeing you all there as we film a special edition of Fanboy TV!
Honestly, I had no idea what to expect from this panel. I can’t really watch the 60′s Batman show as it is so bad. But after listening to these two legends talk I may have to rethink that. See Adam West and Burt Ward are quite possibly the funniest duo on the planet.
What’s so fun is these two ruled Hollywood in a very different, more open era. Things were looser back then and there were some real legends. And the stories these two have. Like the one about Adam West and the actor who played the Riddler finding themselves at an orgy. Yeah. For real. And the stories from the sets, too many to list here, were each a joy to hear even for someone like me who just really didn’t like the show.But their culture is so rich and their history so funny that they could have talked for hours and I would have enjoyed every minute of it. In fact not even 10 minutes in I just put my pen down and stopped taking notes and decided to write my review panels based on my overall feeling of them. These two were on fire and there was no way I would be able to keep up and do it justice. See you have to see them in person to know what an experience it is. They know the show was corny. They know they are Fanboy icons. They know all of that and more. And they love it. They make fun of it and they absolutely love their fans. And each other. It was absolutely amazing and it was good to be a part of it. It was standing room only, and even the ever stoic faced Austichar laughed. I swear that boy never laughs.
And the best moment? When the guy dressed as Kyouraku Shunsui, captain of the 8th squad in Bleach, came up. “Whoa, where’d you get that hat? Did you bring us rice?” “No, just sake.” “Excellent.”
So we got the pleasure of seeing an idie horror movie at Wizard World called Untitled Horror Comedy.I had heard the guys who made it talk about it and decided to give it a go. I like local movies made by the regular everyday joe cause they are right – it is easier to make your idea into a movie these days. So what was this movie about and what can you expect form it?
Expect lots of topless women in this movie. And expect to be really, really bored for the first part as we blindly follow this inept film crew as they get drunk for no reason but to make us care very little for them. HOWEVER, once things go bad it really is a lot of fun and gets quite a few laughs. The idea mashes up Tropic Thunder and Misery. A group of film makers, bad ones, are making a horror movie that I think is porn or something. Anyways they rent a house in the woods to film it from this lady, who turns out to be psycho. Mass horror comedy ensues with effects that really are quite fun considering the fact that this was a budget with like no money.
I give these guys some massive credit here. They pulled of a fun movie that stumbles badly in the beginning but redeems itself. And I LOVED the actress that played Aunt B. She was great, and really made this movie worth watching. To see her go from Jekyll to Hyde like a seesaw was fun. But overall you know why they had to make this movie themselves. Honestly, I want to see hell’s Highway 7 more, and that was a bootleg trailer they made for this movie. I actually cared about the guys in that movie trailer. Which is a serious problem when you can’t relate to any of the main characters to actually care about them. Except Aunt B. She was just twisted and somehow carried the movie. Despite all the set backs, this is a fun little romp through the Austin Hill Country with some great up and comers. If they ever need a hand they can look here. I’d have some fun with them.
Lots of jokes on the horror genre
Aunt B was amazingly acted
Boobs, lots and lots of boobs
Some nice FX horror work
Nice to see people doing what they are passionate about
The first 30 minutes or so may make you want to walk out
The score was awful! It so did not set the mood
There are times when you really need to bring in the lights. Some parts of this movie were not very well lit
Um, did the gay guy eat his boyfriend? And if he did is it technically gay sex?
Aunt B. I’d hate to be related to her crazy ass
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It is no secret that I love Joe Mad. I think his artwork is awesome and I am a MAJOR Battle Chasers fan. It was like the entire reason I got back into comic books. I love Mad’s style, and so when I found out he was going to be at Wizard World he was THE panel I had to be at. Everything else was secondary. I wanted my info on what happened to Battle Chasers and what plans he has for the series and other ideas. Boy was i disappointed.
Let me state the simple fact that I was surrounded by hardcore Joe Mad fans. They were all in line sharing stories and showing off what they got him to sign. When the panel was over I felt sorry for them. See, there are people in this world that just don’t seem to have it and Joe Mad is one of them. He more or less was disrespectful to his fans, the very people who made him who he is today. The ones who are still waiting for BC to finish. the ones who soak up any Dark Millineum info. the ones who know he lives in Austin, that he has a divorce, that watched as his style changed over ten years. At the very mention of ANYTHING related to Battle Chasers he got an utter look of disgust and groaned. What do you expect guy? You won’t ever give a hard answer to the series that really concreted your ability as a comic guy. He even talks about how people still ask him about doing a film or more. So obviously there is still massive interest in seeing this thing through. And what’s worse Image has been hounding him for years for a definitive hardback collection for BC and he just now finished it, you can see it in January as it is off schedule. Any Mention of BC, and there was a lot of it, from games to rebooting it to just the idea made him just sigh and care less.
But more than that Joe Mad just looked like he didn’t care anymore. He stated that he did the whole Battle chasers thing when he was switching careers to game making. He told us the history of Darksiders and how no one wanted to touch it cause he didn’t have a massive team making it. But overall he was boring. He was lifeless and seemed like he could care less about his fans. He had the arrogant “I Made It’ attitude. Some guy asked for advice on making it as a game artist, he told him use the internet, we troll there for people all the time. He also said he just inked a deal to draw for Marvel, but he can’t say who. My money is on Spider-Man as that is his favorite and he talked about it an awful lot. He had some insights on the industries and how different they are, but overall he made me sad. He made me sad because we are so alike. We have the sames tastes and likes and I really, really want a chance to sit down with him and chat. Maybe he was just having an off day. Who knows. But when it takes a long time for hardcore fans to line up for questions then you know they became a little disenchanted. But you want to know what the worst part of the whole deal was? Joe Mad actually said this – “When I was a kid I hated when comic artists and creators would disappear and leave their stories unfinished.” Hello? you did that. And to this day you run from it. And, yes, that about sums up this epic fail panel.
So in the entire Star Wars universe there is only ONE bad guy to rival Darth Vader – Darth Maul. I love me some Darth Maul, but the new actor (att he time) who played him just always rubbed me the wrong way. He seemed to have an arrogance about him, like he WAS the personality type played by Toad in the X-Men movie. So seeing as how I could sit down and see this man in action I jumped on it. I was not expecting much from this guy. The usual Douchebagness. But man I was wrong.
Day two started with a bang as the convention was wall to wall people. We met up with the Fanboy friend Sith shadow Council Of Texas and talked about future projects. Then I realized Austichar and I have the same tastes in women as we kept looking at certain cleaves. It was funny. Austichar bought a stun gun. Seriously, who sells stun guns at a comic con? that’s like asking for problems. Then an hour later he had to find out how he can get it on the plane. Smart thinking guy! Buy something you can’t pack for your plane trip home. Pyro disappeared with friends and left the con without a word to us, then came back. Idiot. You had the still camera! Then it was massive, MASSIVE panels. The first was Ray Park, a guy I hated but ended up loving! Then it came time for the one panel i was waiting for – Joe Mad, a guy I LOVE but ended up hating – hence the title Flip Flop Day. Pyro bought a full size ‘pirste’ gun lighter, we tried to offer Momma Fanboy money to use Austichar’s stun baton on Pyro. We saw lots of damn good cosplay, I went to the bad ass script writers panel, we realized Adam West and Burt Ward are a funny ass freaking team, we watched a funny horror movie and just had a great time all day. And the funnest part – talking to the creators of Bad Kids Go To Hell, a new comic that you will see on the big screen next October. Those guys kicked ass! Read all about the panels as we post them, and all that’s left is to wrap up Day 3. Woo, so tired. Wish TrappedKitten was here. and Mastawolf, the sell out.