Stan Lee. Patrick Stewart. Summer Glau. George Perez. Kevin Conroy.
DALLAS COMIC CON!
This star studded event demolished Ben Steven’s previously anticipated “hopeful” goal of 15,000 with around 20,000 – 25,000 comic fans lining the walls and prompting the convention itself to apologize for nearly doubling the capacity of the Irving Convention Center! Though we here at IHOGeek, especially our Dallas natives ladyvader99 and killerrqueen, are no stranger to the chaotic nature of cons in general, pulling up to the convention center an hour after their scheduled opening time of 11am was extremely surprising. Luckily, being shoulder to shoulder with our cosplaying bretheren was distracting enough that time flew by and, before we knew it, our autographs were collected and we squished our way to various stands.
There was the usual convention fare: dealers specializing in rare figures, gorgeous prints to be signed by Captain Picard or art legend Perez, comics by the long box, artists pimping their particular brand of crack (i.e. prints we must buy), and on the fourth floor, a company called Big Freeze had set up a platform that took fucking amazing 3D action photos of cosplayers and con-goers. Click here to see an example of their craftmanship featuring local cosplayer, Lhars Ebersold. Hint: She was the amazing Catwoman!
Not to be put out by the damper that was Friday, one shining moment of DCC Round Two was meeting Stan Lee on Saturday, something every geek dreams about! In a wonderful moment of connections forged and favors being asked, we were able to spend ten glorious minutes in the presence of Stan Lee. Energetic and with a flair leaning toward theatrical, Stan charmed the figurative pants off of us. With one leg swung over the arm of the chair, he regaled us with the tale of how he ended up co-running Comikaze Expo (yep, the same one we interviewed Regina Carpinelli about!). As our mini-interview came to a close, we turned our attentions to capturing photos of our fellow geeks in colorful costumes, but due to the utter mass of people crowding each and every hallway, finding an empty spot was nearly impossible. We decided to reconvene the next day in hopes of getting better coverage.
On Sunday, the lines were thankfully lessened and we felt less sardine-like as @ladyvader99 made her way to the Kevin Conroy (or as some may know, Bruce Wayne from Batman: The Animated Series) side of the convention in the hopes of acquiring an autograph and hearing a raspy rendition of “I am the night!” Unfortunately, this quest sadly failed as Conroy’s line was capped 20 people ahead of her after two hours of waiting. The absence of thousands allowed us to easily explore the rest of the convention and take many as many photos of wandering cosplayers as we could capture. Our discovery of the fourth floor photo exhibit, The Big Freeze, left us captivated. The Big Freeze exhibit consisted of a raised platform with well over a hundred mounted cameras that when triggered create a bullet time special effect, sometimes called the Matrix camera or 360 camera. The effect left us stopped in our tracks for a good half hour as many, many extraordinary photos were taken (our favorite being a fight scene between Deadpool and Dark Phoenix) Luckily, this is when we were also privy to an adorable chase scene between a tiny Robin cosplayer and an adult Joker cosplayer, another highlight of the day.
As the afternoon began to wane, we decided to try our luck with Firefly and Serenity actress, Summer Glau. While we were denied the time for an interview due to the multitude of people and Glau’s quickly approaching flight to catch, we were allowed to shadow the last half of her private autograph session. Summer Glau is as absolutely stunning in person as she is on film, a petite beauty with locks that fell in perfect waves. Someone make a tutorial on Summer Glau’s hair, STAT! As her session ended, we expected to be ushered out with the other media but surprisingly were allowed to linger and witnessed Laura Vandervoot coming in to meet and fangirl over Summer almost as much as we were doing ourselves! All too soon though, we decided to head out and ran into several of the gamer models for Charisma+2, including owner and founder, Yvonna Lynn (who was representing the warrior princesses dressed as Xena!) before heading out for the day.
Unfortunately, the moment that the convention was over, fans took to the Interweb/Facebook/Youtube to vent their personal frustrations on waiting 3+ hours for autographs and swag in a packed Dealer’s Room. Listening to fellow fans around us definitely shed some light on their experiences and expectations, though Con-goes need to expect the unexpected at times and remember that not every issue can be blamed on someone else. Stan Lee and Patrick Stewart, both previously scheduled for the entire weekend, ended up having to cut their visits short as their schedules changed which prompted a lot of attendees to shift the days they planned to attend to make sure they saw who they paid for. The conclusion of the convention saw numerous fans lodging complaints with the convention organizers, most notably a one hour long diatribe from YouTube user escottish140 personally directed to Ben Stevens, to the point where NBC sought out Dallas personality, cosplayer and long time Convention fiend, Taffeta Darling, to get her thoughts on the whole thing based on her initial response video to escottish140. You can also read the full article via Aggressive Comix HERE.
Despite the small slice of negativity, most fans realize that the mishaps, mistakes and mayhem of conventions is part of the excitement that leads us geeks to go there in the first place! If you attended DCC, what were the highlights of your experience? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out our photos on FB!
This week was full of lovey dovey, heart filled, candy coated goodness. Many of us, myself included, were in too much of a candy coma to update. But I did remember to make a note of my favorite things. Though it is a day late, without further ado I give you the best shit of the week! Er…last week.
What was your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day? IHOGeek’s was sitting down with our good friend and fellow blogger The Taffeta Darling and reviewing The Justice League of Pornstar Heroes: An Extreme Comixxx Parody for her segment on The Loud Idiots podcast, properly titled Taffeta Darling’s Month of Self Love. If the title isn’t obvious enough, it’s pretty much comic book porn starring your favorite tights-wearing heroes of DC. We decided, if the whole blogging thing doesn’t pan out, we’re going into comic porn. As consultants, you gutter minded sillies. Check out our YouTube for our favorite porn parts. The tiredness on our faces is from laughing until we couldn’t breathe anymore.
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If you didn’t catch the podcast, then perhaps your favorite thing about Fat Winged BabyArcher day spending the hours with Bioware’s highly anticipated Mass Effect 3 demo. We wont go into any details (because those can lead to spoilers) BUT – ohmagah. Mass Effect 3 will be released March 6th. In the meantime, let’s just watch this new trailer.
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With the month of love just about done for, that can only mean one thing. April is coming, and though we have a month and some change before the gratification of the Game of Thrones season two premiere, HBO has taken pity on our poor souls and gifted us with new official character posters! Not to be confused with their silly Valentine’s Photo Cards that were posted a day or so before via their Facebook… which may or may not have ridiculous taglines. My favorites? The two badassiest women, Arya Stark and Daenerys Stormborn Targaryen, complete with chilling quotes. Though the manboobs behind Dany have me chuckling a bit. But serious face! Game of Thrones premieres April 1st 2012 on HBO.
Speaking of the world of Westeros, designer Helmut Lang has haute couture and geekery combined as he claims to have used Game of Thrones as inspiration for his 2012 fall clothing line. Though the one sleeveless number seems a bit Lannister-inspired, the collection doesn’t go much further south than snowy Winterfell, with black leather and furs galore. I’m not sure how the Night’s Watch will feel sharing the Wall with runway models, given their vows.
Though details about the game have been swirling about the Interwebs for awhile, Square Enix has released a new trailer for the seventh installment in the Kingdom Hearts franchise, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Unfortunately, the 10th anniversary is not coming with the legitimate, console version that we have hoped for, so we’re putting our money on a very epic ending within the next 5 years. Though I will say, TRON world looks fantastical.
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O lovers of silly cartoons, rejoice! Teen Titans is back on Cartoon Network! Well, sorta…
The New Teen Titansare a collection of small animated shorts that will run between full length episodes of the DC Nation programming block. The shorts feature the Titans in supercute chibi form and have even managed to snag all of the original voice actors. DC Nation kicks off on Saturday March 3rd at 10am. GO!
And speaking of amazing cartoons that didn’t last long enough but now have mini-sequel continuations based on fan demand, rounding up the list this week is news of Dark Horse’s newly released graphic novel, Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise topping the Best Seller’s list. The canonical continuation of the story picks up where Avatar: TLA left off and will follow the journey of Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph and Zuko as they reconstruct the broken relationship between the nations. Good thing they’re doing this before The Legend of Korra. I need to know what happens with Zuko and Ursa. Pick up part one of The Promise now! Or just wait, since part two wont be out until the end of May.
I am very excited to announce that this March, IHOGeek will be hosting their very own panel at AllCon in Dallas, Tx. I’ve lurked several speed dating sites in order to make sure I’ve researched everything properly so, if you happen to be attending AllCon this year (and a few other conventions I’m confirming for), come by and say hello! Each year at conventions, I notice a large amount of people are looking for love among legions of people just like them. This can certainly be daunting to even the most outspoken individual so I decided to organize a Geek Speed Dating event!
As of right now, the schedule for AllCon has us as follows: (more…)
As we all know, I spend many an hour
playing Words With Friends researching random things and I like to share the things I find. Today is going to be a little different as I’ve truly come across some videos that have made me whisper, ” What the fuuuuuuuck…” in horror at my monitor. Today, I’ve decided to share, nay GIFT you all, with 3 videos filled with intrigue and wonder! (more…)
Tonight, in a riveting change of a pace, yours truly was a guest on the DeLOL Show with Del Pullen! What is The DeLOL Show? It’s a fantastic local show that features local people, local artists and local talent and luckily, I was on hand to talk about our little site!
Amongst touching anecdotes about my driving (I drive GOOD, I swear!) and general comic goodness, there were tidbits on how IHOGeek got it’s start.
If you’re Dallas based, perhaps you know of a band that would like the exposure, if so drop The DeLOL Show an email!
Killerrqueen (Kimmie) and Ladyvader99 (Leia) had one mission at Star Wars Fan Days – celebrate geekdom in its natural habitat. Was this mission accomplished? They certainly think so! The convention promised them George Takei, Billy Dee Williams, Ashley Eckstein, and geeky memorabilia to buy as far as the eye can see. On that, Official Pix definitely delivered. Leia came prepared with a schedule full of everything awesome to check out, but as usual, Kimmie disregarded the structure and nothing went according to plan. Not that we’re complaining!