Un-CONventional

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The time to be a nerd is now! Well actually the time to be a nerd has been pretty much now for the last 10 years and it doesn’t seem like we will be hitting a slow down at any time in the near future. The true question for the nerd about town is what Convention, or Con for the savvy among you, should you go to?

It all depends on what you are looking for, if you are just in search of the biggest and brightest stars and entertainment, well then maybe one of the larger ones Comic Con San Diego, Dragon Con, New York City Comic Con, even Emerald City Con may be for you. There pop culture meets comics, and you get to see stars from some of your favorite shows and movies. If you are looking for comic books and merch buys there are hundreds of smaller conventions that have exactly what you need! And if you are just looking to start out and maybe work your way to the bigger Cons maybe go to Long Beach Comic Con or Wonder Con to get a taste of what it is all about. Also note I am in Southern California so you should look up smaller Conventions in your region, i.e. Wizard World, Heroes and Villains etc.

There are, in fact, those of us who are professionals at Con going. From packing to planning who you want to see, where you want to go, and how long you can be there, we can pack it all down to a science. Beware though mighty traveler things to occur and plans get broke, and after about 15 years of going to Cons you too can become jaded and burned out. Try to not go to every nerd Con out there, go to a few different ones, mix it up, try to enjoy the floor at larger Cons rather than spending every one of them waiting in a line to hear some folks talk about something you will get to see next year. Also meet people, being a nerdy person can be hard at times, maybe easier now as time goes on, I just know when I was younger it was difficult being an extrovert nerd. So talk to folks, make friends, enjoy other people perspective because meeting folks that are into some of the same stuff you are is awesome!

Water, snacks, and pace yourself. Pack the first two and remember the last one.

Last but not least keep an open mind, you won’t like every fandom, most people can’t as there are just far too many expansive ones to like them all, but that doesn’t mean you can’t merely sit back and enjoy them.

Most of all have fun! This is a vacation not a job, enjoy.

 

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The Visage of a Hero

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By: Michael Worthan

A persons view of a hero is based upon many factors, and those factors vary upon the person, the beliefs, their interests, and so much more. Simply put no one thinks the exact same thing about a hero all the time, and even when opinions are similar it was a different train of thought that brought that person to their conclusion. Now the same can be said about literally anything, why do you like your favorite novel, color, website and so on and so forth. The internet, and Social Media to a major extent, have exacerbated these differences and turned them into hate riddled arguments all the while breaking up friendships and ruining movies and shows just because “enter opinion here” did not come about or look the way you felt it/she/he/they should have.

Most don’t recall when we did not have a new superhero/heroine movie out every year, let alone two or three of them, and as we became spoiled with our favorite heroes on the big screen, we also began to complain. We started with minor things and then started nitpicking the plot, the characters looks, their cadence, their race, their gender, and those opinions started to spark outrage, to move fan against fan, and it separated us. Our fandom has been splintered by hate and anger, by bigotry and vitriol from people who are brave behind a keyboard and cruel to boot. We have forgotten what it was like to be the unpopular mass, to be able to go to a Convention to just have fun and speak to people who get us, who understand our fandoms and don’t judge us for them, even if they don’t understand them. There’s always been divisive opinions in comics and movies, but hell we enjoyed hearing about them and were able, at one point, to discuss them as people, as fans, regardless of who we are. Being a nerd has gone from all inclusive to mocking those that are new to fandoms and making sure that they don’t explore other ones by mocking their likes and dislikes. The state of our world, the state of our nation, and the state of nerdom are starting to mirror each other and that is not a reflection I want to be a part of.

For every hero there must be a villain, a foil to rage against the just and righteous, but what happens when that villain is the very group that has made that hero? What occurs when the hero themselves are taken out of being heroic and made to be a symbol for something not so amazing? What is the visage of your hero? Maybe it’s taking someone who knows nothing about something you love and introducing them to it, maybe it’s listening and understanding each others points of view without name calling or yelling. Possibly you can simply be a hero by accepting that not everyone will like the same things, and that sometimes letting go of reality and just immersing yourself into fiction for a few hours could be worth the trip. Maybe being a hero is allowing your tattoos, art, writing, or collection tell their own story and sharing it when asked. We as nerds have always wanted to be on the top of the food chain, and now that we technically are maybe we should bring others into the fold.

I know I will, will you?

 

Celebrate the Doctor! Dr. Seuss That Is

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By Michael Worthan

We now live in a world if divisive talk, painful rhetoric, and in general all of our Facebook feeds are full to the brim of bad news. So here I am looking at something a bit more cheerful, something that not only will bring a smile to your face, but if you read his books as a child like I did it will bring back some pretty amazing nostalgic memories. Tomorrow is the birthday of Theodor Geisel otherwise known by his famous moniker Dr. Seuss.

Whenever I hear the name Dr. Seuss I begin reminiscing about all of the different books of his I read, and am also put in awe of how influential his books have been in literature. To this day children and adults alike still enjoy his words in one form or another.

He was a true wordsmith, an person who inspired literacy as well as creativity, and is a legend for all to enjoy.

If you’d like some sweet sweet Dr. Seuss gear check out TVStoreOnline.com! Great people, great product, great prices, and a great amount of nerd swag beyond the great Doctors.

“We bust more rhymes than Theodor Geisel did…”
-MC Frontalot “Nerdcore Rising”

Mysterious Authors

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By: Michael Worthan

If you Google the words “Authors Mystique” you will get a list of different posts about how Social Media has had an effect on authors. Some range from how Social Media has blatantly ruined the “lone author” persona. You know the one where they go into a cabin, alone, and away from all distractions and pound out a 800 page novel on a type writer, others feel it has helped them reconnect with authors they met years ago, but do admit some of the mystery of certain authors has been phased out by knowing too much about them. And lastly there are others who feel Social Media has helped them discover authors, and even some authors who feel that without Social Media platforms their voice would have never been heard, drowned out by the incessant ‘No’s’ of book moguls controlling the industry.

So a little backstory to that introduction, something around six months ago I read one of those articles, it just was crossing my Facebook pages path and so I clicked and read, a slight bit of irony I guess as this was a smaller site talking about how Social Media was ruining authors for them, an article that may have never been read if it weren’t for Social Media. I read the article, and then Googled and read more, I read opinion after opinion, and some even had a few authors’ quotes, but none had the full author’s thoughts. So being the fanboy that I am I have interviewed a number of amazing authors over the years, some more than others, and I decided to ask them what their opinion was, because sometimes when the crowd is too loud you don’t get to hear from the people that are effected the most.

Below are five authors, all very different, but all popular and successful in what they do. I asked them the same questions and through e-mail they answered. The question was “Is the author’s mystique dead? And if so how?” I wish I could have had all these authors over at my place, sitting around my table and just record them discussing this, but alas time and travel arrangements that cost a lot of money are something I don’t have a lot of so the second best thing was to ask them each individually so no one was influenced by another. I have all of their answers below. All different, all great answers, all raising more questions.

“Has the Mystique of the Author died? If so how?”

small_size_brent_author_photo_400x400.jpgBrent Weeks: The mystique is only as dead as each of us want it to be. Some authors believe that the mystique sells books and shun social media and interviews except for those that they control closely. (China Miéville, I’m looking at you.) Most authors believe that greater contact with fans leads to greater fan excitement. And, to be blunt, most authors don’t want to sacrifice a possible paycheck to an ephemeral concept like mystique. The truth is authors are closer to readers now than ever before — just like everyone is closer now to everyone else than ever before. I can tweet Barack Obama or the Pope. That wasn’t really an option 15 years ago. 

 How authors, a notoriously introverted and crappy-at-fame group deal with this new exposure and immediacy is another question. Some entertainers can’t stand being watched; others adopt personae; others fold. But this is the new reality. The world has changed; writers, like everyone else, are dealing with it. 

peter-clines-photo-credit-colleen-cooper-300x264.jpg Peter Clines: Yeah, I think you can safely say there was a mystique around authors for a long time. Around all creative people, really. Let’s face it. Writers are odd.  When you squeeze them, weird stuff comes out. What’s the joke, most of our internet searches would get us on watch lists or bump us to the top of a list of suspects.  Normal people don’t think of stuff like that.  They don’t sit down and say “Hmmm, I think tonight I’ll write about a scientist sewing corpse parts together and bringing them back to life with electricity.”  People are fascinated by it, and by the minds it came out of.

So for centuries writers were people nobody ever knew anything about.  You didn’t know what they looked like or sounded like or where they lived.  We didn’t know their daily routines.  If you were lucky there may be an interview or an occasional picture, but so many of them lived in happy obscurity.  The ones you did hear about were the louder than life ones, the Hemingways and the Jack Londons and the Oscar Wildes.

That’s probably worth mentioning, too.  Let’s not forget that sometimes writers had good reason to be a bit mysterious.  Oscar Wilde was very out, but dozens of queer writers had to hide.  Most female authors had to hide in the past, and a lot feel like they still do today.  I know several who make the deliberate choice to hide behind initials or a masculine version of their name.  Hell, I grew up as a huge sci-fi geek and I thought D.C. Fontana was a man until I ended up working with her on a film set years ago (and becoming friends with her).

Is that mystique dead? Probably not. Has it been horribly wounded?  Yes.  Look, the simple truth is that we live in a very access-friendly world right now, with all the pluses and minuses that brings.  We can get live feeds from inside the House of Representatives and we can know who Taylor Swift is dating, probably before her family does.  It’s very hard to keep a low profile if someone goes looking for you, especially once you have any small level of fame.  There are a lot of people who feel entitled to that access, and angry or cheated if they can’t get it.  Hell, there are some messed-up people out there who take a perverse pride in doxing folks, sharing their personal information with the world.

And with all that access comes interaction and questions and analysis.  We know people’s schedules, preferences. and personal histories.  We have a better sense of why he writes about pop culture and she writes about horror and everything he writes ends with sex. And it’s all out there forever, for future review and inspection and potential Wikipedia pages.

So, yeah, a lot of the mystique has been stripped away from writers.  At this point, it takes some serious effort to keep it.  At this point, the only big secret left is who Chuck Tingle really is. (I have theories, most of which are based on nothing and I’m 99% sure are wrong).

 At this point it sort of has become obvious that there is not one answer, but a number of thoughts that bring about more questions, let’s see what else some of these fantastic authors have to say.

 1486959.jpgAJ Scudiere: I think, yes, in part, the mystique of the author is dead. There are still fans out there who see authors the way we used to. I still meet fans who gush about the work of finishing a book, getting published, and more. But I also see those who devalue my work. I think the overall shift is because of the e-book revolution–which includes the self-publishing revolution. Amazon made it possible for anyone to write and publish a book. And people did–without giving thought to the steps necessary or the consequences of just posting/publishing a work that hadn’t been professionally vetted. On the one hand, I think it’s wonderful. There are so many books that never would have been published, and they are great! On the other hand, there are books that never should have been published. Not until they were edited and professionally formatted and more.

 Personally, I think the ‘mystique of the author’ is just as harmful as the ‘ordinariness of the author.’ If we were talking about Rocket Science, our kids might say “I could never do that!” and we would say, “Yes, you can!” I think the same needs to be true of writing. If you have the will to pursue it and the talent for writing, you can do it, and you should be encouraged. But I see so many people now at the other end of the spectrum. They tell me they would do what I do if they had a free weekend. Or as a hobby when they retire. I would never say to the rocket scientist, “If I just had more free time on the weekends, I would be a rocket scientist, too.” But I’ve had exactly that said to me about writing 19 full length novels in eight years. 

 Both attitudes are wrong. Writing a book is not an unattainable goal if you are willing to put in the work. But it’s not for everyone. People shouldn’t self-publish work without professional editing. All the free books on the market are devaluing the rest of it. We get readers angrily demanding our $1.99 books should be free. Dude, it took me a year to write that! It took a pack of hard cider to get through the editing process–which is hard! It took me thirty years of practice writing before I wrote that book. You can do it, too! But you can’t do it this weekend!

austingrossman_credit_marka_knight_wide-7c9f3b9daf0d6fe4d28e388dac7ce26d08d65421.jpg Austin Grossman: It’s still an interesting topic – is the mystique of the author no longer a thing? I’m curious to read the original article, but I expect it was talking about social media, and writers being more accessible to the public and so forth, and maybe familiarity kills that sense of mystery or awe.  And with all the pressure of personal self-marketing and branding, it feels like there’s pressure on authors to *generate* that mystique, to project the idea of themselves as preternaturally witty, profound, leading more elevated or passionate lives. So it can seem artificial.

 But personally, I probably know more authors than most – I grew up with them in the family, and of course one of the perks of being an author is meeting them. And for me there are the rare people for whom I feel that mystique persists, and it depends on the work and the person.

There are plenty of stories and books which I read and can imagine having written, and then there are the other ones – rare cases – where I look at the individual words and even type them out for myself but I still can’t imagine the moment of inspiration that put them together. There are writers who accomplish feats of daring or imagination which genuinely seem extraordinary, and even when I meet such a person (I won’t name names) and exchange pleasantries with them, get drunk with them, whatever – I still can’t quite grasp how their inborn genius works, how their wit functions, and I know that given the same tools – brain, fingers, keyboard – I could never in a thousand years have done what they did on the page. So that seems like the part of it that never goes away.

 4543060.jpgSue London: I’ve often said that Glenn Cook was lucky that we didn’t have the immediate access of the Internet and social media when I was waiting for the Black Company books to come out. Back then you were lucky if you could contact an author by sending a letter through their publisher. Rabid as I was, even I didn’t go that far and only pestered my local bookstore as though they had any influence over the process.

Now here we are with author websites, social media, and direct email addresses. Are authors, on average, more accessible than they were 20 years ago? Heck yeah. Did that peel back the layers of “author mystique”? I don’t think so.

First of all, most authors have always been desperate for you to know who they are. There is only so much room at the table for the giants, so everyone else is at the edges and hoping for attention. The dream is to make your living writing, and that is far harder to do than most realize. We can’t all be Stephen King. So that’s the first piece that is, from the author side, both frustrating and entertaining. You show up at events and signings hoping to become better known and it… mostly doesn’t work. But from time to time you see someone have a little meltdown, either because it’s you (rare) or because to them authors are ROCKSTARS. They have only slightly less squee over Random Published Author than actual Stephen King. If you were to ask them, authors have mystique in spades.

That first point leads into my second one. Almost invariably the people who are fans of all authors say that it’s because they admire how an author’s mind works. There can be no greater mystique than wondering how someone else’s mind works. It happens in both the most distant and most intimate relationships, wondering what another is thinking, but one can assume it happens to writers twice on Sundays. Because writers, more than most, are creating whole worlds out of their thoughts. We are often asked, “Where do you get your ideas? How did you come up with that?” And when we’re honest most of us sheepishly admit, “I don’t really know. It just came to me.” That, in and of itself, is mystical to those who don’t hear the whisper of a muse. They can’t imagine how I receive this flood of ideas. I can’t imagine how they don’t.

So do authors still have mystique? Absolutely. You can email me, talk to me, meet me at a convention – but will you ever understand how my mind works? Of course not. None of us ever really understands that about another. Most of the time we accept that as part of life. But with authors sometimes we really wish we could understand, because then we would have the keys to their kingdom. And it would be really awesome if you didn’t have to wait for the next book in the series because you could just write it yourself. I’m looking at you, Jim Butcher. I need more Dresden.

So there you have a look into the minds of authors, now they obviously speak for themselves, but I’m guessing somewhere along the lines they have peers who agree with their sentiments. I did this piece because (A) I love hearing from authors I know and what their thoughts are on certain things and (B) because I wanted to see if anyone’s thoughts matched up with mine. So if you have stuck with me thus far here are my thoughts.

20160611_162539.jpgMichael Worthan (ME): I don’t believe the authors mystique will ever truly go away, for as much as we know about our favorite authors we don’t know everything about them. They are allowed to be as open or as closed as they see fit and no one can make them change that. If Stephen King and Neil Gaiman can still hold and air of mystery around them, regardless of all of press they get, I feel any author can.

Has it been changed? Yes, yes it most certainly has, but I feel that it has changed in a good way. There are a number of author’s works I love to read that I would never have read, let alone met, interviewed, got books signed by, or befriended without Twitter or Facebook (I am looking at every author who answered this question for me). Change is an inevitability is this day and age, but do I still wonder what Brent Weeks is thinking when he writes his books? Yes. Do I wonder how Peter Clines comes up with such creative storylines that draw me in and I lose six hours of my day? Very much so. The authors talent is a part of their mystique, and even though you see that they tweeted, unless you really become friends with them and sometimes not even then, can you really see who they truly are.

I feel that authors will always carry that air of unfamiliarity with them because they are such unique beings. Not everyone has the tenacity to be a writer nor the creativity. So for me they will always remain a special breed of person that I will always have an interest in.

That’s just my take though, what’s yours? Answer in the comments!

 Special thanks to Peter Clines, AJ Scudiere, Brent Weeks, Austin Grossman, and of course Sue London for their insight and time. Visit their websites, read their books, support these amazing people!!!

A Legend

By: Michael Worthan

“Well my name is Jim, but most people call me…Jim.” -Jim (Gene Wilder) Blazing Saddles

Today we lost a legend. Gene Wilder, at the age of 83, passed away today. What happened, how it ocurred, and all the other information can be found on the news, I’ve never once claimed to be the news. Gene Wilder is a legend, a phenom in any movie he was in his skills, timing, and abilities were so unique. That’s what drew me in, his attitude in any role, you could always tell he knew he was funny, but never forced it.

In my family Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles are rites of passage, most of Mel Brooks movies are, but those two are something I watch at the very least once a year. The loss of Mr. Wilder may go unnoticed by some, but today we need to celebrate his life and the gift it was.

A Full-Assed Review: Suicide Squad

By: Michael Worthan

Worst heroes ever. One of the main tagines for the Suicide Squad movie kind of sells them short. Although not really heroes our protagonists, El Diablo, Harley Quinn, Dead Shot, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, Katana, and company face a bigger bad than them and come up looking hero-ish in the very end. If you’ve been online you know the stars, you know of the characters, and you know that “professional critics” basically hated the hell out of this flick.

I am in the minority of people that have a website that dug this flick. Was it perfect? Nope. It had spots and flaws and busted logic at times, but I wasn’t looking for a perfect movie, I was looking for a fun movie and I found it. I enjoyed all aspects, the set up for Justice League, the possible meet and fight of the JL and the Squad, and what it could mean for DC Movies. David Ayer did a great job making a movie of the comic book nature that wasn’t just unique, but could essentially pull in its own genre down the line.

Now comes my soap box type rant…The fact that it seems to be ever increasingly popular to bash DC Entertainment and question it’s path. I think Suicide Squad and BvS have started something along with MoS that could essentially lead, under the guideance of Geoff Johns. With Wonder Woman and Justice League on the way we will definitely see some awesome shows. The fact that “fans” still feel like people from DC or Marvel owe them something is a joke. It’s not them it’s you when it comes to the critique and the ever expanding amount of Hollywood that doesn’t give a damn about your complaints.

In other words go enjoy the  movie!

A Review Of Sorts: Roses and Rot

By: Michael Worthan

I am terrible at reviews, not because I lack the vernacular to write about something, see that there that’s at least a two dollar word, it’s because I feel I never do justice to what I have read. I have a terrible habit of reading others reviews and seeing that they break down every page, every twist, every turn, and even delve into what things could or should mean. I’m not that guy, again I am intelligent and thorough enough to do that, but when I read something I want to make my own conclusions, draw forth my own thoughts.

So I always come to a compromise, I will tell you what the book is about in the vaguest of senses, like you might as well read the back of the book to get a feel for it kind of vague, and then I will tell you what I thought of the book without giving even the slightest possible thing away. I do this with all my reviews or books and even movies, I want the reader to read the book, but also to connect their own dots, like a great song an amazing book means something different to everyone.

When Imogen was young she told her sister Marin fairy tales. Once upon a time, she’d tell her, there was a way out, out of their awful lives, away from their abusive mother, this way was on the backs of fairies. As an adult Imogen realizes that the true escape had been in telling those tales and so she continues to tell them as a writer who is still grappling with the nightmare that was her childhood. Reunited with her sister at an artists’ retreat Imogen is forced to confront her past.

The debut novel of author Kat Howard (I linked you folks to the Amazon pages, spoiler the book is great go buy it) is nothing short of amazing. A fan of all sorts of Fiction Roses and Rot had me enthralled in the story the entire time. I was no longer just an audience member reading a book to what will definitely become a best seller, I was a part of the story, a witness to something beautiful yet horrifying in the same way.

Howard’s Attention to detail, ability to surprise me as a reader, and use of the Grimm styled fairies that I have come to love and fear in the world of Fantasy had me smiling and grimacing all the same. Like I said before I refuse to spoil this book, but I can definitely assure you that this is one that I will share with all of my readers, friends, and family. Kat Howard deserves nothing less than a standing ovation for this novel, and I personally can not wait to see what she does in the future.

Justice League Movie News!

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 By: Michael Worthan & Mark Patton

We have a little over a year until DC Studios and WB puts out the Justice League Movie, but that hasn’t stopped the almighty machine from trying to build a reputation for it already in the public. After the Batman v. Superman debacle where the fans were split and the critics hated it, DC and Warner are trying to make sure the same does not happen to the rest of their DCU. With the rumor mill swirling about DC did hand us this brief snippet of what we will be looking at when it hits theaters.

“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.  Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”

This description by itself already lightens the mood up a bit with the description. This may very well be what DC/WB have been trying to do by shaking up the order of power a bit and letting Geoff Johns lend more of himself and his ideas and passion for these flicks. And above this little article is the newly released Justice League logo for the flick.

Here’s hoping good things come DC’s way in the next few years!

 

A Half Assed SDCC Survival Guide

By: Michael Worthan

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It’s about that time where the larger Cons are starting up again after what seems like a minor lull, something like the eye of the storm before San Diego Comic Con, and then it all starts up again and we get Long Beach Comic Con, Stan Lee’s Comikaze, Wonder Con, APE, and so many more here in California. At this time a lot of people are putting up “How to Survive” articles for SDCC and honestly I did give it a thought, but what I realized was the way I survived was through learning. I am 32 and have been going to SDCC since I was 18, I remember years back when my buddies and I were able to walk up to the window for SDCC and buy tickets. Yes you read that right, we waited in a short line and bought tickets for Comic Con, walked right in after the purchase too, no massive lines or ridiculous security checks to see if your name matched your badge. That’s how old I am, and still when I do press at SDCC, I’ve been doing press junkets for the better part of 10 years, I am one of the younger guys there and when I’m not I gladly lend advice to the new kids and offer whatever supplies I can spare if they are out.

If you happen to need a “How To Survive SDCC” from me here are some rules:

Hall H is not worth it, I don’t care who is doing what if you have a temperament, get annoyed at lines, or simply don’t want to waste an entire day standing around to maybe possibly get into a panel don’t go. I have been to Hall H a number of times in my tenure as a press and attendee fella and never have I been blown away by anything that goes on in there. And now that a lot of places aren’t playing clips because things get leaked before they even play them it becomes even more of a not worth it scenario, also I’m 32 my days of camping on hard concrete to maybe see something is done.

If/When you meet a celebrity act like they are a person, smile, shake their hand, and even gush a tiny bit. Don’t rush them, scream, or act like they owe you if they turn down a picture, which in my experience is almost never. These folks love that you watch their shows, we are the reason they have the careers they do, so don’t be a dick.

Pace yourself and wear comfy clothes and this includes shoes. Take it from a man who loves to look nice and match, a t-shirt, cabbie hat, and jeans or shorts along with my most worn in shoes (clean as they are they are still beat to hell) have become my go to look for SDCC and Press Panels alike. It’s hot, you’re going to walk a lot, and it’s going to smell a bit funky. Be comfy, you are there to enjoy yourself so enjoy yourself please.

Cosplayers are people, they owe you nothing, don’t be a pervert, don’t be an asshole, ASK to take pictures, talk to them for a second, compliment their hard work. Those are all decent, human things to do.

And finally, Comic Con, all Cons really, are where we can get together with our nerd brethren and enjoy what we love. Despite the trolls online, and all the hate people tend to put out Comic Con can easily be the most enjoyable place in the world for us. I say have fun but don’t push yourself, understand it’s crowded and when you feel that it is too much walk as far away from the Con as you are willing to, usually my buddies and I go to Fridays a couple miles down, and grab some food and beer. Giving yourself that breather and then rejoining the fun makes all the difference in the world.

A DC Comics Extravaganza!

By: Michael Worthan & Mark Patton 

Well this is new as of a few ago, it looks like DC Comics has once again re-branded itself with a fancy logo. It will debut on the new Dc Comics Rebirth books and they will officially start using it on May 25th. Tell me what you think about it.

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Well as time moves on it seems that speculation has started swirling about all four, this includes the newly moved Supergirl, CW shows and who will be in them, what will change, and what adversity will our heroes face this time around. Word on the street, the street being everywhere else on the internet, is that Supergirl may have to tone down some of the graphics as it’s pricey, but when you look at what Berlanti and company have been able to do with the Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow it kind of feels like Supergirl will fit right in, just maybe a few shifts will have to be made aflts111tonally in Supergirl. We have indeed heard the Captain Cold himself, Wentworth Miller, will be stepping away as a series regular for Legends, but it’s not the last we’ve seen of him as it is said he may very well pop up again back up in the Flash. Speaking of the Flash speculation is running wild with Wally and Jessie both being hit by the lightening off of the particle accelerator, will they both become speedsters? Will we get a Wally West Flash? It seems they may be hinting towards it.  Needless to say for all four DC shows it will definitely be an interesting new year to see how they bring them all together without it being too cluttered.

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Sticking with the DC theme that seems to be what I want to write about today I’d like to take a quick minute and just send my late condolences and honest to goodness adulation to the late Darwyn Cooke and his family. New Frontier is not only one of my favorite DC books, but how they brought it to DC Animated Feature took nothing away from what he drew, and the story that was told. I am saddened to see another legend in the industry grow, but hope that young comic enthusiasts look at his work with awe and know that at one time a giant walked among us.