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.

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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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The Newest DC Comics logo 2016
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Various DC brands 1940-2012® / © year of creation DC Comics.Composite: Brian Saner Lamken for Blam’s Blog,from Grand Comics Database, Brainchild Studios, and other sources.

 

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.

 

Power Rangers, Green Lantern, and DC Comics OH MY!

By: Michael Worthan

Alright well I gather I should start at the beginning, after a few days of things that really didn’t strike up my fancy here we have a few interesting bits of new news. Elizabeth Banks is onset now as Rita Replusa as seen on the website JustJared.com and few other sites around the web.

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Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa for the 2017 film Power Rangers.

A solid look at the full costume in broad daylight and I’m pretty excited to see what they do with such an iconic villain, well iconic to those of us that can still dig Power Rangers in one way or another. A new look for her costume, and possibly a slightly grittier version of the once “silly” villain, a plethora of surprises ahead for the new Power Rangers Movie that comes out next year, and this could be something that re-popularizes what Power Rangers once used be to us that remember the original Mighty Morphin version all those years ago.

Now from  colorful Rangers and a green villainess to DC Comics and their Emerald ring slinger the Green Lantern. A “scoop” occurred earlier that said the “Green Lantern Corps” movie would feature not one, but three of the Earth based Green Lanterns out in Sector 2814. Those three would be Hal Jordan, John Stewart, and the young stalwart GL Kyle Rayner. Now if these rumors from the website LatinoReview.com are to be believed out of the six human based GL’s from the Corps, no to mention the very first Green Lantern Alan Scott we are only going to see these three. Personally I don’t believe the0000gl hype, merely because the movie is 4 years away, Green Lantern hasn’t been brought up in the DC Movie-verse yet, and why not Guy Gardener, or possibly throw something new in there with Simon Baz?  With all of the mythos that surrounds the Green Lantern’s and the legacy that it holds to I can see Green Lantern being done better than the last movie, and adding a ton more diversity to what is already a really diverse DC Comics Movie-verse.

Now sticking within DC  we take a turn towards the actual comics themselves. Now over the last decade DC Comics have made quite a few changes. Whether it be the logo, or the costumes of said characters the biggest change came with Flash Point and the introduction of the DC Comics “New 52”, which didn’t really become too popular beyond a few very well written books. So dc-comics-rebirth-2then it became, after a time, “DC You” which saw Commissioner Gordon lose some years, gain some youth, and also gain a giant bunny rabbit eared mech-suit. He began running around, fighting crime, and calling himself Batman, while the real Batman couldn’t remember anything. It was pretty much like that all over DC, Hal Jordan wasn’t a real Green Lantern anymore, etc. So now they are “Rebirthing” the entire franchise, with some old, some New 52, some DC You, and some actually new characters. It will be an interesting mix, and we get to see the return of the old JSA which makes this fanboy very happy.

With all of this going on it is easy to become disenfranchised by everything and start to take how creative some of this stuff truly is. I say to those that are feeling that way to take a step back and try to enjoy the fact that ten years ago we didn’t have half of what he have now as nerds. Alright folks until next time comment, share, follow, but never hate!

You Wouldn’t Like Them…

By: Michael Worthan

Allegations, unhinged anger, reproach with such disgust that they are seething, and threats! Oh the terrible, terrible meaningless threats! This collection of things can only mean one thing, the fanboys have been turned loose again on the Webosphere about something they find reprehensible. This time around it is Scarlett Johansson playing the lead roll of “The Major” in one of the most popular Anime and Manga’s around. Personally I don’t have a dog in this race, I am an anime fan, but I’m light as standards go and “Ghost In A Shell” was never really my deal. I was more of a  “Bleach” and “Dragon Ball Z” kid with a few others thrown in there for fun.00001111gias

What I am more interested in is how so,SO many people have stepped out and just trashed this movie from the very beginning because the lead was not of a certain racial dissent. There are a few choice words I could easily lay out, but then this blog-site would last a whole 2 minutes after I posted if anyone disagreed with, which someone most certainly would. I’ll throw so knowledge out regardless though A) Dragonball Evolution was an abomination and all of the copies of the movie should be burned, BUT it tried, as half-assedly as a studio could try. The deal is they saw the failure, and possibly even understood why it failed, so maybe JUST MAYBE they won’t go that direction and could stick to the amazing amount of source material that there is. Now B) is Cultural Diversity, something that Hollywood is not very well known for. They could have put an actress who was of Japanese heritage in the movies lead roll, and hey this would have easily made all of the fans of the franchise happy, problem is due to Hollywoods lack of cultural diversity and the probably amount of money being dropped into this type of movie there are very few leading lady candidates for the role of Major. So what did they do? They went white as white could be, but they also went with someone they knew would bring in box office revenue. The business decision won out, and I’m not saying it’s super correct, but I did see why they would do this.

Now here is the rub, people don’t like it, especially not the series fans, but instead of being rational human beings we get about 300 articles up of just bitter venom, we get human rights speeches about the way Hollywood treats race, and then we get the people that just want something to hate on. The simplified solution is “Don’t Go See The Movie” if you do that, and it fails then maybe your point will get through. The issue is there are millions of people who don’t know the source material, and some that do, that will still be curious if the movie looks good enough. So with that in mind maybe for a cognitive thought, garner support, and like a person who knows how to act like a responsible adult, maybe you bring forth that well thought out argument to the masses.

It’s time as fans to stop with the “mad to be mad” ideals and do something about whatever makes you unhappy. If you think “I could do better” then do it, work on it, try it out and do better. Don’t be the cyber bully, don’t be the “I’ll Kill You” person, don’t be the insensitive asshole.

As always read, if you like it share, and if you don’t go ahead and comment like a person and don’t hate, never hate.

 

The Way It Works

By: Michael Worthan

It is strange how a few days of watching the internet tear apart good, creative, and unique ideas will change one’s perspective, especially on something that I’ve been wanting to write about for a while. The original form of this article was going to be how DC and Marvel isn’t a “versus” kind of deal, but a situation where both companies need one another to perform well in theaters, as well as in the comic book industry as a whole. Because if one starts to falter the other may very well start to follow suit. Maybe one day I’ll get around to that story, but this one is about something a bit different.

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Over the past decade, maybe even longer, comic book fandom has grown to amazing proportions, and so has the popularity of nerd culture. This has always been something astonishing to me because the term “geek chic” did not exist when I was in school, being called a nerd was something you put up with and you went about your comic book business with close friends who were into the same thing. Now it seems I can’t throw a stone without seeing or meeting someone who has on a nerdy shirt and comments on my shirts as I do theirs. This expansion to me has been phenomenal, I’ve even been able to introduce my mom of all people to the TV shows Arrow, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and even took her to WonderCon this year, her first ever real Convention. The turn here though is with everything good in life some of the bad seeps in as well.

The issue we’ve started facing as fans is those on the internet who feel they can consistently do it better, or who look for the issues in every nook and cranny of every movie. These people used to be called critics and were paid by news organizations to go out and judge the films they see. They still exist, except their voice is just a little difficult to hear amid all the websites out there that also write-up critiques. Plus we have social media where everyone and everything has been, can be, or will be heard. The complaints, the hate, the anger, but most of all the feeling of entitlement.

That is what this is about, the feelings I have toward those within the fandom who feel entitled. These movies, cartoons, and fan films have occurred for such a log period of time that a lot of us have forgotten the time when we didn’t get a few comic movies a year, nor was the thing we love, the comic books from whence all the ideas for the movies have come from, were celebrated as widely as they are now. They don’t realize that one day all of this will indeed stop, the movies will over-saturate the industry and the money they make won’t be worth the studios’ time, or they’ll just grow weary of the complaints.

The fact that “fans” within this industry are chasing off directors, scrutinizing every possible interview an actor has, and are months later getting “outraged” at the Guardians of the Galaxy movie for a line that was said is ridiculous and truly uncalled for. We need to focus on the good within the industry and yes if a major issue occurs talk about that, talk not threaten, not send hate mail, tweets, or Facebook posts. Talk like civilized people should. I one day plan to have a child that I would love to be a nerd, hell I have a nephew that is a nerd, but the status quo of nerdom needs to change ASAP for the younger generation’s sake, because we adult nerds are going to ruin something beautiful for the sake of just doing it.

It all starts with going to a movie and not looking to over-analyze it, but looking to enjoy it. If you don’t, hey, that’s your opinion and you are more than welcome to talk about it like a person, but the disparaging hate needs to quit and soon.

This is just my take, what’s yours? Read, comment, discuss. Don’t hate though. Never hate.