WonderCon in 20 Photos: The Great, the Genius and the Disturbing

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

Number 1: Furry's a Jolly Good Fellow.

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WonderCon used to be the wholly reasonable, doable, manageable, less-crowded version of San Diego Comic Con...but that's gradually going away as more and more people figure it out. Yes, you can still get into some panels easily, and yeah, parking nearby is quite attainable if you're an hour early...and yes, most of the exclusive clips of movies shown here have been shown at prior festivals (seriously...how many people out there were STILL surprised that the new Godzilla has more than one monster in it? More than you'd think).

I took a few pictures. I thought you might like to see them.

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10 Things I Learned Running Game Demos at WonderCon

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

This last weekend, I attended WonderCon for the first time. In addition to general convention activities like observing cosplayers and wandering the Exhibit Hall, I was also con liaison for Steve Jackson Games.

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PROOF!

WonderCon didn't particularly have gaming as a focus, but there was a sizable gaming area, part of which was reserved for the Steve Jackson Games demo team. It was an interesting and fun experience, so I'm sharing ten things I learned serving as a con liaison and miscellaneous convention attendee.

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Marvel Universe LIVE! Shows off Rehearsals With Miniatures, Stunts

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm

The "white model" phase of this elaborate stage show features a miniature version of the set, vehicles and characters from the production, basically letting the creative team play with toys until they decide on the scenario that will entertain us as much as them. Plus they've come up with a way to create some new watch-like souvenir that interacts with the show somehow in order to make every kid in attendance have to have one.

Nice to see also - per the stunt team in action - that Roman Reigns' "Superman Punch" maneuver is indeed comic accurate, though perhaps to the wrong character set.

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Overnight/Weekend Open Thread: WonderCon!

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

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I'm there. Right now. Maybe you've even said hello to me already today.

I'll have some WonderCon stuff to share come Monday, and will be Tweeting from the show all weekend - follow @Toplessrobot to see some of what I and other team TR pals see. If major news breaks that I'm aware of, I will post it, but otherwise, here is your thread to command, and share the stories I may have missed. Also remember that Monday is cheap candy day.

Disturbing Additions to Innocent Coloring Books

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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Oo, ooOO oo oo ooh! I wanna draw you up!

(Get it? Color Me Badd? Nobody? Good for you.)

Coloring Book Corruptions is a site dedicated to people messing with coloring book drawings and making them disturbing - from Satanism to Disney Doggy Style - with just a few additions. They, uh, also take submissions, which I feel some reservations about telling everyone here...for I know what horrors may be unleashed, but the folks at Coloring Corruptions, as yet, do not.

As a matter of fact, this could be a fun game for those of you who draw. See what you can come up with in comments...and as always, please stop short of genitalia.

h/t SlyDante777

18 Fictional Bunnies That Haunt the Dreams of Nerds

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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When we learn that the Martians are predatory toward humans in War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells offers us a bit of perspective by having his narrator remind us: "how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit."

No doubt, but this time of year even the vegans enjoy eating rabbits, of the chocolate and marshmallow variety delivered by the Easter Bunny. Perhaps it's an attempt to steer humankind away from our repulsive carnivorous habits? Although his ancestry is in pagan folklore - a fertility symbol, probably - the E.B. is an unthreatening sort. But it's striking how many of his fictitious cousins from nerdy pop culture are fiercely formidable, even sinister and scary, and how often they even the score with humankind for our lapine cruelties.

A few examples...


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Game of Thrones T-Shirt on His Kid Gets Professor Suspended, Sanity Questioned

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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With the shirts I wear on a regular basis - and would let my kid wear if I had one - maybe I should never be a college professor. Bergen Community College in New Jersey put Professor Francis Schmidt on leave pending a psychiatric evaluation when he posted the above photo of his daughter on Google+, and an executive director of the college who got an email notification that the image was posted took it as a threat.

How so?

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Geek Apparel of the Week: The World's End "F*** off Back to Legoland" T-Shirt and Pillow

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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Not much to add here, is there? Except that if you're ever invited to a party at Chris Miller and Phil Lord's place, you absolutely must show up in this.

For those concerned about such things, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have officially authorized these - and there are pillows, too. Censored versions that will presumably use asterisks or something (like my totally wimping-out headline, above) are also going to be made available so that you can cleverly confuse people who are easily offended but don't know how to spell (me, I'm just trying to avoid spam filters).

Weekend Hangover: Superhero Furries, Spider-Politician, Sharknado 2 and More

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

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While I am certain - not - that most of you were either partying at Coachella or gettin' down to the MTV Movie Awards, many of your fellow readers were scaring up the usual mess o' stories that we didn't have room for last week. Compiled from the weekend thread with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are your weekend highlights of hilariousness.

Tipsters include: donnaryoko, Anyone00, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, Citrus_King, troi, andre_morello

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Geek Apparel of the Week: Scratch & Sniff Mint-Scented Jeans

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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I think I'm like a lot of guys in that if you scratch certain areas of my pants, you will definitely be "rewarded" with an odor of some kind - though only my cat would likely claim that to be any sort of bonus feature (seriously, cats like sweat stains. A lot).

But what if your scratching could induce a pleasing mint aroma to be emanated? Luckily for you, this can now happen - for five washes, anyway. From the brand name "Naked & Famous" and the style cut known as "Weird Guy" ("The 'Weird Guy' is a slim fit that tapers from the knee down. Medium rise"), it's $158 pants that subtly invite others to scratch your nads.

I'm waiting for them to do a sriracha-scented version and call it "Firecrotch."

via Uncrate