10 Reasons I'm Glad I Attended Comikaze

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Comikaze Expo is the "other" Southern California geek convention, coming in after Wondercon and San Diego Comic-con. Stan Lee's name is attached to it, though he's not exactly remiss about attaching his name to things, so I'm not sure how much the endorsement is worth. Basically, my feelings were a little mixed at the start. I wasn't sure if I would go or not, and annoyed all involved with indecision about whether or not I was willing to take the drive up to Los Angeles. The balance was tipped by hearing John Barrowman was going to be there. He's been great on Arrow, not to mention his more geek-famous role as the much-beloved Jack Harkness, so I decided to head over to the L.A. Convention Center. All in all, I had a good time and will be going back in a future year. Here are 10 reasons I'm glad I attended.

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Our Adventures at the First-Ever Hello Kitty Con

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 1:10 pm

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"Hello, Kitty. I want to play a game..."

For those who haven't been following along on Twitter, I've spent the last two days at Hello Kitty Con, which was every bit as strange as one might expect. Unlike at Comic-Con, the press preview night was strictly for press, and gave attendees space to walk around and shop with ease. Like Comic-Con, the next day was utterly insane, with lines that went on forever and Internet/phones getting their signals choked out.

What strikes me as unusual about Hello Kitty - which may be more common for girl toys, such as Barbie - is that even though there are comics, cartoons and such, her strength lies in being a bit of a blank slate for people to project whatever they wish onto her. Nobody at the Con, for example, would have an argument over what Hello Kitty would or would not do, because she can do anything you want. Except NOT sell endless reams of expensive, exclusive merchandise.

I put together a featurette for your entertainment...

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law - Disney Parades and Halloween Cats

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. But be nice. Being nuts is okay, though. We're all mad here.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!! One of my favorite holidays. Well, last weekend I went to the Anaheim Halloween Parade. It has been going on forever. I remember going to the parade when I was little - we used to go to my Uncle Bill's furniture store on Anaheim Blvd and watch the parade. He was the mayor of Anaheim for several years. No, Mickey Mouse is not the mayor; however, there have been times when that seemed the case. Anyway I included 2 pictures taken at the parade. They did not come out really well - but it was the best I could get with my camera and they were moving pretty fast. One of the pictures is Andy Anaheim done by the Historical Society and the other is Rocket Witch. The parade was nice, but not as good as in other years. The only Anaheim Unified HS band that showed this year was Anaheim HS. We have 10+ high schools in Anaheim and only 1 showed - really?????.


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DC All Access Is Seeking a New Co-Host - Let's Give Them Some Ideas

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8:00 am

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DC Entertainment's weekly web series is looking for a new cohost to work with Tiffany Smith, above, and help get the scoop on and conduct interviews with all the top names at DC and their related projects at WB.

So I thought maybe I should take a shot. And I think maybe all of you with cameras should take a shot as well. While I have my doubts that my audition tape (below) is what they're looking for, I feel like we should all submit together. If you decide to make one and post it in comments below, I just might promote it on our social media. Because we're "helpful" like that.

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9 Memorable Things About Max Landis' 436-Page Super Mario World Script

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

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There are plenty of writers who will tell you that the only thing that separates the bad, the good, and the great are the amount of hours put in by the writer. Given his ratio of scripts written to scripts considered truly great, Max Landis is undoubtedly one of these writers. Say what you will about his persona or product, but Landis has an incredible tenacity; clocking in at nearly a hundred completed scripts is a surefire path to mastering the craft. And so arguably the most intriguing words in his recently revealed Mario manifesto are the first four pages, in which adult Max Landis reflects on teenage Max Landis's writing.


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New Hobbit-Themed Air New Zealand Safety Video Literally Shits on Sylvester McCoy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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Airline safety videos already feel like an unwelcome extension of the flight preamble, after you've taken longer than necessary to wait for boarding, board the plain and then linger on the tarmac. So what better movie property to associate with them than The Hobbit, which knows a thing or two about unwelcome lengthenings?

This isn't the first such collaboration - that happened in 2012, and both Rob and I enjoyed it. But now? The stereotypical basement-dweller nerd who craves the One Ring? The bird droppings falling on poor Sylvester in real time? The weird and creepy way the Battle of the Five Armies turns into a group hug? The freakin' END CREDITS on a safety video, because it isn't long enough already?

Hmm, these really do follow my feelings about the Hobbit trilogy almost exactly.

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Finally, Inevitably, There Is a Porn Haunted House Attraction

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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It is, of course, in San Francisco. Billed as something that might scare you and give you a boner, or both (or for Abraxas, Tuesday), Kink.com's Halloween attraction is a

BDSM-inspired, immersive theater/haunted house experience through the basement sets of the world's largest porn studio in the historic San Francisco Armory

Over-the-top production featuring contortionists, nude models body painted by the city's top talent, prosthetics, animatronics, interactive art and a menacing cast of characters
60-minute tours with photo opportunities unlike anything you have seen before. An event sure to become an annual favorite for 18+ fans of horror and adult content

So who's going to be the first to create a fan-fiction haunted house? You know there has to be one coming somewhere.

h/t Julie Scott


Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Bullies, Apocalypse and Owning Your Own Bed

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything. Just be polite when you do.

Hey de ho all. It has been a busy week. As you know LYT and Julia were out for a few days; LYT taught me in about 5 minutes how to resize the pictures that I put into my rants. Now, if he can teach a 58 yr-old, computer-stupid lady how do do this I don't understand why others are either unwilling or not capable of doing the same. It was not rocket science. Anyway, I now know how to resize the photos that I send in with my work for TR. LYT was a member of the clean plate club all weekend. I made chicken with curry, ginger and paprika on it and then baked it, carrots, green beans and twice baked potatos. Another day we made pizza, and of course Sunday breakfast of scrambled eggs, fried potatoes , bacon and sausage. I made my Grampa Franks fried potatoes. I hand cut the potato slices and then fry them with garlic and onions.

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Documentary Mudbloods Covers the UCLA Quidditch Team (Yes, UCLA Has a Quidditch Team)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 2:45 pm

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If we could take this documentary film back in time to the days of the first Revenge of the Nerds movie, I think heads would explode at the confluence of jock aggression and pure nerdery on display in the same place. Not only have dedicated fans turned a fictional sport that involves flying into something real, but as the trailer below shows, they've somehow made it as violent as rugby.

I'm curious to see if enterprising fans can now take that How to Train Your Dragon sport of dropping sheep into baskets into a live-action thing.

Mudbloods is available online as of today. The trailer makes me way more curious than I was before.

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Man Keeps Scaring Co-Worker by Yelling Random Street Fighter Sound Bites

Monday, October 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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It's entirely possible that the guy just has Tourette's and wants to document it with his camera. Either that or it's the most insanely specific-yet-lazy video prank ever. And yet it works because it freaks the other dude out every single time.

While for the prankster, it's probably just Tuesday.

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