Otakon 2016: Day 2

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Day 2 of Otakon 2016 kicked off under sweltering conditions that seemed worse than yesterday. Though it was 8am leaving Essex, Maryland for Downtown Baltimore; the temperatures had to be in the mid 80s, yet it felt like the mid 90s. My thoughts were with the cosplayers that had elaborate costumes. I wondered how many would abandon their all black or full body costumes for something more appropriate for the weather. Not many. The Baltimore Convention Center was consistently more crowded than Friday and featured more elaborate costumes.  Continue reading “Otakon 2016: Day 2”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: CBS TV Studio Pressroom

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With so much programming (both new and returning) kicking off in the summer as well as the fall, it was no surprise to find CBS at Comic Con this year.  With that said, I caught up with some of the faces of those said shows to chat about what fans can expect from them. Curious to know what particular folks I speak of?  Check out the video below…. Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: CBS TV Studio Pressroom”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Jon Schnepp Talks Comic Con HQ’s FILM HQ

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Aside from providing audiences with a hilarious look “behind the curtain” at fan conventions, Comic Con HQ will also have a series geared toward movie news titled Film HQ.  Hosted by film expert, John Campea and friends, the weekly series will tackle all things film-from info about the latest releases to interviews with Hollywood’s biggest players.  Chief among these friends tackling the latest film news will be frequent Campea-collaborator, Jon Schnepp.  With that in mind, I took the opportunity to speak with him info about the show.  However, over the course of the interview, we also discussed the ongoing controversy surrounding footage being leaked from Comic Con.  Check out the interview below… Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Jon Schnepp Talks Comic Con HQ’s FILM HQ”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Composer Tyler Bates Talks Music of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2

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When it was first announced, 2014’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY was oftentimes labeled as the 1st film to possibly dismantle that the financial juggernaut that is the MCU (or Marvel Cinematic Universe, for the uninitiated). However, thanks to memorable characters (see: Groot) and terrific nostalgic and original musical choices, it went on to become one of the stand out entries from Marvel Studios (both critically and financially).  Now, flash forward 2 years later, its sequel, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2, suddenly finds itself in an unexpected position, that of the hotly anticipated blockbuster. Will it promise great character moment like its predecessor? Additionally, will it again-like its predecessor-feature great music?   Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Composer Tyler Bates Talks Music of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Composer Blake Neely Talks Scoring Music For The CW’s Superheroes

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Ever heard of Blake Neely? If you haven’t, you should, as he provides the music scores for practically all of the superhero shows on The CW.  Seeing that he has become somewhat of a perennial guest of Comic Con, it’s always fascinating to pick his brain about his work with music on the various shows.  This year was no different as I inquired about the challenges of working on a show that is long running vs. a series entering its sophomore season (such as Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl).  In addition, Blake also shared with me some another activity he planned to get into over the course of the Con.  Check out of this and more in the interview below…   Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Composer Blake Neely Talks Scoring Music For The CW’s Superheroes”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Rob Benedict & Richard Speight Jr. Talks Comic Con HQ’s KINGS OF CON

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Ever wonder what type of shenanigans our favorite stars can-and often do-get themselves into at fan/pop culture conventions?  Well, Rob Benedict and Richard Speight Jr. will seek to answer this question with their new comedy series called Kings of Con.  Written and co-created by the two Supernatural stars, the new Comic Con HQ show, set behind the scenes at fan conventions, features the two stars as “exaggerated” versions of themselves (think: Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm).   Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Rob Benedict & Richard Speight Jr. Talks Comic Con HQ’s KINGS OF CON”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: PROP STORE CEO Stephen Lane Talks Props Collectibles

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John McClane’s Badge. Kane’s Spacesuit. The Alien Warrior Costume. What do all of these items have in common?  Well, they’re props from arguably some of the most iconic films of all time!  At this year’s San Diego Comic Con, I had the opportunity to chat with Prop Store CEO, Stephen Lane, about some of the rare props that his company has its possession.  Curious to know what specific props you may the opportunity to have in your collection?  Then check the interview below to find out… Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: PROP STORE CEO Stephen Lane Talks Props Collectibles”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Shmaltz & Federation of Beer Talk Collaboration on 50th ANNIVERSARY GOLDEN ALE

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In addition to taking part in the STAR TREK BEYOND Premiere, attendees at this year’s Comic Con were also treated to a special Ale to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.  Created from a collaboration between Shmaltz Brewery & Federation of Beer, the Ale, subtitled “The Trouble with Tribbles,” will soon be available in select stores across the country.  Curious to know more?  Well, you’re in luck, because I asked Dan Curry & Vern Raincock, from Shmatlz Brewery & Federation of Beer, respectively, to tell us more.  Check it out below…. Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Shmaltz & Federation of Beer Talk Collaboration on 50th ANNIVERSARY GOLDEN ALE”

2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Arkham Files: Supervillain Psychoses Panel

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Have you ever wondered what makes some of Batman’s most infamous adversaries tick? Or, what they may look like in a real world setting? Well, it was these very questions which inspired me to put to together the panel, ARKHAM FILES: SUPERVILLAIN PSYCHOSES at Awesome Con this year.  Joined by Jahmal Harrell (fellow Reel Feel News writer), Julian Lytle (comic creator), and Charles Samenow (accomplished psychologist), I sought to get to the bottom of theses questions… Continue reading “2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Arkham Files: Supervillain Psychoses Panel”

Otakon 2016: The 1st Day

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There’s a touch of trepidation in the air after the phrase “I’m going to Baltimore”. High profile, racially charged incidents has sullied the reputation of the nicknamed “Charm City”. The industrial blue collar town, 40 miles from the nation’s capital is a city on edge, as seen in the riots of 2015 and the protests of 2016. Yet, even if the contentious attitudes towards the city’s officials aren’t universally shared, everyone in town can agree that it was freaking hot out. The combination of sun and stifling humidity turned Baltimore into a sauna. The high temperature was 96, very close to a record, but had a heat index of well over 100. As I arrived at the Baltimore Convention Center (BCC) this afternoon, none of the world’s problems mattered.  The late summer tradition is once again upon us as Otakon weekend begins today.  Continue reading “Otakon 2016: The 1st Day”

2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Billy West Panel

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Let’s rewind the clock back to 2013, shall we?  That spring (April, to be exact) a little event called Awesome Con unveiled itself to fans in the nation’s capital.  Having attended various comic book conventions prior to that (at the time), the prospect of having a comic convention right in my back yard to was too awesome  (pun intended) to pass up.  Despite its humble beginnings in terms of scale (during that first year), the event, even then, showed promise of what it could be (or arguably is, now), thanks to its format of panels, exhibitors, and special guests.  One particular highlight that 1st year, for me, was attending Billy West’s panel.

Being the voice behind many of my favorite animated characters, I thought it be worth checking him out, and boy was I right!   Equally irreverent and transparent with his thoughts about life and the trajectory of his career, in radio and voice work, it was a moment, that I captured, which left a lasting impression on me.  Not surprisingly, it was quite special for me to come “full circle” and have the opportunity to moderate his panel at this year’s event 3 years later.  In the first two-thirds of the panel, we chatted about his transition into voice work for children’s cartoons, his work on The Oblongs, as well as Futurama.  Afterwards, during the Q& A segment with the audience, he reveals a bit more! Check it out…. Continue reading “2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Billy West Panel”

Celebrate WONDER WOMAN’S 75th Anniversary, Meet The Cast of “SUICIDE SQUAD,” Be The BATMAN and More at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016

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DC Entertainment will be pulling all the stops at Comic Con this year. Period. Don’t believe me? Check out what they’ve got planned (via their press release) below… Continue reading “Celebrate WONDER WOMAN’S 75th Anniversary, Meet The Cast of “SUICIDE SQUAD,” Be The BATMAN and More at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016”

Syfy + The Asylum Bring SHARKNADO 4 To SDCC 2016‏

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The SHARKNADO Franchise will once again be despending upon Comic Con with a Panel! Find out the details (released today by production company, The Asylum). Continue reading “Syfy + The Asylum Bring SHARKNADO 4 To SDCC 2016‏”

Full TITAN COMICS Schedule At San Diego Comic Con 2016

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Today Titan Comics released its full Comic Con slate.  Curious to know what they will be up to next week? Find out in the press release below… Continue reading “Full TITAN COMICS Schedule At San Diego Comic Con 2016”

FX Announces FXhibition For 2016 San Diego Comic-Con‏

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Today FX has announced plans to bring an innovative activation & art installation to Comic Con. Read the press release below to find out what the network has in store for fans.   Continue reading “FX Announces FXhibition For 2016 San Diego Comic-Con‏”

2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Phil Lamarr Talks Awesome Con & The Legacy of Prince

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This year’s Awesome Con saw no shortage of voice actor talent; however, among these incredibly talented artists, I was particularly eager to speak with actor/comedian, Phil Lamarr. No at all a stranger to the convention, I was eager to get his take on this year’s Con (seeing that he has attended many times before).  In addition, he also shared with me his thoughts regarding The Artist Formerly Known As Prince (an artist whom he memorably impersonated on the comedy series, MAD TV). Check out the interview below… Continue reading “2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Phil Lamarr Talks Awesome Con & The Legacy of Prince”

Third Annual “MTV FANDOM AWARDS” Announces Nominees For “FANDOM OF THE YEAR” & “SHIP OF THE YEAR”

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Today MTV announced some of the nominees for their Fandom Awards Show set to kick off during Comic Con.  Did any of your fandoms get the nod?  Find out in the press release below…

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2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Mario Himself, Charles Martinet, Talks The MARIO Game Franchise!

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STAR WARS. ET. Tetris…What do these properties have in common? Well, they’re entities which many of us would agree transcend media form, age, race, or even religion.  While there are perhaps only a handful of such properties that exist, few would argue that the 30+ year old Mario Bros. game franchise definitely fits the bill.  At this year’s Awesome Con, I took the opportunity to speak with the voice behind the legendary character Mario, Mr. Charles Martinet, to pick his brain about the franchise. Continue reading “2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Mario Himself, Charles Martinet, Talks The MARIO Game Franchise!”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Actress Caroline Williams Talks SHARKNADO 4 & The Future of Horror Films

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Later this month, Syfy will be premiering another entry in everyone’s favorite shark franchise, SHARKNADO (humorously subtitled as THE 4TH AWAKENS).  With Comic Con only a couple of weeks away, I was afforded the opportunity to chat with actress, Caroline Williams, about the film before its huge media blitz at the mega pop culture event.  Not at all a stranger to horror films (having starred in such iconic horror franchises as THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE), I asked the actress about how she got involved in Syfy‘s wildly successfully monster franchise as well as her thoughts on approaching the 30th Anniversary of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2. Check out what she had to say in our interview below… Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Actress Caroline Williams Talks SHARKNADO 4 & The Future of Horror Films”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE_Actor Jason Matthew Smith Talks STAR TREK BEYOND

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With San Diego Comic Con steadily approaching, there is a lot of anticipation about many of the events that it will have in store for its attendees. One prime example of such an event will be the premiere of  STAR TREK BEYOND, set to happen on Preview Night.  With that said, I had the chance to speak with actor Jason Matthew Smith about the third installment of the popular franchise.  In the interview, Smith shared not only how he got involved with the third film, but also shared what it had in store for fans.  Check out our interview below…  Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE_Actor Jason Matthew Smith Talks STAR TREK BEYOND”

Spy The Cast of FX’s ARCHER For A Live Performance On The High Seas In San Diego July 21

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Announced today by FX Networks, comes word that a special one-night performance of Archer Live! will be taking place at this year’s Comic Con! Read on to get the details… Continue reading “Spy The Cast of FX’s ARCHER For A Live Performance On The High Seas In San Diego July 21”

BBC.com Culture Presents “Are Heroes Born or Made?” at San Diego Comic-Con‏

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Returning for their second year, BBC.com Culture is coming to SDCC with a panel titled, “Are Heroes Born or Made?”  Read the press release below for more details on the panel as well as its impressive list of panelists… Continue reading “BBC.com Culture Presents “Are Heroes Born or Made?” at San Diego Comic-Con‏”

“NO GUTS, NO GLORY!” Starz Releases New Teaser Trailer & Photo For “ASH VS EVIL DEAD” Season 2

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Ash (CAMPBELL) & Ruby (LAWLESS) in Starz’ ASH VS EVIL DEAD

Today, Starz released a new photo (featured above) & teaser trailer (featured after the press release) for the new season of Ash vs. Evil Dead.  Though the first season was quite satisfying for gore hounds (like myself), it appears that the new season will be (dare I say it…) upping the ante!  You can check out the teaser trailer in the embedded tweet below… However, be warned, the footage featured in the teaser is very graphic! Continue reading ““NO GUTS, NO GLORY!” Starz Releases New Teaser Trailer & Photo For “ASH VS EVIL DEAD” Season 2″

Nickelodeon’s THE SPLAT Brings Marc Summers Back For DOUBLE DARE LIVE Streaming Event To SDCC To Celebrate The Iconic Game Show’s 30th Anniversary‏

nicksplatsdccAre you a fan of former Nickelodeon game show, Double Dare?  Well, if you’re attended this year’s Comic Con, you’re in luck, as the network will be saluting the show’s 30th Anniversary by bringing back original host, Marc Summers, for a special edition of the show to air live at Comic Con!  Check out the press release from Nickelodeon (announced today) below….   Continue reading “Nickelodeon’s THE SPLAT Brings Marc Summers Back For DOUBLE DARE LIVE Streaming Event To SDCC To Celebrate The Iconic Game Show’s 30th Anniversary‏”

2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Tony Call & John Drenner Jr. Talks A HAUNTING

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In addition to the special guests at this year’s Awesome Con, I was also afforded the opportunity to sit down and chat with the folks from the hit Destination America series, A Haunting.  Seeing that the series presents tales of real-life families terrorized by paranormal forces, I decided to pick the brains of host, Tony Call, and deliverance minister/ paranormal investigator, John Drenner Jr., to see if the paranormal elements featured in pop culture (i.e. tv, movies, etc.) stack up to “real thing.” Find their answer in the interview below… 
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NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Debuts New MYCROFT HOLMES Comic Book at SDCC 2016!‏

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Just announced today by Titan Comics, comes news that NBA Legend, Kareem Abdul Jabbar will be coming to Comic Con to debut his new take on Mycroft Holmes.  Check out the press release below for more info…  Continue reading “NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Debuts New MYCROFT HOLMES Comic Book at SDCC 2016!‏”

truTV’s Impractical Jokers Invade San Diego with Fan Events

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Look out San Diego, truTV’s Impractical Jokers are heading to the Gaslamp District – and they’re bringing some friends. truTV, along with Sal, Joe, Murr and Q – together known as The Tenderloins – will treat fans of the long-running series with great events and experiences like a three-day exhibition and massive block party steps from the San Diego Convention Center from Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23. Building off of last year’s popular Museum of Impractical History, the Hall of Impractical Jokers exhibit during Comic-Con International will give fans incomparable access to the show’s most popular moments and artifacts. Plus, on Saturday, July 23, the party moves to The Park at Petco Park for the daylong, first-ever Impractical Jokers Block Party.

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Starz’ AMERICAN GODS and ASH VS THE EVIL DEAD Making Its Way To Comic Con!

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Today Starz’ announced that two of their shows, American Gods and Ash vs. Evil Dead will have a presence at Comic Con.  You can find the info below…. Continue reading “Starz’ AMERICAN GODS and ASH VS THE EVIL DEAD Making Its Way To Comic Con!”

2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Joe Harris Talks Writing Comics vs. Film

joe harris_awesome conDespite being distinctly disparate forms of media, we live in a day and age where comics and film are more closely associated together than ever (thanks largely to the various film adaptations that are now out there).  With that in mind, I caught up with prolific writer, Joe Harris, at Awesome Con, to discuss this current landscape of comics and film that we, as fans, live in.  As someone who has written in both comics and film, Harris provides a unique perspective on how film has evolved; particularly, those inspired by comics.  In addition, he also sheds light on some of his future projects as well.  You can check out the interview below… Continue reading “2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Joe Harris Talks Writing Comics vs. Film”

VISION CHAIR CAPE Flies Into San Diego Comic Con 2016 As A Convention Exclusive

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Hot off the heels of their other announcement, Entertainment Earth has revealed yet another exclusive for Comic Con attendees (however, if you read in the fine print of the press release, there may be hope for those not attending).  Check out the press release below… 

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