Comic Con Recap: Fri/Sat


The day started early for us. I’m talking 4 am kind of early. That’s right. We were up and in line for Ballroom 20 by 5 am. We weren’t taking any chances at missing the 10 year FireFly Reunion Panel. It was the third thing slotted in the day but lucky for me the two panels before it were things I would have been there for anyways.


First up we had ‘Community‘ which is in my top five TV shows coming back in the fall. I was a wee bit sad Donald Glover wasn’t there. *Sings* Tory and Abed in the morning. The panel did not disappoint. We got tidbits from the upcoming season, like Jeff meeting his father! One thing I think everyone in that room could relate to was how the fans of Community pulled together and fought to get their show back on the air. They did a fan tribute clip where it showed some of the things fans had done. There were art shows, flash mobs, sing-a-longs, and one dedicated fan replicated the 8 bit video game featured in one of the episodes. I cannot wait for the next season to see where the show goes. I have faith in the new writers. Remember: SIX SEASONS AND A MOVIE! (No, really.)


Next we had the Legends of Korra panel. If you’ve been to our site before you know how much we love it (omg I’m still so jealous. Stop it! -Steph) This panel rocked. No really. Watch it here and you can see. From getting to see sketches from the upcoming season to watching the cast do a table read of some of the best scenes of the season. (Bolin you are still my favorite!). One awesome thing about the table reads was the corresponding art they put up while they were reading. They also did a season recap that left my friend and I teary by the end. Little did we know what was to come…


After Korra ended the room was all a buzz. The excitement only increased as the start time for the panel came and went. The cast was quickly forgiven once the panel got started. Emotions were close to the surface for everyone. Just go here and watch to fully understand. It made getting there at 5am worth it. I think the last 5 minutes of the panel were spent crying by everyone. I think it will go down as one of the greatest things, as a fan, I’ve gotten to be a part of. (I may or may not be tearing up now just thinking about it.)

After that emotionally draining panel I needed something light. Hurray for Star Wars Origami! I met a friend at 7AB and we had a great time. I think I did pretty well. We also made a light saber before we dashed out to get into line for the Sony panel.

On our way to Hall H we made a stop on the floor and we got to meet Orson Scott Card. He was at the Simon and Schuster booth signing previews for his new book Pathfinder. I kept my fangirl under control. I told him I loved Ender’s Game and was looking forward to the movie. He was gracious and didn’t seem to mind my awkward. (The casting for the film is out of this world. Just look.)

I was floating and didn’t mind the 20min wait to get into Hall H. Once we got in we caught the tail end of the Resident Evil panel, which reminds me of ‘The Land Before Time’ series (in that there are a million of them) but for grown ups. I will most likely watch once it’s out on DVD.

First up for the Sony Panel was ‘Total Recall‘. I will admit I was not amused when I heard they were remaking this. I used to watch the original with my dad when I was far too young to be watching anything like it. Seeing the clips though may have changed my mind. It also helps that Kate Beckinsale’s character looks awesome and John Cho is in it (yeah but doesn’t he get killed off early on in this? Or am I crazy? -Steph) We’ll see how I feel when it’s out though.

Looper was up next. I had no idea what the movie was about but the casting alone sold me. How can you say no to Bruce Willis (Like this: No. Just kidding -Steph)? The subtle changes they made to JGL’s face to have him look like a younger version of Bruce were kind of magical. The film deals with Time travel in a really cool way and has JGL confront his older self in order to kill him. Crazy right? I can’t wait until this one comes out!

So if the casting sold the last movie the creator of the next one did it all on his own. Elysium was written and directed by Neil Blomkamp whom you may remember for District 9. Then you add the cast of Matt Damon, Jodi Foster (excited to see her in another scifi movie -Steph) and Sharlto Copley and I’m already sold without seeing the seven minutes of awesome, action packed footage they brought. In short:

We finished out the night at the Penguin Publishing panel and then I went home to pass out.


I didn’t do much as far as panels go. I got a late start to the day, and then got there in time to meet up with a few friends to walk the floor. I got separated from them, and tried to find them via twitter. That’s when I happened to see The Nerd Machine send out a re-tweet they had 50 standing room only tickets for the Doctor Who panel later that night. I ran, yes ran, from the floor to NERD HQ. I was able to get a ticket after a little more running and a very kind staff member. (THANK YOU AGAIN!) A total of only 250 tickets were sold so it was very intimate. Plus all (100%) of the money collected from the panels went towards charity. Win. Win.

I messed around and found a place to sit until the panel started. It was a perfect way to end my comic con adventure. They were funny, kind, and Matt made me tear up when he answered the little girl’s question. Watch here and you may too.

All and all the con was awesome. I got to see most of what/who I wanted. I did miss the signing for the Star Trek ongoing crew and the Lucid signing. There’s always next year (which I also will be attending -Steph)!

What did you enjoy seeing or what would you have like to have seen?

Comic Con Recap: Wed/Thurs

You may have noticed that it was quiet around here last week and that was because I (Mel) went to Comic Con 2012. It was awesome! It was my 3d year in a row of going and, dare I say, my favorite. (I didn’t go and seeped the entire time Mel was there. In fact, it’s raining on my face as I go through this post. -Steph)

We kicked off preview night by walking the floor and getting a feel for everything it had to offer. I ended up running into TWO different groups of friends while I made my rounds. If you’ve ever been to Comic Con you know just how crazy that really is. I would have taken more pics if my phone hadn’t died. Good choices though, right?

After I walked around I headed over to the Archaia and got my Fraggle book signed for my mini byJoe LeFavi. We talked for a good 15 minutes and ended up bonding over our shared love of TOS. I tried to convince him to read the Reboot Ongoing IDW’s doing. (I just happened to have all of them in my backpack in case I got bored ok?)

We finished off the night at the SyFy Defiance Cafe. While it was a little more than we would have normally spent, the food was yummy (Buffalo Chicken Salad FTW!) and you got a chance to try out the game if you sat in one of the booths.


I spent the first half of the day in Room 6A and saw a wide range of things that were all interesting.


First up was Fortnite. I’m not much of a gamer, but this one looked really cool. It’s more on the cartoonish side as far as style goes but I like that. There’s a great write up on it here that can explain better than I can on why it looks so cool to play.

Next was the “How to Train Your Dragon” panel featuring DreamWorks and Cartoon Network. I was super excited for this one. I loved the movie and really wanted to know what they had planned for the show. It takes place after the first movie ended and we get to see how the villagers deal with dragons no longer being their enemy. I was pleased to hear that a majority of the original cast was returning to the show, including Jay Baruchel as Hiccup and America Ferrera as Astrid. The first two seasons will lead into the second movie. The creators made it clear you don’t have to watch one to enjoy the other but will flow seamlessly into the other. SOLD!

Lastly in Room 6A I got to see my favorite author, Max Brooks, along side other great authors for a chat about surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. I’m one of those people. You know the ones. They have an in depth escape plan, will argue over the definitions of a zombie, and have a mental list of weapons they’d need/training to make it out alive. (Cardio People!). In short, it was heaven for me. I flailed just a little bit when Max Brooks shared his love for ‘Shawn of the Dead.’ I also loved hearing how each of the authors made Zombies their own, from needing brains to keep body parts from flying off to a twist on the classic version where getting ride of the head doesn’t stop them. I vote no to those.

I think the only thing that could have made this panel better would have been if the girl across from me hadn’t been so rude (and if I had been there, naturally). She was there for the Teen Wolf Panel after and was constantly making faces and rolling her eyes at the panelist answers. She would have been easier to ignore if she wasn’t in my line of site and constantly turning around to mock the panelist with her friend that was sitting behind me. I also saw a few of the panelists notice her as well. I get it, Zombies weren’t her thing, however being rude is never OK.


After that I raced over to Room 24ABC. For whatever reason I thought it would take much longer to get into the room than it really did and got to sit through most of the panel about Captain Action. The amount of detail to make sure the packaging and the comic matched was impressive. I had never heard of this hero before and he reminded me A LOT of Sterling Archer. I kept waiting for the creators to show a “Drunk and got a baby tattoo’d” option for the action figure. lol While this wasn’t so much for me, it was great to see how much the panelist loved what they were doing. Nothing sucks more than a panel filled with people who are only there bc they have to be.


Next up was the Mass Effect movie featuring Freddie Prince Jr. The Film is done by FUNimation and you can read more about the details here. Again, I’m not a gamer but Bro in law was giddy over the idea of the film. What I did like is they brought in the composers for the game and film to talk about writing music for both. I honestly had no idea at the thought and work that was put into a video game score. Learn new things everyday!

And to round out the time in this room we have the one and only Karl Urban. He was there for the Masters Of the Web panel promoting his new film Dredd. The panel itself was about how movie sites like work as far as reviews go. One thing that was clear is everyone up there loves film and that’s why they do what they do. Karl got teased for giving nothing away from the new Trek movie (DAMNIT) (didn’t stop him from trolling, promising exclusive scenes from the movie. I guess he redeemed himself with the surfing though… -Steph) and talked about why he took the role of Dredd. Little known fact, Karl is actually a giant good looking nerd. He only considered the role because Judge Dredd never takes off his helmet. He also talked about the challenges that brought. The panel was win.

I then made a mad dash to catch Ramon Perez at the Archaia booth for a signing. Funny story: So when it’s my turn he kindly asks if I’d like it personalized. Of course I say yes and he starts to draw. Well when he said personalized I thought he meant he was going to draw me. So when I looked at the sketch I couldn’t help but notice how masculine he was making it. Then I realized I was an idiot and he was drawing the main character in the book. Not me.*face palm* I told him as much and then he and the gentleman behind me both reassured me I did not have a 5 o’clock shadow. I’m ridiculous.

I rounded out the night with a stop at the Simon and Schuster panel. Didn’t win any of their raffles but got a free tshirt so I count it as a win.

Stay tuned for my next write up where I talk about how Korra (wah -Steph) and Joss (waah -Steph) gave me ALL THE FEELS.

Graphic Novel review: Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand

So when I finished reading this book I felt a lot like I did after I watched Primer for the first time. Kind of a “What just happened I need to see everything over again RIGHT NOW!” feeling. This novel is based on a screen play hidden in the depths of the Henson vault that was only recently found.

I knew very little about the story itself before reading, and if I’m being real, I don’t think I could explain it if I wanted to. It works for my “No spoilers” rule anyway. Suffice to say, it’s different. Enjoyable , but different.

It took a while for me to get my hands on this book bc it seemed to be sold out everywhere. I finally got it at WonderCon this past March. From the moment you pick up the book the quality is evident. Small things like the elastic strap that gives the book a moleskin journal feel, is just one example. Basically what Archaia is known for.

Then you open the book and are blown away by the art. While the screenplay itself was written by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl, the creative team that gave it life brought their A+ game.

Taking the lead is Ramon Perez with the phenomenal art and design. This book relies very little on dialog and leaves a majority of the story telling to Ramon and his skills. He takes us on a crazy ride that only few minds like Jim and Jerry would dare dream and Perez does it well. Adding to Perez’s work and giving it color is Ian Herring. Who, again, does an impeccable job.

While the story doesn’t have a lot of dialog Deron Bennett made sure to make it special when it does. Bennett designed a font based on Henson’s handwriting which was found all over the original screen play. Talk about attention to detail! *highest of fives*

After I finished reading I was truly inspired by the novel and wanted to make something. I didn’t know what until I stumbled upon this and had my “AH HA” moment. (I made it the same way I do my own clothing tags.) It’s going to hang on my wall and I’ll give it friends as I feel ~inspired.

The design itself is based off of the cover and this scene from the book. (I know it doesn’t look very much like a stop sign but work with me.)

In the end this is a must have for Henson fans and those looking for a different type of story.

You can pick it up at your local shop (hopefully) or from Archaia.


Bestest Time with Mal and Chad by Stephen McCranie

I got this a while ago and finally got around to reading it with the kids. I wish I’d done it sooner! It was a really enjoyable story for all of us. Mal is a smarty pants with the worst luck. We got to see his adventures and mishaps while we giggled the whole way through. (Captain Porky!!)

It took us to about a week to get through. We read a little before bed and more here and there. By the end we were acting out different parts as I read. I see a re-read in the future and reading the other books in the series  too.

You can find out more about these guys here and no matter your age I think this book has something for everyone!

So go read and Enjoy!

PS Here are two cute Dino project here and here that you can whip out. You can used them for a ~dramatic reenactment of the book. 😉