While people in San Diego were having a nerdy time at Comic Con, I was having monster fun at Chicago’s G-Fest! G-FEST is the largest regular gathering of Godzilla and Japanese monster fans in the world. Held each summer, it … Continue reading
As someone who is into quirky things such as unique horror movies, aliens, robots, toys and monsters, I always find that going to conventions are the best way to geek out over such things while being surrounded by various people who also love the same things I do.
I was fortunate to have this experience a few weeks ago at G-Fest XXI.
G-FEST is the largest regular gathering of Godzilla and Japanese monster fans in the world. Held each summer, it typically attracts more than 1000 attendees. G-FEST 2013 was the most successful convention to date, bringing in more than 2000 Japanese science fiction and fantasy film fans!
It is a family-oriented convention which caters to a wide variety of interests within the kaiju genre. G-FEST features presentations and Q & A sessions by actors and crew from the Japanese Godzilla films, fan presentations on topics of interest, contests and gaming, new and classic kaiju movies, the western world’s largest kaiju-oriented dealers room, and lots of fun and camaraderie.
I have heard about G-Fest over the years but the timing was never right for me to attend one. This year I wasn’t going to let another one pass me by before I had the chance to fully experience what it’s like to be in the atmosphere of other monster loving fans.
The weekend was jammed pack with panels, short and full-length film viewings, art shows, an art gallery, guest signings and what’s a convention without a fully stocked vendor’s room.
To get the full effect of G-Fest this year here are some photos of all the glorious monstrous fun.
The Artist’s Alley showcased talented artists’ diverse kaiju inspired work.
Another one of my favorite attractions at G-Fest was art contest submissions. People of all ages created spectacular work to show their love for monsters.
For anyone who is a fan of all things monsters, I highly recommend coming out to a G-Fest one year so you can experience the impressive amounts of monster discussions, artwork and toys, toys toys!!!
A big thanks to Jeff Horne and J.D. Lees for putting together a fun-filled weekend and another big thanks to Tom Miller for his fantastic photos.
To learn more about G-Fest check out their website http://www.g-fan.com/html/gfest_xxi/gfest_xxi.php
Game of Thrones Panel with Natalia Tena (Osha) and Kristian Nairn (Hodor)
A fan dressed up for the Q&A
This was Michael Massee’s first convention and it was an honor to sit through this panel and hear the stories these three had while working on the film.
My last day of C2E2 started off with the Stan Lee panel. It was the best start of the any of the three days.
One of the greatest things I own is this Dawn of the Dead poster previously signed by George Romero and Tom Savini.
This weekend I got the chance to meet the rest of the Dawn of the Dead cast. You can imagine what a geek-a-rama sized boner I had especially after my Monroeville trip earlier this year.
And here is the “after” shot of my amazingly, beautiful poster!
Another awesome cast of people I got to meet was the crew of Pet Sematary!
I absolutely adore this man plus he’s still sexy as ever!
…. Oh yeah, it was me!
When I was a kid, I grew up watching all of George Romero’s zombie films. I never thought that years later into my adulthood I would be visiting some of the filming location spots.
I spent Memorial Day weekend going to PA with some friends to have a fantastic, geeky experience.
And now I’m sharing that geeky experience with you! Enjoy!
(Thanks to my friend Richard for the film screenshot)
Monroeville Mall (Original Dawn of the Dead)
Air field (Dawn of the Dead)
“Redneck House” (Dawn of the Dead)
Night of the Living Dead original (cemetery)
The Crazies (Post Office)
Night of the Living Dead remake (cemetery)
Night of the Living Dead remake (house)
And to close my geeky adventure, a picture my friends and I took at the mall.
Although I kinda felt like a creeper taking pictures of people’s houses and breaking the law in certain cases, I loved the feeling of being in places that filled my head of zombie dreams when I was a kid.
After the glow of meeting Felicia I moved on to meet one of my favorite people, Ron Perlman! I’ve meet Ron before at a Fangoria convention a few years ago but the line was rushed so I wasn’t able to get a picture. Well I was not going to walk away from C2E2 without a picture with Ron this time. I was rocking out my Shark vs. Zombie shirt and tousling my adorable hair. Me and Ron were gonna happen!
Felicia and Ron both had photo ops and they were completely cool about letting fans take pictures with them at their booth when they got autographs. In my early con years, this was the way it used to be. It saddens me that fans today have to drop more coin on photo ops just to get a picture with someone they adore.
I think I’ve seen the Night of the Living Dead remake more times than the original. I love that Barbara’s character was ballsy, strong and was not afraid to kick some ass. Patricia was amazing as Barbara so I always idolized her.
I ended Friday evening tired, achy and super happy!
I’ve seen one episode of Toy Hunter at the New Orleans airport and I thought it was a cool show. It also helped that there was a Creature from the Black Lagoon toy in the episode that I watched.
When I met Jordan I shared with him my love for all things Creature (even showed him my Creature tat) and he told me to go to his booth later and check out the Creature toys over there.
I ended up getting this spiffy Creature toy.
Shortly after meeting the Toy Hunter, I waited in line to meet Patton Oswalt!
And a super big Thanks to Wolfie Gnards and Busy Beaver Button Co. for having my back and taking some panel shots
After meeting Patton, I went to Ron Perlman’s Q&A
So here’s a tip for any comic vendors or any vendors alike: if you comment on my very awesome Sweep The Leg shirt then bring up the Sweep the Leg music video, I’m going to buy whatever you’re selling. I’m sure I probably would have gotten the comic anyway regardless of my apparel but still Sweep the Leg love FTW!
Again C2E2 has provided me with another “BEST WEEKEND EVER!” The downsides of forced photo ops, drunken stroller moms and too many Deadpool costumes didn’t take away from the fact that I love going to C2E2. Spending a weekend in a place with people who accept and share your love for unordinary things is the best experience this geeky fan girl could ever want.
Last weekend I went to my favorite local horror convention, Flashback Weekend!
It took some time but I finally got all the panel pictures in order and ready for your viewing pleasure. Unfortunately uploading 174 pictures on this site would take another week so I have all the pics on the official Hey! Look Behind You! Facebook Page. If you haven’t already liked the page, go ahead and show some love!
And now moving on….
You can see all the lovely panel and costume contest pictures HERE, so enjoy!
C2E2 is a Chicago-based convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. From a show floor packed with hundreds of exhibitors, to panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, to screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen.
Over the weekend, I was honored with the opportunity to cover the event for the blog. The whole weekend was a battle between learning about new comics, seeing great toys and costume and trying to keep my fan girl side in check.
Here’s my coverage for C2E2 with a little side of fan girl-dom.
I spent the majority of the day walking the show floor and checking out the latest art work, toys and a panel.
My panel of the day was for The Nerdist Industries Live! Hosted by Chris Hardwick, featuring Attack of the Show’s Alison Haislip, The Comic Book Club: Justin Tyler and Alex Zalben and comic book editor Bob Schreck.
Chris talked about the newly release The Nerdist’s YouTube which will feature new shows.
Bob Schreck revealed the new cover to Jim Lee’s THE TOWER CHRONICLES by Legendary Comics.
My first panel of the day was for Nicholas Brendon. It was interesting to see how far he came after the end of Buffy.
The most popular panel of the weekend, The Walking Dead’s Steven Yuen and Lauren Cohen came in to talk about their experience on the show and keeping the upcoming season completely spoiler free.
Due to being in a very long line for Steven and Lauren’s autograph session, I was on able to catch the tail end of Val Kilmer’s Q&A panel.
For the time I was there I was able to hear him throw out a few lines from his upcoming play on Mark Twain, which was magical. I also got to witness a humbling moment when Val admitted that he spent a lot of his youth being “difficult” to work with not realizing how hard it was for the people trying to make their films.
The start of Sunday kicked off with John Cusack promoting his new film The Raven.
John not only being an 80’s icon but a hometown Chicago boy, the audience were more interested in his past films and favorite Chicago haunts other than The Raven.
Before my last panel of the day I scouted the floor one final time and enjoyed the Kid’s Day atmosphere.
I am a horror fan. I came to C2E2 to open my world to comics with a warm embrace, but overall I am a horror fan. So it only seems suiting that my last panel at C2E2 and the very last panel of the last day of the last hour be a horror-related panel.
If you haven’t heard of Holliston yet, find it! It’s FearNet’s first original tv show featuring Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen) and Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, Chillerama)
I have crossed paths with Adam and Joe over the last few years at various horror conventions and they have always been personable and unpretentious.
The thing I really love about Adam and Joe is that they are me!.. Well, with a penis. They grew up watching the same horror movies that I did, they have the same hard-on for horror that I do, they are the ultimate horror fan boys like I am..only I’m a girl. They take their love for horror, gore and everything in between and they make films about it. They aren’t looking to make a movie for a quick buck or to please the audience’s taste. Everything they do is near and dear to them and I’ve always admired that passion and drive.
Anyway, on to Holliston featuring Adam Green, Joe Lynch and producer Sarah Elbert
To the non-FearNet owners such as myself, the best way to watch Holliston is to get via ITunes. A dvd is in the works in the near feature but if you don’t want to wait. ITunes that shit.
And…. my fan girl moment-
I had yet another great time attending C2E2 and I’m looking forward for next year’s event and all the other years to come.
If you live in Chicago, I strongly suggest you make it out to this event. The environment is relaxed, fun and endless amounts of awesome. So do it!
Also, on Wednesdays I’ll be introducing all the cool comics I got my hands on, so look out!
Prior to this weekend, I’ve only been exposed to Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, The Walking Dead and Creepy.
Over the weekend I was given the amazing opportunity to attend Chicago’s C2E2 event and dive into the comic scene.
The atmosphere of artists sketching, people without shame in costumes and endless amounts of comics and toys made the geeky girl inside of me all excited-like.
During my trek around the event, I met a lot of talented artists and writers and I even picked up a few books from them so my journey will soon begin with those.
I know some of my readers are comic book fans so feel free to throw your recommendations my way and I’ll jump all on it!
So folks, stand by while I explore the world comics *insert echo here*
I’ve officially been back from Comic Con for a week now. I’ve been battling a case of being lazy, being ass tired and some laptop issues. On top of that I’ve had over 255 pics to scan through to pick the best ones for the post but now Woot, I am done. Enjoy ya’ll.
Thursday: Day One
I came into town Wednesday night, a good 6 hours later than I was supposed to so the first thing I did when I landed was…go out drinking with my friends! A minor mistake since I woke up Thursday morning with a pounding headache but I had a convention to attend so I chowed down on some asprins, grabbed my schedule and head over to the convention to check in. Checking in was the first of many lines I spent during my time at CC. I can estimate that I spent 90 percent of my time at CC in a line. True story.
So after I checked in, I head off to the infamous Hall H to start the day with the Tron panel. Hall H is the biggest hall in the convention and it also has the longest lines. The line to get into heaven is a lot shorter than the line is for Hall H. Hall H is also where all the big, huge Hollywood panels were so people camp out earlier to get in. This was around 9 in the morning, the Tron panel was at 11:15 and before I got even close to H, the panel was full and they weren’t letting anyone in. Wa wa. People left and my main panel for the day was Scott Pilgrim vs The World at 6. I wasn’t about to wait in that line again just to be turned away for the one panel I really wanted to go to that day so I waited. Finally I was able to get in for the next panel Sony’s Salt and Battle: Los Angeles.
I didn’t have an interest in seeing Salt but for the panel I got to see Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber also joining them were director Phillip Nois and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
Following was Battle: Los Angeles, a new alien/war scifi action flick. From the trailer it has a minor District 9 feel to it but so I thought it looked pretty cool. This panel included director Jonathan Liebesman, producer Neal Moritz and stars Michelle Rodriquez and Aaron Eckhart.
Next panel: J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon
*cough my boner dream panel cough*
The geeky girl in me spooged big time for this panel. I’m a fan of Abrams from his work with Lost, Cloverfield, Star Trek, etc and Whedon, well, I can’t describe how this man has toyed with my emotions, fucked with my mind and changed my world. To have these two together was one of the highlights of my night.
The Expendables Panel
I’m not big on action movies but I’ll have a taste for it every now and then. For this panel there was so much man musk and testy drive in the air that I’m now little jazzed up to see this movie.
For this panel: Sly Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, and Terry Crews (also Bruce Willis stopped by for a minute to give Sly a hug. Shit was hot!)
Final Panel: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
This panel was a full-blown bag of awesome the stars included: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Brandon Routh, Alison Pill, Ellen Wong, Aubrey Plaza, Mae Whitman, Mark Webber, Jason Schwartzman, and dressed up as Captain America, Michael Cera. Also the comic book creator Bryan Lee O’Mallery was there, moderating the panel was Edgar Wright *swoon* and for 2.5 seconds, the panel had a cameo by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Before the panel, we were given buttons and told to hold on to them and not trade them. Right before the panel ended, Edgar Wright announced that he was doing a special screening for people who had a “1 Up” button, ya’ll guess what button I had in my very hands…
So I followed hundreds of people down the streets of San Diego to track down this theater, we got lost a bunch of times and when hope was lost, we finally found the theater and Edgar Wright was there to greet us. On top of all the greatness, I was able to hug Edgar Wright and *sigh* it was nice. Haha. Scott Pilgrim was damn awesome and I suggest everyone go see. And my review can be found HERE
After the movie, the cast came out for a minute and then Edgar Wright announced that Metric, yes, the band I love and adore was there to performance for us. I’m not ashamed to admit I lost my shit. In May I got to see Metric perform and now I got a chance to see them again, for free and at freakin’ Comic Con. I just can’t even express the amounts to geekiness that exploded from my soul. It was quite glorious.
This ends day one of Comic Con.
Friday: Day Two
Hawaii Five-O Panel
My main focus for the day was The Walking Dead panel but I caught the Hawaii Five-O panel before that so I took pics for that. Here’s Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim.
The Walking Dead Panel
So over a year now friends have been telling me I should be reading The Walking Dead and how I would love it. In May, on free Comic Book Day, I picked up my first trade and I’ve been emotionally invested ever since. If you like zombies and comics, you so have to must, read this comic. Saying that it’s amazing is an understatement and holy shit balls, it’s a pretty fucked up comic as well. After reading #8 I was damaged for a while. Anywayz, if you haven’t heard yet, AMC is making this into a series and those fans of the book have their doubts, I’m completely utterly on board for this.
For this panel: Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, Joel Stillerman, Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Emma Bell, Laurie Holden, and Jon Bernthal.
Old School American Horror: Hatchet 2 Panel
My final panel of the night and another favorite, Hatchet 2! I love, love, love the first one and getting to see crazzzyyyy, gory, gruesome clips and death scenes got me very excited for it’s October release. Another great part is, Adam Green was unable to edit it enough to score an R rating so poof, it’s going to be Unrated and hitting up some major theater chain so yeah, awesome!
For this panel: Adam Green, Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Tom Holland, R.A. Mihailoff, Parry Sheen, AJ Bowen and Rileah Vanderbilt.
Saturday: Day Three
My Saturday journey was not so crazy. I wasn’t able to get into the Green Latern panel but I did get into Let Me In which was my main panel of the day.
Let Me In Panel
It’s universal knowledge that Let The Right One In is one of my absolutely favorite movies like ever. I’m on the fence about the remake and I have hopes that incorporating elements of the book into this Americanized version would be interesting but I still don’t know. I think Chloe Moretz is incredible and I did get a chance to see a few clips and it didn’t completely turn me off so….let’s see how this goes when it come out.
For this panel: Matt Reeves, Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smith-McPhee and Richard Jenkins.
The rest of my Saturday was spent frolicking and seeing Scott Pilgrim again with friends. I completely missed out on the stabbing in the face incident!
Sunday: Day Four
The last day of CC for me was to finally get a chance to walk the floor. The place is damn overwhelming and for the hours I spent attempting to walk around and to see everything, I was not able to cover more than 50 percent of what was there. Woosh. It was a lot. I did get a chance to get stuff so that made me happy.
The first thing I did was attending a taping of my favorite podcast Geekscape, if ya’ll like comic books, video games and movies and awesome people, go to Geekscape.
I’ve been apart of the ‘Scape forums for a few years now so little did I know I would be thrown on the show. I was there to represent their “Cup the Puss” shirt and to embarrass myself. Haha. I then unknowingly started a “Cup the Puss” trend. (“Cup the puss” is an expression for girls to put the moves on a guy if he isn’t getting the hint. So basically it’s the girl version of “balls up.”) I wore the shirt proudly yet don’t follow it’s advice but I did enjoy the disgusted look at old lady gave me at the hotel restaurant earlier that morning. Moving on…
So, you can check out the episode right here Geekscape! It does take a while to download so I won’t be offended if you don’t watch me play with my hair, giggle and practice waving at the camera. If you want to invest the time, I clock in at the 1:29 mark so enjoy my 5 out of 15 minutes of fame. Haha.
For the rest of my time, I walked the floor, got my The Walking Dead #9 signed by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard and took a bunch of random pics.