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Ep 20 Calgary Expo Interviews

Hey Poppers welcome back. This episode I have interviews with Pat Shand, writer for Zenescope. Pat and I talk about the Zenescope universe, strong female characters and Pat’s love of poutine. Also I have a conversation with George Wassil about his comic Oh, Hell. A comic I highly recommend you check out at Kickstarter. Finally I have a talk with Luke Mckay and his line of comics that he has created and his interesting style of comics. You can check out this fine creators at their twitter accounts, @PatShand, @OhHellComics and @lukmckay

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Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo 2014

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Well another year has come and gone and this years Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo 2014 was bigger, longer and packed with more media guest from TV and film. More artist, writers, creators from some of your favorite comics, web series and authors. Also a large group of independent comic book creators and artist. The venue also keeps expanding with a large tented area to hold more panels and events. Also there is a good chance you have to battle some weather conditions. This year a small snow storm. Hey that is spring in Alberta.  I spent the weekend walking the floor, seeing panels and talking to comic creators. Each year the amount of cosplayers continue to grow both with the amount of people coming out dressed up and creating amazing costumes. IMG_0801In the coming weeks I will be posting some the great work created by some really artistic people. Every aspect of the pop culture was represented at the show. Not only were your regular cosplayer making the rounds. Young and old came out to show their love for everything that revolves around the geek culture. IMG_0797Attending this year was three of the top cosplayer out there today. Lindsay Elyse, Monika Lee, Jessica Nigri. I got my picture with Monika Lee and I have to say is pleasant, fun and made everyone that came to see her feel very comfortable.

Among the media attending were Sean Astin(Lord of the Rings, Goonies, TMNT), Michael Beihn(Terminator, 24, The Rock), Bruce Campbell(Evil Dead, Burn Notice), Bill Paxton(Aliens, Agents of Shield, Big Love), Sigourney Weaver(Alien, Aliens, Avatar), Matt Smith(Doctor Who,Clone) and Karen Gillan(Doctor Who,Oculus,Guardians of the Galaxy. So many more to list but to find out more head over to my podcast, The Pop Culture Cafe’s Podcast.

From the world of comics J. Scott Campbell, Nick Bradshaw, Terry Dodson, Keven Eastman, Ray Fawkes, Mark McKenna. Again the show had many of the top name in comics both artists and writers. I had the pleasure of talking to Pat Shand from Zenescope Comics about the world of Grimm Fairy Tales and creating strong female leads. I had a great conversation with George Wassil about Oh Hell. George was excited about the world he help created and I am happy to help him spread the word. Go by and check out Kickstarter and help out if you love independent creators. Oh-Hell-1_CI had a small chat with Nick Bradshaw and what do two Canadian boys talk about first, not comics but the amount of snow each side of the country gets the most. Eh!

The Calgary Expo once again put on another great show. This is my 3rd year I have gone and the show gets bigger and better. Better organize and each day you can see how the people in charge make changes to make it run smoother. The volunteers deserve a great deal of thanks. These people spend long days making it pleasurable for us all. I did unfortunately see one poor girl getting harassed at our wait to get into the Doctor Who panel. I finally had to go over and tell the guy to leave her alone and if he wanted to complain go to the higher ups. That incident pissed me off. But overall the general public were great.

So much to see and do. That is the catch at such a big con, so much to see and no time to see it all. In my option that makes a great con. I took in the Greg Rucka panel that was such a great experience on writing not just for comics but anything at all. The Doctor Who panel was the high light of the whole con for me and the Corral was packed with some many coming to see their Doctor.

Finally two things that really made this years Calgary Expo really stand out. The first was talking to a guy from Calgary, I am from Edmonton and the two cities have a great and long rivalry. But for use it was just two guys that love the world of comics. The memories of our youth and the memories that were created because of that medium. The days of the old musky smell of the books. The simple joy of those books long ago and the chance to share that joy with someone like yourself, no matter where they come form.

The last and most important for me. I found a book that help create my love of comic books, Sci-Fi, and the world of fantasy. When I was a young fellow the book that I read again and again. That sparked my imagination, my love of art and my youthful dreams of living among the stars, Star-Lord by John Byrne, Terry Austin and Chris Claremont. I almost passed by this book. But I had to have it in what ever condition. I asked the seller if I could open it and take a look and he agreed. Opening the first page brought me back to happier times and smell of those old pages made my problems of my world disappear. Once again it was me and Star-Lord flying around the universe. Seeing that book again help me capture a very special and happier time for me.

So, Calgary Expo. Thank you. You help this old man feel like a young kid again.

Great show.

 

Cosplay Thursday: Riddle

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Welcome back to another Cosplay Thursday and to continue with my theme of my last few post this time around I have Riddle. I have no idea what her real name is but she is a top notch cosplayer.

“Introduced to gaming and anime at an early age, it was only a matter of time before Riddle would find the best way to express her fandom: cosplay.

According to Riddle “each costume presents its own set of challenges, requiring me to learn new skills like translation, sculpting, molding, casting and of course, sewing.”

Riddlei is a native of Canada who moved to the United States to help further her costuming skills. It was a success; she has gotten the opportunity to work on films such as Big Momma’s House: Like Father, Like Son and X-Men: First Class as a SfX PA. She has been involved in costuming for over 14 years and is internationally recognized in the cosplay community for her ability to translate costumes and focus on craftsmanship.

Also an avid cook, Riki is the creator of Cosplay for a Cause, whose first project was a cosplay calendar that raised more than $30,000 with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Japanese Red Cross tsunami disaster relief. her favourite act of charity is rescue and rehabilitating baby squirrels

Riki appeared on SYFY’s reality show “Heroes of Cosplay” as one of the protagonist, promoting craftsmanship and teamwork. She also received the highest amount of awards while on there.

When she isn’t doing all that she loves to talk to her robot therapist about videogames and doughnuts”

Source: Riddle’s Messy Wardrobe Facebook Page

Movie Monday: London Super Comic Con (LSCC) 2014 – Cosplay Music Video

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So welcome back to another Movie Monday except this time I thought I change thing up a little. Today i have a music video for you and it is from the people at Sneaky Zebra. Sneaky Zebra has there owe YouTube channel and if you click the link you find yourself at that page. I have posted some of their videos on my site before and so this time around I thought i post one here on Movie Monday. This video if from the London Super Comic Con 2014. They have a way of making their cosplay fun and entertaining and having the cosplayer have a fun time doing it. So take a look and if you enjoy go to their YouTube channel and enjoy more of their work.

Source:YouTube, Sneaky Zebra

Cosplay Thursday

Once again I bring some tremendous cosplayers and their creations. My favorite of this bunch is the Steampunk Tinkerbell. Dam cute.

Enjoy.

Source: Cosplay Facebook

Cosplay Thursday

Well folks here it is again another Thursday and once again I have some interesting Cosplayer. If you happen to see a theme of mostly woman here. Well it is simple. Most of the Cosplayer seems to be woman. Maybe they just have more courage then the men. Thank god they do.

Source: Cosplay Facebook