The First Time I Took My Kids to a Convention

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This weekend, I packed the kids in the car and we headed for Intervention, the Internet convention covering everything from gaming to comics to cosplay to Wordpress. It required a lot of explanation. When we checked in at registration, my daughter asked why a woman was wearing a rubber horse head at one of the nearby tables. Continue reading

“Worlds Within Worlds”: Shattering Conventions Explores and Exposes Con Culture

The author with Mr.T. Some years ago. (Photo: Bob Calhoun)

Writer Bob Calhoun’s new tome is Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay and Conflict on the Expo Floor, an insightful and fun romp through what he calls “temporary worlds created in concrete convention centers and hotel conference rooms.” We chat about his book, his take on Comic-Con, and the days he used to wrestle men in Sasquatch suits while drunks tossed food at him. Continue reading

Dig Comics!

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Miguel Cima wants you to dig comics. The Argentine-born, New York raised filmmaker has a passion for the comics medium, and his desire to share it resulted in a short documentary, Dig Comics, which won the “Best Documentary” award at the San Diego Comic Con Independent Film Festival and was an official selection at Cannes, Vancouver, LA New Filmmakers and a dozen other film festivals. Now Cima has announced a new Kickstarter campaign to raise at least $250,000 for a feature length documentary that will promote comic books to mainstream America. Continue reading

Five Recent Geeky Things We Like

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In my nerdy Internet, the forces of Facebook, Google+, Twitter and George Takei act like a powerful tractor beam to suck up geeky stuff and spit it my way. A lot of junk ends up in the trash compactor on my detention level. But some cool stuff floats to the surface. Here are five examples of recent flotsam and jetsam I’ve collected. Stand back! And be amazed. Continue reading

Hey, You Got Your Star Wars Day In My FCBD!

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Get out to a comic book store for some free comics today, and snag Dark Horse’s FCBD issue. Included is an all-ages Star Wars adventure that teams Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Also featured is an introduction to the upcoming series Captain Midnight and a bit of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Continue reading