Hero Within: Geek Chic’s Next Level

Today is a special day.

My friend Tony, who is very well integrated in the nerd world (he hosts many panels all over the US, including San Diego Comic Con, and runs his own blog ‘Crazy4ComicCon‘), is bringing fashion and geekiness together with a line of nerdy clothing for men with a slight twist on what we’re used to.

I met Tony a few years ago through common fandoms and interests on social media, and officially at Philly Wizard World when he had reached out to me regarding panels he was set to host, and looking for knowledgeable nerds for panelists, and knew I had quite a few connections. Since then, he’s referred to me as his ‘Nick Fury’ if you will (Nicolette Fury?). I gather geek professionals for his Philly Wizard World panels, and it’s a blast.

What I’ve always noticed each year I saw Tony, even through pictures that he posts on his many con adventures, is that  Continue reading

Jerry Lewis’ Infamous “The Day the Clown Cried” Appears Online!! Sort of…

Any true afficianado of film can likely give you a list of “lost” films that they would love to see. If you’re a fan of cult films, that list is likely more detailed. Two of which that have always piqued my particular interest are Lon Chaney’s 1927 silent thriller, London At Midnight, and Jerry Lewis’ 1972 Holocaust film, The Day the Clown Cried.
I’ve honestly given up all hope of ever seeing London At Midnight as the last known copy is said to have been destroyed in the infamous MGM vault fire of 1967. The Day the Clown Cried is another story.  Continue reading

received_10201747050754434This weekend we’ll be heading out to our favorite new East Coast convention, WIZARD WORLD PHILADELPHIA!

Last year, I was invited to be a panelist on a couple of panels hosted by the gracious con host, Tony Kim (@crazy4comiccon). Tony had me on a general geek trivia and Star Wars panel, both of which were a lot of fun and very well recieved by the audiences. Although, I did get “scolded” by one boy’s mother for teaching him how to respond to her using Darth Sideous’ “No no nooo”. Good times.
This year, I’ll be a panelist on two more panels along with fellow blog/podcasters/nerds, Ben from Next Level Radio, Rob from Caffeine Crew, Cait Pringle a Philly nerd par excellance (did I spel thet rite?), comedian Craig Liggeons, and our good friend, Janice Lai of Ghost Hunters fame (okay, so she was on one episode, but that’s more airtime than all the background acting I’ve done in the last 5 years combined!).
So, here’s the list of panel’s Tony will be hosting. I will be on the panels for Thursday and Saturday, both at 6pm. Also, don’t forget to check back with us next week for our cosplay coverage!

Thursday
logo_0010.jpgAVENGERS, SUIT UP: THE ULTIMATE MARVEL FAN PANEL (5:00 – 5:45PM ROOM 115)

Liz and Lindi, creators of PureFandom.com and writers for Entertainment Weekly, are bringing another epic fan panel to Wizard World, complete with prizes, games, giveaways, and news about all your favorite Marvel superhero movies that are hitting the silver screen. Follow @Pure_Fandom on Twitter to get a sneak peek of prizes!

X-Men-Apocalypse-Poster-No-Text.0.0FANDOM AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (6:00 – 6:45PM ROOM 115)
From comics, TV, film and the web, we are living in a pop culture renaissance. But with too many options and not enough time, how are we to choose what to follow? Join a panel of professional geeks as we debate the best and worst from Marvel/DC films, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and give our suggestions on what you should be a fan of. With Christopher MannixAnn Cornell, Craig Liggeons and Cait Pringle. Hosted by Tony Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon.com and Con Radio)

Friday
c8f026cfba627fe4326e1dec5c095e67ecdec9b5954f5aad72b0788cc4c6c9cbI’M NOT A SIDEKICK: A DISCUSSION ON DIVERSITY IN POP CULTURE (2:15 – 3:00PM ROOM 115)

The pop culture explosion through comics, TV and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many obstacles still exist. In this humorous but poignant discussion, diverse geek experts discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes, current casting decisions and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future. With Craig LiggeonsChelsea St Juniors and Janice Lai. Hosted by Tony Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon.com and Con Radio)

STORIES SHAPED BY YOU — THE FUTURE OF TV SHOWS WITH INTERLUDE AND SAM BARLOW (4:30 – 5:15PM ROOM 120AB)
Bridging the gap between video games and TV, interactive video is bringing a completely new approach to entertainment. Viewers are no longer just watching a show; they are inside the show, in the driver’s seat. “Her Story” creator Sam Barlow, now creative director at media and technology start-up Interlude, will showcase new exclusive interactive content and discuss his personal 16-year journey, from award-winning gaming director to his current role – creating a new generation of stories.

Saturday
ww_davidduchovny_mitchpileggi_williamdavis_1-1THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE WITH THE X-FILES’ DAVID DUCHOVNY, MITCH PILEGGI, AND WILLIAM B. DAVIS (4:00 – 4:45PM TERRACE BALLROOM)

In one of the longest-running science fiction series in network TV history, X-Files inspired us to believe. Check out this interview with some of the iconic characters and actors that were a part of this pop culture phenomenon. Moderated by Tony B Kim of Crazy4ComicCon.com , ConRadio.com and DCMoviesPodcast.com

maxresdefaultMARVEL V DC DAWN OF NERDOM (6:00 – 6:45PM ROOM 115)
Nothing has done more to bring our fandom to mainstream than the Marvel and DC films. However, not all films are created equal. Join profession nerds as they compare and contrast decades of great (and not so great) TV shows and films from our favorite caped crusaders. This is must for superhero cinephile of the Marvel and DC universe. With Christopher MannixCraig LiggeonsRob MartinLiz Pochop and Ben Beck Hosted by Tony Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon.com and Con Radio)

Sunday
landscape_movies-stanley-tucci-caesar-flickerman-the-hunger-games-catching-fireBEHIND THE ROLES: STANLEY TUCCI (1:00 – 1:45PM ROOM 120AB)

From the Hunger Games to Transformers to Captain America, there is nothing that the talented Stanley Tucci hasn’t done. Check out this interesting Q&A moderated by Tony B Kim of Crazy4ComicCon.com , ConRadio.com and DCMoviesPodcast.com

Special thanks to Amanda Devine, our Philadelphia Producer, for putting together some amazing panelists. Check out the complete Philly Comic Con programming schedule here.

Why Haven’t You Been Watching “Stitchers”?

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We are lucky enough to live in a time that offers a plethora of television shows in any number of genres. As much as I love all of my long list of shows that take up almost every night of the week, it can be exhausting. Sometimes, I temporarily give myself a break from a show if I start to feel like it’s more like homework than something I look forward to…(more recently that’s been Once Upon A Time, unfortunately).

So, naturally, I try not to watch new shows because that just adds onto the very high pile. However, I made an exception recently because Continue reading

Nerd-Base’s Top Sword And Sorcery Epics

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If there’s one thing I’ve always found a love for and an urge to watch when there’s nothing else, it’s a good sword & sorcery flick. Bandits, Barbarians, Knights, Ladies, Wizards, Witches, Magic Swords, Dragons, Monsters, and occasionally robots (you’ll see what I mean in a minute), all of these things in a single movie sometimes, there’s just no limit to the high level of awesome these films can contain.

Here’s my list of the best of them. The “must watch” of the genre if you will. Continue reading

The New GHOSTBUSTERS Trailer Is Here!

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock (how’s the wifi down there?), you’ve likely heard that there’s a new team of Ghostbusters in town.
The trailer for the new movie dropped yesterday morning.
There’s been a lot of words thrown around about it in the past day. Not many of them very supportive. Some of them down-right meanContinue reading

You Were Right

I’m obsessed with a new pop-artist. Sure, Scott C still has my undying love, but I, for some reason, JUST discovered Dan Hipp.
I can’t seem to find an “about” page anywhere, but from what I can tell (what his tumblr and twitter bio says at least) Dan is the Art Director on Teen Titans Go!, which, I’ll be honest, I don’t love. Especially since Young Justice was so damned good and didn’t get a chance to continue past 2 seasons and this is still running…..*sigh*. Here’s a bio from an old (2011) blog:

Illustrator and comics artist Dan Hipp has clients that include Real Simple, Wired, DC Comics, Image Comics and Random House.

When not working on professional assignments, and/or training to survive the zombie apocalypse, Hipp fills his blog with his wonderfully colorful, energetic and in-your-face drawings of characters from comics, movies, games and other aspects of pop culture.

His takes on the characters are usually wacky and imaginative, including mashups and routine zombifications, and are often hilarious. I particularly enjoy his mash-up Tintin covers, in which Tintin meets Ridley Scott’s alien or becomes Han Solo.

Hipp employs large areas of bright but almost monochromatic color, against which smaller passages of contrasting color shine out. He embellishes his linework with areas of darks or textures and cranks it all up to 10 with his great sense of comic exaggeration.

You can browse his blog or Tumblr as well as his Flickr stream.

Unfortunately his limited edition collection Mr. Hip Strikes! is sold out, but you can still purchase some of the comics he has worked on, and, at some unspecified point in the (hopefully near) future you will be able to purchase his new book, Stray Days.

Who Watches the Watchmen, indeed.

Suffice to say, Dan is an amazing and imaginative artist who brings great life and ideas to some of our favorite characters. This particular piece prompted today’s post.
It’s a sort of “What if?” story for everyone’s favorite emo boy, Anakin Skywalker. WARNING….you may find someone cutting onions or the room filling up with smoke or just simple feels right in your heartspace after reading this:

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So yeah. You love Mr. Hipp now too. Follow his stuff!

Blog: http://mrhipp.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/misterhipp
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dan.hipp.1

There’s more, but you’re a smart cookie! Search him out yourself!!

The Nerd-Base Impressions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (no spoilers)

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The Nerd-Base crew had been eagerly awaiting the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Now that a bunch of us have rushed to the theaters, we thought we’d provide everyone with our personal impressions.  These impressions will not contain any spoilers but will provide a quick tidbit of information, especially for those silly people that have yet to see the movie.  Continue reading