And for some reason, people have a problem with it… Not that this surprises anyone.
This is a long and difficult post. However, I really need to get this off my chest.
A friend of mine and I had a good conversation a while back. It was about gender/race swapping comic book characters. He, as a black man, had some pretty good insights on the subject. Honestly, he’s one of the smartest geeks I know. He will beat you in quite a lot of comic book trivia. But ultimately his opinion boiled down to a simple truth;
If it doesn’t define the character, it doesn’t matter.
I’d never thought of it that way, but Continue reading
A little girl was born in 1988. She went through her childhood and good chunk of her early adult life never having seen a single Star Wars movie. Sure, she knew all about it… Vader is Luke’s father (oh, um, spoilers?), The Dark Side, Han Solo (young Harrison Ford… *dreamy sigh*), Chewbacca, R2…etc. and even a bit about the prequels. She had heard the name ‘Jar Jar Binks’ thrown around quite a lot, and knew that many Star Wars enthusiasts were not fans of this character.
She had watched and enjoyed Star Trek (TNG) because her father before her had been a massive fan. Although, she would hardly consider herself Continue reading
This year I was fortunate enough to attend the Philadelphia Wizard World (Comic Con) with a press pass graciously given to me by Steve Morrison (from the Preston & Steve Show at WMMR in Philly). I was also fortunate to have a great friend that let me live my nerd dream of meeting and getting a picture with David Tennant (of the Doctor Who fame).
Generally, after conventions I am exhausted. Glad for the experience, but also glad it’s over. This time was different. I’ve been to Wizard World a couple of times, but this year they’ve changed something and that’s a good thing. Perhaps it was the natural high of getting to see Billie Piper and David Tennant on a panel, or being responsible for getting friends ON a panel, but I’m not the only one who had this observation. Friends of mine that had also attended the convention (and are not convention rookies) agreed, Wizard World was a blast, and more importantly, wasn’t stressful or crammed. Sure, it was crowded, but what comic convention isn’t?
I was only able to go on Saturday and Sunday, the busiest days of any convention, and the main show room was actually breathable and I wasn’t bumping into people left and right like I normally do. Even kid’s day, which at NYCC is a nightmare, made me forget it was even kid’s day after a while.
Saturday morning I had arrived in Philly just as the doors to the Convention Center were opening. Although I was press, the lines for general admission were moving fairly quickly and surprisingly there wasn’t a line out the door. The Doctor Who panel was at 10:30am, and the room it was held in (Terrace Ball Room) seemed like miles away, but I finally made it, and got a decent seat by my friend Janice. I should have gotten there much earlier to get a seat front and center, but I was happy to be in the same room as my favorite Doctor and his blonde companion. For me, Doctor Who was Continue reading
Last night was one of the best nights of my life. Getting tickets to the Doctor Who World Tour was like trying to get tickets to see The Beatles in their prime. Of course, the venue is a lot smaller (being that it is a theater and not a concert hall), so there wasn’t an overabundance of tickets. However, Doctor Who has grown in fandom size significantly over the past few years.
Doctor Who screening with my friend Erin back in April 2011.
I remember before they sold tickets to fan screenings in NYC, you had to wait all day on the sidewalk hoping you were able to get into the screening. The first one that I went to was in April 2011 (with Matt Smith, Alex Kingston, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and Steven Moffat). I arrived around 9am with a few friends, and the screening didn’t start until 7pm. Well, when we arrived at 9am, the line was already wrapped around the block and my friends & I had just made it into the 3rd theater. Not the theater with the cast & writer. It was a simultaneous broadcast in the theater I was in, and they did show the Q&A, but of course we weren’t in the same room. I would say, “we may as well have been watching them online or on TV”, but the experience was fun, and sharing a theater with die hard fans made it all worth it. I would have done it again in a heart beat (although, maybe arrived a few hours earlier).
Several hours into waiting in line for the Doctor Who screening in April 2011.
Three years later, the fandom has grown probably three times the size, if not more. I remember not even two years ago, you had to buy Doctor Who memorabilia online through BBC websites over in the UK, or perhaps at a comic book shop. It wasn’t easy getting your hands on figurines, sonic screwdrivers, a miniature Tardis or Dalek replicas. I made many friends through my love of Doctor Who. I even turned many on to the show, as I was turned onto it by friends of mine. It wasn’t easy coming across a fan randomly, but when you did it was generally an instant friendship. Now, you can’t walk into Hot Topic, Barnes & Noble, or any other nerdy store without seeing a plethora of Doctor Who merchandise. It’s both amazing and annoying. It’s very much a catch 22 for me because Continue reading
I’ve said this for the past couple of months, ever since Guardians of the Galaxy started making its presence known with the media, this has been some of the best promotions and marketing I’ve seen with a movie for a very long time. When I attended Philly Comic Con (Wizard World) in June, Marvel had a large green screen and table set up by the entrance. Fans would stand in front of the green screen, have their picture taken, and when they got their print, they would be added in the famous Guardians line-up along with the other characters. Anyone who did this would receive a large, double-sided (light box) Guardians of the Galaxy poster (like the ones that you see in movie theaters). This was all free. Then again a few weeks ago, Marvel released a 17 minute preview of Guardians in many theaters across the nation, giving fans a taste of what’s to come (aside from just showing a few movie trailers on TV). Fans that attended that would also receive a (smaller) poster, but it was an exclusive, something that you couldn’t just buy online. I’ve worked in promotions for several years and whenever I see great marketing, I appreciate what they’re promoting even more. I was already very excited to see Guardians of the Galaxy to begin with and this just whet my appetite for more.
Last night was another great promotion for Guardians. Marvel teamed up with Yahoo!Live to give fans, both in the audience and online, a chance to do a Q&A with the cast, director James Gunn, and even President of Marvel. What made me appreciate this even more was that they did this all through Continue reading