Stop by the stores on May 2, 2015 for Free Comic Day and pick up some special issues of your favorite comics just for the event!
Today is the first day of GenCon, The Best four days in Gaming, and The Upper Deck Company, the Leaders of Industry Innovation made some major announcements. For those attending GenCon who play Legendary Villains they will be having their Legendary 10K tournament with $10,000 in prizes.
Welcome news to fans of the VS system was announced. The VS System will be returning with a wonderful twist for those who love the game but can’t afford to own all the card. It will be a boxed set with a selection of cards from the original set for you to game with, without having to pay an additional price for any “rare” card. They have potential plans for releasing more sets in the future.
Today they will be doing their premiere release of Legendary Encounters, An Alien Deck Building Game. For the first time anywhere you can play a demo and pick up your own copy of the game. Come by as there are lots of tables for you to play and plenty of copies for you to take home. In Legendary Encounters you can play scenarios from the “Alien” movie series The game comes complete with all the cards you will need to play and a game mat to help keep things organized during play.
Another awesome reason to stop by is that they also have a fun promotional going at their booth, #1207, where you can get your photo taken and put on a Legendary Wound Card for you to take home and use in your Legendary Villains game. The photo card is a free souvenir from The Upper Deck Company so stop by and pose for your wound card at GenCon booth 1207!
If you are unfamiliar with The Watcher, you are in good company. The Watcher is a Marvel Comics character who has been around for millenia but has always seemed more a bit of scenery or a narative element of the Marvel universe. He has never really been a character on which to focus and there has never been a Watcher cosplay pass in front of this photographer’s lens.
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Saturday April 12, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m., Patty Pierzchala and Andrew Moore, Grand Rapids, Michigan local musicians, will be performing a free concert at White Cap Comics, 430 Cummings Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49534 (616) 785-8518.
Andrew is the opening act followed by Patty Pierzchala and The Noon Thirties with music from their new, debut album, “Celestial Bodies.”
The album will be available at a special, debut concert price of $8.
In addition to the concert there will be a costume contest with prizes and gaming.
So wear your favorite cosplay and come on out for the the concert and costume contest!
In the meantime, check out the interview with Andrew and Patty and their special performance of Patty’s “Shadow Puppets” at White Cap Comics.
Patty Pierzchala’s original song, “Shadow Puppets” recorded and posted with the permission of Patty and Andrew.
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Interview with Kenzer and Company Part 3 – Gaming in Jolly Blackburn’s lair.
This installment of the interview begins with excerpts from the evening’s Hackmaster gaming and then continues with the Masters of Hack discussing interesting points in their gaming history.
Prior to Wizard World 2012 I had arranged to do an interview with Vic Mignogna on his web series “Star Trek Continues.” He and Todd Haberkorn are playing Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. Mr Mignogna was leaving right after the panel he had coming up so he said he needed to make a quick stop before we went and did the interview. I was a bit geeked that his quick stop included a brief chat with Scott Bakula who I had admired since he played on “Quantum Leap.” I couldn’t help myself and had to ask for a pic of the two of them.
After we went on and did the interview I decided I would go work on the video immediately and see if I could get the article and interview online before he left the con. Having just interviewed one of my favorite voice actors, and meeting one of my favorite star-ship captains I was a bit distracted as I walked around the corner. I was nearly spun around when a blur in blue jeans whizzed around me like a rocket flying into orbit. Turning back to see what had almost happened to me I saw Kevin Sorbo, another of my favorite star-ship captains as well as the awesome Hercules, who apologized for the near collision and then sped off.
The Wizard World Comic Conventions always have great guest speakers and I later enjoyed attending panels with Mr. Sorbo, Sean Patrick Flannery, and a Michigan favorite, Bruce Campbell. Months later I had the pleasure of another chat with Mr. Sorbo before he presented the awards at Origins 2013 and he agreed to an interview with me. His schedule was too tight while at Origins so he gave me his contact information and we are going to do an interview online and then one on video when our paths next cross. In the meantime I am reading his book to prep myself for the interview and I if any of my readers have any questions they would like to add, Tweet them or Facebook them to me and I will read them over and add a couple of my favorites.
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- The winners of the Best Team Up and the Judges with MC Jarret Crippen photo bombing in the back
Saturday night Grand Rapids resident and Sparta native, Kala Smith took the “Best Team Up” trophy at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con (one of the biggest and best costume contests in the Midwest!) costume contest. Kala teamed up with Ryan Green and James T. Wulfgar of the Cosplay Chicago (cosplay is short for costume play.)
While cosplaying at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo the three had joked about cosplaying the gargoyles from the cartoon, “Gargoyles.” Though the suggestion started as a joke they all decided it was too good of an idea to pass up and it wowed the audience and took them to the top honors in the team category.
Kala is not new to cosplay and has played some of her favorite comic characters at other conventions such as the Detroit Fanfare and Motor City Comic Con. Kala also modeled with a dragon sculpture in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan for an article by John N. Collins during the Grand Rapids Art Prize. Mr. Collins occasionally meets up with cosplayers for photo shoots at the White Cap Comics in Grand Rapids.
For those wishing to congratulate Kala and her teammates on their win, they will be at the Chicago Cosplay booth for the rest of the weekend.