Now that the smoke has cleared and the rubble of candy wrappers, makeup removal sponges and discard Predator gloves (no, really) has begun to slide into the mists of time, we take a moment to reflect on DragonCon 2014. And when I say "we," I mean me. Widge. Because if you saw our schedule, you know we were collectively all over the damn place.
Dear God. Don't look now, but DragonCon is this weekend. I said not to look! It will sense you staring at it. And then it will pounce. But the time is not right. Almost. But not yet. Remember: when the time comes, You Cannot Show Fear. The Con will maul anyone who shows fear.
Use this as your guide to the stuff we're doing. We're sure going to use it.
Follow our Needcoffee feed for last minute updates. Where available, everyone's first mention has their Twitter ID linked up--so feel free to follow folks for their latest weirdness. (Except in cases where they've been added to an earlier panel than I first had them--so they're Twitter-linked on here somewhere. I'm old and lazy.) As always, this list is subject to change without notice or sense.
As always, inevitably, there will be formatting and other stupid errors on this schedule. If you find something wrong, just ping me and we'll get it fixed. Danke.
Version 1.01 - Added "Needcoffee vs. Sherlock"; added Rox's "Adventurous Women" in Alt History; added the BritTrack After Dark panels for Scott
Version 1.02 - Added Tuffley's and Wolven's panels.
I truly appreciate the odd spam comment. I just do. Some of them are like haikus written by glue sniffers. Some are like zen koans carved in bananas.
Quality ones are like gold.
So I was very pleased to see this one today:
What a data of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable familiarity about unpredicted emotions.
Random bits of things I wanted to share. Because I can. Coming to you post-weekend because the weekend was crazy. More on that shortly.
1) Sound engineer, philanthropist and friend to the animals Jon Boutelle has fired up 50 Days of DragonCon once more. Photos, info and scads of interviews with people associated with the Con. Recent entries have included a chat with: Grim, the video games track director and Dan Carroll, head of media relations. It is co-hosted by Leigh with guest appearances from many familiar voices and/or faces. Find it here. Enjoy.
Okay, first: what is this? Am I mental? Have I forgotten what year it is? Answer: sometimes, but not today. So. Here's something that's always bothered me.
Every time I compiled a list of "The Best" of some year, it nagged at me: well, I haven't seen every movie or listened to every song or read every book...how the hell can I honestly say this is what I consider to be the best, when it's really "the best of what I managed to consume"? And when you do that for a given year, you're screwing some stuff that came out in December, or some stuff that didn't rise high enough to make it on your radar.
So, the pilot for Constantine--NBC's live-action adaption of DC Comics' HellBlazer--leaked to the internet, as was bound to happen, and it isâ€¦certainly a pilot. The bad notes aren't insurmountable, and the good will hopefully be built-upon, because the sooner they recognise and correct their issues as well as reinforce their strengths, the better off we'll all be.
Story starts with John Constantine having checked himself into Ravenscar Sanitarium after having caused the gruesome death of a young girl named Astra. He's ranting and railing at the head psych there, talking about a girl's soul being damned to Hell and dragged off by a demon. And so of course the lead doctor tells him "There's no such thing as demons!" Our John's reply?
"So you keep telling me. Now make me believe it!"
Random bits of things I wanted to share. Because I love you. Yes, you.
1) The Rox of Spazhouse North American Tour rolls on. If you want to see photos from her ongoing journeys (and believe me, you do), you can check out her Flickr, her Instagram, and she's also started a Facebook page for the tour itself.
It was bound to happen. Isabella Rossellini, making so many web series about animal sex, has finally made a web series about the consequences of all that animal shagging: getting pregnant and having babies. As the Sundance Channel website describes the series:
A lot of people are going to think Mammas is boring, especially compared to the kinky depraved variety of animal sexuality featured in her previous series. But those people just don't know Isabella. She amuses, surprises, and even shocks, but never disappoints. With her characteristic whimsy, she depicts acts of deceit, child abandonment, cannibalism--and more--all in the name of the children.
Greetings, programs. I've been meaning to get an update posted but something has been kicking my arse. More on that in a moment.
First up, unfortunately I believe the Captain America: Winter Soldier Wayhomer that I did shoot is unusable. As testament to why I need a different car mount (see my Thor: Dark World review for that fun), the damn thing fell and, while I tried to carry on as best I could, between that and the parking garage I was trying to find my way out of, I was thrown--and the result is neither entertaining nor informative. I may eventually do something with the footage or may be able to work it into a cohesive review, but that will take time. We'll see. Sorry about that. But I hope to have [...]
I would like to have a serious chat with Ms Scarlett Johansson about her choices over the past four years.
First it was Black Widow, the expertly trained spy/assassin who runs around with a bunch of genetically-, magically-, or cybernetically-enhanced individuals...