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Fantasticon – Toledo 2015

Today was Fantasticon 2015!

This is the first time this convention has been to Toledo, and I was a little leery about it.  But I figured if it was on either end of the spectrum, I would make it enjoyable.

Looking at the guest list, the only two people I recognized were Dirk Manning and Jeremy London (of Mallrats fame).  I have been out of the comic book fandom for many years and didn’t recognize any of the artists, writers, or voice artists present.  It did make me feel a little guilty to see these people sitting behind their tables with their books and just walking past.  I think next time I will do a little research.

There were a few people dressed in costume, not nearly the percentage at the Animarathon or the Wizard World Cleveland conventions earlier this year.

The main room where all the merchandise was being sold had lights that were slightly amber tinted and a little dim.  It gave off a very 1970’s or early 1980’s vibe.  It was a little depressing.  Loads and loads of dollar comics.  I must have done twenty laps around looking at all the merch.

I did pick up an awesome piece of art from artist Erik Hodson, a Bad Wolf illustration.

I met up with some friends and we perused the comics.  We discussed the history of Ant-Man, attended two trivia events – one super-hero trivia (its sad the amount of knowledge bouncing around my noggin), the other being Star Wars trivia.

After making a final lap around the sales floor, we decided “real food” was in order.  We stopped by Ice for food and called it a day.

Animarathon 2015

Today we went to the Animarathon at BGSU.  My friends and I went last year and were a little overwhelmed with everything going on.  This year, even more so.

We got there a little after they opened and the lines were only a few people deep.  They moved quickly and we got our lanyards to get to everything.  The first thing we did was to hit the merchandise room.  It was crowded and there were things to see everywhere.  From comics to prints to figurines – a little bit of everything.

PANELS

“So I Heard You Like Memes” – a little history and examples of internet memes.  We hung around until the discussion started and people started an intense discussion about the benefits of “grumpy cat”. =/

“A Winchester’s Guide to Hunting” – a discussion about the tv show “Supernatural” – I don’t watch it and opted to meet up with some other friends who were just arriving.

“Star Wars: The Expanded Universe” – a discussion about the future of the expanded universe for Star Wars (now dubbed the Legacy Series) after the announcement of the new trilogy and one-shot movies.

A quick stop for lunch and a stop by the Society for Creative Anachronism table where we discussed weaponry and fighting events (Tuesday and Thursday).

“Furry Real” – a discussion on the world and people of the Furry community.  We stopped by last year and I’m still a little wigged out.

“Dirk Manning” – a comic writer living in the Toledo area.  He talked about the comic industry and writing for comics.

Star Wars Blu-ray Movie Marathon


Saturday was a complete “movie geek” day for me and my friends.  I thought it would be a good idea to have some friends over, make some food, and watch all six Star Wars movies on Blu-Ray in “story” order from #1 through #6.

I started the first movie at Noon, and took a few minute pause as the first of my friends rolled in.  I bought a variety of movie candy and set up the couch and chairs for comfort.  I knew this was going to be a long day.

I had 2 friends who made it through the entire series.  A few left early, and a few showed up when we started #4-6.

First note:  I was amazed at the remastering of the movies.  The original trilogy, which was made over thirty years ago looks as though it was a recent release.  Except for the retro set designs – you could swear that it was out over the summer.  The sound and special effects were fantastic.  Overall, the visual aspects of the movies was top notch.

I did pick up a lot of things that I normally wouldn’t have picked up if I watched the movies separately, but viewing them back to back it was pretty apparent.  There were a lot of references to the phrase “I’ve got a very bad feeling about this.”  There was a reference by Obi Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) when he was battling General Grevious, he shoots him with a blaster, making a comment about it being a “vile instrument, lacking finesse”.  In Mos Eisley Bar, he makes a similar comment about the amount of guns.

Ewan McGregor did an amazing job of “channeling” mannerisms and the voice of Sir Alec Guiness.  It was impressive.

The additions to the Blu-ray set threw me off a little, Obi Wan’s scream on #4, the “Noooo!” by Darth Vader, and Ewoks blinking were unnecessary and seem to be added because they could.  I’m still upset that they have Greedo shooting first – takes away from the Han Solo character.

Overall, I had a lot of fun – we laughed all day.  I think with the weather getting colder – I may end up doing another one of these.

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