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CT Horrorfest

Just a quick post about CT HorrorFest which is being held today at the Danbury Arena in Danbury, CT. I admit I hadn't paid much attention to guests and vendors at the show. I was delighted to find that some terrific authors were there.

My first wonderful surprise was spotting John L. Campbell. John writes the terrific Omega Days series.

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I picked up a signed set of the Omega Day novels (so far). John's most recent novel is

Cannibal Kingdom
September 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 460 pages

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Deep in an Indonesian jungle, a careless tourist releases an ancient evil that has lain dormant for centuries. Appearing as a virus, completely without symptoms and seemingly benign, Trident quickly infects the world's population. Silently it waits, counting down to the moment when it will reveal its true, terrifying nature.

It is only weeks before the presidential elections, and Garrison Fox, a decorated Marine and devoted husband and father, is almost assured of a return to the White House for a second term. As the campaign nears its final days, the First Family finds itself scattered across the U.S.

At an Ohio rally and across the globe, Trident suddenly unleashes its horrible power, transforming unsuspecting people into merciless killers driven to feed. When an infected Secret Service turns on him, President Fox is forced to flee across an America plunging deeper into savagery with each passing hour.

In Atlanta, a CDC researcher will work against her own mortality in an effort to stop an extinction-level event. In Pennsylvania, a newly commissioned second lieutenant is hurled into a war for which he was never trained. And moving east toward a secure mountain bunker, President Fox must find a way to save his family, his country and his own life...if he's not already too late.






I also saw authors Robert J. Stava, Tim Meyer, Chuck Buda, and Hunter Shea:

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And of course, I picked up some autographed books!

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Nightmare from World's End
Severed Press, October 26, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 246 pages

In the aftermath of a major hurricane, a massive antique crate washes up on the shore of Raadsel Point. It’s smuggled cargo from the wreck of the Edmund Wood, an unregistered transport returning from a very unusual expedition. . . a ship that went down in the deepest and most dangerous part of the Hudson known as 'The World’s End'. The nightmare creature it contains is about to unleash havoc on the citizens of the sleepy river village of Wyvern Falls and inadvertently draw to it a predator thought extinct a millennia ago. It will come down to two people to figure out what both these creatures are and how to stop them: expat CID Detective John Easton and American Indian anthropologist Sarah Ramhorne. The two of them will have to unravel local Indian myths, outmaneuver a corrupt mayor, a failing Ancient Astronaut Theorist TV show and an overzealous Green Folk Festival if they are to stand any chance of saving the day.





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The Thin Veil
May  8, 2017
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 152 pages

Something strange is happening in the small town of Pleasant Plains, New Jersey. People are getting sick. Peculiar noises can be heard from inside their homes. Some of them are acting weird, speaking in unknown languages. Then there are the butterflies. And the green pulsating light coming through the cracks in the walls. Oh, and the hunger. Yes, the people of Pleasant Plains are starving and nothing seems to satisfy their primary desire.

Except for the children. The kids have proven to be quite filling...

The Thin Veil is a 35,000 word horror/science fiction novella.

Contains two previously unpublished short stories: PURPLE CHEESE and NO MAKEUP.





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Curse of the Ancients
Son of Earp 1
May 26, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 188 pages

1870’s. A peaceful town in Iowa territory. The townspeople dislike their new visitor. An Indian man. But they are about to find out that the color of his skin is the least of their worries. A young man, James Johnson, illegitimate son of the legendary Wyatt Earp, dreams of adventure and following in his daddy’s footsteps. James and his mentally disabled friend, Carson, are about to come face to face with an evil previously unimaginable in their little town. An evil they invited in. All hell’s about to break loose. Supernatural forces are at work and the body count is rising... Curse of the Ancients is the first novel in the Son of Earp series by Chuck Buda. It is approximately 57,000 words and contains adult language and scenes of horror. Reader discretion is heavily advised.





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Forest of Shadows
Jessica Backman's Death in the Afterlife 1
August 5, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

The dead still hate!

John Backman specializes in inexplicable phenomena. The weirder the better. So when he gets a letter from a terrified man describing an old log home with odd whisperings, shadows that come alive, and rooms that disappear, he can’t resist the call. But the violence only escalates as soon as John arrives in the remote Alaskan village of Shida. Something dreadful happened there. Something monstrous. The shadows are closing in…and they’re out for blood.

“Ancient evil, old school horror and modern style. Highly recommended!" -Jonathan Maberry

“A must add to the library of anyone who loves a great ghost story.” – The Horror Bookshelf

“A spine-tingling jaunt.” RT Book Reviews






I also picked up a couple of pieces of art by Michael Adrian Lavoie (excuse the not wonderful photos; the art is fabulous).

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These lovely ladies were giving massages to weary CT HorrorFest patrons:

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And last but not least, my daughter cosplayed as Dean from Supernatural:

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Cosplay is Cool; Especially at NYCC by TrinityTwo


Cosplay is Cool; Especially at NYCC
by TrinityTwo

One of the major reasons I love cosplay is that I look forward to seeing what wild, wacky, and wonderful characters con-goers have created or recreated. I love the way people showcase their creativity and at the same time pay homage to beloved characters, introduce us to new characters, or invent amazing mashups. This is my second year attending NYCC and since I attended all four days, I was able to spend more time interviewing and speaking with cosplayers. My experience to date has been that 99.9% of cosplayers are friendly, good-natured, polite and enthusiastic people. Of course, there is that .1% that just doesn’t seem to get it. NYCC has 0 tolerance for any type of harassment and as a reminder, these signs were placed throughout the convention; Cospplay IS NOT Consent.


From what I could see, everyone seemed well-behaved and it really looked like a fantastic time was being had by all.


There are varying degrees of detail that the cosplayer can choose to immerse themselves in. For example, take this Clark Kent and Lois Lane, simple yes, but also simply stunning!


On the other end of the spectrum was this crazy cool Mojo Jojo who’s inventive costume was spectacular. He totally cracked me up because he nailed the diabolical simian’s voice as he instructed “Bring me the Power Puff Girls!”


I admit to being a complete sucker for cosplayers who portray characters from my favorite fandoms. I have a soft spot for anything Studio Ghibli so this creative Calcifer, Sophie, and Turnip Head from Howl’s Moving Castle really touched me with its beauty and innovation. Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service shared a dazzling smile and I also was lucky enough to spot No-Face from the movie Spirited Away.



My newest fandom is Attack on Titan which just completed its first season on Funimation. In the past, I’d see these cosplayers at Comic conventions but I had no idea who or what they were. I researched the costumes, discovered the name of the anime and started watching the series. I can honestly say I became hooked on Attack on Titan because of conventions! Shown here are: Eren Jaeger, a phenomenal Female Titan and soldiers from the Scout Legion.



The gaming world’s Legend of Zelda series was represented in quality fashion as evidenced by these charismatic cosplayers.



I learned that some of the cosplayers go as different characters over the span of their time at Comic Con. This mean Mr. Freeze from Friday came back on Sunday as an interactive Doc Ock.



He stayed totally in character as Mr. Freeze but interestingly enough, later in the day I caught up with him removing his costume and that’s when he really blew me away. It seems that he feels cosplay is important because it helps the environment, or at least the way he does it. He has a knack for collecting items that would end up as land fill and figures a way to incorporate them into his different cosplays. Upcycling to the finest degree! Who would have thought that diabolical Mr. Freeze was so articulate? I was really impressed with this gentleman. He was a fan favorite for both his costumes and his interactions with con-goers and although he portrayed villains at NYCC, he is definitely a hero in my book.


The summer blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy was big this year. My favorites were Star Lord, this baby Groot, and of course this ready for action Rocket Raccoon.




Discovering these delightful (and one not so delightful) inhabitants of Middle Earth got me in the mood to shop at Weta Workshop.


I was thrilled to see that they brought Smaug with them. He was glorious to say the least, especially when he woke from his slumber, opened his eyes and the fire began to burn in his throat and chest.


Gollum, fish in hand and Azog the Defiler were also in attendance. The Weta Workshop staff couldn’t be friendlier. While purchasing a leather bracelet and some pins, I asked what the best time of year to visit New Zealand was. A staff member told us the best time of year was March or April and that we had to come to Wellington and visit the Weta Workshop Cave.


My daughter and I spent quite a bit of time there and enjoyed all the delightful sights. Weta Workshop displayed must have items like Gandalf’s hat, weapons, like this black Arrow from Lake Town and even the Two Towers.



Star Wars fans seemed to outnumber Star Trek fans this year, even with Star Trek: The Next Generation cast members in attendance, signing autographs, taking photographs, participating in a panel and being cosmically cool.


Maybe it’s the light sabers, or the fact that filming is underway for Episode VII, but no matter which universe you prefer; at NYCC there were only winners.


It wouldn’t be NYCC without Super Heroes and Villains. From the strongest to the smallest here are some of my favorites.



NYCC is a blast and I even found the time to ham it up with a few fun characters. I posed with a look a-like Adam West from the original Bat Man Television series, Boba Fett, a fan favorite, and the most adorable Padawan learner from the Star Wars universe.



Chris Hardwick from the Nerdist and AMC’s Talking Dead was on hand Friday afternoon to take selfies with fans. Chris was nice enough to stay on the floor for a good chunk of time, taking photo after photo. My excuse for the blurry shot is that this man was so full of energy, he stayed still only long enough to snap a pic, and then he was on to the next fan and their camera phone. I was pretty impressed with his positive and fun loving attitude.



There are so many facets to NYCC and cosplay is only one. I thought that to understand cosplay better, I should cosplay myself so I chose Sunday as it was my lightest work schedule. My daughter and I decided to be Katniss Everdeen and Effie Trinket, respectively from the Hunger Games franchise. I thought I would be the version of Effie as seen from the upcoming Mockingjay Part 1. My daughter was pretty easy to spot as Katniss, but not too many people had seen the drab, gray, District 13 Effie. So I went virtually unrecognized. People still asked for photos and a few even stopped to read my name tags: Effie Trinket on one side, District 13 on the other. Effie was a fun character to get my feet wet as a cosplayer and I received many positive comments, but I definitely plan to go bigger and better next year.



Upon reflection, I am even more impressed with NYCC than last year. It keeps getting better and better. The staff did a great job of keeping attendees safe and happy. My interviews with cosplayers increased my respect for their time and talent in creating these works of art. The cosplay at #NYCC2014 was all about wit, artistry, intelligence, and especially exuberance.


Can’t wait for next year, hope to see you then!


And excerpts from all the interviews:


You'll be able to see TrinityTwo's full interviews at The Qwillery YouTube Channel here.

Connecticut ComiCONN


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Qwill's Thoughts

Last Saturday (August 16th) Tracey (Trinitytwo) and I had the pleasure of spending the day at Connecticut ComiCONN in Bridgeport, CT with our teenage sons. We had fabulous time. This Con is not at huge as NYCC so is much more manageable for a 1 day visit although you might want to spend all three days and immerse yourself. Tracey and I highly recommend this Con. Like most comic cons there is plenty of fabulous cosplay! My only con complaint? The inner aisles on the dealer floor were too narrow. Traffic did not flow and it was a bit claustrophobic. Enough words, here are pictures.

One of the fun things for me was seeing my son transformed into a creature of horror. Huge thanks to Decimated Designs. They also attached some homemade claws to his latex gloves, transformed the gloves to match his face and splattered blood on his white hoodie (purchased for that!). The folks at Decimated were fabulous! Tracey has a photo below of the full makeup.

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Other highlights for me: I GOT TO STAND IN A TARDIS! Actually 2 - the 10th Doctor's and the War Doctor's. I was a very, very happy Whovian. The son and I are planning to build our own TARDIS just because.

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I also met Maximiliano Hernández, the actor who plays Agent Stitwell in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (SPOILERS - Agent Sitwell was killed in the Captain America movie.) I asked him if he'd gone to Tahiti (those who watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will get the reference). He wouldn't tell me... of course. He was really nice and wonderful with fans.

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One of the fun things we did was have the son scanned by Forge Studio for a 3D model of him in his cosplay outfit. We'll be receiving a 6" tall model of him in about 3 weeks. This was his first cosplay and we want to commemorate it! I'll certainly let you know how the model turns out.   Here's a photo that Tracey took of my son's scan:

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I also picked up a bit of art. In addition to the Amazon Princess that Tracey mentions, I purchased a beautiful drawing of Groot holding an orchid by Nikkol Jelenic and the ComicConn limited edition print of  Rocket Racoon and Groot by Mark McKenna. (Yes, I was in a GotG kind of mood. We are Groot.)

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So what about cosplay? Yes, there was cosplay. A lot of it!

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Also see Tracey's huge collection of cosplay photos below.


Trinitytwo’s Point of View

What a great day Sally and I had exploring this local Con at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. Upon arrival, I found Sally at an FX makeup booth where her son was enjoying a monster makeover. Wow, was it worth it! Decimated Designs (decimateddesigns.com) did a full face and totally changed the boy.

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While he was getting his makeup on, Sally and I wandered around the outer rim of the venue. I was excited to see so many talented artists and cool vendors to check out. I couldn’t resist buying an awesome Star Wars infinity scarf and a very cool Star Wars Tee Shirt. The Outer circle also boasted the 10th Doctor’s TARDIS, (which Sally couldn’t resist) Ghostbusters of CT, 501st Connecticut Garrison, and CT Jedi (part of Saber Wars). Since I was sporting a Darth Vader shirt, I embraced the “Dark Side” and happily spent some time talking to and taking photos with Darth Vader and one of his Imperial Officers. Later, Darth Maul and I took a “selfie” and Slave Leia totally photo bombed us. I really had a blast interacting with some of my favorite characters from the Star Wars universe!!

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Once on the arena floor there was a ton to see; comics, collectibles, toys, artists, 3D technology, special guests and exhibits. It was a real treat for me to see the K.I.T.T. car in all its glory. My biggest thrill came from seeing R2D2 and being able to take photos with my favorite droid ever. R5D4 was also there and both droids were a big hit with kids of all ages. It really was great to see the excitement on the children’s faces as they posed with and were able to touch these fan favorites.

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There were some pretty awesome special guests. William Katt from TV’s Greatest American Hero, Max Hernandez from the Marvel Universe, (See Sally’s post) the talented voices behind the Thundercats, Larry Kenney, Lynne Lipton, and Peter Newman, and the Comic Book Men among others. For me, because of my martial arts background (I am a 4th dan in Tang Soo Do) I really wanted to meet Ray Park who played Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace and I was glad I did. My son mentioned that he had checked out Mr. Park’s IMDb and knew that he was in Mortal Kombat; Annihilation and that a lot of people probably didn’t know that. Mr. Park said that was his very first movie. He was a stand in for Raiden but he really wanted to be a main fighter like Cyrax. Instead, he played one of the three Raptors and is also credited with Tarkatan (Baraka) #2. We purchased an autographed photo and took a few of our own photos with this gracious and very cool guest.

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Right next to Ray Park was another special guest, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Criminal Minds, actor Nicholas Brendon. Mr. Brendon was larger than life and very charismatic. We spoke briefly about Criminal Minds and I asked him to please choose a photo from his table to autograph for me. He told me his favorite was the one where he was pictured with Alyson Hannigan. After the signing he gave me a great big hug, (which left me breathless) and posed for a couple of photos with me.

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Let’s talk art. Many fabulous artists were in full force and Sally and I had a hard time deciding what to buy. It turns out we both have similar tastes because we each purchased a terrific limited edition show print “Con Exclusive Rocket/Groot” signed by Mark McKenna, a gorgeous print of the “Giant Superhero mural” signed by Russell Rainbolt and this fabulous “Amazon Princess” print from Herofied.

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At the end of the day we compared “notes” and claimed the day a success. Although it is smaller than NYCC, I think that made for more relaxed interactions with special guests. We were impressed with the cosplay, and everyone I encountered was exceedingly polite. My only complaint was the food selection. Personally, I would rather pass on the burgers, hotdogs, and fries. I looked for healthier choices but if they were there I missed them. I ended up scoffing down a hot dog (the first one I’ve eaten in 3 years) and I have to admit it was pretty good. Sally and I each took our teenaged sons who “did their own thing” for part of the day and amazingly there was not one complaint. I think we were both pleasantly surprised as our sons thanked us repeatedly after the event. Score a big one for Connecticut ComiConn!

Now for your enjoyment: The incredible cosplay at Connecticut ComiConn!

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Trinitytwo's Newbie View of New York Comic Con 2013






A Newbie's Point of View

Since becoming a reviewer for The Qwillery, Qwill (Sally) and I have had some excellent genre adventures. The most memorable has to be New York Comic Con 2013. I was beyond excited and a little nervous too. I knew the Jacob Javits Convention Center was huge and it would pay to do my homework ahead of time. I dutifully went on the New York Comic Con website and checked the guests, exhibitors, panels, etc. I set up the "My Comic Con" planner. I read the NYCC's survival guide. I grilled Sally, a five year veteran, about what to expect but she sagely advised me to "Go with the flow". We had a game plan that we stuck to for the most part, but we also enjoyed some random, unanticipated moments as well. So without any more fanfare: #NYCC!!!!

As I am a first timer and could only attend one day, I chose Friday and had a regular Friday pass. The line moved steadily towards the entrances, the scan tickets seemed to work really well and security checked bags pretty quickly (Maybe a little too quickly in today's world). Eventually people began milling around different sets of doors. I was busy checking out the crowd for cosplayers. I love the creativity and the attention to detail that goes into people's costumes. Most people around me were just like me, dressed rather boring, with the exception of Ghost Rider, his pal, Ash from Pokemon and Cat Woman. They were not together, but Ghost Rider seemed super excited to meet Cat Woman. They took a host of pictures and his photographer friend asked Cat Woman to pose like the cover of such and such comic book. She admitted she had no idea what that looked like. She didn't really read comics, this Cat Woman was a movie fan. Ghost Rider, Ash from Pokemon and their civilian friend were slightly disappointed but undaunted. Ghost Rider took some homemade felt flames and inserted them into his eye sockets to further impress Cat Woman.


Their interaction was an interesting way to start the day. He was very enthusiastic and Cat Woman, much like Ann Hathaway's version seemed a bit standoffish in the face of his enthusiasm. I turned and began talking to a family that I found out was from Canada. It was their first Comic Con as well. They had come to NYCC, Thursday night and the small boy had been slightly injured. He told me "Two men began pushing each other and the really large one fell on me and hurt my leg". The boy, about 7 or 8, was already cranky before even being let into the building and I felt sorry for his mother. I asked him what he hoped to see and do. He pointed to his shirt. He was a Marvel Superheroes fan. He proceeded to quiz me on the characters on his shirt. I could see I was disappointing him by knowing Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor so when he finally got to The Hulk, I miss guessed on purpose and said, "Wonder Woman". He laughed and was happy that I was sufficiently dumb enough to mistake a beautiful woman for a giant green man. His mom looked relieved that he had stopped whining. Good deed of the day accomplished. At this point the line began moving again. It was now about 10:06 and I was getting a bit antsy. As we starting moving, we unfortunately were not moving towards the welcoming glass doors of the Javits Center. We were being herded under scaffolding and construction to another door. When we got there, THOSE doors were not open. PUNCTUALITY PEOPLE!! It was about 10:20 (maybe later) before they let us into the building. (20 precious minutes wasted!!) But.......


I Made It To COMIC CON!!

Upon entry, I tried to get my bearings in a building I had never entered before. There were stairs going up, stairs going down and I had no idea where I was supposed to meet Sally. (Sally had a press pass and went through a different entrance). Her instructions for me were to go up the left staircase and look for the bag check area by Starbucks. O.K., since our forced migration to faraway doors, there was no staircase to the left. But I chose the first staircase up and began climbing the steps, it was there that I had the unfortunate experience of spotting the dreaded fleshy Kraken. This is not a cosplayer but a dude whose pants were falling down. Newsflash! Most sweatpants have some sort of drawstring. Please use it. Neither I nor the guys next to me will be able to remove the image of that large hairy male with his drawers falling down, out of our memory banks any time soon. Sally texted me that she had completed mission; bag check and to meet her by Mattel. Sally has covered Comic Con for The Qwillery for five years. Does she not realize I have no sense of direction, no map and no idea what the heck I'm doing? A nice exhibitor took pity on me. He looked on his iPhone and was somehow able to tell me where Mattel was. Granted, I had the same app and phone but at that point no clue how to work it. I was disoriented, disjointed and extremely daunted by the sheer number of people and the vastness of the facility. Once I got to Mattel, I walked around the exhibit about 4 times and still did not see Sally. Frustrating. She texted me her exact location; The Monster High display. Sweet Success! But we must have spent 15 minutes or so just trying to locate each other at the Mattel booth, there were just THAT many people.


Tag Teaming the Literary World

Time to explore. As a newbie it was really overwhelming. I planned on meekly following in Sally's footsteps as she is the pro. (Aside from Sally: Not really. It just looks that way.) This worked out really well. She had events marked on her phone and knew exactly where and when to be at such and such booth to be at a book signing or meet an author. She had spotted Scott Lynch and brought me to meet him, knowing that I had his hardcover, Lies of Locke Lomara in my bag just in case we ran into him. This was the first author I met of the day and he was very kind. Scott has gorgeous long blonde hair and I must admit to experiencing a bit of hair jealousy. He was very well spoken and his appearance and manner reminded me of a medieval prince. A genuinely nice person, he started off my literary journey through Comic Con on a high note.


In a whirlwind of signings and author greetings, Sally mysteriously knew where to go (aside from Sally: I had a map and print outs and had sacrificed a comic to the Comic Con Lords). Next we ran into Michael R. Underwood, on the floor, author of Geekomancy and Celebromancy and a genuinely cool guy. Sally introduced me to Michael and then who should appear, but the terrific trio of ML Brennan, author of Generation V, Myke Cole author of the Shadow Ops series, and Benedict Jacka, author of the Alex Verus books among other titles.



Three enthusiastic writers signing copies of their first books. It was a book nerd's dream come true and the day had just begun!! I also had the privilege to meet Michael J. Sullivan, Sam Sykes, Max Gladstone, Christopher J. Bennett, Diana Gabaldon, Victoria Schwab, Brian Staveley, and Peter V. Brett, all in one day! it was truly amazing to meet these talented authors!


Close Encounters of a Star Wars Kind

I am a huge movie fan. As I went downstairs to autographing tables, the first area that caught my attention had the Batmobile, the Back to The Future DeLorean, and the Ghostbuster mobile complete with Sta-Puff marshmallow man and Slimer.


There were tons of great entertainers on site but there was one entertainer that I positively had to meet. Sally went off in search of one of her favorites, Garreth David Lloyd (Torchwood), while I got in the considerable line for Anthony Daniels, the one and only C-3PO. The line was
slow-moving and I spent time chatting with the man behind me. He brought a C-3PO trading card from the 1970's that he wanted to be signed. Big surprise, we found that we are both avid Star Wars fans and when Sally texted me to see if I was done yet and I texted back "Almost There", that guy immediately got it. I'm sure that the subtle reference to the X-Wing's approach to the Death Star at the end of A New Hope was totally lost on Sally. We shared a laugh and camaraderie as only fans of the same franchise can understand. I waited about 35 minutes for my signing. There were about 8 different 8 X 10 glossies to choose from. I chose the quintessential photo of C-3PO standing with R2-D2. My line friend approved, saying it was the obvious choice. I then walked over to Mr. Daniels. He said hello and I handed him the two photos, leaning my forearms onto the signing table without realizing it. I was very excited to meet an original part of the ensemble that had brought Star Wars to life on the Silver Screen. He politely asked me to move my arms. I was taken aback, I hadn't meant to encroach on his personal space. I hastily apologized, and then he looked up at me and smiled. Gently, he told me that he wouldn't mind my leaning in but that he was worried because the tables were wobbly and that he didn't want to ruin the autographs. I smiled back and made a joke about cheap tables at conventions. I think I shocked him when I continued, "Oh, don't worry, I took a shower, and wore deodorant and even put on some perfume before I came." He was perplexed and I laughed and told him that in "The Survival Guide to NYCC" there is an entire section dedicated to hygiene. In it, it asks that all attendees shower with soap and use deodorant prior to attending NYCC. He thought I was joking but the security guard and I assured him that it was true. We had a laugh about the sad state of world affairs when you have to remind people to bathe before attending an event with thousands of people in close quarters. He then admired my lanyard. I had attached Star Wars pins, and a few Wonder Woman pins to it. He smiled and pointed to his favorite. The one of R2D2 and C3PO was very similar to the photos he was going to sign. I told him of my adventure to Forbidden Planet in NYC and thanked him for the compliment. We actually chatted for a few more minutes and then he signed the photos. He was very meticulous, proper and polite and I was surprised and delighted when he shook my hand and told me it was very nice to meet me. The cost of that encounter: $50.00. Was it worth it? ABSOFUCKINGLUTELY!


My First Interview

Because The Qwillery is such an awesome genre blog, Sally was asked to do an interview with the creative team behind RWBY and Red vs Blue; Kerry Shawcross, Monty Oum, and Miles Luna. Sally and I both love RWBY and I was privileged to accompany her to the interview. I arrived a few minutes early and met Brad Johnson, a publicist for Rooster Teeth and we chatted. Soon after Miles and Kerry arrived and we were introduced and made some small talk. Arryn Zech, the voice behind RWBY's Blake Belladona popped in and out and we said "Hi" to her as well. I am a big fan of RWBY but since that was what the interview was about, I spoke to Kerry about A Simple Walk into Mordor. If you are not familiar you should check it out, Kerry, Chris and their guide Nick walk 131 miles in 6 days from the place where they filmed Hobbiton to Mount Doom in New Zealand. I asked about future plans to do a Hobbit based sequel; Hobbiton to The Lonely Mountain. Unfortunately, they used the same mountain in both series so Kerry didn't see the point. I asked him if they had gotten into any trouble after the adventure aired on the internet and he said no. He laughed and said his biggest fear during the entire trip was to get arrested and end up in a foreign jail. We began setting up our equipment and since Monty was delayed we opted to film the interview without him. I ran the camera and Sally asked the questions. Kerry and Miles were enthusiastic, witty, and lots of fun. They hugged us goodbye and Kerry and I took a photo.



They also were gracious enough to sign my sons's Red vs Blue DVD cover. I wish them great success in the future. They are young guys with a lot of talent and I hope they go far. This was definitely a highlight of Comic Con for me. (Link to interview here)


Cosplaying at Comic Con

I was expecting to be blown away by the cosplay and I was not disappointed. I took quite a few pictures of some of the best. After our interview with the guys from Rooster Teeth I was rewarded with spotting a beautiful Weiss, from Team RWBY.


My favorite is my "selfie" with Darth Vader, who was very accommodating for a Sith Lord.


Sally and I spoke to two girls who were dressed as Bioshock and little sister from the Bioshock videogame franchise. They were spot on and the Bioshock costume, complete with helmet and metal workings was amazing. The girl told me it took her about fourth months to construct the costume. Interestingly enough when I mentioned cosplay, the little sister with her blood spattered dress and green alien contact lenses told me they weren't really into cosplay. Before I could pursue this conversation further, people began lining up to take their photo. The cool thing was watching other Bioshock cosplayers appear seemingly out of thin air to take a group picture. The interaction between these strangers was amazing to witness. Brought together by a love for one common theme, at least a dozen people became instant friends which I found amazing.


Avatar was also displayed in very high quality. I enjoyed spotting two separate Gandalfs, one who was traveling with Frodo, a fantastic Green power Ranger waiting in line to see David Jason


Frank with his arch-nemesis, Rita, two sexy warriors from Mortal Kombat, 2 members of the Fantastic Four, Daphne and Thelma from Scooby Doo on a Girls Day out at Comic Con.

This family dressed as the 11th Doctor, a Sister of Plenitude, the 9th Doctor, a Cyberman and the TARDIS and were awesome. A family who cosplays together sticks together, right?



There were more jokers from the Batman franchise than I would have thought possible. But all the cosplayers were very accommodating to anyone that asked to snap a picture. NYCC was really a pretty friendly place. I want to end this segment with these cuties, (Parental permission was obtained) In my book, these twins win the prize for cutest cosplayers.



The Party is Over

To recap, NYCC was absolutely fantastic. I am definitely coming back next year. Notes to self for next year include allowing more than one day, as you definitely can't squeeze in everything in a day. Learn how to use the comic con app on my phone. I never did master it and I know this would have been extremely helpful. The last thing is to attach a tracking device to Sally. It was laughable how many times I stopped to snap a photo of something or someone cool and in 5 seconds had already lost my friend. My experience was truly fantastic and I encourage all other newbies to take the plunge, its exhilarating!



Trinitytwo's NYCC Cosplay Photos - A Slideshow




New York Comic Con 2013 - Stuff!


New York Comic Con took place October 11 - 13 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Every year it seems a bit bigger and sells out sooner. On Saturday, the 12th, I spend most of the day walking around to look at vendors with my son. I'm certain we walked a few miles. There are many many vendors at NYCC. I'm going to share a few of them that caught my eye as well as photos of the some of cosplayers we saw. (Don't forget to visit this New York Comic Con post to enter to win books, swag and a signed bat.)


Vendors

STL Ocarina


My son loves to play his Ocarinas that we had purchased online from STL Ocarina. I'd no idea that they were going to be at NYCC. It was a lovely surprise. We picked up a new ocarina for my son -  a 12 Hole "Dwarf" Tenor Ocarina (see at STL Ocarina here.)


It's a magnificent Ocarina with a gorgeous sound:




Argonauts Resins

Argonauts Resins makes designer resin collectibles. These were incredibly beautiful.



Chromonite

Chromonite makes masks that change from the heat of breathing. They are cool and scary. My son has several of these types of masks. They are great for Halloween or just wearing around town. (We live in a small town).



Doctor Who Store

This was probably my favorite shop at NYCC. We loaded up on Doctor Who things - some Daleks, a plush Adipose, a Trans-Temporal Sonic Screwdriver, and more.


They also had a very cool Dalek on display. This is a copy of the ones from Victory of the Daleks, which introduced the new Dalek Paradigm. Also Nicholas Briggs was there. He vioces the Daleks and the Cybermen.  You can see his back in the striped shirt in the photo. I happened to be wearing Dalek socks that day and ended up showing them to him. He asked to see them!


 My son is a huge fan of the Daleks:






Cosplay

What is a New York Comic Con without cosplay? I hope I never find out!


Scarecrow and Watchman


Bioshock - Big Sister and a Little Sister


Game of Thrones - Khal Drago and Daenerys Targaryen


Futurama - Zapp Brannigan and Kif Kroker


Poison Ivy


A Gaggle of Ghostbusters


Vashta Nerada (from Doctor Who)


Scorpian


Xena, Warrior Princess and Autolycus


Xena and Wonder Woman


Star Wars - Queen Amidala and friend


You'll be able to see many more photos in Trinitytwo's upcoming post about her very first New York Comic Con.

New York Comic Con 2012, Part 2 - October 13, 2013

Saturday at New York Comic Con was incredibly busy. I did attend some panels and there will be more on that in another post. In this post I'm mostly going to share pictures that I took while walking around and at the panels. If you ever have the opportunity to come to New York Comic Con, you should!


 Just inside the Con floor
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I'm not sure what this is!
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 Cosplay
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Cosplay
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Life size Legos
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Lego Hulk
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 A very awesome Bumblebee costume
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More Bumblebee
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Bumblebee and me
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Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) with 
How to Tell if Your Cat is Trying to Kill You
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Ransom Riggs (again)
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Cosplay
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Chuck Palahniuk
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Victoria Schwab
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Cosplay
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Cosplay
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Cosplay
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Juliet Dark signing The Demon Lover
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Myth Mixology Panel
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l to r: Theo Lawrence, Faith Hunter, Allison Pang, F. Paul Wilson,
Kevin Hearne, Nicole Peeler, and Anton Strout.




Hocus Pocus Panel
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l to r: Beth Revis (moderator), Max Gladstone, Victoria Schwab,
Andrea Cremer, Richard Kadrey, Jacqueline Carey,
Cecil Castellucci, Jocelynn Drake, and Kim Harrison.




Genre Benders Panel
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Back Row: Steve Walker, Kalayna Price, Steve Bein, and Jill Archer
Front Row: Benjamin Tate, Myke Cole and Lia Habel




Steve Bein with Daughter of the Sword
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Jill Archer with Dark Light of Day
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Anton Strout
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New York Comic Con 2012, Part 1 - October 12, 2012

I arrived at New York Comic Con 2012 yesterday morning. There were lines snaking here and there in front of the Javits Center. Bigger lines than I'd ever seen. Wow! Inside the Con the set up had been changed as well.  Artist Alley is at the North end of the Javits Center in it own cavernous room. Signing Tables are downstairs making it easy to find them and eliminating the huge lines that used to snake onto the main floor when the signing tables were upstairs. For the Signing Tables, fans bring their own books to sign and memorabilia to be signed. This change may have happened last year, but I had a truncated visit to NY Comic Con 2011 so can't say definitely. The main exhibitor floor has spread into what used to Artist Alley. All in all my initial impression is that New York Comic Con is bigger and better than ever!

Yesterday I concentrated mainly on the literary aspects of the Con. I listened to some panels (which I will do again today). I also met some amazing authors.


Part of the sea of people inside the Javits Center

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If you walk to the very end, turn left, then right you
will find Artist Alley



As some of you know, one of my favorite PC games in Minecraft. 
Check out this awesome Minecraft Cosplay!

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Peter V. Brett signing The Warded Man
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Michael P. Spradlin signing Blood Riders
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More Cosplay - Batman
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More Batman Cosplay
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Pikmin Cosplay
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(at the Autographing Tables)
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(holding a The Qwillery pin)
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(at the Autographing Tables)
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Ransom Riggs signing Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
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Max Gladstone signing Three Parts Dead
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G.T. Almasi signing Blades of Winter
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Nicole Peeler signing Tempest's Fury
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And surprise! Kevin Hearne was on line behind me. 
Kevin writes the fantastic Iron Druid Chronicles.
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(Honestly, this was almost too much awesome in one place!)




Christopher L. Bennett signing Only Superhuman
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Nicely stacked books - Only Superhuman
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Nintendo is at Comic Con with Wii U. I'll be checking that out on Sunday
because my 11 year-old son will be joining me.
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I picked up a present for my son. It's a limited edition Squidqueen by the wonderfully talented Ben Templesmith.

Here is Ben adding the green watercolor to the piece, which makes each Squidqueen unique.

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New York Comic Con 2012, Part 1 - October 12, 2012

New York Comic Con 2012, Part 1 - October 12, 2012




Today I hope to spend time viewing the comics portion of Comic Con as well as visiting Artist's Alley again. There are also a few signings I want to try to go to. On Sunday, the kids will be with me so it will be gaming and vendors!
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