Baltimore Comic-Con: Friday wrap-up!

It was a lovely, laid-back day at Baltimore Comic-con.  Sure, there were lines to get in to some panels (hello my fellow Frank Miller fans) but generally the day went as first days typically go; not as crowded as high-time Saturdays, with many people coming in either later in the afternoon/early evening, or just getting in and gearing up for tomorrow’s onslaught.  But there was plenty to see and do!

First things first; if you’re hitting BCC on a Friday, then congratulations; you’re officially part of the smart crowd (or the smart and lucky crowd, depending on your work schedule.)  Because Friday’s the day to head down to score all the merch you want without having to seriously wonder if there’s enough oxygen for everyone crowding around to spend all the monies.  Yes, the line to chat with/get autographs from some of the big name folks were still long, but it’s so much easier to get your spend on before the weekend “officially” commences.   Continue reading

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Victoria and Abdul”!

With The Crown, Downton Abbey, Poldark and so many other period pieces available on streaming, I can’t be the only one who’s got a jones for seeing something on the big screen.  Well, how about Queen Victoria?  I’m in, are you?  Because I’ve got passes for Victoria and Abdul, a film based on the real-life friendship between Queen Victoria and a clerk from India.  Synopsis!

The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

Personally, I’d watch Judi Dench read the phone book, but this looks like a very interesting story.  Plus, Queen Victoria was such an incredibly interesting person, it’s always a treat to see more about her.  Let’s go!

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Battle of the Sexes”!

Tennis.  I love watching it, but I can’t play it to save my life.  But there sure are folks who can…and the real push for tennis came with the “Battle of the Sexes”, a match between tennis professionals Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King.  So, of course, there’s a film about the event.  And I can’t wait.  Synopsis!

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.

Gotta admit it’s downright spooky how Stone and Carell look so similar to their real-life counterparts in this film!  Ready?  Let’s go… Continue reading

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TrailerWatch: The  Punisher brings the pain…and Metallica!  

Oh heck yeah y’all – I’m all in. From Frank sharpening his knife to serious casings hitting the ground, Punisher is gonna be a slam-bang actionfest of awesome. Using Metallica’s “One” is perfect vibe for Frank Castle kicking ass and taking names. 

Check it out, and get pumped. Now if you’ll excuse me I’ma watch this trailer. Again. 

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Small Press Expo photo wrapup: Con Crud Edition 

It’s the Wednesday after last weekend’s amazing Small Press Expo, and I had an absolute blast! I also caught a mean case of the Con Crud, which has had me flatbacked ever since Saturday night. 

So, to make sure y’all know that I had a blast (let’s not discuss how much money I spent… I NEEDED THAT SIGNED GAIMAN!) I’ve decided to go ahead and post some pics. The political cartoonist panel was fabulous, and yeah you’re bummed you missed it. Plus, I got to chat with a whole bunch of creators – dig the groovy stuff they publish in the pics below. 

Go forth, and enjoy! Or, better yet, read some indie comics!


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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza – My Little Pony: The Movie!

MAH PONIES.  We’ve been waiting for this for a long time.  Getting to see the Mane Six on the big screen, in their own film.  No Equestrial Girls (not that I’m hatin’), no simply trying to watch an ep on a larger screen.  Nope, this is pure Mane Six large and in charge!  And I’ve got passes for the Baltimore screening!  SYNOPSIS!

A dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.

I’ma love and tolerate the heck outta you, so let’s go!

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Con News: gear up for this weekend’s Baltimore Comic-Con w/all the 411!

Alrighty folks – ’tis the week of Baltimore Comic-Con, and I’m stoked to get to the convention center this weekend!  I’ve got a wicked case of Con Crud from hitting Small Press Expo last weekend, but I’m hoping to at least get there for one day…but I’m pushing for two, and hoping for a hat trick. #allthecoldmeds

Want to get ready, and max out your con experience?  Well, here’s the 411 from the BCC staff, with all the news that’s fit to print.  (I second the idea of using Parking Panda if you’re driving up.  Parking can be…a chore around here.)

See you at the con!

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