An Evening with Leonard Nimoy

An update on my schedule for con related events! Join me at the awesome event! If you spot me there, the first person to approach me will win a Conventionscene.com lanyard (or maybe a cooler prize)! See you there!

LONG BEACH, CA – Film and television icon Leonard Nimoy will share his thoughts on portraying the intense, rational and emotionally suppressed Vulcan, Spock, as part of a remarkable and diverse career that’s left an indelible imprint on American society at the Carpenter Center on Saturday, October 23 at 8:00pm.
 
Touching on subjects of innovation, creativity and personal development—Nimoy will talk about his role in the history of Star Trek, its origins, and how a new genre for television and movies was created. First airing in 1966, his character would become an icon over the years, his performance garnering three Emmy nominations, as Star Trek branched off into syndication and later onto the big screen as a series of six feature films.
 
Nimoy also became a successful movie director, helming Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, one of the most successful of the Star Trek films. Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek’s creator, referred to Nimoy as “the conscience of Star Trek.” Nimoy has directed several films outside of the Star Trek series, and three of his films have been among the top box office successes of all time.
 
After appearing in a recurring role on popular FOX television series Fringe, Nimoy announced his retirement from acting earlier this year. This intimate evening may be the last chance to see him on stage live.
 
Aside from his credits as actor and director, Nimoy has recorded ten narrative albums and authored several volumes of poetry (two of which feature his photographs). In 1975, he published the autobiography I am not Spock and followed it 20 years later with I am Spock, in which he refers to “coming to terms” with his alter ego. Nimoy’s performance of the audio version was nominated for a Grammy Award.
 
An accomplished photographer, his black and white art photography is represented in several galleries nationwide. He recently finished an appointment as artist-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome. In July, his “Secret Selves” color photography exhibit opened at MassMoCA – his first solo show at a major museum.
 
Single tickets for An Evening with Leonard Nimoy are $65 and $60 for seniors. All tickets can be purchased by calling the Carpenter Center Arts Ticket Office at (562) 985-7000, or by visiting www.CarpenterArts.org.

Ultimate Horror Weekend 2010 Report

Convention Scene News Editor, Joe Fauvel, posts pictures and reports, in his blog, about Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend 2010.

Read about it HERE!

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse @ Paley Center!

September 30, 2010 by  
Filed under California, L.A. Sequential

The cast and crew at the Paley Center for Superman/Batman: Apocalypse!

Last Tuesday, September 21st, was the world premiere of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, the latest direct to DVD animation motion picture from WB Animation. The movie brings back the vocal talents of fan favorites Kevin Conroy (Batman), Tim Daly (Superman), and Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman). Ed Asner reprises his role as Granny Goodness, and also introduces Andre Braugher as Darkseid and Summer Glau as Supergirl.
The movie is based off of Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner’s Supergirl storyline. Reintroducing Supergirl to the DC Universe, the movie succeeds in paying homage to the art style of the late Turner, as well as capturing Kara Zor-El’s integration into the DCU.
The Paley Center hosted the world premiere, followed by a Q and A with some of the cast and crew that attended.

Among the highlights:
Tim Daly joking around about Superman’s sleeker look in the movie:
“One thing that I noticed about Superman in this, first of all he’s eating less carbs. And second of all, did anybody notice, what’s going on with his hair? It’s 2 curls!”

Tim Daly arrives at the red carpet.

When asked, Lois Lane or Wonder Woman by the audience, Daly responds:
“Oh, Wonder Woman. (smiling at Susan Eisenberg) If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.”

Lauren Montgomery, director of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, was asked why the movie wasn’t titled Supergirl, responds:
“The title of the comic originally was Superman Batman: Supergirl, which… really would assume that the movie would be titled that, but since our wonderful Wonder Woman movie didn’t sell so well, they decided that girl movies don’t sell so we gotta trick everybody into buying it.”

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse director, Lauren Montgomery!

When asked what personal projects they’d love to work on if given the chance:
Bruce Timm, Executive Producer: “I would probably do the Black Hawks.”
Montgomery: “I would probably do Batgirl Year One, or anything with Aquaman.”

Executive producer Bruce Timm on the red carpet.

When asked what in the movie came out better than expected:

Daly: “I think that I am temperamentally as a person more suited to Batman, because I tend to have sort a darker skewing view of the world, so I was pleasantly surprised by the Superman scenes that were a little more sincere and tender, because I thought they played pretty well. I didn’t squirm and think like ah geez, Superman is being a real sap. I felt like he cared about Supergirl, I like that.”

Daly playing with the Superman doll during the Q and A session.

Rachel Quintance (Artemis/Lyla): “For me, I’m just so happy to be a part of it, my first foray into the DC comic world so watching all of it was just fantastic to me. It’s like, I mean, you all know this so well, and to me it’s like, wow, oh my gosh, this exists. So I thought the whole thing was incredible.”

Tab Murphy (Writer): “I think I responded to the relationship between Superman and Kara Zor El a lot because of the idea of suddenly finding somebody you’re related to and becoming overprotective and then having to let go. I have a 13 year old daughter and going through that same thing so I can totally identify..”
Bruce Timm: What’s her name?
Murphy: Kara! It’s true, it’s true… whoa.

Montgomery: “I’m a pretty big sucker for feel good movies these days so I guess just seeing how it all wrapped up in the ending and Supergirl finally getting her costume and she gets the nod of approvement, she gets the nod from Batman, and you just leave the theater happy. That’s the part I like the most.”

Timm: “I’m actually just really relieved that the opening of the movie worked because the movie, it came up short when we timed the animatic, the storyboard. And so we kinda had to pad it, and part of the stuff we padded was that opening in Gotham City where we’re just kind of panning through Gotham City, oh there’s a cat in the alley… oh look, there’s blimps overhead! So when we got the film back, it was like oh my god, there’s nothing happening, there’s no dialogue, we’re just panning through the city for like 2 minutes! So we added a bunch of radio dialogue, and sound effects and music, and you watch it now, and it’s like, ok, yeah, it kinda works… so WHEW!”

Andrea Romano and Susan Eisenberg at the Q and A panel.

Eisenberg and Andrea Romano (Voice Director) were both fans of the quieter moments, as well as how the fight scenes came about together, particularly when it seemed that most of the recording time was spent doing battle scenes.

The Paley Center did a wonderful job organizing this event, and I’m also looking forward to the next 3 announced feature length animated films: All Star Superman, Green Lantern Emerald Knights, and Batman: Year One!

The Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD is out in stores now! Pick it up and let me know what you thought of the movie!

LA Sequential Con Schedule

Hello all!

There are some very exciting events going on in the comic book world, and I’ll be attending a few events to close out this year strong! Please let me know if you guys are attending any of these events!

September 19: LA Comic Book and SciFi Convention
September 21: Superman/Batman Apocalypse Screening @ Paley Center
September 24: Guillermo Del Toro signing @ Dark Delicacies (tentative)
September 26: West Hollywood Book Fair
October 29-31: Long Beach Comic Con
November 19-22: CTN

And to start the 2011 year off right, I will be attending the first big con of the year, The Amazing Arizona Comic Con! This con (Jan. 8-9) is chock full of big name guests, with some of the hottest writers in comics, including Robert Kirkman, Jeph Loeb, Victor Gischler, and John Layman! Don’t miss out!

Come out and say hello to me at any of these events! For those interested in CTN as well, I am including this discount code! Receive 10% off just by inputting this code in prior to purchasing your ticket!

The code is: CONSCNX10

Hope to see you guys there!

SDCC 2010 Con Report

San Diego Comic Con is a convention unlike any other. With movie studios vying for fans to clamor their booth, with comic companies vying to get your attention with various creator signings, and with stores competing against each other for your money, San Diego is a perfect mix of chaos and pop culture. Every year, thousands make the trek out to see some of the biggest stars in Hollywood talk about their latest projects or to meet some of their favorite writers and artists. Others love to enjoy the cosplay, and some just come to witness the insanity on the show floor.

This Comic Con was my 6th year at Comic Con, and I was used to the hustle and bustle of the show, perhaps even feeling jaded and definitely taking it for granted. But going to the press panels and roundtables, meeting some of the stars of big movies and TV shows, I had to admit I felt a little star struck and felt the buzz that I used to have going to the show for the first time in a very long time.

Here are some pictures I took there, so for those that couldn’t come, it’s like you came along with me on the journey!

Line for tickets. Holy moley.

Line for Hall H for Tron. Insane. Longer than Twilight last year.

Tron press panel!

Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren for Red! Amazing.

Bruce Willis and Karl Urban strike a pose before leaving Red press panel.

Helen Mirren showing off her Harvey Pekar shirt.

Super Size Me's Morgan Spurlock signing at the Dark Horse booth!

Laurie Holden and Emma Bell for Walking Dead!

Frank Darabont and Greg Nicotero talk about the Walking Dead.

Jon Bernthal, Andrew Lincoln, and Sarah Wayne Callies answer questions about the Walking Dead.

Adam Hughes did head sketches for donations. Awesome hat.

Phil Noto working on a beautiful Supergirl painting.

Me meeting Joss Whedon, director of the Avengers!

The throne of Odin sent straight from the set of Thor. Amazing.

Double Eisner winner, Skottie Young! Very double rainbow.

While walking to the Resident Evil press roundtable, I stumbled across this room. What's with this crowd?

Oh. It's Ryan Reynolds for Green Lantern! Wow!

Blake Lively for GL. Very beautiful.

Mark Strong, GL's very own Sinestro.

Blake Lively strikes a pose.

After that, onto interviewing Paul Anderson, director of Resident Evil.

Ali Larter for Resident Evil. Had a beautiful pregnancy glow. Radiant.

Showing off the baby bump.

Wentworth Miller for Resident Evil. Extremely intelligent and well spoken.

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston sign for lucky fans at the Marvel booth!

Thor helmets.

GL team of Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis!

Marvel signing for Captain America with Hugo Weaving and Chris Evans!

Captain America's shield!

Frank Miller at the Dark Horse booth!

And what’s a con without a little cosplay? Here are some of the costumes that I saw walking around.

Deadpool and Black Cat.

Oompa Loompa!

Huntress!

Star Wars chicks.

Voltron!

Batman and Robin.

Batman sans cape.

His cape folded out! Pretty cool costume.

Only in Comic Con...

No words...

Zatanna! Looc!

I don't know what that is.

DC's most dysfunctional couple.

A hot reporter gets in on the act...

A white hot Phoenix. Pun intended.

Now onto some cool booths that I saw…

Tron!

GI Joe!

Spongebob!

Hawaii 5-0 girls outside. In the freezing cold. Felt bad for them.

I have the power!!!!

Optimus outside.

Iron Man set up.

Bumblebee!

My Little Pony.

Avatar!

Harry Potter built in Legos.

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!

R2-D2 and C-3PO in Legos.

Bartman!

Kermit the Frog here!

Walking Dead booth. Awesome!

Aliens hatching!

Dora the Explorer.

Lifesize Fathom statue. Beautiful.

Prettiest booth babe: Female Green Lantern.

From Comic Con, LA Sequential signing off!

Anime Expo 2010 Part 2!

Here’s more pics from Anime Expo 2010!

Naruto

 

Angels...

 

Do not piss me off.

 

Kick-Asses!

 

Hi-Chew!

 

Awesome artwork.

 

Red Bull gives you wings.

 

Tight.

 

Wrong con bro. San Diego is in 3 weeks.

 

Stop touching me!

 

Meow!

 

I don't know what's going on here.

 

We wear the same glasses.

 

Nuff said.

 

We don't bite...

 

I can think of one wish right now...

 

Nice.

 

Shopping.

 

Adorable.

 

Yowza!

 

Shh...

 

Independence day.

 

Helloooooo...

 

Death Note!

 

Dude where's my bike?

 

Cutest gator I've ever seen...

 

Starscream says come back next year!

Anime Expo 2010 Part 1!

I will be the first to admit I know nearly nothing about anime. It’s a huge culture that seems to be growing leaps and bounds, but I’ve been firmly stuck in the comic book world. However, I had the opportunity to check out Anime Expo 2010 and while I didn’t go visit many of the exhibits, I did get to experience cosplay in a whole other level. Here are all the costumes that I managed to snag pictures of. Be warned, it’s a lot of pictures. Because there’s so many pictures (almost 200!), I will split this into 2 articles. The 2nd will be up tomorrow! Please comment which ones were your favorite!

The first costume I saw walking up to Anime Expo.

X-Men and Iron Man join forces in the front of the main hall.

Line for tickets.

Looking down from the escalators.

Beware dudes with signs.

Vic signing for the fans.

Artist Alley.

So smooth and shiny...

Craziest couple...

Cute.

Kenshin, I believe.

Komamura.

Shoppers.

Royalty.

What doesn't look right about this picture???

Darth Maul being mean.

Wolfpack of 5.

Even R2-D2 got in the act.

Singer draws a huge crowd.

Awesome gloves.

Best costume ever. The thing glowed on a camera flash. Amazing.

Show off.

Roar?

Classy.

Dude, I don't know. I'm just a statue.

I challenge Kobe to a duel!

I look so hot in those pose.

Woof.

Anime Expo is a family event!

Come back for part 2!

E3 2010 Recap

July 4, 2010 by  
Filed under California, Gaming, L.A. Sequential

I had the opportunity to spend a day at E3 at LA’s Convention Center, and I have to say, after attending the event for the previous 2 years, it seemed a bit smaller in scale that before. I got a chance to test out the DCU MMO game (looking forward to it!), and also got a chance to check out all the booths (and booth babes!). Please forgive me for the picture overload, but without further ado, here it is!

Welcome to E3!

Virgin had a great display in front of the LACC hall.

A pretty lady giving out cold drinks on a hot day. Brilliant.

FIFA booth actually playing live games for the crowd.

Fifa's Booth Babes. Wow.

Halo display.

More booth babes in the West Hall area.

I wouldn't mind being arrested by them...

More random booth babes...

A crazy bear....

Nyko booth babes.

Another Sony Online booth babe.

More random booth babes.

Stormtroopers abound...

Battlestar Galactica displays.

Forsaken World Booth Babes.

Hellooooo!

The DCU game will have exclusive art drawn by the master, Jim Lee!

Chuck tests out new products at E3!

Jim Lee introducing the crowd to the DCU trailer!

People playing Marvel vs. Capcom 3!

THQ Booth Babes.

Battle Golums running around THQ.

Booth babes for as ring card girls.

Booth babes pose as referees.

Tron Legacy booth. Best visual displays of E3.

Sonic the Hedgehog display at E3.

Awesome Harry Potter Lego display.

Gotta go now! Off to Sesame Street...

Los Angeles Rock’n Comic Con 2010 Photo Report

On May 28-30, 2010, the Rock’n Comic Con took place at the Pasadena Convention Center. I admit I had my trepidations about this con, as there was a lack of communication going in, and I could tell that it wasn’t as organized as any other show I’ve attended.

After getting my wrist band to the show, I saw a couple of vendors, but very few. A lot of them were booths promoting smaller artists, and in the middle of the show floor was a big set up by Desert Wind Comics, which set up the autograph sessions for Stan Lee, and also features artists J. Scott Campbell and Bob Layton. Bill Sienkiewicz was also near the booth as well, and while it was great for the few attendees that did show up, it was a bit disappointing to see a potentially great show not live up to its potential. Whether it was due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend or because of a lack of other big name comic writers and artists who might have been attending Phoenix Con, it was definitely a show that could have been a lot better. With a great venue in a great city, I think it definitely deserves another shot at redemption.
Now onto some photos:

Welcome to Pasadena Comic Con!

Cool rolling ball in the front of the lobby.

Pirates want your money for their loot.

Pirates waiting for the show to open.

Show floor before it opened.

Cosplay Star Wars characters.

Bob Layton receives a gift and is "stark" excited about it!

Stan "The Man" Lee directs crowd control.

Eager fans wait in line for Stan.

J. Scott Campbell arrives for his small mob of fans as Joe Benitez greets him.

Desert Wind Comics personnel, Stan Lee, Michael Papajohn, Bob Layton, Joe Rubenstein, J. Scott Campbell and Joe Benitez strike a pose.

J. Scott Campbell having a fanboy moment with Stan Lee, who compliments his beautiful artwork.

Bill Sienkiewicz working on his commission list at his booth.

My prize piece of the weekend. All was not lost! Hopefully, Pasadena gets to redeem 2011!

Wizard World Anaheim 2010!

On April 16-18, 2010, while C2E2 was going on in Chicago, Gareb Shamus brought his Wizard World show to Anaheim. While I was a bit skeptical at the number of people who would attend this event due to the overwhelming talent going to C2E2, I was genuinely surprised at how well run the show was. There was something for everyone at this show, from shopping, to seeing the myriad of celebrities attending the event, to Artist Alley, where art collectors were able to snag some great art at very affordable prices. Everyone was very approachable, and even the celebrities had a good time, most taking in and enjoying their first comic convention. With the success of this show, I can only hope that Wizard World Anaheim can come by next year to hopefully bring more talent to this great show! Here’s a look at some of the highlights from this show:

Attendee line for the event.

Crowds anxiously lining up on Saturday to see the stars!

People already shopping around as soon as I got on the show floor on Friday afternoon.

Feed your inner geek!

A look at the show floor from a broader perspective. Nice and spacious.

Artist Alley. A lot of art collectors had a great time this weekend!

Todd Nauck putting the finishing touches on one of his first commissions at the show.

One of the more creative booths in Artist Alley.

Phil Jimenez debating if his sign was good enough (it was).

Phil working on a beautiful Zatanna sketch!

Simon Bisley working on a Lobo commission.

Glenn Fabry, looking through an attendee's sketchbook.

Fan favorite Rob Liefeld churning out sketches for his fans, including this sweet Lady Deadpool.

Stan "The Man" Lee signed autographs for lucky raffle winners.

Mike Mayhew sells a sketchbook at his booth in Artist Alley.

Artist Joel Gomez working on a Harley Quinn.

R2-D2 and crew hanging out. Very popular with the kids.

Adam West and Burt Ward signing for the fans. An extremely crowded line throughout the show for the original Batman and Robin!

The Batmobile!

Not to be outdown, the Mist Mobile was also parked nearby!

Brent Spiner pointing to a blanket while Levar Burton looks on. Also another crowd pleaser was the Star Trek crew, including William Shatner!

Ted Raimi signing autographs!

Up star Ed Asner walks through Artist Alley to sign at his table.

Kevin Sorbo chatting up with Jewel Staite at the show. Kinda cool watching celebrities interacting with one another.

Eureka's Neil Grayston and the lovely DeAnna Pappas pose for a picture.

And of course, what show would not be complete without booth babes and cosplay characters? Here are some of the best ones I saw:

Hula hoops rock!

Sweet Venom girls offering free drinks for attendees.

Magic!

Do you feel lucky?

Go ahead... make my day!

Where's Adam West?

Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty charmed me into coming back next year!

And so did DeAnna Pappas. Hope to see you guys next year!

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