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VCON 38 (2013)

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October 7, 2013

2013-10-05 14.39.47VCON-Vancouver’s Annual Science-Fiction and Fantasy Convention celebrated its 38th at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in 2013. Hosting workshops on cocktail making “Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of Rum,” Bellydancing, origami, model painting, and even “Pattern making for corsets.” There was a little something for everyone to be able to sit down and mind-meld over.

The convention also hosted a ton of amazing special events like the dance party, and the book launch. Not to mention the various fundraisers going on everywhere, the art auction, and my personal favourite, the costume contest! Which I thought was a brain melting collection of amazing people creating one of a kind costumes and cosplay outfits that totally left me wanting more. And as if all of that wasn’t enough, there was a fantastic artist galley full of comic writers and craft vendors with everything from bookmarks to a Tardis made from Lego’s, Star Wars baby onsies to hand-crafted
newspaper corsets and T-shirts to 10 sided die earrings. All unique and wildly creative items and right in front of the artist that created them! (more…)

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Stuck in a Cut

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July 5, 2013

Action films have been on a decline since the heydays of the 1980’s and 90’s. Action stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone have been replaced by non-specialists like Liam Neeson and Matt Damon. Practical effects (and the creativity-inducing limitations that come with them) have been replaced with overdone, sterile CG.

These two factors combine to make films feel like their editors were being paid by the cut. Action films of the last 15 years have had such a break-neck pace to their editing, it’s become impossible to tell what is going on a good portion of the time (Transformers) and makes it possible for any actor to fake their way through action scenes (Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2). (more…)

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A Live Dungeons & Dragons Experience with The Critical Hit Show.

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June 22, 2013

Critical Hit Show 2 (photo cred Evil Patrick Shannon)On the last Wednesday of every month, dungeon master Eric Fell and his band of fellow comedic adventurers invite you to his parents’ basement (aka Vancouver’s Rio Theatre) to play a little bit of Dungeons & Dragons.This is The Critical Hit Show: A Live Dungeons & Dragons Comedy Experience, an improv comedy show where the performers take to the stage and become elves, trolls, clerics, etc. and set off on a quest with hilarious results. I had the chance to sit down with Eric Fell and his fellow cast member and long-time collaborator Shaun Stewart to talk about the how Critical Hit came to be.

Fell says the idea was sparked while he was flipping through a dungeon master’s guide one day at a local gaming store and began spotting the parallels between the game and improv. Soon Fell, Stewart and another future cast-mate Allen Morrison were on their podcast show spit-balling ideas and characters. It became clear that there was real potential in the idea. The next step was to assemble the cast.

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FanExpo Vancouver 2013

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April 16, 2013

Calling All True Believers…

 

“Oh My God is that Stan Lee? I swear I just saw Amanda Tapping and Sean Astin!”

As any Vancouverite could tell you, that’s sort of a normal day in the Rainy City. Getting all of your favorite pop icons together in one place, though? And surrounded by costume clad superheroes, panels on all manner of geekery, and with talk of the best games of all kinds to boot? That’s sort of exceptional. That’s something that demands attention. (more…)

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West Coast Geeks vs Nerds: Femmagedon

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March 3, 2013

So in early February my associate Aaron Golden and I were invited by the awesome people at wcGeeksversusNerds.com to their great monthly show. As you’ll recall I gave sung it’s praises many a time in the past.

But what really went down on that night, what brilliant displays of wit were used to win the favor of the audience and at the end which of the female stars stood over her opponent and posed for a victory photo. (more…)

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A Geek Burlesque Weekend

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February 28, 2013

Do you know what I love about the city of Vancouver? No matter how much you see, Vancouver always manages to find something to surprise you with. Take this last week, for example, where I was introduced to the Vancouver burlesque scene – and I am not talking about the movie with Cher.  No, my readers, this was burlesque of the Geek variety. So what stories do I have to share from my voyage into this world filled with satin lace, glittery tassels, phasers and magic? Read on to find out. (more…)

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Geek on the Town

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February 13, 2013

In the fair city of Vancouver I often find myself wondering where can a geek go to spend his evenings, where can I enjoy a drink and be entertained by the very thing that draws us to geekery in the first place? Well I would like to tell you, fair readers, I would like to you to join me each month in exploring the fair city and all the geek related events that it deems fit to share with us. Geeks and nerds of all shapes and sizes, I want you to put on your finest because we are hitting the town. (more…)

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