Comic-Con 2013: Part 3 - Cosplay
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Photos of some of the great costumes at Comic-Con 2013.



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Comic-Con 2013: Part 2 - Celebs
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More photos from Comic-Con 2013.



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Lake Bell signing at the WB booth

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Brian Posehn, Gillian Anderson

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Godzilla panel w/ Bryan Cranston, Gareth Edwards, Elizabeth Olsen & Aaron Taylor-Johnson

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David Heyman, Sandra Bullock & Alfonso Cuaron

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Tom Cruise & Emily Blunt

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Jeffrey Wright & Liam Hemsworth at the Catching Fire panel

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Tom Hiddleston as Loki

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier panel (L to R: Kevin Feige, Emily VanCamp, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Russo Brothers, Chris Evans, Frank Grillo & Sebastian Stan)

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Zoe Saldana

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Guardians of the Galaxy panel (L to R: Kevin Feige, Batista, James Gunn, Benicio Del Toro, Zoe Saldana, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan & Chris Pratt)


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Comic-Con 2013: Part 1 - Exhibits
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Photos from last month's San Diego Comic-Con 2013.

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Legendary Pictures' Godzilla Encounter on 7th & J

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Thundercats statues by Mezco

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Christopher Reeve's Superman costume at the DC booth, Azog the Defiler at the WETA booth

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The Walking Dead booth

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The creator of Lone Wolf & Cub, Kazuo Koike

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The Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine

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Captain America costumes at the Marvel booth

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Gojira at the Godzilla Encounter

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Just a small section of the ultra-crowded exhibit hall

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Props from Guardians of the Galaxy at the Marvel booth


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Wondercon 2013
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So, I haven't posted here in months. The plan was to migrate over to Wordpress with the new Confessions of a Film Geek blog. I like the options better on Wordpress and I have a little more freedom to try my hand at coding. Livejournal is slowly feeling like the Geocities of blog sites. However, I'm not posting there with any more frequency than I was here. I never got around to doing my annual year end lists. Don't expect anything substantial on either site for a while.

In any event, here are some belated photos from WonderCon, which took place back in April.

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Anaheim Convention Center

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Lynn Collins, Stephen Amell

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Superman Unbound (L to R: James Tucker, Molly Quinn, Andrea Romano, Bob Goodman & Matt Bomer)

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Guillermo Del Toro

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Bruce Campbell, Jane Levy & Fede Alvarez

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Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg & Danny McBride

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Bioshock Infinite cosplay

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Joss Whedon w/ the cast of Much Ado About Nothing

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Lady Loki in the exhibit hall, Red She-Hulk & Dr. Strange at masquerade


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Long Beach Comic-Con 2012
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This was my second time attending the Long Beach Comic-Con. My first was the initial convention held in 2009. It's much smaller and more casual event than the other Cons I've been too. It was refreshing not to have any problems with parking (no inflated prices either) or picking up my wristband. After checking out the cosplayers and doing some mild shopping, I spent the rest of the evening at Disneyland. Here are some pics from the LBCC:

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Zombie Scarlet Witch

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Thomas Jane from The Punisher and The Mist

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Some of Marvel's merry mutants

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Female Punisher

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The Black Widow

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The family that cosplays together stays together


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Comikaze Expo 2012
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After the exhausting experience of attending the monolithic Comic-Con, I was going to make a concerted effort to hit up some of the smaller shows scheduled over the next several months. First on the list was Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo, occurring Sept. 15 and 16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, right across the street from the Staples Center. I was looking forward to hitting a show that wasn't plagued by overcrowding and long lines. This was the second ever Expo and organizers was expecting an estimated 60,000 attendees, which was double last year's. Unfortunately, the staff was completely unprepared and overwhelmed by the massive amount of people flooding in.

I was planning to get there before doors opened at 10AM. Unfortunately, the drive from San Diego took nearly three hours and there was a massive line stretching around the convention center. Apparently, the building reached capacity almost immediately. To ensure the fire department didn't shut the show down, security asked everyone to line up. Staffers were obviously overwhelmed and uninformed, providing fans with little information. Regardless of being an exhibitor, attendee, professional or press, everyone waited in the same line. That's not counting people who showed up to buy passes at the door. While one long line is more manageable, they marched people in one direction towards someone handing out wristbands for entrance to folks who pre-registered through the official website. Too bad, not all got their tickets that way. If I hadn't seen the booth for press registration, I would have stayed in line and wasted more time like so many others. Don't ask me how the convention center could fill to capacity, yet still have more and more people arriving.

After approximately 90 minutes of waiting in the sweltering heat, I finally got inside. All in all, it was a fun show, despite the lack of big names or major companies. Celebrities in attendance included Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flannery of Boondock Saints fame, Adam West, Lou Ferrigno, and Kevin Smith as well as comic book luminaries like Stan Lee, Todd McFarlane, and Mark Silvestri. I did a little bit of shopping and mostly took pictures of the abundant cosplayers.

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Upcoming shows include Power Con, SD Comic Fest, Long Beach Comic-Con, and the So Cal Comic Con.

Machete Kills
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Machete Kills just gets better and better. The first film had a bizarre enough cast with Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, Jeff Fahey, and Don Johnson all appearing. The sequel tops it with Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Cuba Gooding Jr., and now Lady Gaga. They will be joined by Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Alexa Vega from Spy Kids, and Zoe Saldana along with returning cast members Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jessica Alba.

Comic-Con 2012
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Last week was another exhausting and exhilarating convention. Here are a few pics:

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The 1966 Batmobile, one of many on display from Warner Brothers.

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Sam Raimi & Michelle Williams discuss OZ The Great and Powerful during the Walt Disney Pictures panel.

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Stallone & Schwarzenegger at The Expendables 2 panel.

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Elysium stars Sharlto Copley, Jodie Foster & Matt Damon wrap up the Sony Pictures panel.

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Quentin Tarantino arrives to promote Django Unchained.

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Django Unchained set at the Petco Interactive Lot.

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Iron Man has a question for Iron Man during the Iron Man panel.

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Iron Man 3 w/ Robert Downey Jr., Shane Black, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau & Kevin Feige.
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3 Days Until Comic-Con
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Indiana Jones Invades Comic-Con with Live Snakes
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“SNAKES. WHY’D IT HAVE TO BE SNAKES?”

LIVE SNAKES TO GREET INDIANA JONES FANS FOR BLU-RAY RELEASE

What:
The adventures of everyone’s favorite archaeologist are arriving in high-definition Blu-ray for the first time this fall. Fans attending San Diego Comic Con will have the opportunity to pose for photos with a recreation of the famous Well of Souls scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, complete with throngs of live snakes! Fans who pre-order the collection on-site will receive a $25 Sideshow Collectibles gift card*. On Twitter, use #Indysnakepit to join the fun in a virtual snake pit.

When:
Wednesday, July 11th – Sunday, July 15th during show hours.

Where:
The Lucasfilm pavilion on the show floor / Booth 2913

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