A very special After Who

 

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Over the weekend I was invited to attend the screening and After Who taping for Doctor Who, Series 8. And incidentally the premier of the brand new 13th (if you’re counting correctly) iteration of The Doctor.

Host Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist, and proclaimed die-hard Whovian, had a panel of fellow nerds on his show, After Who, to talk about all things Doctor related.

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Including nerd captain, Wil Wheaton of Star Trek and Big Bang Theory fame.
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Also, Alton Brown from the Food Network, who is a big fan of Who as well.

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And Mark Gatiss, who comes from the all important world of Sherlock, but who also writes for Doctor Who.

 

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Dan Starkey, who plays Strax came on the show as himself and as the Sontaran commander and it was such a treat to see answer a few questions as his character. And finally Natalie Morales, from Girls came on the show to join the boys club.

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More on the episode later. I’m still digesting everything that happened in Peter Capaldi’s first episode as The Doctor. But I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. Lots to be excited about in the new season!

imageMy friend and fellow Whovian right before the event.

 

Special thank you to Josh Ricks for getting us in!

 

Fitness for nerds

I hate to say it, but there still seems to be a stigma around being a nerd. I’m not quite sure why. Especially when our representatives look like this…

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And this…

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And this…

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And this…

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And, oh… hi…this…

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Anyways, if the sterotype does still exist I have found an ap to inspire the most sendentary nerd off the couch and outdoors.

It’s called Zombies, Run! And it’s a runners training program that gets you in shape enough to run a 5K. Now… I really have no desire to run a 5K, but I do enjoy running, though often struggle with motivation in the am. Enter this ap. I did the first entry mission today and it was so much fun. How ingenious. Fun and fitness in one package!!

Basically this ap has a whole story based upon a zombie apocalypse and you are smack dab in the middle of the action. After the chopper I was in crash landed, I had to get myself out of the wreckage and head to the safe zone. The only catch? Just a huge swarm of zombies and a counter mission to get medical supplies at the overrun hospital nearby.

It was exhilarating and I sorta forgot that I was just running in plain old Queens, NY. And that I probably looked ridiculous running full force down the street. (Who has time to care when a zombie horde is approaching.)

All in all, first day in and I can’t wait for tomorrow’s mission!! Here’s a screenshot of my mission board.

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Comic Con Recap

Friday Highlights

Today I had the priviledge of running a few panels I would otherwise never have thought to go to. And they were great!

-First up was ‘Setting the Score: Composing for Film and Television.’ On the panel was Dino Meneghin, Frederick Wiedmann, Jay Vincent, Kevin Menthei, Matthew Patches and Will Bates.

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Between them all they’ve worked on projects such as: Teen Wolf, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mass Effect 3, Ninjago, Green Lantern Animated Series, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, The Calling, Resident Evil, Ultimate Spiderman, Almost Earth, The Golden Globes and much more.

It was so interesting to hear them speak about a side of the music industry that doesn’t get nearly as much press as it deserves. Here are a few quotes from the panel.

‘Our job is to sit in a room with directors, producers, etc and turn their words into music.’
                     -Kevin Manthei
‘If you hear a melody enough times, it sticks in your heart and that’s a priviledge to make’
                     -Jay Vincent

All of these men truly loved their craft. It was great to attend this panel!!

-Next was another panel about music. ‘Maestros of Horror and Sci-Fi Music.’ On this panel was Cris Velasco, Daniel Kayser, Jason Graves, Kevin Riepl, Nile Rodgers, Sam Hulick, Sascha Dikiciyan and Tom Salta.

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I must make mention, on both composer panels a lot of the men mentioned Star Wars as their inspiration for pursuing a career in music. This is no great surprise but is merely awesome!!

One of the main things I learned in this panel is that video game composers do not have their own Grammy category.
“Once the word ‘game’ was attached to the genre it immediately was associated with kiddie games. And therefore was not taken seriously.” -Nile Rodgers

“Video games need their own Grammy category!”  -Nile Rodgers

-The last panel I worked was for Aspen Comics.

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This brand is celebrating is 10th anniversary next year. Congrats!!
The thing that most excoted me was their first novel release called ‘The Lost Spark’ by J.T. Krul. It really piqued my interest. Check it out.
On this panel were Frank Mastromauro, J.T. Krul, Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald.

After I finished my shift, I shed my crew shirt and headed off to explore the show floor.

After the con, I headed to the Best Buy theater to watch Tge Nerdist Podcast Live from NYC!!

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Guest stars  Guillermo del Toro, Joel Hodgson and Travis Beacham were on hand to lend nerd support. Aling with the ever present Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. And of course leader of the nerd herd himself Chris Hardwick.
Great way to end a full day of nerdocity!

Where I’d be if I wasn’t where I am…

Yesterday, Orlando, FL saw the start of Star Wars Celebration VI. And oh how I wish I was there this weekend.

I’ve been to the past 3 celebrations. And if you’ve never been then stop what you’re doing and book the first plane you can get to Orlando cause it’s pretty much mecca for the average nerd!! (next to SDCC that is)
From the costumes to the panels to the R2D2 races. There is no shortage of pure nerd delight!!

Dad, Mom, me and R2 at Celebration V

 

Got caught in a lift with my kinda men!!!

Here are a few things that attendees can look forward to.

Panels with the likes of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davis, Peter Mayhew, Seth GreenChris Hardwick of The Nerdist and more.

Star Wars in 30 minutes, the hilarious fast paced retelling of the beloved saga.

The costume pageant.

An always impressive showing from the 501st Legion (Vader’s Fist).

The premiere of the new season of Clone Wars and so, so much more!

 

If you are there right now hope you are having a ball. Tweet me @nerdinthecity. I’d love to hear about your adventures at the con!

If you’re not there, well wallow with me as I attempt to stalk the action happening in the sunshine state.

 

Today’s Imaginary Schedule…

Even though I can’t make it to the blessed event, that hasn’t stopped me from creating an imaginary Comic Con schedule for myself. And here’s what today’s day would’ve looked like, had I made it to San Diego this year…

10:15-11:15 TheOneRing.net: The Truth About The Hobbit— The Hobbit movie is imminent just at the book turns 75. With on-set visits, intrepid reporting, and the pulse of fans worldwide, the TORn staff shred rumors, answer questions, share New Zealand images-but not as part of the official publicity machine. Also featuring a special visual presentation from Weta Workshop and an account of Fandalf traveling the world and (all that is the tip of the iceberg!). Featuring Cliff Broadway (Ringers: Lord of the Fans) and Larry D. Curtis(Hobbit embedded reporter) and additional staff and guests. Room 6DE

12:00-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Once More, with Comics: How the Whedon Universes Continue in Comic Book Form— Authors Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak, GeekNation.com), Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-StainedAmazon, GeekGirlCon), and Traci Cohen (CSU-Sacramento) examine how comic books and graphic novels provide a new form of media adaptation in which the graphic novel form furthers the canon or official continuity of television series as sequels to the original material. Creator Joss Whedon’s television universes enjoy new life in print (e.g. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9). Sharing their own thoughts on these Whedon comic book follow-ups are comic book writer/actress Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow and Tara), writer/producer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Torchwood), writer Chris Gage (Angel & Faith), editors Scott Allie (Dark House) and Mariah Huehner (IDW), and actors Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire SlayerBring It On) and Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire SlayerCabin in the Woods). Room 26AB

Now, I am a Twilight fan, but the mere thought of trying to get into the Twilight panel, sends shivers of fear down my spine. So I most assuredly would skip it! And head for a quick bite to eat instead. After which…

2:00-3:00 Power Rangers: 20 Years and Beyond— Saban Brands and Shout! Factory officially kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of Power Rangers with a discussion featuring Elie Dekel (president, Saban Brands), Paul Schrier (“Bulk”), and other on-screen talent and members of the creative team. Moderated byBrian Ward (DVD producer of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series), the panel will dive into the origin and evolution of the Power Rangers franchise, including the long-awaited debut of the series on DVD and the show’s resurgence on Nickelodeon with Power Rangers Super Samurai and much more!Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

3:30-4:35 Beauty and the Beast— Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) and Jay Ryan(Terra Nova), along with executive producers Jennifer Levin (Without a Trace), Sherri Cooper (Brothers and Sisters), Brian Peterson (Smallville) and Kelly Souders (Smallville discuss the new CW fall show: a modern adaptation of the beloved fairy tale. Centering on Catherine Chandler (Kreuk), a tough-minded NYPD homicide detective, who is haunted by witnessing her mother’s murder nine years ago and the murderer’s quick demise at what she perceived to be the hands of a beast. After years of searching, Catherine finally discovers the beast is Vincent Keller (Ryan), a survivor of a military experiment that went disastrously wrong and left him in hiding to lead a secret life. Join the cast and producers for an exclusive viewing of the first episode, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dalton Ross(assistant managing editor, Entertainment Weekly). Ballroom 20
5:00-6:00 Legendary Comics— Legendary Comics presents a behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming slate of must-read projects. Get first-look access to new content, grab limited-edition giveaways, and ask questions of your favorite creators. The panel is hosted by the nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick. Panelists include The Tower Chronicles creators Matt Wagner (GrendelMage) and Simon Bisley (Lobo, 2000 AD), Shadow Walk creators Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival GuideG.I. Joe: Hearts & Minds), Mark Waid (Kingdom Come,The Flash), and Shane Davis (Final Crisis: Rage of the Red LanternsSuperman: Earth One). Joining this all-star cast are co-creator of The Tower Chronicles and Shadow Walk, Thomas Tull (founder and CEO of Legendary Entertainment) and editor-in-chief Bob Schreck (All-Star Superman). Don’t miss breaking news regarding our next project from an elite creator in the comics industry who will be making a surprise appearance. Room 6A
The end of the night would be a tough decision between Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog and Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope.
Regardless, after whichever of the two I ended up choosing, I would head over to The Nerd Machine’s NerdHQ for The Nerd Army Party. To end the day in the best of ways. With hundreds of nerds and dancing!!!

Lessons I Learned from NY Comic Con 2011

Lesson 1: “There’s always a bigger fish”

In my head I’m pretty much the biggest geek ever. I mean I own a lightsaber, I’ve been to 3 Star Wars conventions and I can quote the entire original trilogy word for word. Yeah… it’s safe to say that I’m a nerd and proud of it.

But I am inevitably out-geeked time and time again and it continues to baffle me. Weirdly enough.

At the midnight showing of The Phantom Menace, I wasn’t first in line like I had planned to be. I definitely didn’t get my tickets fast enough got that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book release party. And at NY Comic Con, I was consistently behind 30+ people for every panel I wasn’t interested in. Qui-Gon had it right “There’s always a bigger fish.”

Drawing Star Wars with Bonnie Burton and Katie Cook
Chris Hardwick, Felicia Day and Sandeep Parikh

Lessons I Learned from NY Comic Con 2011

Lesson 1: “There’s always a bigger fish”

In my head I’m pretty much the biggest geek ever. I mean I own a lightsaber, I’ve been to 3 Star Wars conventions and I can quote the entire original trilogy word for word. Yeah… it’s safe to say that I’m a nerd and proud of it.

But I am inevitably out-geeked time and time again and it continues to baffle me. Weirdly enough.

At the midnight showing of The Phantom Menace, I wasn’t first in line like I had planned to be. I definitely didn’t get my tickets fast enough got that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book release party. And at NY Comic Con, I was consistently behind 30+ people for every panel I wasn’t interested in. Qui-Gon had it right “There’s always a bigger fish.”

Drawing Star Wars with Bonnie Burton and Katie Cook
Chris Hardwick, Felicia Day and Sandeep Parikh