Remember: Saturday’s Halloween ComicFest!

May I have your attention please: This Saturday is Halloween ComicFest!

It’s similar to Free Comic Book Day but with a Halloween twist.  Here’s a more in depth description from the event’s website:

On Saturday, October 27, participating comic shops across North America and around the world will hand out more than 1.7 million free comics to anyone who comes into their shop during Halloween ComicFest! During the event, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose a free comic from the 34 titles available this year and participate in the fun Halloween-themed activities hosted by the comic shops.

Thirty-four free comics, including 22 full-size and 12 mini-comics can be picked up. This year’s titles include Marvel Comics’ Ms. Marvel #1, Superior Spider-Man #1, and Thor: Road to War of the Realms #1; DC Comics’ John Constantine: The Hellblazer; and other Halloween-themed comics like Hellboy, Jughead: The Hunger,Goosebumps and Rise of the TMNT, that are perfect for comic readers of all ages.

Check out the full list of available comics and find out which comic book stores near you are participating in the spooky event.

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12 Things Learned From Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Originally written four years ago, but I wanted to repost this in honor of the news that was announced today at SDCC.

Not to long ago, I finally finished my Star Wars: The Clone Wars marathon on Netflix. I had never seen the show before and I had started the series by borrowing my sister’s box set. The set didn’t have the final season however, so when it was announced that the entire series would stream on Netflix I rejoiced.

Previously, I complied two lists of things that I learned from the show. I wanted to put the lists together into one big one for this article and expand upon a few of the points. So without further ado, I present to you the following.

Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away…

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1. The Clones Are People Too.

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If you didn’t know, the clone troopers are soldiers first of the Grand Army of the Republic and later soldiers of the Galactic Empire where they were called Stormtroopers. The human genetic template for the clone troopers was one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy a Mandalorian bounty hunter by the name of Jango Fett the father of Bobba Fett an unaltered clone.  The clones were created on the planet Kamino. All the clones’ genes were manipulated, meaning that they had accelerated aging-the grew and matured twice as fast as a regular human.  They were also bred to be more loyal and more willing to follow orders (Order 66 anyone?)

Before watching this show, I had only seen episodes 1-3 once (okay twice I’ve watched 2 & 3 twice, don’t judge me!)  and I didn’t really get a sense of what the clones were like. I knew they were created to be an army for the Republic by some mysterious Jedi, and yes they followed orders to the letter (Again Order 66)  but other than that I didn’t know how they felt about their predicament. It must  suck being bred to go fight in someone else’s war and die.

So it was to my joy to discover that right from the get-go the series took fans into the minds of the clones. We were able to get to know some of the clones on a personal level, most of which were from the 501st (later to be called Vader’s first, these were the last unit of clones that survived way  into the Galactic Empire).

I got to know Commander Cody and Captain Rex, both of which had great relationships with their Jedi generals Obi-Wan and Anakin, with personalities to match each of them.   I’ve come to understand the reasoning behind the clone trooper appropriately named Slick’s actions.  It’s interesting that in a way his wish for his brothers to be free of their Jedi and Republic masters came to pass only for them to become slaves to a darker one.

We traveled with Heavy, Echo, 99, Fives (Fives!) and the deserter…which reminds me, what had become of the deserter? We mourned the passing of thousands of clones killed defending the Republic, fighting a war that they could have won if the bloody Jedi hadn’t been so arrogant, foolish, and stubborn. The clones were not just genetically engineered warriors. They were human beings who despite having the same physical and mental features were still individuals. Everytime we see a clone, we’re watching a person who has their own thoughts and views of the world that they were born into…which leads me to my next point.

 

Hello, CT-5555.

No clone uses their number. I am Fives. Call me Fives.

The difference is minimal.

Not to me. And not to any clone.

―AZI-3 and Fives

2. Fives Was Right.

God damnit, poor Fives. He watched the men in his Domino squad-brothers he was close-to die in battle. To make matters worse, he watched  his best friend-Tup do a horrible thing and then die not to long  after. Tup’s death made Fives determined to learn what caused his friend’s unusual behavior. It was the final and most important mission that Fives went on. Upon discovering the truth (ahem Order 66)  Fives tried his hardest to warn the Jedi and died in vain because they didn’t listen or see the signs-particularly two of whom I’ll discuss later below.

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Right now though I want to discuss two different Jedi-one who started out on the fragments of a dark path and the other whose path remains unclear at the end of the series and is number three on my list.

3.  Ahsoka Tano Is An Awesome Jedi.

We first meet Ahsoka in the meh animated film Star Wars The Clone Wars, though after my second viewing, I thought I saw her among the younglings Master Yoda was training  in episode two Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. I could be wrong.

Regardless, ‘Snips’ as her mentor calls her is a wonderful addition to the Star Wars legacy. From the film all the way to the fifth season, Ahsoka grows and matures in character as well as in her mastery of the force. We get to see her lead multiple battles and train and oversee people of Onderon in their fight against the Separatists. We watched as she was kidnapped and stranded on an island in order to be hunted down for fun, yet she rallied the rest the abductees to  overcome their oppressors, and much more.

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I also enjoyed the bond that her and Anakin shared. Their closeness was a strength and a weakness as they had to deal with not forming attachments with others and each other over the course of the series.  Their bond was strong even at the end when Ahsoka found herself on the run for murders that she did not commit. I felt for both teacher and student at the end of season five when Ahoska made the decision to not return to the Jedi order.

In the episode I mentioned earlier, titled “Padawan Lost” Anakin is asked by Master Plo Ko what Ahsoka’s greatest strength is. Anakin answers “That she’s fearless.”  That sums up who Ahsoka is. I hope we see her in Star Wars: Rebels and maybe on the big screen as well.

 

4. Anakin The Dark Path Begins For You

If there’s one thing to know about Anakin (aside that he’s great at fixing things-material things-people not so much) it’s that he’s very hard on himself.  Whether it’s the death his mother, Ahoska getting hurt or taken, R2-D2 getting hurt or taken, or even preventing the death of Padme’, and mourning over the presumed death of Obi-Wan among other things, Anakin is soo hard on himself. I take it might be because he’s the chosen one-you know the one who’s supposed to bring balance-and that can put a lot of weight on a person.

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Which leads me to ponder that him being so hard on himself-the guilt he felt-was just another catalyst which lead to him to the dark side of the force.  In episodes 1-3, we get snippets and then a big finale of Anakin’s rise to Jedi Knight and his demise to the dark side.  However, it’s the episodes of the TV series which really give us the meat of the situation.  There are signs everywhere.

  • In his emotions-henever his friends are threatened particularly when his wife Padame’ and his apprentice Ahsoka are in danger.
  • In his actions-there’s a scene in which he’s interrogating a prisoner for information…that’s all I’m gonna say.
  • In his thoughts and opinions which he sometimes voices to others.

There are also other visuals which show or foretell his fall. Granted it’s a  process, but it’s there. It’s happening slowly and at times quickly throughout the six seasons.

 

5. The Republic And The Jedi Are Always Right?.

These folks are supposed to be the good guys. They’re the ones we’re supposed to root for right? Then how come as I went from episode to episode I began to question their cause to fight and save the galaxy?

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Greed and corruption are rampant throughout the Republic and I’m not so sure if I agree with all of the Jedi’s methods.  Sith lords aside, which side is right-the Republic or the Separatists? I think the clone wars is also a reminder that war isn’t black and white. There’s shades of grey and there are always bad things going on both sides of the fight.

Was it morally right for the Republic to produce mass clones as an expendable fighting force (Sith lords aside)? Was right for the Republic to not help the planets and systems who wished to remain neutral? And was it right for the Separatists to invade them, ignoring their neutrality? What about all the people who have suffered and are now starving and homeless? I’m glad that these parts where also shown via Senator Padme’ and the other characters efforts.

 

6. Asajj Ventress Is A BAMF.

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That’s all I have to say. Well no it’s not. I really enjoyed the character development not only of the good guys but the bad guys as well.  A hero is as strong as their villain, and Ventress was a great villain.

She also was a great anti-hero. She lost faith in her master and went on her own path. Ventress never gave up. There’s also the fact that she’s a skilled kick as fighter and was a tough hardcore Sith in training.

If things had gone right in her childhood, she would have become an awesome Jedi. It would have been and still would be interesting to see if she return to the light side of the force.  Either way, Asajj Ventress is not one to mess with. After all, she will have her revenge.

 

7. Jar Jar Binks Isn’t Too Bad.

In the series at least.  Now hear me out before you bring out the pitchforks. He’s not the best in fact he’s still horrible, I cringe everytime I hear him open his mouth and feel very sorry for his parents.   At least in the series, his actions aren’t getting people into too much trouble. He’s not the person suggestion that all emergency powers be given to the chancellor (you sure know how to snark the fans Mr. Lucas).

He assisted  Senator Bail Prestor Organa on Toydaria persuading KingKatuunko if the Republic could use the neutral planet as a supply staging base to get relief to the Twi’leks of Ryloth against the protests of the Separatists. He also helped Padme’ in capturing Gunray.  See he did a few good things…but yeah I mean he was still horrible. Die Jar Jar!

 

8. Stop Looking Down On Others!

Throughout the show, we saw instances of how one race of people  looked down on another, General Grievous having a deep seated hatred (and obsession) for Jedi, or how everyone looked down on droids, there was always someone looking down upon another. This has gone on in our world since the time of man and woman began and continues to this day.

Everytime I heard a  condescending comment about droids from one of the characters, I kept wondering if there would be a droid uprising something akin to the Matrix. I liked how no matter who looked down on whoever, that person or droid always overcame the denouncements given to them.  Whether it was Obi-Wan, Anakin, Ahsoka, Captain Rex, and the Torgutans overcoming their enslavement at the hands of the Zygerrians; or R2-D2 and his fellow droids in the D-Squad going on a stealth mission and successfully completing it and restoring the memory of an asmeinac clone tropper, these folks overcame the opposition who underestimated and thought lowly of them. Which brings me to my next point.

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9. R2-D2 is the best droid ever.

He is. I mean he’s only one who knows the whole story of the Skywalker family. C3po is sidekick.  He’s the best droid in the entire Star Wars universe.  R2-D2 is an intelligent and feisty robot , I love his personality. He shows that all people and things-who are looked down upon-are very important in the fight against evil.  I would really like to know more about his backstory.  And now to the final points which are also the most sad ones…

 

10.  Come On Obi-Wan! WTF Yoda!

As I said before the signs were everywhere that something was amidst, yet nothing was really done.  People gave their lives trying to warn of the coming Sith apocalypse but no heed was given. I mean hell, back in episode two at the beginning of the war, Count Dooku aka Darth Tyrannus tells Obi-Wan the truth about what’s to come!

And what the hell does the Jedi council do? Nothing! I think they mediate on it but really they don’t do a damn thing! And guess what? In season six episode ten “The Lost One,” Obi-Wan is told yet again by guess who? Count Bloody Dooku!  And guess what? Nothing’s done.  Again. I mean fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. But fool me three times?  Cause that never happens, oh wait, didn’t master Qui-Gon Jinn warn Obi-Wan? Come on man!

In this image released by Lucasfilm Ltd., Yoda, left, Obi-Wan Kenobi, second left, Anakin Skywalker and his padawan, Ahsoka Tano, right, are shown in a scene from the upcoming "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." The Lucasfilm Animation production will be released Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, by Warner Bros. Pictures. (AP Photo/Lucasfilm Ltd.) ** NO SALES **

Fine Obi, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. You’re not as keen in your mastery of the force. I’m sure the almost 900 year old Jedi Master Yoda can see through the many tricks and tomfoolery that the Sith are playing…oops I guess not.  I mean really Yoda? You couldn’t have put two and three and four and god knows how many instances you were given warnings? Really Yoda?

I can forgive you both since you trained Luke but none of that had to occur if you had just freaking heeded the goddamn warnings!

You would think this almost 900 year old Jedi Master would have saw through the Sith’s gaze, but no. He saw a few things but he couldn’t put two and two together until it was too late. Which leads me to the next point.

 

11. The Republic And The Jedi Order Were In A No-Win Situation.

Let’s face it. They were screwed, like years in the making screwed. The Sith had struck back.  If you look back (if you can) at the films and watch the the series, you’ll definitely know this to be absolutely true.  The Sith had an insidious plan, Darth Plagueis had a brilliant plan which his apprentice and killer Darth Sidous took full charge of and executed perfectly.

He was always one step of ahead of the good guys. And how could they not see who he truly was and what his intentions were? I guess he was a very powerful Sith Lord…I felt so bad for the Jedi because we can see the little nicks and bruises in their armor/strategy that Darth Sidious has hit them with in each episode and they don’t see it until it’s too late.

They had lost the war before it had even begun.  The Sith’s plan was decades and centuries in the making. They took the saying “Slow and Steady Wins The Race” to darker and deadly level. Poor Jedi.  Poor republic.  You’ll just have to wait a couple of years for a new hope.

 

12. Darth Sidious Is A Genius.

From Galactic Senator of Naboo, to  Chancellor, to Emperor of the Galactic Empire. It was all in a days work for Darth Sidious.  The  plan was solid and all he has to do is sit back, relax, and watch it all play out. Time to time there were a few glitches in the plan but did he freak out? Oh hell no, he went  with the flow. And what a flow it was.

It was so intriguing to watch him as the Chancellor and see his facial expressions. I mean you know he’s got to be thinking “I’ve got this.” or “This is too easy, I need a challenge.” while watching the galaxy tear itself apart and he was there to pick up the pieces.

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I have nothing more to say about this point except for this: Flawless Victory. Job well done my dastardly Sith Lord, job well done…Oh wait what’s this? Darth Vader’s lifting you up to celebrate?

And that my fellow Jedi Knights and Sith Lords and Ladies is my list. I truly enjoyed Star Wars: The Clone Wars and I look forward to episode seven in 2015. If you have any things you learned from watching the series please post them in the comment section. May the force be with you geeklings!

Force Friday II: A listing of all of my Star Wars themed posts

Here’s the list:

A Poem for the late Carrie Fisher

Black History Month Spotlight Infographic: Black Star Wars Characters & Actors

Musings of a Blerd: Awesome Star Wars Books: The Perfect Weapon

Musings of a Blerd: Awesome Star Wars Books-Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections

Musings of a Blerd: 12 Things Learned From Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Diving Into Cosmetics: Wonder Woman and Star Trek Cosmetic Lines Are Coming!

And welcome back to Diving Into Cosmetics, the column in which I write about my experiences with makeup. It’s been a while since I’ve written about my adventures, but have no fear there will be more to come. Let’s start this first entry of 2016 with some awesome geek related news!

Wonder Woman and Star Trek are getting cosmetic lines!

In the past, Wonder Woman has had lines before but this time it’s Walgreens who’ll be debuting a new and inexpensive line. The news comes to us via a Twitter post by comic book artist and writer Ming Doyle who attended WonderCon last week and posted the following tweet:

OMG! I’m definitely getting the lipstick, nail polish, and of course the makeup tote! According to the pic, the line will be available in May.

We’ll have to wait a bit longer for MAC cosmetics’ Star Trek’s line though.

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In honor of the series 50th anniversary, MAC cosmetics will launch a 25-piece special deco collection that will feature lipstick, eyeshadow, nail polish and other products inspired by Deanna Troi, Uhura, Seven of Nine and Vina the Orion slave girl. According to Robot 6 (a blog on CBR.com), the collection will debut first  on July 21st at the MAC Cosmetics store in the Gaslamp Quarter at San Diego Comic-Con before arriving online on Aug. 25 and in stores on Sept. 1.

mac-star-trek1From the character pictures, we can kinda tell what the makeup colors will be. Though it’s a bit of a wait, my excitement balances out my anticipation. I’m looking forward to both of these collections.

Itinerary: Planning for and attending a convention

***This was riginally posted on ComicsCrux.com for my JIMAA column and then I expanded upon it for Uncanny Pop and have altered it a bit for this entry.***

My fellow travelers, the convention season is now upon us. Many of you have attended some type of convention while others have never attended one. I’ve been to a few now and I’ve taken a long break from attending them. As I start back up this year going back to conventions, I wanted to share with you some tips of my own and via the world wide web that will help you be prepared and enjoy yourself. Let us proceed.

What You Should Do Months In Advance

Do Your Research: Find out what conventions you want to attend.

There are many conventions and it might be overwhelming to pick one that you would like to go attend. If you’ve never been to a convention, you might want to start with the local ones in your area and then fan out from there. You can make a list of cons that you would like to go to and then start with the first one.

To help you with your search there are a few websites which list almost every anime convention in the world by region, country, and state. Sites such as animecons.com and http://www.geekcal.com/ are excellent resources.

Do you want to attend a huge con, or would you rather start out with something smaller? Keep in mind that the larger the convention the bigger the fan turnout (Large cons can have anywhere between 15 and 40 thousand people attending), so if you have social phobia like I do you might want to start with a smaller convention.

Create a Budget

Once you’ve decided on the con you want to attend, the next thing is to create a budget.

This is important as you’ll need money to cover the following:

Travel/Hotel:

If the con you’re attending is nearby you’ll need gas money. If you have friends who are going with you you could car pool. You’ll also need money for parking. If a convention is at a hotel you won’t have to worry about that as parking is free.

Now if you’re attending a convention that’s farther away, make sure:

  • That your con takes place at a time when you will be able to vacation for 3 – 5 days.
  • Decide how you’re going to get there.  Are you going to fly? If you’re planning on a road trip, will you rent a car? Who will drive it? How much will gas cost?
  • Make sure you have more than one person who can drive, and that the car you’ve chosen is reliable and has enough room in it for the passengers and luggage.
  • Figure out who are you going to take with you, if anyone. Make sure you settle on who’s going to pay for what or how much each person’s going to chip in. Do this before you go! This has cost a lot of friendships.

Registration:

The majority of conventions you can’t get into free (unless you’re press) so you’ll have to pay a fee to enter and the price varies from con to con. Smaller cons usually cost less than the bigger ones so that’s also another reason to start with a small con.

Register early.  I can’t stress that to you enough. If you know for sure which convention you’ll attending then register early. The longer you wait to pay to more you’ll have to. Many conventions have early bird specials which are way cheaper than paying the day of.

There’s usually a difference of $15-$20 between the early price and the at-con price. If you pre-register, all you have to do is pick up your badge whatever day you arrive. At-con registration is expensive, stressful, and usually involves getting up at 5:30 am to avoid standing in a long line of other people who also forgot to pre-register. Usually registration for a con opens up about three months before it occurs, so be ready.

Bring enough spending money.

Remember to bring spending money too! You can easily spend more than $200 dollars at con on clothing, posters, DVDs, books, and other merchandise. One year I spent $150 (all on comics sadly) in one day. You will be very sad if you get to the con with your $25 and want to buy some souvenirs, but don’t have enough money.

So come prepared! Books and DVDs are often discounted, so there’s incentive to buy them there. Make sure that you know what you want to buy so that you’re not wasting your money. Also make sure what artists you would like to get a commission from. Commissions are usually more expensive than prints so just be aware of that.

Know if you are you going to cosplay.

If so, plan in advance. Buy or start making your costume at least two months in advance. That way you know for sure that’ll be shipped on time if you’re ordering it, or you’ll have plenty of time to make it.

Also when you’re packing, take cosplay into consideration. Think of how much space your costume and accessories need, and make sure you have that space. Are any of your travel mates doing large, bulky cosplays? Find out! Make sure you do the following:

    • Bring a sewing kit, duct tape, permanent markers, and/or whatever else you need to make emergency costume repairs. If your costume tears or breaks you’ll be very sad if you can’t fix it!
    • If you’re cosplaying, practice poses in costume beforehand. That way you’ll be ready to strut your stuff when people ask to photograph you – and they will if your cosplay is halfway decent!
    • Make sure your costume is appropriate for a potentially crowded con. Try to avoid long trailing pieces of clothing that could easily be stepped on or large accessories on your back that could hit people as you turn around. Your costume should allow you to move around easily and see reasonably well. If your costume does limit your vision, recruit a friend to escort you around the con or just try to stay in one place while you’re wearing it.

What to do a few days before the con:

Alright so now you know what you need to do in advance. Now here’s what you need to do a few days before you go:

Driving Preparations:

If you live a couple hours away from where the con is, give yourself plenty of time to get there in order to arrive at a decent time. Make sure you have time to settle into your hotel room and get a good night’s sleep the night before. You’re gonna need your energy!

Get Snacks!

You’re probably going to be at the con for most of the day, so you’re definitely going to need snacks. Here’s a list of some items that you should get. These food items are things that will help you keep your energy up, most are healthy and they travel well:

Granola Bars

Water

Trail mix

Power bars

Breakfast bars

Raisins

Candy

Gum

Dried fruit

Sandwiches

Peanut butter

Pocky

Snack sized fruit cups

Chips

Crackers

Spray cheese

Fresh fruit

Other Items to Bring:

  • Fresh clothing for each day
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Prescription medication
  • Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Money, credit card, ATM card
  • Cell phone (and charger)
  • iPod (with headphones and charger)
  • Camera and video camera (and charger)
  • Directions to hotel
  • Printed hotel confirmation
  • Printed airline/train/bus itinerary
  • Printed receipt of pre-registration
  • Printed convention schedule (to be discarded when updated version is available upon arrival)
  • Costume (and all costume pieces)
  • Business cards with contact info for new friends
  • Read the Guide:Read the guide to con before you go. You can do this by looking at the convention’s website and printing off a copy of the guide or take a few notes. This is a good way to decide what events you want to attend as well as where to locate where the artists are and what booths you want to buy from.  Don’t worry about planning every minute, just find out what interests you beforehand and make your decisions as you go. Do not try to attend everything that interests you! It isn’t possible, and rushing around all day to catch five minutes of everything will just make you feel tired and dissatisfied.What To Do At the Con:

    It’s the day of the con. You’ve done everything stated above and now you ready to set out and have fun. Here’s what to do.

    Wear Comfortable shoes and clothing:

    If you’re not cosplaying, this is a must as you will be doing a lot of walking and standing.

    Arrive Early:

    Parking fills up fast -especially on Saturday. Saturday is the busiest day of any convention so make sure you get there early if possible to find a parking space and just be aware there’s going to be a lot of people. This will also give you time to check out the schedule to see what you would want to do for the day.

    Look over the guide again:

    At registration, you’re given the guide which contains the con’s rules, as well as a detailed schedule of events. Take a couple minutes to look it over again and see if there’s anything else that you would like to attend as well as go over the things that you already wanted to attend. This way you won’t miss any of your favorite anime screenings, autograph sessions, or band performances.

    Get to popular events & panels early!

    Line up early for big-name events. For band performances, cosplay and AMV contests, and awards ceremonies, make sure you get there early. Lines can grow to epic proportions, and although chatting with fellow attendees in line can be fun, waiting 45 minutes is not. For example: When I attended MegaCon a few years ago, I arrived at one of the Star Trek panels a little late and it was already packed-standing room only-and then they stopped letting folks in!

    Do not be afraid to split up.

    It’s okay to split up. If you’re at con with friends, you might have a panel that you want to go to but some of your friends want to attend a different panel. Set up a designated time and place to meet, then go off to explore on your own or in pair if you’re part of a large group. Con has something for everyone, and no matter how much you and your friends have in common, you won’t all want to do the same thing all of the time!

    Remember to eat, sleep,drink water,shower,and brush your teeth.

    Don’t get so caught up in the excitement of attending the convention that you forget to take care of yourself. Eat lunch, even if it’s just grabbing a quick bite. Staying till midnight to catch a late night anime showing can be fun, but don’t stay into the wee hours every night. You’ll wake up feeling groggy and exhausted in the morning.

    And last but not least, please don’t forget to shower and brush your teeth because nobody likes a smelly convention go-er with bad breath. I can’t stress how much this is important. Nobody wants to stand in line next to, talk to, or bump into a stinky con attendee. I really don’t want to smell your funkiness so please make sure that every day at the con you’re so fresh and so clean, clean!

    Don’t spend the entire time at con doing the same thing.

    Don’t stay in the game room, or the dealer’s room all day, you’ll regret it later. Get out and try things that you don’t know anything about! You may find some new anime, manga, or friends in the process!

    Socializing is a tricky business especially if you’re anti-social like I am. But just get out and try and be yourself. Sometimes at a con, friendships are made and broken, and love can sometimes be found. Just take the time to get to know somebody before you give out personal information, if at all.

    A few more things:

    • If any attendees are harassing you, make sure to tell convention security. Check out this Facebook page.
    • If you’re attending all three days, wait till Sunday to buy things from the dealer’s room, that’s when the merchandise is cheapest. If you’re not attending all three days buy things on Friday as on Saturday you might not be able to find the stuff you’re looking for as other fans wipe out the merchandise. This doesn’t always happens.
    • Never buy food from the convention itself-there are always restaurants and food chains around the convention itself that are cheaper.
    • Make sure you give yourself enough time to leave and get home.You may be tempted to stay until later than you had planned on the last day of the con, but if you have school or work tomorrow, you may want to reconsider. Sundays are pretty short so, the important events are usually over, so don’t feel bad about skipping out on the last half-day if you have to get home.

    Finally, try to remember, conventions are supposed to be a fun experience, so try not to get overwhelmed or stressed out by the number of people and events and the limited amount of time. And that is how to plan to attend a convention. With this knowledge, your convention experience should be fun and exciting! Now go forth and attend a convention!

Review: Future Primitive

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Writer: Kevin Gunstone
Artist: Slobodan Jovanovic
Format: 100 pages Full Colour

Synopsis:

On an Earth transformed by supernova radiation, Kulkan, last warrior king of the mutant Neanderthal “Skybearers”, faces devastation at the hands of the rampaging Australopith “Moon Clan”. A lunar apparition has fuelled the Clanês bloodlust, but the scientifically advanced Skybearers realize they are witnessing the first sign of the mutating supernovaês resultant shockwave – a devastating force_set to obliterate the world it once transformed. Set in an age outside of time, FUTURE PRIMITIVE is a spectacular, dynamic, and hallucinatory stonepunk adventure that follows Kulkan as he battles for the survival of his civilization and to preserve their “Memory of Being” – the sacred cave images relaying Skybearer history and myths – and in which he will find a clue.

Review:

I was intrigued by Future Primitive’s premise and the story did not disappoint.

The plot is one that I have yet to read before and I love the originality of it. The pacing of the story is well balanced and each scene moves to the next with great fluidity. The artwork is spectacular and captures the brutality, hallucinogenic visions, and noble endeavors of all the characters involved. While reading I was very immersed in the story and as I read it on my Kindle, I noticed the colorist’s excellent work.  Whether the colors where vibrant, dark, etc. they all shone through and helped set the tone of each scene.

Future Primitive is an awesome original story that takes our primitive ancestors and gives them a futuristic twist.

5/5

Purchase here.

May the Fourth Be With You! 8 Things You Can Do For Star Wars Day

May 4th is quickly approaching and that means Star Wars Day will be upon us!  In honor of this special day where we take time to celebrate a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I have created a list of 8 things you can do to have fun on Star Wars Day.

1. Get into the mood and wear Star Wars Apparel

There are many clothing and accessories dedicated to the Star Wars franchise. For instance these cool dresses from Her Universe which can also be found at Hot Topic.

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Me in my Darth Vader dress equipped with my mask and light saber.

2. Watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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All six seasons of the awesome show are now streaming on Netflix. I wrote two articles (here and here) about the series that you’ll definitely want to read.

 

3. Read a Star Wars Book, Comic, or both!

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With the announcement of the expanded universe no longer being canon, fans can take heart that the many books and comics occurring in between the films and after will still be available in print form.

 

4.  Check out the Rebel Alliance, 501st, and R2 Builders in your area and join!

Each of these groups are made up of volunteers who enjoy the franchise and they convene at events, cons, and comic book shops that ask them to attend. Many of these folks are friendly and helpful so go and say hello.

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Me and my sis. She’s the Magma Stormtrooper.

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5.  Watch the movies

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This is just a no brainier. P.S. I would watch episodes 4-6 first (or just watch them and pretend that the first three didn’t happened LOL). And remember Han Solo fired first!

 

6. Watch Star Wars related documentaries, fan films, and YouTube parodies.

There are two Star Wars documentaries that I know of (if you know more list them in the comment section) and both I believe are still streaming on Netflix. They are:

The People vs. George Lucas

 Jedi Junkies

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In addition there are fan films and YouTube parodies which you can enjoy. Here are few of my favorites:

The Star Wars parody Spaceballs

The YouTube series Chad Vader

Stormtrooper Twerk

Stormtrooper 911

 Troops-A Star Wars Fan Film

 

7. Eat, make Star Wars food and drink recipes

Eating is a big part of a celebration and here are few links to help you feast on Star Wars day:

Via The Mary Sue: Star Wars Themed food

Star Wars Cookbook

justJENN recipes

 

8. Do Star Wars related arts and crafts.

It’s always fun to make things and it’s even more fun to make Star Wars related crafts. You can visit StarWars.com to get ideas.  Also Bonnie Burton has written a Star Wars Craft Book which has a lot of great ideas.

And that my friends is my list. I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Fourth Be With You!