Shanan Winters, an Interview With The Author Part I

Shanan Winters Interview   SW: (laughs) My mind is always going. D: Yeah, mine tends to do that too, sometimes. SW: It’s always …Like I said I’m never alone.  I don’t know if you saw my blog post today about my conversation that I had with Ken last night, about why I haven’t been sleeping.  And it’s because I left Harmon in a predicament and he didn’t like it. D:…

Kiba the Cosplay Corgi: A Q & A Panel with Nicole and Kiba

Kiba the Cosplay Corgi: A Q & A Panel with Nicole and Kiba by Durrilion Kiba the Cosplay Corgi is quite the convention celebrity.  He is adorable in cosplay and out, though his mom Nicole assures us that when he’s not working, he is a typical high energy Corgi.  Nicole began dressing Kiba up when he was a puppy (doggy t-shirts, sweaters, etc).  It wasn’t until 2013 that, on a whim, she decided to…

Q & A with Karl Yune at CMX 2015

Karl Yune’s Q&A Panel at Comic and Media Expo 2015 by Durrilion Karl Yune, most recently of Arrow fame, joined geeks in Mesa, AZ in the middle of October.  His Q&A was relaxed and very welcoming.  Honestly it felt more like hanging out at home, and less like a con panel.  I planned to video the panel, but my camera did not co-operate (that whole dropping it thing).  Luckily I…

Mark Watney: Space Pirate (a.k.a. The Martian)

Mark Watney: Space Pirate (a.k.a. The Martian) by Durrilion Matt Damon’s latest film opens with panoramic scenes of both space, and Mars.  Within seconds of establishing the crew’s location on the red planet, inter-character comedy begins.  Normally this is where one would expect a lengthy build up, primarily exposition, before the action takes over.  Not so with The Martian.  Barely five minutes in and suddenly an impossibly large and powerful…

The Cosplayers of Comic & Media Expo 2015

Cosplayers from Comic and Media Expo 2015, Mesa AZ by Durrilion It is no secret that the biggest, and most fun part of any con is cosplay.   This a chance to show off all your hard work, skill, and creativity.  Geeks all around the world spend hours and hours, hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars finding the right materials, compiling as many reference images as possible and pouring their…

Welcome to the Panel!

Hi! Welcome to the Panel! by Durrilion It’s con weekend!  There’s so much to do and to see!  Where does one start?  The best thing is to check out the event’s programming schedule.  The vendors (and their cool stuff) and the exhibitors will still be in the hall, but those panels are usually a ‘one and done’ situation at con’s. Comic and Media Expo 2015, in Mesa, AZ had quite…

Comic and Media Expo 2015

Comic and Media Expo 2015: Check out all the stuff! By Durrilion One of the main reasons we attend conventions is for the stuff.  Missing that all important issue in your comic collection?  Go to a con.  Looking for the latest awesome figurine of your favorite hero/heroine?   You’ll find it at a con.  Hoping to get more involved in your community?…there are several charity/community service cosplay groups at the con….

Elvira: Horror Hostess and Gay Icon

Elvira: Horror Hostess and Gay Icon by Durrilion Late night horror hostess Elvira is a goth, punk, valley girl, with a huge…uh, sarcastic streak.  Though she predates them by over a decade, Elvira is like the Borg of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Resistance is futile, everyone will stare.  Her 5′ 7″ frame is wrapped in a form-fitting black dress slit to the upper thigh, and has neckline deeper than the…

Thank You Nichelle Nichols

At the age of 82, the diversely talented Nichelle Nichols (actress, singer, and dancer) joins a special NASA flight on September 15. While not becoming an astronaut, or flying into space, Ms. Nichols will be one of the “non-essential personnel” aboard SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy). This modified Boeing 747SP aircraft with a 100 inch telescope will spend several hours observing the Universe. What that means is that the…

Arizona's Premier Gaming Expo

GAME ON! By Durrilion Game On Expo, the first of its kind in Arizona, was also my first “official” Video Jouzu assignment.  I was both excited and nervous; I had not played video games since Tetris was new. The Expo was held in the Mesa Convention center.  At first glance the small buildings and parking lot had me worried.  After getting the lay of the land (so to speak) I…