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SH S4E03: SDCC 2017 Recap

SH S4E03: SDCC 2017 Recap
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SDCC, the biggest comic con of the year, is over and we’re here to talk about our favorite moments, trailers, and announcements. We’ll be covering major franchises like Marvel and Infinity War, DC Comics and Justice League, plus Netflix’s Stranger Things, and even more.

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SH S4E03: SDCC 2017 Recap

John Barrowman: Showman of Planet Comicon

Celebrities have been an undeniable draw for conventions for years, but none compare to John Barrowman. The Arrow star has a penchant for hosting his own panels (usually the convention will provide a moderator of some kind), his autograph lines overflow with eager fans, and the man actually participates in the convention (instead of sitting behind his table the entire time.) He’s a man that knows his fans hold more of his career in their hands than he does. And he loves every damn minute of it.

He didn’t just walk out onto the stage, the man entered with a fire under him. He jumped and danced and twirled and ran, careful to show that every single fan in the audience could see what he was wearing: a TARDIS skater dress and TARDIS tights. He assured us his TARDIS was bigger on the inside…then showed one lucky lady.  While most celebrities just ignore the sign language interpreter, John Barrowman celebrates him, intentionally making fart noises and repeating the phrase “hung like a donkey” just so he can watch the man sign it. That’s something the cameras should have panned to, because I wanted to see it too.

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His anecdotes didn’t fall under the celebrity panel norms, he had some brutal truths to lay down on the fans. He explained that in between shooting he lets his natural hair grow back in and the dye fade out, daring asshole fans to tell him he looks old.  He never tells fans his favorite anything because he has learned the hard way that his fans never let him forget it. So does he prefer his Captain Jack Harkness or his Malcolm Merlyn? We’ll never know.

While the entire panel was entertaining, the absolute best parts was hearing him discuss his acting methods.  There was an obvious difference between Captain Jack on Doctor Who and Captain Jack on Torchwood to the fans, so what was the motivation behind that choice? Barrowman knew that Captain Jack was the team leader in Torchwood, so while he was appearing on Doctor Who, he could forget about the world being on his shoulders and play up the character’s cheekiness instead.  He also expressed just how ridiculous he thought actors sound when they discuss their own acting methods, letting us know that he reacts as naturally as possible, which is why all of his characters have just a little bit of himself in them.

Fans were also surprisingly with it, asking him questions about his Scottish background, Strictly Come Dancing, and his recent work in British pantos.  He got to reveal a few juicy tidbits like his sister, Carole, and his own shared book series releasing a continuation soon of the Hollow Earth series and his confirmed death in the musical episode of The Flash meaning he’s no longer involved with The CW shows beginning next season, much to the audience’s dislike. Those questions did exist though; you know the ones I’m talking about.  The “do you think you’ll ever do this again?” kind of question.  And Barrowman laid it out there as brutally honest as he could: If fans want to see a character again, THEY HAVE TO TELL THE SHOWRUNNERS. He encouraged fans to tweet that they want Captain Jack and 12 to interact and that killing off Merlyn in an episode of The Flash when he wasn’t even playing Merlyn was a load of crap.  He loves doing the work, but he can’t also do the campaigning.

About halfway through the panel, and right in the middle of a fascinating story about a fan giving John Barrowman a dildo, the pipes and draping came tumbling down like dominoes in slow motion. What could have been a disaster for many other panels was nothing for John. He’s a seasoned actor who has come across so many disasters in his career, he knew exactly how to handle this. First he insisted that every Planet Comicon volunteer get out of the way and stay out of the way, assuring them it was above all their pay grades. The truth is, it had nothing to do with the convention itself, but the contractors that the location, Kansas City’s Bartle Hall, had used.  One man, the original sign language interpreter, was confirmed to had injured his hand (of all things he could injure) and while Barrowman seemed to have narrowly escaping injury himself, rumor among con attendees on Sunday was that he was in some pain (no confirmation whether or not it was from the accident or another cause is unknown at this time).  Without hesitation, Barrowman hopped off stage and continued the panel, and the dildo story.  This did, however, cause the postponing of Summer Glau’s panel.

John Barrowman - Stage Down

John Barrowman was an absolute joy to have at the convention and I, personally, encourage his return to Kansas City in the future. We’ll lure him here with devoted fans and barbecue.

John Barrowman: Showman of Planet Comicon

SH S3E15: Planet Comicon Wrap-Up

Planet Comicon is over so it’s time for a post-con wrap-up! But first, we dive into some news like the one night only Logan Noir showing in black and white, the return of Young Justice, the live action Titans show, Wonder Woman’s marketing, plus some possible Justice League spoilers thanks to LEGO.

We talk Planet Comicon guests like John Barrowman, Felicia Day, and Jessica Nigri. We also dive into the event itself, how Kansas City held up, the Bartle Hall convention center, and overall thoughts on the comicon. This includes details on panels, opening ceremonies, convention floor layout, food options, cosplay, and more!

Head over to our Facebook page to keep up with our latest and check out our Planet Comicon cosplay gallery! Then stay tuned for cosplay interviews with Costume Couture including guests Jennifer Van Damsel, Oh My Sophii, and DoodleSpork Cosplay!

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Derreck Mayer

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SH S3E15: Planet Comicon Wrap-Up

Manu Bennett Interview – Planet Comicon 2016

Ths year at Kansas City’s Planet Comicon, I was able to get a few minutes of Manu Bennett’s time and interview him about his acting experiences. We talk about his sint on The CW series Arrow where he played Slade Wilson (Deathstroke), his time on Spartacus, and even his newest project The Shannara Chronicles. I’d like to thank Manu Bennett for taking time during the convention to talk with me.

To learn more about Planet Comicon check out our cosplay photo galleries and recap during our Screen Heroes podcast:

Planet Comicon Photo Galleries

Screen Heroes Ep. 23: Planet Comicon Recap & Thundercats Casting

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Planet Comicon Cosplay Gallery

(Updated: May 26th 7:40AM CST)

This year, we were lucky enough to go to Planet Comicon, Kansas City’s largest comic convention. Planet Comicon has grown considerably since it’s inception in 1999, moving from the small International Trade Center in Overland Park, KS to Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City, KC’s premier convention center.

The convention boasted some fun new features like a free classic arcade with standup games like Ghostbusters, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, and more! This year, Planet Comicon also brought several food trucks inside the convention hall. They even had barrel style root beer. In addition to all of that, Planet Comicon brought in tons of great guests including Neal Adams, Lou Ferrigno, Manu Bennett, Jenna Coleman, Jason Mews, George Takei, Danielle Panabaker, Hayley Atwell, Kevin Smith, and the one and only Stan Lee!

While we don’t have any official attendance numbers, many estimate well over 50,000 with Bartle Hall literally turning people away on Saturday due to reaching capacity. This was, without a doubt, the largest Planet Comicon to date. Check out our gallery below which boasts over 100 people in cosplay including characters from DC Comics, Marvels, video games, and more!

We’ve got two awesome galleries on our Facebook page with over 100 different cosplayers we saw throughout the weekend. Check them out below:

Facebook Gallery #1

Facebook Gallery #2

What did you think? Did you attend Planet Comicon? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Planet Comicon Cosplay Gallery

SH S1E23: Planet Comicon Recap & Thundercats Fan Cast

With our hometown comic con over, we recap KC’s largest comic convention, Planet Comicon. We talk about our experiences, how the convention has changed over the years, among other details. Then we switch gears to talk about the classic animated series, Thundercats and who we would cast in a live action feature film adaptation. The original show ran from 1985-1989 with a short resurgence in a completely new version from 2011-2012. Talks of a live action film have been going on for years with even a fan trailer being made. Most recently, Michael Bay’s name has been attached due to some comments he’s made. Join us as we cast the major players like Lion-o, Panthro, Jaga, Tygra, Cheetara, Mummra, and of course, Snarf.

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SH S1E23: Planet Comicon Recap & Thundercats Fan Cast

Con Man, the Web Show Review

 

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The Gist

Con Man Trailer

Con Man is a crowd funded show found on Vimeo. Its about life on the other side of the convention table, you know from that actor who is stuck in a rut. From the comedic mind of Alan Tudyk (Wash; Firefly), this web comedy is about an actor of a sci fi cult classic called Spectrum, that is exactly like Firefly. Tudyk’s character deals with the convention scene and his failures of trying to reinvent himself professionally. While many of his other peers have moved on to greater things, he is going nowhere and he knows, and unlike other celebrities who have found a niche for themselves in the convention scene, Tudyk’s character can’t even do this. He is a failure and this show is all about poking fun at it. You see Tudyk’s character can’t even do conventions right.

The Pros

-Guest Stars: The show has a speckling cult classic of stars that can often be found as satires about their real life selves. Most notably is a cool and relaxed Nathan Fillion (Firefly) who has not only moved on past the show Spectrum (or “Firefly“) but has become greater than he ever was before, all the while looking cool while he does it. Every 10 minute episode has several guest stars that are often either cast against type or are commentary on the comic con phenomena.  Actors such as Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) who is nutty and neurotic, Felicia Day as an over obsessed fan, and Michael Dorn as Shakespearean actor who forcefully inserts his theater onto fans. This show is basically a who’s who of the cult classic comic con scene. Even the smallest of roles is an opportunity for a cult classic actor to drop in unexpectedly. Seeing these actors not only cast against type but as commentary of what an average sci fi fan can only assume what is going through their favorite actor’s minds. Above all else seeing almost everyone from Firefly make an appearance is incredible. You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen Kaylee wait in line for an autograph, dressed as Cpt. Reynolds, waiting to meet depressed Tudyk.Kaylee Space Cowboy
-Comedic Style: This show is sharp and witty. It never fails to come at you from unexpected angles such as seeing Tudyk’s character finally giving up and admitting to his fans “you know what, I hate Sci Fi” breaking all of their hearts. The writing of the scenes works well with the talent they have and the scenes are expertly setup, often building on established jokes and adding layers for good measure. One my favorite scenes has a gay actor, playing a man pretending to be gay just to attract conservative women who he hopes to “turn him straight.” Seeing veteran actor Leslie Jordon faking masculinity to sell this joke is priceless.

-Acting: Alan Tudyk in this is hilarious as you get to see him really cut loose. And that’s the wonderful thing about the whole indie/crowd funding; you get see actors that you know from some of your favorite sci fi, doing something very different than what your used to. A cult classic show is like a double-edged sword; you love it so much but it boxes in an otherwise talented actor. Seeing Tudyk and others be something new is a great idea. I wish I could see more of this. You often have to justify your conception of what the actor has done in the past with what he is doing now in this scene. This amplifies that punch line when its given.

Con Man Resteroom Scene TxT

The Cons

Seinfeld Comedic Style: It often takes a heavy level of “willing suspension of disbelief” to swallow many of the joke build ups. The pay off for going along with the ridiculous setup, and it’s often worth it, but not always. In one scene you see Tudyk desperately trying to play along with a nutty woman who has a doll obsession, many times putting his foot in his mouth while going along with the charade. In another scene you have to believe that Tudyk actually believes that a ridiculous sounding charity is a real one. Many of the jokes are hard to swallow but if you go along with it, it’s a pretty good comedy. Let’s say if you just can’t swallow the Seinfeld method this show may not be for you. It’s not to say that it’s as good as Seinfeld, it just employs that 90s method. Kinda dated comedy.

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-A Bit Overpriced: With 13 short 10 minute episodes the total running time for the entire first season comes in at about an hour and half. You can rent it for $14.99. Considering most DvD films cost far less than this and this is about a month and half worth of a Netflix subscription, I can’t really justify the cost of it. Not just for one show.

Conclusion

Though Con Man is clever, fresh, and original, I can’t recommend it to everyone just yet. If you want a nod to Firefly or cult classic fandom in general then it may be worth the price. I felt this show would have fit much better as a part of another provider’s monthly deal. Maybe not good enough on its own but would’ve been a great way to sweeten the deal, with say something like CBS or Amazon’s services.

 

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Con Man, the Web Show Review