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SH S3E15: Planet Comicon Wrap-Up

SH S3E15: Planet Comicon Wrap-Up
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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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Rachel Stewart
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Derreck Mayer

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Derreck Mayer

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SH S3E15: Planet Comicon Wrap-Up

SH S3E13: Planet Comicon Who

We’ve got a special preview of Planet Comicon 2017, the largest comic convention in Kansas City! Thanks to special guest, Kirk Chritton, we discuss upcoming plans for this year’s big PCC event including some of the amazing creator guests who are attending like TMNT’s Kevin Eastman and Harley Quinn’s Amanda Conner. Then we talk about the big celebrity guests including the return of Stephen Amell, a hopeful second chance at John Barrowman, Felica Day, Wil Wheaton returns, and Ron Pearlman will be in the house! But that’s not all, Kirk tells us about this year’s new setup that uses even more space at Bartle Hall, plus new features like the Entertainment Space and cosplay group photo stages.

You can check out all the details plus get tickets to Planet Comicon on their website here.

Head over to our Facebook page to keep up with our latest and stay tuned for our Planet Comicon photo cosplay album, articles, and interviews as we will be part of the press at the main event.

Also, go to Screen-Heroes.com right now to subscribe to us on iTunes and drop us a review. If you do, we’ll be sure to give you a shout-out in a future episode!

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Screen Heroes Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

Special Guest
Kirk Chritton

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Flying Killer Robots

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SH S3E13: Planet Comicon Who

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.

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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

Felicia Day “You’re Never Weird on the Internet” – Review

The first time I saw Felicia Day on TV, it was as one of the mostly forgettable ‘potential’ Slayers in the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  The most memorable part of the role, for me, was that at one point Dawn, Buffy’s sister, thought that she was a potential Slayer, but it turned out to be Felicia’s character instead.  I had to look up the name of Felicia’s character on her Wikipedia page.  It’s Vi, in case you were wondering.

The next time I saw Felicia in something, it was as Penny in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

Let me get a few things out into the open here.  I’m happily married, have two kids, and consider myself too old to have celebrity crushes anymore.  I’ve been around long enough to know that celebrities are people with their own sets of problems and imperfections, and that most of the time it’s the roles they portray on TV/movies that we like the most.  That is to say, rarely do we know anything real about them as people.

With that said, I’ve had a celebrity crush on Felicia Day ever since I first watch Dr. Horrible.  She seemed like the kind of girl that I would have been friends with back in High School.

Felicia Day - The Guild

It wasn’t long until I discovered The Guild, the webseries that she created, which also seemed to confirm my suspicions that we would have been great friends if we had known each other when we were younger.  She’s smart, loves video games, AND she’s cute?!?  What are the odds?

Felicia’s memoir, titled You’re Never Weird on the Internet, was released last week.  Happily, it fits perfectly into the very small intersection of books that I like to read, and books that my wife likes to read.  I’m almost exclusively a fantasy or science fiction novel guy, but am generally willing to read anything that is sufficiently nerdy.  My wife will read pretty much any biography or memoir because she loves stories about people.  So we’re having a great time reading it together.

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But my fantasy that Felicia and I would have been friends if we had met when we were younger was dashed pretty early on.  Just from the fact that her childhood would have made meeting her to begin with so unlikely…and then her family moved so much that maintaining the friendship would probably have been unlikely.

So I’ll just have to content myself with being a fan, and this book only serves to increase how much I appreciate Felicia as a fan.  The humor and openness of her writing while discussing her childhood, education, mistakes, and overall nerdiness is amazing.  She’s particularly candid about her own missteps along the way, yet accepting of the fact that ultimately both the good and bad decisions are what led her to where she is now as the media-annointed “Queen of the Nerds”.

Felicia Day - Geek and Sundry

Sadly for my sense of fandom, she doesn’t do as much TV work anymore.  She’s supposedly ‘busy’ with running Geek and Sundry, and all that entails.  What a crock.  Though I suppose that’s forgivable given that Tabletop has introduced me to a number of extremely fun games since it started running.

Sorry, back to the book.  If you enjoy any of the things that Felicia Day has created or participated in over the years (and if you’re on this site and reading this article, I have a strong suspicion that you do), you owe it to yourself to pick up this book.  It’s funny.  It’s insightful.  And it’s a great read.

And the author is super nerdy.  It’s awesome.

Felicia Day “You’re Never Weird on the Internet” – Review