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GeekSideShowing's SDCC 2016

SDCC 2016 Recap: A Lead Up

When I got badges for SDCC 2016, after missing out on 2015, I was thrilled. I was able to get Thursday, Friday, & Sunday badges. Immediately, I got to the business of planning the ins & outs of SDCC 2016: secure lodging & flights, (slightly) obsess over waiting for the panel schedules to be released, wait for Nerd HQ info (any info, really), etc. As we neared the weeks before, it got serious with news everyday.

Where to stay:

I started with finding a place to stay that was a better distance from the Convention Center than 2014, while also enabling me the possibility to cook my own food due to my dietary restrictions. I was lucky to find the perfect place, a room with access to a kitchen, in Little Italy. This, would allow me to get back & forth from all of the SDCC happenings with much more ease. Check!

What to do:

This is the obvious biggie. The biggest factor is how can you fit all you want to do into the time you have. SDCC is when you really wish Hermione would lend you the Time-Turner. The struggle is real, & here is a glimpse at my overly ambitious schedule for SDCC 2016:

GeekSideShowing SDCC 2016 panel off-site tentative schedule

So, yeah. Not realistic, but definitely an important thing to think through because during SDCC throws you a couple curveballs. One thing that you early seriously think a whole lot about is the distance between rooms & locations. SDCC has grown to so many locations outside of the convention center that you can log in a LOT of steps & minutes just getting from place to place. It helps to have a Plan A, B, & C!

What to pack:

When preparing for SDCC, you need to consider the amount of walking & standing involved, as well as carrying merchandise & food. The first time I went, I was not as prepared as I should have been. Even though I read copious blog posts on the topic, some things can only be learned through personal experience. This time around, I wanted to make sure that I had a comfortable & supportive backpack, along with super good footwear. I bought a new backpack at NYCC 2015 & have been using every time I travel. (No, I haven’t been paid by EQ USG) It is from Equilibrium Urban Survival Gear:

SDCC 2016 backpack setup

 If you follow me on Instagram, you saw a bit of what I packed as far as clothing, including what I planned to cosplay:

SDCC 2016 packing

As you can see, I wanted to represent my love Star WarsGhostbustersStar Trek, Doctor Who, & Destiny. Not pictured was my Captain America t-shirt.


That is all for now, stay tuned for more SDCC 2016 recaps!

My Geek Side Is Showing Blog Series: Crafty Geek Corner

Crafty Geek Corner: Easter Egg DIY

In this blog series, Crafty Geek Corner, I will highlight my favorite pins each Monday(-ish). 

Back to the blog business, after another hiatus. Eek. Work has been pretty intense, but here is another stab at consistency!

This week I wanted to look at how to geek up Easter!

Geeky Easter Egg DIY

Crafty Geek Easter Egg DIY

I was looking over my Crafty Geek Pinterest board & realized there were some creative geek inspired options for Easter Eggs.  Why settle for pastels & tie-dyed eggs when you can  geek out?

T.A.R.D.I.S. Easter Egg DIY

TARDIS Easter Egg DIY

Item no longer available on Etsy, which it is a shame.

What makes more sense than Doctor Who themed Easter Eggs? Come to think of it, the Doctor probably would reveal that the Easter Bunny is some sort of alien. If Moffat had anything to do with it, probably an alien bent on destroying the world.  Going only based on the image, it seems these might be paper mache?  A bit confusing, but I guess painting hard-boiled eggs would work just as well.

Yoshi Easter Egg DIY

For when you are not committed to using actual eggs. Plastic egg shells + a pot painted green = Yoshi awesomeness! Our Nerd Home does a great job with the tutorial, so you should be ready to add these to your Easter Egg Hunt.

E.V.E from Wall-E Easter Egg DIY

EVE from Wall-E Easter Egg DIY

EVE from Wall-E tutorial via CoolMomPicks.com

As I was pinning for this post, I came across this great post on CoolMomPicks.com that had great geeky Easter Egg options, but the EVE one just struck me as genius. It is spot on! Wall-E is one of my favorite movies & what a great crafty geek spin on a wonderful character, EVE.  I would add the little green “eco” symbol in green Sharpie, too. You could have a few variations of EVE in Easter Egg form.

Minion Easter Egg DIY

Celebrate with the lovable Minions from the Despicable Me series. Minions are already fairly egg-shaped, so this one works well if you want to do hard-boiled eggs or plastic ones, as shown.  Either way, a Sharpie is your fired here. I love the googly eyes!

Legend of Zelda Rupee Easter Egg DIY

Why limit yourself to eggs? Why not create Legend of Zelda inspired Easter rupees, instead? This pin came from a great tutorial on Instructables.com by Eric Hart. It involves vacuum forming, but if you have access to those tools, why not include these?!


Well, that is all for today! In the meantime, feel free to share links to your own fandom-themed Easter Egg DIY posts in the comments.  I’ll gladly pin them to my Crafty Geek Pinterest board!

Join me next week for a look at more crafts!  Don’t forget to check out my previous Crafty Geek Corner posts, for other great DIY pins.

My Geek Side Is Showing Blog Series: Crafty Geek Corner

Crafty Geek Corner: Converse Chucks DIY

In this new blog series, Crafty Geek Corner, I will highlight my favorite pins each Monday. This will hopefully accomplish two of my goals: 1) continue time management & blog consistency, & 2) share more ways to geek out over fandoms with all of you!

The summer has definitely derailed my time management! So, sorry for the huge lapse in posts. If you follow my Pinterest board in conjunction with the blog series, you would have noticed that I have still been active on there, but that is mostly due to slight insomnia & my tendency to pin in order to fall asleep [admittedly, not the best plan].

I’ve been a bit obsessed with sneaker DIY lately, which brings us to … this week’s installment is all about sneakers; more specifically the classic Converse All Star Chuck Taylor, or more commonly known as Chucks.

Converse Chucks DIY

Crafty Geek Corner Converse Chucks DIY

 

Who doesn’t love a god pair of Chucks?! Apparently a whole lot of people! They are an iconic part of Americana & super cool. The NY Times published an article on the history of Chucks & the 31 companies with various copyright infringement cases in an effort to maintain the iconic brand.  Today is all about making your pair of Chucks truly yours. The post focuses on hi-top Chucks, but I will be doing another post in the future looking at lo-top DIY.

Custom Pac-Man Chucks DIY

How neat are these?! I love these Pac-Man Chucks because they hit right in the nostalgia of my childhood, as discussed in a previous post. These are adorable, but the best part is that Candy’s Custom Paints has a great selection of custom Chucks that you need to go check out now! (No, I do not get commission, but wouldn’t mind if I did!)

Custom Wonder Woman Chucks DIY

Give it up for Wonder Woman being represented in a custom Chucks DIY. The no face is a bit creepy, but hey, at least there is a female superhero option available. The lack of more options got me thinking about making some Black Widow ones myself; you know, when I have better time management skills.D FeslegenDesign’s store on Etsy has a lot of options as well, spanning many genres including some particularly neat Doctor Who inspired ones.

Custom Doctor Who Chucks DIY

Speaking of Doctor Who! These custom Chuks feature the TARDIS on the outside & Gallifreyan on the insides of the shoes read: (left shoe) “Nice to meet you Rose Tyler” (right shoe) “now run for your life”. There is a waiting list, but the attention to detail on these is pretty intense.

Custom Harry Potter Hogwarts & Marauder’s Map Chucks DIY

Here is a little something from literature/movies: Harry Potter.  I love the duality & contrast of these shoes. A great way to celebrate the magical world of Hogwarts. The detail on these is also astonishing.

Custom Howl’s Moving Castle Chucks DIY

Custom Converse All Star Chuck Taylor Howl's Moving Castle DIY

by My Painted Shoes

Last, but not least, a great Howl’s Moving Castle option from My Painted Shoes. This site had the largest range & selection to choose from out of the ones featured in this post.  Definitely worth a shot for anyone interested in checking custom chucks out. All things Studio Ghibli are spectacular, so why not celebrate a great heroine with this pair of Chucks?


Well, that is all for today! In the meantime, feel free to share links to your own Converse Chucks DIY posts in the comments.  I’ll gladly pin them to my Crafty Geek Pinterest board!

Join me next week for a look at more crafts!  Don’t forget to check out my previous Crafty Geek Corner posts, for other great DIY pins.

Crafty Geek Corner blog series

Crafty Geek Corner: Doctor Who’s TARDIS DIY

In this new blog series, Crafty Geek Corner, I will highlight my favorite pins each Monday.  This will hopefully accomplish two of my goals: 1) continue time management & blog consistency, & 2) share more ways to geek out over fandoms with all of you!

Okay, last week I was on a much needed vacation; hence, the lack of Crafty Geek Corner goodness. Fear not, we are back on track. This week’s installment is all about Doctor Who‘s TARDIS! Doo wee oooooh!


DIY Doctor Who‘s TARDIS

Crafty Geek Corner: Doctor Who TARDIS DIY edition

I’ve already talked about this in a previous post, but it bears repeating: I started watching Doctor Who (the reboot) simply because of the sheer magnitude of pins related to it in the “Geekdom” category on Pinterest. I have seen every episode of the reboot series (or seasons for non-Brits), but haven’t ventured into classic Doctor Who out of already meager time management when it comes to keeping up with my current TV/cable/streaming shows. I’ll get to it eventually. As you can tell from my blog’s header, one of the things I geek out over the most is Doctor Who. In fact, that is my hand-drawn sketch of the TARDIS in flux.

So, what has caught my eye as far as Doctor Who‘s TARDIS-related DIY crafts on Pinterest:

TARDIS key

When I originally saw this pin, I was instantly intrigued by the sheer genius of it. It is fun & cheeky, plus you will never again forget which key is the one to your front door.

TARDIS Sharpie lamp

As you can tell from my blog’s header, one of the things I geek out over the most is Doctor Who. In fact, that is my hand-drawn sketch of the TARDIS in flux. This craft seems like it would be something I could knock out in not that much time. Once you have the outlines drawn, it is mostly filling in with the blue. This would look great on my desk in the petite home office I am planning on creating.

TARDIS Murphy Bed

For when you need to maximize the space in a room, a Murphy bed is always a great idea: it’s bigger on the inside! Yup, I’m still thinking of my upcoming home office/guest room. This would be great in that setting, albeit as a strong focal point in the room.

TARDIS flats/sneakers

DIY Doctor Who inspired flats.

via pinterest.com

While the shoes in the pin are TOMS, I could definitely see this idea being tweaked & looking great on a pair of white Chucks, which would also be very Ten! I love comfy shoes, so this could be modified to various different shoe types.

TARDIS nail polish art

I would most definitely need to put the TARDIS on my left hand, as I am a righty.  I like this subtle nod to the Doctor Who fandom.  Whenever I can fly my geek flag & still be work appropriate, I am a happy geek.


Well, that is all for today!  In the meantime, feel free to share links to your own Doctor Who inspired DIY posts in the comments.  I’ll gladly pin them to my Crafty Geek Pinterest board!

Join me next week for a look at Nintendo related crafts!

Crafty Geek Corner blog series

Crafty Geek Corner: DIY Covertly Geeky T-shirts/Jackets/Sweaters

In this new blog series, Crafty Geek Corner, I will highlight my favorite pins each Monday.  This will hopefully accomplish two of my goals: 1) continue time management & blog consistency, & 2) share more ways to geek out over fandoms with all of you!

As you can easily tell from the sidebar of my blog, I am a wee bit obsessed with Pinterest. One of my favorite new boards is Crafty Geek. I don’t really have the time to get around and try these out, but I am enamored with the ideas & geeky focus. If I ever do get around to crafting, I would definitely begin with these projects.


DIY Covertly Geeky T-shirts, Jackets, & Sweaters oh my!

For this first post, I wanted to start with something I could definitely tackle over the weekend … once my time management skills are better honed. I love t-shirts, much to my mom’s objections of them making me age down. I own a couple of geekdom tees, mostly Zelda & Rogue, & I must admit that these types of shirts can skew teenager if I am not consciously trying to dress them up a bit. So, the thought of creating my own t-shirt that could be a bit more “adult” is very tempting. Also, in preparation for this post, it occurred to me that I could also modify light outerwear to also covertly display my fandoms, but in a more sophisticated manner.

Star Wars Rebel Jacket

 

As you can tell from my blog’s header, one of the things I geek out over the most is Star Wars & with the upcoming movie by J.J. Abrams, I am definitely in the mood for trying this DIY out from geek with curves.  Granted, I don’t live anywhere jackets are truly that necessary, but I’m sure this could easily be applicable to a DIY t-shirt or tank.  Oooh, lightbulb! I am definitely going to do this in a racer back tank top!  I would use the following symbols as reference though, pin courtesy of www.psd-dude.com:

Row 1: Alliance For The Republic(Rebel Alliance), Jedi Order, Galactic Empire, Galactic Senate
Row 2: Jedi order with ring, New Jedi Order, New Republic Department of Research and Development, Black Sun
Row 3: Mandalorians, Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, Confederacy of Independent Systems, Sith Empire
Row 4: Two X-Wing Pilot helmet markings

DIY Galaxy TARDIS T-shirt

An example of when getting bleach on your dark clothes is actually a good thing! This pin comes from the blog, 3 Chic Geeks. While the blog instructs you to use fabric paint, I’m sure bleach could also work in a pinch.  I love the subtle depth this tee has & that it looks more grown up than just a bold outlined TARDIS. Plus, this is a sneaky & subversive way to flag my geek flag, much like the Doctor Who Van Gogh leggings I already own & love.

DIY Assassin’s Creed Ottoman Empire crest

I love this idea because I think it would look great done in fabric paint or with bleach. This pin comes from Theatreorchid‘s post on Craftster.org.  The Ottoman Assassin’s Creed (AC) crest is ornate enough that it isn’t as obvious as the other AC crests, but is at once recognizable to a fellow fan.  I think this would look really great on a sweater or cardigan, especially on the front-right lapel area


Well, that is all for today!  I’m sure that I will come across more great DIY t-shirt pins to share in the future.  In the meantime, feel free to share links to your own DIY geek-inspired t-shirt posts in the comments.  I’ll gladly pin them to my Crafty Geek board!

Join me next week for a look at Doctor Who related crafts!

5 fandom friday

#5FF: 5 Fandom Friday: Characters I Would Name My Kids After

So this week’s #5FF was a bit tricky for me because I also had to consider how each name would be pronounced in English & Spanish; i.e. a bunch of LOTR names would be tricky.  Here is what I came up with …

1. Lincoln, aka: Link (Legend of Zelda)

I adore the Legend of Zelda series & when I was checking out, fellow FGB, Miss Nessa’s #5FF post, I felt she was speaking directly to my heart when she had this crafty combo (name/nickname) on her list.  Lincoln is a bit weird in Spanish, but seeing as it is shared with a very famous former US President, the pronunciation is semi-standardized.  Link is the same in either language, FTW!

2. & 3. Leia & Luke (Star Wars)

Badass princess & Jedi prince?!  These names could definitely work in both languages & would be amazing for twins, for obviou .

4. Andrew, aka: Ender (Ender’s Game)

I started reading the Ender’s Game series in high school & loved it so much that I devoured the entire series as it was released.

5. Melody (Doctor Who)

River is an amazing name … in English … because in Spanish it is just going to be weird: “Rio” or “Ree-veh-rrr”.  Ugh.  Melody, however, is much easier on the ears & is really pretty to boot!

Honorable mention for my future fur-babies (pets):

1. Sly (Sly Cooper video game series)
2. Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

5 fandom friday

5 Fandom Friday: 5 Fictional Couples I Ship

I’m very excited to finally join in on the 5 Fandom Friday series, especially with such a great topic!

  1. Buffy & Spike (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)via Pinterest.
    via Pinterest.

    I know that Angel was her first & I thought he was an amazing character, but Spike was able to love Buffy without a soul!  That is craziness & speaks volumes to his depth as a character.

  2. Hitomi & Van (The Vision of Escaflowne)

    I won’t give any spoilers away for any of you who still haven’t gotten a chance to watch this incredible anime series (don’t watch the movie adaptation first, for it is not faithful to this TV series), but these two were made for each other.

  3. Joey & Pacey (Dawson’s Creek)

    Dawson was such an idiot & I was never quite sure what was his problem. Pacey, however, was all about Joey.  I admit that I am enamored with Joshua Jackson to this day because he was Pacey.

  4. Fred & Gunn (Angel)

    Why couldn’t these two have lasted longer?! Damn you, Joss, & your tortured love stories! <shakes fist>

  5. Princess Leia & Han

     

    Both are such badasses in their own right, but together (plus Chewy) they are unstoppable! Quite possibly, my first ship.

Honorable Mentions:

Bones & Booth (Bones)
Amy & Rory (Doctor Who)
The 10th Doctor & Rose (Doctor Who)
Ponyo & Sousuke (Ponyo)
Chihiro & Haku (Spirited Away)
Hawkeye & Mustang (Full Metal Alchemist)


So, there you go!  Please feel free to leave me a comment about what you thought of my list &/or suggest a link-back.

San Diego International Comic-Con 2014 Recap

SDCC 2014: Day 1 Recap or “How I just walked into Hall H” (Part 1)

I’ve been super busy catching up on post-SDCC work & life, so my recaps have been slow to come together.  So many pictures to sift through! Without further ado, my Thursday, July the 24th recap … or The “How I just walked into Hall H without waiting in line” Day!

One does not simply walk into Hall H (LOTR Mordor spoof)

Challenge (inadvertently) accepted!!

After getting a good night’s sleep on Wednesday, I was ready to take on Comic-Con’s first full day: Thursday the 24th.

SDCC 2014 Day 1 selfie

I had a custom t-shirt made in order to support my blog while at SDCC, so Day 1’s outfit was set!  The line for the shuttle was loooooong, so it took a while to get my day started.  I had my entire day overly planned, chuck full of options on what smaller panels I wanted to see.  Since I was on the Red Shuttle Route, I was let out next to Petco Park’s SDDC Interactive Zone.

SDCC 2014 Interactive Zone at Petco Park

SDCC’s Official Interactive Zone at Petco Park

Selfie-waiting-in-line-at-the-Amazon-Geek-Boutique-(titled)

I decided to check it out (deviation from day’s plan #1).  I wandered into Amazon’s Geek Boutique, which was promoting Amazon’s new delivery lockers with a Transformer’s themed giveaway.  It was my first non-shuttle line at SDCC!  I ended up winning a poster, which didn’t make the trek over to the convention center without the protection of a tube.  Lesson learned!

Amazon Locker at SDCC 2014

Next to the Geek Boutique, was the Pizza Hut area dedicated to the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.  I’m a child of the 80s that loved the TMNT toy-buying machine that were the cartoon series & arcade video games (see #4 of my top Multiplayer at the Arcade post!), so I have some very mixed feelings about the new TMNT incarnation.  There was a line for free personal-sized Pizza Hut pizzas, a couch made entirely out of Pizza Hut boxes, & a pizza shooter with what I am sure was quite the liability waiver.

TMNT-pizza-thrower

I skipped all of that & headed to the X-Men dome-thing sponsored by Norton Anti-virus.  Sure, why not?!  I took a quiz on an tablet which determined that I would be Magneto if I was an X-men.  Next, I was able to pose for this great picture.

Holding Wolverine's hand: I'm thrilled, he's playing it cool.

Holding Wolverine’s hand: I’m thrilled, while he’s playing it cool.

It was then time to head over to the convention center.

How I just walked into Hall H without (really) waiting in line

Is that actually the line for Hall H?

Tents for SDCC 2014's Hall H line appear empty.

Must be an optical illusion … or a different line?

As I was crossing the skybridge, I looked over at the tents for Hall H & saw that they appeared empty.  I figured I must be mistaken, but as I walked up to them only about 10 individuals were standing in chute 1.  Still sure I was looking at the wrong line, I asked a staff member who in fact confirmed this was the line for Hall H.  So, I said, “What the hell, let see what this is all about!” (deviation from day’s plan #2)  I stood in line for 5 minutes before I asked myself what in the world was in Hall H today that no one was in line. I knew people had camped out the night before in order to see Benedict Cumberbatch, for his first SDCC appearance, in the Dreamworks panel.  Surely there was something good after that panel, right?  I checked my events guide & saw that the next panel was for The Giver, followed by Paramount Pictures. Before I could finish placing my events guide back into my backpack, the line was moving!

I initially thought we would then be let into the convention center into a new series of zig-zagging lines, similar to the disillusion caused at Disney World when you have been waiting outside in line & you finally get inside the building/ride only to have a huge sea of continuing zig-zagging line awaiting you, only now with at-least air-conditioning.  To my complete amazement, we were ushered directly into Hall H as the preview of the upcoming Penguins movie was playing.  It was dark, but Hall H was definitely over 50% empty.  As if there was a massive exodus, once Benedict left the building. I happily reaped the benefits!Inside Hall H during SDCC 2014

As soon as the preview was over & the lights came on, signaling the end of the Dreamworks panel, I got up & made my way as close to the front as possible.  I finally found a spot in the second section from the front, next to the bathrooms.  Great seat & vantage point. Disclaimer: Unfortunately, the cellphone I ended up having to buy last minute the night before <see previous post for details> made most of my pictures look as if a drunken baby was trying to use the camera.  The focus was horrible, as was the aperture speed.  I cringe at the (lack of) quality of the majority of the pictures I ended up with, but at last I have some pictures!  Next year, I will bring a back-up digital camera!

The Giver panel

The Giver panel in Hall H SDCC 2014

This panel was interesting because I had not yet read the book, which made me part of the minority of the audience, understandably given this was the panel for the movie adaptation of the book.  What was really interesting is that the panel included the book’s author and actor/executive-producer, Jeff Bridges.  “The Dude” was amazing.  He has been trying to get this movie made for 20+ years!

Paramount Pictures Panel

So many mixed feelings! This panel was a medley of all the movies Paramount was showcasing, so it had a completely different feel than the previous panel.  Here is my wrap up of the lowlights & highlights:

Lowlights
  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
    Disclaimer: I grew up watching TMNT in cartoons, playing the amazing multiplayer arcade video game [so fabulous & memorable that I wrote a post about it!!], so I am definitely coming into this whole topic biased.  I also inform you that I have not seen the movie, but its 19% on RottenTomatoes.com seems validating.  Michael Bay is at it again, & by “it”, I mean trying to ruin my childhood memories.  I spoke about my misgivings regarding TMNT back in a fabulous Female Geek Blogger’s G+ Hangout.  Things that had me very worried: mentions that the script originally had our beloved TMNT as neither Mutant nor Teenage.  I’m sorry, I didn’t know we could change the key aspects of a character at will.  Especially, key aspects in the TITLE!  To follow this means: Mighty Mouse is no longer bound by the limitations of being a mouse nor mighty, or that Two-Face doesn’t need to have two faces!  Nope, I can’t keep going with this insanely flawed logic.  Due to completely justified geek rage vented throughout the internet, these changes were reverted back to the way it was supposed to be all along.  A fellow TMNT fan even brought it up and asked what was with all this alien talk during the Q & A, only to have the following answer given by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, “In TMNT #4, the Ooze is described as being of alien origin.”  Yeah, I’m not a xenobiologist, but I’ve seen enough on television & movies to know that just makes the Ooze alien, not the turtles MUTATED by exposure to the alien Ooze.

    TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman at SDCC 2014

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (TMNT) co-creator, Kevin Eastman on the movie panel in Hall H during SDCC 2014.

    Something that didn’t get changed back & should have IMO: Shredder is now a left-over Transformer special effect?!  Ugh.  I was not really pleased with the footage that was shared, either.  Don’t get me wrong, Raphael came off as bad-ass as he should be, but Mickey seemed akin to a Valley girl, which was just wrong.  Michelangelo is cool, not an absolute airhead.  And what in the world did they do to poor Donatello?!  He is not a rejected go-go-gadget lackey!  I just can’t.

  2. Project Almanac (2014)
    Time Travel + Teenagers = Mayhem.  Always.  Especially when the trailer includes the line, “I can fix this!”  No, no you can’t.  Or rather, it hasn’t really happened in movies before, so … Also, I just feel that if you have access to something that results in time travel, you should have at least learned a couple of basic rules, such as don’t go visit a sleeping past version of yourself because you create a paradox & no good ever comes from creating a paradox! (see Back To The FutureDoctor Who, and Harry Potter).
Highlights
  1. Hercules (2014)Hercules SDCC 2014
    Disclaimer: I’ve been a big fan of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for quite some time, but I went full-on fangirl when he surprised all of us by showing up to promote his movie, Hercules Let me set the scene for you: The screen shows the Hercules title, then the lights go out & everyone is waiting for the trailer only, as had been the case with The Mazerunner earlier in this panel, but then all of the sudden the lights turned back on & there is The Rock, 2 rows in front of me, coming out into the crowd with his music playing.  I was so busy fangirling that I didn’t start taking pictures (which came out horribly, so I didn’t include them in this post) until he was really far away & up on the stage!  He was there to promote his upcoming movie by renting out 3 movie theaters in the San Diego area to screen his movie one night before the scheduled World Premier on a first-come-first-serve basis for those with a valid SDCC badge & who followed his Twitter feed.  I took a video of The Rock’s “panel” but haven’t gotten a chance to upload it nor to create a Youtube channel to upload it to, etc.  So as soon as I get around to that part of my ever-growing To Do list, I will let you know because it was fabulous!
  2. Interstellar (2014)Matthew McConaughey Interstellar SDCC 2104
    How could this panel get any better after The Rock? Well, the lights dim, a clip starts playing of real scientists, astro-physists, & entrepreneurs talking about space exploration, the lights come back on & out comes this handsome fellow: Matthew McConaughey! This was a complete surprise for everyone in Hall H, as well as the first appearance for both Matthew McConaughey and Christopher Nolan!  The trailer they showed looks amazing & I will definitely be seeing this when it comes out.

Entertainment Weekly: Television Visionary Show-runners

EW panel Visionaries: TV ShowrunnersAfter the Paramount Pictures panel wrapped up, I picked up my things and headed as close to the stage as I could.  I scored great seats: just behind the press seats.  This panel turned out to be very interesting.  I’ve watched a couple of EW hosted panels online on Youtube from previous SDCC and have mostly enjoyed them.  This panel had the show runners who were previously writers on shows I loved (hello Veronica Mars, Alias, and Dawson’s Creek!) and currently are in charge of various shows I’ve been meaning to watch (Sleepy Hollow) or already love (Arrow, The Flash).

I honestly have not gotten into Vampire Diaries nor The Originals, but for no reason in particular.  I guess my TV card was already pretty full after adding Doctor Who.  I absolutely enjoyed the Star Trek movie reboot written by Alex & Roberto “Bob”, as well as the show Fox tried so hard to kill, but couldn’t Fringe, but I haven’t gotten around to watching Sleepy Hollow either.  After SDCC & watching this panel along with both main actors in other EW panels, I am definitely planning on catching up on season 1.

It was very intriguing to watch this panel & get some insight into how each learned how to be a show runner from their respective mentors: Tom Kapinos (Dawson’s Creek) & J.J. Abrams (Alias).  Greg Berlanti & Julie Plec know each other from college, while Alex Kutzman & Roberto Orci know each other from high school.  Rob Thomas felt a bit like the odd man out, but in a wonderfully quirky way.  This was such a great panel over all.


To be continued …

So much more happened that day, which I will continue in my next post on Wednesday.  I hope you come back to find out more about the Female Geek Blogger SDCC Meet-up & the San Diego Symphony Video Game Concert, because it was also really great.

I’d love to hear other’s Hall H experiences.  From what I gather, my experience is not part of the norm.

My Top 5 Favorites from the Doctor Who Rogues Gallery

So with the new series (season if your American) of Doctor Who & the full introduction of the Twelfth Doctor just around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to reminisce on my little journey as a Whovian so far.  Don’t laugh, but I actually started watching the reboot of Doctor Who because of Pinterest.  Seriously!

Geek section of Pinterest made me want to start watching Doctor Who!

This happened in real life!  Yes, I know it is “Doctor” not “Dr.” but I didn’t create this image, just felt it represented what happened. My Whovian cred is still intact!

It was during the peak of David Tennant’s brilliant run as the Tenth Doctor & there was a never-ending stream of Doctor Who pins in the “Geek” category.  It felt similar to when you walk by the same person for a couple of weeks; at a certain point you HAVE to say hello, because if not it is just going to be rude & awkward.  And so, I said hello to Doctor Who about 4 years ago.  Pinterest is a pretty good match-maker, by the way, because I have thoroughly enjoyed the ride so far.

Doctor Who is a fairytale.

Via Tumblr

I still haven’t delved into classic Doctor Who, but I do have it in mind down the line.  What I have done is gone through phases of watching the new series: watching key episodes as a sort of crash course on The Doctor, then going back to the reboot’s beginning with Nine & Rose, binge viewing the first 4 series on Netflix, & then watching all of Matt Smith’s run on TV or online.  Now, as I am days away from watching the Twelfth Doctor, I can’t help but be thankful for this incredible fandom & multiverse.  I thought I would share my favorites from the series reboot to date:

My Favorites from the Doctor Who Rogues Gallery

One of the things that has made my experience of watching Doctor Who so enjoyable, has been the very well-rounded opponents of the Doctor.  Some of these are recurring, while others are more stand alone.  The brilliance is that many times, you can’t tell 100% if something is “good” or “bad” because the Doctor lives within many shades of grey.  Though, the following are always up to no good.

1. & 2.   Daleks & Cybermen.  Both are classic Who villains: each is very disturbing and rooted in the same highly ethnocentric & prejudice foundations.  In both cases, the “original” & “other” is flawed to the point that extreme measures are used in order to become “perfect”.  Of course, the Cybermen & Daleks have very different concepts of perfection, and even of conquest.  The Daleks are big on genocide & “cleansing” the universe of inferior beings (anyone who is not a Dalek or hasn’t been turned into a Dalek).  One incredibly iconic aspect of the Dalek, aside from its design, is its voice.

Doctor Who villain: Dalek.

A Dalek (source techcrunch, via Pinterest)

The Cybermen, on the other hand, are like the Borg: both assimilate (aka: “upgrade”) anyone who doesn’t die or is killed (aka: deleted) in battle/conquest.

Doctor Who villain: Cyberman.

Cyberman (source Pinterest)

I absolutely loved the sass-off in Doomsday between these two classic Doctor Who villains.  Allow me to set up the scene for you.  Two Cybermen come across a lone Dalek.  The following exchange occurs:

Doctor Who Daleks versus Cybermen

via Pinterest pin of deviantART image.

How can you not love that?!

3.  The Silence  Moffat must have some truly wretched dreams, because some of the creepiest things seem to come to life under his watch.  The Silence is definitely one of the most disturbing & off-putting, in my opinion.  It is said the inspiration came from “The Scream”, but I never was really creeped out by that painting.  The Silence is another story all together!  The concept is very disturbing, they look scary, they make that horrid noise/howl/scream, continually wipe your short-term memory (which has serious health consequences), & shoot electricity out of their creepy hands.  The whole package is just too much.

The Silence from Doctor Who.

As if the Silence needed to be creepier, here you have a 3D picture of them! via Pinterest.

4. Weeping Angels  Talk about re-appropriating an iconic image & Moffat-izing it for optimal creepiness.  Angle statues have been never been so deadly. One of the first episodes I watched in my mini intro phase, introduced me to these creatures in a brilliant fashion.  Of course, the episode I am talking about is “Blink” (Season 3 of the reboot episode 10).  As introductions into Who-verse, this is among the best. While it doesn’t give the Doctor as much screen time, the time he does have explains all things Who: “wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey”, Easter eggs, explanation of what the TARDIS is, & “it goes ding”.

via Pintereset, source MacabreRob.

5. Clockwork Androids  These 51st Century clockwork androids were using time windows to basically stalk Rienette, who grew up to be Madame Pompador, throughout different stages of her life during 18th Century France.

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor unmasking the clockwork androids on Doctor Who series 2 episode 4 titled

The unmasking of the clockwork android. Via Pinterest, source Tumblr.

To blend in, if being incredibly creepy counts as blending in, these androids are dressed in clothes and wigs of that era with jester’s masks.  Apparently, it was very common in that time to always have at least one jester in the room, or even garden.

Clockwork android from Doctor Who series 2 episode 4,

Clockwork android, dressed as an 18th Century jester, menacing Rose Tyler. (via Pinterest)

All in all, Moffat has been the evil-mastermind behind most of my favorite members of the Doctor Who rogues gallery!  I can’t wait to see what crazy new interpretations of regular things Moffat will make me fear in this new series!

So what are your favorite members of the Doctor Who rogues gallery, past or present series?

 

Female Geek Bloggers Con-At-Home Hangout #8 Sci-Fi

#FGBSciFi – Con-At-Home Hangout: Sci-Fi

Monday night, I participated in the Female Geek Bloggers Con-At-Home Hangout #8 Sci-Fi with Kelsey & Amanda.  It was great fun, as has been my experience with these hangouts. Check out the video!

We discussed a wide array of sci-fi: spanning from movies, to animation, to books, & to tv.  A little Star Wars, Star Trek, Ender’s Game series, Doctor Who, Serenity/Firefly, & more!

Make sure to follow us on Twitter & on our respective blogs!
Me @GeekSideShowing
Amanda B. @geekphoria1   geekphoria.net 
Kelsey @craftylilkels   aprilsprinkles.blogspot.com