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WW Sac ReCap!!! Part Three

Posted On Monday, June 26, 2017

Our final post may have been a long time coming -- sorry to leave you in suspence, but we've got SO MUCH cooking on the publishing side of V:IP that I'm SURE will make up for it.  But at any rate, lets hope back in the time machine to a little more than a week ago and wrap up coverage for Wizard World Sac!

The ballroom was absolutely electric with fans of the CW hit series, The 100, eager to hear behind-the-scenes stories from star, Eliza Taylor (Clarke Griffin on the show).  Going into it's fifth season with a time jump (a welcome plot twist to Taylor, who thinks she's weaning in her ability to play a teenaged heroine), it inspired loads of questions and comments, ranging from gushing fan accolades to intrigue about her characters openness as bisexual (making her the first openly bisexual lead character in a series).  Eliza was warm and engaging, offsetting her nervousness of going solo (co-star, Bob Worley had to cancel his appearance) by having her brother Patrick join us on stage!  Even though I'm a novice to the series, her charm and generosity to her fans has made me an INSTANT fan of hers and I hope to run into her again soon!

If you weren't there, fear not -- thanks to Grounder's Source, you can see the entire panel here:

Best in Show Winners!
The McVengers were a crowd fave!
We closed out the night with the WORLD FAMOUS WIZARD WORLD COSTUME CONTEST!  The amount of talent that fans are showcasing in the world of cosplay is simply phenomenal!  A big shout out to my lovely co-host, Britt Bliss for helping me bring out the contestants and the combined skills of superstars Super Kayce, Ivy Doom Kitty, and The Maid of Might for selecting the winners!!


A hallmark of the Kid's Day programming, the U Cre-8 Comics Presents: Character Crafter is a surefire hit amongst content conscious parents AND up-and-coming creators, alike!  Obviously, if you've done the panel, you KNOW I have loads of fun, but the BEST part is the exploration and explanation of creative tropes and watching that creative bug spark new outcomes.  If you ARE a burgeoning creator who hasn't taken part, look for it at a show near you OR visit to see what products we offer.

My final panel of the show was with the Queen of Horror, Adrienne Barbeau!  Truly a queen of geek culture, the star of cult classics like Maude, Escape from New York, and SO MUCH more, Adrienne brought so much backstory to some of her pivotal roles. (Didja know that her death in Escape was brought on by the intrigue from a young JJ Abrams??)
 With a career spanning more than thirty years, and romances with some of Hollywood's elite, Adrienne's candor was both colorful and enlightening.  There's no doubt that she's earned every ounce of acclaim she's attributed and as a native of Sacramento (well...she was born there!), I'm sure she's done her city proud!

And that's it for Wizard World Sacramento!  Thanks to Wizard World for having us out there and to all of you, the fans, for making the show a success!  Till next time...!

Read Part One: Here
Read Part Two: Here

Bonus:  I admit, I've got an innate cool, even in the presence of beautiful celebs and cultural icons.  But a chance encounter at the airport, with THE Dr. Cornel West, invoked one of my BIGGEST geek-out moments.  Graciously, he was willing to take a quick selfie as we made our way out of the security check-in and was humbly receptive of a gift copy of The Samaritan!

If you're unfamiliar with his name, creative works, or showcases in philosophy and social economics, peruse and be enlightened:

WW Sac: ReCap!! Part Two

Posted On Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Day one of Wizard World Sac was a definite blast, but the weekend was JUST getting started!  I had to be up BRIGHT AND EARLY, with a slated news spot on the local channel, ABC 10.  A BIG shout out to Jerry Milani who heads the PR dept. for Wizard for linking that up.  You can check out the coverage here!

On the latest episode of the Hall of Justice Podcast, I revealed that I wasn't a fan of the DCEU release of Wonder Woman.  Without COMPLETELY recapping all that I gripped about on the show (listen here), I had QUITE a few issues with the storytelling and plot.  With that being said, though, there was no way I was going to turn down a chance to review the film for another podcast, hosted by my good friend Tony Kim, and also featuring the talented minds of Genese Davis (noted panelist and author of The Holder's Dominion), Ivy Doom Kitty (celebrity cosplayer), and Trina Robbins (the FIRST female penciler for the Wonder Woman comics, and second Wizard World Hall of Legends Inductee!!!).

Admittedly, I was the HEEL (a wrestling term, for "the bad guy", to those uninitiated), but it was beautiful to hear these talented creatives express how much the movie meant to them.  You don't have to be a fan of the thing to see the greatness of that!  I got in a few shots that were co-signed (like was Steve's near nude reveal necessary?!), which definitely made me feel a bit more at ease about my criticisms.  Geek news outlet, Bleeding Cool, did some cool coverage on it, highlighting each of our various perspectives.  Hit up for the audio!

Next, I took to the stage, hosting moderator duties for one of the stars from Guardians of the Galaxy and Gilmore Girls -- SEAN GUNN!!  He was absolute cool from the word go, managing to EXPERTLY avoid any details of the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War epic, set to drop next May.  But with all his expertise, he didn't heed my warning not to say Michael Rooker's name 3 times, or else he might appear!  And sure enough...this happened...

After a brief break, I was back on stage with one of the most glamorously SMART and hilariously DIRTY guests of my career.  Kate Beckinsale -- yes, THE Kate Beckinsale, brought her delightful charms to her fans in Sacramento, and I had the best seat in the house!  She is unstoppable -- truly a force of nature and we talked about everything from her celebrating unconventional family structures, to her apparent fascination with vampires (hunting them and being one), to which of her on-screen co-stars is the BEST kisser...better have telepathy to answer that one!

She was so magnificent, that her presence (and fashion) scored a nod on the, even name dropping yours truly, along with her.  Here's hoping that our paths cross again at Wizard World Columbus, where's already slated as a featured guest.

Read part one of the recap series: HERE
And look for the final piece soon!

WW SAC ReCap! Part One

Jet lag be damned!  I've got a ton of cool things to share about the 2017 Wizard World Sacramento show, and though my internal clock is spinning out of control (possibly in the wrong direction?!), I just had to pull myself outta my stupor to share the goings on from the weekend.

Without further ado...

We started off the flight with my usual wing check -- a long running joke at this point, but it's become almost a ritual to insure a good flight!  *Also didn't hurt that I had an airport buddy in Juliette Terzieff (genuinely, one of the coolest persons EVER, but you may know her as Michael Rooker's handler at comic cons!).

The con started off with my Unbreakable Skin: How to Critique Creations of Color WITHOUT Sounding...You Know... panel.  With diversity being such a hot-button issue, and following on the heels of releases for Wonder Woman (film) and Black Panther (teaser trailer), it's important to gain the confidence to speak on the merit of these works as art.  I was joined by fellow moderator and (newly minted) clothing designer, Tony Kim, whose work thru Hero Within definitely has him navigating the world of diverse content and aesthetics (his Wonder Woman jean jacket -- for MEN -- has brought a myriad of criticisms to fore).  I really need to explore my formatting with this more and see how I can make it just a bit more polished, because the content and potential draw for other panelists to take part is SOOOOOO ripe!  Having Tony on board, certainly let me see where I might want to beef up the structure of the conversation (Thanks Tony!!!).

Next up was the Creating Comics 101 panel -- a new, original content piece, inspired by my upcoming book, Panels to Pages (COMING SOON!!), my goal with this panel was to create an informative showcase that really gave the overlooked/need-to-know info for how to go about creating comics.  The response to it was beyond positive and I'm gonna have a lot fun helping new creators build their acumen on comic book terms, concepts, and practices!

My final panel of the night was another new one, From Beginning to End: The Art of Plot.  I was joined by my friends, novelists M. Todd Gallowglas and Jae Xeranno.  A hybrid concept, pulling from the already popular V:IPs of Self-Publishing panel and Panels to Pages, we brought the conversation of how to define plot and it's place in the writing process to the creative stage.  The range of talent and expertise allowed for a truly honest perspective on writing, the inherent struggles and tremendous victories.  As I work to refine it even more, I hope to make it that much more helpful to burgeoning writers and established pros, alike!

The night wrapped up with a Karaoke party hosted by Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris on Buffy the Vampire Slayer).  There was singing...there was dancing...and a hilarious duet with Nicky and Thomas Ian Nicholas (Rookie of the Year; American Pie) which you can check out below:

Read Part Two of the Review Series: HERE

Posted On Friday, June 16, 2017

Wizard World Sacramento: 6/16-18/2017
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Panel Schedule:

5-5:45PM Unbreakable Skin: How to Critique Creations of Color WITHOUT Sounding...You Know... (Rm 202) As diversity continues to be a hot button issue, the spotlight on minority-rich content is at a pop cultural high.  But, is it all good and can YOU question it's execution without know?  Join self-publishing author and comic culture enthusiast, Victor Dandridge in a light-hearted convo on aesthetics, intent, and good taste!

6-6:45pm Creating Comics 101 (Rm 202) You've been reading comics -- now, you wanna go from being a collector to a creator!  But, has being a long-time reader given you the know-how to get started?  Self-publishing creator, Victor Dandridge (Vantage:Inhouse Productions), leads the discussion to equip you with the basics that are the building blocks to crafting action comics and amazing fantasies!

7-7:45pm From beginning to End: The Art of Plot (Creative Stage) Got a killer idea for the next big comic book, but can't quite get it to work??  The struggle to go from concept to creation is REAL!  Comic creator, Victor Dandridge (Vantage:Inhouse Productions), shows you his personal tricks to get your creative juices flowing!

12:30-1:15pm Showtime, A-Holes!  A CONversation with Sean Gunn (Ballroom) You know him as Kraglin and the on-set Rocket Raccoon from "Guardians of the Galaxy," as well as Kirk Gleason from "Gilmore Girls" and "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life", but get to know the man behind the magic in this Q&A convo, moderated by Victor Dandridge.

2-2:45pm The Charmed Life: A CONversation with Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause (Rm 203) The actors behind the seminal supernatural couple, Piper and Leo from "Charmed" are here to take your questions and talk about the enduring popularity of your favorite show about three witchy sisters.  Moderated by Victor Dandridge (Vantage:Inhouse Productions).

3:30-4:15 From Underworld to Wizard World: A CONversation with Kate Beckinsale (Ballroom) The start of the "Underworld" series is here!  When she's not spending her time as a vampire waging war against the Lycans, Kate Beckinsale also enjoys starring in "Pearl Harbor," "Van Helsing," and Jane Austen adaptations like "Emma" and "Love & Friendship."  Come ask her all about it!  Moderated by Victor Dandridge (Vantage:Inhouse Productions).

5:30-6:15pm 100 Questions for the Stars of The 100: A CONversation with Eliza Taylor/Bob Morley (Ballroom) The actors behind Clarke Griffin and Bellamy Blake on the hit CW tv series, The 100, are here to answer your questions about the show's first four seasons and upcoming fifth.  Moderated by Victor Dandridge (Vantage:Inhouse Productions).

7-9pm Wizard World Costume Contest (Ballroom) Hosted by our very own superheroes Victor Dandridge and Brit Bliss, the Wizard World Comic Con Costume Contest is no joke!  The best of the best will be dressed to impress in their superhero & pop culture finest, so be prepared for some serious cosplay.  Grab your buddies and suit up to take a chance at bringing home the gold!  Categories include Best in Show, Best Male/Female Heroes/Villains, Best Group, and Best Anime!

11-11:45 U Cre-8 Comics Presents: Character Crafters (Rm 205) Are you the next GREAT comic creator?!  Take the Raconteur's Challenge and design you own character from start to finish.  Establish powers, design costume ideas, create an origin story and more with U Cre-8 Comics -- the PERFECT jumpstart to YOUR comic universe!  Hosted by Victor Dandridge (Vantage:Inhouse Productions)

2-2:45pm She's Barbeau-Licious: A CONversation with Adrienne Barbeau (Rm 203) You know her as the voice of Catwoman in "Batman:TAS" and from sci-fi classics like "The Fog," "Escape from New York," and "Swamp Thing."  But did you know that Adrienne Barbeau's an accomplished novelist who's been in some of your favorite video games like the "God of War" series, "Halo 4," and "Batman: Arkham Asylum?"  Come hear about her amazing career!  Moderated by Victor Dandridge (Vantage:Inhouse Productions).

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