So, typically Lance is the ReedPOPer globetrotting, visiting exciting cities and foreign lands far away from Norwalk, the Smallville of Connecticut. He's not posted missives from his travels as of late because of (a) the top secret nature of most of his treks and (b) I think he's developed a crippling addiction of absinth.
Today, though, I'm happy to report I'll be venturing over the horizon come next week. And, speaking of absinth, I'll be spending the week in England. Me and the soon-to-be-Mrs. will be in London for five days for beef pie, tandoori, and Old Peculiar-fueled exploits.
We'll be hitting up the Tower of London, London Eye, Tate Modern, and other tourist spots, but I aim to make it to Forbidden Planet while over there. And, in all honesty -- as much as I want to see Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park -- the whole reason we're going is the Doctor Who Experience. We've already got our tickets, and I plan to restore America's image overseas by screaming like a little girl every time a Dalek or Weeping Angel pops out at me.
If you've got any geeky locales you recommend I shoot for while I'm in London, swear by any superb Indian-owned Chinese joints, or can arrange a lunch date with David Tennant, let me know in the comments section below.
Oh, and if ya didn't see, the BBC just released the above Doctor Who: Series 6 trailer. And... And... And announced a special preview screening of the first two episodes of Series 6 on April 4th at a theater somewhere in London. I've entered to win tickets, and please won't you join me in crossing your fingers.
You'll know if I've won by the decidedly American shriek echoing out of the UK.
(PS: Huge props to Kim, Liz, Larry, Mike, Bri, Jackie, Heise, Pete, Fitch, and Greg for keeping the office running while Lance and I will be away. There are Twinkies under the Ewok. Help yourself.)
Thursday, March 31, 2011
A heads up that Brooklyn College will be hosting the Nippon Sekai Matsuri or Japan World Festival. A fundraiser with music, martial arts demos, origami, and Japanese games, it'll take place at the Brooklyn College Student Center at 12:30 PM on Tuesday, April 5th. For details, visit...
Remember, too, Japan Society's Concert For Japan is April 9th. The event includes Philip Glass, Hal Willner, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Bill Laswell. The Japan Society Relief Fund has raised almost $3 million from just under 10 thousand contributors. You can learn more and donate online at...
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I'm blogging while high right now....36,000 feet in the air high! On my way to San Francisco, but in spite of the title of this post, not see our pals at LucasFilm, but on other business. It's a quick, barely 48 hour West Coast swing then home for a few days.
So what was my point, oh yes Star Wars Celebration 6, of course. I've not posted anything in a while yet we've been working really hard on getting news ready for you. So let's just say that we are close to telling you something about when and where it will be and you might find the host city a real surprise.
Don't hold me to it, but I bet we'll have some real news (not just a mean spirited tease like this post is) in the next 8 weeks. Until then, you can put on your Lando mustache from C5 and relive the memories. Actually on that subject at both PAX East and C2E2 I saw a lot of C5 t-shirts, I mean like a dozen or so at each of our shows. I saw a lot of O Lando shirts and a few of the I Heart Scoundrels shirts on the ladies. Petty cool.
Ok, the pilot just said he sees a weird cloud formation ahead and everyone needs to be seated immediately. No kidding, he said that.
Hope this post gets you thinking about C6, I know I have been!
Monday, March 28, 2011
C.B. paid a visit to Three Floyds's HQ while in Chicago, and his blog -- eataku.com -- tells the tale.
We're hoping to make a brew for this year's NYCC, too. So, if anyone from Brooklyn Breweries is reading, please shoot a note over to email@example.com.
With C2E2 now a solid 7 days in the rear view mirror, it seemed like a good time to share a few thoughts a few links and say some thank you's. The team left Chicago feeling ecstatic about the way C2E2.2 went down, I don't know if you were on the show floor Sunday at 5pm when we dimmed the lights to wrap up the show but all those left on the floor started applauding. I've never seen that before, anywhere, nor has anyone else on the team.
With C2E2 now a solid 7 days in the rear view mirror, it seemed like a good time to share a few thoughts a few links and say some thank you's.
The team left Chicago feeling ecstatic about the way C2E2.2 went down, I don't know if you were on the show floor Sunday at 5pm when we dimmed the lights to wrap up the show but all those left on the floor started applauding. I've never seen that before, anywhere, nor has anyone else on the team.
The new hall seemed way better and I was pleased to see most panel rooms very full. In general I have little to complain about, except maybe the fact that the building ran out of food on Saturday. In fact McCormick Place officials said they served 6 times as much food as they did last year. A bigger crowd and a hungrier crowd it seems.
Although it's not official, the dates for C2E2 2012 will be March 16-18 and we will be back in the West building again.
A few highlights for me personally were:
- The Rock Band stage, which I used as my morning wake up call. It's amazing how rocking out to a few songs around 8am can really help get the blood flowing.
- The CBR bar at the Hyatt was outstanding. It was equal parts awesome and dangerous to end the day with a drink and a massive representation of the comics industry in one swoop. And yes, we had a few staff causalities the day after St. Patty's day.
- The Comedy Death Ray event on Friday was, I believe, the best event ReedPOP has ever produced. While Patton Oswalt is a personal favorite, I don't say that solely out of hero worship. My point is that is is exactly the kind of event we aim to do more of. It was not a pure comic (and I mean comic in the periodical sense) event, but rather an offshoot of the pop culture world comics helped to spawn. We believe C2E2 and NYCC should be forward looking gatherings that bring new fans into the community - not stereotypical nostalgia shows with talents and stories of days long past (keep in mind, respecting the history of this culture is vastly different from profiting off of the nostalgia of it while offering very little endearing value to the community). The Comedy Death Ray event was a branch off of the big pop culture tree that comics are the trunk; endemic enough, but still striding into new territory to make it fresh and draw in a new audience (a third of those that bought tickets to the event, had never been to a con before). Look for more and more programming like this at our shows.
- Like the Comedy Death Ray event, having Rick Bayless at the show was an awesome creative twist. It was a totally different panel than anything we have run in the past, but it illustrated that we hope our shows are not about just comics, but rather art, self expression, creativity and all rooted in popular culture. Rick had an amazing time, and he was a little nervous about it at first. Another cool example of what we hope ReedPOP shows can do to deliver new thinking and new audiences
- Having Newsarama in a studio on the show floor was a success and something we'd like to replicate again. It brought an energy to the show and a transparency to how the media covers us.
- Maybe my biggest highlight was the Crave Crate of 100 White Castles that the team surprised me with in the show office Saturday night!
While those are my personal highlights and I do believe that the show took a massive leap forward in year two, we are also realistic about the road ahead. Our goal when we launched C2E2 was to bring a national event that celebrates all the strains of pop culture to Chicago and this year was an important milestone, we have a lot of shows and a lot of crowds to deliver to reach our goal for the fans of Chicago.
We look at launch events like C2E2 as 3-4 year processes for them to meet there potential. If year 1 was a little behind where we wanted to be, we feel like we are back on track or even a little ahead after year 2. The only way we'll stay on track to delivering that massive event that Chicago fans said they wanted and our exhibiting customers said they needed is to keep listening to the fans and building the kind of event they can be proud of. Our belief has always been fans first and from that basis we'll build events that are successful for all. In order to do that though, we need to keep hearing from the fans. Email, post comments, come to meet ups whenever I am in Chicago and fill out those surveys we send, you guys are our most critical partner.
Thanks for a great time in Chicago and for helping take C2E2 to another level. We are on a pretty exciting adventure together!
Posted by Lance Fensterman at 7:10 AM
Sunday, March 27, 2011
The boys over at Panels on Pages covered the show like I have never seen before. I think they shot a solid 72 hours of video footage. I woke up Saturday morning and they were in my room ready to shoot me brushing my teeth. I went to lunch on Friday afternoon and after my first bite of pizza one of the Panels on Pages guys handed me a napkin to wipe my chin. Sunday, I had to run to the restroom....Never mind. I was assured that footage was deleted.
Anyway, point being, check out Panels on Pages (I even gave you a handy link!) for a ton o coverage, especially video coverage. Here is there kick off vid and it pretty much kicks ass....
Saturday, March 26, 2011
My Plastic Heart also has a plush art exhibit on display until next weekend. It's tiny but well worth a look - including felt beer cans, bread, pretzels, and brussel sprouts. Also creepy bunnies made out of bags of flour.
Steffbomb -- just as C2E2 -- is part of the exhibit, as well.
Also, I saw this sign.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Melenie's show -- Who Am I? -- will be on display at 221 East 71st Street, and she'll be hosting a reception opening the exhibiton from 7 to 9 PM.
Come on by, as in a few more years, Melenie may be atop NYCC's guest list.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
The event will include both a discussion with the Paley Center's guests as well as a special preview screening.
Want to get in? Head over to PaleyCenter.org.
Want discounted tickets? Use code "NYCC" to get your tickets at the Paley Center member price. A big huzzah and kudos to the gents at the Paley Center.
Note: While I may be the last ReedPOPer awake tonight, Lance, Larry, Brian, and Kim ruled the night the entire con like a pack of shining, sparkling vampires.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Thank you, guys. Fans, volunteers, exhibitors, guests, press, pros, staff, thank you all for believing in us, supporting us, and storming McCormick Place. (And a huge kudos to Liz, Pete, and Mike for rocking your first show with ReedPOP.) You guys drained the CBR Bar. You guys emptied the food courts in the convention center. You filled McCormick with music, cheering, and color. You came from all around Chicago, and - from the folks I met - at least four of you came from Kentucky and one all the way from Hong Kong.
We are honored, humbled, and hope only to build a Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo that is bigger and better in 2012.
Post your photos on Flickr. Become our friend on Facebook. Share your nonsense with us on Twitter. Keep in touch with us. And, more than that, keep in touch with each other. I truly hope you've made new friends, discovered new creators, and formed a family that lasts.
Oh, I realize this is probably all emotional mush, but the team's running on a cumulative four hours of sleep since Thursday night right now. Besides, Jackie says she likes this stuff. C2E2 was a good show, thanks to all of your efforts, but the message we've got for all of you is we want to make it better. We want to make it special-er. We want to make it your con.
Tell us what you liked. Tell us what you loved. And tell us what sucked. C2E2 exists because of you and is for you, and we want want it to be YOUR con.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of THE anime sagas that has defined anime fandom. Now, over ten years since the original series, a new set of Evangelion films are being released. C2E2 along with FUNimation entertainment are very proud to present Evangelion 2.22 today. Are you an Eva fan? You already know you've got to be in this screening. Not an Eva fan? Don't know what Eva's all about? Here's a glimpse...
Evangelion 2.22 begins at 2:30 PM in Room 474. Following the film, actor Spike Spencer -- the voice of protagonist Shinji Ikari -- will be speaking about the role and the saga.
Evangelion 2.22 hits DVDs and Blu-ray March 29th.
Date: Sunday, March 20
Time: 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Word Up with WordGirl (10 AM-11 AM)
The Real Story of Puss-in-Boots (11 AM-11:30 AM)
Disney’s Guilty Party! LIVE! (11:45 AM-12:15 PM)
Tiny Titans Drawing Competition (12:30 PM-1:00 PM)
Drawing Star Wars with Katie Cook (1:15 PM-1:45 PM)
Kids Costume Contest (2:45 PM-3:15 PM)
Windy City Jedi (3:30 PM-4:00 PM)
Iron Artist Tournament (4:15 PM-5:00 PM)
For the full schedule, visit C2E2.com.
11:30 am - 470a - Star Wars Dark Horse 20th Anniversary
11:30 am - 474 - Mark Sheppard Q&A
11:30 am - 471 - MARVEL Television Presents: The Super Hero Squad Show and Iron Man Armored Adventures
1:00 pm - 470a - Tim Seeley Spotlight: Presented by the PoP PrincessCast!
1:00 pm - 471 - Garth Ennis Spotlight
1:00 pm - 474 - Brightest Day
2:30 pm - 474 - Eva 2.22 Plus Q&A w Spike Spencer
2:30 pm - 471 - MARVEL: Next Big Thing
2:45 pm - 470b - Avatar the Last Airbender: Beginning and Beyond
3:00 pm - 475a - Silver Age Trivia Challenge
4:00 pm - 470a - FABLES: The First 100
Get all the details and all the panels at C2E2.com.
This isn't Garth in the image. It's Mike. Mike's awesome, and you may have seen him back in Artist Alley. We're in the bar right now with a few hundred of our closest friends.
Oh, and Jackie, this news is fantastic, awesome, and super!
What's this a picture of? Outside CFP. Still in C2E2. Following some pizza with a few like-minded idiots also hanging around, I'm now waiting to lock up Console Freeplay. Eh, it's OK. I saw a Lady Matt Smith in fishnets and got to hold a Lancer. Vroom! Vroom!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Get details now at helpjapan.onepiecepodcast.com.
11:30 am - 470a - Top Cow: We Create... Universes Panel
11:30 am - 471 - China Mieville Spotlight Panel
11:30 am - 474 - DC Universe
1:00 pm - 475b - So, You Want to Work in Animation, Huh?
1:00 pm - 471 - MARVEL: Fear Itself Panel
1:30 pm - 475a - Dynamite Entertainment Panel
1:30 pm - 470b - Vertigo
2:30 pm - 471 - Video Game Industry Round Table
2:30 pm - 474 - DC Icons
3:00 pm - 475a - How To Be A Frickin' Genius Voice Actor, Step One
3:00 pm - 471 - MARVEL: Avengers Assemble
4:00 pm - 470a - Oni Press Presents Panelmonium
5:30 pm - 474 - Drawing DC Panel
5:30 pm - 471 - MARVEL: Cup O' Joe
7:00 pm - 475b - Do You Have a Great Idea for a TV Show?
7:00 pm - 470a - Dwayne McDuffie Memorial
Eat up the entire schedule at C2E2.com.
Chris Hemsworth Q&A - 11:45AM – 12:45PM
The Walking Dead Q&A - 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Eliza Dushku & Tahmoh Penikett Q&A - 2:15PM - 3:15PM
True Blood Q&A - 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Vampire Diaries Q&A - 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Chuck Special Video Presentation and Cast/Producer Q&A - 6:15PM – 7:15PM
C2E2 Saturday Night Masquerade - 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Click here for all the details.
The Vampire Diaries Signing
The Vampire Diaries stars Michael Trevino ("Tyler Lockwood"), Candice Accola ("Caroline Forbes") and executive producer Julie Plec are scheduled to sign Saturday from 3:00-3:45pm in Room 178a. Tickets for The Vampire Diaries autograph signing are free, and will be distributed to the first 100 fans beginning at 2:00pm on Saturday, March 19 at Room 178a.
Chuck Cast Signing
Fan favorites from the cast of Chuck will be signing Saturday from 8:15pm-9:15pm in Room 178a. Chuck co-creator/executive producer Chris Fedak and series stars Joshua Gomez ("Morgan Grimes"), Ryan McPartlin ("Captain Awesome"), Vik Sahay ("Lester Patel") and Scott Krinsky ("Jeff Barnes") are scheduled to sign. Tickets for the Chuck autograph signing are free, and will be distributed to the first 100 fans beginning at 4:00pm on Saturday, March 19 at Room 178a.
Knowing is half the battle. The other half is getting your booties to 178a.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Note, neither Tennant or Ms. Pond are related to C2E2. (I tried.) They're lighting up Twitter because of Red Nose Day in the UK. Google it.
But, again, C2E2 is trending nationally.
Oh, and here's a picture of Godzilla.
Editor's Note: Peter, proofread your entries. <3s - Cole
P.S. Sign out of blogger while on my skull throne.