3-D is a waste of a perfectly good dimension. Hollywood’s current crazy stampede toward it is suicidal. It adds nothing essential to the moviegoing experience. For some, it is an annoying distraction. For others, it creates nausea and headaches. It is driven largely to sell expensive projection equipment and add a $5 to $7.50 surcharge on already expensive movie tickets. Its image is noticeably darker than standard 2-D. It is unsuitable for grown-up films of any seriousness. It limits the freedom of directors to make films as they choose.
This article perfectly sums up how I feel about 3-D. Thank you me Mr. Ebert for speaking out against unnecessary progression of technology.
As part of a “one-time Customer Price Protection” program, AT&T is helping the poor suckers who bought an iPhone 3GS in the month before the iPhone 4 was re-revealed. They’ll credit your account some dough or let you trade up.
I can’t tell you how many times I could have taken advantage of this. Good on ya AT&T!
As most of you know I went to the Heroes Con comic book convention at the Charlotte Convention center yesterday. This was my first experience attending a comic book convention. I’m not a huge comic book reader, but I do tend to enjoy the occasional graphic novel or trade paperback. I also really enjoy seeing the folks that come in costume. I’ve wanted to go before , but just never really wanted to pay to go walk around with a bunch of nerds geeking out about comic books. Over the last several years, I’ve made friends with quite a few of these aforementioned nerds and learned a lot more about comics and cons. A couple of those friends volunteer at Dragon Con every year, and have given me insight on con culture. It sounded like an exciting time, so this year I decided to jump right in.
We arrived at the con about thirty minutes after it started and proceeded to get our wristbands. $15.00 for a a day pass and $5.00 to park seemed pretty reasonable to me. We headed downstairs to the floor and ran into a couple of friends that were volunteering at the info desk. The excitement had already begun! I was pretty overwhelmed at first sight, there were tons of vendors and artists and I had no clue what I was supposed to do. I let my friend Deana take the reigns. Deana has only ever work at a con and didn’t really know what we should do either. Oh well, off we go!
A lot going on here (check out the dude in the lower right, he makes me giggle)
We started off making our way around the outer ring known as “Artist Alley”. As the name suggests, this is where all the artists hang out. You can talk to them to find out what they do. Most of them were also selling commissioned pieces, sketchbooks, and autographs. They were all very friendly and seemed happy to talk to everyone. I personally had no clue who any of these people were, but most of them had drawn some character that I had heard of. To me this was pretty nifty, so I was constantly in a state of awe. Once we made the loop, we moved on to the vendors. There were a lot, selling anything comics related: books, toys, shirts, hats, patches, buttons, jewelry, and even swords.
Independent Comic book artist has weaponized Charlie Brown!
There were a good amount of people in costume. We saw Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Captain America, several Star Wars characters, quite a few iterations of The Joker, some very realistic G.I. Joes, and a lot of Anime characters with whom I am not familiar. Mick Foley, you know, that wrestler guy, made an appearance as well. That was actually the funnest part of the day due to an inside joke between me and Deana.
Clone Wars Storm Trooper
Who knew Princess Diana was The Green Lanterns daughter?!
Unfortunately I could get a decent photo, but that’s Mick Foley
About twenty minutes in I ran into a few other friends who are hardcore comic collectors. I got a good insight on what it’s all about. I don’t necessarily understand collecting comics any more, but I do have a better appreciation for it. I also got to see, from a distance, the most expensive comic at the con. It was Marvel Comics #1, and I must admit I was pretty impressed. On that same wall was Batman #1, along with a few “first appearance of” comics. I didn’t really search the boxes too much. I did look to see if I could find “The Mice Templar”, a title I heard about on the Nerdcast podcast. I found it, and after checking out the fine artwork, I’ll definitely be getting a hold of it when it comes out in trade paperback. I also looked for “Buffy Season Eight” and “Civil War”. I found some good deal, but had a limited budget and couldn’t make a decision. I did find some Mighty Muggs, which are the cutest damn action figures ever made. I bought Duke and Cobra Commander and now I’m totally obsessed and vow to have them all before I move to Portland.
Marvel Comics #1 (top row, center)
The Mice Templar
Duke and Cobra Commander Mighty Muggs
My overall experience at the con was super positive. I enjoyed it way more than I expected and we ended up staying the entire day. Everyone was extremely approachable and easy to talk to. The most interesting thing for me about the experience was the number of females present, It was pretty close to half. There were even a ton of female artists, which for some reason blew my mind. I guess I’ve just always been under the impression that this was mostly a male media format. I certainly will be headed back next year, and looking into maybe taking a trip to Atlanta for Dragon Con this year or the next. Maybe I can even volunteer for Dragon Con 2011. No matter who you are, if you have the slightest interest in comics, toys, or seeing scantily clad women dressed as your favorite super villains, find a con and check it out. I guarantee you will have a killer experience.
About an hour from now I will be headed to my first comic book convention. Heroes Con is a yearly convention put on by the local comic book shop Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find. It’s been going since 1982. This years is going to be the biggest one yet.
I’m not a huge comic book guy, but I really enjoy the cosplay. I’m hoping this will be a good chance for some photography. I have been lead to believe these guys really like to be photographed. I’m going with a friend who is familier with cons. She volunteers at DragonCon every year. She will be my guide and wingman for interacting with the cosplayers and such.
I really hope this is a better experience than last weekends Tattoo convention. I expect it will be, but I’ll let know when I get back. I’ll try and post some various photos while we are there, but I’ll be focusing more on the fancy camera than the iPhone so we’ll see.
Updates to follow!
Why is it that your Facebook profile picture isn't what you currently look like?
Well, the other day I dug out my point and shoot, which I have used in about a year, and dumped the memory card. I found about a months worth of pictures from when I was growing my hair and beard and taking a picture everyday. That particular picture was taken right before I decided to finally shave and get a haircut. I added it to the “my many faces” album and I really liked the picture so I decided to make it my profile picture for a while. I think it may start a trend of using all my different looks as profile pictures for the next couple months, just to do something a little different.
" The funniest thing to me is when she cries after a movie that most people wont cry after: Star Wars, Back to the Future, Lord of the Rings… etc. It’s hysterical to hear her talk about how happy she is for McFly or Frodo! The best part is, she has an amazing sense of humor and laughs at herself when she sees these videos. She knows they’re online and is happy that her quirk can bring people entertainment."
This girl is awesome! Check out the videos (Star Wars is my favorite so far) and the blog.