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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WONDERS OF THE WEB: WARREN GETS CRAZY!!!

And we're back!  We're taking a metaphoric journey to the Great White North these next two weeks as we celebrate a couple of great characters from the land of Maple and Molson.  I'm talking, of course, about Canada!  Thanks to Twitter, I have many friends and fans up there.  Given some of Canada's legendary shows like You Can't Do That On Television, SCTV and Kids In The Hall, I guess silly and irreverent comics like Bubble Fox and Mike & Mindy fit like a glove with Canadian readers.  I'm very proud to have so many wonderful friends up there and hope I did two of Canada's funniest character some CRAZY justice.  So who's up first?  Scroll down and find out!  Enjoy...

Why look who it is!  It's the hippest, happeningest, hungriest, hockey-playingest character in ALL of Web Comics!  Its Gully Golz of Warren Frantz's always hilarious Off Season!  And you know he's ready for action because he's got his officially-sanctioned BrOlympics singlet on!  Whether he's fighting possessed tails, monster zambonies, dogs with gubble bum or kids trying to amplify farts through acoustic guitars, there ain't a whole lot that Gully can't handle, even a rousing round of Helium Hockey!

And so ends the mid-month post for this August of 2018.  Time just keeps flying by here, but we're gonna keep on truckin' because we must!  Our Canadian salute concludes next week as dumpster dive with a beloved and legendary figure in Web Comics.  Who is it?  Come back and find out!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WONDERS OF THE WEB: CARL GETS CRAZY!!!

Hello fellow CRAZIES!!!  Yeah, I know, no more con pics.  But Hey!  The art has returned!  That's pretty cool, right?  Oh come on!  After more than two months, y'all had to be sick of the past Comic Con pics, right?  Well, I only have so many, so back to the art we go!

A couple Octobers ago, I took part in my first Inktober event.  For those who aren't on Twitter or Instagram, Inktober takes place every October and has a pretty simple premise: Draw an inked piece of art everyday!  It's not always easy for me, as October tends to be my busiest month work-wise, but I managed to pull a couple of rabbits out of my hat these last two years.  For my 2016 debut, I chose to spotlight some of my pals in the Web Comic realm!  Since I try to do themes from time to time, I figured why not make August Web Comic month?  So here we go!  Enjoy...

First up is the sarcastic serpent who's usually on the receiving end of his blundering bruin pal's shenanigans.  That's right, it's Carl the Snake from PJ Day's hilarious comic, Flatt Bear!  Carl is more often than not the voice of reason among his wacky stable of friends, and usually suffers heavy consequences for it.  But he always bounces back and sticks by his pals no matter what.  He's a true friend through and through.

And that's all she wrote for today.  It's nice to be back to these smaller, simpler posts.  As much as I enjoy the con pics, it's a lot of work sorting, posting and captioning them.  This took maybe 20 minutes, if even that!  Anyway, we take our Web Comic party up north next week for some wacky fun with a wacky Canadian, so be sure to come on back!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

COMIC CON 2018: HOT HOT HOT!!!

Comic Con 2018 has come and gone.  Actually, it ended two weeks ago, but I already had things queued up, so we're only just now getting to it!  Even now, as I type this, my feet are still killing me!  In all, Comic Con was an 11 day adventure for me as I went from setting up Hall H to building the Hasbro booth to going to the con and then taking it all down!  Yeah, I guess sore feet was kind of the best case scenario in this situation.

There were many highs and lows this year, but we'll get to that later.  For now, let's get to the pics, shall we?  Comic Con 2018 WAS a go!  Enjoy...

After a 25 year absence, the Rockafire Explosion made a triumphant return to San Diego, with Deadpool as their new frontman!  A brief history here for those born past 1990: Chuck E Cheese's wasn't the only restaurant that had an animatronic band.  There was also Showbiz Pizza which had a larger ensemble called the Rockafire Explosion.  Through various trials and tribulations, Showbiz and Chuck E Cheese's merged and the Rockafire was eventually phased out.  Some independent restaurants around the country bought their own Rockafire bands, Pistol Pete's in San Diego being among them.  Pistol Pete's closed up sometime around 1993 and reopened not long after as Peter Piper Pizza, minus the band (Ironically, if you go there today, you can actually see where the stage had once been!).  After many years and a membership shake-up, the Explosion was back and totally killed it!  I actually got to see them set it all up, so most of us 80's kids kept wandering over to Fox's booth to check it out!

 The Dragonball World Tour offsite behind the Marriott!  This was one of the few offsites I was able to do this year and one of the few that opened up before the Con, hence the reason I was able to beat the crowds and check it out.  It was pretty cool.  Lot's of life-sized statues of  Dragonball characters and some cool toy displays.  Also got a really cool swag bag!

 Beware the Killer Tomatoes!  They are always lurking!  Fun fact: The guy that did Attack of the Killer Tomatoes was a Southwestern College alumnus, which is where I started at!

 Pennywise's sister was out and about, looking to feast!

 My niece, Kristen, made her cosplay debut this year as Sandia, The Watermelon Warrior!  It was the last year I could get her a child's badge, so she asked me if I could make her warrior armor.  I said "How about a pumpkin warrior, since you like Halloween?"  She said, "Uncle, I can't be a pumpkin warrior in the middle of summer.  How about a watermelon Warrior?"  And thus began a looooooong journey that in all took six weeks of work to build!  But to see how much she loved it, and how well received it was from the SDCC crowd, it was well worth it!  She even made a brief appearance on The Jim Jefferies Show!  I don't have too many production pics of the build, unfortunately.  I didn't want to jinx myself since it was my first time making cosplay armor, but over all, I was very happy with the results!  And for those not in the know, Sandia is Spanish for Watermelon.  Kristen picked the name!

 Kristen got the real cosplayer treatment!  Lots of folks wanted pics with her, including just about EVERY Deadpool in attendance!

 YEAH YEAH YEAH!!!  IT'S DR. ROXXO!!!  THE ROCK 'N' ROLL CLOWN!!!  Thankfully, he didn't have any cocaine!

 Wa-Wild and crazy!
Wa-Wild and crazy!
Loved this show as a kid.  They likely had different music directors, but I'm convinced Jim Johnston worked for Nickelodeon under a pseudonym in the early 90's.  The themes of those Nick shows back then were WAAAAAY to similar to early-90's WWF intros!

 The Comic Con sensation before SDCC even started!  When vids of this cosplayer surfaced online roughly two weeks before the opening, people went nuts!  Everyone was on the lookout for Iron Spider and sure enough, we found him!  And yes, the legs were fully mechanical and the eyes lit up and moved!

 Even at Comic Con, the Dude abides, taking it easy for us sinners.

 The former Petco Park Interactive Zone stepped it up a notch and became The Experience At Petco Park!  And they delivered big!  A giant stage with a video wall showing movies and gaming competitions all throughout the con was just one of the new additions.  There was also an expanded food truck zone, a VIP Beer Garden for badge holders, numerous installations for such brands as Marvel, Sony and Norton and a giant inflatable shark that had working jaws that chomped stuff every hour on the hour!  It was a good option for those who couldn't get passes.

 This was easily the best cosplay of the con.  Not knocking my own armor build, but this was just so badass!  Most Labyrinth Cosplayers just go as Jareth or Sarah.  This Junk Lady Cosplay was simply amazing.  And the puppet head worked!  I'd love to build something like this someday.

 I've longed to see Willow Cosplay at ANY con I go to, and this year I finally got my wish as Queen Bavmorda walked through the lobby!  The good Queen said she was part of a group even, but alas, I was never able to find the others.  Next year perhaps...

 Easily the most popular cosplay of the con!  Most people thought this guy was a real In 'N' Out employee taking orders!  I told him that if he had found a legit way to get deliveries there, he probably could've retired after that weekend alone!

 The Undertaker, circa 1994-1996!  After taking this picture, he Tombstoned a security guard who was trying to check his urn!

 The Mattel booth had a life-size statue of Andre the Giant on display that also included his hand prints.  In my family, I am the giant one.  But I felt like a kid seeing how my hand sized up to Andre's!

 Will Ferrell group cosplay!  They just needed a Roxbury Guy!

 The formerly great Nintendo Lounge.  Last year, Nintendo implemented rules that anyone could still walk in, but to play games, you had to wait in a long line.  This year, they just plain said "Screw everyone!  No one gets in until we say so!"  Needless to, I wasn't gonna wait three hours just to walk around inside and take pics.  Was fun while it lasted.

Rick & Pokemon!  Holy crap Morty!  What an awesome crossover!!!

And we end things today on a video from the Cartoon Network booth that I hope will play!  I'm a big fan of Steven Universe and my niece later admitted that the Watermelon Stevens were somewhat of an inspiration for her choice of fruit armor!

And that was Comic Con 2018!  On the whole, I had a good time.  With my nephew and niece being old enough now, I was able to let them roam the halls on their own for a bit while I got to do the things I wanted to do and even went to a few panels, first time in four years!  Still had to deal with a few security guards thinking they were cops, but that's pretty much every year.  A down year for cosplay.  Not that there wasn't any good costumes.  There were plenty!  Problem was the weather was just not good for costuming.  Typically, San Diego's muggy season doesn't start until August.  These last few years though, it has started earlier and earlier, and if you're in a big, heavy costume, it's not the most pleasant experience I'd imagine.  Hopefully next year, things will cool down a bit.  And then of course, there were the lines.  Given all there is to see and do during the week, and the amount of people who come, I long ago accepted that some offsites just can't be done.  But these last few years, the lines have just been unacceptable.  Some people waited as long as seven hours to walk around a futuristic Taco Bell while others waited for four hours to walk into a store based on The Purge.  That just ain't right.  The worst part is, it's the people running the offsites that make it that way.  The offsites used to be very well-run and efficient.  If Disneyland can figure out line management on a daily basis, so can these guys, who have a whole year to figure it out no less!  Guess there's always next year. 

At last, we close the book on the CRAZY Comic Con Countdown 2018.  I hope y'all enjoyed the pics and stories.  I sure enjoyed sharing them with y'all!  We'll be back next June with another two months of Comic Con fun so be sure to mark your calendars now!  And if you're really missing the pics already, I'm sure I'll have some Long Beach Comic Con pics up in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!  The art returns next week and all month long, we're saluting some Web Comic greats, so come back and see!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

COMIC CON IS OVER... BUT WE COUNTDOWN ANYWAY!!!

Another Comic Con has come and gone...  And I don't even know whether or not it was cool or not?!?  I type these in advance, though, admittedly, I cut things WAY to close this time around.  Between work, cartooning and a special Comic Con-related project I was working on, free time was a luxury I couldn't afford this year.  I'd go into details, but I, like so many others, am feeling a bit deflated at the moment, which certainly contradicts the above pic now that I think of it.  The Countdown's over, but we still have another con to go before moving on to this year's show, so lets look back at Comic Con 2017 while I still got some energy left.  Enjoy...

Rukia and Ichigo took a break from hunting Hallows to enjoy the sights of Comic Con!

 A Peanuts Pug!  Always lots of cute dogs in costumes out and about during Comic Con!

The Fandom Food Truck came to the Petco Park Interactive Zone with the promise of fan-inspired dishes and free Pepsi for all!  Well, we got free sodas at least.  Apparently Pepsi, who was sponsoring the truck, never bothered getting a license for selling food and was shut down by the health inspector!  In the end, only ice cream floats, Wookie Cookies (knockoff gingerbread men) and nasty cinnamon-flavored Pepsis were allowed to be given out.  Their intentions were good, just very poorly executed!

The Blade Runner 2049 offsite was a massive free event that, sadly, had some insanely long lines!  You had two options to experience: VR, which was a five-hour wait, and non-VR, which was a three-hour wait.  Needless to say, I decided to do other things!

Dot Matrix!  Everybody's droid of honor!

For the first time ever, The Birds cosplay!

Wonder Woman does not suffer the Festival of Fools!

WUBBA LUBBA DUB DUB!!!  The Adult Swim Carnival!  With any luck, I was FINALLY able to get in this year!

Wander Over Yonder cosplay!  Given the weather, it's a risk to paint your face up during Comic Con.  These two seemed to find some melt-proof grease paint!

I don't know what this is from, but it looked awesome!

Helga and Joel.  The movie riffer extraordinaire is a huge upgrade over ol' football head!

She had a golden ticket and a badge!

A large Hey Arnold! contingent was on hand to help celebrate some classic Nickelodeon fun with The Splat!

What better way to end today's post than with some family bonding, courtesy of Futurama?  As I always say, the family that cosplays together stays together!

And that was Comic Con 2017!  It was one of best shows I'd had in a while, so it felt great to get a bit of my con swagger back!  The offsites were really the story of the con as they drew bigger crowds than Comic Con itself!  As the show gets bigger, more and more events will be added.  Hopefully things will balance themselves out eventually.  Hall H could certainly use some more balancing out, but that's a story for another day.

And that's a wrap on July!  Come back next week as we kick off August by ending the CRAZY Comic Con Countdown 2018 and FINALLY taking a look at this year's show!  Should be loads fun, so be sure to come back!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Monday, July 16, 2018

COMIC CON 2018 IS HERE AND CRAZY!!!

IT'S HERE!!!  IT'S HERE!!!  THE GREATEST WEEK OF THE YEAR!!!  Okay, I gotta calm down!  Yes, Comic Con 2018 is in fact here, but I must keep composed!  After all, you came to see some fun pics and get a tip or two before packing up and heading out, right?  That's what I thought!  Now long time readers will likely notice that this week's post is up a few days early.  Well, that's because Comic Con starts Wednesday and, well, you likely aren't surfing the web if you're there!  I mean, honestly now!  It's friggin' Comic Con!  You should be seeing the sights!  Plus, the Convention Center gets so jammed up during the show that most cell services can't hold up anyway.  I guess this can be considered Tip #1 for today: Expect a LOT of missed calls and make sure you have a portable charger for your phone!

So yes, we're up a few days early so that you, dear readers, will have time to read through this post and get a feel for the show.  Plus, I'm just plain gonna be too busy on Wednesday to promote this post anyway, so I may as well get this up while I can!  And to make things easier, any helpful tips I add will be highlighted in CAPS and come after a pic, sound good?  Great!  The CRAZY Comic Con Countdown lands in 2016 this time around, so enough jabbering about and let's get to the pics!  Enjoy...

A true Comic Con tradition and part of the conditions you sign when given a badge: You MUST take at least ONE pic of the SDCC logo through one of the circle arches!

TIP:  This seems like a no-brainer, but the best way to get this shot is from an escalator.  Dumb as it sounds, people have scaled over railing and risked life and limb for a shot that could've been easily AND safely taken from several sets of insanely slow-moving stairs!

 Shipwreck and Duke are ready to fight for freedom wherever there's trouble!

Now presenting your nightmare for the week, courtesy of FX's American Horror Story!  Believe it or not, this was tame compared to the large wraparound they had plastered to the north side of the Hilton Bayfront Hotel!

TIP:  The lawn outside of the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, adjacent to the Hall H line on the South side of the Convention Center, is home to one of the biggest Offsites offered at Comic Con!  It is FREE for all to attend, badge or not!  However, it does tend to crowd, so the earlier the better!  Also, it's outdoors, so bring LOTS of water and don't forget the sunscreen!  Comfortable walking shoes are also a must for ANY part of comic con!  Your toes will appreciate you not wearing sandals!

The Lego booth, featuring the video wall I built!  Most booths that have video walls usually build them out of LED tiles.  This wall simply used LED monitors.  It's not as clean-looking or seamless, but it still gets the job done and is far easier to put up than those horrific NEC monitors!

Childhood icon right here!  Marc Summers is welcome to throw pies at me anytime he wants!  So wild that this dude is obsessed with cleanliness and yet hosted the messiest show ever!

TIP:  Autographs aren't as easy to get as they used to.  Larger booths, like Warner Bros, Fox and the above Nickelodeon booth, have raffles that require logging into Comic Con's or the participating studio's websites just for a shot at a shot at getting in line!  Point is, it may not be worth the headache of trying to get that line spot.  Conversely, a good many other booths, like Shout Factory, only require that you make a purchase or show up at a certain time and simply get in line!  Easiest way to keep up on these things is to follow the social media pages of participating booths.  Most post their info days in advance so attendees can prepare accordingly.  Always keep an eye out!

The Sharknado crew always brings the fun to the people strolling the Gaslamp Quarter looking for free scores!  This year, sadly, will be the last year they come as the final Sharknado movie is set to air soon.  Never before have a group of filmmakers prided themselves on making purposely bad movies!  On the plus side, the Discovery Channel some big plans set to promote this year's Shark Week over at The Experience At Petco Park!  Definitely worth a look if you'll be in the area!

TIP:  The Gaslamp Quarter is, obviously, open to all as is the The Experience At Petco Park, badge or not!  The Experience used to be known as the Petco Park Interactive Zone, but this year it's being expanded into a whole new experience with all sorts of fun planned and it's FREE for all!  Hell of a bargain, no?  If you're not familiar with the area, the huge pedestrian bridge spanning Petco Park and the Hilton Bayfront is the way to go!  Just enter at the Hilton side and exit at the Ballpark side and it's immediately to your right!  Also, for those looking for some great photo ops, outside of the Con has some of the best cosplayers around roaming the streets!  Like the FXX Experience at the Hilton Park, sunblock, water and shoes are a must, so don't forget!

Dick Tracy loves him some Magic The Gathering!

TIP:  Weren't lucky enough to get a ticket to Hasbro or Mattel's Toy Shop lines?  For those patient enough and with lowered hopes, by Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, both shops usually open the line to all con-goers!  However, there is a catch: It usually opens up because the most sought-after items have already sold out.  But, plenty of cool things are still up for grabs because I've benefited many times from these line openings, so keep an eye out!

The Batmobile, Version 6.0!  The DCEU has certainly gotten quite an emotional response from moviegoers.  It certainly got off to a rocky start but there are good things hidden within that are starting to surface.  I did like this current version of the Batmobile, as it's more of a hybrid between the Burton and Nolan vehicles.  Now if only the next movie would feature some updated Bat-Shark Repellent!

TIP:  The grassy areas adjacent to the Omni Hotel and Petco Park have also surfaced in recent years as a pretty cool spot for offsites!  They are adjacent to the Trolley tracks and directly across the street from the Convention Center, so they are hard to miss!

The much beloved, and missed, NERD HQ!  This really was an awesome offsite that gave people who couldn't get badges a real taste of the con experience.  Not to mention, for a small donation, you could have access to exclusive panels in a far more intimate setting than what the meeting rooms at the Convention Center offer.  For reasons not fully made clear, it's highly unlikely that NERD HQ will ever come back.  We can always dream though.

"An African swallow or a European swallow?"

Captain N!  It's crazy how many kids are cosplaying as old school characters now!  I realize Captain N: The Game Master is now on DVD and streaming, but it just doesn't seem likely that anyone younger than my age group would even think to watch it!

The Garthim!  The Dark Crystal spawned some truly jaw-dropping creatures and effects on audiences!  I'm really looking forward to the new Netflix series!

TIP:  A good spot to get great cosplay pics is in the lobby of the convention center.  Try and keep away from Hall entrances though.  Security can be VERY overzealous during Comic Con.

Disney Warrior Princesses!  Too bad first-run syndication's no longer viable!

The short-lived ConX from Entertainment Weekly!  This offsite was a lot of fun and had some great swag at it.  Sadly, it was just too far away to really lure people over to come see during the day.  Although it's nighttime lineup had a little more interest.  Who knows?  Maybe someday EW will give it another shot? 

THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!!!

Damn!  That's gotta be the best Lego cosplay ever!

Normally I'm not down with the "Christmas In July" concept, but I'll make an exception for these two.  Elf was a hilarious movie!

The FORMER Petco Park Interactive Zone!  Now don't worry folks, it ain't leaving.  As I said earlier in the posy, it's being revamped and expanded to offer even MORE fun things to do for FREE!  The one downer about this particular year?  The Ferris Wheel wasn't free!  Cheap bastards!

Street Fighter Stormtroopers... This has potential!

Man, I really gotta dig deep sometimes to find some great pics to share with y'all!

And so ends the latest installment of our countdown.  2016 was a mixed bag.  I had fun for sure, but was kinda bogged down by other circumstances.  Still, I picked up some really cool books and toys and made many wonderful new friends!  They can't all be perfect, but they're always a lot of fun still!

And so it is that another week passes.  We only have two weeks left and one of them doesn't even have pics yet!  We will be back next week with a look back at last year's show, so be sure to come back.  As always, my final tips for those going to Comic Con are as follows: Stay hydrated, stay clean, stay calm and stay kind.  It's gonna be hot, so water is a definite must!  Cleanliness is probably the most important thing you can do.  Besides being a common courtesy, staying clean goes a long way towards NOT getting sick!  Con crud sucks folks, so bathe daily, use hand sanitizer and take vitamins!  Calm and kind pretty much go hand-in-hand here.  With crowds this large, it's easy to get overwhelmed and for tempers to flair.  If we all just try to keep moving along and be courteous, it makes for a nicer experience for all.  And that's that!  Take care, be safe and be sure to keep an eye out on my Twitter feed (@JonsCrazyTweets) for updates on meet-ups, provided I get any kind of cell service this year!  Anyway, I'll catch y'all at Comic Con!  Later!