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What Does Rick & Morty, ECCC and D&D Have in Common? A Bonanza …

11 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date: March 12, 2019

After reading IDW & Oni PressRick and Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons in a collected softcover release, I feel ready to take on the live show happening at Emerald City Comic Con! The panel takes place on Friday, 6:30pm at TCC Level 3, Room 5 in the Washington State Convention Centre. Here, writer Jim Zub and gang–Josh Trujillo, Kat Kruger and Kate Welch–through the wringer if he’s to recreate what he wrote in the book.

As for whether or not there will be any surprise visits, could voice talents Sarah Chalke, Chris Parnell or Justin Roiland be nearby?

The four-issue comic book run released last year, back around late Summer and it offers plenty of easter eggs for fans of this role-playing game to enjoy. Fans of the Adult Swim cartoon will find this new adventure fun and exhilarating. From recreations of classic covers of many an AD&D game module to jabs at how different each edition of the game is, I was reliving my days of an avid AD&D gamer. The 80s and 90s were my time with many a role-playing game. The jokes are hard not to miss (when I’m in the know) and I loved the inclusion of Dungeon Master (from the animated series of the same name). I was in stitches since writers Patrick Rothfuss and Zub nailed this personality spot on.

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2019 Fan Expo Vancouver Report, Takeaways & What’s Next for this Show?

11 Mar

img_8687.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Fan Expo Vancouver made the shift from November to March and the change was certainly noticeable. Most industry observers believe they want to challenge Emerald City Comic Con, which takes place two weeks later, and others were hard pressed in which show to support. Next year’s event will be held February 15-17 giving room for all events to share the busy late Winter schedule. One thing that I learned is with some of the exclusives, especially the comic books, are simply reprinted material from previous year’s offerings. A lot of people were asking every time I passed by the merchandise table, and not every member of the staff knew. Though they have slightly different covers, the content is the same.

Unconfirmed reports suggest lower than usual attendance on Saturday. I found navigating through the crowds easy and welcomed the smaller crowds. The event had a steady flow of people throughout the day. I liked the new layout. There were a larger food court area and the main stage was visible upon entry. Those who wanted to be at the big celebrity Q&As did not have to walk far. Two smaller stages were positioned at opposite ends, making noise levels reasonable, but one did have to compete against the main. The types of panels offered ranged from mostly meetups to sketch-duels. Very little industry material existed and I was very thankful for the information from Conor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare) offered for those interested in working in the comic book industry.

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One Man News & Reviews; Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Stranger Things Charles Ross

7 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

One Man virtuoso Charles Ross has more than one show up his sleeve. He’s best known for One Man Star Wars, and since its debut back in 2001, garnering attention worldwide, he’s expanded his repertoire to include Lord of the Rings, Batman and now Stranger Things. Of the latter two, they are not as often performed. As demand grows for specific shows, he will tour. Netflix’s season three of Stranger Things is the most anticipated television programme to come sometime in 2019 and this act will certainly develop as the series plot thickens.

His energy has never waned throughout the years I have seen him perform. One Man Star Wars is part of the local May the 4th celebrations at Farquhar Auditorium at the University of Victoria in 2019 and One Man Pride and Prejudice is set to go live (dates TBA). When considering his roots with the Fringe Festival, local or otherwise, where he tests new material, I will be in line to see his take of this Jane Austen classic. It was performed at the last Edinburgh and Winnipeg Fringe Festival. I believe my English Lit profs would want me to attend.

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Breaking Through the “Glass.” Details Revealed of Home Video Release!

5 Mar

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By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Writer-Director M. Night Shyamalan‘s Glass is coming digital on April 2, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 16, 2019! This release may seem quick, but for those wanting to see the entire trilogy back to back, the wait is not long at all. To understand how it comes together, like a puzzle, does require the release to have a lot of featurettes included. The commentary track can explain a few things that I might not have noticed before.

Universal Pictures is on the mark with getting this title out sooner than later, so fans can see how this auteur envisioned this trilogy. It took twenty years to make, and some nuances can easily be missed unless fans are watching the series back to back.

Unbreakable hinted at dangerous things to come. With Split starring James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement), it only got scarier. This series of films spotlights Samuel L. Jackson (Hitman’s Bodyguard, Avengers Franchise), Bruce Willis (Unbreakable, Die Hard), Sarah Paulson (Ocean’s Eight, “American Horror Story”) and Anya-Taylor Joy (The Witch) at their best.

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