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Will There Be More Sailor Moon Musicals after Le Mouvement Final in North America?

9 Apr

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

North American or Japanese, musicals must be seen live. When it is not possible to attend either due to location or cost, sometimes the next best thing is to see it at the movies. Whether that’s with a remote broadcast or adaptation, these shows rarely disappoint. When paired with a pop culture phenomenon, especially Sailor Moon, visions of New York Radio City’s The Rockettes style performances come to mind. Just do not tell the Sailor Senshi. They may go on a tirade. This particular series is retelling the manga by Naoko Takeuchi and they been playing in Japan for over two decades. The story arcs are expanded upon and even goes into bold new directions. Not every Japanese pop culture enthusiast may know this subgenre. To keep track of everything from Japan means having both ears to the ground. Officially, only the soundtracks exist and bootleg videos are a grey area. The first overseas performance was in 2015 in Shanghai, and the North American premiere of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical—Le Mouvement Final, presented as a pre-recorded performance, started late last month. Screening made its way to Cineplex Theatres Canada last week.

I am very thankful CineLife Entertainment for overseeing an international distribution; more screenings are being added, and I suspect this video tour is still rolling out.

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Capital City Comic Con Recap & What’s Next in Victoria, BC

20 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The reports are in – Capital City Comic Con in Victoria, BC is a resounding success! Many attendees, myself included, enjoyed the vibe which flowed throughout the three days and my biggest concern was in how well the lines of people are managed. Overall, it went very smoothly. Smaller events mean shorter waits, and during the times I visited the celebrity guest section, the crowds were never overwhelmingly big. Even the talents who attended appreciated the relaxed atmosphere. All of this positive attitude means this event will continue for years to come.

Patrick Warburton was outspoken about what he and fellow guests thought about this city and well managed this show was during his Q&A.

One detail I have to get off my chest is when I hear talk about (this) Comic-Con. I often jokingly say back “Which one?” This event needs its own code to distinguish it. 4C is the unofficial shorthand name (C4 is Winnipeg’s show). For me, a veteran of the convention scene, Comic-Con is the San Diego, California event. They own the name, sad to say. and the fight over ownership was brutal.

This garden city event was a very relaxed one on Friday. Unlike the huge shows which have a lot to take in, I often have to pick one aspect to focus on and miss the rest. At ECCC, I do not have the time to diverge to play Magic the Gathering or enjoy any role-playing events. With three days, maybe I could. With 4C, I entered a model building contest, caught a bunch of pokemon (yes, I’m still playing that game) in a timed event, played a miniatures battle game (more on this later), talked to one of the guests at length (Mike Quinn is wonderful and multifaceted) and went to a handful of panels. I was not here to shop. When I do, I go to larger nerd celebrations to seek out the elusive than exclusive.

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Exploring the Talent of Dan Schoening, Artist at Large

4 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dan Schoening is a talented artist based out of Victoria, British Columbia who has progressed far since graduating from Camosun College‘s Visual Arts program. Not only is the main artist for IDW’s Ghostbusters, but also he does work for InLight Entertainment, a local indie video game developer. But his resume does not end there. He’s done illustrations for (to name a few) Random House, DC Comics and APE Entertainment.

He’s also very active in the social media front, posting new pictures on deviantART and Twitter. But this is a man who simply loves to draw and to see him pursue his dream and make convention appearances is one of simple pleasure. Business is good for him, and it is a place for him to meet and interact with his fans. He has appeared at many shows, including Emerald City Comicon in the past and will be attending Capital City Comic Con, taking place March 16-18th, 2018! As I predicted way before this event made any official news, any resident artists of this city will be present for this inaugural show.

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Tsukino Con by Night – Observations

12 Feb

On day two, Tsukino Con at night has the feel of being an entirely different show. It’s a nerd fiesta of adult’s only events and it’s not always about Japanese Animation. Rick and Morty fans can rejoice! Also on this list is the raunchy Swimsuit Showdown. Yes, this show requires bloopering out language and the craziness that goes on, but it’s the highlight of the second day. To hear the crowds bring the house down only shows how popular this event is. It has been running for at least 6 years. Newcomers can recognize who are regular attendees when everybody knows their name. Other panels like Whose Sassy Line is it Anime or The Room of Shame in this year’s event listing only had this reporter curious. To run around in a cold windy winter’s night was not my choice to discover everything, but it is a reason for why I should consider attending next year’s show.

For me, interest in watching cosplay, new anime or music videos during the day is limited. They’re staples for many a show and I’ve traveled far and wide so I’ve done the gambit. The variety of panels is dependent on the ideas applicants pitch. Overlap is inevitable. With this type of event, more people are keen to put on their favourite costume to and walk around in. As I was people watching, not everyone who was dressed up was a Japanese Animation character. Cat Noir from the cartoon Miraculous was seen walking around, Black Cat (not the one pictured below) from Marvel Comics graced the exhibit hall and a Stormtrooper did not try to stop anyone, inquiring about a droid.

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