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Character Designer & Manga Artist Kenichi Sonoda Announced for Sakura-Con!

26 Jan

kenichisonoda_photoBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

One of anime’s biggest names is coming to the Seattle and will be found at Sakura-Con 2017, the Pacific Northwest’s largest anime convention. Celebrating 20 years, it is only fitting character designer, writer, and manga artist Kenichi Sonoda will be one of this year’s guests.

Sonoda’s career started in the mid-80’s at studio Artmic, where he became a character designer for some of Artmic’s best titles such as Bubblegum Crisis (where he produced the original look of the Knight Sabers team), Riding Bean, and the Gall Force series. Sonoda was also designer on long-time fan favourites Otaku no Video and the super-deformed special Scramble Wars: Tsuppashire! Genom Trophy Rally.

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[Victoria, BC] NeXus Con Sets Out to Bend the Rules of Gaming Come Aug 27!

1 Aug

Nexus-Con-teaserBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

NeXus Con is a new event organized by Dwayne Morash who simply wants to introduce folks to gaming (in all its various forms). The show will be held at Saanich Commonwealth Place on August 27th, 2016 from 11am to 9pm, and it is an intimate type of event where it will be capped at 40 or so people

New players do not have the opportunity to simply try games out without buying, and this show hopes to change all that by flipping the formula traditionally found in conventions. Most shows require a separate entry fee just to play in tournaments. This event dispenses with all that and it’s going to be more like a meet n’ greet spotlighting the favourite games of past and present.

Morash is the founder/editor of Game Nexus, a local news and information site for all things related to games. Just like this website, there will be video games, tabletop miniature battles, role-playing games and collectable card games to try out. For a reasonable fee of $25, attendees can sample the best in what gaming has to offer. Trends change like the roll of the dice, and the goal of Morash is to provide a quality event minus all the hustle and bustle of one that is corporate run. He gave me a heads up about this event, and I had some questions:

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Tips on Streamlining Your Convention Gear For Year-Round Fun!

10 May

Fan Expo EntryBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Being prepared for any broad spectrum / pop culture convention can be easy. With shows taking place anytime and anywhere, I’m sure what I’ve learned over the decades still applies. After attending many shows ranging from Anime Expo to Emerald City Comicon up and down the West Coast and varying what I want to carry, I’ve come to streamline what I consider are essentials for each event.

I want to make the most of the show without having a massive backpack meant for hiking on me. Even if I’m just there for two days out of the three (or four as some have expanded to), nobody wants to carry Fort Knox on their back.

Checklists are beautiful but not everyone will make one when considering anything can be found in the exhibit hall. Walking in here is like wandering into a shopping centre. Depending on the show, it’s like finding most of the shops of West Edmonton Mall compressed into one-third the space! State-side, I’m sure comparisons can be made with the Hollywood & Highland Center. I’ve been to “The Cube” in Kyoto, Japan and that’s tough to beat! People will find stuff they either want to buy, get autographs from or get a photo with. Comic collectors will find those tables seek out those titles to finish their collections with and toy enthusiasts will have a fun time trying to load up on all the boxed or unboxed figures to put on display.

No matter what the approach, I find a few key items are a must for an art collector, autograph hound, comic book aficionado or photographer to have when tackling a show. The essentials always boil down to a notepad and pen, but in this digital age, everything can be done with a smartphone and the right carry-all accessory. All the items I recommend can be bought on Amazon (highlighted as a link).

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Vancouver Expo Announces Two New Guests Aug 5-7, 2016!

2 Mar

Vancouver Expo LOGO

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

A new convention on the Pacific Northwest scene is Vancouver Comic and Entertainment Expo in British Columbia (which will take place August 5-7th, 2016) and they have announced today their next round of guests: Bill Moseley and Michael Berryman. These two are horror film veterans with a bevy of credits which make them recognizable nearly everywhere they go! Both performers have been on the scene since the 70’s, and have their own legion of followers who enjoyed watching their special brand of terror over the years.


Moseley is best known as Chop Top in Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) and since then, he’s appeared in many cult films like The Blob (1988) to cement his status in the world of genre films.

He played the Deadeye Captain in Army of Darkness (1992), and appeared in Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) and The Devil’s Carnival (2012), two films by prolific director-producer-writer Terrance Zdunich. Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival (2015) is a sequel Moseley is involved in and perhaps he may offer some clues as to what’s next in this set of films.

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