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Reflections on Anglicon 2017 & A Photo Album

14 Dec

anglicon-2017By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Over the second weekend of December, the British media convention Anglicon proves not every pop culture event has to be super-sized. This intimate event offered to fans used to corporate shows a taste of what a typical science fiction convention is like. These smaller events offer the same amount of fun — an art show, an exhibitor space for craftspeople (and other similar conventions) to vend from, a space for board gaming, a short film festival and a dance. For the latter, there were two nights for attendees to rock the night away. Even the traditional staples (costume contest) show not all costumes have to be about Doctor Who. A few furries were seen running around, and we’re not talking about Bentley the Corgi, one of the three guests of honour.

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Reflections on Fan Expo Vancouver 2017

16 Nov

215d2-fanexpovancouverBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The variety of nerdy interests represented at Fan Expo Vancouver every year will differ. They have certainly become the crossroads of where all kinds of pop culture can converge, hence the X in their #FXV hashtag. While previous shows may feel more jam-packed than recent, this year’s event only affirms what I suspected from 2016 — this local event is getting connected with various television productions which film around the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. This event is settling into a groove most will approve and I can only imagine it will get better. Although years away, I’m sure the organizers will have something grand planned when year ten hits. But that’s four years away.

This festival moved from April to November two years ago, making the expense of staying at hotels a touch better during the offseason and offering to both exhibitors and fans a chance to rest before setting up for the next show. Epic Photo Ops deserves special mention for effectively managing the lineups for those seeking a memento with their favourite group of (or with a particular) performer.

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Grant Gustin does not appear at many conventions so those hoping to meet him will have to do so at this show. As The Flash in The CW‘s flagship show, I can imagine he’s not easy to meet. To see both him and the entire STAR labs team (minus Jesse L. Martin) on stage is usually a San Diego Comic Con Hall H scale event, and fans of the show got it at Fan Expo in Vancouver, BC Canada! This panel was packed, and anyone there saw the sweet chemistry he has with Candice Patton in real life too. The star of this panel, however, was Zoe Patton, a cute canine which no doubt won many hearts. Viewers who saw this week’s episode, “When Harry met Harry,” got to understand what the Council of Wells was about, and Tom Cavanagh talked about how this segment was pieced together.

When considering the number of television and film productions going on in this corner of the world, folks hoping for a celebrity sighting will find attending this event better than to wait during a film/television shoot. A chance to interact with a star is never guaranteed when the set is a workplace. From the massive list of CW comic book based shows (Riverdale, Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and iZombie) to movies like Deadpool 2 — which ended production the month before — just who will attend are decided months before. Attendees will have to hope there are no sudden changes the week before due to work (or family, like Stephen Amell had) obligations coming up last-minute. I’m sure there were attendees hoping to spot Ryan Reynolds or Kevin Smith (who did appear in 2016).

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[Victoria, BC] Cherry Bomb Toy’s Second Floor Facelift

23 Nov

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

If everything goes to plan, Cherry Bomb Toy’s phase one plans of opening the museum will take place by mid-December. The space looks like it can have Mario and Luke Skywalker as some of the featured items that’s now renovated to feature a multitude of displays. To dispel the look of a tiny area, mirrors are being fitted to give a nicely made illusion of a vastness of walking into a full blown gallery. Here’s a photo diary of the work in progress in this operation as Otaku no Culture got a sneak peak of what’s being developed:

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Final Poster Roundup for How to Train Your Dragon 2

3 May

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

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In How to Train Your Dragon 2, Stoick the Vast is getting a new dragon. Unless the Thunderdrum has evolved and changed shape, whatever type of beast the Leader of Berk is getting bears some semblance to a Triceratops.

As for how Thornado will feel towards his former rider, that’s unlikely to happen since the movie has yet to indicate if any lessons learned from Dragons: Defenders of Berk will be important in the film. Instead, what this movie will do is to take place a few years after and probably not acknowledge the friends or other clans met from the television series. Some fans may desire the return of Heather but that’s unlikely to happen.

With approximately a month and a half before this film’s release on June 13th, fans will no doubt be anxious to see what merchandise will follow. Poster collectors, however, will have a tough time tracking down the now nine posters. Hopefully Dreamworks or 20th Century Fox will be nice and offer prints or copies of them available for sale for fans to purchase when not every theater will give them out to the die-hard fans.