Because these are the things I love. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:34:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 20842493 Sakura-Con 2016 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:28:09 +0000 - Because these are the things I love.

I spend a good portion of my year looking forward to Easter weekend, although not for the reason most would think. I look forward to Easter weekend because that’s when Sakura-Con takes place every year at the Washington Station Convention Center in Seattle, WA. Arriving at Sakura-Con every year kind of feels like coming home. It’s the con I’ve been ...

Sakura-Con 2016

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I spend a good portion of my year looking forward to Easter weekend, although not for the reason most would think. I look forward to Easter weekend because that’s when Sakura-Con takes place every year at the Washington Station Convention Center in Seattle, WA. Arriving at Sakura-Con every year kind of feels like coming home. It’s the con I’ve been attending the longest. In fact, this year marked my 8th anniversary attending! I know I’m always going to see good people, snag some awesome swag, and see amazing costumes at Sakura-Con. This year was no different.

This was my first year attending without staying in a hotel. Each day, I carpooled to the convention with a few friends. On Friday morning, I arrived with my friend Emma (DreamyFoxCosplay) at around 11:30 A.M. We wandered the con together before joining our friends for lunch on the second floor by the Juicy Café. It’s a regular resting place for my friends and I. It’s nice because it’s tucked away behind the escalators.

After eating, our first stop of the convention was the vendor’s hall and artist alley. There was a ton of great art this year, and much to my friend Sarah’s (Rose Quartz Latte Cosplay) delight, there was even a booth devoted entirely to pug art (Puglie). They had this really great pug Sailor Scouts poster I contemplated getting and even some plushies, which Sarah promptly purchased one of.

Sarah's look of joy at the Puglie booth.

Sarah’s look of joy at the Puglie booth.

By early afternoon, we opted to pass the time hanging out and taking pictures. I had purposefully left my schedule very open this year so I could just relax and enjoy some much needed time off. My senior year of college was taking a lot out of me and I had decided I didn’t want to do back-to-back photo shoots like years prior. I did, however, do an impromptu shoot with Emma, David (Ginger Ten), Sarah, and Jay (Raging Storm Cosplay). They were dressed as Emma Swan and Captain Hook from Once Upon a Time, Spider-Gwen, and genderbend!Elsa respectively.

After wandering the con for a few hours it was nearly time to go to a Love Live panel our friends were hosting at 4:30 P.M. The panel was super cute and informative, as someone that has never watched or played Love Live, I was definitely interested to learn more about it. Given how explosively popular Love Live is, I wasn’t completely clueless about it but I definitely learned quite a bit about the game play and about some of the main idols in the game and show. They even talked about the voice actors. Best of all, they started the panel off with a really adorable lip-sync performance complete with dancing! I really enjoyed the panel.

Love Live panelists: Bella, Gail, Raiphin.

Love Live panelists: Bella, Gail, and Raiphin.

The panel ended around 6:00 P.M. and since we only had an hour till the masquerade would begin I decided to focus on getting more hall shots before heading to the main hall. The masquerade is honestly one of my favorite parts about con. There’s just something really wonderful about seeing everyone all dressed up complete with beautiful masks. The songs are always pretty varied as well, so people aren’t stuck doing one particular type of dancing the whole time. To me, it’s always a delight to see everyone having such a lovely time on the dance floor. It’s like a beautiful, and extravagant, geeky prom or something. I got several great photos of people dancing together under the colored lights. The theme for this year was cherry blossoms.

After spending around an hour at the masquerade, I was pretty hungry and tired. So, I met up with a few friends at the Sheraton’s Daily Grill for some dinner before we all headed out to get enough rest to tackle day two of con, which is always the busiest.


On Saturday, I arrived with David, Jay, and Emma a little after lunch time and once again met up with friends by the Juicy Café for lunch before tackling the con. By the time we finished up, I had about 3 hours to wander before needing to head to a huge Sailor Moon meet up at 4 P.M.

I stuck around the second floor for a good hour or so, snagging pictures of cosplayers in the area. I even did a small photo shoot with Cheyanne, my friend Greg’s sister. Greg had modified his old Maka Albarn (From Soul Eater) scythe with gears and other embellishments to match Cheyanne’s steampunk version of the character. Cheyanne’s cosplay coupled with Greg’s excellent prop making skills looked wonderful. She was getting compliments all day long!

After that mini photo shoot, I decided to head up to park located outside of the 4th floor to take more pictures of cosplayers passing by. It was there that I ran into my friend, Celeste (Celestial Artistry). Celeste had missed the cut-off date earlier that year to apply for an artist alley table so she did the next best thing. She was walking around the park with a small portfolio and a stack of business cards with the intention of telling people about her art. Only, Celeste was feeling a bit shy and hadn’t handed out any cards when I ran into her. So, I helped her actually hand them out and engage a few people in conversations about her art.

Eventually it was time for me to head back to the 2nd floor to the large concrete stairs just outside the Juicy Café, where the Sailor Moon meet up was to be held. I was, once again, the main photographer for this meet up. I felt like I was slightly more prepared for the sheer number of Moonies I would be working with this time versus last year, but my goodness no matter how prepared you are that is still a lot of people to direct! I do feel like it went really well and there are a ton of great photos to show from it. I will more than likely volunteer to be the photographer again next year!

Once the Sailor Moon meet up was done, I was ready for a good long rest. I decided to head towards the cosplay chess room with Sarah. Greg, David, and several other of our friends were going to be performing in the cosplay chess and we wanted to be there to see the show and cheer them on. Thanks to my press pass, and being friends with the coordinators, they let me and Sarah in early to get good seats. We ate a snack and mingled before the game began.

Despite attending Sakura-Con for 8 years now, this was actually my first time going to cosplay chess! I can see now why this is a favorite activity for many con goers. It’s fun to watch your favorite characters interact with those of another series and battle it out.

I do feel like the game ran too long though. A lot of the battles felt like they went way longer than necessary and were often hard to follow. In the future, it may be best to give each battle a time limit. If people start to go over that limit, maybe there can be a “referee” that drags the losing player off stage or executes them to end the scene. It would have an added comedic effect and would keep the game running smoothly. I know it’s not an easy event to run and those are just my two cents on it all. I did hear that next year they are going to make sure to pair an experienced cosplay chess player with an amateur to ensure that a veteran of the craft can help the newbies along the way, and I think that will have a very positive impact on the game.

We ended up staying for both the regular cosplay chess and the late night one, as our friends were performing in both. As was promised by many, the late night cosplay chess was definitely funnier and, of course, raunchier than the earlier game. By the time the late night chess ended, it was nearly 1 A.M. and we were all exhausted. We skipped out on any parties that were happening and opted for a good night’s rest instead.


On the last day, we arrived a bit later, at 1 P.M. I grabbed myself a quick snack before heading up to the 4th floor in the corner at the top of the main escalators. I always make it a point to go there as most of the photographers and many cosplayers tend to convene in that area. We’ve actually dubbed it the “brotographer corner”. It’s a good meeting place if you’ve lost a friend or want to be able to easily meet someone before a shoot. This is exactly what I was there for, to meet up with some friends for a photo shoot.

I met up with my friends Abi (Abi Sue Cosplay), Jerica (Jerikandra Cosplay), Kristen (Kit Marie), and their friends Air Bubbles Cosplay, and Riley, for a Fairy Tail shoot in the park. Admittedly, I’ve never seen Fairy Tail, but I thought everyone’s cosplays looked fantastic! I’m also really interested in watching the show after taking pictures from it hearing more about it from my friends.

After the Fairy Tail shoot, I decided to take a last stroll through the artist alley and make all my purchases. I finally got some adorable pug pins and stickers from the pug booth! It’s a good thing I went when I did too: they were sold out of nearly everything! I really hope they come back next year.

I spent the last of my con mingling with friends and snapping some more photos of amazing cosplayers. Towards the very end of con, I even got a chance to meet up with my friend Jeremy (Cosplay With Me) from Texas. I was thrilled we managed to run into each other. I’ve known Jeremy online for a few years now but this had been our first meeting in person! We didn’t get to chat for too long before he needed to head out but we did get a selfie.

What I’ve always loved most about Sakura-Con are all the amazing people I get to see each year, and the new friends I always make.  Not to mention all the show-stopping cosplays people pull out every year that absolutely blow me away! Honestly, the cosplay game has only raised higher and higher with each passing year. Sakura-Con is always a guaranteed good time for me. I can say without hesitation that I will always look forward to spending Easter weekend with all the amazingly kind and talented people of Sakura-Con.

*All photos in this article were taken by Fearless Photoworks.*



Sakura-Con 2016

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Netflix To Develop ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Series Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:07:15 +0000 - Because these are the things I love.

Netflix partnered with CBC to bring a new series to television based on the 'Anne of Green Gables' novel series.

Netflix To Develop ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Series

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Anne of Green GablesAnne of Green Gables is about to make a major comeback on television. The iconic character from one of the world’s most beloved book series will soon show up on Netflix.

Netflix partnered with CBC for the new series, titled ANNE. Niki Caro (Whale Rider, McFarland USA, Zookeeper’s Wife) will direct the two-hour premiere episode. Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad, Flesh & Bone) will serve as writer for the first season.

Here’s the official description of the series:

“ANNE is a coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and numerous challenges, fights for acceptance for her place in the world and for love. The series centers on a young orphaned girl in 1890, who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live with her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination.”

However, ANNE  won’t stick exclusively to the books and will feature stories exclusive to the new series.

“Moira Walley-Beckett has written eight riveting, funny, emotional, surprising, beautiful hours of television. With the extraordinary talent of Niki Caro at the helm, we can’t wait to deliver our show to Netflix, CBC and the world,” said Northwood’s Miranda de Pencier, who brought the idea of the series development to Netflix and the CBC. “Netflix as our global partner means ANNE’s indomitable spirit can now enter homes and hearts all over the world.”

Netflix To Develop ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Series

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Sneak Peek At DC Comics’ Cyborg: Rebirth #1 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:29:37 +0000 - Because these are the things I love.

Cyborg: Rebirth #1 doesn't hit comic book shelves until September, but here's a sneak peek at what that DC Comics issue will look like.

Sneak Peek At DC Comics’ Cyborg: Rebirth #1

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The DC Comics Rebirth event keeps on keeping on and the latest superhero to get a rest is Cyborg. DC released a sneak peek at the Cyborg: Rebirth issue that will launch the new series, as well as offered a description that will give fans an idea of what to expect:

“Victor Stone was once a star athlete and brilliant student with a bright future. But after a tragic accident destroyed over half of his body, Victor was kept alive by merging flesh with advanced technology. Today he is the Justice League co-founder called Cyborg. But is the young hero a man…or a machine that merely believes it’s a man?”

Here’s a sneak peek at Cyborg Rebirth #1 cover art and interior pages:

Cyborg Rebirth #1

Cyborg: Rebirth #1 hits comic book store shelves on September 7.

Sneak Peek At DC Comics’ Cyborg: Rebirth #1

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Marvel Unleashes New Crop Of Cosplay Variant Covers Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:53:36 +0000 - Because these are the things I love.

Marvel just offered a sneak peek at its next round of cosplay variant covers, which will hit comic book store shelves in September.

Marvel Unleashes New Crop Of Cosplay Variant Covers

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It’s really cool how Marvel has embraced cosplay, particularly when it comes to its characters. The comic book publisher often features cosplayers on variant covers of its titles, but this is probably the first time the company has released so many at any given time.

Some of the best cosplayers in the world will get featured on some upcoming books, including Crystal Melton, Yaya Han, Rian Synnth and Lauren Matesic.

“The response to our first set of Cosplay Variants was so incredible, we simply had to do a second wave,” Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso said in a press release. “And, of course, we were able to find a great crop of cosplayers with some truly fantastic costumes. We’re thrilled to shine a spotlight on an ever-growing community that continues to show love for us and our characters.”

Here’s the full list of cosplay variant covers:

1.       A-FORCE #9 COSPLAY VARIANT by Crystal Melton

2.       A-FORCE #10 COSPLAY VARIANT by Corrine Vitek

3.       BLACK PANTHER #7 COSPLAY VARIANT by ScorpKing Costuming


5.       MOCKINGBIRD #8 COSPLAY VARIANT by Lauren Matesic of Castle Corsetry



8.       SILK #12 COSPLAY VARIANT by Rian Synnth

9.       SPIDER-MAN #8 COSPLAY VARIANT by Pierre Demery





14.   THE ULTIMATES #11 COSPLAY VARIANT by Knobel Creations

And here are what those amazing covers look like.


These covers will become available starting in September: request them now from your local comic book shop!

Marvel Unleashes New Crop Of Cosplay Variant Covers

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‘Mr. Robot’ Is Now A Mobile Game From Telltale Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:28:25 +0000 - Because these are the things I love.

Not only has Telltale Games partnered with Night School Studio to deliver a mobile game based on 'Mr. Robot,' but that game is available now.

‘Mr. Robot’ Is Now A Mobile Game From Telltale

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Mr. Robot

In case you can’t get enough of USA’s Mr. Robot, Telltale Games recently partnered with Night School Studio (Oxenfree) to bring the world of evil corporations and hacking to life in a mobile game for iOS and Android. That’s right: Mr. Robot is now a game that you can play on your smartphone.

Available today, Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltratiOn will let players join fscoiety in taking down Evil Corporation. Gameplay involves the mysterious E Corp Messaging App, allowing players to recover critical data in real time to help hack the evil multinational company.

“We’re some of the biggest fans in the world of what Sam Esmail and the teams at Universal Cable Productions and USA have created with this series,” Night School Studio co-founder Sean Krankelsaid in a press release.”Working hand in hand with Sam, series writer Kor Adana and UCP, we’ve created an opportunity for players to meaningfully interact with characters like Elliot (Rami Malek), Darlene (Carly Chaikin) and Cisco(Michael Drayer), truly feeling like they’re joining the hack at a critical moment in the TV series. As fans, it’s nothing short of a dream come true for us.”

Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltratiOn gives fans a way to interact with the show in an entirely new interactive way. Night School Studio is the perfect developer for the game, too: anyone who played their previous title, Oxenfree, knows that they understand how to tell a story that becomes more and more immersive as you play it.

“Night School Studio is one of the most promising small developers in the industry, and seeing Telltale alumnus and writer Adam Hines writing alongside the team at UCP and USA on an interactive story with our partners at NBCUniversal makes us proud to present this to Mr. Robot and Telltale fans everywhere,” Telltale Games SVP Steve Allison said. “There’s a distinct Telltale style to all of the character interactions that our fans will find familiar, and fans of the show will be engrossed all through the night as they race to help fsociety pull off the unthinkable.”

Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltratiOn is available now for $2.99 in the iOS App Store and on Google Play. Join the revolution now.

‘Mr. Robot’ Is Now A Mobile Game From Telltale

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Review: Netflix Keeps Riding The Nostalgia Train With ‘The Get Down’ Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:13:25 +0000 - Because these are the things I love.

In typical Baz Luhrmann fashion, 'The Get Down' is spectacle, but its characters make this tale about the roots of hip hop believable.

Review: Netflix Keeps Riding The Nostalgia Train With ‘The Get Down’

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The Get Down

Netflix banked big on nostalgia with Stranger Things and it paid off, and the streaming subscription service hopes to capture lightning in a bottle again with the 1970s music-based drama The Get Down. The good news is that this fascination with nostalgia works for both series, but in completely different ways.

The Get Down takes place in 1977 New York, specifically the Bronx, right at the height of disco and just before the birth of rap and hip hop. Much like Stranger Things, though, the time and setting are a backdrop for the story of several young people, including a teen boy, Ezekial, who has a beautiful way with words and a teen girl, Mylene, who wants to escape her overtly-devout Christian father to become the next Donna Summer. There stories lead them to pursue their dreams.

But Stranger Things was a horror and sci-fi tale. The Get Down is a little more real and down to earth. Fans of Baz Luhrmann will appreciate the spectacle of The Get Down, although this time, the setting is not so much glitz and glamor. Instead, this is a world of graffiti, smoke, drugs and guns. Of course, this is still an idealistic concept of the world that created the first rap song, so nothing is too over the top and the focus remains solely on the characters.

And the characters is where The Get Down shines. Justice Smith as Ezekial shows us a boy who has hopes, but lives in the reality that his dreams will probably never come true. His number one goal, though, is to win the heart of Mylene, and his pain in her constant rejection, feels real. Smith plays the character with heart and it’s hard not to like him. Herizen F. Guardiola as Mylene is also a charismatic figure on-screen, with a singing voice that would lift up the angels. Shameik Moore stands out as the infamous graffiti artist, Shaolin Fantastic, a character that might have easily become a caricature had another actor tackled him. The supporting cast is solid, too, including adult actors Jimmy Smits as a real estate developer wanting to turn life around for his people and Giancarlo Esposito as Mylene’s over-protective father.

But a tale about the rise of hip hop is nothing without music, and The Get Down soundtrack isn’t just about disco, but also includes other musical styles that emerged at the time, including punk. The music plays into the legend of how rap began, leading up to the boys eventually hooking up with none other than Grandmaster Flash himself.

The Get Down pulls all these elements together in that beautiful Luhrmann style that fans are familiar with and brings a compelling new story to the screen.

Rating: 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Review: Netflix Keeps Riding The Nostalgia Train With ‘The Get Down’

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Take A Sneak Peek at DC Comics’ ‘Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special’ #1 Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:29:05 +0000 - Because these are the things I love.

Get a special sneak peek of DC Comics' upcoming 'Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special' #1, which releases on August 31.

Take A Sneak Peek at DC Comics’ ‘Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special’ #1

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DC Comics has been on a roll since it released its major Rebirth event. But even the non-Rebirth comics picked up steam over the summer. Now, the company officially released the first sneak peek at the upcoming Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1.

Written by John Ostrander with art by Gus Vasquez, Carlos Rodriguez and Gabe Eltaeb, Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1 rolls into comic book stores and online on August 31.

Here is the official description of the book:

When a retired American politician is taken to Europe and tried for alleged war crimes, the USA must recover him from an allied nation before terrible truths are revealed. Enter the Suicide Squad, who storm the Hague itself to save America from her own dark secrets. The writer who started a revolution, John Ostrander returns to the Suicide Squad for the first time in a decade to tell one of his boldest and bloodiest stories ever.

And here is a preview:

Suicide Squad

Take A Sneak Peek at DC Comics’ ‘Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special’ #1

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Former Uncharted Creative Director Amy Hennig To Give Opening Keynote At PAX West Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:26:24 +0000 - Because these are the things I love.

Former Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig will give the opening keynote speech at this year's PAX West event in Seattle.

Former Uncharted Creative Director Amy Hennig To Give Opening Keynote At PAX West

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Amy Hennig

Photo: PAX West

Those attending the 2016 PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) West con are in for a real treat. Amy Hennig, who served as the creative director on the first three Uncharted games, will give the opening keynote speech at the event.

Hennig, one of the most influential women in video games, will give the speech on September 2 when PAX West opens to the public. The con will run through September 5 in Seattle, WA at the Washington State Convention Center. It will feature the latest and greatest that video games has to offer.

“Amy’s revolutionary work on the Uncharted series played an immeasurable role in shaping the modern gaming landscape,” Penny Arcade co-founder Jerry Holkins said in a press release. “We’re thrilled PAX West attendees will have the chance to listen to one of gaming’s leading visionaries.”

Hennig spent more than a decade working for Naughty Dog and is the reason that we all know and love the incomparable Nathan Drake, who is easily one of the most recognized characters in video games. Hennig’s current project is with Visceral Games and involves an untitled Star Wars project.

Unfortunately, there’s one caveat: badges are now sold out for the con. That shouldn’t come as a surprise: the PAX cons are some of the most heavily attended in the video gaming industry. Developers, publishers and fans descend upon cities all over the world to share their love for gaming. The next event is PAX Aus, which takes place in Melbourne, Australia on November 4 through 6. Badges for that event are still available at

Dates and badges for future PAX events in 2017, including PAX South and PAX East, are not yet available.

For those attending PAX West, a full schedule isn’t available yet, but the organizers promise that one will go up soon on the official PAX West website.

Former Uncharted Creative Director Amy Hennig To Give Opening Keynote At PAX West

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