I’m going back to…Dragon Con

dragonscifipartylinelogo_black2016Dragon Con is just over TWO WEEKS AWAY and I am starting to feel excited. Once again, I will get to represent Sci-Fi Party Line as media. I will also be sitting on a few panels and for the first time, I get to be a judge for a costume contest! Bring it on!

As of right now, I will be sitting on two panels each from the American SF & Fantasy Media and YA Lit Tracks. This is the information I have so far; I will continue to update this post as new information comes about (dates/times are subject to change):

Friday, September 2

  • Shannara Chronicles- Ellcrys Visions (Friday, Sept. 1 10:00 AM. Room M301-303, Marriott) MTV expands on their original content with the premiere season of the adaptation of Terry Brooks’ epic series. This first year we meet some of the main characters and then lost them. Did you think they achieved what they tried to or is this a series that will need to grow?
  • The Whedon Track Costume Contest (Friday, Sept. 1 4:00 PM. Macon Room, Sheraton) Have a costume inspired by the works of Joss Whedon? Enter our costume contest for a chance to win a prize in one of our 6 categories. Cancelled to accommodate additional track guests.

Saturday, September 3

  • Game of Thrones – Moving Past the Page (Saturday, Sept. 2, 11:30 AM. Room M301-303, Marriott) Season Review – As we move past the books, viewers were treated to upheavals in most of the factions within a song of Ice and Fire. Keeping to the series, we’ll discuss how this season changed so much within this world.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Special Rehearsal Edition) Discussion (Saturday, Sept. 3, 1:00PM. International North, Hyatt) Cursed Child SPOILER ZONE! We’ll discuss reactions, theories, and how Cursed Child does (or doesn’t) fit in with canon, and how it impacts fans.

Sunday, September 4

  • Fantastic Beasts and the Upcoming Movie Trilogy (Sunday, Sept. 3, 4:00 PM. Centennial I, Hyatt) We’re two months from the movie–what do we know? What are we excited to see? What about the new stories about the American wizarding world and Ilvermorny?

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place September 2-5. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

Sleepy Hollow feeling more “hollow” with departure of additional cast

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FOX’s “Sleepy Hollow” will return this fall without a majority of the cast from last season.

And…the Sleepy Hollow news continues to get worse – for me, at least.

There are several reports floating around today that some major changes are coming to Sleepy Hollow for Season 4: a majority of the season 3 cast will not be returning, and Sleepy Hollow won’t actually take place in Sleepy Hollow. Say what?

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Dragon Con adds guests from Dark Matter, DC TV universe and others

New Dragon Con logoLast month Dragon Con picked up the pace on guest announcements, including some from shows/movies that are either on my “currently watching” or “need to watch/catch up” lists.

From the SyFy show Dark Matter, guest announcements include Anthony Lemke, Jodelle Ferland, Roger Cross, and Zoie Palmer; who are known on the show as “Three”, “Five”, “Six”, and “The Android”, respectively. The show follows a group of amnesiacs who try to piece together who they are and why there were in stasis on an abandoned spaceship. The show is set to premiere its second season on July 1.

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Credit: SyFy

From the DC TV universe, we have Carlos Valdes (Cisco, The Flash), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/White Canary, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow) and Ciara Renee (Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl, Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow).

Jack Gleeson, who is best known for portraying Joffrey Baratheon (the king we all loved to hate) on Game of Thrones, will be appearing at Dragon Con on Sunday only.

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Credit: HBO

Karl Urban, known for a variety of shows and films in the fantasy genre, will return to Dragon Con. Urban was last here in 2014, and I have to say that his panel was one of the best ones I’ve attended in the 8 (eight!) years that I’ve been going to Dragon Con. Looking forward to seeing what he has to say now.

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And last but certainly not least Jason Isaacs, most recently known for portraying Lucius Malfoy – another love-to-hate-him character in the Harry Potter world – has also been announced to appear at Dragon Con. I am hoping that he will not be the only wizard to appear this year.

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Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy Harry Potter. Credit: Warner Brothers

 

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place September 2-5. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

Series Premiere: Fear the Walking Dead – My Thoughts

Fear the Walking Dead posterMy initial reactions to tonight’s series premiere of Fear the Walking Dead:

Frank Dillane (known to us Potterheads as Tom Riddle from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) did an excellent job playing Nick, one of the main characters who is a junkie who witnesses first-hand the beginnings of the zombie apocalypse. It’s hard to play a junkie who is both an asshole and vulnerable and sympathetic, and he does it extremely well.

The episode started off quickly, then kind of lagged a bit while it took time to introduce the characters and the relationships between them all, but it didn’t drag on to the point where I wanted to turn the TV off, as some first episodes do. Because I know that walkers are coming (eventually), I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation of seeing them in droves. But that would negate the need for a whole season’s worth of buildup, right?

Alycia Debnam-Carey is good at playing bitchy, moody characters that I actually like. (See: Lexa, The 100).

I’m not really feeling the Travis/Madeline relationship yet, but again, this is only the first episode.

It’s nice to look at walkers pre-deterioration. Still gross looking, though.

Am I being hyper-sensitive in thinking that Matt and Artie are both going to be dead before mid-season?

Madeline as a counselor sucks. “If there were something going on, they’d tell us.” Does she not watch any TV or disaster movies? When the zombie apocalypse pops off, they ain’t telling us naythin!!

Cal is an asshole and got what he deserved.

Overall: I’m hooked.

 

Sleepy Hollow star Tom Mison added to guest list for Dragon Con

Sleepy Hollow's Tom Mison will appear at Dragon Con. Credit: Brownine Harris/FOX

Sleepy Hollow’s Tom Mison will appear at Dragon Con. Credit: Brownine Harris/FOX

Ichabod Crane is venturing out of Sleepy Hollow.

Tom Mison, who plays the loveable and out-of-time Ichabod Crane on FOX’s Sleepy Hollow, has been announced to appear at Dragon Con Labor Day weekend. Mison joins cast mate John Noble, who plays his son Jeremy Crane/Henry Parrish on the hit show loosely based on Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” tales. In the show, Mison’s Ichabod Crane is awakened after a 250-year bewitched sleep to join forces with Lt. Abbie Mills, as the biblical witnesses of Revelation with the purpose of averting the apocalypse. Crane and Mills fight various demonic forces – sometimes from within their close circle of allies – while Crane slowly learns to navigate life in the 21st century, all while connecting the present day with events from the past.

Sleepy Hollow‘s season 3 premiere is scheduled for October 1.

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place September 4-7. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

Game of Thrones Season 5 Finale: Mother’s Mercy (SPOILERS)

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Kit Harington as Jon Snow in HBO’s Game of Thrones

Earlier this year, I had planned to begin adding recaps to this blog – just to be able to get out my thoughts on the shows that I watch in between recording episodes of the Sci-Fi Party Line Podcast. Unfortunately, my laptop had other plans and I have been without it for the past few months. However, tonight’s season finale episode of Game of Thrones was such a damn doozy that I had to borrow my daughter’s laptop just so I could get some of what I am feeling down. So, let’s get to it (and if you hadn’t already guessed, there be spoilers here).

The episode begins in the North. After the horrific event that took place in Stannis’ camp last week, we find the self-proclaimed King ready to take on Winterfell. Melisandre looks triumphant as she informs him that “the Lord of Light has made good on his promise” by melting the snow and making the weather favorable for them to move forward. She tries to be encouraging, but after sacrificing his daughter Shireen for these “good tidings”, Stannis is in no mood for small talk or good tidings. Melisandre tells him “you will receive what is yours by right.” In hindsight, those words were so appropriate…

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