Robin Williams – RIP 1951 – 2014

Robin Williams RIP

Robin Williams was one of the most genuinely funny human beings I’ve ever seen. Watching him perform stand-up, hell, even seeing him in most interviews, was like watching a manic ball of energy devoted to sheer joy and laughter.

A Night at the Met was probably my favorite comedy album for years. I wore out two tapes before getting it on CD. In my teens and twenties, Robin Williams and his stand up (and the experimental improv comedy he did) was one of the most influential things in shaping my humor into what it is today.

I’m at a loss for word to express how much it saddens me that not only has he died, but that the reports at this time indicate that he has apparently died by his own hands.

 

 

 

Four Days at Dragon*Con (Plus a Bit More)

Four Days at Dragon*Con (Plus a Bit More).

As I type this, there are just 25 days to go until Dragon Con. If you’ve never been, this was a short (but very fun) look at just some of what’s at Dragon Con that was done for broadcast on PBS. If you’ve never been, this will give you an idea of what it’s like. Oh, if you’ve never been and are thinking of going you might also want to check out this Facebook page started by fans to help newbies who have questions about what they need to do to prepare. Lots of useful tips. And even if you’ve been to Dragon Con, some of the above is just plain entertaining and worth checking out anyhow.

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Four Days at Dragon*Con (Plus a Bit More)

As I type this, there are just 25 days to go until Dragon Con. If you’ve never been, this was a short (but very fun) look at just some of what’s at Dragon Con that was done for broadcast on PBS.

Four Days at DragonCon

 

 

Four Days at Dragon*Con can be found here.

And while you’re checking that one out, this was a later documentary by the same crew.

Cosplay Crafting a Secret Identity

This documentary looks into the lives of people who have elevated science-fiction and comic book costuming to the professional level. It also explores why Atlanta has become an unlikely epicenter of the phenomenon.

Cosplay! Crafting a Secret Identity can be found here.

ESO

You can also check out the fine people at Earth Station One who regularly do an amazingly entertaining podcast and who countdown to Dragon Con every year with their ESO Dragon Khan Report. They’re up to 7 so far this year.

The ESO 2014 DragonCon Khan Report Episode 1

The ESO 2014 DragonCon Khan Report Episode 2

The ESO 2014 DragonCon Khan Report Episode 3

The ESO 2014 DragonCon Khan Report Episode 4

The ESO 2014 DragonCon Khan Report Episode 5

The ESO 2014 DragonCon Khan Report Episode 6

The ESO 2014 DragonCon Khan Report Episode 7

And there’s also The Unique Geek (a fun little site connected to a fun podcast) and their annual 50 Days of Dragon Con countdown.

The Unique Geek

They’ve just tonight put up Day 25. Sorry, but I’m not linking every one of them. They’re available on iTunes and their site is easy to navigate. When you find one, especially this time of year, you find them all.

50 Days of Dragon Con 2014 (Day 1) – Just Leigh and Jon

50 Days of Dragon Con 2014 (Day 25) – Brian – DCTV

If you’ve never been, this will all give you an idea of what it’s like. Oh, if you’ve never been and are thinking of going you might also want to check out this Facebook page started by fans to help newbies who have questions about what they need to do to prepare. Lots of useful tips. And even if you’ve been to Dragon Con, some of the above is just plain entertaining and worth checking out anyhow.

Hope to see you there.

 

The Greatest Team-Up Never Known

I have no idea who created this, but they’re a genius.

Or they just have way too much time on their hands.

Whichever.

WTF

Dragon Con 2014- Featured Track: BritTrack

“Dragon Con’s BritTrack celebrates all pop culture created in the UK! This includes some of the most iconic characters ever created like James Bond, the Doctor, Sherlock Holmes, and Captain Jack Harkness. Under the direction of Caro Brown, the BritTrack team presents fans with discussion panels, academic panels, guest star panels, costume contests (plural!), skits and sing-a-longs, viewings and more.”

via Dragon Con 2014- Featured Track: BritTrack.

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Dragon Con 2014- Featured Track: BritTrack

Love British science fiction, horror, fantasy, and genre in general? Check out the Dragon Con BritTrack.

Capture

What is the BritTrack? Dragon Con‘s media relations page describes it thusly.

“Dragon Con’s BritTrack celebrates all pop culture created in the UK! This includes some of the most iconic characters ever created like James Bond, the Doctor, Sherlock Holmes, and Captain Jack Harkness. Under the direction of Caro Brown, the BritTrack team presents fans with discussion panels, academic panels, guest star panels, costume contests (plural!), skits and sing-a-longs, viewings and more.

“This year, Dragon Con is pleased to present to fans the sixth Doctor Colin Baker; author and RPG creator Davey Beauchamp; Once Upon A Time’s Robin Hood, Sean McGuire; Harry Potter-themed filk band The Blibbering Humdingers; co-host of Earth Station One’s Dr. Who podcast, Phantom Troublemaker; editor for Doctor Who publisher Mad Norwegian Press, Joshua Wilson; Dr. Who blogger Rob Levy; and the world-renowned actor and Knight, Sir Patrick Stewart.”

I’m digging it this year. As a Doctor Who fan, and a huge fan of the Big Finish Doctor Who audio works, I’m thrilled that this year brings us Colin Baker as a guest.

Colin Baker

Check out the full deal on the Dragon Con BritTrack at their website here.

 

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