Archive for February, 2017

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The 2017 Dragon Con Khan Report Episode 2

February may be the shortest month of the year, but this one was packed with Dragon Con news. Mike, Mike, Darren, Mary Lou Who, Dakoma, Eternal Zan, and Kevin Bachelder discuss everything from the big guest announcements to the details behind the latest host hotel controversy. Plus, we squeeze in a bit of time to reveal what makes a fantastic fan panel and the power of cosplay. No fake-news here, but watch out for falling rumors.

Table of Contents
0:00:00 Show Open, Costuming vs Cosplay
1:14:23 Eternal Zan – Hotel Maddness
1:33:47 Dragon Con Newbies w/ Kevin Bachelder
1:53:18 Show Close

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Originally aired on an Atlanta area radio station, this episode of Seriously, Dan! was recorded back at 2013’s ConCarolinas. It was the first time I was actually invited onto a radio broadcast/podcast as something other than a random caller. It was also the first time I got to meet face to face in and living color (as opposed to Facebook and email) Dan, Ruth, her husband Scott, and a number of other people I now know better and value as parts of my extended convention family and circle of friends.

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I’m going to swing over into the boss’s territory today and cover a little bit of 2017 toy news. It’s a subject I don’t dive into very often, but, hey, it’s LEGO and I’m a LEGO kind of guy. It’s one of the few toys that really had an impact on me as a child, and it’s really the only toyline I still regularly purchase anything from for myself to this day. Plus, I have kids who have become LEGO fans, so I can always excuse the larger purchases to my wife as something for the wee ones to enjoy.

LEGO has over the years gone from a line of exclusively basic, generic building sets to a line filled with original sets and multiple lines of licensed products. You can go out there right now and get yourself a Ghostbuster Firehouse, a Beatles Yellow Submarine, Adventure Time fun, Star Wars action, and even a little Doctor Who adventures in time and space on top of a huge number of original, LEGO owned concept series sets. But, as much as I love some of the other stuff, I have to admit to being a superhero guy, and that’s what I’m going to look at here today.

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Yeah, the headline pretty much says everything you NEED to know about the film. Still, I’d appreciate you clicking the link and finding out WHY it sucked.

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People say that Hollywood has lost all of its creativity in recent decades. I tend to not agree with that if only because people tend to overrate the level of creativity Hollywood actually used to display. But there’s one place where a lack of creativity on Hollywood’s part is truly evident, and that’s in the modern Hollywood movie poster art and lobby card art.

 

I’m going to put on my grumpy old man hat today. I am not going to do the “It was always better back in my day!” routine along with donning that hat though, but only because many of the posters I’m going to use here today are from films that predate my coming kicking and screaming into this world. Plus, the decline in overall poster and lobby card quality started when I was younger, so a lot of the bad is in fact from back in my day.

Have you seen the social media posts poking fun at the Kong: Skull Island posters that look for all the world like rip-offs of the Apocalypse Now movie posters? To a degree it’s funny seeing someone in the promotional department commission posters and lobby cards that so closely (pardon the expression) ape the look of the classic posters, but at least the end result was posters that stand out. They pop when you see them, and they have a fantastic artistic style that makes them stand out like few other posters, lobby cards, and ad images for movies do these days. This is kind of a problem.

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Jackie (Julie Benz) is a woman haunted by the loss of her young daughter in director Andrew C. Erin‘s Havenhurst. She’s an alcoholic still struggling with her addiction when she gets drawn into a mystery around the titular large boarding house after a friend she made in rehab, Danielle (Danielle Harris) goes missing while staying there. Jackie moves into Havenhurst, unnervingly being given her friend’s old room. She meets and befriends Sarah (Belle Shouse) as soon as she arrives. Sarah is a young girl who seems to know that something is wrong in Havenhurst even if the somewhat abusive and drunken adults she’s living with seem unaware of it.

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A lot of people have been having a lot of fun thanks to Kellyanne Conway’s latest adventure into the realm of alternative facts. One response to this has been the creation of a “fundraising site” for the victims of the Bowling Green Massacre.

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