NYCC 2012- Brian K. Vaughan, Brian Wood and More Discuss Sci-Fi at Image Comics

Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan of Saga

Fractured Futures: Speculative Fiction & Image Comics Panel

Science fiction embodies different elements to different people. This panel took a look into what sci-fi means to these writers and illustrators and how they use it to shape their work in Image Comics. The panelists included Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Saga), David Hine (Storm Dogs), Joe Harris (Great Pacific), Glen Brunswick (Non-Humans) and Brian Wood and Ming Doyle (Mara).

Brian Wood said that in Mara, the sci-fi is less about the actual technology and more about how it affects the characters in his story. It’s about how we as humans realistically react to fantastical elements. They all admitted there are different types of sci-fi, which we can all attest to. There’s apocalyptic, cyberpunk, science fantasy, or how Brian K. Vaughan likes to describes Saga, fakey make-believe.

BKV said that he used to have friends who liked science fiction and those who liked fantasy, but never both. Saga is both, there’s magic and space ships. When going into depth about the reasoning behind the character design and world building, BKV wanted to use, “simple iconography for each world”. Whether it’s wings, horns or television heads, there’s no mistaking each world and its people. We instantly know what team they play for.

Fiona Staples, the artists for Saga, explained that she isn’t a fan of drawing tech, “I always put character first when I design these things”. BKV said he pretty much gives her a lot of free reign of the character design. Fun fact: Vaughan showed Staples a bong as a reference for his dragon skull space ship.

A fan asked the reasoning behind the characters non-violence stance. Vaughan joked, “I have kids now and my major question is what order to show the Star Wars movies to them.” On a more serious note, most of the panelist agreed that, as a creator you love violence, but as a human being you abhor it, so you face a creative crossroads.

BVK shared his thoughts on Saga becoming a film, “That part is cool, and I’m happy to sell out. Beyond that, I don’t really care. My idea director for ‘Saga’ is Fiona, and my ideal cast are the ones that Fiona draws. The comic is a destination; it’s not a blueprint for something else.”

Doctor Who Cosplay at NYCC

Even though New York Comic Con was weeks ago but it’s never too late to see some Doctor Who cosplay amirite?! This was actually my first time cosplaying ever! It was so much fun, I was a femme Eleven! I ended up stumbling across this massive Whovian cosplay photo op meetup. I asked to take a picture with an Amy and a girl told me that at 1pm we’d have all the Doctor Who cosplayers (they could find) meetup for a huge group picture. So of course until 1pm came along we still took dozens of pictures while we waited. Enjoy the pictures!

Here are a few of my favs!

My femme Matt Smith/Eleven cosplay!

Dalek and Eleven

Sexy TARDIS!

My Wife and I

Weeping Angel and The Silence

Doctor/Donna and the cutest Eleven ever!

Doctor Who baddies

Torchwood!

Amy’s and an Angel

Nine’s/Christopher Eccleston’sSo many Tennants!

Eleven’s/Matt Smith’s

Check out the gallery below for pictures of the biggest time paradox ever. I’m surprised the universe didn’t explode!

NYCC 2011: Loki Panel I mean The Avengers Panel Recap

I literally camped out in the IGN Theater for hours just so I was guaranteed to see The Walking Dead panel and The Avengers panel! #dedication

The panel was hosted by Chris Hardwick from The Nerdist Podcast. The panelist were Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, Chris Evans (Captain America), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson) and Colby Smulders (Maria Hill). WOW!

They showed us an exclusive clip of how Bruce Banner/Hulk gets recruited to the Avengers by Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. I was thrilled we got to see a clip like that because I feel like NYCC doesn’t get that much exclusive news or clips because it’s always one of the last cons of the year.

The panel was pretty much a Tom Hiddleston/Loki panel. Loki fangirls must have occupied about 75% of the theater. And I must admit, by the end of the panel I started to become a Loki Lover too (How could you not?!).

Highlights from the Panel and Q&A:

  • – Kevin Feige said that Joss Whedon is “in a dark editing room” and it was “Whedon’s movie”
  • – They all agreed Tom had the hardest costume to get in and out of.
  • – Hiddleston: “I can’t say I ever got a day in Jeans and a t-shirt. It was all leather and metal…that’s how girls like in Asgard.”
  • – Gregg joked with us that Agent Coulson is revealed as a Romulan princess in Avengers. JK JK!
  • – Chris Hardwick said that the Hulk as a ‘raging erection’ while Banner is more timid, Ruffalo liked the raging erection description
  • Ruffalo said that, “This Generation’s Hamlet, we’ll all get a chance to play the part.”
  • – Gregg then is practically forced by the audience to sing an Avengers theme song he made up backstage with lines like ‘We are a dysfunctional family’ and ‘muscles so bulky, we have a Hulky.’
  • – Hiddleston really loves playing Loki and read a lot of Loki mythology and of course comics.  He said he’d love to see the scene of Loki turning cars in Manhattan into ice cream.
  • – They will keep the tradition of short video teasers after the credits with The Avengers.
  • – Of course they plan on making Avengers a franchise
  • Iron Man 3 is in pre-production
  • – When forced to answer which superhero Chris Evans liked playing more either Captain America or Human Torch he chose Captain America (of course)
  • – Gregg lets us in on funny story about the best text message he has ever received. When they were all together, he got a text from Evans that just said “Assemble.” He said they went to a bar and everyone was dancing and he looked over and saw Evans and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) talking about how they got their muscles to look so good!
  • – Watch the panel here at MovieWeb
Check out a few pictures from the panel (click to enlarge)

The TV Geeks Podcast Episode 5- NYCC Robert Kirkman Spotlight Panel

At New York Comic Con this past weekend I went to the Robert Kirkman Spotlight panel. He was the guest of honor at the con and I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead comics (and show). I recorded the panel and this episode is just that! He’s a really funny guy and the audience had some great questions. Enjoy!

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The TV Geeks Podcast Episode 4- New York Comic Con Recap

This episode my brother Myles (@rabble_rowser) was the special guest! New York Comic Con and Anime Festival was this weekend and it was a blast!

We talk about the con craziness, cosplay, panels, screenings and video game demos. Myles is a huge gamer and was able to play a lot of demos including The Darkness 2, Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, Zelda Skyward Sword and more and gives his reviews of those games.

I was able to attend The Avengers panel which was amazing (with super special guests) and The Walking Dead panel and screened an anime Blue Exorcist. It was a Geek Christmas!

For some great cosplay pictures of the NYCC /NYAF check out girlgonegeekblog.com and facebook.com/girlgonegeekblog.

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New York Comic Con and Anime Festival 2010

Hey guys, so if you didn’t notice from my Tweets or my Facebook page I’m going to New York Comic Con and Anime Fest this weekend from Oct. 8-10.  I can’t wait to geek out with all the marvelous fanboys, fangirls, otakus, geeks and gamers!  If you’re going to attend hit me on my Twitter @girl_gone_geek!  I’m going to try to attend some of the tweet ups going on this weekend in the city as well.  I’ll be tweeting and twitpicing about it all weekend and of course blog about all of the awesome geekery.  For more information about the con go to New York Comic Con’s website and Anime Fest Website. Also follow them on twitter for the latest tweets @NY_Anime_Fest @NY_Comic_Con!