Pictures from Super Megafest Fall 2017, Part 1

By Jason Harris

 

Amanda Pays and John Wesley Shipp (The Flash).

Warrington Gillette (Friday the 13th Part II).

Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman).

Fred “Tugboat” Ottoman.

Artist Sean Chen.

Author Stacey Longo.

Nicki Clyne (Battlestar Galactica).

Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner).

Cosplayer Jennifer Rose.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Saundra Santiago (Miami Vice).

Lee Majors (The Sixth Million Dollar Man).

April Wexler of Sharknado.

Cosplayer Chelsea von Chastity.

Paul Blake (Star Wars).

Linda Blair (The Exorcist).

Tom Berenger (Major League).

Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

Velma and Shaggy.

Pictures from Super Megafest Spring 2016 Part 3

By Jason Harris

 

Artist

Artist Alex Saviuk.

Sully

Skully Kouture.

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Actor James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) at his Q & A session.

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Musicians Mark Lindsay and Susan Cowsill.

Musicians Mark Lindsay and Susan Cowsill.

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Author Stacey Longo and Matt Herring speaking about writing.

Author Stacey Longo and Matt Herring speaking about writing.

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Actress Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers).

Actress Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers).

Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) at his Q & A session.

Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) at his Q & A session.

Actor Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit).

Actor Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit).

Rhode Island Comic Con Announces Panel Schedule

In a few days the Biggest Show in the Smallest State, Rhode Island Comic Con organizers have announced the schedule of panels, celebrity Q&A sessions, and special events.

According to the convention’s Programming Director, Michael Gianfrancesco, “The programming staff has worked hard to put together what we think is an entertaining and diverse offering of amazing panels for our guests this year. We are excited about all of our major offerings and are thrilled to have guest celebrity moderator Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bring it On) from geeknation.com working with us to make these events even more of a memorable experience for attendees.”

Saturday’s events include:

  •  Buckler and McGregor: The Making of the Panther
  •  The Faces of Star Trek
  •  Under the Helmet: The Men who Played Boba Fett
  • Magical Objects
  • Cosplay Workshop: Foam Armor
  • Q & A with Neal Adams
  • Ride Along with Sons of Anarchy
  • The Voices of Batman
  • The Weekly Pull Live
  • It’s a Homestuck Life
  • Spirit Connections Gallery Readings with Spirit Medium Tiffany Rice
  • Behind the Masks and Uniforms: Star Wars Characters
  • Everything Wrong With: A Day in the life of CinemaSins
  • Limitless Cosplay: Cosplay Your Way to Self-Love
  • Back into the Pensieve: Ridiculous Harry Potter Theories You Forgot About
  • Cosplay Workshop: Wig Styling 101
  • Explore the Supernatural
  • Dealing Toys with Travis Landry
  • Q & A with Jason Momoa
  • Q & A with David Prowse
  • Growing Up Geek: Nerd Parents Raising Geek Offspring
  • Introduction to Lightsabers
  • Cosplay Workshop: Hands On Molding and Casting
  • Q & A with Ron Perlman
  • Creating Worlds with Chris Claremont
  • The Voices of Sailor Moon
  • Find Your Nerd Herd
  • Cosplay for a Cause
  • Q & A with Amy Jo Johnson
  • Super Beard Bros. Presents: The Newlywed Game
  • Transformers Unmasked
  • Bringing Back the Good Stuff: Reviving 90’s Retro Nostalgic Entertainment with Erica Crooks
  • Who wants to be a Super Millionaire?
  • A Celebration of Carrie Fisher
  • Comedy Show with Ron Funches
  • RICC 2015 Cosplay Contest

Sunday’s schedule includes:

  • Ghost Facers versus Ghost Hunters
  • Has the Sorting Hat Ever Been Wrong?
  • Living the Cosplay Life
  • Meet The Legions: A look at the costumes, charity, and camaraderie of the 501st and Rebel Legions
  • Cosplay Workshop: Sewing Basics
  • The Voices of Spongebob
  • Mike Grell: A Retrospective
  • Orlando Jones Live on Stage
  • Dr. Who 101
  • Charlton Comics: The Movie
  • Spirit Connections Gallery Readings with Spirit Medium Tiffany Rice
  • The World of The Walking Dead
  • How to Be a YouTube Star
  • Q&A with Henry Winkler
  • Inside The Outsiders
  • Dressed to Impress: How to make an Impact on the Judges of the Costume Contest
  • Dynamic Drawing for Toys
  • Cosplay Workshop: Head Casting Demonstration
  • Kids Cosplay Contest
  • A Look Inside the Tardis: Dr. Who Stars Speak
  • Bishonen Pretty Boy Swag
  • King of Comic Con
  • Meet the Power Rangers

Gianfrancesco went on to comment, “In addition, we have added a slate of informative and unique fan panels, which cover some of the more specific fandoms. We have panels on Dr. Who, Harry Potter, and comic drawing. We have even added a cosplay workshop room with hands-on demonstrations of molding, sewing, and wig styling. It’s going to be a great year for all our guests at RICC!”

For specific locations, times, and descriptions for each event, please refer to Rhode Island Comic Con’s website.

Tickets for Rhode Island Comic Con are currently on sale through Ticketmaster, or by visiting www.ricomiccon.com. Daily tickets start at only $29.00 and a three-day weekend admission is $75 in advance, $85 at the door (if available). VIP and celebrity packages are also available.

In its fourth year, the award-winning Rhode Island Comic Con, produced by Altered Reality Entertainment, expands to three days, two venues, and over 100 celebrity guests, including actors from Star Trek, Doctor WhoGame of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Agents of Shield, and Transformers, among many others. Comic book artists from Marvel, DC and the independent market all converge on downtown Providence. Gaming, cosplay, and after parties all add to an exciting schedule of events and panels.

Pictures from Vermont Comic Con 2015: Part I

 

By Jason Harris

Vermont Comic Con held it’s second annual convention this past weekend. It was bigger and better than it’s first convention in 2014.

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Characters from Alice in Wonderland visit VT Comic Con.

Characters from Alice in Wonderland visit VT Comic Con.


Mutants ready to protect the convention.

Mutants ready to protect the convention.


Violet Parr and friend.

Violet Parr and friend.


Princess Leia and V.

Princess Leia and V.


Author Stacey Longo.

Author Stacey Longo.

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The Baroness and Deadpool.

The Baroness and Deadpool.


Me with actorBrian O' Halloran.

Me with actorBrian O’ Halloran.

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Iron Man.

Iron Man.

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Comic book writer Joe

Comic book writer Joe Caramagna.


Harley Quinn.

Harley Quinn.


Actor Nicholas Brendon and me.

Actor Nicholas Brendon and me.


Stormtrooper and Emperor's Royal Guard.

Stormtrooper and Emperor’s Royal Guard.


Work release inmates from Orange is the New Black.

Work release inmates from Orange is the New Black.

Pictures from Terror Con 2014

 

By Jason Harris

Fred Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn)

Fred Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn)

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Erin Murphy of Bewitched.

Erin Murphy (Bewitched)

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Dee Wallace of E.T., Cujo, and Critters.

Dee Wallace of E.T., Cujo, and Critters.

An alligator on the loose at Terror Con.

An alligator on the loose at Terror Con.

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Lisa Loring a.k.a Wednesday Addams on The Addams Family.

Lisa Loring a.k.a Wednesday Addams on The Addams Family.

Musician Richie Scarlett and author Rob Watts.

Musician Richie Scarlett and author Rob Watts.

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Nicholas Brendon ( Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Criminal Minds)

Nicholas Brendon ( Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Criminal Minds)

Author Stacey Longo with Captain Jack Sparrow.

Author Stacey Longo with Captain Jack Sparrow.

 

Martin Wright a.k.a WWE's The Boogeyman.

Martin Wright a.k.a WWE’s The Boogeyman.

The Boogeyman

The Boogeyman

Jigsaw

Jigsaw

 

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Jason Vorhees

Jason Voorhees

Jason Voorhees without the hockey mask.

Jason Voorhees without the hockey mask.

There will be a couple more entries with pictures from Terror Con coming on Monday and Tuesday.

TerrorCon, a New Convention for Horror Fans

 

By Jason Harris

 

New England is getting its second horror convention, TerrorCon, with the first one being Rock & Shock, which will be holding its eleventh convention this October. TerrorCon, which takes place in Rhode Island in June, isn’t the only new horror convention debuting in New England this year. Connecticut Horrorfest debuts in August.

TerrorCon is the brainchild of Steven Perry, director of operations for Altered Reality, who has brought conventions to fans of comics, movies, and pop culture. These conventions are Southcoast Toy and Comic Show and Rhode Island Comic Con. Perry had been thinking of his newest one, TerrorCon, for about a year, he said.

Rhode Island didn’t have a big horror type show, Perry said. “We wanted to bring that to the people of Rhode Island.”

Perry thinks the organizers of Rock & Shock do a great job so he decided to have his new convention take place in June so as not to interfere with Rock & Shock. He didn’t want to step on anyones toes, he said.

“Everyone’s happy and friends remain friends. It keeps everyone friendly with everyone. We believe that everyone should work together. There’s no need for shows to stumble.”

Perry isn’t sticking to only New England to organize shows. His company is in the process of organizing shows for New Jersey and Colorado, which should be starting up in 2015, he said. He can’t say what those shows will be since they are not fully developed, which is the reason he hasn’t announced them yet.

“Right now, they will both me similar to Rhode Island Comic Con.”

If you couldn’t guess from the different line-ups for Perry’s shows, they always try to do a theme, he said. They plan their guests around whatever theme they decide to do. Whatever guests they choose and book for the event, they are sure to tell the fans about who is coming. They have lists of guests for the next two years, he said.

“We like to keep the fans enticed and let them know what’s going on all the time. Something new pops up with us, we put it up for everybody to know,” Perry said about constantly updating the convention websites.

Perry was asked last November why they were announcing guests for this year’s convention when the 2013 one just ended. He responded with, “Why keep it a secret? We want them to know and get excited about it. We want the fans to make plans to come out to the show.”

Here is just some of the guests coming to TerrorCon: David Giuntoli (Grimm), Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Planet Terror), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister, The Celebrity Apprentice), Lita Ford, Cherie Currie, Michael Jai-Whie (Spawn, Arrow, Fast and the Furious 7, The Dark Knight), Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Criminal Minds), Josh Stewart (Grimm, Criminal Minds, The Dark Knight Rises), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th: Part 7, 8 and 10, Hatchet), Lew Temple (The Walking Dead) and Dee Wallace (ET, The Howling).

Perry started organizing conventions with the Southcoast Toy and Comic Show, which was held in a VFW hall, seven years ago. That first show had about 300 people in attendance, he said. It’s a far cry from the 22,000 people who attended the first Rhode Island Comic Con when they thought the attendance would be around 10,000 and the 30,000 people they had for the second Rhode Island Comic Con. He’s expecting between 10,000 and 15,000 people to attend TerrorCon, which is a safe number in the mind of Perry.

“The horror market is a little more of a niche market so we don’t expect a large audience,” Perry said.

His vision for Southcoast was t bring a reasonable size show that would be community based, Perry said. He wanted something for the fans in that area to be able to look forward to every season or twice a year. Another thing he wanted to do was bring in celebrities that people don’t always have a chance to meet, he said.

Perry said that TerrorCon will be the same size of the original Rhode Island Comic Con plus an extra ballroom.

“TerrorCon will not just be horror. It will be horror themed, paranormal, all mixed together.”

TerrorCon takes place June 7 and 8 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI.

Pictures from Super Megafest 2013

By Jason Harris

The DeLorean

The DeLorean.

Aaron Ashmore of Smallvile.

Aaron Ashmore of Smallvile.

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DC Comics' characters

Characters from DC Comics.

From right to left: Draco and Lucius Malfoy of Harry Potter.

From right to left: Draco and Lucius Malfoy of Harry Potter.

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A Victoria Secret Angel

A Victoria Secret Angel.

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Orko from He-man and the Masters of the Universe

Orko from He-man and the Masters of the Universe.

The crowds at Super Megafest.

The crowds at Super Megafest.

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Bronson Pinchot of Perfect Stangers.

Bronson Pinchot of Perfect Stangers.

Spider-man

Spider-man.

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Rogue of The X-men.

Rogue of The X-men.

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Shredder and the Foot Clan.

Shredder and the Foot Clan.

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Ron Jeremy of One-Eyed Monster.

Ron Jeremy of One-Eyed Monster.

The Emperor, Joker, and Batman.

The Emperor, Joker, and Batman.

Tom Felton of Harry Potter.

Tom Felton of Harry Potter.

Dorothy Gale of The Wizard of Oz.

Dorothy Gale of The Wizard of Oz.

Superman and Supergirl.

Superman and Supergirl.

Eliza Dusku of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (center).

Eliza Dusku of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (center).

Spider-man.

Robert Remus a.k.a. Sgt. Slaughter.

Robert Remus a.k.a. Sgt. Slaughter.

The Tin Man and Dorothy.

The Tin Man and Dorothy.

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Vonn Ray, professional cosplayer.

Vonn Ray, professional cosplayer.

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The Evil Witch.

The Evil Witch.

Steampunk Batman.

Steampunk Batman.

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Barbie Jean Blank a.k.a. Kelly Kelly.

Barbie Jean Blank a.k.a. Kelly Kelly with a fan.

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A Jason Vorhees' candy dish.

A Jason Voorhees’ candy dish.

Batgirl and Green Arrow.

Batgirl and Green Arrow.

I Dream of Jeannie actors  Bill Daily and Barbara Eden.

I Dream of Jeannie actors Bill Daily and Barbara Eden.

Christopher Lloyd.

Christopher Lloyd.

Darth Maul.

Darth Maul.

Jack Sparrow and companion.

Jack Sparrow and companion.

Ernie Hudson.

Ernie Hudson.

Vic Mignogna

Vic Mignogna of Fullmetal Alchemist.

Rhode Island Comic Con Recap

A Great Weekend at Rhode Island Comic Con

by Jason Harris

The New England Horror Writers participated in the first ever Rhode Island Comic Con, which from the crowds that were there this past weekend it will not be a one-hit wonder.

I heard from a lot of people that were happy that Rhode Island now has a comic con to go to. This weekend these convention attendees received an excellent convention with celebrities from movies, television, paranormal investigators, and even wrestling stars.

This convention had more people on Saturday then Rock and Shock had its entire weekend a couple weeks ago. There were two reasons for this. The first reason its the first ever Rhode Island Comic Con and the second reason is the celebrities they had. They had John De Lancie, who played Q on three different Star Trek series, Robert Picardo, who played the Doctor on Star Trek:Voyager and in Star Trek: First Contact, Nicholas Brendon, who was Xander in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and lately was the boyfriend of Penelope Garcia in Criminal Minds, Gil Gerard, who played Buck Rogers in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Dirk Benedict, who played Faceman on the television series The A-Team. There were plenty of other stars too. It was just too many to name, but you can always click here to see the other guests.

The crowds were like the ocean; never-ending and unrelenting. There were so many people I decided to just take pictures and not get names so a lot of the pictures won’t have captions. It was hard enough taking pictures with the crowds let alone trying to get names.

The NEHW table at Rhode Island Comic Con.

Actor Dirk Benedict signing his book, Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy: A True Story of Discovery, Acting, Health, Illness, Recovery, and Life for me.

Author Stacey Longo and wrestler Hacksaw Jim Duggen.

Author Rob Watts standing behind the NEHW table.

Raymond Ramos as Blade.

 

There will be another post of pictures from Rhode Island Comic Con, maybe even two.

NEHW at New Haven Craft Show Sunday

The New England Horror Writers and craft shows are becoming synonymous. This trend continues this Sunday when the NEHW participates in the East Coast Craft Fair in New Haven.

The craft show will be held at the Trolley Square Mall on Saturday and Sunday, but the NEHW will only be there Sunday.

NEHW members Kimberly Dalton, Stacey Longo, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Kasey Shoemaker, Rob Watts, and Nathan Wrann will be there selling and signing their works.

You can purchase Epitaphs, the first anthology created by the NEHW, which includes only stories by members. Longo’s story, “Private Beach,” which is reminiscent of Stephen King’s story, “The Raft,” is in this inaugural collection. This anthology also includes a story by Christopher Golden, who has written a number of Buffy the Vampire Slayer books, and Rick Hautala, the recent recipient of the Horror Writers Association’s 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.

If you saw The Raven starring John Cusack last weekend and are still craving Poe, you could purchase a copy of In Poe’s Shadow, a collection of short stories inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Schoonover’s piece, “VanityVanity,” which was inspired by Poe’s “The Oval Portrait,” is in this anthology.

If Poe is not your style, maybe you’d like a trip to Iceland with newlyweds Jeffrey and Susie Hill in Huldufolk, which is based on Icelandic folklore, written by Watts. Along with the book, he is giving away a copy of The Traffic Lights CD, the band in Watts’ book, with each book purchase. Watts composed the music for his fictional band.

If you are a New Haven resident or work in the city, then Silver Vengeance, by Kasey Shoemaker, whose main character is an ambitious chef in one of New Haven’s trendiest restaurants in her urban fantasy novel featuring werewolves, witches, romance, and bloodshed, might be for you.

There will also be young adult novels by Nathan Wrann and a children’s book by Kimberly Dalton available.  Wrann will have his first two books in the paranormal thriller Dark Matter Heart trilogy at the NEHW table. In Good Night Fright, Dalton rhyming children’s book, John is afraid to go to sleep so he asks his friends how they handle the monsters in the closet. She also illustrated the book.

The show’s organizers will also have readings by Longo, Schoonover, and Watts in the middle of the mall at different times of the day.

Come hear the readings and stop by the NEHW table where there will be plenty of other books available to buy from these authors in addition to the ones mentioned above.

The craft show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Trolley Square Mall is located at 1175 State Street in New Haven.

Experience ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ this Weekend

Experience The Cabin in the Woods this Weekend

by Jason Harris

It has been two years since the little mutant in the Mutant Enemy logo graced a screen, the small screen. It’s back and it’s on the big screen, which is great to see. From the moment The Cabin in the Woods starts, it doesn’t begin like a typical horror movie with the introduction of the potential victims the protagonists.

This movie begins like it does because it is written by Joss Whedon, creator of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, and Firefly and Drew Goddard, who wrote for both Buffy and Angel. They threw out the rule book because they don’t follow the rules. They want to be original. Whedon and Goddard fans know this.

The movie starts with Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under) and Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) in an underground location just having a conversation about consequences and a certain “scenario.” They could be two business men or friends just talking until Whedon alum Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse) shows up in her lab coat. I think Acker has kept the same wardrobe from her days on Angel and Dollhouse. The audience has no clue what is going on. After Acker appears on screen, it opens up numerous possibilities that these three characters are working at a research lab, at a government agency, or any other possibility that could cross a person’s mind. This question is eventually answered.

Fran Kraz (Dollhouse), another Whedon alum, portrays drug smoking Marty. He is smoking an interesting bong when he first arrives on the scene. He is the funniest character in the movie and is one of the five friends who go on vacation together. Marty and the other friends, who are portrayed by Kristen Connolly (As the World Turns), Chris Hemsworth (2009s Star Trek), Anna Hutchison (Wild Boys), and Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anamony), are introduced after the interesting set-up of the introduction of the movie’s title.

The other known face in the movie is Hemsworth who audiences will know as the title character in Thor. He will be back in theaters in May when Whedon’s The Avengers come out. He was filming this movie in 2009 when he received the title role in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor.

Tom Lenk (Buffy, Angel), another Whedon alum, makes an appearance in the movie playing a minor character, Ronald the Intern.

Just like any horror movie, you will start liking these characters and wish they could all survive, but you know that won’t happen. This is a horror movie after all and when you start out with five characters, you know that most of them will be dead by the end of the movie.

The movie has many great moments in it. There is one scene where all these monsters are locked up then get freed. There are recognizable monsters like the Wolfman, a giant cobra and this evil looking Transformer-type with multiple sawblades. When these monsters break free and people began to die, it is reminiscent of the Buffy episode, “Primeval,” where all hell breaks loose in the Initiative. This is the one scene in the movie that will require multiple viewings just to see every single creature causing mayhem.

If you like Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, you will love The Cabin in the Woods. It is filled with his style of humor and horror mixed together in one entertaining movie. This review is vague so it won’t ruin the movie for you and because one of the joys of this movie is experiencing it for the first time. Just sit back and enjoy the ride Whedon and Goddard take you on.