Pictures from Super Megafest 2016 Fall Edition Part II

By Jason Harris

 

Welcome to my second post of pictures from Super Megafest took place back in October at the Royal Plaza Trade Convention Center in Marlborough, MA.

Artist Hannibal King.

The Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart.

WWE Wrestler Rob Van Dam.

Harley Quinn and Rey.

Artist Joe St. Pierre.

Author Jackie Leduc.

BernNadette Stanis (Good Times).

Queen of the Paranormal Kadrolsha Ona.

David Mazouz (Gotham).

Fenham Publishing owner Jim Dyer.

Peter Facinelli (Twilight).

Cosplayer R.W. Martin and Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver).

Brian Krause (Charmed).

Artist Dan Nakrosis.

Steve Dash (Friday the 13th Part 2).

Author M.W. Schwartz.

Aileen Quinn (Annie) with her mom.

Actor Richard Grieco and author Stacey Longo.

Artist Bill Anderson.

Deathstroke and Sandra Taylor (Under Siege 2).

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Joker and Harley Quinn.

Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause (Charmed).

Darth Maul.

Cosplayer Zombie Leader.



Artist Heather Farrington.

Kyle Ren.

Klockow Comics.

Cosplayer Chelsea Von Chastity.


Illustrator Jason Casey.

Artist Craig Holland.


Artist Scott William Simmons.

Pictures from Hartford ComiCONN

 

By Jason Harris

 

Hartford ComiCONN took place last month at the XL Center.

Lindsey McKeon (Supernatural).

Ghostbusters Jillian Holtzmann and Abby Yates.

Author Stacey Longo.

A couple of Spawn.

Booker Huffman, Jr.

Felix Silla (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century).

Scarlet Witch and Negan.

Jeremy Palko (The Walking Dead).

Belle and Rapunzel.

Malcolm Goodwin (iZombie).

Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century).

Ghost Rider.

Taimak (The Last Dragon).

Harley Quinn, Joker, and a henchman.


Nightwing and Batman.

Dr. Frankenstein and his Bride.




Freddy Krueger.

Lindsey McKeon playing with a lightsaber.

Pictures from GraniteCon 2016

By Jason Harris

 

The 14th GraniteCon took place once again at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire on Sept. 17 and 18.

Author Stacey Longo.

The Joker.

Artist Karen Gosselin and her daughter.

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Emmet Brickowoski.

Author David Price.

Deadpool and friend.

Zoom and Felicity Smoak.

Joker and Harley Quinn.

Pictures from Connecticut’s ComiConn

 

By Jason Harris

 

The 8th Connecticut ComiConn took place in the Mohegan Sun Convention Center this weekend. It was my first time attending this convention even though it has been going on in different locations in Connecticut over the last seven years. Read more on the Bleeding Cool website here. I have attended many conventions over the years and I have also been a vendor too. I can say I will be attending this one again next year, which happens Aug. 19 – 21, 2016 at Mohegan Sun under the name, TerrifiCon.

Adrian Pasdar (Agents of SHIELD, Near Dark).

Adrian Pasdar (Agents of SHIELD, Near Dark).

The Incredibles.

The Incredibles.

Chase Masterson (Star Trek: DS9).

Chase Masterson (Star Trek: DS9).

The Batmobile.

The Batmobile.

Comic book artist Bob Camp and Michelle Ford.

Comic book artist Bob Camp and Michelle Ford.

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Greg Grunberg (Big Ass Spider!, Heroes, and Heroes).

Greg Grunberg (Big Ass Spider!, Heroes, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

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Batman.

Batman.

A Jedi and Game of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen.

A Jedi and Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen.

Disney Frozen's Anna and  Elsa.

Disney’s Frozen’s Anna and Elsa.

Fantastic Four's The Thing.

Fantastic Four’s The Thing.

Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series).

Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series).

The Joker.

The Joker.

The Penguin and Harley Quinn.

The Penguin and Harley Quinn.

Booster Gold and a friend from the Capsule Corp.

Booster Gold and a friend from the Capsule Corporation.

The Baroness and Snake Eyes.

The Baroness and Snake Eyes.

Author Stacey Longo with members of Kiss tribute band, Kiss Forever.

Author Stacey Longo with members of Kiss tribute band, Kiss Forever.

Aquawoman.

Aquawoman.

Author Matt Herring.

Author Matt Herring.

Wolverine, Joker, and Deadpool with Spiderman photo-bombing in the background.

Wolverine, Joker, and Deadpool with Spiderman photo-bombing in the background.

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Ke Huy Quan (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Goonies).

Ke Huy Quan (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Goonies).

Green Arrow and fellow archer.

Green Arrow and fellow archer.

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Indiana Jones.

Indiana Jones.

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper.

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

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Author Stacey Longo with Shield agents.

Author Stacey Longo with Shield agents.

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.

More Pictures from Rhode Island Comic Con

More Pictures from Rhode Island Comic Con

by Jason Harris

NEHW member Rick Silva at his Dandelion Studios table at Rhode Island Comic Con.

Author Stacey Longo behind the NEHW table, which had a different set-up on Sunday.

Author Rob Watts with Psylocke.

Actors Felix Silla and Gil Gerard at the Buck Rogers panel.

Gil Gerard

 

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Review

The Opposite Sexes Rise Up to Review the Newest Batman Movie

by Jason Harris and Stacey Longo

The Dark Knight Rises movie poster. (courtesy of Warner Bros.)

HE SAID: The Dark Knight Rises does not advance Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise. It’s the weakest of the three movies. In his defense, it’s hard to outdo yourself when your last endeavor included Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker.

The movie starts eight years after The Dark Knight with a memorial for Harvey Dent in front of Wayne Manor. Batman hasn’t been seen since the fateful night of Dent’s death and Bruce Wayne has become a recluse with a limp.

Director Christopher Nolan portrays main villain, Bane, with the right respect, unlike Bane’s portrayal in Batman & Robin. This is the character that in Batman: Knightfall, the serial that ran in 1993, orchestrated the assault on Batman, then broke his back.

Nolan chose Tom Hardy (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) to play the ex-communicated member of the League of Shadows, the organization created by Ra’s Al Ghul. Hardy was superb as Bane. He was the right size and had the right muscle mass. The only problem is you can’t understand him 90 percent of the time. Since Nolan and his brother Jonathan wrote the screenplay, you would think they would want their words heard and understood by the audience.

Anne Hathaway (Alice in Wonderland) dons the mask and claws of Catwoman in Nolan’s franchise. Her portrayal is right up their with Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance in Batman Returns. Nolan captures the character quite well. There should have been more of Catwoman, though.

L-r: Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox and Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller The Dark Knight Rises. (courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Nolan’s script abounds with in-jokes such as when Morgan Freeman’s Lucius Fox shows Bruce “the Bat” and he tells him it does come in black. This is in reference to the scene in Batman Begins where Bruce asks Fox if “the tumbler” comes in black. It also brings the franchise full circle by mentioning Ra’s Al Ghul, who was the villain in Batman Begins. Nolan also shows scenes from the first two movies to show how his trilogy is connected. It’s just too bad the movie couldn’t have had a better connection to the greatest of the previous two movies.

SHE SAID: The Dark Knight Rises clearly draws from the very first scene of the first movie, in which Thomas Wayne asks “And why do we fall, Bruce? … So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” Everything takes a tumble in this film – Commissioner Gordon’s reputation falls, Bruce Wayne has a spiritual fall, and the city of Gotham itself is set up for a fall. What’s a dark knight to do? Get up and save the day, of course. The problem is that all of these redemptions take waaaaay too long.

This movie spends too much time cutting between the looming threat of Gotham’s destruction and Bruce Wayne’s climb out of the depths of darkness, only to emerge a better man (with a hot new girlfriend in a catsuit to boot.) Anne Hathaway makes the Catwoman character all her own, and I have to agree with Jason that she could’ve used more screen time. Michael Caine (Inception) is still formidable as Alfred, but his presence is sorely missed for a good chunk of the movie. Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption) and Gary Oldman (Bram Stoker’s Dracula) are also still fantastic as Lucius Fox and Commissioner Jim Gordon, respectively. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is introduced as John Blake, a troubled cop who wants to do the right thing. While his performance is fine, it’s not difficult to figure out where he fits in with the Batman legacy.

L-r: Tom Hardy as Bane and Christian Bale as Batman. (courtesy of Warner Bros.)

It would be hard for any D.C. Comics villain to follow in the footsteps of the late Heath Ledger’s delectable Joker, so don’t hold it against Tom Hardy that his Bane falls short. This baddie goes from terrifying to tepid in an instant once his full backstory is revealed; plus, it doesn’t help that his face gear makes him practically unintelligible. However, if it’s hand-to-hand combat and things blowing up that makes a movie great for you, this one has plenty.

Jason and I concur: three out of four stars.