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.

Talking with Ken Reid, The TV Guidance Counselor

By Jason Harris

Courtesy of Ken Reid Tumblr page.

Courtesy of Ken Reid’s Tumblr page.

Ken Reid is a stand-up comedian and a podcaster, TV Guidance Counselor. He will be attending the New England Super Megafest this weekend. He will be performing Friday night at the Cosplay Comedy Kickoff Party. I had the pleasure recently to ask a number of questions about

Q:     In 2003, you decided to try your hand at stand-up. What was the impetuous behind that decision?

A:     I had been in bands from 1996-1999 or so, I am in no way shape or form a musician, but always wanted to perform. Once the band broke up and I had no musicians to ride the coattails of I thought stand up was my only route. I always liked comedy and watched tons of stand up, so i gave it a go.

Q:     How many stand-up engagements do you perform in a year?

A:     I average about 2 a week so 100-150 a year is probably about the normal.

Q:    Do you have any engagements coming up? If yes, where and when?

A:     I’ve taken the rest of 2015 off for the most part for a much needed breather, but I’m still doing the podcast weekly and will be back to frequent shows in 2016. My updated schedule is always at ikenreid.com

Q:    When did the idea for your podcast, TV Guidance Counselor, come about?

A:     Friend and fellow comic Sean Sullivan basically told me that I have all these TV Guides, when people come over my house we often will flip through them and discuss old shows, why not just do that as a podcast? I wanted to do a podcast for a long time but didn’t have a great idea that would be different from the usual two comics just chatting format, until Sean threw that at me. I also do almost no pop culture stuff in my stand up, despite that occupying a huge part of my brain, so it was a great excuse to exercise a lot of that stuff.

Q:     When did you start collecting TV Guides?

A:     As early as I can remember. There are photos of me at age 2 with a TV Guide in my hand.

Q:    What issue made you want to collect TV Guides?

A:    Not sure if it’s a specific issue really . I like having the little digest sized time machine on hand.

Q:    Are you still collecting?

A:    Not new issues, but if I see some old ones I don’t have, I grab them.

Q:    What were some of your favorite shows growing up?

A:    Just the Ten of Us is a lifelong favorite, Newhart, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, The Adventures of Pete and Pete. The Facts of Life. Weirdly I’ve been lucky enough to have people who’ve been on all those shows guest on my podcast.

Q:    What are some of your favorite shows now?

A:    Weirdly I don’t watch too much new stuff. I like The Flash, and I still watch Supernatural. Fringe was the only show I watched weekly as it came out and LOVED in the last few years. I think it is the best sci-fi show of all time.

Q:    Who are some of the people you would like to have on your podcast?

A:     I do have some dream guests. Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens, Cassanda “Elvira” Peterson, John Larroquette, John Waters.

Q:     You will be at Super Megafest in November and the Pop Culture Expo in December, are these the first conventions you have been a guest at?

A:     Weirdly no. Gary at North East Comic Con has had me do live TV Guidance Counselors at the last few. I always have a good time. Last year, I did the stand up show at Super Megafest, which was also fun.

Q:     What drew you to being a guest at a convention?

A:     They asked, and I’m almost always there anyway, so it’s a win-win.

Q:     Are there any comedians you looked up to growing up?

A:     Dana Gould was my absolute #1 for sure. I was also always a huge Bob Newhart fan.

Q:    Who are some comedians today that you would suggest people go see?

A:    Hmm….I’d still go with Dana Gould.

Q:    Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to become a comedian?

A:    Don’t do it! But if you must be prepared to be terrible for at least two years even if you think you are. Don’t do it with a goal in mind, just do it to enjoy doing it and you’ll be fine.

If you are free this weekend, go to Super Megafest to hear Ken and to meet a lot of celebrities. Find out more information here.

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 Rhode Island Comic Con 2014

 

By Jason Harris

 

Actor Walter Koenig (Star Trek: The Original Series).

Actor Walter Koenig (Star Trek: The Original Series).

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Captain America and Casey Jones.

Captain America and Casey Jones.

Actor John Wesley Shipp. (Flash, Dawson's Creek, The Flash).

Actor John Wesley Shipp (Dawson’s Creek, The Flash (1990 and 2014).

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An Andorian Starfleet officer holding a tridimensional chessboard.

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Actor James Hampton (Teen Wolf).

Actor James Hampton (Teen Wolf).

Mary Poppins.

Mary Poppins.

WWE star and author Mick Foley.

WWE star and author Mick Foley.

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Actress Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek: The Original Series).

Actress Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek: The Original Series).

Cobra Commander.

Cobra Commander.

Groot and Rocket.

Groot and Rocket.

Actor Seth Gilliam (The Walking Dead).

Actor Seth Gilliam (The Walking Dead).

Quint being eaten by Jaws.

Quint being eaten by Jaws.

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Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi and Dr. Strange.

Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi and Dr. Strange.

Captain America.

Captain America.

Actor Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Leverage).

Actor Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Leverage).

Frozen's Elsa.

Frozen’s Elsa.

Actor J. August Richards (Marvel's Agents of Shield, Angel).

Actor J. August Richards (Marvel’s Agents of Shield, Angel).

Actor Vic Mignogna (Star Trek Continues).

Actor Vic Mignogna (Star Trek Continues).

Mirror Universe Spock.

Mirror Universe Spock.

Actress Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman).

Actress Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman). Photo by Stacey Longo.

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Actor William Forsythe (The Devil's Rejects, Dick Tracy).

Actor William Forsythe (The Devil’s Rejects, Dick Tracy).

Dick Tracy.

Dick Tracy.

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Actor Saul Rubinek (Warehouse 13, True Romance).

Actor Saul Rubinek (Warehouse 13, True Romance).

Kevin Smith.

Kevin Smith.

The Blues Brothers.

The Blues Brothers.

Actor Anthony Michael Hall (Weird Science, televison's The Dead Zone).

Actor Anthony Michael Hall (Weird Science, televison’s The Dead Zone). Photo by Stacey Longo.

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Steven Williams (Supernatural, The X-Files, Jason Goes to Hell).

Steven Williams (Supernatural, The X-Files, Jason Goes to Hell).

Actor Bobby Clark (Star Trek: The Original Series).

Actor Bobby Clark (Star Trek: The Original Series).

Batman.

Batman.

Actor John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and author Stacey Longo.

Actor John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and author Stacey Longo.

Spider-woman and Captain America.

Spider-woman and Captain America.

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The Dome of the Sci-fi Saturday Night podcast.

The Dome of the Sci-fi Saturday Night podcast.

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Princess Leia (Cosplayer Sarah Ann McGinnis)

Princess Leia (Cosplayer Sarah Ann McGinnis)

The alien marching band.

The alien marching band.

J. August Richards dancing with the alien band.

J. August Richards dancing with the alien band.

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Actor George Takei  (Star Trek: The Original Series).

Actor George Takei (Star Trek: The Original Series).