It's that time of year again--the San Diego Comicon (SDCC)! The "Woodstock for nerds," it's the event fans anxiously await every summer.
For the past 16 years, this veteran animation producer has circled the globe seeking out the very best new animated short films. Which sounds like it might be a fun way for a cinema fan to spend their time, but is actually a quite challenging task.
Fandom, what does that even mean? To what extent does a fan have to be fanatic enough in order to be considered part of a fandom?
In Park Slope, Brooklyn on a recent Saturday this June, a picture perfect summer day started early with a speedy bicycle race around Prospect Park. Later the Pee Wee League was swinging at everything at Our Lady's Field, and in mid-afternoon, neighbors in floppy hats and gloves were happily pruning and chatting at the 6/15 Green Community Garden underneath the shade of a massive weeping willow.
Oh Helix fans! You know who you are. No hiding. Especially if you want to see what Kyra Zagorsky just told me! Is Kyra the hottest doctor or what?!
When Eden found that she had in fact been cast as the voice of Star Butterfly, she began bouncing off the walls with glee. Which proved to be a bit of a problem once Eden got in the recording booth.
On Friday, the 88-second trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted online and in theaters, immediately dividing fans over how pathetic their lives really are.
I spend every single day of my life painting - there is no day when I'm not being creative. Art is what makes this planet beautiful, and yes, it's a shame that artists live lives that are mostly unrecognized and underpaid - if paid at all. But this is my purpose.
There's a way that things used to work in the television animation universe. First a new show would go on the air. Then viewers would sample a few episodes and decide if they actually liked a program. If that were the case, then the fan base for this new animated series would slowly build over time.
I posted about New York Comic Con the other day, giving an insight into one of the largest Comic Cons in the world. This is a slide show of photos taken with my iPhone - just some of the antics that occurred this weekend in New York.
Comic Con is a bunch of giddy geeks all walking around in circles tripping over each other. And I do mean that in the best way possible.
No one will ever be one hundred percent of what you want them to be or idolize them to be. An actor or actress is just one small part of a show, and their lives outside of that show exist in whatever way they chose to live. If you don't agree with what they are doing, how they act, or how they live that life, it's time to start questioning why you follow or idolize them.
I often hear this "hit back harder" advice from adults who are recalling their own playground brawls from 20, 30, or 40 years ago. The simplicity of this advice fails to consider the complexities of the bully-victim dynamics of today's digital world.
A new documentary shows audiences the peaks and valleys behind the curtain of the creative life, from the point of view of some of the most popular independent artists in the world.
As you might guess by his name, Mr. Speckles is a male hamster. If you are wondering how I know that Mr. Speckles is a male hamster, then you have obviously never seen a male hamster. It's pretty obvious and therefore intimidating to the rest of us with Y-chromosomes.