Tuesday, October 13, 2015

NYCC 2015- Thurs, Part I

The biggest con in the east coast, and perhaps the biggest in all of the US (sorry, San Diego Comic Con it's a fact this one sold more tickets than you did last year), has just passed us by. It took place Oct. 8-11, 2015. I was there all four days covering it, of course. I have tons of pics, interviews, and coverage to share with you all.

So, let's begin with very first day, Thurs (Oct. 8th): it should be noted that unlike it was in the past years where doors opened in the afternoon, it all started at 10AM! This meant, that Alan Negative Pop Camuto (my friend, photographer, and one of my Master's Minions) and myself, were up early to hit the convention. 

The first thing I did was meet the beautiful Felecia Day. An internet darling and beloved geek personality, she has also starred on two of my favorite shows of all time: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural. On the former she played Vi, but it is on the later that she really had her most popular and memorable role thus far in her career, that of lesbian geek Charlie. I had meant to met her for ages and was determined to finally do just that this time. For 40 bucks, she sold and signed her book, You're Never too Weird on the Internet (Almost), which I wanted anyway. She also took a pic with me. I told her that I had wanted to meet her for the longest of time, and that I cried after she had died on (SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!): Supernatural. She told me it was meant to give you "the feels", which it most certainly succeeded at, I replied! She was really so sweet and even more beautiful in person. I feel this was the right way to start off the con!

In the meanwhile that I was on that line,  Alan was on the line for various Godzilla suit stars, to meet the guy who played the original big G in the first movie: Haruo Nakajima. Funny thing is I would've thought that he would have been done way before me. As it turns out, I was done, he was one of the first people on line... and still waiting. They took forever to set up the table. Still when we finally met him, it was worth it! He signed my Criterion blu-ray of Godzilla!

From there we headed to the con itself. We checked out a couple of booths. Among the coolest was that of Pop Culture Shock Collectibles. They had really awesome statues that included but were not limited to An American Werewolf in London, a badass Hordak, and sexy Evil-Lyn (both based on their classic Filmation cartoon look from the 80s).
Another cool, plus yummy(!), booth was that of Star Wars M&Ms. They gave out delicious little packs of their chocolate candy with wrapping based on the classic film series. They also sold merchandise inspired by beloved characters from the film in M&M form. But, best of all is I got a cool pic with Darth Vader Red M&M!!

This awesome painting was made of M&Ms!!!!

Usually, my schedule doesn't allow me to attend panels, but this year I got to hit one. It was for horror/ comedy The Final Girls. The movie has a young woman (Taissa Farmiga of American Horror Story) grieving the loss of her mom (played by Watchmen's Malin Akerman). She and her friends are transported to the world of her mom's famous 80s slasher flick Camp Bloodbath. Now she is trying to save her mom from dying in the film. The gorgeous Ms. Akerman was present at the panel along with director (and fellow horror fan) Todd Strausss-Schulson. The panel was lively and fun. Based on what they said and word of mouth it looks like a great movie! It is currently playing in limited release. I really need to see this one!

Speaking of the stunning blonde beauty, one of the fans asked her which of her films she would prefer her son to be trapped in if she had to choose. She jokingly answered "The one I'm not nude in!" That was a cute moment and was one of many great answers given to us by both.  

Of course, there was some really cool cosplay taking place all day (and every other day) and all over the con. I took lots of pics of them and will post more in the next part (and the following posts that go with each day). For now here are a couple of the best to tease you and get you wanting to tune in for more!

Some awesome Adventure Time cosplay always makes me a happy man!
 These two beautiful cosplayers made me wish I was Batman!
 Sexy Freddy Kreuger will inspire hot dreams, not nightmares!
 The body on this Harley Quinn is perfection!
One of my favorite cosplays, if not my favorite, of the entire day was this awesome, classy, and beautiful Agent Carter!


Monday, October 5, 2015

One-Eyed Doll with Fiends at Webster Hall 10/4/15

Last night at Webster Hall in NYC, One-Eyed Doll supported by a group of really awesome bands, had an immensely fun and lively, ass kicking show. From the first act all the way to the headliners this was just top to bottom quality rock music!

First up where NY's very own Candy Brain. This was my first time hearing this band's music, and I loved what I heard. On their Facebook page they call their sound "murder pop/ fantasy punk", which is a pretty apt description of their fun and catchy sound. They had a great stage perscence, and I think have a great future ahead of them. Plus, they definitely fit in with look and sound of the headliners.
The band members are really friendly and fun to be around. Shooting pics of them was an absolute blast!

Up next were Arizona's Run 2 Cover. This energetic, charismatic, and young trio had a really great pop rock sound that has success written all over it. They have immense musical talent despite their very young age. I could see that knew how to connect with the audience and grab their attention. They achieved this not only with their own music, but also with a really cool little cover medley of pop and rock classics.  

I was extremely excited to see the next band, which was Stitched Up Heart from Hollywood, CA. Back in March I did a write-up about them, right here. As I mentioned there I am a huge fan of the band's music, so naturally I was super excited to see them perform live, since I never had before. In fact, just that morning while I was at the gym working out, I had heard and seen the video for their new single "Finally Free". I immediately thought to myself, how much I loved the music and that this might be their best work, yet! 
They opened their set with this fucking killer track, and then preceded to kick all our asses with the rest of it! They only played music from their forth coming album, so it was all new. But, from what they played for us, I can say that this is now one of my most anticipated releases! It's the heaviest and best music they have ever produced. The band sounds amazing live! Fronted by the beautiful and ubber talented Mixi, they are posed to breakthrough and be a major force in heavy rock music!  
 Mixi and your truly. She freaking rocks!

Hanging out at the show were NYC's Syka. I recently found out about this band through social media, and let me tell you, they fucking kick major ass! They will be playing with freaking GWAR at Webster Hall on Nov. 15, so be sure to check them out live! They posed for pics with Stitched Up Heart's Mixi, and I got to take pics with them, as well. They are fucking really cool guys, and I wish them all success in the world. They deserve to be huge!

It was soon time for the headliners, One-Eyed Doll to come out and play their kick ass goth-punk music. Led by beautiful frontwoman and guitarist Kimberly Freeman the duo of her and drummer Junior put on one of the best and most fun live performers that I have ever seen! This was my first time seeing them perform, and I fucking LOVED them! They had a bunch of Halloween and horror props like skulls, skeletons, amputated body parts, and more (including wearing different head dresses), that made this horror loving metalhead about as happy as I could ever feel! 
They played classics from their previous albums, as well as tracks from the latest release Witches. Kimberly interacted with the audience a lot, getting off the stage and even having three audience members participate in some trick or treat fun (I mean this is their Halloween tour, after all!). They also had guest musicians including John Moyer whom you may know from Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob, and more.
Afterwards, Kimberly met her fans, and was such a sweetheart. She really is one of the absolute nicest people in the music world, that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She has such a down-to-earth and friendly persona to her, that it's impossible not to love her.
In all this was a truly awesome and fun show, from start to finish!
I also want to take the chance to mention that this was the first time, I ever covered a concert officially as press for my site. So, yes, I did, in fact have very own first concert press pass! I was very excited and proud of myself, it meant a lot to me because of my life long love of hard rock and metal. And, while this site has had music before I am expanding that coverage, as may already have noticed. Actually, I have a lot of big things planned for this site so stay tuned!