Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento 2017: Mini Report

I mentioned last time that I would have a review of Steve Sabatka’s YA sci fi novel, Mr. Fishback’s Monster. However, this weekend was Wizard World comic con in Sacramento which your blog host, Big Bro Steven of the UnOrthodox Geek Church, has been attending and will attend tomorrow (the last day) as well. So I’ll save the review for another time, since I’m not even going to have time for a full write-up of the con this evening. As far as the con goes, though, I’ll give a small brief.

There has been some some really great panels on fiction and comic book writing at this year’s Wizard World, one about creating villainous characters and another about the Satan myth in horror and other dark fiction. I met some really interesting fellow authors there who were really helpful with advice at their panels. And the dealers’ room is always big. There must’ve been at least a hundred booths there, which is a lot for a comic convention in Sacramento. Even though much of the dealers’ room emphasises new factory-line collectibles, such as Funko’s Pop vinyl figures, there are some booths that sell vintage collectibles and there are always super artists, writers and other creators selling their super work. Wizard World has gotten so big since its debut here four years ago that it’s nearly become San Diego Comic Con for Sacramento! Like I said, I’ll have a fuller review of the con, especially of the fiction writing panels, next time. But for now enjoy the pics below that I snapped there.

A cosplayer wearing a computer monitor mask offers a platter of candy.

The Screen Man Maitre D’? of an animaid cafe there at the con.

A statue of Marvel's Hulk with with a base bearing the Avengers logo.
Credit: Marvel Comics
This statue of the Hulk must’ve stood at least 12 feet high. Fifteen feet if you count the debris base he was standing on!

Statue of Iron Man holding out a hand in a blast pose.
Credit: Marvel Comics
Iron Man gets ready to shoot a blast of energy from his high-tech hand!

A cosplayer/costumer dressed as Marvel's Man-Thing.
Credit: Marvel Comics
The Man-Thing, man, with a mug of muck mead (perhaps) at his side (at his right knee, look closely). The advantage of being a muck monster is that you’ll always have a cup holder with you! Unlike the two Marvel figures above, this one's a live costumer.

Well that’s it for this week. Until next . . .

Saturday, June 10, 2017

My First Novella; R.I.P. Adam West ‘Batman’

Progress Report

I may be behind in my writing projects but I’m making progress. I just completed writing my first novella last night. It’s a virtual reality-video game sci fi/dark fantasy. Sure, it’s going to need a lot of revising but as many long-time authors will say, one of the most important steps in the fiction writing process is to finish the first draft. A year or two ago, I had started writing a novella but never finished it. I allowed myself to drift away from it and never resumed writing it. Maybe I’ll go back to it someday after revising this new one.

Besides finishing the first draft of my novella, I’ve been working on the cover to the print edition of “Circa Sixty Years Dead”. The illustration, title and byline lettering are all set up since I’m using the same graphics as I did for the ebook edition. But I need to write the back cover summary which shouldn’t take me long. However, I may need to examine a copy of the print edition before I can release it for sale. Amazon would have to send me the copy, or proof as they call it in the publishing industry, which could take a couple of weeks. You really don’t know how good a print book looks until you see it in actuality as opposed to on screen.

Portrait of Adam West in his Batman attire.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ABC Studios

Adam West ‘Batman’ Dies at 88

It seems that all year, Hollywood stars have been dying left and right. It may just be that many of them are up there in age and so they are naturally reaching the end of their life spans. Adam West, who was most known for the campy 1960s Batman TV series was one of them. He died at 88 Friday night. It’s hard to believe he was that old. So it was a shock when I saw the news about his death on SpyVibe, a blog that discusses ‘60s espionage fiction in its various mediums (movies, TV, books, etc.). Jason Whiton, the blog host of SpyVibe, has a far out article that pays tribute to Mr. West, which if you grew up watching the ‘60s Batman series like me (even though it was a little before my time, I watched the re-runs weekday afternoons), I strongly suggest you read it. It brought back a lot of the sensations I felt when I watched the series as a kid and so it will probably do the same for you.

Sure, Adam West’s Batman was not your Dark Knight Detective as we know the character today from Christopher Nolan’s movies or Tim Burton’s 1989 cinematic adaptation. But many of us came to know the true Dark Knight, the Gothic super hero, through the campy ‘60s series from when we were kids which therefore served as a starting point. So I owe a lot to Adam West’s Batman since it was what got me started on the Batman character to begin with. If I never watched the TV series, I probably wouldn’t be as much of the Bat fan that I am today.

I just finished reading a good sci fi novel which is nostalgic for the 1970s and millimeter filmmaking of monster movies. It’s called Mr. Fishback’s Monster, by Steve Sabatka, which I’ll try to have a review of here next time.

So, Bat fans, did you grow up watching the ‘60s Batman TV series? If not then what got you started on Batman?

Until next time, same Far Out Fantastic channel . . . !