Conventions: Voice Actors Script Reading from MegaCon Orlando 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time for another set of videos for you all!

Panel: Voice Actors Script Reading!

So, next one that was uploaded happened to be the script reading during Saturday’s events. I wasn’t there for it and wishing I was since it was Princess Bride which is a very important pop culture film from the 90’s! At least Nerdy Shirts was able to record this one since the Flash panel earlier that afternoon didn’t allow it. This panel had the voice actors read the script and I did see a bit of it and it was pretty good. Reason why was I found a comment on my phone since I do upload my beauty videos through the app.

I hope you all enjoy the videos and laugh along with it! Hoping we can get more of the panel videos on here on Word Press as time goes on since we also got video of Billy West’s panel, Mike McFarland’s, and many more! Stay tuned!

Convention Impossible: MegaCon Orlando 2017

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe. MegaCon has passed and man this will be my most honest review, let’s get to it!

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observations of the lead writer and producer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and feelings, more like deep thoughts and feelings about this convention because it will be one huge honest review especially the results.

Location: This convention has been held at the Orange County Convention for many years but has been in multiple buildings. In most of the years I’ve been to this convention it was in the North Concourse and then one year or two in the South Concourse and now this year was in the North South Concourse. I know it sounds confusing but I am not done yet! Basically, the building is separated in North and South where you can cut through the vendor’s room to get to both sides until closing time when you have to go back out to get to either side. In order to get your ticket, you had to walk to the South side in the side to get your wristband, VIP pass, and the Press pass like mine, which was a pin on tag which you could also clip onto a lanyard. There was also the option for four day pass holders to receive their passes in the mail to ease the trouble of waiting. Hmmm, why not do that other cons? Anyways, so with panels, you had to go to either North or South Concourse areas to see the panels and how I saw it that the more comic book and sci-fi panels were on North side, not only that there were also the cartoon guests and video game panels on top of it, while the South side had the anime related panels and North had the gaming room for any gamers that need a break. Having the game room somewhere in the Concourse instead of the vendor’s room like with previous years, which that is next!

Vendor’s Hall: Or Exhibitor’s Hall for the volunteers working! It was …pardon my French…fucking huge! I never thought in my five years of returning I would see something this big! I thought the one during 2011 was big! Not only we had a lot of vendors, which we did find some sweet ones including Tee Turtle where I got my “Crazy Cat Lady” shirt (I know that is supposed to be for someone who is single but I do love cats and it had kitties!) Not only that, the Artist’s Alley was also huge since we were walking all over to find me some Dolic earrings since I didn’t have any while wearing my Doctor Who dress. Oh, need to mention the celebrity area! Not only it was huge but there was one huge, huge, HUGE area for Stan Lee! Gondras was only there for a day and he saw the humongous line of people and I was like “Oh f**k no!” If anyone has been on Splash Mountain, that line was way longer than that! I did meet Katie Griffin and Linda Ballumtyne in the flesh and did give them lanyards themed after their respective Sailor Scout. I did want to meet some of the other guests but we had to run to so many panels to get for the channel, which speaking of which…

Panels: This year was the only year at MegaCon I’ve been to the most panels. As said before, we had to go between the concourses to get to the many panels we have gone to. We went to Q&A panels for Brina Palencia, Mike McFarland (which I was glad to hear that he is also a Whovian and he has me wanting to watch Hitalia after knowing that he is Estonia and always hearing Todd Haberkorn as Italy.) Also, a panel with Amanda Miller, Brina, and Jamie Marchi, and went to Billy West’s panel Saturday night which was hilarious. I think the best panels I’ve been to all weekend were Stan Lee’s and the Tom Wilson panels! Stan Lee is of course the major comic book legend and without him we wouldn’t see the awesome Marvel movies. Too bad we couldn’t interview him because it would’ve been as entertaining as the panel but couldn’t do an interview, which I will get into detail after the Verdict. This panel was very good and we got to hear about Stan’s first visit to Universal and there was one tip that one person did ask out during the Q&A part was about his advice for anyone who wants to become a writer and that is: “Write what you like! All I hear about nowadays from writers is I write this book for this age group but what happens if you’re older than that and will you like it? Don’t write for anyone else just what you like.”

I will take that to heart since I have started writing fiction stuff and my second book will be out in September and just wrote it based on things I liked rather than others would like and that will be passed onto the next book which I am about to start to work on soon.

We did tape a lot of panels but there were two we didn’t get footage for which were the Flash panel with Tom Cavanah and Danielle Pannebaker who played Reverse Flash and Killer Frost because of copyright reasons and how they did talk about show stuff. I did find funny from the panel that Daniellle did mention to Tom how she was in Sky High and that his kids would love it and guess what they do and they always want to watch it. The other panel we didn’t get was the Q&A panel with Troy Baker and Nolan North due to coming in close to it ending. One thing I was happy with this panel was after getting off the phone with Gondras was that Troy mentioned how video games should be more accessible for blind people! I did cheer for it and I was really happy about it since there have been articles lately about blind people playing games, for instance this past week my buddy Stellarnan did put a link up about a Japanese boy who was blind since birth beat a rhythm game series and wrote to Nintendo to make more and they sent him a Braille letter thanking him for playing and that they will pass his request on. Another example is that there is a guy on YouTube that plays games and has his friends help with navigation, which the last game he did with his friends was MarioKart 8 for the Switch. I did write to Nintendo a long time ago about making a screen reader since I do play Pokemon (Haven’t opened Sun yet!) and it’s hard not being able to read the story and it would help. I will find a way of getting a new letter to Japan after this to get it developed. Anyways, I did thank Troy for it and he really wants to see more players out there even with a disability. This got me to ask Jennifer Hale and Ally Hillis during the Mass Effect panel about it and they said that we are at a time to have more inclusion and accessibility in games and they want to see more people game too. This gave me major hope and if it is possible to get the word out more then it can happen.

Don’t worry guys, Nerdy Shirts will get the videos up of the other panels we got so you can enjoy and I can put them into posts so you can see what I experienced. Which I will start with Tom Wilson’s panel since I caught that on my phone so stay tuned for that!

Verdict:

Convention: CONVENTION COMPLETE
Press: CONVENTION ABORTED!

I know it’s weird to do two different verdicts but this year after doing press this just once it is only once that we will do it.

Don’t get me wrong, I was appreciative for doing it but I felt screwed over as a small blog. Yes, the convention was great and the good thing was that we got to see panels but the truth was we had to be re-considered for this convention after being turned down. I was glad we did since we got to see Stan Lee’s panel and many others, heck the Totally Spies reunion as well. While Press itself is something we have done in the past but I feel like it needs to be worked on a lot more.

What do I mean by this? Well, I feel like the press form should at least mention requirements needed or wanted, especially for online media outlets. New blogs and YouTube channels are coming up and there are times when they want to do a huge convention like we just did and not only that MetroCon has been our first big convention we started with. Why go for the bigger ones? It’s because we are trying to build our resumes in order to do press for other conventions. We have done press for four years and have built it up and have done interviews, which I will mention that next, and have reviewed their events as time went on to show that we can actually do what we do. I even built our press kit in Powerpoint to show what we’ve done so far for press to show it. With a press kit or not, this would help big conventions and bigger conventions trust the smaller blogs along with major press outlets like local newspapers since the newspapers really focus on the event as a whole when YouTube channels or online magazines can do a lot more like we have done with Omni, Mythic, and even Holiday Matsuri which I feel MegaCon should have more trust in smaller outlets. Well, Orlando at least since we haven’t exactly done it with Tampa.

Next is interviews…::heavily sighs:: On the form, it asked about doing interviews and it mentioned how you can interview staff or the celebrity guests which we wanted to do it with guests of course. Then there was another question underneath saying, “What are the top two guests you want to interview?” At the time when they started doing guest announcements the two real guests that caught my eye or shall I say ear since I use JAWS were Stan Lee and Tim Curry and after being re-considered I did ask about that and was told not until April. We were turned down for interviews and I tried to ask about voice actors and was asked what we wanted and waited until they got announced and asked and then was turned down for that too and was told only cosplayers, attendees, and comic book artists.

Okay, I understand Stan Lee and Tim Curry are huge names and it would be hard to see about getting interviews but what about the guests? What is the real reason you won’t let us interview anyone else? That is what puzzeled me the most. I remembered during MythiCon 2014 where Chuck Huber was going to be there for two days and was given the reason of due to him being there for two days can’t find the time that would be easy to get an interview with him even though he wanted to do it when we told him what had happened. (Chuck, we owe you one so come back to Orlando if you can.) I felt like I was let down majorly about that since voice actors are our biggest thing and I bet you’re wondering “Don’t you cosplay?” Yes I do but here is the thing, when I do interview questions I base it on the work of those people which I research it first and then come up with what I want to ask and well since I can’t really see the work in front of me then there’s the problem. For instance, I was able to interview Riddle because I remembered her from Heroes of Cosplay and I did like what she brought to the show as a cosplayer and had fun talking to her. RJ Heady was easy due to how I knew his work from Face Off and makeup effects are my favorite and they were able to describe the work very well on that show since my vision was not as great when season two rolled around with him on there. So, comic book artists wouldn’t be the best place for me since I can’t keep up with comics due to being not able to read them and see them. I can interview authors that I have read since I can listen to the audiobooks and voice actors because I am able to hear the dub easily. That is why I took it to Twitter to see if some of the guests would like to be interviewed through email and was able to get Katie Griffin and Linda Ballumtyne and promote the convention as well, which I did forget to mention that when I got re-considered that the big thing of doing press is to promote MegaCon and that is what we do with our Convention Spotlight and Last Minute Convention Info since this year was going to be a huge travel year with other things going on such as Volcano Bay and Pandora opening at Universal and Disney. That is why I am treating conventions as travel now among promoting them.

I think that is it, so yeah, after looking at it, I think this will be the only year for us at MegaCon Orlando. We have other conventions to think of and of course the ones we have done press for in the past since we have had great experiences.

I believe that is it for this Convention Impossible! I didn’t try to bash on MegaCon, we did have fun but wishing that press would have been better in my book. I did get to ask questions if I were in an interview which you will get to see in our videos of some of the panels. I am glad that Troy Baker wants to see more accessibility with video games and I was glad to meet Katie Griffin and Linda Ballumtyne which you can still read those interviews! Too bad the Doctor Who companions cancelled since there is a new season of Legends of Tomorrow for Arthur Darvil to do but not sure why Jenna Coleman. Oh well!

What is next for us? My Top Ten Songs for May! Stay tuned!

Conventions: Last Minute MegaCon Info!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe. It is time for the last minute MegaCon info.

I know you are wondering why am I doing this now? Well, since MegaCon is our largest convention in town and people tend to get ready through the time between announcements like we are when it comes to press. I do have some updates that I have received in email.

Pulse Tribute Events on May 26th and 27th: First is that there will be Pulse tribute events during the convention. Everyone knows what had happened to us a year ago in June which was the Pulse Night Club shooting and we lost 49 people in that shooting which was even more sad. We will have a Orlando United Day starting this June but MegaCon will be having tribute events this year to celebrate the ones who survived and died during the horrific night.

PikaBelleChu Event: Our friend PikaBelleChu has invited us and if you follow her on Facebook, you may have gotten her invite to her MegaCon photoshoot. I am thinking of going as Pokemon Ranger Link since that cosplay got some love during Omni. It will be Saturday afternoon.

New Guests: Of course there have been more guests added as time went on and two of them you probably have seen my interviews with which include Katie Griffin and Linda Ballumtyne from Sailor Moon and other guests include Danielle Pannenbaker, Alice Cooper, Mike McFalrand, Troy Baker, Jamie Marchi, and so many more. Check the page for more updates and others probably added until the weekend.

Hotels: Knowing that these will be filled by the weekend, I would say if you are into getting a hotel room or bunking with people, do it now! Knowing this will cause a lot of booking along with the tourist season already starting for us. So, check any of the hotel websites or any travel sites for any deals.

Locations to Go to After Con Conquering: Like most people we do like to go around after our time at the convention and what else is there to do in Orlando? There is the theme parks, Disney Springs which you can catch the new Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 if you haven’t and if you don’t want to travel that far there is also theaters at Pointe Orlando and at CityWalk in the same area as the convention center along International Drive. If you have someone who wants to shop their hearts out, you also have shops in Pointe Orlando, CityWalk, even Florida Mall, Disney Springs, and we do have our Belz Outlet, and many more. And of course our many restuarants at the Orlando Eye, Red Robin, and one stop if you can get to which me and Gondras recommend and that is Pao Gustoso in case you want Brazilian cuisine for an affordable price.

That is about it! In case you want more information on where to stay and where you want to go during the convention, you can look under the Travel link on http://www.negaconorlando.com and also any of the theme park websites on top of that. What is next? Besides our coverage from this convention, we will also have the Top Ten Songs of May! 2017 where are you going? And also, make sure you donate to our Go Fund Me, Nerdy Shique Universe Travel, so we can go to these conventions and expand our work!

Convention Spotlight: MegaCon 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time! It’s time to do the time warp and announce that we are doing press for…

Convention: MegaCon
Location: Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL
Dates: May 25-28, 2017

Oh yes! We are going back to Orlando’s biggest convention when it comes to comics, sci-fi, cosplay, anime, and even horror and that is MegaCon! This convention used to be family owned during the eight years I’ve been from 2005-2012 and was sold to Fan Expo two years back and if you remembered that we didn’t get to have press a year ago and our buddy and videographer, Nerdy Shirts, did do a review on this convention for us. I am proud to announce that we will be doing press at this year’s event. I bet you’re wondering what happened with Tampa, due to time issues with me in Daytona and Gondras working we couldn’t make it but be glad we can make this one and bring you a review and hoping interviews! Let’s get a move on shall we?

Location: Like every year, this convention is held over at the Orange County Convention Center which is in the center of Downtown Orlando on International Drive! If you have been to this con in this past and possibly others held by Mega or at least the Home & Garden Show or even the NFB National Convention at the Rosen Center that connects to the center, you all know this place is HUGE! Sorry Fun Spot!

This place has a lot of restaurants in the surrounding area so you have a lot of options for eating such as Red Robin, Denny’s, Perkins, and so much more along International Drive for food. Also you have tons of hotels to choose from because Orlando is known for that. I would say check the hotel you are planning to book for any rooms left because this year may cause rooms to be booked all over! I do recommend the Extended Stay which you can get a kitchen if need be in your room!

Guests: MegaCon has a ton of guests this year and I am mentioning some here:

Felicia Day
Tim Curry
Stan Lee
Yaya Han
Stan Lee
Meatloaf
Mike Tyson
Nicholas Brendan
Eliza Dushku
Jenna Coleman

You can check out http://www.megaconorlando.com for the full list and I am hoping they update the voice actors part soon because I missed Eric Veil last year along with Monica RIal and other people. I hope they bring those two back because I would love them in the Shique Hot Seat with the other guests I would like to interview from this year. I don’t want to jynx but will announce over on our Twitter page and Facebook page!

Mail-In Order Autographs: What caught my kitty curiosity is something called “Mail-in-Autographs” which really surprises me. Fans that can’t attend can either send in items for the guests to sign or they can order 8 X 10 photos of the guests to be signed. You can check out http://www.OfficialPix.com for the services starting this month since we are already in April!

Photo-Ops: Besides the Mail-In-Order Autographs, there is always the photo-ops where you can get up to three of your buddies to get a pic with one of the celebs invited to this convention! These ops will be selling three to four weeks of the convention which you can keep checking megaconorlando.com for more info and services!

I guess that is good for this post! If you all want more info such as more guests, attractions, travel info, and even contest related things, you can just head over to http://www.megaconorlando.com for all the info! Also, I will bring the Last Minute Convention Info two weeks before this con because knowing that this con will be busy and so will everyone preparing like we will here at Nerdy Shique Universe that I will bring this info as soon as possible! Make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter for updates when our Last Minute Con Info goes up along with any interview info when we have our list of guests we’re having in our Shique Hot Seat this year. Stay tuned for everything!

What is next? Of ourse the March and April Faves of this year alongside nire book reviews coming up so stay tuned!

Cartoons: RWBY Volume 4 Review

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinions and observations of the Lead Writer and Producer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts and feelings on what’s ahead and there may be spoilers!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Looks like I found something to write and that is the review on the latest season of RWBY! Yes, a season has come and gone and man it was quick for one too. Let’s see what I have to say!

Show: RWBY
Season: Volume 4

The Story So Far: So, it’s been months since the fall of Beacon and our heroes are now scattered. Weiss is at home in Atlas, Blake is heading home to get away from her friends, Yang is upset after losing her arm and Ruby is now traveling with the remaining team members of JNPR, Jean, Ren, and Nora to form the newer team RNGR in order to head for Mistral.

Things start to come together when the White Fang starts popping up again when Cinder returns with the Fall Maiden powers but has a hard time harnessing them due to what had Ruby done to her. Blake figures out that she wants to change the White Fang to a group that is not so sinister. Weiss ends up with family issues and feels that she doesn’t belong in the world of the rich and sets out on her own in hoping to reunite with the others. Yang gets a newer arm and heads out on her own after going through a life lessons with dad and Ruby encounters her uncle on the road and a new member of the White Fang who wants revenge on her for what she did to Cinder and even encounters a Grimm that shown up in Nora’s and Ren’s past that they still have nightmares about.

Thoughts: Oh man! Where to start? This season seems to have a lot of things since it did fill in the blanks after the end of Volume 3 and does show what had happened to the rest of Team RWBY. I found interesting, even though it did kind of annoyed Gondras with each episode, that they not only focus on one character for one episode but multiple characters as in it starts one person in one episode and then cuts to another which I can see it takes a George R. R. Marten idea when he wrote Song of Fire & Ice (in case if anyone is wondering, no I don’t catch up with the show, I just read the books and I do know what had happened with seasons 4 and 5 with how the story was taking a turn away from the books…soooo yeah!) What I mean by this is that in A Storm of Swords, Marten explained that time goes differently with hwhre the characters are as in it may be one week with one character and then a month later with another which I see it in this volume. As in, it is breakfast time with Weiss and her brother, Whitley one day and then it’s evening with Crow at a bar somewhere else. I did like that about this season and plus it gives us newer aspects of the adventure instead of doing one single character for every episode. I think the only character focused episodes wher where Blake went home to Minagery, when Crow tells them everything that is going on after Beacon fell, and when they told Ren’s and Nora’s back story since they were heading for their old village and how they came to be. I did like that back story episode the most since I did realize when I first watched the second episode Iad onward where I noticed Ren being a little off, I saw why he was after seeing what had happened in his past. Now I can see why he went to Beacon and same with Nora.

There was one part I wished they focused and that is a bit more on Cinder. When they cut back to her, Salem mentioned that she was scarred from what Ruby had done to her and that is causing her newer powers to cause her not to harness them. I wished that was shown a bit more and how she was suffering from the pain and finally getting to harness them. That would be an awesome episode or do one where the Fall powers inside of her are trying to fight her because they know they aren’t inside of Amber and should be in her or in Pira since she had one part of them in the end of Volume 3. That would’ve been a great character driven episode and would start incorporating the other maidens to see what had happen to Amber since at the beginning of the season that Spring is next. I am hoping by the next volume that they really start showing the other maidens. Another thing they should’ve shown was what was the deal with the visions of Pira we kept seeing in the first two episodes. I was wondering if that is a sign that she might not be dead or if she is telling them something about the powers? They didn’t really say much until Crow shown up to explain more things about the Fall maiden’s powers and how Pira chose to take the other part when Cinder had the first half. They should’ve done something more about those visions unless Rooster Teeth is waiting to put more ideas about that in Volume 5.

The Cast: The next thing I want to talk about is the cast! Of course they brought everyone back for the main cast but I kind of feel like Blake’s voice was a little off. I noticed how it went from low to high like someone has gone through a major voice change from kid to adult. I love Blake and her character design but I feel that the voice should’ve had a better recording and stick to what I loved back in the first three volumes.

I did like how they were starting to bring more anime actors as the season progressed. Vic Mignogna did return as Crow and Jessica Nigery arturned as Cinder but they brought in more for this season like J. Micaael Tatum as Weiss’ butler Clyne, Tara Platt as Blake’s mom, and the ones that surprised me the most were Kent Williams as Blake’s dad and Josh Grelle as Tierion. With Kent, I was hearing his voice and thinking, “I know that voice from somewhere!” That was when I searched on Google and was like “No way!” when it was frevealed. I almost thought it was John Burgmeier but I remember his Shigure Sohma voice is usually used, especially for Freed in Fairy Tail. Nope, it was Kent Willians since he was using more of his Akisami voice from Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple. I think what gave a subtle clue was how he told Sun, “I really hate you.” In one episode of the show. While Josh, on the other hand, I did not know it was him until Gondras saw his name in the very ending credits. This voice was new to hear for me since I am used to Josh doing more of the gentler characters like Kennichi and Arman but here he is a psycho. As in, a dude that ends being found out as a fawnness with a scorpion tail looking for blood.All I have to say is that Josh did an excellent job with the script he was handed and the character he had to portray. It normally takes a lot of skill to do something like that but with his voice acting background, he knows what he is doing even in screams.

Music: Now it’s time for the music in the series. Normally, we get a mix of metal and orchestraic music but this volume had more orchestra tracks to it. I hear more of the softer tones to this volume because this season had more of a dramatic tone to it even with all the dots being connected in each episode. We even hear music that is sinister to go with more of the parts that deal with the White Fang and enemies revealed which means the music was made to fit with the different tones and moods in every episode. The opening theme song for this volume, “Let’s Just Live,” fits with the season because it just says in its title and goes with the idea of how each character is going through their own conflicts in every episode. I find it funny how the other themes went from rockin’ in “This Will Be the Day” to alternative in “Time to Say Goodbye” and then to pure metal in “When It Falls.” This one seems to be more uplifting despite how deep and dark this volume became to be. I am wondering what they will be doing for the next volume’s soundtrack including the theme song.

Rating: 4.5 Pawprints Out of 5! I bet you are wondering why I took a half of a point off, I would say it’s due to some of the unanswered questions of why the visions of Pira and not focusing an episode on Cinder since I would love to know how she copes with things. Yes, they did kind of address but it felt a bit short in that during episode 11. I did like some of the other points taking place and I am hoping that Volume 5 would add the missing blanks such as in what is Whitley doing with this when he is acting so strange, then of course the kid with Ozpen in his head since Crow mentioned there were two parts to him and it was answered slightly. I hope that part gets addressed in the next volume. Plus, I kind of felt like the ending was a bit abrupt and that that there should’ve been more added to the season. Who knows how the next volume would be done, we have to wait until around September to find out.

That is about it! I know it was long but hey there is a lot to cover when it comes to RWBY. What is next? I think another book review may happen, so stay tuned!

Holiday Matsuri 2016 Cosplay Gallery

Here’s our collection of cosplay photos, featuring entrants and winners from the Cosplay Runway.

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Holiday Matsuri 2016: Interview with Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Now it’s time for another interview!

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn!

I bet you’re wondering “Wait a minute! Didn’t you interview her a while back?” Yes I did! I did mention how we interviewed her at MetroCon 2014 and you have read that back then or when I posted the link in the Convention Spotlight for Holiday Matsuri. She hasn’t been to an Orlando con and glad that she got invited to this one since this one is the most wonderful con of the year and hoping that others would invite her and Steve to more of them.

Why another interview with her? Gondras figured since we haven’t seen her since that we should do another interview with her and it was a last minute decision when I went to meet Steve first to arrange his interview. It did give a nice update, especially when I asked her about the new live-action Ghost in the Shell movie along with Scarlet Johannson playing the Major in it. So, here it is and enjoy!

What is next? The Voice Actors Supershow!

Convention Impossible: Holiday Matsuri 2016

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Happy Holidays to all and I am back from Holiday Matsuri! Sorry for taking a few days, I had to get my rest after waking early during the weekend and unpack all the stuff I bought and the cosplay I took with me! So, it is my review!

Disclaimer: This Convention Impossible is based on Opinion and Observation! Please respect the thoughts of the Lead Writer of this blog and thoughts from her teammates. Thank you!
Convention: Holiday Matsuri 2016
Location: Orlando, FL

This year was our second time doing press and man it felt good! Hek, it felt good going back to a convention after not going to any for months. This year it was at the World Center Marriot in Orlando and it was the same until we had food. Normally hotel food would be expensive and not as tasty but this time around they changed the food court into more of a pantry style and made everything cheaper. Back in 2014, I spent $18 on a philly steak, fries, and a peach tea and the tea was a small bottle but this time you get a slice of pizza, a bag of chips, and a bottle of lipton peach tea for $6! That sas more srasonable than two years back and the food was still tasty as the food back then. Also, parking was very convenient because it was not only $11 for it but you can pre-pay for the entire weekend and have passes that are in and out which if you go off hotel grounds for an hour or two, you can get back in with the same pass without paying for another parking spot. I hope this happens again next year if ithis convention didn’t out grow this hotel. Plus, the space was even more amazing for the convention because of the amount of rooms that were used for panels and events also the space for the huge vendor’s room, which….

Vendors: Oh man! I think this year I pretty much found pretty good stuff since they had more vendors to work with! It was bigger than last year and it fit all the tables because last year the space had most of them in the vendor’s room and then more tables in the game room but this year it was all in one place which made it more easier to find and browse. On Friday, though, not all the vendors and artists were there but it did have a good amount until Saturday rolled around when everyone was there and selling items. I did do a video with a huge haul of the items I did buy but to make it quick, this is what I got:

Mint KitKats
Twilight Sparkle plush
Evee plush
Typhlosion plush
Gatomon keychain charms
Harry Potter Hufflepuff beer glasses
HiChew in orange and mixed berry (also got one for someone for Christmas but not revealing it!)
Red bean and chocolate flavored bread buns
Official Carla plush

Yeah, I did some damage to my account and money pouch, which of course I did get my DVD box set of Gurren Lagan signed by Steve Blum….

Guests: Next is guests! Oh man! It felt like a dream when I was meeting Steve Blum for the first time because Gondras got to meet him when I couldn’t at Florida Anime Experience five years ago and did include a story that dealt with that in my book (BUY MY BOOK!) and I got to finally meet him after hearing him for years as Tom the Robot, Spike Spiegel, Evil Snake Man, and Lee Ron! It was worth getting his signature by the way! Also, we did meet up with Mary Elizabeth McGlynn since we haven’t seen her for a while and by the looks of it this was her first convention in town from my memories of conventions in the past. She was surprised that we remembered interviewing her and we did a new one with her, which will be on YouTube in the next couple of days along with our interview with Steve! Stay tuned for that!

Besides doing interviews, we did cover events and one of them happened to be the Voice Actors Holiday Super Show on Sunday and it was very entertaining! This was a first to see Todd go out into the audience and asking attendees questions about their time at Holiday Matsuri and got to ask questions based on Christmas things and even anime things. I wanted to ask Todd about his work on Death Battle since I didn’t get that chance in our interview last year but Gondras gave me this to ask instead and that was what was their funniest Christmas story? I do tend to ask about their funniest booth stories and this was a bit of a play on that and their first reaction was being stumped. I felt like during the Ten Years of SPD panel last year when I asked the guy who played Bidge about the “Buttery” finger gesture out of habit. I guess interviewing voice actors for three years help with coming up with more fun questions. Anyways, what did they answer with? Mary talked about how she dropped a bag of roux for gravy and it exploded, Todd making a turkey in college for his first time where the oven dorr didn’t close all the way, and Steve had the best one which I would let you watch the video when it hits YouTube! I would stay tune to our Twitter for when that is up!

Panels & Events; This year was the year that we went to the most panels and events besides covering two of them! There were a good variety but there should’ve been more interesting ones according to Nerdy Shirts. Some of the panels we went to included World Literature in Anime, which looks at Western Lit being told in anime such as Secret World of Arietti, Nadia and the Deep Blue, Romeo x Juliet, and so much more. I may have to watch Romeo x Juliet since I haven’t seen it in so long and it rekindled my love for it after this panel. We also went to a makeup panel done by one of the members in the Black Butler Caboret and she did provide good info on makeup and what to use. She did mention that she works at MAC and that does help a lot due to providing recommendations even with shade matching which she said it is best to go to Sephora, Ulta, or even MAC to get a better idea of what will work for you.

One panel that did stick out to me is the Non-Visual panel which deals with disabilities. I won’t cover too much but I would say this one panel did make me tear up and usually I don’t tear up at panels. Hell, even was on theedge of tearing up during one of Steve’s stories during our interview. Anyways, after going to this panel and meeting up with one of the people in there on Sunday, the thing is that we are not alone when we are suffering from disorders like PTSD, anxiety, heck even a visual impairment like I have. Heck, I even told the story how I lost a friend who said that they wish they were blind like me and so many people had the same reaction like I did of “WTF@?” Still, it is not easy dealing with these things and that we can get through it with friends and family and even the significant other because we can support each other even times of trouble. Even the hostess thought it was amazing that me and Gondrass did use to host the Blind Experience back in the past after the panel and did give her and her buddies cards to this blog and the book.

So, back to lighter notes! The two other events we had to cover were the Peppermint Parlor and the Cosplay Runway.In our honest opinion about the Pepperment Parlor, even though it was in the game room (which was very amazing by the way and used the entire space during the day) it was okay, just okay! There were performers from Pleasure Pixels and a DJ going but there were only two performers onstage when we first got in. We did see the pole and a few rings but where are the rest of the performers? I understand it was supposed to be a Burlesque, there should’ve been ore to it. The Holiday Cosplay Runway, on the other hand, was very entertaining and even fun to see the many cosplays like Sailor Moon, even a Miss Piggy with a Hannakah flare, and of course taking on the new Pokemon games by having Team Skull. The best part was the performances which the Holiday Ambassadors perform by singing or dancing to songs. One Ambassador sang a Japanese song which you rarely heard being perform at an event like this and there were two other groups that did dance numbers but the one who did the most entertaining number was Break Dancing Kakashi! Not only he did his usual stuff but he danced “Cotton Eye Joe!” Even some of the cosplayers in the crowd including Team Skull danced along! I did manage to take down the winners and Gondras did get pics, which those will be in the Cosplay Gallery in a few days too, and they are:

Most Great: Miss Piggy
Most Fun: Team Skull
Most Festive: Batman Villains (Their Bain cosplayer joined in with the “Cotton Eye Joe” fun!)
Best Prop: Ghost Rider
Most Flashiest: Mad Hatter
Best Group: Sailor Moon
Second Rummer Up: Magi Group
First Rummer Up: Boshido Zelda
Best in Show: Christmas Fawns

Game Room: Since the Peppermint Parlor took place in the Game Room, maybe I should mention this briefly! This year the room was bigger than the last. It did have arcade cabinets and the usual fighting games, which Gondras did play one of the Marvel v. Capcom during the Parlor on Saturday. They did have the Rock Band 4 stage which Gondras did perform with a group on that. I was happy that more Fall Out Boy was in the game with “Century” and it did sound like some of the old tracks were in there from the other games!

Rating: Accomplete! This is why! Even though it felt like this year was accomplished but did feel on the eddge of complete and like the Completionist himself, this did combine Accomplished and Complete which makes it Accomplete! The next section will give the real reasons!

Needs for Improvement: Even though the convention was awesome in some areas but it needs some adjustments. Don’t get me wrong, we did enjoy it but like most things there need some room for improvement…

1. Panels: As in there should be more interesting panels. Yes, we did attend some interesting ones, even the makeup panel was something that did give good tips from someone who has been working at a store that deals with it, but I can see what Nerdy Shirts is talking about. There should be more variety to choose from with the entire weekend. I feel that there should be more guest panels since in the past years as a convention goer turned journalist that there were a lot of guest related panels and the only two we went to were the Q&A opanel with them on Saturday and the SuperShow Sunday and I did try asking Nerdy Shirts if there were any panels with the voice actors and not so much. I know Nate Wants to Battle did have a few but some of the panels we went to ran into his time slots too and that kind of made the choice a bit harder. I did hear that with some panels that the time slots were kind of weird in the scheduling portion where when we went to the Ultimate Gaming panel that our friend, Xeno, was a part of was at 12:45 in the morning on Friday and they wanted to make it great but due to their time slot it was a bit of a mess. Now I am thinking should Blind Experience return? Still, panels should’ve had a bit more variety by attendees and the voice actors as well.
2. Interviews: Okay, remembered how last year that with the Cosplay Runway’s pre-judging that there was mixed messages there? It happened here this year. How so? Well, apparently there was a confusion where I was told this year that we were supposed to talk to the guest to get it scheduled like last year and added on talk to the handler to get it arranged during their signing times depending on the line size. Then we got told that it had to be arranged before the convention itself which I remembered when filling out the form that I was supposed to get a schedule of the time slots to choose from with each guest when I checked the box for interviews and that didn’t happen and that didn’t happen last year either. Here is the thing…interviews should be arranged by the convention if press teams check that box on the form itself. I have done interviews at other cons like MetroCon, MythiCon, and Omni Expo where they gave us the schedule of the interviews which the convention staff confirm with the guest if it will work in the schedule that they were given before the convention. Heck, even doing back to back can happen which I had that happen at Omni two years in row where this year I had my RJ Heady and Dino Thunder interviews back to back and it worked out fine because they were scheduled that way. Still, hoping, did suggest it to them and hoping it gets taken, pleeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssee schedule interviews beforehand because these mixed signals make it complicated and like the convention want to be organized with everything.
Well, that brings us to the end of this review! I think we had less ideas for improvements than last year but this convention was great and it is still growing. Hoping next year things will be better in some areas and hoping that it will be at this hotel again because it did have the space for it. Also, in case anyone is wondering, yes my mobility worked out this time around due to the training I went through but there were times when my cane almost got knocked out of my hand due to how much of a crowd was drawn to this thing.

What is next? We will be posting more coverage including our videos from this year and our Holiday Matsuri Cosplay Gallery! Stay tuned for that! Also, within the next few weeks I will be doing the Bests and Worsts of 2016, November and December Favorites, and the Convention Spotlight on Omni Expo 2017! Oh yeah! Starting to talk about next year’s convention lineup! Til next time!

Review: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Sorry, still waiting on the stuff for the Convention Spotlight, I will see if I get the interview questions in the next day or so since I did send the head of press at Tampa Mega an email last night. Anyways, I do have a review!

Movie: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

I know you’re thinking, “Mari, that movie has been out for many years since the 90s!” I know but I never seen it! Yes, “GASP!” Here was the thing, I went to FYE with Gondras on my birthday this past Tuesday and we were looking around and we stumbled upon the many Batman Blue Rays and found Mask of the Phantasm on DVD along with Return of the Joker from Batman Beyond. These two movies were $7 each and we couldn’t pass them up since we were surprised that these didn’t get a Blue Ray release like the many other movies such as Forever and Batman & Robin which were the two movies least liked by everyone. Even the “Bat Credit Card” joke from Nostalgia Critic still makes me laugh!

When we got back to my place, we did put Mask into Gondras’ laptop to watch to remedy myself from never seeing it. I did remember it being in theaters in the mid-90s or was it earlier, but this was around the time Warner Brothers still put animated features in theaters and that included Space Jam and the first three Pokemon movies. As you know, I have been a fan of Batman The Animated Series when I was younger and have enjoyed watching it and that is how I started loving Harley Quin, especially the episode where she was living with Poison Ivy. Anyways, if you remembered my last post about D. C. Comics belonging and this animated series was the perfect example of sticking to TV.

Movie Synopsis: This movie takes a look at more of the earlier days of Batman and how Bruce met his first love, Andrea Beaumont when he was a college kid from what I can get. This does show flashbacks mainly of how he started designing the suit and at the same time keeping time with Andrea. As time goes on, things have happened to Andrea’ home and causes her to return a ring that Bruce has propsed to her with and causes her to become someone else.

What I thought: I thought it was really good! I never seen this movie and after seeing it for my first time, I did get to see one story that shown something that led to present day Batman. Well, more like this movie was from the beginning of the series at least. I thought that Cat Woman was his only love until I found out that Andrea was his first and thought that would make sense if he met someone at an earlier part of his life after losing his parents early on.

What was surprising was seeing the Joker in this one too but the good thing is that they kept with the continuity of how he went through the chemicals and changing from being someone involved with the mob to a villain. Mark Hammel will always be Joker to me and Gondras of course! Also, the character of the Phantasm was interesting. At first, people on the police force thought it was Batman causing attacks on mob members but there was a special chemical that was left behind as the Phantasm’s mark not Batman’s since we know we tend to see one of his Batarangs stuck in the wall or anything else to say, “Yeah, I was here!”

What was great about this movie was how touching the scenes between Bruce and Andrea being together throughout the film. I did mention in the last post that I liked how in the D. C. animated stuff was how there were lighthearted moments in the drama. This was a romance story since it did start off a bit awkward like some relationships due to how Bruce was starting off as Batman and she wonders where he was until she figured out what went on at his parents’ grave site. I did find it sad in the ending how Bruce thought he lost her again due to how the final fight was at the World of Tomorrow exhibit that was around which was also a theme park and the Joker rigged it with a bomb. She wanted it to end after what happened to her father and how he was connected to the mob and why she went after them as the Phantasm. Yes, it did show her alive but it did go the way of “He doesn’t know that.” I guess the creators wanted to show as the series went on that he did move on and found other women to fall for and of course Cat Woman was one of them.

IFinal Thoughts: My final thoughts on this is that this was a masterpiece to be placed on Blue Ray. It would suck if they waited until next month to do it when we got the DVD for a discounted price. I am wishing Warner Brothers and D. C. made their movies like this rather than how they are doing now because of how the TV shows are getting better and there is still more to do with them. Sub Zero did follow this film and it was an okay film after seeing it on Cartoon Network but the other animated movies that were released were really well done. Still, this movie should have been on Blue Ray, especially with putting the audio at a better volume since I did notice that it kind of dropped out in some scenes and not as loud as it Joker’s laughs.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Paw Prints

That was it for this review! I am hoping I hear back from Tampa Bay MegaCon for my Convention Spotlight! I know this will also lead into my July and August Favorites for this year! Stay tuned!

D. C.: What Screen Should It Be On?

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I am still waiting on answers from Tampa Bay MegaCon to my interview questions, but in the meantime I decided to do something special.

Disclaimer: This post is based on opinion and observation. If you don’t like it, get out!

Comic books have been showing up a lot in media ever since Marvel Studios has shown up and pretty much beaten the box office with their movies. Of course D. C. has shown up to be part of the competition but their movies have not been the best. How so? Well, Marvel has been showing really good interpretations of the comic stories, picking really good actors to fill in the roles like Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Christopher Evans, as Captain America, even the younger Olsen sibling to be Scarlet Witch and now Benedict Cumberbatch to be Dr. Strange for the movie this fall. Not only that, they did get SpiderMan back for a movie next year. Plus, can’t forget, they do know how to make the banter between characters sound real, especially with Civil War and Guardians of the Galaxy.

What about D. C. you may ask? Well…well…to me that the TV and cartoons translate the comic books better than the movies. Don’t get me wrong but I did enjoy the Christopher Nolen Batman movies despite how the third one had me bust out laughing when Batman was yelling, “Where is the trigger!?” in his best Jack Bower inpersonation. To me, the tv and cartoon shows do the D. C. comics a lot better because they are translated well. I haven’t seen Batman v. Superman, Superman (the newer btw), and now Suicide Squad, which worried me and Gondras the most because of what we heard from reviews that the movies weren’t that great. Heck, I seen Nostalgia Critic do his review on Superman and oh man… We did see Green Lantern and it wasn’t great with what we saw. Anyways, how I see it is that D. C. is trying too hard by making their films as dark as Marvel but too dark. I understand that most stories in D. C. are dark but there are times when you do see lighthearted parts in it. I seen that with Batman the Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Superman Animated, heck, even Teen Titans had a lot of jokes and banter within the dark bits. Also, the storytelling, especially with Suicide Squad from what I heard, is pretty choppy. I can believe it since the story in Green Lantern felt rushed and forced from remembering it.

What D. C. Should Do? Should stick to TV with their stuff! How so? Well, I admit I have seen some of Arrow and Flash and from what I’ve seen all thanks to Gondras watching them on Netflix and Hulu, they are both good! I even give props to the actor who originally played Harry Dresden in the Dresden Files tv show as a detective in it. The story they took in both shows pretty much fits with the cohesive storytelling you’d expect in the movies. Yes, they changed a few things, especially with Arrow but both shows had really good stories to work with. Even the cartoons when they were around even kept the storytelling as before like with Batman had. I know they all went dark but they did it without trying too hard and did mention earlier that there were pretty touching moments between characters. To me, with how tv shows and cartoons work they work better for D. C. and Warner Brothers since Warner Brothers is known for making cartoons for many years and that is pretty much their element. Now wishing they don’t cancel anymore good things when the action escalates like with Young Justice and Green Lantern Animated.

Well, that is it for this post! I know I am basing the D. C. movies on reviews but reviews do help us decide what we should see or what to stay away from. Gondras was worried about the Suicide Squad movie and I was mostly worried about Harley Quin not fitting with what I seen in the cartoons and video games, which in my opinion Hynden Walsh should’ve done the voice in Arcum City. Still, I am goi8ng to see the animated version on NetFlix if htye have it since I seen a review on that one and heard it’s pretty good! In the end, D. C., just stick to TV, that is what you do well!

Next time will be the Tampa Bay MegaCon Convention Spotlight.