By Brian Goldberg
On Friday at about 3:30 PM, there was a human traffic jam that blocked the entire hallway between Artist’s Alley and the Main Hall. The path to Javitz Center North was blocked by attendees coming and going. If there was a fire marshall present, I’m assuming he would have shut down the show.
The crowd was at a standstill for fifteen to twenty minutes. My fellow con goers were screaming things like “MOVE” and “WALK” but nothing happened.
After many baby steps my convention brethren and I made it into an equally crowded main hall. Employees from Reed Pop were nowhere to be seen.
This NYCC is bigger and badder than conventions prior. I’ve noticed more people than ever and not everyone has their place. Every possible spot of floor has been turned into an exhibition space. ⅓ of the hallway between Artist’s Alley was turned into event space for the likes of Progressive Insurance and Jelly Belly Jelly Beans.
I don’t think Reed Pop realized that they were putting their guests in a potentially dangerous spot so an auto insurance company could leave it’s mark with free locker service and a strange woman trying to give away wigs, but I do have a piece of advice for them.
Fans won’t mind paying a little extra money for basic safety and a little room to breathe. The marketing dollars from candy made from high fructose corn syrup just isn’t worth it.
Brian is the Senior Toys and Collectibles Correspondent for Bleeding Cool, writing about all things geek in the world of collectibles and merchandise. He’s frequently to be found prying into exclusive mysteries at conventions. If you would like to speak Geek with Brian, please email him at email@example.com.
By Madeline Ricchiuto
Game designers Jean-Francis Dugas and Jonathan Jacques-Bellete alongside voice actor Elias Toufexis discussed Deus Ex in a panel moderated by Sacha Ramtohul of Game Informer.
The panel began with the E3 Demo sans the boss fight at the end. The audience was very fond of Jensen’s shootable gun-arm blades.
“We wanted to make sure there are female combatants… We call this gender neutral violence” which is certainly one way to deal with your lack of female characters, but just being able to murder random female NPCs is not what I’d call a progressive stance. Yes it is always nice to see enemy NPCs that are women, they don’t replace actual characters. It would be nice if there were more than one female character in any of the footage revealed so far.
There will be a novelization by Titan publishing, as well as an art book and a 5-issue comic that take place between Human Rev and Mankind Divided.
“Adam is torn, he wants to do what is right… But he’s working for this task force that has no other augmented people… On his own he doesn’t look Augmented so he can blend in to a degree, but he sees these poor people who cannot… The empathy he feels for them is very powerful,” Toufexis said about his acting choices in voicing Adam Jensen.
The development team are trying to show a more nuanced world. “Even for us in 2015 it is still s thing that you have to be aware of”, Belette said. There is a segregation of humanity in this new Deus Ex,which created an environment which needs to be handled with a deft touch.
“One of the things I loved about playing Adam this time around is that… Its really up to you how you treat these people.” Toufexis said about recording all the different outcomes of each interaction.
A lot of the architecture is based on Brutalism. Showing this new world order through the setting as well as story.
The game is a big terrorist investigation alongside the personal journey of Adam Jensen. “Nothing is as it seems on the surface.”
Toufexis recommended that players do all the side missions. “The replay value is going to be amazing.”
As much as I'm looking forward to seeing it on the big screen, I'll admit that I've been more than a little apprehensive about the upcoming Power Rangers movie. A lot of that has just been me being a grumpy fan who fears change, but without a whole lot of details on what to expect, the mind starts wandering to the horrifying possibility of a gritty reboot.
Now, though, we've finally gotten some details, and as someone who spends a whole lot of time thinking about the Power Rangers, I have to confess that it sounds pretty awesome. According to an article at Collider, the new movie might not be as much of a reboot as we thought, but rather a big-screen continuation of the franchise set after the events of the current series, Power Rangers Dino Charge. And what's more, it's going to involve the return of a pretty unexpected villain. If you don't mind spoilers, read on!
Our first New York Comic-Con without The Legend of Korra stings as much as this past summer, but the current Avatar isn’t out for the count just yet. In addition to the forthcoming Blu-ray release, we also have our first look at artwork from the upcoming Dark Horse comic continuation of the beloved Nickelodeon series.
Here’s your daily rumor to take with a heaping teaspoon of salt: a new report suggests that Marvel Studios may have canceled The Inhumans, the final film in their Phase 3 plan following Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. It’s not entirely implausible, but what makes this rumor a little difficult to swallow is the idea that Marvel Studios has shelved plans for the project due to ongoing conflicts with Marvel’s TV division.
FIC LINK: To the Moon
AUTHOR LINK: Moontyger
RATING/WARNING(S): General audiences
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 2255|Complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Mara, Elda, Claudia, Ruskin, Felim, Olga, Lukin
FIC SUMMARY: Elda's class has a class reunion.
RECCER'S NOTES: A lovely freindship fic set post ‘The Year of the Griffin’ where Elda hosts a reunion at her family home. There are nice thumbnail portraits of the characters showing how their lives have progressed since they left University.
Microsoft continues to show that it is interested in mobile platforms other than its own. The company has placed an increasing importance on iOS and Android, and new reports reveal that the Skype team has developed a new Android dialer app that is currently destined for India.
As the app comes from the Skype team, it seems reasonable to assume that Skype integration is to be expected -- blurring the boundaries between cellular and web-based calls. India is a sensible testing ground for such an app, but it's likely that it will also spread globally as well as to other platforms.
Gadgets 360's sources say that while Microsoft is focused on the Android version at the moment, the Dialer app is also destined for release on Windows 10 Mobile. A release date of mid-December has been suggested for the Android version which will function on 3G data connections as well as 2G networks -- which will come as excellent news for anyone living in an area with a patchy signal.
Speaking to Gadgets 360, a Microsoft spokesperson said:
As part of the ongoing improvements to deliver the best experience possible to our users, we are always innovating and occasionally test out new features and functionality on small groups of users in different markets. If you live in India and have an Android phone and would like to get involved, sign up to our Pre-Release program via the Skype Community page.
While Skype certainly has a dedicated following, it's unclear if it has enough clout to take on the likes of WhatsApp.
I thought this X-Com statue was just a part of the permanent convention center decorations until I took a closer look.
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Video game conventions exist on a continuum. One one end is Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, which on its public days gets so crowded with nearly 350,000 people and hundreds of games that there's barely room to sweat, let alone move. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is Firaxicon, which attracted a few hundred people to a laid back corner of the Baltimore Convention Center last weekend for some laid back rest and relaxation.
Much like last year's inaugural show, Firaxicon 2015 is an antidote to the massive, loud, glitzy, crowded conventions that litter the calendar these days. The small scale meant all attendees not only got to listen to their favorite developers (including studio founder and industry legend Sid Meier) talk about game design in a huge auditorium, but they could easily approach those developers to gush about XCOM and Civilization. As if that wasn't enough, those same developers were available to hang out and play a wide variety of card and board games in impromptu sessions as well.
Not everyone was impressed with Jawbone's Up2 and Up3 trackers. Even with their bright colors and slim design, they felt peculiarly basic. The Up3 especially seemed to take a few steps back, with a clasp that was frustratingly difficult to secure and heart rate sensors that only measured your pulse once a day and nothing more.
But the wild card was the Up4. The most premium of Jawbone's devices, it became available after the Up2 and Up3, does everything that the first two can do, and includes American Express NFC payment integration. A software update released in September addressed some of those previous product issues for all three Up bands, including passive heart rate monitoring and automatic sleep detection.
Now that all of Jawbone's products are on the same page with the most basic features, the Up4 aims to be the stand-out tracker of them all by letting you take a portion of your wallet with you even when you've left it at home.
If there is one thing that always feels super secretive about NYCC, it’s what the hell to do after the last panel gets out. I constantly hear stories of people having no idea what after parties are going on, or if they even exist. Unless you “know the guy who knows the guy” chances are you’re just going home to wait for the con to open again. That’s why it’s great when a group like Sonicboombox comes in to make sure you know where the party is at. They hand out flyers at the con, they spam on Facebook, and they hire very well-known Cosplayers to promote/ host their events. Well that’s all fine and dandy, but I’m sure the question everyone wants answered is; “so how was it?”
Well like any party, it had its ups and its downs. In one case, a very high up turned out to be a very big down. The drink prices at this event were pretty steep. The cheapest beer available was four dollars (About average in NYC), the next cheapest, was around 6, 7, 8, and even 12 dollars! That doesn’t leave many party goers on a budget much of an option. The mixed drinks ran from $10 and up. Just standing at the bar I was hearing single patrons rack up tabs of $50-$90. If I spend $50 dollars at a bar I better not be able to stand up straight anymore let alone piolet an X-Wing in the Star Wars Battle Pod game.
To be fair, the drink prices were decided upon by the venue not the party hosts. So, let’s talk about the venue. The party was held in a bowling alley in the middle of Times Square. Now I’m all for a good round of bowling, but after walking 5 plus hours at a convention, changing out of my cosplay, and traveling all the way back to Midtown, bowling was the furthest thing from my mind. At first all the lanes were being used, but as I expected as the party went on they became more and more empty. After all, how many times can you really bowl? Instead, the lanes became sort of “pocket parties” were groups of friends could dance and frolic in their own little semicircular cells. This to me, kind of defeats the purpose of these after parties though. If you aren’t arriving with a huge group of friends, aren’t you going to these things to meet other con goers and have an awesome time? Given the massive space the party was held in, it almost felt cliquey.
Now onto the appearances. I personally did not see anyone from Image Comics at this event. I’m not saying they weren’t there. I just didn’t see them, and I looked. It was dark, it was loud, and hard to find people I knew, let alone those I wanted to meet. Sonicboombox did make good on their cosplayer promises as Monika Lee, Riddle and Amy Lynn were all present. A surprise guest however was Jessica Nigri. Though she wasn’t billed to appear, she was indeed mingling amongst the common folk. However, given the nature of the setting it was kind of hard to approach these people without feeling intrusive (though when people did muster up the courage to talk, they were all super friendly and approachable, Jessica especially). That could just be my introverted nature overthinking a situation, but still when I pay to go to an event because certain people will be there, I don’t even want to have the notion that I may be bothering them by saying “Hi” or asking for a quick photo. I especially want to be able to find them as well.
So, if you wanted to go to this party for networking don’t threat, I don’t think you missed your golden opportunity to have a drink with your favorite writer and pitch your idea. That’s Enough negativity, let’s talk about why it was fun! I got to drink and dance in the same room as Jessica Nigri. That alone made my night, but then I actually got a picture with her. It’s the little things like this that make these parties special for people. Events like these are great for cutting loose, a place where geeks and nerds can shed that self-conscious skin and have a lot of fun. The DJ was great and the people were friendly. All in all, money well spent on a pretty fun party. Just know going in, you’re getting a party, not a meet and greet.
Sonicboombox is hosting a party October 10th as well at Slate NY (54 W 21st street.) Tomorrows event will not feature Image, but will feature Cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp. If you’re looking for a chill place to dance the night away, have a few drinks, and spot someone famous you love then this is the party for you.
Okay Oncers…I just want you to know, I fought through crowds of people, climbed mountains, slayed dragons, and tricked Rumplestiltskin to get into the Once Upon a Time: An Evening with the Dark Swan panel. Just kidding. The folks at ABC were kind enough to give me a nice little ticket that got me through several cranky NYCC security guards. So, thank you ABC.
Obviously one of the most exciting things about attending a panel like this is the fact that you get to see the newest episode a few days early. So far we’ve had an epic start to the season with Emma being the new Dark One. Now, while I’d like to sit here and spill my guts about the events that took place, I won’t. I’ll just share one little moment that features a lovely blossoming bromance between Hook and Robin.
Hook walks into Granny’s to find Robin looking at his phone. He asks what he’s looking at. Robin replies, “It’s a picture from up inside Zelena.”
Hook responds, “Woah, mate!”
Robin further explains “No, it’s called a sonogram.”
I laughed for quite some time.
The panel was made up of creators/writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, along with the Dark Swan herself, Jennifer Morrison. Unfortunately, most of the panel time was taken up by the viewing of the new episode so the discussion was brief, but great.
When asked how long they’d been considering turning Emma dark, Edward and Adam answered:
“It was all about timing, and we finally found the right time. We’ve been planning it for a long time.”
Jennifer Morrison spoke about her experience being the Dark One by saying:
“It’s good to be bad. It’s been really fun. It’s been a really wonderful challenge to be able to start season 5 of a show and create something totally new. I felt like I was starting over. The struggle she’s going through internally is very real and very intense.”
They shared what the process was like creating Emma’s version of the Dark One as opposed to Rumple. Jennifer shared how great her experience was and gave a lot of credit to the creative teams ability to collaborate with her…
“I felt really honored because I’ve been working in this business for a long time and I’ve never felt so trusted by my bosses to participate. A lot of times you just get told ‘this is what you’re going to do’, but we spent a lot of time
Finally, when asked what Dark Emma is and what she isn’t, Jennifer replied:
“Dark Emma is complicated because Emma is still the savior. It’s not that she’s not Emma. So, she’s the savior with darkness in her. And so… Emma is in a constant cauldron of conflict. Certain times the dark is winning and certain times the light is winning. Sometimes she’s doing things for the right reasons, but she’s doing them in a dark way.”
The Q&A was quite hilarious, because Edward and Adam responded to most questions by laughing with an evil tone, nodding their heads, and reassuring us that we will find out more in future episodes. One very exciting bit of information is, Ruby and Mulan will be in an upcoming episode! Overall, this panel was an amazing experience. Don’t forget to watch the new episode of Once Upon a Time on ABC at 8pm this Sunday.
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.
There’s so much more to Allison Road than its source material, and yet, I can’t help but see it as a continuation of the Silent Hill franchise. It’s clear there’s an ambition behind it that’s much more imposing than the claustrophobic hallways and abandoned rooms of the home we’ve seen numerous times now. In fact, there’s a big, wide world out there, and it’s inhabited by even more things that go bump in the night.
“When you are in the house, all you want to do is get out.” explains a post on the game’s Kickstarter page. “When you are out, all you want to do is to get back to the ‘safety’ of the house.”
I’ll be clawing at an exit the moment the walls start bleeding, though I’m not confident that my odds will improve much when I’ve fled into the marshland that surrounds it. There’s a modicum of familiarity that comes with being trapped in a house with a ghost girl, while the sky is literally the limit as to what could be lurking outside.
“The story just really lends itself to be told in contrasting settings and what better way to perceptually open up the quite confined space of the house, than to set it in a proper outdoor environment,” explained Allison Road project lead Chris Kesler in an interview with IGN. “While you are in them you’ll encounter a quite different type of horror/terror of course, since these environments allow for a different kind of game design.”
Kesler may be referring to the bandaged man-corpse we can see in this freshly exhumed artwork, or maybe it’s the freaky tree creature that’s staring at us with the hollow face pits that might be eyes — that is, assuming it even needs them.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn’t hit theaters until next March (if you can believe it), but we’ve already been inundated with so much marketing, including teasers, trailers, featurettes, photos, et al. Compare that to Disney’s approach with marketing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it seems like a lot — and here’s one more! But this latest feature is pretty interesting, as it gives us a closer look at the new costumes for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
Peggy won’t make her trip to Hollywood until sometime in early 2016, but with the cast and crew assembling for New York Comic-Con, the SSR has leaked plenty new details on Agent Carter’s next mission. Not only do we know our Madam Masque, but also a host of new faces, and which friends and foes will return for Season 2.
Marvel’s animated Guardians of the Galaxy have given us a chance to catch up with the adventures of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot before its cinematic inspiration arrives for Volume 2 in 2017, and the TV branch will reach another milestone before the film. Disney XD’s Guardians will return for a second season, and crossover with The Avengers as well.