All posts by Caprice Conley

Caprice is a filmmaker and innovative photographer. Her passion and commitment to photography is unparalleled. From conventions and cosplay to travel and attractions.

Long Beach Comic Expo 2018

The Long Beach Comic Expo is an expo in its own category.  You never know what you will see or find there.  Year after year I’ve attended and each year I’m more impressed.   This year I attended all three days and I found some of the greatest comic books, met some great creative people and saw some out of this world cosplay.

These are just a handful of the cosplays I’ve seen and just had to snap a picture.  Conventions are where you will see the most interesting people, creative.  You can be whomever you want.  That is what keeps me coming back.

This year I found that the small press booths had a lot of excellent comics to read, which is at some times a nice break from the mainstream comics that everyone reads.

Each Expo or Comic Convention is an opportunity to enjoy and be who you are without feeling any judgement.  For that I am thankful, and I hope that each venue continues to grow and add different creative outlets to their shows.  I know so many people who enjoy them.  I’ve also introduced many people to these and they love it.  They had no idea that they weren’t alone in their love of Star Wars, or The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker.

We are everywhere.  We thank you for coming each year and look forward to Long Beach Comic Con which is September 8th to the 9th of 2018.  I’ll be there.  I’m more into the comic book, but I still have chances to see and experience things that I don’t in my day to day life.

If you get a chance to go to a convention or an expo or even to introduce someone to a new world, this is the way to do it.

 

Cosplay Pool Party Teaser

This summer, get ready to head poolside, as Lauren Matesic of Castle Corsetry teams up with 7 talented cosplayers, who in season one will draw inspiration from Blizzard’s hit video game Overwatch.

Join Alica Marie, Elizabeth Rage, Sheena Dugette, Reagan Kathryn, Rian Smith, Jessica “Maid of Might” and Milyan Sarley, as they begin the cosplay creative process, from concept sketch’s to final fittings.  Watch as these cosplayers bring their favorite characters to life as they add props and accessories to make their character one of a kind.

Once these cosplayers have given life to their characters, follow them poolside for the ultimate photoshoot and party.

Checkout the teaser below!  Also @nrd4entertainment

For the First Time Ever, Merchandise May Be For Purchase at E3

 

Front of E3 2016; photo by @capricefilms

E3, the coveted electronics gaming expo, was open to the public this year.  While only 15,000 of the estimated 50,000 attendees will be public, it is the first year that this has been done.  And with that,  in a note sent to E3 exhibitors according to Shacknews, the show will allow products and merchandise to be sold.

 

For me, someone who has been going for a few years now, this is a most anticipated occurrence.   You walk the show floor and see so many different products, items, games that you would like to purchase, but they seem to only be “for show”, literally.   Most vendors bring some really amazing technology with them, they even let you try it out.  I tried Oculus years ago prior to it being released to the general population.

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I’m hoping to see some anticipated games being sold on the show floor.  Yes, I still would like to see upcoming games, but to walk away with a game before its actually released would be awesome.  I look forward to this years E3, an avid gamer myself this always shows me things to look forward to throughout the year.  There are still tickets available on the E3 website if you having gotten yours yet.  June 13- June 15.  Prepare for gaming overload!

Photo gallery credit @capricefilms

Playstation Plus Games For January

It’s that time again, where we get our free games each month for Playstation plus.  The lineup is a fantastic one, and if you are reading this you should head on over to Playstation and get these games now!

On PS4, Hardware: Rivals.  Normally $19.99

Grim Fandango Remastered.  Normally $14.99.  This game is amazing, and should definitely be played in its newest format.

Dragon Age: Origins…PS3, Normally  $19.99.  If you have ever played a Dragon Age game, you’ll know that this is a game that stands the test of time.  They just keep getting better and better.

Also on PS3 is Medal of Honor Warfighter.  Normally $19.99, and this is a game for those of you that need a break from Call of duty.

Lets not forget PSVita where History: Legends of War: Patton, and Grim Fandango Remastered are available for free.

No matter what platform you have these are all pretty stellar games.  Check them out!

Comic-Con Hotelapocalypse fails


See hotel del Coronado above.  Photo Credit: Caprice Conley

The lotto for hotels during Comic-Con has come and gone.  Many did not receive an email, many didn’t get into any hotels and have kindly wait-listed.  Some got a whole lot of tears.

It’s hard, I know, to truly understand that  when a company, and definitely if it’s a Comic-Con company (or doing their dirty work) says their process is going to be randomized, that it REALLY will be random.  If we could all just accept that it might hurt a little less.

I always expect to get the worst hotel not on my list.  That’s how true randomization works.  It makes no sense.  I also don’t feel I have to be in the Gaslamp packed in there like a bunch of sardines.

Getting out out Mission Valley is not that bad.  I’m staying here now (I travel) and it’s quiet, and very accessible to the convention center area.  If you can score parking or hop on a trolley, you’ll be fine.  Don’t drop all the shelter islands and Coronado island hotels.  They are beautiful.  Having time to decompress might actually be nice.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze

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Stan Lee’s Comikaze is here again in Los Angeles California.  We always see the best in Cosplay here.  The atmosphere is fun and exciting.

I’ve spoken to a lot of vendors who are here and they really seem to like setting up here.  I always find the really hard to find comics that I am looking for.

It is also a good chance to see some of my good friend who like to cosplay.  In fact they do fashion shows, which is amazing.  I will be posting pictures shortly of some of the cosplayers I’ve met.

Best of all it’s  place where we geeky nerdy folks can come together and meet one another.  I’ve met some great people at Comikaze, Comic-Con and WonderCon.  They are all great places to meet like minded people.

If you’d like to keep up with my travels follow me @capricefilms on twitter and instagram.

San Diego Without Comic-Con

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For many of us the one time we come to San Diego is when the yearly Comic-Con convention takes place here.  Hundreds of thousands of people descend on the Gaslamp district, in search of the pop culture mecca that is San Diego.

But what about visiting when there is no convention.  What about Comic Non?  I’m spending a week here, and it’s a very bustling town with a lot do to, even without the con.  It has a lot of culture and amazing food. It is also the best time to check out the hotels that you may be staying in during the beloved convention.

That is one of the things I’m doing while I am down here.  Last night I stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Its usually a hotel that is always picked on the hotel lottery, but not that many people get it.  It is a party hotel, and for me that isn’t ideal.  However in off season it was great.  The bed was comfy and it was nice and roomy.  I also found out that you can rent a dj system or guitars if you feel the need.  I thought that was pretty awesome.

Today I’ve moved over to the Keating hotel.  A quaint hotel with the feel of Palm Springs and sounds of New York City.  It is right in the heart of the Gaslamp district.  In walking distance of all the spots you would ever want to get to.

I just happen to be staying here on the day where the Padres are playing the Dodgers at the ever accessible Petco Park ( sorry no zombies this time).  Luckily we can walk there, as traffic is crazy during this type of event.  In all honesty, the Comic-Con organizers do a much better job of directing traffic than regular event planners. Last night was almost impossible to get to the Hard Rock.  We made it, but it wasn’t pretty.  And when there is a baseball game letting out, the foot traffic is insane. Oh and one way roads everywhere don’t help, nope.  Not one bit.

I’d also like to mention a great place for breakfast, in addition to the amazing Richard Walkers for pancakes.  A ways up on 5th street is a place called Snooze.  Great food, mostly breakfast.  They are big on using cage free eggs, recycled paper, and saving where ever they can.  I like that in a restaurant.  It was definitely fresh tasting and had a great selection of food.  Highly recommend.

So if you enjoy coming to San Diego Comic Con in July, its definitely worth it to stay in San Diego when the convention is not ongoing so that you an truly enjoy the city.  It won’t have sci-fi cafe’s everywhere or giant Viking boats in random places, but you will definitely find a lot of fun things to do.

SDCC: DC Comics Brought to Life in New Lego Exhibit

Master brick builder, Nathan Samaya, who you may remember reimagined all the 2015 Oscars out of Legos, has now brought DC Comics to life.  Lego life that is.  His latest exhibition “The Art of the Brick: DC Comics“, celebrates the company’s 80 years of history with over 100 statues.  The exhibition is set to have it’s debut is Sydney, Australia at the Powerhouse Museum in November.  However San Diego Comic-Con attendees will get a sneak peak of the show during a panel titled “DC Comics Meets LEGO Art” where they will be able to select pieces of the art.  Here is a glimpse of some of the Lego statues that have been created for the exhibit:

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Kelly Sue Deconnick Leaves Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers will never be the same.
Kelly Sue Deconnick will be leaving the Captain Marvel series. At HeroesCon the writer announced that she will not continue on with Captain Marvel after Secret Wars this fall. Sighs could be heard around the room from her legion of fans.
Deconnick explained that once the Captain Marvel film was announced she would have to ” dig in for three more years or drop the mic.”
Deconnick made some changes when she took over writing Carol Danvers. Most notably changing her name from Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel. She also implemented a costume change.
Deconnick has made a huge impact on the series with fans calling themselves “Carol Corps”. The film has even taken on the Captain Marvel name, which shows just how powerful her influence has been to the series.