All posts by Cristy Donahue

I'm a geeky writer, reader, video gamer. I travel. Love to write about my adventures. I tweet and Facebook, love making connections.

Wondercon 2018 Day 2

Today was the second day of Wondercon at the Anaheim convention center.  This was my first day going as I was at the Roseanne premiere yesterday (I mean how could I miss that).  It was a con as usual, and being Saturday, it was busy.  Many a cosplayer lined the front of the building as well as the show floor.

I found this year to be a bit confusing even though I had a “map” in the guide book.  Many of the vendors were the same, some were new.  It seemed however as if they had moved vendors around a bit, and that’s okay.  Just try to remember where you saw that awesome item you wanted because you just might spend an hour trying to find it again.

I always like to spend time in the small press area.  It’s where I discover new comics, new stories and new characters to love. Or hate.   I do read some main stream comics, but I have always been a big supporter of small press.

Besides there being a lot of people there today, traffic and especially parking was a disaster.  Honestly the extra money I paid for a hotel for one night was totally worth getting around the parking debacle.  This happens every year.  This year though it seemed they had more roads closed off, routes re-routed.  The pedestrians weren’t being funneled by the police, so if you were driving and needed to turn, you had to wait for all 50+ people to walk across.  Remember we are also dealing with the Disney Crowd.

If you are coming tomorrow, remember, it closes earlier than it has been.  It closes at 5.  Come early.  If you see something, buy it.  Don’t pass it by if you an afford it.  Check out every booth.  I’ve found countless things I never would have found if I didn’t stop, have a chat and pick up a book, comic or toy.

Most importantly, have fun!

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Ready Player One Challenge in Hollywood

Yesterday was the first day of the Ready Player One Challenge in Hollywood. For those of you that don’t know, Ready Player One is a book by Ernest Cline that came out in 2011.

As a gamer I naturally read the book, and at the time I had no idea it would become a film by Stephen Spielberg a few years later.

The experience is 20 to 30 minutes long, with many photo ops and opportunities to take photos. In fact it’s encouraged. The retro feel to the experience brought back a lot of childhood memories for me and I loved it.

In the experience you are tasked with finding keys on your way to the Oasis. You are encouraged to play, search and take a leap. It’s fun and looks amazing.

Yes, they built the stacks where Wade Watts calls home. However they do not take everyone into the stacks. It is here that I believe there is a Virtual Reality experience.

All in all it is a great experience, reminiscent of a Comic Con experience. When you’re in line Fandango is out there asking trivia questions where you can win a multitude of prizes. I personally won 2 Fandango tickets to see the film. One person I was with won a hat. They made it fun from start to finish. If you get a chance and are in the Hollywood, California area, take advantage of this free experience. They do take walk ups, and you can also secure a specific time on the website, ReadyPlayerOneChallenge.com

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LA Comic Con 2017 A Reflection

This years Stan Lee Comic Con has come to a close.  I spent two days there and found it to be quite enjoyable.  Wasn’t too busy and most tables were very accessible.

Parking wasnot an issue, LA Live was my choice this year.   It went very smooth.  A bit costly at $27.00 but I have paid much more to go to the LA Convention Center.

One experience I particularly enjoyed was spinning the Price is Right Wheel.  I’ve wanted to do that since I was a kid.  We didn’t win anything but it was fun!

There was a lot to see.  Many different small vendors than I’ve seen in the past.  I like to discover new conmics and talent.

Not too many big name comic companies there, it that’s okay.  That’s what weekly comic shops are for.

I recommend this Con to anyone who doesn’t make it to San Diego for one reason or another.

It was also full of autographs of many celebrities, if that is what you like to get.  Fashion show is fun.   If you missed this year, keep this one in mind or next year.

How E3 2017 is Different than Years Past

E3, the coveted video game convention that is held every year at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  It’s previously been industry and press only, until this year, when the public was granted access to the convention for a hefty $249.00.

I have been attending E3 for the past 6 years and I must say this year there was a complete 180 on just about everything.  You would think that having actual paying attendees that they could go all out, yet just the opposite happened.

I felt as if the show floor didn’t pop.  Usually you walk in and your awed by some great display from an upcoming game that you have never heard of or played before.  The year the giant Titan was out front of the convention center for Titanfall comes to mind.  Now that blew me away.  Or walking in and seeing the plants vs zombies dancing.

This year I don’t think I saw one game that I either hadn’t heard of, played previously, or had an amazing display area.  Sure Wolfenstein looked pretty cool in the diner where they would make you a milk shake, but other than that, I just felt the show was bland, boring, and quite frankly useless.

If you really want information about upcoming games, watch the briefings.  I found out more there than I did walking the show floor.   The convention didn’t even have any swag, which is in my opinion is what makes it fun.  The year they gave out Skylanders, or Disney Infinity figures, simple tee shirts or awesome pins.  I am seriously talking nothing.

Want to play a game?  Oh get in the longest line you can possibly think of and wait for 4 hours.  That is, if the line isn’t capped in 20 minutes. You may be saying to yourself, but your press.  Sure, I am.  But even as press, I have to “make an appointment” and again come back later.  At this point if I want to play games, I might as well go home.

I had the most fun outside across the street at the Devolver site.  It was for press media, they had meetings, food, drinks and good genuine fun, without all the millions of people.  If you are press and are reading this, don’t miss out on Devolver.

Sony was outside as well, but the store, for the first time ever had a line so long, that I just couldn’t wait in it.  I figure I can get it all online if I really wanted it.  Nothing seemed to be exclusive.

All in all I think that opening E3 to the public was not the greatest thought out plan.  It should have had all the bells and whistles of a top notch technologically advanced video game convention.  It had none.  Unless they either give the press and industry a day or two before letting in the public or just eliminate them completely, I will never step foot back in E3 again.  Everything is streamed and I really would have found out more if I had stay tuned in rather than trying to get a hands on look at anything.  Very disappointed.

E3 didn’t even provide the normal day 1-3 guides nor were there industry magazines available.

Photo by Caprice Conley

 

Hasbro’s Daredevil SDCC 2017 Exclusive Unveiled

It’s almost that time of year again.  That’s right, Comic Con is just around the corner.  San Diego has been host to the pop culture convention for years, and now it’s become a mecca not only for comics, but for toys.

Hasbro has unveiled it’s Legendary Daredevil, which will be $59.99 available at their booth.  If there are any left over I would imagine they would be available on Hasbro’s website.  This is not the Daredevil that is currently played by Charlie Cox on Netflix.  It does include some pretty awesome artwork from Joe Quesada.

Daredevil will be part of the Defenders on the Netflix show.  If you’re a Daredevil fan, check this out.  I think it looks amazing.

Mark Hamill Pays Tribute To Carrie Fisher at Star Wars Celebration

Mark Hammill best known as Luke Skywalker, twin to Princess Leia, the late Carrie Fisher, paid tribute to her today at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando today.  It was a heart felt, candid talk about the woman he loved as a friend and co worker.  You can feel the loss in him and I think talking it to everyone gave him a bit of healing.  Here is the Mark’s tribute:

The Last Jedi Trailer

 

One of the most exciting things to come out of Star Wars Celebration today, was the trailer, more like a teaser of the next film, The Last Jedi.  We’ve been left with so much conjecture, theories and great pondering as to what is gonna happen in the next installment. Who is going to be the last jedi?  Will Rey go to the dark side, Kylo to the light?   What will happen?  It goes on and on.

In the beginning of The Force Awakens we see this in the scroll.  It pretty much says it right here.

 

 

 

Felicity Jones Will Be Signing at Star Wars Celebration

 

 

If there is one thing I feel like I am missing out on at Star Wars Celebration this year it’s having a chance to see Felicity Jones.  Felicity will be doing a signing in Orlando at the Star Wars Celebration.  Rogue One was a key film for me within the Star Wars films.  In fact, absolutely integral to the first trilogy.  I always wondered how Leia got the plans to the death star, and now we know.  The mission that took place in order to retrieve it was one that we all needed to go on.

I though Felicity was perfect as Jyn Erso I don’t think we could have asked to see a better actress portraying the strong determined Jyn.  The strength within these films comes from the least likely individuals.  No matter what side your on, there is no denying, having an opportunity to speak with Felicity and get her autograph would be a great moment in any Star Wars fans life.

Star Wars Celebration Begins With Heartwarming Tribute to The Late Carrie Fisher

Star Wars Celebration 2017 started off by remembering Carrie Fisher, our Princess Leia.  Billie Lourd, Carrie’s daughter introduced the tribute video wearing a Princess Leia dress most recognizable when Carrie was Leia.  The video is perfect, and will bring you to tears. Carrie was and is much missed at the celebration but will never be forgotten.

The tribute video can be seen below or on StarWars.com