Friday, July 21, 2017

How I DID go to ComicCon Stuttgart 2017

Well, as promised this is the second part of my travelogue from the ComicCon Stuttgart 2017 which I already started in my last post .

Initially I thought I could put it all in one post but it very quickly became apparent that if I did that it would be a very long post. That coupled with the fact that my posting rate has now come down to two posts a month ( of which the second one isn´t even finished ) prompted me to split it into two post and finish part one so I can put it on the blog. In part one I talked about my preparations for the con - which maybe was a bit too longwinded - and how I ended up not going to the con of the first day.

As I already said, one of my main reasons to go to the ComicCon Stuttgart 2017 was so I could finally see Yaya Han in person and from that point of view it probably would have been better if I had gone there on the first day - if I had to pick just one day to visit the con. Because while I don´t think it would have been as gratifying to see her host the cosplay contest than to experience her Q & A panel she did wear the Mulan costume on that day which I hadn´t seen before. And I like it better than the Medusa costume she wore on the second day. Not that there´s something wrong with it, as all of Yaya Han´s costumes are flawlessly executed and from a designer´s point of view I can see why she felt the need to redesign it ( since the original version is just a lot of spandex which is not challenging to her ) but my personal preference goes more to the Mulan costume.

So for all who couldn´t make it to the ComicCon Stuttgart or - like me - at least not on the first day here is a little video ( via imgrum ) of Yaya Han wearing the Mulan costume at the breathtaking lake Leman in Geneva.

The downside was that I missed out on everything that happened on the first day of the con ( so if you were expecting any saucy stories from that day I have to disappoint you ) but the upside was that I did get enough sleep to be relatively fit for Sunday. With almost everything I would need at the con packed ( I added a bottle of water and two packs of potato chips as emergency provisions and a clean FLASH t - shirt to change if I really got the chance to meet Yaya Han in person ) I was really stocked and I even had enough time to take a long shower before I left the house. At this point I thought I had figured out the time it takes to get to the convention center pretty exact but as it turned out I arrived at least half an hour later than anticipated. Which in hindsight validated my decision from the day before not to go to the con. I would have arrived so late.

Since it had been a year that I went to the last ComicCon Stuttgart I was not exactly sure at which station I had to get off but at a certain point I just followed the mass of people in costumes. Now I know that a lot of my comments about cosplayers might come across as sexist especially where female cosplayers are involved ( with apologies to Yaya Han and Jessica Nigri, I know I´m just an old pervert ) but let me tell you that I´m thankful for every person - man or woman but especially all of the women because they often have to face body shaming which sadly still is a thing despite the social justice warriors - that dresses up as a comic character for a con.

Or just for the fun of it. The kids of Today who grew up with cosplay as a way of comic fans or pop culture fans to express themselves that gets a lot of attention from social and other media can´t really appreciate how much more colorful life is for comic book afficionados with those people out there. So let me tell you that for people of my generation it was a big deal to have even one person dress up as Spider - Man or Catwoman at a booth in Erlangen or the Salon del Comic Barcelona ( with some costumes that were not nearly as good as what today´s cosplayers produce on a daily basis ) and I have the picture of my overweight self in a FLASH t - shirt next to an obviously very disillusioned Wonder Woman to prove it.

Which is why I say to everyone out there who considers himself to be a comic book fan and complains about too many cosplayers at conventions because they are not real comic fans to shut up. First off, they have no idea how dull conventions are without them and everybody who uses the phrase keeping it real needs to be hosed down. Second they may not be a comic fan but they are a fan of the character they dress up and while the comic books are the original source material they have to be aware that these characters are out there in other forms of multi media. And I don´t want to say these versions are more valid but more people know the Teen Titans or the various members of the Justice League from the cartoons - as horrible as some of them may be - than from the comics. I mean, how many people got into reading comics from the famous Power Records or watching the Super Friends ? You can´t tell me that´s not a legitimate gateway for new readers. And lastly how many people do you know who have actually read a James Bond novel by Bond creator Ian Fleming ?

Okay, back to ComicCon Stuttgart 2017, the way from the subway station was not as long as I remembered but that was probably because the last time I was barely able to crawl at a snail´s speed. I´m getting ahead of myself but when I was at Geier´s table he told me that he didn´t think I would make it out of the con alive last year because I looked like death warmed over. You and me both. But that´s what you do to get to a con.

The temperature outside the convention center was a bit cold but not unpleasant, especially since the last days it had been too hot and it was hotter at the con anyway. Now some people complained last year that all the comic book stuff was just in one hall but I was glad that I didn´t have to walk more. Not that it was small, you could fit a few football fields into this hall, but to have it all in one place is not a bad thing. Last year it was even worse since there were almost no places where you could sit down and take a break which cut off my stay prematurely. This year there were much more possibilities for sitting but there´s still room for improvement.

And speaking of improvement, this year all the panels were free which was one less hurdle for me since I planned to go to Yaya´s Q & A panel.

And the panels should be free if you have an entry fee of 25 Euros per day.

Which some people have also complained about. They say that the con is too expensive and that there are no a - list celebrities. Okay, first off the ticket price of 25 Euros is the organiser´s way to make sure the people who attend are really into comics or science fiction stuff or pop culture related things. Because if you make the tickets too cheap there will be lots of people who are not really into this stuff and only come to make fun of the so - called geeks. We all know this from the movies where now everybody and their dog go to comic book movies and you can´t watch the movie and enjoy it because of the constant talking and cell phoning and texting of these teenagers who apparently either didn´t have to pay for the movie ticket or have too much spending money to begin with.

I´m not sure if I would go as far as Millus and proclaim that the ComicCon Stuttgart is the best of all conventions - since I haven´t been to any in America - but I think it´s a good show to find out if you are ready to go to one of the big cons abroad. Because let´s face it, if you think 25 Euros for a day ticket is too much and you are not willing to pay between 15 and 60 Euros to have your picture taken with a celebrity you should probably not even think about the big ones because there the prices are much higher.

And for those who said that there were no a - list celebrities at the con I have to ask whom they would consider as such. I mean, okay, some of the cast from Marvel´s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did cancel but they refunded if people had payed for a photo op in advance and there were still a lot of well known actors there. I mean my top celebrity was Yaya Han but aside from that there was Kevin Sorbo who starred in Hercules : The Legendary Journeys, Andromeda and the movie adaption of Kull, the Conqueror even if that was not a good film. I guess a lot of people were not aware that he also played Mon - El´s father King Lar Gand of Daxam on Supergirl because german tv hadn´t caught up to that point at that moment. They are probably wishing right now they had payed more attention to him.




missed birthdays

and Tom Palmer who also got a special Thorsday post and Jenny Poussin and I didn´t make one especially for Richard Pini but I covered Elfquest on his wife´s birthday and

todays birthdays

filipina slash chinese sexbomb Francine Dee who turns 39 and who is a 38 as well, a 38H that is ! According to her current listing but it is difficult to get Francine´s exact breastsize since she had it augmented six times before reducing it again. Francine is most famous for her appearance in import auto tuner magazines, car shows and paraphernalia videos like Hip Hop Honeys.

Speaking about hip hop honeys, I went back and re - watched 50 Cent´s P. I. M. P, video and Francine Dee really is in it. So it´s understandable that when you ask about the hasian in the video with the big milkshakes most people will tell you that´s Francine. But I know who she is. The woman I want to know more about is the one below and she is in the uncensored version of the video. So far all I know is that her name is most likely Angel Maya and she may be a model. Can anybody deny or confirm that ?

speaking of uncredited sexbombs I have looked on every internet resources there is but can anyone tell me the name of the body double for Anna Faris in Scary Movie 3 ? She is not mentioned anywhere and I think she really deserves more credit !

apropos giving credit I clearly didn´t give Anna Farris enough because I never even considered checking out The House Bunny but from what I have seen in Observe & Report she won´t be needing any body doubles as she has matters well in hand

anna faris observe and protect

Apropos uncensored videos adult movie icon Racquel Darrian celebrates her 48th birthday. She was one of the biggest star during the 90s ( she was active from 1989 to 1999 ) first doing exclusively girl on girl scenes and later working mostly with Derrick Lane whom she married in 1994. Raquel always had the cheerleader look and the most beautiful woman who ever worked in porn has done pictures for PLAYBOY and Penthouse, Hustler and Velvet. You can find a longer biography at imdb .  

Jon Lovitz turns 60 and from all his movies my favorite is High School High which might have something to do with the female lead Tia Carrere.

relic hunter

I never understood why the series was not more successful since Tia wore sexy outfits, took off her clothes a few times and showed lots of skin.

But I guess it was because the scripts were not that good. Well, that and her assistant / girlie man Nigel, the americans always have an inferiority complex when it comes to people from Britain and the writers are no exception. So they didn´t have the cojones to make an english man cool ( one of the reasons why Mike Meyers did the Austin Powers movies ).

Finally a comic related birthday as Romeo Tanghal celebrates his 74th birthday who has worked on many titles for Marvel and DC but who is best known for inking New Teen Titans where he had a big influence on the look as he gradually went to doing finishes on George Perez´ layouts.

Robin Williams 2014


cosplay documentary

college kids

kennedy 1

kennedy 2


dj khaled wild thoughts featuring rihanna

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1 comment:

Terry Hooper-Scharf said...

Read EVERY Bond book including Colonel Sun which was by master spy author John Gardner. That was in the late 1970s.