Nerd Expo 2019 Recap

Nerd Expo 2019 Recap

By Veronica Nunez
October 14, 2019

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Nerd Expo was held on September 21, 2019 at the Pasadena Convention Center.  I only stayed for a few hours, but I really enjoyed the live concert by Ragnarock on the lower level.  They played some great songs from the 80s including the theme to The Neverending Story which you can watch here.

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My primary intent for attending Nerd Expo this year was to add Ray Park’s autograph to my Darkside hockey jersey.  The room he was in for signings was on the lower level where the Nerf shooting was happening, too.  Some of the kids were rapid firing and hitting their targets with ease.  It was a very popular spot with the kids at the show.

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Matty Cardarople was another special guest doing signings and photos, but he also made an appearance on the Main Stage prior to Ragnarock’s performance.   You may have seen Matty on Stranger Things as the arcade attendant in season two and as the video store manager in season three.  He seemed as shy and awkward, but very nice, on the stage as he does on screen.

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Nerd Expo is organized by Nerd Bot, and it’s a small convention which had some good live music, special guests, and fun cosplays.

WonderCon 2019 : NOS4A2

WonderCon 2019 : NOS4A2 Screening and Panel

by Veronica Nunez

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On Saturday of WonderCon 2019 we were treated to a screening of the full first episode of the new AMC show NOS4A2 which is based on the novel by the same name written by Joe Hill.  I hadn’t heard of the book prior to the WonderCon panel, but I had heard of Joe Hill as he’s no stranger to the world of comics and comic cons.  Joe Hill also wrote an Eisner winning comic series for IDW Publishing called Locke & Key.  Locke & Key is currently being adapted as a series by Netflix.

I watched the episode with only a vague idea about the show’s premise based off of the title, and I’m not going to recap the episode here.  Here’s a trailer for you to give you an idea of what the show is about.

I thoroughly enjoyed the episode, and it introduces the story and characters quite well while leaving a lot to be discovered.  Zachary Quinto is unrecognizable when we first see him as Charlie Manx.  The panel with the cast creators followed the screening.  There wasn’t much information given except to say that Ólafur Darri Ólafsson’s character, Bing, plays an important role.

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After WonderCon I bought a copy of the NOS4A2 book to read before the show premieres on AMC on June 2.  I read the book in about one week, and fans of the novel will immediately notice a huge change in the show.  The age of Victoria, our protagonist, was changed from a child in the book to a teenager in the show.  Ignoring logistical reasons for the change, I feel the change allows for the show to be more accurate in other ways.  Reading about an 8 year old child experiencing these somewhat dark events is easier to stomach for most audiences, but seeing an 8 year old in these situations would keep many people from watching.  The book also makes a few time jumps of a few years each, and time jumps in television and film usually feels clunky or just plain lazy.

The book is great, and I hope that the series continues the quality of storytelling seen in the first episode.  Will we be seeing you in Christmasland on June 2nd?