EW PopFest 2016 – Recap

EW PopFest Recap – October 2016

by Veronica Nunez

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Entertainment Weekly hosted their own pop culture convention in Downtown Los Angeles the same weekend, and only a few blocks from where Stan Lee’s Comikaze was happening at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Creator and Cast of SuperGirl, Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow

EW’s PopFest was held at The Reef and the parking lot is where most of the events were happening. The main stage was located outside as well as various activations and food trucks. There were some panels held inside The Reef building itself.

On the Friday before PopFest officially began, they held an early screening of Doctor Strange at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood for the first 250 or so VIP weekend badge purchasers. There was a Q&A with Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson.

Some of the panels at the main stage included Supernatural, Arrow, The Flash, and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. The only panel I saw inside The Reef was for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, but I also went to the preview screening of the pilot episode of Good Behavior (at which they had t-shirts on the chairs for the attendees.) They also had author signings where I had my 20th Anniversary edition of Outlander signed by Diana Gabaldon.

Some of the outdoor activations included photo ops for M&Ms and for Ash vs. The Evil Dead. The Ash vs. the Evil Dead activation also gave away foam chainsaw “hands” and t-shirts. There was also an activation to compete in Survivor skills. They had trivia, too, where you could win prizes and a Lip Sync Battle stage. There was a beer garden near the main stage, but I’m not much of a drinker and I hate beer so it wasn’t something I was interested in.

It did rain a little bit throughout the weekend, so that was a bit of a downer for the outdoor events, but it was light and sporadic so everyone was able to have fun. The event seemed pretty well run given that it was the first event of this size Entertainment Weekly held. They had a smaller activation called ConX during Comic Con 2016, which I had visited but hadn’t seen any of the panels or live music performances. I think the event would have had more success had it not been held the same weekend as Stan Lee’s Comikaze (now Los Angeles Comic Con).

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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L-R: Jami O’Brien, Joe Hill, Zachary Quinto, Ashleigh Cummings, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jahkara Smith, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach

 

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?

FBF: Gilmore Girls Festival of Four Seasons

 

 

Gilmore Girls Festival of Four Seasons

by Veronica Nunez

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On November 19 and 20, 2016 Netflix hosted a free fan event for their “revival” of Gilmore Girls on the University of California Los Angeles campus.  I got there 2 hours early, but I still stood in a line which lasted over an hour.

You were checked in while in line which included being given a wristband and a map of the various activations.  My first stop was to take a photo in front of the gazebo, then I went to get some free coffee at Luke’s. My next stop was Taylor’s Olde Fashioned Soda Shoppe where we were given backs of saltwater taffy and small candy stick pieces.

 

There was also “Kirk’s Button Emporium” where you could select a button of your choice, and this great sign was posted asking patrons to only take one button.

 

 

There were some black umbrellas hanging from a few trees for photo ops and they had umbrellas available for the fans to use because of the rain.  Each umbrella had “In Omhia Paratus” printed on one side so there were plenty of people taking fun photos.

 

There was a photo booth inside the Stars Hollow Gazette, and a large tent held “Kim’s Antiques” which contained various “antique” furniture as well as props from the original Gilmore Girls series.

 

It lightly rained sporadically throughout the day, but the event was a lot of fun and completely worth waiting in lines in the rain.