Twisted Toonz – Salt Lake Comic-Con 26 Sept 2015

The group that brought Twisted Toonz to life,  came to Salt Lake Comic-Con.  Several voice actors, including  Jess Harnell (Wakko Warner)  , Rob Paulsen (Yakko Warner), Tress MacNeille (Dot Warner) all from Animaniacs.  Also Maurice LaMarche (Kif from Futurama) , Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad, Star Wars: Clone Wars) and hosted by  Jeff Zannini.

This original material was performed in front of a live audience at Salt Lake Comic-Con, Saturday 25-Sept-2015.

The content and material is re-broadcast under fair-use and share-alike.   We do not own the material, the scripting or the voice characters used in this performance.

**  Please note that this material, any likeness  to real or fictional persons is purely for satire.  Some material may not be appropriate for children.  Rated PG-13/R  for language and crude behavior. **

 

The camera may shake because of the laughter, and the video angle and/or colors may shift as to the fact this is not the original source video.

So funny you will wet your pants,  close your eyes and listen from time to time and you can see the books/screenplay play-out in your head.

Enjoy! and have fun!

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Salt Lake Comic Con Sept 2014 – The Good, the awesome the crowds

Salt Lake Comic Con, Sept 2014.   Salt Lake City Utah.

 

Let’s first say that the preparation for this convention goes beyond fans.  The event itself was in fact overwhelming and awesome.    Because of the anticipation of the size of the event, C.R.S and I applied and got accepted to be members of the press.  This just allowed us entry into any of the public panels, press conferences and we carried our gear with us like a mother bear would carry its cub.  Any of the events that we up-charged, like Stan Lee‘s event, Hulk Hogan we did not attend.  However we did attend a very exciting event Saturday night (more on that later).

 

Thursday 04-Sept:

 

Thursday’s events started at 2pm for the general public,  we however with press credentials in hand were able to make entry at 11am to have a blast recording some video shows and tons of photos!  Thank you to Dan Farr productions, Salt Lake Comic Con and SnappConner PR for the invite.

Hit the ground running, and have your camera crash!  Yes this happened not from a fall but during the 50 mins of video recording of the press conference something went down with the firmware on our main camera, which was recording video!   When 4pm rolled around and I tried to archive our footage to my laptop I noticed that all the video files were time stamped 4:11 pm.  Holy crap,  well most of the video is gone for Thursday, what we do have we will publish for the best of Comic Con videos on our youtube channel at http://youtube.com/iscifitv

 

The events during the press conference were surreal to be honest.  All these stars in one place, the energy.  The emotions were overpowering seeing children from Make a wish foundation as well as members from H.E.R.O.E.S INC (a local COS play group that does so many charity works).

 

Crowds were bad outside as lines went around the block, and for those that don’t know how huge that is.  Well its two city blocks wide!   Some very negitive and NSFW comments about this were posting everyone on SaltLakeComicCon.com site as well as Facebook and twitter.   We wont echo that garbage, but we did see there was a traffic control problem with getting people in and out of the Salt Palace.  We too got stuck in lines, and just because we had on a press pass doesn’t make us ELITE to push through the lines, but *cough there were others (non press) that sure as hell did that.

 

Okay good times!   hit the floor and WOW!  so many booths setup in Artist alley, vendors as well (by the way a toy vendor that sells knocks off its not a artist!!!).   The wrestling ring in the middle of the two sections was a dumb move,  because come Sat with a full crowd this lead to bottleneck of people and total frustration!

We meet with Ronnie Hansen from Monsterhedz.com at his booth.  Talking about a trip seeing his artwork of orc heads mounted all of which we did by hand and not copying anyone elses style.  Check his work out at his website as well.

4pm Zombie Rock Opera.  Yes!  you read that correct!!!  It was a packed room of a few hundred people, hosted by our friend and author Paul Genesse.   This was so cornball silly you couldnt help but laugh as he narrated the story will guest in room came up front to play parts in this opera.  All was well until…   yes the nuclear bomb sounds was my damn phone ringing when the hero was being attacked at the end.  It lead to a uproar of laughter and applause.  I dropped the damn phone in my attempt to press stop.  Needless to say  it made it on the audio.  You will get to listen to that too.  Just following our rants and posts for more on that topic.

 

Pictures flying (not knowing my camera was hosed, but managed to snap over 150!).

Just so cool to see so many people dressed up in costume, laughing, singing and total fun.

By 5:30pm C.R.S and Mr Hack were done.  Spent dead tired and wiped out..  Thursday was just a half day but wow!

Segments from press conference will be posted separately as well.  Thank you again for a awesome day.  Next comes friday…

 

Friday  05-Sept :

 

Not to sound like a broken record, the crowds  grew. So did the negative comments,  however by mid day the place was packed and no many people actually outside in a ‘line’.

C.R.S had it planned out,  attend some panels in the BallRoom , record video segments, hit the floor , get autographs, work our way back to the front and hit some panels.  HA. she was great, however things too a awesome twist with those plans.

We had a interview setup to meet with the cast and or crew of Evil Dead the Musical Ultimate 4D experience, whom hails from Las Vegas!  We were going to meet at 1pm, but moved it to 5pm so they could practice since this was their first time as the cast and stage to be in SLC and on the road.   SIRC MICHAELS PRODUCTIONS  is a awesome guy to bring his crazy ass crew to Salt Lake Comic Con.   Rumor has it they wanted to use 20 gallons of blood in the splatter zone.  Well bull,  its was more and C.R.S and I got soaked too when we attended satuday night and not a press as paying customers!

We circled the floor, got 100s of photos, I spent hundreds of dollars on photo ops with stars,  autographs and stuff.  It was all worth it.   This time the camera behaved!  thanks to my hacking abilities and some software tweaks on the SD cards we have over 5 hours of video from friday to get out the door.   After all the photos, chats, interviews and mileage Mr Hack goes offline around 6.  Back to hotel to decompress and get ready for satuday.

Saturday 06-Sept:

Crowds?  Oh hell yes.  SOLD OUT!  SOLD OUT.   With a legal (based on Salt Lake County Fire code),  the salt palace max is 80,000 people.  Salt Lake Comic con had over 90,000.  This lead to closing the doors for several mins to have a one out the door, one in the door.  Don’t blame the con, blame yourself!  This is awesome that Salt Lake sold out the entire Salt Palace convention center!    That being said C.R.S and I stayed inside, due to the risk of leaving for lunch and being barred entry and miss out of photos or video segments.

We hit artist alley hard on sat.  We bought some books, did random videos with authors and burned up most of the day walking in circles.  This was a huge day but that damn westing ring I mention because the bane of everyone.  Again I wont post the NSFW comments but let’s say they were accurate as to the traffic flow issues it caused.

Spock, Mr Spock?  4pm Leonard Nimoy himself joined the grand (south) ballroom via skype.  Live long and AWESOME!

More money spent, more stuff to hang on the wall.  More video and audio to post.  Whoo hoo we made it..

NOT SO fast.  We still had to have the blood letting at 10pm  as partons of The Evil Dead the musical which was hosted as the Fallout (dark underbody of 600 south and 600 west).  Perfect for a community theature setting.  The best part was our SPLAT tickets got us front room, and by front row I mean.  My knee touched the stage.  C.R.S  made tee shirts for us THEY GOT US, but because of SPLAT we other got white tee’s.  They were not white for long.

OMG  The chin himself  Bruce ‘ash’ Campbell  opened the show with a dialog asking for the Mormons to pray, and to make sure they have their faith tested.  Laughing our asses off and several F*Bombs dropped.  This was going to be awesome.  It sure was.  Soak with blood  (red koolaid from the likes of it) .  The con was over, the boomstick was unloaded and we had a blast.

SUMMARY:

Crowd and over booking.  Fix it.  it’s our 2nd year.  We (SLC) will get better.  The floor layout with panels needs to be more  logical (put all the simlar panels next to each other not on other sides of the convention center), no westing ring in the center where the two sections meet.   Wider isles so artist alley isn’t a shove fest.  People!  need to learn some tact.  Since we had PRESS passes and our website logo on everything I was not going to stoop to your level and push and shove.

So many people, so much talent we say in both costume and the volunteers.  SLCC  2015 is going to rock

Coming up  YOUTUBE videos of everything we saw!  not all at once as it would be an entire day of you sitting on you butt watching iscifi.tv :D

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Peace out.  live long and i-SCI-fi

 

Salt Lake Comic Con 2013 – The Good, The Guests, The Crowd

 

Salt lake Geex expo and Comic Con. The massive event brought in close to 80,000 people.  This record setting event was sold out each day, including the Salt Lake county Fire Marshall indicating that the Salt Palace convention center was at capacity for the event.

How?  With so many convention type of event in Utah, what made this event so huge?  Marketing!  Dan Farr and his team including Snapp Connor , Media-One (Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News) and a slew of volunteers pull off a feat not seen in Salt Lake City. We also need to remember is was you the guest that made this happen, by snatching up VIP passes, to Sat only passes (by the way the biggest turn out for the 3 days of con).

The guests were amazing.  I personally met Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars),  he is such a nice gent, and actually a goofball in person.  Dwight Schultz as well who played the original Mad-dog murdock in the A-Team, Lt. Barclay in Star Trek: First contact and many years on various television shows.

I even had the chance to stop by the booth for the awesome people that brought Evil Dead the musical to Las Vegas!  They had to tone it down a bit for the conservative community of Salt Lake City Utah.   It was just too fun over all.

Now there were guest that we didn’t have a chance to meet in person, including Stan Lee, William Shatner, David Prowse, Dirk Benedict , Richard Hatch, Kevin Sorbo, Lou Ferrigno , etc etc…    The main reason was the crowd!   This is the Disney world of Con’s for Utah.  You can’t see everything in a single day.

Speaking of the crowd,  the line to get in went around the entire block and was at least 2 hours long.  That being said once inside the dealer area on the main convention floor, it was wall to wall people.   I planned on chatting with more people directly but it was just too noisy.   This is not a complaint, but a fact that this large event just brought more people to one location at one time.  My feet are killing me, and the back of my feet didn’t like getting hit with all the strollers.

I wish I was able to attend all 3 days, so I could play out where I would be going and work the gauntlet known as the Salt Lake Comic Con crowd.

 

 

 

 

 

Answer the call – Composer John Debney

We are iscifi.tv, we answered the Call.  Will you?

We can dial 911 only in case of an emergency, however in the movie The Call its more than that!  No spoilers here but a great interview with  Academy Award nominated composer John Debney.
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John has composed for many movies and television shows including The Passion of the Christ,  The Hot Chick (wait for a smart-ass comment from Jeff on that one),  Liar Liar, IronMan 2 and so much more to list here.  John has never been type-cast to one genre of movie, or musical style yet comes up with the hair raising scores in The Call.  There are a few tracks I would say you best have the lights on when you have time to listen.

RunTime  24:34  You can follow John Here, and also Costa Communications.

Thanks for your support, and thanks for listening as well.     Onward to  iscifi.tv….

@costacomm ccc @JohnDebney tij

 

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Legacy Episode 2008-09-28 ~ Scott L. Schwartz ~ UltimateBadGuy

Scott HeadScott L. Schwartz, the Ultimate Bad Guy?, Well listen and watch as Mr hnack and Scott chat about Scott’s success, his sister Beth, his Ex-Wife and how awesome Scott is.

This interview took place on Sunday , Sept 21, 2008 at Mountaincon IV in Layton Utah. Consider this a candid look at Scott, there may be a few curse words, but would you expect less from the Ultimate Bad guy!

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Direct link to media (mp4 video) :

More about Scott :

http://www.ultimatebadguy.com/

In memorium of Beth (his sister).

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Sony PSN Epic fail awards

Sony PSN (PlayStation network) and media network known as Qriocity is down, hacked, broken none the less the PSN fanboys don’t seem to be bitching much.

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Image via CrunchBase

 

However the fanboys of the biggest competitor to PSN are laughing all the way to their XBL gold card. Yes PSN is free if you own a PS3 and have multi player games, however without the PSN you are forced to be in single player mode. LMAO! Mr Rodgers Land of Make Believe or PSN?

If Sony charged for PSN I think they would have fixed the issue by now, but as of April 25th they have been down hard for five days. *snicker. I’m not trying to sound fanboyish, but I have to snicker that this makes world wide news considering its is a free service. Yes you can get game add-on, music downloads and other bits from the PSN Qriocity side but its not required to play a game, again unless you want to play online.

No hacker group has come forward with bragging about the hack

To quote Sony:

Valued PlayStation Network/Qriocity Customer:
We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain
PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was
 compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion
 into our network. In response to this intrusion, we have:
  1. Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;
  2. Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
  3. Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

Wait Sony!, you were hacked, and you know it then you should be able to provide the data that traces where it came from. Any guesses that this is from RIPE.net IP addresses. Even worse, personal information, email address, username, passwords, credit card info may have been compromised! Holy Epic Fail!

I am a tech enthusiast, a geek, a network admin and much more. I enjoy computer games and grew up (or did I) living in Arcades. This isn’t the first time a game network went down, but sure as shit is pretty bad when the billing information should be on a separate system that is linked to a user account. No duh Sony if you store information in the datawarehouse that is in the same database tables as the customer’s login instead of pointed to the data outside the PSN system you would have less of a risk of confidential user-data from being stolen.

Sorry sony, you do make great products for the consumer but with PSN you fail big time.

Sony’s response to the outage.

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