Review: AMC Expo 2016 (Melbourne)

img_0223I ventured to the AMC Expo over the weekend with my partner in crime, HolyBatGirl (HBG).

I had a slow, sluggish start to the morning. I didn’t end up getting there until just before 11am (almost a whole hour after I was suppose to meeting HBG!) and it was then I realised… I’d missed the Daniel Davis photo session.

I was so mad at myself, but bless the crew at AMC – they had a chat with Daniel, his minder, and the photographer – and secured me a session at 4pm! I was completely blown away by how wonderful and lovely every single volunteer and employee that worked at AMC. Because let’s face it, everyone could have said to me – ‘Too bad so sad.’ but the fact everyone was so accommodating, so lovely and so friendly – made this con one of my most fave cons I’ve been to this year. Pleasant interactions go such a long way with me!

Meeting Daniel was awesome – anyone that has met me, knows that I am just such a huge fan of 90’s television and The Nanny is near the top of the list! He was very friendly, chatty and talked about how much he loved Australia. He was last here in 1997, where he presented at The Logies. Not even going to even attempt to convey how much I popped for The Logies mention!

The atmosphere at AMC was completely different to any of the other Melbourne cons I had been to in 2016. It was so relaxed – it wasn’t as busy as any of the other cons (really not a bad thing! It was so hot in the place and I like being able to really take my time to walk around without bumping into people!) and I think I am getting to the point of identifying which con caters to which audience and which one I prefer more.

img_0241HBG and I bumped into some friends, and I think it’s safe to say we are now building a ‘con family’.

Can we just appreciate for a moment the incredible cosplay work of Stacey (Ghostbusters cosplay)  & Bianca (Cersei cosplay)? Witnessing how patient they were with all the people that wanted photos and posed happily. So rad! Was also super rad to meet ‘HeelSimba’ for the first time (well properly, I am sure our paths have crossed many times before that! haha)

The other thing that I really liked about AMC is the free play console gaming area (what a rad idea!), the colouring station (just to chillax!) and the free play board game area. I am beginning to get a deeper appreciation for board games as I am getting older.

All in all, AMC Expo was a huge success. Caught up with friends (new and old), met someone who I thought was totally rad and got to have an awesome adventure with my bestie. WINNING!

Here are some pictures that I absolutely loved of some of the cosplay from Jesse Singh Photography. More can be found on his Facebook page, all photos have been used with his permission.

 

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#FridayFirsts: Shutter #1

img_8829Given I am new to the comics universe, I thought it’d be handy to sort through some of the first issues that I pick, what I enjoyed / didn’t enjoy and if I decided to proceed with the series. I’d love to hear what you think too, make sure you hit me up on Twitter – @remotetragic.

I picked up this title from the great crew at Collectors Edge.

I hadn’t heard anything about this comic when I first picked it up, but upon first read I was instantly struck by how captivating the story is and how incredible the illustrations are.

What’s it about?

Kate Kristopher is the daughter of an explorer, from a family of explorers. The story begins as Kate is a young girl with her father exploring the moon on her seventh birthday.

“All worlds are yours now.”

Fast forward to exactly  20 years later, Kate’s 27 and the world has completely changed. She’s not exactly celebrating her birthday, and after meeting with friends, she goes to the cemetery to spend time with her father. Here, the story dramatically changes and the turn of events almost had me leaping out of my seat!

Thoughts

I absolutely loved this comic! The story grabbed me immediately and I was instantly transported into the story. I felt like I was part of this audience, that flowed from each scene naturally and that was incredible. The illustrations, as I mentioned earlier are beautiful. There are full page spreads where just no words are required, the artistry tells the whole story.

I can’t wait to continue the journey with this comic and see where goes. At this time, the story could go anywhere. Two big thumbs up from me!

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Do you have any comic recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below or via my Twitter –@remotetragic.

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Review: Constantine – The Spark & The Flame V1

img_8941Thanks to Moleh5 on Twitter for this excellent recommendation and borrow of this comic!

I’ve heard some great things about this comic, so I was really keen to give it a read.

We meet John Constantine, a powerful mage, who is set on making the world balanced and at whatever cost. He has little people close to him – which makes some of the decisions he makes understandable and they make sense, even if they aren’t completely morally right.

Through a series of events, he is battling very powerful forces that want to get their hands on instruments that could cause much destruction to our world. Constantine is at odds with these individuals but always manages to talk himself around.

The illustrations are beautiful in this comic, the full colour pages really help punctuate the flow and dramatically tell the story.

I liked the way Constantine narrates the comic, its natural and doesn’t feel forced. The character of Constantine is quite well written, and has a lot of depth and complexities beyond a character I’ve read before.

The story itself, I enjoyed but it was probably not my favourite. I think it may have to do with the subject matter (which is crazy when you think about how much I love Harry Potter), but there was just something about the magic element that I just didn’t enjoy *as* much and I just wasn’t able to get as immersed into it as I would have liked.

Do you have any comic recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below or via my Twitter –@remotetragic.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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Thank you so much to Hammy Reviews for nominating me for a Sunshine Blogger Award! This is my very first award, so very exciting! Thank you again!

The Rules:

  1. Post the award nomination on your blog
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  3. Answer 11 questions assigned to you
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers for the Award
  5. Ask 11 questions to your nominees

The Questions:

The Simpsons or South Park?

The Simpsons, for me. It’s such an easy watch and good to have on in the background.

Do you believe in conspiracy theories?

Yes. Yes I do.

The worst film you’ve seen so far this year?

I don’t think I’ve seen enough films this year to adequately answer this. I’m not a huge movie watcher, admittedly!

What’s the worst film you’ve ever seen?

The Lego Movie. Everything was not awesome.

What’s you favourite film adaptation of a book?

Harry Potter series. I think that the casting is on point, the script adaption was awesome and I love that it’s how I envisioned everyone!

Who is your favourite film Batman? Keaton, Bale or Affleck?

I am really enjoying Ben Affleck as Batman! So at the moment, Affleck!

What would be your dream job?

Probably what I do now. I love my job, I love going to work every day.

Do you play any musical instruments?

No. I wish I did though!

Have you ever completed a Rubik’s Cube?

Nope. I always found them to be way to frustrating.

Who’s your favourite director?

I don’t think  I actually have one, I like to judge a film on its merits – casting, script – all those things, I don’t think I look at the director and think, “I will see this movie!”

What would be your favourite film of the 21st century?

Harry Potter series… hands down. LOVE!

My nominations:

  1. Graphic Novelty
  2. Geek Blogger UK
  3. Axis of Action
  4. unbolt
  5. Lethis
  6. Comics Grinder
  7. Dear Reader
  8. Sci Fi Jubilee
  9. So Many Books
  10. Holy Batgirl 
  11. Shimo

My Questions:

  1. Favourite comic book series?
  2. Favourite comic book character?
  3. What is your favourite movie based on a comic series?
  4. Do you have a favourite comic writer?
  5. Favourite quote from a comic book?
  6. Cats or Dogs?
  7. If you recommend any comic or novel to read – what would it be?
  8. If you could adapt any comic series into a movie – what would it be?
  9. What was the last movie you saw?
  10. What was the last comic you read?
  11. If you could have a dinner party with five comic book characters, who would they be?

#FridayFirsts: Criminal #1

imageGiven I am new to the comics universe, I thought it’d be handy to sort through some of the first issues that I pick, what I enjoyed / didn’t enjoy and if I decided to proceed with the series. I’d love to hear what you think too, make sure you hit me up on Twitter – @remotetragic.

I picked up this title at All Star Comics at the Back Issue & Toy Fair event.

I’ve heard excellent things about Ed Brubaker, so I was really keen to pick up a few things to get a small taste of his writing and see what it was all about. Being new, I haven’t heard much about Sean Phillips, but I am really grateful I got to check out this title and become more familiar with his work, which is beautiful!

What’s it about?

Teegs Lawless is on the wrong side of the law, in jail and has a few enemies, on the outside and in the inside. He has a target on his back, and has no means of protection – even from the prison officers. He makes a friend, one friend, the librarian, and here he finds an escape and refuge of sorts.

Criminal switches between present day (with Teegs Lawless) and the comic he is reading himself, Zangar. The thing I found interesting was how the two stories run side by side each other. Mirroring Teegs’ experiences almost through the very old school story telling within the pages of Zangar.

Thoughts

I liked it! I liked that there was this stream of consciousnesses feel to the writing, which really gave the main character an authentic feel. I can understand if the adult nature of the comic (nudity, violence etc) would turn off the reader – however, I didn’t find it distressing or anything and fits the nature of the comic.

There is six more in the series and there is a recommendation from the writers to read the comics in the order that they are published as there is a few story arcs that continue throughout slightly.

I look forward to checking out future issues, especially to see if the flick back of Zangar (or presence of something similar) continues throughout.

Just before I hit publish on this, I found this handy blog, keeping tabs on all the news and going-ons for Criminal. I love this stuff, so please check it out.

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Do you have any comic recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below or via my Twitter –@remotetragic.

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Other images / gifs sourced from Google.

#FridayFirsts: We Stand on Guard #1

IMG_9429Given I am new to the comics universe, I thought it’d be handy to sort through some of the first issues that I pick, what I enjoyed / didn’t enjoy and if I decided to proceed with the series. I’d love to hear what you think too, make sure you hit me up on Twitter – @remotetragic.

I picked up this title at All Star Comics at the Back Issue & Toy Fair event.

Instantly I was attracted to the title because of the writer, Brian K. Vaughan (BKV). It seems so different to what I have read in the past (Review: Y: The Last Man (Book 1)|FCBD Review: Saga & We Can Never Go Home), and it was!

What’s it about?

Canada is at war with the United States and after a blast at home presumably killing the family, young Amber and her older brother, Tommy are left fending for themselves. We fast forward to present day, Amber and Tommy are separated (we learn that Tommy was captured by the Americans) and Amber is searching the Northwest Territories on her own. Here she encounters other Canadians and after some combat, they are approached by heavy American machinery. Shoot to kill, ask questions later type of machinery. Amber instantly proves her value with her zero hesitations and DGAF attitude. It is at this point, the issue one ends with Amber becoming  part of the Two-Four.

Thoughts

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First things first, the writing is incredible in this comic. I’ve said it heaps of times before but BKV’s talent for transporting the reader into the scene and into the action of the comic is amazing. Aided this being in the moment for the reader  is the beautiful artistry of Steve Skroce.

I am hooked! There are six issues in total for this story arc, so I am really keen to see how this story transpires and if at all, Amber and Tommy are reunite. The writing is captivating, the illustrations are gorgeous and the story line draws you immediately.

I have a few BKV titles on the go now and I highly recommend them all.

Do you have any comic recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below or via my Twitter –@remotetragic.

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