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My First Trip to Comiccon …

nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

Before regaling you all with the tales and images of my first experience at Ottawa Comiccon, here are some other news headliners that came up over the weekend:

Toronto-Maple-Leafs-vs-Boston-Bruins Last night was a crucial game for the Leafs, for their continuation was dependent upon their victory against Boston. Fortunately, the pressure improved instead of impeding their game play, and they managed to snatch a 2-1 win. Tonight at 7pm, we will get the chance to watch them face off against the Bruins yet again, only this time it will be on Boston’s home turf. We might just get to see them climb out of the rut they’ve been stuck in, and witness the hoisting of the cup by their hands instead of the other team.

Boston-Red-Sox-vs-Toronto-Blue-Jays After all the money they put into the team, the Toronto Blue Jays have finally shown that the money was not going to waste. They creamed the Boston Red Sox 12-4, and it doesn’t look like the winning will stop there. Tuesday, with the return of suspended player Melky Cabrera to the team, will be facing off against the Giants.

helicoptercrashHonolulu295 A helicopter suddenly lost power and crashed into a busy street in Honolulu last Wednesday, thankfully resulting in no fatalities, although a certain parked car might say otherwise. It was a small helicopter which was being used to take photographs. If it had been a full sized one, then this may have turned into a very different story …

abc_jodi_arias_trial_thg_130206_wg Just a few days ago, Jodi Arias was convicted of having committed pre-meditated first-degree murder, but people are still waiting with baited breath to hear whether she will be exposed to the death penalty, or a slightly more lenient sentence of life imprisonment. 

tamerlan-tsarnaev-grave-1 One of the suspects of the Boston Bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was buried last week in central Virginia, much to the displeasure of people living near the burial site. Most of them are upset because no one consulted them before the burial took place, while others fear who might be stopping by to pay their respects. His brother, Dzhokhar, is in police custody, charged with the use of a ‘weapon of mass destruction’.

This is just some of what was headlining the news over the weekend, but the biggest story for me right now is what took place in Ottawa during that weekend…

My First Trip to Comiccon…

I traveled up to Ottawa by train Friday afternoon, along with my sister, our bags hoisted over our shoulders and Comiccon tickets packed away safely inside them. After four hours of rain spattered windows and crying babies, we entered the capital of Canada and hailed down the first taxi in sight to take us the rest of the way to our hotel. Our lodgings were quite lovely, and the beds were so comfortable that after half a day of traveling, we dropped off to sleep almost immediately.

We rose bright and early Saturday morning, knowing full well that the lineup was going to be ridiculous: and we were right. We got there just before 10am, which was a mistake since we had general admission passes, and therefore wouldn’t be let in until 11am. Only the VIP’s were being let in early, which meant an hour of waiting under the tents with a thousand other people for us. Fortunately, we got to catch a glimpse of the amazing costumes we would get to see once we were actually inside.

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Tired, slightly damp and legs aching from standing for over an hour, as soon as we passed through the front doors it all went away and I couldn’t stop smiling. I had been waiting for this all semester, and now that the day had finally come, I could hardly believe I was there! I only had a moment to bask in the excitement before I was swept away by the horde of people behind me. As we walked through the exhibit doors, I made sure I had my camera at the ready; I did not want to miss a moment of this.

The highlight of this trip came to me after standing in yet another line, but the wait was well worth it when I found myself in the same room as Nathan Fillion and Jewel Staite. Unfortunately, I was unable to take any photos, seeing as cameras were strictly forbidden during this panel, but trust me when I say it was among the top ten greatest moments of my life. I had come to convince myself that celebrities only existed on television or in photographs, and that I would never be able to witness their existence with my own two eyes. That changed yesterday. Granted, it was from the back of a very large room, but I could see and hear them, and that was good enough for me.

After that, we spent the rest of the day weaving our way through Creepers and Bounty Hunters, only stopping long enough to refuel ourselves at Tim Horton’s before continuing on. At 4pm, we found ourselves in yet another line up, only this time we had the sense to be one of the first ones there so we didn’t have to worry about squinting just to see. To my great pleasure, cameras were indeed allowed this time, and I got some pretty good footage of non other than Nicholas Brendon from Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Criminal Minds.

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He definitely had his wit about him as he took to the stage and had the crowd laughing and cheering from start to finish. It was actually the end of his Q & A session which made me smile the most, and the video below should give you a pretty good idea as to why:

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After taking a few more pictures, we finally decided to call it a day. I would have loved nothing more than to spend the entire weekend at Comiccon, but all good things must come to an end. Still, my final thoughts on this event is that it was well worth the money, planning and waiting, and I look forward to going again next year.

That’s all for today. If you would like to see more photos, you can visit “The World In Writing” facebook page, or if you want to see the more professionally taken photographs, visit the Ottawa Comiccon facebook page instead. I would also love to hear about your experience at this years Comiccon: was it everything you were expecting? Better? Not worth all the hype?  Share your thoughts in the comments below, and until next time, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

 

 

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Book-To-Movie Adaptations: Ender’s Game

nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

I just wanted to address a couple of things that are on my mind at the moment:

xjodi-arias-guilty.jpg.pagespeed.ic.dZ3iZ3VwHp According to ABC News, Jodi Arias has been found guilty of first degree murder, and today the court will determine whether to sentence her to life imprisonment or go straight to the death penalty. It has been a long four months, and Arias has to wait yet again to find out her ultimate fate …

comicon2013 On another, slightly more cheery note, tomorrow is the day we have all been waiting for: COMICCON! I hope you all have your tickets and costumes at the ready, because they have one heck of a lineup this year, both literally and guest-wise. There are still a limited number of regular passes for Friday and Sunday available, in case you have been undecided up to this point about whether you wanted to go or not.

Now, on to the main event!

November 1st, 2013 marks the upcoming release date of the cinematic portrayal of the 1985 novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

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This science fiction novel, like most others of this genre, is set in Earth’s distant future in the midst of a struggle against an alien race bent on human kind’s demise. In order to keep the enemy hostiles at bay, the government has taken it upon themselves to start up special training program in order to breed the perfect soldiers: child geniuses. In order to lead those soldiers, they also must locate a child suitable to be their general, the qualities of which may be found in the young and fearless Andrew Ender Wiggin.

Starring in this movie is non other than big time actor Harrison Ford, who has the task of training the new recruits in the hopes that they will be able to put an end to a war which has been going on for over a hundred years…

Like all book-to-movie adaptations, pre-reviews of this movie have been a mix of excitement and dread, for who knows if the movie will be able to live up to their expectations. I myself have not yet read the novel, although it is on my to-read list, but at least I will not be plagued with preconceived bias which comes from judging films based on our knowledge of the book. Let me know what yours thoughts are on the upcoming Ender’s Game movie in the comments, and by selecting one of the responses in the poll below. I look forward to hearing from you all, and the next time you’ll be hearing from me is tomorrow on my way to Comiccon! So until then, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

Words of Wisdom: Ken Follett

nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

Before we get to today’s topic, I just wanted to make sure you were all made aware that non other than Nathan Fillion will be making an appearance at Ottawa Comiccon. From Captain of Serenity to Novel Writer/FBI consultant, Mr. Fillion has made quite a name for himself, and his addition to the guest list is a wonderful gift. Also, keep in mind that there may still be more people added to the guest list, so be sure to check on the official Ottawa Comiccon website at least once a day.

That being said, today’s segment will comprise of a quote from historical fiction author Ken Follett, who has written countless novels and series spanning from the Middle Ages, all the way to World War II.

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(Ken Follett, 1949 ~ present)

“I like to create imaginary characters and events around a real historical situation. I want readers to feel: OK, this probably didn’t happen, but it might have.

This is exactly what comes to mind for me whenever I pick up one of his books. The characters have so much depth to them, and even if they only make a brief appearance in the storyline, you still can’t help but wonder whether they’ll come back into the story later on. The historical details, from what I can tell, are very accurate, although you would probably need to consult an actual historian to be certain. Even if they were slightly altered, though, they are written in so much detail, and incorporate this kind of undeniable logic that it could have dragons and magic in it and you would still believe it. This is the mark of a truly talented writer.

That’s all for today. As always, I encourage you to leave your thoughts and any questions you may have in the comments, and until next time, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

10 Days Until Comiccon: Are You Ready?

nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m getting pretty excited. Why, you ask? Well, it’s not every day you get to be in the same room as, oh, I don’t know …. FELICIA DAY, SUMMER GLAU, KEVIN SORBO, and more of the most amazing celebrities who ever lived!

I mentioned this before, but this years Comiccon is being held in Ottawa at the Ernst and Young Centre, from May 10th-12th, and will be featuring a wide range of guests from TV actors to comic book writers & artists. Unfortunately, for the past few weeks, there have been a lot of cancellations due to conflicting schedules, but that hasn’t stopped them from locating others who were equally as eager to make an appearance. Here is the updated guest list as of today:

Actors:

  • Gillian Anderson (X-Files – Agent Scully)
  • Manu Bennett (Spartacus – Crixus)
  • Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1 – Dr. Daniel Jackson)
  • Laurie Holden (Walking Dead – Andrea)
  • James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Spike)
  • Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog – Penny)
  • Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: Next Generation – Wesley Crusher)
  • Burt Ward (Batman, 1960’s – Robin)
  • Julie Newmar (Catwoman)
  • Levar Burton (Star Trek: Next Generation – Geordi La Forge)
  • Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars – Lando)
  • Dave Prowse (Star Wars – Darth Vader)
  • Summer Glau (Firefly – River)
  • Jewel Staite (Firefly – Kaylee)
  • Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Xander)
  • Kevin Sorbo (Andromeda – Captain Dylan Hunt)
  • Ross Mullan (Game of Thrones – White Walker)

Voice Actors:

  • Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist – Edward Elric)

Comic Book Artists/Writers:

  • George Perez (Marvel – The Avengers, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, etc)
  • Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men)
  • Neal Adams (Green Lantern, Batman, Superman, etc.)
  • Dale Keown (The Incredible Hulk)
  • Josh Adams (Dr Who, Sherlock)
  • Mike Grell (Shaman’s Tears)
  • Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night)
  • Steve Niles (30 Days of Night & Batman: Gotham County Line)
  • Dave Ross (Spiderman, Daredevil, Aliens, etc.)
  • Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men)
  • Yanick Paquette (Avengers, Gambit, Adventures of Superman, etc.)
  • Kelly Tindall (Machine of Death, Zombie Bomb, Bedlam, etc.)
  • Ty Templeton (Mad Magazine, The Simpsons, Justice League, etc.)
  • Richard Starkings (Elephantmen)
  • Mike Rooth (Ottawa Comiccon Artist)
  • Ronn Sutton (1000 Ways to Die)
  • Janet Hetherington (Eternal Romance)
  • Geof Isherwood (Silver Surfer, Conan the Barbarian, Lincoln-16, etc.)
  • Marco Rudy (The Shield, Superboy, Superman/Batman)
  • Leonard Kirk (New Mutants, JSA, Dark X-Man, etc.)
  • etc…

Music:

  • James Marsters
  • David Martel
  • MC Lars
  • Wordburglar
  • Jesse Dangerously
  • More Or Les
  • Tribe One

Others:

  • Capital City Garrison (Star Wars)
  • 1966 Batmobile
  • Dr. Who Society of Canada
  • Steampunk Canada
  • Ottawa Browncoats (Firefly/Serenity)
  • Marie-Claude Bourbonnais (Cosplayer)
  • Liana K (Videogame journalist)
  • Shawn Baichoo (Assassin’s Creed)
  • Jason Ambrus (Independent Filmmaker)
  • Chris Alexander (Fangoria – Editor-In-Chief)
  • etc…

To check out the complete guest list, for there are just too many talents to fit into one post, visit the official Comiccon website. You can also check out event dates, times and pick and choose which exhibits you want to check out while you’re there.

That’s all for today. I’ll be sure to post another guest update at the beginning of the week leading up to Comiccon, and be sure to let me know how excited you are in the poll below. Until tomorrow, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd