Gotham’s second episode had a great story line that kept my anticipation from last weeks episode pushing forward for the episode next week. The reviews of the episodes will not be as in-depth as the first one was, since it was the first of the series. There might be a little bit of a spoiler in them, but that will be listed if that happens.
Now I am not a connoisseur of DC comics by any means, I mean, I enjoy them. Not as much as the Marvel brand. But I was intrigued by the new fox show coming out this fall. Usually during the first issue, or in this case first episode, the writer tells the origin story of the main character of the book. In the case of Gotham, there was an origin story of about five characters. There was a lot packed into this first episode. This is not just a quick overview of the first episode. Any after this one will be shorter.
This year I was smart. I came out to Indianapolis, Indiana the night before the con began. I was able to obtain free parking about 30 minutes outside of downtown and got a ride into town from a friend. First obstacle averted. Next, obtain proper lodging. Luckily I had a floor of a hotel room reserved for me, and a blow-up queen size mattress from my friend Basia, I was all ready to go.
The first day begins early. In line at 7am to pick-up a press badge. Pick-up starts at 7:30, doors open at 10. I wanted to get in line and pick up my early access pass. First 100 press in line get to get in at 9am. Beat the crowds into the dealer and vendor area and pick up my merchandise before the wild trampling begins. Opening ceremonies begin, the first dice are rolled, big fuzzy ones. The roll is two 5s. Good signs to come, hopefully. There are at least 3,000 people jammed up at the door, ready to rush to get their con exclusive pieces. The doors open and they are off to the races! With me safely hanging out with the balloon sculptor, Tim, I watch as the masses run into the con. As Tim begins to build his amazing balloon sculptor for this years convention, I sit back knowing that I do not need to fight with people to get anything I want within the con.
There were many cosplayers. You had people as Deadpool all the way to a male Misty from Pokemon. There was an area set up for the cosplayers to hang out in front of a sign so people knew where the pictures were from, but of course people don’t seem to take well to directions or read what they are. Now time for a little tangent. If you pay for a convention ticket, and hang out in an area that does not require a ticket for 95% of the time you are at the convention, why would you waste the money in buying a 4-day pass? Why not just buy a single day pass and buy what you want that day and just hang out in the common area the rest of the time. It’s not my money, but why not save it.
Enough of that. I would say at least 10,000 people walked through the doors that day, if not more. I have never seen a place more packed in every isle. There was 30 isles going one way with another 3 crossing the opposite directions. And they were all full! The convention is bound to break their attendance record again this year, but I don’t know how many more people the convention center can hold. From my understanding, this is the 3rd largest convention center in the world. THE WORLD! They set the record last year at just short of 50,000 people. And that does not even include all of the people walking through the convention center that just work in the city. The looks on the locals faces that had not seen a con before was priceless. People had their jaws dropped at outfits and looks that a regular con goer wouldn’t even look twice at.
One of my main focuses was helping out my friend, Tim the balloon sculptor. He has created for Gen Con for the past two years. His first year he crafted a fire-breathing dragon. Last year he made Cthulhu, 18 feet tall, 30 feet wide. A HUGE piece. This year is more photo friendly. A minitar fighting a barbarian and a sorceress. He finished his main work by the middle of today, Friday. People are now able to take their pictures with the pieces, pretend to fight with them and have a good time. On Saturday night they will be auctioned off and the highest bidder gets to destroy the pieces that were created in such a short time. The proceeds will go to the charity GLEANERS, which is a food pantry that provides food to those that are having problems with providing meals for themselves. Last year he raised $1,000. This year he hopes to raise over $1,500. Along with the main pieces, he will be creating wearable pieces. One of which is Emmet from the Lego Movie. Another piece is a Dalek from Doctor Who.
There is so much going on and so much to do in Indy, that I need to absorb more over the next two days. Learn a few new games and try to find more creative cosplayers. As from above, this is only the first part of my article since this is only the halfway point of the convention. If you would like to view pictures I have taken, please check out our facebook page. Also please check out CaveRadio Broadcasting, where we have a live show on Thursdays from 4-5pm eastern time.
The weekend was full of firsts. It was the first weekend that the entire local NerdSynq crew attended a conference as press. We were able to obtain interviews with top of the line media guests at a convention.
The convention is now complete after three days of fun in Dearborn, MI at the Adoba Hotel. It was quite an experience to say the least. There were many things to see, and all three days were needed to see and talk to as many people as we could. We were able to talk to Indie writers and artists to people that write for The Walking Dead and draw for comic books of Regular Show.
Not knowing what to expect, we came in with a blank slate on Friday and examined the grounds to find our course of action for Saturday and Sunday. We already knew that there was a 24-hour video gaming area that would be used to defeat anyone who got in our way when we needed a break from interviews or at 4 am when there were no interviews to be had. As usual, Ballsrog was taking on all opponents from ages 6-16 and destroying them with one fowl UGGGH!
Saturday was an early morning for the NerdSynq crew. One of our first interviews of the day was with Jay Bonansinga of Walking Dead fame. He is a co-writer of the Walking Dead series, which the TV show is based off of. Jay was at the convention as a guest of local comic book shop Comic City. Some other guests that were attending the convention were Dan Fogler, Chris Yost, and the voices of the TV show Futurama.
One of the big attractions for us was to get to talk to and interact with local writers and artists. There was a whole room of just local people that we were not able to talk to everyone. Even so, we were able to talk to self taught Detroit artist E.L. McColors……..who drew and wrote his comic book on why drugs and alcohol are bad for kids and teenagers. We were also able to talk to local artists/writers Chad Kovah, Brian Shopp and Rob Kaminski, better known as Decayed Minds Comics. We had a great time talking to them about American Bloodlust, Truepower, and Ramen.
For those sport fans out there, the Detroit Lions were represented at the convention with Israel Idonije with his comic book The Protectors. Toward the end of his signing session, Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh made a surprise appearance to take some pictures with the fans and support his teammate.
As previously stated, at the very top level of the hotel, Dead State Pavilion hosted a 24 hour gaming room like no other. At least 20 TVs with XBOX 360, Playstation 3 and Gamecube hooked up with games like Injustice, Lego Marvel Heroes, and Super Smash Bros just to name a few.
The convention was at a great location, with lots of room to move and room for people to cosplay. There was no lack in that department. It was hard to believe that 3 days could go by so quickly yet take so long at the same time. That 24 hours video game room was no help in how long the weekend felt.
I don’t believe that there has been this much hype for a new TV show in quite some time. Ever since there was talk of the show coming to network television, people have wondered if it would be a success without Agent Coulson. Now people know that he made it through the Battle of New York, but at what extent? He spent an unknown amount of time in Tahiti recovering. But is that what really has happened? His character seems to be the Bosley to the SHIELD’s Charlie’s Angels. An older gentleman that makes his way into the field making funny quips, talking about vacation days and talking about his precious car.
It’s great to see Cobie Summers make an appearance as Maria Hill to at least introduce the series, but I wouldn’t expect to see her much in the series. I don’t know if Agent Hill would really bring anything to the show other than giving the opening report and having a satisfied or disappointed look at the end of an episode depending on how the team did.
Referring to the Avenger’s movie and Iron Man 3 was a good seg-way to the show, but it seems like they tied the movies in with the show a little too quickly. It should be spread out over the first couple of episodes so people can see if they will mention what has recently happened within the Marvel Universe. Maybe give a little back story to SHIELD so people aren’t looking for only movie references.
The show features a great cast of agents. Fitz and Simmons are a great comic relief to a serious situation as well as Agent Coulson. Agent Ward is the all-around prodigy within the group and Agent Melinda May is the veteran who stepped down from the field to take an easy desk job, who then dragged back into action with the promise of just driving a vehicle. And you have the wild card that is still undecided about joining the team, Skye. She was a member of the group called the Rising Tide, who had hacked into the SHIELD computers and knew more about what was going on in the world than they knew.
Within the first episode there was reference made to Iron Man 3 with the Extremis serum, which was the main plot point of the pilot episode. A common man, Mike Peterson, was injured on the job, and was promised to gain more strength than he could imagine. The serum was placed into his body giving him super strength, but it had the same side effects as in Iron Man 3. Fitz and Simmons had to find a way to stop the serum from making Mike explode and without shooting him so he could live to be with his son, Ace. They were able to counteract the serum with their own and were able to save Mike just moments before he was about to explode and kill everyone in a train station, which would have ended the series fairly quickly.
There is great potential for this show with past members of the Marvel Universe making quest appearances to possibly introducing characters from the next chapters of the Marvel Movie Universe. And hopefully they have Samuel L Jackson make an appearance as Nick Fury. You can never go wrong with Sam Jackson.