Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Non Habebis Meum Sanguinem

Roger Ma, author of The Zombie Combat Manual, is out with a new book to help you fight another undead deadly foe. Like Ma's previous manual, The Vampire Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Bloodthirsty Undead is another helpful survival guide that's especially essential for every Buffy-loving, Edward Cullen-wary fangirl.

The Vampire Combat Manual offers pictured combat tutorials and individual testimonials, while also addressing common myths and misconceptions about vampires and classifying the different types of vampires.

Ma's new manual is a great reference book to keep all year round but makes for a particularly great read around Halloween. The Vampire Combat Manual may prove to be your best weapon against those bloodsuckers during this spooky season (after a stake of course).

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Friday, October 12, 2012

New York Comic Con: Your Guide to Saturday and Sunday

Look! We're alive! And even though we forgot to post our NYCC preview before NYCC started, we're here to give you our recommendations for Saturday and Sunday. That's something, right? Catch the rest of our preview over on here. Oh and to see anything Live Streaming, give a click here. Make sure to come back Monday when we will have a bunch of wrap up goodness for you, including plenty of photos from the floor and beyond. Happy Con-ing!

Saturday, October 13th

11:00am-12:00pm/Variant Stage
Kill Shakespeare: The Live Stage Reading
It was only a matter of time before someone took Kill Shakespeare to the next level in live performance, considering the comic is based on Shakespeare and all. This event, presented in conjunction wit the Vampire Cowboys Theater Company, should make for a very cool experience, featuring projections of images from the comic, and live music and sound effects, to accompany the actors.

Once More With Feeling: 15 Years of  Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Not to be confused with the 15th Anniversary panel that happened at Comic-Con this year, this Buffy panel is much more focused on the Season 9 comic, featuring a slew of writers and artists who have worked on the awesome series. But hey, we know a few Buffy actors of yore are attending the Con (here's looking at you, Nicholas Brendan), and the blurb does mention special guests…..

SAGA Signing: Brian J Vaughan & Fiona Staples/Image Booth #1229
Brian K Vaughan, the genius behind Y: The Last Man who also wrote plenty of your favorite episodes of Lost is signing his new acclaimed series, Saga. Pick up volume one at the booth and receive an exclusive bookplate for all your signing pleasure!!! This is a huge deal because Vaughan *never* signs. Some of us here at have been trying to get his signature for six years. If you're in a similar boat, make sure to beeline for Image first thing Saturday for details on attended this ticketed signing.

The Big Quiz Thing/Variant Stage
The greatest trivia show in the history, of, well, ever. Don't miss this awesomely fun interactive trivia spectacular, where every round of questions is themed towards pop culture and geekery. 

12:15-1:15/IGN Theater
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 - LIVE STREAM
DCU films are always wonderful, and when combined with the work of Frank Miller? A must. Plus, as always, aside from special footage to go along with the discussion, there will be exclusive DCU prizes.

1:30pm-2:00pm/IGN Theater - LIVE STREAM
The Conjuring
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, “The Conjuring” tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives. 
Warner Brothers makes their first appearance at New York Comic Con since Watchmen with this horror movie from Saw mastermind James Wan. Fittingly, a Watchmen cast member has also come back, Nite Owl himself, Patrick Wilson, and other special guests.

Person of Interest Special Video Presentation and Q&A
A look at the upcoming season of this surprise hit show, plus a Q&A with lots of awesome folks, including Jonathan Nolan, Taraji P Henson, and most importantly, Michael Emerson, who is the greatest always.

2:15pm-2:45pm/IGN Theater
From Oscar®-winning* director Barry Levinson, Roadside Attractions, and the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious, comes this nerve-shredding tale of a small town plunged into absolute terror. The authorities believed they had buried the truth about the tragedy that claimed over 700 human lives. Now, three years later, a reporter has emerged with footage revealing the cover-up and an unimaginable killer: a mysterious parasitic outbreak. Told from the perspective of those who were there and saw what happened, The Bay unfolds over 24 hours though people’s iPhones, Androids, 911 calls, web cams, and whatever else could be used to document the nightmare in Claridge, Maryland. 
Gotta love it when the indies and the legends start making their way towards New York Comic Con, and with "The Bay", we get both in one! Here, Chris Hardwick sits down with the one the only Barry Levinson to talk about his indie eco thriller The Bay, starring new genre sweetheart Kristen Connolly. 

Beautiful Creatures - LIVE STREAM
Alcon Entertainment’s “Beautiful Creatures” is a supernatural love story set in the South which tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. The film is based on the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. 
Providing a brief break from the horror is this look at  the adaptation of a beloved YA series, Beautiful Creatures, featuring a Q&A with stars Emmy Rossum, Zoey Deutch and more.

A reimagining of the classic Stephen King horror tale about Carrie White (ChloĆ« Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. 
Chloe Moretz, Julianna Moore and Kimberly Pierce in person, plus the first footage of this remake seen anywhere? Oh hell yes. 

Vertigo-Fables: 10th Anniversary!
Fables has been around for 10 years?! Holy wow. If you read the comic, do not miss this chance to reminisce with creator Bill Willingham and take a look at the future of the wonderful comic series. If you don't read Fables, change that immediately. 

4:15pm-4:45pm/IGN Theater
In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up long-dormant demons that possess each of those friends in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.
Word through the grapevine is this footage is under no circumstances to be missed.  Plus, Bruce Campbell on stage is always a good thing, and you're not completely obsessed with "Suburgatory'"s Jane Levy now, the lead of this remake, it's only a matter of time. 

Adult Swim: Childrens Hospital/NTSF:SD:SUV
If you're not into horror and fear you may not be able to handle the intensity of the Carrie/Evil Dead/Walking Dead triple combo knock out, then make your way over to this sure to be hilarious Adult Swim panel, featuring show creators Paul Scheer, Rob Corddry and more.

AMC's The Walking Dead Panel Event - LIVE STREAM
Returning for their third year in order to promote their third season are the cast and showrunners of The Walking Dead, featuring a clip from Sunday's premiere. Chrid Hardwick moderates Glen Mazzara, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggss, MICHONNE FINALLY Danai Gurira, the Governer David Morrissey, and the returning Michael Rooker.

Jane Espenson, Brad Bell, Sean Hemeon Signing/Autograph Table 5
The Husbands team will be on hand to sign! Word on the street is they will have something very special available to sign, that may or may not be announced at their Friday panel…

6:15pm-7:15pm/IGN Theater
Firefly 10th Anniversary Special Event - First Look - LIVE STREAM
While obviously this panel cannot capture the magic of the Comic-Con reunion, this room will still be filled with Browncoats aplenty getting a sneak peek at the Science Channel's soon to be aired reunion special, complete with special guests and giveaways. 

7:45pm-8:45pm/Variant Stage
Cinefantastique Presents "Can You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?"
One of a geek's favorite questions and one I've indulged in at many a post-Comic Con bar chat. Let's find out once and for all what the definitive best weapon to have in the zombie apocalypse is, because, no, I reject "bike" as an answer.

Sunday, October 14th

Jane Espenson, Brad Bell, Sean Hemeon Signing/Autograph Table 5
Your second chance to meet the minds behind Husbands!

666 Park Avenue Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Watch some of new hit 666 Park Avenue and then have a chat with pretty much every single cast member. Part of WBTV's impressive showing this year.

11:00am-12:00pm/IGN Theater
Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A - LIVE STREAM
Fittingly, the comic book based WBTV show gets the giant room today, providing a look at the show and Q&A with the three leads, Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, and Willa Holland.

12:00pm-12:45pm/Unbound Stage
Geek Geek Revolution: The Sequel
WOOHOO! If you miss the first go round, there is another one on Sunday eagerly awaiting your attendance! This time, contestants include Anton Strout, Andrea Cremer, Beth Revis and Myke Cole. Games rule. So excited.

The Following Pilot Screening and Q&A
Yeah. You want to see this. It's great and isn't premiering until January. Get on board now! Oh and if James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore and Natalie Zea on a panel aren't enough for you, there will also be a Kevin Bacon.

12:15pm-2:00pm/IGN Theater
Spider-Man's IGN Theater Birthday Celebration
Curious about the train wreck that is Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, but don't want to spend over $200 to see if it really is that bad? Well, just head to the IGN Theater on Sunday to see a snippet of the show! There will also be a screening of an Ultimate Spider-Man episode, and a tutorial on how to move like Spider-Man. If you are five years old, you don't want to miss this.

SAGA Signing: Brian J Vaughan & Fiona Staples/Image Booth #1229

1:30pm-2:00pm/Variant Stage
Central Park Zoo's Wildlife Theater
Central Park Zoo’s Wildlife Theater performs an expert from their interactive program Cool Rainforest Connections. The audience will meet the zoo’s superhero Captain Cocoa and our monkey puppet Tammy the Tamarin. Children in the audience will be invited to become Captain Cocoa’s sidekicks on the mission to save the Rainforest! This program uses games, humor and superheroes to entertain and teach about the Rainforest and how we can all make a difference. After the program visit our table for more fun activities and arts and crafts about the Rainforest.
What?! Why?! Okay! ANIMALS!

3:00pm-3:45pm/Unbound Stage
From Leia to Buffy: Creating Strong Female characters in Sci-Fi & Fantasy
The co-authors of "Mothership", Martin Leicht and Isla Neal, discuss their own heroine, Elvie Nara, as well other strong women in sci-fi/fantasy Always a worthy discussion to be had. And a chance to argue about why Revolution's Charlie does not count! 

Robert Kirkman Signing/Image Booth #1229
Your last chance! 

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