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April 15, 2014
Life Imitating TV: HIMYM Kid In a Crane Machine

Life Imitating TV: HIMYM Kid In a Crane Machine

"Purple Giraffe" Season 1, Episode 2
A 3-year old boy in Lincoln, Nebraska went missing on Tuesday morning and was found safe and sound inside of a crane machine.

"Employees at Madsen's Bowling and Billiards in Lincoln said a customer alerted them that the young child was stuck inside the claw machine.
At the same time police were called to a home nearby on a report of a missing child. According to reports, a 24-year-old woman called 911 when she discovered her 3-year-old had slipped out of her apartment."
 No word on if the the little guy was after a purple giraffe or if an architect used the news coverage to locate a reporter he's in love with.





(Via NBC-6 WOWT)
Trailer: INTO THE STORM

Trailer: INTO THE STORM


Richard Armitage (The Hobbit trilogy) stars alongside Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Nathan Kress, Jon Reep and Jeremy Sumpter in this Steven Quale directed film.

Into the Storm comes to theaters on August 8, 2014.

Official Plot Summary:
In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, "Into the Storm" throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.


April 13, 2014
Castle Point Anime Convention 2014

Castle Point Anime Convention 2014


This past Sunday, we got to attend the Castle Point Anime Convention.  CPAC is run by Stevens' Anime Club and student volunteers and this marked its 6th year and its not slowing down or going away.

It was a gorgeous day and you couldn't ask for a better day in April.



Just as we did last year, we picked up our credentials in the Morton and Burchard buildings. The queue starts in Morton, works its way up some stairs, through a bridge that connects the buildings, and into Burchard. (I think the bridge is kind of cool and you could reenact one of the Hulk's transformation scene if you were so inclined to do so). The signage is bright and the staff was helpful and picking up passes was pretty painless.

The passes come with a colorful and well put together program guide that could put many larger conventions' program guides to shame. The program guide features color coded maps and floor plans and along with event descriptions which made our Asst. Editor and Stevens alum, Craig Gordon, say, "I bet an engineering student put this together."




Since CPAC's Pokemon League was so prominently featured in both the program and pocket guides, we made sure to check out the info session at the start of the day.


  

 At the Castle Point Pokemon League meeting, we got a rundown of how it all worked and we were all very impressed.  Organizers/Pokemon Gym Leaders walked us through various rules and incentives and it was quite entertaining. I don't own a Nintendo DS nor have I watched the cartoon since 1999 and this info session made me want to run to GameStop and get in on the action. The rules made sense and kept things competitive and the overall structure weeded out people with only a passing interest in the game. Trainers were to find and challenge costumed Pokemon Gym Leaders who were scattered across the convention. After earning at least 5 gym badges, you were allowed entrance into the league tournament and could compete against other convention goers/Pokemon trainers for a prize.

The next panel we checked out was the Cosplay 101 panel lead by cosplayers Celsius and TangledinBlue:
This panel was informative, but lacked structure. Topics ranged from easy fabrics to work with, finding reference pictures, sewing, wigs, and novelty contact lenses. While billed as an "introductory panel ran more of a Q&A style," this panel would have benefited from talking points, pictures/diagrams, and web addresses/links related to the stores and sites mentioned.  Large portions of this panel felt more like a conversation about cosplay between 5 friends rather than aiding people interested in cosplay in designing, crafting, and building their first costumes.

While there were some genuinely helpful tips for 1st timers and beginners, there were some tips that bordered on asinine.
Here are some tips they gave:
- "Please do not use satin. I don't care what you're making because it reflects really poorly on light."
- "If you're just starting out, don't draft your own patterns."
- "If you're buying from someone in Asia, you have to consider shipping costs and time. Those are the 2 most important things. (And Customs!) Customs?! Let's not talk about Customs! We are not talking about that!"
- "Take advantage of sales! Sales are really really important."
- "If you're interested in making things, hardware stores are your best-friend."



We spent some time perusing the Dealers' Room/Artists Alley. Some dealers and artists that we saw, thought were cool, and bought stuff from:
- Squid Salad (Click here for website or Click Here for FaceBook)
- Ketsu Midi (Click here for FaceBook)
- Athena's Wink (Click here for FaceBook or Click here for Etsy)
- R Fandom (Click here for FaceBook or  here for website)

After lunch at a nearby restaurant we stopped in at the Karaoke Cafe.  The Karaoke Cafe gave con-goers a place where they could grab a small snack and take a turn at singing one of their favorite songs. We heard renditions of Fall Out Boy's Grand Theft Autumn," "Let it Go," from Disney's Frozen, and "Mirror Mirror" by Jeff Williams from RWBY.  For some fun singalongs and dancing, check this event out next year. Arbitrary points to you if you and a friend have a dance to go along with your song choice. 

Another panel that we stopped in for was the Young Justice Q&A. What we were hoping would be an intelligent discussion about the relatively short lived cartoon was really as a panel of friends in cosplay (Connor Kent, Robin, Kid Flash, Zatanna, and Artemis) going in and out of character and answering questions like "Why is Kid Flash eating chips in the panel?" and "Where's Aqualad?" The novelty of the whole affair got old, fast. The only real amusement came from the Joker cosplayer in the audience and his comments and questions.


At the end of CPAC was CPAC:The Dance. DJs Staski and DJ Gnaw lead con-goers through a range of old school trance and new age EDM with some throwback hip hop in mix too. While the lights and the beats were great, arguably the most amazing thing to happen at the dance party was the lights and sound system going down and the party still raging:  


Overall, the CPAC was a huge success. There was something for everyone from gaming, to anime, to cosplay, to general geekiness. There were tons of impromptu photoshoots and the city of Hoboken and the New York City skyline definitely add to the ambiance. CPAC attendees and cosplayers are more than willing to sharing their love of anime and sci-fi, so we definitely have a bit of a list of shows to check out and apps to experiment with. TheJohnQ will be back next year and for more information on the Castle Point Anime Convention, go to www.CastlePointAnime.com.  

And now pictures of some of our favorite CPAC Cosplayers:





















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April 12, 2014
Never Grow Up!!!

Never Grow Up!!!

Couple Cosplay AT ANY AGE; you're never too old to have fun!!
Olive Oyl & Popeye captured by @DTJAAAAM at Emerald City Comic-Con.

One of the most intrinsic and distinctive trademarks we nerds and geeks have is our EPIC love for imaginary worlds and futuristic reach-beyond-the-stars dreams. We cosplay, we flail in delight, we talk in great depths and high speeds, we write beyond the last pages of our favorite stories, we build, and we role play; in short, we are truly impassioned!! 

Outside of our favorite worlds and fandoms, however, we have to find a way to make money; a geek's gotta eat. We have to wake up in the morning... on time: UGH. We have to face weak minds that walk right past the droids they were looking for. We trek and we trudge, particularly in today's ... brace yourself for that over-used and evil world... economy!! We're assaulted by it! The frelling monotonies of everyday and the less-than-desirable situations we often have to live in impede us and suck away at our delicate souls! We have universes to conquer and fandom feelings to feel, dammit!!! THERE IS FUN TO BE HAD!!!

My great wish for us is that we never get pulled under by that retched enemy threatening us daily: the pragmatic practicalities of everyday life! Otherwise known as...GROWING UP. Eff that noise! May we never lose our geeky spark!! Let's make sure that we always get to be a kid in our hearts and have fun. No matter how old we get. Really, that's all being a geek or a nerd is. It's being grown ups who stay kids at heart! We're the ones who did not become pirates!!


I have rounded up a few awesome old-timers to inspire us to keep our sense of fun and geeky hobbies alive as we move forward in this linear dimension of time that we find ourselves locked into. While we traverse the heights and crashes of our personal journeys, we should not lose sight of those two simple elements, fun and hobbies; they help feed our souls and keep us fresh, truly living, and nerdy. Let's not let the krakkens in our ocean of life choke us with their tentacles and drag our ships down.

The Jolly Roger & Pixie Dust

To that end, I shall reveal a character of note in a fresh Never Grow Up post each week. Every one of these people deserves his or her own introduction with time enough for us to absorb their powers, err, I mean, get inspired by their fabulous example.

Let us not allow anyone or anything to snuff out our nerdy lights. Ducks fly together; so let's stick together and together look to non-pirate pioneers that have gone before us!!

Goonies never say die!!!!!

April 11, 2014
Captain America's To-Do List

Captain America's To-Do List


In case you haven't seen it yet (what are you waiting for?), in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Steve Rogers meets Sam Wilson while out for a morning and tells him that he's been trying to catch up on a few decades of history and pop-culture. Sam tells Cap that he should check out Marvin Gaye's 1972 soundtrack album, Trouble Man, and Cap whips out a little notebook and adds it to a list of things he still has to look into (seen below).



To appeal to international audiences, Marvel Studios changes the first 5 items for releases in several countries. If you watch the movie in the U.K., Australia, France, Russia, Spain or Germany, you would see slightly different things than what was seen in the US/Canada.

The UK:
TV Show – Sherlock
Moon Landing
The Beatles
World Cup Final (1966)
Sean Connery
Thai Food
Star Wars/Trek
Nirvana (band)
Rocky (Rocky II?)
Troubleman (soundtrack)


Spain:
Rafa Nadal
Chupa Chups
Héroes del Silencio
1978 Constitution
Camilo José Cela
Thai Food
Star Wars/Trek
Nirvana (band)
Rocky (Rocky II?)
Troubleman (soundtrack)


 France:
France 98
Louis de Funes
Coluche
Daft Punk
The Fifth Element
Thai Food
Star Wars/Trek
Nirvana (band)
Rocky (Rocky II?)
Troubleman (soundtrack)
Italy:

World Cup '82 & '06
Vasco Rossi
Berlin Wall up + down
Roberto Benigni
Ferrari's victories at F1 Grand Prix
Thai Food
Star Wars/Trek
Nirvana (band)
Rocky (Rocky II?)
Troubleman (soundtrack)
Latin America:

Chilean Miner's Rescues
Maradona's Hand of God
Shakira
Neri Vela (1st Mexican Astronaut)
Octavia Paz (Nobel winner)
Thai Food
Star Wars/Trek
Nirvana (band)
Rocky (Rocky II?)
Troubleman (soundtrack)


Korea:

Dance Dance Revolution
Ji-Sung Park
Oldboy
2002 World Cup
Disco
Thai Food
Star Wars/Trek
Nirvana (band)
Rocky (Rocky II?)
Troubleman (soundtrack)
Germany:
(Picture unavailable)

Currywurst
Moon Landing
Berlin Wall up + down
Oktoberfest
Disco
Thai Food
Star Wars/Trek
Nirvana (band)
Rocky (Rocky II?)
Troubleman (soundtrack)

Brazil:
(Picture unavailable)
Ayrton Senna
Wagner Moura
Xuxa
Mamonas Assassinas
Chaves
Thai Food
Star Wars/Trek
Nirvana (band)
Rocky (Rocky II?)
Troubleman (soundtrack)
 
 




What would you have Captain America check out? Comment below or send us a tweet @JohnQGeek!




(via Yahoo)
April 7, 2014
The Inaugural Camden Comic Con 2014!

The Inaugural Camden Comic Con 2014!


This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending Camden Comic Con hosted at the Rutgers University Camden, New Jersey campus.  It was a bit of a drive for us, but with our cookies in hand, we made the trek.  Parking was easy to find, and so we entered the Rutgers Campus. The entire Con was located in the Campus Center. Even with all of the events, panels, activities, artist alley, dealing room and stage being housed in one building, it didn't feel crowded as everything was spaced nicely and there was plenty of room to browse and enjoy the festivities. Our only caveat would be that it would have been great to have a mini floor plan available with the event schedule to avoid confusion on where the rooms were and have the signage a little larger. The small, sometimes inconspicuous signage made some panels difficult to find.

                        Main Stage Area / Artist Alley                   Dealer Room

 The lower level featured an area for face painting and making your own superhero mask table.  The lower level also held the panels, workshops and programs. The main level had the stage and dealing room.

Face Painting / Make Your Own Superhero Mask
                                                   
The cosplay contest had a great showing.  It gave a chance for cosplayers young and old to be appreciated for the hard work that they do on their cosplays. Even thought this con was in it's first year, cosplayers came out in force to make it a terrific first showing.

Check out the rest of the cosplay pics below!

Shortly after the cosplay contest, we were given a chance to listen to the tunes of Knuckle Puck Time.  Watch out boys, these guys are no joke.  They played a great set which was a mix of songs from our childhood and some originals.  Definitely huge props for playing Duck Tales, Captain Planet, Doug, MMPR, Ghostbusters, and Batman.

Check them out at their facebook or check out some songs from the Con on our Youtube (uploaded soon)!
The great thing about this convention was that the first thing you see when entering is a sign for a raffle of door prizes which were drawn at the end of the day. In all honesty, we lost count on how many items were be raffled off, but most of the items were pretty good. We also found out the winner of the costume contest. Drum roll please.....


Who ya gonna call... to haul away all the awesome swag

Overall, Camden Comic Con was a great first year event as it catered to the men, women, and children in the area.  As with all conventions, this is a good family event and as this con gets larger, we hope all the kinks get worked out. Looking forward to next year! We hope to see you there!




Cosplay Contest!



















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