So, the first day of Planet Comiccon has come and gone and I wanted to update and wrap up this day. I got there around 9:20 this morning and was able to get in around 9:40. I wandered around the floor for a while and looked around to see if there were any good deals on trades or hardcovers. I picked up one of the Ghost Rider omnibuses that collected the second part of Jason Aaron's run on that book and had him sign it as well. I haven't read through it yet but I've enjoyed all of the stuff of his that I read so I am sure I'll like it. He was on a side of the floor next to his two most recent collaborators in Tony Moore and Ron Garney. Next to them were Gail Simone, Yanick Paquette and Francesco Francavilla. After lunch, my friends and I walked around the floor a little more and then went to the DC panel they had, which had Gail, Yannick, Rick Burchett and Phil Hester on it. I decided to take notes on my phone during it so I'll be posting a recap about it sometime tomorrow. I have uploaded photos and will add them as an album to this post so you can see some of the better cosplayers who were there as well as a couple photos from the panel that I took.
This coming up weekend in Kansas City is Planet Comicon. It will be my first time going so I will be doing my best to chronicle my time there. Some of the people scheduled to appear are Jeremy Bulloch, Tom Kane, Michael McMillan, Lyndsay Wager, Rick Remender, Jason Aaron, Gail Simone and many others. I will be bringing a camera with me to chronicle my time there and get autographs from some of the people there. I'll post a new blog on Monday with all of the stuff from the convention as well. If you want to learn more about what's gonna be happening, check out the website.
So, felt like doing another blog to let everyone know what's been happening since my last post about a week ago since a lot has taken place since then and that one was just looking at one thing I had done.
In video game news, I have been playing through all of the DLC in Mass Effect 2 since it was on sale during Microsoft's runup to New Year's Day event. I beat all of them since I got them and it was really nice to get back into Mass Effect 2. I am very glad that I did that because it definitely is my game of the year for 2010, even without the DLC and the add-ons just make the game better. I especially thought Overlord and Shadow Broker were really good. The Firewalker missions were also good and it proved that Mass Effect can have fun vehicle sections that control great and make you want to do more of them. I've also been playing a lot of Rock Band 3 and I must say that Harmonix has done another great job working on it. The road challenges are all excellent so far and I have enjoyed finding out which songs are good for which challenge and that helps to bring in a little more strategic element to the game in deciding how you want to tackle each challenge. Even though I bought Bayonetta at the same time as Rock Band 3, I haven't started playing it yet but I hope to in the near future.
In movie news, I saw True Grit on opening night and I thought it was a well made movie that did everything well but not amazing. I did not think any of the principal actors had award worthy performances but to each his own. I also finally got a Netflix account, which if you read my previous blog, then you know how that went at the start. Since then, I have not watched anything I wish I could unwatch. I finally saw Some Like it Hot and I must say it is a really funny movie that holds up remarkably well today. It also helps that Marilyn Monroe is in it as well. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon did an excellent job as the two male leads and all of the supporting characters did a great job as well. The movie must have been a shock to a lot of people since it covered many things that were either not talked about in that time or people didn't even know about
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them. The ending to the movie was especially shocking to watch since it seemed to recognize homosexuality as something that was alright, when it was even more detested then than it is now. I"m working my through Battlestar Galactica right now and I may write up a blog about each season after I watch it to give my impressions on how I though it went.
In comic news, I finally started working on getting the Green Lantern saga that Geoff Johns has been working on for many years now. I picked up the Sinestro Corps War Vol 1 and 2 and will eventually begin collecting the other trades that are a part of his saga. I have also been reading through a lot of different trades including a bunch of Batman books. The most recent was the first 4 chapters of The Long Halloween. I only read the first four chapters because I had to leave but I really enjoyed what I read up to that point. It makes me wonder what happened to Jeph Loeb and why so much of his recent stuff has sucked. Pretty much all of his early Marvel and DC stuff was excellent and it seemed like it started to go downhill for him when he took over The Ultimates from Mark Millar. It may have started before that but that point is when I started to notice it.
Welcome to another edition of my ramblings on video games and other stuff. My life in video games has been limited to one game and one game alone. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood has totally taken over my gaming time recently and I don't even feel sad about that. I finished the story and man, does the ending of that game seriously mess with your mind. I won't spoil it for anyone but suffice it to say, Ubisoft has done it again by making an ending that makes you want to pull your hair out at how bananas it is. I can't wait to see where they take AC3 because it will be super ridiculous. The multiplayer in that game is also excellent and I would totally recommend it to anyone who is thinking about getting it. The MP is so different from what you normally play in the FPSs because it is such a methodical MP instead of a balls to the wall approach.
Last week was Thanksgiving and I am very glad about that holiday. When there is a day devoted to stuffing your face with food, you know the country you live in is awesome. Also, the weekend is a veritable feast in terms of sports and if you wanted to, you could go for 12 hours each day starting on Thanksgiving watching live sports. Watching your favorite team win during that time just makes the weekend that much better. Also awesome is spending time with your family and just having a great time.
In movies, I have started watching some of my favorite Christmas movies with my family. We have already watched Holiday Inn, The Santa Clause and Elf. We will eventually watch the greatest Christmas movie of all time. Besides Christmas movies, I haven't really seen any other movies recently, except Harry Potter 7 Part 1, which I wrote a blog about on Screened a week ago or so, so check it out to read about my feelings on that.
In comics, I recently bought Batman/Superman: Public Enemies and Batman: Under the Red Hood at the Borders near my house that was going out of business. I picked up all three of them for 30 percent off, which was very nice.
Overall, this time of the year is a favorite of mine and I cannot wait to get to Christmas. I hope everyone has a safe Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa or whatever it is you celebrate in the coming weeks.
So, this past weekend I went and saw Harry Potter 7 Part 1. I'll probably write a review of it later but for now I will just say it is probably the best of the Harry Potter movies and I am definitely looking forward to Part 2. The movie did a great job of capturing the feel of the book and David Yates has become, in my opinion, the best director the Harry Potter movies have seen. Being able to direct 5 and 6 really helped him out as well. In Screened news, I passed the 11,000 point mark. I haven't found a page that I want to work on so I may just begin adding episode synopses to the A-Team page.
In video game news, I bought Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and man is that game great. After I got it on Friday, I played from about 8 pm until 2:30 that morning, it was so good. The tombs this time around are excellent and I really think that the secondary objective for each mission is a great thing to add because it gives you something to work towards while doing that mission. I also love that you can now replay any memory which is very handy. Also, calling Assassin's to your aid is always entertaining, no matter how many times you do it.
In sports news, the Chiefs and Packers both won yesterday and it was good to see the Chiefs get back on track after losing two in a row. Now, it's off to Seattle and hopefully we can pull a win out against the Seahawks. The Packers dismantled the Vikings and I would not be surprised if Brett Favre retired before this season ends. He has played awful this season and probably deserves to get benched.
Since Comic-Com has been going on for a few days, I have noticed a big absence of reports from here on comic panels. So, I'm throwing this out to everyone else: Does anyone know if any of the Comic Vine people went to any of the panels and if not, Why? Seems that if they don't go to any of those panels, they can't really call themselves Comic Vine, right? Something to think about on this Saturday night.