May 302014
 

LBCEby Hannah Carter, contributing writer

It’s almost time for Long Beach Comic Expo! This celebration of comics and pop culture is held every spring at the Long Beach Convention Center. Saturday, May 31 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Sunday, June 1 (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), con-goers will be able to experience noteworthy works by writers, artists, illustrators, and creators from various genres.

Long Beach Comic Expo (LBCE) features guest speakers, meet-and-greet panels, art exhibitions, and more. The extensive guest list includes comic book artists like Scott Koblish (known mostly for his work on the Deadpool series for Marvel Comics), Todd Nauck (an artist and writer who has worked on several Spider-man series for Marvel and a few Teen Titans series for DC comics, in addition to his original series, Wildguard), Tone Rodriguez (a primary artist for Bongo Comics, which publishes comics related to Futurama and The Simpsons), and Tony Fleecs (a recurring artist in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series). Gerry Conway (co-creator of The Punisher, Firestorm, and Power Girl and author of the Spider-man story The Night Gwen Stacy Died) will be returning to LBCE this year. Professional cosplayers Ani-Mia, Las Vegas Power Girl, and LeeAnna Vamp will also be attending.

LBCE has one of the largest Artist Alleys in the country. The exhibition space features big name artists, indie artists, and webcomic creators. Talents range from penciling and inking to writing and lettering and con-goers can get an up-close look at the artists and the art.

Both days are packed with all kinds of events. Saturday will have panels like “How to Get More Freelance Work,” for writers, illustrators, and other freelance professionals, and “Indie Creators, Unite! A Guide to Self-Publishing.” There will also be a “Body Positivity” panel, discussing variation of body types among cosplayers, and an “Art Battle,” in which five artists compete against each other to draw the best representation of the crowd’s subject of choice.

Saturday only, there will be an appearance from comic book legend Marv Wolfman. He is well known for writing The New Teen Titans, Nightwing, Spider-woman, Blade comic series. Wolfman has had the most original characters turned into television shows, animations, and movies of any comic writer other than Stan Lee. Tony Fleecs will be demonstrating the proper way to draw My Little Pony characters. Tone Rodriguez will be giving lessons on how to draw Futurama and Simpsons characters. There will be a panel called “Kids Drawing Comics” for the young aspiring comic artist and a “Cosplay Live Drawing” by Pierre Bernard (from the Conan O’Brien Show).

For a full list of guests, artists on Artist Alley, programs, and events, visit the Long Beach Comic Expo website. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the website or participating comic book shops. A pass for both days will cost $20, Saturday tickets are $15, and Sunday tickets are $10. The site also has information about accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach Hotel.

We at Krypton Radio would like to remind everyone that cons are about having fun and interacting with fellow fans. Cosplayers, like everyone else, should be treated with respect. A short dress is not a yes.

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Aug 152013
 
The Last Unicorn

Krypton Radio Movie News

 

 

If you happen to live in the Newport Beach, California area, then you’re in luck if you’d like to take your kids or yourself to a classic animated movie this month. The Newport Beach Film Festival will be holding a special screening of the 1982 classic animated children’s film The Last Unicorn on August 21st at 7:30 PM.

Based on the novel The Last Unicorn written by Peter S. Beagle, who also wrote the film’s screenplay, the film is about a unicorn who, upon learning that she is the last unicorn in the world, goes on a quest to find out what has happened to the others of her kind. Directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr. and featuring the voices of Alan ArkinJeff Bridges, and Mia Farrow as the Unicorn.

A lone unicorn believes she is the last of her kind and sets out on a quest to discover the fate of her people. She is joined in her travels by an incompetent magician and a lovelorn woman who never hoped to see a living unicorn. Together, they must face an evil witch, a wicked king, and a fiery elemental bull that seems intent on ridding the world of all unicorns forever.

With an amazing cast of voice actors, superb art direction and a classic storyline sure to delight all ages, this newly-digitally-restored classic is as well-loved today as ever and remains a hallmark of animated film.

Unicorn history buffs will probably remember that 1982-1983 is when the famed My Little Pony franchise was launched by Bonnie Zacherle and Hasbro. If you or your kids love unicorns, then stop on by the Newport Beach Film Festival for a wonderful family event.

Author and screenwriter Peter S. Beagle will be joining for a special Q&A. Last Unicorn books, Blu-rays, DVDs, graphic novels, art prints, clothing, and jewelry will be available for purchase and signing. Costumes encouraged, and great ones rewarded!!

Tickets are $10 Adults – $5 Children 12 and under

Nov 202012
 
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Majesty meets saccharine pop in this unusual mashup of The Lord of the Rings and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic .

Part of what Krypton Radio does is show off some of the amazing things that fans create for one another.  If you’re a Brony (or even if you’re not) there’s something compelling about a mash-up of two well crafted fantasy works when it’s done with skill and respect for both.  Today’s offering is Lord of the Rings – Reenacted By Ponies from The Jacobsmovies web site. The characterizations pay homage both to the ponies, and to the iconic characters from the Tolkien books.

Jacob Kitts uses his skill at animation to tell stories visually, mostly as parodies or mashups of things like Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lego – his interests are far ranging, and his skills cover a lot of territory.  In his films he uses Flash, live action, 3d animation, compositing – the entire gamut of modern production tools.  He started out with the basics, and worked his way forward, one step at a time.

While it’s presented as satire, it’s also very inspiring.  And, frankly, the video is just plain fun to watch.

Enjoy.

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