Wondercon 2014

JV Review

Emerald City Comicon 2014

JV Review

Friday, January 16, 2015

Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

You can purchase Dreams of Gods & Monsters at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
1 Winner will receive a copy of Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor.
Dreams of Gods & Monsters will be purchased through Book Depository.

*James Vallesteros is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Mail Box*
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Anime Expo 2014 - Largest Anime/Manga Convention in North America

Los Angeles Convention Center
July 3 - July 6

by James Vallesteros

Anime Expo is the largest Anime and Manga convention in the North America that saw an unprecedented 30% increase in attendance from the previous year. 2014 welcomed over 80,000 unique attendees and over 220,000 overall attendance for the four-day event that is currently held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The growth has allowed the organizers to offer many exciting content and panels for attendees to experience.

Saturday was at its busiest as all walks of life gathered and packed the 720,000 square foot venue. With so many bodies in one location, the on-site media registration line moved along quite well. The helpful, friendly, and courteous staff provided our team with quick registrations and a very memorable conversation. Staff member, Coleman, promptly filled out the paperwork and handed our badges with a smile throughout the whole process. Thank you!

Once on the lobby area, it was a sight that is just as colorful as any anime show. Cosplayers definitely put on their game faces and showcased their talent and art with their amazing costumes. Some decided to come to AX as a group as a large gathering of Survey Corps from Attack on Titan dominated the floor. Some went solo but their costumes were just as big as any group. Flashes from attendees' phones and cameras drowned every angle of the convention as each click of the shutter went straight to their social media outlets. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook were all working overtime trying to keep up with all the exciting events of Anime Expo.

The showfloor was just as exciting as the lobby area. All the major exhibitors such as Crunchy Roll, Funimation and others provided all the latest content and one-of-a-kind experiences. Vendors brought all their goodies from the world of anime and manga and provided a shopping experience that can only be found in Anime Expo. If you were looking for Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan etc merchandise, you were sure to find it on the showfloor.

The reception and general vibe of the show, attendees, vendors, artists, and exhibitors were all positive. Staff members on the convention floor were very helpful and showed courtesy to ensure all attendees were having a fun and exciting time.

The cosplay scene is unlike any other convention. Each photo-op was respectfully taken and it was another aspect of the show that brought uniqueness and fun at the same time. The Masquerade that took place on Saturday provided top-notch entertainment from amateur and professional cosplayers.

The 23rd year of Anime Expo was definitely a fun and exciting event. The incline in attendance shows that it is a force to be reckon with and the event organizers have been working really hard to provide a show that will resonate with people for years to come. If you are a fan of anime and manga, Anime Expo is where you will satisfy your cravings. Even if you are not, it is worth to check out and it's guaranteed you'll walk out a fan.

See more pictures from the event from MiniBobaFett's Facebook Fan Page: CLICK HERE


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Video: MiniBobaFett at Long Beach Comic Expo 2014

Long Beach Comic Expo
May 31 - June 1, 2014
Long Beach, CA

MiniBobaFett hanging out with friends at Long Beach Comic Expo.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Video: MiniBobaFett at Big WOW! Comic Fest 2014 (San Jose, CA)

Cosplay adventure with MiniBobaFett at Big WOW! ComicFest 2014 in downtown San Jose, CA.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Wondercon Anaheim 2014 - Comics, Cosplay and #MiniBobaFett takes the stage!

It is April and that means it was another trip to SoCal to Anaheim where Wondercon has been calling home since 2012. Although we hope to have Wondercon back in San Francisco, the Anaheim atmosphere is always awesome. We arrived early Friday morning and the scene on Katella and Harbor was like a cross-over of everything that has ever been considered cool. It was like these awesome characters from other unearthly worlds colliding on one corner of the street and all walking right into the Anaheim Convention Center.

The parking garages nearby were just as decked out with nerdism and geekery. Never have I ever seen so many Police Box, Empire Logo, Superman, Batman, Deadpool, Mythosaur, etc. vinyl stickers on the back windows of cars. It was truly an awesome sight to see. Not to mention seeing Deadpool coming out of the back seat of a Honda Civic or Snow White parking that Prius. Only at a convention will you ever see this kind of coolness.

Right when we got through the doors of the convention, we immediately exchanged our tickets for badges. This year's lanyard featured the NBC hit show, The Blacklist. The program features an awesome art of Wonder-Woman by DC artist Cliff Chiang. There were plenty of panels and programs to choose from and were headlined by 20th Century Fox, Revolution, Salem, Once Upon a Time and many others.

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We stopped by the Press information booth and got our badges exchanged for Press access. The people running this show are very courteous and they know exactly what they are doing. It was quick and we were off to the convention show floor.

All the top publishers had prominent presence on the floor such as DC Entertainment, Dark Horse, Aspen, IDW, BOOM! Studios, Lionforge, Nintendo, etc. There were many artist booths to pick up some one-of-a-kind artwork and commissioned sketches. The fan tables were also the places to stop by and take pictures with your favorite heroes or villains.

I would like to say HELLO to some awesome people we met at Wondercon. Besides the fun and entertainment that conventions offer to people, I have to say that the people we meet is one of my favorite aspect for the whole weekend. Please go check out and support their projects because they are just totally rad!

Hip Hop Trooper
Instagram: @hiphoptrooper

You are an inspiration to all! The homie HipHopTrooper does a lot of charity. He and a group recently hiked 5 miles in a Sand Trooper armor and reached their goal of raising more than $700 for the The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

Sam Skyler
Website: www.samskylerart.com
Instagram: @samskylerart

Awesome Daenerys cosplay and be sure to check out her amazing artwork. She has amazing Star Wars artwork and unique heartshaped themed characters.

Instagram @luisprojects

This guy has a great talent in costume making. His "Habu Fett" Mando Kit totally blew our minds!
The Real Chicken Fett
Instagram @TheRealChickenFett

Really awesome dude and @MiniBobaFett loves the costume!

Loki Hates You (Facebook)

Ashley Eckstein

Be sure to follow Mini Boba Fett on Instagram @MiniBobaFett
and LIKE him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/minibobafett

Follow all these amazing people on Instagram:
@only_arturo_ @mr_alex_bower @sithinthenorth @spartan117gw @juiceboxphotography @_mrwood23 @theshorttrooper @petiteleon007

This year, we entered our little Boba Fett into the Wondercon 2014 Masquerade. The Masquerade took place at 8pm on Saturday. There were 35 entries to the Masquerade and all were proudly displaying their highly imaginative costumes and props. The familiar MC Phil Foglio was replaced by voice actress Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars The Clone Wars). Each entry put on an incredible show that left the audience entertained. #MiniBobaFett was entry #2 and took home the Best Attitude Award Presented by Lucasfilm Ltd. in the Star Wars Category. Congrats to all the winners and the participants. Without your creative imagination, there would be no masquerade show.

Entire Wondercon 2014 Masquerade
uploaded by Galen Gonzalez via YouTube.

Wondercon is one of our favorite conventions and we are sure to attend next year. The Anaheim Convention Center is an incredible place to hold three days of pure fun, entertainment, and magic. Thank you Wondercon Anaheim for another unforgettable weekend!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

#MiniBobaFett takes over Seattle (Video)

Here's a little video I put together of Jordan in his Mando Armor at Emerald City Comicon 2014.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Review: How I Met Your Mother - Series Finale

How I Met Your Mother - Series Finale

When FRIENDS ended in 2004, people desperately looked for a show to fill that void. The following year, a show debut that surely looked to be a potential replacement of our favorite 6 friends in New York City. Although Season 1 of How I Met Your Mother had elements similar to Friends, it certainly packed other elements that Friends lacked and it resulted as the #1 new comedy on television. I was instantly hooked on the show. The chemistry between these five actors were magical on the screen. The execution of the stories was something that viewers have never seen. The Ted and Robin debacle reminded us of Ross and Rachel, but only in a different light. From Season 1 through 9, my DVR religiously recorded 24 episodes a season and it was definitely the comedy show to watch.

Fast forward to Season 9 (the final season) and viewers will finally get to find out how Ted met the mother of his children. I totally threw out the notion of Ted and Robin ever getting back together because I felt that ship sailed two seasons ago. Still, I was curious as to how Ted met his wife. The 1 hour long finale had many expectations. I expected a lot of explanations. Why they haven't mentioned Ted's wife's name. Why Barney and Robin got married? They never seemed like they truly loved each other. As the minutes closed in at the 1 hour mark, we were finally getting answers.

I felt the last episode was rushed. They could've used the last season to make it worthwhile but it seemed the writers and producers decided to stuff all the things we have been waiting for in one hour. I was not a fan at how it ended. The empty glass that I have been waiting to be filled didn't even get a chance for a fill. The ending actually broke the glass and missed the chance of being one of the most memorable.


Emerald City Comicon 2014 - Seattle, WA

Emerald City Comicon is now over but there are plenty of memories from the Pacific Northwest's premier weekend of Nerdism and Geekery. It all happened over three days on March 28-30, 2014. ECCC's approach of mailing out badges or picking up badges from outside vendors was a great idea! We were able to step inside the showroom on Friday without having to line up to exchange tickets to badges. The fun began right as we went through the doors of the Washington State Convention Center, located in the heart of downtown Seattle. Security and the ECCC Minions were again very helpful and organized. Lines to go inside were done in orderly fashion. I've had my convention experience ruined before from terrible service but ECCC has never failed at that department.

There were many exclusives to hunt for at this event and they were selling out quick. Lines to the ECCC merchandise zig-zagged like a complicated maze but we managed to get our hands on some of the exclusive items. The ECCC program included a variant cover of The Walking Dead and a black plain lanyard to hold our badges. Of course I used my Darkhorse lanyard just because it looks way cooler.

ECCC 2014 Program Book

The showroom floor was packed of artists, vendors, and exhibitors. The booths were tremendously laid out for easy transport from one section to the next. Some of the premier booths like Dark Horse, DC, and BOOM! Studios provided lots of exclusives and awesome signings from their artists and writers.

Here are several exclusives we managed to get our hands on

Monsters & Dames 2014 Artbook.
Limited to 1150 individually numbered copies (we got #579). It is a collection of 80 pages of full-color, 9"x12"art featuring contributions from guests and artist of the 2014 Emerald City Comicon.

Adventure Time Mathematical Edition vol. 3 Hardcover ECCC Exclusive Variant.
This limited 500 copies variant cover by EK Weaver is written by Ryan North and multiple artist contributors. 

Adventure Time #25 ECCC Exclusive Variant featuring a famous album cover of a very famous Seattle band. Cover designed by Ian McGinty, written by Ryan North and art by Dustin Nguyen, Jess Fink, Jeffrey Brown, Jim Rugg, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb. Limited to 500 copies.

Here are a few comics that we were able to haul away.

One of the most memorable experiences for any convention is the clever and unique costumes that con-goers wear on the showfloor. I totally appreciate and give much respect to the hours that each and every cosplayer put in to the craftsmanship of their costume. Even the abundance of Deadpools and Finn The Human cosplays were just a joy to see. Some cosplays I've never seen were just tremendous. I saw a group of Survey Corps from the hit Anime/Manga, Shingeki no Kyojin, otherwise known as Attack on Titan. The Mikasa cosplay with the full 3DMG was simply amazing. And it wasn't just the young who were in full pledge cosplays, an elderly couple donned the garments of the spinach eating sailor, Popeye and his girlfriend Olive Oyl. Even Carl and Ellie Frederiksen from Disney/Pixar's UP made an appearance.

One of the main celebrity guests this year was Stephen Amell. He plays Oliver Queen on the hit CW show, Arrow. We had the pleasure to meet him last year at Wondercon during the DC booth signing with the show's cast. We are big fans of the character and also of the show so it was a no-brainer for us to see Stephen again. Lines to the photo-ops were handled professionally and the ECCC Minions made sure the whole experience fun and exciting. We were ecstatic when Stephen remembered my son from last year. Now that's what I call a real star! We also managed to line up for Kelly Hu's photo-op. I've always admired her work in films and voiceovers for cartoons. She was in awe at the sight of a mini Boba Fett and her expression in the photo totally showed it.

The signing areas for ECCC was also well-organized. Each ECCC Minions knew where and what time a guest was signing which made navigating the crowded area so much easier. Lines to the signing table zig-zagged from the middle aisle and it was always kept in order. Thank you ECCC for a tremendous job!

This year, my son went as Boba Fett once again. Unlike the year before, I tossed out all the store-bought garments and went full-pledge scratch-built the whole costume. From the helmet to the body armor, the gauntlets to the shoes, and the bodysuit to the jetpack, the countless hours I spent building his Mandalorian Armor was all worth it. I've learned so many things from crafting it together and it made me more of an admirer of people who passionately do this thing called, cosplay.

I also want to give a shout out to two people I met last year that I had the opportunity to meet once again. Rob V. - The passion you have for all things cool truly shows through how much you influence your sons. Mini Ironman was a star at ECCC. Erica G. - Thank you for liking all the silly pictures I post on Instagram. Your humble attitude shines genuinely bright just like an emerald.

Through the magical communication of Facebook, my son was fortunate to be invited and be part of a photoshoot by the Official Mandalorian Mercenaries. Seeing the little Mandalorian surrounded by other Mando Mercs was a topping on the cake for my overall experience at ECCC. Thank you, Talya R. and James B. We are forever thankful for your generosity and friendship.

Jordan as Mini Boba Fett

Bucket off and Honoring the father, Jango Fett

Mini Ironman & Mini Boba Fett

Kelly Hu, Olaf (Frozen)

Jordan with the Mandalorian Mercenaries

Mando Meet-up

Two tough Mandos.

With Super Cosplayer, Yaya Han.

A family that cosplay together, stays together.

I love the epic photobomb by Peter Pan!

Pyramid Head (Silent Hill), Catwoman (Erica G.)

Boba Fett shot first!

Always willing for a photo-op.

Anna & Elsa (Frozen)

Mini Doctors & Little Miss Vader

Elliott & E.T.

Pikachu, Ash, Mini Ironman, Deadpool & Mini Boba Fett

Jedi in sandals and Boba with a fan

Hanging out with the Mando Mercs

Skeletor, She-Ra, He-Man, Mini Ironman, Big Boba, Mini Boba, & Sonic

Ahsoka Tano (Snips)

501st Garrison Titan Darth Vader, Stormtrooper and R2-D2 (R2 Builders)

Weeping Angel (Dr. Who)

Han Solo

The Shredder and a pair of Assassins

The Power Rangers and Adventure Time Family

Author Frank Beddor and Scout Trooper & Ewok.

Jordan with a Mini Castiel (Supernatural)

Star Wars family and Disney Princesses

Despicable Me Evil Minion and G.I. Joe's Beachhead

Awesome Mikasa cosplay (Attack on Titan / Shingeki no Kyojin)

The Walking Dead's Glenn & Maggie. A couple of TK from Garrison Titan

Belle, Beast and Lord Darth Vader

We are already looking forward for next year. Emerald City Comicon is one of our favorite conventions to attend. The Pacific Northwest is very welcoming which is evident with all the nice people we have met in Seattle. ECCC remains to be on my top lists of events that is truly organized well. Lines to booth exclusives, photo-ops and autographs were well maintained. The panels, celebrities, guests, artists, fan tables, and exhibitors are amongst one of the best put together in a convention year in and year out. Thank you for a wonderful weekend in Seattle!