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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop


Spooktacular Giveaway Hop



A New York Times Bestseller!

Jason Segel, multitalented actor, writer, and musician, teams up with New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Miller for the hilariously frightening, middle-grade novel Nightmares!, the first book in a trilogy about a boy named Charlie and a group of kids who must face their fears to save their town.

Sleeping has never been so scary. And now waking up is even worse!

Charlie Laird has several problems.

1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch.
2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself after dark.
3.He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap.

What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world—that’s a line that should never be crossed.

And when your worst nightmares start to come true . . . well, that’s something only Charlie can face. And he’s going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird. For good.

You can purchase Nightmares! at the following Retailers:
    

And now, The Giveaways.
1 Winner will receive a copy of Nightmares! by Jason Segel.
*James Vallesteros is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Books to Movies Giveaway Hop


Books to Movies Giveaway Hop



The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. "World War Z" is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, "By excluding the human factor, aren't we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn't the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as 'the living dead'?"

You can purchase World War Z at the following Retailers:
    


And now, The Giveaways.
1 Winner will receive a copy of World War Z by Max Brooks.
World War Z will be purchased through Book Depository.


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

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


ANIME EXPO 2014
Los Angeles Convention Center
July 3 - July 6

by James Vallesteros
jamesvallesteros@gmail.com

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.


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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.

LuisProjects
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!


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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
SPOILER FREE!

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.


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