Continuing my NYCC recap more than a month later. I have been so busy and this will be a very short version of what I was going to write. I misplaced some notes and the ones that I do have are pretty messy. I was writing in the dark on scrap paper. I’ll try to make some sense of them.
First panel of the morning was for Into the Badlands. My sister told me about the show. She is a big fan of Sarah Bolger (The Tudors, Once Upon a Time) and she is playing Jade on Into the Badlands, Sarah was not at NYCC for the panel, but we wanted to check it out to learn more about the show.
A mighty warrior and a young boy search for enlightenment in a ruthless territory controlled by feudal barons.
Opening introduction: (narrated by Aramis Knight/M.K.):
“The wars were so long ago nobody even remembers. Darkness and fear ruled until the time of the barons, seven men and women who forged order out of chaos. People flocked to them for protection. That protection became servitude. They banished guns and trained armies of lethal fighters they called Clippers. This world is built on blood. Nobody is innocent here. Welcome to the Badlands.
Left to Right: Emily Beecham (The Widow), Aramis Knight (M.K.), Orla Brady (Lydia), Marton Csokas (Quinn), Daniel Wu (Sunny and executive producer), Stephen Fung (executive producer)
The actors spoke a lot about their martial art training. This is a dystopian world where there are no guns and fighting is an art form.
Daniel Wu spoke about training 12 hours a day, 6 days a week to build up his endurance. He’s not 20 years old anymore and didn’t want to shock his body. Young or older, Daniel is very handsome. I learned that he is a rock star in the world of martial arts. During the Q&A fans asked him questions about form and technique that went way over my head. After the panel they rushed up to the stage and followed as he was escorted out of the room.
All the actors went through marital arts training camp. They learned new skills and developed individual styles based on what they are best at.
They said during the panel that the most difficult challenge has been shooting in New Orlean’s 100 degree heat while fighting in leather.
Speaking of leather, the first two episodes have now aired and I want Sunny’s red coat and vest. Besides coveting his wardrobe I really like the show. It looks like a movie. The cinematography and choreography is stunning. The story is engaging. I hope to see more than six episodes.
After the panel sister and I went to the exhibit hall. Here are some of Hallmark’s new items.
I need the ornament of Jem on my Christmas tree. It’s the real Jem too. Not the stupid fake from this year’s flop of a movie.
Rainbow Brite making a comeback. Thank you Hallmark. I love that it’s 80’s Rainbow Brite and not a modern skanky version.
We went back to Rich Bernatovech’s table in Artist’s Alley. Sister bought his artwork of Ursula and Ariel. She asked him to draw Aurora in her blue gown one day so her collection can be complete.
I then bought the other series he wrote, Neverminds and he signed them for me. Then he told me I could go over to the artist, Jamie Fay, so he would sign them too. I might be hard to see their signatures.
Hounded was a giveaway.
The Untamed I purchased. Darrell May who did the layouts signed my book.
A cloaked Stranger slips into the rustic Town of Oasis changing things forever. Ten years it had been since he ran this town with malice and harshness. Even then there was hope for his soul. His wife and daughter were on the verge of turning him from wickedness. But they were murdered, and so was he. He is granted seven days to reap seven souls and gain a chance at revenge. Conflict arises as a young girl (Niobe Ayutami) reminds him of his murdered daughter. She acts as his conscience and become his only hope for salvation.
There was also a deal going on where if you bought The Untamed you could get the prequel, Niobe #1 Convention Exclusive, for $10 more. By the time I went they sold out of that exclusive, but there was a signing going on with artist Ashley A. Woods and author Amandla Stenberg. (Amandla played Rue in The Hunger Games and also played Macey Irving on Sleepy Hollow.
She is the co-author, with Stranger Comics’ Sebastian Jones, of the comic book “Niobe: She is Life” published November 4, 2015.)
Ashely and Amandla also signed my copy of The Untamed and I took a photo with them.
We also went to two other panels: Books to Movies Wish List and Women in Geek Media.
I am really upset that I lost my notes for the Books to Movies Wish List. The authors on the panel and the audience had some really good ones and I had written down some interesting suggestions. Now I can’t recall any. If I am lucky maybe I can find the panel on youtube. I do remember that someone said, and I agreed with this, that a series or trilogy should be adapted into a TV series or a mini-seires and only short stories should be adapted into feature films.
Women in Geek Media gave advice on how to network at conventions and keep active on social media in order to put yourself out there and become known. It’s hard to establish yourself as a unique voice today when everyone has a blog, Twitter, Tumblr, youtube channel, Instagram, etc., but it’s important to express your unique personality.
*If you want to be an artist, put your portfolio online and reach out.
*Be assertive without being a jerk.
*If you want to write, don’t just say you want to be an author. Actually write. Apply to be a contributer at a website.
*Always meet your deadlines!!
*Don’t bitch about your job or boss online. Be professional.
*Listen and learn from criticism.
*Brush off the internet trolls. There is a nerd rage machine out there. Don’t let them stop you or get you down.
*Write about the things you love, not the things you hate. If you hate it so much why are you involved in the fandom?
After the Book to Movies Wish List panel I wanted to see Calling All Aspiring Writers! Hear Big News from Her Universe and Get Expert Advice to Become a Published Writer.
We didn’t make it in and that was very disappointing. I wish it was in bigger room. People love Ashley Eckstein and she brings in an audience. The news was that Her Universe is starting a publishing company.
This was a highlight! Jurassic World!!! I don’t think these were random cosplayers. I think they were hired to promote the release of the DVD.
I must have taken about 15 pictures of them posing. lol