I’m back, sorry about the long pause, been busy. Now onto Part 2, Saturday’s antics. Ahh, fresh cappuccino to help wake me up.
Act 2 – Saturday July 28th, 2012.
So, on Saturday, after some breakfast, we went through the vendors, to check out some of the cool stuff on display and available for purchase. I wish I could have bought something, but due to a lack of funds on my part, I couldn’t. However, that doesn’t take away from the awesome-ness that is seeing all the various toys, trinkets, clothes, and artwork filling the room. Here are a couple of images, thanks to Brent.
Some of the great artwork I witnessed while following Brent around, and Games Galore!
After our jaunt through the vendors room, I went onto the first panel of the day for me.
You Don’t Know Jack! Featuring The 404s.
For those who, like me who had never seen or heard of the show, it was a 90’s game show where people would answer trivia questions with multiple choice answers with a card for the number or letter for the answer, or in some of the lightning rounds, word association, yelling out the appropriate word as it showed up for the theme word. This version however is all geek related, so naturally most of the people in the room would probably know the answer, even if the contestants didn’t. There were definitely a couple I would’ve answered, but I wasn’t a contestant, even though I was wanting to try it out. (Trivia Nut.) Unfortunately, because I’m a forgetful person and in the mornings, its hard to concentrate; running on cappuccinos and bagels, I forgot to take some images. While I was in that panel, Brent was probably at the “Creating An Online Persona” panel, as he’s interested in such things. (I kind of just wing it, after observing others).
After observing the hilarity in the You Don’t Know Jack! panel, I went over to the Atrium with Brent for one of the big panels of the day.
Running the panel were Tom White, Spoony, AVGN, Roo, and Mike “Birdman” Dodd, (with a preview of his Channel Awesome Q&A present). With many Q&A panels, its primary format is just that, Questions and Answers, many questions were asked, and things were either signed, given or answered. I was able to salvage a couple of my images, some of them became white washed, as I set the exposure a bit too high on the phone. Also, I grabbed a couple from Brent. (My gallery of fixed photos will be available soon).
Critics from left to right: Tom White, Spoony, AVGN, Roo and Mike “Birdman” Dodd. Mike kinda has a weird look on his face in one of my images.
Also an image of the giant crowd gathered for the panel.
Immediately after the Gaming Critics panel, the Channel Awesome Q&A started, which had been moved from the Event rooms to the Atrium. Which was a smart plan, as the events room was passed room capacity last year, thankfully the Atrium is a lot, and with the balconies, some of us were able to still view the panel, even if we didn’t have a seat.
Channel Awesome Q&A Part 1
This time around, to start the ball rolling with the panel, we had Doug Walker (The Nostalgia Critic), Tom White, Linkara, Roo and Mike “Birdman” Dodd. For those who could not make the con, and haven’t seen Brent’s album on Facebook; Yes, Mike Dodd is a Brony.
The Q&A went on, people asking Doug and the others to sign things, asking questions like “What’s in store for the next anniversary special?” and things of that nature. I, myself am not a Brony, nor do I watch the show, but I don’t harass those who are Bronies, even if they sometimes look a bit silly.
Brent got in closer for some more shots of the crew…
… and a shot of Paw, before the panel.
Afterward, I wandered around for a bit, before lining up early, for…
Atop Of The Fourth Wall Live!
Next up, was a live recording of Atop Of The Fourth Wall with Linkara. In it he performed his usual flair, tenacity and general bashing of ridiculous comics. This time, he set his sights on the comic: Spiral Zone. A comic based off of a popular line of toys with the same name. If you haven’t seen the video, please do so, it’s rather funny. The recording of said episode was held in a room, everyone dubbed as Sweatbox B. The Sweatboxes, were the panel rooms designated for the year, where the air conditioning did “partially” work, but it was never suited for more than about 10 people. Here are some shots from the panel.
After Linkara finished the episode, he had some time left to kill to fill the hour. So he devoted the rest of the panel to a Q&A. He had something special for us in mind for the 200th episode, on Sunday.
When we finished with AT4W Live, I headed downstairs to the Atrium, to wait for…
D20: Lords Of The Internet Edition
While I was eager to see what was lined up in the DnD match, as Linkara said he was going to be there, and he was. James Rolfe aka Angry Video Game Nerd, had made his Canadian premiere with the Con. The staff had devoted 2 hours for a signing for him, as they expected big numbers, however, due to the sheer number of people lined up, they had to take up his Q&A time to devote to more signing for him and then push D20 off for another 40 minutes to help get as many people signed. The reason why, was that people had been lining up for over 3 hours, as he’s a popular guy. I myself hadn’t gotten his signature, knowing that it would be a zoo waiting in line, and would’ve missed Atop Of The Fourth Wall Live. During D20, as it was devoted 3 hours, Brent and I went for food, while he went to wander, I headed back to D20 for the awesome victory of the heroes.
The heroes I mention were: Noah Antwiler (The Spoony One) known as the best swordsman in the world, as his story will state. Mike “Birdman” Dodd, Linkara, and Roo. Each were handed I believe were Bard sheets (Would love some correction on this, if I’m wrong), but eventually evolved them into more useful characters. Linkara gave his bard a Scottish accent, whom was a ranger, Roo evolved his character into a mage, Spoony stuck with the bard, but kept his mastery of swords, and Mike went for a hands on approach with hand to hand combat. Their DM for the matchup was Big Mike of the 404s, whom did receive some ridicule from some of us, after the match, and you’ll find out shortly why.
During the story, things were progressing to Big Mike’s plan until, when he unveiled the major villain. Basically, the local alchemists of a town the guys were sent to, had been kidnapped and forced to make an army for their captor, whom just happened to be an aging, war-torn, black dragon. Now, Big Mike’s plan was to have the guys go back to the guy who hired them which was a lord of the region who brought them in to find out why the Alchemists were taken and retrieve them. Here’s where things deviated; Spoony decides to call out the dragon, from behind the safety of a tree, as he knows about black dragons. The dragon looks to the treeline where the guys are hiding and demands Spoony’s bard comes out. So, he sends out his hologram. The dragon wasn’t amused, and decides to douse the entire treeline with acid, so the guys have to exit the trees to avoid being melted like the wicked witch of the west from Oz.
The guys decided to just launch an all out assault on the dragon, not wanting to wait for the final battle. Spoony had his own custom dice, just to ensure with its straight edges, his rolls were fair and not crap like that of the regular rounded edge dice would allow. He had some good roles, Birdman had a few good ones too, but the crit master of the evening was Roo, he was hitting hard, with his spells. Birdman had a bout of indigestion when the guys had picked up a vile of supposed “Superhuman” juice from the alchemists’ lab that was known to have killed most of the test subjects. Dodd wanted to try it anyway, however it made his character pass out, convulse and then vomit up the juice, basically keeping him out of turn for a few. Haha.
The final blows went in this particular order, Dragon derps, when Big Mike kept screwing up rolls, or getting a one. He tried to attack with one set of claws, while still having the other paw raised. So his dragon landed face first into the dirt, so Spoony took advantage and stabbed at the dragon’s spinal cord in the neck. He had a high enough hit to bounce off bone into the soft tissue around it. Oh dear, Big Mike and his rolls, haha. Then it was Linkara’s turn to deal some damage to the beast, and Roo was soon to follow with his lightning. Big Mike knew his end was near, as both Roo and Linkara had very high rolls. Annihilating the dragon.
After the crushing blows, the team along with Big Mike pose for some photos, and Dodd felt the need to hold Spoony’s moobs, and Linkara had a nice dance for his crippling blow.
Brent wasn’t there, to take some better photos than me, so I do apologise for the low quality. After the laughs of the jokes and the derp rolls (*cough*Big Mike*cough*), and after Brent returned from Lindsay Ellis’ panel on “Being A Girl On The Internet”, we lined up for the…
Bad Fan Fiction 18+ Panel
Oh my, the insanity and hilarious-ness of the panel, run by Jen, whom those of you that were there, would recognise her during the day cosplaying as Connie, the Con Bravo mascot.
Photo credit of Connie to Paul Hillier Photography. (Link to his FB page tied to photo).
The panel involved many, including Derek Burrow of Chasing The Muse, and Tom White of Channel Awesome. Both of which had read some of the bad fan fiction.
Derek and Tom’s reactions to some of the bad fan fiction.
Ah, the fun times had by all at the panel, including the small ribbings Big Mike of the 404’s had while viewing the panel. Everything from the “Hot Topic” gothicly themed “My Immortal” Harry Potter fan fiction, to that of a sex scene from the Sonic Fandom between Sonic and Amy or the strangely bizarre; “The Fish, The Pussy and The Wardrobe”. Thanks to Brent for the photos.
After the laugh out loud comedy of the Bad Fan fiction panel, Brent and I headed back to the motel, for a nice sleep, before the final day. With that, I’ll sign off for now, and stay tuned for Part 3 of the Walk Around Con Bravo 2012.