Last night, the Fanbase Press staff was treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a night of fun at the most wretched hive of scum and villainy in the galaxy - the aptly named Scum & Villainy Cantina in Hollywood, CA! The wildly popular intergalactic pop-up experience has been virtually sold out for its initial two-month run, but Fanbase Press is excited to share that Scum & Villainy proprietor J.C. Reifenberg is extending its inaugural activation through June 2017. In honor of this fantastic announcement, we are sharing our interview with Reifenberg from last night's event, as well as a photo gallery of our out-of-this-world experience and more details on where you can purchase tickets.
The 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival is the battlefield for the interactive magic showdown where YOU decide the winner! In the world premiere of Name This Magic Show, award-winning magicians Jon Armstrong, Nick Paul, Simon Coronel, and Handsome Jack battle it out onstage for your love, your votes, and your cash.
Moderator Patrick Reed (ComicsAlliance) began the WonderCon 2017 panel, “Discover the Music of Comics,” on Saturday afternoon, April 1, 2017, by explaining that music and comics go way back, back to at least the 1960s in which popular bands, such as The Beatles and The Monkees, crossed over into comic books. In the 1990s, Prince was based on a concept pitched and approved by the musician, Deadline introduced the character of Tank Girl, and Michael Allred created Red Rocket 7. More recently, music has been featured in The 5th Beatle and The Wicked & The Divine; however, it’s not all just rock ‘n’ roll: the 1986 Rappin Max Robot featured hip-hop culture, and the period comic book, Stagger Lee, had a blues focus.
On Sunday afternoon, April 2, 2017, at the Anaheim Convention Center, the Winner Twins (Brittany and Brianna) were joined by Steven L. Sears (writer and executive producer, Xena: Warrior Princess) for the “How to Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need to Sell Your Work to TV and Film” WonderCon panel.
A Fanbase Press photo gallery has been created to accompany this panel coverage. Feel free to reference the photos as you are reading through this panel coverage.
In the realm of pinup and cheesecake artwork, there are several important artists who have had a profound impact on the genre. These include luminaries such as Jim Silke, Dave Stevens, Alberto Vargas, and Gil Elvgren. Olivia De Berardinis is another influential pinup and erotic artist, known for her depictions of powerful women and iconic ladies such as Bettie Page and Julie Strain. De Berardinis has been prolific in her craft for nearly four decades, and a Saturday, April 1, 2017, panel at WonderCon provided an opportunity to not only honor her and her work, but provide an interview and Q&A session with her fans, as well. The panel was moderated by Bob Self of Baby Tattoo publishing, with model Ulorin Vex and De Berardinis’ husband Joel Beren chiming in, as well. A wall screen complemented the dialogue by showing many different pieces De Berardinis had realized over the years.
Pop culture conventions are first and foremost seen as a meeting ground for geekdom to congregate to purchase art and collectables, see their favorite cosplayers and celebrities, and gain first-hand news for major events in the industry. While these activities are certainly consumer-centric, there’s a large portion of attendees who are creators, or creators-in-the-making, who attend pop culture conventions to seek the advice of experts in one-on-one sessions or attend the various panels that impart advice on how to better their craft and careers.