It was a drizzling Saturday morning as I joined the line standing the length of Dave & Buster's at The Outlets of Orange on January 23rd. While the weather may have been uncooperative, it was, however, an auspicious start marking my first comic book convention of 2016. Organized by local comic book store Phat Collectibles and Toys, it was my third time attending this annual free one-day event.

Monday night, January 11th, 2016, saw the team behind Sci-Fest LA continue to hold up their growing reputation for delivering bold and brilliant sci-fi stage productions in the Los Angeles area. This enjoyable and entertaining evening not only served as a fundraiser for the upcoming, annual Sci-Fest LA one-act play festival, but provided attendees with the chance to be included in on the presentation of the first-ever Sci-Fest LA Icon Award, witness a star-studded performance of the 1944 radio version of Frankenstein, and, potentially, even take a piece of iconic sci-fi history home with them!

On Saturday, November 7, during the second day of Tucson Comic-Con (TCC) which was held this past weekend at the Tucson Convention Center, founder Mike Olivares announced Brian and Francisca Pulido as new co-owners of the con.

At Comikaze Expo 2015, Fanboy Comics was fortunate to attend a press conference for Stan Lee's Kids Universe (SLKU), the popular children’s imprint from 1821 Media Group and POW! Entertainment that creates and publishes kids' books, games, and characters for a variety of platforms. Led by SLKU co-founder Terry Dougas and the one and only Stan Lee, the media event presented attendees with a sneak preview of the publisher's slate for the upcoming year, which will spread the reach of the company to international readers.

Over the last few years, Nerd HQ, the four-day event created by actor Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) and held the same weekend as the annual pop culture convention San Diego Comic-Con, has become a staple of the Comic-Con experience. Offering exclusive gaming and tech activations, nightly events, and intimate celebrity panels (all benefiting the charity Operation Smile), Nerd HQ has even become the perfect “alternate Con” for some geeks who are less than thrilled with the exhausting and over-crowded experience that can be SDCC.

Fanboy Comics was very excited to be invited to the Con Man panel at Nerd HQ.  If you don’t know, Con Man is the thoroughly funded (breaking several Indiegogo records) new web series from Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion.   It stars Tudyk as an actor who played the pilot in a canceled, but beloved, sci-fi/western TV series (Sound familiar?) as he trudges through the convention circuit while trying to jumpstart his career.  The show has a space-boat load of genre actors attached, including Amy Acker, Felicia Day, Seth Green, Tricia Helfer . . . too many to name them all here, and the panel, likewise, was chock full.

Over the last few years, Nerd HQ, the four-day event created by actor Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) and held the same weekend as the annual pop culture convention San Diego Comic-Con, has become a staple of the Comic-Con experience. Offering exclusive gaming and tech activations, nightly events, and intimate celebrity panels (all benefiting the charity Operation Smile), Nerd HQ has even become the perfect “alternate Con” for some geeks who are less than thrilled with the exhausting and over-crowded experience that can be SDCC.

While working press at this year’s con, Fanboy Comics was invited to attend a number of the Nerd HQ panels, including the hour devoted to every geek’s favorite Browncoat, Nathan Fillion. The panel was a one-of-a-kind experience, and Fillion’s charismatic connection with his fan base and his laid back, comfortable demeanor created an atmosphere similar to hanging out with a good friend (the kind of friend who you secretly believe is far to cool to be hanging out with you, yet, for some bizarre reason, they genuinely seem to enjoy spend time in your presence). In addition to giving insights into his work on Castle, Firefly, Con Man, and more, Captain Mal also raised a ridiculously impressive amount of money for Operation Smile. In fact, Fillion’s auctioning off of personal items and signed memorabilia made up the meat of his panel, while the answering of fan questions was peppered around this short, intense sprints of charity fundraising. Apparently, Fillion doesn’t just play a hero on TV.

Over the last few years, Nerd HQ, the four-day event created by actor Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) and held the same weekend as the annual pop culture convention, San Diego Comic-Con, has become a staple of the Comic-Con experience. Offering exclusive gaming and tech activations, nightly events, and intimate celebrity panels (all benefiting the charity Operation Smile), Nerd HQ has even become the perfect “alternate Con” for some geeks who are less than thrilled with the exhausting and over-crowded experience that can be SDCC.

Fanboy Comics was honored to be invited to the Sherlock Nerd HQ panel with Executive Producers Stephen Moffat and Sue Vertue and actor Rupert Graves.  Walking into the panel, I confess, I was somewhat skeptical.  A Sherlock panel without either Martin Freeman or Benedict Cumberbatch?  What is the point?  And, who is Rupert Graves again?  Never mind Sue Vertue. 

Over the last few years, Nerd HQ, the four-day event created by actor Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) and held the same weekend as the annual pop culture convention San Diego Comic-Con, has become a staple of the Comic-Con experience. Offering exclusive gaming and tech activations, nightly events, and intimate celebrity panels (all benefiting the charity Operation Smile), Nerd HQ has even become the perfect “alternate Con” for some geeks who are less than thrilled with the exhausting and over-crowded experience that can be SDCC.

The Fanboy Comics crew attended San Diego Comic-Con's Behind the Music: SyFy Thrills and Chills panel on Friday, July 10th, which involved leading Hollywood composers discussing the musical voice behind our favorite spooky and supernatural TV thrillers, illustrating not only the impact of the music on the audience's viewing experience but also the subtle details that go into making sounds for top SyFy television programs. From the slow, yet suspenseful, zombie chase to the frenetic escape in your favorite post-apocalyptic adventure, the soundtracks of today's science fiction and supernatural TV shows enhance the storytelling experience and create the most memorable of moments that audiences will always remember.

At this year's Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA, the Fanboy Comics crew attended the panel for The Untold Clone Wars with Star Wars Rebels Executive Producer Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm Creative Executive Pablo Hidalgo. The panel provided further insight into The Clone Wars' episodes, development, and storylines that never made it to air after the fan-favorite series had been cancelled.  With sneak peeks of Clone Wars storyboard sketches by Filoni himself, an enthusiastic crowd enjoyed one more taste of the show that was taken away too soon.

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