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2014 NYCC Part 2!

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This year’s NYCC featured some amazing collectibles and announcements. Hasbro used the opportunity to give a first look at their new Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Legends Infinite Series and even a Quinjet for collectors to drool over until spring 2015. Hasbro also announced an expansion of their exquisite 6-inch Star Wars: Black Series brand with new figures featuring: Commander Cody, Leia in her bounty hunter disguise, Emperor Palpatine, Yoda, IG-88 and both Luke and Han in stormtrooper disguises. The 3.5-inch Black Series will also see new members with the release of Han Solo in Carbonite, Jawas, Luke in his Hoth outfit and a smaller version of Leia in her bounty hunter disguise.

Bandai America Incorporated brought a NYCC exclusive 6.5” tall Godzilla based on the the recent movie starring Bryan Cranston. They were a hot item with only 500 pieces and fans were definitely lined up each day for the limited run. Bandai also featured several collectibles for the Power Rangers fan including a set of 5 ranger keys with Tommy Oliver. Funko continues to roll out new Pop figures in their expanding licensing universe. This year’s NYCC featured a special Harley Quinn and the White and Gold Phoenix along with Frost Giant Loki and a vintage costumed Wonder Woman among others.

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Square Enix brought a pretty amazing looking exclusive Deathstroke figure which was based off the costume seen in the video game, Batman: Arkham Origins. Dark Horse may be rooting the Targaryens in the Game of Thrones after offering a set of collectible dragons (Rhaegal, Viserion and Drogon) modeled after HBO’s hit show. DH also had an enormous limited edition version of the Alliance Cruiser from Mass Effect for a lucky 250 souls.

For this writer, the “I gotta have this” Star of the Show combined both appreciation for the NES and an appreciation for concealed alcohol. Ink Whiskey had long lines to purchase their Concealable Entertainment Flask which is a flask encased in the familiar gray NES cartridge with a convenient opening for your favorite spirits (see inkwhiskey.com). Eager buyers got to choose from 5 mock games including “Drunk Hunt”, “Castle-Vodka”, “Super Bar-Hop Bros.”, “Metal Beer” and “Legend of Drink”. The NYCC exclusive was a gold version of the Legend of Drink cartridge which sold out quickly on the first day of the Con. Stay tuned to Millionaireploy.com for all the latest in toys and collectibles coming soon!

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NYCC had some goodies for video game fans as well. Marvel’s mobile (IOS and Android) game, Contest of Champions, looks very promising. For those of you who have spent time playing Injustice from DC Comics, Contest of Champions blends a similar compelling story with arcade fighting action. Players will be able to choose from a large variety of Marvel characters who are grouped by powers and have special moves. I, of course, chose to play Captain America and the game play was fun and the difficulty was appropriate for most users. Look for this to be in iTunes and Android Market in December. Square Enix displayed Final Fantasy Type-O HD for PS4 and Xbox One. A hugely popular game in Japan on PSP, Square Enix brings the action state-side with this next generation stunner. Most FF fans who are eagerly awaiting Final Fantasy XV should definitely give this a try in the meantime. Capcom and Sony both brought near-finished versions of must-have horror games for release in the coming months. Resident Evil fans will be pleased with the transition to next generation consoles in Resident Evil Revelations 2 which should delight fans with some exceptional visuals and gameplay in what felt like a return to the franchise’s roots. Sony featured the Hayden Panettiere voiced, Until Dawn, which will by an upcoming PS4 exclusive and could rival the Last of Us for the Hollywood-inspired video-movie-game of 2015. Overall, the presence of video games pales in comparison to E3 and other electronics-focused events but enough to be interesting for the video game enthusiasts.

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With a limited amount of movie releases related to comics slated for early 2015, Marvel and DC both chose to keep the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron or Superman vs. Batman blockbusters under wraps for now. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took over prime real estate for all comers to see as they walked in. Peter Jackson’s three volume adaptation has met with mixed reactions from fans but the final chapter is shaping up to be quite immense. As mentioned in Part 1, Disney’s Tomorrowland with creative heads Brad Bird and Lost alum David Lindelof received a great deal of attention with their release of a new trailer and some unseen footage for panel-goers. If you haven’t seen anything about this movie, it is shaping up to be a major sci-fi event film in 2015. While not a new movie, a highlight for many NYCC goers was the 30th Anniversary of Karate Kid (yes, the REAL Karate Kid) which saw a reunion of cast members Ralph Macchio, Billy Zabka and Martin Kove to wrap up the con. Oh, Pat Morita, how we miss you!

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Speaking of movies, for those of you who are fans of the book World War Z, written by Max Brooks, his panel was an absolute treat. Brooks was keen to explain how his book turned into the big budget Brad Pitt vehicle after it connected very little with the original text. Brooks was quick to joke with audience members that the title is about the only two things the stories have in common and to view each for their own value. Brooks also announced that he is working on a screenplay for his graphic novel, Harlem Hellfighters, which features an all-African American unit from New York who overcame racism, indifference and a transfer to French military leadership to become one of the most decorated units in all of World War I. Keep an eye out for this story as Brooks is working with Will Smith’s production company to bring it to the big screen.

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One final presence at this year’s NYCC are the newest sci-fi and fantasy books coming our way in the near future. With the elimination of the Expanded Universe in Star Wars (now referred to as “legends” if you still pick up some of the really good SW fiction out there), fans have been dying to know what changes are in store. With Star Wars: A New Dawn written by John Jackson Miller setting the tone (in a good way!), Random House and Disney Publishing revealed some new details about the upcoming Tarkin, Heir to the Jedi and Lords of the Sith which will fill in some time gaps and be canon to the new SW storytelling. While opinions are sure to mixed, I would encourage readers to take a look at what Miller did with SW: AND and judge for themselves.

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The 2014 edition of New York Comic Con was full of things for fans of all things. The Cosplay at this year’s NYCC this year showed that fans of all ages and interests can find a home for this annual tradition and we were able to take a few pictures of some of the more interesting costumes. Sadly, we lost some of our earlier pictures but I hope you all get a feel for just how creative and confident attendees were this year. Thank you all for reading this summary and there was so much more to see and hear than we were able to address this in article. Most importantly, I hope you all consider attending this event in the future as this truly is the Golden Age of Geek!


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Reporting from the 2014 NYCC!

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By Skip Protection
MillionairePlayboy.com continues its journey around the east coast Comic Con circuit at the ever-growing New York City Comic Con (NYCC)! ReedPOP pulled out all the stops this year to make the 2014 edition the biggest and best yet. Drawing an estimated crowd of 130,000 over 4 days, NYCC’s 2014 edition was a spectacular experience for all and with so many things to see, our crack remote team only was able to scratch the surface!

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No longer just confined to the Jacob J. Javits Convention Center in Midtown Manhattan, this year’s NYCC spanned an entire week of events throughout the city for all tastes. NYCC’s inaugural “Super Week” featured activities such as: Star Talk Live! with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson; Sonic Boom to celebrate everyone’s favorite digital hedgehog and even a reunion of the Star Trek: TNG cast hosted by William Shatner.

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With so many things going on, it’s easy to forgot the heart and soul of the experience at NYCC; the comics. Marvel, DC, Image, IGN, Dark Horse and a slew of other comic companies all had terrific displays with some very exciting announcements. Marvel, celebrating its 75th Anniversary, revealed its latest big event, Secret Wars, coming in 2015. For those of you not familiar with the Secret Wars of the 80s, it was truly a groundbreaking comic event blending all of the biggest brands in Marvel’s universe. We can only assume 2015’s Secret Wars will be no less stunning! Marvel also announced a potentially interesting X-Men/Guardians of the Galaxy crossover, “The Black Vortex”, and a companion comic series for Star Wars Rebels as Marvel takes over the Star Wars branding in comics. Marvel also raised the curtain on two other new comics for Ant-Man and Hawkeye coming in 2015. On a sad note, Fantastic Four will end it’s newest series in 2015. We’ll just have to wait and see what becomes of one of Stan Lee’s original creations. DC Comics was not to be outshined and celebrated a 75th anniversary of their own with Batman’s Diamond birthday. To celebrate, DC rolled out an all-star Batman panel including John Cunningham, Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, Kevin Conroy, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee and Scott Snyder. I’m not sure if it’s possible to assemble a better group of creative talent to give our favorite crime fighter his due. DC also unveiled their latest and greatest collection of the original ’66 Batman television series starring Adam West with ton of extras and a Blu-ray transfer. Be sure to pre-order all 112 episodes soon, as this writer thinks it will be a hot seller. DC also announced 3 new digital comics to promote their Digital First service with Mortal Kombat X, Wonder Woman ’77 and Fables; The Wolf Among Us. With so many changes in 2013, DC kept things on track for more twists and turns in the New 52 revamp.

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The panels at this year’s NYCC were exceptional featuring a host of talent from across many genres. The newly married and former Batman with nipples, George Clooney, made a surprise and early visit to this year’s con at Disney’s Tomorrowland panel. “The Death of Superman: What Happened?”, Jon Schnepp’s Kickstarter funded documentary on the ill-fated Tim Burton/Nicholas Cage Superman drew a lot of interest and gives an inside look from the creators including Tim Burton himself. Big Hero 6’s panel unveiled previously unseen footage and marks another Marvel comic making the transition to the big screen.

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While the movies made an early spark, the television panels really stole the show. There have never been more comic book originated television shows on the air then right now and the panels reflected it. The footage of the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. featured an early glimpse at the upcoming 2nd season and a surprise reveal of some previously unseen footage from Agent Carter. The soon-to-be binge worthy Daredevil series coming to Netflix in 2015 also got some love and a few glimpses into what will sure to be a huge event with concurrent releases of series for Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. Marvel also announced their newest cartoon, Guardians of the Galaxy, coming to Disney XD. Disney XD is now a favorite of this writer with the recently begun Star Wars Rebel animated series which also featured its own panel as the new Star Wars universe begins to unfold. DC Comics featured panels on all four of their current shows and are giving the folks at Marvel a run for their money. With the success of CW’s Arrow and Fox’s Gotham, we have high hopes for The Flash and Constantine. The Walking Dead cast (both the current survivors and many friends who have passed) unveiled footage for their upcoming 5th season. FX’s Archer had a full cast panel and showed just how much fun this group actually has making the show.

Stay tuned for more coverage, and check out our pics below!


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Bleachers at 9:30 Club

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We had a great time at the Bleachers concert at 9:30 Club. Jack Antonoff (of fun.) brought a ton of energy and had the young crowd jumping and singing along. The way they cut into I want to get better at the end was masterful. It was an unforgettable evening. Click below for pics, and our snaplapse video.
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2014 Baltimore Comic Con

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The Baltimore Comic Con was this past weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center. Three days of fun, vendors and tons of cosplay. Also, this event is very kid-friendly. There were tons of “panels” and scheduled events, just for the kids. We’ve been the last few years, and always enjoyed ourselves. Click below to see what my son and I dressed up as, and see all the cosplay photos I nabbed!

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Marvel Universe Live!

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I took the family to witness Marvel Universe Live at the Verizon Center on Sunday afternoon, and it was epic! The comic pages come to life as your favorite Marvel heroes battle it out with special effects and lots of action. I’m a fan of Feld productions, such as Ringling Bros Circus, Disney on Ice, and of course Monster Jam. But this event was unlike anything I’d ever seen. If you have a kid, or any fan of the Marvel Universe, you need to experience it like this.

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Slash & Aerosmith at Jiffy Lube Live

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One of my favorite acts to shoot, ever returned to the DC area this weekend, and I was there taking pics. Slash, featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators opened for Aerosmith, and it was an amazing concert. I got to shoot Slash near the beginning of my photographic career, and it was great getting to revisit such a milestone. Check out my pics below.

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Peter “Chewbacca” Mayhew to be Media Guest of Honor at the Baltimore Comic-Con!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 25, 2014 – The Baltimore Comic-Con, returning to the Baltimore Convention Center on Friday, September 5th through Sunday, September 7th, is privileged to announce our 2014 Media Guest of Honor. Peter Mayhew, known by fans the world over for his portrayal of Chewbacca, the Wookie co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Peter is currently filming Star Wars Episode VII, due to be released in 2015, and will appear with us all three days of the 2014 Baltimore Comic-Con!

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Alice Cooper at Jiffy Lube Live

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Alice Cooper performed at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow Virginia on Friday night, and proceeded to melt my face right off. Click below for more photos.

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Interview with Moe Alafrangy, bringing Spider-Man to life in the upcoming Marvel Universe Live coming to the Verizon Center in September.

We wanted to talk to Moe because he is a Northern Virginia native, but also because he’s Spider-Man, and it’s been awhile since we got to interview a super hero. Moe grew up in Falls Church and Alexandria, and went Annandale High School. As a kid, Moe loved Spider-Man and he wanted to be nimble and flexible like his hero. He got started in Tae Kwon Do at the age of nine, and completed his first black belt at age 14. Moe was drawn to Tae Kwan Do and the martial art tricking it features.

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Levitz, Martin, Stelfreeze, and Story Return to the Baltimore Comic-Con!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 11, 2014 – Come to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to experience the Baltimore Comic-Con’s inaugural 3-day event on Friday-Sunday, September 5-7, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center! Returning to our show in 2014 are titans and veterans of industry Paul Levitz, Laura Martin, Brian Stelfreeze, and Karl Story!

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