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GWAR Comes to Baltimore

Balsac the Jaws of Death

GWAR appeared in Baltimore this past weekend on their 2014 Eternal Tour. They addressed the absence of lead singer Oderus Urungus, and introduced Blothar and Vulvatron, each capable of spewing their own fluids all over the audience. I don’t think a first-timer would have a lesser experience with the new line-up. It was different, but it wasn’t for better or for worse. The crowd seemed to completely enjoy it, and it did sell out, so the fans are still there, and they’re still cracking their heads to rock out with the best scumdogs in the universe. Click below for my photos, which should at least induce internal bleeding.

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Discount code for DC’s Downtown Countdown

all the details for the Downtown Countdown
Details and tickets.
Plus at check-out, use coupon code CAMERA to get a $10 discount!

It’s unlimited food and drink, plus did I mention THIRD EYE BLIND is headlining? I’ve done this show the last four years and always had a blast. There’s the mainstage (two years ago GroupLove did a very special acoustic set for the VIP ticket holders, on the floor, surrounded by fans!), the DJ dance room, and a comedian room if you want a little break.

Buy your tickets soon, as they will go up in price shortly! There are lots of hot people signing up now, make sure you’re there. Remember to use coupon code CAMERA at check-out to get a $10 per ticket discount!

Here are photos I took last year, check it out and see if you’d like to hang with us all night.


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Peanut Booger Sandwich recipe!

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Want something fun and easy to make for your kids’ lunch for Halloween? How about something that only needs ingredients you already have in your house. My son loves eating gross stuff, so here’s a Peanut Booger Sandwich. You can make in just a few minutes.
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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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Bleachers at 9:30 Club

Jack Antonoff
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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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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Eternal Con is this weekend!


Grab your tickets now for the second annual EternalCon! Held in Garden City NY at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Check out the media guests, bring your cosplay and get ready to experience the comic fan’s dream.


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Brunch at Bearnaise

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We were recently invited to a sample brunch at Spike Mendelsohn‘s French eatery Béarnaise on Capitol Hill. New summer specials greeted us as we sampled the bottomless mimosas and learned about Spike’s upcoming plans for new locations, new TV shows, and a secretive speakeasy.

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2014 Preakness

California Chrome

The running of the 139th Preakness was this weekend in Baltimore. I was on hand to cover the InFieldFest concerts, consisting of Lorde, Nas, and Switchfoot. In addition, I got to shoot some of the races, including the Preakness run, in which California Chrome (pictured above) won. Click below for more coverage.

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