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Jason Goes To Comic-Con
Written by Jason at 3:48 pm • • 4 Commentsawesomeness

Last weekend I went to Comic-Con in San Diego. The main purpose of my visit was to kidnap Megan Fox (my wife was well aware of the plan, and actually encouraged it). Being a fanboy, comic geek and amateur photographer, I thought…what’s the worst thing that could happen? I get a photo of Megan Fox while dressed up as C-3PO and maybe I come away with a rap sheet? Not a bad way to kill a Saturday.

My wife’s sister works for one of those pop culture magazines that always have “Are They Too Skinny?” headlines on the cover.  So, I got hooked up with a press badge, and with my camera in tow I hit the convention floor. The first thing I noticed was how much time and energy the attendees put into their costumes. Most of them are impressively homemade and creative. It felt like burning man for people that are really really good at Sudoku.

Most of the guys just get into acting and fully dive into character, while the women try to get the fanboys to drool while they pose for pictures. While snapping a few of these Comic Con women, I determined that they fall into four nice and neat categories.

1.    Hot girls in Hot costumes (think Carrie Fischer in the 70’s)

Case In Point.

2.    Hot girls in Not Hot costumes (maybe a character from Battlestar)

3.    Not Hot girls in Hot costumes (Xena or Xmen)

And of course, the dreaded…

4.    Not Hot girls in Not Hot costumes (Alien Vs. Predator)

After all the photo sessions, I attempted to seek out some valuable comics to look at. I found two incredible ones, the first Action Comics (first comic book to have a super hero…valued at close to 300k) and Amazing Fantasy, which introduced Spider Man.


After geeking out, I decided to put the press badge to good use and go to a press conference. I thought an appropriate one would be Heroes. It was packed with about 5,000 fans there to meet the cast.  Against my moral compass, I snuck into the hearing impaired section in the front row of the conference (hey, it was almost empty).  I pretended to watch the girl doing sign language (she was wearing a Stargate Atlantis outfit and was a category #3).  I was in awe of the cast; Zach Quinto (Sylar) was hilarious and Hayden Panettiere actually seems like a cheerleader you would want to save.

The Cast of Heroes

Some other highlights: I met Ray Bradbury, talked with a father and son stormtrooper family, saw Michael Jacksons (RIP) glove from the victory tour and grabbed a diet coke with a very convincing toxic avenger.

Storm Trooper Father and Son: See? You ARE normal!

Alas, I was able to keep my ¾ sailing rope and duct tape socked away in my backpack as I never did run into Megan Fox. But I did however manage to bump into my childhood idol, an incredibly fit and partially deaf Lou Ferrigno.  He even let me take a picture with him.  I am not so sure my wife would have been happy if I brought home the Hulk, but hey Megan…there is always Comic Con 2010.

Picture 2

*Editor’s note: Jason wouldn’t have actually done that to Megan Fox. But if she asked nicely, he would have taken her to dinner.

Tragically Hip in Texas
Written by Jason at 4:10 pm • • 1 Commentawesomeness

SXSW. No seriously, this is real.

Every March I chase my youth and the music and descend to Austin, Texas for SXSW. This year was no exception as I rubbed headbands, skinny jeans and elbows with some 18,000 hipsters. I first got to town and had to hit up craigslist to get some wristbands. With a shady meet-up behind a dumpster and some krazy glue from CVS, “Voilà!” I had a wristband and 400 bucks left over to go buy beer.

Let me just say that Austin is weird. It says so all over town and they are damn proud of it. And when you people watch, you can see the Tragically Hip, White Rappers, Indie Lovers and Ironic-Busted-Tshirt-Wearers come together for one wonderful cause: finding new music. With almost 2,000 bands within a ten block radius I was like Paula Abdul in a Mexican pharmacy.

Every year since 2002 there are fewer and fewer balding music reps with ponytails. Emerging bands are not out  to impress those old label guys, they’re out to impress the bloggers/fans that can actually give them exposure. And it’s nice to know that no matter what chaos is happening  in the music business, nothing will ever replace the craving music lovers have to see it all live. So with a Shiner Bock in one hand and a glued-on wristband in the other, I threw the horns up and sucked in my gut.

Here are some bands to check out, in no particular order. I tried to categorize them into things like “power pop” and “They kind of sound like Rush mixed with Cheap Trick  if they were in Narnia with a pan flute,” but I felt like I was getting out of control. Just listen.