Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Godzilla, and the Science of Mutation

Crossover: Where Comics and Science Meet 
Part 2: Mutations
San Diego Comic Art Gallery
June 10, 2016


My free comic and my event badge
My free comic and event badge
I attended the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Godzilla, and the Science of Mutation event at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery at Liberty Station a few weeks ago.  These events are held by IDW Publishing in conjunction with the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery in Liberty Station.  The event is for adults only ages 21+ and two microbrew beers are included with the ticket price.  I'm not sure if the beer is provided by the same brewery at each event, but the Mutations event had beer supplied by Duck Foot Brewing Co.  

I had missed the first event as these are held on Friday evenings which happen to fall on the Fridays I work.  I took the day off for this event since a dear friend of mine, Chris Mowry, was one of the panelists along with Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, and Dr. Ronald Coleman, Research Associate at The Scripps Research Institute, and Dr. Pritwish Pal, Sr. Marketing Manager for Oncology at Illumina.

The Q&A portion of the event lasted about an hour, and the best moment was when an audience member asked the scientists on the panel to give an example of a mutation which occurs in humans.  This was in reference to a previous comment by the scientists that mutations happen in the human body.  The questions was answered by Dr. Coleman and his answer was "Well, you started as a single cell."  Mic drop!  

After the panel, there's an opportunity to get autographs and chat with the panelists.  


Godzilla Wars, Jr. game was in the gallery to play
Godzilla Wars arcade game owned by Chris Mowry
Chris currently has Godzilla memorabilia from his personal collection on display in the San Diego Comic Art Gallery until July 1st (this day may be extended, but let them know you want to see it!).  These two pieces are no longer on display because too many people were handling them.  

Posing with a Godzilla statuette
Posing with a Godzilla statuette owned by Chris Mowry.

This Godzilla mask is made from the original mold for the costume used in the very first Godzilla movie made in 1954.  As you can see, I just had to take a silly picture with it. 

Mimicking Godzilla's expression
Godzilla mask owned by Chris Mowry

There are two more Comics Meets Science events coming up and tickets are only $15 + $1.74 Eventbrite fee.

The next event is on August 12 and is on Star Trek and the Science of Space Travel.
The last event of the series is being held on October 14 and is on Orphan Black and the Science of Cloning.


The Ruben H. Fleet Science Center is also hosting a few other events in July.
Suds and Science on July 11
and Fleet Night of Science happening during SDCC on July 21.  

I want to give a shout out to Dr. Ronald Coleman whose research is focused on discovering a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, and I truly hope he achieves his goal of discovering this cure in his lifetime.

 TTFN,
Veronica


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Warcraft Red Carpet Premiere

Warcraft
Red Carpet Premiere
Hollywood, CA
June 6, 2016


Warriors and weapons on display on the red carpet
Part of the red carpet set up.
I didn't get to attend the Warcraft premiere since they only gave away passes a few hours before the premiere began, and you had to go to a specific T-Mobile store to get them.  I had already planned on waiting along the street to take pictures.  The red carpet set up was great.  They had large statuettes, an elevated area with lots of shields where they were holding interviews, and people dressed in armor standing along the length of the red carpet. 


A riderless horse statue





People dressed in armor to stand on the red carpet



In the courtyard of the TCL Chinese Theatre, they had people dressed in costume on one side while the other had a fan area.  The fans could get some red makeup applied, which you can see in the photo.  

Fans dressed in costume near the entrance to the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax

More fans near the entrance to the theater

I had seen a photo a friend had shared on Facebook from Jamie Lee Curtis of her and her son dressed in costume so I recognized her when she arrived.  I was the only one to yell her name until after she entered the red carpet area.  Then the autograph hunters started yelling her name.  

Jamie Lee Curtis and her son arrive in full costume
Jamie Lee Curtis (Right) and her son

Jamie Lee Curtis and her son arrive in costume

Clancy Brown
Clancy Brown
Chloe Dykstra
Chloe Dykstra
Rob Kazinsky signing autographs
Rob Kazinsky

Daniel Wu
Daniel Wu

Paula Patton
Paula Patton

Paula Patton
Paula Patton
Director, Doug Jones being interviewed on the red carpet
Doug Jones

Dominic Cooper signing autographs
Dominic Cooper

Dominic Cooper signing autographs
Dominic Cooper

Ruth Negga being interviewed on the red carpet
Ruth Negga

Travis Fimmel walking to the fan area
Travis Fimmel

Travis Fimmel signing autographs
Travis Fimmel

Dominic Cooper being interviewed on the red carpet
Dominic Cooper
I had never played World of Warcraft (I'm not a gamer), but did have an annoying roommate who was addicted to playing it.  I did see the movie on Saturday night, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

TTFN,
Veronica

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass Premiere

Alice Through the Looking Glass
Red Carpet Premiere
Hollywood, CA
May 23, 2016


Signage and decorations for the Alice Through the Looking Glass premiere

The Los Angeles red carpet premiere for Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass was held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.  I went after work and didn't have any difficulty find a decent spot from which to take pictures. I positioned myself closer to where the stars would be entering the red carpet, but later in the evening, I moved towards the theater entrance to get a few more pictures. 

Johnny Depp being interviewed on the red carpet
Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp being interviewed on the red carpet
Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp waving to fans
Johnny Depp
This was the just before the news about Amber Heard filing for divorce hit the public (she wasn't in attendance at the premiere from what I could see).

Pink being interviewed on the red carpet
Pink
On the far end of the red carpet, to the west of the theater entrance they had a separate area where Pink performed a mini concert for some select fans.  I saw her on the red carpet after her performance. 

Sasha Baron Cohen being interviewed on the red carpet
Sasha Baron Cohen

Matt Lucas being interviewed on the red carpet
Matt Lucas

Mia Wasikowska being interviewed on the red carpet
Mia Wasikowska

Anne Hathaway being interviewed on the red carpet
Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway being interviewed on the red carpet
Anne Hathaway


I was sad that no one seemed to know who Danny Elfman was, but I was extremely excited to see him (more than I was for anyone else I saw) and took a lot of pictures of him.

Composer Danny Elfman being interviewed on the red carpet
Danny Elfman

The marquee of the El Capitan Theatre advertising the premiere
The El Capitan Marquee

I have been lagging on posting lately, and I have a few more red carpet events to post soon. 


TTFN,
Veronica

Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday Musing: Shoes for San Diego Comic Con

Shoes for San Diego Comic Con
Monday Musing
June 13, 2016


Let me start with telling you about how I had one last pair of very comfortable Skechers shoes which needed to be replaced.  A few years ago, Skechers hired Kim K. to do ads for their brand.  I stopped buying Skechers because of it, so I had been holding on to my beloved pair far too long.  They looked fine on the outside, but the insoles had lost a lot of their support and cushioning.  

I love these laceless slip on Skechers memory foam sneakers
Top: Old Skechers, Bottom: Skechers Conversations Holding Aces
Two weeks ago, I was killing time near the Hollywood and Highland Center and decided to walk to Designer Shoe Warehouse to check out their clearance racks.  I absolutely LOVE DSW’s clearance section! I found these comfortable looking blue Bobs by Skechers shoes with memory foam.  They felt heavenly the second I tried them on.  I thought they would be perfect to wear to work because of the concrete floors. These also had a mesh toe area which allows for plenty of ventilation on a hot day.  After a full day of wearing these shoes I knew I had to get a few pairs for San Diego Comic Con for all of the walking and standing in line I’ll be doing.  

My Skechers Bobs Flexy High Tide shoes in navy blue
Skechers: Bobs Flexy High Tide
In a week, I purchased two more pairs of Skechers memory foam shoes from the clearance rack at DSW, then four more pairs when I happened upon a Skechers outlet while in San Diego a few days later.  I wore the white pair to LA Cosplay Con this past Saturday, and even being worn for the first time all day, they were extremely comfortable.  They are my new obsession, and I “need” more of them!  I also wore "no-show" Skechers brand socks with them.


My brand new Skechers Breathe Easy Jackpot sneakers in white
Skechers: Breathe Easy Jackpot
I’m not a cosplayer, though I have worn a costume or two in the past, so I don’t need shoes specific to a cosplay.  If you are looking for comfortable shoes for SDCC, I highly recommend Skechers memory foam shoes.  They also have shoes with yoga mat type insoles which didn’t seem quite as cushioned, but they may appeal to you.  I suggest wearing the shoes prior to San Diego Comic Con (or any other heavy walking/standing event) to make sure they are perfect for you. 

Featured Shoes:




TTFN,

Veronica


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Agent Carter Behind the Scenes Panel

Agent Carter BTS Panel
Whedonopolis Con
Los Angeles, CA
May 15, 2016


Agent Carter: Behind the Scenes
Agent Carter: Behind the Scenes Panel
There was a surprise guest at the Agent Carter panel during Whedonopolis this year.  It was due to a few people cancelling at the last minute.  I was really surprised to see Enver Gjokaj, but it was a great surprise.  He was doing it as a favor so we weren't allowed to take video of the panel, but they said pictures of the panel were okay (but not of the images on the screen.)  They showed some behind the scenes photos which were originally intended for costume continuity purposes, but the costumer taking the photos really has an eye for photography which was apparent in the photos he showed the audience.  

Enver Gjokaj





It was fun to learn about how they costume a tv show which is period and action-packed.  For example, using a vintage tie for a character who has to wear the tie in every scene for the length of the season.  It was disintegrating so they were doing everything they could to preserve it while using it repeatedly.  In most cases, there are at least 4 copies for each of Haley Atwell's outfits to accommodate Haley and her stunt double. 

Enver Gjokaj
Enver Gjokaj

Enver Gjokaj
Enver Gjokaj
Apparently, Enver has difficulty tying ties and has his costumer help him put them on each time.  The panel was after the cancellation of Agent Carter so it was bittersweet, but they deserved all of the love we gave them and more.  I really hope Netflix or Amazon (Netflix seems more likely) picks up the series for production.

TTFN,
Veronica