Hey guys This is Ogre, you may know me as the beard guy in Video Game WTF or the fat jerk who makes people hurt themselves in the videos we post here. However in addition to being a sadist I’m a nerd just like you and just like Spike I also went to Phoenix Comicon. So Spike asked me, as a seasoned con guy with 13 years of experience, to write up some more info about the con to play more into the new opinion based focus of DigiSama. Now while I agree with Spike that the con was awesome we did have very different experiences, in fact we only met up twice for a few minuets on the floor and then we both went to The Monster Bash on Friday, largely due to the terrible cell reception as the convention’s main hall is actually underground. So without further adieu, PHOENIX COMICON 2013 PART 2 ELECTRIC BOOGALOO!!!
I showed up at the con right when badge registration opened at noon. I had expected a large line so I got there early. This was not the case however so I ended up getting my badge with about four hours to kill as the actual con floor didn’t open until 4:00 that day. I was actually surprised though at how busy the floor was already so I sat down and just watched people mulling about in their costumes and taking a few pictures. I then started talking to a few people who were near by, I was sitting on the floor against the wall and this group was in a seating area near me where the wall indented, as I talked I noticed one man in the group was around the corner where I couldn’t see him so to be polite I scooted closer so I could see who I was talking too and much to my surprise it was Irwin Keyes. (For those who don’t know Mr. Keyes is an actor with over a 30 year career, he’s been in tons of movies, most would probably know him as the man who pushes the Murder Ride in Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses) anyway I was stoked we talked and as it turns out the other man in his group was Dave Shelton, a famous cartoonist and director who was the head of National Lampoon’s animation department. Apparently there were some issues with their table so they were stuck out in the lobby like everyone else. After about two hours they finally were allowed in and because we had such a nice time talking they lent me a pro badge so I could get in with them 2 hours ahead of everyone else (Muahahaha). In thanks I helped them set up their table and then hit the floor. I wasn’t really interested in the panels on Thursday so I checked out the whole floor that day, The con floor was typical to most con’s booths ranging from cute home made toys to comics to porn and everything in between. My favorite part of the floor however were the autograph areas, comic artists, famous cosplayers, actors, the works. Some notables would be Kevin Eastman (one of the original creators of the Ninja Turtles), Arthur Suydam (cover artist for the Marvel Zombies series), Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy), Ivy Doomkitty (cosplayer), Ani-mia (cosplayer), John Barrowman (actor from Dr. Who and Torchwood), Michael Rooker (actor from The Walking Dead, Slither, Mallrats etc…), and Tara Strong (voice actor from Batman Arkham City, Injustice, My Little Pony, Powerpuff Girls, Drawn Together and pretty much every other cartoon in the last 10 years). More
This year’s Phoenix Comicon was a blast. It was our first year going as official members of the media so that’s fun, but didn’t really change our focus by much. We did manage to exchange some information with some amazing artists though and will be bringing you their information in the coming weeks. Let’s jump right in.
Day One Friday:
I arrived at the convention Friday afternoon, we got to walk around the exhibit hall for a while saw some cool stuff before everyone closed up. It seemed earlier than last year, but that didn’t really bother me as we had all weekend. We went immediately outside and into the Zombie Walk. I got a little video of that this year. We ended friday night with the Monster Bash party at the Hyatt. The Monster Bash was interesting. People were fighting with Light Sabers, there was a group called Scorpius Dance preforming vampire themed dances and acrobatics on poles, curtains and hoops, all while an artist (Billy Martinez) was on the stage with the DJs painting. Also, I’m pretty sure Wil Wheaton showed up at one point and watched from the bar area.
I have been doing a lot of thinking about where we can take DigiSama and it’s about time for us to start moving in a slightly different direction. Here’s a breakdown:
Scoring is arbitrary. How does one compare the 2D graphics of an indie game that was made exactly as the developer intended to an ultra realistic 3D AAA game? Does the 2D game get a lower score graphically? How about a game from a generation ago? Does this mean scores are time based and decrease as technology advances? I’d rather not even bother with some numbers and just tell you what I enjoy and what I don’t. It’s an entertainment industry anyways, you’re going to formulate your own opinion and my opinion on a game shouldn’t sway yours.
Industry news is under-covered, or rather not as mainstream as it should be. Were you confused by why Sim City was so terribly unfinished and riddled with issues? But you bought it despite EA being named the worst company of the year? We want to bring you more news and reports regarding the industry, but not necessarily in Gamasutra style of industry news for those in the industry.
Opinion Pieces are going to likely be more prevalent. I want to inspire discussions (not arguments, but some people don’t know the difference) regarding controversial topics. Example: Why are we so mad that Microsoft announced so many TV features for the Xbox One when ~90% of my friend’s list on the 360 are always watching Netflix anyways?
Previews/Announcements aren’t going anywhere. Well, what I mean is we are still going to try our best to keep up with getting you news as fast as possible and telling about games we personally are looking forward to. Sometimes we can be a bit slow, but hopefully we can rectify that soon.
Independent Artists are going to be a much much larger focus for us. You can go anywhere for the big names in the industry, but what about the little guy who’s working their ass off to bring you something new? We want to intentionally aim for those small name individuals, artists, programmers, writers, and directors and if at all possible bring people together to help one another.
Entertainment is going to be another thing we try to incorporate here. We want to make more videos, do more live streams, attend more events, and have more gaming nights. We’re really going to need your support to make this one happen though so if this is something you’re interested in please get involved on our social networks. Our most active one is our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Digisama.
Hi everyone. I know I’ve been away for a bit, but there’s a good reason for that. Unfortunately I just got back from a very busy convention today and I have to be at work tonight so I won’t be able to do my recap or the announcement tonight. The good news is that tomorrow I will be able to. Keep an eye out tomorrow for the updates.
For now, enjoy a couple videos I managed to get uploaded. (Next year we plan on taking a legitimate video camera)
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