Lexington Comic and Toy Convention 2017
The snows have cleared, the trees are in buds,
and the sounds of Irish bagpipes are fading in the air.
Okay, there were no snows this year but the other two
things can only mean the Lexington Comic and Toy Comic
Convention has camecome and god again. Over the last 5
years the convention has become an incredibly successful
regional event that last year attracted some 25,000
fans. This year's edition continued the run of success
very well by maintaining the tradition of excellent
guests, interesting and varied vendors, and outstanding
logistics and adding a few new twists as well.
Retro-Interview I did with the wonderful Brooke Lewis!
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read Brooke's interview!
This year's was the 9th iteration of the
horror/paranormal convention at the Lexington Convention
Center in Lexington, KY. This year the event organizers
opted for a special theme: Camp Scarefest. There were
two major reasons for this: a celebration of 70s and 80s
slasher films set at summer camps (especially Friday
the 13th) and the opportunity to
introduce the world to the new Friday the 13th
video game. The event organizers did a nice job
creating atmosphere by creating an awesome camp complete
with bloody cots and trashed canoes where photos could
be taken and by dressing the staff as camp counselors.
A Day with the
By: Eric Brooks
the summer of 2008, in search of the first issue of
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, I made my way to
A+ Comics here in Lexington. Russ, the proprietor, after
having met my Buffy needs asked what sort of comics I
was into. I said that I was generally into horror and
sci/fi. Russ said he had something I might like and
showed me a graphic novel with two registers of art on
the cover, on of humans and the other of zombies. He put
his hand over the living and said "You probably think it
is about them" clearly showing the zombies. He then
switched to cover the undead and said "actually it is
about the living"
Get ready for some serious 1970's style fun from a 2016
B Movie Man takes a look at
the new L.A. Noir dark action/comedy
The Nice Guys
There is a lot of retro nostalgia going around. While
sales of CDs have collapsed and DVDs are dropping fast,
LP records and VHS tapes have become the ‘in thing’ with
collectors. The 80s has been the big thing, but everyone
knows disco is king and that means the 70s!
Writer/Director Shane Black certainly knows that and he
went full tilt boogey with his film
The Nice Guys.
One of my dearest friends &
the man who brought me into his family as well as his
show, Vince Rotolo, has passed away.
There is a lot I have to say and a lot I have to thank
him for. However, right now I feel the best I can do is
share some of what others have said. I will add my own
Mark Mawston Cinema Retro Magazine
Stephen D Sullivan Author
Rod Barnett - Bloody Pit of Rod Podcast
If you listened to the B Movie Cast and would like to
pay do something to remember Vince, his wife Mary has
asked that you make a donation in Vince's name to the
& Diana HarryHausen Foundation
Thank you all. Vince was my friend and I will miss him
more than I can say.
Some of my favorite
episodes of the B-Movie Cast can be found here.
Flying the Geek Flag: The 2016 Lexington Comic
and Toy Convention
By Eric Brooks
Over the last several years, St. Patrick's Day weekend
has become a busy time in Lexington. There is always the
Irish Pride Parade, Road Race, and Festival which
attract thousands of revelers. For several years, a
Christian Rock festival took place all day Saturday at
Rupp Arena. There have also been a gun show and several
talent/dance shows for girls. The weekend has also
become synonymous with the Lexington Comic and Toy Comic
Con, the area's premier extravaganza of popular culture
and superhero fandom. This event has grown steadily over
its half decade of existence to become a truly
phenomenal display of Geek fandom.
Traveling in the Land of the Dead
B Movie Man contributing writer Eric
zombies, filming locations
and why Atlanta kind of
Check out the new feature on our
adventure on the
"Big Zombie Tour 1 &2!
It's been a great year for horror in the gaming world. Between Outlast, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, The Evil Within, and P.T, masochistic gamers everywhere are discovering just how wonderfully sadistic game developers can be. However, between all the gore, suspense, mystery, and pants-shitting, there is only one game this year that's delivers shivers of sheer terror, and nerdy ecstasy. That game, is Alien Isolation...
The Horror Film Survival Crate-
What You Need To Make It To The Credits!
Halloween is coming up. Samhain, the time when the barriers between our world and the world of the dead are the thinnest. In other words, it’s my favorite time of year! I love this season with all of its strange traditions and interesting customs. It’s also a great time to watch scary movies! Whether they are Universal horror classics like “Dracula”, Hammer horror like “The Curse of the Wolfman” or something more modern like “Trick’r Treat”, it’s hard to go wrong with a good scary movie for the scariest of seasons.
With horror films in mind, B-Movie Man accepted a challenge from the folks at Man Crates. They asked me what I thought should go in a crate designed to help you survive a horror film? A simple question, but one that leads to another, more important question. What horror film would you need to survive?
|In 2013, Sony released a new game exclusively for the PS3 system. On the surface “The Last of Us” was a fairly standard “post-apocalypse-infected-humans-mission based shooter” like many before it. However, the game stood out, not so much because of its graphics, which were extremely good, or for the game play itself, which was challenging and enjoyable, but again similar to other entries in the genre. What made “The Last of Us” a truly unique and outstanding gaming experience was the story. Now the folks at Naughty Dog Games who made the original have released a supplemental downloadable game addition called
“The Last of Us: Left Behind”
Actress Jessica Cameron has been busy both in front of and behind the camera as she tries on the director's hat for her new film
"Truth or Dare"
B-Movie Man catches up with her just in time for the holidays to find out more about her new movie, her thoughts on the film industry and why she believes it may be easier for women to direct low-budget horror films....
|Filmmaker Brian Cunningham shares the secret of indie film success in his feature article:
How to Make a Movie (and get it into Walmart) for $2,700
Some of the biggest names in Hollywood including, Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Peter Jackson, and many more will all tell you who inspired them when they went to the movies: Ray Harryhausen. Harryhausen was a pioneer in the field of special effects, lending his magical touch to films like: "Mighty Joe Young", "20 Million Miles to Earth", "The Valley of Gwangi" and the original "Clash of The Titans"
Now a new documentary by writer/director Gilles Penso takes a look at the story of Ray Harryhausen. Spanning his career and talking to the filmmaker's he's inspired. "Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan" takes a wonderful look at the life and work of one of the true legendary artists of the silver screen.