Ottawa Pop Expo (Saturday Edition) – S09E12

Ottawa Pop Expo Saturday-97b
I had the opportunity to attend Ottawa Pop Expo, a pop culture fan convention which features genres from comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and a bunch of others. It’s in the realm of geek culture nonetheless. The convention is presented and run by the organizers of Ottawa Comiccon. It’s the first time the pop culture convention is being held in December as Ottawa Comiccon has been running for two years and held in May.

For this convention, I decided to take photos of the cosplayers for the fun of it. You will see a bunch of photos below. I totally forgot to create a main photo for the blog entry. Luckily, I took a photo of their podium as shown above.
I decided to check out the celebrity Q&A with Tom Felton. The actor who played Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter film series. I got to deal with the screaming fans who are big into the actor.

Lastly, how could I say that I finally met one of Canada’s known wrestling analyst/commentator and TV personality, who’s currently with The Weather Network. It’s none other than Arda Ocal. I’ve been tweeting him back and fourth about wrestling and his time at The Score (now Sportsnet 360) on the programme, Aftermath. It’s a privilege to finally meet him and just good timing to see Ottawa become a fun city.

I will be back for another entry on Ottawa Pop Expo for Sunday and it’s most likely on Doctor Who.

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Ottawa Comiccon 2013 – S08E39

Ottawa Comiccon 2013
It’s been several years since I went to a comic book convention. Ottawa Comiccon was the event for comics, Sci-Fi and Anime fans alike to bring out their inner geek and to hobnob with the celebrities. The event is in its second year over at Ernst & Young Centre. It’s my first time to attend the convention as I had previously went to comic book conventions in Toronto. It’s also convenient to attend in my area, except for the one hour bus ride.

I had the opportunity to check out the marvellous vendors and the varieties of people dressing up in wonderful costumes. It ranged from comic characters to Sci-Fi characters such as Doctor Who and various Anime characters.
Being a comic book fan, I did not bring a lot of comics and trade paperbacks but was able to get my X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga trade paperback signed by Chris Claremont. It was definitely a plus as he’s a legendary storyteller.

On Saturday, I got to check out a few panels. One panel had quite a humourous trainwreck which was Name That Anime Tune. The participants did not know certain themes to Anime shows and I didn’t know any as I haven’t followed a lot of Anime shows for so long. One panel I truly had to attend was The Doctor Who panel as it had two authors from the book, Who Is The Doctor. They talked about 50 years of DW and how’s still a hit for 50 years. Plus, the Dalek appeared and humourously crashed the Q&A panel.

It was funny bumping into people I know and some have said that it’s their first time attending Ottawa Comiccon. It’s pretty surprising that Ottawa is known for being a boring city but the magnitude of Comiccon showed that there’s a big following for comics, Sci-Fi and Anime. The organizers and sponsor bringing in big name celebrities know how to attract fans and people in general. It’s quite wonderful to experience seeing lots of people to be at a convention.
The only setback I had was the lack of cell phone signal at Ernst & Young Centre. I was hoping to tweet and photos but the reception was not great to do so. At least I was able to shoot photos on the DSLR camera. You will be able to view the photos of people in their creative costumes from below.
There’s a photo of lovely ladies in Sailor Moon costumes and I know one of them as you can check her blog. They were made quite nice and also got some attention from the people. ’nuff said on that one.
Links to my Instagram from Friday – my media pass, green Dalek, Dalek Emperor (I think), classic Dalek, and R2D2.
Overall, I had a good time at Ottawa Comiccon and the organizers sure made it top notch. Lastly, happy Mother’s Day to everyone!

Coming up on Wednesday’s radio show, I will be airing the interview from a member of The Doctor Who Society of Canada.
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Co-Hosting With Craig Norris on CBC Radio 3 – S04E25

Sorry Pedro for Changing Your Face. :)It has finally happened, I got to be co-hosting with Craig Norris on CBC Radio 3. How did it go? It went pretty good, aside that I was getting nervous the week and days before it happened. It’s all in the preparation. Here’s the link to the blog entry from CBC Radio 3, http://tinyurl.com/odv2sz
Overall, I hope anyone who listened enjoyed what I had to say and the song choices as well. During one of the host break, I said “Wu-Tang (as in the rap group, Wu-Tang Clan),” and it’s a nod to the two guys at Fundamentally Sound on CKCU-FM, Dennis and C.J. “Showtime”. As they usually call me that in their shout-outs. 🙂
Sorry for the Photoshop job on the photo. The original photo was with Pedro Mendes, producer of the R3-30 with Craig Norris. It was taken on April 24, 2009 when R3 was doing a live taping for Black Mountain/Ladyhawk/Pack A.D. for B.C. Scene.
At least Craig got a good laugh at the photo job. The original photo is on this link, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/3472674616/.
Here’s the Flickr link to previous Listener Co-Host Initiative images. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cbcradio3/sets/72157616677894211/.
I’m hopeful that it will be replayed on Sunday morning on CBC Radio 3. Let me know if you liked my co-hosting.

Comic Talk
I haven’t been able to talk about comic books in awhile but the buzz right now is Archie Comics. Yes, Archie Andrews will be proposing to Veronica Lodge in August at comic book store. In my opinion, I kind of prefer Archie going for Betty instead. I used to read Archie Comics when I was young. Let the joking go ahead.
News sites like the CBC (story linked) have been talking about it. Will I be picking up a copy come August? Probably.
Aside from that, I still pick up the usual Marvel Comics but I am not getting too many comics due to a lack of interesting stories and possible price hikes to over $4.

Oh! I Forgot That Punch-Out!! Returned (Entry Updated on May 30, 2009)
PunchOut Wii
Due to not updating a lot on my blog, I had the opportunity to play Punch-Out!! on the Nintendo Wii. The game was released on May 20, 2009 and the irony is that I did not brag to friends that I got the game as it felt like a quiet update. So far, I have enjoyed the updated revival of this beloved NES classic. Mind you, I never got to play Punch-Out!! (NES) and Super Punch-Out!! on SNES when I was young. Since getting the Nintendo Wii, I got to download Punch-Out!! and Super Punch-Out!! through Virtual Console. I gotta say that I had trouble playing through Punch-Out!! because I never experienced it when I was younger. Super Punch-Out!! came out around at the end of March (I downloaded it in April), as I didn’t play much of the SNES version a lot. On the Wii’s update, I found the controls to be looser than the original version. In a way, it’s easier than the two previous versions. Overall, I am totally enjoying the game but I am sticking to the NES classic control setting as I did try the motion with the Wii Balance Board and I am used to it. I would probably use the Remote and Nunchuk with friends for fun. A beloved classic for new generations is a definite must.

Close to a Season Finale
I am nearing my end for season 4 of my blog and so far, I haven’t been able to go to a lot of concerts or events for May. OK, I did checked out the tulips and checking out the Canadian Museum of Nature on Victoria Day. No photos were being used. I hope there will be something to do for this coming weekend as we end May.
Enjoy!

Finally Tried Street Fighter IV – S04E17

Playing Street Fighter IV at Friend's House
Yep, I finally got a chance to play Street Fighter IV on the Sony PlayStation 3 at a friend’s house on Thursday night. It was great to see my friend because we haven’t hung around for awhile due to his work and other things. There you see a lame photo of myself playing SF4. What did I think of the game? The graphics are nice and the moveset has been the same except for the changes to the Super moves. It was a confusing to know that there is a new combo called Ultra Combo and another new feature called Focus Attacks. Overall, it’s the same Street Figther and I was happy to Ken, Chun-Li and others. The question remains, which console system to get; PS3 or Xbox 360? I am still having a difficult time on what to choose because of Street Fighter IV.

Who Watches The Watchmen? It’s unlikely I will be getting a chance to watch The Watchmen in theatres because my bro is refusing to go see it with me and I think various friends will be watching it at their planned times. Plus, this friend of mine is still in Boston and wish to watch it with him since we are comic fans. Furthermore, I still haven’t read through my copy of The Watchmen (Absolute Edition) because it’s an oversized hardcover and I am very delicate in keeping my books in good shape.

TV Watching. I am still hooked on watching lots of Gordon Ramsay shows. From The F Word (Food Network Canada link) to Hell’s Kitchen, I am totally hooked on the famous chef swearing alot. I am also watching Survivor: Tocantins and for the life of me, why?! I guess there is not much to watch on Thursday nights but I don’t watch it LIVE because I just record it and watch it later. Thank goodness to PVR.
Another show I really enjoy is CBC’s Being Erica. It’s an excellent series because I wish I could time travel and fix up my own mistake. What’s surprising is that they play Pop music and it’s a Canadian show. It kind of bring me back memories knowing certain songs.