Entries tagged with: NY Comic Con
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The Blade Rave w/ The Crystal Method @ Terminal 5 10/9/2015
The NY Comic Con was this past weekend, as well as the related NY Super Week, and one of the events was the Blade Rave, a dance party that recreated the opening sequence from the original Blade film. BBQ Films, the folks that turned Rough Trade into Empire Records, sought to make this evening particularly immersive... and if you've seen Blade you know that means soaked in blood. After opening sets from Pictureplane, a place both wonderful and strange, and DJ Choyce Hacks, as well as some antics from a dance troupe and swordplayers, Blade baddie Deacon Frost informed the audience the event was to draw in Blade so the vampires can harvest his daywalker blood to raise the Blood God. With that, The Crystal Method were finally on the decks, the main dance floor filled with revelers eager to participate in the blood orgy, and the soakers unleashed the red stuff on the crowd.
More pics from the Blade Rave, below...
If you've seen the 1998 vampire action flick Blade, you probably remember its opening scene, set at a stylish underground rave where unsuspecting revelers are having the time of their lives...until they're showered in blood and the vampire feasting begins. (If you don't remember that scene, you can watch it below.) BBQ Films, the folks who turned Rough Trade into Empire Records earlier this year, will be paying tribute to that scene -- and the film -- with a Blade Rave happening October 9 at Terminal 5.
The Blade Rave is an official afterparty of New York Super Week, presented by New York Comic Con 2015. The Crystal Method, who featured on many of the Blade movies soundtracks, will headline the night that also features sets from Pictureplane, a place both wonderful and strange, and DJ Choyce Hacks, plus a special Blade Rave performance from immersive dance collective The Dance Cartel. Tickets are on sale now and include include a screening of the film, live music and performances, and a limited-edition event poster, with more to be announced closer to the event date.
A teaser trailer for Blade Rave is below...
almost as good as 'Daleks On Ice'...
New York Comic Con will be back in October and so will New York Super Week, the concurrent pop culture festival that encompasses almost every type of entertainment related to nerdom - concerts, comedy shows, lectures, podcast tapings, and food events too. It runs October 5 - 11 at various venues around the city.
While the fest is still adding events to the schedule, there are already great shows abound. There's a special superhero vs. super villain edition of bimonthly debate show Uptown Showdown which will happen October 8 at Symphony Space (tickets). Past performers have included everyone from Michael Ian Black to Ilana Glazer, so be prepared for some can't-miss debate action.
There are some pretty interesting discussions during the festival as well, such as "Sheroes: An Exhibition of Women Comic Book Artists- Panel Discussion & Artist Reception" at La Casa Azul Bookstore on October 6, and a live taping of Nerdist's Sex Nerd Sandra podcast on October 10 at Union Hall (tickets). Another intriguing event is the "Inside the Writer's Room" workshop at Hard Rock Cafe on October 10 (tickets), featuring writers from shows like Parenthood and The Vampire Diaries, as well as television executives for Sony, HBO, Cinemax, and more.
There are a few music-related events happening. On
October 7 at Barclays Center will be the "Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular" which features "well over 100 musicians, singers, and monsters live on stage, all under the talented conducting baton of Ben Foster." They'll be playing the music from the long-running BBC science fiction series, and the event is hosted by Michelle Gomez who plays Missy, the current incarnation of the Doctor's nemesis, The Master. And yes there will be Daleks. Hopefully a chorus line of them. There's a 3 PM and a 7 PM performance and tickets are on sale.
UPDATE: maybe the TARDIS is busted, but "Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular" has been CANCELED. We blame The Master.
Then on October 9 at Hard Rock Cafe it's a DJ set from Kristian Narin, aka Hodor from Game of Thones (Game of Thrones). He DJ'd during NY Comic Con last year, too. Tickets are on sale. Having been a well-known house DJ well before being cast on Game of Thrones, Nairn just released his first single, titled "Up" and you can stream that below if you want.
There's lots more NY Super Week action, so check out all announced events.
In related news, the biggest con of them all, The San Diego Comic Con starts on Thursday (7/9).
photos by Chris La Putt
A record-breaking number of Spider-Men, Wonder Women and preteen titans crammed into the Javits Center for the four-day New York Comic Con -- many of them in their costumed finest.The 2014 NY Comic Con happened over the weekend, bringing record crowds (many of whom dressed for the occasion) to the event -- the NYC edition is finally starting to catch up to San Diego. (
Organizers expect the attendance to surpass 150,000 by the time the convention wraps up on Sunday.
"It's the worst day to wear body paint in the rain," Susan Li, 29, who was covered head-to-toe in pink as X-Men superhero Blink, said Saturday.
"But when you have some hardcore fan recognize you as your character, that makes the two hours of painting yourself worth it."
"It allows me to be who I am inside" Cici James, 30, who owns her own sci-fi bookstore, Singularity, in Brooklyn, said of the chance to dress up in her very form-fitting costume.
Queens resident Julian Keller, 22, spent more than 200 hours with his father to create the perfect General Zod costume, which would have made Superman do a double take. - [NY Daily News]
More (smaller ones) below...
Kristian Nairn aka Hodor is DJing BB King's in NYC Friday night (10/10) as part of New York Comic Con weekend, and apparently people will pay $63 to experience that. Zedd Stark and Trance Rayder will also be DJing and "Costumes encouraged." Nairn and Natalia Tena (who plays wilding Osha) will be on the Comic Con convention floor signing autographs on Thursday and Friday.
In other Game of Thrones news (~mild spoiler alert~), it was recently announced that Tena and Art Parkinson (who plays Rickon, the youngest Stark son) will not be appearing in Season 5 of the hit HBO fantasy series which will air next spring. (Bran and Hodor are also absent from S5.) The new season just started filming this week. You can however see both Parkinson and Charles Dance (aka Tywin Lannister) both appear in the suspiciously GoT-looking new fantasy Dracula Untold which opens on Friday.
NY Super Week, the lead-up to NY Comic Con, is almost upon us, running from October 3 - 12 at places all over NYC. Since we last posted about it they've added a LOT more events. Among them:
--James Murphy and Pete Tong at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 7 (tickets): Coffemaker James Murphy and famed UK DJ Pete Tong will trade sets after a conversation with Endgame: The Calling author James Frey.
--"Rock Comic Con" at Webster Hall's Marlin Room on October 9 (tickets): High-concept geek-friendly bands Kirby Krackle, Harry & The Potters, and Math the Band play songs about comic book characters, Harry Potter and...math.
--Cast Of Star Trek: The Next Generation Moderated By William Shatner at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 10 (tickets): Jean-Luc, Geordie, Data, Q, Troi, Dr. Crusher...pretty much everyone except Whoopie Goldberg and Will Wheaton.
--'Harmontown Live' at 92 Y on October 10 (tickets): The creator of Community (and writer of cult pilot Heat Vision & Jack), Dan Harmon will record a live edition of his popular Harmontown podcast featuring roleplaying games with special celebrity guests TBA.
--"Ask Me Another" at 92 Y on October 10 (tickets). The popular WNYC show (a mix of gameshow, music and comedy) tapes live with special guest Neil Gaiman.
--The Karate Kid 30th Anniversary Cast Conversation and Screening at 92 Y on October 11 (tickets). Has it really been 30 years since The Karate Kid? Join Ralph Macchio, William Zabka ("Sweep the Leg" Johnny), and Martin Kove (Sensei Jon Kreese) as they talk about the making of the film after a screening.
Super Week also boasts the Nickelodeon reunion with Polaris, Startalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman and Malcolm Gladwell, and and a whole lot more Super Week. The full schedule is here.
Polaris playing the Wrigley's front lawn
UPDATE: This event was canceled, and Danny & Mike will now tape their podcast at The Bell House the same night (10/9) with Polaris performing. Tickets ($10) are on sale.
As mentioned, Super Week happens right before NY Comic Con with all sorts of cool special events. One of them is SLIMED: A Night of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense which happens at
Hammerstein Ballroom on October 9. The evening will feature a panel discussion, a live taping of Pete & Pete stars Danny Tamberelli and Michael Maronna's podcast, a segment on the music of Doug (a live performance by show creators Fred Newman & Dan Sawyer), and... a live performance by Polaris (Mark Mulcahy's band that did the Pete & Pete theme song, "Hey Sandy"). This will be Polaris' first-ever NYC show. Maybe DFA co-founder Jonathan Galkin will be there -- he was a castmember of Hey Dude. Tickets are on Super Week presale now (password is NYSW) with the general on-sale starting July 24 at noon.
Slimed is also the title of Mathew Klickstein's book on Nickelodeon which was released last year and is presenting this event. Video of Pete & Pete's opening credits below...
Some of you might know that Kristian Nairn, who plays fan-favorite, simpleminded bi-syllabic Hodor on Game of Thrones, is also a respected house DJ. He was the resident DJ at Belfast's Kremlin club for 11 years and has DJ'd massive parties in Ibiza and elsewhere. He's combining his two claims to fame for the "Rave of Thrones" DJ tour which is happening across Australia later this summer. It promises a GoT-themed set and "some of the deepest house from all seven kingdoms." Game Of Thrones fancy dress encouraged.
Nairn hasn't mentioned bringing Rave of Thrones to NYC, but he will be here for NY Comic Con, appearing at the NYCC Autographing Area on October 9 & 10. Also there on the same days will be Natalia Tena who plays wilding Osha on Game of Thrones. She's musically minded too, and is lead singer and accordion player in the six-piece "gyp-step" band Molotov Jukebox.
All "Rave of Thrones" dates are listed, along with two new Kristian Nairn DJ mix streams, below...
by Klaus Kinski
New York Comic Con, a geyser of nerddom people either love with unbridled passion or hate with unbridled passion, will descend its acne ridden buttocks upon the Jacob Javits Center on Manhattan's West Side from October 9 - 12. Discerning nerds and dorks of all stripes will thrill to panel discussions, vendors, signings, cosplay, and more without fear of atomic wedgies or being stuffed in lockers or God help us, a dreaded swirley. And unlike the San Diego Comic Con, which happens next month, the NYC one is actually managable to some extent.
The 2014 Comic Con will be a little different this year as it will be supplemented with a ton of programming leading up to and running concurrent with the event. This splinter programming is called New York Super Week which will happen October 3 - 12.
New York Super Week - a first of its kind pop culture festival. With different pop culture themed experiences happening in every corner of the City - including concerts, comedy shows, gaming events, lectures, podcasts, storytelling, food tastings and more - New York Super Week brings the entire universe of popular culture to every corner of all five boroughs of New York City.New York Super Week is the brainchild of pop culture event specialist ReedPOP:
ReedPOP has partnered with a number of venues, bars, restaurants and retailers throughout the city, including, but not limited to: Hammerstein Ballroom, 92nd Street Y, Rock Bar, The Bell House, Galapagos Art Space and Barcade. New York Super Week will be the ultimate celebration for fans of pop culture. Kicking-off with StarTalk Live! hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Hammerstein Ballroom, New York Super Week events will demonstrate the breadth of international, national and local pop culture, ranging from live recordings of Ask Me Another and Slate's Hang Up & Listen podcast, to The Big Quiz Thing, Running Late with Scott Rogowsky featuring the co-creators of Dr. Katz, Story Collider, and eSports competitions.I am particularly intrigued by SLIMED! Presents a Nickelodeon Nostalgia Nite and Running Late with Scott Rogowsky featuring the co-creators of Dr. Katz. Right now ticket info and full program scheduling is TBA, but I do know you can get the New York Super Week Card to priority seating to all New York Super Week events taking place at such locales as 92Y Kaufmann Concert Hall, Barnes & Noble, and Galapagos Art Space as well as drink specials at venues and bars such as Rock Bar, Barcade, The Bell House, Union Hall, Videology, Duke's, Big Daddy's and The Way Station. Kaboom!
Full list of events thus far announced are below. ...
photos by Chris La Putt
Swimmers for the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge
Longtime BV contributor Chris La Putt weighed in on his favorite photos that he took in 2012, dropping off the following, unnumbered list. La Putt joins the list of BV photographers Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya , Caroline Harrison, and Fred Pessaro // BBG who have all weighed in on their favorite photos of 2012.
La Putt's year in pictures and favorite songs of 2012 is below.
photos by Sachyn Mital
Your saw one set from this past weekend's NYCC at the Javits Canter.. Here's another. They continue below...
photos by Chris La Putt
King Hippo come to life - Saturday @ NY Comic Con
and just in time for tonight's Walking Dead premiere...
More pictures from this weekend's New York Comic Con at the Javits Center, below...
It's just Lego Optimus Prime, checking out the 2011 Con. NBD (more by Chris La Putt)
The 2012 edition of the New York Comic Con returns to Jacob Javits Center on October 11 - 14, featuring four days of sci-fi, your favorite fantasy/action heroes, and costumes, costumes and more costumes. In addition, the 2012 edition will feature its share of big name appearances as well, including the cast of The Walking Dead, members of Robot Chicken and Children's Hospital, Elmo & Gordon from Sesame Street, Draco Malfoy (not kidding) and many others. In addition, you can kick-off the festivities with a concert featuring Ben Folds Five at the IGN Theater on 10/11, as discussed. Tickets for the Comic-Con are on sale.
In semi-related news, gamers know that when you play a video game enough, those songs stay with you until you find yourself humming them when you are far far away from your controller. If you know what I am talking about, this one is dedicated to you:
Featuring dynamic and compelling video accompanied by a live symphony orchestra, The Legend of Zelda™: Symphony of the Goddesses brings the world's most popular video game series to life! Enjoy original music spanning 25 years of adventure from the celebrated Zelda franchise, uniting music and visuals in a way never before realized. Experience the magic at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, November 28.That's right. Legend of Zelda. IN THE FLESH. Get stoked... tickets are still available.
The Legend of Zelda™: Symphony of the Goddesses is the first ever video game themed concert to feature a complete 4-movement symphony, showcasing the work of Nintendo composer and sound director Koji Kondo.