Saturday, June 4, 2016

Debrief: Lilac City Comicon 2016

This year was the 10th anniversary of Spokane's own Lilac City Comicon! Formerly Spokane Comicon, I've been able to see first hand how quickly it's grown from a neat gathering at a local community college to a full blown show at the convention center in just a few years. With numerous vendors, rows of artists--both local and otherwise--and a great lineup of panels, this year seemed to be the best one so far.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Guest Blog: Falling Out and Back In with Transformers

Like most American boys growing up in the 1980s, I was HUGE into Transformers. The idea of giant transforming robots from another planet just glommed onto my childhood brain and refused to let go. My folks bought me my first group of Transformers that Christmas - Megatron, Soundwave, and Thundercracker. I was hooked. I watched the TV show, I read the comics, I bought and played with the toys. Life was good.

Then the 90s came. The TV show ended after three seasons. The toys changed from basic cars and planes and guns to pretenders and non-transforming "Action Masters" (aka the worst idea in Transformers history). Then the toys disappeared off the shelves entirely. The comic, after a successful run of 80 issues, plus three four-issue spinoffs, ended as well. It seemed Transformers had run its course, and was now relegated to the realm of forgotten childhood fads.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Recap: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #50

Since it started, the people behind Transformers: More than Meets the Eye series has built up a beautiful, happy, sad, fun, exciting, thrilling story. It has been one of my favorite comics to pick up every month and even more favorite to read (it always makes it to the top of my comic stack when I can get around to it). And now, it made it to it's 50th issue with special thanks to James Roberts who's brought the story this far.

So let's dig in. This is your one and only fair warning... Spoilers (and feels) ahead.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Debrief: Emerald City Comicon 2016

Comics, cosplay, and collectibles, oh my! This year was my 5th year of attending Emerald City Comicon and I gotta say, it was still a blast. Even with the preamble of hectic business travel, slammed work schedules, and little-to-no energy to do much of  anything, I still managed to bring over a stack of comics for signing, a Watch_Dogs costume for cosplaying, and enough stamina to get me through a weekend's worth of nerding out.

Getting up and at it early Friday morning, I was off to ECCC2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA. Upon arrival some 4-5 hours later, I was checked in to the Sheraton (with relative ease, I might add) and ready to set foot on the convention floor. Right off the bat there seemed to be an obvious shift in the "busy-ness" level from years prior. With the addition of the fourth day, Thursday, this year there lacked the normal crowds that often convoluted the the convention center during what used to be the first day of the convention and made running around to get the busy work of getting comics signed much, much easier. For example, I was able to step into Skottie Young's (he's so nice and cool!) line without any issue and get my Rocket Raccoon's signed without having to wait/hover around for an hour or so. In fact, the worst line I had stand in was Fiona Staples (ermahgerd she's amazeacraze) and, even then, I was only in line for maybe 20 minutes. With this, I managed to get my all my comics signed on Friday, for the most part, which allowed me to do what I please Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Your Friends Probably Know the Answers to your Secret Questions

You may have seen this article on NBC which discusses how hackers are stealing your personal info by getting you to take those fun quizzes that tell you your Jedi name or which Disney Princess you would be.

What you may not realize is you could be giving your information out to all your friends (or friends of friends) on Facebook just by sharing or commenting on a status which may lead to an account compromise, email take over, or maybe even unauthorized access to your banking account.

What? No way.

Yes way. Let's take a look at what I could find just recently on Facebook, for example.

After a quick look around, this looks like a winner: a copy and paste status which asks friends to share their place of birth. Which is cool! I don't really know where my friends are born off the top of my head so it could be a neat opportunity to learn more about them right?

Sure. But here's the thing, I'm not actually friends with all the commenters to the left but I can still see their comments. Thank you to how Facebook's privacy settings work.

No big deal right?

Well, think about this for a moment... Place of birth is one of the more common questions that is used by websites to help users reset their forgotten passwords...