Visited a con yesterday!
My first time at Atomic Lollipop, held at the Ontario Science Center in Toronto. Three days of colourful cosplay events, crafting activities, games, and a variety of shows like circus performances, burlesque shows, raves and more.
That being said, maybe it's my age or maybe just the kind of con goer I am, but APOP didn't really do it for me. Oh I had fun with my friends like I always do, and getting to hang out with them in the science center (which was RAD by the way) was worth the price of admission, but the atmosphere just didn't sit well with me. Far too much bad behavior even for a convention setting and not nearly enough programming that I was specifically interested in.
Plus, hey, I did some cosplay for once.
That was kind of neat. I didn't think it was really anything special but I had a lot of encouragement from my friends. That was nice of them.
ConBravo! awaits next weekend! THAT... I'm looking forward to, and will likely have a much better time at.
I'm heading to some cons here in SW Ontario in the next two weeks!
First up, this Saturday I'll be visiting my first Atomic Lollipop at the Toronto Science Center. Mai Sheri has been there a few years before and she finally convinced me to go. From what I've been told it's a very colorful three days of dances, raves, inflatable castles and obstacle courses, and all kinds of crafty activities. Plus apparently Prozzak will be playing. (Yeah, bet you didn't think they were still around!) It should be fun (though I'm probably going to feel so OLD!)
Here's a video I editing for Mai Sheri of her trip to APOP in 2013! Atomic Lollipop 2013
And the weekend after will be ConBravo! out in Hamilton. This is one of my favorite cons of the year and I'm excited to get back and enjoy the annual festival of everything geek, as well as do some video work for the con!
Check out my retrospective video for a look at last year's ConBravo! (there's more on my Fandom Videos page) ConBravo! 2014 - Retrospective
If you see me at the cons, feel free to say hi! I'll likely be secluded away editing videos for the next little forever once they've both wrapped up! Like a video ninja do! ^_^
So... MAJOR overhaul to the site. I decided to really knuckle down and polish this baby up. So now, EVERYTHING I've worked on over the last eight years is listed here. Whether it's convention videos, visual effects shorts, vlogs, audio podcasts, or gaming videos. It's ALL here. I spent a few days compiling a few HUGE lists. It was exhausting.
I'm also really digging the far more simplistic design layout I've decided to go with. It's clean and sleek. It has a sort of polished black glass look to it.
I've still got a few cosmetic things to add to add here or there but I'm hoping this serves as a bit of a better portal to all of my work and various online goings on.
As for this little blurb, this will probably amount to little more than a simple blog post from now on.
Bit of a new look on the site here. Eh, it felt like it was time to try something new.
Lots of new gaming videos added since the last time I updated this site. After ConBravo, the convention season sort of died out and made way for a lot of big Fall releases in the gaming realm.
There's talk of a revised edit of a previous collaborative project with Debs & Errol on the horizon. Stay tuned for that!
Beyond that... everyone try to survive the next few months, okay?
Another year, another FANTASTIC ConBravo convention. The fifth year at ConBravo was a whirlwind of activity for me that included doing a lot of interviews with the guests, hanging out with friends, playing games, seeing shows, and more.
Now comes the business part of things. When the cons are over, the video ninja gets to work. I've got a series of interviews to upload, the masquerade, some smaller bite-sized clips here and there, and probably a huge retrospective video combining all the things I worked on. I'm excited to start in on this stuff.
As for gaming, I found a new game that is now my favorite game ever. Or at least it would have been if it had come out in the time it appears to have been made in. Shovel Knight is everything right about 80s NES gaming brought to this generation with loving affection and stunning quality. And playing it makes me feel like a kid again, a true sign of a genuinely great video game!
Also, the Shananigans crew and I have started playing a brand new game together called Prop Hunt. And we've adopted it as our newest bonding experience/video series. Check out the videos we've done so far, and if the game looks like your kind of thing, we also have a demonstration video put together to hopefully entice newcomers to join us!
Another year, another Anime North has come and gone. It's really nice to have a consistently high quality convention to go to in the late spring every year, and Anime North remains one of my favorite conventions to shoot videos at. The caliber of cosplay quality ensures that there is always something fantastic and surprising to see.
I've gotten the Masquerade Highlights video completed, as well as the DVD copies of the full masquerade show also done and ready to distribute to all my friends once I see them in person again. The cosplayer interviews are also available for everyone to enjoy, as well as a bonus treat from my buddy Prof. Hades!
Can't wait until next year!
Con-G Season 6 has come and gone, and with it the swansong of the convention itself has passed. I, for one, will miss it dearly.
Luckily as is my nature I happened to get a lot of great memories captured on video from the convention and spent a few days after the con wrapped packaging them into heartwarming tearjerkers that have since been unleashed upon the internet. Behold the power of FEELS!
Playtime continues to be active as well with my very first WiiU entry (marked by the contribution of fellow gamers Whitless and L4D2 Shananigans member Professor M. Hades)
March looks to be a quieter month for the video ninja as I gear up for my third year of VEDA (vlogging every day in April) in less than a month! I'm excited to get back to making down and dirty vlogs on a consistent schedule once again. It always brings out the creativity in me.
It's been a slow start to the new year with most people electing to take it easy and try to stay warm. Not a lot of collaborative work these days but I am still making Whitless Letters with my creative partner Whitless. The most recent one we worked on was about The Stanley Parable. It was a little bit more work to put this one together since I had to account for several different videos all rolled into one, but the finished product is pretty solid.
Con-G is coming up next month that that will be a big deal for the Video Ninja. Lots of juicy convention events to cut up and distribute all over the web. There will likely be masquerade videos, shenanigans videos, and maybe even an interview or two with some of the special guests. (They've gotten Dante Basco of Avatar:TLAB fame this year! Exciting!)
In the meantime I am keeping busy with more Playtime series and one-offs then ever before. I've started adding facecams to some of my Playtime videos now since I've gotten EVEN MORE equipment that allows me to easily set up lights and mics all over my gaming space. If nothing else it passes the time and keeps my hands busy.
It's the end of the year as we know it, and I feel fine.
New collaborative video project with Mai Sheri that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of one of her more recent costumes, the Katamari cousin Mag.
Started a Playtime series for the second season of Telltale's The Walking Dead. That game series continues to be amazing!
Did a cute little thing for Con-G that will be happening early next year. I tried to make it as sappy as possible and judging from the feedback I've been receiving, I'd say I did a pretty good job! It was fun to shoot all the interviews too. Gives me an excuse to invite good looking people over to my apartment.
The movie reviews are done for the year with my Top Ten list of the best movies of 2013 arriving just in time for New Year's!
See you all in 2014!
Extra Life was a usual full day of gaming insanity! Much like last year it was pretty slapped together but nevertheless, the resulting videos are good for a laugh, and hey we raise over $1500 for SickKids foundation, so there's nothing wrong with that!
Convention season seems to have finally wrapped up with one last stop at Unplugged Expo here in Toronto to catch (and shoot) the masquerade. As always Dr. Holocaust was a fine MC for that event and the resulting video has some really funny and embarrassing moments from him, which is always entertaining.
I've been gaming with Mai Sheri as we work through the story mode of LEGO Marvel Superheroes. Hulk was right born to be realized in a LEGO game! I've also took a trip back to Rapture by playing through the newest DLC for Bioshock Infinite called Burial At Sea. It's always fun to play more Bioshock!
I've also threw together a few new AMV and MMV videos as well. It's nice to know that even after all these years a few of the dozens of ideas for re-edit music videos I get daily sometimes make it all the way through the editing process and become things I can share with others.
As the holidays approach, I'm thinking I might just cruise along with the gaming videos for now and save my strength for the new year, as 2014 promises a lot more fun now that I've sort of established myself among some of the mainstay events I frequent every year! I can't wait!