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Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017 by Derek Orchard (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

May 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Silicon Valley Comic Con took place on April 21st through the 23rd 2017 at the San Jose Convention Ctr., San Jose, CA.  The convention is known to bring Pop Culture and Technology together.

Presented by Steve Wozniak and featuring top celebrities, comics, independent artists, cosplay, video games, consumer electronics, music and apps, Silicon Valley Comic Con is where entertainment and the electronic worlds intersect. welcoming more than 65,000 guests over the course of the three-day show.

This year’s theme of “The Future of Humanity: Where Will We Be in 2075?” featured a Space Village, NASA space exploration panels, robotics, virtual reality, a Kids S.T.E.A.M. Lab, celebrity appearances, leading comic book artists and authors, cosplay contests, a science fair, Geek Fashion Show, Rover.com and more.

Silicon Valley Comic Con, had a list of celebrities from the entertainment community Grant Gustin of “the flash”, John Cusack from “Being John Malkovich”, Marina Sirtis from “Star Trek: the next generation”, Billy Boyd who played Pippin from “Lord of the rings” trilogy, Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11, space Astronaut. To mention a few.

Celebrities from science and tech such as Omar Abdelwahed, head of studio, Softbank robotics America. Heather Berlin cognitive Neuroscientist and professor of psychiatry at the Icahn school of medicine at Mount Sinai. Tracy Drain best known for Deputy chief engineer for Juno mission to Mars and more.

Celebrity artists that were at the show included Award winning Arthur Adams, Brent Anderson, Joyce Chin, Lela Dowling, Scott Shaw, some of the writers and authors they had were M Todd Gallowglas, Andy Weir and the Winner twins to mention a few.

 

William Shatner and Steve Wozniak sharing the stage to talk about Star Trek and the future of technology, Buzz Aldrin presenting about “Humanity’s Future in Space,” Steve Wozniak hosting a “Wonder Women Changing the face of STEM” panel with Simone Giertz and Sabrina Pasterski , the 30th anniversary cast reunion of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” hosted by William Shatner, a “Breaking Barriers” panel featuring actress Pam Grier and Slack senior engineer Erica Baker, the original human residents of “Sesame Street” and Mr McFeely from “Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood” reunited on-stage.

 

Silicon Valley Comic Con, is going to be a different kind to show that you’re used to going to they have a lot of stuff in information about things that are science fact and not science fiction so if you are really big fan of something like Star Wars or star trek or something to do with robotics.

You are going to find something here that will actually take you in the direction of learning more about that industry and that a lot of things that if her kids to physically interact on how to do things to encourage them to learn more about it. space exploration panels from NASA, Virgin Galactic and SETI, panels on robotics, virtual reality,  science.

Silicon Valley Comic Con also hosted a rally for the March for Science Silicon Valley that was attended by 10,000 people.

SETI hosted its first-ever Space Ball gala fundraiser, and ScreenUsed.com returned to host its 2nd Annual Movie Prop and Wardrobe Auction that beat 2016’s sales record of $707,000 including selling a Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope – Original Stormtrooper (Sandtrooper) Helmet for $228,000.

Other things that you could do while you were at the convention. The cartoon art museum exhibit, The game zone presented by South Bay Button Mashers. Silicon Valley Comic Con outdoor festival, life music, food trucks, exhibit art installations, evening movies screenings, Dogvacay’s dog cosplay contest and more.

So, really… there were a lot of things that you can do at Silicon Valley Comic Con.

So, when you’re done gathering autographs, getting photos from your favorite guest and celebrities, attending panels.

I wish they were little bit more center stage, but they were there. They had some of the vintage comics from back in the 40’s to today’s popular comics with all the different variant covers. You could find vintage movie posters, and a good amount of anime and stuff coming over from Japan.

There were different panels ranging from drawing, gaming, celebrity Q&A’s, comics, technology, space.

They had an impressive array of cosplay guest at the show. Valerie Perez, Keith Zen, Chrissy Lynn Kyle she was doing amazing makeup effects. Jacqueline Goehner is a contestant on SYFY’s Cosplay Melee.

I would have like to see more signage, at time it was difficult understanding where to go or where something was. it was hard to find out who was sitting where for the Authors and Artists, it would have been nice to have an listing of the table and booth numbers like they had for other exhibitors. it would have be a nice addition on the SVCC app

Steve Wozniak’s wildly successful pop culture and technology expo, took over downtown San Jose, transportation provided by Acura’s NSX supercar and more. SVCC 2.0 also saw massive physical expansions and layout changes, adding a free public outdoor festival, programming at City National Civic and hosting registration inside South Hall. Silicon Valley Comic Con will return to San Jose the weekend of April 6-8, 2018.

Photos by Derek Orchard

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ABC’S “ONCE UPON A TIME,” “CHARLIE’S ANGELS,” “CASTLE” AND “THE RIVER” TAKE THE STAGE AT COMIC-CON 2011

July 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Don’t Forget to Pack Your Bags for an Exlusive “Pan Am”Giveaway

ABC showcases its upcoming primetime lineup with an exciting peek at its new shows and an interactive booth at Comic Con 2011, taking place in San Diego in late July. “Once Upon a Time,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Castle” and “The River” stars and executive producers will participate in the convention for Q&A panels, press room interviews and special autograph sessions. Additionally, the much buzzed about new drama series, “Pan Am,” will also be represented at Comic-Con. Below are the details:

Friday, July 22

“The River,” from Amblin Entertainment and ABC Studios, exclusive screening and Q&A panel for ABC’s newest supernatural series in Room 6A from 2:15-3:15 p.m. From the studio that brought you “Lost” comes a new adventure set deep in the Amazon. Join executive producers Oren Peli (“Paranormal Activity”), Michael Green (“Green Lantern”) and Zack Estrin (“Tru Calling”), plus cast members Joe Anderson (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”), Eloise Mumford (“Lone Star”) and Leslie Hope (“24”). All attendees will get a limited edition Comic-Con poster and flashlight. You don’t want to miss this! The moderator will be Monica Rizzo of People Magazine. Following the panel, the stars will participate in a special autograph session from 4:45-5:30 p.m. in Room 28C.

Saturday, July 23

“Once Upon a Time” exclusive screening and panel in Room 6DE from 3:15-4:15 p.m.: Calling all “Lost” fans! – join moderator Damon Lindelof (“Lost”) as he introduces you to the magical story of two parallel worlds: one in a distant fairytale land, the other in a present-day reality. Following the exclusive screening of the pilot, co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (“Lost” and “Tron: Legacy”) and Adam Horowitz (“Lost” and “Tron: Legacy”) along with Ginnifer Goodwin (“Big Love”), Jennifer Morrison (“House”), Robert Carlyle (“SGU: Stargate Universe”), Lana Parrilla (“24”) and Josh Dallas (“Thor”) will have a Q&A panel about this modern fairytale turned on its head. All attendees will get a limited edition Comic-Con giveaway! Arrive early for the exclusive posters and magic mirrors.  After the panel, the stars will participate in a special autograph session from 5:45-6:30 p.m. in Room 28C.

“Charlie’s Angels” screening and panel in the Indigo Ballroom at Hilton San Diego Bayfront from 5:00-6:00 p.m.  Hello Angels! This fun, glamorous, action-packed take on the 1970’s smash hit series introduces us to three new angels. After the screening, participate in a Q&A panel with Bosley and the ladies from the Townsend Agency. “Charlie’s Angels” stars Annie Ilonzeh as Kate Prince, Minka Kelly as Eve, Rachael Taylor as Abby Sampson and Ramon Rodriguez as Bosley. Written and executive produced by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (“Smallville”), “Charlie’s Angels” is also executive produced by Drew Barrymore (“Charlie’s Angels” movies), Leonard Goldberg (the original “Charlie’s Angels”) and Nancy Juvonen (“Charlie’s Angels” movies). It is directed and executive produced by Marcos Siega (“Vampire Diaries,” “Dexter”). “Charlie’s Angels” is produced by Millar/Gough Ink, Flower Films and Panda Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Sunday, July 24

“Castle” panel from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in 6BCF:  After the smashing success of the Q&A panel last season, “Castle” returns with scheduled panelists, including Nathan Fillion (Richard Castle), Jon Huertas (Detective Tony Esposito), Seamus Dever (Detective Kevin Ryan), Tamala Jones (Medical Examiner Lanie Parish), Susan Sullivan (Martha Rodgers) and Molly Quinn (Alexis Castle). Fans will be treated to exclusive video highlights, bonus footage from the upcoming DVD release of Season 3 and an exclusive Comic Con poster and notebook giveaway. The moderator will be Will Keck of TV Guide Magazine.  After the panel, the panelists will participate in a special autograph session at the Marvel Entertainment Booth (#2329) from 2:15-3:00 p.m.

In addition to those Q & A panels, “Pan Am” – from July 20 to July 24 – will have a special booth designed as the first class cabin of a 1960’s inspired Pan Am plane. Fans who visit the booth will be given a flight time and a boarding pass. Check in for your flight on time, board the plane and watch a preview of ABC’s new drama. Fans that visit the booth will receive a Pan Am giveaway such as a collectable, one-of-a-kind Pan Am travel bag.

For more information on these series, please visit ABC.com

CBS DEBUTS MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE MODERN ARRANGEMENT OF THE ICONIC “HAWAII FIVE-0” THEME SONG AT COMIC-CON(R) 2010

July 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Music Video Features Recording Session Footage

And Clips from CBS’s Upcoming New Series, “Hawaii Five-0”

Musicians from the Classic Series Reunited to Re-Record the Song

Music Video Was Unveiled Today During the H50 Panel

CLICK HERE to Watch the “Hawaii Five-0” Music Video

SAN DIEGO – At Comic-Con earlier today, CBS debuted the music video for the modern arrangement of the iconic HAWAII FIVE-0 theme song featuring recording session footage and clips from CBS’s upcoming new series.

The video premiered during the H50: ALOHA EARTH panel, which featured HAWAII FIVE-0 stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Peter M. Lenkov and director Len Wiseman.

New HAWAII FIVE-0 series composer Brian Tyler (“Eagle Eye,” “Fast and Furious,” “Expendables”) assembled and conducted 35 musicians for the re-record session.  Among the musicians were renowned players from the original television series, such as David Duke (1st Horn), Chuck Findley (1st Trumpet) and Bob Zimmitti (Percussion).

Feeling respect and awe for the classic theme by the series’ original composer, Morton Stevens, Tyler believed the new recording needed to be “true vintage with a cool vibe.”  Explained Tyler, “If you move too far away from the original, you’ll lose why it’s so iconic.”  Series executive producer Peter Lenkov added, “We didn’t want to mess with something that’s great, that people are looking forward to hearing.  The new version is close to the original but is a little more aggressive – a little bigger.”

“The HAWAII FIVE-0 theme is one of the most enduring and iconic theme songs in television history, and it was essential to have the flavor of the original in the modern arrangement,” said George Schweitzer, President, CBS Marketing Group.  “We’re treating the HAWAII FIVE-0 theme as a lead character in the show, and we’ll make use of the song in a variety of ways as we launch the new series.”

Among CBS’s music-themed promotions is the distribution of hundreds of thousands of ringtone cards entitling the receiver to download a free ringtone of HAWAII FIVE-0’s new theme recording.   The first 60,000 cards will be distributed at Comic-Con.

HAWAII FIVE-0 is a modern day reimagining of one of television’s most iconic classics. The series stars Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park.   Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.  The series will debut Monday, Sept. 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

For the latest updates on all things HAWAII FIVE-0 and behind-the-scenes coverage of Comic-Con 2010, follow us at www.cbs.com/HawaiiFive0, http://twitter.com/HawaiiFive0CBS #H50 and www.twitter.com/CBSTweet.

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