Philly Comics & Cosplay Day is happening on Saturday! Bust out your finest cosplay and get to the Trinity Center for Urban Life at 22nd and Spruce Street in Center City Philadelphia.
There will be special guests, live music, contests and panel discussions. Professional cosplayers Ginny McQueen (aka G-Chan), Dokudel and Monica Tulay will this year’s special guests. They’ll also be judging the Cosplay Contest and hosting panel discussions.
It’s baaack! Monster Mania returns to the Crown Plaza in Cherry Hill, New Jersey this weekend. Monster Mania is described as “the convention by the fans, for the fans.” It’s a great opportunity to hang out with modern and classic heroes of the horror screen, shop for
one-of-a-kind collectables, cosplay and bond with other film geeks.
With summer approaching, and con season on it’s way I thought I’d share some of my tips for convention survival, this applies to massive productions like Wizard World Comic Con and indie cons alike. Heed this advice and by the end of the day you may be a little less worse for the wear.
Preparing ahead of time
Sleep is your friend, a well-rested con goer is a happy con goer. Do yourself and your companions a favor and get a decent amount of sleep the night before the con. I know you’re excited but take some melatonin or something, tired grumpy zombies are only fun when it’s a costume. Continue reading Con season: How To Survive a Convention→
Hi Pete! So, first of all, tell me about a little about how the band got together.
We’re a three-piece. I play a custom 8-sting bass, we have a cellist and a drummer. Sometimes there’s a glockenspiel. We started in 2010-so that six years now, that makes me feel old. We started out by auditioning for the Music Underground Project in NYC. It’s a program that chooses musicians to play in New York subways. So we play all over New York, in subway stations like Grand Central. Seven drummers and two cellists later, we’re still here. What’s playing in the subway like?
It’s a big workload. You pack up fifteen pounds of equipment and schlep it up three flights of stairs in all weather. We used to play at Penn Station but that was a lot—no one stops and listens. People are in a hurry at Penn Station, I can’t blame them. But at other spots, people will just hang out with you and miss a few trains just to watch you play. And that’s such a great feeling.
After doing this for so many years I can really tell when performers are outside playing simply for the joy of performance, or when they’re just trying to make a quick buck. And I think the audience can too, on a subconscious level. For me, it’s all about making that connection. I live for it. How often does You Bred Raptors? play?
We play about 150 shows a year. We’ve been touring a lot in addition to shows in the city. It’s a lot, honestly. We will sell out in a second. I am so ready to move to Japan and do Coke commercials. We’ll do a Tampax commercial, whatever. Anything. Anytime. If any of your readers call hook it up, just call me!