Requiem for a roBOT CONvention

This weekend is Last BotCon, they say.  One last go for the stalwart of the Transformers fandom.  As the great scribe William Joel once penned, “Stack the chairs on the table tops, hang the sheets on the chandeliers.” BotCon was life changing for me as I suspect it was for many of you.  The friends I have made, the places I’ve gone, the things I’ve done thanks to this convention — it’s astounding when I step back and think about it. I wasn’t at the first BotCon; no, silly me thought it was stupid to drive six hours to a

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From the ASM Archives: The Birth of Online Transformers Fandom

[On this, the 20th anniversary of the creation of alt.toys.transformers, I am reposting the long article I wrote when ASM wasn’t a daily blog site.  I’ve done some editting here and there, but when you read it, remember that the references to people or places are many years out of date; this was written about a decade or so ago, long before ASM had its daily blog.  I never wrote articles detailing what happened after the events of this article occurred, and that’s a shame — I really should do a follow up to this piece…. Anyway, enjoy this trip into the

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Wizard World Chicago Comic Con: A New Look for 2013!

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con sported a new look this year, taking over a completely different area of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. As attendees of the con for over a decade, it felt odd to walk in through the main entrance and turn to the right to enter the show rather than the hall(s) to the left that used to host the con. The most notable change in 2013 was that the con was spread out over two levels of the convention center. The ground level show floor hosted the celebrity autographs, the photo op

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Joliet Public Library’s Fourth Annual “Star Wars” Day This Saturday

If you’re around northern Illinois this weekend, head over to Joliet, IL as the Joliet Public Library presents its fourth annual Star Wars Day!   From 10:00am to 4:00pm, you can experience sights and sounds from that galaxy far, far away as the city of Joliet, the staff of the Joliet Public Library, local businesses, and members of the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion join together to provide Star Wars-themed fun for the public.  This event is free, and there will be costumes, fan-made props, pictures, and events for all to enjoy.

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Follow Up Into Darkness

Or, “Where Some People Take Phil To Task” Last week, I posted my review of Star Trek Into Darkness, and then I shared it on my personal Facebook account.  That started a whole discussion in the comments, with people agreeing with me and others saying I was completely wrong. Never let it be said that I won’t listen to criticism.  I will quote some comments with permission and summarize others.  (Again, FULL SPOILERS after the jump.)

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“Star Trek Into Darkness” Delivers Conflicting Emotions. Very Un-Vulcan-like.

After months of waiting, with J.J. Abrams giving out information excruciatingly slowly so as to increase anticipation, Stark Trek Into Darkness finally arrived in theaters this past weekend. The previous movie in the Trek-reboot universe was hugely successful, and this new installment had the chance to top it and provide an even more entertaining experience. But did it? [SPOILERS]

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Iron Man 3: So Awesome. Or… Not.

                  (Original Subheader: SO AWESOME!!! Wait… hold up… did I just see that, let me think…. Oh… wait.. not as awesome as I thought! *GASP*) Ok gang, so it’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed a film, and yes you’ve probably read a million reviews on this film.  But this one is FULL of SPOILERS, cursing, and full on hate for this film,  so consider yourself WARNED! Overall I give Iron Man 3 a C- ….  Yes that’s right, a C-. Forget the fact that this movie made $700 Million so far, REMEMBER it

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C2E2 2013 Final Round-Up, Best Costumes, and Post-Convention Thoughts

Another C2E2 has come and gone, and with it comes the long wait for it to return. This was the fourth iteration of the spring Chicago convention, and it has grown exponentially since 2010. I remember going to the first one in 2010 and easily needing less than a day to see everything. Fast forward three years, and we now spend a weekend at the show. It now feels like there’s always something that we have to miss when we leave on Sunday. Hit the jump to see our final thoughts and the best of the costumes!

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