In two weeks, zombies will take over Redlands’ Fox Events Center for the Third Annual Inland Empire Zombie Beauty Pageant presented by Forbidden Panel. Ten undead contestants will compete in talent, swimsuit, and evening gown categories before one survives to win the crown. The I.E. Zombie Beauty Queen will make appearances at comic conventions and horror shows throughout the year with Forbidden Panel to visit with fans and turn the unlucky ones into the walking dead. The show will also have a junior division featuring six contestants showing off their zombie skills to win the youth crown. The competition is judged completely by audience votes. The ZOMBIE KILL SQUAD cosplay group will be providing protection from the zombie contestants throughout the event.
“Alo and the Steam Nauts” is the upcoming Steampunk comic series published by Forbidden Panel Comic Books. The Steam Nauts is written by Marissa (Rissy) Dollins and Esteban Sandoval and illustrated by Wisdomheaven Garcia. The characters of the book are also cosplayed by the writers along with friends and family members who all travel to make appearances at comic conventions, steampunk conventions, and other events to promote the story and meet new faces through the unique genre that is steampunk. Continue reading
by Martin Bright
Comic Con is approaching at SUPER SPEED and it’s time to start packing. You are going to need comfy clothes, fresh SHARPIES, a bag, snacks, headphones, sunglasses, DEODORANT, energy drinks, a good pair of shoes, batteries, phone charger, pain medication, collectibles to get autographed, a hat, traveling pillow… That list could go on and on and on. When it comes to Comic Con packing, it’s up to everyone’s personal discretion for what to actually bring. Here are some specific items I will be carrying and a few recommendations on how to not lose your mind when prepping for Con. Continue reading
By Martin Bright
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According to the countdown clock on my mobile phone, Comic Con International in San Diego is just over 14 days away. My heart is beating a little faster in anxious anticipation of 5 days of lines, panels, S.W.A.G., and seeing old & new fellow nerds. My brain is also on “high alert” as I walk my way through what I need to do to get ready for the biggest week of the fanboy summer season. SDCC, as the convention is affectionately referred to, is considered one of the biggest pop culture shows in North America, welcoming nearly 200,000 people to the Gaslamp District of San Diego, CA. There is so much going on that preparation is necessary to enjoy your time and be able to live to talk about it. Continue reading
ROBOCOP has been in and out of the news over the last couple years for the upcoming reboot of the film franchise. And now comes news that BOOM! Studios is reviving the ROBOCOP comics. Frank Miller and Stephen Grant of previous ROBOCOP comics series are collaborating on a new story out this Summer. According to BOOM! Studios’ website, “The people of Detroit have been evicted from their homes. ED-209’s and OCP officers run the streets. With OCP’s vision for Delta City well underway, Robocop may be his city’s last hope.”
Marissa Dollins, the reigning National America Miss California will be introducing KISSED ALIVE at the Long Beach Grand Prix after party this Friday, April 19. You may not recognize her in human form, but Marissa is also a member of the 2012 inland Empire Zombie Beauty Pageant Queen’s Court.
Ever wonder where Blue ICEE’s come from? Or how about what a Baywatch babe’s fantasies are? Forbidden Panel is proud to announce the release of MY NAME IS JOHN Volume 1 to answer these questions and more. Sean Dortch is the creator, writer and artist for MY NAME IS JOHN. “John” follows the book’s namesake through some of the wildest stories you will ever read about.
By Martin Bright
As the sun was setting on another southern Californian, Friday night at Disneyland there was a rare site at the park, a line for entry into the Innoventions ride. Disney welcomed Annual Passholders to a pre-opening to a new display on the ride, Marvel’s Iron Man armory. As fans of the films will know, Tony Stark’s mansion in Malibu is home to all of Iron Man’s armors that will be featured in the upcoming IRON MAN 3. This is the first outing for Marvel by the House of Mouse to incorporate their comic book properties into the classic amusement park
By Martin Bright
The last day of WonderCon 2013 was bittersweet. It was a huge weekend for the show however fatigue was starting to show. But that did not stop fans from showing up, especially with the likes of Joss Whedon, Clark Gregg and Nathan Fillion due to be on site. Per the norm, Sunday was a day to wind down and hunt for deals on the exhibit hall floor and attend the last few panels before calling it “a Con.”
By Martin Bright
Saturdays are always going to be the biggest day of any weekend comic convention. Most people are off work, they still have Sunday to recuperate, and Saturday morning cartoons can be TiVo-ed to watch later. This was the case in Anaheim for WonderCon 2013; Saturday passes officially sold out March 26th. The week of Con, Warner Bros. confirmed that Guillermo Del Toro would be on hand at 11:30am on Saturday morning to premiere the newest trailer for this Summer’s much anticipated, PACIFIC RIM; Bruce Campbell, Fede Alvarez, and Sam Raimi put out a video mentioning they would all be in Anahiem for the weekend to promote the EVIL DEAD. These two panels alone meant people lining up early to get in for a BIG day. Cosplayers, Food Trucks, and Exhibitors were not going to be out done by Hollywood’s presence and brought their “A Game” to the show too. Continue reading