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In this episode I sit down with long time friend and talented artist Richard Duron.  Listen as he discusses his idols, dreams, and passions.  Also, hear how his position as Co Art Director of Forbidden Panel guides his responsibilities and his love for the industry. Continue reading

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Bloodborne is the latest release of game publisher FromSoftware. In their own words, “Face your fears as you search for answers in the ancient city of Yharnam, now cursed with a strange endemic illness spreading through the streets like wildfire. Danger, death and madness lurk around every corner of this dark and horrific world, and you must discover its darkest secrets in order to survive.”

If you have any familiarity with the game’s developers through their previously acclaimed titles, Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls I/II, then there isn’t too much that you don’t already know about the types of games that they produce. If you aren’t familiar with their games, then I have a whole lot to tell you about.

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In this episode join AJ and special guest Richard Duron as they discuss their San Diego Comic Con 2015 Experience.

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Also, send well wishes to Anthony White as he recovers from the dreaded Con-Flu.

Here are some photos from SDCC 2015 thanks to Richard Duron.

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Unfortunatley for me, the first official day of Comic Con is also the last day of Comic Con.  And since I knew that would not be returning the next day, I did my best to run around and grab as many photos as I could.

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The floor was even more bombarded today then it was yesterday.  Because of that, I could not maneuver through the crowds as well as I did the previous night.  I did, however, manage to pick up some really awesome stuff from some of my favorite vendors.  I also managed to swing by some booths and say hi to some old friends.  Again, due to the size of the crowd I was unable to get any interviews.

Here are some of the photos from todays adventures.  Please make sure you tune in to this weeks episode of the PanelCast as Anthony and I will be wrapping up and reviewing as much as we can about this years San Diego Comic Con.

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It’s that time of year again.  No, not Christmas.  Well not for some.  But time for San Diego Comic Con.  The biggest convention of the year is upon us once again.

SDCC is always a love/hate relationship.  While I enjoy seeing all the amazing exclusives and grand booth displays on the floor, I am not a big fan of crazed crowds and long waits in line.  This year was no exception.

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The convention floor was filled with some really amazing statues and toys and displays.  While I did not have a chance to see everything (the floor was only open for 3 hrs) I did my best to take pictures of what I could see.  I also managed to be able to run around to some of my favorite booths and grab some of the exclusives.

For me, my favorite part of SDCC is the Annual Forbidden Panel Dinner at the Gaslamp Strip Club (think steaks).  I was not let down this year.  Joined by some good friends and fans, I had a blast.

Here are some of the photos I did manage to take today.  While I will not be able to attend Fri-Sun, I will be on the floor again tomorrow.  Hopefully, I can snap more pictures at that time.  To see what pics I will be taking, please head over to our Instgram page and follow our adventures as they happen.   Also, check back here on Tuesday as we release the latest episode of the PanelCast with our detailed run-down of our hijinks at SDCC

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Anime Expo kicked off today in the Los Angeles Convention Center. The annual event is expecting attendance figures in the range of 100,000 this year. From my perspective of the crowds today, that expectation is likely to be met and surpassed. There was a feel of excitement and energy around the convention center as fans of manga and anime gathered to celebrate their love of the mediums.

I have a few quick pictures for you from today, and if you want to keep up with all of the cool and interesting things that I encounter throughout the remainder of the weekend, make sure that you follow the Forbidden Panel Instagram feed.

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TGL_key2     Tokyo Ghoul A is the second season of Tokyo Ghoul and it picks up right where season 1 left off. For those not familiar with the Tokyo Ghoul series, I will give you a brief rundown of the show and as spoiler free a synopsis of the first season as possible, if for nothing other than to set the stage for the events that take place in A.

Tokyo Ghoul follows the life of Ken Kaneki. Ken is a college student. He has few friends, the most notable being his best friend, Hide. Ken is more than a little bit of a bookworm. He meets a girl named Rize that he is interested in. During his first date with her, it is revealed, when she attacks him, that she is a ghoul. Ghouls are a species of human-looking creatures with special abilities that survive on human flesh. There is an accident that results in the death of Rize and serious injuries to Ken. An emergency transplant is performed and some of Rize’s organs are given to Ken to preserve his life. The result of the surgery is that Ken becomes a ghoul himself. Ken spends the remainder of the season finding like-minded ghouls, i.e. those who do not wish to survive by taking the lives of humans, and coming to an understanding of what his life has become.

With that as a base, let’s take a look at Tokyo Ghoul √A.

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If you read my column consistently, you know we take our children everywhere and conventions are no exception.  We enjoy sharing these experiences with our children and believe they are instrumental to their development in many ways, providing both fun and education and plan to continue to share these experiences with them for the duration of their childhood.

Some parents want to take their entire families to a convention, but have obligations like attending panels, networking, hosting events, interviewing attendees, or sitting through celebrity events on the exhibit floor and taking children along for these types of events can be arduous at best and down right miserable, leading to impossible at worst.  Hours upon hours of standing in lines and fighting vicious crowds to get the shot you need, the interview you need, the exclusive action figure you need… it can be brutal.

ComicCon has your solution and before you immediately raise your hand against the notion of ever allowing your child to leave your side in this type of atmosphere, let me just tell you about this place.

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In this episode AJ and Anthony review Jurassic World!!!  They also take time to discuss their favorite season finale’s.

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Join AJ on a new podcast focusing on some of the amazing and creative talent behind Forbidden Panel.  This month: Justin White of Necro-Sapien Press and artist for ZKS Zombie Kill Squad.  While you’re listening to the podcast head over to the store and check out some of his astounding art.

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