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MOPA Special Report: VisionCon 2013

I recently had the chance to go to VisionCon, a sci-fi, comic, I and gaming convention, held right here in my city. It was my first con and it did noy disappoint. There were so many things to see and do that I almost forgot to put anything together for the site!

But despite all the distractions I did manage to interview 3 awesome folks, while fighting the age old battle of Man Vs. Hangover.

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My first interview was with artist Gerry Kissell, who’s photo realistic artwork can be seen in IDW’s Operation: Geronimo and on his site www.gerrykissell.com

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Next I had the opportunity to talk with author John Hornor Jacobs, known for his works Southern Gods, This Dark Earth, and The Twelve Fingered Boy. To check out more of his works go to his site here, like him on Facebook, or find him on Amazon.

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Last, but certainly not least, I spoke with Amanda Roberts of Geek Details. She specializes in geek inspired pinbacks, altered dishes, and other geektastic fare. To find more of her wares check out GeekDetails.com, or find them on Etsy.

Some other highlights of VisionCon were:

The amazing comedy styling of Mikey Mason.

Delver’s Drop, a Zelda-type adventure game, coming to a tablet near you from Pixelscopic.

And the “heart melting” moment of the con came when members of Garrison 66 presented our friend Gypsy with her very own set of Mandolorian armor!

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A grand time was had by all, and my thanks go to my guests, Garrison 66, and all the hard working people who made VisionCon an event to remember.

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M.O.P.A. Ep. III – Let’s Try This Again Show Notes!!!

With the release of The Star Wars Craft Book, there are now dozens of things fans can make and treasure themselves. Also with the holidays coming up crafting is a cost effective way to give the geeks in your life a unique and heartfelt gift. CNN Geek Out and The Huffington Post just posted articles about the joy of geek crafting written by Bonnie Burton, Author of The Star Wars Craft Book. Check them out here.

http://geekout.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/06/may-the-geek-craft-force-be-with-you/?hpt=li_c2

A Canadian Blogger and fan going by the handle ” Infinite Yums” made this tasty looking Ewok village out of gingerbread and chocolate. The delious diorama was put together for a charity auction and came complete with little Ewoks and a half-built Death Star that lit up!

http://io9.com/5864857/this-ewok-village-gingerbread-diorama-is-too-awesome-to-eat

Some of the stunning storyboards fro The Empire Strikes Back are showing up in private collections lately. These storyboards feature art by Joe Johnston, the director of The Rocketeer and Captain America. Check ’em out.

http://io9.com/5864056/unseen-empire-strikes-back-storyboards-detailing-the-battle-of-hoth/gallery/1

With the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic looming on the horizon, the SWTOR team has decided to give our ears a taste of what’s to come. They’ve posted downloadable music tracks on their Facebook page. The audio is awesome.

http://www.facebook.com/starwarstheoldrepublic

The Central Texas Squad of the 501st Legion has teamed up with the Austin Disaster Relief Network for Operation: New Hope. The project is there to help local charities and business in times of disaster. Recently the Central Texas Squad could be seen at the Norris Conference Center in North Austin, where all proceeds were given to the Austin Disaster Relief Network to support wildfire victims.

http://www.kvue.com/home/Star-Wars-characters-patrol-the-Norris-Conference-Center-to-help-wildfire-victims-134970098.html

http://www.facebook.com/OperationANewHope?sk=info

BBC News’ HARDtalk recently had a chance to sit down with acting icon James Earl Jones, and he had some very plesant things to say about his role as the voice of Darth Vader.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/hardtalk/9656152.stm

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Laughter (And Star Wars) Is The Best Medicine

Going into this Holiday season, it warms my heart to see stories of giving and goodwill towards those of us who’re going through hardship. When I came across this video on StarWars.com it tugged at my heartstrings and tickled my funnybone!

If you’ve ever had anyone in your life touched by cancer please help Stand Up 2 Cancer fight for a cure by going to http://www.standup2cancer.org/usetheforce getting one of their awesome Star Wars themed t-shirts.

  

I Stand In Honor Of My Grandmother, My Uncle, And My Mother’s Best Friend. May The Force Be With Them.

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