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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Rose City Comic Con Announces Full Schedule of Events






Rose City Comic Con Announces Full Schedule of Events





Three Days Packed with Special Guest Appearances, Industry Expert Panels, Exclusive Screenings, and More Fill the Oregon Convention Center September 13-15








Portland, OR (August 28, 2019) – Rose City Comic Co, Oregon’s premier comic con, is proud to announce three days of programming complete with panels, workshops, celebrity appearances, and more, taking over the Oregon Convention Center from September 13-15. Family-friendly pavilion Rose City Jr, presented by the Toy Association, brings all-ages programming to its dedicated stage on the show floor. Read below for more details on who guests can see on the main stage as well as unique programing from Dark Horse Comics, Oni Press, Legendary Entertainment, LeakyCon and more. Attendees can start planning their Rose City Comic Con experience and view the full schedule online at: https://rosecitycomiccon.com/programming/.







Highlights from Rose City Comic Con 2019 include:







Celebrity & Comic Guests



Hear from some of the biggest influencers from the world of pop culture and comic books at panels, screenings, Q&As, and more. For a full lineup of confirmed guests visit https://rosecitycomiccon.com/guest/.







Main Stage events include:




  • The Office Cast (2:40PM – September 13 – Room 1)

  • Weird Science Cast (4:10PM – September 15 – Room 1)

  • Princess Bride Cast (12:50PM – September 14 – Room 1)

  • Harry Potter Cast (2:15PM – September 14 – Room 1)

  • Doctor Who Cast (5:15PM -- September 14 – Room 1)

  • Weird Al (5:00PM – September 13 – Room 1)

  • Robert Enguld Q&A (6:10PM – September 15—Room 1)

  • SHAZAM’S Zachary Levi (11:30AM – September 15 – Room 1)










Dark Horse Comics






  • Artists Who Write: The Craft and Creation of Comics (2PM – September 13—Room 6)

  • Peeling Back the Layers: The Process of Bringing a Comic to Life (1PM – September 14 – Room 6)

  • Dark Horse Comics: Behind the Books (5PM – September 14 – Room 6)

  • Dark Horse Mange (2PM – September 15 – Room 6)














LeakyCon
@ RCCC




Returning to the Oregon area for the first time since 2013, Harry Potter fans can revel in all the fun that LeakyCon’s Wizarding Alley will bring to the 2019 Rose City Comic Con.






  • Underappreciated Harry Potter Characters Hour (3:00PM – September 13 – Room 4)

  • Parental Figures in Harry Potter (11:00AM – September 14 – Room 4)

  • Women of the Harry Potter Series (4:00PM – September 14 – Room 4)

  • 15 Harry Potter Topics in 50 Minutes (11AM – September 15 – Room 4)

  • Harry, A History (12:30PM – September 15 – Room 5)










Rose City Jr



Rose City Jr, powered by The Toy Association, provides hours of fun with entertaining and educational programs for fans of all ages, including interactive workshops with characters from hit shows, costume parades, an entire stage dedicated to kids programing and more.






  • Kids Costume Parades (4:30PM – September 14 & 12:30PM – September 15 Rose City Jr Stage) Kids will have the chance to strut their stuff and show off over-the-top outfits in not just one but two costume parades inside Rose City Jr. Entry is limited to the first 30 registrants.

  • National Wildlife Federation Animal Show with Naturalist David Mizejewski and animal ambassadors from the Oregon Zoo (1:30PM – September 14 – Rose City Jr Stage) Meet celebrity naturalist David Mizejewski of the National Wildlife Federation as he hosts an amazing wildlife showcase with Oregon Zoo animals from around the globe.

  • Meet and Greet with Portland Thorns and Timber Joey (Rose City Jr. Meet & Greets) Meet players from the Portland Thorns and the official Portland Timbers mascot, Timber Joey on Saturday, September 14.




                    Portland Thorns Players - 2-3:30pm

                    Timber Joey - 3-4:30pm



Legendary Entertainment






  • Legendary Comics and Beyond (4:00PM – September 14 –Room 6)










Community Based Programming



Rose City Comic Con is committed to inclusivity and uplifting diverse voices in our community. Convention attendees can find programming dedicated to LGBTQ+, the disabled community, women in pop culture, and communities of color.






  • Representation in Superhero Comics: Gail Simone and Seven Days (3PM – September 13 – Room 6)

  • Magic Wheelchair: Inclusive Cosplay (1:30PM – September 15 – Room 3)










Additional Programming Highlights:






  • Crime DOES Pay: Modern Crime Comics and More! (11AM – September 14 – Room 6)

  • Stumptown Premiere (3:25PM – September 14 Room 1)

  • Tales from The Long Con: (12PM – September 15 – Room 6)










WEBSITE & MOBILE APP: https://rosecitycomiccon.com/ and the Rose City Comic Con app have the most up to date information and schedules. Find the app by searching for “Rose City Comic Con” in the App Store or Google Play Store.







SOCIAL MEDIA:














About Rose City Comic Con



Founded in 2011, Rose City Comic Con quickly became Portland’s largest and most diverse comics convention. Building from the strong, independent creative community in the city and combining well-known creators, celebrity guests, and cosplay enthusiasts in a family-friendly atmosphere, RCCC brings together a variety of passionate fans in one epic weekend.







About LeftField Media



LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media) and is now owned by Topalian and Clarion Events Ltd. With a keen sense of the evolving needs of businesses and their consumers, as well as new opportunities created by change, LeftField takes a clean slate approach to its work. LeftField’s portfolio includes Awesome Con (awesomecon.com), Washington D.C.’s Comic Con; Rose City Comic Con (rosecitycomiccon.com), in Portland, O.R.; Big Easy Con (bigeasycon.com), in New Orleans, L.A.; and Anime NYC (animenyc.com), a Japanese pop culture festival in New York City. LeftField Media is headquartered in historic Trumbull, C.T. (leftfieldmedia.com).

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Chew Vol. 3: Just Desserts

Title: Chew Vol. 3: Just Desserts




ISBN: 9781607063353
Price: $12.99
Publisher/Year: Image, 2015
Artist: Rob Guillory
Writer: John Layman
Collects: Chew #11-15

Rating: 4/5

Detective Tony Chu has a disgusting, but useful, superpower. He is a Cibopath, who gets psychic impressions from the food he eats. While this tends to ruin hamburgers for him, since he knows too much about the suffering of the cows, Tony can also use his ability to tell how a murder victim died by eating part of their corpse. It's not fun, but it gets the job done.

Lately things have been looking up for Tony. He is now employed as part of the Special Crimes Division of the FDA and has found a way to get along with his boss, though they still don't like each other. Tony has a brand new prosthetic ear, and a love interest; Amelia Mintz, a journalist and former food critic with a superpower of her own. Amelia is a Saboscrivener, able to make her readers literally taste the food she writes about, which allows Chu to actually enjoy the flavor of food without the usual psychic baggage that comes with it.

In this volume, Chu and his cyborg partner at the FDA are called in to investigate the murder of the son of a senator who was helping Chu's girlfriend Amelia with a story on an exclusive dining club whose members eat endangered species. He also has to look into a cock fighting ring, investigate a mysterious new substitute for chicken that tastes suspiciously like the real thing, and deal with the reappearance of the formidable fugitive former FDA agent and fellow cibopath, Mason Savoy.

It was nice to see Savoy reappear, with his characteristic verbose dialogue, and I hope to see more of him in later volumes. It was interesting to see Chu's relationship with Amelia start to deepen, along with his partnership with John, the cyborg. This volume also introduced some new characters, including some of Chu's extended family. Most of the stories in each chapter are self contained, but the last one ends with a few unanswered questions to keep readers coming back for more.

Chew has an original concept and an intriguing plot with plenty of twists and turns. It's sometimes gruesome, and often blackly funny. The art in this volume is as good as ever, though the blood and gore won't be to everyone's taste

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Chew Vol. 2: International Flavor

Title: Chew Vol. 2: International Flavor





ISBN: 9781607062608

Price: $12.99

Publisher/Year: Image, 2014

Artist: Rob Guillory

Writer: John Layman

Collects: Chew #6-10



Rating: 4/5



The thing about Chew that makes it even more special is that it is not afraid to keep on taking the story further. It’s pretty unusual to begin with – Tony Chu is a cibopath, someone who can pick up psychic impressions from anything he eats, who works as an agent of the FDA, now the most powerful agency in America after a bird flu epidemic killed millions, making chicken illegal. But Layman doesn’t stop there in this new collection: he brings back Chu’s old partner, who now has robotic parts on his face and chin; a USDA special agent has a ‘specially trained rat named “Jellybean” equipped with miniature cameras and parabolic microphones for surveillance’; there is a ‘cibolocutor’, a man who communicates solely through cooking; and there is fruit that, when cooked, tastes exactly like chicken but is actually from outer space. This is the sort of stuff that comic books do best.



The book isn’t all about the wonderful craziness – Layman has interesting characters and well-plotted storylines. The cast are funny and odd and strange and intriguing; the dialogue has a rawness and a reality and a unique feel to it; and the story takes unexpected turns that keep you wanting more. It’s bizarre and oddball book, but in all the good ways, and I’m really glad that it exists, and it was wonderful news when it won the Eisner award for Best New Series.



The other important contribution to the book is the art of Guillory, which suits the tone of the book perfectly; his art style, which feels like a mixture of Ben Templesmith and Jim Mahfood, creates the ideal reality for the balance of oddness and realism can exist without clashing. His people all look like complete individuals, none more obvious in the difference between Chu and his older brother, even though you can see the similarity. Together, these two artists make such a good book that it’s enough to tempt me to buy the individual issues, just so I can get the story quicker.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 Vol. 2

Title: Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 Vol. 2




ISBN: 9781613775516
Price: $17.99
Publisher/Year: IDW, 2013
Artist: J.K. Woodward, Gordon Purcell
Writer: Scott Tipton, David Tipton
Collects: Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #5-8

Rating: 4/5

We are immediately thrust into the story with Picard and the Doctor discussing the Borg. Both men are on either side of the fence with the situation. And through a flashback to one of my favorite Star Trek episodes told by none other than Guinan (aka Whoopi Goldberg), the Doctor is informed as to why our brave Captain doesn’t trust the Borg and would never form an alliance. However, once they dig deeper and realize the Cybermen are attempting to convert the Borg and use all of their resources to take over the universe, the threat against the world becomes too great even for Picard to ignore.

The best thing about  Assimilation 2 Volume 2 is the characters. The illustrator aimed to make each character resemble their television selves, and I think it works in its favor. You can’t help but feel nostalgic or geek out when gazing upon the faces of Data, Worf, Geordi La Forge, or Matt Smith as the Doctor. Knowing you are heading into battle with your favorite characters, adds to the overall enjoyment of the story. The only downside is unfortunately you don’t get the conclusion to the story in this compilation. *sad face* You must wait until the next installment to see if their efforts work or if it was all for nothing.

Overall, Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation 2 Volume 2 is a must-read for any fan of either series. It’s engaging, highly entertaining, and will leave you wanting more long after you reach the end of page 72.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 Vol. 1

Title: Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 Vol. 1





ISBN: 9781613774038

Price: $17.99

Publisher/Year: IDW, 2012

Artist: J.K. Woodward, The Sharp Bros. Gordon Purcell

Writer: Scott Tipton, David Tipton, Tony Lee

Collects: Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #1-4



Rating: 4/5



Two of the deadliest foes that either series ever faced join forces to terrorize various universes. Whenever worlds like these collide, the “why” is never as important as seeing how everyone’s favorite characters will engage with one another. The Doctor and Captain Picard are as different as two characters can be, and they interact exactly how you would expect. The story is enthralling and quick witted, aligning itself with the current incarnation of Doctor Who. The writing team of Scott and David Tipton with Tony Lee have a solid grasp of all the characters, and it doesn’t hurt that you already know how most of these characters speak in your mind. It reads as a fast paced episode of Doctor Who with a nice touch of Star Trek: Next Generation technology.



As a bonus, readers get a glimpse of a previous “generation” with another Doctor in one chapter that works to great effect. The change in art for this issue by the Sharp Bros. is a brilliant move as it shows the many contrasts of the older series with its sharp colors and straight forward action that a certain Captain and his crew are well known for. The throwback sequence is tastefully done with its bold and dynamic action with a touch of Mike Allred-ness thrown in for good measure. The rest of the series is painted by J.K. Woodward and Gordon Purcell which sets its own moods from planet to planet and from TARDIS to Enterprise. The moody coloring and portrait-like shots of the characters shows off the many worlds these adventurers are exploring as they uncover the mystery of the deadly alliance of Borg and Cybermen. As the tale progresses, the debate of who is worse begins unfolding for The Enterprise crew and The Doctor and his companions.



Staying true to form, there are no easy answers for anyone. The Tiptons and Lee have really shown the right amount of heart, emotion and honesty from the Doctor’s side as well as showing the wit and big questions fans know from the Next Generation crew. The creators leave good hooks at the end of each chapter just like in any long form story telling to keep you wanting more. It wouldn’t be a bad thing were they to release the series weekly or bi-weekly like the TV shows they are portraying as fans appetites have become harder to satisfy. Whether you’re a fan of Doctor Who, or TNG, or even if enjoy a good sci-fi adventure, this book is loads of fun on all fronts.

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