Update: 1:30pm 7/25
I’ve heard an update, and it’s scary. Not going to post the details here, but right now it’s not looking good for the site. Hopefully the email I sent off will light a fire under them to fix this.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what’s going on with Furious Fanboys, so here’s the latest I know as of 7:45am on 7/25.
On Thursday, the first day of San Diego Comic Con, Furious Fanboys went down with the host not responding. I immediately fired off an email to my contact at the company that now owns the site, and that evening he said he’d let the server guys know about it and get back to me ASAP.
I didn’t hear anything all weekend. On Sunday Stephanie, who does all of the great CW articles on the site, wanted to post an article about coping with not being at SDCC and couldn’t; so she contacted me. I explained all that I knew and copied my contact at the company again for as a reminder.
Yesterday Jason, who founded the site, emailed me and copied the CEO when he saw all of the Google errors, and I gave him the rundown of what I knew. Not long after that I finally received an update asking for some information as they were working on a fix that didn’t quite make much sense (as in theory they could just restore a backup of Wednesday’s snapshot as long as they had it).
So that’s where we are now. I’ll keep this post updated as I learn more information. Updates will be posted above.
I am writing this from the Hall H line at around 3:00pm. So we still have about five and a half hours until wristbands are handed out for Saturday’s panels and even longer than that until they get to our section of the line.
So far I’ve had a good SDCC. The highlight so far was the Walter & Louise Simonson panel yesterday, which should’ve been three hours long. So many great answers to fan questions and some cool stories about great Marvel storylines.
A close runner up to that would be the Classic Doctor Who panel with Peter Davidson and Colin Baker. I didn’t know about the BBC/ITV streaming service Britbox, but that panel made me sign up for a trial for the Classic Doctor Who they have on it.
The con itself is pretty packed this year and it keeps getting worse every year. The Hall H line is even worse than it was last year where my group was put into group B and this year it looks like we’ll lucky to get into group C.
Trying to conserve battery as much as possible before tomorrow but I plan to Tweet live from Hall H as much as I can. I have a 15,000 mAh battery for my phone and it should only be halfway done by the time I go back to the hotel in about 12 hours, and I’ll get it a little more charge then before coming back to the line.
In other news it looks like Furious Fanboys is down. I’ve emailed them about it, but haven’t heard any news yet. This is the worst time for the site to go down, and I think this final downtime may be its death.
Created by Hickman during his absolutely epic run on Avengers (and starring in the Infinity event), Thanos’ Black Order is making the jump to the MCU faster than almost any other comic character has.
Marvel revealed statues of the four at D23 Expo this weekend, and the designs are comic perfect. All have their correct names, although Black Dwarf has been renamed Cull Obsidian, and I can understand that change. Some people are really dumb and won’t bother to realize he’s named after a type of Black Hole (the whole team is) so there is bound to be someone who gets really offended at the name.
I took pics of each statue, and these have only been resized down due to being on a website. I’ll try to find a way to post the full 24MP pictures later, but here is the Black Order from D23 Expo, and yes that is what Thanos was wearing in the Infinity War footage (although with the Gauntlet):
It’s almost always futile to try to put together a schedule for a big convention (especially SDCC), but with how well Disney runs D23 Expo and the lines you can actually do that especially if you’ve been to the convention before. I’ve been to every D23 Expo, and Disney improves on their line handling every year, so this is basically what I have planned for the weekend:
Disney Legends Ceremony & Animation and Pixar presentation.
It IS possible to do both of those. I’ve done it every year. Once the Legends ceremony ends you run right over to get in line for the Animation presentation. You don’t get seats near the front, we were in the back last year, but you’re still able to get in line for Hall D23.
Live Action presentation & Parks panel
Same thing as Friday. Camp out over night for the first panel of the day, and then immediately run over to get in line for the next one.
This is the day I’ll hit the floor to check out the exhibits and then go to the Legends of Imagineering panel at 6:00.
The big Hall D23 presentations for Animation and Live Action don’t allow any sort of recording devices inside. Phones are sealed in thick static bags and all bags and cameras are confiscated. The Legends ceremony and other panels do allow cameras and such inside so I’ll be able to take pictures there, and I plan to take quite a lot.
SDCC next week is a little more open for me as the only thing I’m 100% planning to do is Hall H all day on Saturday.
D23 Expo kicks off this week and I’ll be headed over there Thursday night to camp out for the Legends Ceremony on Friday morning, but there’s one thing people don’t quite understand about what D23 Expo is. While lots of film bloggers are overhyping their readers with promises of what Marvel may show at SDCC, they fail to realize that on D23 Expo years they traditionally save their best stuff for that convention.
Disney only holds D23 Expo every two years and it’s basically their version of Comic Con or Star Wars Celebration, but for Disney fans. And that’s where it gets a bit different. Anyone who has an AP at Disneyland can tell you of the “Passhole” phenomenon of overly entitled Disney fans who believe they deserve the world on a silver platter, and at D23 Expo that is amplified. There are “Sorcerer” packages that cost into the thousands of dollars, and on top of that these people spend about $100 a year for their annual D23 Fan Club membership card.
Update: I’m not meaning to point fingers at the Sorcerers. I was using them to illustrate that people do pay a lot of money to be at D23 and Disney treats them the way they should be. Disney runs D23 better than ANY other convention, because they realize that people pay good money to be there and they’ll hear about it if they’re not treated right.
That’s why what Disney shows at D23 Expo remains exclusive. If anything wasn’t exclusive just for those people who spend a lot of money with Disney, they’d riot and scream at Disney for not treating them like special snowflakes. That’s one of the reasons why they seal phones in static bags before the big presentations and confiscate all cameras. Nothing from D23 Expo ever leaks. In 2015 they showed the first footage from Civil War, and that did leak online, but the leak didn’t come from the Expo floor. It was from some other source months after the convention.
Having said that, if anything were to be released online officially from the 2017 convention; it’ll be the Behind the Scenes sizzle reel for The Last Jedi. None of the Marvel stuff will likely make it online.
With just over a week and a half until D23 Expo and two and a half weeks until SDCC, my prep for both conventions is officially underway. Oh, yea. You have to prepare for these things. People who don’t end up having a terrible time, especially when they find out about the Hall H line and the fact that you have to camp out over night for it.
So I’m getting ready for two weeks of conventions. My MacBook Pro’s battery died and swelled up, breaking the trackpad, so I’m replacing both of those now so I have a laptop for both conventions. I also wanted to take my PS Vita for the Hall H line, but lost my charger. Since it’s a 1000 model, and uses the dumb proprietary connection, I had to track down an aftermarket charger since finding a Sony one for a system that isn’t “officially” discontinued is nearly impossible. I also have a new backpack to carry all my gear, which is also very important.
By the time SDCC rolls around the only thing I’ll need to get is a trolley card, which I’ll either do when I get down there or just use the phone app since I’m not driving to the convention center every day and paying for parking.
I’ve done these conventions for more than 15 years (SDCC) and the key is being prepared for days away from civilization.
Today marks one month until the start of Preview Night at San Diego Comic Con. While I am still going to D23 Expo the week before, I’ll probably be doing a lot more streaming/sharing at SDCC especially since they don’t confiscate phones in Hall H like they do at D23.
So right now this is my tentative plan for that week.
I’ll be doing Facebook Live broadcasts on the Furious Fanboys Facebook page. These will hopefully be throughout the days and between panels in Hall H, all depending on cell signal of course as it can be hit and miss in the convention center and especially in Hall H.
I’m not taking my laptop (at least not at this time) but I want to try to post some longer updates here beyond what 140 characters on Twitter allows.
And when I’m not broadcasting to the Furious Fanboys Facebook, I’ll be using Periscope to Twitter.
I’ll be there for all four days and Preview Night, although I may leave early on Sunday depending on what’s going on.
Last week a Twitter friend of mine made a comment that “Star Wars Twitter” died on November 8th and hasn’t been the same since. I don’t know if that’s entirely true, although the last few months have shown why it isn’t wise to discuss certain things on social media as you’re likely to offend half the people who follow you. While Star Wars discussion has been interrupted with a lot of outside noise recently, the same is true with virtually everything else.
And someone posting personal opinions on social media isn’t anywhere as bad as what some other people use the “Star Wars” name to do. If you’re annoyed by someone retweeting something political on their Twitter feed, then someone exploiting Star Wars fans with a GoFundMe and a fake account promoting it should really enrage you. There’s more things to be upset about in regards to Star Wars than someone putting their personal opinion out there on Twitter.
Star Wars is for everyone, not just the people who share your politics or beliefs.
In other news, following all of that drama I actually considered relaunching the Star Wars site I did back in 2015. Instead I decided against it as it’s just another site to worry about between this blog and Furious Fanboys. That URL does redirect here though.
I’m counting down the days until D23 Expo and SDCC. Those two conventions are going to be huge. I wouldn’t be shocked if D23 Expo has Han Solo information while there’s a Last Jedi panel at SDCC focusing on the villains much like what they did for The Force Awakens. Back then the heroes were featured at Celebration, while Phasma and Hux were talked about at SDCC.
I’ll also try to be a bit more active here. I know I’ve said that in the past, but I’m going to make an effort at it now.
It’s quickly approaching summer, which means it’s convention season.
I won’t be going to E3 this year since it lands on a really bad week for me and I can’t drive into the city for it during that week. I may be able to make it to the Microsoft E3 conference, since that is on a Sunday afternoon, but I’m still debating going.
But in July I’ll be going to two conventions. D23 Expo is this year. Disney does it every other year and I really believe it’s the best convention. Crowds aren’t nearly as bad as something like WonderCon or SDCC and I’ve never ran into any issues with how Disney runs it. They do such a great job with it they should really take over Star Wars Celebration and run it themselves.
Then a week later I’m going to the San Diego Comic Con. I actually kind of swore it off the last couple years with the difficulty in getting a pass, the insane parking lottery where people game the system by using 200 emails, and then the hotel lottery. But this year I managed to get a four day pass with preview night. I don’t have parking but I managed to book a hotel right down the street from the convention center and right next to the green line trolley (which stops right in front of the convention center), so I’ll be going all four days to SDCC for the first time in years.
It’ll be an exhausting two weeks, but I’m looking forward to the vacation.
I’ve been playing MMORPGs since Neverwinter Nights on AOL. If there’s a major one out, I at least give it a try. But my relationship with Final Fantasy XIV has been rocky. I was dumb enough to buy the 1.0 Collector’s Edition and because of how broken that was I didn’t really get into A Realm Reborn too much. I’d try to come back every few months and give it another try, but something about it never really clicked with me…until this weekend.
In WoW, I’d always be able to find something to keep me playing no matter what expansion it is. But with Legion once I unlocked flying in the Broken Isles I got really bored. I didn’t even want to bother playing an alt. So I decided to give FFXIV yet another try. In the past I’d get stuck because I didn’t realize how lucrative the daily leveling roulette would be in terms of experience so I’d do all the quests in an area and get up to where I couldn’t continue the main scenario and just get bored grinding repeatable leves.
But this weekend I decided to use the daily roulette as well as grind in the Palace of the Damned, and I finally got my Dragoon to 50. I’m finishing up the main scenario in A Realm Reborn and am all set to go to Heavensward. Is it going to be enough to make me give up WoW after thirteen years? I don’t know yet, but for the first time since launch I’m actually really enjoying Final Fantasy XIV. I do have Stormblood pre-ordered, so that’s another thing to drive me through these last ten levels to 60.