I was a busy artist ahead of Celebration Orlando 2017. Five patches. One Droids-style cardback. One logo. One T-shirt. And then the one project I couldn't tell anybody about until it was revealed Sunday morning at Celebration... the gift for the Collecting Track panelists, sponsors and volunteers.
I went to Celebration Orlando 2017 flush with cash from my Droids Custom IG-88 sales, hoping to track down some foreign MOC C-3PO I need, or maybe one of the two Micro 4-Ups I'm missing. That was a total bust. After finding nothing at all on the show floor, my ...
First off, kudos to Bill for being able to get something up on the site last week after getting back from Celebration. As for me, I’m still trying to recover. It didn’t help matters that this past weekend I was at The Chicagoland Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), but enough of all that. Let’s get on to what all went down!
At least for this Celebration, I wasn’t going alone, my friend Barry was going with me and like with Anaheim, I was going for all four days. Our flight from Chicago wasn’t until 5:00 Wed night, so I spent the morning finalizing my income taxes, the afternoon picking up some last minute things and getting the last of my Celebration spending money from the bank.
Barry’s Dad picked me up @ 2:30 and drove us to the airport. On the flight down, each seat was equipped with its own television monitor so you could watch T.V. shows, movies, play games, etc… I opted to watch "Rogue One" which I felt was quite appropriate considering the reason we were heading to Fla. Upon landing, we got our bags and took an Uber to our hotel, which was the Wyndham. We dropped off our luggage and relaxed in the room for a few minutes before heading out to get something at "Gatorville", the hotel’s restaurant. After our meal, we returned to our room for the night to relax and rest up for what would prove to be an extremely hectic (albeit awesome) 4 days.
Celebration Orlando 2017 is over. I started my first prep work for the convention last October, lining things up for the 2017 PSWCS.org charity medallion. Then I had huge art projects for the Collecting Track and the Archive Party to fill my free time. I designed five different patches along the way. I found a way to squeeze in a new Droids custom to raise some spending money which I didn't spend. It was a monumental undertaking
And it was very successful. I had a fantastic time. I made great memories, and had the chance to hang out with friends from all over the world. Patch delivery issues generated a degree of unwanted stress, but that worked out eventually. We sold well over 800 charity medallions. All my projects were well-received. Other than a few minor hiccups, things really went swimmingly.
I didn't take all that many photos, opting to experience things rather than record them. I read somewhere that people remember things more vividly when they don't take videos and photos of them. The act of recording things shuts off the part of your brain that stores permanent memories as an act of efficiency, or something along those lines. And my favorite photo from the con was one I didn't take anyway...
That's Dave Filoni with my friend Nick, who gave him a PSWCS name badge. So I guess he's an official honorary member of my club. So cool!
My brain still needs to process everything, and I'm still struggling to get back into my early morning routine, so expect me to write more about things next week. But yeah... it was wonderful.
PS: Many thanks to Beedo for keeping the home fires burning while I was away! Those beer reviews are great!
Well, Happy Easter, everyone. Just got off a gruelling 10-hour night shift, and I must say, a good chocolate egg goes a long way to making one feel better in such a circumstance. But not far enough. Which is why I put a Fuller’s Vintage 2012 in the fridge as soon as I got home. };D
Okay, gang, so this is the last of the three reviews for the holiday weekend. Still got a couple more in the works, I just need some photographs. We'll get to those a bit later in the year.
Anywho, for today's offering, Ringwood Brewery continues its feral swine theme with Razor Back. And, in my collection, there is not an action figure match better for this beer than Kenner’s Wild Boar Alien, with extending “razor-sharp” spines.
There’s very little info on the labels, apart from the fact that this beer “Contains: Barley malt” and that “Razorback” is another term for a wild boar, and therefore an homage to the brewery’s symbol. At a mere 3.6% ABV, it’s not going to get you very drunk, but it does have a rich, hearty flavour to it with just enough of a hoppy twinge at the back end to keep it interesting. This is the sort of beer that goes well with food. Went very well with a couple of chili-mango-lime chicken wraps I was eating at the time, I must say. So it’s probably also good for quaffing with snacks while watching something nifty on the TV. Or just sitting down and drinking a few in a row.
Drink this if you also like: Newcastle Brown, red ales, amber ales, medium-hoppy ales, session ales.
Action Figures & Their Beers - I have nothing clever for this one
This one’s a no-brainer. Unfortunately, media, society, and youth being what they are these days, few people younger than our generation know anything about the Muppets at all, let alone specific characters. Even worse, “muppet” has come to be an insult in modern British slang, meaning someone stupid. I find all this to be a cultural travesty. It’s enough to drive me to drink. So, on that note, this beer gets teamed up with Muppet Labs’ resident scatter-brained head scientist, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew. And his hapless assistant, Beaker, of course.
This golden ale from Fuller’s is made with organic honey, malt & hops (they didn’t say which varieties). It’s bright & mellow & sunny & refreshing. Not overwhelmingly honey-fied, but enough to get the idea across. An average-ish 5% ABV, so not too bad, there, either. And, you know, I could wax rhapsodic about it with my usual sesquipedalian magniloquence, and my ingenious and subtle wordsmithing. But I’m not gonna. It’s delicious and it cheered me right up. Just go buy some. Unless you’re determined to be a grump or a hop snob, you’ll like it, if not love it.
Drink this if you also like: Mellow ales, ultra-refreshing ales.
Action Figures & Their Beers - Calling all beer drinkers!
Yes my friends - we're only a week away from the biggest Star Wars party in the galaxy. And I couldn't be more excited about Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 despite a few pretty aggravating hiccups that have stressed me out to no end the past few days. But that's not the only reason we should be celebrating!
Today we're marking SIXTEEN YEARS of CreatureCantina.com! It's gonna be a low-key affair... I've had so much Celebration Orlando prep that planning anything big for here was out of the question. It pretty much means we get to say goodbye to our awesome "Celebrating 15 years of SUCKS!" banner. And it calls for a few moments of reflection.
With internet media like this site pretty much drying up in the face of Facebook, we've evolved from the premiere collecting humor site we once were. We don't cover toys as much any more (though it's heartening to see we can still accidentally break an embargo and draw the ire of a major toy manufacturer after all these years...). Now we more share stories, review beers, and promote my artwork. And that seems to be working pretty well for us.
And who knows what the future may hold? Hey advertisers - we have a nice free space up the top there if you're interested! And readers - if you're interesting and want to write something, we have space for you. Unpaid, obviously. But still, it's a great opportunity.
So as I'm packing up to head down to Orlando, I'll think fondly of the community we've created here, and hold in my heart everyone who enjoys and supports this site. Thank you, and have a blast at Celebration!
I know all of you have anxiously been awaiting the results, so rather than keep you in suspense any longer, the winners are in bold:
BEST PICTURE: (I’ve always known 5 nominees, so I’m keeping it at 5.)
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", "Deadpool", "Suicide Squad", "The Accountant", and "Eye in the Sky"
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:
Diego Luna "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", Ryan Reynolds "Deadpool", Aaron Paul "Eye in the Sky", Ben Affleck "The Accountant", Stephen Lang "Don’t Breathe"
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Felicity Jones "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", Margot Robbie "Suicide Squad", Lauren Cohan "The Boy", Natalie Dormer "The Forest", Morena Baccarin "Deadpool"
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Donnie Yen "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", Jiang Wen "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", Alan Tudyk "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", Ben Mendelsohn "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", Riz Ahmed "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Emily VanCamp "Captain America: Civil War", Viola Davis "Suicide Squad", Gina Carano "Deadpool", Gal Gadot "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", Olivia Munn "X Men: Apocalypse"
BEST DIRECTOR: Gareth Edwards "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", Tim Miller "Deadpool", David Ayer "Suicide Squad", Peter Berg "Patriots Day", Gavin O’Connor "The Accountant"
MAKE-UP AND HAIRSTYLING:
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", "Deadpool", "Suicide Squad"
VISUAL EFFECTS: "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", "Deadpool", "Suicide Squad", "Captain America: Civil War", "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"
BEST ORIGINAL FILM: "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", "Deadpool", "Suicide Squad", "The Accountant", "Eye in the Sky"
"Captain America: Civil War", "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", "The Conjuring 2", "Bad Santa 2", "IP Man 3"