Sam Skyler


Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

GUARDIANS Official Blog Tour

Camille DeAngelis

BONES AND ALL Official Nerd Blast

N.P. Griffiths


Nancy Freund


Mary Helen Specht


Ellie Cahill


Natalie Wright

H.A.L.F. THE DEEP BENEATH Official Blog Tour

E.L. Tettensor


Jen Calonita


Monday, November 30, 2015

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest - San Jose - Jean Booknerd Review


Heroes & Villains Fan Fest
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
November 21-22, 2015

By James Vallesteros
November 30, 2015

The inaugural Heroes & Villains Fan Fest emanated at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on a weekend before the Thanksgiving Holiday. Billed as “It’s not your Dad’s comic con, it’s your Fan Fest”, it stayed true to its moniker. The festivities were built around giving fans an experience like never before. The usual convention scene is mainly made up of the artist alley, vendors, exhibitors, and behind curtains where the celebrities usually conduct their photo-ops and autograph signings. However, the setup took in consideration of the fans who really want to immerse themselves into their favorite fandoms.

The main attraction for the first stop was CW’s Arrow’s Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen) and Willa Holland (Thea Queen). The autograph signing for both of these stars were set up right on the exhibit floor. Even if you weren’t in line for an autograph, fans were able to get a glimpse of their favorite stars. The photo-op section was handled professionally by the volunteer workers who did an outstanding job keeping everything in order. The lines moved along smoothly and most fans agreed that the wait times were decent.

Prices for admission were affordable and most fans were happy with the autograph and photo-op price tags. There were other festivities happening on the floor exhibit as well such zip-lining, bouncy house for the kids, and arts and crafts. So when it was labeled “It’s not your dad’s comic con”, these added elements certainly validated that statement.

The San Jose McEnery Convention Center was a perfect choice for a Northern California stop. There were plenty of parking to accommodate the fans. The Convention Center is not super big like some other buildings, but it played well with the whole “fan experience”. Everything that the event had to offer was in walking distance and didn’t have to hop from one hall to the other.

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest is a unique kind of convention. It’s focus on one single franchise provided fans assurance that they will get what they came for. Much like its sister con, Walker Stalker Con, we see Heroes & Villains Fan Fest to expand to other franchises and the end result will remain to be an unforgettable experience.
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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Comikaze Expo 2015 - Jean Booknerd Review


Comikaze 2015
Los Angeles Convention Center
October 30 – November 1, 2015

November 7, 2015
by Jean Vallesteros

If you have never attended a comic convention before, consider attending Stan Lee’s Comikaze. Not only is Stan Lee the iconic man behind the Marvel Universe, but Comikaze is his Convention. But don’t be discourage if you are thinking this convention is mainly for the Marvel Enterprise, it is a massive collection of everything that is labeled “Pop Culture”. 

From Marvel to DC, Video Game Franchises to Anime Hits, Comikaze has become one of the biggest Comic Conventions in the West Coast. Usually scheduled around Halloween, it is a nice rejuvenation from getting drained out from all of the big blockbuster comic movies of the summer. The fall weather makes it a perfect environment for the cosplayers as well. With a wide variety of vendors, exhibitors and special guests, attendees are able to find what they are looking for.

One element that I have happened to enjoy about Comikaze is the implementation of having the panel stage right on the exhibit floor. This gives the fan a unique experience as oppose to having panels in closed doors. The Costume Contest is also performed on this stage and it systematically transform into a concert-like environment with people crowding the floor to see the stage.

The Los Angeles Convention Center accommodates plenty of room for all of the festivities even when another event is being held. There were two separate events going on but Comikaze was still able to deliver just as if they had the whole convention for themselves. The only complaint from attendees is the separation and distance between the two exhibit floors. 

With every year, it seems that more food vendors are parking their truck to feed hungry attendees. There were a variety of food to choose from to “regain” health so-to-say from experiencing all of the spectacular that Comikaze has to offer. Perhaps one suggestion is to have more food vendors inside the convention.

Comikaze is one of the biggest conventions in the west coast during the fall season. Stan Lee and the Comikaze staff have been able to deliver an experience that will last a lifetime year after year. We look forward this event year. The show gets bigger and bigger and we, just like any fan, are ready to immerse ourselves into a 3 day weekend of fun.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Kaleidoscope by Sam Skyler

Publication date: 2016

A Note from Sam Skyler

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”-Walt Disney

My dream is to create an art book of my kaleidoscope designs inspired by the characters and universes that we love! ✨
I’ll design the first half of the designs and the second half will be inspired by you! Every kickstarter supporter gets to vote on what designs they want me to create!
Please help me bring this Art Book to life by visiting my kickstarter!

You can participate The Kickstrter on the link below:

Book Nerd Spotlight

In a galaxy not too far away, nestled within a town similar to Hobbiton, is a studio where freelance artist Sam Skyler is making a new creation for the world to see.

The love she has for storytelling and nerd culture is as strong as Valyrian steel. Forging that together with a fiery passion and a solid work ethic has awarded her an Emmy and several various accomplishments for her art, airbrush paintings, cosplays, and other colorful creations.
She hopes to inspire others to find their own superpowers, take risks, and to live life outside the Pokeball. Creating and sharing all of her YouTube videos is something that she is extremely passionate about, and her ambition is that she can help others break out of their shells and let loose their creative Hulks.

Using her diverse artistic talent, her mission is the hope that she can energize, inspire and connect with others, to infinity and Beyond!

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FANTASTIC NEWS BOOK NERDS!! We have an awesome Kickstarter from Sam Skyler’s Kaleidoscope running from now until 11:59pm (PST) on November 03, 2015!

A personal Skype session OR phone call with Sam and lots of Swags. For every PLEDGE made, an autographed Postcard of the amazing Kaleidoscope Cover, will be given. Just email Sam at let her know you are one of my Book Nerds. I'm also giving away a Signed Copy of On Fire A Teen Wolf Novel by Nancy Holder and a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card.

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Book Nerd Spotlight

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series contrinues Celaena's epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

You can purchase Queen of Shadows at the following Retailers:

1 Winner will receive a Copy of Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas 
and a $10.00 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Long Beach Comic Con 2015 - Jean Booknerd Review

Long Beach Comic Con 2015
Long Beach Convention Center
September 12-13, 2015

September 19, 2015
by James Vallesteros

When most people think of Long Beach, the obvious image in their head is probably a beach. However, twice a year, this city is invaded by an assortment of superheroes and villains when Long Beach Comic Expo and Con rolls around.

Located just walking distance from the coast, the Long Beach Convention Center serves as the perfect venue for such an event. The large walking space in front of the convention doors was filled with many vehicles from popular fandoms such as Batman, Jurassic Park, and Back to the Future. Attendees are welcomed with these iconic cars before they even step foot in the door.

Inside, the lobby is just a beautiful scenery and provides a spectacular setting for photo-ops with the cosplayers in attendance. The cosplay community in Southern California are approachable and are always willing to take pictures or simply talk about their fandoms. The exhibit floor is located below ground level was like an entrance to a whole different world. From a variety of vendors, exhibitors, and special guests, attendees are able to locate exactly what they are looking for. Whether it be to add a figure to their collection or to fill in the missing issue from their favorite comic book series, there were an abundance of vendors to choose from.

For the last three years, this convention has continued to grow. One might assume that the growth would make the con experience less pleasing, however, the Long Beach Comic Con staff has done an excellent job in keeping it unique and non-stressful. The staff was very helpful in locating certain aspects of the convention. The lines to pick up badges went smooth and attendees were able to go about their business and immerse themselves with the show.

With the list of Conventions our team attends each year, we always look forward for Long Beach Comic Con. It has become a place we see old faces and meet new ones as well. The two-day event is sure to put plenty of value into your admission price. Look out for Long Beach Comic Expo coming in early 2016.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Anime Expo 2015 - Jean BookNerd Review




Anime Expo 2015
July 2-5, 2015
Los Angeles, CA

By JamesVallesteros

July 11, 2015

Do you remember a show called Dragon Ball Z? If so, Anime-Expo of 2015 was one you did not want to miss.

As a child, I remember waking up in the morning and turning on the TV to watch my favorite show, “Dragon Ball”. I have always wanted to meet some the characters on the show. Goku and Gohan being so humble, and yet so strong, prideful Vegeta and so many others that I looked up to. This year, that childhood dream of mine finally came true when I attended Anime-Expo of 2015!

The first thing I see as I enter the main lobby was a giant green blown up serpent. I was intrigued, so I walked up closer to get a better look and I stood there looking at it in awe. What I saw before me was a 40-50 foot Shenlong staring down at me and all the other participants that came to check out this year’s Anime-Expo. That was Shenlong granting everyone’s wish that was able to attend. The main theme this year was clearly Dragon Ball Z and I was loving every
second of it!

This year’s Anime-Expo featured some of the best cosplays worn by many talented cosplayers. League of Legends, Attack on Titan, Kill La Kill, Overwatch (which is the new upcoming Blizzard game soon to be released) and of course Dragon Ball Z were some of the more popular cosplays along with many more. Cosplayers from around the nation have come to check out this year’s AX. There were booths filled with amazing toys, panels from some of the most recognizable voice actors such as Sean Schemmel who plays as Goku and Christopher Sabat who voice acts Vegeta, and Funimation hosting the brand new premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ movie (which was amazing). All four days were filled with excitement and joy as I fan-girled at everything and everyone.

This is a year that I am definitely going to cherish and remember because not only was I able to attend Anime-Expo for the first time, but I was able to relive my childhood once again. Check out next year’s Anime-Expo and see for yourself. I’ll see you guys there!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wizard World Sacramento 2015 - Jean BookNerd Review

Wizard World Sacramento
June 19-21, 2015
Sacramento, CA
Sacramento Convention Center

By Kyung Kim
July 1, 2015

Twenty six years have gone by with nothing to hold on to, until I stepped foot into Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento.

On my way down to the convention hall, I met some very friendly people who were also on their way to the convention hall. We walked together while sharing many similar interests for anime, comic books, and cosplay. We arrived at the convention center and the group I was with parted, but I think it is safe to say that I made some new friends. I opened the glass door and walked in to a place filled with energy and excitment. The amount of people that was inside the building boggled my mind. I wanted to take pictures of everyone!

As I walked around snapping pictures, I stumbled upon the entrance for the dealer hall. It was lilke a whole new world in there filled with art, props, music and much more. If you have never been to a comic convention, it is basically an esemble of very talented people coming together to showcase their art. It was entertainment every where you go. Wizard World is known to gather the most talented in the industry, whether it be television, movies, artists, or authors, they know how to pick them and provide an experience like no other.

Mad Max: Fury Road Cosplayers

The costume contest was my personal favorite. As a cosplayer myself, it was very awe-aspiring to see everyone's creativity. To showcase it in front of a packed auditorium is another aspect that I find appreciating. It was great to be able to see other individuals' passion.

The winners of the Costume Contest

The Sacramento stop was my first Wizard World. Luckily I don't have to wait too long as the next Wizard World adventure in my neck of the woods will happen on Labor Day weekend in San Jose, CA. They have already created an awesome esemble of special guests. Tickets are now available at I will be there and I know you will be, too!

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Wizard World is coming to Sacramento - June 19-21, 2015 - JBN Team

Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
June 19-21, 2015

WIZARD WORLD IS COMING TO SACRAMENTO! Did you miss out on the fun last year? Or simply want to return for more shinanigans this year? Or is this the first time you've ever heard of Wizard World Sacramento?! Well this is your chance to come down for one of Sacramento's largest conventions!

Wizard World will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center from June 19 through the 21st! There will be tons of celebrities, lots of awesome things to buy, and come take a picture with your favorite local cosplayers!

For an extra special savings for our readers, use KINGS20 at checkout for 20% off a Friday or Sunday pass!

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim - A First-Timer's Experience

A First-Timer's Experience
Star Wars Celebration VII Anaheim
April 16-19, 2015

May 3, 2015
by Jade Kim

Wow, where do I even begin? Star Wars Celebration 7 was literally one of the most amazing weekends of my life. I go to about 6 comic and sci-fi conventions a year, so it’s safe to say that I have quite a bit of experience in this type of fandom. C7 was different however. I don’t know if it was the Star Wars emphasis, the anticipation of Episode VII coming out this year, or simply the fact that my entire cosplay family was in attendance with me, but Celebration was definitely much more than just another convention. Whether it was staring in awe (and fear) at the life-sized Roxy statue, mingling in the Mos Eisley Cantina, or excitedly watching the new trailer for The Force Awakens, every aspect of the C7 went above beyond my expectations.

The sheer number of people of all ages, races, and backgrounds from all over the world gathered under one cause, their undying, passionate love for Star Wars, was enough to bring tears to one’s eyes (as it did...for me at least). It truly reminded me of how amazing the entire Star Wars universe is. It’s hard to find something that unites so many people from so many walks of life. I left C7 with aching feet, a warm heart, and enough memories to fill a Death Star. I’ve never pictured myself travelling out of country for a convention, but for the sake of the next Star Wars Celebration in London, I may have to make an exception.

May 3, 2015
by Miranda Turner

This was my first year attending Star Wars celebration, and I must say I was pretty impressed. Not only was the line to get the badge short but it also gone rather quickly. The weapons check was nice and easy, and no hassle was given. As a cosplayer who usually has many weapons, I value this. Upon entering the show floor for the first time, I must say I was slightly overwhelmed. As a seasoned con attender this was one of the largest than I've ever been to. I was amazed that there was so much Star Wars product that it could fill that large of an area. After covering most of the floor and seeing most everything, I have to say I loved all of the sets and props from the movies. I was A little bit disappointed that they were roped off and it was even difficult to try to take a picture with so many people telling you to stand back, but I do understand how much money they're worth and what could happen to them.

After further inspection of the whole floor I was slightly offended and yet very impressed that they had open bars on the floor. A nice touch but a slight risk. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this yet, as I did not see any drunk people or heard of any negative comments regarding the bar. As per usual the same concession stands in the hall were there. I believe it would be helpful, if like the bars, there were smaller food concession stands around the hall or in the lobby. What few panels I went to I thought were very organized and had the maximum amount of seating that was possible. The only thing I believe that would improve this would be to make the panels slightly farther apart as lines build up and people start to bicker as panels are being released and people are being let in. The tattoo pavilion seemed like a stroke of genius, although I did not want any tattoos, many people (including a close friend) got a tattoo and loved it. With Star Wars having such a large fan base I was unimpressed with the artist alley as it seemed very small compared to other cons that I've attended. Overall I very much so enjoyed myself and look forward to the next time Star Wars Celebration is in my area. I will definitely be attending it.

The next Star Wars Celebration will be in Europe at London's ExCel Center on July 15-17, 2016. Tickets are now available at

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Star Wars in Anaheim

Star Wars in Anaheim

May 3, 2015
by Marvee Ona

Star Wars Celebration, an event for which I’d been waiting for two long years finally arrived in Southern California taking the Anaheim Convention Center by storm. I have been a long time Star Wars fan, one of the few movies I was able to connect with as kid. Wanting to be just like Skywalker and learning the ways of the Force. When it was annouced that Celebration would be arriving so close to home, I had to make it a priority to attend this event for the love of all things from a Galaxy Far Far away. 

The event kicked off as expected with JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy taking the main stage of the arena. Along with them came 3 of the new actors in the upcoming film: Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega. Excitement was at an all time high. If that were not enough the "Legacy" cast also took the stage: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew. The sight of everyone together was amazing and it was definitely one of the best highlights from thos amazing 4 days. If Harrison Ford would have made an appearance, the arena would have never been able to contain itself. With all that they of course as expected Premiered the new Teaser for TFA, and I must say make me want to want to watch the movie even more!

Along with the movie panel, there were many other things to checkout. They had an exhibit to where you can see many of the new costumes from TFA, exclusive first hand preview of the new 'Battlefront' game, the preimere of the new season of 'Star Wars: Rebels', and an abundant amount of fan made interactive props that all Stars Wars fan could truly appreciate. As with most conventions lines are a common problem, especially when to comes taking a look at the exhibits and unfortunately when it comes to getting your hands on exclusive merchandise. A couple vendors and the actual Celebration store had a huge issue with crowd control. For the most part though, the convention floor itself was wide open, and you were able to move around freely to take everything in.

Overall the experience was unforgettable. It was great interacting with all of the Star Wars fans, and even a few of the Celebrities that made their way around. Not to mention all of the fantastic cosplays that everyone brought out. Everything from your favorite sith lords, stormtroopers, and Cosplay Mashups (a personal favorite of mine). It was nice to know that I am not alone when it comes to the Fandom that is Star Wars. I look forward to any other "Celebrations" in the future and reuniting with everyone there.

The next Star Wars Celebration will be in Europe at London's ExCel Center on July 15-17, 2016. Tickets are now available at

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A Celebration for a Galaxy far, far away - Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015

A Celebration for a Galaxy far, far away 
Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015

May 3, 2015
by Jean Vallesteros

Sixteen years ago, in 1999, the first ever Star Wars Celebration was held in Denver,Colorado. Fast forward to present day, and Star Wars Celebration continues to thrive, traveling across nations to bring the greatest Star Wars experience to its fans. The stop this time brings Celebration to the wonderful Anaheim Convention Center in sunny Anaheim, California. Fansfrom all over the world grabbed their blasters and lightsabers, and headed to Southern California with one purpose: Star Wars.

Attendees were offered early badge pick­up, if they wanted to avoid lines to get their badge on the day of the convention, which is an excellent convenience. Various parking was available in and around the convention center from structures, paid lots, to street parking (if you don’t mind a short walk). 

Walking up to the convention center you are greeted with an extensive diversity of food trucks, from Italian to ice cream your bases were covered. Another positive to the location is the fact that the convention center is right next door to Disneyland. So, if food trucks are not your thing, there is a plethora of food options around the area. Cosplayers gathered around the fountain located at the entrance for massive group photo ops of all the different types of costumes from the Star Wars mythos. The cosplayers serve to wet your appetite for the sights you are about to see as you enter the Exhibit Hall.

Director J.J. Abrams and Executive Producer Kathleen Kennedy

Continuing toward the main floor, there is no shortage of restrooms and rest areas lining the perimeter of the lobby. Once inside and on the Main Floor it is overwhelming the amount of Star Wars studded merchandise offered. Vendors from all over the country flooded the area with toys, collectibles, apparel, art and electronics. Some booths, like Think Geek even offered daily "secret" phrases for free loot as incentive to visit them daily. Lego even had a building station set up for kids of all ages to flex their imagination as well as marvel in the already built almost­to-scale models of our favorite Star Wars characters & vehicles, one of the highlights being a TIE Fighter made entirely out of Lego bricks for photo ops. Celebration even offered a Tattoo Alley where one with nerves of steel could pop down for a session with one of dozens of Star Wars Licensed artists to represent their lifelong commitment to the franchise. On another side of the floor, attendees could wait in line to take pictures on the sets of The Cantina Lounge, The Millennium Falcon, etc. There was even a Jedi Training stage for young padawans! Being that the release of Episode VII is just around the corner, the most coveted event inside the main floor seemed to be the opportunity to meet the cast of crew of the saga, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher being two of the many, many names on the list. The autograph process was very organized, devised as a two­step system: one line to pay for a confirmation ticket and another line for desired celebrity.

Many panels were offered upstairs. One of which included the well known director of Episode VII, JJ Abrams (who was nice enough to buy pizza for fans waiting in line overnight). It would have been amazing to attend the panels, however accessibility was scarce, even with a Media Badge. Upstairs was also home to the VIP Lounge/Media Lounge. When asking one of the staff where we could find the Media Lounge he pointed us in the wrong direction, getting everyone lost but we eventually found it. In hindsight, the staff could have been better informed. The Media Lounge offered a cool, quiet workspace with big, comfy chairs and a water cooler to hydrate and rest between events.

The force was strong with Star Wars Celebration, selling out every day it was going on. Fans gathered from all over the globe and made acquaintances with complete strangers over their love for Star Wars. Part of what I feel makes this convention so special. And, after four days of treading the convention floor like the dunes of Tattooine, Star Wars Celebration VII came to an end and with it an incredible experience that these words still can’t give justice.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim - The Place to Be

If you're a fan of Star Wars then this was the place to be.

May 2, 2015
by Kyung Kim

Star Wars Celebration 2015 took place in Anaheim, Ca this year and it was amazing. Walking up to the convention center was enough to make any Star Wars fan jump around with excitement. From the many cosplayer to the big groups of Stormtroopers, it was never a dull moment outside the Halls. We even got to see the fully suited up new Stormtroopers from The Force Awakens which was awesome. Now heading into the main hall was a completely different adventure. The floor was packed with fans and cosplayers. The massive displays were on point and were unbelievable. You could get a picture with the new speeder bike and even get to act like you're in the millennium falcon.

Roxy, the 700 lb 17 foot long Rancor was definitely a main attraction. The line stretched around her as people waited to get a picture. On the other side of the Hall stood a giant AT-AT which may not have been to scale but still a very impressive replica. For the tattoo enthusiasts there was even a place for you to get some wicked Star Wars ink from some of the best artists. Even if you aren't planning to get ink but like to watch it was an interesting addition to Celebration. Even small kids had tons of things to do to keep them busy for hours. The Lego area was pretty awesome with some life size characters standing guard including the baddest bounty hunter in the galaxy Boba Fett. You could even get a picture with a huge scale Tie Fighter.

The main attraction for the young padawans had to be The Jedi Academy Training. So awesome that they had this there. Kids love to be apart of the show and this was the perfect place to do it. Now to talk about the autograph area. There were so many stars from the saga and not just the original trilogy. It was very organized and the stars were great. One in particular that I got a chance to meet was Jeremy Bulloch who even though was sold out continued to sign until the very last second before the lights when out. Very cool guy and a true gent. The overall experience was one that I will never forget and for the thousands of fans that showed up i'm sure its something they will never forget either.

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Star Wars Celebration VII Anaheim - Jean BookNerd Review

Star Wars Celebration VII Anaheim
April 16-19, 2015
Anaheim, CA
Anaheim Convention Center

May 2, 2015
by James Vallesteros

The upcoming installment in the Star Wars cinematic saga is titled “The Force Awakens” and it certainly was an awaking during Star Wars Celebration VII Anaheim (SWCA). For four days, fans from around the world trekked down to Southern California for a four-day extravaganza of all things Star Wars.

It has been 10 years since the last Star Wars film was released in theaters. However, the power and passion of the fans of this saga did not vanish. In fact, it never even thought about going dormant until the next movie (even if there wasn’t). The love of Star Wars is simply something unique that not a lot of fandoms can relate to.

There are your comic conventions where all fandoms can rejoice in a singular place to celebrate these unique universes (including Star Wars). It draws thousands of fans weekly at these events. If you single out a fandom to carry out their own convention, the attendance would only be a fraction. However, SWCA has proven that a single universe is just as powerful as a collective group of universes, due in part through the passion of the fans and the creative direction of Disney who have recently purchased the Star Wars Franchise from creator George Lucas. 

The Opening Day of SWCA was filled with excitement and high anticipation for the second teaser trailer of The Force Awakens (Opening December 17, 2015). Hundreds of fans lined up the night before to take part in history for the J.J. Abrams panel. The panel showcased the characters that will be in TFA. The next generation Stormtroopers hit the stage and were greeted with cheers from the thrilled audience. The trailer was received with many cheers, awwws, and tears. It is an exciting time to be part of something fun and thrilling. To see grown men cry at the sight of Han Solo telling Chewbacca, “Chewie, we’re home”, was a moment that will forever resonate. 

MiniBobaFett meets two generations of Boba, 
Daniel Logan (Attack of the Clones) and Jeremy Bulloch (Return of the Jedi)

The exhibit floor was decorated with unique vendors, life-size dioramas, and attendees in costumes of their favorite heroes/villains from the Star Wars Universe. Stepping inside was definitely a sight to absorb in fully. To see Stormtroopers, Darth Vaders, Boba and Jango Fetts, Ewoks and all the characters to be walking around was just part of the unique experience that an event like this can hold. Cosplayers/costumers are a part of the show just as any convention, however, to see all of them dressed from a single universe, it was like being in the movie. Add in the Cantina diorama, you can literally step in and feel like you were having a drink with a Stormtrooper or Twi’lek in the hot desolate planet of Tatooine. Everywhere you look, there was always a moment to bring out the camera to capture the scene.

The Anaheim Convention Center was the perfect destination to hold such a fierce gathering of people. The venue fully accommodated the fans, vendors, and the actors. There was never a moment that it felt overcrowded as it can sometimes ruin an experience. The main Halls of the convention and how booths were setup allowed for foot traffic to move along smoothly. Vendors were easily marked in maps and easy to find on the floor. The food inside the convention offered many options as well as the food trucks outside. The staff on the floor was knowledgeable of the daily events and where they were being held. With our experience, Anaheim is a perfect nomination for the next U.S. Celebration.

Star Wars is a genre that has been with us since 1977. There have been huge gaps between each of the trilogies but the passion that it has ignited in the 70’s is just as strong, if not stronger, today. It has been part of our lives for nearly four decades. Fans have grown and so have their love for Star Wars. The purchase of Star Wars by Disney has allowed the franchise to rejuvenate that love and spark more for younger fans. Star Wars is a lifestyle and it is definitely here to stay. #StarWarsLove

The next Star Wars Celebration will be in Europe at London's ExCel Center on July 15-17, 2016. Tickets are now available at

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

{Nerd Blast} Red Sky Dawning by Ian J. Malone

Publisher: Sharflight Media

Sharkflight Publishing produces innovative and thought-provoking books in the genre of speculative fiction.
Founded in December 2012 as Sharkflight Media LLC, Sharkflight Publishing is committed to bringing its readers stories that drive the imagination, and connect with them on an emotional level.
At present, the company is best known as the publisher of author Ian J. Malone and THE AMKO SAGA.

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Five years after the historic Battle of Dulaston, Danny Tucker, Lee Summerston, and the Renegades have settled nicely into life on Aura — yet none more so than Tucker. Fueled by a rising career as an ASC staff sergeant and a love unlike any he’s ever known, Danny is in the prime of his life and at last free of the demons that have stalked him for years.

Some demons never die, though, and when an old enemy beckons to settle a personal score, Danny soon finds himself swept up in the backlash of a climaxing civil war, and straight into the crosshairs of a father’s bloodlust for revenge.

RED SKY DAWNING is the much-anticipated sequel to 2013’s MAKO, and the tale of one man’s quest to bury his past and protect those dearest to him as the fate of billions hangs in the balance.

“Thematically speaking, this is very much a story about growing up,” says author Ian J. Malone, a native Floridian who now resides in Durham, North Carolina with his wife and step son. “Whereas book one was this plucky little tale about five bar-flies, rocking through hyperspace on the road trip of a lifetime, book two chronicles a lot of the unforeseen fallout stemming from decisions they made along the way. From an author’s standpoint, it was an intense story to write, but I think readers will really like where it leaves the saga entering the third and final book.”

Among the things readers can expect from RED SKY DAWNING are an array of new characters, a deeper look into the Alystierian Empire, and a healthy dose of political intrigue.

Still, Malone insists that MAKO fans will still find all of the action, humor, and pop-cultural charm that have since become the series’ calling card. “C’mon, guys. What’s a MAKO book without beer jokes and Funyuns?”

RED SKY DAWNING arrives on Amazon April 30, 2015. The audiobook will follow shortly thereafter on Audible and iTunes.

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As a graduate of Florida State University, I’ve written in a number of arenas over the years ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to my fictional work, however, I’m a firm believer that nothing shapes an author’s writing like experience. That’s why I credit my tenures in radio, law enforcement, sport management, and the military for much of my thematic inspiration, plus the legion of family and friends who’ve stood with me along the way.

Beyond writing, I’m an avid fan of audiobooks and sports, though it’s also not uncommon to find me at a concert (LOVE music!), a movie, or somewhere out by a grill.

At present, I reside in Durham, North Carolina with my incredible wife, son, and our two dogs — but I’ll always be a “Florida boy” at heart. ;)

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