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Still poking at the next chapter of Sparks Among the Stars.
I need to track down and watch the deleted scenes from A New Hope
before I progress too much further. Yes, there are deleted scenes from the first Star Wars
film, mostly dealing with Luke hanging out with his friends on Tatooine and fleshing out his friendship with Biggs Darklighter, one of the pilots who died in the attack on the Death Star. I know I play fast and loose with continuity at the best of times, but I do want to get a feel for these characters before I write them, even if they never showed up in the film proper.
I know, I worry about staying true to the Star Wars
canon but intend to ignore most of the live-action Transformers franchise as I write.
In my defense, I think most people aren't going to complain if I'm more of a stickler about the Star Wars
details than about the TF details. Plus it's been a long time since I've written a Star Wars
fic and I know I've gotten rusty -- I want to be sure I'm not screwing up too much along the way.
Will try to get a sporking post done this weekend. And since this weekend is a holiday weekend and the library's closed on Monday, I have an extra day to keep that promise.
FINALLY got around to watching Pete's Dragon
this week. Is it terrible that I kind of prefer the cheesy '70s version of this film to the new one? Despite the updated special effects and the cutting out of the songs, the new one feels curiously bland compared to the original, and barely even follows the story of the first film. Heck, I even found myself missing the goofy over-the-top characters and the corny songs of the first one -- we don't even get an updated version of "Candle On the Water" in the end credits (though one shows up on the soundtrack despite not being in the film itself). The new one wasn't a BAD movie, just kind of unmemorable in my opinion.
Despite not attending any big conventions this year, I find myself keeping tabs on a few of them... and lately I've been casting the stink-eye on HasCon, Hasbro's replacement for BotCon and JoeCon. It seems instead of hosting separate conventions for each of its franchises, Hasbro decided it would be easier (and probably more profitable) to lump them all into one big convention. So HasCon will not only cover Transformers
and GI Joe,
but My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop, Beyblade, Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, NERF, Play-Doh,
and who knows what else. And from the look of the website it's mostly going to be aimed at kids and families rather than nerds and adult collectors.
I was reluctant to attend this convention but curious to see how it would turn out... but now that they're making announcements regarding this convention, I have less hope that it's going to be much of a success, at least for the usual BotCon and JoeCon crowd.
For one thing, ticket prices are pretty high. I know BotCon ticket prices were going through the roof by the time it was finally discontinued, but I don't recall them ever being THIS bad. A single-day pass is $60, while a three-day pass is $165, and "youth" passes go for $30 and $75 respectively. Also "youth" means "3 and up," which means families hoping to attend are going to shell out a BIG chunk of change. Seriously, is a 3-year-old even going to get $30 worth of enjoyment out of this con?
That's not even counting the VIP passes, which are $600. Yikes... And you don't even get exclusive figures with it -- you do apparently get a "goodie bag" but who knows what's in it. I know Golden Primus tickets hit $600 in BotCon's final years but at least the Primus packages were slightly cheaper and actually came with exclusive figures...
There's also the announcement that you're not allowed to bring your own stuff for the special guests to sign -- you have to purchase special memorabilia beforehand for the guest to autograph. So if you were hoping for Peter Cullen to sign your G1 Optimus Prime or Stan Lee to sign your Spiderman comic, you're out of luck. And while getting high-profile guests like Stan Lee, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, and Andrea Libman is probably a draw, some of their choices for "special guests" are pretty questionable. Is anyone going to want to meet the "VP of Global Brand Strategy" or the "Product Design Manager?" And since when was the Chewbacca Mom considered enough of a celebrity to consider her a potential con guest?
I was already not terribly enthusiastic about HasCon, and had no plans to attend the event -- why pay that much when I'm only interested in two of the properties being featured, after all? But the more I hear about it, the more I realize I miss BotCon. Yes, it had its issues and people were getting fed up with it by the time it met its demise, but this time Hasbro's not even trying to hide the corporate flavor of this takeover. I can only wonder what will happen if HasCon tanks and they start wondering what on Earth they did wrong...
I wonder if Fun Publications is still in business now that it's no longer in control of BotCon and JoeCon... and if the people in charge are either laughing at what's going on or looking on in dismay. I know I'm doing a mix of both here...Art Feature -- Moths