Saturday, February 24, 2007

New York Comic Con 2007, Jacob Javits Center.

Part of the line, anyway. Starts at W.40th, near 12th Ave. Runs along W.40th to 11th Ave., then down 11th Ave. to W.34th, then along W.34th back towards 12th Ave., down a ramp, under the street parallel to W.34th back along towards 11th Ave., around the corner, and in the door -- to another line. Did I mention it's 20 degrees out?

Once inside and properly wristbanded, I hightail it to the Battlestar Galactica panel, already in progress.

l to r: Adam Stotsky (marketing suit, Sci-Fi Channel), Tricia Helfer, James Callis.

James Callis.

Surprise! The panel is moderated by Kevin Smith.

The lovely Kathleen.

Wonder Woman meets Soundwave. When does that EVER happen?

Jimmy with the multi-talented (and very nice) Greg Pak.

Joe and Jimmy, kings of the charity raffle.


The raffles are quite popular. And do I see...?

Yep, there he is. Fresh from his appearance on the pages of Variety, it's the return of (the mack) Unemployed Skeletor! (And special guest, Eileen!)

Watch for his interview with Eli Roth (!!!) on MTV sometime soon. Also be on the lookout for Unemployed Skeletor : the movie!

A veritable DDR-army (a "DDRmy"?).

Some karaoke-themed game.

A room for Wii...

...and "Guitar Hero", be-yotch!

Vic Mignogna, among whose literally eight thousand voice-acting roles is Edward Elric in the English dub of Full Metal Alchemist.

The Venture Bros. panel is definitely one of the highlights of the day.

l to r: Steven Rattazzi (Dr. Orpheus); Michael Sinterniklaas (Dean Venture); Jackson Publick, a.k.a. Christopher McCulloch (Hank Venture, The Monarch, Henchman 24, etc.); Doc Hammer (Dr. Girlfriend, Henchman 21, etc.); James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture, The Phantom Limb, David Bowie, etc.)

Michael Sinterniklaas (and some guy's creepy bald spot).

Doc Hammer, who curiously enough does not do the voice of Mr. White, though he DOES do the voice of Master Billy Quizboy.

Jackson Publick.

A crazy-fun (and exhausting) time was had by costumed dogs and headless owners alike.

New York Comic Con 2008 will be held next April, at which we point we will hopefully not have to worry about 20 degree weather.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Sean's birthday, Galway Hooker, Murray Hill.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tim has an extra ticket for the New York City Ballet: Christopher Weeldon's Klavier, Alexei Ratmansky's Russian Seasons, and George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Point Break Live!

Nurse Bettie!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

I heart NYFD

What the hell? After a fun night out, I'm woken up from a peaceful sleep to the sound of...very loud pops. And very loud bangs. And lots of very bright flashes outside my window. I take a look outside and see this:

Pretty violent electrical fire in the grating in the street directly in front of my building, six stories right below my window.

NYFD (five? six trucks?) shows up right away, but it takes them an hour to put the fire out.

I wake up the next morning to about half-power - the outlet that the computer is plugged into, the fridge, and the bathroom lights (dimly) are working, nothing else. ConEd trucks parked all up and down my street. At work, I'm informed that 16 blocks in my area have lost power.

Return home from work that night to find NO power to my building (the buildings across the street, I notice, not only HAVE full power, but have in fact to my eye turned on even more lights than usual - are they gloating?). I don't even mind, really - full charge on the iPod, plenty of candles, and a huge stack on unread comics, I think my evening is set. Until I notice that my heat and my water aren't working, either. Wind up having to spend the night at Tim's house uptown (thanks, Tim!).

Power (and apparently heat) back by Friday morning, but water off-and-on all through Saturday.