Long time no Blog , Sorry

Well  okay , I ” am sorry about not keeping up with my site, Been occupied with my youngest  Geek going to College . Can you say happy Dad  or even Proud Father I ‘am both. Most of the Summer was taking up my time with helping family members relocate and to assist my mother in a move, Her home was hit by a Tornado , and lucky She was not home But My older sister was there and she managed to capture images of the cloud before it formed into a funnel cloud.

This year at C4Winnipeg    the Artist and Guest line up is really diverse and for the Better

.C42018

     And this year I will include a Map of the Vendors . And Artist and Well where we will be and when. C4 Floor Map  . And if you wish or need help at this years show I will be at the C4Store , and Infobooth and costume contest sign up and Well if you have a question I will be at that booth . I wish I had photos of the Horror Con but I had a great showing at the C4Store and being beside the Guest Richard Brake ( GoT Ice King) who was really interesting and so polite to all of us, and no He did not give us any spoilers as to how the season will end.

P.S. found some horrorcon photo’s

Central Canada Comic Con 2017

Ok so just a little bit late as due to time management skills starting to Suck big time. And well it was A nice clamer but not without its negative moments . But due to a Non Disclosure Agreement I will say  , That a certain web site that bashed us was totally with the ability to tell time . This was to my Knowledge the only Major discrepancy between Guest Vendors and Celebrities .

The complete Open environment has helped with traffic flow patterns being greatly used and they were a success. As Usual I very rarely have time to Meet with and have time amongst the Celebrities  , but with some luck this year I snuck in a John Rhys Davies shootJohn Rhys Davis 2017 Now the way this Artist gets you to join in for a Photo-op is just brilliant . He was totally enthralled with the previous person in the photo op line and they’re Robot . but like other people I have met he is quite tall a man .

Next up is Jim Beaver , long time Actor and a person who was more excited to be at a con then 1/4 of this years  Congoers . while upon arrival to the Photo-Op booth I do believe he had a skip in his step rare again to see considering his stature in the Artist field . Jim Beaver 2017

We have many more photos to share and stories to TRY to tell

 

4 Days 20 hours and 5 minutes

The Weather out look for the Big Comic Con is as follows

As per Environment Canada 7 day forcast   And this means that we once again will have Great weather for Central Canada Comic Con . 

This year we will have in Attendance Chapterhouse’s  own Jay Baruchel ,  John Rhys Davis  of Shannara Chronicles , Lord of the  Rings , Rene O’Conner From ZENA, Jim Beaver of SUPERNATURAL, Ken Shamrock , Paul Amos , Allison Mack of Smallville , Marc McClure , Denis Crosby of Star Trek the Next Generation and Steve Blum                                                                                                C42017 poster20170922_10460765

Hope to See you out there at the Show , As for Me I will be back saying Hello to you all as you are welcomed into the Show.

6 days to go andddddd? I ramble on

Tags

Well years ago in School we were as children forced to create Diorama’s and have a little presentation about them.  This isn’t the one.

this month who

The one I did was about weird science experiments and special effect’s use in the movie industry.  My elements of interest were all over the place from the hypnotic spinner used to convince you in the beginning of a late night Rod Serling show. Various Illusion effects and some Foley art tricks . well needless to say I effing Bombed on that one.  They did not define the limits of our Theme so I went so far outside the box , I had to visit a Catholic school Guidance Councillor, or as commonly know as Father Mac Anany   ..

Luckily He was a big science geek also , So instead of the usual Catholic form of discipline he told me to try getting into  Oratorical contest’s like the Toastmaster held, This one was in separate age levels, My self I was 11 and in grade 8 so They(my parents and the Priest) signed me up . No one told me that the topic was handed to you half hour before you were to make a 4 minute speech. Well I got ” Should a Priest have a second Vocation”. I nailed it because I heard of the monks making cheese in Oka in grade 6 so I totally plagiarized that class, nailed it got a Silver dollar for the win, and now that silver dollar happens to be worth a few bucks, So kinda a win win.

Was supposed to represent the School in the provincials that year but was informed by my parents that we had to Move Again, which suck’s dogs balls always moving.  Moved on to Kitimat bc arrived at the new high school one age level to low to start high school although I was excepted at Notre Dame in Welland to start at 12 years old. So having to redo Grade 8 in Bc was a breeze, knocked off the compulsorily and challenged the Grade 9 got it for the second semester.

May i add at this time in my life I was still about 4′ 3″ tall not quite the tallest weed in the garden but here I was. This is the point in time when I met my first friend in the new school, Peter Runions He was extremely nice to introduce me to the town although I had been there for about 4 months already. The Second person I made friends with was Paula Hazlett we met at the Park in Kildala when she was interested in Peter.

So to put this in perspective I’am short but can talk my way out of anything. Then the 6 inch summer had kicked in. By the beginning of 1978 semester I was now 5 feet tall woo hoo not the shortest person in School but still mistaken for a 8th grader. that year the Initiation was weird I was in half 200 and 300 courses. Of course if you cannot tell my English skill’s were lousy I could not put together a sentence  structure if my frigging life depended on it . But I could write and make a speech to beat anyone .

So in grade 9 science the diorama thing came up again so being the lazy  little person I was I once again copied myself from my Ontario work. New province who would know? Well as it turn out my teacher would because it was in my transfer papers from School. Damm almost  got away with it so I was forced to do an off subject presentation. So I went with a Popular Science project I was playing with on sound transference via vibrations through a board in the wall instead of a speaker. could only get the mid range sounds to work though as i knew nothing about Crossover sound separators.

So Now i’m 53  and a few days away from 54 and what do I do for fun now? Well Dr Who of course and now new sci-fi shows Killjoys , all Star trek and of Course STAR WARS , I mean really who hasn’t seen a Star Wars anything yet?

Then of late Comic Cons  where anyone and every one can be Who and What they feel. so next month i will rearrange the little homage to Dr Who and post a new photo. until then  Monday is my 30th wedding Anniversary and as any man know that Shit should not be Ignored .

 

 

 

 

RIP Mr Tommy Castillo : Atelier

 

tommy castillo twitch

When I received the Message from Tommy’s Family of his passing I had a sudden flash back to all of our interactions.  I really cannot remember that actual first time we met but it was at a RiverCity Comic and Toy Show in Winnipeg Mb . His inital hello was a surprise as at the time I was not aware that visitors of these show were allowed to interact with Celebrities. Many show later I was informed that this type of hi neighbor attitude was common in these shows.

after several years of meeting at Comic shows the banter between Tommy and his partner at the time Samantha was always fun and enlightening to learn of ART.

Then it was about 2012 when I was volunteering Tommy and I sat down before the Diner at C4winnipeg.com  we got to talking about HOW, how I was attached to the show and why. He was genuinely Interested in this information, This surprised me as that a good majority of the Celebrities do not concern with the Volunteers.  I have told him of how Mike Paille  had asked me to join his band of Volunteer’s for his shows back in  December of 2006 . I said Ok in a sort of scared way, .

Tommy than asked if I was associated through like being one of the promoters I sort of chuckled and said No I’m just a normal person that said yes to Mike and Violet, I just volunteer and sometimes my daughter does some of the minor print jobs for them.  After this he then went on to talk about his new wife Sammy  and their voyage to this years show like I had known him his whole life (Which I have not) , then Tommy sent one of the volunteers on a “Witch-hunt” for a Cigar for him to have before Diner now that was funny, this poor girl ran off like her whole world would crash if she did not complete the task, and then 1 Minute later Sammy show’s up with the desired item in hand wondering where their liaison disappeared to?. The smirk on Tommy’s face was  ( A to bust a rib laughing it’s our inside joke ) SMIRK. That diner night was golden every on got to interact and a Nice night of meeting and greeting Celebrities.

At the end of that Convention as we were all breaking down the show Tommy and Sammy motion me to their Table and without hesitation he said ” here take these sketches to the Volunteer table to hand out for all the good work they did for us” This act alone showed me that he was not only talented but also very giving to those who have given to him.

after hooking up at several show  the conversation started to become like we were friends , the conversation were of normal topics like how the Family and how is every feeling this year, normal banter. he then tells me that they have noticed that my Daughter had frequented their table but never asked any questions. I replied that Jesslyn was not only in awe of his work but scared of his presence because he was outgoing and she, Jesslyn was timed and overwhelmed by his talent it took several years for her to get up the courage to speak to Tommy.

Jesslyn Tommy and Sammy

Then following a meet and greet get together at C4Winnipeg.cm we were all sitting down and chatting , At this greet I was busy introducing many of the Celebrities to each other , Even though they know who “they are” and who they are with it is customary to introduce every one . At this particular evening I had seen for my first time Two celebrities nerd out on each other this of course being  Tommy Castillo and  Rene Auberjonois  they both started on Artistic skill and how they warm up for a show.  It to me and Jesslyn who was sitting in the same couch amazing that this happened even at they’re level of “Stardom” this happened at all.

The following year as per Tommy’s instruction to Jesslyn she was to bring in her portfolio for him to critique. and this was the photos of that event tommy castillo looking at Jesslyn

He was truthful and at this pint started her off on a new path to doing sketch work and art , his word though they sort of stung Jesslyn she understood what he was saying to her immediately, Tommy then requested that she send her work to him for further critic and he would not what and how to correct her work. this was A Great Moral booster for Jesslyn for sh was about to get a Mentor, Teacher and advisor.

Jesslyn and I would watch the Twitch channel of Tommy Castillo Atelier and join in on the chats while he was working , and these Twitch show were very engaging as to learning how and what to do in certain areas of creating art . The sadest part of always heving a conversation with both Tommy and Sammy is that we never took photos of each other, This is a lesson that has struck e ( leaving me to think ) that of all the guests hat have ever attended at a C4Winipeg.com  and I interact with I have never taken a personnel photo, only the photo ops that pay for the guest appearance .

thebackyardgeek.com will surely miss seeing Tommy Castillo but we will always know that on our wall is one of his gifts to the world a Painting by Tommy Castillo tommy castillo wall photo

Rest in Peace our Friend and may the great Masters greet you with a smile and a brush while saying “We Have been waiting for you Good Sir.

RIP Adam West BATMAN

so another great celebrity left us today and this one was the whole reason behind the creating of thebackyardgeeks , May you forever be in our Hearts ,

Our Greenroom talks will always be a fond memory of why you loved Conventions , For this We are saddened .

Our cover page photo was the basis of our fan page , anyhow here is the link The Hollywood Reporter t this am  Batman Star Adam West  .

Batman 60s part 1

COMIC CoN 2013 Photo by Froggie

 

Adam West comicon 2009  Adam Buote  meeting Adam West in 2009 , behind is Lee Meriwether

Marly’s Three Current Favourite Webcomics!

Tags

, , , , , ,

As an avid webcomic reader, I’ve have a nice collection of comics bookmarked to catch up on – and a lot more merch to support the creators for. While I have a ton that I love reading (and rereading) to recommend, today I’ve decided to showcase my three current favourites.

Continue reading