Don’t make the same mistake as I did today. Check your calendar the night before so you know where, when and who you’re seeing. Thank goodness my appointment messaged me half an hour before to confirm. Not so good was that I had a 20 minute drive and I hadn’t had a shower yet. I was only 10 minutes late. But the problems that caused as I went from one appointment to another and then continued on and on until finally getting onto the computer after 5pm. My apologies for posting this late, all I can say is mea culpa.
Combined with the slow and intermittent internet we’ve started having this week it means I’m even more behind on uploading. I’ve just tried again and it spent 10 minutes uploading one photo only to tell me it was too big, it wasn’t even that big. Now I’ve finished complaining I’m going to scribble a few words about something dear to my heart.
Actually, it’s a person and an idea all in one. You know I have an all abiding passion for cosplay even though I do little of it myself. So, one day I’m happily wasting time on the Facebook page of the Melbourne Cosplay Community when I see a post by a guy talking about a new type of cosplay. It’s meta-cosplay as he dressed himself up with reels of thread, needles, safety pins and a number of other useful items before going to the next convention and providing assistance for people whose costumes were falling apart.
Captain Patch-It has since been to many conventions, has Patcheteers around the world and they even manage to have an area allocated to them at the conventions.
He was very busy at Oz Comic Con in Melbourne, even taking a bit of time to do a little talk about how to make repairs on the run with few materials. It’s an awesome thing to have this happen. With the cushion he demonstrated an invisible stitch.
Here’s a quick summary of my thoughts about Oz Comic Con and what I plan to do over the next few articles before I run out of material. I’ll also finish Authors by Alphabet.
I spent the weekend wandering around talking to all the authors and as many of the artists as I could. I took a lot of photos and some video interviews. I’ve made contact with a number of people with a view to interviewing them via email in the future. The videos will be on Youtube and I’ll link them here when that happens. The photos will be on Twitter and Instagram with a few words but I’ll put some of them here with an expansion of my thoughts.
The first thing you do is buy your ticket online. This year the queue to buy tickets wasn’t too big and the queue to get your wristbands with online tickets was enormous but I still recommend buying online. When we got there around 10:30am on the Saturday there were probably 100 people waiting just to get their wristbands.
Lots and lots of volunteers, they tended to be in multiples which would have been most necessary. With so many people you’d often have multiple people needing help at any one point. Just look for someone with a green tshirt and the words Oz Comic Con.
It was a tremendous weekend, I had a ball. The key to the weekend is in the name, the word ‘Comic’ should let you know that the bulk of the weekend will be about comics with enough other stuff to make everyone happy. There were three book type people who write books with words rather than illustrations and then many other people who write or illustrate graphic novels, comics or help with this kind of endeavour. There were four stages where you could view or participate in talks to learn more about the writing/drawing/creating/publishing of the books or learn more about the special guests or learn more about the art of cosplay and how to create or repair your costumes.
I only did a few panels and entirely missed the big special guests, there’s a story with one of the queues which I’ll write about before I finish today. There were many booths selling all sorts of goodies to do with cosplay or fan club booths trying to raise awareness and get more people (and also sell stuff). There were even some food places as well as the cafe provided by the convention centre.
You could buy autographs or photos with the special guests but this was rather expensive and as I don’t collect either of these I didn’t do more than look at the very extensive queues and photograph the price lists.
Some of the guests were Australian, such as the people from the Red Billabong movie while others were brought in from overseas such as John Barrowman.
Before I finish for today, here’s the story of the queue.
It was John Barrowman’s talk. I’m not a fan of meeting big luminaries, my mouth tends to open, my brain empties of all thought and such rubbish dribbles from my mouth you’d think I had no brains ever, so I tend to approach the smaller names where I’m a little more comfortable. As I have a smaller readership I didn’t think I’d get anywhere near Barrowman so I contented myself with an attempt to queue up for his talk. It was in the biggest room, of course. People must have been queuing for 10 or 15 minutes before I got there as it was already very big.
In order to get to the room they called Stage 1 you had to leave the main hall, go through the wide corridor to the broad breezeway and into the spacious foyer to queue up. I got into the breezeway before I realised the queue I’d been passing was actually queuing for a reason. I asked someone if this was the Barrowman queue and with an affirmative response I did the right thing and found the end. It had already grown another few metres in those couple of minutes. It went all the way through the foyer, through the breezeway and most of the way back to the wall of the main hall. When I got there I was only about two metres from the wall. I did try to take a couple of photos to show you the queue but I’m too short and they just show a mass of people.
The queue was so large that I only got halfway through the breezeway before we were told the room was full. If the queue was only one person wide then we would have all made it in but it was actually four or five people wide. It was an amazing queue!
Before I go any further. There’s violence in this film.
Yes, a film review because I know so much about movies that I can review them…sarcasm mode completely kicked in…but onto the movie! I’ll lose the sarcasm mode while I scribble some words that could possibly be construed as praise.
All hail Jodie Foster!
I can’t recall when I first remember seeing Foster, I know I saw her as a child actor and she was definitely a familiar face in Silence of the Lambs, I suspect this was her first ‘grown up’ movie I’d seen her in and the only one I haven’t liked has been Contact but that might have something to do with how it was adapted from the book. With this movie she’s moving into a totally different era of her career and I think it’s going to be really, really good.
What the movie is about
Financial TV host Lee Gates (George Clooney) and his producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor (Jack O’Connell playing Kyle Budwell) takes over their studio.
Yes, a totally extreme situation. Budwell walks in with two boxes, puts them down on the set during filming, puts Gates at gunpoint and makes him put on a suicide vest. He insists the cameras remain on at all times so that everything is broadcast worldwide.
What the movie is really about
The world of finance and how some people wheel and deal without thought to the consequences for small investors. Their only thought is for their financial reward.
Just one. We’re treated to the idea that Gates is a bimbo but with the ability to perform well on camera. That he doesn’t actually think about consequences of what he’s doing until he’s forced to because he has both a gun and a suicide vest. But even then, Patty is the one pulling the strings and keeping him focussed and in line.
This is illustrated in a cute way when a producer gets hold of a tube of a viagra type cream which is supposed to work really well. Gates asks him why he hasn’t tried it yet and makes him do so. When the producer rings him back with confirmation that it works he’s told to put it away and get back to work. Yes, that goes really well. Gates hasn’t thought through the consequences of the cream. It’s a nice example of how empty headed he really is. There are many examples throughout the film of how Patty is really in charge and he’s just the show man.
He opens his show with a song and dance. He’s wearing a lovely, gold, sparkly top hat which would make a wonderful cosplay item for Moist von Lipwig from Making Money by Terry Pratchett.
There you go, how to get a reference to Pratchett into an article about a totally unrelated movie. But I really want that hat.
Plot holes and stuff
Yes, there are some but I’m not going to reference them here. I will quote the last line of the movie as it’s very funny.
Patty Fenn: [final line] So what the hell kind of show are we going to do next week?