Episode 36: Alamo City Comic Con 2014

Episode 36: Alamo City Comic Con 2014

Alamo City ComicCon

Panel Room

What a difference a year makes? Last year?s Comic Con was at least ten times more amazing than their inaugural opening in 2013. As a matter of fact, during the Con?s first year, they brought in over 35,000 visitors during the 3-day raid on the Convention Center. In 2014, that number skyrocketed to almost 80,000 and in some reports, as high as 100,000 people.

This year, I got to spend more time enjoying the con rather than worrying about recording for the podcast, but luckily, that actually helped me relax and record probably the same amount as last year. First up, I was able to interview the owner of Bean Pot Toiz, Grego and their social media manager, Kaylah. We talked about the success of the collectibles market and how Bean Pot Toiz is different from other ?toy? sellers. We also discuss their new project, Bean Creative, which is all about the customization of toys, vinyls, and other collectible items. Grego also discusses some possible future project to help fill the void that ArtSlam left and gearing it more towards vinyls and toys as the medium. Kaylah discusses the social media aspect of Bean Pot Toiz, the creation of the company, and we finally learn about the idea behind the name and the face on the Bean Pot can. Be sure to check out Bean Pot Toiz at www.beanpottoiz.com, on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Our next interview was with Aaron Casas of Casas Ink. He tells us about how he got started in the apparel business and talks about how limited the runs for each design really are. We discuss the tattoo and surreal inspirations behind the designs of his shirts and the fact that he?s only been doing this for a year and already has a booth at the Comic Con. I also find out what the mysterious Casas Ink monster is and what it means. You can see and buy Casas Ink?s shirts at www.casasink.com, on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

The video of the interviews can also be found on YouTube!

The rest of this episode includes portions of the panels at the Con. The first panel you?ll get to hear is George Takei and focuses on his Broadway musical, Allegiance. He takes various random questions from the audience and tells a hilarious story about his flight into San Antonio the prior day.

Next, we have the King of Comics, Stan ?The Man? Lee! One thing is true about Stan Lee, he is a character. Honestly though, he?s probably answered the same questions more times than anyone could count, so he keeps it interesting by playing the self-obsessed, DC hating, old guy, BUT we love him for it anyway.

Finally, we conclude the episode with some of the Weird Science panel which included Anthony Michael Hall & Ilan Mitchell-Smith. The two discuss what it was like working with John Hughes, their favorite memories of working on the film, and Kelly LeBrock. It was great seeing these two together again but towards the end, I kinda felt sorry for Ilan, who, since he hasn?t been in Hollywood much since the 80?s and only had Weird Science, remained quiet as Hall was asked a ton of questions.

I hope you all enjoyed this taste of the Comic Con from 2014 and maybe I?ll bump into you at 2015?s Con. Thanks for listening!

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Featured Artist: Sammy B.

Featured Artist: Sammy B.

Samantha B. at RAW Artists San Antonio

Samantha B. at RAW Artists San Antonio. Photo by Mario Zamarron

I met Sammy B. at the RAW Artists event on 2/26/15 and was blown away by her unique style and outgoing personality. She sold all but two of her paintings that night and I’d be willing to bet she’s already hard at work making more intriguing works. Check out her RAW profile here and take a look at her bio and some examples of her work.

Hello, my name is Sammy B. And I’m an artist from San Antonio, Texas! I’ve been practicing art since before i can remember, it’s my oldest friend! I enjoy making abstract pieces that bring something new to the table! You may not always be able to comprehend where my mind was during the time of creating but it’s always fun to try and figure it out! My pieces are meant to make the viewer think and feel the emotion I’m portraying rather than giving an obvious, clear picture of what I’m trying to say. I hope you enjoy!

Art by Sammy B. #1

Art by Sammy B. #1

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RAW Artists San Antonio 2.26.15

RAW Artists San Antonio 2.26.15

 

RAW Natural Born Artists

RAW Natural Born Artists

Yesterday, RAW Artists San Antonio rocked the hell out of 210 Capone’s. I attended the final event for RAW back in 2013 and was very thankful to participate as a judge for the awards and as a presenter at the event when it was held at Backstage Live. First of all, I was extremely impressed with the setup at Kapone’s since the last time I was at the venue, when it was just the shoe factory down the street and across the tracks. RAW really stepped up their game this year and did a great job with their 2015 premier. Shout out to Aaron Molina for inviting me to attend the show and to Maximo Anguiano for being a great MC and interviewee. Primarily I was there to see friends of 210, Tera Ferna, but quickly found myself walking through the rows at the show enjoying all of the amazing fashion and art.

Tera Ferna was the first band to take the stage and, as they always do, made fans of everyone in the audience. Fresh off of recording their new record, Tera Ferna played a flawless mix of old and new material. From talking with the band prior to their dominating the stage, the guys said they’ve got a music video currently in production and some great shows coming up soon. You need to keep an eye out for them if you haven’t heard them before. You might try listening to a couple of our episodes to catch up. Our initial interview and follow up acoustic recording can be found on the site and on iTunes.

Native Roar was the next musical performance of the night. This was my first time seeing them live and I was pleasantly surprised with their sound. Mix Lonely Horse, island music, and Texas rock, and you’ve got a glimpse of what Native Roar has to offer. Look for them on an episode soon.

Some of my favorite artists at the show included Art by Sammy B, Edna Z. Gamboa, and Candace Heil. I’ll work on getting these artists set up on our Featured Artist pages on the site. There were too many amazing artist and creators to mention, but you can always check out the San Antonio page of the RAW website and find out more info on everyone! Keep an eye out for our YouTube video from the event! Thanks for visiting the site!