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3:00 Share your voice Too much to go around? Artists like Agnes Garbowska, who has illustrated covers for My Little Pony, Transformers and Powerpuff Girls, say they’ve seen Artists’ Alley, a section of the show floor for artists, shrink and grow over the years. Not every Comic-Con attendee she meets realizes when a movie or TV show started off as a comic book. Sometimes, there’s some enlightening to do.”I find myself educating people about comics,” Garbowska said. She doesn’t mind, though. As someone who used to hide her childhood comic books to avoid being labeled too “weird,” she’s happy to see a broader acceptance of geekery. She would, though, like to see more cross-promotion between the source material and its adaptations.Agnes Garbowska sets up shop in Artists’ Alley at SDCC. Anges Garbowska For Vault Comics, a publisher founded in 2016, being relatively new to the show is a benefit, said CEO and publisher Damian Wassel. Even when it comes to attracting folks who didn’t necessarily come to SDCC for the comics, Vault can still grab their interest, Wassel said. “It’s not hard for me to get somebody who’s mostly come for film and TV, news or video game demos to take a moment and look at something new, because that’s ultimately what they’re there for, to experience new things,” he said. New things, for example, like being surrounded by fans in elaborate costumes. Professional cosplayer Yaya Han has seen cosplay catch on, with more people embracing the idea of dressing up either as characters from their favorite geek properties — or just their own imagination. The hottest cosplay we expect to see at Comic-Con 2019 Tony B Kim at his first SDCC in 2006. Tony B Kim “Nerd culture has merged with and swallowed whole the rest of popular culture, and [Comic-Con] really is part of that,” said Rob Salkowitz, author of the book Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture: What the World’s Wildest Trade Show Can Tell Us About the Future of Entertainment. When that merge started exactly depends on who you ask. But there’s no mistaking that one of the biggest changes to Comic-Con has been the rise in popularity of TV shows and movies that might have once been deemed the sole purview of the nerdy crowd. Consider that from 2013 until now, 10 TV series have spun off from some of the 22 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Throw in another nine or so for DC. That’s a lot of angst and spandex.In the past decade, properties like the MCU, Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Harry Potter have gripped the zeitgeist like a Devil’s Snare. Many people can probably find Mordor on a map and definitely know which Hogwarts house they belong to. Avengers: Endgame is this close to becoming the top-earning movie of all time globally, having already raked in north of $2.7 billion in ticket sales. “The water cooler talk around the office used to be about who won the big game over the weekend, and now it’s about who’s going to sit on the Iron Throne,” said Kim, that lucky guy who walked right in the Comic-Con door in 2006. Kim runs an apparel company called Hero Within that makes licensed clothing. He also runs the site Crazy 4 Comic Con, a blog with news and updates about SDCC. The whole thing started on March 21, 1970, at the US Grant Hotel in San Diego. The one-day “minicon,” as it was dubbed, was followed that August by a three-day event attended by around 300 guests, including sci-fi powerhouse Ray Bradbury, legendary comic book artist Jack Kirby, and author A.E. van Vogt, whose narrative style influenced Philip K. Dick.Since those groundbreaking ’70s events, the expanding reach of geek culture has meant that fandom, which is absolutely central to Comic-Con, has had to adapt to welcome those drawn by movies and television shows rather than just comics. And growth rarely comes without growing pains. 41 Photos More Comic-Con 2019 Cosplay medics are here for your costume emergency 2:40 Comments Among those I spoke with, there’s a dream floating around that one day, waiting in line at Comic-Con (the queues are notoriously long) will be a thing of the past.”Every line you want to stand in to get into a panel you want to see — there’s an opportunity cost for the billions of other things that you’re not seeing,” Salk said.Queues aside, there doesn’t seem to be much debate that SDCC will go strong for a long time. Just how strong depends on whether the current interest in all things nerdy holds out over time.Comic book artist Sean Forney at SDCC. Steph Forney “Everything is cyclical,” said comic book artist Sean Forney, who’s been attending Comic-Con since 2009. “I’m sure at some point it probably won’t be as mainstream.” However, he thinks there will always be enough to keep the SDCC and geek culture moving forward.There’s certainly potential — we’re about to start a new phase of Marvel movies, there are rumors of a Game of Thrones prequel series and the latest Star Wars trilogy is wrapping up, but clearly it won’t be the final stop in the universe. This year’s con could be the jumping-off point for a whole other round of reasons to stay invested in Big Geek. Salk sees nerd culture as nearly too big to fail, at this point. Attending Comic-Con had been Han’s Holy Grail, and she finally made it there in 2007, though that first year, there weren’t as many cosplayers as she’d expected. Han said the art of cosplay gained traction, with more folks suiting up and more mainstream press showing up to chronicle the capes, wigs and foam weapons until about 2015. That’s when she said cosplaying reached a plateau, in part due to the saturation of other conventions. “San Diego was the place to be seen for a lot of cosplayers,” said Han, who has dressed up as everyone from Elektra to Catwoman and Jessica Rabbit. She chalks up the slowdown to the emergence of numerous culture conventions around the world, as well as the desire of cosplayers to throw on some civilian clothes and take in Comic-Con programming just like everyone else, without having to worry about squeezing their steampunk hoop skirt into an auditorium chair. Originally published June 26. Comic-Con has changed in other ways too. For one, it’s gotten harder for convention-goers to get hold of exclusive must-have merchandise you can only get at SDCC, said collector Ken Choy. There’s not always enough to go around, but in the world of broader hype, some items are popping up at retailers as what are called exclusives. In one sense, this makes SDCC more accessible to those who can’t be there. On the other, those exclusives get a little less, well, exclusive, said Choy, who these days focuses on Harry Potter collectibles and appears on Comic-Con panels about collecting.”It’s like, too much of a good thing is not working out,” Choy said of the proliferation of shared exclusives in retail stores.Comic-Con 2069 So what’s ahead for the next 50 years? There’s not exactly a clear image of, say, Comic-Con 100, but many agree tech has a larger role to play. Choy, the collector, lauds SDCC’s implementation of a lottery system that decides who will participate in a collecting or signing session. That way, you don’t spend your time waiting in line only to walk away without that must-have Funko figure. How Marvel, Game of Thrones will make SDCC 2019 epic Adam Savage, Jim Lee and more celebs have tips on having a great con Pack this gear to survive the SDCC madness like a superhero All the best cosplay from Comic-Con 2018 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises But no matter what happens, longtime attendees hope the event keeps comics at its core, and stays a prime spot to be themselves. “People come from all around the world to be in a place where they feel like they belong, and they belong to each other,” Kim said. “We all need that.” Comic-Con: Cool gear and collectibles you can get without heading to SDCC 5 15 Photos 90 Photos Cosplayers flock to SDCC every year with capes and wigs in tow. Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images In 2006, long before Tony B Kim sold licensed superhero apparel for a living, he was just a guy who walked up to the door of San Diego Comic-Con for the first time, bought a ticket and marched right in. Thirteen years later, it’s hard to imagine Kim, or anyone else, getting into SDCC without months of planning — and a prayer to the hotel gods. The massive event, which started in 1970 as a gathering of about 145 comics fans in a hotel basement, has blown up into one of the world’s most highly concentrated — and highly anticipated — celebrations of geek culture. Almost 50 years later, it attracts more than 130,000 attendees and consumes not only the San Diego Convention Center, but the nearby Gaslamp Quarter, and seemingly any available green patch or open hotel within reach. SDCC — which this year runs from July 18-21 — spills out everywhere, not unlike geek culture into the mainstream. If you see Chewbacca and Thor walking down the street and overhear snatches of conversation about who should really play Batman, you’re in the right spot. Comic-Con Culture
For Virat Kohli, IPL seems to be synonymous with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Indian captain has made it quite clear that he would never leave the franchise as it has always been a special feeling to don the RCB jersey.”To me it has been a most special experience. I don’t see myself leaving or playing for any other franchise,” Kohli said at an event to launch a new app for the franchise. Over the years, RCB has had big marquee names playing in the side, they have been involved in great games, their fans are vocal and passionate and yet, the side has not won anything. 3 finals, but no silverware and Kohli has been thinking about it – he puts it down to decisions in crunch moments.”The failure lies where decisions aren’t made properly. If I sit here and say our luck was bad, that won’t be right. You make your own luck, and if you make poor decisions and the other team makes good ones, you will lose.,” Kohli said.More relaxed sides win the tournament Virat Kohli, AB de VilliersIANS”When your decision-making is spot on and balanced, those teams win the IPL. The teams that are more relaxed, don’t take the pressure too much, and take good decisions in pressure moments – they should get the credit for winning,” he added.Gary Kirsten, who is now the head coach of the side, wants to focus on building a balanced side and including specific players for specific roles. He wants to learn from the mistakes committed in the previous seasons and allowing players to grow in the side.”We’ve certainly tried to address that in our recruitment for this year. But as much as sport is about getting the right players on board, we have no clue if someone we’ve recruited is going to fire in this IPL or not. What we do know is we try to build a balance as best we can, based on learnings from past tournaments,” Kirsten said. Virat KohliIANSLast year, the slogan which accompanied the team was – ee sala cup namde (This year the cup is ours) and even as the side struggled to get going, this slogan became a proper baggage for the side and the captain acknowledged that in hindsight this was not a good move. “We realised this last year. You shouldn’t create an atmosphere even before the tournament has started, that ‘We are going to win this year’, because there are seven other teams too. You have to be realistic. It’s not a one-team dominated tournament,” the skipper added.
Boy Scout’s toy grenade causes bomb scare in Houston airport Tags: Houston Share << Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Associated Press HOUSTON — A Boy Scout who packed a toy grenade in his carry-on bag caused the shutdown of a security checkpoint at Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport Thursday morning, just a day after the international terminal of the city’s other major airport was evacuated due to a bomb scare.Houston Airport System spokesman Bill Begley said people were allowed to approach the checkpoint again after authorities determined that the suspicious item spotted by a Transportation Security Administration agent was a “novelty grenade.” It’s not clear why the 17-year-old had the item in his bag.Houston police said the state won’t charge the teen but that he could face a federal fine.Hobby Airport is a hub for Southwest Airlines and Begley said more than 15 Southwest flights were delayed. The website FlightAware indicated delays of an hour or more for flights arriving and departing the airport immediately after the security checkpoint reopened.An Associated Press journalist was in the line when a TSA agent raised the alarm at about 4:35 a.m., forcing hundreds of people to move away from the immediate area on both sides of the security checkpoint.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency“My wife and I were waiting to drop our bags into the X-ray machine and go through the detector, and I heard a TSA agent scream ‘Shut it down, shut it down, shut it down!’ Everyone was looking around, confused, and people were ordered to ‘Clear out now!’” the AP’s John L. Mone said.The explosives scare occurred only a day after police detained “an impatient passenger” who made comments about explosives in a bag at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport. Begley said that unidentified passenger’s “inappropriate comment” prompted a bomb squad to close the international terminal for nearly an hour.The episode created a backlog of at least a thousand people waiting to go through security.Begley stressed that, especially during the busy summer travel season, anyone with any doubts as to what can be carried on a plane should check the TSA’s “what can I bring?” website before packing their bags. Thursday, June 7, 2018
Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, April 22, 2019 Share Tags: Holland America Line, Promotions SEATTLE — Holland America Line’s sales team is reaching out to agents to make sure they have the tools to successfully book clients on the new ‘HAL of a Deal’ offer plus Pack These Values and the cruise line’s EBB.HAL of a Deal is on now and running through May 15. For agents, HAL of a Deal will feature weekly webinars, bonus information in the PartnerSHIPS eNewsletter, promotional items and a HAL of a Deal Sweepstakes that will award a total of US$15,000 in gift cards.“We currently have two exceptional offers that support upcoming bookings and future cruises, and we want to connect with our travel advisors to make sure they recognize the potential with these promotions and can effectively communicate the perks to their clients,” says Eva Jenner, VP Sales. “We’re excited to meet with travel advisors in person and through our webinars, making it easy for everyone to take advantage of the expertise provided by our sales team.”More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterHAL of a Deal webinars will take place April 23, April 30, May 7 and May 13. Travel advisors must register for each webinar at GoHAL.com or via the PartnerSHIPS Facebook page.A highlight of HAL of a Deal is a sweepstakes that will give away $15,000 in gift cards. Each week the gift card prizes will increase in value by $1,000, starting at $1,000 for week one and working up to the grand prize of $5,000 after week four. Travel advisors can register for the HAL of a Deal Sweepstakes at GoHAL.com/HALofaDeal.Holland America’s BDMs are also visiting with travel partners, offering knowledge, support materials and extra collateral as well as promotional items.Travel advisors can learn more about HAL of a Deal webinars, the sweepstakes, sign up for PartnerSHIPS eNewsletter and more at GoHAL.com.Travel advisors can also connect with their BDM and the sales team through GoHAL.com or by emailing [email protected] ‘HAL of a Deal’ incentive includes webinars, gift cards for agents