Friday, June 24, 2016

Haylee Troncone's 'Soon To Be Named' Cosplay Column

Why do I cosplay? I get this question a lot. I've always been the quiet artsy nerd that everyone thought would go to an art college and become a famous painter, but that didn't happen. I never went to college. I started drawing less and cosplaying more.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Pretty Good Week: With A Sad Ending

I've spent the last couple weeks geeking out over some movies and a fantastic show, but before I touch on the good, let me mention the sad.

I'm sure most of you have heard by now about Anton Yelchin's untimely passing. Unfortunately this is the news I woke to. I really love the work Anton has done as Chekov on the Star Trek movie reboot series, and am deeply saddened by the loss. The kid was far too young and talented. Who knows what the future held for him. This is reason to never take life for granted, because it can all be taken at any time. In this case, it was far too early. May his great work stay in our memories. LLAP, friends...

Ok. with that out of the way...You shoudl see the following two movies on the big screen before they leave theaters!

TMNT 2 and Warcraft were the big "nerdy" films over the last couple weeks, and neither failed to entertain completely. First off TMNT took a big step up from the first movie, which I really didn't care much for. I kinda set the expectation a little low for this, but they made it feel more like the old cartoon series we grew up on by adding more of the great villians from the TMNT show. Megan Fox even stepped up her game in the April O'Neill role. My highlight was Stephen Amell's big screen debut as Casey Jones! Amell did a fantastic job, and I believe we have a future movie star after his Arrow days (which I hope don't end any time soon...just saying). It was worth me seeing twice!

I've never played Word Of Warcraft, so had no idea what I was getting myself into...WOW (pun totally intended)...Not knowing the story behind the saga, has no bearing on the ability to follow the movie. I kept right up on the story, without being being distracted by wonderful CGI work and masterfully shot film. I hope they continue the film series...I'll be there with my ticket money.

I finally got the chance to see Kevin Smith live too!

You know writer...podcaster...geek trailblazer..
.also known as Silent Bob. He is currently on a tour with his friend and man who portrays his sidekick Jay, Jason Mewes, called Jay and Silent Bob Get Old.
They're sharing stories from their lives and careers, and doing bits from their podcast of the same name. The show might have been one of the most entertaining shows I've seen in ages. Jay brings that same energy he brought on screen when he played the off the wall, crude, party guy Jay. Jay an Silent Bob seem like the best of friends on and off screen...and now on stage too! If this tour or any of the show tours under the Smodcast banner come to your town, you HAVE TO check it out if you enjoy being entertained!

I'd always played with the idea of starting a podcast, but this show (as well as BJ Shea's Geek Nation, Twiztid's Ashtrays and Action Figures, and Nerdist) really inspired me to get the ball rolling on that idea asap. We're gonna talk everything from fandoms, music, collectibles, movies and television, as well as have great guests and so much more... What do you guys think? Who'd listen?

Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return in 2015). Follow him on Instagram at, and  He can be reached for comments at on twitter at @thestevestrout

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Guest Post: Haylee Troncone and A-Baby Cosplay's Colossalcon Photo Gallery

Once again we have a guest post from our friend Haylee Troncone, this time from Colossalcon 15 in Ohio. She was joined by A-Baby Cosplay on this trip, and they sent us back this fun photo gallery from the convention! Be sure to click on their names and follow their work! Enjoy their photos, and if you ever want to share a convention experience here, get in touch!!

Haylee Troncone is a Northwest based cosplayer, artist and geek, and all around awesome person who you should already be following on Instagram: @hayleetroncone, Twitter: @hayleetroncone and on Facebook at

Saturday, June 4, 2016

More From Crypticon...Alec Gillis' Harbinger Down Screening Review

We talked about Crypticon, and the Aliens cast "reunion". I also mentioned the screening of cast member, Alec Gillis' film, Harbinger Down. Here's some thoughts.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Crypticon Recap

Another year at Crypticon has come and gone, and I gotta tell ya, I love this convention more every year. Amazing guests, awesome vendors, and a brilliant artist alley are just a few reasons why I love this show. It feels like a family reunion every year seeing old friends and making so many new ones, including the wonderful celebrities. You wont find a con with more accessible celebrity guests than Crypticon, which you'll see in the photo gallery below...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Crypticon Preview Q&A w/ C.D. Poe

Crypticon is right around the corner, so lets preview Seattle's horror convention with a Q&A with one of the awesome artists at this year's show, C.D. Poe! To be honest, this was one of my favorite interviews, not only because C.D. Poe is a good friend and one of our favorite artists at the #ComicBookSwapMeet every year, but because his art is so unique and creepily beautiful! He also gave some really great enthusiastic responses! Check it out. Share it. Come say hi at Crypticon, and go show C.D. Poe some love on his social media outlets at and You can also buy art from his shop at

TheSteveStrout: For those unfamiliar with your art, how would you best describe your style?

C.D. Poe: It's hard to describe my style. I hear from folks repeatedly that it’s "unique". I assume that's a good thing. I can tell you what things I dig and, as a result, influence me. I love myths and legends, epic fantasy stories, comics and anime, and horror movies. I’m also a big fan of both classic and contemporary pin-up artwork. The likes of Gil Elvgren, Earl Moran, Olivia, and Luis Royo, to name a few, leave their mark on my work. I like to think all of those things churn around in the dark recesses of my cranium and help shape what you see.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Comic Book Swap Meet Recap

The Comic Book Swap Meet, our mini con here on the Olympic Peninsula, has come and gone. We did some good things and had a lot of fun. Gathered up a bunch of food for the food bank. Raised some money for the Humane Society too. I would have liked to had seen more cosplayers, but overall, it was an absolute success! Thanks for all the support, and I look forward to doing it again, hopefully in the fall.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Pretty Good Week: Civil War and more...

I just got in this evening after a pro wrestling event, and got to thinking how busy I've been and how I missed you all. I figured I better post and say hello.

Not a bad week. The dust has cleared from the Comic Book Swap Meet last week. We raised some money for the local Humane Society, and filled a couple boxes of food for the food bank! I'd call that a success. 

I was also honored to be interviewed by Chuck Anderson from the Sci Fi Monkeys website (and writer at Alucard Press). It was kind of cool to be on the interviewee for once. That should be live soon, hopefully. You know I'm gonna share it here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Comic Book Swap Meet Info...

With the Comic Book Swap Meet right around the corner, I figured it's probably a great idea to share some info about the show!

The Comic Book Swap meet (#ComicBookSwapMeet ) is our local "Mini Comic Con" we produce here on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State with the help of our team at, and sponsors Anime Kat, Whistle Stop Toys, and DiGee Ink Tattoo Shop, all great local businesses on the peninsula.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Emerald City Comic Con Recap

This took a little longer than planned, but I was down for a couple days. I'd been feeling under the weather all weekend at ECCC, but I toughed it out, followed by an immediate trip to the ER when I got back home. As much as I love Emerald City Comic Con, and consider it my local convention, I swear it's bad luck for me. A few years ago, I got robbed immediately before (If ya dont remember that lovely story, check it out HERE). Another year, I had heart issues. This year, more medical stuff. But enough about me!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Emerald City Comic Con Preview: Q&A with Greg Smith

Hope you've enjoyed the Emerald City comic Con preview Q&A's. This last one before ECCC is a good one. We got in a chat with Greg Smith, the writer of one of the hottest graphic novels on the market today, Junior Braves Of The Apocalypse (Oni Press) Be sure to stop by the Oni booth at ECCC if you're attending and grab a copy to get signed, as this will be a rare occurrence that all the creators of Junior Braves will be in the same place at the same time. I'm bringing my copy. Enjoy the interview and learning more about the book!

TheSteveStrout: Let's get right to it and have you tell us about Junior Braves. Can you summarize what it's about?

Greg Smith: Short  - The Goonies meet The Walking Dead.

Long - Junior Braves of the Apocalypse Book 1: A Brave is Brave, by writers Greg Smith and Michael Tanner, and artist Zach Lehner is brought to you by Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Pretty Good Week: Why so much Batman v Superman Hate?

Hopefully you all checked out the Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) preview interviews with the legendary Tim Sale and fantastic indie creator, Ryan Fisher...if not, you know where to find them. Who is going to be at ECCC? Let us know on Twitter @thestevestrout or on Facebook in the Comic Book Swap Meet group..

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Emerald City Comic Con Preview: Q&A with Ryan Fisher

Hope you enjoyed the Tim Sale Q&A, and if you missed it, check it out HERE. It was quite an honor that a legend like Mr. Sale took the time for a quick chat. I'm pretty sure you'll like this next Q&A in the ECCC preview series. We had a nice little chat about Seattle artist Ryan Fisher, about his newly released graphic novel, Torchlight Lullaby. This book was more than deserving of the highly successful boost it recieved from its crowdfunding campaign. Read on and if you're at Emerald City Comic Con this year, stop by Ryan's table (M-08) and take a look. These words do it no justice.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Guest Post: Haylee Troncone's Sakura Con 2016 Photo Gallery

Our friend Haylee Troncone, a great cosplayer in her own right, shared a gallery of some awesome cosplays from last weekends Sakura Con in Seattle! Have a look, share, and be sure to follow Haylee Troncone Cosplay to see all her latest cosplay and geekiness! Thanks, Haylee!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Emerald City Comic Con Preview: Q&A with Tim Sale

We're doing a series of Q&A's with some Emeralc City Comic Con guest creators, and we're honored to kick it off with this quick interview with legendary artist of acclaimed titles such as Batman: The Long Halloween, The Dark Victory, and Daredevil, Yellow, the award winning Tim Sale...enjoy and share! See you at ECCC!

TheSteveStrout: What are you currently working on, and what will you be promoting this year at Emerald City Comic Con?

Tim Sale:  I'm in the early stages of a creator owned series, too early to say more about it, other than I am really jazzed. Doing covers here and there, and soon to be drawing some Batman ones (yay!), and working away at my commission list, which always gives me much pleasure.