Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Jet City Comic Show Recap

Due to real life circumstances, this show recap took me a lot longer to post than normal, which is a bummer because this convention, the Jet City Comic Show, get bigger and better every year. If you're not a regular attendee at this comic and pop culture convention, then you're missing out. Jet City Comic Show isn't the biggest con in the Northwest U.S., but is is growing in popularity and becoming a yearly nerd reunion for the area fanboy/fangirl crowd! 

When checking out this photo gallery you'll find many familiar faces from prior posts here and on this regions convention circuit. Maybe your face shows up in one of these pictures (more incentive to share the article)! Hope you enjoy! 

Don't forget, we're always looking for contributors, so if you want to recap cons, review media (comics, tv, movies, books, etc..) or anything else suitable, get in touch!!! We'd love to have ya. Can't pay, but I always make it a point to share geeky goodies I might collect in our work here. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Jet City Comic Show Preview: Q&A With Actor Robert Lasardo

courtesy of Robert Lasardo Facebook
Here's my second Jet City Comic Show preview piece/interview. This latest conversation is with one of the hardest working dude's in entertainment, Robert Lasardo. The name might not totally ring a bell, but with over 100 acting credit, I promise you recognize his face (and tattoo collection) from a tv show or movies. Though he's notorious for playing gangters and badasses, he is one of the nicest guys I've had the chance to interview. This was a really fun and inspirational conversation.

I was honestly nervous to talk to Robert, but after chatting for a few, you feel like your talking to an old friend. We even chatted for a few minutes after the interview about tattoos, and life. Be sure to swing by his table at Jet City Comic Show and say hi and show him your tattoos! I'm sure he'd love to see them....Enjoy the interview...Share the interview...Enjoy Jet City Comic Show...

TheSteveStrout: Lets start by talking about some of your favorite roles you've played.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Jet City Comic Show Preview: Q&A With Guest Comic Artist, Jeremy Colwell

One of the fastest growing comic con's in the Northwest, the Jet City Comic Show, is a couple weeks away, and we managed to get this great preview interview in with comic artist, Jeremy Colwell. Jeremy is best known for his work on the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover series earlier this year. Hope you guys make it to Jet City comic Show on November 5th and 6th. Enjoy this introduction to featured show guest Jeremy Colwell!

TheSteveStrout: First off, congrats on the Thundercats/Masters of the Universe gig with Freddie Williams. Sample pages online look amazing. When is the release date for the series, and is it a short run or are their plans for ongoing?

Jeremy Colwell: Thank you! I’m very happy to be teaming up with Freddie again. The series is six issues coming out monthly starting October 5th. So issue one is out now—go get it! J

TheSteveStrout: As I mentioned, You're paired with Freddie Williams, who you worked on another crossover series this year (of near and dear to my heart franchises), Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Do you feel more pressure on yourself working on these series' a lot of us grew up loving?

Jeremy Colwell: I grew up watching He-Man and Thundercats on TV so I’m right there with you as a fan. There is a lot of pressure to perform and create something fans of both properties and new readers will enjoy. Being able to contribute to the legacy of these characters is a huge accomplishment for me and I still can’t believe I’ve been granted one of my childhood wishes.

TheSteveStrout: Staying on the beloved franchise crossover topic, what are some other series you'd like to see happen, and would love to work on?

Jeremy Colwell: My top pick would be a sequel to our Batman/TMNT series. That was one of the greatest creative experiences of my career. James Tynion IV, Freddie, and editor Jim Chadwick made my life a dream during that run. I’d love to work on a Robotech/Voltron crossover!

Jeremy's coloring process on Thudercats/HeMan crossover
TheSteveStrout: Tell us a about your background in art and comics.

Jeremy Colwell: I was always an artsy kid. Picture Pages tv show is one of my earliest memories as well as a thick DC Superheroes activity book. My first comic was Avengers #261, bought for me by my Dad from a 7-Eleven spinner rack. Then I was hooked. I didn’t really take official art classes until my Senior year of high school since I was in multiple bands and that took all of my electives. I then hit college hard, getting a full ride for art to my local community college before going on to UW to get a BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts with Emphasis in Painting (and loans I’m still paying 20 years later. L ) Lots of life drawing, painting and color theory.

 I got married right after college and had a son right after that. So I got a “real” job at UPS doing business development in Portland. I quit that after two years to be a stay-at-home dad. Had a second son a few years later and then, once they were old enough to be in school full time, my wife and I decided I should look for a job. I met some great folks at what was then Mercury Studios (Helioscope now), started getting inking work then moved to colors after some dry spells. The rest was a relatively quick and smooth climb from Indie presses to DC.

TheSteveStrout: What are some of the other comics you've worked on?

Jeremy Colwell: A full listing is online here: http://www.comicbookdb.com/creator_chron.php?ID=6252 but some of the highlights are obviously Batman/TMNT, Metal Men, Wonder Woman Rebirth, Trekker, and Powerpuff Girls.


TheSteveStrout: Who were and are some of your inspirations in comics?

Jeremy Colwell: It;s odd, because I’m so much about realism and rendering, that I’m drawn to very graphical artists and minimalist colorists. Mike Mignola is my favorite line artist and Dave Stewart rules my color world. Others I look up to are Laura Martin, John Rauch, and Matt Hollingsworth.

TheSteveStrout: Back to books you would like to work on. What's a dream comic you'd like to contribute to?

Jeremy Colwell: Anything Batman, but I’d also love to get my hands on some Marvel characters like Iron Man, Captain America and Wolverine.

TheSteveStrout: Jet City Comic Show is right around the corner, where you'll be a featured comic guest this year. What are you gonna be promoting at the show?

Jeremy Colwell: I’m still so proud of Batman/TMNT that I will promote that until people get tired of hearing about it. He-Man/Thundercats #1 is out so I’ll show that off. I also have a limited variety of prints available for purchase.

TheSteveStrout: Where can you be found at Jet City?

Jeremy Colwell: I'll be at Table AA-96. I have a stand-up banner finally, so look for me somewhere with a big Batman/TMNT behind me!

TheSteveStrout: The Northwest is full of amazing comic creators, such as yourself, giving these great conventions almost a hometown con feel. Any thoughts on that, and what do these area conventions mean to you personally?

Jeremy Colwell: I only do Northwest shows. Some of that is financial, some is my dislike for flying, and some is that I call the area home and I’m proud to be a local artist. People, especially kids, get a thrill knowing that someone local “made it”. It makes it real to them, like it did for me when I met comic pros. I’m like seeing that spark.

TheSteveStrout: Do you see the conventions as all business, or do you take in some as a comic fan still?

Jeremy Colwell: I try to stay at my table as much as possible so as not to miss anyone who wanted to meet me. My job there is to give fans the best experience I can. And I love it. I try to create fan time before the shows, going around and meeting folks I’ve long admired or even just looking at what others are creating. I also try to shop for my boys and wife to bring them something fun back from each show.

TheSteveStrout: What are you looking forward to at Jet City Comic Show?

Jeremy Colwell: The fans. I lose my voice near the end of even a two day show because I spend so much time talking to people. After the show I always try to hang out with pros and fans alike at the bars or whatever to really immerse myself in the culture since I work alone so much. It’s exhausting but an amazing experience, too. I come away from each con with a burst of energy to make comics for fans.

TheSteveStrout: What's next for you? Any new projects or appearances you can talk about?

Jeremy Colwell: Nothing I can talk about yet, but I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire!

TheSteveStrout: Is there anything you'd like to add? Social media links? Advice for others who aspire to make it in comics?

Jeremy Colwell: After reading all of those replies I don’t think anyone wants to hear me talk more. But if you want to know more about me and/or interact with me online I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Reddit, and YouTube. I use my real name for all of those, so just type me in the search box and find out all and more than you ever wanted to know.

TheSteveStrout: Thanks for the time , sir. Look forward to meeting you at the show.

Jeremy Colwell: Thanks for asking me to do this. See you at the show!

Be sure to come meet Jeremy Colwell, and all the other amazing creators and celebrities at the Jet City Comic Show on November 5th and 6th!!! www.jetcitycomicshow.com for more info


As always, thanks for reading. I'm hoping to have another preview post up before Jet City Comic Show. Hope to see you there.....And be sure to get in touch if you'd like to contribute to this site!!

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 soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Film Review: Doomed: The Untold Story Of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four"

About 10 years ago, I was at a convention dealers booth checking out his "bootleg" dvd collection, checking out all the cult classics and movies that never really saw the light of day. One movie I came across really intrigued me was Roger Corman's unreleased Fantastic Four film, which I'd only heard about.

Needless to say, the movie sat in my collection and remained unwatched, like it was apparently meant to be until a couple years ago when I heard about the latest Fantastic Four reboot (which definitely shouldn't have been released). Well, I finally got around to watching Corman's FF movie, and other than the low budget quality, I really didn't mind the movie. I honestly found it entertaining.

I decided to research the movie a bit, to see why it wasn't released, and didn't find out much other than it being made in order for the studio to keep the rights to the franchise. Though they did try again to make the FF films (which I enjoyed, though critics hated them), there's always been curiousity about Corman's go at it.

I was recently introduced to this documentary, Doomed: The Untold Story Of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four". This well made doc tells the whole story about Corman's effort from concept to the non-release, and features commentary from the movie cast and creators.

Marty Langford (Director) and Mark Sikes (producer) really do a great job in emphasizing all the hard work this cast and crew put in to this film, and show that on a shoestring budget, and some talent, you can really make something to be proud of. I did get the feeling from the cast interviews that everyone was, in fact, proud of their work to the point that they went on the road to promote the film on their own dime.

Its a shame this movie never made it, but there is a fascinating story here that is shared with us in Doomed: The Untold Story Of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four", and Marty Langford and Mark Sikes do a fantastic job in capturing it. I highly recommend checking this documentary out. Doomed: The Untold Story Of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four" is available on most streaming services including Vudu, Amazon, iTunes, and for more info check out the movie Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/DoomedFF or at their website: www.doomedthemovie.com!!!

Our next convention www.thestevestrout.com will be covering is the Jet City Comic Show, so come say hi and grab a www.thestevestrout.com pin. Make sure to be on the lookout for some pre show interviews and maybe more...
www.jetcitycomicshow.com
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 soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Rose City Comic Con Recap

The last couple weeks since RCCC have been really hectic, therefore the delay on this post. Time was really tight, and I'm lucky enough to have had time enough to get these pictures posted. Thanks for always supporting and I hope you enjoy the pictorial. We want to see more from your weekend at RCCC so send us links on twitter: @thestevestrout and in the Comic Book Swap Meet group on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/groups/comicbookswapmeet/ Be sure to follow and join both too! We're doing a giveaway with this post, with details later in the article. Thanks to Haylee Troncone for awesome contributions to the site! Welcome aboard!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Rose City Comic Con Preview: Q&A With International Cosplay Star, Ani-Mia

As promised, another great Rose City Comic Con preview Q&A with international cosplay star, Ani-Mia! I couldn't be more excited to share this little chat with Ani-Mia, and hope you enjoy it too! If you attend RCCC this weekend, Sept 10-11, be sure to stop by her table and say hi, take a photo, and maybe buy a signed photo of her in one of here amazing cosplays!!


photo by www.facebook.com/RonGejonPhotography
TheSteveStrout: How do you keep inspired to constantly be putting out great new cosplays?

Ani-Mia: I'm always inspired by the movies and shows that I watch, games I play... There's honestly too much inspiration.


Rose City Comic Con Preview: Q&A with Christopher Sebela

Rose City Comic Con goes down this weekend, and like we always do, here's the first of our Rose City Comic Con (RCCC) preview Q&A's. This first one features one of the most prolific comic book writers on the scene, Chris Sebela. Mr. Sebela is one of the busiest writers, usually having no less than a handful of projects going on at any given time. We were lucky enough to have him spare a few minutes for us and this Q&A. Be sure to check out more of his stuff at www.christophersebela.com, and be sure to swing by his table at RCCC! For more RCCC info go to www.rosecitycomiccon.com

Friday, July 15, 2016

Q&A With Blackholers Creator, Ben Templesmith

I had the pleasure of meeting my next interviewee at Emerald City Comic Con earlier this year. I'd been a fan of this guy's art since I first seen 30 Days Of Night, and have loved his stuff ever since. If you aren't familiar with Ben Templesmith, enjoy this little intro, then go out and check out as much of his stuff as possible. Enjoy my Q&A with Ben Templesmith!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Clallam Bay Comic Con recap links from Donna Barr and Dara Korra'ti

Though thestevestrout.com couldn't attend the Clallam Bay Comic Con, we'd appreciate if you would take a few minutes to check out CBCC recaps from our friends, Donna Barr and Dara Korra'ti.

Donna Barr is the host of the Clallam Bay Comic Con and a veteran in the comic book world, being known for such acclaimed titles as  Stinz and The Desert Peach. More info on Donna can be found on her site at www.donnabarr.blogspot.com/. Donna's Clallam Bay Comic Con report can be found here: Clallam Bay Comic Con Report

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Pretty Good Week


Before this next round of ramblings, I'd like to, unfortunately, mention the passing of Noel Neill. Noel Neill was known for her role as the original Lois Lane from the 50's era Adventures of Superman, alongside George Reeves. Some of my earliest television memories were of old re-runs of The Adventures of Superman. She'd make appearances in other incarnations of the Superman franchise, but will always be remembered for her role as Lois Lane. R.I.P. Noel Neill



On to lighter subjects...

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...

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!!


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...