App Show News | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:23:44 +0000 en Seven Fun Finds from New York Comic Con 2016 Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:00:06 +0000 Tom These are some of our favorite finds from NYCC 2016. New York Comic Con is all of the fun and unique things you can find on and around the show floor. These are some of our favorite finds from NYCC 2016.

1. Once Upon a Book Club, a Loot Crate type monthly subscription for book lovers


2. The Walking Dead keychains from Skybound representing all the "tribes" from seasons 6 & 7


3. Simplicity and McCalls cosplay patterns


4. Pinbox do it yourself pinball kits that are great for kids, scout groups, and classrooms


5. The Death Wish Coffee truck which gave out free coffee all weekend!!


6. Rick and Morty pins at the Zen Monkey Studios booth (Tiny Rick was sold out all weekend)


7. FREE BOOKS!! Many publishers bring free books to give out at NYCC  (so many that carrying them on the subway became an adventure in itself)



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Premiere: An Acoustic Take On Jack Vandervelde’s “Pick It Up Sometimes” Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:00:42 +0000 Tom Some songs come around only to get stuck in your head forever. Jack Vandervelde’s... [/imgfull]

Some songs come around only to get stuck in your head forever. Jack Vandervelde's "Pick It Up Sometimes" is one of those tracks... not that you'll mind, because the charming track will also be replaying through your speakers forever.

“The song Pick It Up Sometimes is about reconnecting with someone from the past for a short period of time. It is something I have experienced and I see all the time with my friends and people my age. We are all back in town for a holiday break or summer, and everyone tries to make the most of their time home."

Today, we're premiering an acoustic video for the track. You can check out the single below, then let us know how much you love it on Twitter.

"Everyone knows it will not be the same as it was before but its worth reconnecting with someone who means something to you. It is inevitable that everyone goes back to either school, work, or other aspirations. You might as well give it a try.”


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Premiere: Conversing with Oceans’ “Heart Of A Poet” Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:09 +0000 Tom The latest track from the project, "Heart Of A Poet", is premiering exclusively below....
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Thursday inspiration, anyone? The story of Conversing with Oceans' is one filled with perseverance and a love of music. Alex Bondarev's family brought him from Russia to India to escape the unrest of war, and then later travelled ever further to the Bronx. Passionate about music from a young age, he started his very first band in grammar school.

"We developed a friendship where he'd share philosophies on life- particularly on how he had beaten cancer several times, the importance of family and friends, of enjoying life, and most importantly, of what it means to live a 'worthwhile' life."

These days, Alex hasn't strayed from his love of sound. With Conversing with Oceans', he's come into his voice more than ever before, showing nothing but potential for an incredible future. The latest track from the project, "Heart Of A Poet", is premiering exclusively below. Written about a bond with an older friend battling cancer, the song is sure to bring more than a few tears to your eye, and a better outlook on the day ahead.


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You Had To Be There: Shonda Rhimes Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:30:01 +0000 Tom Shonda Rhimes at the National Book Festival in conversation with David M. Rubenstein. Shonda Rhimes at the National Book Festival in conversation with David M. Rubenstein, along with a fabulous ASL interpreter![/caption]

You had to be there. It sounds like a reference to an inside joke; the kind of nudge and grin that only a few understand because they shared a moment. This time that line is more like insider information; the kind of understanding you only achieve by doing a thing so skillfully, for so long that you kind of bond with it. It in this case is creating television shows and Shonda Rhimes is its skillful practitioner.

[blockquotefull]“When you become very proficient at something you’ve been working so hard at, you begin to look for ways to excite yourself...I start looking at how can I take what I know and make stuff happen for other people. ”[/blockquotefull]

I was there at the National Book Festival, in my press designated seat, a full thirty minutes before Shonda and philanthropist David Rubenstein eased into a pair of white leather chairs and began to chat. (I use her first name because I deeply believe in actualization and familiarity is the first step to making our eventual friendship happen.) Shonda Rhimes has the kind of success any aspiring creator would crave—I want my career to be like hers when my career grows up. She has written, ran the show, and executive produced up to three hit shows on ABC during a single season. She smiles when she says “Italy literally stops on Mondays for Grey’s Anatomy,” and “The continent of Africa loves Scandal.” It’s not implausible to postulate that were she to leave ABC the network would go into a collective apoplexy. Shonda drags dollars in her wake.


[blockquotefull]“Are you going to say yes to any of these things?” “No. Obviously.”[/blockquotefull]

There is no doubt she sees the world with acuity, which makes her characters so real we yell at them, weep with them, and contemplate all kinds of wicked but deeply sexy behavior alongside them. Her legendary vision contradicts the fact her book Year of Yes began when her “bossy” sister, Delores, told her she says no to everything. The thought of “no” in Shondaland sounds like “crying” in baseball—there is none.

[blockquotefull]“I was a very naive sixteen year old girl who would’ve been dead in a week” - on attending Dartmouth, a small town school rather than a big one.[/blockquotefull]

Shonda said yes to the University of Southern California rather than following her parents’ wishes. She got that yes by presenting the statistic that it’s harder to get into USC Film School than it is to get into Harvard Law School (a fact she’d read in The New York Times). The yes she gave to writing the Britney Spears vehicle Crossroads led her to another affirmative as screenwriter for the multi Emmy award winning Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. After that, Shonda knew to stop saying yes to films and to start saying it to television—because on TV she could truly run the show.


[blockquotefull]“I don’t think the idea that you must be damaged in order to be creative in Hollywood is true.”[/blockquotefull]

Reminiscing on her childhood, Shonda says being a “good writer” is a natural part of being her. “It was like sitting down at a piano and learning that you always knew how to play. That’s one thing that I’ve always been lucky about.” But without the understanding of how to take advantage of each moment I wonder if she would have propelled herself on the trajectory that led her to a packed ballroom in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, after donating $10 Million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture because “the American dream is supposed to belong to all of us,” and she wanted to give that gift to America’s children. Without knowing how to say yes to each opportunity, it’s doubtful Shonda would have learned to defy her introvert nature, finally accepting the idea “I am a brand. Which was creepy to me at first, but then when you start to realize that the sight of you makes it possible for somebody else to think that they can do something, it makes it feel less terrifying for you to stand up and say this is what I do.”


[blockquotefull]“If you want it, then you do it. If you don’t, then you don’t.”[/blockquotefull]

When I say you had to be there what I really mean is “you have to be there.” Successful people are gifted at being in the moment. They recognize opportunity; they pivot so gracefully into fortuitous circumstance that some might call them lucky—but people like Shonda Rhimes aren’t the beneficiaries of luck, they make luck happen. They say, “yes.”


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Win an Exclusive VIP Tour Package to the Youth Authority Tour – Share Your Good Charlotte Story! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:00:19 +0000 Tom Live the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous for the day because we’re giving... [/imgfull]

Mirror mirror, on the wall, who’s the #1 GC fan of them all? Good Charlotte’s Youth Authority Tour kicks off this weekend, and you can live the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous for the day because we’re giving away two Exclusive VIP Tour Packages!*

Here’s what you’ll win: a meet and greet with Good Charlotte, see them at soundcheck before the show, AND get your hands on some exclusive signed merch too!

You ready? Here’s how to win:

1. Call 1-888-99-IDOBI ext. 500 (it’s free)
2. Say, “This is <Your NAME> on idobi and this is my Good Charlotte Story”
3. Share your favorite GC story or memory
4. Close out your message with “Go see the Youth Authority Tour!”
5. Then leave us your phone number

Hurry! You have until 11:59pm ET on Oct 30th to enter. The first package will be announced on Sat 22nd!

*Contest excludes the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Boston dates

Hit play below to hear an example, and we'll see you at the show!

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Top 10 Panels at New York Comic Con 2016 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:30:10 +0000 Tom The top 10 panels from this year's NYCC, ranked. [/imgfull]



P: Out of all the panels I saw this was the worst. It had all the main cast-members including Jason Sudekis who does the voice of Zorn himself. They played an entire episode of the show for the panel. Yet it wasn’t enough to keep anyone interested. The cast members' Q&A wasn’t really engaging, I was not at all entertained by the episode itself, and the room definitely cleared out quite a bit when this panel was happening. They seemed out of place and not quite prepared.

M: Possibly the least entertaining entertainment panel of the weekend. This one was definitely a disappointment as it started off showing an entire episode. As someone who has never seen the show before, I was excited to give it try. Yet, between you and I, I fell asleep somewhere between the theme and the credits. Disappointing considering they had the talent of Jason Sudekis behind it. Even when he came out on stage, I struggled to stay attentive. The Q&A couldn’t save this panel as the moderator, cast, and crowd seemed to be aware that they were unprepared and mostly there waiting for the panel that followed.




P: This panel was nothing special. They showed a preview that wasn’t yet released and had some major cast members. They even gave away free posters afterwards. Yet, it’s never a good panel when the cast members don’t seem very excited to be there.

M: UNDERWORLD 4! …My first thoughts going into this panel honestly were, “Who asked for a fourth Underworld movie?”. Now I can’t complain about seeing the exclusive debut of the final trailer for the movie which of course featured lots of bloody werewolf vs. vampire battles and Kate Beckinsale in leather with blue contacts. Despite all this the panel that followed mostly consisted of actors who didn’t seem that excited to talk about this new film in the franchise, while Kate tried to save the day by awkwardly flirting with her co-star the whole time. (P: I KNOW RIGHT?! I mean Theo is cute but…) After a strange set story involving a ferret in someone’s trailer I have to say even seeing Kate in person did not leave me super excited for this next instalment of the explosive franchise.




P: This was slightly better than the Underworld panel, only due to Milla Jovovich’s charm. She was funny and happy, and had great energy. They also showed a preview that had yet to be released and gave away free posters afterwards.

M: Following the Underworld panel was fitting, as both films are bloody and feature kickass female leads. With the same format to Underworld, we were treated with the exclusive look at the final trailer which I have to say had me pumped! Not to mention, I may or may not have been able to secure myself a selfie with Milla Jovovich. Overall not too bad of a panel yet nothing seemed to stand out to really make this event something special over all the others. Unless you count my selfie of course.




P: This panel unfortunately took place in NYCC’s equivalent to the infamous “HALL H” aka “MAIN 1-D”. Upon arrival I was asked if I had “tapped in” for the panel and told that you had to do so before it started in order to get a seat. I noticed several people lie and say they had and walk right in. Once I eventually did get into the panel, there were seats remaining. There were only two cast members present and they did not show ANY clips because likely they have yet to film anything for season 2. The guests were charming and humorous but definitely a panel that would have been just as good to watch online later on. The Main 1-D room offers small concessions and beverages which helps when you’re sticking around for the panels to come later on in the day.

M: One of the best break out shows of 2016 somehow found a way to let me down! After finally securing a way into what some could say was one of the most anticipated panels of the weekend, I was left feeling as if my excitement was undeserved. I know, I know I was reaching when I expected to see a sneak peak of season 2. Yet no season 1 reel? No gag reel? Not even the theme playing as the cast walked out! Maybe I was asking for too much. The two cast members who were at the panel were funny and engaging with the crowd so it was certainly not the worst panel. I was still left wishing there was just something more to leave me pumped for season 2.




P: This panel had its moments. Started off with singing Matt Damon "Happy Birthday", which is now something I can say I did. They showed yet another preview and had cast members all the way from China. There were plenty of seats and they were super comfortable. They also had concessions open so you could get food or water. One of the best things about the MSG panels though was the DJ and hype-man that kept you entertained in between panels.

M: Going into this panel you would think the loudest screams you would hear over a cast member being announced to the stage would be Jason Bourne himself, Matt Damon. Well, you’d be surprisingly wrong. As the film takes place around a mythical backdrop to the story of the Great Wall of China and is directed by China’s most renowned directors Yimou Zhang, you better believe it would star a young heart-throb Chinese actor. When Junkai Wang was announced to the stage the crowd went insane! Leading us to quickly google his name seeing he is a huge celebrity in China as part of the boy band TFBOYS. Between exclusive footage, a great venue and singing Matt Damon "Happy Birthday", I've gotta say it was not too bad of way to spend the Saturday at NYCC.



P: This one was unexpected, as I did not know anything about this show before stumbling into the panel. They played what seemed to be an entire episode, but was actually only one part of an episode. I was pleasantly surprised that this is an X-Men related show, yet looks nothing like the X-Men movie franchise. It will definitely stand on its own and can be enjoyed by anyone, even if you’re not a fan of Wolverine. They had the main cast members present who were funny and engaging with the audience. I bet you will be seeing them at NYCC again next year.

M: Definitely the biggest surprise panel by far. The Legion panel debuted almost an entire piece of its first episode and what really caught my attention was not knowing anything about this series or its source material. While watching the exclusive preview I got a vibe that this show was being created as the superhero answer to the American Horror Story fans. Equally eerie as it was suspenseful. For the comic book tv show/movie crowd what might confuse you though, is this show is being done by Marvel TV... about an X-Men character (of which the rights belong to 20th Century Fox)... but still operating outside any of the other Marvel properties. Perhaps it’s fitting though, as this is about a character who is a mentally deranged person (P: OR IS HE?!) with superpowers, which cannot only stand on its own, but it doesn’t belong anywhere else but on its own. After our preview we were treated to a moderated Q&A which did not live up to the same entertainment we just saw and they barely asked the hilarious Aubrey Plaza any questions, which was disappointing to me as I may have a huge secret crush on the actress.




P: One of my most anticipated panels was HBO’s new series Westworld. The panel did not disappoint: they played the entire new episode before it was available. They also had cast members, although James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood did not make an appearance. After the panel they had three different poster designs available to give out. Ben Barnes even stuck around taking selfies and signing some things for fans afterwards. I love a cast who really appreciates their fanbase. This panel took place in the Hammerstein Ballroom which had plenty of seating and no standby lines.

M: This was probably the panel I was looking forward to the most this weekend. I am a fan of anything the notorious Nolan brothers touch so even before seeing the first episode I was signed up and ready for this series. The panel treated fans to the entire second episode airing later that night. Being able to watch an hour long episode of a series that already has me hooked before all of my friends gave this panel an “A” right off the bat. Although the panel that followed had many of the show’s casts including the awesome Jimmi Simpson, it lacked the show's two biggest stars, James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood. The moderated portion however, did give a lot of insight into some of the actors like Thandie Newton’s challenges with playing a character who is an AI playing a person who doesn’t know they’re an AI.


3) WAR for the PLANET of the APES


P: This one took place outside of NYCC, at the 42nd Street Regal Theatre. It was not exactly a panel per se, as you had to enter to win a ticket. However, there was a standby line and I’m pretty sure everyone from that line was able to get in. They played a teaser and the trailer, but they also played a seven minute clip of unfinished footage and GFX for everyone to be able to see the process of editing and finishing. We got to see the actors before they are transformed into the Apes, and are just humans in motion-capture suits. It was fascinating, fun, and Andy Serkis is an amazing actor to even be in the presence of. Afterwards they gave out free t-shirts as well.

M: This one took a bit further from the Javits Center and had a bit of a confusing line system outside consisting of stand bys, already checked-in guests, and press. However, once we made it in, it was well worth the confusion. At first we were shown a short minute long teaser for the film which would later release online. The treat of the panel came in the form of an entire seven minute scene that was unfinished. Seeing the actors in their motion capture gear really acting before being turned into the film’s realistic Apes was incredible. The panel also had an amazing moderated section that gave insight into how a film that is made with so much real acting and computer generated imagery is really put together. Andy Serkis was very engaging with the audience and you could feel his excitement for the film. The high point of this panel though was being able to see the film’s first trailer which has still yet to be publicly released but let me tell youif you were a fan of the previous films, be ready for something on an entirely new scale, because this film, to put it simply, looks amazing.




P: I was looking forward to this panel because I’m a fan of Guillermo Del Toro. I knew that one of the cast members, Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) was going to be there. I was, however, extremely surprised when Kelsey Grammer and Ron Perlman walked onto the stage. It was also Guillermo’s birthday so Ron brought him out a cake and once again we all sang "Happy Birthday". Guillermo also broke a table he tried to use as a chair which was charming and endearing. They played two full episodes of a show that doesn’t premiere for MONTHS. It was quirky and cute and I enjoyed it. The main reason we attended this panel however, was to be able to see the panel that came afterwards.

M: Another panel with more exclusives! Actually being able to see something exclusive has become rare at these conventions due to the rise of leaked content on the internet so it is always a treat when you get to see a trailer or a clip of something you know you won’t able to just watch on the official YouTube page a few hours later (I’m looking at you, Disney’s Celebration). Not only were we treated to two entire episodes of a show that doesn’t premiere until December, we got to sing Guillermo Del Toro "Happy Birthday"! Those two things alone spell out what you can truly only see at Comic Con. As for the show? It wasn’t exactly my thing, but if you’re fan of Guillermo’s work and his ability to create fantasy worlds, you’re going to love how he takes on a completely animated series suited for the whole family, while still remaining mature and intriguing in typical Del Toro fashion.




P: Which brings me to the number 1 spot. The Walking Dead. HOW TYPICAL. HOW PREDICTABLE. But let me tell you, I don’t even watch this show any more! Not to mention, I have been to probably four Walking Dead NYCC panels over the years. I really didn’t think this was going to be a panel that was going to surprise me, and it did exactly that. It had all the cast members you usually see including fan favorites Norman Reedus and Lauren Cohan, but it also had newcomer Jeffrey Dean Morgan. They played a preview of the first episode of the new season and that alone made me want to start watching the show again. The guests on the panel were so emotional to be at Comic Con talking about this show that means so much to so many people, that at least two of them cried during the panel. Norman Reedus also read a hilarious letter from co-star Andrew Lincoln which required him to throw an item of clothing into the crowd. One lucky fan got to leave with his hat. All in all this was the most iconic Comic Con panel in my opinion. It was the one where the crowd had the most energy and were the most excited. I may hate that they print TWD on the badges year after year, but this is definitely the top drawing show of the convention and the Con knows it. I may start watching this show again after all.

M: I know this is always the biggest panel at NYCC. They’ve printed the characters all over the badges for years and years and years. Yes, I’m a huge fan of the show and have skipped these panels the last few years due to simply not being able to get inside. But nothing else could possibly take the top spot here and that’s saying a lot for a panel that didn’t show us too much in regards to the actual show. The entire Madison Square Garden Theater was full with a 2,000 person waiting line outside, and for good reason. The panel started by welcoming one of the biggest casts at NYCC all weekend, including fan favorites and even newcomers to the series like Jeffrey Dean Morgan. We were treated to a short clip of the first episode of the upcoming 7th season. With the clip just being under two minutes it was dramatic and suspenseful enough to get anyone excited for the return of America’s number one show. Including my sister who, like she mentioned, stopped watching seasons ago. What made this panel gain the top spot for me as well was the obvious passion and gratefulness the cast showed to such a large audience of fans.  




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Bear Hands Release Video for “Boss” + Show What a Midlife Crisis is Made of Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:13:05 +0000 Tom If you could use a new Bear Hands music video as much as we... [/imgfull]

If you could use a new Bear Hands music video as much as we could use a new Bear Hands video, get ready to celebrate. The band has just premiered the video for their track "Boss", featuring actor Robert Rexx (yup, the one you've seen in over 150 music videos.)

"Boss" is pulled from the band's spring release, You'll Pay For This. Of course, a short mid-life crisis flick isn't the only place the stellar track has been—the band also performed it live on Last Call with Carson Daly earlier this month. Check out the video, then see where the band is headed next on tour below!

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Tour Dates:

  • October 20 – 20th Century Theatre – Cincinnati, OH #

  • October 21 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN #

  • October 23 – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL #

  • October 24 - High Dive - Gainesville, FL

  • October 25 – Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL @

  • October 26 – The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL @

  • October 28 – Voodoo Experience – New Orleans, LA

  • October 29 – Park Tavern – Atlanta, GA @

  • October 31 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @

  • November 1 – House of Blues – Boston, MA @

  • November 3 – Echostage – Washington, DC @

  • November 4 – United Palace Theatre – New York, NY @

  • November 5 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT @

  • November 7 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON ^

  • November 9 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL ^

  • November 10 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH*

  • November 11 - Waiting Room - Buffalo, NY*

@with Foals and Kiev
# Savoir Adore supports
^ with Foals


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(Un)Covered: Blank Space Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:00:14 +0000 Tom Imagine Dragons fills up the blank space in your playlist with a cover of... “Blank Space”
Writers: Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback
Original Release Date: November 10, 2014
If any song was going to turn me into a Taylor Swift fan, it was going to be this one.

Why is this the catchiest song in the world? Can I pull off cherry colored lips? And what do I have to do to become a “nightmare dressed like a daydream”?? These are all questions I ask myself when I’m listening to “Blank Space”, but at the end of the day, it’s three minutes of pure electropop fun. Swift pokes fun at the way the media perceives her dating habits, exaggerating the process of starting an intense relationship and ending it quickly, and portraying herself as some sort of “girl who’s crazy but seductive but glamorous but nuts but manipulative”. She was already off-the-charts popular before this song came out, but I think “Blank Space” launched her into actual outer space—if you had never heard or liked a Taylor Swift song, this was likely the tune that would turn the tables and give you a new appreciation for the clever songwriter.

Last year, Imagine Dragons took a shot at covering the song for BBC Radio One’s Live Lounge. Their version is slower, with simpler instrumentation, and not as emotionally charged as T-Swift, who had a point to prove. There’s a subtle salute to Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me” in the intro, which makes more sense when they break out into the tune later on, neatly wrapping the two songs together, and providing a contrast between the sharp jabs at the media in “Blank Space” and the innocent plea to have someone supportive on your side in “Stand by Me”. The cover is peppered with group vocals, which are charming and give it a barbershop quartet sort of vibe (can’t you just imagine the band in matching striped jackets and straw hats?).

The two versions are good for different moods, so it really depends on how you feel: if you’re plotting revenge, I’d recommend T-Swift, but if you’re a little more good-humored, float away with Imagine Dragons.


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New York Comic Con: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:30:52 +0000 Tom Taking a look at all things New York Comic Con. [/imgfull]

The Good:

Offsite venues meant more manageable crowds inside the convention center and a better chance of getting into more popular events. All offsite venues were within a short walk of the Javits Center and included The Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Hammerstein Ballroom, Hudson Mercantile and the AMC Theater on 42nd Street. There were also shuttles run by NYCC and electric cars sponsored by Verizon and run by Gotcharide giving free rides from Javits to the additional sites.

Charging stations were plentiful throughout the main venue including many larger vendors having multiple charging stations set up. The AT&T booth even had lockers where you could drop your phone off for charging and pick it up later so you didn’t have to miss out on the con while waiting for your phone to charge.

Anti harassment and "cosplay is not consent" signage was prevalent throughout all venues as well as shown onscreen between panels and events. NYCC has done a great job of making it clear what is and is not acceptable behavior at the event.

Entertainment is something NYCC is best known for. From the panels to Artist Alley to the show floor there is so much to see and do it's at times overwhelming. HBO’s Westworld gets high marks for having multiple events throughout the weekend including: a VR experience, a booth where you could book your "trip" to Westworld, and a panel. There were also events held in the days leading up to the event and in the evenings after the convention closed for the day.

Cosplay is always a highlight of New York Comic Con, with Stranger Things cosplay being especially popular over the weekend.


The Bad:

As the event has grown over the years the number of staff has also grown. It can be difficult, especially with the volunteer staff, to ensure that everyone is well informed and helpful. Some staff, such as in the autographing area, did not seem to know what the process was for autographing. Other staff working lines were at times abrupt with attendees. Another issue was that security did not seem to be able to keep up with the numbers of people coming through the doors. Some people just skirted by crowds and their bags were never checked. There also were problems getting the lines into the convention center on Friday morning, resulting in unhappy attendees waiting up to four hours to enter.

The Ugly:

Street badges: While NYCC has done a lot to eliminate counterfeit badges and scalpers with their fan ID and RFID systems, there were still scalpers on every block leading to the Javits Center. For those who scramble through the online process of getting and paying for a badge it is infuriating to still see badges being sold on the street and never knowing for sure if the verification system is actually being used effectively.


Overall the good far outweighs any small glitches in the system and NYCC can be better described as The Good, The Better, and The Awesome. It’s an event we look forward to returning to every year.


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Premiere: “Cindy’s Downfall” by The Undecided Majors Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:00:51 +0000 Tom Austin based duo, made up by Scott McCauley and Jake Fenton, may not have... [/imgfull]

Austin based duo, made up by Scott McCauley and Jake Fenton, may not have decided on a major, but they have decided to craft some pretty hard hitting pop punk. Today, we're bringing you the first listen of their track "Cindy's Downfall".

[blockquotefull] "'Cindy’s Downfall' was the first song I wrote after a year and a half. It was the first song that sparked the full idea for the In Spite EP. Definitely one of the 'beginnings' to finding our sound after the Redemption Rule EP." [/blockquotefull]

The Undecided Majors are on the edge of a big year. This December, they'll be releasing a new EP for all of our ears, titled In Spite, further cementing their place in alternative music history. Check out their latest single, "Cindy's Downfall" below!


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