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  • Jennie Law talks about Dragon Con

    Jennie Law talks about Dragon Con

    I’m back at it, looking for some more good advice on how to tackle the behemoth also known as Dragon Con. I’ve already spoken with Jeff James and Clara Nguyen; this week, I’ll be speaking with long time Dragon Con attendee Jennie Law. To this point, Jennie has been going to Dragon Con for the longest, since ’98 so I know she’s got some really good information to share!     UnderCurrent Atlanta: Hey Jennie, thanks for taking time out […]

  • Cos-player Clara Nguyen talks about Dragon Con

    Cos-player Clara Nguyen talks about Dragon Con

        Oh man, I just got back from an incredible trip to Medellin, Colombia for a friends wedding. I know, I know, Medellin Colombia you ask? But after my visit, I have no problem telling people to visit that beautiful city. But that’s a story for another day. Let’s talk about Dragon Con. YEAH!!!   Continuing with my research into how Dragon Con operates, I reached out to Clara Nguyen, cos-player extraordinaire and got her input on how I […]

  • Photographer Jeff James talks about Dragon Con

    Photographer Jeff James talks about Dragon Con

      In order to prepare myself for the madness that is Dragon Con, I spoke with photographer Jeff James about some of his experiences visiting the convention. Jeff has been to the last 5 Dragon Cons and has some really good thoughts on how to maximize a visit. UnderCurrent Atlanta: Hey Jeff, you’ve been to several Dragon Con’s. Do you have any great stories to tell? Jeff James: “Twas my third year at Dragon Con and I was out taking […]

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  • My First Visit to Dragon Con

    My First Visit to Dragon Con

    Coming up the first week of September, the world famous Dragon Con will take over downtown Atlanta. It’s the largest Fan Convention located on the East Coast and has been a fan favorite since it’s inception back in 1987. I’ve been a fan of anime, sci-fi and comics since I can remember but unfortunately, I’d never been to a fan convention until I visited Momo Con this year. Momo Con really opened my eyes to everything that’s involved with a […]

  • Momo Con 2015: Dan Carroll and Parson Petchor

    Momo Con 2015: Dan Carroll and Parson Petchor

      While visiting Momo Con 2015, we were lucky enough to interview Dan Carroll and Parson Petchor. Outside of the creators of Momo Con, these two guys are the heart and soul of the convention.   Dan is in charge of media relations for Momo Con. He’s been associated with the convention for the last 3 years and during that time, he’s seen a steady growth in popularity among gaming, anime and comic book fans. But the part of the […]

  • Momo Con 2015: Comic Artists

    Momo Con 2015: Comic Artists

      One of the best parts of attending a convention like Momo Con is you get the chance to meet some of your favorite comic book artist. Have you ever wondered why your favorite character made some crazy decision or that suicidal heroic gesture? At Momo Con, you get the chance to ask how that situation came about from the actual person that created it. You really have to appreciate the artistic and creative thinking that goes on behind many […]

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  • The Hype: Furious 7

    The Hype: Furious 7

    It could have been a result of the cheap movie-theater pizza I was struggling to digest throughout the screening or a product of the ringing and raging in my psyche from two and a half hours of mind-numbing explosions and vroom-vrooms, but as I stumbled out of my seat and beyond the shellshock, I began to wonder if maybe the “seven” in Furious 7 is more than just a mere indication that this uber-machismo, adrenaline-fueled, NOS-guzzling dumpster fire is the […]

  • Must See Films

    Must See Films

    When it comes to pop culture, I would like to think I have serious swag, more cultural flow than Biggie dropping lyrics. But I have an admission to make – a lot of it’s fake bluster, at least when it comes to a true cinematic foundation. I love movies but as far as true knowledge about the Godfather, Indiana Jones, E.T. and other cinematic classics of my ‘70s and ‘80s childhood, I’m as fake as the guy who dared fill […]

  • James and The Giant Boat

    James and The Giant Boat

        I saw James Cameron’s “TITANIC”on a Saturday night soon after it opened in December of 1997. I was a 16-year-old middle-class white male with no girlfriend, but there were multiple reasons that I wanted to see it anyway, despite the more male-oriented aversion to what was thought of as “a chick flick we know the ending of.” 1). I was a proper movie geek by that time and pretty well-versed in Cameron’s previous blockbuster outings like “Aliens” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” 2). […]

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  • Dredd: Why Hollywood won’t make a sequel to this Cult Classic

    Dredd: Why Hollywood won’t make a sequel to this Cult Classic

        How can I do a post about movie trailers without including Dredd.   In 2012, Lionsgate released Dredd, the newest film adaptation of the classic British comic Judge Dredd. It starred Karl Urban as Judge Dredd, Lena Headley as Madeline Madrigal (Ma-Ma), Olivia Thirlby as Judge Cassandra Anderson and Wood Harris as Kay. The movie was shot in 3D with a budget of just $45 million, far below most Hollywood blockbusters. The movie came with much hype and fanfare […]