Toronto Comicon

Its rare that I head out to Toronto so frequently but I’ve been wanting to go to Toronto Comicon and while my husband and my road trip buddy couldn’t make it, I managed to meet up in Toronto with Drew at Drew’s Movie Reviews (also my Ultimate 80s Blogathon co-host). We’re both not from Toronto so it was double amazing that this was able to happen. Plus, you could even consider this a little celebration for having that absolutely successful collaboration. ūüėČ

After some planning, I booked a train for Friday evening to get there and stayed at Chelsea Hotel who upgraded me to a Club Lounge room which had access to free breakfast. Other than the confusing elevator system, it was a very pleasant stay. We headed to Toronto Comicon on Saturday morning and ended up going to 4 panels and checked out the exhibits and the artist gallery.  It was a ton of fun and lots of amazing stuff to look at.  There was a good bit of fantastic costumes!

Let’s check out our day!

12PM: Celebrity Q&A with Starship Troopers’ Dina Meyer & Casper Van Dien

Toronto Comicon

I haven’t seen Starship Troopers in forever. To say that I actually remember a lot of it would be a huge lie. ¬†But, being at Toronto Comicon took a little bit of planning and I kind of wanted to hear what actors and actresses had to say. Usually, they are fun even if you don’t know much about the movie in reference because it gets more general experience and whatnot. ¬†That is exactly how Starship Troopers turned out. ¬†Dina Meyer and Casper Van Dien were hilarious together as they answered the Q&A and it was a ton of fun listening to their experiences. ¬†It makes me want to go find a copy of Starship Troopers and give it a watch soon ūüôā

Game Testing at Reptoid Games

Reptoid Games

Reptoid Games

In between the two panels, we had a little time to go check out the showroom with exhibits and artist alley. ¬†Its there we met the two guys behind Reptoid Games who had a reveal of their alpha multiplayer game. ¬†We gave it a test run. ¬†I’ll cover more on that over at That Moment In once it goes back to normal operations. ūüėČ I didn’t expect to get the chance to try out a game so it was really cool.

2PM: Live Improv Show: In a Galaxy Far Far Away

Toronto Comicon

Next panel we checked out was the live improv show called In a Galaxy Far Far Away. ¬†Obviously, it had to do with Star Wars, the one thing I knew so little about. ¬†We started the show with the audience giving them names and colors and objects. ¬†We ended up with Trump Tower, Purple and Shoemaker (in reference to something evil, a color, and first job). This was so much fun and OMG, was it ever hilarious. Plus, it didn’t need a whole lot of knowledge on Star Wars, because they actually made jokes out of what Star Wars would do and the normal tropes it had and whatnot. That was even funnier!

Lunch at Hank Daddy’s Barbecue

Hank Daddy's Barbecue

Smoked Sausage on a Bun

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Pulled Pork Burger

After two panels and some bit of lining up, we went for some lunch. ¬†After some debate (mostly on my part), we ended up giving Hank Daddy’s Barbecue a go. ¬†Their specialty is this Pulled Pork Parfait which we didn’t get. ¬†However, I was having a huge hot dog craving and the Smoked Sausage on a Bun (which had a gluten free sausage but probably not the bun) was the best option. ¬†I’m not usually a fan of onions but it was a good mix with the sauce.

Costumes and Cosplay!

5PM: Celebrity Q&A with The Flash’s Robbie Amell

Toronto Comicon

Robbie Amell’s Q&A was a lot of goodness. ¬†The line-up was intense and immense. ¬†He started us up with teaser trailer of this short that was released yesterday along with the Indiegogo project launch with him and Stephen Amell for a full-length feature called Code 8. I linked it up in case you wanted to check it out. He told us the story about his funny/embarrassing moment on Whose Line Is It Anyways? which I did go check out afterwards. ¬†He talked about working on The Duff and with Mae Whitman and of course, a ton of questions was about The Flash and Firestorm and all that lovely stuff.

6PM: Comics Panel: “Q&A” with Deadpool Creator Rob Liefeld

Toronto Comicon

Rob Liefeld was really the odd one for me mostly because I didn’t see Deadpool yet and well, I know nothing about anything when it comes to source material and superhero origins and whatnot. ¬†However, this man talks a lot and he told us about how he came to create Deadpool and get into the business and being a comic book artist and the film and whatnot. ¬†He talked all the time away and there was really no questions but I think he may have answered everyone’s questions with his speech. ¬†It was still super entertaining.

My Comicon Haul!

Toronto Comicon

Teeturtle –> It glows in the dark!

I love Teeturtle.  The last time I got a shirt was at Montreal Comicon and it was a Miyazaki character themed one that I love so much and wear all the time in the summer.  This one is glow in the dark and actually works.  I tried it out at the hotel. The moon lights up in the dark. Its pretty cool.

Toronto Comicon

A lovely booth with beautiful art but this one matches my den the most!

I believe this booth is called Gillian and Brian. ¬†They ¬†had a ton of really cool takes on pop culture art. ¬†After much debate, this one won because it matched the Chinese theme I had going on in the den where this will go once I get a customized frame for it. ūüôā

2nd Book in the ongoing 10 book series called Nemecene

2nd Book in the ongoing 10 book series called Nemecene

Last thing was a lovely book. The author Kaz Lefave was at the convention. She convinced me to get this second book in her 10 book series. ¬†She is currently working on the third book and had the first book available on digital copy for free. ¬†That is a pretty sweet deal. ¬†She’s also designing a game that goes with it which looks super amazing. I can’t wait to start reading it and enter into the Nemecene world ūüėČ

Toronto Comicon was a ton of fun! A little tiring and whatnot but it was great!
The fun doesn’t end yet! Drew and I met up again on Sunday to go check out Ripley’s Aquarium. ¬†That post is coming up next Wednesday!

The Duff (2015)

The Ugly Truth landed on Netflix recently and despite acknowledging that its far from a great romantic comedy, I happened to turn it on while I was cleaning and you know what I realized? One, I miss watching Gerard Butler. ¬†Where did he go? Don’t even tell me about Gods of Egypt trailer. ¬†Second and more importantly, I miss romantic comedies or just comedies, in general. ¬†Its been lately about action and thrillers and horror. ¬†I find myself rewatching old comedies more and more and nothing released catches my eye nowadays. ¬†But then, can you blame me? It’s probably why I sit around and watch things like San Andreas and Sharknado. ¬†Point is, I wanted to watch a comedy and had heard that The Duff was pretty good and had bought it during Boxing Day so I decided to give it a watch ūüėČ

Let’s check it out! ūüôā

The Duff (2015)

the duff

Director: Ari Sandel

Cast: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca A. Santos, Skyler Samuels, Nick Eversman, Allison Janney, Ken Jeong, Romany Malco

A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF – Designated Ugly Fat Friend – by her prettier, more popular counterparts. – IMDB

I’m not the hardest crowd to please when it comes to teen comedies. ¬†Okay, well, maybe I am, especially when it includes comedy. ¬†I like smart stuff and things that make me feel like there was some thought in it or just you know, making fun of incidents that you can picture or relate to. ¬†I haven’t been in high school since forever but it has to be believable that they are in high school, right? The DUFF does a really decent job at making an enjoyable and funny comedy. ¬†I never knew what a DUFF was and never heard of the source material its based on. ¬†Regardless, The DUFF was really fun to watch.

The DUFF

The DUFF stands for “Designated Ugly Fat Friend”. ¬†Its the easy and approachable one in the group that isn’t as pretty as her group friends is and Bianca Piper learns about it one day. ¬†The DUFF is a little of coming of age and a little about finding yourself and not caring about the labels and just being happy with yourself in its core. ¬†Sure, its still a teen comedy so there’s some friends and fights, mean girls and gossip and rumors and a cute¬†jock that turns into someone who is a little deeper. ¬†However, in its little simple cliche-like exterior, it carries a story that mixes up a little of Easy A and Mean Girls. ¬†It never quite reaches the awesomeness of those two movies but it does really resound and makes you connect with Bianca. It holds a good message and has some silliness that her character carries which can makes us like her and cheer for her. They really add some nice touches of the story like enhancing social media like ending the credits with the social media handles (Twitter/Instagram) for the cast as they are listed out along with blooper reels.

The DUFF

Mae Whitman, who I’ve never seen in anything else, is absolutely great as Bianca. ¬†She makes us love and connect with her character as she tries to find herself and break out of being the DUFF and getting the guy instead of being her friends. ¬†As she works alongside her neighbor, who is that cute jock I mentioned before called Wesley, played by Robbie Amell, they have some really cute and funny moments as they can convince us that the most uncommon and opposite people actually work really well together. I personally think there’s a moment where they grow fond of each other really quickly and some dialogue is kind of like, “Duh? Is that even a question?” when they say it but for the most part, I can forgive it because it is a story about the awkward teenager. ¬†Robbie Amell and Mae Whitman play their characters well off each other and that is what counts. ¬†I had some decent laughs and some pretty endearing and feel-good moments. ¬†On the note of Robbie Amell, aside from the Amells having some pretty great looking genes, they also are rather decent actors. ¬†At least, I’m liking it quite a bit.

The DUFF

The DUFF is full of talent that supports this young cast. For starters, Allison Janney plays the divorced self-help mother of Bianca who is a little odd but does end up being rather funny in her own way. ¬†Her best friends are new to me played by Bianca A. Santos and Skyler Samuels and for the small part they are in, they are rather likable as well. Bella Thorpe, which I recently saw in a cameo in Scream: the TV series as the high school mean girl also plays a full-on mean girl here called Madison. ¬†And she takes it with so much dedication. ¬†The last mention goes out to Ken Jeong who plays a teacher that runs the school newspaper that really supports and guides Bianca through this whole thing even if he is really weird. ¬†I’m always a little iffy about Ken Jeong’s humor but somehow it works well here.

Overall, The DUFF is truly an enjoyable and feel-good teen comedy that holds a good message about being true to ourselves and ignoring the unnecessary labels. ¬†It has good humor and a lot of not so subtle references. ¬†Its been a while that I’ve found a teen comedy that works and has decent rewatchability value and this one definitely has it. ¬†As I’m writing this, its after watching it a second time and fully loving it all over again.

Have you seen The DUFF? Did you like it? What is your favorite teen comedy?