Tag: Colorado Springs Comic Con

TOTLB 095 Colorado Springs Comic Con 2018

And one more Colorado Springs Comic Con has come and gone! After the last two comic cons earlier in the year, Colorado Springs was a refreshing change of pace!! Much more relaxed, AND we did mostly coverage of panels, which is new to us! BUT, first things first, we have an interview to start off the show!

We spoke with Russell Nohelty from the upcoming anthology, Cthulhu Is Hard To Spell! You KNOW that we (especially Gabe) are HUGE fans of books like this, and we think you all will get a kick out of it! If you love Lovecraft THIS is the anthology to support on Kickstarter! This book is not a typical Lovecraft style story, and revolves much more around these beautiful/horrendous creatures! With seven days left in the kickstarter, don’t miss out on your chance to support this team, we will be!

The main bulk of this show is our rundown of the panels that we did while we were in attendance! After the main show, listen to our floor interviews with some of our favorite stalwarts at Colorado Springs Comic Con; Frankie Serna, Jessica Barnes, AC Canales, with new to the show Babs Webb, and to end the episode, we have an awesome interview with Ron Marz!!

Remember, you can ALWAYS let us know what you think! We can only think of so many things to talk about every other week, and would LOVE to get some feedback and ideas from all of you out there who are listening!! You can send mp3s and email to our email address. Also, join the conversations on our Facebook Page and Twitter Page. If you have good feedback, please leave it for us on iTunes and Stitcher!! That’s one way to help us climb the ranks into podcast glory!! You can ALSO leave us voicemail!!! Call the Michael Kuyrk memorial 970-573-6148 and leave us a hilarious message!!! PLUS FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH you can support us on Patreon!! A lot of cool extras on there for those who support!!

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TOTLB S20 The O’Halloran Experience

That first picture, was the end of what might go down in history, as the best (or one of the best) episodes that Thinking Outside the Longbox has done! We started off the day at Colorado Springs Comic Con, not being invited (or forgotten if you ask Frankie) to a low key house party. Once we were invited (after a pity invite), our friend Jack “Smitty” Smith told us that he would be bringing along famed Clerks star Brian O’Halloran! Of course, we’re big fans:

Upon arrival, Smitty introduced us, and Brian agreed to be on the show. We thought we’d ask him a few questions, talk about a few things, and let him move on with his night. Then, this happened:

I don’t know if you can tell or not, but that is Brian taking his first shot of the night with our crew. One shot would turn into three bottles of various whiskeys!! All of which, would culminate in the best audio, in one hour, that we may have ever had!! Brian was such a genuinely nice guy, and we can’t thank him enough to have spent some time with us. If you haven’t seen his work (how are you reading this if you haven’t) don’t be a fool, go watch the fucking movies!

Carl Weathers, From Apollo to Arrested

It is hard to deny that Carl Weathers is an icon of pop culture.  From his action roles in Rocky and Predator, to his comedy in Happy Gilmore and Arrested Development, Weathers has been a cultural touchstone for decades.  On the second day of Colorado Springs Comic Con we got to sit in on a panel moderated by Eric Hollis of Bitfaced Podcast. Covering a wide range of his film and television work Weathers was entertaining on all levels.

The conversation started with Weathers talking about his time filming Force 10 From Navarrone, a World War II action film that he made with Robert Shaw.  It was a time that he clearly looked back on with fondness. He talked about how much he learned early on his career by filming all over Europe in all kinds of conditions with seasoned professionals.  The things that he learned from Robert Shaw were things that he would hold till this day.

Talking about how he obtained the role of Apollo Creed in Rocky he told the story of how he was playing football at the time.  He saw the opportunity for the role and in the audition was asked if he had any experience boxing. He lied and said that he did, and then went to show off his skills.  Apparently, his boxing was good enough and the rest is history. Twelve-hour days of boxing choreography and running through the scenes repeatedly. It was the kind of dedication and hard work that was needed to make an American film classic.

He went on to talk about his work with Adam Sandler on the set of Happy Gilmore.  The kind of silly fun and inside jokes that developed on the set bled into their performances.  The moment when Stubbs teaches Happy how to put was the example he provided. He showed us all how when a man is teaching a woman how to put in a film he comes up behind her and wiggles his hips.  So, he stood to show us how he did the same thing to Sandler, without telling him what he was about to do. The reaction that they got on film was a genuine reaction.

Weathers has made many single episode appearances on television shows, and when he was approached to do Arrested Development he initially declined because he didn’t want to just do a bit part.  Then he had an encounter with a friend that invited him to lunch. Before he could even get out of the house his friend had called him back to also say that he didn’t have any money. Weathers then got the idea for a character that was himself, but the stingiest version of himself possible.  Comedy gold was born as he saves people’s rib bones for stew and jumps onto tabs.

Weathers has and easy humor to him and was very open to talk about any project that he worked on.  He was cheerful and fun to listen to. Be sure to check out the video of the whole panel on our YouTube channel and subscribe.

NERRRRRRDS! A Panel With The Cast of Revenge of The Nerds

Day two of Colorado Springs Comic Con gave all of us the opportunity to experience something amazing!  We all got to spend some time with a good chunk of the cast of the cult hit Revenge of the Nerds. Members of the panel were Andrew Cassese, Brian Tochi, Curtis Armstrong, Donald Gibb, Julia Montgomery, Larry Scott and Robert Carradine.  Seven people on a stage all moderated by bad ass podcaster hero Eric G. Hollis from BitFaced Podcast, and boy did he start the panel off with a bang.

From the crowded stage his chair slid to the edge and slipped right off.  He took a tumble to the floor, hitting the speaker which for a moment wobbled precariously.  First to the scene was “nerd hating” Donald Gibb, quick to offer him a hand up and ask him if he was OK.  The moment couldn’t have been staged better, and with everyone safe and sound it became an ongoing joke for the rest of the day’s panels.  He’s a hero among men to not get so embarrassed that he just quit the panel, but that is the power of nerds!

The cast regaled us with stories of the partying that happened on the set of Revenge of the Nerds with Robert Carradine making the statement that they, “Shot the movie in between partying.”  Lots of drinking happened in hotels and off set, and each morning the cast would line up with a medical professional to get their shots of Vitamin B12, so they could function for the day. Donald Gibb of course stayed in his room, “Practicing his lines.”

The loose nature of the script dictated that much of what was put to film was unscripted and adlibbed.  Actor Billy Tochi talked of the moment when the jocks shove a jock strap down on his head. The moment wasn’t in the script and was completely unexpected, garnering a reaction from him that was genuine and grossed out, “The least he could have done was wash it first,” he laughed.  Donald Gibb of course spent the time they were adlibbing, “Practicing his lines.”

Larry B. Scott who played the black homosexual (truly an oddity in the world of film at that time) lamented the he is in fact not gay, and that it really hurt his game when it came to getting girl on set (and after the movie became popular), but that the role was exactly the kind of role that he wanted to take as a black man.  It was his first chance to challenge himself as an actor, by not have to play a street thug whose only line was, “I’ll cut you!” There was repercussion to the role though, other black guys were excited to see someone playing a different role on scree too but would have preferred more of the leading man type than the gay nerd. Donald Gibb of course had no problem with, “Picking up chicks.”

The role of Booger being a pivotal part of the film, actor Curtis Armstrong had a couple of great stories about the film.  The first had to do with the infamous belching contest. When looking for a belch that would be up to the task the sound designers were forced to look to the animal kingdom for the level of noise that they wanted.  A burp was not the noise that they found, instead the belch is a combination of a human burp and a camel having an orgasm. At the time Donald Gibb was busy, “Picking up chicks.”

The second tale was about the moment that he realized that the only role that was left in the film was that of Booger, “I’m a classically trained actor, I have done Shakespeare, I will not go on film and belch and pick my nose.  If they call and tell you that they want to offer me the role of Booger, tell them NO!” He then was offered the role of Booger and immediately took the role, “Sometimes you just have to feel like you are in control when you aren’t.” Donald Gibb also was reticent to take the role but he knew he would be able to, “Pick up chicks.”

The cast was amazing and truly have a chemistry that has lasted through the years.  All of them talked about how one of the best parts of being in the film was the life long friends that they have made.  That is something that you could see in every moment of the panel. What they created has been a touchstone for nerd culture for years!  Be sure to check out our YouTube channel for the full panel, where you can hear about Donald Gibb, “Practicing his lines and picking up chicks.

Colorado Springs Comic Con – Cult Comedies

Cult Comedies with Shannon Elizabeth and Brian O’Halloran

It is hard to deny that two of the most important “late night” comedies of the 90’s are Clerks and American Pie (and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back).  At Colorado Springs Comic Con this Friday we got the chance to sit in a panel with Shannon Elizabeth of American Pie and Brian O’Halloran of Clerks. Both actors came out to a rousing ovation and regaled us with their times with Kevin Smith, what it takes to be an actor, and the best way to keep a crew happy on a budget; not to mention Shannon’s work with animals in Africa.

Both had kind words to say about director Kevin Smith, O’Halloran as a principal actor in both Clerks films, and Elizabeth from her role in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.  Brian talked about how during the filming of the first Clerks film Smith was much more interested in the dialogue being exact than for the second Clerks film, where Jeff Anderson and O’Halloran were given a little more leeway with their dialogue.  Shannon talk about how fun it was to develop the Justice character, and that Smith was very surprised with how much effort she put into developing the character. She went so far as to wear glasses, because, “Justice is blind.”

When asked what it takes to get in front of the camera O’Halloran was very matter fact.  He talked about how important it is to take acting classes. That one of the best ways to get really involved is also through visiting film festivals.  Like we say on our show, if there is something that you think isn’t out there in the market that should be, make it. He also talked about the ease with which a movie can be made now with reasonably priced cameras and even cell phones.

As far as keeping your crew happy on a low budget he said the key to it is having great craft services, and that they don’t need to be from the same place every day.  Ask the crew if there is a mom or grandma that can make one great meal, then see if someone else has a person they know that would be interested, “If you are going to ask them to stay for a long day, they should at least know that they are getting a great meal at the end of the day,” he said.

When asked about Clerks III falling apart O’Halloran was very candid about the movie falling apart.  So much of what made cult films like Clerks and American Pie so successful was the secondary video market (insert old man, back in my day, VHS joke here).  With the falling of the video market and the rise of streaming services that pay significantly less per stream. When the financials came through for the actors Jeff Anderson was unpleased with the amount that they we offered (O’Halloran said that the offer was “insulting”), so Anderson decided to back out of the project in spectacular fashion and that is what got Clerks III shut down, as Smith didn’t want to go on with the project without Anderson.

Set stories were brought up in a question, and Shannon had the best one from the set of Love Actually. On the final day of filming the whole cast was on set for an airport scene that they were all in.  Costuming had dressed her and co-star Denise Richards in the British equivalent of what they thought midwestern girls look like. While at craft services they were eating, and Hugh Grant walked up to them.  They were excited to meet him, and Richards said, “I’m so embarrassed that I’m dressed like a whore.” To which Grant replied, “Oh, my favorite.”

This was a hilarious panel, but it ended on a serious and positive note.  Shannon Elizabeth has dedicated herself to work with animals.

What started out as a rescue for dog and cats in the Los Angeles area, but after 10 years of that work she decided to find a way to expand the organization to help as many animals as possible.  She began to learn about the poaching crisis in Africa, and in 2016 she moved to South Africa to be close to the work of saving animals.

Everything that she had to say about her organization displayed the passion and hear that she has for what she does.  This is her true calling and a truly admirable reason to make public appearances. Be sure to check out what she does at www.animalavengers.com.

TOTLB 068 Colorado Springs Comic Con

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Hello everyone!! Episode 68 comes to you all the way from our beautiful camper in the Colorado Springs forests!! This is our coverage of Colorado Springs Comic Con!!
This is our second year at this event, working as press! The event was a HUGE success for a second year con! They recently upgraded the space, which already seemed to be outgrown by the attendee’s!! We stayed in a camper during the entire event, so this is our coverage of this event, in the camper!! PLUS, you get 12 amazing interviews that we did on the showroom floor!!
The interviews are as follows:
51:14 – Rot Town Comics
56:28 – Ben Worrell (Sheath Comics)
1:08:15 – Jessica Barnes (Fish With a Top Hat)
1:20:56 – Thomas Elliot (Sixpence Games)
2:21:06 – Derek Riggs
2:33:50 – Rags Morales
2:51:12 – Nathanial Hamel
3:06:11 – Pepper Deluca (Peppercopia Publishing)
3:25:23 – Rob Guillory
3:39:08 – Jim Shooter
3:56:48 – Julia Jamiel (Ill Jules)
4:12:03 – Jim Mahfood
Remember, you can ALWAYS let us know what you think! We can only think of so many things to talk about every other week, and would LOVE to get some feedback and ideas from all of you out there who are listening!! You can send mp3s and email to our email address. Also, join the conversations on our Facebook Page and Twitter Page. Also, if you have good feedback, please leave it for us on iTunes and Stitcher!! That’s one way to help us climb the ranks into podcast glory!! You can ALSO leave us voicemail!!! Call the Michael Kuyrk memorial 970-573-6148 and leave us a hilarious message!!!
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Colorado Springs Comic Con, First Timer

Day one wrap up, from a first timer… by Jeremiah Draughn
I walked in with only one goal in mind-get Scott Wilson to sign my SDCC headless Hershel pop! I was welcomed in by Juan from Thinking Outside the LongBox and ushered passed the entrance line, the line stretched across the front of the event center. Juan gave me a quick rundown of the layout and sent me out into the wild.
I spent the first hour wandering around and scoping out the venue, taking mental of the things I needed to buy. I was hunting for venom comic books and old, exclusive funko pops. I made my mental checklist and moved on to the celebrity area … then I saw Hershel(Scott Wilson), with his head of course. I jumped into his line and was waved over by his rep, paid for the autograph and waited my turn. When I got to him, I was hoping he would just sign the pop and move me through the line because I was so nervous. But then, when he started to talk to me, I realized, he’s just a normal person too. He asked me some generic questions about where I’m from and things like that and made me feel very comfortable. He signed my pop and that was that!

 
 
 
 
 
 
And then I wandered again…walking through the celebrity paddock, it was awesome to see all of them interacting with their fans. And next, I found myself passing Joe St. Pierre’s booth in the artist alley. I noticed him working on a venom sketch and I had to have it! Chatting with him, the sketch wasn’t sold yet so he told me to come back in 30 minutes to see the final product.
Back to wandering…I met up with Juan and Gabe to watch them interview vendors and artists. I photographed and helped document their interviews, but the anticipation of the sketch was killing me. I dragged them along with me back to Joe’s booth. The sketch was MARVELous!
The day wrapped up with us at the Judge Reinhold panel. It was enjoyable to hear stories of his experiences during his early years of Fast times at Ridgemont High and Beverly Hills Cop. And that was it! Oh…poison hot sauce is hot. Now it’s time for day two.

TOTLB 067 San Diego Con Year One

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Hello everyone!! Episode 67 comes to you all the way from sunny California! This is our coverage of San Diego Comic Con!
San Diego Comic Con, is fast becoming just a regular event in our lineup. This is Juan’s second year going, and Jon’s third year going. This is our first year in which we did any kind of recording while we were at the event! This is that coverage!! We talk about going to see Kevin Smith, all the stars that Jon got to meet through the weekend, and what our favorite parts of this years show were. Plus, special appearances by Carissa, who learns a few things about imprints, and Image/Skybound.
We do have one awesome interview during this episode, that we did back home! The weekend of August 25th, is Colorado Springs Comic Con! We will be covering this comic con as members of the press! With that being said, in this episode we speak with Susan Soares, the “Press Relations Manager” at Altered Reality Entertainment, the company putting on the show. Susan tells us about some of the guests, how it all came to be, and how they acquired the naming rights to the building, that the event is now housed in. It is a very cool interview, and we are very excited to be spending the weekend at this event!

Remember, you can ALWAYS let us know what you think! We can only think of so many things to talk about every other week, and would LOVE to get some feedback and ideas from all of you out there who are listening!! You can send mp3s and email to our email address. Also, join the conversations on our Facebook Page and Twitter Page. Also, if you have good feedback, please leave it for us on iTunes and Stitcher!! That’s one way to help us climb the ranks into podcast glory!! You can ALSO leave us voicemail!!! Call the Michael Kuyrk memorial 970-573-6148 and leave us a hilarious message!!!
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