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Day 3 Wrap Up Denver Comic Con by Juan

Day 3 By Juan Muro
Last night, we had a traditional Denver Comic Con dinner. Since I’m driving back and forth (in order to say goodnight to my babies and wife), and hour and a half, I didn’t end up getting home until about midnight. After settling into the night, and finally getting sleep, the morning came WAY to early!
Have been driving my co-host Gabe to the show, and today was no different. A couple of coups of coffee, and we were on our way. This last day is ALWAYS awesome, and bittersweet. Awesome because it’s the end of what, so far, has been an amazing comic con for us, but we are ready to be done. We’re exhausted, and food/sleep deprived. Bittersweet……….because it’s the end. It’s the end of something that we’ve been talking about, for at least half a year. It’s the end of our first year, as Press, at Denver Comic Con.
Walking into the building, we get to the booth, and have some time to reflect, before we have our first interview. We actually record AT our booth, with fellow co-host Jon. It’s the first time all weekend that we’ve all been able to record together. He owns Hall of Justice Comics & Collectibles in Parker and has a booth, and we have been running around doing interviews all weekend. But, its good to get the band together for this short time.
Our first interview is with Z, of Serenity Forge video games. We specifically talk about “The King’s Bird.” It is an absolutely stunning video game. It’s a mix of aerial moves, and parkour, which looks hard on the outside, but we were promised it was not a difficult game to grasp! More importantly than the video game, Z tell us about his life. Z almost died when he was younger, and has turned that into a “second chance.” A second chance to ensure that he is living a fulfilling life, and to ensure that he takes that time to help others. His interview is truly inspiring!

 
 
 
 
 
After this, Gabe tries his hand at a video game, next to Z, called “Tormentor X Punisher.” It is a crazy fast, shooting game. You’re essentially trapped in the room, with beings trying to get to you, and kill you. Reminded me of the main guys from Double Dragon, but instead of moving just back and forth, the player has the ability to travers the whole room. Picking up different weapons, Gabe came in second place, before it was time to move on.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our second interview for the day, made Gabe fangirl for a LONG time. We interviewed Scott Sigler. Scott is an author of what his website calls, “hardcore thrillers.” Gabe, his wife, and many of our friends, have read MANY of his books, and have been stunned by how great they are. Me of course, never having read anything, was excited to hear what he had to say. Much to my surprise, Scott is also a tenured podcaster. He has been podcasting for over 10 years!! MANY of his books have been podcasts, before they were turned into printed books. This automatically makes him cooler in my book!! He tells us about the book he is giving away at his signing today, and touches on many of the books in his world continuity. I walk away thinking that “Infected” might be the best place for me to start reading. He recommended “The Rookie” as the book for people who haven’t ever read his work, to start with. I think Scott could have spoken with us for hours, it’s a shame we only were able to speak with him for about 20 minutes.
After the interview, we actually attended his book signing, and picked up the book “Alive,” and got his awesome signature. Can’t wait to start diving into his “world” with Alive, and then others. I’m legitimately excited for a book, which hasn’t happened in a while.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Our last interview of the day, comes from Jason Salas, who wrote the “Sugar Skull Ghost Thief.” This book sounds like an awesome “mystery” kind of story. Folklore, and the paranormal, bring “Perk,” the main protagonist, many new adventures and life experiences. He has to try and help a lady and her family, from haunting’s that threaten to destroy them. Jason was super passionate about this book, making it difficult to take a picture haha. Definitely a lot of excitement at this years Denver Comic Con, for actual books, instead of JUST comic books. It’s a great change from years past, and I think it has to do with the authors being moved onto the same space as the rest of the con. Great move!

 
 
 
 
 
 
After the last interview of the day, we move onto the last panel that Gabe is moderating. The panelists are Jim Mahfood, David Mack, Kyle Higgins, Jennifer Swartwood, and Brian Haberlin. Going into this panel, I figured that it would be much like the last 3 that we have done, mostly dominated by Gabe asking questions. These panelists were absolutely amazing!! They were the most engaging group of people that we have spoken to this whole comic con. The “creator owned comics” definitely had the right people on board. Holy cow did these guys have a TON of information to help with your journey, and many stories about their own journies. I promise, you will not be disappointed when you hear this audio. What an opportunity to host this panel!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
Throughout the day, I did also get to do some “ME” stuff. Gabe and I went to do a photo op with The Hulk!! It went pretty quick, but like most celebrities I’ve done photo ops with, he was such a nice guy. We flexed, and looked small, next to a person not flexing and looking huge!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I also got to pick up to “Carnage” sketches. I pretty much have control over the basement in my home, and have turned it into a sanctuary for all things nerd. One one wall I have been collecting nothing but Carnage sketches, a big favorite villain of mine. My first sketch comes from local artist, Saro Hang. I absolutely love Saro’s art, and he created a beautiful piece. I’m proud to hang it up, when it’s time. The second, comes from friend of the show, Ben Templesmith. We had him on the show about a year and a half ago, and I have wanted him to do a sketch for me, since that time. He looked surprised when I asked him to do Carnage, and I would later find out that he’d NEVER done a Carnage drawing before. This, and lack of internet, made the sketch so much better! I love when I can have an artist do something for me, that they wouldn’t normally do, it always turns out amazing!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Second to last, though I didn’t get a picture of all of us, I wanted to thank Dayna Himot. She had us on her show not to long ago, to promote our time at Denver Comic Con. She is an awesome listener, and an even more awesome person. In the short amount of time that I have known her, she has been nothing but helpful to us, with her wealth of knowledge, and excitement. Her team is absolutely amazing, and they have a great leader. Dayna is already more successful than us, but she will be even more successful in the future, I guarantee it!

 
 
 
 
 
 
Lastly, I wanted to thank our team. We absolutely love to podcast, and would not change our show for anything. I could not have asked for two better people to help steer this podcast ship! Jon was busy running the booth for his comic book shop, but the times that he was on the show, were/are always amazing! He brings the laughter, and the pervy, but the show isn’t the same without him. I’ve known him for many years, and have always known him to be a talented, and giving individual. If you missed him at Denver Comic Con, you definitely need to visit his shop in Parker, Colorado. Gabe ran around with me ALL weekend. I’m demanding, and the organized one, and I know sometimes that is tiresome. But he is really the heart of the show. He’s the spiritual center. Without him, the show really has no voice. Watching him interview person after person, making them all different and unique, was something else. Watching him in his element was a beautiful thing. Both of these gentleman are amazing, and I can’t wait to see where our show goes on from here! Denver Comic Con…………..it’s been good…………I’m glad it’s over……………but I can’t wait until next year. “Groovy”

Day 3 wrap up Denver Comic Con by Gabe

Day Three – Are We There Yet?
By Gabe LLanas @xraystyle
Day three really starts with end of day two. A restaurant meet up with the Colorado Comic Book Enthusiasts. A time to unwind and have fun with some of our friends who have also been working their asses off, and/or running around the con all day. Dinner at Tom’s Urban and then the long ride home to sit in front of a computer and work. Sleep, and then out the door. But you knew that from the previous article…
Barely awake Juan arrives at the house. We pour coffee and head out the door. The sleep deprivation feels like a hangover around my shoulders. Feet ache, head pounds, the drive is done awake, but in a blur of hurried internet research because I know that the instant we hit the con floor there will be nothing.
Entry is smooth. Unlike yesterday. Small blessings from Crom I guess. Juan, Sophia and I trudge up to the table. Exhausted and tired. The instant I sit down I turn and say to Juan, “Why the fuck didn’t I have you stop at 7-11 and get some Red Bull.”
Juan’s answer, “Ah fuck I knew I forgot something.”
What we didn’t forget was our first interview. Z with Serenity Forge games. It has become clear to me that the theme of the con on the forth coming episodes will be that people want to use their art for something more than just a vehicle for creation. People are driven, they have purpose, and they have passion; that all point in one direction. Helping others. Z and Serenity Forge are no exception. His company makes games with an intention to help people. To make people feel happy, and give people perspective on life. Who would have thought that the medium that is often derided as the property of basement dwelling mouth breathers could be led by someone as thoughtful and fascinating as Z.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Next I had a serious fan girl moment. The chance to sit and talk to Scott Sigler is a life goal. A hero of mine as a podcaster, and as a writer, it was just plain the easiest interview to do. As a fellow podcaster he knew that as soon as the microphone was on, he had to be on. So from word one he was good and ready to talk. Telling us about the transition from self published to Del Rey. What it’s like to let go of his babies (books) and let someone else do the audio version of it and how sports can unite all people. He is after all a self-proclaimed rare breed of “JockNerd”.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We then talked with Jason Salas the author of Sugar Skull Ghost Thief. Jason has an intense version of authorship that involves creating something that he calls a character bible. Where he asks his creation 130 some questions and then uses those answers to flesh out his characters (and to refer back to) as he writes. His passion for writing and creation is clear, and his transition from sequential art to novel writing seems seamless.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finally our last panel. Creator owned comics featured Jim Mahfood, David Mack, Kyle Higgins, Jennifer Swartwood, and Brian Haberlin. The level of wisdom that was dispensed from some of the greats in creator owned comics was invaluable. It is hard to even put into this space all of the great things that were said about process and disciple that apply to literally anything creative that you want to accomplish. This panel is the icing on the cake of a great weekend.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Every year Con provides me with something that I don’t get day to day. That is the chance to really truly be something that I have always wanted to be. It gives me the opportunity to be creative. It gives me a chance to use my time in pursuing ideas, and words. To talk with people and to take in their stories. I love to listen, I love the talk and I love to tell others what I feel like I have learned at any given moment. Sometimes I know that I can be overwhelming, and seem like I am always overly energetic, but if I have learned anything from the last three years of recording at Con, it is that given the chance everyone wants to tell their story, everyone wants to express their idea, no matter how small it is, and the convention is a place that you can do that.
I’ve said it so many times that it is almost passe, but not quite. Con is the place where you get to be your favorite version of yourself. For some that may be accomplished by dressing up, by buying a piece of art that you love, or by shoving a microphone in someone’s face and getting them to tell you all about their passion.
This is my best self coming out, and saying, “Con (for all of it’s minor annoyances) was fantastic this year. This is just the podcast’s season opener and I don’t think I see anything but a winning record going forward.
Love from Thinking Outside the Longbox to all of you Freaks and Furries, Deadpools and Drag Queens, Ghostbusters and Gamers, Artists and Assholes, Friends and Family. If it weren’t for you, we would never do this.
One last time, this is Gabe LLanas on Denver Comic-Con.
The End.

Get down with #TOTLB at #DCC


Well everyone it is that time of year when the crew here at Thinking Outside the Longbox makes the arduous trek from Northern Colorado and the deep south of Parker to Denver Comic Con.  With this being our third year of the Con there are more things that you can do with us to have a blast, and this article is a roundup of all those amazing things!
So if you are at Denver Comic Con come find us at booth 1255 or at one of the many Panels or events we are participating in:
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Wednesday June 28th 11am:  MY MET Radio with Not So Suffering Sapphos
At Studio 313B of My Met Radio we will be teaming up for a very special Pre-Con Episode of Not So Suffering Sapphos with DJ Dénouement.  She is a big fan of the show and invited us on to talk about what we are excited about for con (hopefully one of those dildo booths like at Wizard World).  I’m guessing they don’t want all of us to crowd out the studio but you can listen to us live on their website!  Just give the link a click at 11am on June 28th to get a special “episode” of TOTLB.  They promise spankings and washing our mouths out with soap!
MYMETRADIO
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Thursday June 29th 6:00pm – 2017 Comic Con Kick Off Party (Delectable Egg 1642 Market St)
Serna Illustration and Stickslate are going to have a killer kick off party that we will be podcasting at.  If you have ever come to one of our live podcast recordings you know that you are in for a blast.  Juan and Jon will get louder and louder as they drink more, and Gabe will eventually just act like as ass and want more weed!  Free Drinks, Cash Bar, Art Show, Food and Door Prizes!  Don’t fucking miss it!
2017 Comic Con Kick Off Party
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Friday June 30th, 1:00PM – Diversity in Comics I (Denver ComicCon Room DCCP6 Coast City Room)
Need a break from the show floor already, or you just have an interest in the state of diversity in comics.  The first of two panels on diversity in comics that Gabe will be moderating.  Come listen to a panel consisting of Georges Jeanty, Dan Parent, Dexter Vines,  Alitha Martinez, and Justin Ponsor, Color Artist! This should be a really good discussion so hit it up!
Diversity in Comics I
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Friday June 30th, 2:00PM – Spotlight on Ron Marz (Denver ComicCon Room DCCP6 Coast City Room)
Who wants to walk around when you can just sit on your ass in the same spot and watch Gabe moderate a panel dedicated to Ron Marz! They will cover the career of comic book writer, Ron Marz. Spanning from #SilverSurfer to #GreenLantern, and much more! Plus, questions from the audience!  You have something you want to ask Ron Marz, on Twitter he claims to be an expert on Ron Marz and promises to answer your questions about the man.
Spotlight on Ron Marz
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Saturday July 1st, 1:00PM – Diversity in Comics II (Denver ComicCon Room DCCP6 Coast City Room)
I don’t think you can spend the night in the Coast City Room..can you?  Well either way come watch Gabe moderate a panel consisting of Plays By Crystal Skillman, Christina Blanch, #MarkMorales, Hope Larson, and Jennie Breeden! The name of this panel is all about DIVERSITY in comics!!  We are going to have a great discussion and we hope to see you at it.
Diversity In Comics II
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Sunday July 2nd, 3:30pm – Creator Owned Comics (Denver ComicCon Room 501)
Sorry this time you will have to pack up your tent, move our of the Coast City Room and go to room 501 to watch Gabe moderate a panel consisting of Jim Mahfood, David Mack, Kyle Higgins, Jennifer Swartwood, and Brian Haberlin!! This panel is all about creator owned comic books!!  What is better than that.  Find out what the state of the industry is when it comes to creator owned comics, and maybe even some protips on how to get your comic out!
Creator Owned Comics
It’s gonna busy weekend for us (that starts on Wednesday), but you can follow all of our exploits at:
www.facebook.com/thinkingoutsidethelongbox
Instagram – @outsidelongbox
Twitter – @outsidelongbox
See you all at Denver Comic Con!