Day two of the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con featured a Winner Twins panel and more cosplay than the day before as well as a competition. Before the panel and the evening contest, however, there were people to meet. Both Holly Conrad and Jessica Merizan from Crabcat Industries and Heroes of Cosplay on the SyFy channel. Also present on day two was Alana Rose from another SyFy program Face Off. The illustrious Sylvester McCoy, of Doctor Who fame and comic book artist legend Jim Lee were both available for photographs and autographs. The difference being that McCoy charged for his and Lee did not. Although in this article’s feature image, he posed for free with the Winner Twins…
Briefly chatting with Holly and Jessica revealed that they spent day one of the comic con travelling across the desert from California. The two were industriously setting up their huge booth and took time to courteously answer a few questions and pose for photos. They even put up with this author’s piteous attempts at taking “selfies” with the two of them. These ladies seem to be perfect partners in business and their work on Heroes of Cosplay doesn’t show just how well they interact. Meeting them was an “older” fanboy’s dream come true.
Another brilliant moment was meeting the lovely Alana Rose; fan favorite of SyFy program Face Off, from season three. Meeting this talented and personable FX makeup expert made it clear why she was so popular on the show. Later in the day there was a Face Off panel where, according to the audience reaction to her, Alana is still a firm favorite.
Day two of the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con was more than the Winner Twins’ panel and the increased presence of cosplay costumes around the hall, it was also about folks remembering the old fella from the day before. It was also about learning that the cosplayers really want their picture taken. As one young lady put it, “We don’t dress up to not have our photograph taken.”
At one o’clock the Winner Twins and Steven-Elliot Altman held a panel on “How to create Your Own Novel From the First Idea to Publication.” The room was packed with eager neophytes anxious to see just how these young, award winning, writers hit the road to success. The two authors went the independent route, as they said, before there was an independent route and Mr. Altman went the traditional route of literary agent et al.
The hour long lesson was informative and fun. The three have been doing this for a while now and it shows. There is an easy “give and take” and the twins definitely seem to have a sort of ESP or telepathy. Their deceptively easy steps to take, in order for prospective writers to get their work published, are a great guide for those who dream of becoming an author. There is also a subtle message for those who take the time to notice it, hard work is required. If it isn’t immediately obvious, take note of the fact that these two talented and industrious young ladies have “worked” 50 conferences in order to sell their written wares.
The panel was very interactive and, as mentioned above, fun. The other panel was the Face Off one held in the big arena. Alana Rose and friends, which included Eric Fox and two other members of the SyFy program, gave another popular lesson in doing special effects makeup for film and TV. There was also a question and answer session that ran during Alana’s transformance of a member of the audience, a young lad who “won” the chance to sit in the makeup chair.
Cynthia Vespia, author of The Crescent which is being made into a film, had one of her actors, and the director, at her booth. The lovely Karina Weeks will play Queen Liza in the film and the two lovely, and talented, ladies took a moment to chat and have their picture taken with the author.
After meeting another local author, Matthew Kadish, whose written the first in a seven book series, titled Earthman Jack VS The Ghost Planet, it was time to move into the big arena for the cosplay competition being compered by Jessica and Holly from Heroes of Coplay. This last event had a great turnout from, not only, contestants but audience members as well.
The best surprise out of the entire contest was the splendid interaction between Jessica and Holly as the presenters. Watching them on Heroes of Cosplay does not show just how well these two talented ladies work as a double act. They were funny, articulate, and very, very supportive of the cosplay contestants.
The Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con, day two, was a day of panels; the Winner Twins, Face Off, Jim Lee and the cosplay contest. The amount of cosplayers present tripled from day one and the quality of the costumes were, for the most part, breath-taking. The amount of attendees also increased dramatically and it was a little harder to go around all the booths. Day three is the last day of the Comic Con and the Guardian Liberty Voice will be there to see how the show ends. Stay tuned.
By Michael Smith