We write about conventions, meeting actors, movies, series, merchandise, getting autographs & photo ops and everything else related!
First of all: there are a LOT of SPOILERS ahead, so if you still haven't seen the season 7 premiere of "The Walking Dead": Get the hell out of here and go watch it....then COME BACK!
Italic = Liv & Normal font = Carola
Liv: After a post from F.A.C.T.S. about an article in “De Morgen”, I decided to read it and I feel like I have to respond. The article is written by Tim F. van der Mensbrugghe and he writes about his visit to F.A.C.T.S. The first sentence of the article irritates me intensely and it’s just the beginning. It says: “Ten thousands of freaks visited FACTS last weekend…” The meaning of the word freak is: a person or animal that is extremely unusual and not like any others of his type. First of all, correct me if I’m wrong, the fact that the article talks about ten thousands of freaks completely contradicts the meaning of the word freak. But more importantly how are you a freak just because you like movies, series, comics, games or anime? The article states that the reporter felt like a freak because he was not dressed up. Well there are a lot of people who are not dressed up at FACTS or other conventions (me included) and that is just fine. In the rest of the article the reporter talks about nerds, freaks and geeks and he goes out of his way to talk down almost everything that has to do with convention life. Well let me tell you one thing about these freaks, geeks and nerds: they are the friendliest, kindest and most creative people you can meet. The cosplayers, yes Mr. van der Mensbrugghe that is what they are called, are a very important part of the whole convention experience. The most important part of cosplay is to respect each other and respect everyone for what they are. People can be their selves or can dress up like their idol and there is nobody that judges you. Well unless of course in case of the cosplay contest. I know there is some satire in this article,but
the part about the parents and their children who attend is the part that irritated me the most. He literally writes: Help! The nerds are procreating. Yeah well Mr. van Mensbrugghe I sure hope so, because a lot of “Normal”people can take example from these so called nerds. Like you said then thousands of people and no fighting or aggression. The only fights you can find at a convention are drawing battles or choreographed fights in the cosplay contest. This is pretty exceptional for an event with that many visitors. Go take a look at the average football match or dance event for example. These nerds probably teach their children to accept people like they are and to be their selves.
The writer of the article calls people that attend conventions freaks geeks and nerds. Well I guess I am a big nerd and guess what I’m proud of it!
Yesterday (as you may know) Tristan and I attended FACTS and it was great. I met David Hasselhoff, Nicholas Brendan and Sean Astin (again) and attended a lot of Q&A's. Tristan browsed through the merchandise stands and we both bought some things. Be sure to check in on us in the next couple of weeks to read more about it! For now take a look a this sneakpeak photo compilation!
"Who is Devon Murray?", you may ask. Well let me tell you. Remember the Irish kid, that always used to blow things up at "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry"? His name was Seamus Finnigan and he was played by Irish born actor Devon Murray. Murray played this role in all of the (eight) "Harry Potter" movies. He is one of the few actors to appear in all of the movies. At the time of the first movie, Devon was 13 years old. He had done a few acting jobs, three to be exact ("Yesterday's Children", "Angela's Ashes" and "This is my father").
I love the "Harry Potter" movies, so I was very pleased to hear that Comic Con Amsterdam announced two "Harry Potter" guests, being Devon Murray and Natalia Tena (Tops). Devon Murray would have a Q&A on Sunday and I was glad Carola decided to join me for this one (Carola hasn't seen any of the movies).
Thank God it’s Friday! The weekend has arrived and it’s time for F.A.C.T.S.! By the time this article will go live I will probably be on my way to Ghent. As We already mentioned in our vlog earlier this week: Carola and Sigmund will not be attending, so Tristan and yours truly will go for one day (Saturday). To be able to arrive on time we will have to stay at a hotel in Aalter tonight, so we’re on our way. Don’t panic, our fellowship will be reunited for Weekend of Hell in two weeks. I absolutely did not want to miss this edition. Why? Well F.A.C.T.S. is a great convention. They always have a great guest list, amazing props, a lot of merchandise and a lot of great people! And for this edition there is one guest in particular I absolutely want to meet. I am an 80’s child so I grew up with some legendary TV shows. Earlier this year I met no one less than Richard Dean Anderson a.k.a. MacGyver at the Spring Edition of F.A.C.T.S. He truly was one of my childhood heroes and tomorrow I will meet another one, because David Hasselhoff has arrived on Belgian ground. Hasselhoff is mostly known for his roles of Michael Knight in “Knight Rider” and Mitch Buchannon in “Baywatch. I always used to watch these shows and especially “Knight Rider” was awesome (I loved KITT). But “Baywatch” was great as well, who doesn’t remember the shots of the Malibu lifeguards, running along the waterside.
This week our series tip is "The Walking Dead"! It's a very well known series. I think most of you will either have heard of it, or are watching it as well. Last week we already wrote an "In the spotlight" about Norman Reedus. Season 7 of "The Walking Dead" will start on 23 October 2016. That's Monday already! Because of that, we decided to write about "The Walking Dead". It's a horror/ drama/ sci-fi series. The Tv Series is based on the comic books made by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard. There has been a worldwide zombie apocalypse (even though in the series they're called 'walkers' not 'zombies'). These walkers eat living humans and animals. Whenever a walker bites or scratches a human, they are infected. And they will become a walker as well. The series revolves around the group of Rick Grimes: A sheriff's deputy who wakes up from a coma and discovers the apocalypse. He starts searching for his wife and child. The whole series is mainly about Rick and the people he meets on the way. They form a group and try to survive. Rick is played by Andrew Lincoln (the left one on the picture) and on the right side of the picture you see Norman Reedus who plays Daryl, someone who is a part of Rick's group.