My SDCC 2014 Wrap-Up, 7 Years of Comic Con

My SDCC 2014 Wrap-Up, 7 Years of Comic Con


Now, I have been lucky enough to attend San Diego Comic Con since 2007. I’ve seen this event, and nerd culture in general, undergo some huge changes since then. In 2007, the biggest news was a premiere of Iron Man, which has gone on to spawn 3 movies and a spinoff, The Avengers, which is now the highest grossing comic book film EVER and third highest overall. Nowadays, it’s no big deal to bring up a comic book movie, or a video game, in discussion, even in a professional setting. People complain about this explosion of comic and game culture, but I can’t say it’s a bad thing, at least not yet.

Anyway, this is Mega Ran’s Comic Con 2014 experience.

I got into San Diego Wednesday, which is Preview Night for the Con. However, I had a performance at Gam3rCon, which was founded a few years ago as an alternative, not competitor of Comic Con. it’s smaller, more friendly, and more centered around gaming and communities. This year’s con was a lot of fun, and I met some fans of mine who elected to come to this show as opposed to any of the others, because of the size of the event. I played a fun set to an eager and enthusiastic crowd there.

Thursday, I went to the Convention Center to brave Comic Con. I had a panel in the evening, so that gave me time to walk the floors and halls. I saw so many great things, but what caught my attention (and everyone else’s) was a huge crowd at the Expendables booth, where Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Wesley Snipes made a surprise appearance for photos. This caused an instant traffic jam on the con floor as everyone stopped to snap pictures. I got a few and moved on.

I prefer going to the smaller booths where the comic artists hang, rather than the big TV and gaming booths. I met Rob Liefield, creator of Deadpool, and a guy who has a pretty bad rap on the internet, but he was super nice and friendly to me. I also stopped at the Robotech, Hasbro, Nickelodeon and Funko booths for toys—um, I mean collectibles.

The panel went extremely well, as I was joined by some of my musical heroes turned peers – MURS, Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys, and many more. it was a packed room and the panel was very informative and fun. Big shout out to Patrick A. Reed for making it happen.

After that, I had to run to a special engagement, w00tstock, which is an event held at every Comic Con for the past 6 years, started by nerdy folk duo Paul and Storm, with help from famous nerds like Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stand By Me) and Adam Savage (Mythbusters). I played a short set and the crowd loved it. It’s always weird for me to play a rap show in a traditional theater with seats, but it went over well and by the end, they were up and dancing. Wil told me my set was great, as did special guest Craig Ferguson.

Friday was a bit more tame for me, my only events were in the evening, so I went to the Con again for a few hours, and sat in on some great panels. I watched Namco’s fighting game panel and saw some previews of Tekken 7, then went to a Q&A with the writer of my favorite comic right now, Saga, Brian K. Vaughan. He was great. After that I met with some friends and walked the floor a little more, picking up a “Hip Hop Family Tree” comic which was incredible, and some shirts.

I walked past the famous Hall H, as I wanted to get into the Walking Dead Panel, but I realized quickly that was a lost cause. This is probably my number one problem with SDCC. The line for Hall H is OUTSIDE, and is probably a minimum 4-5 hour wait, with no chairs or anything… and there’s still no guarantee youll get in, because they don’t clear the panel room out between panels. so they booked a Game of Thrones panel at 2 and then a Walking Dead panel at 3, the shows have so much overlap in fanbase that NO ONE LEAVES between panels, so the people who waited 4 hours to get in are left outside, or sent to watch the panel in a nearby hotel….if that doesn’t fill up first. by the time you learn that you can’t see the panel, you lost 5 hours of your day, when you could’ve spent that looking at something else. Not cool.​

My first event was a record store in-store event and vinyl release, which went well. I played some new songs off the new vinyl, and signed a few records that are at the store now, while supplies last: http://www.accesshiphop.com/store/?itemid=24953

After that I made a special appearance at the Nerd-A-Thon show at The Merrow, featuring MC Frontalot, MC Lars, Schaffer the Darklord and Doc Awk, and Star Wars Burlesque. I played a surprise set which got the crowd ready. I had a fun time out there and met some great new and returning fans.

Saturday was my day off of Comic Con. I knew from past experiences that Saturday is the most crowded day downtown, where lines would be the most ridiculous, and people would be the most pushy, so I stayed back. My lady and I went to La Jolla to the Windansea beach, and relaxed, then ate some delicious Mexican Food. it was just the break I needed.

On Sunday, we returned to the madness after scoring a second badge from my friend. I returned to Comic Con to get another look at some of my favorite booths. I feel like my favorite this year was DC COMICS, who were celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary by giving out capes and comics, and they had an amazing display of ALL the Batman suits from the movies, plus some fan created variant costumes. I had the most fun checking those out. I can hope that one day that stuff will be in a museum to see. I walked around and spent more money that I didn’t have, before leaving to sound check for my final show, the Official Unofficial Comic Con after-party by Random Gibberish, hosted by the voice of Duke Nukem, Jon St. John. The show was amazing. I walked around the whole room freestyling about costumes and trinkets.

Overall I feel like this was my best Comic Con experience yet, mainly because I did the right mix of networking, performing, sightseeing and escaping. I feel like the security and volunteers did a decent job of controlling lines and keeping things organized. I can’t wait to do it again next year.




Mega Lo Mania: The Documentary (Trailer)

Teacher/Rapper/Hero Mega Ran’s Journey Captured in New Documentary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michael Cardoza, Director – info@glassworkmedia.com
FilmBar, 815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ (602) 595-9187

Hip-Hop, Gaming, Education Collide in Former Teacher’s Documentary Premiere
“Mega-Lo-Mania” Opens in August at Phoenix’s FilmBar

PHOENIX, AZ – A weekend tour by former educator turned indie rap hero Random, aka Mega Ran was the subject of a 30 minute documentary captured by filmmaker Michael Cardoza, but he got so much more than he bargained for when he agreed to ride along and film the rapper’s first 3 out-of-town shows with a live band.

“I saw so much more than a music tour… I saw friends, teammates..bound together by a mutual passion for music and for putting on a great show. They all have different personalities, and they all came together so perfectly over the weekend,” Cardoza says of the weekend trip.

Over that three days in February, Philadelphia-born Mega Ran and Phoenix, AZ band The Lo-Classics joined forces for “Mega-Lo-Mania,” a mini-tour that would span Tempe, AZ, Hollywood, CA and Las Vegas, NV. What ensued was sometimes amazing, sometimes chaotic, but always entertaining.

“I had a blast,” Ran says of the weekend tour. “It didn’t totally go as I’d expected, but I think that’s the best story to tell; that it won’t always work out 100% according to plan, and that making adjustments on the fly is such a big part of what we do. I love the way the documentary came out.”

The five man band most notably linked with Ran at a show-stealing performance in Seattle, WA in 2013 at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo), playing for over 2500 people in a packed room at The Paramount Theater. Since then, they’ve played shows with acts like Talib Kweli, Ryan Leslie, Pusha T, Phife Dawg (of A Tribe Called Quest), The Protomen and many more.

“Mega-Lo-Mania,” The 30-minute documentary film, will make it’s Arizona premiere at FilmBar, an award winning wine bar and movie theater in central Phoenix. The first showtime will be Friday, August 22 at 7PM. DVD versions of the documentary will be available that day, and online Monday, August 25.

Stay tuned to megaran.com or thefilmbarphx.com for more information.

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contact@megaran.com

Glasswork Media, LLC
info@glassworkmedia.com




Mega Ran (P)reloaded.

I’d like to shout out C.BARR, who created the USB drives for Elzhi’s kickstarter campaign, for these amazing new USB gadgets. They come loaded with 4GB of music (almost every release of mine, plus bonuses, guest features, and more)

Order now and get delivery in 3 days.

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Save the Game.




Assist With The UK Tour This Fall!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

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The Plan:

A Tour of England from Sept 3 (my birthday) to September 14, in cities like London, Cambridge, Manchester and more!

The Crew:

Myself and my partner in rhyme Mr. Miranda, of the Writers Guild and “Mirandom” project from 2011.

Also joining us hopefully is tour manager Big Mat.

Why?

MY FIRST HEADLINING SHOW IN LONDON IS SEPT 9! I have a spot on the SUPERBYTE Festival Sept 11! We’ll be playing some new music, classic hits and more, as well as sightseeing in some of the most beautiful places the world has to offer.

What’s in it for you?

donate any amount and we’ll be able to use it towards flights (cost: over $1000 each), trains (from $60 to $100 each ride), hotels ($75-$100 Per night), and more.

Donations over $10 will get you a FREE download of any of our albums, via email.

Any donation over $50 will get you a SOUVENIR from the UK of your choice. We’ll also be documenting the experience and posting regular youtube updates.

Any donation over $100 will get you a souvenir, CD and t-shirt from the crew!

Any donation over $200 will get you a mention in the next Mirandom song, which will be recorded right before we leave in September.

THANK YOU! Viva la UK!!

email me with any questions at bookmegaran@gmail.com

-Ran and Mr. Miranda

CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

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Thoughts on Batman ’89

Big shout out to ComicsAlliance for chatting with a motley crew of folks including myself and the legendary PETE ROCK for our thoughts on the hype behind the movie that started the comic book movie phenomenon on a large scale.

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I learned every word, laugh, pause and breath of that script as a child, and the entire soundtrack — and most of it has stayed with me as an adult. I hope that’ll help me at some point on a game show or something. But that was the first movie of my generation that truly defined us as kids, and as comic book fiends.

Read more here:

http://comicsalliance.com/winged-freak-terrorizes-comics-creators-and-entertainment-pros-remember-the-summer-of-batman-89/

gonna sit down and play the BATMAN NES game when i get a moment.

Tour still on! remaining dates:

July 5 Yellow Springs, OH @ Super Fly Comics

July 6 Cincinnati, OH @ Chameleon

July 7 Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor

July 9 Chapel Hill, NC @ Chapel Hill Underground

July 10 Bourgie Nights, Wilmington, NC

July 11 Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java

July 12 Baltimore @ Ram’s Head Live (Bit Gen Gamer Fest)




Check Your Head.

Caps, Beanies, You name it. all at our trusty merch store. keep your head right!

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free download of Language Arts with Beanie Purchase.

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Free download of The Call 8 Bit With Snapback Purchase.




Tour Starts This Week

Get ready for Odds and Ends.

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First up is TOO MANY GAMES in Phoenixville, PA.

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rest of tour dates:

June 30 Brooklyn, NY @ The Fifth Estate

July 1 Boston, MA @ McGanns

July 2 Watertown, NY @ Flashback Lounge

July 3 Ithaca, NY @ Just Be Cause Center

July 5 Yellow Springs, OH @ Super Fly Comics

July 6 Cincinnati, OH @ Chameleon

July 7 Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor

July 9 Chapel Hill, NC @ Chapel Hill Underground

July 10 Bourgie Nights, Wilmington, NC

July 11 Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java

July 12 Baltimore @ Ram’s Head Live (Bit Gen Gamer Fest)

I’ll have an ULTRA SPECIAL gift at these shows, that no one else will have, so be on the lookout for that!




Vegas Dream

2 shows this weekend in Sin City, apparently there’s a Comic Con happening as well. come on out and get special gifts and a great time.

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June 21 @ Fremont Country
Club
601 E. Fremont St, 21+ $5-$7

June 22 @ Hard Hat Lounge
1675 S Industrial Rd 21+ $5

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If you’re in Vegas, get tickets on the cheap from the bands, 3d6 and Time Crashers.
See you on The Strip.




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