All posts by Trae Dorn

Trae is the tallest of the hosts, and he is certain it’s because he is the oldest. This is (at the very least) why he is the baldest. Trae co-founded Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con and refuses to apologize for it. Which he probably should. Trae also writes the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth, which leads many to ask when the hell he has time to actually do anything anymore. He says he has time because he “does it all quite poorly.”

Heroes of Cosplay: Now Only Mostly Awful

In Which Trae Talks About Season 1.5 of Heroes of Cosplay

I have been working conventions for almost twenty years, and have helped put on a cosplay contest for the last nine in varying capacities. I admittedly haven’t been a serious cosplayer myself since I gave it up about a decade ago, but it’s still a world I’m heavily immersed in.

So needless to say I’ve been watching Heroes of Cosplay since episode one.

…but not because I like it. I’ve been watching Heroes of Cosplay for the same reason you might have eavesdropped on someone gossiping about your friends back in High School: So I know exactly what’s being said.

The bullscat filled “Season 1.5” finale aired last night though, so (as I did last year) I thought I’d gather my thoughts about the entire season.

…and why no convention should allow Heroes of Cosplay in the door. Continue reading Heroes of Cosplay: Now Only Mostly Awful

“American Gods” TV Adaptation Finds A Home On Starz

At first HBO was all like “We’ll totally make an American Gods TV Show,” but then they dropped it faster than a highschool sweetheart the August before going off to college. The project seemed mostly dead, right up until now. What changed? Starz has picked up the ball and is now running with it.

Was that too many metaphors? I think it might have been.

Anyway, Bryan Fuller (yes THAT Bryan Fuller) and Michael Green are going to the showrunners, with author Neil Gaiman Executive Producing.

As quoted by The Mary Sue, Fuller said:

“Neil Gaiman has created the holiest of holy toy boxes with American Gods and filled it with all manner of magical thing, born of new gods and old,” adds Fuller. “Michael Green and I are thrilled to crack this toy box wide open and unleash the fantastical titans of heaven and earth and Neil’s vividly prolific imagination.”

As someone who lived a good chunk of his life in Northwestern Wisconsin and a huge fan of the novel, needless to say I’m excited.

You should get excited too.

Via The Mary Sue

Yes, The Cybermen Show Up In Doctor Who Series 8

In the BBC’s announcement of Michelle Gomez (Green Wing) playing a character called “the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere” in the upcoming series, they released the following image:


That’s right, the Cybermen will be back in series 8 of Doctor Who. Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about it. It seems like the rule of thumb is “Whenever you’ve been overusing the Daleks, toss in the Cybermen instead.” Maybe it’s just me, but even as a fan who grew up on classic who, I’m getting a little tired of the constant reuse of old villains.

No word on whether these are Mondas Cybermen of Cybus Cybermen — but good money is on the former as they lack the logo on the chest. Of course, as the Cybus costumes had been reused for Mondas Cybermen at some points, who knows. Half the time I don’t think even the writers are sure anymore.

I’m just trying to figure out what a Nethersphere is.

via Coming Soon

“Community” Gets a Sixth Season… on Yahoo?

In an amazing turn of events, cancelled TV show Community is getting it’s sixth season (ala #sixseasonsandamovie) on Yahoo Screen of all places. I was totally unaware that Yahoo Screen was a thing until just now, but the internet assures me it is. And Community will live there! Time to install the app for it on my Roku.

TVLine reports:

“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” said series creator (and returning showrunner) Dan Harmon in a statement. “I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, Bang Bus!”

Added leading man Joel McHale, “’The reports of our cancelation have been greatly exaggerated.’ —Mark Twain (The other version of this quote has been wrong for years). #SixSeasonsAndaMovie is real. Thank you Sony. Thank you Yahoo. Thank you Dan Harmon. And thank you to the greatest f%$#ing fans in the history of the human race. It’s the internet. We can swear now.”

This is some of the most exciting news I’ve had all day, and my niece is literally being born right now.

Via TVLine

Three Classic Anime Series You Could Be Watching On Hulu Right Now

One of the best things about the website Hulu has been how they seem to keep adding more and more anime, both new and old alike. And while we’ve talked about how they’re putting up the re-released classic Sailor Moon (and will have the new Sailor Moon Crystal remake as it airs), we thought we’d dive into a few other classic shows you could be spending your time with.

And by “we,” I mean “me.” Because I didn’t ask Nick and Pher for their opinions before choosing these.

Because I’m a jerk like that.

Anyway, the following series should get you started on wasting many hours watching anime instead of doing anything productive. And that’s what’s important. Continue reading Three Classic Anime Series You Could Be Watching On Hulu Right Now

J.J. Abrams Wants Episode VII Pushed Back To 2016, Disney Says No

While Disney is dead set on Episode VII coming out in December 2015, it’s being reported that director J.J. Abrams has been repeatedly asking that the film’s release be delayed to 2016 (for a May 4th release). Disney’s Bob Iger isn’t having any of this though. Latino Review wrote:

And he still, to this day, [Abrams] thinks that his Star Wars should be released in May like all the other Star Wars movies have been. Kathleen Kennedy feels this way too. But Bob Iger of Disney? He’s making December of next year happen. Postponing is not an option. Harrison Ford’s leg be damned, if Fast and Furious 7 can still be coming with a much more serious casting problem, how can something like Star Wars, a franchise with theoretically infinite money behind it, let something as tiny as a broken leg stop them?

Abrams invested a lot of time in preproduction — enough so where Disney already allowed him to delay the film from May 2015 to December 2015. The real question is whether or not Abrams is actually in a state where he doesn’t think he can pull off the movie on this schedule, or if he just thinks it will do better in the box office with a May release.

Or maybe that isn’t the question at all. Maybe it’s really, “Will Iger budge?”

Via Slashfilm

American Remake of Takashi Miike’s “Audition” In The Works, Universe Secretly Hates Me

So Takashi Miike’s 1999 film Audition is exceptionally creepy, and a modern classic of Japanese Horror cinema. Based on the 1997 novel by Ryu Murakami, it’s developed an international cult following over the years. Thankfully, Hollywood has smartly left this very, very difficult to reproduce (and very Japanese) film alone for fifteen years.

…or at least they had.

Because, as Deadline reports, Mario Kassar has decided to option the rights so he can produce an American version of the film.

Yes, that sound you heard was a small part of me dying inside. Continue reading American Remake of Takashi Miike’s “Audition” In The Works, Universe Secretly Hates Me

Neil Gaiman’s “Wayward Manor” Coming July 15th

A year ago Neil Gaiman announced he was working on a video game called Wayward Manor. According to Mashable, the game’s description looked pretty cool:

Inspired by Gaiman’s love of both supernatural and slapstick genres, the game follows the misadventures of a ghost who wants nothing more than a peaceful afterlife, and to kick out the motley crew living in the house he once called home. A gothic New England estate is the setting, with the storyline running from the 1920s all the way to the not-too-distant future. As the ghost tries harder and harder to get rid of the squatters, he also unravels the mystery of his own death and the after-life.

Sounds pretty neat, right?

The game was intended to be released last fall.

And then it wasn’t.

And we were all sad.

But mourn no more my friends, because the official Wayward Manor site has announced that the game is coming out on July 15th! So rejoice gaming Gaiman fans, you only have a few weeks to wait.


Via Wayward Manor Site

Snow White and the Huntsman getting a sequel… sans Snow White

Snow White and the Huntsman may not have been a very good film, but it was certainly a financially successful one. That success was due in no small part to the box office draw of Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart. Love her or hate her, she (and Twilight) have fans, and those fans made up the bulk of the film’s paying patrons.

And while the film may have been exceptionally not-good, it was still nice to see a financially successful fantasy epic with a woman as the lead.

Needless to say then, when I heard a sequel was greenlit, I was a little stupified to find out it wouldn’t feature Stewart or her character Snow White.

Because, y’know, when a film does really well despite being terrible, the one thing you want to do when making the sequel is ditch the star power that brought people into the seats in the first place. And yes, Chris Hemsworth will star in the sequel (titled, you guessed it, The Huntsman), but Hemsworth’s fans are far less devoted than Stewart’s.

All in all, it seems like the studios are trying to predesign a flop here.

Via Forbes

With Doctor Who and Intruders, August 23rd is Looking Good on BBC America

So Doctor Who, in all of its Peter Capaldi Twelfth Doctor glory, is coming back August 23rd both on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the United States. In the United States though, we also get the premiere of the BBC America original series Intruders immediately following Doctor Who (Who airs 8pm/7pm Central and Intruders at 9pm/8pm Central).

Intruders stars John Simm (yes… THAT John Simm) and Mira Sorvino (yes… THAT Mira Sorvino), and the entire show looks deliciously dark and suspenseful. It’s based on the Michael Marshall Smith book The Intruders, and it involves a creepy little girl.

And there is nothing scarier than a creepy little girl.

(Videos Behind the Cut) Continue reading With Doctor Who and Intruders, August 23rd is Looking Good on BBC America