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Gen Con 2015: Cosplay of the Convention

Gen Con 2015 is wrapped up and as always, there was some amazing cosplay on display during the show. Check out some of the costumes below which is just a small handful of the folks who dressed up for the convention. There were so many more that I didn’t see (but saw elsewhere), or didn’t get a chance snap photos of.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has a Successful Mission

rogue nationThe mission was not impossible as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was top at the box-office this past weekend. The film earned an estimated $56 million to put it in first. The competition was rather week as another debut Vacation was in second with just an estimated $14.85 million. Mission: Impossible continues Tom Cruise‘s streak as a bankable star.

Ant-Man moved into third place earning an estimated $12.6 million. The film has earned $291.6 million globally with $132.1 million of that domestically and $159.5 of that in foreign markets.

Not too far behind the film was Minions in fourth adding $12.2 million to its total and bringing it to $854.7 million globally so far.

In other movie earnings domestically Jurassic World added $3.8 million, Terminator: Genisys added $900,000, and Avengers: Age of Ultron added $155,000.

Domestically, Jurassic World stands at $631.5 million for the year to be in first, Avengers: Age of Ultron is second with $457 million, Furious 7 is third with $351 million and Inside Out has $329.6 million.

Globally things are different with Jurassic World at $1.5595 billion to be in first, Furious 7 is second with $1.5117 billion, Avengers: Age of Ultron is third with $1.3985 billion, Minions is fourth at $854.7 milllion, and Inside Out is fifth with $602.3 million.

TV Review: The Strain: S2E4 The Silver Angel

the strain s2 imageIn the fourth episode of the second season of The Strain, Eph and Nora finally see their lethal virus in action. Fet takes the security of Red Hook into his own hands while Dutch and Setrakian set off for Staten Island to question Fitzwilliam, Palmer’s former bodyguard.

The issues as far as make-up that were prevelant in the last episode are gone in the fourth episode which has various characters go off in their own paths while also showing off more of the history especially about Setrakian and Palmer.

The episode is interesting in that it gives much more hope than I remember in the comic, mostly focused on the “cure” being worked on by Eph and Nora. That aspect is great and one of the best parts of the episode and even the season.

There’s absolutely some troubles in this episode, especially the flashbacks focused on a young Palmer and Setrakian. The make-up is horrendous, and the acting laughable. It’s really low budget, and just really bad. Like almost derails the episode bad. It’s focused on too much, and it just looks so bad.

Part of the reason it looks bad is that the rest of the episode is so good. The acting is better. The tasks everyone goes and does makes sense. Separated, everyone seems to be much stronger, especially as the episode focuses on fewer individuals in shorter segments. It’s a more focused episode in many ways limiting what it covers.

There’s a bit about a bad B-movie in the beginning which might not make sense, but for some reason I really enjoyed it, especially because what it involves shows off the characters’ humanity.

Much improvement over last week, and there’s some really solid stuff in the episode.

Overall rating: 7.5

Gen Con 2015: Day 3 in Photos

The third day of Gen Con has wrapped up. Here’s the convention for the day in photos!

Gen Con 2015: Fantasy Flight Debuts Leia, Echo Base Troopers, Dengar & More!

Fantasy Flight debuted new miniatures for Star Wars: Imperial Assault at Gen Con. The Hoth themed releases bring us Snow Troopers, Echo Base Troopers, Leia, and more.

Gen Con 2015: Fantasy Flight Reveals Star Wars: X-Wing Mist Hunter, Imperial Assault Carrier, Ghost, & More!

At Gen Con, Fantasy Flight revealed new ships for their Star Wars: X-Wing miniature game. Check out what you can expect to hit shelves later this year.

Demo-Graphics: Comic Fandom on Facebook

It’s the first of the month, we’re looking at the demographics of people who “like” comics on Facebook. This data is compiled using demographic data from Facebook, and is limited to the United States.

This data is compiled using key terms, “likes,” users have as part of their profiles. Primarily terms are focused on generic ones such as “comics” or “graphic novels” or publishers. I stay away from specific characters, creators or series, because this does not indicate they are a comic book fan. Over 100 terms are used for this report.

Facebook Population: Over 42,000,000 in the United States

The total population decreased by 5 million. It’s possible that the theoretical summer book has dipped already, and the numbers have decreased to “normal” levels. The Spanish-speaking population last month was 13.19%, and this month is 13.10%.

Gender and Age

Last month women accounted for 40.43% and men were 59.57%. The 5 million decrease was almost all men. 4 million lost were men, and women decreased by 1 million.

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We’ll next look at how the percentage of women and men break down through age.

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Women and men under the age of 17 are tied in an even 50/50 split.

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Relationship Status

The summer is a time for relationships I guess. More are in relationships or married!

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And for those that like pie charts.

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Things haven’t changed that much compared to last month just some shifts as to percents due to a loss of individuals.

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Gender Interest

There’s a slight increase of individuals interested in the same gender this week.

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While African Americans decreased as a total population African American women actually increased from last month. Also of note, Hispanics increased in almost every demographic except those that are Spanish dominant. Of note, women say major increases in Hispanic women.

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We can see where decreases occurred below withe decreases focused on Generation X and Millennials.

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And that wraps up this month’s report. We’ll return Monday with more data and insights!

Gen Con 2015: Day 2 in Photos

The second day has come and gone. Here’s some of the sights of the show from the second day of Gen Con. Lots more photos of scenery, miniatures, and cosplay.

There was also some game demos like Fantasy Flight‘s Forbidden Stars and Cryptozoic‘s upcoming Ghostbusters.

Gen Con 2015: Day 1 in Photos

The first day of Gen Con 2015 and the show was packed. I can’t remember the floor of the show being this crowded. What will the next three days bring if it’s this busy on the first!

Lots of photos taken so far, and lots of things lined up for the next three days, so stay tuned!