Jessica Clary

Jessica Clary

Jessica spends her days advising college radio, magazine and newspaper staffs, and balances the rest of her time binge-watching TV and binge-reading nonfiction.

Masquerade Highlights the Craft of Costume Design

Masquerade Highlights the Craft of Costume Design

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The annual Masquerade Costume Contest, held Sunday night in the Hyatt, drew its usual huge crowd to cheer on the contestants and their costumes and skits. Hosted by Tony Gowell (in costume as Etta, Lucy Davis’ character from Wonder Woman) and guest host Jason David Frank (the original Green Power Ranger and MMA fighter), this year’s Masquerade contestants delivered a dynamic range of the the familiar and beyond. Judges Chance Chancellor, Daisy Viktoria, and Lynette Edlund (Johnson), all costumers themselves,
 
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We’ve Got Movie Sign! MST3K’s Mads Riff on ‘Raiders’

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Veterans of the “little Minnesotan puppet show” Mystery Science Theater 3000 Trace Beaulieu (Crow and Dr. Clayton Forrester) and Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank) have been cracking on movies, good and bad, professionally for nearly 30 years. Along with their co-host Carolina Hidalgo, their current project is the podcast Movie Sign with The Mads, where they discuss a movie they’ve seen recently. Sometimes, it’s a classic, and sometimes it’s just something somebody picked for the episode; they’ve done more than 35
 
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‘Some People Knit, Some People Solder’ in the Droid-Building Community

‘Some People Knit, Some People Solder’ in the Droid-Building Community

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Sunday afternoon’s session with the Star Wars droid-builders in the “Building R2D2, BB-8 & Star Wars Droids” at the Marriott brought builders, designers, and engineers together to talk tech about all the materials, electronics, and more in the world-wide droid-building community. Builders Christina Cato, Matt Hobbes, Steve Morgan, Doug Dixon, Rob Saey, and David Ferreira brought their droid creations for show-and-tell with a packed crowd. To get started, Cato answered the top three questions for builders: “Can I build one?”
 
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Bad Movies, Good Evening: ‘MST3K’ Tackles the 80s

Bad Movies, Good Evening: ‘MST3K’ Tackles the 80s

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Watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 in a room full of people is a surreal experience. The first thing to get used to is that along with the silhouettes of the hosts, you also get to watch the backs of real live human heads. If that’s not strange enough, you also get to hear them laughing. And laugh they do. Hosted by official MST3K documentarian Daniel Griffith, this program, in its fifth year, included games, prizes, trivia and more on Saturday
 
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‘Shhh … I’m an Actor’: Cusack Covers 34 Years of Badassery

‘Shhh … I’m an Actor’: Cusack Covers 34 Years of Badassery

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Saturday’s John Cusack session, 2:30PM in the Hyatt, covered nearly the entire Cusack filmography, reaching way back to the early ’80s. Alongside longtime friend and co-star Ned Bellamy and moderator Rob Levy, Cusack charmed the crowd with stories of his wide-ranging characters and films. “I got spoiled early,” he said, responding to Levy’s first question about his early films with Rob Reiner, John Hughes, and Cameron Crowe. “I was fifteen. Instead of going to study hall, I got to go
 
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Riding with One of the Rowdy Three

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The crowd welcomed Michael Eklund to his very first con this Friday at 5:30PM in the Hilton Grand East ballroom. “I think it’s a great way to start,” he said. During the hour, Author R. Alan Siler, and the crowd, served up questions on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and more from the actor’s 17-year career. (Dragon Con-friendly highlights include Battlestar Galactica, Blood Ties, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Smallville, Stargate SG-1, and newcomer Wynona Earp.) On the BBC America original series, the Rowdy Three (which is actually four people, sometimes five), headed into season two in trouble. “If you liked season one,” Eklund said,
 
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Charity Auctions Literally have Something for Everyone

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“If someone thinks they’re getting rid of something nobody is going to want, they’re wrong,” said Jennifer Breland, Dragon Con Charity Events coordinator. The annual main Dragon Con charity auction, Sunday from 10AM–2PM at Hyatt Hanover C–E, raised more than $10,700 with items auction ranging from pristine collector’s items to well-loved fan favorites. Plenty of the items were high-end collectibles, including a limited-edition Count Dooku Lightsaber hilt (complete with Christopher Lee’s autograph, a photo of him doing the autograph, and
 
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More Binge-Watching Means More Opportunities for Fans

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One of the first things the participants of the “How Binge-Watching Makes Us All TV Geeks” panel (Mariott M301–302, Friday at 2:30PM) want you to know is that binge-watching is not new. Before the advent of online streaming and even DVDs, fans waited for holiday marathons of their favorite shows, or mailed boxes of bootleg VHS tapes across the country. The panelists, consisting of blogger and podcaster Jessa Philips, Jenn “Wonder Jenn” Geoppinger, Gary Lindros, podcaster for Critical Myth, and
 
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