Convention fun comes to Middle Georgia February 18-19

Do you love comic books, costuming, or gaming? Well it’s time to get your geek on! Middle Georgia’s largest comic book convention is coming back to Macon on Saturday, February 18th and Sunday, February 19th!

MGA Con (Middle Georgia Convention) is set to have its annual event and for the very first time it will be held at the Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower Parkway in Macon, GA. In previous years, the convention was held at the Macon Centreplex, so please make note of the location change if you are a returning attendee.

MGA Con Logo.
MGA Con will have vendors, games, comics collectibles and much more when it comes to the Anderson Convention Center February 18-19. Image by MGACon.

So “What exactly goes down at MGA Con?” you might ask. Well, you will find many of your favorite artists and media guests, a dealer’s room where you can buy all kinds of comic and gaming related merchandise, panels discussing a wide range of topics, an excellent costume contest, and plenty of tabletop games.

MGA Con has something for everyone. For gamers, there are several role playing, card, and board games available as well as tournaments for Magic the Gathering, Heroclix, Munchkin Steampunk, and X-Wing. If you want to meet some creators, Joseph Michael Linsner of “Dawn” fame will be on hand as well as artist Tracy Yardley and cosplayer “Lili” Lisa Keith among others. Or, if you just like collecting comics, you may be able to pick up that rare issue of Spider-Man you’ve been looking for from one of the vendors in the dealers room.

For full details and to register, visit http://www.mgacon.com, visit the Heroes & Villains comic shop at 117 Russell Parkway in Warner Robins or call 478-322-0004.

When:

  • Friday, February 17th 6pm – 11pm for early registration and badge pickup only
  • Saturday, February 18th 9am – 10pm
  • Sunday, February 19th 10am – 5pm

Where:

  • Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon, GA 31206

Cost:

  • $15 for a 2 day pass
  • Up to 2 children under 10 free per paid adult membership
  • Active military and student discounts of $5 apply with valid ID for walk-in registrations
  • Parking is free

Middle Georgia Coin Club coin show this weekend January 27-29

A Coin and Currency Show is coming to Middle Georgia this weekend. January 27 – 29, the Middle Georgia Coin Club is sponsoring their annual coin show at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. Over a hundred vendors will be in attendance with coins from around the world, as well as jewelry, fossils, postcards, stamps, and supplies.

Admission is free, parking is free, and there are even free appraisals. Not only is this a great opportunity to obtain a vintage and/or rare coin, but you could also bring the kids and make it an educational outing for the entire family.

For more information, contact Chip Davis at 478-329-7850 or chdavis@bellsouth.net or you can visit the website at www.MiddleGeorgiaCoinClub.com

When: Friday, January 27th 10am – 6pm; Saturday, January 28th 10am – 6pm; Sunday, January 29th 10am – 3pm

Where: Miller, Murphy, Howard Building of the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, GA (Exit 134 or Exit 135 off of I-75)

Cost: Free

Professional Wrestling returning to Macon January 15th

Pro wrestling is returning to Macon! This Sunday, January 15th, New Generation Pro Wrestling (NGPW) will be live at the Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower Parkway for their Championship Chaos event.

Doors open at 4:00 pm and the action will start at 4:30 pm. However, a VIP Ringside seat will get you in at 3:30 pm for a meet and greet. The meet and greet is a unique experience where fans will get to see the stars up close. Autographs and pictures will be available. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $12 for Ringside VIP.

The Jagged Edge AIWF Champion.
AIWF Champion The Jagged Edge will be part of the Main Event as New Generation Professional Wrestling comes to the Anderson Conference Center in Macon. Photo courtesy the NGPF Facebook page.

Former WWE superstar and TNA wrestler, MVP will be in action. Also on hand will be former WWE star and Smackdown General Manager, Teddy Long. At the show, you will see #HeelDaddy Chris Nelms, AJ Steel, and Terry “Rocker” Lawler. Other matches include Sean Nelson vs Skrilla, Chris Henry and Twisted vs Trevor Aeon and Charlie Anarchy with a special appearance by Micah Taylor and Mr. Hollywood. Both the AIWF Americas Championship and the AIWF Heritage Championship will be on the line!

This will be a great opportunity for fans of all ages to see world class professional wrestling on an intimate level. This is sure to be a much more personal event than one of the large scale companies where you sit in the rafters to cheer on wrestlers you can barely see. Here, the action will be in your face and you will have a much greater interaction with the performers.

Tickets can be purchased at the Anderson Conference Center. For more information, call 404-667-0029.

NGPW Championship Chaos
Sunday, January 15 at 4:00
Anderson Conference Center in Macon, GA
$10 General Admission, $12 Ringside VIP

Poster for the NGPW event in Macon on January 15, 2017. Tickets are $10-12 and the doors open at 4PM.
Poster for the NGPW event in Macon on January 15, 2017. Tickets are $10-12 and the doors open at 4PM.

Movie review: Doctor Strange explores the paranormal side of superheores

Comic book movies have taken the world by storm. By now, you’ve probably heard that Doctor Strange has opened around theaters in the United States. While this offering from Marvel is a slight departure from the normal (you could say it is paranormal), it is still highly entertaining and yields all the quality we have come to expect from a Marvel movie.

Doctor Strange is a tale of a brilliant surgeon, Stephen Strange, who loses the use of his hands. Through his trek to regain his livelihood, he enters an unknown world of magic and mysticism. In a very broad sense, it is Harry Potter meets Inception meets M. C. Escher wrapped in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although you can view Doctor Strange as more of a standalone movie, similar to Ant Man, you can definitely see where potential team-ups and crossovers will come into play in future movies. Also, as with most of the Marvel hero movies, there is enough comic relief to keep you interested in the movie and give the characters dimension and depth.

Visually, many of the movie’s scenes are beautiful. Much of the movie was filmed on location in Nepal, but other locations include Hong Kong, London, and LA. However, the most impressive aesthetic of the film comes from its digital arts department – many scenes look they were filmed through a kaleidoscope while others feel like you’re traveling through the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the titular character and turns in an excellent job, showing quite a range of emotions as his character transforms from an arrogant know it all into a bona fide hero. At first, I had trepidation about Tilda Swinton playing the part of the head mystic known as The Ancient One, but she pulled it off flawlessly. But, to me, the actor who stole the spotlight in his scenes was Benedict Wong, who played the character known simply as Wong. Wong’s sternness contrasted Doctor Strange’s wisecracks so much that you can’t keep from smiling every time.

If you are going to see Doctor Strange, come early and stay until the very end. The preview lineup includes Rogue One, Logan (which seems to follow the Old Man Logan storyline from the comics), and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. After the movie, there is both a mid-credits scene and an after-credits scene, both of which look to set up future movies.

Doctor Strange is offered in standard definition, Real D 3D, GTX Extreme, and Digital 3D GTX Extreme. I viewed the movie in GTX Extreme, which was beautiful, but the magic effects could be quite stunning in 3D. With a PG-13 rating, the movie is great for most families and holds with the same level of action, violence, and language as most of the other Marvel movies. So, if you’re looking for a highly entertaining movie to see this weekend, keep Doctor Strange in mind.

Halloween ComicFest coming October 29, 2016 to area comic stores

Do you celebrate Halloween? Do you read comic books? Even more importantly, do you like free stuff? If you answered yes to any of these, then you should trick or treat yourself to Halloween ComicFest!

Wonder Woman and Steve
Wonder Woman and Steve from Minecraft are both characters that are popular with kids and adults. Photo by Doug Deal.

Halloween ComicFest will be held on October 29 at participating comic shops all across America, with 2016 marking its 5th anniversary. Much like Free Comic Book Day, which takes place in May each year, Halloween ComicFest is a great time to make your way down to your local comic shop, join in the celebration, and score some free comics! The difference is that the comics are Halloween themed and each store usually holds Halloween themed events, such as costume contests, to aid in the festivities. The Middle Georgia area is lucky enough to have three great locations to choose from.

Heroes and Villains at 117 Russell Parkway, Suite F in Warner Robins will have a storewide sale with discounts up to 50% off, three separate costume contests (kids, teens, and adults) complete with store credit prizes for first place and honorable mention, door prizes, and free comics for the kids. See their Facebook page for complete details or set yourself a reminder with their event page.

Vigilantes Comics & Café, located at 1291 S Houston Lake Rd, Suite J in Warner Robins, will celebrate from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm. Everyone who attends will receive free comics and candy on a first come, first served basis. Vigilantes will start the day with a mini sale. There will be several events for kids, such as carnival games, a coloring contest, and a costume contest. For gamers, there will be a Halloween edition Heroclix tournament and a Spooky Magic the Gathering tournament. Visit their Facebook page for more information. They also have an event page with a full schedule of events.

Comics Plus at 4007 Northside Drive in Macon will also be participating in the event, but could not be reached for event details.

You can find out more about Halloween ComicFest at their Facebook page or visit their official website where you can locate other participating retailers.