Lillian Diaz-Przybyl is one of the co-founders of Sparkler Magazine, which is a project that I am currently pretty excited about. They have an amazing collection of talents, graphic novels, written fiction and audio dramas under their belt — and all of it need a lot of more love from more readers. Check out our interview with Lillian below and she will tell you all about Sparkler, the work behind it and what’s in store in the future for this unique online publication.
Tell us about Sparkler Magazine’s superhero origin story. Who are the creators? Where did the idea come from and how did it become a reality?
So basically in the mid-90s, all of us got hit by the Anime Bug, and were turned into rabid otaku—I mean. Uh. Actually, that’s kind of what happened… Three out of the four of us founders were Sailor Moon junkies in one way or the other, and after I graduated with a double-degree in nerdery (read: Japanese & English, with a side of running my college’s anime society) I wound up working at TOKYOPOP for several years, where I got to know Lianne as a freelancer (actually, she applied for the same staff job I did—no hard feelings!) and a friend. Lianne and Becca have been friends since middle school, a time during which Lianne describes herself as the local anime pusher, and Jill’s a proud otome gamer and has a real job in the finance industry. We’re lucky to have found her!
Yes folks, the San Diego Comic Con posts are still forthcoming!
We just HAD to write about one of the best afternoon events we were privileged to attend at SDCC: The CDG (Costume Designers Guild) Mixer! On Friday, July 25th, the CDG local 892 rolled out the red carpet to their members and panelists to celebrate all things costuming at the Marriot Marquis. The Costume Designers Guild (I.A.T.S.E. Local 892) is the labor union representing costume designers, assistant costume designers and illustrators in film and television.
For those not in the know, this year marked the CDG’s ninth consecutive year participating at SDCC, by offering a slew of panels on costuming and the industry, as well as sponsoring their very own Masquerade prizes and trophy!. This year’s winners were “Giant Monsters All Out Attack,” by Lisa Truong, Lynleigh Sato, Wendy Colon, and Cindy Purchase.
The CDG mixer venue was gorgeous, with our own view of the bay and plenty of food to nosh on!
Another wonderful part of this mixer was the copious amounts of costumes on display on models from various movies! We tried very hard not to feel every costume and freak out their wearers, haha. Alright, enough chit chat. On to the photos!
Beautiful gowns as far as the eye can see!
The Space Pirate Queen admits that she watched AND enjoyed the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon and is now officially going to get kicked out of Nerd-dom. We also discuss the relationship between news and media — plus Pilbeam’s first time at a Ren Faire! Fanfic Theatre: Fast and Furious x Twilight.
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That is basically how I felt after San Diego Comic-con this year — decapitated and dead.
I got lucky and arrived at the Sleepy Hollow Virtual Reality Experience at the Petco Interactive Zone when the cast & crew arrived to get interviewed and their photos taken. Talked about perfect timing as I waved my fancy press badge around and didn’t have to line up to get my head chopped off by the Headless Horseman! I have become a big fan of the show so this was a big treat for me. The Oculus Rift VR was pretty popular this year and the Sleepy Hollow version was c-r-e-e-p-y. I admit. I got a little nervous. You can check out a video about it on the Fox website right now.
Check out the photos of the creators and cast of the shows that I managed to snap. Includes Orlando Jones, Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie and Lyndie Greenwood.