Saturday, August 10, 2013

Panels Part 2: Lockwood, Penguin, MLP, and Monster High

1) Todd Lockwood

Todd Lockwood is an extremely talented fantasy artist who has done lots of work for Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: the Gathering, and fantasy book covers. His panel was based on looking at his work over the years. He talked about how he started in advertising. This is his favorite ad because he had to make a streamlined plane into something super bulky.

Then he worked for TSR, the creators of Dungeons and Dragons, which led to being hired by Wizards of the Coast and becoming successful as an artist. His work is singular, recognizable, and beautiful. His dragon work is amazing because he thought out what kind of musculature and skeleton that would actually make sense.

Here are some of my favorite works by him.

2) The Penguin Books panel was kind of boring. They just read the synopses of upcoming books and gave some away. There were some interesting ones like a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, but nothing super amazing. I didn't win anything and it kind of dragged on. I won't be going to the panel next year.

3) My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

I was pretty lucky to get into this panel. My Little Pony has lots of rabid fans, as does Monster High (which was the panel after) and Magic: the Gathering (which was after Monster High). There was lots of fans cursing other fans for taking up space when they might not want to see whatever that panel was, but they really should be in a bigger room to accommodate more fans for each fandom. Anyway, My Little Pony was pretty awesome. The panel included Daniel Ingram (composer), Tara Strong (voice of Twilight Sparkle), Megan McCarthy (writer), Cathy Weseluck (voice of Spike), Andrea Libman (voice of Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy), and Jayseon Thiessen.

They started talking about Equestria Girls, a film about the ponies as humans. I initially thought it sounded pretty dumb, but the story sounds interesting where Twilight travels to our world and finds people who remind her of her friends. Plus the song they showed is super catchy and awesome.

Then they talked about Season 4 and showed a few clips with the mane 6 as superheroes and Luna turning back into Nightmare Moon. They promise more movie references, more Zecora, a soundtrack (yay!), and a Rarity episode (finally). Then they showed this clip, which obviously isn't finished, but the song is adorable.

Can't wait for season 4!

4) Monster High

I had heard of the show and dolls, but never really knew much about it. Apparently it's about a high school with classic movie monsters with a focus on fashion. The problem I have with it is it doesn't seem to be very well written and appeal for those outside the focus age group is low. It seems to be trying for a teen audience, but the writing is more suited to middle school or elementary school aged children. They also seem to care more about selling and producing more dolls rather than making good stories and developing the characters they already have. The only thing I really like about it is that it's marketing horror specifically to young girls, which doesn't happen that often.

More panels to come!

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