The Road to ConnectiCon 2016: DG’s Most Anticipated Events and More!

Hey readers! We got some exciting news for those of you that will be attending this year’s ConnectiCon – DG will be in attendance. That’s right, Dalin and Carly will be roaming the halls of the Connecticut Convention Center from July 8th to the 10th, and will even be participating in some panels as well. For those that are interested, along for the some of you that are looking for some other cool events to do around this East Coast con, here is a list of our top happenings around ConnectiCon that we think you should take a look at.

DG Related Panels

Dalin will be running two panels, one on Friday and one on Sunday. Here are the descriptions and times:

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Happily Never After: The Animated Movies of Golden Films and Jetlag Productions
Friday July 8, 2016 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm (Room: DRAGON)

“Travel back to a simpler time, of Disney animated rip-offs and terrible storytelling: this, my friends, is the work of Golden Films and Jetlag Productions. These studios were infamous for their cheap, lackluster hand drawn films that usually were released right before the next big Disney movie. Join Dalin from The Daily Geekette for a look at these often confusing, poorly written adaptations of some of your favorite fairy tales and classic stories – including “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Nutcracker,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” and many more. You’ll listen to their awkward soundtracks, take a dive into their thinly written dialog, and laugh a lot along the way. So don’t forget your nostalgia goggles for this trip down bizarre memory lane.”

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Let Me Be Your Nostalgia: 80’s/90’s Non-Disney Animated Films Retrospective
Sunday July 10, 2016 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm (ROOM: SPECIAL EVENTS)

Everyone knows about the films of Disney, but for the few of you that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, you might remember the House of Mouse’s animated competition. Join Dalin of The Daily Geekette and take a trip down memory lane, as we explore the films of Don Bluth, Richard Rich, and other creators/studios – all of whom had a hand in confusing your childhood brand loyalty. If you’ve ever wondered “Why does my grandma think Anastasia is a Disney movie?,” “Where does The Big Lipped Alligator come from?” and “Is there really an animated movie about a scarecrow starring Corey Feldman?” – all your questions will be answered here and more. So grab your favorite pack of Dunkaroos, and don’t forget your Blockbuster receipt – we’re gonna get nostalgic up in here.” 

As for other events going on during the convention, here are some on our own personal lists!

Dalin’s Picks

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Guest(s) Most Excited For: Linda Larkin – the voice of Jasmine

Women of Voice Acting
Friday July 8, 2016 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Our esteemed power panelists are here to share their wisdom, experiences, and a few good stories. This panel is an excellent chance to get a female perspective from those who have made it in the voice acting industry and to ask that question about voice acting that you’ve been dying to know the answer to.

Phoenix (CTCC MR 24-25)

Clueless Analysis: Revolutionary Girl Utena
Friday July 8, 2016 7:45 pm to 8:45 pm

Revolutionary Girl Utena is one of the most sophisticated and layered anime ever made. Director Kunihiko Ikuhara piled metaphor on metaphor resulting in a show that requires some expertise and repeated rewatching to completely understand. So, to explain such a feat of animation to you, I have assembled three people who are neither experts nor have seen the show at all. Come as I give my clueless panel truly bizarre clips that, believe it or not, are all from the same show, and see their best attempts to make sense of it.

Boggart (CTCC MR 21)

Anime of Green Gables
Saturday July 9, 2016 10:30 am to 11:30 am

What does a 1908 Canadian novel have to do with anime? Anne of Green Gables was loved in Japan and adapted into two anime, “Akage no Anne” and “Konnichiwa Anne.” See how those and other adaptations did well compared to this beloved novel series.

Kraken (CTCC MR 11-13)

Sailor Moon Afternoon
Saturday July 9, 2016 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Guided by a new era, Sailor Neptune, Sailor Uranus, Professor Tomoe, and Artemis have arrived! Come see Lauren Landa, Erica Mendez, Keith Silverstein, Johnny Yong Bosch as they answer your questions about Sailor Moon.

Phoenix (CTCC MR 24-25)

Tale as Old as Time: 25 Years of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Saturday July 9, 2016 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

A look at the 1991 film and its history as well as its impact on pop culture. Learn some trivia and get hyped for the 2017 live action adaptation!

Kraken (CTCC MR 11-13)

Intro to Broadway Fandom
Sunday July 10, 2016 10:45 am to 11:45 am

Whether you’ve been singing Sondheim since birth or just got into a show about the Ten Dollar Founding Father, join us for a panel about what makes the Broadway fandom a great big beautiful world of its own! We’ll talk about the shows with the biggest followings, those that get overlooked, and all the ins and outs, ups and downs of being a fan of live theater!

Dragon (CTCC MR 15-17)

Michael Dorn Q&A
Sunday July 10, 2016 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Come armed with questions for your favorite Klingon, leave the bat’leths at home.

Kraken (CTCC MR 11-13)

Carly’s Picks

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Guest(s) Most Excited For:

John Rhys-Davies – plays Gimli in The Lord of the Rings

Sean Patrick Astin – plays Sam Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings

Events:

An Incomplete History of Nerd Music

Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15 am to 12:15 pm

“Let’s face facts, you can whistle Saria’s Song, have the 1up sound as your ringtone, and even own some CDs of your favorite game soundtracks, but are you knowledgeable on Nerd Music? What is not often brought up is where it began and how it evolved into the juggernaut that it is now. I will go back to the origins of music itself and trace the historical rise and fall and rise again of the Nerd Music genre.”

Dragon (CTCC MR 15-17)

Jessica Jones: One (Hell) of a Feminist Punch

Saturday July 9, 2016 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

“For decades, superheroes have followed the traditional male archetype – physically strong, masculine, and dominant. Whether they are engaging in physical battles with villains or saving damsels in distress, male superheroes have largely filled the movie and television screen. In a surprising twist, Jessica Jones not only dismantles but challenges those gender stereotypes. Importantly, Jessica Jones doesn’t only portray strong female characters like Jessica, Trish, and Hogarth, but showcases a wide range of male characters, like Kilgrave, Macolm, and Luke, both arguably good and evil, with emotional depth and complex backstory. This panel aims to argue that due to these reasons Jessica Jones is a feminist television show, while at the same time encouraging open discussion of both opposing and similar viewpoints.”

Dragon (CTCC MR 15-17)

Psyche Corporation

Saturday July 9, 2016 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

“Psyche Corporation is a cyber/steampunk band fronted by a former Ladies of Steampunk model, who combines dance with a powerhouse vocal range. Hailing from a future where neuroprosthetics allow for dream downloads, the band’s style spans trip-hop, electro-rock, and world music, with themes both dystopian and lighthearted, e.g. “Perl-Operated Boy.” The Russian Lady Revived old tavern with dark wood, antiques & stained glass, offering pub grub & theme nights.”

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How to Play (and Survive) The Game of Thrones – What Is Dead May Never Die

Sunday July 10, 2016 10:45 am to 11:45 am

“After taking a year off, the Westeros death tour returns with a vengeance. New rules, new discussion points, same gallows humor. Join us in looking back at another season and trying to determine what lies ahead for both book and show fans now that the series has sent us off the map into new territory.”

Kraken (CTCC MR 11-13)

SO THE BIG QUESTION: ARE YOU GOING TO TO BE AT CTCON THIS WEEKEND!? If yes, come say hi! We will be roaming the halls all weekend, and we might even take your picture. If you can’t attend (or wanna keep up on all the action) make sure to stay glued to our Twitter, Facebook and other platforms throughout the weekend! We will also have lots of other coverage post con too, so look out. 

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