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The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 19

Jul 21, 2015

Daily Buzz wraps up this final edition at Comic-Con International San Diego with Abe Riesman (New York Magazine) and Jason Strykowski (comic book blogger) inside the Sails Pavilion on the second floor of the San Diego Convention Center. Riesman and Strykowski reflect on Star Wars' presence at this year's convention (pre-Episode 7, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), debate about Image Comics and creator-owned titles optioned for film and TV, and discuss the anticipation of Batman v Superman and the popularity of The Walking Dead.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 18

Jul 21, 2015

Daily Buzz tracked down Star Wars superfan Gary Dexter inside the San Diego Convention Center on the last day of the convention. This San Diego-based seasoned convention goer and self-proclaimed Star Wars nerd shares how he got access to the Holy Grail of panels this year, the STAR WARS panel inside Hall H. Dexter lined up a day and a half in advance of the scheduled panel time, slept outside on the sidewalk of the Hilton Hotel the night before to get the best seats inside the conference hall, and was one of the lucky ones to get a special wristband which allowed him access. Dexter reveals his strategy of how to get the best seats once inside, describes what the audience response and excitement was inside the auditorium, and tells us why Han Solo is his favorite Star Wars character.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 17

Jul 21, 2015

Daily Buzz caught up with comic book artist and illustrator Tula Lotay (Supreme Blue Rose) at the Traveling Man booth inside the Exhibit Hall at the 46th edition of San Diego Comic-Con. Lotay talks about her love for the horror genre; why she started the Thought Bubble Festival (Leeds' Comic Art Festival) in Leeds, England; how Instagram helped her get started as an comic book artist; and what the next collaboration is with comic book writer Warren Ellis.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 16

Jul 21, 2015

The Daily Buzz spoke with the writers behind the LEGO Ninjago series, Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman, after the LEGO Ninjago San Diego Comic-Con panel on the second floor of the San Diego Convention Center. The writing duo talks about the popularity of ninjas and why this series has become so successful, their very first LEGO set, and how they’re connected to director Steven Spielberg.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 15

Jul 17, 2015

Daily Buzz caught up with Kevin Shinick (MAD, Robot Chicken), inside Exhibit Hall during San Diego Comic-Con. This Emmy award-winning writer (also an actor, producer and director) is in San Diego promoting his latest project, "Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock-and-Roll Mystery" starring Gene Simmons (KISS), Matthew Lillard and Mindy Cohn and featuring the voices of Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Darius Rucker, Garry Marshall and Penny Marshall. Shinick talks about what it's like to be on a panel with Gene Simmons, why he's a Star Wars fan, and gives encouraging advice to up and coming screenwriters.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 14

Jul 17, 2015

Daily Buzz speaks with Clare Kramer, co-founder of Geek Nation, during the 46th San Diego Comic-Con inside the Exhibit Hall about this year's convention highlights and must-see attractions. Geek Nation is an entertainment destination featuring podcasts and TV shows about geek culture, comic books, video games and sci-fi/fantasy. Kramer sits in the Geek Nation booth, located directly across from AMC's Walking Dead booth experience. She shares why she started Geek Nation, gives behind-the-scene tips on how to navigate this event, and recommends what you can do now to prepare to attend next year.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 13

Jul 17, 2015

Daily Buzz chats up with tumblr spokesperson Amanda Ferri inside the Giant Ape Media/Funimation suite at the Marriott Marquis Hotel during San Diego Comic-Con. Ferri breaks down why the blogging and social networking site is so popular, shares highlights from MTV's Fandom Awards, talks about how fans can connect offline at events like tumblr's "Welcome To Nightfall" meetup, and tells us why Taylor Swift is a must-follow on tumblr.

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Ken Coleman, journalist, and author of ‘Million Dollars Worth of Nerve: Twenty-One People Who Helped To Power Black Bottom, Paradise Valley and Detroit’s Lower East Side.’

The title 'Million Dollars Worth of Nerve' comes from Michigan Chronicle Editor Louis E. Martin, who quipped that he was sent to Detroit in 1936 with $135 and “a million dollars worth of nerve."

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 12

Jul 13, 2015

On this episode, Daily Buzz chatted with LEGO Dimensions Game Developer Mark Warburton (TT Games) at the Hard Rock Hotel, across from the San Diego Convention Center. Warburton walks us through a game demo as he talks about LEGO Dimensions, a new entertainment experience where the user can merge traditional brick building with the console game itself. Acting as a bridge between digital and physical LEGO play, LEGO Dimension offers fans a new way to interact in both the virtual and real world, simultaneously merging DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie, The Wizard of Oz, LEGO Ninjago and Back to the Future — to name a few. The game is scheduled to launch in September 2015.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 11

Jul 13, 2015

On this episode, a special edition of Hot Topics wherein Daily Buzz Producer Irene Cho chats with Liz Shannon Miller (TV Editor, IndieWIRE) and Sam Zimmerman (Shock Til You Drop) inside the Giant Ape Media/Funimation Suite at the Marriott Marquis hotel adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center. Tune in as we discuss the latest from Day Two at the 46th Comic-Con including the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, AMC's The Walking Dead and Hall H.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 10

Jul 13, 2015

Daily Buzz spoke with video game giant, Capcom's Rey Jimenez (Producer, MegaMan Legacy Collection) & Mike Lunn (Brand Manager, Resident Evil) inside the exhibition hall at the San Diego Convention Center about what Capcom — the company that brought us games such as MegaMan, Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Ace Attorney, and Monster Hunter — is doing here at Comic-Con.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 9

Jul 13, 2015

Daily Buzz hosts speak with Antero Garcia (Asst. Professor, Colorado State University) and Peter Carlson (Educator, Animo South Los Angeles HS) about how to use comics in the classroom in K-12 settings.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 8

Jul 13, 2015

Daily Buzz speaks with Actress/Model Milynn Sarley (Team Unicorn) and Writer/Producer Tory Mell (Roddenberry Entertainment) about White Room 02B3, a short film shot using a 360 camera system, creating a one of a kind, 360° viewing experience. The film, shot in high-definition panoramic video with no gaps or distortion during filming, stars Breckin Meyer, Tamlyn Tomita, David Blue, Rachel True, Tony Janning and Milynn Sarley. The app you'll need to view the film will be available on August 3, 2015 on iTunes, Android and Google Play.

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From Texas Standard.

Texas has a state bird, a state flower — even a state insect. What most Texans don’t know, however, is that the state also has an official play, and this year marks its 50th anniversary. And, though millions around the world have seen the musical, many Texans have yet to experience it.

It happens six nights a week for three months every summer. Crowds gather at an outdoor amphitheater at Palo Duro Canyon State Park outside of Amarillo, as they have for the past 50 years. They come to see a musical they won’t see anywhere else.

It’s called ‘Texas.’ It’s kind of like the more-famous ‘Oklahoma,’ except it’s about, well, Texas.

David Heymann is quick to point out that his debut book, My Beautiful City Austin, is not autobiographical.  He understands why people make the assumption, though; it's pretty common for first-time authors to create characters based on themselves, and his book's central character is a young man named David who is, like the author, an architect living in Austin.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 7

Jul 12, 2015

Daily Buzz spoke with Ryan Peterson (Brand Manager, Rainbow Six Siege-UbiSoft); Michael Kinney (Extra Life, Children's Miracle Network Hospital); Laura Moberg Lavoie (Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, CA) at the Hilton Hotel in the Gaslamp district across from the San Diego Convention Center at the 46th Annual Comic-Con International San Diego 2015.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 6

Jul 12, 2015

In this episode, The Daily Buzz interviews Rod Roddenberry (CEO, Roddenberry Entertainment, and son of Star Trek's Gene Roddenberry). 

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 5

Jul 12, 2015

In this episode, the Daily Buzz interviews Jody Arden (Senior Director, Brand Marketing, USA Networks), who talks about their partnership with Uber at Comicon in San Diego's district to create the largest transportation domination stunt for USA Networks's new drama, 'Colony,' at the Hard Rock Hotel, located directly across from the San Diego Convention Center.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 4

Jul 12, 2015

On this episode, a special edition of Hot Topics with Greg Ellwood (Hitfix), Anne Thompson (TOH/Indiewire), and Kyle Buchanan (Vulture.com/New York Magazine) inside the Giant Ape Media Suite at the Marriott Marquis Hotel adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 3

Jul 10, 2015

Daily Buzz speaks with David Glanzer, Director of PR and Marketing from San Diego Comicon International and official spokesperson for the organization, at the Press Office Headquarters inside the San Diego Convention Center as the 46thedition of this annual convention kicks off. As an insider, Glanzer shares advice on how best to navigate the festival and what not to miss, talks about Comicon program highlights and chats about why the city of San Diego, the businesses, its residents and volunteers are such an important part of the convention’s success.

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