JediCole's Morning After - An All-Con 2012 Uncut Recording

With All-Con 2012 behind me and 2013 already in the works I am pleased to be able to share a small piece of this year's experience with those who follow my website and could not be there in person.

As mentioned in the following audio, JediCole's Morning After is a talk show that began a few years ago in an effort to bring some family friendly content to Sunday mornings at the convention.  The tradition has continued year after year and thanks to Rick from The United States of Geekdom an actual full-length recording of this show has been preserved.  While some of the show was visiual in nature, most of it translates well to just audio.  I decided to publish the show uncut, just as it was recorded to preserve the feeling of actually being there that Sunday morning as little by little an audience drug in to enjoy the show despite a long night on the part of many of those who joined us.

One part of the show is a live reading of my recurring JediCole Universe feature What Would Comic Book Villains Do?, so be sure to check out the first installment here if you'd like to see the images that were shown during the show.  Otherwise enjoy a little slice of All-Con 2012.

JediCole's All-Con 2012 Pre-Show Coverage Begins!

Greetings everyone!  As promised the content on this site has begun anew and to start with some early news on All-Con 2012.

If you know me from my podcasting history with VaderCast, Amazing Comicast, and (these days) the United States of Geekdom then you are aware of my long involvment with this convention.  If not, I will spare you the long version and simply say that as the eighth year of All-Con rapidly approaches, so does my eighth year of being a part of the show in one capacity or another.  If you are unfamiliar with All-Con, here are some important details:

All-Con 2012
March 16-18, 2012
Crowne Plaza North Dallas (Addison, TX)
Three Day Memberships (Tickets) - $40.00 + $1.99 handling at the All-Con website through 3/14/12
     (Memebership are good for all three days and allow access to all events and progamming!)
Theme for 2012: The End of the World
Over 200 panels, game shows, workshops, screenings, and other events all three days! 

As the Group Captain (Department Head) of the Games and Theory Department (game shows track) I will be bringing a variety of fun and exciting game shows to All-Con.  Also, and Half-Ass productions are presenting other panels that have been All-Con favorites.  Even more programming (a game show and podcast recordings) is being offered by the folks at my other online home, the United States of Geekdom.  And finally on the game show front, the Anime Track is offering a few of their own.

Look for coverage of all game show offerings as well as specifics on many of the other attractions at All-Con at which you can find me or my co-hosts from the USG in the coming weeks. 

What will you do at All-Con 2012?  Stay tuned and I'll make a few suggestions!

What the Hell is Half-Ass Productions?

Certainly a compelling question!

Begining in 2008 Half-Ass Productions became a part of my efforts at All-Con (game shows, talk shows, etc.).  While the name certainly spoke to the how prepared I usually seemed (to myself) for the events I was hosting, it really did not become official until shortly after All-Con 2007.  On a trip to the dollar store to pick up some supplies I passed a display of Easter merchandise near the front of the store.  I gave this only a passing glance, but enough to notice a box of vinyl farm animals that were inexplicably classified as Easter fare.  There were cows, chickens, donkeys, horses, and ducks.  It was the donkeys that stuck in my mind as I headed down the aisle.  Soon an idea began to form and I had to double back and pick up one of the donkeys. 

The idea was based largely on recognizing that these toys were made of hollow vinyl.  With that in mind it would be an easy thing to cut one in half, creating a "half ass".  Looking around the store I found a round candle tray to act as a base (a two legged plastic donkey will not stand on its own after all) and I was ready to roll.  Once I was home I used a heavy duty box cutter to carefully slice the little donkey in half and super glued the front hooves to the metal base.  Thus was "HAP", the official mascot of Half-Ass Productions born!  I would return to the store later to buy several more donkeys to cut in half.  These were given away at the various productions I put on at All-Con, one at each show, to a lucky audience member.  Each time HAP was brought out  at the opening of a production he was a hit and the source of a lot of laughter.

While I continued to use the Half-Ass Productions name at All-Con in 2009 I managed to forget to bring HAP along with me for the show!  This was a mistake I rectified in 2010, though in the mean time HAP had become a fixture in my studio.  So for 2011 there will be a "stunt" HAP produced (I actually have two spare donkeys I bought just in case) that will become the official show mascot while the original will remain at home. 

In 2011 all of the All-Con game shows, talk shows, and other productions that I am personally producing will fall under the Fandom at Random/Half-Ass Productions banner.  Fandom at Random in tribute to the club of the same name I founded some years ago with Half-Ass Productions being a fitting title for all of my own endeavors.  As the year progesses I plan to expand the use of Half-Ass Productions in a greater number of efforts, but as there is now an official banner on the All-Con website I felt it best to explain why that linked to this website.  And now you know the story of HAP!  I hope to see you at All-Con.