ElfGrove
b1ockh3d:

SDCC attendees, check this shit out.
It happens to the best of us. We stand in line for 3 hours waiting to get into Hall H, and another hour and a half sitting in a panel. During this time, you play on your phone. Take pictures of the fucking long ass line that follows you and tell your friends on tumblr. Maybe some awesome cosplayers walk by and you just have to take their pictures.
After 5 hours of standing, sitting, blasting your energy rays, you’re finally out. You get to the exhibit hall, pull out your phone to call your friends and- FUCK!
Your phone is dead.
Now what?
You pull your wall charger out and look for a spot. But there are entire colonies of people surrounding each power outlet you find doing the same thing. Charging their phones.
You’re at a loss. What do you do now?!
You see this sweet ass machine? This is a Fuel Rod Station. There are 7 of them at SDCC. What are they? They are machines that dispense portable phone chargers for only $20. And it includes a micro USB cable to charge most phones, and adapters for all Apple devices.
"Okay," you say, "Is it reusable?"
You bet your costumed ass it is! You can take it home and recharge it yourself.
"But what if it dies at Con? Them I’m stuck with the same dilemma!’
Hahah. You’d think you would be, huh? Well, lemme tell you something. You can go back to these machines and exchange your dead battery for a fully charged one. For the low low price of… Umm… Free.
That’s right. If you charged your phone and your friend needs to charge theirs and you took all the juice, just go get another one. For free.
Is the battery good? I’d say so. In the time it took me to write this post, it charged my power-guzzling phone 25%.
Only downside is that these machines do not take cash. Debit or Credit cards are just fine.
So, yeah. Definitely worth $20. Buy it on the first day.

This is actually a brilliant little business model. I assume it’s a start up since the website is still pretty bare-bones [fuel-rod.com], but I hope to see it pop up at other conventions. Even if not or if it goes under and I never see one of their vending machines again, I now have a extra battery for my cell in a little plastic case with 3 different adapters and the ability to recharge my phone (at least) from 15% to 100%  — all for $20. Not a bad pick-up at all. The adapters alone should have set me back more than that.
But seriously, the free switch out at the machines for a 100% charged battery? Please appear at more cons and in airports. I love it.

b1ockh3d:

SDCC attendees, check this shit out.

It happens to the best of us. We stand in line for 3 hours waiting to get into Hall H, and another hour and a half sitting in a panel. During this time, you play on your phone. Take pictures of the fucking long ass line that follows you and tell your friends on tumblr. Maybe some awesome cosplayers walk by and you just have to take their pictures.

After 5 hours of standing, sitting, blasting your energy rays, you’re finally out. You get to the exhibit hall, pull out your phone to call your friends and- FUCK!

Your phone is dead.

Now what?

You pull your wall charger out and look for a spot. But there are entire colonies of people surrounding each power outlet you find doing the same thing. Charging their phones.

You’re at a loss. What do you do now?!

You see this sweet ass machine? This is a Fuel Rod Station. There are 7 of them at SDCC. What are they? They are machines that dispense portable phone chargers for only $20. And it includes a micro USB cable to charge most phones, and adapters for all Apple devices.

"Okay," you say, "Is it reusable?"

You bet your costumed ass it is! You can take it home and recharge it yourself.

"But what if it dies at Con? Them I’m stuck with the same dilemma!’

Hahah. You’d think you would be, huh? Well, lemme tell you something. You can go back to these machines and exchange your dead battery for a fully charged one. For the low low price of… Umm… Free.

That’s right. If you charged your phone and your friend needs to charge theirs and you took all the juice, just go get another one. For free.

Is the battery good? I’d say so. In the time it took me to write this post, it charged my power-guzzling phone 25%.

Only downside is that these machines do not take cash. Debit or Credit cards are just fine.

So, yeah. Definitely worth $20. Buy it on the first day.

This is actually a brilliant little business model. I assume it’s a start up since the website is still pretty bare-bones [fuel-rod.com], but I hope to see it pop up at other conventions. Even if not or if it goes under and I never see one of their vending machines again, I now have a extra battery for my cell in a little plastic case with 3 different adapters and the ability to recharge my phone (at least) from 15% to 100% — all for $20. Not a bad pick-up at all. The adapters alone should have set me back more than that.

But seriously, the free switch out at the machines for a 100% charged battery? Please appear at more cons and in airports. I love it.

Kevin Brueck: Comic Con villain

brbshittoavenge:

beenbettercomic:

On July 25th, my friends and I were walking down the street towards some place to have lunch during the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) 2014. A man stops us, asking my cosplayer friend to do a quick interview for his documentary on cosplaying. Which is a common project for filmmakers who attend the con. She signed a release form for the documentary and was ready for the interview.

But once the camera started recording, the host opens up shouting “I’M HERE WITH ONE OF THE COMIC CON SKANKS!” and then continues on with a line of sexually harassing questions. My friend flipped him off and stormed away. The host followed her, continuing on with his questions.

At this point, her friends (including me) surround the guy with a onslaught of obscenities. He explains that it’s just a “prank” and then asks for her to sign a “real” release form. Not only does she refuse, but demands to get the form she signed back. He tells her “no” and then when asked why not, he answers with, “because I said so”.

So I asked him for his name and the name of the youtube channel he works on. He tells me “Kenny Burns” and that he works for youtube.com/pranks.

But that was a lie.

I found out that the name of this disgusting human being is Kevin Brueck and that he has filmed quite a few SDCC related prank videos where he terrorizes cosplayers for youtube.com/break.

This is such a disgusting trend. These cosplayers work long hours and spend an obscene amount of money to make their costume and show it off at SDCC. All of that effort put towards this one weekend out of the year will forever be tarnished by the memory of being humiliated and harassed by this horrible individual.

In one of his videos, he disguises himself as representative of the convention and scares cosplayers with a phony copyright infringement fine.

He needs to be stopped. I want his videos taken off of youtube and I want him to banned from the site as well as SDCC. Please share this story to whatever sites you think would be willing to help us shut down the continuing career of Kevin Brueck, a Comic Con villain!

-Jimmy Purcell.

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this is an image taken from the video where he pretends to be a copyright infringement enforcer.

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this is a shot of his film crew fleeing away from us as we tried to take a photo of Kevin Brueck

If you’re cosplaying (or not) and you’re approached by someone who wants to interview you, do not sign a release until after the interview is complete. That way, you can have control over whether or not your image is used if the interviewer turns out to be a giant shitheel like this guy.

Conversation on the Trolley to SDCC
Random Teenager: You should take a picture with Deadpool!
ElfGrove: Haha. No thanks.
Teenager: Why not?
ElfGrove: I usually kind of avoid Deadpool cosplayers.
[This actually caused multiple folk to turn around and pay attention to the conversation.]
Teenager: Why?
ElfGrove: General lack of respect for personal space and boundaries.
Teenager: But that's in character for Deadpool.
Other Rider: Yeah. He's always breaking the fourth wall and--
ElfGrove: Yeah. I know. But what's okay for a fictional character to do is not automatically okay for you to do to real people.
Teenager: Oh. Yeah, I guess.
ElfGrove: Plus, I've known enough folk that have been grabbed, harassed, or had props and costumes broken by Deadpool cosplayers acting "in character", that it's not worth the risk of interacting with any of them.

eveshka:

elfgrove:

xaynie:

elfgrove:

eveshka:

Not 100% certain of the veracity, but.

Yeah. I’ve seen this a couple of spots and am also unsure of 1) how much truth is in the story and 2) the actual circumstances.

But it’s worrisome  when we come out of SDCC to word of this, a hit & run during the Zombie Walk leaving a 64-year-old woman with a broken arm (they keep saying the group she as with wasn’t part of the zombie walk, but it also reads like the group may have been ZW stragglers and the 8-year-old SD event is trying very hard to avoid association), and I’ve also been hearing rumors of a shooting (but when that’s also what they call filming a movie, it’s hard to track that news down).

I’ve been following the  Zombiewalk incident and have seen too many videos. Most of the people there were bystanders / regular comic-con attendees. Only 1 or 2 people happen to be dressed up as zombies so it’s hard to say they are part of an almost 900 people walk…I’m just pissed the driver got off scott free even though he  ran over an old lady and videos clearly show him as the initial aggressor. And oh, I’ve read mixed reports regarding whether he turned himself in or that he was stopped by a cop for speeding.

Geeze Louise.

According to reports I’m seeing regarding the cosplayer in the main post, there has been an arrest made of a 29 year old man in relation to the charges.

SDCC has to step up and fix this or people won’t go back.

Yep. I also posted a link to a article with updates this morning. Other reports say the girl is in ICU with brain bleeding. Depending on the severity and the ability of doctors to handle it, it could become a murder case.

SDCC has made some increased detail to their harassment policy which was emailed out before con, but it’s still vague and largely useless. I don’t know that they can be made to care knowing every attendee that leaves will be swiftly replaced. They’re more concerned with public appearances and lawsuits than attendee safety.

Some people may point out the Milly incident seems to have occurred at the Marriott next door to the convention center and thusly not in the con. However, that hotel is an official con venue with some security and police presence, used for panels, staff organization rooms, and the Nintendo Lounge — so it wasn’t really off-site.

xaynie:

the-law-is-absolute:

Share this to every news station blaming the parade-goers! No one did anything to his car until he already endangered some by lurching forward and honking! We didn’t deserve this! 

This video clearly shows the initial aggressor. What would you do if a car kept lurching forward into a crowd full of people? This is a stop sign intersection. Pedestrians have right of way. Anyone who drives downtown during SD Comic Con isn’t making the best decision or knows that it will take forever to get anyway. This guy just had road rage and is using his disability as an excuse to run over people.

xaynie:

elfgrove:

eveshka:

Not 100% certain of the veracity, but.

Yeah. I’ve seen this a couple of spots and am also unsure of 1) how much truth is in the story and 2) the actual circumstances.

But it’s worrisome  when we come out of SDCC to word of this, a hit & run during the Zombie Walk leaving a 64-year-old woman with a broken arm (they keep saying the group she as with wasn’t part of the zombie walk, but it also reads like the group may have been ZW stragglers and the 8-year-old SD event is trying very hard to avoid association), and I’ve also been hearing rumors of a shooting (but when that’s also what they call filming a movie, it’s hard to track that news down).

I’ve been following the  Zombiewalk incident and have seen too many videos. Most of the people there were bystanders / regular comic-con attendees. Only 1 or 2 people happen to be dressed up as zombies so it’s hard to say they are part of an almost 900 people walk…I’m just pissed the driver got off scott free even though he  ran over an old lady and videos clearly show him as the initial aggressor. And oh, I’ve read mixed reports regarding whether he turned himself in or that he was stopped by a cop for speeding.

Geeze Louise.

There’s some updates now, there has been an arrest and charges made. Other reports [link] are indicating her injuries are pretty severe to the point that the girl is in ICU with bleeding in her brain.

What a sad situation.

eveshka:

Not 100% certain of the veracity, but.

Yeah. I’ve seen this a couple of spots and am also unsure of 1) how much truth is in the story and 2) the actual circumstances.

But it’s worrisome  when we come out of SDCC to word of this, a hit & run during the Zombie Walk leaving a 64-year-old woman with a broken arm (they keep saying the group she as with wasn’t part of the zombie walk, but it also reads like the group may have been ZW stragglers and the 8-year-old SD event is trying very hard to avoid association), and I’ve also been hearing rumors of a shooting (but when that’s also what they call filming a movie, it’s hard to track that news down).

lulutheblue:

elfgrove:

harechanart:

……SDCC, unless it’s trademarked, I don’t think you have much ground to stand on.

Oh SDCC, no.

You don’t have a trademark on “Comic Con”, you tried and failed to trademark it because it was too general. Why are you going after Salt Lake Comic Con (which has been around for years) but not Pheonix Comic Con, Philadelphia Comic Con, Denver Comic Con, or any of the others of “Comic Con”s not affiliated with SDCC?  More than 50 cons in the USA use this naming scheme [link]. Wizard Wold itself organizes 24 different “Comic Con”s. In fact, SDCC previously tried and failed this same stunt against Chicago Comic Con.

This article’s actually pretty great: [link]

You could potentially, and probably have, trademarked “San Diego Comic-Con”, but not “Comic Con” by itself. That’s absurd. That’s a general term.

Hell, I’m pretty sure SDCC’s trademark is for the specific spelling of the full phrase  "San Diego Comic-Con" with the dash, so that’s some pretty broad application attempts.

They are so not winning that lawsuit. This is like King trying to trademark Candy and Saga. You can’t trademark general terms.

I don’t think they’re going to win it. I don’t think that they’re even going to take it to court. What I think is happening here is they sent out the Cease & Desist letter to see if Salt Lake Comic con would comply without fact checking their trademark claim. They don’t have a significant legal leg. they know it because this same move failed against Chicago Comic Con previously and they failed to trademark “Comic Con” in 1995.

This is a frivolous legal action, and it’s pompous bullying on SDCC’s part. I want the con-going community to mock and shame them for even trying it.

harechanart:

……SDCC, unless it’s trademarked, I don’t think you have much ground to stand on.

Oh SDCC, no.

You don’t have a trademark on “Comic Con”, you tried and failed to trademark it because it was too general. Why are you going after Salt Lake Comic Con (which has been around for years) but not Pheonix Comic Con, Philadelphia Comic Con, Denver Comic Con, or any of the others of “Comic Con”s not affiliated with SDCC?  More than 50 cons in the USA use this naming scheme [link]. Wizard Wold itself organizes 24 different “Comic Con”s. In fact, SDCC previously tried and failed this same stunt against Chicago Comic Con.

This article’s actually pretty great: [link]

You could potentially, and probably have, trademarked “San Diego Comic-Con”, but not “Comic Con” by itself. That’s absurd. That’s a general term.

Hell, I’m pretty sure SDCC’s trademark is for the specific spelling of the full phrase  "San Diego Comic-Con" with the dash, so that’s some pretty broad application attempts.