Written by Rebecca “Bonks” Rothschild for SUGAR GAMERS
Wizard World Chicago was a massive attack of celebs, costumes, and pure fandamonium. The size of the con has increased dramatically — it exploded into the front lobby, upstairs with a massive card and console game room, and even an arcade out front. The main floor went on for days with attendees getting lost in the euphoria. Wizard snapped up an impressive lineup of celebrities this year. Adrianne Curry, Sean Patrick Falnery, Lou Ferrigno, and the one and only Stan Lee made a little time to chat with us.
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By Julia Ann Charpentier
Romanian abstract expressionist Costel Iarca learned from the masters at the School of Popular Art in Targoviste, but his finesse is vintage Windy City — polished and urbane with a metropolitan edge. Though his patented, mixed media application technique gives him a competitive advantage on the international art scene, he assumes nothing, nor does he forget his humble childhood home in the rural village of Valea, where he developed his early skills on sheets of cardboard.
His pristine TMD Gallery and private studio across from The Art Institute of Chicago, reminiscent of a Warhol-era workstation and showroom in New York, minus the pop art, is featuring an evolution of Iarca's signature style. Incorporating textiles into the cylindrical use of latex caulk and acrylic paint, on canvases as massive as five by six feet and weighing as much as sixty pounds, vibrant color explodes in three-dimensional patterns and shapes. Like the startling images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, his paintings exude an otherworldly mystery. Laced with symbolism from astronomy and religion, each meticulous piece inspires or provokes, manifesting a deep significance beneath the surface.
by Lindsey Shaw
A 24-year-old with the proverbial old soul, Jennifer Hall has been told she looks 12, yet acts 30. When I asked when she knew she would pursue singing, she looked upward quizzically trying to place a point and time. “That’s funny you ask that,” she exclaimed, “my aunt just recently told me she can remember me singing at age three.” While Jennifer can’t distinctly track her impetus to sing back to childhood, she can track a long-term feeling of ending up in the field. Looking back, she remembers singing "Pocahontas" at age 10 in her living room as a very natural thing. The Disney crooner has come a long way since.
I would like to preface this article by saying that I generally like Dave Grohl. I loved Nirvana, I enjoyed his drumming in QOTSA, and although I find most of the Foo Fighters' discography bland and uninspiring, they are amazing live and extremely skilled musicians. Now, I didn't watch the Grammys (I haven't bothered in years), so I didn't know about his speech until I saw a zillion people posting about how awesome it was on Facebook. With all the hoopla, I had to look it up, and, unlike many of my friends, I was not only unimpressed, but offended. Not only was the speech a narrow-minded slight on EDM, but, as I found out with a little research, laden with false modesty. Dave Grohl, you are the new king of humble bragging.
by Rebecca “Bonks” Rothschild
Did you know that even the undead can be douchebags? I mean they smell, they try to eat your brain and have no regard for public property. And according to the star of the upcoming WB Games title Lollipop Chainsaw, Juliet Starling, it takes a lot of shampoo lathering to get those pesky zombie chunks out of her hair after a day of shredding.
Juliet may be cute as a button but she’s a bit complicated. A cheerleader and zombie hunter, Juliet’s jewel-encrusted day planner gets pretty full. Now, before you go and make your Buffy comparisons, I’d like to point out the one very big difference. Buffy did not bedazzle and spray paint her stakes in pink, nor did her weapons ever radiate the adorable rainbow effect that Juliet’s signature chainsaw is known for.