• Days of Geek,  Podcast

    DoG Ep 13: Andrea Libman and Cathy Weseluck at Fan Expo 2013

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    Days of Geek, Episode 13: From Fan Expo 2013, Cathy Weseluck & Andrea Libman, plus a little bit of recovery from Fan Expo 2014.


    00:11 Music

    “Split In Synapse”, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.


    00:19 Intro

    A very brief note on Bronie culture, and how Fan Expo is over.


    00:53 Main

    Andrea Libman is the voice of both Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy as well as a number of background ponies who only get occasional lines. She’s done a tremendous amount of voice work outside of the MLP universe, running back to being only two years old.

    Cathy Weseluck has an even more eclectic body of work including a fair bit of anime voice overs in English and the occasional live action appearance. She predominately voices Spike for MLP, but also takes care of Mayor Mare and minor characters here and there.

    01:46 The Q&A

    Andrea and Cathy in front of the microphones.

    1:00:34 News

    I talk briefly (or what I think is, but probably isn’t) about our Fan Expo 2014 experience and why there won’t be a 2015 for me.


    1:04:28 Anime Corner

    Chi’s Sweet Home and Chi’s New Address. This is a three-minute kids anime with a total of 208 episodes between the two seasons, but is entirely worthwhile for the whole family or for anyone who likes cats. Cute and funny at the same time.


    1:06:05 Outro

    In which I offer contact info:

    Closing music—George Street Shuffle, courtesy of Kevin McCleod atincompetch.com

    Creative Commons licensing info (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Un-ported License).


    1:07:31 Blooper


    Yup, there actually is one this time, though it’s probably not as funny as it was irritating to me.

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  • Conventions

    After Action Report: Fan Expo, Day 1

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    Been quiet lately. The real world and family, and perhaps a demon or two. I’ve also been prepping a couple of things. More on those very soon, but at the moment I thought I’d put a couple of notes up about Fan Expo, the biggest con we go to and this was our fourth year in a row as a family. And since we’ve been back for a week and I’ve had a full work week since, things should be back to normal, right?

    If only I knew what normal was.

    Fan Expo runs Thursday to Sunday the last full weekend of August. Thursday is the most relaxing day at Fan Expo. There are lots of people, but the crowds really haven’t arrived yet. The Con opens at 2 for those who have bought weekend passes in advance, four for the single day and people buying their tickets at the door.

    We tried to take it easy, just relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere of the con, and making it to the doors at about quarter after two.

    The delay to get in wasn’t too bad (one thing they’ve improved this year) and we moved inside to check out the first displays—KITT and the Batmobile, the 501st and the Ghostbusters, plus a little Doctor Who. In our first divide and conquer of the weekend, my wife, son, and youngest daughter stood in line for photo op tickets we should have bought in advance, while my oldest daughter and I walked across the smaller of the two buildings to pick up tickets for the vocaloid concert on Sunday.

    The first panel on the list was James Hong. Managed seats in the front row, and I think it’s the only panel the entire family attended together. When I first pointed out the panel, no one had any idea who the Mr. Hong was, at least until I started going through the acting credits my wife and children might recognize:

    Mr. Ping from the Kung Fu Panda movies.

    Chen, the restaurant owner, from The Big Bang Theory.

    Guest star on half the TV shows they’ve ever watched.

    James Hong
    James Hong

    He stands out for me as Hannibal Chew in Bladerunner and Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China, but Mr. Hong has an acting career that reaches back to the mid-1950s and he’s literally been in hundreds of shows and movies.

    My wife and son went to see Stan Lee a little later while the girls and I got our picture taken with Mr. Hong who was pleasant and friendly though he had to be exhausted by the time the whole thing was over.

    Stan Lee and his drink courtesy of Subway
    Stan Lee and his drink courtesy of Subway

    Right after that, we headed back to the same room we’d listened to him in so we could enjoy a panel Q&A with Cathy Weseluck and Andrea Libman, two of the principal voice actors on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. They’ve both done a lot of other work as well, but nearly all of the questions asked were about MLP, and there were a surprising number of Bronies there, asking a lot of those questions.

    Cathy Weseluck (left), Andrea Libman (right)
    Cathy Weseluck (left), Andrea Libman (right), two of the principal VAs for MLP: Friendship is Magic

    All in all, the first day at the con was a slow paced, relaxed one. That would change in the afternoon on Friday.

    Be well, everyone.

    The girls and I with James Hong.
    The girls and I with James Hong. I should have found a Lo Pan t-shirt to wear.
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