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I spoke with The Phantom Troublemaker at the Needless Things Podcast about the upcoming (this week!) Dragon Con Charity Blood Drive. Give it a listen, won’t you?

http://www.needlessthingssite.com/2015/08/needless-things-podcast-71-dragon-con.html?m=1

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If you’re going to be at Dragon Con in Atlanta this Labor Day weekend, please consider donating blood to their charity blood drive! I was able to work with Life South Community Blood Centers and Lugosi Enterprises to make Bela Lugosi the official mascot this year, which is very exciting! In addition to designing the banners you’ll see all around the convention (example below), I was able to tap illustrator Kerry Gammill for some great t-shirt art! The only way to get the shirt is to donate! Hope to see many of you there with your arms out! 😉

 

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Sorry for the lack of updates for so long! I was having problems with WordPress, but they seem to be resolved now. I’ll be more diligent about posting, truly!

 

Here’s my schedule for Dragon Con, happening in downtown Atlanta over Labor Day weekend. I hope to see you there!

 

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Title: Inside the Actor’s Gaffe with Julian Glover
Description: An hour of chatting with Julian Glover on his life, career, experience on Doctor Who and legacy.
Time: Fri 10:00 am Location: Grand Ballroom West – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Julian Glover, Anthony Taylor)

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Title: Sir Christopher Lee: A Tribute
Description: Sir Christopher Lee passed away earlier this year, but not before leaving us a wealth of memorably chilling performances
Time: Fri 11:30 am Location: Peachtree 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Jonathan Maberry, Corvis Nocturnum, Anthony Taylor, Catherine M Scully, Daniel Griffith)

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Title: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Description: Alternate History Track & BritTrack joint to discuss Susanna Clarke’s novel and it’s magical BBC One Television incarnation.
Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: Macon – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Anthony Taylor, Davey Beauchamp)

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Title: Exploitation!
Description: A discussion about the wild world of exploitation, cult, and midnight movies!
Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: Peachtree 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Daniel Griffith, Mike Malloy, Anthony Taylor, L. Andrew Cooper)

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Title: 50th Anniversary of The Wild Wild West
Description: James West and Artemis Gordon celebrate their Golden Anniversary at the Secret Service. This fan panel celebrates it’s heyday.
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: Augusta 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Thomas Willeford, Anthony Taylor)

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Title: The Man, The Myth, The Legend: Christopher Lee in Memoriam
Description: A celebratory chat on the institution, life, and career that was Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee.
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Macon – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Anthony Taylor, Louis John Robinson)

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Title: Bond, James Bond, 007
Description: The new film “Spectre” & BBC One’s “Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond” miniseries.
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: Macon – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Anthony Taylor, Louis John Robinson)

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More video from the Robocop Panel at Dragon Con 2014!

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Here’s some video from the Robocop panel I moderated at Dragon Con this year with Peter Weller and Nancy Allen. They were both terrifically nice and we had a great time talking about their classic movie. Enjoy!

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Here’s the audio from my How To Make A Monster! panel from Dragon Con this year. The recording starts in progress, as makeup artist Rob Fitz is introducing himself. Also on the panel are myself (moderator), makeup artist Todd McIntosh, and makeup artist, actor, and director Tom Savini.

We had a great time talking about effects makeup and creature design, I hope you enjoyed it. And if you were there, please rate it highly on the Dragon Con app!

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As I have since the first Dragon Con, I’ll be at this year’s extravaganza talking about all kinds of nerdy greatness. I’m even getting to interview RoboCop’s Peter Weller and Nancy Allen on stage Sunday. See you there!

How To Make A Monster!
Friday, Aug 29 1:00 PM
Westin Augusta Ballroom

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Title How To Make A Monster!
Location Westin Augusta Ballroom…
Date Friday, Aug 29 1:00 PM
Duration 1 hour
About

The secrets behind the grisliest, scariest creatures from film and television.

Presenter
Rob Fitz
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Todd McIntosh
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Tom Savini
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Toby Sells
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Anthony Taylor

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The Twilight Zone
Friday, Aug 29 2:30 PM
Westin Peachtree 1-2

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Title The Twilight Zone
Location Westin Peachtree 1-2…
Date Friday, Aug 29 2:30 PM
Duration 1 hour
About

A discussion of the most chilling moments from Rod Serling’s iconic TV series Additional Panelists: Clay Gilbert

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Daniel Griffith
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Anthony Taylor

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Robocop Reunion: Peter Weller and Nancy Allen
Sunday, Aug 31 1:00 PM
Hyatt Regency VI – VII

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Title Robocop Reunion: Peter Weller and Nancy Allen
Location Hyatt Regency VI – VII…
Date Sunday, Aug 31 1:00 PM
Duration 1 hour
About

The stars of the future of law enforcement reunite! Come quietly or there will be… trouble.

Presenter
Nancy Allen
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Anthony Taylor
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Peter Weller

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Zombies: Keep on Rotting in the Free World
Sunday, Aug 31 5:30 PM
Westin Augusta Ballroom

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Title Zombies: Keep on Rotting in the Free World
Location Westin Augusta Ballroom…
Date Sunday, Aug 31 5:30 PM
Duration 1 hour
About

Designing and creating awesome zombies.

Presenter
Rob Fitz
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Tom Savini
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William Stout
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Anthony Taylor

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Cary Elwes’ Walk on the Dark Side
Sunday, Aug 31 7:00 PM
Hyatt International South

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Title Cary Elwes’ Walk on the Dark Side
Location Hyatt International South…
Date Sunday, Aug 31 7:00 PM
Duration 1 hour
About

Elwes talks about his roles in horror films such as Coppola’s DRACULA, SAW, and SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE.

Presenter
Cary Elwes
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Anthony Taylor

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Chronicling Horror’s Heritage
Monday, Sep 1 11:30 AM
Westin Peachtree 1-2

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Title Chronicling Horror’s Heritage
Location Westin Peachtree 1-2…
Date Monday, Sep 1 11:30 AM
Duration 1 hour
About

The role of non-fiction writing and documentary filmmaking in the horror genre
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John Edgar Browning
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Daniel Griffith
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Anthony Taylor
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James R. Tuck

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No Rondo For You!

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Unfortunately I did not win a Rondo Hattan Award this year, but I’m very happy to have lost to my good friend Terry Pace. Congratulations, Terry!

I’m going to be at Timegate in Atlanta in a week and a half promoting Monsterama, then in Louisville for Wonderfest the week after. Come see me!

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Holy Crap, I’ve been nominated for a Rondo Award! Apparently, a lot of you liked my commemorative article on Gerry Anderson in Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine last year, “21st Century Man.” Congratulations to all my friends who were also nominated, and for the first time, congrats to me! You can see the ballot and vote (for me!) here.
http://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/?p=32

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I’ve been busy this month working on an episode of the next series of Paddle Pop adventures for Monk Studios, in Thailand. Well, Monk is in Thailand, I’ve been working at home. I’ve finished the first episode I’m scripting and am moving into the next one in a week or so.

If you aren’t familiar with Paddle Pop, it’s an ice cream treat sold in Australia and New Zealand, as well as many other countries. The company that makes it, Streets, produces an animated TV series starring the Paddle Pop Lion mascot that is broadcast in some countries, or included on DVD with the product, or otherwise distributed just about everywhere in the world… except America.

The series I’m writing for is the 8th, so it’s been going on for quite a while. I really like the steampunk design sensibility of the last series, Paddle Pop Begins. The art direction and animation are very good, Monk Studios does some excellent work. Here’s an episode of Paddle Pop Begins.

I did not write this episode, my episodes should be airing and available online next year. I will post links to them when that happens, of course! I hope to write more animation in the future. I’m having a blast!

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