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My Top Three Conventions!

Convention Rankings

I’ve written about my love of the convention scene many times before (and have a mini-guide for newbies – HERE). I thought that it might be fun to try and rank the cons that I’ve attended, especially as I’ve just had the most amazingly chilled and fun weekend.

Photo of Sandeep Parikh's Instagram

Photo of Sandeep Parikh’s Instagram

3. Inva5ion

I’m hoping to blog about this in greater detail so shall just cover the highlights.

This was a small con, roughly 150 attendees. Almost every person there was both a con and Starfury regular so every event from autographs to photos to mini meet and greets ran so smoothly, so cheerfully that it was just a pleasure to be part of it.

Of course there are those I’m especially close to – including my friend-the-author Owen Elgie – and it was lovely to be able to catch up face to face.

The guests were just wonderful. All but one – Jena Malone – were Starfury regulars so knew exactly what to expect. Robin Thorsen, Sandeep Parikh (Culturally Fixated friends) and Aaron Douglas partied every night till the last attendee dropped As does Paul Blackthorne – who was equally engaging, if somewhat less present on the dancefloor! Jena Malone was the most down to earth unaffected person, with 20 years worth of biz stories to share, as well as a wealth of knowledge and experiences that was just fascinating. This was her first convention and she seemed to take it like a fish to water – hopefully we’ll see her again soon!

My frist con with Cider by Grant Gowdy

Photo by Grant Gowdy

2. Echo 2

My first ever convention. I was introduced to the con scene by a wonderful friend who made sure that I met all the ‘con regulars’ (and the somewhat less flattering term alert – said in LOVE) and ‘con ho’s’.

Instantly, I felt as though I had found my people, my home away from home.

The attendees were fantastic – so welcoming and friendly. The guests couldn’t have hung out with us more and seemed just as geeky about the show as we were. I met Reed Diamond – my first podcast ‘superstar guest star’ and now a true friend.

The beginning of an amazing few years for me started the moment I first tweeted @Cidergirli.

joss whedon at serenity forever

SQUEE

1. Serenity Forever

Oh hi there Joss. What’s that? You fancy a dance.

No brainer!!!!

Check out this ARTICLE written by a mate of mine – @RoelVeldhuyzen for details about the night Joss Whedon crashed a Starfury Convention.

My friends were predictably fantastic. The guests were amazing. Both Magda Apanowicz and Lean Cairns have subsequently podcast with me and are just incredible women. Aaron Douglas is not capable of letting a party die. He just WON’T allow it. Jonathan Woodward and communion are just the most amazing combination and every con is better for it. Jewel Staite and Sean Maher are as close friends as a fangirl like me could have hoped of and knew each other so well they were constantly interrupting and finishing one another’s anecdotes. Also…they brought a friend who dances like a fiend.

I’m in a photo with Joss Whedon. I got to see him dance. AND THEN I SPOKE WITH HIM FOR A MOMENT.

Just…epic!

Minion Movie

Ta dah!!!

So squee about this.
I mean, bouncing up and down in glee sort of Squee.

With the Owen Elgie news earlier this week and this trailer today…I might just explode with excitement!

 

minion gif

Chat with Magda Apanowicz

So, maintaining my tradition (of a year ago *ahem*), I am officially calling in 2015 with a Canadian.

Last year it was the delightful Leah Cairns (who I will absolutely be bringing back for a chat!)…this year, Culturally Fixated  is joined by the equally fabulous and hilarious

Magda Apanowicz

Magda - Kyle xy

Andy Jenson – Kyle XY

Where to start!! There’s something about Magda that made it just *IMPOSSIBLE* for me to stay in interview mode – she’s that sort of person that I immediately started chatting to as though we were life long friends!

We discuss Christmas and her two Christmas TVM for Scifi (I refuse to call them siffy) – Snowmageddon and the 12 Disasters of Christmas.

Then we took a meander down ‘genera’ lane and chat about the appeal of Sci Fi and the huge emotions and stories that can be told. Kyle XY, Caprica, Caontinuum, Battlestar Galactica – it’s so wonderful to find an actor that loves ‘my’ shows as much as I do.

Magda - Caprica

Lacy Rand – Caprica

 

Oh, and did I mention she’s a Buffy fan. There’s a point where you can almost hear us swoon across two different continents over Spike…that is to say James Masters.

We cast a quick eye over two of her recent (released if not shot recently) films – A Reason and The Green Inferno and Magda compares the mediums of TV and film to  come round to a favourite medium for telling stories.

We briefly touch upon some of her hobbies outside of acting – including travelling and both her Canadian and Polish roots. Finally we chat about the upcoming year!

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Kicking ass as Emily – Continuum

 

***LANGUAGE***

We swear. No two ways about it. I mean, we’ve not vulgar, heaven forfend…just passionate people with expressive vocabularies…
***SPOILERS***
We *RUIN* practically every show that we mention – especially Caprica, Continuum (up to season 3) and discuss in detail the atrocious ending of Kyle XY. Aspects of Battlestar Galactica.
[audio http://culturallyfixated.podbean.com/mf/web/hkb3wx/CultFixS04EP05-InterviewwithMagdaApanowicz.mp3]

Some of the music that we both love!

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Reed Diamond – Christmas Special the Second

Once again Culturally Fixated is joined by our Special Correspondent in LA to celebrate Christmas!!

Welcome back to the fabulous, the funny, the festive

REED DIAMOND

daniel whitehall gifWhat a chat!! We cover all sorts of everything – we dove straight in and began discussing Marvel, comics, Agents of SHIELD and Reed’s reunion with Jed Whedon, Mo Tancharoen and Dichen Lachman. From there – it was a hectic head first trip down the rabbit hole as we covered Rossum, Hydra, the spectrum of TV villains and the parallels of the fictional and real world.

Then onto Reed’s insanely busy 2014 – from Wayward Pines to the final season of Franklin and Bash, to working with Malcolm McDowell and his first foray in comedy (on TV anyway), then onto State of Affairs and back again.

REED DIAMOND

as Daniel Whitehall

 

All the while joined by Monkey (an actual magical monkey) and Donald (the inebriated and obscenely snobby elf). Daniel Whitehall – yup, heartless evil Nazi Hydra leader – even serenaded us with a chilling rendition of Jingle Bells.

Oh and I taught Reed how *not* to say Nollaig Shona (Merry Christmas in Irish).

***LANGUAGE***
We’ve very good. Practically not offensive at all.
***SPOILERS***
Agents of SHIELD. We ruin the living daylights out of the first half of the second season.
And the end part of the first.
Oh, we also assume that everyone is up to speed on Dollhouse and Much Ado About Nothing. Because why wouldn’t you be?

 

[audio http://culturallyfixated.podbean.com/mf/web/mr574p/ReedDiamond-ChristmasSpecial.mp3]

 

Reed Diamond – Christmas Special the Second

Reed Diamond – Christmas Special
Reed Diamond – our 3rd chat – HERE!
Reed Diamond – our 2nd chat – HERE!
Reed Diamond – our 1st chat – HERE!
Say hi to Reed on Twitter. Don’t be shy – he’s delightful – @ReedDiamond

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Interview with Sandeep Parikh!

Cult Fix Season 4, Episode 4 – Interview with Sandeep Parikh

SandeepParikh

As a Christmas treat, Cult Fix (me!) was joined by the charming, multi-talented and funny Sandeep Parikh!

Unfortunately the first three minutes of the recording went completely bonkers – it sounded as though we were under water for some strange reason. Then, without any rhyme or reason, it all played beautifully. Weird!!

Sandeep and I had a great chat about all sorts of everything. It’s so delightful when you just get into a conversation flow, you know?

Particular highlights for me included discussing the art of being funny – or learning how to take comedy seriously; his favourite film (and the resultant fan boy moment).

Obviously we also chatted about his work on network TV (The Crazy Ones and Community) as well as his online performances (The Guild, Legends of Neil).

zaboo

 

We also discussed how improv has influenced his work; the balancing act of writing, directing and acting and the importance of working with and creating a community of similarly minded creative folks.

There’s also a little glimpse into what 2015 has in store both for Sandeep and Effing Funny

Say hi to Sandeep on twitter – @SandeepParikh

***LANGUAGE***

We’ve very good. Practically not offensive at all.
Nevertheless, those of an especially sensitive nature might want to brace themselves.
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