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Considering that no filmmaker has gotten King Kong right since the 1930s, you can understand our initial skepticism. But the reviews are favoring Kong: Skull Island, opening Friday and featuring Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson. Apparently, when Loki and Nick Fury are on the same side, there’s no stopping them.
TWO CONS, NO WAITING
Considering that BoroughCon (and thus your Nerd Yorker) came into being in reaction to the paucity of fan events in a city this size, it’s surprising that two fall simultaneously this weekend.
Big Apple Comic Con boasts a quorum of the Daredevil cast, sequential arts genius Frank Miller and some guy called Stan Lee who has a modicum of renown in certain obscure corners. It takes place midtown at Penn Plaza.
Meantime, a lower-profile, more relaxed, more literary con, Heliosphere, is taking place at the Doubletree in Tarrytown. Classic Star Trek writer David Gerrold (he invented tribbles) will be honored by an undercard headed by Charles Gannon, currently a hot hand with his Caine Riordan adventures and his occasional collaboration with Eric Flint on Flint’s Ring of Fire franchise.
FOR EXTRA NERD CRED
Tuesday marks March 14, and you know what that means.
No, you don’t?
It’s the annual nerd holiday Pi Day (3.14 — get it?). If you miss it, you’ll have to wait until Thursday, May 4, to redeem yourself.
That’s Star Wars Day. May the Fourth (Be With You — get it?).
Fine, this is our first year. In 2018, we expect you to know this.
WHAT’S NEW AT BOROUGHCON
Since we last corresponded, we announced that BoroughCon will host Steve Blum (animated voice of Wolverine) and Grey DeLisle (Daphne from Scooby-Doo). And, letting the cat out of the bag for you careful readers, Dante Basco — Rufio from Hook and the voice of Jake Long: American Dragon — has RSVP’d for our party.
Much, much more to come!