St Albans Comic Con 2019

*clears off the cobwebs, blows the dust off her keyboard* Hey… It’s been a while. Should I re-introduce myself? I don’t know how a come back works…

I guess I should apologise. I’ve been away for a while – it was a bit here and there before I left, and then I just vanished. Well, lucky you – I’m back! My format may change a little. Blogs will now be shorter, snappier, to the point. It will be every week OR every two weeks – I can’t promise that I can see/read/watch/do something new every week when working full time now. But I am back, I promise.

Comic Con! – St Albans Comic Con, Creed Conventions, 2019

Anyway, I was invited back to Comic Con in St Albans this year! Like last year, I had a blast! Unfortunately, I was unable to stay for very long, and didn’t have much time to talk to all of the celebs there, as they were all so busy with their signings (maybe next year I’ll go for the end rather than the beginning, that worked better last year) – it’s been a super busy weekend, with our local village weekend, therefore I didn’t get to speak to that many people, and only spent a small amount of money (last year I spent way too much!)
My material gains this year include – a limited edition collectors coin from Xmen: Apocalypse, A Wonder Woman print from Sam Rogers Art, A Khal Drogo and Dany print from Kirsten Rose, A pin-up Rapunzel print from Duncan Gutteridge, vegan chocolate from Ana of rockpopcandy, A sushi bathbomb from Lush, Luke and Harry from Chaos City Comics and their local artist Adam Falp from whom I got an adaptation of Frankenstein.
I spoke to many lovely cosplayers, including a Deadpool with an amazing accent (I recall it being West Country off the top of my head) and he was lovely to talk to. I also saw many Ghostbusters – which is good, because what if there’s a ghost around!

Pictures below! – I haven’t tagged any of them, but if you want one tagged please message me and I will!

I didn’t get many calling cards this year, but thank you to everyone that I spoke to especially – Sam from Sam Rogers Art, Tony from Tony’s Movie Stuff, Duncan Gutteridge (original Sonic artist), Kirsten from Kirstenrose.co.uk, Luke and Harry from Chaos City Comics and Adam Falp, Ana from, Rockpopcandy.co.uk and the ladies from St Alban’s Lush!

Did we see each other at SACC? Would you like to collab? Get in contact with me by leaving a comment below, using the contact page or sending an email to facelesslibrarian1@gmail.com!

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RIP Telltale, 2004-2018

Hello, and good Monday to everyone! This week has been busy for me, and so I’ve not watched anything really. But there has been stuff to talk about that I want to discuss with you. It won’t be a long post but I think it will be a sad one. I cried about this when it first came out, believe it or not. I’m sure that literally everyone in the gaming (and probably every other) community knows what’s happening here, but let’s just dive right into it.

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Game of Thrones, Borderlands, The Wolf Among us and The Walking Dead – Telltale Games, 2004-2018

In a very sudden, and almost tragic, turn of events – Telltale is shutting down. It’s come pretty out of the blue. And I have to say – the way it’s been handled is pretty awful.
Early in the weekend this press release arrived on the internet:
Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. A majority of the company’s employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of 25 employees staying on to fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners.   “It’s been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.”

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The Wolf Among us, Tales from the Borderlands and The Walking Dead – Telltale, 2004-2018

These 250 employees were given no notice. No severance pay was given to any of them. Some of them were hired a week ago. One poor guy moved across the States to work here. Their health insurance only lasts one more week. According to an ex-dev, Emily Grace Buck, these people were working for pittance, doing over time for free and working paycheck  to paycheck. She has also confirmed that –
They will not be completing the last season of The Walking Dead. There is no news on those customers who have brought the season pass getting their money back, or at least partial refunds. This will be interesting – what happens when people purchase a season pass and it never gets fulfilled? This will set president for new season passes, and what happens when a company goes bust before completing it. Everything has been cancelled, other than the Netflix show for Minecraft: Story Mode.

Without a shadow of a doubt, this has been an awful situation, and handled very badly. The fact that they were hiring last week actually sickens me. I am shocked, however, that things seemed to go from fine to awful in 24 hours. I am interested to see how this all turns out.
Like I said in the intro, I am very upset about this. The Telltale games were some of my favourites, and I will hold them all dear to my heart. There have been 2 I have spoken about on here; Batman and The Guardians of The Galaxy, but I also loved every other one I had played. I am kind of glad I haven’t brought The Walking Dead past the 1st season (I was waiting till the final ended, and getting a pack of them to binge). We shall just have to see what happens.

Have you heard about all of this? What are your thoughts? Which were your favourite, and least favourite, Telltale games? Leave a comment down below.

[Header: Telltale Logo, Telltale, 2018]