28
Aug

Intervention Con Block Sold Out…Again. We’re working on it.

We’ve discovered that you guys have yet again reserved all of the available rooms in our con block at the Rockville Hilton. We’re working with them on this and hope to have a few more made available before the August 31st Pre-reg cost increase. If you went ahead and reserved your room at the hotel’s regular rate, send an email to our hotel liaison at hotel@interventioncon.com with your name, and your reservation confirmation number and we will look into adding you into our con block manually. And if you haven’t reserved yet, try our special hotel reservation site, they may have already added some more back into the system, and if not you can still reserve your room and get us your info.


27
Aug

Intervention guest, actress and writer Daniella Pineda – Kickstarter for DIY Grindhouse film “Cocaine Sleepover”

Intervention guest, actress and writer Daniella Pineda is running a Kickstarter to fund a “Bridesmaids meets Tarantino in 3D” film.

Go to her Kickstarter for more information and to contribute to this great project!

NOTE: It should go without saying, but trailer features harsh language, gore, and drug references:

A ’70s-inspired horror film about a girly sleepover that meets a cocaine rage. Scream queens look out: it’s Gore Whore Daniella Pineda!

“We are independent. We are do-it-yourself. We’ve got a great script and an amazing cast and crew. We are passionate about this project, and we’re trying to move mountains. We can’t do this without help from our family, friends, fans, and frankly, total strangers.

We are collaborating with the wonderful people at 21st Century 3D, who are so excited about our film, and have cut us a nice equipment deal. For those of you interested in the nitty-gritty details: they are providing a 3D beam splitter, 3D monitors, specialized matching cinema lenses for 3D, and most important, talent and over 20 years of experience in 3D production.

Director Shane Duckworth, through Brooklyn Movie Works, is providing cameras (free!), plus access and relationships to some of the best camera and light crews working in New York. Our budget will be directed at costumes, special effects, locations, and postproduction.

The rest of the money will go toward paying our talented and hardworking crew. Favors are often how so many independent films are made, but we also realize people need to make rent and pay the bill. We would rather have our team stress free and feeling good about the work they are doing.”


27
Aug

Pre-Registration Deadline Approaching, August 31 Prices Go Up


This is the last week to buy your registration for Intervention 2012 at the discounted price of $40 for the full weekend, after September 1 the cost for registration will be $45. Besides being less expensive though, buying a registration now enters you in our 2 remaining Pre-Registration contest drawings as well, so you might end up with a prize greater in value than your registration cost!

We’d also like to mention that buying an Enabler level in addition to your registration really helps us out, but also gets you some really neat stuff:


$15: Level 1 Enabler
– Free Wifi in the Intervention function space.
– Express registration for the con (no standing in lines, get your badge mailed to you in advance)
– Invitation to the special Enabler exclusive Guest/Staff “Meet and Greet” event at the con.


$25: Level 2 Enabler
- ALL of the above benefits, PLUS:
– Special Intervention Poster which contains exclusive artwork:


$50: Level 3 Enabler
- ALL of the above benefits, PLUS:
– Mentioned on the Intervention website in a list of “Enablers”.
– Special Intervention Owl mascot plush doll:


$100: Level 4 Enabler
- ALL of the above benefits, PLUS:
– Special Enabler T-Shirt. (Not sold or available to the public.):

– Mentioned on the Intervention blog.


26
Aug

The Zombie Apocalypse and preliminary programming announcements!

We have a lot of things that are just about ready to be announced. Programming is being done right now. Programming is one of the most difficult things to do for the event because…well…it IS most of the event! (No pressure, right?)

I have a few things to get you excited about what we have planned.

Check out our example programming and our brainstorming list.

View our Special Events page. From DeLorean photo-ops to live music making you can participate in to VIP parties. We have some cool stuff there already.

This year our Saturday night dance will be Zombie Apocalypse themed. No dress code is required, but Zombie Apocalypse and crazy outfits are encouraged! Our DJ will be Dave Ghoul!

He is a a longtime DJ and event organizer from Philadelphia that specializes in alternative dance music. He’s one of the co-organizers of the Philly Zombie Crawl and it’s undead siblings the Philly Zombie Beach Party and the Philly Zombie Prom. He’s also a resident DJ at both Shadowland Lancaster (spooky fun-time club night) and Dorian’s Parlor (monthly Steampunk hootenanny). And, if that’s not enough, he’s DJ a butt-load of conventions like Wicked Faire and The Steampunk World’s Fair.

Our very popular Humans VS Zombies LARP and Echoes of Empires Vampire LARP returns this year return this year with a vengeance. Did you know that our HvZ LARP is brought to us by the crew behind the comic Slackjaw: The Working Dead? You shoudl check them out.

New this year we will have the crew from a brand new zombie Haunted House that opens up the week after our event on Rockville Pike. I present to you The Warehouse: Project 4.1 Urban Haunted House:

They will have a table at our event where you’ll be able to meet them (maybe some zombies, too!) and get more information about their haunt that opens on September 28th – a short drive from Intervention’s hotel!

Are you ready for the Zombie Apocalypse?

Also, are you ready for the really awesome programming we are about to announce? Get ready! It’s going to be even bigger and better than last year! :D


24
Aug

Guest Spotlight: Danielle Corsetto


Danielle Corsetto is a first-time guest at Intervention.  Appearing on Saturday and Sunday at the convention, Corsetto is the mind behind Girls With Slingshots, which will celebrate its 8th birthday in October.  We at Intervention talked to her about her life’s work and upcoming appearance.

First and foremost…do (or did) YOU personally own a slingshot?
I do! My friends Bill and Dani got me one while they were visiting me. It’s actually a really good one, kinda scary how powerful it is!

Are any of the characters in GWS based off of people in your own life?
Yes and no. Many of them have been inspired by people, but once they’ve appeared in the strip several times, they really take on their own personalities.

What was it like taking over Bat Boy from Peter Bagge?  Do you ever
see continuing any of his other characters, perhaps Buddy Bradley?

That gig was such an out-of-the-blue opportunity! I was at a small show in Manhattan promoting GWS, and this guy came up and looked over my work, asked if I did “all of this” (“yes, even the hand lettering and website coding”), tossed me a card and said “I think we could use you.” It wasn’t until he left that I realized he was the editor in chief of the Weekly World News.

Originally I was supposed to come up with an all-new property for their weekly comics page, where Bagge’s strip Bat Boy appeared. I had this fun idea already sketched out, but then I was told that Peter had resigned from Bat Boy and they wanted me to pick it back up. I double-checked with him to make sure he wouldn’t mind my taking the strip wherever I pleased (he was totally supportive!), and The New Adventures of Bat Boy was born.

While I absolutely loved creating Bat Boy strips, I’m much happier to use my own characters. So, no: no more stepping into anybody else’s shoes for awhile. But thanks for asking!

Would you ever revive any of your old comics Fat Cat, Hazelnuts, or Ramblers (or mix characters from them into GWS)?
Sometimes I wish I could! I’ve considered doing new Hazelnuts strips, because I loooooove prequels (when they’re done well!) and Hazelnuts was the high school story behind Hazel and Jamie. Some other time, perhaps.

Ramblers was so much fun, and re-reading the strips always makes me want to do another, but all of the characters in that comic were based on real people, with their real names, many of whom I’m no longer in contact with. So, alas, Ramblers will just be its little self-contained story, a peek into my college years.

Anything else you would like to add?
Since Intervention is specifically geared toward Internet-based entertainment, let  me just say that I LOVE talking shop. If you have (specific!!) questions about my business model, how I make a living via a comic that’s online and subscription-free, be sure to ask me. Especially at panels and after the show! I’ll be hanging around; feel free to ask. Just don’t ask me where I “get my ideas from,” or I’ll deck ya!

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