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WonderCon 2017 took place one month ago in Anaheim, California.

In honor of that anniversary, let’s take a look back at the three-day event via the fantastic pictures taken by Rueben Rambling’s official photographer, Dominick Dusseault.

Here are pictures from Day One:

Prison Break:

Riverdale:

Teen Titans:

Tomorrow: Day Two

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Roz and her friend Heath

Roz and her friend Heath

Once a year I spend a weekend with friends from near and far, celebrating Doctor Who at Gallifrey One. After ten years or so of attending the con, though, it’s not about the panels and the guests, but about the friends who come for a weekend to celebrate the show as well as to see each other.

My first year at Gally (the convention’s nickname), I went with a friend to the hotel lobby after the con proper had ended for a day. It was great to meet some of my friend’s other friends and we chatted in the lobby with both the con-goers and the con-guests alike.

Since then, the con is still about Doctor Who, but I look forward to my friends more so than I look forward to the guests at this point. Friends, many of whom travel from England, happily spend three days (or longer) finding out about our lives in the past year (beyond what we followed via Facebook); and by the end of the weekend, there are more friends that I’ve met and more stories to share about a weekend that is just sci-fi fans being sci-fi fans.

Roz and actor Gareth David-Lloyd, who played Ianto in Torchwood

Roz and actor Gareth David-Lloyd, Ianto on Torchwood

Gally is a great con – the team behind the convection put on a great weekend with as many guests as they can get (and afford) – and that helps to create an atmosphere that leaves everyone smiling. The con-goers also make the con great – there is a tradition from Gally that I’ve seen adopted by other cons: ribbons.

Now, these ribbons are exactly what you might think – a short phrase on a piece of ribbon – but the way that ribbons are traded and collected is something else. This year my collection is rather small, but my friends have come away with collections taller than a house, held together by tape.

Gally is a family, and it’s a family I love, kooks and all, and one family I look forward to seeing every year.

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I have been putting together my year-end round-ups on all things entertainment industry related for over a decade now. Just thinking about how long I have been compiling these round-ups is surprising to me. As I have said before, every year it is an interesting experience keeping track of the unique events that take place in the world of entertainment.

Of course, it’s impossible to focus on every single thing that has happened over the past year, but I sure do enjoy focusing on all the good things that have taken place throughout the year.

I have been a big fan of television since I was a child, becoming “the walking encyclopedia of the entertainment industry” (at least for my small hometown back in Pennsylvania) by the time I was in my mid-teens. In fact, I like to joke that I was IMDB before IMDB existed. But, I also love reading, and for the past decade I have set a goal for myself to read at least 20 books a year.

For avid book readers that total is pretty small, but given the fact that my small business is just going into its second year of existence, all the freelance writing I do throughout the year and – well, real life – getting through 20 books is a lot for me.

Among the books that I enjoyed the most this year included a trilogy of books by authors Susan Mallery, Veronica Roth and Nora Roberts as well as several Jane Austen inspired books by Alexandra Potter and Kaitlyn Saunders. I also really enjoyed Deadly Heat by Richard Castle, The Heirloom Girls by Chris Culler and the Diana Gabaldon novel Voyager (in preparation for season three of Outlander).

Just like last year I attended Paley Fest in Los Angeles, but unlike every other year for the past few years, I only attended one panel for Supergirl. I also enjoyed attending WonderCon and Comic Con; a panel for the Syfy TV series 12 Monkeys at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills as well as the Paley Center’s annual Preview Parties for each of the five major networks. As a big fan of Outlander, I also got to see the cast and creative minds behind the show in March as well as the Outlander Exhibit at the Paley Center

That’s enough about me, though. Starting tomorrow my first year-end round-up focusing on the best and worst of television will go live and for each day throughout the rest of the year I will spotlight the year that was: 2016.

NOTE: I apologize in advance for any omissions, spelling errors or oversights I may have made, but I don’t apologize for any of the choices I made.

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The 34th Annual William S. Paley Television Festival (aka the Paley Fest) will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles from March 17 to 26 with the first three panels being announced today.

The cast and creative minds behind Westworld (HBO), This Is Us (NBC) and American Horror Story: Roanoke (FX) will take to the stage in person along with a moderated Q&A.

The Paley Fest line-up is to be announced on January 9 with tickets and passes available in pre-sale to Paley Supporting and Patron Members and CitiCard members that same day. On January 11, tickets and passes will be available to Paley Individual Members and CitiCard members while tickets and passes for the general public will go on sale on January 12.

Mark your calendars!!

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A few days ago, I posted pictures taken at Comic Con 2016 by our very own Dominick Dusseault while he was in and outside of the convention center and I was inside the convention center, covering panels.

What is to follow below are the pictures from the final day of the convention:

DAY FOUR:

Sherlock:

John Barrowman:

Dead Rising Endgame:

Juliet Landau:

Until next July!!

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A few days ago, I posted pictures taken at Comic Con 2016 by our very own Dominick Dusseault while he was in and outside of the convention center and I was inside the convention center, covering panels.

What is to follow below (and over the course of the next week or so) are just some of the shots he took.

DAY THREE (Part 3):

The Flash:

Arrow:

Nerdist Podcast:

More coming soon…

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A few days ago, I posted pictures taken at Comic Con 2016 by our very own Dominick Dusseault while he was in and outside of the convention center and I was inside the convention center, covering panels.

What is to follow below (and over the course of the next week or so) are just some of the shots he took.

DAY THREE (Part 2):

Grimm:

Supergirl:

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow:

More coming soon…

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