You Can Own a Piece if ‘Grimm’

As the fantasy police drama television series Grimm wraps up it’s final season this month, you can take home a piece of Grimm.

This weekend, the show is liquidating all its props at a warehouse in Portland, Oregon, on Friday, March 11, according to the liquidation event page on EstateSales.net. A variety of props, large and small, fill the warehouse, ranging from clothing to signs, from antiques to electronics, and set equipment.

The liquidation sale accepts cash and major credit cards (no checks). For safety reasons, children 10 and under are not allowed.

The liquidation sale is Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Monday, March 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Location to be announced after 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10.

For more information or details, please visit the event page on EstateSales.net.

(Image via EstateSales.net.)

Howlandia Reminds You: Werewolves

HowlCon is dead. I guess that is safe to say now after four cancellations and seeing the poster by “The Ugly Werewolf” Nodnash with “Here Lies HowlCon – Rest In Pizza” in the art. A dead con didn’t stop werewolf enthusiasts from convening for pizza, beer, and a howl about werewolves. Both WerewolfNews and Nodnash hosted a sudden werewolf meetups in Vancouver, B. C., and Portland, Oregon, respectively in lieu of HowlCon.

On Sunday, I attended the meet at Sizzle Pie West Pizza. We were served great pizza in a small pizza restaurant that had no television (thankfully, no television meant no Super Bowl Sunday crowd), but a ton of heavy metal selection in the jukebox . Like being at a convention, there’s networking with other werewolf fans and discussing werewolf art, movies, comics, books, and games.  Sizzle Pie West was a good venue for our purpose. Of course, if we start going into bringing props, costumes, art, or what have you, we might need a little bit more space.

Howlandia has given me a little push—no—shove to be more active in the werewolf fandom. There are not enough werewolves and there needs to be more werewolves. It was fun and I would do it again.

Want to Werewolf in Portland (Ore.) or Vancouver (B.C.)?

Our fellow werewolf fans who are bummed out about a defunct werewolf convention, if you still had plans for the weekend of February 4 and 5, there are two meetups planned.

Werewolf fans in Portland, Oregon, are welcome to join Nodnash of The Ugly Werewolf at Sizzle Pie West in Portland on both February 4th and 5th. Go to the Howlandia Facebook page for more details and mark yourself as going.

Werewolf fans in the Vancouver, British Columbia (not Washington), area are welcome to join A. Q. of Werewolf News is hosting a werewolf meetup and art jam  at the Lelem Arts & Cultural Cafe in Fort Langley, B.C. Go to the Werewolves of the North Art Jam & Meetup Facebook page.

Both events are subject to change. Stay posted by visiting their event pages or following @Nodnash for Portland and @WerewolfNews for Vancouver.

Final Word on HOWL CON

As you may already know, HOWL CON 2017 cancelled. I have already withdrawn my attendance and support for future HOWL CON events. HOWL CON posted an official statement on January 22, 2017, regarding the convention’s cancellation. This is HOWL CON’s fourth cancellation, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017. Only HOWL CON 2012 and 2015 were successful events.

HOWL CON chairman Steve Couchman’s statement seems to place the blame for the convention cancellation on the supporters. In some way, he is right. It may be that his supporters were left in the dark and had a sense of abandonment since there was no updates from HOWL CON in the month and a half leading up to the convention and bailed.

HOWL CON 2017 Officially Cancelled

HOWL CON 2017 is officially cancelled.

A cancellation statement from the chairman Stephen Couchman was released on January 22, 2017, on the convention’s website, HOWLCON.com.

Couchman states the reason being the hotel “exercised their option to nullify our event contract” followed by a “bandwagon effect of withdrawals by guests/panelists.”

The statement also explains the convention’s financial situation and funding tied in with Couchman’s other conventions.

Refund details and options are explained in the statement.

HOWL CON Statement

‘Werewolf: The Apocalypse’ Video Game In Works for PC, Consoles

Apparently, “Werewolf: The Apocalypse” is likely to become a video game.

In a press release on Thursday, White Wolf announced on Paradox Interactive, “White Wolf is pleased to announce its partnership with Paris-based video game publisher Focus Home Interactive for a licensed PC and console game set in the World of Darkness.”

The presser also noted, “More information about this adaptation will come at this year’s Focus Home Interactive event, ‘le What’s Next de Focus’, taking place in Paris on February 1st and 2nd.”

Read the full press release on Paradox Interactive.

 

PDXWerewolf Backing Out, Withdrawing Support for HowlCon

To all my werewolf fans, I am deeply disappointed to announce that I am canceling my attendance at HowlCon 2017. In addition, I will no longer sponsor or support future HowlCon events under the management.

While HowlCon has not officially announced its cancellation, I find it very difficult to attend a convention blind, with no information on program and panels, vendors, and special guests. HowlCon’s Twitter and Facebook updates have went silent since mid-December. My emails to HowlCon’s chairman Steve Couchman inquiring on the convention programming last week and this past Wednesday have not been answered.

Also supporting my reason to cancel, I have learned tonight after a phone call with Ramada Inn Portland Airport that the hotel cancelled the convention. The reason for the cancellation, according to the hotel, is the hotel has not received the deposit funds from the convention organizer.

Keeping attendees, vendors, and guests in the dark and in suspense is unacceptable. Attendees have to plan for time off, travel, lodging, and convention expenses. I saw hope for the convention and very optimistic after the successes of HowlCon 2012 and 2015. As far as I am concerned, HowlCon has let me down. HowlCon has driven the last nail into the coffin. HowlCon has lost my trust.

It is sad, disappointing, and frustrating that this cancellation has once again happened. It has also taught me a lesson about sponsoring and attending future “start up” conventions.

Alternate Werewolf Meetups on HowlCon Weekend In Portland, Vancouver (BC)

If you planned on attending HowlCon on February 4 and 5, 2017, it is looking likely  HowlCon is not happening. My good friend over at Werewolf News has posted a couple of alternate meetups in both Portland, Oregon, with The Ugly Werewolf (@Nodnash) and Vancouver, British Columbia (not the Washington “Couve”) in the works.

Check out Werewolf News’s post at Werewolf-News.com for more details on the upcoming events and follow on Twitter at @WerewolfNews.

I will be attending an alternate private event on both days. There is a chance that I may show up at the Portland event on Sunday, February 5, and join in on the fun.

PDXWerewolf at HOWL CON is Now Tentative

For those who are interested in if I will be attending HOWL CON 2017, I am changing my attendance status to tentative. It is unfortunate that HOWL CON has poorly marketed the convention, lacking information on convention programming, special guests attending, and vendors for the second year in the row, following the same lack of communication prior to cancelling in 2016. Their website, HOWLCON.com, has been reinstated, however it lacks any program information. I will have a final decision by Friday, January 20, 2017, unless HOWL CON has a change of status beforehand.

Call cease-fire in ‘Underwold: Blood Wars.”

The fifth and latest installment of the Underworld franchise battles Lycans versus Vampires once again. Underworld: Blood Wars returns since the 2012 Underworld: Awakenings with the story about a Vampire hitwoman Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fending off the Lycan pack while also facing the Vampire congregate that betrayed here. With the help of Thomas (Charles Dance) and his son, David (Theo James), she must end the never-ending fight between Lycans and Vampires.

Personally, it is apparent the Underworld franchise is becoming tired. Kate Beckinsale darts around the screen in a black PVC suit, blasting off fully automatic machine guns and throwing punches and kicks at the same time. Meanwhile, the Lycans are shown briefly in a computer-generated image up close, yet leaping in great bounds like frogs. Then there is the dark, blue-filtered. One scene was repeated for a later scene. Enough of making another movie where vampires are the good guys and werewolves are the bad guys.

I like to think Underworld has finally put the stake through the heart and a silver bullet through the head of its series. The ending of Blood Wars may have left the door wide open for another Underworld installment. Hopefully, the next installment is set for a DVD/Blu-ray or online only release, if that happens.

Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆