Bring Back HOWL CON!

After a cancellation in 2016, HOWLCON wants to make a return in 2017! The werewolf and fantasy convention hosted in the Portland (Ore.) metropolitan area, plans on returning in February 2017.

For this to happen, HOWL CON is running a crowdfunding campaign from July 1, 2016 to August 15, 2016. More information on the crowdfunding is available at HOWL CON’s 2017 Crowdfunding event page on Facebook. Go to the event page to sign up for notifications. HOWL CON is also on Twitter at @howlconpdx.

HOWL CON is a great convention for werewolf enthusiasts and aficionados to come together to explore and discuss all things werewolves. Attendees attend panels on werewolf-related topics. Meet the artists of werewolf art or authors of werewolf stories and novels and know more about their background. Meet werewolf makeup artists and costume builders and see the behind the scenes look and tips.

HOWL CON cancelled the 2016 event, which was to be held 40 miles north of Portland in the small town of Kelso, Washington. The convention relocated last summer when the original venue across the river from Portland in Vancouver, Washington, closed for demolition and redevelopment.

HOWL CON 2012 in Clackamas, Oregon, and HOWL CON 2015 in Vancouver, Washington, were a success. HOWL CON 2013 was the only other event that cancelled due to low pre-registration and that it was held in the month of October, likely from coinciding with other Halloween events.

HOWL CON’s official website, howlcon.com, apparently is offline.

‘Werewolf Airline Simulator 2016’ Now Arriving at Gate 8

Airline simulators are aplenty. The players typically find themselves sitting in the pilot seat, trying to perform an entire flight function from backout from Point A to parking at the gate at Point B. There is another flight simulator, but this one puts the player into the cabin.

Pestel Crew developed a simulator game, “Werewolf Airline Simulator 2016.” The goals: keep the passengers happy and the DC-10’s cabin clean. It is you, the shapeshifting flight attendant to do your job and not get fired. In the process, you may become a chainsaw-wielding werewolf, a skateboarding beaver, or a sweeping raccoon, all with the 70’s funk music.

For each success, the passengers cheer and the thick mustached pilot donning pilot cap and aviator glasses spins onto the screen.

“Werewolf Airline Simulator” is not rated. There is a bit of gore in some action. The game is available for download at Ludumdare.com.

 

HOWL CON Looking to Return in 2017

“The world’s only horror & fantasy convention for Werewolf fans” is looking to come back in 2017! That little announcement came to me personally from the “Con Alpha” Stephen Couchman himself when  I saw him at Furlandia in Portland, Oregon, this past weekend.

HOWL CON plans on hosting another convention in the Portland, Oregon, in February 2017, as also announced on their Facebook page. The registration campaign is planned to run from July 1, 2016 to August 15, 2016, through Indiegogo.

More information and details will be updated on HOWL CON’s Facebook page.

I will have more thoughts about the HOWL CON return after I have more information. For now, I want to help get the word out sooner.

Editor’s note: The website www.HowlCon.com appears to had been removed at the time of publishing of this post.

 

What’s With Sgt. Wu on ‘Grimm’?

Note: The following content contains spoilers.

So, what is going on with Portland Police Sargent Wu on Grimm lately?

The humorous, wise-cracking Sgt. Wu (Reggie Lee) has encountered some strange turn of events in the on Grimm lately. In the past, he’s ended up in a psychiatric ward in Season 3 “Mommy Dearest” episode after his first encounter with a creature, or Wesen.

After his first encounter and some coaching from detectives Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) who is a Grimm, and Hank Griffin (Russel Hornsby), Sgt. Wu has adapted to Wesen encounters, from woging (transforming) to responding to a gruesome Wesen-related crime scene.

Two seasons later, the series takes a brief stray from the Brother Grimm fairytales scenarios and leaps into the lycanthropy and werewolf mythology in the “Lycanthropia” episode. (Not sure if that was a spin from the name “Portlandia” the TV series or the statute perched on that hideous Portland Building).

In “Lycanthropia,” campers were violently attacked in the woods by a mysterious creature. Nick and Hank are called out to investigate the horrific, gory crime scene with the help of a wolf-like Blutbaden Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and fox-like Fuchsbau Rosalee (Bree Turner). The detectives trace the suspect back to a house where a mother and a son live. The son is taken in to the precinct for questioning and observation, but he’s eager to return home on a full moon night.

Without her son present, the mother tries to restrain herself in her safe room for her transformation. The mother transformed and escapes her safe room and is now on the loose. The detectives and her son arrive, encountering her in combative ways. Sgt. Wu tries to take the werewolf mother down, but he is scratched on the leg. The mother is shot dead. The son transforms and bellows out a mournful howl.

In “Lycantropia” episode, Monroe explains the difference between the Blutbads and lycanthropes. Blutbads are Wesens and are not werewolves, but simply wolf-like creatures in appearance whereas lycanthropes are human that transform under certain conditions. (The first time I learned about the difference between werewolves and Blutbads was from Silas himself at HOWLCON 2012 in Portland, Oregon.)

In the later episodes, several events are unfolding. Black Claw is invading Portland, parental issues with Nick, Police captain Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz) with Adalind (Claire Coffee) and the kids Kelly and Diane.

Meanwhile, for Sgt. Wu, he’s experiencing some symptoms of lycanthropy. He’s awakening from startling nightmares. In one situation, he’s dreaming of running free in the woods, chasing down a prey, in similar fashion in the dream scene in An American Werewolf in London,then waking up to hacking a chunk of fur into the bathroom sink. He’s also experiencing heightened senses.

The “Taming of the Wu” episode where we do get to see Sgt. Wu transform. He appears to be Neanderthal-like.

I am a little disappointed. How does lycanthropy passed on by a werewolf make one appear like a primal human being?

I have completely lost the connection unless there is something I do not know until Season 6 starts later in the summer or fall. It’s unfortunate when a werewolf attack victim turns out to be like a primitive human being in the cast for “The Cave Men” than the werewolves we all know from the mythology and folklore. Albeit it, Sgt. Wu transformed is one violent character, leaving quite a gruesome, gory results.

The turn of events were six episodes ago. Season 5 just wrapped up last Friday (May 20). Season 6 is a go, so we’ll have to see what unfolds there. I might be jumping to conclusions too early.

Grimm is still a fantastic series that still keeps me interested.

Photo: Scott Green/NBC

‘Grimm’ Renews for Sixth Season

NBC’s police drama/fantasy series “Grimm” has renewed for a sixth season, The Oregonian reports. The Portland (Ore.)-set prime time series is currently airing the fifth season.

“Grimm” is a show about fantasy morphing characters known as Wesens residing in Portland, Oregon. Portland Police detectives Nick Burkhard (David Giuntoli) and his partner Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby) solves brutal murder cases involving Wesens, and working with their captain, Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz).

Each “Grimm” episode bases its story from the Brothers Grimm fairy Tales, but the entire series story continues from the very first episode. “Grimm” is a series best understood if watched from start.

“Grimm” launched in October 2011, also starring Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Bree Turner, Reggie Lee, and Claire Coffee.

Silas Weir Mitchell, who plays the wolf-like Wesen known as blutbad named Monroe, also appeared at HOWLCON 2012.