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Opinion: The Last ‘Face Off’ Episode was Incredibly Sexist

Normally I do a recap of each Face Off episode, but I have been overly burdened by other responsibilities (especially since the show moved to Wednesday nights) and have not been able to write one for the past two weeks.

However, I am still watching Face Off each week, and I feel compelled to address something that I found a little disturbing in the latest episode.

The episode included a lot of gender swaps – and even racial swaps – that I found to be somewhat inappropriate, and while the race-swaps were readily addressed by the judges (who sent one artist home for his stereotypical interpretation of an Asian male), the most disturbing point happened during the creative process.

One of the female artists remarked that the body language of her model will help sell the fact that it is a guy (she turned a female model into a male), which sparked a laugh among the other female artists, who said that the model would need only to “adjust” herself a lot to come off as a guy.

This got a lot of laughter from both the female and male artists…with one exception. Walter seemed more than a little perturbed by the statement and sarcastically let out that “If I am not picking my nose, I’m adjusting myself. It’s all I can do as a guy.”

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While the show panned to the other artists chuckling at this statement, it did not come off as a joke to me, the viewer.

This statement exemplifies the disdain we should all have for any gender stereotype, regardless of which gender it is directed to. I would venture to say that if the situation were flipped, and a male artist had made such a remark about a female stereotype, it would not have been chuckled at and dismissed. We are learning to be more aware of the things that are said and done towards women that are oppressive, but we also must have equal gusto about those things that are oppressive towards men, as well.

The fight for equality cannot be one-sided, and it can’t be something you go to bat for only if it impacts your gender/race/creed/religion/sexuality/etc.

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Wizard World Las Vegas – Weekend in Review

Wizard World Comic Con made its debut here in Las Vegas at the end of April and I couldn’t have been more excited! I had followed the Wizard World cons before hearing they were headed to Vegas but never had an opportunity to attend. For years I hoped Vegas would make it onto their more than 20+ con location roster and this year was it! I would consider myself an average con-goer who enjoys a little of everything when attending a convention and it is always enjoyable when a con has more than enough to offer.

One of the most important aspects is the guests a con gives you access to and Wizard World did not disappoint! I was able to meet some faves from The Walking Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street, Sleepy Hollow, the WWE, Heroes, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I absolutely loved getting selfie pics with Milo Ventimiglia who is a complete goofball as well as the amazing Tom Mison who is so sweet and soft spoken, it’s no wonder he causes hearts to melt. I also had the opportunity to spend a good deal of time the the greatest Power Ranger of all time, Jason David Frank. And while there were a couple last minute cancellations, I have learned to expect it as filming schedules change; there is just no way to predict something like that.

Another important part of a great con is the vendor floor. Wizard World had one of the best layouts on the vendor floor that I’ve ever seen. With this being only their first year in Vegas, it was easy to see they were veterans when it came to crowd flow and schematics. The exhibit floor map was so easy to follow, I was able to locate the vendors I look forward to seeing at each con I go to with ease and managed to snag some of their newest prints! It was so nice to be able to walk through an exhibit hall and have the room to stop and really look at all the amazing items for sale without feeling like you were in someone else’s way or crammed into a corner. This was definitely not for a lock of attendance, as there were so many people everywhere, but because the Las Vegas Convention Center they chose as their location has plenty of room to make the aisles wide and the space comfortable.

My personal favorite part of a comic con is the panels. I love when there is an ample amount of programming to keep you busy the whole time. Wizard World offered a wide variety of panels and programming including gaming tournaments, intros into writing, cosplay, creative workshops, social injustices within comic books, the impact of women in today’s fandoms, as well as Q&As with the media guests. I had the opportunity to attend many of these panels, including the ones focused on women in fandom, the Q&As with Tom Mison, Milo Ventimiglia, James Marsters, Arthur Darville, and Robert Englund, as well as a couple on cosplay and the costume contest. This is the first local con that I feel has had an adequate amount of programming for the entire duration of the event. In fact, there were a couple of times I had to choose between multiple panels I wanted to go to.

Overall I am excited for the return of Wizard World next year, I know it will be just as awesome. Wizard World did an excellent job in making sure everything ran smoothly, there was plenty of options for food to fuel you throughout the day, and never was there a dull moment. I am impressed with the quality of presenters for their panels, the amazing vendors, as well as the unique aspects of the Wizard World Comic Con.

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Wizard World Las Vegas Kick-Off!

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Tonight was the Media Reception and kick-off for Wizard World Las Vegas! Held at the Linq High Roller, the reception was for media and press to come out, as well as some lucky winners who won passes to the con and entrance into the reception. We were invited up to the fifth floor with open bar to rub elbows with a few of the guests who will be at the con this weekend including Michael Rooker, Lou Ferrigno, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Jason David Frank. Michael Rooker arrived early, had a blast talking with everyone, and taking fan photos. There were several people in costume like Darth Vader with his crew, and the Ghostbusters. It was a really great time hanging out; once the other guests arrived they all answered questions, and joked around with each other before heading down to the third floor to take a ride on the High Roller.

The High Roller is the world’s tallest observation wheel, and this was my first time ever being on it. It was pretty crazy how high up it actually takes you, my ears even popped. After the ride, we went back to the fifth floor, and Jason David Frank made his rounds talking to every person there. He really took time with everyone chatting, and gave me a small interview, which will be uploaded soon. I am so excited for what the weekend will bring and can’t wait until tomorrow when Wizard World Las Vegas officially starts!
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