KINGSTON ZOMBIE WALK 2015, LET’S DO THIS!

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Sadly the annual Zombie Walk for Kingston, ON was cancelled this year due to lack of funding.
Alas, when a door closes behind you, there is a whole new world in front of you. Local Ben Kent has jumped at the opportunity in this brave new world to begin a new Zombie Walk for the residents of the city of Kingston.
His reasons are simple and heart felt, the same as many participants in the annual Zombie Walk. It is tradition, it is something families can do together and, a heck of a lot of fun.
Here is the information thus far concerning the initiative to start a brand spanking new Zombie Walk for our community to participate in. It always amazes me when someone sees something that can be changed, and acts on it.
Please read and learn about the inspiration for, reasons behind and, why Kingston loves it’s annual Zombie Walk.

11742744_10155837901605228_229458223133517197_n“When I heard the Zombie Walk was cancelled, I knew immediately I had to work to keep it alive.

Well, undead, at least.

Last year, in the lead-up to Hallowe’en, it wasn’t Trick or Treating that got my girls excited; it wasn’t their Spider-Witch-Goddess costume, or their Dragon Princess – it was their “Zombie Family” costume, and they were eager to participate in the Zombie Walk. And the year before, the week after Hallowe’en, my (at the time) 4-year-old was immediately asking, “Can we go on a Zombie Walk again?”. And last year, my 7-year-old made it her goal to win “Best Child Costume”, and proudly boasting about going to her friends at school.” Ben Kent

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“In short: My kids want The Zombie Walk. That means I have to try. Plus, I’ve already heard from a score of adults, who are glad to see something at least trying to move forward and keep up the tradition.

While the previous admins commented on there being some sort of financial situation that prevented them from moving forward, I’ve taken it upon myself to find out what those difficulties are, and if it’s possible to overcome them. Unless it’s simply impossible, the Zombie Walk 2015 is going ahead!”Ben Kent

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More updates will be available via IAMGEEKER and on the FB site for the New Annual Kingston Zombie Walk event page. Stay tuned!
If you can volunteer your time and energy to make this happen or, if possible, use your contacts to help financially support this beloved tradition, please do so and help to keep our Zombie Walk alive or, rather, undead.


El.

HEROFEST? ZEROFEST!

This post has been UPDATED after a number of comments claiming I was over reacting and wrong about HERO FEST. Oh, and standing up and speaking out was anti-feminism and I should be ashamed.
“It’s Hysteria!”
Give me a fucking break.

The changes will prove I was right the entire time and people should take heed when someone in the community is trying to warn them of a potential scam.

WHY IAMGEEKER IS  NO LONGER SUPPORTING HERO FEST
KINGSTON, ONTARIO

PLUS AN UPDATE ON HOW THE CON WENT

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When I first heard of the comic con, HERO FEST, coming to Kingston it was only a matter of minutes before I wrote in to volunteer.
Once getting in contact with David Wyldstar I was approved as a volunteer and later received a promotion. Although it was inquired about, nothing was ever made clear to me as far as my duties.

I did a fair bit of promoting for the con and was asked to be volunteer coordinator , Wyldstar said there were 5 volunteers and agreed to my request to open a private group us to organize (it turned out to be two, plus me).
After not hearing from him for a few days I received the following email and replied as you can see in this screen grab…

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After a weeks of waiting for Wyldstar to come in to the City, there was finally a notice put up on the HERO FEST VOLUNTEER page saying he was coming in and he we would all meet.

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The problem was he did not confirm that he was in town and from I gathered from a conversation another volunteer started with me, he came in town but did not show up for meeting, nor did he let anyone know.

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When I finally received a response, Wyldstar about his absence at the meeting he did NOT answer a single question I asked. Instead he posted on another question stating he will be back tomorrow.
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It wasn’t a challenge to deduce that Wyldstar/HERO FEST made it to Kingston that Sunday. He just didn’t bother going to his own meeting he asked his volunteers to be at, one of whom lost a shift a work to go.

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Before this happened, Kingstonites were starting to smell foul play.
Here is a PM that I received from someone who was working with Wildstar and was having major trust issues.
Underneath is a statement from HERO FEST saying when tickets will be available, some questioning locals, along with a retort from the Kasey Ferguson Show, whom I respect very much however, have a difference of opinion on the situation in front of us…

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I question who HERO FEST claims as their sponsors and the contradiction to what was on their offical site. Radio stations and newspapers are supposed to inform the City of events and what is going on around us. That is not the same as being legit sponsor. That is called “their job”. As much as The Kasey Ferguson Show defends HERO FEST (sans plug for IAMGEEKER from both HERO FEST/Wyldstar and Kasey Ferguson Show – I get it, I don’t have a dick) this convention didn’t add up…

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Meanwhile, my stomach turned when posts started popping up making fun of an Actor that HERO FEST claimed cancelled on the event.
Here is a screen grab of the notification from HERO FEST that Nicholas Brendon had scheduling issues…

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In the next screen grab you can read how Kingstonions took the information, and my response trying to explain there was still a lot to look forward to. You’ll also read where I spoke my mind about the tastelessness of posting a link joking about Nicholas Brendon‘s personal issues, especially when addiction is involved…

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Unfortunately,  HERO FEST posted the link on their own merit, for what reasons I can not  fathom, mocking Nicholas Brendon. This is very questionable because Wyldstar made a point earlier of saying Nicholas Brendon would be coming to Kingston this summer. Doesn’t sound like that will be happening.
Being someone who has gone to rehab twice in my 35 years I find this type of humor very low brow and it tends to come from lower educated louses’. It is sketchy and offensive that a professional in the convention arena would post the following on their official page…

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So, I quit. I don’t like negativity and figured this con was too sketchy for my involvement.

UPDATE

HEROFEST had to finally let Kingstonites know a Doctor of the Who variety wouldn’t be showing up. It was claimed that it was on short notice.  Many locals  were upset because of the many cancellations and the price of the tickets. It was the ONLY time the poster wasn’t updated until after the actual con took place. The information also came out from one of the ticket holders questioning HeroFest on their page.

There were one or two household names there but, nothing worth what was paid for. The celebrity guests were even lowering their own prices to lure people in. There were sad Deleks, excellent costumes with no one to see them, a stand up poster of the phone booth for people to, uh, take pictures with…

HEROFEST was a fail and I’m glad I jumped ship when I did.

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-El.

HERO FEST

HERO FEST 
!!!KINGSTON, ONTARIO’S FIRST COMIC CON!!!

 
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 HERO FEST is the perfect event for you and your kids to make some amazing memories!”Me.

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Seems like for years I have begged to start a con in Kingston, ON and finally, someone beat me to it. That someone being David Wyldstar of Great Canadian Wrestling (GCW) fame, having a huge success with Oshawa’s first ever Comic Con in 2013, has started a new comic con HERO FEST here in Kingston, ON.
Working along side Wyldstar is Kingston’s own talent, the Media Relations & Requests rep for HERO FEST and, deserved guest, Anthony D. P. Mann (Terror of Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and The Shadow Watchers, Phantom of The Opera). Cosplay and Panels are being directed by David Ross, a Cosplayer himself, Master Class costumer and Professional wrestler.

There is sincerely something here for every one. Horror fans will delight in the celebrity guests along with children who are fans of The Power Rangers. Cosplay for those who want to show off their inner spirit and, many venders to get the perfect item to remember your day at HERO FEST.

Truly a great experience for the entire family and hopefully the beginning of a new tradition in Kingston. 

El.

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Featuring a huge Vendors room ~ an Artists Alley ~ a Panel room ~ a Screening Room ~ Autograph signings ~ Celebrity photo ops ~ a Karaoke area ~ a Live Wrestling event and an Outdoor Cosplay Photo Op area ! .

FEATURING CELEBRITY GUESTS:

10428422_332506376948216_1870994041407601907_nFEATURING CELEBRITY GUESTS: Cosplay Guest of Honor: David Darkstone Ross  –  Actor/Writer: Colin Baker, The 6th Dr. Who  –  Actress/Producer Denise Crosby, Star Trek/Pet Sematary/The Walking Dead/Trekkies  –  Actor/Director: Anthony D P Mann, Phantom of the Opera  –  Actress: Lori Hallier, My Bloody Valentine  –  Artist Neil Affleck, The Simpsons  –   Actor: Eric Johnston,  YTV’s SPLATALOT: VANE  –  Wrestling Legend: Ricky Johnson,  The People’s Choice/the Rock’s uncle  –  Actor: Pat Mastrionni,  Degrassi High, Joey Jeremiah  –  Actor: Mpho Koaho,  Falling Skies/Saw franchise  –  Actor : Kevin Kd Duhaney, Ethan the Blue Dino Thunder Power Ranger  –  Actor: Jeffrey Parazzo,  Trent the White Dino Thunder Power Ranger/Reality Star  –  Wrestler: Jessie Godderz,  Big Brother/Impact Wrestling  –  Musician/Actor: Maurizio Guarini,  Goblin  –  Actor: Felix Silla, Buck Rogers, Twiki /The Addams Family, Cousin Itt /Star Wars ROTJ, Ewok /The Brood  –   Producer/Actor/Writer: Christian Potenza, 6teen/The Tuxedo  – Actress:  Megan Fahlenbock,6teen, Resident Evil: Apocalypse  –  Comic Writer/Artist: Ty Templeton, Lost Heroes/Mad Magazine  –  Actress: Tara Spencer-Nairn, Corner Gas, Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled

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HERO FEST

HERO FEST 

!!!KINGSTON, ONTARIO’S FIRST COMIC CON!!!

 
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 HERO FEST is the perfect event for you and your kids to make some amazing memories!”Me.

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Seems like for years I have begged to start a con in Kingston, ON and finally, someone beat me to it. That someone being David Wyldstar of Great Canadian Wrestling (GCW) fame, having a huge success with Oshawa’s first ever Comic Con in 2013, has started a new comic con HERO FEST here in Kingston, ON. Working along side Wyldstar is Kingston’s own talent, the Media Relations & Requests rep for HERO FEST and, deserved guest, Anthony D. P. Mann (Terror of Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and The Shadow Watchers, Phantom of The Opera). Cosplay and Panels are being directed by David Ross, a Cosplayer himself, Master Class costumer and Professional wrestler.

There is sincerely something here for every one. Horror fans will delight in the celebrity guests along with children who are fans of The Power Rangers. Cosplay for those who want to show off their inner spirit and, many vendors to get the perfect item to remember your day at HERO FEST.

Truly a great experience for the whole family and hopefully the beginning of a new tradition in Kingston. 

El.

dates

Featuring a huge Vendors room ~ an Artists Alley ~ a Panel room ~ a Screening Room ~ Autograph signings ~ Celebrity photo ops ~ a Karaoke area ~ a Live Wrestling event and an Outdoor Cosplay Photo Op area ! .

FEATURING CELEBRITY GUESTS:

10428422_332506376948216_1870994041407601907_nCosplay Guest of Honor: David Darkstone Ross  –  Actor/Writer: Colin Baker, The 6th Dr. Who  –  Actress/Producer Denise Crosby, Star Trek/Pet Sematary/The Walking Dead/Trekkies  –  Actor/Director: Anthony D P MannPhantom of the Opera  –  Actress: Lori Hallier, My Bloody Valentine  –  Artist Neil Affleck, The Simpsons  –   Actor: Eric Johnston,  YTV’s SPLATALOT: VANE  –  Wrestling Legend: Ricky Johnson,  The People’s Choice/the Rock’s uncle  –  Actor: Pat Mastrionni,  Degrassi High: Joey Jeremiah  –  Actor: Mpho Koaho,  Falling Skies/Saw franchise  –  Actor : Kevin Kd Duhaney, Ethan the Blue Dino Thunder Power Ranger  –  Actor: Jeffrey Parazzo,  Trent the White Dino Thunder Power Ranger/Reality Star  –  Wrestler: Jessie Godderz,  Big Brother/Impact Wrestling  –  Musician/Actor: Maurizio Guarini,  Goblin  –  Actress: Susan Olsen,  The Brady Bunch – Cindy Brady  –  Actor : Felix Silla, Buck Rogers – Twiki /The Addams Family – Cousin Itt /Star Wars ROTJ -Ewok /The Brood

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Angry director Scott Foster, hopes to take revenge on local festivals for not choosing his film by running for Mayor -wants to kill cats-announes not gay.

ANGRY DIRECTOR SCOTT FOSTER, HOPES TO TAKE REVENGE ON LOCAL FILM FESTIVALS FOR NOT HAVING CHOSEN HIS FILM – WANS TO KILL HOMELESS CATS – ANNOUNCES HE IS STRAIGHT
UPDATE: GUESS WHO WON…

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Mr. Scott Foster,
scottfoster@kingston.net

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Today I read an article which gave insight in to some of your plans if elected Mayor or Kingston, ON,  that I found disappointing, vindictive and, left me unsettled.

Let’s begin with something light. You said I would indicate that I will be criticizing the Reelout film festival for one of its films, I do not think that municipal funding for the arts should be used to promote any type of pornography. I am also going to be similarly critical of some of the films shown by the Slimebone City and the Kingston Canadian Film festival.  I am not pleased to see films that depict child abuse, torture, excessive profanity, and pornography in arts festivals that are supported with municipal funding. It’s not a matter of censorship; it’s ethics. I’d point out that, in producing my own film, (based largely on the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), I purposely removed the scene where Mr. Hyde tramples a child, (obvious child abuse to inspire horror and loathing). I am more conservative in my views on arts funding and the display of art to the public.”

MV5BMTYwNDU3OTY4OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTIzMzA0MQ@@._V1_SY317_CR15,0,214,317_AL_I am sorry you have ill feelings towards the Slimebone committee (which I was on) for not choosing your “Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” film. It was not a masterpiece.  It is bad and that is why it didn’t get in. When you censored the scene from your film, which you felt was too violent, it my not have been the greatest decision as a director. Perhaps leaving it in was the right thing to do. But, let us be honest.  You took an existing silent film and deleted scenes from it and, added in voice-overs. You dismantled the heart of the film and gave us nothing to care about, discuss or be horrified of.
Rest assured, your grievances were made clear when you plastered downtown Kingston with your posters (illegally?…) explaining why you were pissed off at Slimebone.
Censorship, Mr. Forster, breeds censorship.You are on a slippery slope.

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Let me explain to you what the horror genre is. By definition, a group of films that are intended  to horrify the viewer.  It allows us to experience our fears, what terrifies us when we are alone at night, things that could happen that we hope never do, and lots of tits and ass.When you aim to censor issues like child abuse, torture, excessive profanity, and pornography ”  you are essentially saying  (pick a genre and movie title) won’t live up to YOUR code of ethics, which by being citizens of Kingston we must all abide by?  Are we going to be wearing red arm bands too?  If so, a violet red matches my skin tone best.

deadgirlFrom your bold statement one would presume you took the time to track down and watch every single film we displayed.  That is really impressive, thank you!  If not, your outrageous claims about the movies played at The Slimebone Festival  are premature and not a good trait for a Mayor.
Look, I understand your feelings were hurt when you didn’t make it into the festival.  I get it.  But, to be so pig-headed to think that you can wipe out Slimbone and other local film festivals because your ego was damaged is the saddest thing any director can do and I truly believe no lover of the arts is pro-censorship and that any media of art outweighs ethics.

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Some part of you must love the arts, you thought you made a film.  Why not use that and let the arts thrive and not crushing Kingston’s accomplishments like Slimebone, Reelout, Kingston Canadian Film festival? Perhaps next time you enter a film you should write on the case “Running for Mayor in your City – if you don’t choose my film I will close down all film festivals available

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Although you call yourself a Liberal, your views are truly appalling.  As I continued to read I felt more and more depressed on your behalf. Why are you using this platform for revenge and other personal issues like clearing up your sexuality?  My liberal views have sometimes led some people to question if I might belong to the LGBT community, (I don’t)
Did you seriously just come out as being straight?
There are no words….

the hungerI learned about your plans to support our LGBT community, which is by doing nothing. Actually, it is less than nothing “… If electedI would indicate that I will be criticizing the Reelout film festival for one of its films
I truly hope you explain your ethics surrounding LGBT issues very clearly to us Kingstonians because we are a city that is proud to accept everyone and hope to grow and prosper in that direction.  You should go check out Reelout Office.  It’s really friendly and in a beautiful downtown Church.

a serbian filmThe further I investigated, the more horrific comments made by you  gave me chills. Your explanation of why we should kill off homeless cats siting “Lyme disease” as a solid reason made my stomach turn.  “Unfortunately, there are too many healthy and domesticated cats that aren’t adopted from the shelters; so, rather than spend additional resources and funds to heal and rehabilitate feral cats, they should be painlessly euthanized”  Are you F…..G serious?  I’m starting to believe you could be a serial killer.  I’ve watched Dexter – I know what to look for and you are fitting the bill in my eyes.  Above and beyond the cat killing Mr. Foster does have one animal that is close to his shriveled heart “Lastly, I would like to see more martin-houses and bat-boxes placed around municipal properties…” …And turtles.

teeth As absolutely terrifying as you might be Mr.Foster, your film was weak, that is why you didn’t make it in to the festival. If you would like, you can send me a copy and I will personally review it on IAMGEEKER and let you know where else you missed the mark and how to better your craft. My opinion of you is that you are a farce. Someone who is running for Mayor on his own unsettling agenda.  A crusty right-winged movie-burglar in a sparkly rainbow coloured liberal’s skin. I sincerely hope you seek therapy.

Sincerely,
IAMGEEKER
El Tisdale

To contact Mr.Foster click his name or here: scottfoster@kingston.net