The Shelf Life Series

While at Tekkoshocon one of the guests, Travis Willingham, held a panel talking about a side project that he and a few of his colleagues are working on.  Headed up by Yuri Lowenthal, his wife Tara Platt, the aforementioned Travis Willingham, and a group-effort by Bryan Enk and Dee Bradley Baker for the Samurai Snake character, they play a team of action figures living on some kid’s shelf.

The series is called Shelf Life.  It’s quite funny, actually.  Imagine Toy Story, but not for children…not at all.  Sniffing markers, eating toothpaste ‘ice cream’, having sex with Barbie, stealing Ken’s sports car.

Here’s the trailer…

There’s two seasons up right now, take the time to watch them.  They’re at ShelfLifeSeries.com

It’s not safe for work…which means it’s worth getting fired to watch it on the job, so go ahead!

~RCS

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Tekkoshocon X Review: Day 2

-Friday-

We stopped to grab a quick breakfast and wound getting into the convention a little late, so we entered the Warriors of Romance of the Three Kingdoms panel a little late.  The guy running the panel had a rudimentary knowledge of the era and the characters involved, but he clearly was in over his head.  One thing that irked me was that he kept getting Liu Biao and Tao Qian confused.  But otherwise it was an interesting panel.

Then we went to a Voice Acting for Video Games panel run by Travis Willingham.  That man is frickin’ hilarious!  I loved his story about his X-Box live gamertag being revoked by Microsoft.  He does the voice of Roy Mustang for those who are fans of the Fullmetal Alchemist series.

We hopped in line for the Uncle Yo stand up, the first time we’d gotten to use our Premium Badges, for anything.  They cost an extra $30 apiece and we got them because last year, people with premium badges got placed at the head of the line before almost every panel we went to.  We were now into the second day of the con and this was the first time our premium badges had gotten us anything except a complimentary shirt.

Then we went to a panel about the Japanese language during the Heian Period.  It was filled with information and the guy was really interesting and funny in a scholarly sort of way.  I felt bad that I had trouble staying awake, but I’d had little sleep and the room his panel was in was the perfect temperature for a nap.  I managed to keep awake, but barely; even so it was an interesting and informative panel.

At that point it was time for a dinner break.  We hit the same place we went to the day before: The Sharp Edge.  It’s basically a gourmet burger joint and bar, but the BBQ wing bites are pretty good and the Belgian Chocolate Pudding is the most delicious dessert I’ve ever eaten.

When we came back from dinner we hit up the panel for Travis Willingham’s Shelf Life.  It’s basically four voice actors who got together and made a series of short comedy videos.  Actually that’s exactly what it is.  And it’s pretty funny, too; which makes sense, Travis Willingham is in it.

We finished out the night crammed in a tiny room playing Yaoi bingo, at my fiance’s demand of course.  I won my fiance a manga, but she won the grand prize of the night: A Stuffed Pikachu.  It was a fairly fun debacle, however it was supposed to be 2 hours of bingo in a room built for 200 people.  Instead the woman who ran the panel split the group up into two halves and each half got to play for an hour in a room that maxed out at 30 people.  The Tekko staff kind of dropped the bomb on that one, especially considering how popular Yaoi-related panels are at these cons.

Anywho, that was Friday.  We roamed about looking at some cosplayers and then went home and went to bed for some much-needed sleep.

~RCS

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