Category Archives: Animation

Mardi Gras 2015: Mr. Cellophane rolls with Bacchus!

Share Button
King John, aka John C. Reilly, throwing Bacchus dubloons to the crowds
King John, aka John C. Reilly, throwing Bacchus dubloons to the crowds

The 2015 Bacchus Mardi Gras parade rolled last night in New and its theme was “Children’s Stories That Live Forever.”  The 2015 King Bacchus was movie star, John C. Reilly with diverse credits including Ralph in  “Wreck-Ralph”, “Step Brothers” (and other films with Will Ferrell), “Guardians of the Galaxy”, and this writer’s favorite, Amos Hart in “Chicago.”

Friday before Mardi Gras weekend he stopped by the New Orleans Children hospital giving the residents movies and the rare opportunity to meet the voice of one of their favorite cartoon movie stars.

King John blessing the Bacchus parade goers
King John blessing the Bacchus parade goers

If the 2012 Bacchus King Ferrell wowed the crowds of New Orleans Mardi Gras parade goers, King John, Mr. Cellophane himself, blew them away!  Some said that King Ferrell in his bright, cheery, red robes had the look of a Disney King.  King John wore deep burgundy robes with wide, golden bands and a thick, heavy crown.  Bearing a mace-like scepter, he had the look of a warrior king, nobel, yet fierce enough to stand against barbarian hordes.

The thunderous sound of adulation was deafening at times as he road through the streets, gracing the crowds with his presence and throwing them treasures from the King Bacchus storehouse.  He threw double hands full of dubloons, the royal coinage of Bacchus bearing his visage, as well as beads and other items, often blessing them with a kiss before launching them to the hands raised in supplication.

King John toasting Mayor Landrieu at Gallier Hall
King John toasting Mayor Landrieu at Gallier Hall

Throughout his ride he maintained character in his role as King John, toasting Mayor Landrieu and his entourage and later the Krewe of Orpheus with the sobriety and demeanor of a true, royal ceremony.  Some might find he lacked as the senior celebrant of the god of wine but he left this writer feeling proud of the role model he was for the children who came to pay their respects.

Congratulations King John!  May you live long and give us many more years of great and inspirational performances.  Long live King John!  Long live King Cellophane!

For more about National Art, Tourism, and Celebrity Examiner, John N. Collins, find him on TwitterInstagramYoutube, and Facebook.  Be sure to let him know your thoughts on his articles.  For more photos and videos, check out his photo albums!

Comics, cosplay, and celebrities in the Big Easy with Wizard World

Share Button
The Eiffel Society in New Orleans
The Eiffel Society in New Orleans

This weekend Wizard World starts their 2015 comic convention schedule in the Big Easy, New Orleans.  Thursday night the con was kicked off with a gathering of press, guests, artists, and exhibitors at the Eiffel Society.  Celebrities present at the soiree included Lou FerignoJason David Frank, and New Orleans nerdlesque stars, Xena Zeit-Geist, and Remy Dee.

Kristen Hughey as Super Girl
Kristen Hughey as Super Girl

Friday the con officially started at 4 p.m. at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center with a Mardi Gras costume photo op on the show stage and panels from 4:30 to 8:15.  The last panel of the day was “COSTUMES + PLAYING = COSPLAY! So what does that actually mean?”  with Damian BeurerRiki “Riddle” LeCotey, and Kristen Hughey giving hints and humor from their cosplay experiences.

The night ended at Fulton Alley with the Creator Pro Am: Drink and Draw where artists and writers could come and compete in a writing and drawing competition.

Jumping for Joy with Eyeshine at Anime-ZING!
Johnny Yong Bosch and the Eyeshine guys with Sonny Strait, Christina Vee, and Robert “Lord Zedd” Axelrod

Today the con opens at 11 a.m. with panels, a variety of movie, television, comic, and cosplay special guests including a new trivia game show, “Last Fan Standing” with Bruce Campbell.  Mighty Morphin Power Ranger fans won’t want to miss Jason David Frank’s 3:00 p.m. panel with a Wizard World first appearance by Johnny Yong Bosch.  One of the highlights of Wizard World, the adult costume contest, goes from 7 – 9 p.m.

Xena Zeit-Geist as Batman in her Bat-Jammies at the opening of "Arkham ASS-YLUM!"
Xena Zeit-Geist as Batman in her Bat-Jammies at the opening of “Arkham ASS-YLUM!”

The convention continues Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 with the Wizard World Kids Costume Contest as one of closing acts.  Unofficially (no Wizard World pass needed) for those who can’t get enough of the lovely ladies and dapper dudes of cosplay, Xena Zeit-Geist and her ladies and gents of nerdlesque will continue their costumed carrying on at the Eiffel Society opening at 8 p.m. with Harry Potter related nerdlesque performances at 9:00 p.m. and closing with a Yule Ball Dance Party.

For more information about the New Orleans Comic Con and other events, check the official Wizard World website.

For more about John N. Collins, find him on TwitterInstagramYoutube, and Facebook.  Be sure to let him know your thoughts on his articles!