21
Feb

WRITER SPOTLIGHT: Keith DeCandido

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We’re very happy to be welcoming Keith R.A. DeCandido back to (Re)Gen for a third year! Keith writes in a variety of worlds — not only Doctor Who, but also Star Trek, Leverage, Warcraft, and (recently announced) Orphan Black! If you’re not familiar with his work yet, let us introduce you to him… or rather, let’s have him introduce himself!

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Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, illustrator, and presenter from Newport News, Virginia. She works as a blogger and interviewer for Onezumi Events, and as a news writer for Crunchyroll. Her work can be seen in “Associates of Sherlock Holmes” from Titan Books, various “Doctor Who” spinoffs from Obverse Books, and the light novel series “Owl’s Flower,” which she co-created with illustrator Ginger Hoesly. She works from a converted NASA lab, which she shares with four guinea pigs and a bass guitar.


02
Feb

REVIEW: “Baker’s End” Episode 2 – “Gobbleknoll Hall”

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(Re)Gen is pleased to be inviting both actress Katy Manning and writer Paul Magrs to our 2017 event, and we’ll never forget how delightful it was having Tom Baker join us in 2015 via Skype. So Baker’s End has a special place in our hearts here at Onezumi Events, even outside of it being a weird and wonderful listen.

The fact that there’s a second episode of this frabjous series does set a few things straight about the plot: Tom Baker is not dead (though he has, according to himself, reincarnated as the King of Cats and goes about stealing gravestones), his former costar Suzy Goshawk is still at Baker’s End five months after the ‘funeral,’ and there’s definitely something murksome and swervish going on with a group of goblins and Tom’s dream diary. In the midst of the madness, we’re beginning to be able to grab at a few of the supernatural threads holding this story together — but for Episode 2, there’s an entirely different creepy venue to explore.

The eponymous Gobbleknoll Hall was once owned by a renowned glam rocker, and has captured the interest of the ghost hunters of Manifest Yourself. But Tom knows that no one should be poking around in there. Unfortunately, trying to warn them off embroils him, Suzy, and his housekeeper Mrs. Frimbly in the house’s madness… leading to Suzy saying some shocking things while possessed by a ghost.

It was interesting, in retrospect, to discover that some (not very good) paintings done by the late David Bowie inspired what eventually became the core of this piece. The vibe was most definitely there, with plenty of glam-rock anthems bleeding through the walls and a series of creepy, not-very-good paintings becoming a part of the narrative.

Most pleasing was the fact that Tom’s dialogue stays as Wonderlandian as ever, sometimes descending into near-gibberish that somehow still manages to make sense. It’s all weirdly believable, from the eldritch diary to the boozy ghosts — things that would normally be firmly in the realm of paranormal surrealism, but by virtue of the presence of Tom Baker somehow make you think ‘Yeah, I could see this.’

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For me, as a fan of Charlie Brooker, easily the happiest addition to this particular episode was comedienne Diane Morgan (baffling vox-popper Philomena Cunk from Brooker’s Weekly Wipe series). It was refreshing to hear her play against type as ghost hunter Marcella, and she sounded right at home with all the rest.

Having now heard two episodes, it strikes me that Baker’s End must be difficult on many levels — they’re intricate scripts with mad plots, all held together at its core by a Team TARDIS gone equally mad. Suzy is not a stationary character: it may have been five months for her, but it’s been a single episode for us, and already we’re seeing her immerse herself as deep as possible in the mysteries of her former costar’s life. The dynamic is already Who-ish in so many ways, and deliberately so. And Katy Manning as Suzy seems to be playing very much a New Who style companion: one who becomes infected, weirdly joyously, with the old madman’s life and adventures, and finds herself becoming so central to them that she’s attracting some very real, very personal danger down on herself. The question now is, how central will Suzy become, and how changed will she be when (or if) she eventually leaves Baker’s End?

Bafflegab Productions has a real gem on their hands here, and I can only hope it continues to get made so we can hear the story through to completion. In conclusion, I’ll simply reiterate what the story itself already states quite pointedly: Buy the next fudgeknocking episode.

Buy Baker’s End episode 2 on CD or as a direct download.

Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, illustrator, and presenter from Newport News, Virginia. She works as a blogger and interviewer for Onezumi Events, and as a news writer for Crunchyroll. Her work can be seen in “Associates of Sherlock Holmes” from Titan Books, various “Doctor Who” spinoffs from Obverse Books, and the light novel series “Owl’s Flower,” which she co-created with illustrator Ginger Hoesly. She works from a converted NASA lab, which she shares with four guinea pigs and a bass guitar.


31
Oct

(Re)Gen Costume Party Time at Discover Teas!

This past weekend, Discover Teas in Port Warwick invited us along to join other conventions in the area in hosting prereg opportunities for attendees, cosplay, and photo ops. We got to see friends old and new at the event, and tell lots of people about next year’s con!

Discover Teas is a local, independently-owned tea shop in Hampton Roads that came up with the great ‘Doctor Whoo-long’ blend we served at this year’s Tea with the Doctor (as well as the Shipbuilder’s Blend and triple-bergamot Earl Grey — a special hit with our guests!). In addition to hanging out with staffers from (Re)Gen and other local events, visitors had an opportunity to sample the blends served at the con, as well as the many other made and sold specially at the shop.

The shop’s mascot, Tea-Rex, even made an appearance!

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The local Pokémon trainers came out to catch some legendaries!

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Tea-Rex with two of Nekocon’s mascots.

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With our Community Manager, Kara.

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Shoot-out with McCree.

We loved seeing the Whovian cosplay turnout, too!

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Hoodie 12!

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Benny Summerfield!

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The family that cosplays together cos-stays together.

Thanks again to Discover Teas for having us along. We look forward to doing more events like this with them in future, so keep an eye out!

And if you are attending a local fan event and would like some flyers to help spread the word, contact us at contact@regenerationwho.com and we’ll hook you up!

 

 

Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, illustrator, and presenter from Newport News, Virginia. She works as a blogger and interviewer for Onezumi Events, and as a news writer for Crunchyroll. Her work can be seen in “Associates of Sherlock Holmes” from Titan Books, various “Doctor Who” spinoffs from Obverse Books, and the light novel series “Owl’s Flower,” which she co-created with illustrator Ginger Hoesly. She works from a converted NASA lab, which she shares with four guinea pigs and a bass guitar.


18
Jul

Shore Leave 2016!

Our team has just gotten back from Shore Leave at the Hunt Valley Inn, and we had a great time! Thanks to everyone who came by to chat and registered for both (Re)Gen and our September event, Intervention!

We grabbed a few photos of the awesome Whovians who came by. Here are some of them!

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We also saw lots of other cool costumes that might be of interest to Intervention-goers. This year’s event will have a heavy Star Trek influence (with guests including René Auberjonois, Dwight Schultz, Todd Haberkorn of Star Trek Continues, and writer David Gerrold), with appearances from Gigi Edgley of Farscape, Robert Axelrod of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and a few more we have yet to announce!

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Our next major event appearance is… well, Intervention itself! We hope to see lots of you there!

Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, illustrator, and presenter from Newport News, Virginia. She works as a blogger and interviewer for Onezumi Events, and as a news writer for Crunchyroll. Her work can be seen in “Associates of Sherlock Holmes” from Titan Books, various “Doctor Who” spinoffs from Obverse Books, and the light novel series “Owl’s Flower,” which she co-created with illustrator Ginger Hoesly. She works from a converted NASA lab, which she shares with four guinea pigs and a bass guitar.


30
Jun

Seasons of War: Raising money for disabled children in the UK

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Much like the Doctor himself, the Doctor Who fandom is always finding new ways to solve problems in the world. Thanks to the fans, a variety of charity anthologies have come out to raise money for a variety of charities. And for War Doctor fans, Seasons of War is a chance not only to see more about the Doctor’s lost regeneration, but also an opportunity to help less fortunate children in the UK.

Headed up by screenwriter Declan May and published by Chinbeard Books, the Seasons of War anthology contains stories by familiar names like George Mann, Gary Russell, Jenny Colgan, and (Re)Gen’s own John Peel. So far, the anthology has raised thousands of pounds for Cauldwell Children, a charity providing services and equipment to disabled children and their families in the UK. And starting tomorrow, you can grab a copy for yourself!

Preorders will open tomorrow, July 1st, at noon GMT. So be sure to check out the Chinbeard Shop to grab your copy while you can!

 

 

Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, illustrator, and presenter from Newport News, Virginia. She works as a blogger and interviewer for Onezumi Events, and as a news writer for Crunchyroll. Her work can be seen in “Associates of Sherlock Holmes” from Titan Books, various “Doctor Who” spinoffs from Obverse Books, and the light novel series “Owl’s Flower,” which she co-created with illustrator Ginger Hoesly. She works from a converted NASA lab, which she shares with four guinea pigs and a bass guitar.

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