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Just barely 2 weeks after the success of Calgary Expo, it is time for XFN to go to another Con. XFN has been officially accredited to attend Ottawa ComicCon this coming weekend, May 10-12th at the Ernst and Young Centre.
If you are attending, get ready for a weekend of fun stuff including our favorite skeptical FBI agent. Gillian Anderson will be in attendance as a guest of honor at Ottawa ComicCon. This is a great opportunity for fans to meet the woman behind Dana Scully, up-close and personal. However, if you are unable to attend, fear no more because XFN's very own Patricia Silva will be there all weekend to report on all things Gillian and X-Files.
Gillian Anderson will be doing an "Ask Me Anything" thread on Reddit on May 16th at 10am ET. Frank Spotnitz did a succeful AMA last fall, but if you weren't around for that and aren't familiar with Reddit, here's what you need to know.
Reddit is basically a giant internet message board for everything and anything. From cute animal photos to The X-Files, there is a subreddit for everything! Users post links or self posts and they are voted up or down by users. The same is true of comments. In return, the poster gets "karma" (useless internet points) for their contribution. The top threads with the most upvotes end up on the front page of Reddit, and those downvoted to oblivion never see the light of day.
Gillian will be doing an AMA in the IAmA subreddit which hosts threads where users can ask questions of people with unusual jobs or life circumstances that the public may be interested in. There are average people who do AMAs and then there are threads from Barack Obama and Bill Gates. There was even an AMA done by an astronaut orbiting Earth.
If you would like to participate in the AMA, either by asking a question or upvoting/downvoting other questions, you'll need to register for an account. It's simple enough to do, though. Just go to the top right corner of the page and create one.
All that's left to do then is mark your calendars, and we'll see you on May 16th.
The results are in for our giveaway for the Art Directors Guild Film Society event celebrating the Art of The X-Files on May 19th at the Egyptian Theater.
Drumroll please... The winners are:
Congratulations! You and a guest will receive tickets to share a screening of "Triangle" and "Je Souhaite" with Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan and Production Designer Corey Kaplan. The event will be moderated by renown production designer John Muto.
Winners will be contacted via email. Their reviews will be part of a special feature written by our in-house production designer, Garrett Devol in the following weeks!
If you didn't win and want to attend, you can buy tickets HERE.
Thanks so much for participating!
X-Files News had the pleasure to talk to Carlos Valenzuela, one of the artists comissioned to draw the newest installment of The X-Files comic books.
Valenzuela, a professional illustrator and comic book artist from Chile, has worked for several companies in the entertainment industry, like Fantasy Flight Games, Pyranha Bytes, SQP Publishing, Under The Floorboards, Ballistic Publishing, IDW Ltd, just to name a few.
XFN: How did you get into the business of illustrating?
"I always wanted to enter the world of illustration. My artistic influences are mainly from classic illustrators like Frazetta, Corben, Wrightson, Moebius, Elvgren, etc. and thanks to some online communities like DeviantArt or CGSociety I was able to show my first works. Also, I work for a couple of years being represented by an US agency. With them I did almost illustration work, from book covers, card games, to posters and comic book covers.
Right now, I work mainly as an illustrator, but with some comic book works from time to time, like the upcoming Mars Attacks story from IDW."
Headed to the Calgary Expo this weekend? There are lots of X-Files alumni to catch up with and some great panels. Not to mention the multiple opportunities you have to take photos with your favorites and get some awesome autographs!
To make the weekend easier on the Phile Expo Goer, here is a handy color-coded chart of every X-Files related event that is currently scheduled. Click to expand it:
For a more comprehensive look at the expo, head over to this article. But for a quick overview, this is what you need to know: