Power Morphicon

It took me a week to recover, but I'm also missing being there.

Last weekend was the 6th Power Morphicon was held in Anaheim, California, and I got to be there an experience it. It was an experience.

To start, I'm lucky I'd planned to fly out to Anaheim a day early because they announced a few weeks before the convention that Austin St. John wouldn't be able to make it to the convention but would be doing a "Day 0" signing and photo op the day before the convention, so of course I had to be there for that. C'mon! It's Jason! That alone was crazy. There were at least a good two hundred people there and Austin, to my knowledge, managed to see everyone in line.

Day 1 started off a little, well a lot, crazy as the system that they were using for badge pickup had people in line, some inside, some outside in the hot Southern California sun, for up to 7 hours. I was one of the lucky one who had the badge within 5 hours. So I didn't manage to make it onto the convention floor until about an hour and a half after it started. Because of that I passed on the two panels that I'd planned on sitting in on that evening and hit the floor to meet and get photos with Rangers. With the exception of the actors that didn't make it to the convention at all (Amy Jo Johnson and David Yost) I got to meet and get a photo with everyone from the MIghty Morphin and Zeo seasons (my childhood seasons), minus Johnny Yung Bosh; I don't think he was there on day one. But I also got to meet actors from Time Force, possibly my favorite season of Power Rangers. The first of the Time Force cast, and the first actor, I got a photo with was Deborah Estelle Philips. Man was she amazing! Not only is she still beautiful, but she was so welcoming. She was willing to talk to everyone who approached her all night if you wanted to; and I would have if I didn't have to make my rounds with everyone else. From there I made my way on to Nakia Burrise (Zeo & Turbo), Jason Faunt (Time Force), Catherine Sutherland (Zeo & Turbo), Karan Ashley (Mighty Morphin), Walter Jones (Mighty Morphin), Claire Blackwelder (Dino Charge), Steve Cardenas (Mighty Morphin & Zeo) Ms. Appleby (Mighty Morphin, Zeo & Turbo), Kate Sheldon (Time Force), Davi Santos (Dino Charge), Brennan Mejia (Dino Charge), Kelson Henderson (S.P.D., Ninja Steel) & Alycia Purrott (S.P.D.). There were more people that I didn't get to meet because they were there Saturday and Sunday (Day 2 & 3), and I had dedicated those days to panels.

Day 2 & 3 as I said were all panels. And there was a lot going on. So much going on that I missed big panels and announcements because I had to get my nostalgia fix with other panels. Sitting in on Pink Ranger panels, Turbo panels, villains panels, Forever Red panels, Mighty Morphin 25th Anniversary panels, Shattered Grid Live panels... It was overload! But some of the things I missed out on were the reveal of the Beast Morphers cast for 2019's season (which I actually caught walking out of the panel as in line waiting to get into the Anniversary panel), as well as the viewing of the 25th anniversary episode trailer and reveal of the other six Rangers who will be appearing that episode this Tuesday.

Also, on Day 3, there was the "Beyond The Grid" panel. For those who are reading the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Shattered Grid comics from BOOM! Studios, this gave us all of the excitement for the comic coming in the next several months. Revealing the team for the series after Shattered Grid, which will no longer be Mighty Morphin focused, new Rangers being introduced, the reveal of who's under the helmet of The Dark Ranger (the Ranger from the sentai that we didn't get in Dino Super Charge), what Ryan Parrott will be doing with the Rangers in the Go Go Power Rangers coming, as well as Kyle Higgins' "Soul Of The Dragon" original graphic novel, which is basically "Old Man Tommy", but is going to be dope it seems. And lastly, there was the Ranger Danger Boom Room Live podcast, which was weird putting a face to the voice of the guys from the podcast. But I also got to meet those guys (twice) at the convention which was pretty dope. Cool dudes.

Overall, I wish the convention was still going on. They announced both that the next one will be held in the same location in 2020, as well as that they'll be doing a Power Morphicon Express starting in 2019 which will be a traveling convention on a smaller scale to the main one which will still happen every two years. So that's good news. So, yeah. 2020! I'll be back and hopefully be getting more content to share with those of you who are interested and may not be able to make it to one of the Express cons or the big one. But until then...

May The Power Protect You!

My Power Rangers Relationship

I was seven years old on August 28, 1993 when Mighty Morphin Power Rangers first aired. But I don't remember how I initially heard about the show. I don't remember being the kid that ran home from school to watch cartoons; Power Rangers was the beginning of that from what I can remember. But it changed my life, along with everyone at school and the kids I played with on my block.

I was already into martial arts film courtesy of my father, so doing flips and kicks in the front yard was already something we did when I was seven, but Power Rangers amplified that by ten. When the schoolyard wasn't touch football, it was "Green With Evil". But kids "grow up" quick, and by ten I thought I was too old for Power Rangers. I fell off around a quarter in the Power Rangers Zeo which would have been around the summer of 1996 because girl were becoming cute and rap music was popping.

Like I said earlier, I remember being apart of Power Rangers from the beginning, somehow. So I was there when Zordon recruited five teenagers with attitude, the legendary "Green With Evil" sage (which changed our seven and eight year old worlds), "Green No More""White Light", and "A Friend In Need" and remember them vividly. I also remmeber my older cousin taking me and my younger cousin to see "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie" in theaters and dressing up as the Red Ranger for Halloween one year.

Although I stopped watching Power Rangers not even halfway into its fourth season, unless a lot of people my age when they grew older, I never shitted on the franchise. I didn't watch it but I let it live. But around 2007 I found out that half of what I was so in love with was taken from Japan. I learned that Super Sentai was a thing. Back then there wasn't a way for me to get my hands on Sentai material, but I fell into a deep Wikipedia hole reading about it and the "Kamen Rider" franchise, which would adapted and given to us here in 1995 as "Mask Rider"; a show that looking back at it was nowhere near as good as Power Rangers was. I loosely stayed up on what was going on with Power Rangers. Very loosely. Mainly just knowing that it was still a thing.

Then in 2011 I seen that they were planning on rebooting the Power Rangers film franchise with a film about what happened before Angel Groove. All I'd seen for this was a poster "promotional" image and couldn't tell if it was real or fan made. But that did peek my interest in researching some Power Rangers information again, and again came across Sentai. By now, YouTube was bigger than it was in 2007 and I found multiple episodes of "Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger" on there and started watching them. "Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger" is the Sentai series that Heim Saban used for the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers that we got here in the states. This started something else. Now I was into Sentai, and went back twenty years from Zyuranger and started watching episodes of "Himitsu Sentai Gorenger", which was the first show in the Sentai franchise.

Skip three years later and I'm put onto podcasts by a coworker. Two years after that and Lionsgate is actually working on a Power Rangers reboot of the film franchise coming out in a year. So what do I do? Start searching my new thing, podcasts, for something Power Rangers related. The first one I came across was Ranger Danger: A Power Rangers Podcast, followed by Super Sentai Brothers. I came into Ranger Danger on episode three of Power Rangers Zeo which featured the Super Sentai Brothers and I've been with them every episode since. And since then I've come acorss The Morphin Grid, The Sentai Review, and 3blackgeeks podcast.

Because of the guys over at the Ranger Danger podcast, Mathew and Michael, I started watching old episodes of Power Rangers along with the podcast, as well as the newer seasons starting with Dino Charge. This drug me back in, and drug me in deep. Getting into the comics from Boom Studios, written by Kyle Higgins, buying toys, getting a Power Rangers tattoos, and even preparing for Power Morphicon 2018. This has turn into a Star Wars or Star Trek "Trekkie" situation where I'm loving the lore and digging into others' as well as creating my own head canon for the franchise.

As I was typing this I was texting my kid who somehow got excited when I was being the weird dad and showing my excitement about the 25th anniversary episode coming up August 28th. I've shown her a few episodes and we went to see the 2017 movie together (mainly because she was with me the weekend it was released and she was stuck going whether she wanted to or not), but I'm not exactly sure how she got into it enough to be excited about this. I wish she could, but unfortunately she isn't able to go to Power Morphicon with me, but I feel that would be something extremely fun.

But yeah... That's my Power Rangers rant that I've been wanting to go on for a few weeks now. Let's all hope that this Saban sell of Power Rangers to Hasbro gives us more, and good, Power Rangers with the "Beast Morphers" season coming next year and beyond. But until then...

May The Power Protect You!

P.S. Before I got I'd like to recommend some of my favorite Power Rangers seasons and episodes that you should watch if you haven't watched Power Rangers or fell off early like I did but want to know what all the hype is about amongst us nerds.

Seasons To Watch

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Seasons 1-3: Just to know where everything come from if you've never seen Power Rangers.
  • Power Rangers Zeo
  • Power Rangers Time Force
  • Power Rangers S.P.D.
  • Power Rangers R.P.M.
  • Power Rangers Dino Charge
  • Power Rangers Ninja Steel/Super Ninja Steel

Episodes To Watch

  • Day Of The Dumpster (Mighty Morphin Season 1): Again, to see what started it all.
  • Love, Peace and Woe (Mighty Morphin Season 1): One episode that always stuck with me since I first saw it.
  • Green With Evil, Parts 1-5 (Mighty Morphin Season 1): C'mon! Tommy!
  • The Green Candle, Parts 1 & 2 (Mighty Morphin Season 1)
  • Trick or Treat (MIghty Morphin Season 1): PUMPKIN RAPPER!
  • The Mutiny, Parts 1-3 (Mighty Morphin Season 2): The introduction of Lord Zedd.
  • Green No More, Parts 1 & 2 (Mighty Morphin Season 2)
  • White Light, Parts 1 & 2 (Mighty Morphin Season 2)
  • The Ninja Encounter, Part 1-3 (Mighty Morphin Season 2): Introduction of Rocky, Adam, and Aisha.
  • The Power Transfer, Parts 1 & 2 (Mighty Morphin Season 2)
  • The Wedding, Part 1-3 (Mighty Morphin Season 2)
  • A Friend In Need, Parts 1-3 (Mighty Morphin Season 3): Masked Rider setup episdoe.
  • Ninja Quest, Part 1-4 (Mighty Morphin Season 3): NINJOR!
  • A Ranger Catastrophe, Part 1 & 2 (Mighty Morphin Season 3): Instroduction of Cat.
  • A Different Shade Of Pink, Parts 1-3 (Mighty Morphin Season 3)
  • Rangers In Reverse (Mighty Morphin Season 3)
  • A Zeo Beginning, Parts 1-2 (Zeo)
  • The Power Of Gold (Zeo)
  • Revelations Of Gold (Zeo)
  • A Gold Homecoming (Zeo)
  • Good As Gold (Zeo)
  • The Millennium Message (Turbo)
  • Passing The Torch, Parts 1 & 2 (Turbo)
  • Trouble By The Slice (Turbo)
  • Cassie's Best Friend (Turbo)
  • Chase Into Space, Parts 1 & 2 (Turbo)
  • Shell Shocked (In Space)
  • Movie Madness, Parts 1 & 2 (Time Force)
  • Reinforcements From The Future, Parts 1 & 2 (Wild Force)
  • Forever Red (Wild Force)
  • Resurrection (S.P.D.)
  • Endings, Parts 1 & 2 (S.P.D.)
  • Doctor K (RPM)
  • Legendary Battle (Super Megaforce)
  • Home Run Koda (Dino Super Charge)

 

What's Been Going On?

It's been a while since I've updated you on what's going on. I haven't been super busy, but I've been lightly active the past month.

The Past 4 Weeks

So after San Francisco Comic Con, which was my last big post/update, I had four shoots. Just a little background on the shoots that are up and the one coming up tomorrow:

I reached out to Deja, a model I came across on Instagram, to do a simple shoot in Downtown Oakland and at Lake Merritt. Nothing big, just a little something for content for you all. You can see a few shot from that shoot on the Visuals page, or the full set by becoming a Patron (just $1).

The following weekend I had two shoots, one with Jennifer Morris, and one I'm keeping quiet for a little while longer as it may be next months Patreon monthly set, or I may hold onto it for an additional month. But the shoot with Jennifer was July's set of the month on Patreon and you can see that now if you're a Tier 2 or Tier 3 Patron (there's also a few shots on the Visuals page). This shoot was super dope as Jennifer was fun and conversation and made for a great model to shoot.

The last shoot I had was on July 1st with Deja Bailey. I had a shoot cancelled for the day a few hours before it was scheduled, but Deja came though with the support only hours in advance. For some reason I'd been really attracted to the color yellow weeks prior to this shoot and Deja actually had some yellow in her wardrobe while showing me what I had to choose from, so I had to go with it. I'm planning on give you more of her soon. But this shoot will be available to all Patrons tomorrow (just $1 gets you access to this one).

July and Beyond?

Next week I'm shooting photos for the cover art for my next installment in my "Raw Beats" series. This is music that I've been sitting on since October of 2017. I attempted to shoot photos for it back then but the person I had lined up to be apart of it didn't come through for me, and I've been looking for someone interested in doing it ever since. Now that the photos are happened, I may release the music in August. If you have already, you can check out the first 3 volumes of the series, along with other music of mine, at www.bishopjacksonmusic.com.

While that's happening I'm also trying to find an interesting location to set up another shoot the following week with a former collaborator, Sasksia. I'll keep you updated on that, but that shoot will more than likely being a Patreon Tier 2 and Tier 3 exclusive when it initially gets released.

Then there's Power Morphicon in August! Been waiting for this since about October of last year. I think I prepared myself for this by going to Fanime back in May. But instead of going as a photographer, I'm going simply as a fan, and I'm excited about it.

As for what's happening after that? I have a couple of people I've reached out to to do some more photographering. So I'm hoping that those happen. Otherwise, maybe just a few shoots here and there, some more music making (maybe), and trying to relax and not stress myself out over bullshit. Hopefully you all will stick around for that.

Also, if you haven't already, become a Patron. That REALLY helps me with the photography stuff I'm doing, because renting locations and paying models isn't cheap and all of that is coming out of pocket at the money, and I want to keep being able to do it.

I'll be back with more news and updates for you soon.