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The Awesomelys

Welcome to the wonderful world of the Awesomelys, celebrating our fifth anniversary in 2017! Come and join us at Phoenix Comicon 2017 and at Westercon 70!

Who We Are

The Awesomelys are a group of pop culture fans who host panels at conventions to re-introduce audience members to the guilty pleasures and underrated gems of their childhood. We're talking movies and TV shows, the ones you know suck but love anyway and the ones that you know absolutely rock and show to your friends so they can share the magic.

The concept was conjured up by the Brass Bells, a pair of twins who hosted our first Awesomely Awful panel at Phoenix Comicon 2013 with Hal C. F. Astell, Jim Miller and Heather Rice.

When the Brass Bells moved to Portland, Hal took the lead and doubled the panels at Phoenix Comicon 2014. Jim and Heather continued on and we added Michael Flanders to make four.

For Phoenix Comicon 2015, we struggled to find a replacement for Heather after her untimely death. Nick Perillo kindly joined the other regulars that year and we bulked up to three panels, introducing an Awesomely Bitchin' for the first time.

We kept the three panels for Phoenix Comicon 2016 and introduced two new faces. Liz Manning took over from Nick as our regular fourth and Britt Rhuart acted as a super-sub, ably filling in for Jim on two occasions, ably filling in for Jim on two occasions, doing a great job with zero notice.

We held our now traditional three panels at Phoenix Comicon 2017, with the same line-up sans Liz who was busy with school. What made 2017 extra special though was the addition of a further panel at Westercon 70, a fresh event, with a different time span for our material. Finally we got the opportunity to step outside the nostalgia point of the '80s and '90s, covering instead every decade from the '30s to the 00's.

What We Do

Our format has remained similar from the beginning. We each select two titles for each panel from the decade in scope. For Awesomely Awful panels, that's one movie and one TV show; for Awesomely Bitchin', it's usually two films.

We don't tell the audience what they are; instead we play the movie trailer or TV show opening credits and let the crowd react! Then we talk about that choice, bouncing our opinions off each other and often bringing in the audience for their thoughts too.

The Panels

Year Event Panel Room Day Time Panelists
2013 Phoenix Comicon Awesomely Awful 80's North 126AB Sun 1.30pm-2.30pm Brass Bells, Hal, Jim, Heather
2014 Return to the Awesomely Awful 80's North 131 Fri 6.00pm-7.00pm Hal, Michael, Jim, Heather
The Awesomely Awful 90's North 121BC Sun 1.30pm-2.30pm Hal, Michael, Jim, Heather
2015 The Awesomely Bitchin' '80s and '90s North 226 Thu 9.00pm-10.00pm Hal, Michael, Jim, Nick
Son of the Awesomely Awful '80s Fri 4.30pm-5.30pm Hal, Michael, Nick
Revenge of the Awesomely Awful '90s North 228 Fri 9.00pm-10.00pm Hal, Michael, Nick
2016 Awesomely Awful: The '80s Strike Back North 226BC Fri 9.00pm-10.00pm Hal, Michael, Liz, Jim
Awesomely Awful: Attack of the '90s North 227A Sat 6.00pm-7.00pm Hal, Michael, Liz, Britt
Awesomely Bitchin': The Underrated '80s and '90s North 226A Sun 12.00pm-1.00pm Hal, Michael, Liz, Britt
2017 Awesomely Awful: '80s Never Say Die! North 229AB Thu 25 May 7.30pm-8.30pm Hal, Michael, Jim, Britt
Awesomely Awful: The '90s Won't Quit! Fri 26 May 7.30pm-8.30pm Hal, Michael, Jim, Britt
Awesomely Bitchin': More Underrated '80s and '90s! Sat 27 May 7.30pm-8.30pm Hal, Michael, Jim, Britt
2017 Westercon 70 Awesomely Awful: Across the Decades Xavier Fri 30 Jun 7.00pm-8.00pm Hal, Michael, Jim


Click on the Program Guide covers to check out what we've picked at each of these events:

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