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BTFT: Comic Book Legends and Kid’s Stuff

(09/1/2014 10:34 PM)

Chris Wunderlich returns to the Bargain Bin with Alan Moore and Mary Jane.

Fan Expo Canada 2014 Highlights

(09/1/2014 9:48 PM)

Welcome back to Fan Expo Canada 2014! Four long days filled with Comics, Horror, Sci-Fi, Anime, Panels, Cosplayers, Actors, Indie creators, veterans and Stan Lee. So many great memories and more photos to come. Here are just a few before the videos get posted.

Seventh Sanctum Update 9/1/2014

(09/1/2014 8:26 PM)

Not much to update today - mostly because I'm taking a break from doing the Writing Prompt Generator. That one was pretty trying in retrospect and I definitely need some time off - though ironically I have three generator ideas in my head now. Maybe I need to put a server on my laptop so I [...]

Episode 62 (No Andre, not 61) - Louise James - The Indie Haven Podcast

(09/1/2014 11:57 AM)

Download this episode (right click and save) Hello and welcome to another exciting episode of The Indie Haven Podcast. With Laura trapped away from the podcast this week by intermittent Internet connection issues Andre takes the reins of the show, promptly getting the episode number wrong right at the start. He is joined by Indie [...]

All Bingeā€¦ No Purge: Boardwalk Empire S04 Part One

(09/1/2014 11:22 AM)

I'm about to make sweet, sweet love to Season Four of Boardwalk Empire, and you're going to watch.

Interview: Nick Arganbright from Ultimate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

(09/1/2014 11:11 AM)

Recommending comics to his teacher girlfriend for her young students, Nicholas Ratcliff Arganbright’s admiration for the genre is prominent in his Ultimate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ( UTMNT ) comic project.

Nerdecor: Decorating for Fandom

(09/1/2014 10:55 AM)

Surround yourself with things that you need and things that you love.

The third leg of the nuclear triad (The new Polaris sub-launched missile; 9-01-1959)

(09/1/2014 9:29 AM)

Let me tell you the story of a missile, one that should make us (ironically) a bit safer.

Geek Catalog Update

(09/1/2014 9:20 AM)

Sorry I wasn't able to do an update last week, things got unexpectedly busy. But I'm back on track with a pretty wide update of places you can get your geek citizen on! Computing General Coders 4 Charities - Holds ...

An Interview With Sheilah O'Connor from Can't Stop The Serenity!

(09/1/2014 8:00 AM)

Firefly/Serenity fandom is an amazingly active thing. From one TV show and movie, there's a dedicated group of fans that do everything from conventions to charities. I was fortunate enough to talk to Sheilah O'Connor, the Communications Director of "Can't ...

Noir themed heist game Calvino Noir lets you play co-op with yourself

(09/1/2014 5:14 AM)

Calvino Noir, a newly announced heist title for iOS and PC is a game that boasts a rather unique premise. Casting players as a sly thief on a heist to nab some shiny loot against a 1920's noir setting, Calvino Noir places an expected focus on stealth and distraction as some heists require more than [...]

Showcase Dominion & Outlander Trailers

(08/31/2014 8:20 PM)

First off I want you all to know I really wanted to be more active with Facebook and Twitter over Fan Expo Canada... I posted what I could and It was an amazing experience. That being said. I did get to have fun at the convention one of the days I was at the Showcase [...]

We're looking for a few good writers!

(08/31/2014 2:35 PM)

If you write on geeky subjects or want to write on geeky subject, Crossroads Alpha would like you to join our Writer's Pool.

Want To Write? Here's Your Chance

(08/31/2014 9:56 AM)

If you write on geeky subjects or want to write on geeky subject, Crossroads Alpha would like you to join our Writer's Pool. Crossroads Alpha is an alliance of web sites covering comics, anime, careers, creativity, video games, films, and more. There's a Writer's Pool that you can join if you're interested in writing for [...]

Want To Write? Here's Your Chance

(08/31/2014 9:55 AM)

If you write on geeky subjects or want to write on geeky subject, Crossroads Alpha would like you to join our Writer's Pool. Crossroads Alpha is an alliance of web sites covering comics, anime, careers, creativity, video games, films, and ...

Video Interview: Johnny Desjardins

(08/31/2014 9:29 AM)

Kurt talks with a Vampirella illustrator

Sarah Lau from Two Geeks Talking: Intern Synopsis

(08/30/2014 8:57 PM)

As August 2014 comes to a close so does my summer internship with Two Geeks Talking. The highlights of my internship are as follows: Interviewing Danielle Corsetto of Girls With Slingshots (even as awkward as I was) Attending my first convention: Super Summer Comic Con in Windsor, Ontario Attending a famous convention: Fan Expo Canada [...]

Video Interview: April Fawler from Apes in the Woods

(08/30/2014 8:20 AM)

April Fawler on her upcoming comics, the crowds at this summer comic convention and much more

Superhero Films - Superman and the Mole Men (1951)

(08/30/2014 8:06 AM)

John goes way back to look at the history of Superman in film

Lost in Translation 109 - Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning

(08/30/2014 6:30 AM)

Since the series first aired in 1966, Star Trek has made inroad into not just geek culture but global culture. It is rare to find anyone unfamiliar with the concepts of the series and unable to name at least one ...

Dev Blog - Squares and Rectangles (Developer Jake Sparrow- Hunter)

(08/30/2014 3:52 AM)

Jake Sparrow-Hunter is an Indie Developer currently working on his first game. He has a background in music composition and audio engineering and is particularly fond of chiptune and retro aesthetics. Spurred on by the desire to write music for a game and to make a childhood dream come true, he started his first project [...]

One IF by land... (September 1959 IF; 8-29-1959)

(08/29/2014 8:31 PM)

September is almost over, and it's not even the end of August.

Review: 'Genesis: From Creation to the Flood' is Inaccurate and Frustrating

(08/29/2014 4:45 PM)

If you're looking for Bible-based comics you'd be better off picking up either The Action Bible or even better the currently being published Kingstone Bible graphic novels.

Dungeons & D-Listers Double-Feature: Mazes & Monsters (1982) vs. Dark Dungeons (2014)

(08/29/2014 2:00 PM)

I think its biggest problem may have been not living up to my expectations.

The Night Gwen Stacy Died

(08/29/2014 12:31 PM)

Today Jason looks at one of the most controversial storylines of the 1970s

Interview: Gerry Conway and the Abstract Line

(08/29/2014 10:54 AM)

Gerry Conway on the passing of the old guard, the film industry and the reasons why artists get more abstract and writers get more tangible

Lost in Translation: August Round-up

(08/29/2014 10:00 AM)

Welcome to Lost in Translation's news round-up, looking at information about upcoming adaptations, remakes, and reboots.

Way With Worlds: Heroes and Villains - Omnicompetence

(08/29/2014 8:00 AM)

When we create heroes or villains, indeed main characters, in many cases we're dealing with highly competent people. In the cases of antiheroes and so forth we may not be making such individuals, but in general our "leads" of the ...

I will never 100% complete Video Games again

(08/29/2014 8:00 AM)

I'm done with wasting my time. Aren't you? The first video game I ever played was Tetris on Nintendo Gameboy. In fact that was the first "console" that I ever owned. Sure, I had computers and played a ton of games on them. Don't even get me started on my MMORPG saga and lack of [...]

Anime Roundup: August 29, 2014

(08/29/2014 8:00 AM)

Miyazaki's honorary Oscar; 'Welcome to the Space Show' hits video; Hideaki Anno gets a Ghibli nod.

'Cardcaptor Sakura': (Re-)Release!

(08/29/2014 8:00 AM)

After a wave of successors and deconstructions, the sweetness and directness of one of anime's most-beloved magical-girl shows still holds up

Dev Blog - Archmage Rises: The Muse (Developer Thomas Henshell)

(08/29/2014 3:28 AM)

Thomas Henshell is an independent game developer from Toronto, Canada. He is a serial entrepreneur who currently owns four businesses: a mobile software company, a retail tabletop gaming store, a small grocery store, and a game development studio. He has 20-ish years of experience in enterprise software development and architecture. After releasing two casual games to various mobile [...]

Dust: An Elysian Tail set to arrive on PS4 soon

(08/29/2014 2:15 AM)

Dust: An Elysian Tail is set to release on PlayStation 4 soon according to an announcement made on the official PlayStation blog. Originally released on the Xbox 360 in 2012, followed by a PC debut a year later, the game will run at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second when it arrives on Sony's console in [...]

Interview: Christopher Sebela: Crime, Comics, Crime Comics and Everything in Between

(08/28/2014 9:18 PM)

What's it like to hear, "Oh, you're nominated for two Eisners"?

Kickstarter Spotlight: Boston Metaphysical Society

(08/28/2014 1:44 PM)

Tesla, Houdini, Edison and Bell meet a spirit photographer in this steampunk graphic novel

Life Lessons from World of Warcraft- WOW Gaming

(08/28/2014 1:32 PM)

World of Warcraft holds an important place in gaming history. We can learn some excellent lessons from Blizzard's business model as this game forges towards its ten-year anniversary. Introduction There is so much that can be said about World ...

97 Years Later: Celebrating the King on His Birthday

(08/28/2014 1:13 PM)

Chase celebrates the life and art of Jack Kirby on the King's birthday

Are You Watching Doctor Who? (Spoiler Alert: The Answer Should Be "Yes")

(08/28/2014 12:00 PM)

If you're not already watching Doctor Who, now is the time to drop in on the Time-Lord. Peter Capaldi is the next Doctor and the world is setting off on a new adventure (during which he'll surely save our planet numerous times). Saturday. Was it as good for you as it was for me? Drunk [...]

The Strain 1.06 "Occultation"

(08/28/2014 10:33 AM)

Honestly, the quicker they get to a full-on Vampire Apocalypse, the better.

Preview: Sunless Sea

(08/28/2014 9:18 AM)

In a place where the warming glow of the sun's rays has never touched, where wild experimental creatures roam and mutiny lurks around each and every turn, dwells the broody world of Sunless Sea. Fans of the much acclaimed choose your own adventure browser game Fallen London will be fanatically happy to see Sunless Sea [...]

Brutal action RPG Salt and Sanctuary announced for PS4, Vita

(08/28/2014 7:52 AM)

Ska Studios, the two-person studio behind the intensely visceral Dishwasher and Charlie Murder games, have just announced Salt and Sanctuary for PS4 and PS Vita over on the official PlayStation Blog. Casting players as a shipwrecked sailor on a purgatorial island isolated from the hostile world outside, Salt and Sanctuary's action and RPG trappings are underpinned [...]

TANDQ: Around the World: England

(08/28/2014 7:26 AM)

What is the education system like in... England? This marks the first of a semi-regular set of columns that will look at education systems in different parts of the world. My belief is that this is useful not merely to ...

140 Character Reviews 8/27/14 Read the Comics, Read the Comics, Read the Comics Until They're Gone!

(08/28/2014 6:39 AM)

Another great week for comics! Is there ever a bad week when there are comics to read?!?

Interview: Marc Andreyko and the Returning Soldier

(08/28/2014 6:38 AM)

In this remarkable interview, Marc Andreyko discusses the plight of the returning soldier with our writer who is a member of the active duty military

Job Postings Mean Nothing

(08/27/2014 8:14 PM)

How bad is it - and how does it affect what people do? It may surprise you, and Quartz has the story. I often say apply if you can do the job no matter what individual skills are listed. Needless ...

On handling the data (October 1959 Astounding coda; 8-27-1959)

(08/27/2014 7:09 PM)


Fan Expo Canada 20th Anniversary and Two Geeks Talking begins!

(08/27/2014 7:00 PM)

Two Geeks Talking is off to Fan Expo Canada! Not only are the newest Journalists attending but CoderMike is back and bringing another level of Video work to the show. With four people that's four times the coverage and what better place to do that than at Fan Expo Canada's 20th Anniversary! 1) Check out [...]

Interview: Walter Simonson: Ringing in 'Ragnarok'

(08/27/2014 3:58 PM)

The legendary comics creator talks 'Ragnarok', 'Manhunter' and much more

Review: 'Words For Pictures: The Art And Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels' is Disappointing Advice

(08/27/2014 2:56 PM)

John was excited to read Brian Bendis's treatise on working in comics, but ended up disappoointed

A real turkey (October 1959 Astounding; 8-27-1959)

(08/27/2014 2:51 PM)

When last we left off with the September 1959

An Existential Mystical Experience: The Zero Theorem (2013)

(08/27/2014 2:00 PM)

"What is the meaning of life Mr. Leth? So close to its end and still no answers."

On Older Anime Characters: A Touch Of Gray Would Suit Us Anyway

(08/27/2014 10:00 AM)

When will we see older characters in anime as things other than supporting cast members, comic relief, or objects of repugnance?

Review: Bionic Dues

(08/27/2014 9:35 AM)

Bionic Dues is a top-down, tactical-strategy game where you can customise robots that are designed to fight other robots. With procedurally-generated maps, a high failure rate and a focus on situations going massively cock-eyed, it's a game that definitely borrows from the roguelike style of play experience. You're a lone pilot working with limited resources, [...]

Series Review (So Far): 'Ms. Marvel' is Well Written, Lighthearted and Fun for Everyone

(08/27/2014 8:13 AM)

Jordan says 'Ms. Marvel' is about as perfect as it gets when it comes to superhero books.

This is What We Wanted: Lumberjanes and Subatomic Party Girls

(08/27/2014 7:16 AM)

Katy shares why she likes Subatomic Party Girls and Lumberjanes because of what they are, but loves them because of what they're not

Psychological minigame collection Pillar headed to PS4

(08/27/2014 6:25 AM)

Developer Michael Hicks has announced Pillar, a collection of psychologically-themed minigames for PlayStation 4, via the official PlayStation Blog. Speaking on the blog, Hicks is keen to convey the notion that as well as being evocative of different types of personality, each minigame will also boast unique gameplay elements tied in with those traits too. [...]

TGT Tournament 6 - Round 3

(08/27/2014 5:00 AM)

Hey All! Welcome to TGT Tournament 6 - Round 3! This year we have a great batch of combatants in the Entertainment industries of Comics, TV/Film, Music, Video Games, Cosplayers and Literary Authors. Episodes 251 - 309 are in Round3 and it's up to YOU to vote for your favourite interview. If you haven't listened [...]

Shadow of the Colossus and Dark Souls inspired Titan Souls gets new trailer

(08/27/2014 3:23 AM)

Titan Souls, a game which seeks to marry elements of Shadow of the Colossus and Dark Souls, has just been given a new gameplay trailer. Developed by three person team Acid Nerve, Titan Souls is a top-down action RPG where the player is tasked with killing a selection of massive bosses in an otherwise desolate [...]

VGP + SRGE + VGNW = RAD - Episode 22

(08/27/2014 12:03 AM)

I sat down with Nathan, Kinsey, and Robert after a shoot for the Kickstarter video for Videogames Northwest, and we talked castles, beer, video games, and collecting. Videogames Northwest Kickstarter: http://bit.ly/1ldP3bS The Airlock: http://the-airlock.com/p/welcome.html Download MP3

Muppets 101: The Cube (1969)

(08/26/2014 2:00 PM)

The Cube is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to be stuck there!

Review: 'Death Sentence': On the Edge with Six Months to Live

(08/26/2014 1:38 PM)

A heady, wild graphic novel features unlikable characters and a fascinating storyline

Interview: Eric Powell: Always Striving for More

(08/26/2014 12:51 PM)

Eric Powell on art, approach and keeping interested after all these years

ADVANCE REVIEW: Murderdrome (2014)

(08/26/2014 10:00 AM)

It's low-brow and hi-octane with plenty of thrills, spills, and gory murders to keep you entertained.

Way With Worlds: Heroes and Villains - Omnicompetence

(08/26/2014 8:00 AM)

When we create heroes or villains, indeed main characters, in many cases we're dealing with highly competent people. In the cases of antiheroes and so forth we may not be making such individuals, but in general our "leads" of the tales in our world, who we focus on, are highly competent people. After all you [...]

Job Basics: Roundup

(08/26/2014 8:00 AM)

And here's the roundup of the Job Basics series. For those of you that are new here (or came to see it), the goal was to list out job search basics, focusing on the geek audience here, as a reference. ...

James Marontate Super Space Boy Interview

(08/26/2014 7:00 AM)

James Marontate is an Animator in Toronto, with roots in Amherstburg. His talent for animation is second to none and his new webcomic Super Space Boy is getting a lot of attention. Here interviewed by Sarah Lau he talks about the convention, his comic and more.

What happened to 1-6? (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad; 8-25-1959)

(08/25/2014 4:25 PM)

Some movies are made with a huge budget and are expected to be big blockbusters. Others are made on a shoestring and have much more variable luck. I've taken a chance on a lot of "B-Movies" simply because their subject matter included science fiction and or fantasy topics. I'm happy to announce that the lastest such experience, watching

Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Blu-ray Review

(08/25/2014 2:00 PM)

Muppets Most Wanted is great! Really great!

Steve Trista interview

(08/25/2014 11:00 AM)

Steve Trista is Comic Artist / Illustrator that has an affinity for all comics that he grew up with from the 80's and 90's. For over a year now he has worked with David Finch on backgrounds for the series "Forever Evil". We talked to Steve (amidst very loud yelling... there was a Cosplay Competition [...]

Job Basics: The Social

(08/25/2014 8:00 AM)

You've got your resume, you've researched your career, you're on the search. In fact, you may even have a good job or found one and are well on your way. There's one final factor I wanted to address - the ...

Anime Roundup: August 25, 2014

(08/25/2014 8:00 AM)

RIP Satoshi Kon; 'Otaku no Video' hits BD in Japan; 'Patema Inverted' gets a Cinedigm release

Let's Film This: 'Soul Eater'

(08/25/2014 8:00 AM)

It isn't just the Tim Burton-esque atmosphere that makes 'Soul Eater' ripe for a live-action version, but a lively and colorful cast of characters worthy of our attention

Seventh Sanctum Update 8/24/2014

(08/24/2014 4:30 PM)

OK gang, I've finished my updates to the Writing Prompt Generator. Added some new intros, spices up a few basic openings, and added a bit more variance to a common phrase or two. As for now, I think I definitely need to take a break from it, so I'll consider it "good enough" for now [...]

April Fawler interview

(08/24/2014 7:15 AM)

April Fawler creator of Apes in the Woods talks with Two Geeks Talking at Super Summer Comic Con 2014. She talks about her upcoming comics, the crowds at this summer comic convention and much more. Interviewed by Sarah Lau.

'Toradora!': No Paper Tiger

(08/22/2014 8:00 AM)

Under the clichéd surface of this lively romantic farce run undercurrents of something smarter and deeper

Anime Roundup: August 22, 2014

(08/22/2014 8:00 AM)

Live-action 'Princess Jellyfish' inches closer, unfinished Tezuka film to be finished, Ghibli's 'Kaguya' gets an English trailer.

Big and Little Booms (Discoverer VI and Little Joe 1; 8-22-1959)

(08/22/2014 6:35 AM)

You certainly can't fault the Air Force for lacking persistence. The flyboys launched yet another in the ill-fated

Things That I Like: Building a Fandom

(08/21/2014 11:57 AM)

This post originally appeared at The Oak Wheel on August 14th, 2014. Why bother with a fandom? This is a follow-up to the previous article, Fandom and Fanfiction. Karen Hunton of Build a Little Biz describes the members of a fandom as having these qualities: loyal - they want what you have and aren't interested in competitors avid - they will [...]

Car talk with Jordan Greer - Episode 21

(08/20/2014 10:55 PM)

I skyped with Jordan Greer of www.gtplanet.net and talked Gran Turismo, car video games (and just cars in general), and our limited childhood gaming options. Check out his website and follow him/his site on Twitter! Download the MP3 [right click and 'save as'] Oh, and if anyone can find that footage we talked about on Gamespot - link it [...]

Amazon's Kindle Worlds Didn't Catch Fire

(08/20/2014 7:40 PM)

Compared to fanfiction sites, it's just not cutting it. When you look at all the free sites out there, the numbers don't add up. Oddly, I can't fault Amazon for trying. This is an obvious market, it's nice to get approved fanfic, and I can see some companies going for it as a way to [...]

The Worst (September 1959 Astounding; 8-20-1959)

(08/20/2014 6:58 PM)

People seem to enjoy extremes. The first to do this. The best at doing that. The most exciting. The brightest. The darkest.

Way With Worlds: Heroes and Villains - Dark Mary Sues

(08/19/2014 8:08 AM)

NOTE: I am addressing Mary Sues in this column, which often involves questions of definition. As Mary Sues (and the male counterpart Gary Stu) are often a continuum, I wanted to clarify my definition. My definition is of an "author's pet" - a character who gets vastly preferential treatment by the author in a way [...]

Anime Roundup: August 18, 2014

(08/18/2014 8:00 AM)

Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service, and The Wind Rises -- out at long last in the U.S.

Sanctum Update 8/16/2014

(08/16/2014 8:30 PM)

Two updates this time! First the Seventh Sanctum Tumblr now has a daily random character as well as the random story idea. This way you get interesting character ideas you can share, discuss, and challenge each other to use. I plan to add more in the future. Next up, the Writing Prompt Generator had another [...]

Trifecta (Discoverer V; Beacon 2; Titan failures; 8-15-1959)

(08/15/2014 7:44 PM)

The Air Force launched the fifth in its

Anime Roundup: August 15, 2014

(08/15/2014 7:35 PM)

Get under it right now: If you haven't checked out Under the Dog and contemplated backing the project, you're missing one of the most ambitious things to happen in anime in quite a while....

EGM, magazines, anonymous comments, and Transistor with Ray Carsillo

(08/14/2014 9:53 PM)

Episode 20 - I recently skyped with Ray Carsillo (Reviews Editor for EGM) and had a groovy talk. We talked about magazines, his job at EGM, EA and 2K (and sports game competition), anonymous commenting, Transistor, Shovel Knight, and childhood gaming memories. Download MP3 [right click and 'save as'] Games mentioned in the show: Shovel [...]

Momentum stalled (October 1959 Galaxy; 8-13-1959)

(08/13/2014 4:30 PM)

I really enjoy the broadness of

Boost The Signal

(08/13/2014 8:14 AM)

Some time ago I began thinking over the fact that it seems complaints about lousy media and bad technology fell on deaf ears. It almost seemed complaints were expected and ignored or worse. But after chatting with some friends, I realized that one solution is to promote good work. How many of us know a good [...]

'Harlock: Space Pirate': Only The Imagery Is Three-Dimensional

(08/13/2014 8:00 AM)

What sense does it make to turn Leiji Matsumoto's stirring, Gothic space opera into a shrink-wrapped CGI product?

Way With Worlds: Heroes and Villains - The Deadly Hero

(08/12/2014 8:03 AM)

So we'e talking heroes and villains. Usually at some point we're talking conflict and outright violence in this case, even if its not physical. However when it gets physical, I want to address a rather poorly handled archetype which I call The Deadly Hero The Deadly Hero is that character who is a killing machine [...]

Katsuhiro Otomo's 'Freedom': The Boys Who Fell To Earth

(08/12/2014 8:00 AM)

In the wake of 'Short Peace' and with 'Interstellar' in the offing, Katsuhiro Otomo's reach-for-the-stars project uses the graphics of the former to deliver the message of the latter

The momentum of quality (October 1959 Galaxy, first part; 8-11-1959)

(08/11/2014 3:07 PM)

Last year,

Anime Roundup: August 8, 2014 (Sorta-Kinda Otakon Edition)

(08/8/2014 8:00 AM)

Live-action 'Kenshin' cleans up

The Long Shadow Of The Mushroom Cloud

(08/8/2014 8:00 AM)

The legacy of the bomb in Japanese history has been confronted endlessly in entertainment, but that shouldn't be the only way we confront it

Earthbound Pioneer (Explorer VI; 8-08-1959)

(08/8/2014 6:24 AM)

We are now in the second phase of the Space Race.

East meets West (September 1959 Fantasy and Science Fiction, second half; 8-04-1959)

(08/4/2014 5:35 PM)

A thousand pardons for my lateness. It is partly to blame on mundane matters taking precedence, and partly to blame on my magazines showing up late this month. Perhaps laziness is also a factor. It's languidly warm this Summer.

Monkey Punch's 'Botchan': Laugh, It's A Classic

(08/4/2014 8:00 AM)

When the creator of 'Lupin III' decided to revisit a feisty Japanese literary masterwork, the results were as uproarious as they needed to be

Anime Roundup: August 1, 2014

(08/1/2014 8:00 AM)

Live-action 'Moribito', 'Attack on Titan', 'Soul Reviver', 'Space Adventure Cobra' ... pant, pant.

Manga-Anime Guardians: Not Nearly Enough

(08/1/2014 8:00 AM)

A well-intentioned program in Japan to curb piracy right now amounts to little more than spitting on a fire to put it out

Dreams of Summer (September 1959 Fantasy and Science Fiction, first half; 7-28-1959)

(07/29/2014 6:44 AM)

Hello, all. I'd meant to report on the newest issue of

Loveliest of Bodies (Venus, 7-25-1959)

(07/25/2014 5:08 PM)

Exploring the ground (7-22-1959)

(07/23/2014 6:20 AM)

Just a quick stop-press today while I wait for the new magazines to come in. Apparently, NASA tried another satellite launch last week on the 16th. A Juno II rocket, which is a modified Jupiter Intermediate Ranged Ballistic Missile, had the latest in the

Flawed jewel(s) (August 1959 Astounding, last part; 7-21-1959)

(07/21/2014 4:34 PM)

Before I finish my review of the August 1959

Bad History Repeats (August 1959 Astounding, second part; 7-18-1959)

(07/18/2014 6:46 PM)

All right, all right. There is no putting off at least an initial review of this month's

Heat wave and hot topics with Nathan Ortega

(07/18/2014 3:46 PM)

I got to Skype with Nathan of the Dead Pixels Podcast - during a pretty insane heat wave. We talked early Sega Master system, Dragon Age, working crappy jobs to pay for games, his podcast, games journalism, Kinect. difficult games, and old video game commercials. Download MP3 [right click and 'save as'] Check out Nathan's podcast [...]

They sure make kids old these days... (Teenagers from Outer Space; 7-16-1959)

(07/16/2014 8:08 PM)

I know I promised the dope on the latest

Space Dogs and opportunity costs (7-14-1959)

(07/14/2014 2:30 PM)

It's another flight for Otvazhnaya, the daring Space Dog, in another zoological journey. This time Otvazhnaya was joined by a different dog from last time (named "Pearl," or the Russian equivalent thereof) as well as a bunny, whose name I do not yet know. The flight, which took place on July 10, appears to have been a duplicate of the

Kookie Aliens (August 1959 Astounding, first part)

(07/11/2014 6:50 PM)

I'm a bit of an etymology nut, so when I recently heard the hit song, "Kookie, Kookie (Lend me your Comb)," I became intrigued by the provenance of the final lyric, "Baby, you're the ginchiest."

Space Bunnies! (July 9, 1959)

(07/9/2014 4:05 PM)

It's time for a Space Race update! I hear mixed cheers and groans. Well, it takes all kinds to make a column...

IF Returns! (July 1959 IF; 7-07-1959)

(07/7/2014 5:14 PM)

There is a certain perverse joy to statistics. Think of the folks who spend hours every week compiling baseball scores, hit averages, etc. It's a way to find a pattern to the universe, I suppose.

Cats, IF, and Yankee Doodle (7-04-1959)

(07/4/2014 5:36 PM)

If you have a cat, you know what impediments to constructive activity they can be. Perhaps you're purposefully striding to your next chore; the cat will rub up against you or flop on the floor in a coy manner, and you will have no choice but to stop and give it a good petting. Maybe you're trying to read or, say, type up an article related to science fiction; said cat will purr alluringly, magically appearing under your hands, rendering keys or pages quite inaccessible.

Learning the RPG way with Scott Sizemore

(07/3/2014 2:46 PM)

I sat down with Scott Sizemore (Moonlight Press) to discuss the new RPG-ish engine/system he's building, Valiant Hearts, Far Cry 4, Silent Scope, Turbo-Express, and a super battle stage of the C-64 vs. NES. Download MP3 [right click and 'save as'] Scott on Twitter Windows Phone Apps

The Bomb, the Clock, and the Devil (August 1959 Fantasy and Science Fiction; 7-02-1959)

(07/2/2014 5:26 PM)

In this month's F&SF editorial, editor Doug Mills reports that he's gotten a number of complaints regarding the oversaturation of stories in the post-apocalyptic, time travel, and deal-with-the-Devil genre. Mr. Mills' response was that any genre can be oversaturated, but quality will always be quality, and F&SF will publish quality stories in whatever genre it pleases. In fact, there are stories dealing with all three of the "oversaturated" genres in this issue.

Video Game Break Podcast - Episode 17 at Seattle Retro Gaming Expo

(07/1/2014 4:46 PM)

Had a pretty rad conversation with Robby Zinchak and Tadhg Kelly whilst at the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo. Take a listen! Direct download of MP3 [right click and 'save as']

I am Cyrus, King of the World (August 1959 Fantasy and Science Fiction, 1st half; 6-30-1959)

(06/30/2014 4:53 PM)

For most people, the beginning of the month coincides with the 1st (or, as my late father might say, the "oneth"-i.e., May the "oneth" followed by May the "tooth"). For me, and doubtless for most of my science fiction loving sistren and brethren, the month starts around the 26th, which is when the science fiction magazines hit the newsstands.

All the access with Nick McCandless - Episode 16

(06/21/2014 9:03 AM)

I sat down with Nick McCandless of and talked difficult boss battles, Phil Fish's comment on fair use, and what it takes to create a games website. Nick on Twitter Also I mention Metal Jesus during our Phil Fish / Fair Use discussion .. here's his YouTube channel.

Evolve, Morpheus, and other E3 highlights with Dan 'Shoe' Hsu

(06/13/2014 6:34 PM)

Download MP3 [right click and 'save as'] For the last episode of our E3 week I Skyped with my buddy Dan (Shoe) Hsu to discuss what he saw on the show floor. We talk Evolve, Morpheus, and Nintendo. Enjoy! Dan on Twitter and check out Gamesbeat!

Beer, E3, and SRGE with Kinsey Burke

(06/13/2014 9:04 AM)

Download MP3 [right click and 'save as'] Every day this week we're talking with a different person, and getting their thoughts on E3 2014. So I sat down with Kinsey Burke (at the Raygun Lounge) to discuss some of the games from E3, our upcoming webshow, and the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo. Then after .. we went and had [...]

E3 2014 - Show floor talk with my tocayo Carlos Macias

(06/12/2014 9:04 AM)

Download MP3 [right click and 'save as'] For E3 2014 we're recording a podcast for each day of E3 (including the day before and after) with different people. Giving us a wide variety of ideas and opinions around the big show. This episode I sat down with an old buddy Carlos Macias (my tocayo) and talked about what he [...]

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