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(11/27/2014 4:36 PM)
Here's the international teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!
(11/27/2014 2:00 PM)
What the hell, Walking Dead? Are you just messing with us, now?
(11/27/2014 12:00 PM)
Constantine is seen smoking a cigarette in this episode. It's brief, but it happens.
(11/27/2014 10:00 AM)
Okay, so I'm in the weeds again keeping up with Vampire Diaries.
(11/27/2014 9:12 AM)
(Originally at MuseHack, Steve continues his descent into the pains of the job world that the flip advice "Do What You Love" avoids, doesn't cover, or even actively keeps us from facing. Now, we'll look at what happens when you actually get that dream job.") So you decided to "Do What You Love" for a [...]
(11/27/2014 8:08 AM)
Find a ton of deals at THIS LINK on cheapassgamer! And please .. get all these online if you can. It's a jungle out there in the real world. You don't need the headache.
(11/27/2014 8:01 AM)
And you're welcome!
(11/27/2014 6:35 AM)
Here's an EXCLUSIVE first look for Titan Comics' Mono #1, set to hit stores on Wednesday, December 17, 2014! Mono #1 STORY: Liam Sharp ART: Ben Wolstenholme REGULAR COVER: Ben Wolstenholme COVER PRICE: $3.99 RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 SYNOPSIS: "From the Boer War, through the First and Second World War, the Cold War [...]
(11/27/2014 6:00 AM)
Why don't more prices end in round numbers? In large part due to the "Left Digit Effect" - but as a bonus, I'll also mention "Benford's Law", and the pricing of your own items. It seems a sensible topic to ...
(11/27/2014 5:30 AM)
"In Michael Moorcock's universe, a war is fought by two separate yet equally important groups: Law, which provides the fundamental capability of existence, and Chaos, which provides the ability for change and development. These are their stories." Awhile back I wrote a post with four moral dichotomies that were not so simple as "Good vs. Evil." I [...]
(11/27/2014 5:07 AM)
Happy New Comic Book Day Everyone! pic.twitter.com/FqPfx4fEJC - Aaron Meyers (@AaronMeyers) November 26, 2014 Happy #ncbd everyone! pic.twitter.com/a6IQcKGvjt - Comical Podcast (@ComicalPodcast) November 26, 2014 I'm glad it's #NCBD. I hope everyone has a safe, happy Thanksgiving. pic.twitter.com/a7Kfx3OXeU - James Kaplan (@sinisterjhk) November 26, 2014 ALIENS FIRE AND STONE #3 (Dark Horse Comics) This Aliens [...]
(11/26/2014 3:50 PM)
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Here's an EXCLUSIVE first look for IDW's Adventures in Oz: Vol. 1 HC, set to hit stores next week on 12/3/2014! Details and preview pages are below! ADVENTURES IN OZ: VOL. 1 HC Eric Shanower (w & a & c) In the marvelous land of Oz, magic is always around the next corner. Dorothy, the [...]
(11/26/2014 2:30 PM)
Here's an EXCLUSIVE first look for BOOM!'s Garfield #32 from KaBOOM! Studios, set to hit stores next week on 12/3/2014! Details and preview pages are below! GARFIELD #32 Author: Mark Evanier, Scott Nickel Artist: Andy Hirsch, Lissy Marlin Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch Price: $3.99 Synopsis: Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, we've got [...]
(11/26/2014 2:00 PM)
Few things say "1970s" like the pairing of John Denver and the Muppets!
(11/26/2014 1:30 PM)
Here's an EXCLUSIVE first look for Titan Comics' Cap Stone #1, set to hit stores on Wednesday, December 17, 2014! Cap Stone #1 STORY: Liam Sharp, Christina McCormack ART: Liam Sharp REGULAR COVER: Liam Sharp COVER PRICE: $3.99 RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 SYNOPSIS: The world's first and only superhero has disappeared after undergoing [...]
(11/26/2014 12:00 PM)
An endearing cast, a creatively elaborated setting, and a strongly character-driven story combine to make Chaika many cuts above the run of the mill.
(11/26/2014 10:55 AM)
There's some confusion about what The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth actually is. Is it a remake? A sequel? It's honestly something in between the two, but here's five things you should know about Rebirth that will help you understand it. 1. New Engine and Redone Graphics The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is not being made in Flash. This means that [...]
(11/26/2014 10:00 AM)
I'm enjoying that this season is moving toward "this is how Oliver Queen become Green Arrow."
(11/26/2014 8:42 AM)
Highly popular YouTube gaming personality Felix 'PewDiePie' Kjellberg has kicked off a game jam for indie developers that has resulted in the creation of nearly 800 unique games. Kjellberg With a theme of "fun to play, fun to watch", the emphasis is on games that are more light-hearted and easily accessible fare. As an added incentive, [...]
(11/26/2014 7:30 AM)
Anime: Japan as Culture Engine continues. The Diet has an Anime, Manga, and Video Game caucus to promote interests of the industry, including tax breaks. Career: Want to program, here's the languages to consider. Culture: The Barbie "I Can Be ...
(11/26/2014 7:30 AM)
OK money-where-my-mouth-is time. I talked why we geeks should look into downshifting - and here's a list of things I've tried, looked into, or heard about. Might be a good start. As for how geeky this is, well it comes ...
(11/26/2014 7:00 AM)
A day late and many dollars short: The Tezuka Kickstarter sponsored by Digital Manga Publishing has failed, by quite a wide berth, to reach its goals. Word has it DMP will be talking to Tezuka's people about other possible options....
(11/25/2014 9:16 PM)
Returning (some might say regular) guest Robby Zinchak and I discuss the anatomy of an RPG, RPG Maker, Robby's recent PewDiePie game jam, and create a game on the show .. sorta. Subscribe to...
(11/25/2014 3:30 PM)
Review: 'BLACKSAD: Amarillo'3.0Overall ScoreReader Rating: (0 Votes)BLACKSAD: Amarillo recently won the "Premio Nacional de Cómic 2014" in Spain, the highest comics award in that country. In addition, writer Juan Diaz Canales and artist Juanjo Guarnido have won two Eisners, and a worldwide audience, both in Europe, and in America now that Dark Horse is distributing [...]
(11/25/2014 2:00 PM)
After last week's gift to harder core Supernatural fans, I expected this week to be a return to the larger arc-plots on the series.
(11/25/2014 12:00 PM)
What do you get when you mix superheroes with luchadors? It's Mucho Man! Found in Crescent City Comics in New Orleans, this locally-created comic is a fun romp that is both comfortably familiar and engagingly unique. Mucho Man is about a world in which there is a UN for "mega-heroes," a.k.a. the UM, and it [...]
(11/25/2014 10:00 AM)
The fact that Grant Gustin isn't going to be the Flash in the upcoming Justice League Movie is a tragedy!
(11/25/2014 9:00 AM)
In the concluding chapter of The Osiris Virus, King Tut has made zombies of the citizens of Gotham, and they're out to get Batman and Robin! Can the dynamic duo survive this night of the living dead, or will they be buried alive? Writer: Jeff Parker Artist: Scott Kowalchuk
(11/25/2014 2:44 AM)
By far the most successful review I have written to date on Indie Haven was something I actively avoided labeling as a review. I went out of my way when writing To the Moon: A Story of Women and Aspergers to ensure it was not formally a review in the way we usually handle them. It [...]
(11/24/2014 8:16 PM)
Downshifting is a term I've heard thrown around now and then, and not in the automotive sense. The basic idea is to adjust lifestyles to be slower, balanced, more meaningful, and less consumer driven. It's not something that seems to have ...
(11/24/2014 5:25 PM)
Been kind of quiet here - busy, had a bit of a cold, and general crazy. Not too much to update folks on yet, though with the holidays coming up . . . well I do have my next generator plan queued up. Something I've been kicking around for awhile. Pretty much planning to hold [...]
(11/24/2014 5:02 PM)
While this game may have got overlooked when initially released (other high profile titles stealing the limelight), Remember Me ia a unique and groovy little game. The combat can be a bit annoying at...
(11/24/2014 2:00 PM)
I trust in the people at Adventure Time to tell a good story.
(11/24/2014 9:51 AM)
Game of Thrones: a Telltale Games Series episode 1 Iron from Ice will be available in December, according to its Steam listing. Further details might soon be revealed on the Telltale Twitter account, according to Polygon. The six-part season will follow house Forrester, who are loyal to the Starks of Winterfell, and will take place between seasons [...]
(11/24/2014 7:00 AM)
At the heart of Hayao Miyazaki's most effortlessly charming film is a character of equal charm, learning her magic alone isn't what is most important about her
(11/24/2014 6:31 AM)
When Uppercut Games' debut title, Epoch, appeared on app stores earlier this year it took the mobile world by storm. Unreal engine powered graphics and cover based shooting mechanics were, and still are, rare to see on mobile devices. Now that the game has been ported to PC, how does everything hold up? For those [...]
(11/24/2014 4:28 AM)
Download this episode (right click and save) Hello and welcome to Episode 71 of The Indie Haven Podcast, that weekly internet show where we get Indie developers on to talk about their work... Wait, where's this week's developer? So, we recently did a guest-less episode of The Indie Haven Podcast and it went over quite [...]
(11/23/2014 8:51 AM)
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So here's your pre-Thanksgiving roundup of good causes and civic geekery to get involved in, from a comic historical guide to the infamous Desert Bus. As always you can find the Civic Geek Catalog at CivicGeek.com, where it's sorted by ...
(11/22/2014 11:28 PM)
It seems so dark but I really want to play it. Also, kind of reminds me of State of Decay a bit.
(11/22/2014 11:34 AM)
One regularly recurring debate is the idea of "objective game reviews". Some people believe that a person's personal opinions and tastes for games should not come into consideration when they are reviewing a game, and it should instead represent what the majority of people would enjoy. The counterargument to this belief is that a review [...]
(11/22/2014 11:17 AM)
Image taken from this tweet Charlie! You're back! Sorry .. I still can only think of Dominic Monaghan (@DomsWildThings) as Charlie from LOST. Well 'Charlie' and Shawn R Ashmore (@ShawnRAshmore) will be adding their...
(11/22/2014 10:35 AM)
Quick reminder that you need to always add an image to the 'featured image' section of any post. This will ensure the entry will look good (and not broken, ha) on the site. I...
(11/22/2014 9:00 AM)
Good morning, dear readers. Based on the incidence of fan mail, it appears you now number nearly half a dozen (unless, of course, it's just you, Laurose, writing in under a number of pseudonyms; if that be the case, I'm still grateful).
(11/22/2014 5:30 AM)
As seen since the beginning of Lost in Translation, getting an adaptation or a remake right takes a deft hand. There are many ways to just miss being good, either through deliberately not taking the original work seriously enough or ...
(11/21/2014 2:34 PM)
For a lot of us gamers, we overlook a lot of free games on the Google Play Market and the Apple Store since they're saturated with IAP and unnecessary play to win schematics. I...
(11/21/2014 1:26 PM)
This War of Mine is surprisingly not an ill-considered sequel song from Guns N' Roses, but in fact a war survival game from 11 bit studios. You take on the role of a small group of civilians trying (and often failing) to stay alive in a hellish besieged city. As the developers are based in [...]
(11/21/2014 8:30 AM)
(Way With Worlds Runs at Seventh Sanctum, Muse Hack, and Ongoing Worlds) I'm not quite Han Solo. You don't have to tell me the odds, but I'd like a good sense of them when it comes to your world. But I do look good in leather. When we play a game or ready a story, [...]
(11/21/2014 7:30 AM)
So why do we identify as fans? Why does the media we consume matter to us? Why is liking something important. Steve explores the questions and comes up with theories - and fandom is closer to supposedly nonfannish things than ...
(11/21/2014 7:30 AM)
(Way With Worlds Runs at Seventh Sanctum, Muse Hack, and Ongoing Worlds) Having discussed character goals, abilities, plans, actions, and results, let's talk about the stakes characters fight for. Oh, and how we screw it up. And maybe how they ...
(11/21/2014 7:00 AM)
Looking back over this legendary and now-concluded OVA series, it's striking to realize how it all amounted to a great deal less than it might have seemed
(11/20/2014 11:04 PM)
Kinsey Burke (back in action!) and Brad Gallaway (gamecritics.com) and I talked Dragon Age Inquisition, Escape Dead Island, Far Cry 4, Game Awards, and more. Download MP3 Brad on Twitter: @bradgallaway Kinsey on Twitter: @kinszilla Carlos...
(11/20/2014 5:41 PM)
Here's a short update before I fully review this month's
(11/20/2014 11:25 AM)
As a species we're terrified of death. We've looked to religions to give us afterlives, science and medicine to prolong our time on Earth and we've explored our relationship to death through various art forms. It makes sense then that death is such a key part of most games, it's the ultimate failure state. Lara [...]
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Indie Haven is looking for talented writers to join our team as contributors. We are in need of experienced game reviewers who can crank out pieces in a timely fashion, first and foremost. Indie Haven is also in need of news reporters, who are on top the of latest events making waves in the independent [...]
(11/19/2014 7:30 AM)
Now we come to the end of our journey. Well, so far, you know me. So my conclusions from all my analysis were: It's understandable why people identify with fandoms - it's a core expression. There are several forms of ...
(11/19/2014 7:30 AM)
Media A cool resource to find where to watch your favorite media - WhereToWatch.com - get trendy as cord-cutting is really accelerating. Also - a free archive of 15,000 golden age comics! The original publisher and author of the Choose Your Own ...
(11/19/2014 7:00 AM)
Anime Web Turnpike goes offline, 'Rin-ne' is getting an anime adaptation, and the 'Sailor Moon' picture quality controversy takes a turn for the worse.
(11/17/2014 4:46 PM)
Hello, fellow travelers! As promised, here's a round-up of
(11/17/2014 7:00 AM)
Its story may be straight out of the tattered young-adult dystopia playbook, but 'Patema Inverted' boasts a central visual metaphor so dazzling it begs for IMAX
(11/14/2014 5:23 PM)
Have no fear, for The Traveler has returned from Orlando safe and sound. My apologies for not submitting this article earlier, but I did not have easy access to a typewriter or my editor while on my vacation.
(11/14/2014 8:30 AM)
(Way With Worlds Runs at Seventh Sanctum, Muse Hack, and Ongoing Worlds) Having discussed character goals, abilities, plans, actions, and results, let's talk about the stakes characters fight for. Oh, and how we screw it up. And maybe how they screw it up, but that's more "story" than "author messed it up." What Are We [...]
(11/14/2014 7:00 AM)
When five kids get whisked away on an interplanetary adventure, the splashy and spectacular results walk a line between a movie about kids, a movie for kids, and perhaps even a movie by kids
(11/13/2014 12:21 PM)
"Why do you assume I have a choice?" Stephen King, Night Shift. A month ago I explained horror from an LDS viewpoint, justifying, as it were, the existence of the horror genre. But why me? I recognize the need for electricians but have no desire to be one myself, so the need itself is not reason enough [...]
(11/12/2014 7:00 AM)
Miyazaki's honorary Oscar, FUNimation's latest acquisitions, Vertical goes digital with Tezuka, and more.
(11/11/2014 7:36 PM)
(Originally posted at MuseHack.) I met Alex Beecroft in doing research on writers and geek civics. Now we've probably seen all sorts of writing, but Alex puts herself in the middle of many genres - she does gay, historical, fantasy, romance, and mystery. She explores the edges, because thats where the stories often really are. 1) [...]
(11/11/2014 10:36 AM)
*UPDATE* I will be changing my E-Mail address from the normal email@example.com to my g-mail address so that I can cut costs overall. Please update your address book accordingly. Hey All, For a while now you have not really seen any updates on the site and there's a very good reason for that. University. Many [...]
(11/10/2014 7:00 AM)
Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel 'All You Need Is Kill' has been revisited no less than three times in other media, each version its own meditation on war, death, rebirth, and timelessness
(11/10/2014 5:02 AM)
Greetings from sunny Orlando, Florida!
(11/9/2014 6:50 PM)
I hope this finds everyone well. As for what's up with me? Well beyond getting tired of Borderlands The Pre-Sequel, and being weirdly interested in Overwatch . . . Seventh Sanctum has been getting more attention due to NaNoWriMo - and folks let me know what you're up to! I've been occasionally calling out interesting NaNo [...]
(11/7/2014 8:30 AM)
(Way With Worlds Runs at Seventh Sanctum, Muse Hack, and Ongoing Worlds) Stories, games, and all fictions are about people, about characters, about what they do and why. They may not be like us, we may not like them, but that's what's going on. We're watching people (even if not human) do stuff to get [...]
(11/7/2014 7:00 AM)
An endearing cast, a creatively elaborated setting, and a strongly character-driven story combine to make 'Chaika' many cuts above the run of the mill
(11/6/2014 6:28 PM)
Whenever I read the book review columns by Floyd Gold, Damon Knight, Groff Conklin, etc., or the science articles by Willy Ley and Isaac Asimov, I'm always as fascinated by the little personal details they disclose as the information and opinions they provide. It's a glimpse into their lives that humanizes their viewpoint. Anecdotes make fun reading, too.
(11/5/2014 7:00 AM)
Winging it: Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz is now available (legitimately!) for a limited time on YouTube courtesy of Sunrise. Subbed and dubbed versions are both available. Absolutely required if you haven't seen it yet. Cry for joy: Osamu Tezuka's Mushi...
(11/3/2014 8:30 AM)
(Originally posted at Muse Hack - sharing this one with people here!) I had the immense pleasure of meeting Jay Hartlove at Con-Volution when we sat next to each other on the Worldbuilding And Religion Panel. I was thrilled when Lillian Csernica re-introduced me so I can interview him - because this is a man [...]
(11/3/2014 7:00 AM)
On the first anniversary of Ganriki.org's launch, a look back at our initial year -- and anime's past thirty years
(11/2/2014 7:35 PM)
Hello, all. My editor is nice enough to let me publish a quick note in lieu of an article.
(11/2/2014 10:10 AM)
And hello everyone. In fact, let me get this out of the way . . HELLO NANOWRIMO WRITERS! Generators are there. Please enjoy, and if you're stuck, try the new Writing Prompt Generator. Daily prompts are posted to the tumblr. Actually the NaNo numbers have been weird. Normally I don't see a NaNo surge (yes, [...]
(10/31/2014 2:00 PM)
The horror at the heart of this horror story lies in how it toys so adeptly with our understanding of 'human' and 'monster'
(10/31/2014 8:00 AM)
The autopsy on cosplayer Darrien Hunt, shot to death while dressed as Mugen, shows he was shot six times. Four shots hit him in the back. The investigation is ongoing. I dub thee: FUNimation is now doing English dubs...
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Tezukized: The controversy over the Tezuka DMP continues. The folks at DMP have offered up some more details about what peoples' money will buy, and the reactions have been all over the map: positive, questioning, and skeptical. My main...
(10/27/2014 8:00 AM)
It amounts to a glorified interstitial episode from the TV show, but one that fills in a vital part of Hana's past, and presents it with the charm and sentiments this franchise delivered so capably
(10/24/2014 7:05 PM)
I've found the bottom, and it isn't the Mariana Trench.
(10/22/2014 4:12 PM)
Walter M. Miller Jr.'s
(10/21/2014 8:20 AM)
30-something female seeking: a villain who enjoys long walks in apocalyptic cityscapes and philosophizing about revenge for his often misunderstood, now extinct home world. Preferably equipped with a fully developed sense of injustice, a distrust for the establishment, and a flair for prose about morality. Must have own lair, have an eye for detailed planning [...]
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Canadian Poet, Writer and all around inspirational person, Vanessa Shields has been writing about her life since she could hold a pencil.Now, with over six books under her name and interviews galore, we talk about her career, love of writing, creative process and a tiny bit about Cmdr. Hatfield
(10/15/2014 7:26 PM)
Here's a couple of interesting space news items:
(10/12/2014 6:04 PM)
Seattle really knows how to throw a science fiction convention.
(10/10/2014 9:30 PM)
It's going to be a dreary month, if October's selection of digests is any indication.
(10/8/2014 6:05 AM)
Robert Heinlein newest short novel is out, and my feelings toward it are much mixed.
(10/6/2014 4:04 PM)
The Soviets have done it again, reaching yet another milestone in space exploration before the Americans.
(10/4/2014 9:01 AM)
Ryō Horikawa is an Actor/Musician known for his work on Dragonball Z and beyond, Horikawa Ryo-sempai has done many things in his lifetime and while I wasn't able to see the Super Panel Dragonball Z with both Vegeta's I really did enjoy this Panel. Here it is in all it's glory... pardon the shakiness.
(10/3/2014 3:13 PM)
It never ceases to amaze me how far technology can progress in such a short time.
(09/29/2014 4:19 PM)
For more than a month and a half,
(09/29/2014 9:03 AM)
Thomas Anderson is an avid reader. He reads literature without pictures and for every book that he reads are under a dollar. His site tagline is "Reading cheap literature so you don't have to" We talk about great cheap books, and those that are brutally horrible as well.
(09/26/2014 7:00 AM)
Sire James is a musician, comedian and known for The Tim and Eric Show. Now he is starting his own variety show titled, The Sire James Show. We sat down with him and Social Media / Indiegogo Campaign Manager Zon Petilla to talk about his career, love of music and how he handles success and [...]
(09/26/2014 5:53 AM)
Ah, the beginning of a new month. A stack of magazines fresh off the newstand and in the mail. An average of 30.4166 days of reading pleasure (mostly) to look forward to.
(09/25/2014 10:45 AM)
Got those ABCs down? Recharged? Fed? Time to get back to the show floor. Last week we covered a few preliminary notions on conventioning for beginners (if you missed Part I, Learning your ABCs: Attending Big Conventions, it's here - http://tgtmedia.com/spotlight/attending-big-conventions/). Let's just keep nordic walking our way through the final points. Celebrity and [...]
(09/24/2014 5:23 PM)
I had planned on breaking up the rest of this month's (October 1959)
(09/20/2014 7:05 PM)
Artist, Comic creator, Illustrator and more...Del Hewitt Jr. comes back to Two Geeks Talking to talk his newest Kickstarter, Comics and anything in between.
(09/19/2014 6:24 PM)
A bit of a stop press on the Space Race as I wade through this months
(09/18/2014 10:59 AM)
Fan Expo is about the Fan Experience. That's on the attendee as much as it's on anyone else. Put on some comfy walking shoes and accompany me on a trek through this indulgent guide to attending big conventions. Part I The very first convention I ever attended was a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. [...]
(09/18/2014 5:59 AM)
The big news this week is
(09/16/2014 9:59 PM)
Hey All! Welcome to TGT Tournament 6 - Finals! Through the feverish voting battles and the server issues, we are FINALLY at the end of this Tournament. But, we're not done yet! Now the Final Four are battling it out. Unlike past Rounds where you can only vote once. Now YOU must choose your Top [...]
(09/15/2014 4:31 PM)
The Soviets have accomplished another space first, striking the moon with a probe yesterday, September 14, 1959, after a speedy day-and-a-half flight.
(09/12/2014 7:25 PM)
Statistics are (is?) fun. There is a simple joy to compiling data and finding patterns. Since the beginning of the publishing year, i.e. issues with a January cover date, I have been rating stories and magazine issues in aggregate. This is partly to help me remember the stories in times to come and also to trace patterns of quality. In a couple of months, I plan to have my own mini-Hugo awards; perhaps one of you might help me think of a catchy name.