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E-disHarmony: The Shortage of Blue Ribbon Villains

(10/25/2014 2:00 PM)

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 [...]

Why Archie Comics Is Now Hip

(10/25/2014 10:24 AM)

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/25/how_archie_went_from_dull_to_daring_the_worlds_tamest_comic_series_is_now_our_most_groundbreaking/ Best summary I heard "In Riverdale Anything Can Happen." I think there's something to that. Archie in concept is tethered to certain ideas and characters who are archetypical. This in some ways is limiting, but as the characters are about very human situations, it is a human tether. Archie's situations are human ones - love, [...]

See No Evil 2 (2014)

(10/25/2014 10:00 AM)

And the Soska Sisters can apparently do no wrong. Every shot in See No Evil 2 is beautiful.

Lost in Translation 114 - Howard the Duck

(10/25/2014 6:30 AM)

Lost in Translation has taken a look at different movies based on Marvel characters, from the Avengers Initiative to the licensed characters like Spider-Man and Daredevil. The recent movies have all been well received for the most part. However, Marvel's ...

Superhero Films - Chapter 8: The Incredible Hulk (1977)

(10/25/2014 4:00 AM)

Marvel Comics answer to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - The Incredible Hulk, comes smashing onto primetime television! While doing some tinkering in his lab Dr. David Banner gets a little sloppy and gets exposed to a high dose of gamma radiation. He seems to be fine, until.....he gets angry, which brings about the biggest, [...]

[Oct. 24, 1959] Bleah! (November 1959 Astounding--the worst yet!)

(10/24/2014 7:05 PM)

I've found the bottom, and it isn't the Mariana Trench.

Tiny Pages Made of Ashes 10/24/2014: Box Brown's Number Issue 2: Kayfabe, Creation and Hope

(10/24/2014 6:30 PM)

Tiny Pages Made of Ashes 10/24/2014: Box Brown's Number Issue 2: Kayfabe, Creation and Hope3.5Overall ScoreReader Rating: (0 Votes) Tiny Pages Made of Ashes is Comics Bulletin's small press review column Elkin: Sacks: Daniel Elkin: Okay, Sacks, so Box Brown is back with the second issue of Number and since I missed issue 1, I'll [...]

Interview: Neal Adams, Part 1: "Nobody Was Getting Rich"

(10/24/2014 3:30 PM)

Neal was another early interview effort and he made it completely effortless with his stories from the trenches and the characters he both met and drew. This interview took place in the Spring of 2007 and he gets into the very beginning of his career. Bryan Stroud for Comics Bulletin: When did you start at [...]

ABCs of Horror Day 24: T is for Trick ‘r Treat

(10/24/2014 2:00 PM)

Trick 'r Treat. The Halloween movie to end all others.

Costume Quest 2 Ventures To PS4, PS3 In Time For Halloween

(10/24/2014 12:30 PM)

Costume Quest 2, the humorous RPG from developer Double Fine, is coming to Sony's PlayStation 4 and PS3 on Oct. 28 in North America. These two console versions will also be featuring Sackboy, the main character from the popular, Sony exclusive LittleBigPlanet, as a costume. Costume Quest 2 will be sold at $14.99 on the [...]

On S. Clay Wilson and Bourgeois Morality

(10/24/2014 12:30 PM)

"It looked like folk art, like old-time tattoos, like some demented high school hot rodder's notebook drawings. The drawings were rough, crazy, lurid, coarse, deeply American, a taint of white-trash degeneracy. Every inch of space was packed solid with action and crazy details. The content was like something I'd never seen before, the level of [...]

Lost in Translation 113: Godzilla (1998)

(10/24/2014 10:00 AM)

Godzilla has issues as an adaptation that really start after Zilla reaches Manhattan. Until then, it does feel like a proper adaptation of Gojira.

Small-Press Super-Heroes of the '80s: Nexus

(10/24/2014 9:00 AM)

Change doesn't work from the top down. At least not in creative fields. No, publishers and studios are businesses and aren't going to spend money on something that doesn't have a history of working. That means innovation starts from the bottom with people that are hungry for not just success but creative fulfillment. Just as independent [...]

An Interview With Photographer And Videographer Erik Urias

(10/24/2014 8:30 AM)

Erik Urias, beyond having a a name that clearly marks him as a fantasy hero, is also a photographer involved in cosplay, steampunk, and even the philosophy of art. I met him at Con-Volution, and he took time out of ...

Way With Worlds: Tropes And Worlds, The Living And The Dead

(10/24/2014 8:30 AM)

So last we met I discussed originality being an illusion, but I feel I do need to cover something - the use of tropes, stereotypes, and "seen-it-all-before" elements in our worldbuilding. For the sake of not having to abuse a thesaurus, I'm just going to call these "Tropes." Plus it's shorter to type. I've talked [...]

Well, Is Anime A Genre Or A Medium?

(10/24/2014 8:30 AM)

(Originally published at Ganriki, I thought the crew here would enjoy it!) And while we're at it, is light a particle or a wave? That one, we already have (sort of) an answer for: it depends on how it's constrained. The same, I think, applies to anime too: it's a genre and a medium, depending [...]

The Evil Within, the Playstation Experience, and GamerGate - Episode 29

(10/24/2014 8:07 AM)

I sat down with show regular Kinsey Burke and semi-regular Tadhg Kelly to discuss The Evil Within, arcade games, the Playstation Experience, and GamerGate. Two notes: 1. Sorry about the occasional phone interference sounds....

Anime Roundup: October 24, 2014

(10/24/2014 8:00 AM)

Kickstopper: Good: Digital Manga kicked off their Kickstarter project to bring some of Osamu Tezuka's lesser-known projects into English. Bad: The compensation system they've proposed for the whole thing forces people to put up an absurd amount of money...

'A Letter To Momo': I'll Get By With A Little Help From My Ogres

(10/24/2014 8:00 AM)

Despite some pacing problems and a few fumbled story elements, the first film from Hiroyuki Okiura since 'Jin-roh' is a good-hearted treat

Madefire's Free Friday 10/24/2014: Clive Barker's Next Testament #1

(10/24/2014 7:00 AM)

Every week, our friends at Madefire make another free motion comic available for download and reading. If you haven't checked out their amazing motion platform, you owe it to yourself to see what it's all about because it's an amazing experience. This week, the team at Madefire have made available a free read of Clive Barker's [...]

Animal survival sequel Shelter 2 shows off new gameplay footage

(10/24/2014 3:30 AM)

Swedish studio Might and Delight have today released the first gameplay footage from their animal survival sequel, Shelter 2. Originally set for release later this year, the sequel was delayed until February 2015 for additional polish. Combining an eye-opening aesthetic with open-world survival gameplay, Shelter 2 has players assuming the role of a lonely lynx [...]

Eel Mansions #6 (Bringing It All Back Home)

(10/23/2014 6:30 PM)

Eel Mansions #6 (Bringing It All Back Home)5.0Overall ScoreReader Rating: (1 Vote)"And in fact the only way I can deal with this eerie situation at all is to make a conscious decision that I have already lived and finished the life I planned to live - and everything from now on will be A New [...]

Interview: Matt Wagner: The Hero Defined

(10/23/2014 3:00 PM)

Matt Wagner is a legendary figure in comics history. He's created dozens of classic comics stories over the years. It was a treat to catch up with him at this year's San Diego Comic Con to discuss Grendel, Django/Zorro and the joys of working on a comic with your son. Jason Sacks for Comics Bulletin: [...]

ABCs of Horror Day 23: S is for Sentinel

(10/23/2014 2:00 PM)

Whether brilliant or merely offensive, the last 20 minutes of The Sentinel left a scar on my brain and that is just damn fine cinema.

Episode 68 - Javy Gwaltney (The Terror Aboard The Speedwell) - The Indie Haven Podcast

(10/23/2014 12:44 PM)

Download this episode (right click and save) Hello and welcome to Episode 68 of The Indie Haven Podcast, that weekly internet show where we get Indie developers on to talk about what games they would like to see re-imagined as Twines and attempt to get them to reveal new information they were not planning to [...]

The Walking Dead 5.02 "Strangers"

(10/23/2014 12:00 PM)

I honestly don't think there's another show running currently with this approach to scripting and it's one of the reasons I love Gimple's run on The Walking Dead.

Review: 'Best of Enemies' Has Amazing Art but a Giant, Crucial Problem

(10/23/2014 11:00 AM)

Review: 'Best of Enemies' Has Amazing Art but a Giant, Crucial Problem4.0Overall ScoreReader Rating: (0 Votes)Best of Enemies is a beautifully-illustrated story about an area of our world that brings nothing but bad news. Subtitled "A History of US and Middle-East Relations, 1953-1984", this 100-page volume is written by Middle East expert Jean-Pierre Filiu as a [...]

The Vampire Diaries 6.03 "Welcome to Paradise"

(10/23/2014 10:00 AM)

Well, finally, the first good Vampire Diaries episode of the season!

2 Min Video Review - Go To Bed - Via Family Gamer TV

(10/23/2014 9:50 AM)

We here at Indie Haven love indie games, but we also understand it can be hard to know if a new game is going to be right for younger audiences or not. Digital releases tend not to get PEGI or ESRB ratings and reviews usually don't get into depth about the specifics of what kinds [...]

Dev Blog - Inside the Indie Art Process of Archmage Rises (Thomas Henshell)

(10/23/2014 9:42 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 [...]

The Unfinished Swan Arrives on PS4/PS Vita Next Week

(10/23/2014 8:55 AM)

The Unfinished Swan hits the PlayStation Network Store for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita on Oct. 28. The two versions can be purchased for $15 as a cross-buy deal, meaning that buying it once unlocks it for all available platforms. This also means that those who already own it on PS3 can download it on PS4 [...]

Gone Home co-creator shows off new title, Where The Water Tastes Like Wine

(10/23/2014 2:30 AM)

Co-creator of atmospheric adventure Gone Home, Johnnemann Nordhagen, has revealed the first title to come from his new studio Dim Bulb Games. Titled, Where The Water Tastes Like Wine, the game is similar to Gone Home in that it will be focused on exploration, but the scope will be much larger and thematically diverse. Taking [...]

Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer! Official!

(10/22/2014 5:19 PM)

Get a glimpse before it's gone! Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer!!

[Oct. 22, 1959] Fiat Libro! (A Canticle for Leibowitz)

(10/22/2014 4:12 PM)

Walter M. Miller Jr.'s

ABCs of Horror Day 22: R is for Romero

(10/22/2014 2:00 PM)

From 2005 on Romero has restricted himself to making zombie films, expanding on the universe he created back in 1968 to lessening impact each new go-around.

Vector: The Courier looks cool

(10/22/2014 1:09 PM)

Check it out. Found it via Sean Murray's (No Mans Sky) twitter feed.

Arrow 3.02 "Sara"

(10/22/2014 12:00 PM)

At the risk of being crass, if the writers of Arrow were hellbent on killing someone, I think they killed the wrong sister.

Feature: Why I am Bread Makes me Excited for Games Again

(10/22/2014 10:59 AM)

This week Bossa Studios, the team behind the hit Surgeon Simulator announced a strange new project. The game is called I am Bread, which is about controlling a slice of bread on its journey to become toast. I suspect there is no greater context to this title other than causing chaos in enclosed areas, which [...]

Big Eyes Smart Mouth: Ghost in the Shell

(10/22/2014 10:00 AM)

Twenty-five years on, one of anime's seminal groundbreakers, Ghost in the Shell, remains as alluring, intriguing, confounding, and problematic as ever.

An Interview With Author ElizaBeth Gilligan

(10/22/2014 8:30 AM)

I met ElizaBeth Gilligan at ConVolution. She's got a series called "Gypsy Silk" published through DAW, with a third book coming. She's also a writer of short stories, a journalist, and more. So it's time for us to get her ...

An Interview With Author Lillian Csernica

(10/22/2014 8:30 AM)

(Originally posted at Muse Hack, I thought you Sanctumites would enjoy it as well) I met Lillian Csernica at Con-Volution. She's a professional author who's written short stories and even warmed my worldbuilding heart with a guide to making magic systems. Of course I'm going to interview here, she's one of us. 1) OK let's [...]

Demo released for Papers, Please dev's new title, The Return of the Obra Dinn

(10/22/2014 3:17 AM)

Lucas Pope, developer of the critically acclaimed Papers, Please, has released a demo for his next title, The Return of the Obra Dinn. Revealed back in May, The Return of the Obra Dinn is a 1-bit styled, retro detective adventure set aboard an East India Company merchant ship that mysteriously makes it to port after disappearing [...]

Review: Insurgency

(10/21/2014 12:17 PM)

I am not a military shooter kinda guy, but that didn't stop me from adoring New World Interactive's Insurgency. The level of realism and how it actively contributes to making every moment tense and unique sets it apart from nearly every FPS on the market. However, it is unfortunately held back by organizational hang-ups and [...]

E-disHarmony: The Shortage of Blue Ribbon Villains

(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 [...]

Geek Catalog Update 10/20/2014

(10/20/2014 8:05 PM)

And here's the latest update on the Geek Catalog. Be sure to check out the ever-growing lists for Geek Focus or Community Focus. Comics Education Reading With Pictures - A nonprofit advocating using comics in the classroom to promote literacy ...

Seventh Sanctum Update 10/20/2014

(10/20/2014 6:56 PM)

Hey everyone, hope you're doing well! Not much to update on Sanctum-Wise. I probably should only post these when it's relevant, but I like to stay in touch. Way With Worlds is still churning along - originality will be a focus for a bit, and then some more rewrites. Still debating if this thing should [...]

Side to Side - browser based game that's addictive

(10/20/2014 2:30 PM)

Side to Side is an uber simple browser based game where you click to move, collect points, and try not to die. Trust me. If you play one game you'll end up playing 10...

An Interview With Stephen Machuga Of Operation Supply Drop

(10/20/2014 8:30 AM)

Operation Supply Drop's goal is simple - get game care packages to troops in the field and recovering in hospitals. It's one of several groups supporting US troops - and one you as a gamer can get involved in. Stephen ...

Way With Worlds: Originality's Smoke And Mirrors

(10/20/2014 8:30 AM)

(Way With Worlds runs at MuseHack, Seventh Sanctum, and Ongoing Worlds) Every worldbuilder, author, artist has had that moment. That moment where originality seems to be a fleeting illusion. Perhaps they feel that they can't seem to do anything original. Every idea ...

Anime Roundup: October 20, 2014

(10/20/2014 8:00 AM)

World peace through shared popular culture, continued: A Qatari couple have just opened that nation's first manga store. Here's to hoping you folks get a Book-Off before long, too. You must be at least this tall to initiate the...

Short Takes: 'Attack on Titan: Before the Fall'

(10/20/2014 8:00 AM)

The first of the 'Attack on Titan' prequel novels dives back into the history of the 'Titan' setting, although without the same compelling characterizations that made the original series so worthwhile

[Oct. 20, 1959] The Twilight Zone and the Far Side (Television and Luna 3)

(10/20/2014 5:49 AM)

Crazy Time Video Games - The Baby Episode

(10/19/2014 3:55 PM)

The post

Far Cry 4 has no rain

(10/18/2014 4:18 PM)

So there won't be any rain in Far Cry 4, AND you won't be able to climb those mountains anytime you want to (Skyrim style). Read more on the weather/terrain developments.

Old Japanese handheld video game commercials

(10/18/2014 11:01 AM)

Cause why not?

I Am Bread - Trailer

(10/18/2014 7:49 AM)

This .. is going to be a game. Normally I would be like .. what the? but it's being developed by the people behind Surgeon Simulator. I gotta say .. i'll probably try it.

Lost in Translation 113 - Godzilla (1998)

(10/18/2014 6:30 AM)

The atomic bomb has been used just twice in war, both times on Japan. The destruction the bomb wrought led to nuclear escalation between the US and the USSR, and a permanent change in the Japanese psyche. Post-war atomic testing ...

Working At Bioware: Part 6 Strong to the Finish

(10/17/2014 2:06 PM)

Nearing the Finish Line- Stay Strong Till The End From: [Part 5] Now as the saga draws to a close, let me summarize what happened with the rest of the teams. As we approached launch, all of the teams tilted ...

Bandai Namco's Outcast Odyssey now available

(10/17/2014 12:06 PM)

Bandai Namco (which I still think should be Namco Bandai) had soft launched this game awhile back, but now it's officially out! I just downloaded it and will give you my thoughts on it...

Macaroni salad in your pants - VGB Podcast Ep. 28

(10/17/2014 8:51 AM)

Sat down with Atticus Wiman (guest on our very first episode of the podcast) and show regular Kinsey Burke to talk Shadow of Mordor, Rainbow Moon, Destiny, beer, mac & cheese, and Bob's Burgers...

Way With Worlds: Originality's Smoke And Mirrors

(10/17/2014 8:30 AM)

(Way With Worlds runs at MuseHack, Seventh Sanctum, and Ongoing Worlds) Every worldbuilder, author, artist has had that moment. That moment where originality seems to be a fleeting illusion. Perhaps they feel that they can't seem to do anything original. Every idea they have seems done (and perhaps done better). The fear of being accused of derivation. [...]

Learn The Job Search Game

(10/17/2014 8:25 AM)

So after spending a lot of time discussing the Dark Side Of Do What You Love, I'm going to focus on one more depressing subject right now: the recruiting mess. Now let me preface this by noting that I'm going ...

'Bayonetta: Bloody Fate': Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

(10/17/2014 8:00 AM)

It's as ridiculous, preposterous, and outlandish as the source material demanded, but there are side effects to being slavish to the very attributes that made 'Bayonetta' enjoyable as a game

Anime Roundup: October 17, 2014

(10/17/2014 8:00 AM)

Shelling out: If they really are offering Scarlett Johansson the role of Motoko Kusanagi, then I will slap the producers in the face with my money until the film gets made, thank you very much.Now some bad news. Apparently...

Vanessa Shields Canadian Poet

(10/17/2014 7:53 AM)

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

Things That I Like: Lesser-known plots and archetypes

(10/16/2014 12:18 PM)

There are a lot of interesting genres, archetypes, & storytelling devices out there, some of which aren't very well-known. Here and there, one week and then another, I'd like to describe some of the ones that I've grown very fond of, but which don't seem to be well-known. Hopefully they'll be new to you, and [...]

[Oct. 15, 1959] Space to Grow (Explorer 7 and some naysaying)

(10/15/2014 7:26 PM)

Here's a couple of interesting space news items:

An Interview With Author Lillian Csernica

(10/15/2014 8:30 AM)

I met Lillian Csernica at Con-Volution. Shes a professional author who's written short stories and even warmed my worldbuilding heart with a guide to making magic systems. Of course I'm going to interview here, she's one of us. 1) OK ...

Tomb Raider - 30 Second Clip Art Review

(10/14/2014 12:36 PM)

The post

Anime Roundup: October 13, 2014

(10/13/2014 8:00 AM)

Gundamnit!: Sunrise and Right Stuf are pairing up to bring Gundam back to these here shores, with Turn A Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam being among the fi .... wow, I'm hearing a lot of screaming for joy out...

Well, Is Anime A Genre Or A Medium?

(10/13/2014 8:00 AM)

How people see anime, as genre or medium, says as much about how we label cultural experiences generally as it does about the beholders

[Oct. 12, 1959] Seattle's finest (GGC, a fairer science fiction convention)

(10/12/2014 6:04 PM)

Seattle really knows how to throw a science fiction convention.

[Oct. 10, 1959] Middle Ground (Nov. 1959 Fantasy and Science Fiction)

(10/10/2014 9:30 PM)

It's going to be a dreary month, if October's selection of digests is any indication.

Seventh Sanctum Update 10/10/2014

(10/10/2014 7:15 PM)

Bit of an early update here! First, the new generator. After the Writing Prompt Generator I needed to do something fun and simple. So inspired by cheesy monster flicks, I created the Creature Feature Generator. You can just get monster names, or get ones that are intermittently punched up to be "movieseque." So are you [...]

Way With Worlds - Ashes, Ashes, The World Falls Down

(10/10/2014 8:30 AM)

(Way With Worlds runs at MuseHack, Seventh Sanctum, and Ongoing Worlds) My friend Serdar, in writing Flight of the Vajra (which I edited, I admit, but I enjoyed the hell out of it) is fond of noting the plot happened when he realized his setting didn't hold together. The novel is basically about things not working, or [...]

'Claymore': The Beautiful And The Damned

(10/10/2014 8:00 AM)

Rare these days is the series with an all-female cast where character, story, and drama are the goals, not titillation or eye candy

[Oct. 8, 1959] Shooting Stars (Heinlein's Starship Soldier)

(10/8/2014 6:05 AM)

Robert Heinlein newest short novel is out, and my feelings toward it are much mixed.

Hey Sanctumites Get a Describli Beta!

(10/6/2014 7:03 PM)

[Oct. 6, 1959] Shooting the Moon's backside (The flight of Luna 3, first part)

(10/6/2014 4:04 PM)

The Soviets have done it again, reaching yet another milestone in space exploration before the Americans.

'Berserk': War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning

(10/6/2014 8:00 AM)

Limited and fragmented as it is, this brutal fantasy still achieves wonders, thanks to the sheer strength of its storytelling and the force of its vision

Ryō Horikawa Voice Actor

(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.

[Oct. 3, 1959] Entering the Twilight Zone (Twilight Zone's first episode)

(10/3/2014 3:13 PM)

It never ceases to amaze me how far technology can progress in such a short time.

'Paranoia Agent': We Have Met The Enemy And He Is Us

(10/3/2014 8:00 AM)

The real monster in Satoshi Kon's genre-defying black comedy of horrors is human nature itself

Anime Roundup: October 3, 2014

(10/3/2014 8:00 AM)

Otaku Usa has an eye-opening interview with a Crunchyroll staffer that sheds a great deal of light on the localization process, including the intricacies of licensing and winning the trust of Japanese companies. Highly recommended reading. A trailer for...

[Sep. 29, 1959] Watch the birdie! (First photo of the Earth from orbit)

(09/29/2014 4:19 PM)

For more than a month and a half,

Thomas Anderson from Schlock Value

(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.

Anime Roundup: September 29, 2014

(09/29/2014 8:00 AM)

The Witch is back: The 2nd installment in the Little Witch Academia series (I love being able to say it's a series now) will have its premiere at Houston's Anime Matsuri. Dreamworks, up for grabs? Apparently Japan's Softbank is...

Does The Packaging Make The Fan?

(09/29/2014 8:00 AM)

Why deluxe packaging and other such marketing stunts may make it harder for fans to express their devotion, not easier -- and not just because of the pricetags

Anime Roundup: September 26, 2014

(09/26/2014 8:00 AM)

Ponycan, or ponycan't?: Pony Canyon, one of Japan's more noteworthy distribution companies, is setting up shop in the U.S. to distribute anime. No word on whether or not they'll dig into their back catalog or just stick with newly...

Sire James from The Tim and Eric Show

(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 [...]

[Sep. 26, 1959] Coda with mathematics (October 1959 Astounding)

(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.

Graduating to the DEFs: Dominating Expo Functions

(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 [...]

[Sep. 24, 1959] Cruising at the bottom (October 1959 Astounding)

(09/24/2014 5:23 PM)

I had planned on breaking up the rest of this month's (October 1959)

Del Hewitt Jr

(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.

[Sep. 19, 1959] Anchors Aweigh! (The Navy's Transit and Vanguard launches)

(09/19/2014 6:24 PM)

A bit of a stop press on the Space Race as I wade through this months

Learn your ABCs: Attending Big Conventions (Fan Expo Edition!)

(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. [...]

[Sep. 17, 1959] A hike and a flight (Oct. 1959 Astounding and two Space Races)

(09/18/2014 5:59 AM)

The big news this week is

TGT Tournament 6 - Finals

(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 [...]

[Sep. 15, 1959] Bullseye! Second Lunik hits the moon.

(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.

[Sep. 12, 1959] Best of the Best (October 1959 Fantasy and Science Fiction, second part)

(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.

Bill Kendrick from Atari Party

(09/10/2014 8:44 PM)

Bill Kendrick is a fan of Atari ... that's putting it mildly. In fact, he's been enjoying them since he could lift a paddle. Atari is one of the great consoles from the 90's that you could have a blast with. Now a revival is coming back bringing this iconic system to the masses. Bill [...]

[Sep. 9, 1959] WorldCon Report! [Detention, the 17th WorldCon]

(09/8/2014 5:07 PM)

Twenty years ago, something lovely happened. Two hundred science fiction and fantasy fans got together in New York City and had what was (I believe) the first convention of their genre: Worldcon. It has been an annual Labor Day tradition ever since, with the exception of the war years, from 1942-45. It travels from city to city, adopting the name of its host city for that year.

[Sep. 5, 1959] The Best (October 1959 Fantasy and Science Fiction; 1st part)

(09/5/2014 6:47 PM)

Not too long ago, I lambasted the September 1959 issue of

[Sep. 3, 1959] Out the other side (September 1959 IF Worlds of Science Fiction, Part 2)

(09/3/2014 4:46 PM)

We left off on a cliff-hanger of sorts, half-way through my review of the second issue of

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.

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.

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

(08/27/2014 7:09 PM)


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

(08/27/2014 2:51 PM)

When last we left off with the September 1959

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

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

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