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(09/1/2014 10:34 PM)
Chris Wunderlich returns to the Bargain Bin with Alan Moore and Mary Jane.
(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.
(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 [...]
(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 [...]
(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.
(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.
(09/1/2014 10:55 AM)
Surround yourself with things that you need and things that you love.
(09/1/2014 9:29 AM)
Let me tell you the story of a missile, one that should make us (ironically) a bit safer.
(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 ...
(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 ...
(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 [...]
(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 [...]
(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.
(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 [...]
(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 ...
(08/31/2014 9:29 AM)
Kurt talks with a Vampirella illustrator
(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 [...]
(08/30/2014 8:20 AM)
April Fawler on her upcoming comics, the crowds at this summer comic convention and much more
(08/30/2014 8:06 AM)
John goes way back to look at the history of Superman in film
(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 ...
(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 [...]
(08/29/2014 8:31 PM)
September is almost over, and it's not even the end of August.
(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.
(08/29/2014 2:00 PM)
I think its biggest problem may have been not living up to my expectations.
(08/29/2014 12:31 PM)
Today Jason looks at one of the most controversial storylines of the 1970s
(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
(08/29/2014 10:00 AM)
Welcome to Lost in Translation's news round-up, looking at information about upcoming adaptations, remakes, and reboots.
(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 ...
(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 [...]
(08/29/2014 8:00 AM)
Miyazaki's honorary Oscar; 'Welcome to the Space Show' hits video; Hideaki Anno gets a Ghibli nod.
(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
(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 [...]
(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 [...]
(08/28/2014 9:18 PM)
What's it like to hear, "Oh, you're nominated for two Eisners"?
(08/28/2014 1:44 PM)
Tesla, Houdini, Edison and Bell meet a spirit photographer in this steampunk graphic novel
(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 ...
(08/28/2014 1:13 PM)
Chase celebrates the life and art of Jack Kirby on the King's birthday
(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 [...]
(08/28/2014 10:33 AM)
Honestly, the quicker they get to a full-on Vampire Apocalypse, the better.
(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 [...]
(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 [...]
(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 ...
(08/28/2014 6:39 AM)
Another great week for comics! Is there ever a bad week when there are comics to read?!?
(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
(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 ...
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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 [...]
(08/27/2014 3:58 PM)
The legendary comics creator talks 'Ragnarok', 'Manhunter' and much more
(08/27/2014 2:56 PM)
John was excited to read Brian Bendis's treatise on working in comics, but ended up disappoointed
(08/27/2014 2:51 PM)
When last we left off with the September 1959
(08/27/2014 2:00 PM)
"What is the meaning of life Mr. Leth? So close to its end and still no answers."
(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?
(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, [...]
(08/27/2014 8:13 AM)
Jordan says 'Ms. Marvel' is about as perfect as it gets when it comes to superhero books.
(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
(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. [...]
(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 [...]
(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 [...]
(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
(08/26/2014 2:00 PM)
The Cube is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to be stuck there!
(08/26/2014 1:38 PM)
A heady, wild graphic novel features unlikable characters and a fascinating storyline
(08/26/2014 12:51 PM)
Eric Powell on art, approach and keeping interested after all these years
(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.
(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 [...]
(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. ...
(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.
(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
(08/25/2014 2:00 PM)
Muppets Most Wanted is great! Really great!
(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 [...]
(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 ...
(08/25/2014 8:00 AM)
RIP Satoshi Kon; 'Otaku no Video' hits BD in Japan; 'Patema Inverted' gets a Cinedigm release
(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
(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 [...]
(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.
(08/22/2014 8:00 AM)
Under the clichéd surface of this lively romantic farce run undercurrents of something smarter and deeper
(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.
(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
(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 [...]
(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 [...]
(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 [...]
(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.
(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 [...]
(08/18/2014 8:00 AM)
Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service, and The Wind Rises -- out at long last in the U.S.
(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 [...]
(08/15/2014 7:44 PM)
The Air Force launched the fifth in its
(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....
(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 [...]
(08/13/2014 4:30 PM)
I really enjoy the broadness of
(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 [...]
(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?
(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 [...]
(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
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Live-action 'Kenshin' cleans up
(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
(08/8/2014 6:24 AM)
We are now in the second phase of the Space Race.
(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.
(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
(08/1/2014 8:00 AM)
Live-action 'Moribito', 'Attack on Titan', 'Soul Reviver', 'Space Adventure Cobra' ... pant, pant.
(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
(07/29/2014 6:44 AM)
Hello, all. I'd meant to report on the newest issue of
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(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
(07/21/2014 4:34 PM)
Before I finish my review of the August 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
(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 [...]
(07/16/2014 8:08 PM)
I know I promised the dope on the latest
(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
(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."
(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...
(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.
(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.
(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
(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.
(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']
(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.
(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.
(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!
(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 [...]
(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 [...]