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(10/31/2014 3:00 AM)
Marvel has announced their upcoming movies right into 2019 and I am nearly drooling in anticipation. And to think that the list below doesn't even include Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, or what is sure to be five amazing Netflix series! The next few years are going to be superhero movie gold! Here's a [...]
(10/30/2014 9:39 PM)
Joined by my unofficial official co-host Kinsey Burke (@KinsZilla ) and guest Lauren Hall-Stigerts (@hallstigerts) we talk scary games, mind control, the uncanney valley, Lords of the Fallen, Vib Ribbon, and The Vanishing of...
(10/30/2014 6:00 PM)
Review: 'Through The Woods' Delivers Timeless Horror5.0Overall ScoreReader Rating: (0 Votes)If you can put your five fingers through it it is a gate, if not a door. Shut your eyes and see. - Ulysses, III, 8 - 9 Sure, mama and papa Carroll played some role, but ask what wonder would come from the union [...]
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Without argument, Wacom is the king of graphic tablets and similar items. But that doesn't mean that there haven't been others taking shots at the top: in the Graphics Tablet Game of Thrones, we've had other competitors like PActive/Yutron/XP Pen (whatever name they're using this week), AMZDeal (who has recently left the tablet business, but [...]
(10/30/2014 2:00 PM)
If there is anyone more under-appreciated on this list than Brian Yuzna, I don't know who it might be.
(10/30/2014 12:21 PM)
In light of my earlier article on dystopias, I thought it would be appropriate to bring back an aborted setting that I worked on a long, long time ago. The premise was that there was a great conflict by a number of groups, called the Utopians, who were each genuinely trying to better everyone's lives. [...]
(10/30/2014 12:18 PM)
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 [...]
(10/30/2014 12:00 PM)
(This series was originally published at MuseHack) Me, I'm a positive guy. You've been reading my stuff, following this blog. You know I try to keep an upbeat attitude There's a reason for that - a good attitude is essentially engineering a self-fulfilling prophecy. I'm not talking being naive, I'm talking about keeping the [...]
(10/30/2014 11:07 AM)
Review: 'Zenith: Phase One' is Early, Entertaining Grant Morrison Comics4.0Overall ScoreReader Rating: (0 Votes)Let's start with just a little bit of background on the book. Being a relatively young comic reviewer, I had not heard of this book, but I certainly had heard of the author! Grant Morrison has developed quite a reputation for himself [...]
(10/30/2014 10:00 AM)
Anything with Guillermo del Toro's name attached to it is going to be a visual feast, with a little darkness thrown in, and that's what animated "children's" movie The Book of Life is all about.
(10/30/2014 9:00 AM)
So here's where we start, asking about how fandom identity works and the benefits, problems, and questions of the fan identity. To do that we'll need to ask what kinds of fans we are. It may seem strange, one may ...
(10/30/2014 8:30 AM)
And so, after spending time exploring the job market and it's pathologies, I turn my attention to fan identity. I'm doing this because in many discussions with friends, the question has often come up - "why do we identify with ...
(10/30/2014 7:00 AM)
Motivation through punishment, or reward? Reward. The amount of oversimplification there is intense. Let's go deeper. To decide which of those is more effective, we must first distinguish between "feedback" and "reinforcement". Feedback is when an output becomes part of ...
(10/30/2014 3:44 AM)
Happy New Comic Book Day Everyone! pic.twitter.com/blnIRanPT2 - Aaron Meyers (@AaronMeyers) October 29, 2014 Cheers & happy #NCBD! pic.twitter.com/F6RfVgc6H8 - Kirk (@kirkvanlund) October 30, 2014 Happy #NCBD! Going out to dinner with LCS buddies tonight, should be fun. - James Kap-thulhu (@sinisterjhk) October 29, 2014 ALIENS FIRE AND STONE #2 (Dark Horse Comics) Really solid [...]
(10/29/2014 7:30 PM)
You know what to do people! - Steven Savage Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach. He blogs on careers at http://www.musehack.com/, publishes books on career and culture at http://www.informotron.com/, and does a site of creative ...
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Review: Liz Prince's 'Tomboy' is About Being OK5.0Overall ScoreReader Rating: (0 Votes)I didn't think I was going to like Tomboy as much as I did. I ass-u-me-d that the gender and age differences between me and writer/artist Liz Prince would be too far apart. And that, well, that this might be like some other graphic [...]
(10/29/2014 2:48 PM)
We all know that feeling of being in over our heads. It usually comes creeping into our consciousness at the most awkward and inopportune moments of our lives. For me, the feeling regularly popped up during school classes of all descriptions, but none as frequently as chemistry. Now that familiar feeling had resurfaced, and it [...]
(10/29/2014 2:00 PM)
In X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, Roger Corman sets the audience up for a popcorn flick, but slowly reveals a story of existential horror.
(10/29/2014 12:00 PM)
Resembling actress Brigitte Bardot, the French comic strip recounted Barbarella's wild outer space adventures that always had a sexual edge.
(10/29/2014 11:00 AM)
Review: 'Zombillenium' is a Perfect Halloween Sitcom4.0Overall ScoreReader Rating: (0 Votes)If it's October, it must be time for the latest volume in Arthur de Pins's supernatural sitcom Zombillenium. Volume two of this ridiculously silly graphic novel series dropped this month and it reads like falling into a carnival filled with some ridiculous creatures. It seems [...]
(10/29/2014 10:00 AM)
My suspicions are that this episode laid the groundwork for changes whose full impact won't be realized until a few episodes down the line.
(10/29/2014 8:30 AM)
Dungeomans. No, it's not a misspelling, it's the name of a humorous - but very challenging RPG developed by Jim Shepard and his team. Dungeonmans is kind of a "Roguelike plus" where as a member of the Dungeonmans Academy (the ...
(10/29/2014 8:23 AM)
(This interview also appeared at Muse Hack - and I think I'm going to resyndicate my interviews with creatives here because the Sanctumites could learn a lot too. In this case ElizaBeth Gilligan gives us a huge lesson in authorship!) I met ElizaBeth Gilligan at ConVolution. She's got a series called "Gypsy Silk" published through [...]
(10/29/2014 6:00 AM)
Before October begins, the DVDs and Blu-rays for horror films (especially those who never had a chance to haunt the new medium) begin to appear like a horde of monsters calling for the people who love them. Scream Factory (which is Shout! Factory's horror line) caters especially to the horror films of the 1970s and [...]
(10/28/2014 9:45 PM)
Review: 'The Secret History of Wonder Woman' is an Eyepopping Page Turner4.5Overall ScoreReader Rating: (0 Votes)Wonder Woman is one of the most iconic comic characters, but she has secrets. We don't really know her. Not really. We don't really know her heritage, where she arose from. Yes, she emerged from Paradise Island, shaped from clay [...]
(10/28/2014 2:00 PM)
Werewolves have been a pop culture staple for generations and, just in case you don't know, there have been a lot of werewolf movies over the years.
(10/28/2014 12:34 PM)
The latest bunch of games from Humble Bundle, including OlliOlli and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, is available now, and has a total worth of $125. Humble Bundle allows consumers to purchase a group of games at a price of their choosing. The games available at the pay-what-you-want-price are: OlliOlli, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet and Tower of [...]
(10/28/2014 11:58 AM)
At today's Marvel event in Hollywood, Marvel unveiled PHASE 3! And HOLY CRAP are people excited!
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I would like to score this episode higher but the hackneyed portrayal of Iris West as a woman defined by men is going to take points off. Do better, Flash.
(10/28/2014 8:30 AM)
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 ...
(10/27/2014 4:00 PM)
Much like in real life, nothing is what it seems in Gotham
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Vampires are the shadow that we'd rather ignore, but without whom our identity is incomplete.
(10/27/2014 9:35 AM)
(Full disclosure: Tim asked me to play this because of a talk I did at VideoBrains on a similar subject. I was the one who asked to review it. I have also spoken at a convention (9Worlds) that Tim organises. I have met Tim in the real world and I have stood near him, like, [...]
(10/27/2014 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 ...
(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
(10/27/2014 8:00 AM)
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 7:34 AM)
Worst possible time to take out the trash .. ever.
(10/26/2014 4:45 PM)
Example episode We've heard that a lot more people are listening to podcasts via YouTube so we thought we'd convert them to a simple video and add em there as well! It takes some...
(10/26/2014 11:55 AM)
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 History Wonder Woman Museum - A museum dedicated to Wonder Woman - and sponsors various charities ...
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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, [...]
(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 ...
(10/24/2014 7:05 PM)
I've found the bottom, and it isn't the Mariana Trench.
(10/24/2014 12:30 PM)
Update (10-29-15 at 1:15 p.m. Central Time): Double Fine tweeted that Costume Quest 2 is now available on Xbox One and Xbox 360, with a Wii U version coming out tomorrow. Costume Quest 2 is now available on Xbox One and Xbox 360 with a Wii U release coming tomorrow! Happy Halloween!! pic.twitter.com/akSd894iF4 - Double Fine (@DoubleFine) [...]
(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 ...
(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 [...]
(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 [...]
(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....
(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...
(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
(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 [...]
(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 [...]
(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 [...]
(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 [...]
(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 [...]
(10/22/2014 4:12 PM)
Walter M. Miller Jr.'s
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Check it out. Found it via Sean Murray's (No Mans Sky) twitter feed.
(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 [...]
(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 [...]
(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 [...]
(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...
(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
(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...
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(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. [...]
(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...
(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
(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
(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 [...]
(10/15/2014 7:26 PM)
Here's a couple of interesting space news items:
(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
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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...
(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.
(10/10/2014 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 [...]
(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
(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.
(10/6/2014 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
(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.
(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...
(10/3/2014 8:00 AM)
The real monster in Satoshi Kon's genre-defying black comedy of horrors is human nature itself
(09/29/2014 4:19 PM)
For more than a month and a half,
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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.
(09/29/2014 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...
(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)
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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.
(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 [...]
(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.
(09/5/2014 6:47 PM)
Not too long ago, I lambasted the September 1959 issue of
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We left off on a cliff-hanger of sorts, half-way through my review of the second issue of
(09/1/2014 9:29 AM)
Let me tell you the story of a missile, one that should make us (ironically) a bit safer.
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September is almost over, and it's not even the end of August.
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When last we left off with the September 1959
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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