If you have ever attended San Diego Comic-Con, or know someone who has within the last ten years or so, you have likely heard plenty of Con stories that begin with “I remember when you could buy tickets at the door”, or “Movie studios ruined Comic-Con”, or, on the other side, “I am so glad I waited 37 hours in line just to be the first to see footage of…”, or, “Can you believe what [insert studio name] showed in Hall H??”. SDCC isn’t just a convention – it’s an event, and every year, the event seems to divide attendees as to what the best and worst parts of the convention really are. For many, standing or sleeping in that ridiculous Hall H line on the convention lawn, down the pier, or even over on Hall H Island (that one’s for those in the know) is all part of the experience, while for others, it is the hell they endure just to see what surprises a studio will bring. Today, a report out of The Wrap claims that fans will now have one less movie studio to worry about or get excited for, as the case may be, as 20th Century Fox may be bowing out of the convention, thanks to pesky pirates. (more…)
So… cosplayers, right? There are thousands of them out there out there all dressed up in their fanciest, and often elaborate, costumes showing off their love and support of pop cultures biggest (and oftentimes most obscure) icons. Sadly, playing dress up is beyond the capability of most fan boys and girls who’s sewing and craft skills are limited to folded paper pirate hats and projects that only require some well placed duct tape. For the lazy, the cheap, and the not so clothing craft inclined, there is a company that is offering stylistic jackets to help you feel/look like a hero without all the hassle. (more…)
It’s time once again for our favorite Mystery Box. We’ve been a fan of the Geek Fuel box for some time now and for April they certainly haven’t disappointed. Geek Fuel generally has a theme of some sort to each box and for April they combined a couple. This means that fans of a few different nerd nations will be pretty pleased with this box. Whether you are a hardcore Marvel fan, a Star Wars geek, or a Timelord in training April’s mystery box is jam packed with items to enjoy.
Geek Fuel, like the rest of us, is of course anticipating the upcoming release of Captain America: Civil War. In honor of that release they have included a pretty darn spiffy T-shirt. There is always a shirt included with each mystery box, but this one is a pretty cool throwback. The shirt has Cap and Iron Man duking it out Rock em Sock em Robot style. If anyone out there doesn’t remember the great joy of Rock em Sock em, please dig through your parents attic and find the robot set – it’s there! We received the tan shirt in a very comfy XL, but there is also a light purple shirt that some subscribers received. (more…)
Let’s make something clear: Of all the complaints and grievances that have been fired at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren should not be one of them. The films titular villain has been criticized for being weak and whiny (and that’s using less colorful language/speech than what one would see in Internet comment sections). He is anything but those things. A very powerful force user able to stop and freeze blaster shots mid-air, Kylo can also use the force to pilfer thoughts and information from weaker minds. In his personal chambers, he has a resting spot for his helmet… a mound of ashes from those that he’s killed. He took a direct blast in the gut from Chewie’s bolo (a shot that had been shown to easily kill Stormtroopers) and still managed to fight off two attackers. And do we really need to say what he did to his own father?
For those that have recognized and accepted Kylo Ren as the new villainous force (no pun intended) in the Star Wars Universe, there are many toys and merchandise available for which to purchase, collect, and cherish (head to Toys R Us, you’ll see em’). None perhaps as spectacular as the 1/6th scale Kylo Ren figure from Hot Toys Star Wars line. Courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles, NB was given a sample to review. Unlike Mark Hamill at the end of Force Awakens, we’re gonna do more than stare at it intensely. A slew of pictures, honest thoughts, and at least one joke about actor Adam Driver’s ears will, in fact, follow. (more…)
While you’re sitting at home reading this, PAX East 2016 is currently underway in Boston. Also known as the Penny Arcade Expo, the show highlights some of the best games in the industry. Some are already out and some will be coming out. Either way, this is one of the best chances to get your hands on them before anyone else does. In addition to video game, attendees can also learn some of the best board games in the world and watch as people dress up as some of their favorite characters from video games and other media.
A few weeks ago, FX launched the seventh season of Archer. For anyone who has been living under a rock for the past seven years, the animated comedy follows the explosive, often drug fuelled misadventures of the World’s Most Dangerous Spy, Sterling Archer. Working for his domineering mother’s organisation, the International Secret Intelligence Service, Archer and his colleagues delve into the darkest intrigues of national security, blundering their way through shoot-outs and drunken orgies with the world’s most wanted criminals. (more…)
Now that protests have finally died down, now that our customary 3 week spoiler silence ended, now that Jeremy finally had 5 minutes to toss the whole random grab bag of a podcast together, we are now ready to share the 90 minute conversation on the 151 minute big screen edition of the 75 year build up to the battle between the world’s greatest 4 color titans (that lasts about 8 minutes.)
MILD SPOILER ALERT: Jeremy, Jason, and Matt talk in depth(ish) about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice so this will spoil it for you if you are one of the few who have yet to take in billion dollar (let’s call it) divisive blockbuster that no one can seem to agree upon. Is it the greatest movie ever? The worst? Is it fever dream of a mad space-god-turtle? The guys are not here to convince you of any of that. What you will hear is a little exploration in the highs, the lows, and expansive middles the movie had to offer. (more…)
One bad day… That’s all it took Alan Moore and Brian Bolland to turn an average Joe into one of comic books’ greatest and most psychotic villains. The Joker has had multiple incarnations in print, video game and on screen but very few have attempted to reveal his undoubtedly twisted origin story. The Killing Joke, whether you agree with giving the Joker an origin story or not, is one of the definitive Batman and Joker comics to date. It still resonates with audiences new and old, even as it enters its 28th year in print. And this summer, some of the cast and crew of Batman: The Animated Series are getting the band back together to bring Moore and Bolland’s iconic graphic novel to life. (more…)
Since The Force Awakens opened on December 18th 2015 fans and critics showered praise on this mega event of a movie. It blew past many box office records including biggest domestic debut at $238 million, and most presales every at over $100 million (Variety). Some called it “unimaginative” and “a complete rip-off”. A few even created lists of plot holes. Now available on DVD/ Blu-Ray, The Force Awakens is much more than meets the eye. If you notice when J.J. Abrams answered the critics, he does not give a firm rebuttal to their arguments. J.J. cannot do this without giving away main parts of the story for episode eight and nine. He keeps a silent eye on the meta-story, taking a deep perspective on the series, and hopes Star Wars fans will do the same.
Perception is everything. View this movie again and imagine, The Force itself as a mighty cosmic phenomenon. A lifetime event occurring much like Category Five Hurricanes and Great Blizzards.
Hidden within this gem of a movie is George Lucas’s secret character The Force itself. The Force is the One Ring of this Sci-Fi soap opera universe, semi-sentient and moving events on its own. (more…)
The season finale of The Walking Dead has aired and with it we have the much anticipated arrival of Negan, head honcho of the Saviors. The rumors have been flying for months and the internet has been a buzz with fan theories of who will meet their untimely fate.
Comic fans have been looking forward to Negan’s arrival with almost bated breath; almost immediately people began to hypothesize if the comic death of [REDACTED] would be fulfilled in the television show or if the producers would throw us another curve. After the dead or alive teaser of [REDACTED] in the midseason finale it only spun the theories more out of control. Now that Negan is here did the episode live up to the hype? (more…)