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December has finally arrived and there’s only a couple of weeks left to get all your Christmas shopping sorted. A lot of the more organised among us will already have most of it done and will now only be struggling with the people who are trickiest to buy for. Others might not start thinking about it for another week or so yet. Either way, it’s more than likely that there will be a friend or two whose gift you can’t quite peg – nerds, after all, can be notoriously difficult to buy for. (more…)

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At Disney’s Epcot theme park in Orlando, Fl sits the park’s signature landmark – Spaceship Earth. This giant 180′ ft tall round globe has been a staple attraction ever since the park opened in 1982. It stands front and center, greeting guests to a world of imagination. While foreboding looking, its presence gets knocked down a peg thanks to its not so exciting innards. The ride inside is a boring and highly inaccurate tram ride through human’s technological history *fart noise*. Still, it’s a giant sphere. Giant spheres are cool! And it’s going to look even cooler.  On Dec 5th, just in time for Star Wars: Rogue One, the worlds largest looking golfball will be transformed in a freakin’ Death Star!  (more…)

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The 2016 Presidential Election was one for the ages. No matter your political affiliation, you can’t deny that this was one of the most contentious, antagonistic, and downright nasty campaigns in recent history. Given the results of the election, it doesn’t appear that the current divide is going to be healed anytime soon. This was the ultimate “Marvel vs DC” campaign, times 1000, and this country will be feeling the effects for it for years and years to come. One thing that many people keeps saying about the two headliners was that they were the least liked candidates in recent memory and voters had to hold their noses and vote for the “lesser of two evils.” Some members of the electorate either opted not to vote, others had another idea in mind: the write-in candidate, and there were some interesting choices.

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As well as paying tribute to all your favourite characters from video games, comic books, movies and wherever else you find inspiration, cosplay can also serve as a way for you to make those characters your own. Whether you choose to do that by gender-bending a character, morphing a creature into a human or just adding your own subtle twists to make a character feel more you, cosplay offers all kinds of opportunities to indulge your creativity. Tabitha – better known to her followers as Demorafairy Cosplay – has earned her reputation for unique costumes. From steampunk styles to Pokémon gijinkas, her handcrafted cosplays are infused with her own personal style.

We got in touch with Tabitha to find out how she comes up with her unique cosplay ideas. (more…)

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In a year that can most charitably be described as “complicated”, some of us may be struggling to come up with things to be thankful for this holiday. But rest assured that there’s always one thing guaranteed to reinvigorate your faith in your fellow man: the sight of two nerds joyously nerding out over some nerdy, nerdy stuff. That’s most definitely the case in this new video from Tested, in which Mythbuster’s Adam Savage drools delightfully over the treasures in Peter Jackson’s abundant cave of movie props and memorabilia.

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Love it or hate it, James Cameron has inundated the world with his Avatar universe. Despite there being some years between the release of the first movie (2009),  there are two sequels already in the works scheduled to release in 2017 and 2018, with a fourth film planned for some unknown point in the future. There’s also Avatar Land, an atmospheric reproduction of the Avatar-verse coming to Disney World’s: Animal Kingdom. The latter park expansion has been right on schedule and that’s more than can be said for Avatar as a film property. As it stands now Avatar 2 is still in pre-production with no official release date. Avatar Land, however, as recently announced by Disney, will open summer 2017.

Atop of the Avatar Land’s expected summer opening, a new video has also surfaced showing off an animatronic character. The video has been making away around the net, both for how hyper-realistic and incredibly unsettling it is.   (more…)

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For all the attention it has got in recent years in more mainstream circles, there is still a lot about the cosplay community that exists on the fringe of popular culture. People can choose to portray any of their favourite characters from any show, movie, book, comic regardless of how little or well known it is and be welcomed with just the same enthusiasm as anyone else. The sense of community allows anyone and everyone to show off their creativity and their love for their own favourite fandoms. It invites people to come out of their shell and be whoever they want to be within the safe space of the convention.

This was certainly the case for Gina B, a once shy teenager who now has tens of thousands of followers supporting her experiments with cosplay.

We spoke to Gina about her journey from her first tentative foray into cosplay to the influential she plays in the community today.

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It is, unfortunately, awfully difficult to revisit Tim Burton’s Batman with an impartial eye in the wake of Christopher Nolan’s genre-defining Dark Knight trilogy and now, of course, Affleck’s Batman. However, you don’t get Nolan’s Batman –  heck, the very idea of Batman, his modern age personification, might never have been realized had it not been for 1989 Batman. Despite Frank Miller’s The Dark Night Returns and other defining Batman comics of the time, for most children of the 80’s, and for fans of yesteryear, their idea of Batman was predominately localized to Batman 66 reruns and Hannna Barbera’s Superfriends. Burton’s Batman came along and forever changed the identity of the caped crusader. Burton effectively echoed the visual style of the original Bob Kane comics while conjuring up a Gothic world of his own. His vision for Gotham and its ranged cast of characters is impeccable. It set the standards for Batman and modern comic book films.

Batman 1989 holds a very special place for many a Bat-stalgic heart, and to it, are open wallets.  While there is a treasure trove of goods, old and new, commemorating the landmark superhero film, consider what the fine folks at NECA Toys are offering. For one of the biggest superheroes of all time, NECA decided to go, well, big.  (more…)

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Based just outside of Paris, Soo Cosplay is making waves in the French cosplay scene with her intricately detailed cosplays. While the accuracy and realism of her costumes and props could not be achieved with serious hard work and dedication, what really defines Soo is her sense of joyfulness and her love of play. Through cosplay, a lot of people find a way to connect with the part of them that still experiences the world with a sense of childlike wonder. Of all the cosplayers working today, Soo embodies that perfectly, creating cosplays with love above all else and letting the results speak for themselves. (more…)

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Prepare your diddly-holes for this odd musical selection. There is a band named The Okilly Dokillys, based on The Simpsons Church lovin’ do gooder Ned Flanders.

Yes, yes…”stupid sexy Flanders”. Hit the jump for more details on this unusual mix of music and pop culture, including a watch/listen to their FIRST music video.  (more…)