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Best Spoilers From Comic Con International

Posted on 16 July 2012 by DM

Well Comic Con International (or SDCC as I will always remember it has come and gone with a lot of ups and downs. While I could not attend the event I thought I'd throw my 2 cents in about what came out of it anyways.

 

A great many fun things got mentioned in terms of the Marvel film franchise, not the least of which is a Guardians of the Galaxy film, but the most exciting one from my perspective is Captain America: Winter Soldier. Now if you know anything about the Captain America comics you had to be functionally retarded to not see this move coming, but it's still exciting as hell. The cast and story was great befor and this promises to be equally great. I suspect we may even see Black Widow in this one since she figures so much into Bucky's modern comic life. Maybe not though with them throwing her and Hawkeye together so hard in the films. Time will tell and I'm excited to hear that story.

 

I do have to mention that Ben Kingsley has been confirmed as the Mandarin in Iron Man 3 and that RDJ continues to be the coolest person on the planet.

 

The director of recent film Chronicle, Josh Trank, has been tapped to do a Fantastic Four reboot. I am so torn about this. On one side I love super hero movies, but the last two movies to bear the name left a lot to be desired. My hope is that, much like the recent Amazing Spider-man movie, this film will give us a more ultimate comics take on the whole thing.

 

The Venture Bros. is returning for a fifth season and this is another one I am torn on. I love the show but I really feel like it has been slipping in quality and may be at the end of it's run. Here's hoping that the fifth season shatters all expectations.

 

Oz: The Great and Powerful trailer has been released and it looks fantastic. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film looks to tell the origin story of the great Wizard of Oz. Having only the trailer and the cast to base my thoughts on it so far, I predict that this will be a must see.

 

Neil Gaiman is set to do a Sandman prequel series. People (ahem fan girls) tell me this is big so I am mentioning it but I'm really not that excited. I never read the original stuff.

 

Big Disappointments?

So glad you asked!

IDW has announced a MLP: Friendship is Magic. That's all. No comments. I'm sure you can feel my pain from whatever device you're using to read this.

 

Over all I think that it continues to be a fantastic time to be a geek. We're making our voices heard and seeing the media that we want to see. Let's keep it up.

 

DM

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Nevada Allows for Cars without Drivers and My Hope for that World

Posted on 08 May 2012 by VinnieAve

So Google has been working on making a driverless car for a long time. I am sure you’ve seen some of the very impressive videos in the past. However, now there is an officially licensed car that is driverless. This is the first step to ending a world of car accidents and unnecessary deaths on the road. The motorist will be a sportsman like the jockey is now. I honestly think there will be a push in the future to a world where driving is a minor skill that few have. That won’t be for a long time but it will happen. It will start off as a luxury but I think very quickly that as more and more people use them that states will realize that robot cars are a safety need, like a seat-belt. I also fear that in the first few years will see resistance with every accident reported, like how every plane crash is. However, I think that people will have to get used to cars that follow the rules of the road, speeding will be out of the program. Or would there be speeding, how would a car understand going with the flow of traffic, I expect that the early models will be limited to the speed limit since those are going to be sharing the road with people but as time goes on it will follow a few simple rules: get to the destination, stay on the roads, get there as fast as possible, and don’t kill the person inside of you or hit anything. The real test will be on the east coast Megalopolis. The sooner that robo cars take over the better off we are. I welcome our overlords in their mighty Googleplex and there robotic minions. I also would like to remind Google to program the 3 Laws in everything you do.

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Humble Bundle: Mojam! LIVE!

Posted on 18 February 2012 by Jessica Dunn

Humble Bundle

Theres a new Humble Bundle going on right now, but this one is a bit different – its a Mojam.  Mojang, developer of the cube-tastic hit Minecraft, and their friends at Oxeye Game Studio and Wolfire Games are developing games over the weekend for the cause.  The added bonus is that you can watch them build the games live – I was just watching someone at Mojang making a spinning coin animation.

If you don’t already know, the Humble Bundle is a pay-what-you-want bundle of indie games raising money for charity.  The charities the bundle is raising money for right now are Child’s Play, charity:water, American Red Cross, and Electronic Frontier Foundation.  And if for some reason you don’t like one of the charities, don’t let that stop you from picking up a Humble Bundle, they let you choose how much of your money goes to each charity.

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Vincenzo and DM’s Review of One Man Lord of the Rings

Posted on 13 February 2012 by DM

DM’s Review: I can honestly say that I did not know what to expect when I sat down at the theater to watch One Man Lord of the Rings by Charles Ross.  Afterwards I did not know how I could have expected anything else.  Ross leapt right into the performance with manic energy not only mimicking character voices from the feature films but also sound effects with unnerving accuracy.

Portraying the three movies in one hour did not seem possible but Ross managed it with a bit of sweat and epic desert mouth with enough time to spare to chat with the audience between “films”.  Watching him oh so professionally change scenes with nothing but his voice, gestures, and a little bit of lighting change was nothing short of magical.

And he was funny.  So very funny.  I am quite certain that my abrasive and echoing laughter disturbed quite a few people but I could not help it in the face of his jester like performance.  Ross had no problems weaving humor into the oh so serious fantasy works while still maintaining what is an obvious admiration for the works.

Ross also had no problems pulling the audience to him. Laughter sprang out when his humor touched the work and people had trouble not interrupting his performance with applause at key moments such as when Gollum first spoke.

What can I say about One Man Lord of the Rings? It was unexpected.  It was funny.  It was magical. And I desperately need to see One Man Star Wars. See this in New York or elsewhere if you have the chance.

Vincenzo’s Review:

First I have to say sorry, this look me longer to write than it should have and is now not timely, I am sure DM will chew me out.

So last week a Groupon showed up and it was for Charlie Ross’s One Man Lord of the Rings, so I think to myself, well I’m not the biggest Rings person but I think to myself, well it would be cheaper than a movie and I can walk there. I went for the matinee, since well, its more convenient, and I don’t like staying up too late.

I will admit that I know that I didn’t get the most enjoyment out of the show as I could (I have vowed to watch the films on one day at some point (maybe Spring Break, yeah I’m a nerd)), so other than being able to tell you little about the quality of the jokes which seemed to be pretty good based on the audience reaction, the show was fantastic.

Ross’s energy was incredible, he made sure that each character had some defining feature, being it a voice or a gesture that allowed the audience to determine who was speaking. He had brief moments when he spoke and talked to the audience between movies to get a feel of the group (I wonder if he modifies the show when the audience is less nerdy). If you just enjoy LoTR, like I do, or are a devote Tolkien person, see this show if its in your area, and if One Man Star Wars is in my area I will see it.

For more information and future performance dates: Performances

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CBLDF Now Owns a Symbol of Opression

Posted on 30 September 2011 by VinnieAve

Okay, that title might be a little hyperbolic but it caught your eye didn’t it. Now that DC has abandoned the Comics Code there is no one using this antiquated tool of censorship. With that the code and all its imagery was up in the air. In a smart move the wonderful people over at CBLDF have acquired the rights to the comics code and its iconic seal that used to be placed on comics. Of course they don’t plan to maintain the code and enforce silly rules like “Scenes dealing with, or instruments associated with walking dead, torture, vampires and vampirism, ghouls, cannibalism, and werewolfism are prohibited.”

With this they plan on using it as something they can use in their literature and on other bits of merchandise (T-shirts, mugs, stickers, etc.). I hope that either at NYCC 2011 or NYCC 2012 they have some of this stuff available. I have to say there is no group or person that is a more appropriate for owning this material. My hope is that instead of just using it as logo that they make sure to tell the story and keep this information in the public mind. I know I’ve talked about the CBLDF before but a major part of their mission is to prevent any form of censorship. I hope that they make sure that use this to try and teach people about censorship. Few people know about the Hayes Code and fewer know about Comics Code. I don’t want to go too much into a rant about education but really that is a major issue with censorship in general and I may cover the topic at some other time.

I am thoroughly glad that this material is in the right hands. I expect that it will be well distributed and that the information will be kept in the public eye as best as possible. Hopefully, anything they fund-raising with this new material will allow expansion and creation of new programs and projects.

CBR Article

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