Over this past weekend, Valiant Comics and DMG Entertainment announced that they had a "nine figure" deal for funding to create a Valiant Cinematic Universe. Or at least I think they get nine figures. The press release was packed with so much inside baseball jargon that I could write you an 8000-word analysis of advanced outside baseball statistics and it would be easier to wade through. It's the perfect combination of marketing, finance and movie industry buzzwords that amounted to "these dudes just gave us a shitload of money to make superhero movies as long as we release them in China at the same time."
Aaaaaaanyway, press release sarcasm aside, it looks like we're getting a Valiant movie universe! And that's pretty cool, because they've got some awesome books that we'd love to see as movies. Here are eleven Valiant movies I can't wait for.More >>
When Rebels was first announced nearly two years ago, fans were nervous; this would be the very first Star Wars anything produced by Disney, and after the excellent five season run of Clone Wars, that was often very adult and complex in it storytelling, would "The House of Mouse" give us a super kiddified version of Star Wars? The news that the series would have a tween-age boy in the lead probably didn't help matters much either.
Turns out, we needn't have worried; under the guidance of former Clone Wars executive producer Dave Filoni, along with help from Young Justice's Greg Weisman and X-Men's Simon Kinberg, the show was great pretty much right out of the gate, evoking the feeling of the classic trilogy while still being very much its own story. So for those of you who missed season one in its first run, here are five reasons you should go back and check out the first 13 episodes of Rebels in repeats, and five things we'd really like to see in year two. SPOILERS for all of season one are in this here list, so fair warning.More >>
As of the writing of this article, "Weird Al" Yankovic is waiting to win his Grammy for Mandatory Fun, his record released in July of 2014. Like most of you, I adore "Weird Al" Yankovic, having been a fan of his since I was, oh, 8 years old. The man's continued popularity, not to mention his canny ability to stay hilarious for decades, only makes me feel warm on the inside.
As of the publication of this article, he has won both the Grammy, and our hearts anew by singing "Yoda" with autistic children. But that's not the point.More >>
E3 might be the holy grail of gaming conventions, but the PAX (short for Penny Arcade Expo) suite of conventions are definitely a solid runner-up. They're the grail blessed by one of Jesus' cooler, more laid-back cousins; the con that we unwashed masses actually have a chance at getting into. Not that our tickets came easy - pre-registration sold out within an hour of opening, and it was only through perseverance, luck, and a whole lot of stalking that my boyfriend and I managed two three-day passes for the event.
And so, we happily drove into the frozen depths of hell to experience for the first time one of gaming's most anticipated yearly events. We experienced some inconveniences - including, but not limited to, lacerating my hands on the demon ice that now rules the city of Boston, and nearly being run down in the streets within twenty-four hours of arrival - but overall, it was an incredible event, and worth my bloodloss.
The last half year has not been the brightest hour for nerds and nerd culture. While nerds, geeks, gamers, etc. like to see themselves as ahead of the curve - at least when it comes to technology and pushing its limits - we've discovered there's a mean, destructive streak festering at the heart of our culture. Since mid-August, some of the Internet's most persistent and terrifying harassers have gathered under the banner of GamerGate to drive vocal female critics and developers out of the industry. A dumbass Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode was made out of it. Many of GamerGate's poisonous attitudes have been fed by video games and comic books and perpetuated by those who play and read them, and while every nerd obviously shouldn't be blamed for what's happened, our culture still needs to step back and reflect because...More >>
Rick & Morty is the hilarious (and beloved) animated series on Adult Swim from Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Come this April 1st, it will also be a comic series from Oni Press. Zac Gorman (Costume Quest, Magical Game Time), the writer of the new series, was happy to answer some questions about his new project AND send over some preview art from issue 1.
Mike Mignola is one of the most celebrated creators in comics today. He's a gifted artist, whose creation, Hellboy, has been on shelves continuously for more than 20 years. Now, Mignola is set to launch a new book in the Hellboy universe, Frankenstein Underground. The book, which comes out on March 18th, is a follow up to Hellboy: House of the Living Dead, and sees the Frankenstein monster, fresh off of a bender with Hellboy himself after their slobberknocker in the lucha libre ring, falling through a temple in Mexico into THE HOLLOW EARTH. [/flanger]. Mike was gracious enough to talk to Topless Robot about the new series and the end of Hellboy and BPRD.
I must confess, I did not expect the makers of The Lego Movie to get dark.
It doesn't surprise me that they created something with deeper meaning, because in general, they've always done that. But while I expected The Last Man on Earth, which debuted on Fox last night, to be satirical, I didn't expect it to hit me where it did. I may be married now, but I was the lone, undateable nerd for a good decade or so, and in concocting a post-apocalyptic scenario, Chris Miller and Phil Lord have perfectly encapsulated what it feels like to be there, to the point of giving me flashbacks. For when you feel undateable, you might as well be the last man on earth.More >>
So, you're a main character in a new anime. Fresh from the South Korean animation studios and swimming in an ocean of hype, you're ready for it all: the fame, the fortune, the fan fiction. You step into the spotlight, ready for your star debut...and promptly get crushed beneath the big toe of the rampaging alien beastie that roared to life after the first commercial break. As it waddles unperturbed through downtown Tokyo taking bites out of the scenery, you lay there paralyzed with an existential crisis. You're also paralyzed because everything below your rib cage is paste, but it's mostly the existential crisis.
Every Dungeon Master has experienced that dread moment when the players are about to arrive, but you haven't had sufficient prep time to put together the adventure they'll be playing. Sometimes this is due to writer's block. Most gaming groups have the same person DM the majority of adventures, and coming up with stories week after week can be difficult. This is often where professionally published adventures come in very handy, but most groups have a "completist" player who has purchased and read every adventure. What is a Dungeon Master to do?