The 9 Coolest Comic Book Announcements at the 2015 ImageEXPO

Monday, January 12, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Image Comics is the publisher of such titles you've probably heard of such as Spawn, Saga, and a little something even non-fans are probably familiar with called The Walking Dead. Their third annual ImageEXPO, at which they announced all their cool new stuff coming out this year was held in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts this past Thursday, January 8, 2015. Here are some of the highlights!

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TR's 10 Absolute WORST Videogames of the Year

Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 5:00 am
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2014 was the worst year in videogames since the modern HD era began. Think about it: how many truly original, amazing experiences did you have with controller in hand? I'll tell you. While Sunset Overdrive was a blast, and the new COD pretty good, and ditto Forza Horizon 2, most of the best moments in gaming came from "definitive," and/or "ultimate" editions of previously released titles from the prior generation: The Last of Us, Tomb Raider, Diablo III, and, the best of all, GTA V.

The closest we have to a new experience was P.T., the terrifying demo from Hideo Kojima to introduce Silent Hills, which only takes twenty minutes to finish. Tops. (Here's one more: Telltale Games Tales From the Borderlands ep1 was a fun, hilarious three hours.) Everything else ran the gamut from massively disappointing, meh, or just plain broken.

Here are the worst games of the year...

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The 10 Most Monumentally Nerdy TV Moments of 2014

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 5:00 am

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It was a memorable year for nerds on TV, from celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson making a splash with the Cosmos reboot to Chris Hardwick's Comedy Central panel/game show @Midnight gaining big traction in its second season, including a Daytime Emmy nomination. We felt the super-sized geek love as high-profile nerds Stephen "I Interviewed Smaug" Colbert and Craig "I Was in a Band with the 12th Doctor" Ferguson stepped down from their longtime gigs. And nerd power was proven yet again when, according to no less an authority than Adweek, FXX's summertime mega-marathon of every Simpsons episode ever made (plus the movie) seriously boosted the fledgling cable network's ratings and "saved" it from failure.

(And now I will pause to say that, if you're not caught up on your nerdy TV and don't want to be spoiled, stop reading right now. NOW, OK? SPOILERS AHEAD!! WARNING! STOP!)

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TR's 10 Worst Nerd Films of 2014

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

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[EDITOR'S NOTE: This list was written completely independently of my "Best Movies" list, and neither one of us had any idea what the other had selected - LYT]

It's no secret - not is it even a remotely original observation - that nerds are currently standing astride all of popular culture like a mighty colossus. The trend continues: The highest-grossing films of the year continue to be either a) comic book adaptations, b) YA fiction adaptations, c) reboots of popular properties from the '80s and '90s, or d) sequels to any of the above. Many have said this is a great epoch in which to be a fanboy, and the announced slate of upcoming nerd-friendly feature films (Terminator vs. Ultron! Jurassic Hobbits vs. Justice League Chew!) has the nerd world (i.e., every teenage boy on Earth) veritably vibrating with excitement.

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The 9 Most Heartbreaking Moments in Nerdery of 2014

Friday, January 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

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2014 is just about over. For the most part, it's been a pretty good year for us nerds. We've seen a lot of great stuff hit movie theaters, TV, video game consoles etc. and have seen previews of more good stuff on the horizon. The road hasn't been entirely smooth, though; looking in the rearview mirror, there were some bumps along the way. Here's a look at some of the most jarring of those bumps.

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Topless Robot's Top 15 Stories of 2014

Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 6:00 am

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You never really know what's going to strike a chord. Trust me, if I did, every article would be the top article in all Facebook feeds everywhere. You take your chances, stay true to your site's content goals, listen to freelancer input, and make your best guess.

Last year, however, I honestly wasn't surprised that Tasha Reign's pony porn featured heavily. This year's list has much that I didn't expect...at least not at the time of writing or assigning.

This list only includes stories written in 2014 (classics about Firefly and Krampus from years past tend to stay firmly atop the aggregate ratings), and factors in the number of pageviews for each individual article. Let us see what last year held in store...

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TR's 10 Best Manga of 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 5:00 am

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It's that time again: time to struggle to pigeonhole a vibrant, diverse corner of the comics world into a neatly-arranged, 10-entry list. It's been another pretty good year for manga in the west; global megahit Attack on Titan has done little but pick up momentum, gathering tie-ins, spinoffs, and an in-production movie, even as the manga itself has been teetering dangerously between stupidly awesome and awesomely stupid. Naruto came to a close in November, Yen Press has been feverishly adding light novels to their already robust selection of manga, and Seven Seas have a bizarre breakout hit in Monster Musume, which has topped the New York Times manga charts no less than six times in 2014. It's a fun read, but it's also a sex comedy that often stops just short of being actual porn, so it's not quite right for this list. What is right for manga's best of 2014? Try these on for size.

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21 Reasons 2014 Was the Best Year Ever for Tabletop Role-Playing Gamers

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 5:00 am

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It is a golden age for fans of the tabletop gaming hobby. The past couple of years have seen an explosion of wonderful games and game related products and 2014 is the best so far. When the "Years it was Great to be a Gamer" Hall of Fame voters chose the years they will honor, 2014 will go down in history as the Babe Ruth of hobby gaming offering. Okay...if you consider Kickstarter as the hobby gaming equivalent of PEDs, it's the Barry Bonds of years, but that's something truly impressive. Unless you won the lottery, there were more products that are worth your time and money released last year than you have either the time or the money to enjoy. Even then, you probably wouldn't have the time to enjoy them.

Putting together a list of the best hobby game, and game related, products of 2014 wasn't an easy task. In order to make the list manageable, I gave myself three rules. First, I was going to group related products. Second, I allowed myself to select 21 products instead of a more reasonable 10. Third, I didn't select any official Pathfinder gaming material. I created that third rule because if I didn't, the list could have easily been filled with nothing but Pathfinder stuff. Paizo put out some great products this year, but Topless Robot readers already know that.

Here are 21 products I think made 2014 the best year ever to be a tabletop gamer.


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TR's 10 Best Video Games of 2014 (With Honorable Mentions)

Monday, December 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Well, 2014 was kind of a challenging year for video games, to say the least. Between the numerous bugs, delays, next-gen hype, and pissed-off audiences, it was rough on triple-A gaming this year. And while I almost skipped out on doing this list due due to the fact that the year's highest-rated games are ones I haven't gotten around to yet (Bayonetta 2, Shadow of Mordor, Super Smash Bros., etc.), I felt it was my duty to shine on a light on those that stood out the most. After all, there were indeed still a lot of quality games this year, both triple-A and indie (though I tended to lean more towards the latter myself), and while I'm guessing a good chunk of you have already predicted my top picks, let us still dive in and celebrate the best video games of 2014!!

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TR's 20 Best Comics of 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

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This past year has been an excellent one for comic books. The explosion of digital comics has lowered barriers to entry, and raised quality across the board. Picking out the best comics that came out in 2014 was an immensely difficult task, leading to a non-exhaustive list of 20 really awesome books that I'd love to argue about.

A brief word on the selection process: there were no rules. I just put whatever I wanted on there because I AM YOUR COMICS GOD BWAHAHAHAHAHA.

Seriously: on this list, you'll find single issues, graphic novels, runs, and collections. The rules were:

1. I favored full stories unless one particular issue stood out.
2. The book has to check off at least two of three: good, interesting or unique.
3. It can't just be 20 Image books, even though I could have easily made that and nobody would have flinched. Image has been incredible this year.
4. I have to trick you with the banner image.

For those of you expecting Kick Ass 3 to be on the list, leave.

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