28 Things To Do and See at Comic-Con That Aren't Movie, TV or Comics Panels

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:00 am


Well, we've spent the past week giving you detailed previews about what to expect from this year's San Diego Comic Con when it comes to films, television, comics, and various exclusives, but now it's time to take a step back and look at everything else this show has to offer...as written by a man who admittedly has never been to any incarnation of Comic Con before.

But now that I've had an insane load of various panels, programs and events dumped into my lap to look at, it actually did get to me thinking that as a first-timer of sorts, what could the behemoth that is SDCC offer that tickles my fancy the most? Where would I go there, assuming I also had infinite money and could be in two places or more at the same time? Well, let's take a look and find out, and maybe highlight some places all of you had best check out as well...

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Weekend Open Thread: Space Invaders!

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 7:12 pm

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There's a Space Invaders movie happening. If it actually has those monsters above hurling missiles down from the sky, I'm for it.

No hangover post Monday, as we still have Comic-Con previews to squeeze in before the big event actually happens. For this you can thank me and my writing team, none of whom wanted to be the first to turn one in (self included!).

Next weekend will be nuts. And my thirties will be over. In the meantime, it's y'allzes turn to go crazy in comments.

Oh, and the winner of the Scarlett Johansson Blu-ray is...

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Adam West Hits the Bricks...in Lego Batman 3

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2:34 pm


So often, we seem to say that Marvel is doing everything better than DC, but I have to say...when it comes to playing a Lego game as a campy old man riding on past glories who shamelessly mugs at all times, I'll take Adam West over Stan Lee any day. But man, those Lego minifigs have the best plastic surgeons in the world, don't they?

This isn't the only Lego news involving Adam West - another of the company's Comic-Con exclusives will be the 1966 Batmobile. Given the $40 price tag, however, and knowing Lego, I'm guessing it won't be minifig scaled, as a set big enough to seat Batman and Robin would probably run around $60 at least.


via Joystiq

Weekend Hangover: From Doctor Who to Fart Odors, 18 Stories You Might Have Missed

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Whatup, Holmes?

Ian McKellen as a 93 year-old Sherlock Holmes may see long life as a benidiction, but we have to wonder if he still wants to cum a batch. This was but one of the weekend thread stories you might have missed, compiled with the aid of Kyle LeClair, and now it's time for the rest. Tipsters this week include skrag2112, Gallen_Dugall, Citrus King, CobraCommander, NOT.DrAbraxas, brownkidd, Anyone00, scockery, DrAbraxas, SlyDante777, fury_cartoon, donnaryoko,andre_morelo

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9 Things I Learned About Gaming With Disabilities from the Ablegamers Foundation and My Son

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 6:00 am


Visiting Katsucon two years ago, I was introduced to the Ablegamers Foundation, a group dedicated to bring gaming to people with disabilities through custom controllers and interfaces. Thanks to my son Connor, I immediately felt a personal connection to their mission, and hoped that in the future, there might be something they could do to make video games more accessible to him. Later, an invite appeared in my e-mail inbox, letting me know about Ablegamer's open house on July 5th, where they would open their doors to gamers with disabilities, help evaluate them for custom interfaces, and even go so far as to help them apply for grants to pay for what could be potentially expensive equipment. I decided this would be the perfect time to take Connor out to their headquarters near Washington D.C. and see what options were available to make his gaming experience more fun and rewarding.

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FIRST LOOK: Screenshots From the Upcoming Sharknado iOS Game

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11:30 am


There's no real equivalent in video games for "so bad it's good." Yes, many have campy subjects, but you never hear game players going "Ha ha! I just totally botched that move because the controls on this game are so crappy! That's hilarious!"

What I'm saying is that the Sharknado game needs to be a whole lot (objectively) better than the movie it's based on. Will it? Let's see and speculate...

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The 20 Best Cosplays We Saw at Anime Expo 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 6:00 am


By Saturday, Anime Expo had sold out Los Angeles Convention Center, bringing in about 85,000 people. The tightly packed quarters, long lines and July heat didn't deter cosplayers: they made it through the holiday weekend in armor, super high heels, body paint and oversized wigs. They stood for long stretches of time as attendees rushed towards them with camera flashes blazing. Honestly, I don't know how cosplayers hang in there for four days.

With so many people at AX, the cosplayers were a diverse lot. Many chose to represent recent anime series like Kill la Kill and Attack on Titan. Some of the old hits faded away this year, though; I can't remember seeing anyone wearing a Bleach costume and those used to be ubiquitous at anime events. Sailor Moon had a big resurgence, thanks in part to Sailor Moon Crystal, which premiered this weekend. Video games like League of Legends and Assassin's Creed were popular choices. Alternate versions of established characters from anime, U.S. comics and video games were popular too. Here's a rundown of the 20 coolest cosplays we saw at the convention this year.

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Robotic Gaming Monthly #2 - Splatoon, Sunset Overdrive and Shoveling Up The Past

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 8:00 am


Welcome back to Robotic Gaming Monthly, TR's monthly column focusing on the latest happening in the video game world and then some! Thanks for the kind reception with our debut last time, by the way, even if your enthusiastic efforts to help promote this column wound up with us getting posted on a blog for nudists and swingers. Still, if any of them were gamers as well...

So what do we have for you this go around? Loads and loads of insanity, mud, steampunk, cartoons, Diamond Dogs, and a trip into sheer hell populated entire by loathsome beings that must be destroyed. Fun, fun, fun! Also, come see our column's new video game reviews and one of the very first incarnations of Topless Robot from the '90s (sort of)!

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Anime Expo 2014: 7 Highlights, Lowlights, and a Tour of the Dealer's Room!

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 6:00 am


Once again, the Los Angeles Convention Center in the heart of downtown LA was turned into a cornucopia of mass Japanese Otaku nerdery, and much like last year, I was around to see and hear it all.
Rather than rehash last year's theme, I thought I'd share a little bit more of the specifics that make this particular different than your Comic-Cons and other general-interest conventions. Anime Expo has its own specific vibe; part trade-show for the Anime industry, part Japanese pop-culture convention, Anime Expo is a very much like a niche version of San Diego Comic-Con, except it's actually possible to attend it without either a) spending a million dollars a year in advance, or b) representing some million-dollar movie franchise.

So, let's begin! Here's a look at some of the best, worst and weirdest moments from Anime Expo 2014!

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No Time for Mushrooms When You're Breaking the Super Mario Bros. Speed Record

Friday, June 27, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I like to imagine speedrunner Blubbler had a buddy by this side during this performance, dabbing the sweat from his brow and shoving Cheetos into his mouth. He beat the previous record of 4:58:09 by four/tenths of a second.

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