Nothing to report on this week’s episode. I’m sick, my wife’s sick, and we’re trying to get better. To use Lewis Grizzard’s book title, “Elvis Is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself,” (affiliate link) sums it up pretty good. Stay tuned. Events this week, Fathom Events STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION at the theater, New Orleans Comic Con, and Obstacle Apocalypse. Have fun, be safe and be healthy!
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It seems like we just got our breath back after the Walking Dead Run weekend before last and here we are facing another 5K run. This one doesn’t have zombies though and will be a 5K with multiple routes and military-style obstacles. Mud is only an option, so if you would like to stay as pristine as possible then you may do so. Go to the link provided and make us your beneficiary on the waiver!
So are there any geeks out there that like to run these things or are you strictly spectator?
- Stan Lee – Stan “the Man” Lee has been busier lately than any other time in history, and he’s been around a long time. He’ll be here even longer now that Stark has lent him an arc source (pace maker,) but that doesn’t mean wait around to see him. Truly one of the greats of comic publishing and just a down-to-earth genuine and philanthropic guy, as noted by his The Stan Lee Foundation.
- The Walking Dead Trio – If you’re a fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead, then you need to be here so that you can meet Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker, and Jon Bernthal. Hit the Q&A sessions to hear all the latest behind-the-scenes details that those gossip mags can’t tell you.
- And last, but definitely not least, this year is the 25th anniversary of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. Seven of the original cast (sorry, Patrick Stewart is not in) will be on hand for photos, autographs, and many a story over the long history of this show. This will be the second meeting of the group, with a different lineup, since Austin Comic Con.
So, if these aren’t your reasons for going, what are? And if you do go, share some photo love!
To top off the 50th year of Doctor Who, All-Con has lined up the seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy. McCoy will also be riding the hype of THE HOBBIT where he will portray Radagast the Brown. In a rare celebrity appearance, Mr. McCoy will host some very intimate ‘private’ panels for a limited number of guests and one lucky winner will get to enjoy lunch with him. How cool is that? Get your tickets now! I’ll be there all three days covering as much of the con as possible!
Whose already bought their tickets?
Steve Jackson Games has made available their MUNCHKIN HOLIDAY SURPRISE exclusively at Barnes & Noble. It’s comprised of some previously released material and some cards that will be part of a future accessory. If the holidays make you wanna stab your friends and family in the back, then this is the game for you. I’ve just recently learned how to play the basic game and I look forward to playing all the different variations! This was brought to my attention through the gang over at The Fellowship of the Geeks.
Do you play and if so, what’s your favorite version?
OF THIEVES AND ELVES by A. P. Stephens brings true champions and wicked evil in a story that reads quickly and stays in your thoughts long after it is done.
A monumental tragedy has befallen the Clan of Ionor, an ancient brotherhood of elven warriors. Concerned when their Master does not reach his secretive business in a distant kingdom, the Elders learn that Tryn, their beloved leader, has been captured by a cutthroat gang of bandits known as the Steel Claw. Yet this is not the darkest of their tidings. The relic under the clan's safekeeping, a weapon of terrible power that was forged by the gods themselves, is also missing. The Ionor dispatch Eonen, a headstrong Elder, and a young and talented apprentice, Tride, to rescue the Master and the relic by infiltrating the bandits' stronghold-the formidable Fortress of Toppledom. As the two determined elves hasten into the unknown beyond their borders to restore balance and honor to their clan, they encounter the true darkness behind the matter-the very origin of the world's evil. Allegiances will be twisted. The fates of many will be set into motion. And the destiny of one will be realized.~Book description
The underlying element of the plot is that one young warrior will have to learn to trust his elders and forge his path in the world. Eonen, who is the elder tasked with finding their missing leader, Tryn, must choose a companion to help him. In this, he turns to Tride, a talented elf who is disliked by his peers because he is not of true lineage to the brotherhood. Eonen trusts him and seems aware of his true potential and cares not what anyone else has to say about it. Knowing that Tride is still a neophyte in certain ways of the order, Eonen still takes him under his guidance and leads him to his destiny.
A. P. Stephens has an uncanny ability for describing action. From flights, fights, to verbal swashbuckling, you will get a very good idea of what is going on in the scene. Even some of the more well-known authors could take a lesson from A. P. He, also, delivers a bad guy that you will love to hate. As Halstrom and his Steel Claw band receive their tribute from the terrified citizens, you just want to reach into the story and crush him with your bare hands. The way he and his minions treat the oppressed makes their ultimate demise so much sweeter.
The first chapter or so was a little wordy and I had to re-read a few times to finally get through it. I think what made it slow going for me is the fact that A. P. was building the background so he could dive right into the story. Once I got past it, it was smooth sailing. Granted, there were a few other spots in the story where he got a little verbose with the description, but I let it pass because it does not detract from the story. When you’ve got to describe the history of a line of protectorate elves and their ancient ways, you need a little bit of room to do it with. Again, this was more of a problem with me and not necessarily a problem with the story.
In the end, I would recommend this tale to anyone who likes a fantastic story with really really bad guys. A 7 out of 10 or 4 stars out of 5.
Be sure and check out Stephens’ WHITE SHADOW SAGA series.
Fathom Events and CBS Home Entertainment will screening two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation season 2 on November 29th, in advance of the Blu-Ray release on December 4, 2012. Re-mastered episodes, ‘Q Who’ and an extended cut of ‘Measure of a Man,’ will be shown on the big screen, in addition to never-before-seen interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Star Trek: The Next Generation celebrates 25 years of sci-fi greatness!
Check your local theaters for times.
You can pre-order your Blu-Ray DVD through this link. (Affiliate Link)
A new weekly episode with my comic pick of the week and events that you might be interested in attending.
Head out to the Doubletree Hotel at Dallas Market Center this Saturday to get your Christmas shopping done early and to meet comic book industry veterans Ben Dunn and Steve Erwin at the Dallas-Fort Worth Comic Book Show! I checked out the show back in the summer and had a blast! Great deals, great artists, and lots of fun. Click photo to visit Facebook photo album.
(Photo: Sam de la Rosa from July Dallas-Fort Worth Comic Book Show)
November 17, 2012 be in survival mode and protect your brain. Pitchfork Productions and FUSION Fit Camp are bringing a new twist to cross-country! This 5K is raising proceeds to benefit North Texas Food Bank and a portion of each entry will go to them. If you don’t want to run, you can just watch. For $25 you can watch the race, listen to the band LE FREAK and drink free beer. Did you get that? Free beer.
So, any runners out there? Or are you mostly “stragglers?”
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A2F or Arkansas Anime Festival will convene this weekend in Springdale, Arkansas. Fans of anime, cosplay, gaming, steampunk, Neo-Victorian, and etc. can come together over three days in a family-friendly Otaku atmosphere. Click the photo to go to the link.
Since my posting of the flyer back in July things have changed for the better. The USS Navras crew have confirmed special guests Peter Mayhew, Ann Lockhart, and Cindy Freeling have been added in addition to many items donated by celebrities for the raffles! Also in attendance will be local superhero, Purrkayla and Jerry’s House of Robots! Check out the website for all the details! Click the flyer for more details!
Any fan of John Williams can name any of his pieces within a few notes. You’ll have that opportunity to hear them in their entirety on two separate occasions. Sunday, November 11, and Tuesday, November 13, the Dallas Wind Symphony will bring to life the movie musical magic of John Williams. From Sith to sorcerers to sharks, you can hear the music that has added so much to the silver screen experience. Hurry, there are still tickets left!
Roll2Play and United States of Geekdom are having a trivia party. And with it being the 50th anniversary of a certain double naught spy, the questions will revolve around all things James Bond-ish. Monday night November 12 at 6:30 PM. Go. Have fun. Impress people with you useless bits of Bond minutia!
Coming to the Science Channel Sunday is a FIREFLY extravaganza! Sunday November 11, 2012 starting at 6:00 AM central you’ll get all fourteen episodes of Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY all day long. The last two will air with extra commentary from Nathan Fillion and the rest of the Serenity crew and then at 9:00 PM central you’ll get an hour of the cast and crew talking about the ten year anniversary! Shwweeeet! The Science Channel gets the fans better than Syfy does.
Also, if you tweet the hashtag #FireflyNov11, you can help unlock never before seen footage from the show. The Science Channel on Twitter is @ScienceChannel, duh, and for every five thousand tweets of the hashtag, they’ll upload another video. Go here to check progress!
It’s not too late to get your tickets for the Twilight Saga Movie Marathon being shown on November 15, 2012. And it would seem that each movie theater chain has their own pricing and perks, so be sure and double check each chain to see what they’ve got to offer. Also, Fandango has got a cool contest to win a trip to Egypt, so check that out also.
Some give you discounts if you are a member of their reward clubs, so check into that, too.
Whose already got theirs?
In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M (JUDI DENCH) is tested as her past returns to haunt her. 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. When Bond’s latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (RALPH FIENNES), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows – aided only by field agent, Eve (NAOMIE HARRIS) – following a trail to the mysterious Silva (JAVIER BARDEM), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.
You can purchase tickets at this link for The Texas Theatre!
This is my new webisode in which I will give you a quick update on my choice for Comic of the Day for New Comics Wednesday, as well as events for the next week. I’m asking for feedback and CONSTRUCTIVE criticism, and yes, I know, I need better lighting or make-up. I also want to know if you like the title above or do you have a better suggestion. Let me know what you think!
So, word is that there is a new TV show coming in 2013. A prequel of the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA reboot and it’s called BLOOD AND CHROME. The release on Friday will be the first in a ten episode series, each episode running 7-12 minutes long. Then in early 2013 they will release the two-hour version on Syfy followed by the DVD. Interesting marketing tactics. I’ll be interested to see how it turns out. The trailer looks phenomenal, but I’ll save my opinion for after it airs.
After the mixed reviews of CAPRICA, how do you think BLOOD AND CHROME will be received?
“What do you get when you marry a steampunk meet up with a comic con, a music festival, a county fair, the "virtual-world-made-real" approach of a Renaissance festival, toss in a rabid fan base, add a plethora of inventors, hackers, revisionist historians, and "makers," wrap it in a carefully constructed mythos...
...and add electricity?”
Yep, that’s what they are saying! And boy does TESLA VS EDISON: SHOWDOWN AT UNOBTANIUM sound super cool! It’s a two-day event like a Renaissance festival but there is a story unfolding around you as you interact with the cast and even become a part of the story. It all centers around the fictional mining town of “Unobtanium, Texas.”
“Arch-rivals Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison will be trading barbs throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. The actual “Showdown” will occur on Saturday night at 10 pm and re-occur Sunday at 5:00 pm. Not unlike a political candidate’s forum, the brain duel will start out somewhat civilly, with questions posed by our celebrity moderator, but will denigrate into the knock-down, drag out you’ve been waiting breathlessly for! Sparks will fly. Ray guns will be drawn. History will be re-made!”
It’s not too late to get tickets and this definitely sounds like it will make for a great weekend.
Click here, if you’d like to hear about the real-life “feud” between the two inventors turned out (poor elephant.)
Izumicon is a premier anime convention that will hit Midwest City, Oklahoma November 9th through the 11th. It will be housed in the Reed Convention Center at 5800 Will Rogers Road just across from the Midwest City Sheridan Hotel. Guests will include Johnny Yong Bosch, best known as Adam Park in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Eyeshine, Johnny’s band, as well as voice actors Doug Smith and Lisa Ortiz.
I don’t know much more about this convention, but would love to hear if anyone from the DFW-area is going to it. Anyone from the Oklahoma City-area going? Take pictures and show Dallas how you do Anime Okie-Style!
Enjoy a video of Johnny’s band, Eyeshine!
Whether you are an old-school civil war gamer or you like to fly starships into combat with one another, you’ll find something to suit you at Millennium 15. Though they do host a few slots for RPGs, the emphasis is on miniatures. The show is put together every year by Lone Star Historical Miniatures which serves both Texas and Louisiana. In addition to games, there will also be a dealers room.
Anyone going to this or have gone in the past? I’d love to hear what you thought.