Geekscape http://www.geekscape.net podcasts, news, features Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 podcasts, news, features Geekscape no podcasts, news, features Geekscape http://www.geekscape.net/_wp_/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.geekscape.net TV-G The Saint Mort Show Episode 103: Kyle Kuchta (Part 2) http://www.geekscape.net/the-saint-mort-show-episode-103-kyle-kuchta-part-2 http://www.geekscape.net/the-saint-mort-show-episode-103-kyle-kuchta-part-2#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:05:17 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81856 Concluding my trend of October Horror Guests this week I’m joined by Kyle Kuchta. Kyle returns for our Halloween special to talk about Kyle’s documentary Fantasm and how you can buy it on his website. After that we discuss all the Halloween traditions we have and horror movies we plan to watch and what we dream of getting the chance to remake.

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Stan Lee’s Comikaze Is Almost Here, And Here’s What We’re Looking Forward To! http://www.geekscape.net/stan-lees-comikaze-is-almost-here-and-heres-what-were-looking-forward-to http://www.geekscape.net/stan-lees-comikaze-is-almost-here-and-heres-what-were-looking-forward-to#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:34:58 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81851 Stan Lee’s Comikaze is finally right around the corner (better get those tickets quickly, it’s TOMORROW)! A myriad of Geekscape writers will be in attendance at the expo, and of course we couldn’t be more excited to hang out with you at the Geekscape Booth (that’d be Booth #1110)!

As the 3-day event has something for all sorts of different tastes, we thought that we’d make a list of our own personal highlights from the schedule! Here are the panels that each of us are looking forward to at next weekend’s Comikaze 2014!

If you’re attending the expo, be sure to visit us at Booth #1110, where we’ll have tons of shirts available (including the awesome new baseball t’s) and also an EXCLUSIVE print celebrating the return on Jonathan’s Own Super Action Man. We’ll be there all weekend! Now read on!

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It’s that Comikaze time of year again! And with each Comikaze, we get to see more awesome guests and more awesome panels to get excited for! Here are some of the panels that I’m looking forward to.

On Saturday morning, the iconic Adam West will be on the Hot Topic main stage to talk all things Batman, and help celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary! (10:30am – Hot Topic Main Stage)

Later on in the afternoon, Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman are bringing Hollywood Babble-On Smodcast live to Comikaze for Fatman on Batman: A tribute to Batman ’66! (1:30pm – Room 408AB)

Another one I’m looking forward to is Constantine: An Introduction, this gives Comikaze attendees a chance to meet the creators and get a sneak peak into the new series. (3:00pm – Hot Topic Main Stage)

On Sunday morning, there’s a spotlight panel on Jewel Staite, of Firefly and Stargate. (10:30am – Hot Topic Main Stage.

And shortly after, I might try to see the Comikaze Guest of Honor panel with John Barrowman, the star of Doctor Who, Arrow, Torchwood and so much more. (11:30am – 304ABC)

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With Comikazee fast approaching, I find myself conflicted in trying to schedule my weekend in order to get in as much coverage as humanly possible. Right off the bat, it seems like the Hot Topic Main Stage will be the place to hang around all day Saturday–with the one and only Adam West kicking things off, followed by Rob Liefeld, and the folks behind NBC’s Constantine! Aside from the Main Stage action, I plan on checking out the Golden Age of Gaming panel in Room 301B and the Original Intellivision Game Designers Panel in Room 303AB. Of course, there’s no way I can miss our fearless leader in Geekscape’s Panel this Friday in Room 306AB at 6 P.M.

And since you lovely people will be there, stop by the Geekscape booth (#1110) and snag yourself some sweet Geekscape T-shirts and get an EXCLUSIVE Super Action Man print!

Jake Lopez

Comikaze is back and what better way to spend your Halloween then at the convention center celebrating all things geek! For those of you searching for a convention without the hassle or enormity of SDCC, Comikaze looks like the place to go. Honestly, looking over the programming schedule makes this year seem like one of the most laid-back stress-free conventions I’ve seen. And it’s not like there’s any shortage f sights to see. On Friday, panelists will screen a Batman Fan Film, “The Great Mistake of Dr. Miles”, which is of course followed by a Q&A with the creators in room 404AB at 4:00 PM. Afterwards, you should go check out Geekscape Live! in 306AB at 6:00 PM. *nudge nudge*

Saturday, I plan on hitting the sneak preview of the documentary “Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show”. I’m sure to find interviews with the likes of Damon Lindelof and Joss Whedon regarding television interesting. Afterward, I’m hoping to make it to the Dragon Ball Z – The Fall of Men panel in 304 ABC (1:00 PM). If you don’t know already, this particular DBZ installment is fan made and it looks fantastic. If for some reason I can’t make it to that, I plan at being in room 308AB at 1:30 PM for Spider-Man: The Animated Series 20th Anniversary. Need I say more?

On Sunday, one of the bigger panels will be taking place in 406AB at 10:00 AM with an early screening of “Gotham” episode 107. The screening is followed up by Executive Producer Danny Cannon.

I only wish I had more time to see some of the events Comikaze has to offer! The schedule is packed!

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I am so, so sad that I won’t be attending Comikaze this year. Last year’s convention weekend was by far one of the highlights of my year, both because of the chance to see all of my Geekscape friends and colleagues once more, but also because everything that Comikaze had to offer was beyond stellar.

This year, the guests are even better, the panel schedule has grown exponentially, and Geekscape is going live on the show floor. I’m almost debating jumping on a plane tomorrow and heading down, and here’s what I would be most interested in seeing:

Friday:

4:00 – 404AB – (BATMAN FAN FILM) THE GREAT MISTAKE OF DR. MILES

See the convention premier of 1960’s Batman fan film “The Great Mistake of Dr. Miles”, followed by Q&A and discussion with the cast and crew. The panel will conclude with a special announcement about the future of the project.

5:00 – 404AB – THE KAIJU KINGDOM LIVE PODCAST! – GODZILLA’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY/GAMERA’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Join a discussion about Godzilla 60th Anniversary and Gamera’s 50th Anniversary.

6:00 – 306AB – GEEKSCAPE LIVE! WITH SPECIAL GUESTS!

It’s freaking Geekscape, but LIVE. How the hell could I not show up to this?

Saturday:

9:00 – Hot Topic Main Stage – UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH STAN LEE, POWERED BY WEEV

Get intimate with Stan Lee and learn about all of the new projects he’s working on at POW! Entertainment.

10:30 – Hot Topic Main Stage – SPOTLIGHT: ADAM WEST

TV’s most prolific Batman joins us to talk all things Batman, and help celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary!

1:30 – 308AB – SPIDER-MAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Spider-Man: The Animated Series introduced a whole generation to the famous web-slinger in the first of his adventures for TV that captured the true spirit of the original comic book.

2:30 – 308AB – RANDOM ENCOUNTERS’ VIDEO GAME MUSICALS

Watch your favorite games and series become Broadway show-stoppers, from an Arkham Asylum rock-opera to a Tim Burton-style Pac-Man musical! WARNING: This show contains catchy songs, nerdy humor and the dreaded Marshmallow Zone. Singalongs are welcome.

4:30 – Screening Room – THE ROOM

Join film-creator Tommy Wiseau at a special screening of his cult classic film!

Sunday

10:00 – 308AB – PUBLICIZING YOUR PROJECT

You’ve got a new comic, a new webseries, a new novel, a new TV show or movie? That’s great. But pretty meaningless if you and your friends are the only ones who know about it. How do you get the word out? Facebook and webpage, sure. That’s what everyone’s doing. What can you do to cut through the clutter and get your stuff actually seen, actually talked about, actually out there so people can see it, read it, watch it, buy it? People who have been getting projects seen dating back to “Star Wars” will give you advice on how you can do it for your project.

12:00 – 308AB – LION FORGE COMICS & IDW PUBLISHING: DIGITAL TO PRINT AND BEYOND!

Lion Forge Comics & IDW Publishing: Digital to Print and Beyond! Lion Forge Editor-In-Chief Shannon Eric Denton discusses Lion Forge titles Airwolf vs. Knight Rider, Miami Vice, Chavo Guerrero, Rampage Jackson, Andre the Giant, Care Bears, Saved By The Bell, Saber Riders & the Star Sheriffs, Punky Brewster and more! Join Shannon and the Lion Forge creative teams as they discuss these properties along with their recently announced print- partnership with IDW Publishing!

1:00 – 308AB – HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN NOVEL: FROM THE FIRST IDEA TO PUBLISHING AND WHAT YOU NEED TO SELL YOUR WORK TO TV AND FILM

Join the Winner Twins while they teach you how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer’s block to the different paths to publishing. The Winner Twins will be joined by bestselling author, and renowned actor, Richard Hatch, of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA fame, and Steven-Elliot Altman, author of such novels as DEPRIVERS and BATMAN: FEAR ITSELF.

I’m barely scratching the surface here. There is so much that I’d like to see at this year’s Comikaze, and that’s not even mentioning the show floor, where I’d be bound to spend far, far, far too much money on things that I love.

Also, I’m really, really going to miss Lawry’s Carvery!

Are you hitting up Comikaze this year? What are you most looking forward to? Sound out below!

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Geekscape Home Video: “LFO” DVD Review http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-home-video-lfo-dvd-review http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-home-video-lfo-dvd-review#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:47:28 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81775 LFO_OneSheet

At different, very random times in my life, I’ve been asked a simple, hypothetical question: If you could have a superpower, what superpower would you have? I’ve heard every answer you can think of. Super speed? You can get anywhere without paying for gas. Super strength? Bet and win every arm wrestling match at the bar. Mind reading? Find out if that person you have a crush on likes you too. But the one I rarely hear as someone’s answer: Mind control. I’ve never thought much of it, but I think I know now. LFO has shown me why.

Antonio Tublén’s second feature film, LFO, is a dark, moody, and sometimes hilarious sci-fi drama that examines the boundaries of the human condition. A meditative descent into one man’s twisted head, it has a scope so ambitious and large that you might forget the film takes place entirely in one house. It also looks pretty too.

Robert Nord (portrayed by the excellent Patrik Karlson) is a loser stuck in an unhappy marriage and a mediocre life. He’s an avid audiophile, and has been exploring uncharted territory in sound waves with some pals over the internet. Eventually, Robert finds a way to use sound to lull unsuspecting people into a hypnosis, and he quickly takes advantage to make the people around him — in particular his new neighbors, Linn (Izabella Jo Tschig) and Simon (Per Löfberg)– his puppets.

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The film wastes zero time in doing exactly what you expect. Instead of prolonging the inevitable and being a predictable comedy of errors, Tublen goes into overdrive and exhausts every simple expectation within the first act. What is left is an unpredictable, sometimes funny, consistently haunting tale of a sick, disturbed man who has twisted society’s morals to play in his favor.

Robert is a true son of a bitch. It goes beyond hypnotizing people into having sex or cleaning your house. His hots for Linn was expected from the get-go, but the way Robert infects the lives of his neighbors like a disease drives the film forward. It’s not just Linn he gets involved with and waves his hand to make her husband Simon go away, Simon is in along for the ride! His obnoxious intrusion into the intimate lives of his neighbors, twisting them to fit his own image of a perfect sitcom family or becoming their goddamn therapist, is supremely discomforting. The film proposes the thesis that every man’s moral compass shapes their worldview, but that their worldview directs their compass. Morality is ultimately subjective. Right and wrong can mean different things to different people. And for Robert, he can provide a convincing argument for a bunch of the awful shit he does, no matter how much you disagree with him. I vehemently hated every action Robert took, but somehow this almost supervillain manages to get what he wants. Which, when you can easily manipulate people like they’re your living Sims, isn’t very hard.

The scope of the film is large and ambitious, thematically and actually quite literally, despite the incredibly limited physical space. Robert’s house is the Garden of Eden, and Simon and Linn are Adam and Eve. It’s not a subtle metaphor, but eventually the experiments of Robert spread to the entire world, and without giving too much away, it’s all pretty terrible.

I can’t give away too much about Clara, Robert’s wife, who is played by the totally awesome Ahnna Rasch. She’s suffocating in her marriage to Robert, and she exerts a tired energy that makes you feel for her. But her presence is soon revealed to be something else, and thankfully it’s revealed relatively early-on so there’s no bullshit “twist endings” here, for the simple fact it’s not part of the ending. Although it does have a closing scene at the end, and that one nearly broke me.

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LFO, under a different direction, could have been a supervillain origin story. Under Tublén — whose other work I admit I’m unfamiliar with — it remains a quiet, realistic sci-fi soap opera about loneliness, desire, and the ambitions of a mad genius. Robert treats his work like an artist. He morphs science into something abstract, something that can be created and understood interpretively. He’s also arrogant and pretentious. He mocks up his Nobel Prize speech in his basement. He believes he can change the world — and he can! It’s incredible what he’s invented — but he immediately withholds his power to himself for obvious reasons. Better in his hands than someone else’s, he reasons. I truly believe Robert is just inches away from being a supervillain from a (good) ’90s comic book.

Technically, the cinematography is top-notch. I’ve seen hundreds of modern, low-budget films take a vertie approach and I’ve been exhausted of that style for a long time. LFO is a wonderful breath of fresh air. Expert picture composition and steady shots (with maybe a few harsh pans here and there) make for a clean, crisp aesthetic that is ultimately pleasing to look at. No one in the film is Hollywood beautiful — they look like real people — but the film is nice to the eye. Although a moody film, it’s bright and appropriately lit at the right times.

A word about the framing. Many times the LFO breaks conventional coverage rules only slightly for a unique frame. Heads are cut off, eyes are looking up at nothing but space, and views are obscured. It’s not off-putting in the slightest either. In key scenes this framing happens, and though it’s a novelty that I might get tired of if abused, for now it makes LFO totally unique.

A movie where the entire premise is built on sound would be remiss to trip over its soundtrack. The film’s audio skeleton sounds like it came from Trent Reznor scoring Screech’s room in Saved By The BellIt’s neither techno or EDM, side-stepping predictability and going instead for novelty. That novelty is the form of atmospheric bleep bloops from the Atari age, and it’s a treat but ultimately empty. Collecting film soundtracks is a fun side hobby of mine, and I don’t think LFO has what it takes to warrant a listen when I drive or write. Part of the fun of remembering a movie is in its soundtrack, to relive the film on a more sublime level. LFO‘s soundtrack, whether it’s released or not, isn’t making me care enough to even look up if it’s available. It fits the movie perfectly, but I don’t care for it separately.

I think I know now why mind control isn’t a totally favored superpower. Granted, I’m sure there are thousands of people who would answer “mind control” to the question of what superpower would you be armed with. But there are thousands more who wouldn’t, and I suspect the burdens that come with it are far heavier than benching a truck. It’s an ugly responsibility to play God, one that humans have no right to and are too stupid to handle. LFO is a fun, dark demonstration as to why the superpower remains quietly unspoken.

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The DVD

About as bare-bones as can be. Aside from the trailer, it comes with a medium-sized behind-the-scenes featurette with interviews from Tublén, the actors, and producers. It’s a light, ordinary mini-documentary you’d come to expect that provides some insight into the film’s themes and characters. However, it gets points from me for showing a nice look at the film’s premiere at the 2013 Fantastic Fest, the Austin film festival I’ve been dying to go to. Other than that, there isn’t much of anything. The audio set-up has only a subtitle feature, and the only language available is English. There are no dub tracks, only the original audio, which I’m perfectly okay with. The picture remains gorgeous, which surprised me. I have altogether stopped buying DVDs, but there were times watching this when I couldn’t tell if this was a Blu-ray or DVD (I admit it helped that I watched from a reasonably far distance, allowing me to miss any image imperfections as a result of the older format). Someone with better expertise, please let me know if it was a result of the use of Blackmagic Cinema Cameras during production.

LFO gets 4/5 stars. It’s a gripping exploration of one mad man’s abuse of power and exploitation of human weaknesses that shouldn’t be missed. The DVD gets a 2/5 stars, it has a nice behind-the-scenes featurette and nothing else.

LFO is available now on video on demand and DVD.

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Watch The Extended Trailer For Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’! http://www.geekscape.net/watch-the-extended-trailer-for-marvels-avengers-age-of-ultron http://www.geekscape.net/watch-the-extended-trailer-for-marvels-avengers-age-of-ultron#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:39:06 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81842 Briefly: We all received a fantastic treat late last week when the first trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked online, DAYS before it’s scheduled launch on last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel blamed it on Hydra, which was a hilarious and lighthearted way of looking at the leak. Not wanting to leave any of us S.H.I.E.L.D. fans hanging, the studio attached a special look at the film on last night’s episode. If you we’re lucky enough to be in Hall H at SDCC this past Summer, than it’s nothing new for you, but it’s exciting to see the scene online and official.

It’s also fantastic to see the look on Thor’s face when Cap almost lifts the hammer, and now we can see it over and over and over again. The rest of the video is pretty much the trailer we’ve already seen, but I’m not going to say no to watching that one again. Take a look at the video below, and let us know if you’re excited!

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theatres on May 1st, 2015.

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Major Announcements Made At The Special Marvel Studios Event! http://www.geekscape.net/major-announcements-made-at-the-special-marvel-studios-event http://www.geekscape.net/major-announcements-made-at-the-special-marvel-studios-event#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:02:35 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81815 Briefly: These are some exciting times for comic book movies. Marvel has decided to answer DC’s move of announcing all of their upcoming films through the year 2020 with their own long term announcements for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here’s what’s been announced, as well as the release dates:

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Chadwick Boseman was also announced as playing the lead, Black Panther. Here’s a concept shot of the bad-ass costume:

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Kevin Feige announced that this will be a Carol Danvers Captain Marvel, so definitely an answer to the Wonder Woman movie.

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Yep, Avengers: Infinity War will be split into TWO parts. This is going to be HUGE!

I am super excited for these films and the introduction of these new characters into the MCU!

So, let the fantasy casting begin! Who do you think should play your favorite Marvel characters? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Twitch Updates Their Terms Of Service And Bans Sexually Suggestive Clothing http://www.geekscape.net/twitch-updates-their-terms-of-service-and-bans-sexually-suggestive-clothing http://www.geekscape.net/twitch-updates-their-terms-of-service-and-bans-sexually-suggestive-clothing#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:51:09 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81814 In an update today, Twitch has put the final nail in a very annoying coffin.

It is now against their terms of service for game streamers to wear clothing that is sexually suggestive.

Wearing no clothing or sexually suggestive clothing – including lingerie, swimsuits, pasties, and undergarments – will most likely get you suspended, as well as any full nude torsos*, which applies to both male and female broadcasters. You may have a great six-pack, but that’s better shared on the beach during a 2-on-2 volleyball game blasting “Playing with the Boys.”

* If it’s unbearably hot where you are, and you happen to have your shirt off (gents) or a bikini top (ladies), then just crop the webcam to your face. If your lighting is hot, get fluorescent bulbs to reduce the heat. Xbox One Kinect doesn’t zoom? Move it closer to you, or turn it off. There is always a workaround.

Gone are the live streams of girls playing games with two push up bras and a high angled camera. Gone are the days of Mega64 dancing around in their underwear. You will both be missed.

This is the second major update to their ToS that appears to be a push from their new Amazon overlords. The first being streamers need to fully disclose if anything they are doing is part of a paid campaign.

I feel these are both great moves that legitimatizes live streaming as a viable business, while not pandering to mouth breathing neckbeards.

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‘Excitebike’ Track Coming To ‘Mario Kart 8′, Watch The Video! http://www.geekscape.net/excitebike-track-coming-to-mario-kart-8-watch-the-video http://www.geekscape.net/excitebike-track-coming-to-mario-kart-8-watch-the-video#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:22:37 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81808 Briefly: We’re all beyond excited for Nintendo to release the first DLC pack for the phenomenal Mario Kart 8, and the publisher is now teasing just what we can expect in the first pack’s eight new tracks.

Today, Nintendo debuted an Excitebike themed track for the game. From the video, it’s clear to see that the course will garner some nostalgic feelings from older Nintendo fans, and probably some feelings of frustration from everybody. It looks fairly flat and straight, so you can definitely expect to be hit by a lot of green shells and fireballs. Oh, and the locations of ramps and speed boosts change each time you race, so good luck with that.

Take a look at the Excitebike preview below, and let us know what you think! Each DLC pack will cost you a more-than-reasonable $7.99, or you can pick up the two-pack bundle for $11.99.

Looks like fun, huh?

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Marvel Reveals The Full Synopsis And Cast List For ‘Agent Carter’! http://www.geekscape.net/marvel-reveals-the-full-synopsis-and-cast-list-for-agent-carter http://www.geekscape.net/marvel-reveals-the-full-synopsis-and-cast-list-for-agent-carter#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:53:58 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81809 Briefly: Marvel revealed a very brief synopsis (along with some bad-ass teaser art) for their upcoming Agent Carter series all the way back in May, and the studio has now revealed a far longer, more detailed synopsis, as well as the full cast list for the project.

The new synopsis give us a much better idea of the series’ plot, and it definitely does a fantastic job of getting us excited for its premiere in 2015. Here it is:

ABC presents its second action packed series from the creative minds at Marvel in “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” inspired by the feature films Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” and Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.”

 

Years before Agent Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. team swore to protect those who cannot protect themselves from threats they cannot conceive, there was Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell, Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), who pledged the same oath but lived in a different time when women weren’t recognized as being as smart or as tough as their male counterparts.

 

But no one should ever underestimate Peggy.

 

It’s 1946 and peace has dealt Peggy a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy finds herself stuck doing administrative work when she would rather be back out in the field; putting her vast skills into play and taking down the bad guys.  But she is also trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers – aka Captain America.

 

When old acquaintance Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper, Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”) finds himself being framed for unleashing his deadliest weapons to anyone willing to pony up the cash, he contacts Peggy – the only person he can trust – to track down those responsible, dispose of the weapons and clear his name.  He empowers his butler, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy, “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”), to be at her beck and call when needed to help assist her as she investigates and tracks down those responsible for releasing these weapons of mass destruction.  But Jarvis, who is a creature of habit and sticks to a rigid daily routine, is going to have to make some major life changes if he’s going to be able to keep up with Peggy.

 

If caught going on these secret missions for Stark, Peggy could be targeted as a traitor and spend the rest of her days in prison – or worse. And as she delves deeper into her investigation, she may find that those she works for are not who they seem, and she might even begin to question whether Stark is as innocent as he claims.

 

“Marvel’s Agent Carter” stars Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, Chad Michael Murray (“One Tree Hill,” “A Cinderella Story”) as Agent Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj (“Dollhouse”) as Agent Daniel Sousa and Shea Whigham (“American Hustle,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”) as Chief Roger Dooley.

 

Tara Butters (“Resurrection”), Michele Fazekas (“Resurrection), Christopher Markus (Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), Stephen McFeely (Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), Chris Dingess (“Men in Trees”), Kevin Feige (Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”), Louis D’Esposito (Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”), Alan Fine (Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel’s “Thor”), Joe Quesada (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”), Stan Lee (“Spider-Man,” “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk”) and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville,” “Lost,” “Heroes”) are executive producers.  “Marvel’s Agent Carter” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.

Sounds pretty interesting, doesn’t it? Will you be tuning in? Sound out below!

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Help Jonathan Become The New Host Of ‘DC All Access’! http://www.geekscape.net/help-jonathan-become-the-new-host-of-dc-all-access http://www.geekscape.net/help-jonathan-become-the-new-host-of-dc-all-access#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:43:03 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81800 Briefly: Who’s the best host around?

Yep. Jonathan London. We’re not biased around here or anything, but the dude is freaking awesome.

Apparently, hosting 338 episodes of Geekscape, Metacafe’s Pause/Play (we miss that one), and countless other shows, videos, and live events has only made the man want to host even more, and it turns out that DC Comics is looking for a new host for DC All Access.

You know who would be perfect for that gig? Jonathan London. That’s even more weekly Jon, and you know damn well that you can’t get enough of him.

Here’s his application, including a cute-ass sidekick, TONS of comics, and some great reasons as to why he’d be the perfect host:

Want to see Jon in the role? As he mentions in the video, it’s pretty simple to show your support! Just post the video, along with the hashtag #DCHostSearch, and let DC know who you want your new host to be, and don’t forget to retweet any other support that you see.

Want to take another look at those comics? Yeah you do:

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You wish your collection was that big.

Now get tweeting, and thank you for your support!

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Geekscape 338: The Comikaze 2014 Preview Episode! http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-338-the-comikaze-2014-preview-episode http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-338-the-comikaze-2014-preview-episode#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:24:47 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81786 Our friend and fellow geek Stephanie Pressman joins us on Geekscape to preview this weekend’s Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo! We’ll be there the whole weekend at the Geekscape booth so we preview some of the highlights and share our favorite convention experiences from cons past! Also, we talk about the awesomeness of the Age of Ultron trailer and relay just how awesome Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange is! It’s a great time to be a geek!

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Benedict Cumberbatch Cast As ‘Doctor Strange’ In Marvel’s Upcoming Film http://www.geekscape.net/benedict-cumberbatch-cast-as-doctor-strange http://www.geekscape.net/benedict-cumberbatch-cast-as-doctor-strange#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:03:13 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81770 Hot off the digital Presses is this fantastic news!

Sherlock star, and Tumblr heartthrob, Benedict Cumberbatch has just been cast as Doctor Strange in the upcoming film adaptation of the Marvel sorcerer.

With filming set to begin in May of 2015, fans were starting to get a little anxious as to who would play the cult favorite. Early rumors also say that this is NOT going to be an origin film, and as a fan of Strange PhD I cannot be more on board with that decision.

Doctor Strange is being directed by Scott Derrickson and is written by Jon Spaihts.

 

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Geekscape Interviews: “Santa Claus: Private Eye” Author Jeremy Bernstein http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-interviews-santa-claus-private-eye-author-jeremy-bernstein http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-interviews-santa-claus-private-eye-author-jeremy-bernstein#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:55:05 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81638 What does Santa Claus do on the other 364 days of the year (365 on leap year)? Dude has gotta eat somehow. How does being a private detective sound?

Jeremy Bernstein is a screenwriter and game designer known for his work on Dead Space 2, the Pretty in Pink video game (yes, really!), and the popular television series Leverage. Now, Jeremy and his team are behind the new digital comic series, Santa Claus: Private Eye, available now on Thrillbent. Primed to be a cult hit, Private Eye has jolly old Saint Nick moonlighting as a detective in the seedy underworld of crime and corruption. How much can the big red man who judges the naughty and the nice take before he breaks?

I have so many questions, but I only have one that I really need answered: Why Santa Claus?

Jeremy: [laughs]

Because cultural myths are a lot of fun to imagine in wholly different lights. But why detective noir and why Santa Claus? What inspired this particular story?

Jeremy: Honestly, I was looking to write a supernatural detective show. As a TV sample. And I was just trying to come up with a supernatural detective that I haven’t seen. The genre has been done so often: There’s teen vampires, teen wizards, what’s a supernatural creature that hasn’t been done as a detective? And there was a little voice in the back of my head that went, well, there’s always Santa Claus. To which I said, haha nice, very funny. But no, seriously, what are we gonna do?

That damn little voice.

Jeremy: I know! That snarky little bastard. But the more I thought about it, [it made sense]. Well, he knows if you’ve been naughty or nice, which is a really useful skill for a detective to have. He can climb down the chimneys, right? So he’s really good at getting into places to sneak around. If Santa Claus had to moonlight, private eye is not the worst job in the world for him. So, then I started thinking, “All right, but why?” Like, why does Santa Claus have to become a private eye? And as I started going down that road, that’s when I really started focusing on the character and thinking about what’s this take on Santa, and as you said, it became a chance to really deconstruct the myth. And when you look at that myth, of the person who brings joy to everyone, the one everybody counts on to make them happy, what makes him happy? Who brings him joy? That became a really interesting question to me. So once I looked into that I was sort of like, all right, I was trying to come up with an idea for a TV show. Nobody is going to make this TV show. It was too big of a swing. But I need to tell this story. I need this out there. It’s not enough for me to write it and [have it] sit on a shelf. This is one I need people to see. So, then I started thinking about comics. Self-publishing a comic is a viable goal in a way that self-publishing a TV show, while getting there more so, it’s still a much harder undertaking. So that was the genesis, really. And once I had the sort of depressive Santa, so clearly he’s a noir detective, right? That fits with the noir genre where he’s down on his luck and it’s all about the seedy underbelly of being Santa Claus. I want to read that.

You said before that Santa Claus is the judge of naughty and nice. In film noir, no one is naughty or nice, especially the protagonists. In your vision of Santa Claus, there’s something morbid about him. What do you think is bugging him?

Jeremy: That’s a tricky question. Because I know the answer, but I don’t want to say too much without spoiling stuff that’s coming down the pipe. I will say, the secret origin of Santa Claus: Private Eye, of how he decided to take up this Nick Santana identity and why he decided to do that, is something that will be answered in the course of the run. But, it gets at that very fundamental question of how thankless a job Santa Claus has.

The premise is admittedly absurd. When I first heard it, I thought it was a comedy. I then read the previews and though it started as campy-dark, it went Hitchcock almost immediately. What made you want to play it straight?

Jeremy: I’ve seen campy Santa. Once I looked into this character, and who he was, it became very serious. And I wanted to treat that character fairly. That said, and it’s one of those things that I personally really enjoy about it, is it is very serious, but there’s an inherent absurdism to it. And my goal was to write something that if you did a search and replace on Santa Claus, and swapped it out with Sam Spade, it would read perfectly reasonably. And yet at the same time, it’s not Sam Spade, it’s Santa Claus. And so it can’t help but be comedic on some level, and then the more seriously you take it, the more interesting it becomes.

This is your first foray into comic books. What led you to this medium, aside from it being creator-owned? What freedoms do you like about the comic book medium that you haven’t experienced in movies, video games, and TV? 

Jeremy: I think the biggest freedom is that the teams are so small. In TV and video games, you want to be as involved as you can, but there are very few people who know everything that’s going on and get to keep an eye on every part of the process. And then on top of that — not to say it doesn’t exist outside the constraints of a comic book — it’s much easier to actualize your vision in the way you want it. It will always happen [like], oh gosh this prop isn’t exactly the way I wanted it, or jeez, we’re shooting in this location which isn’t exactly the way I thought it, so we’re going to have fudge this or that. There’s always something that doesn’t quite manage to be what you wanted. In comics, it’s much easier to have everything the way you want it. And honestly when you’ve been working with people as talented as the guys I’ve been lucky to work with — Mike Dorman, my artist, Rob Schwager, my colorist, and Troy Peteri, my letterer — everything got turned around so much better than I even expected or envisioned. So that to me is the big freedom, like that is the one where the only constraints are how good the team is, and the team was so good there were no constraints as far as I was concerned.

You’ve developed a reputation for traversing genres like it’s Middle Earth. You’ve done Dead Space 2

Jeremy: [a really big laugh]

…the Pretty in Pink game, and TV shows like Leverage. Now you’re doing noir comic books. I speak as someone who loves genre benders, but is it difficult to remain tonally uniform when working on a particular property? Do you find yourself tempted to throw in a joke when you’re working on something super dark, or vice versa? 

Jeremy: Yes. [laughs] It can be very frustrating. My very first draft script for Dead Space 2 had a lot of one-liners in it that would have felt in place in the 80’s Arnold Schwarzenegger version of Dead Space 2. And you know, the hardest part of Dead Space 2 was giving Isaac a voice. Because, here’s a character that people are already attached to, but he’s a silent character in the first game, and he speaks in the second. So there was a lot of back and fourth between me and the producers and the whole team trying to figure out what that voice was. I like a little levity in pretty much anything that I do. And you know, I salted in a little too much levity in that first draft, obviously it went by the time we delivered the final product. So yeah, I am often tempted to lighten up dark things or darken up light things. I had a couple Leverage pitches too that the showrunners were like, “That is too dark for this show. That is not a place we want to go to.” But I think part of the fun of writing is the iterative process. You take your first swing, and you see what works and you see what doesn’t. You see what’s success and what’s not and what people respond to. And you refine from there. That’s why editing is such a critical part of the process. Personally, the only way I learn where the line is, is by running into it head-first. So, I would much rather push something too far and say, “Okay, that’s too far. That’s where I cross the line,” and have to pull it back, than always wonder if I could have done more.

That’s just artists exploring creative boundaries. It’s a disservice to limit oneself. As I said, you’re a genre bender, but I gotta dwell on the Pretty in Pink game. That’s like, out of left field.

Jeremy: [laughs]

What mediums and what genres do you want to tackle next? Do you look at a particular genre and say to yourself, “I’ve got a story in me that I can do.”?

Jeremy: Oh God, I’ve got a list. I’ve got a list on my white board, right here. I’m working on a sample right now that is a — god, I don’t even know how to describe it. Sci-fi, political allegory? It’s a big, deep, sort-of Babylon 5-ish sci-fi story.

Oh man, I love Babylon 5!

Jeremy: You know, The Sopranos is the show that gets all the press, but I will argue with my dying breath that Babylon 5 is the show that gave us the current golden age of television.

Totally agree.

Jeremy: When the final history book is written! But yeah, so I’ve been working on that. I have a sort of backdoor superhero story that might become a comic. You know, you’re not wrong, I’m all over the map! [laughs] And you know what, I was just thinking about a medical show recently. Which is a lot more mundane than what I’ve done, but as long as there is a strong character and something interesting to say, either about that character or about the form, about the medium, then those are the kinds of stories that really draw me in.

I think you should expand your universe with Santa Claus: Private Eye. The Easter bunny is his doctor, or his therapist.

Jeremy: [laughs] Well, if this does well enough and we end up doing more of these, which I’m hopeful, Mrs. Claus makes a brief appearance via phone but I’ve definitely got some plans for her. And there’s a Tooth Fairy out there that I have some ideas about as well.

Ultimately, with Santa Claus: Private Eye, it’s a small digital comic, but every comic is a story with a big thematic idea. What is it that you want to say with Santa Claus: Private Eye? You said before, you want this story told and not just sitting on a shelf. What is it about this story you want the world to know?

Jeremy: That’s a really interesting question. I think a lot of it asking about why we do the things we do. Do we do them because it’s what we want to do? Or do we do them because it’s what’s expected of us? And what comes out of that in the end? Where does that leave you? How do you find happiness when you feel like you’re not really living for yourself?

That’s resonant. 

Jeremy: That’s a really good question, I’ve never really had to articulate that in quite the same way before, but I’m glad I did.

Santa Claus: Private Eye is now available on Thrillbent!

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Geekscape Reviews: Equestria Girls ‘Rainbow Rocks’ Blu-Ray http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-reviews-equestria-girls-rainbow-rocks-blu-ray http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-reviews-equestria-girls-rainbow-rocks-blu-ray#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:07:09 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81655 Hot off the presses from Shout!Factory is the next in the Equestria Girls franchise. The full title. “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks”, was how you say, a bit long to put in the title of this review.

In case you aren’t in the know, “Equestria Girls” is a spin-off film series of the now HUGELY popular “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic”. In these films there exists and alternate dimension similar to that of MLP’s Canterlot. This is not a dimension of sight or sound, but of hands and feet! That’s right, Ponies are People too!

The first film had our lead character, Twilight Sparkle, traveling through to this alternate dimension to stop the plans of an evil doer. Rainbow Rocks pretty much starts out the same, but this time there are THREE bad guys!

The story, much like the first one, is what it is. A nice feel good story with valuable lessons for the young crowd. For the older crowd, such as myself, it’s more of an elaborate fan service. Seeing all of our favorite characters human counterparts put a huge smile on my face throughout the entire film. The “adult” references throughout were always met with an audible laugh.

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This was hands down my favorite shot from the film.

The entire goal for our protagonists in “Rainbow Rocks” was to sing a song that would counter the evil magic from the films villains, The Dazzlings.

Hands down the best part of “Rainbow Rocks” was the amazing soundtrack. The entire plot revolves around a Battle of The Bands. The show’s composer, Daniel Ingram, freaking killed it. 10 all new original recordings from Daniel really stole the show (how many stage puns do you think I can get into this review?).

The Blu-Ray edition comes with both the Blu-Ray and DVD copy, as well as a code for the digital download version. The bonus features are a tad slim, but it is to be expected for a childrens release. The one feature I was extremely grateful for was the audio commentary. A gaggle of the films crew were present. Writers, producers, editors, animators. The entire crew was well represented. I really appreciated that it was obviously a group of people that loved their job, it wasn’t “dumbed down” for a younger audience. They pointed out small minute animation details that you wouldn’t normally have caught. It was a joy listening to it.

Final Thoughts

“Rainbow Rocks” was a must see for me this year. After the surprise that was the first Equestria Girls movie (it really superseded all my expectations), I knew that the sequel would have only improved on everything. Boy was I right.

The bonus features are lacking. Besides the audio commentary you get three sing alongs and the eight prequel shorts. The audio commentary and the fact that you get what amounts to three copies of the film more than makes up for it.

This is a must have for any MLP fan, young OR old.

You can get your hands on your own copy of “Rainbow Rocks” NEXT WEEK! It hits store shelves October 28th. There are some retailer specific bonuses too! If you get the DVD version at Target, Walmart or KMART you will get a Rainbow Rocks bracelet, Music CD or A Backstage Pass respectively.

SCORE: 4/5

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Kari’s Manga Corner: ‘Time Killers’ http://www.geekscape.net/karis-manga-corner-time-killers http://www.geekscape.net/karis-manga-corner-time-killers#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:37:12 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81661 Fans of Blue Exorcist will be excited to learn that Kazue Kato has a short story collection out now called Time Killers, published under the Shonen Jump imprint. Now if you have not heard of Blue Exorcist, go watch/read it right now! Fans of Kato’s writing and art style will enjoy seeing glimpses of characters they know and love in her early works. The collection starts with her award winning debut, The Rabbit and Me, which was published when she was only 19. It ends with The Miyama-Uguisu Mansion Incident which very much like her best selling manga, Blue Exorcist.

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At the back of the book, there is an excellent section of author’s notes where Kato explains the history and inspiration for each story. She mentions the final story was not a prototype for Blue Exorcist, but it is based on a rough layout she did for Blue Exorcist. Either way, it is a real treat to see the early incarnations of characters that are found in Blue Exorcist. Even if you have not watched the show or read the manga, you can still appreciate the collection. This would be a great way to see how talented Kato is as an artist and storyteller. You will notice she has many consistent themes such as rabbits, friendship/brotherhood, and tough guys who always seem to get into trouble but ultimately mean well. This collection is fantastic for established fans of her work. I loved seeing her early short stories and later reading the inspiration behind them!

Two of the stories are in beautiful full color pages as well as a couple single pages. The book itself is printed on a fine quality glossy paper which feels more elegant than your standard manga. Though Kato’s style is apparent throughout, you can see how she improves, develops her style, and becomes more confident as an artist. It is also enjoyable to see Kato’s experiments with technique such as only drawing in pencil, using different coloring tools, and drawing tons of detail work. Over Kato’s career, she had fun drawing what she was interested in, no matter how random, and that enthusiasm is visible in this collection. If you are looking from some cool stories and awesome art, kill some time with Time Killers!

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Time Killers is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens, and will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S.

A digital version of Time Killers is available for $10.99 (USD/CAN) from VIZManga.com and through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones, as well as through the store fronts for comiXology, Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay.

Catch the Blue Exorcist manga series available in-print and digitally from VIZ Media on VIZManga.com and other partner platforms as well as the Blue Exorcist anime series which streams on HULU and Neon Alley, in addition to a host of other digital platforms available throughout North America.

For more information on Time Killers, or other shonen manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

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Geekscape Games Podcast: Level 3 – The Evil Within Smash Bros. http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-games-podcast-level-3-the-evil-within-smash-bros http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-games-podcast-level-3-the-evil-within-smash-bros#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:49:26 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81649 We’re a day late and a Derek short, but Josh, Juan and Shane are here to bring you up to speed on everything we’re hype for this week in games!

This Week

Nintendo Direct for Smash Bros.

Capcom Investor Report: Games need to sell 2 million copies to warrant a sequel.

Hatred’s controversial announce trailer.

Rob Riggle as Frank West in the Dead Rising Movie.

Developer for Paranautical Activity threatening Gabe Newell on Twitter.

Shane’s PSN account gets HACKED!

The Evil Within.

Smash Bros.

Hyrule Warriors and it’s skimpy character clothing.

Dust: An Elysian Tail.

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

This Week’s Listener Mission Objective

What is your proudest gaming achievement?

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“Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger” Shout! Factory DVD Art Revealed! http://www.geekscape.net/kyoryu-sentai-zyuranger-shout-factory-dvd-art-revealed http://www.geekscape.net/kyoryu-sentai-zyuranger-shout-factory-dvd-art-revealed#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:49:14 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81644 As most of you Geekscapists know, I am a die-hard Power Rangers fan. No matter what ridiculous decisions surround the upcoming 2016 movie, I will stand by it for no good reason other than just because. So I’m pretty excited for this.

At the San Diego Comic-Con this year, Shout! Factory, the renowned home video distributors of your childhood memories, announced they will be releasing — for the first-time ever on American soil — the complete Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger series on DVD! And today, they unveiled the official cover on their Tumblr page:

 

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Not at all what I expected! The DVD cover is, in a word, risky. You would think to sell the DVD, they would put up the Zyuranger/Mighty Morphin’ costumes front and center, but nope! It’s a crystal clear image of the original actors, which I think is amazing. It’s about time their faces become more well-known after the phenomenon of Power Rangers all but erased them. Furthermore, there isn’t one single sight of the Power Rangers logo anywhere. There’s just the easy-to-miss “Before Power Rangers there was…” line at the top.

Also, isn’t it a little confusing? They have at the top “Before Power Rangers there was” and then “SUPER SENTAI” in big-ass letters, only to have “Zyuranger” spelled out in English at the bottom. The hell? Fans know exactly what this is, but to the less informed they don’t know what this thing is called.

Having seen Zyuranger, I’ll be buying this purely to support North American-released Super Sentai, which only could have happened in our dreams before the current geek landscape. Truthfully, Zyuranger is not a very good series. There are almost no interesting characters, awful pacing, ridiculous storylines (even given the genre!), and a gigantic lack of any meaningful arcs. Yes, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers has better storytelling. You can believe that or not. Aside from the obvious cool factor of seeing Power Rangers before they were, you know, Power Rangers, there is little reason to give Zyuranger any real attention. The action choreography is pretty great, though.

That said, I did have a wonderful time moderating the Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger panel at the Power MorphiCon convention this past summer. Jealous?

An official release date and price is still unknown.

Will you be buying the DVD set? Comment below!

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Kari’s Anime Corner: ‘Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works’ http://www.geekscape.net/karis-anime-corner-fatestay-night-unlimited-blade-works http://www.geekscape.net/karis-anime-corner-fatestay-night-unlimited-blade-works#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:26:04 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81630 Fate/stay night is back and even better than before! Aniplex of America hosted an event at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles where they screened the first episode (#00: Prologue) of the new series, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. The screening was sold out and packed full of enthusiastic fans including a handful of cosplayers (dressed up as characters from the franchise). The audience loved it! At the end, they could not wait to see the next episode. Right now, you can watch episodes 0 – 2 on Hulu, Crunchyroll and the Aniplex Channel. Aniplex of America also gave all of the fans in attendance a limited edition lithograph called “UBW memorial record.” Another treat for fans was a pre-screening video introduction by the show’s creative team. It was a special inside look at their creative process, what they are excited about and other insider stories.

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The Fate/stay night franchise started off as a visual novel (adult video game) and later became a manga, multiple anime series, and a couple of full length films. This new series, Unlimited Blade Works, focuses more on Rin Tohsaka and is based on the visual novels. The prologue is told from her perspective.

This story focuses primarily on the heroine Rin Tohsaka. After her father’s death, Rin enters the Holy Grail War as the sole heir to the prestigious Tohsaka Household, with her servant Archer. But, she soon finds out that Shirou Emiya, a boy from her high school has gotten himself involved in the battles and unexpectedly saves him when he is fatally injured. Before long, Rin sets out to strike down the conspiracies surrounding the Holy Grail War along with Shirou and his summoned servant Saber. And so, the story begins to explore the truth behind Shirou’s powers and the nature behind his unyielding will to become a ― hero.

It looks amazing! Everything is so clear and crisp, and the colors are beautifully saturated. You get to see everything during the fight scenes, and they are so cool! The relationship between Rin and Archer develops nicely and, during the video introduction, the creative team hinted at more to come. If you have seen any of the Fate/stay night series, this is a must watch. Also, you can still enjoy this series even if you are unfamiliar with the franchise. It is starting over but from a new and fresh perspective so it is informative without being repetitive. Go check out Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works now and you can thank me later!

For more information visit: www.FateStayNightUSA.com

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Before There Was Princess Mononoke There Was… Princess Mononoke? http://www.geekscape.net/before-there-was-princess-mononoke-there-was-princess-mononoke http://www.geekscape.net/before-there-was-princess-mononoke-there-was-princess-mononoke#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:50:08 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81616 If you’ve been a Geekscape reader/listener/follower for at least a month then you no doubt know about my endless love for all things Studio Ghibli. It started in the mid-90s while I was a high school student. I would attend Friday night Anime Club screenings at the University of Texas, where I discovered my love for movies like Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Plus, I thought it was cool to be hanging out with college students years before I went on to college (where I shamefully would never attend a single Anime Club screening or meeting at my own alma mater).

In 1997, Studio Ghibli released Princess Mononoke, one of their most successful films of all time. It followed a wild, forest spirit of a princess as she rode a giant wolf and engaged the human forces that encroached on the natural world and upset the forest gods. It stands as one of Studio Ghibli’s greatest accomplishments and if you’re going to start exploring their library (what’s been keeping you?!?), Princess Mononoke is a great place to start. I’ve loved the film since I first saw it on the big screen.

Which is why it’s amazing to learn that the Princess Mononoke that I know and love is not the original version… by a wide shot. Just take a look at this:

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In 1980, 17 years before the film’s release, Hayao Miyazaki envisioned a much different story for Princess Mononoke, and now it’s being detailed in a book from Viz Media entitled Princess Mononoke: The First Story. The book sounds about as epic as the movie too. According to the press release:

The oversized (11¾ x 11¾ inch) hardcover release is published under the Studio Ghibli Library imprint and carries an MSRP of $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN. The beautifully illustrated storybook features Hayao Miyazaki’s original watercolor artwork, which complements his thoughtfully written fable about man’s need to maintain ecological balance with nature that became the origin for the 1997 feature film. An afterward written by Miyazaki lends further context and insights to the Mononoke story and its deep and lasting impact upon the director.

 

This is the original Princess Mononoke story, created by Hayao Miyazaki in 1980 while he was first conceptualizing the landmark animated film that would be released to universal acclaim seventeen years later. As an initial version of the tale, it offers a new and significantly different perspective from the final version presented in the film. After a long, exhausting war, a samurai lost in a forest encounters a giant wildcat – a mononoke. The beast saves his life, but at the price of his daughter’s hand in marriage…

 

Princess Mononoke was a historic release for Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli and propelled the animation auteur to an entirely new level of international fame,” says Masumi Washington, Senior Editorial Director. “But few know of THE FIRST STORY, the imaginative fable that was the genesis for his groundbreaking film. This premium storybook fittingly presents it for the very first time in English and prominently displays his expressive watercolor characters and landscapes. We look forward to readers discovering Princess Mononoke in a whole new way in this unique release!”

Um, a giant wildcat?!? Just look at that picture! He’s riding a unicycle with strings attached to mice pulling him and a princess on his back. This is like getting a completely different story! And seeing as Hayao Miyazaki has officially retired (again!), it’s worth picking up this book just to get yet another story from this living legend!

I’m excited to receive my copy. Viz does a great job with their Studio Ghibli line of releases. The editions that they put out for My Neighbor Totoro are incredibly well done, with really handsome presentations and a print and binding quality deserving of Studio Ghibli’s level of excellence. But this one might just top all that. A giant wildcat riding a unicycle being pulled by mice on string.

Princess Mononoke: The First Story is currently available so go out and pick up your copy or visit www.VIZ.com for more info!

 

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Adrianne Palicki’s Mockingbird Suit Has Been Revealed! http://www.geekscape.net/adrianne-palickis-mockingbird-suit-has-been-revealed http://www.geekscape.net/adrianne-palickis-mockingbird-suit-has-been-revealed#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:36:42 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81610 Briefly: Adrianne Palicki’s role as Mockingbird on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was revealed all the way back in August, and last night’s episode introduced the actress as the double-agent Bobbi Morse, head of HYDRA security, and also totally working for Coulson.

She’ll officially suit up as Mockingbird on next week’s episode of the series, but Marvel has given us a sneak peek at just what she’ll look like, as well as some concept art showing Palicki with Morse’s classic blonde hair.

I’ve been a big fan of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ever since The Winter Soldier happened, and I’ve been more than happy with its second season so far. For now, take a look at the images below, and let us know if you’re excited! Again, she’ll debut the costume on next week’s episode!

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“Avengers: Age of Ultron” Trailer Now Online, Officially! http://www.geekscape.net/avengers-age-of-ultron-trailer-now-online-officially http://www.geekscape.net/avengers-age-of-ultron-trailer-now-online-officially#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:48:07 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=81604 LITERALLY NONE OF THESE WORDS MATTER. THESE ARE JUST WORDS. WHAT YOU WANT IS BELOW. But play along, please?

Earlier tonight the the much-anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was leaked online. It was supposed to air during next week’s Mavel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But because this is 2014, of course it didn’t! After a pretty amusing, self-deprecating tweet, Marvel has decided “eff it, let’s just do it.” The trailer is now on their official YouTube page, in crystal clear high-definition.

The trailer has all the neat stuff I kept hearing about from San Diego Comic-Con this summer. The Hulkbuster, an Avengers party, Ultron himself. It’s all really neat.

My favorite part, though, is what James Spader’s Ultron (and it’s so unmistakably him) says in the trailer: “You want to protect the world. But you don’t want it to change.” There is an ongoing, neverending debate that I love getting into about the true nature of superheroes. As protectors of the status-quo, what is their role when the world needs changing? Not that I expect Age of Ultron to be political in any shape or form, but the movie (I hope) will continue to change the superhero genre and begin to ask questions we, the dedicated superhero nerds who hold up this art to a higher level than most, might be uncomfortable to answer.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released in 2015 and it will make so much money.

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