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Published: Jul 30, 2014 11:23:01 PM
Forces of Geek features columns and commentary on all aspects of geek culture including pop culture, technology, art, television, comics, music, fashion, film, literature and video games. The premiere Geek Culture community online, forcesofgeek.com wants you to discover and embrace the unknown, the forgotten, and the beloved.
  • Jul 30, 2014 5:00:02 PM
    A new comic strip debuts in syndication from David Reddick (The Trek Life, Garfield) for the nerd and geek set! With the popularity of such mainstream shows Big Bang Theory and The Wil Wheaton Project and superhero movies being the Hollywood go-to—perhaps the time is right for the real estate on the dwindling comic page to be geeked out!

    David talks to us about his ensemble comic strip Intelligent Life (King Features Syndicate) and how he uses social media to spark life into the characters.

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  • Jul 30, 2014 3:00:00 PM
    The most interesting buzz to come out of Hollywood last week was the possibility of rebooting The X-Files.

    Twelve years after it went off the air, there’s still be nothing quite like it — it was a high point of TV in the 1990s and it left a void that was never filled.

    But I’m skeptical if it can work in the mid-2010’s. If there was ever a show that relied on the zeitgeist of the 1990s, it was The X-Files.

    The show debuted in the fall 1993 when we are on the cusp of a new wave of technological innovation — everything from the internet to mapping the human genome to cloning sheep.

    What The X-Files did which was so magical, was just at the moment when it felt like there were no mysteries left because of technology, it created a world that was just out of sight where monsters and aliens existed.

    As life was seemingly becoming more rational, The X-Files held out hope for fantasy.

    The running gag of the show was that Mulder would often get glimpses of this fantasy world, but he could never capture any evidence of it.

    All he ever had was his eyewitness testimony, which was worth nothing.

    Today, we live in a time when if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to see it, there’s probably a camera there that will record it. Whether it’s the NSA, smartphones or taxi cameras, nothing escapes being seen and documented.

    An X-Files show set today would slam up against the panopticon society we live, which undermines the very nature of the show. And TV shows like 24 and Homeland have helped train us into believing that virtually every moment of life is recorded by a camera.

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  • Jul 30, 2014 1:00:02 PM
    As  True Blood begins to round the bend on its final season, critics are beginning to weigh in on the HBO series. To be fair, it was no The Sopranos , and it was far from John In Cincinnati.

    Call it what you will, it was definitely fun.

    Silly, charming, sexy, sometimes brutal and sometimes vapid, but always fun.

    Since 2008, fans have faithfully followed Sookie the Worst Waitress Ever as she eased into her role as a supernatural superhero with spunky determination and a high amount of nudity. We watched as she fell for Vampire Bill, then Eric Northman the Viking and then Alcide the Men’s Fitness, giving the viewers a harlequin romance story wrapped inside the gooey innards of a weekly HBO bloodbath filled with warped humor.

    That was what made the hit cable show both so entertaining and completely trashy in the best possible way. It was completely, utterly, 100% mad.

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  • Jul 30, 2014 11:00:00 AM

    Drinking wine is a favorite pastime of mine (as is eating frosting out of a can while hiding in the closet and crying) but occasionally I can't find my trusty corkscrew and need to find an alternative that will not only allow me to remove the cork without massacring it but will also look impressive to my fellow alcoholics.

    And while I loathe the whole Life Hacking craze that is currently dominating my Facebook feed (look people, none of us are ever actually going to do any of that shit so let's go back to cat pictures okay?) these particular hints seem kind of helpful...well, some of them are.

    So check out the video after the break and feel free to wow your guests at your next dinner party...or yourself when you drink alone...to forget the loneliness of being a pop culture blogger...not that I do that...yeah, I do.

    Video after the break.

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  • Jul 30, 2014 9:00:01 AM

    Death comes for all of us (unless of course the Methuselah Foundation is able to actually extend life) and with that prospect comes the need to put our affairs in order so that our family doesn't have to deal with all the bullshit (or fight over who gets the Star Wars collectibles).

    But being dead also costs a ton of money, and who wants to have to tap into the life insurance so that your slowly decaying body can rest on a bed of satin or be kept inside a fancy container that will eventually be put into a closet and forgotten.

    For those of us who just don't care about what happens to our bodies after we jump off this mortal coil, there's the Modest Urn, a receptacle that will hold our burnt meat (and probably the remains of a few other people, it's tough to clean ash out of the corners of the furnace let's face it) but doesn't make a big deal out of it.

    The urn measures 5" by 4", comes with a bunch of stickers and a eulogy so that your family doesn't have to come up with anything to honor your memory, and is modestly priced at $9.50, leaving your family with enough money to go on that vacation to Disney World that you always promised them but were too cheap to actually do.

    See, being dead isn't so bad now is it?

    (There's also an urn for pets...but just don't get them mixed up...although that would be kind of funny)

  • Jul 30, 2014 7:00:00 AM

    I love cursing. There's something immensely cathartic about yelling a bad word to the heavens while judgmental people look at you as if you murdered a baby. And really, when something horrible happens to you in your life what feels better to say,"Gosh I'm upset" or "Fucking Fuck!"?

    Yeah, you know I'm right.

    And if we want to anoint a king of cursing, there's no better person to wear that crown than Samuel L. Jackson, the man who made Motherfucker into a poetic catch phrase. So let's rejoice in his majesty by watching a super-cut of every utterance of Motherfucker he has ever said on film.

    And trust me, after watching it, you'll feel as calm and centered as if you spent the day at the spa.

    Video after the break.

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  • Jul 30, 2014 5:00:09 AM

    Shout! Factory Announces A Special Presentation Of:

    Friday August 1 – Sunday August 10

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  • Jul 29, 2014 7:00:00 PM
    Nick Harkaway's new novel, TIGERMAN (on sale from Knopf today, 7/29), which takes a cue from the world of comic books and introduces us to a new superhero: Tigerman. Equal parts literary story of fatherhood and quirky tale full of chases, fights, and high-instensity action, Harkaway is at his best here.

    Sergeant Lester Ferris is a good man in need of a rest. After a long career of being shot at, he’s about to be retired. The mildly larcenous, backwater island of Mancreu is the ideal place to serve out his time, a former British colony in legal limbo, belching toxic clouds of waste and facing imminent destruction by an international community concerned for their own safety. The perfect place for Lester is also the perfect location for a multinational array of shady businesses. Hence the Black Fleet of illicit ships lurking in the bay: spy stations, arms dealers, offshore hospitals, money-laundering operations, drug factories and torture centers. None of which should be a problem, since Lester’s brief is to sit tight and turn a blind eye.

    Meanwhile, he befriends a brilliant, Internet-addled street kid with a comic-book fixation who will need a new home when the island dies. When Mancreu’s fragile society erupts in violence, Lester must be more than just an observer: he has no choice but to rediscover the man of action he once was, and find out what kind of hero the island—and the boy—will need.

    From the award-winning author of Angelmaker and The Gone-Away World, TIGERMAN is a novel at once deeply heartfelt and headlong thrilling—about parenthood, friendship and secret identities, about heroes of both the super and the everyday kind.

    And we've got an excerpt of this awesome new book! Check it out after the jump.

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  • Jul 29, 2014 5:00:00 PM
    SAGA BOOK ONE Deluxe Hardcover by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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  • Jul 29, 2014 3:00:01 PM
    Luc Besson’s ludicrously fun and (shockingly) hard-R-rated Lucy has landed with a bigger bang than expected, and industry analysts are already frittering over the how’s and why’s behind the estrogen-charged film’s surprise trouncing of the “sure-fire” macho blockbuster Hercules starring The Rock.

    Female movie heroes still make bank—notably ones portrayed by Scarlett Johansson—so prepare for more imitators and wannabes in five…four…three…

    Meanwhile, let’s take a moment to celebrate some of Lucy’s glorious and gutsy forbearers. I present to you my shortlist of moviedom’s mightiest misses:

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  • Jul 29, 2014 1:00:00 PM

    In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.

    IN ONE MOVIE: Sylvester Stallone! Jason Statham! Antonio Banderas! Jet Li! Wesley Snipes! Dolph Lundgren! Kelsey Grammer! Terry Crews! Randy Couture! Kellan Lutz !Ronda Rousey! Glen Powell! Victor Ortiz! Robert Davi! PLUS MEL GIBSON, HARRISON FORD AND ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER!!!!

    For your chance to attend the advanced screening of THE EXPENDABLES 3 on Wednesday, August 13 at the AMC Boston Common at 7:00 PM, go to www.lionsgatescreenings.com/redeem and enter the code FOGEXP932.

  • Jul 29, 2014 11:00:00 AM

    We all know the basic concept of why a dog will plummet head-first into another dog's butthole, to get to know another dog, but did you know that the complexity behind chemical communication is so incredible that it almost makes me wish that we humans could do the same...insofar that actual assholes tend to lie less than the people they are attached to.

    Just imagine how helpful it would be to sniff your boss's anal gland and know instantly their emotional state (and if this would be a good time to ask for a raise). Of course, the downside of being a butt-sniffer is all the shit you'd have to get past, but that's a small price to pay to get to the truth of another human being.

    But I digress.

    Dog Butt Science after the break.

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  • Jul 29, 2014 9:00:04 AM

    If you've ever wanted to know more about the Juggalos (fans of the Insane Clown Posse or any of the artists from the Psychopathic Records label) but were too afraid to ask, let the comforting timbre of Morgan Freeman educate you about their lifestyle.

    Of course, they're not as cute as a bunch of penguins huddled together against the harshness of subzero weather, but what they lack in attractiveness, they more than make up for it through sheer weirdness.


    Video after the break.

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  • Jul 29, 2014 7:00:05 AM

    In this graduation project by a group of students from Bellecour Ecole d'Art in Lyon, France, a musician finds a mysterious box of delicious donuts which somehow transports him to a cloud realm where he ends up ushering in the apocalypse because he's kind of an asshole.

    The lesson of this short film is pretty obvious; if you happen upon a box of baked goods, just let it go man.

    Video after the break.

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  • Jul 28, 2014 7:00:00 PM
     The first official Masters of the Universe™ Art Book Ever!

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  • Jul 28, 2014 5:00:00 PM
    The Cult Classic Returns With All-New Tales

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  • Jul 28, 2014 3:00:00 PM
    Welcome to the sixteenth installment of Flashback to the Present.  I’ll be your contributing writer, Charles Knauf. 

    Right now I’m typing this in the back of the San Diego Convention Center, using the limp body of a Storm Trooper as my table; the bastard actually told me, Darth “Are you an angel” Anakin Vader Skywalker could beat Superman.

    I had to knock him out on principle alone.

    Anyway, in honor of San Diego Comic Con, I’m going to focus on a little superhero show that not only predicted where medical science was going two decades later, but the character and themes are pretty much what are considered hip today. 

    …and that show’s name is M.A.N.T.I.S.

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  • Jul 28, 2014 1:00:03 PM

    A look at the simple children's story that holds much more than you ever imagined.

    Some big-name authors are banding together to come up with a "long-term strategy" for the Hachette/Amazon dispute. Also book buyers are spending less at Amazon, according to a recent survey.

    Some basics on what libraries actually are and how important they are to the fabric of our society.

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  • Jul 28, 2014 11:00:01 AM

    Tired of ear buds that pop out of your ear holes just as you are getting ready to release the funk? What about the pain? Are you tired of dealing with the torture of ill-fitting buds that feel like someone is scraping the inside of your listening caves with a fork?

    Then boy, are you in for a treat because Normal has just created an app that will take a picture of your ear and send it to someone duct taped to a wall who will then 3-D sculpt a one-of-a-kind ear bud specifically for you (at least that's what the commercial after the break will have you believe).

    Yeah, an ear bud that will only fit you!

    No more finding your buds in the head holes of a family member who has never used a freaking Q-Tip in their life (I'm looking at you baby brother).

    It'll cost you $199 but that's still cheaper than buying a pair of Beats head phones (that will probably get stolen) or the cost of going to a doctor because YOUR BABY BROTHER GAVE YOU SOME KIND OF EAR FUNGUS THAT CAUSED A HORRIFIC INFECTION (seriously dude, wash yourself).

    Watch the Ad after the break and then invest in some ear buds made to fit you...it'll be worth it.

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  • Jul 28, 2014 9:00:00 AM

    With last week being the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, it seems only fitting that I honor that momentous event by posting the French mockumentary, Dark Side of the Moon, a film that plays with the fake moon landing conspiracy theory by featuring a plethora of surprising guests (Donald Rumsfeld, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig, Vernon Walters, Buzz Aldrin) all who pretend to give credence to the naysayers by validating their belief that we actually filmed said landing in a warehouse (with Stanley Kubrick at the helm).

    The best part about this film is how straight-forward it is so, if you happen to show it to a true believer, they will tear up thinking that they were right all along and, if you happen to show it to someone who is a rational human being, they will blow a gasket...so fun all around.

    Watch the Dark Side of the Moon after the break, then pass it around and watch the madness begin.

    'Cause sometimes it's fun to be a dick.

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  • Jul 28, 2014 7:00:04 AM
    Telephone Free Landslide Victory (1985)

    Back when there use to be a thing called College Rock my small town's Liberal Arts college, Linfield, was a haven for us suburbanites who had a thirst for music that did not revolve around Nelson or Debbie Gibson. Listening to bands like XTC, The Violent Femmes, R.E.M, The Dead Milkmen, The Young Fresh Fellows etc. was a musical wake-up call and within the small community of avid late night listeners, it wasn't unheard of for grudges to be created when one of us deviated from the pack musically.

    And I was one of those people.

    For most of my like-minded friends, Camper Van Beethoven's 1985 album Telephone Free Landslide Victory was beloved for the song Take the Skinheads Bowling, a nonsensical song that was devoid of any meaning but still seemed somewhat revolutionary, but I was partial to Where The Hell Is Bill? a musical ode to figuring out where a friend could be. To me, the song felt fresh, silly and familiar. Seeing that this was way before beepers and cell phones, not being able to get a hold of someone meant speculating on what they were doing (sometimes to the point of paranoia) and listening to this song was like hearing that musing in a punky/garage rock way.

    Even now, almost 30 years later, whenever I slap on the album the first song I put on is Where The Hell Is Bill (followed by The Day That Lassie Went to the Moon, Wasted and Mao Reminisces About His Days in Southern China) and I'm not sorry.

    So take that people who thought I was stupid for liking a song they didn't like.

    When you're 40, it's the little things that feel rebellious.

    Video after the break.

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  • Jul 28, 2014 6:53:45 AM
    Comedy Central's Newest Animated Series BEGINS IN 2015~

    Comedy Central has unveiled the first look at "Moonbeam City," the brand's newest animated series debuting in 2015. "Moonbeam City" is an absurdist take on the gritty, sex-drenched crime dramas from the 1980s and follows undercover detective Dazzle Novak (voiced by Rob Lowe), a handsome idiot who commits more crimes than most criminals.

    The show also stars his tyrannical chief, Pizzaz Miller (Elizabeth Banks), who won't get off his back and hotshot rookie Rad Cunningham (Will Forte) who is dying to see him fail.

    With the world against him, Dazzle is thrust into a living nightmare: having to do actual police work. "Moonbeam City" is executive produced by Will Gluck's Olive Bridge Entertainment in association with Titmouse Studios.

    Check out the trailer after the jump.

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  • Jul 25, 2014 8:00:04 PM
    New Comics On The Way Starring The Wonderfully Wild Weirdos

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  • Jul 25, 2014 7:30:01 PM
    By Erin Maxwell

    Pristine white rooms, dozens of actors dolled up in the finest Capitol wares, a full-size bakery and elixir lounge...Lionsgate is not messing around with latest chapter in the Hunger Games franchise.

    And they are out to impress.

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  • Jul 25, 2014 7:00:03 PM
    IDW Publishing Partners With Boom! Studios For Epic Crossover

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