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Published: Jul 22, 2014 5:50:49 AM
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 21, 2014 7:00:02 PM

    Dan Janssen, is a dude from Maryland who has consumed a pizza everyday for 25 years and isn't 400 pounds. I'm a woman who can eat a pizza once a week and then spend two hours on the toilet as punishment for that food decision.

    Guess who has a better life?

    Documentary (which is short) after the break.

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  • Jul 21, 2014 5:00:07 PM

    From the director of CANDYMAN and the producers of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY comes a found-footage nightmare of lust, possession, and destruction. Jill’s an artist. Ian’s a filmmaker. And their love life is off the chain. There’s no experience too wild, no dare too dangerous – not even when Jill lets Ian strap her to a gurney in the abandoned hospital they’re scoping out for their next art show. But he shouldn’t have left her alone. Not even as a joke. Now, Jill’s hookup with horror has awakened something in that place. Something with a lust for more than flesh.
    And we're giving away three copies on Blu-ray!

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  • Jul 21, 2014 3:00:01 PM
    graph·ic nov·el
    1.  a novel in comic-strip format.
    I read them all.  The good and the bad, so you don't have to.

    Welcome to The Pull List.

    And, as always...Spoilers ahead!

    Hackivist HC
    Creator: Alyssa Milano
    Writers: Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly
    Artist: Marcus To
    Colorist: Ian Herring
    Letters: Deron Bennett
    Publisher: Archaia
    Price: $24.99
    Release Date: July 16, 2014

    Hacker stories are a dime a dozen, but Alyssa Milano, yes, that Alyssa Milano, has presented a fresh premise that is engaging and ties into all of the concerns we have about social media.

    Our story follows Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft, who by day, are brilliant young cofounders of YouLife social networking company.

    By night, they are the notorious hackers ‘sve_Urs3lf,’ who help those in need. Their friendship is the crux of the story as their back and forth comes across as two actors with great chemistry with one another.

    Nate is a charismatic maverick and Ed is the strong silent type. Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly's dialog does a great job of not insulting the reader’s intelligence by not inserting random tech speak so the story can feel like a high tech drama.

    One of the many things the book does right is not making YouLife a Facebook clone, which would have made it easy to ignore. Instead, the company has its own voice and therefore becomes a character you can’t ignore. Most of us have seen the various warnings on how social media is infiltrating our lives while working for the government.

    Well, the CIA’s version of freedom in this story makes our fears well founded, and the writers draw on that as tensions escalate domestically and abroad. Nate doesn't see the big deal while Ed believes otherwise. Depending on your personal view of privacy, you might find yourself siding with one over the other. The narrative is laid out in a way where there is no real clear cut answer as to who’s right or wrong with bread crumbs leading in either direction.

    The talented hand of Marcus To knows no bounds. Emotion, body language, page layouts, action, beauty, and style are all illustrated with an expertise that captures the whole essence of the project. I can’t imagine the creative team being any happier with the results and Ian Herring’s coloring is the cherry on top.

    There is a cool interview at the end of the book with a former hacker, giving their take on the story along with some of their personal tales. You would think this was done just to give the book some street credit, but you get the sense that they very much enjoyed what they read, which makes it more authentic.

    This hardcover collects all four issues and reads much better as a collected work because waiting a month between releases might have dulled your excitement because there so much is going on and you might forget a tidbit or two.

    Archaia seems to be allergic to producing anything but comic book gold and Hackivist is just another shining example of the publisher’s standard excellence in the genre.

    Score: 10/10

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  • Jul 21, 2014 1:00:02 PM
    Amazon unveils a new subscription program giving members access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks for $9.99 a month.

    The best books of 2014 so far.

    Book Riot ranks euphemisms for body parts.
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  • Jul 21, 2014 11:00:00 AM

    I don't know anything on the planet that feels quite as good as saying a bad word when you are a kid. The rush of endorphins, the overwhelming feeling of naughtiness, the thrill of being bad...forget drinking and doing drugs, forget having sex...when you are ten years old and yell out the word "FUCK!!!" in front your friends, that is the best you will ever feel in your life.

    Trust me.

    And to celebrate that indescribable emotion from cursing while underage is a Supercut of young kids saying bad words in the movies.

    God, I miss being a kid...video after the break.

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  • Jul 21, 2014 9:00:07 AM

    On December 10th 1978 The Sex Pistols played at The Longhorn in Dallas, Texas, a place where punk music wasn't known to have a following but Merle Haggard did (as seen from the Longhorn marquee):

    Seeing how a vast majority of people living in Texas are afraid of anything different (I know, I lived there for ten years) the SWAT team was assembled in order to stop the rioting that they felt would accompany the concert while a crowd of Country and Western fans paid money to fill the place in order to protect their favorite venue from some British Punk Rockers (although, to be fair about 1800 actual fans of the band did turn up as well).

    Most of the evening was spent with the band openly hating one another and antagonizing the crowd between songs, most notably Sid Vicious yelling "All cowboys are queer!" which, is kind of a way to get your ass kicked in Texas (he was also head-butted in the nose by a chick).

    All-in-all it a good concert in a weird-ass venue...of course the band broke up like a week later, so maybe Texas wasn't a good choice after-all.

    Concert after the break.

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  • Jul 21, 2014 7:00:02 AM
    Who Wants To Stay In Room 237?

    Whenever I travel for business or pleasure I always have friends stay at my house so they can act as a deterrent for potential house burglars (I don't really care about their safety so much as the safety of my movie and video game collection). But merely handing them a loose key to my home seems somehow uneventful, especially since my abode is filled with such awesomeness that house-sitting is like vacationing inside the mind of a twelve-year old with ADD (we have a lot of stuff).

    So, to keep my precious key safe and to create a sense of mystery and intrigue for the lucky person who will sit on my couch for multiple days, it only seems appropriate to attach said key to tag that represents me, the home-owner:

    Yep, I'm leaving my dwelling in the capable hands of someone holding a Camp Crystal Lake key...although, I'm not quite sure if having such a key tag will somehow allow Jason to emerge through a tear in the fantasy/nightmare realm whereby he attacks the house sitter....we do live in a forest though...hmmm, maybe I should have gone for the Bates Motel one:

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  • Jul 18, 2014 7:00:01 PM
    New Gritty Action Series Co-Stars Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and is Produced by The Bandito Brothers

    Machinima, the leading global video entertainment network for fanboys and videogamers, in conjunction with Paramount Digital Entertainment, today announced that the gripping new action drama”Chop Shop” is now available on Machinima Prime. ”Chop Shop” follows a crew of car thieves as they rise from the mean streets of Los Angeles to become high level international players. The six episode series will roll out exclusively on Machinimas Prime Channel. 

    “Chop Shop” centers on Porter (John Bregar), a car thief recently released from a five year stint in prison, who finds himself struggling to rekindle a relationship with his former girlfriend Sofia (Ana Ayora) and their five-year old son he hardly knows. Porter soon reconnects with his old partner in crime Caine (Rene Moran), whos volatile and aggressive nature puts him at odds against Porters new life. Torn between family and friendships, Porter faces the most difficult decision of his life and realizes that to change his future he might have to relive his past. 

    Elliott Lester (Blitz) directs the Bandito Brothers (Act Of Valor) and Joshua Weinstock produced series, alongside writers Josh Baizer and Marshall Johnson (Mortal Kombat: Legacy).  Series stars John Bregar (Being HumanKick Ass 2, The Mentalist), Rene Moran (Shameless, Lie to MeSwitched at Birth), Ana Ayora (Marley & MeCastle), and acclaimed actor Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment DayThe SopranosThe X-FilesTrue Blood).
    Check out the first episode after the jump.

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  • Jul 18, 2014 5:00:01 PM

    As readers of the site might remember, my friend, comic book writer Chris Reilly passed away several weeks ago unexpectedly.  One of the projects he was working on when he died was a comic with collaborator, artist Devon S. Devereaux called Josh Lobster.  With the first issue finished, Devon is working hard to bring one of Chris' last projects to fruition using Kickstarter and needs your help.

    Josh Lobster is the story of Josh and his sidekick Misty exploring the secrets of Goose Cove, Rhode Island. The traveling carnival comes to the island every year. But this year something strange is afoot. The worlds population of sea life are making their way to Goose Cove. New evidence of 20 year old murder comes to light. Vampires attacks on the island cattle and the mysterious Barnacle Bill seems to be at the center of it all.

    After the jump, check out an exclusive excerpt!

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  • Jul 18, 2014 4:30:01 PM
    This year, Comic-Con shows its caring side with a panel about superheroes who save lives – not in comic books or on the silver screen but in real life. Cartoonist Craig Yoe will be joined by Stacie June of Unilever’s health soap brand Lifebuoy, to talk about how the ‘School of 5’ superheroes primarily through their comic books (along with School of 5 animation, radio shows, music, games, and walk-around characters) are saving the lives of children across the world by changing handwashing behaviors.

    Every 15 seconds, one child dies from diarrhoea or pneumonia, diseases that are preventable through the simple act of handwashing with soap. That is 1.7 million children every year.

    Yoe, and his partner Clizia Gussoni, worked with Lifebuoy to create the team of ‘School of 5’ superheroes and their adventures, capturing the imaginations of kids, teaching them to wash their hands five times a day and to get their parents and siblings in the program, too. The handful of superheroes are Sparkle, the big sister-type and the wise leader of the gang, Hairyback, a big furry and lovable master of bubbles, and the germ-busting triplets Biff, Bam and Pow. These 5 superheroes work together to bring this lifesaving habit to life and fight the yuckiest villain of all, the evil Nogood.

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  • Jul 18, 2014 4:00:02 PM
    The Crossover 30 Years In The Making Comes To IDW
    Two teams of legendary heroes will join forces this fall to save New York City and the world from the paranormal and the monstrous when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cross paths with the Ghostbusters! With both franchises celebrating their 30th anniversaries this year, it’s never been better time to team up Proton Packs with Ninjutsu!

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  • Jul 18, 2014 3:00:00 PM
    The older I got as a kid, the more it became obvious that there was a growing social divide between me and some of the other kids in my class.

    I was getting more and more into comics and the like while holding onto my passion for giant transformer robots.

    Other kids, however, were getting more and more into sports.

    I’m not saying geek and sports fan are mutually exclusive, just that, for the most part, it’s ok to be in public and not to be the other.

    At least, way back in the day it was. Times, they do a’change.

    Still, looking at the rabid fan bases that geekly pursuits and athletics inspire, I have to say, there’s isn’t that much difference between the two sets of people.

    Not much at all really…

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  • Jul 18, 2014 2:00:01 PM

    San Diego Comic Con is fast approaching and Fresh Monkey Fiction will be there to take it head on to spread the word about their crowd-funded Amazing Heroes action figure line. Launched just last week, Amazing Heroes hopes to bring four classic and cult heroes to life as 1980s style vintage 4” action figures. The first wave includes Captain Action, the Golden Age Dare-Devil, Black Terror, and Stardust the Super-Wizard—with stretch goal figures of Champion of Mars and Silver Streak.

    Fresh Monkey Fiction will be at the Captain Action Custom Figure Contest, Thursday, at 3:30 in Room: 24ABC. There with Captain Action Enterprises, we’ll answer any and all questions about the Amazing Heroes Kickstarter and its exclusive Captain Action figure.

    We’re also running the “Find Fresh Monkey Fiction” contest at San Diego Comic Con.

    If you find someone wearing a Fresh Monkey Fiction t-shirt, come across one of our SDCC flyers, or find a cosplayer dressed as an Amazing Hero—Captain Action, the Golden Age Dare-Devil, Black Terror, or Stardust the Super Wizard—take a photo with the hashtag #AmazingHero (and tag the Amazing Heroes Facebook page in any FB posts), and a link to our Kickstarter on any social media.

    It will instantly enter you in our contest to win one of our cool prizes:

    1st Prize - Original Amazing Heroes Sketch
    A original sketch by Tom Fowler (Venom, Green Arrow), artist of the comic book page that's on the back of the Amazing Heroes packaging. He'll do an original sketch of the any wave 1 Amazing Hero character of your choice.

    2nd Prize - Toys, Comics, and Shirts
    Toys, comics and t-shirts have be donated from the following friends of Fresh Monkey Fiction: Captain Action Enterprises. MonOrMonster Studios, Wheelhouse, Zica Toys, CKRTLAB Toys and First Second Books.

    3rd Prize – XL Fresh Monkey Fiction T-shirt

    For more details visit  freshmonkeyfiction.com and support the Kickstarter HERE! (through August 26th)

  • Jul 18, 2014 1:00:01 PM

    I know, I know, everyone is tired of the whole Vampire/Werewolf/Zombie flick but in Neil Jordan's 1984 re-telling of the Little Red Riding Hood fable, the werewolves get a dreamy, Gothic treatment that not only hyper-sexualizes them, it also makes the genre worth revisiting (you know, without being partnered with a sparkly vampire).

    The film stars Angela Lansbury (Murder She Wrote), Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta) and David Warner (The Omen) and features some pretty awesome set design and special effects that made me fall in love with the idea of being torn to shreds by wolves.

    And, just so you don't think I'm merely a werewolf junky, the late Roger Ebert gave The Company of Wolves three out of four stars, saying it was a "disturbing and stylish attempt to collect some of the nightmares that lie beneath the surface of "Little Red Riding Hood." (Roger Ebert).

    So there.

    Movie after the break.

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  • Jul 18, 2014 11:00:01 AM

    As someone who watches the Game of Thrones on a weekly basis (when it is on) I will casually make use of the word "Fan" but I am in no way what you would call obsessed over the show, so if everyone on the planet, besides myself, already knew that actor Kristian Nairn (who plays Hodor) was a successful DJ, besides being someone who walked around the 7 Kingdoms of Westeros and said his own name, then I apologize.

    But if you didn't know that Hodor spun the vinyl then listen up (literally), because Nairn has released his very own SoundCloud page filled with some rave-erific tunes that will make you drink a bunch of mead and dance around with glowsticks. 

    He is also embarking on a Rave of Thrones tour in Australia beginning August 28th (if you are looking to dive deeper into some GoT obsession) where the dress code is medieval and the brother-sister copulation is madatory (I'm guessing about that last part).

    After the break is a couple of Hodor's mix samples which will help tide you over until the next season begins.

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  • Jul 18, 2014 9:00:01 AM

    Yesterday, while traveling all over Pennsylvania with my husband searching for used copies of Wii Pikmin games (don't ask), I happened to overhear a couple of gentlemen discussing penis-size when we stopped for coffee. The conversation was boring and predictable (bigger is better....yadda, yadda, yadda) but it got me thinking about other animals' ding dongs and if they too had conversations with members of their gender about their trouser snails (you know, if they had the ability to give a shit about stuff like that).

    But, after seeing this particular video by the science web-series AsapTHOUGHT, I don't want to think about penises ever again (and trust me when I say you will never look at a duck in the same way).

    Let's just be glad that we are all equipped with a reproductive system that is simple and easy...and has not evolved into the medieval torture device of the bean weevil.

    Video after the break.

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  • Jul 18, 2014 7:00:01 AM
    Review by Elizabeth Robbins
    Produced by Alan Greisman, Mark Damon, Rob Reiner
    Written by Mark Andrus
    Directed by Rob Reiner
    Starring Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, 
    Sterling Jerins, Paloma Guzmán, 
    Frances Sternhagen, Frankie Valli

    And So It Goes is a romantic comedy made unabashedly for the baby-boomer generation.

    Director Rob Reiner brings us another movie that I know my parents will love to watch.

    Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Wonder Boys) plays Oren Little, a martini drinking, widowed, self absorbed, real estate broker in a Hamptons-like town in Connecticut.

    Oren is looking to make that one last big real estate deal so he can retire to Nowhereville, Vermont.

    For his neighbors, including the flighty lounge singer, Leah, (Diane Keaton, The Godfather, Something’s Gotta Give) Oren can’t move soon enough.

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  • Jul 18, 2014 6:33:20 AM
    Video games have evolved through the years, and many of the classics can be found online. While there are always going to be people who want to play Red Flush online casino games with cutting-edge graphics and a lot of different features, there is always going to be a market for the classics. The good news is that instead of having to spend quarters playing at a local arcade, they can all be played online.

    Here is a look at some of the most popular classic games available online to enjoy.

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  • Jul 18, 2014 9:57:52 AM

    A few weeks ago, ListCrux asked “when was the last time you Googled something?”

    For most of us that answer is likely “just a few seconds ago; that’s how I found your article.”

    According to ListCrux’s data, there are more than five billion searches on Google every day.

    It goes beyond Google.

    For most of us the Internet is as much a part of our daily lives as oxygen. Think about it: most of the things we do now are web based. We use it for keeping in touch, staying informed, entertaining ourselves and sometimes we do all of those things simultaneously as we yell at each other through our MMPORG’s chat channels.

    It makes it that much more infuriating, then, that something we all need so much (and make no mistake, if you are reading this site you need the internet—all nerds do) is so expensive.

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  • Jul 17, 2014 7:13:49 PM

    Axel Braun's at it again with another superhero porn parody which appears more faithful to the comics than the studio developed mainstream adaptations.

    This time Braun tackles fan favorite comic, the X-Men and as the photos below prove, they certainly have put effort into the costumes.

     Here's what Vivid says about the release, "Wolverine, Rogue, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Colossus, Kitty Pryde and Polaris all join forces with Professor X to defeat the villains lead by Magneto in yet another Braun masterpiece bound to become an instant adult parody classic for Vivid SuperXXXHeroes.

    The movie features an incredible ensemble of marvelously erotic mutants, awesome costumes, and mainstream-quality visual FX, along of course with Braun’s legendary attention to detail.

    “I’m really proud of this one,” says Braun. “When you have so many great characters all in one movie, it’s not easy to construct a parody that doesn’t feel preposterous, but I think that we really managed to craft a solid storyline that is as exciting as it is arousing. Allie Haze is outstanding as Rogue, a character that Bryan Singer notoriously omitted in the otherwise highly entertaining DOFP, and Tommy Gunn is funny as hell as the short, gruff Wolverine, a portrayal totally more faithful to the comic book than the one made famous by Hugh Jackman!”

    The all-star cast also includes Skin Diamond as Storm, Andy San Dimas as Phoenix, Chanel Preston as Polaris, Jeannie Marie as Emma Frost, J. Jay as Cyclops, Mike Moz as Professor X, Tom Byron as Magneto and the late Billy Glide in his final role as Colossus.

    After the jump check out an exclusive clip and enter to win a copy on DVD!

    Disclaimer: “X-Men XXX: An Axel Braun Parody” IS A PARODY MOVIE. The movie is not sponsored, endorsed by or affiliated with Marvel Characters, Inc., 20th Century Fox or any person or entity owning the rights to the characters parodied therein or the work being parodied.

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  • Jul 17, 2014 6:00:01 PM
    EuroComics, A New Imprint Edited by Dean Mullaney Will Release the
    Seminal Series in the Original Oversized Format with New Translations

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  • Jul 17, 2014 5:00:01 PM
    Interview conducted by Stefan Blitz

    Samit Basu is a natural storyteller. 

    From breaking in as a published writer with the first Indian English fantasy series, the Gameworld Trilogy, over a decade ago, Basu has explored a number of different genres including Young Adult, comics and has crafted one of the best superhero novels, the extremely entertaining Turbulence.

    Basu's latest book, Resistance, the sequel to Turbulence is in stores now, and Samit took some time from his busy schedule to chat with us about his new book, the Indian comic book industry and his ideal super power.

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  • Jul 17, 2014 4:00:02 PM
    THE BLACK HOOD, THE SHIELD and THE FOX ongoing series
    slated to launch early next year
    Today, Dark Circle Comics – the superhero imprint of Archie Comics – revealed that the label’s first wave of titles will include THE BLACK HOOD from writer Duane Swierczynski (Judge Dredd, X, Birds of Prey) and artist Michael Gaydos (ALIAS), THE SHIELD from writers Adam Christopher (The Burning Dark) and Chuck Wendig (Blackbirds) and artist Wilfredo Torres (The Shadow: Year One), and THE FOX from writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO’s Bored to Death) and scripter Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come, founder of Thrillbent). All three series will be ongoing and launch early next year.

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  • Jul 17, 2014 3:00:06 PM
    Review by Clay N Ferno
    Produced by Brent Hodge, Carolyn Wells, 
    Lauren Bercovitch, Morgan Spurlock
    Written and Directed by Brent Hodge
    Starring Ashleigh Ball, Bryan Mischke, Andrea Libman, 
    Nicole Oliver, Donald Rhoades, Andy Stein, 
    Jordan Downs, Kelvin Williams

    Ashleigh Ball is a voice over actress and singer for Canadian indie pop band Hey Ocean! who played at my nightclub in Cambridge, MA last year. Another performer to grace the same stage last year was the twenty-one year-old Silva Hound, an Atlanta, GA DJ that spins Brony remixes on a tour with Brony musicians as Musiquestria.

    A Brony Tale tells the story of Ashleigh going to her first BronyCon as the voice of Applejack and Rainbow Dash, main characters on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic animated TV show.

    This is the second documentary about the Brony subculture to cross my desk, and the second to make me visit the show again as we see fandom’s most picked on rise above the negativity outside and embrace community inside.

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  • Jul 17, 2014 2:00:03 PM
    Joe Kubert’s Seminal DC Comics Series On Its Way

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