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Published: Oct 31, 2014 12:03:03 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.
  • Oct 30, 2014 7:00:04 PM

    Wow.  That went by quick. 

    Apologies on the tardiness of this column.  Days became weeks, weeks became a month, a month became longer....

    Nevertheless, here's a whopping number of titles to whet your watching appetites.  Fire up that queue and prep that shopping cart. It's that time of the week...er, month.


    Anchor Bay / Released 10/21/14

    The film is set in the future (AD 2031) where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. Its inhabitants are divided by class; the lower-class passengers in one of the last cars stage an uprising, moving car by car up to the front of the train, where the oppressive rich and powerful ride.

    Last Word: Snowpiercer, the new action, science fiction, drama by Korean director Joon-ho Bong (The Host, Mother) is pretty damned amazing. The story, the stunning visuals, the acting and directing are all top notch and as fast-paced as the unstoppable train itself. This film is meticulously crafted and relentless. Based on a 1982 French graphic novel entitled Le Transperceneige written by Jacques Lob and illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette, it is the story of the last group of surviving humans who's miracle 'ark', a train, hundreds of cars long, has become their prison.

    After a horribly failed 'solution' to global warming froze the Earth solid all life on Earth was wiped out. That is except for a few survivors. Their last hope was this enclosed eco-system and totally self-sufficient train created by a man named Willard. Willard has become an almost mythological figure, at this point, by the population of the train. He and the sacred, never stopping engine have never been seen before and control everything.

    Various class systems have evolved over the train's 17-year run on its infinite, closed loop track that spans the globe. In that time, the back of the train have become 'the slums'. Tired of everything from food and water to other necessities 'running backward' and being left with the scraps and the refuse of the rich, at the front of the train; an uprising is eminent.

    Curtis (Chris Evans, Captain America, The Avengers), a man born before the great freeze, leads the back of the train to revolt and with the help of sagely old Gilliam, played by John Hurt (Alien, Hellboy), the brains to Curtis' brawn, hatches a plan to take over the train and bring equality to the people suffering in squalor in the rear compartments. Evans is fantastic as Curtis. He plays the role with gravitas, intensity and caring; bringing a likability and intelligence to the role.  You wouldn't think twice about following him to your death for his cause. Tilda Swinton is magnificent as the authoritative and first-class citizen, Mason. Almost unrecognizable, Swinton, once again disappears in her role.

    Conniving and deliciously privileged and entitled Mason is the perfect antithesis to Curtis. Curtis' right hand man, Edgar, (Billy Elliot's Jamie Bell) and bad ass mother, Tanya (The Help star Octavia Spencer, who's child is taken near the beginning of the film for reasons unknown and Ewen Bremmer (Trainspotting) as Andrew, who is disciplined for throwing a shoe at Mason all join Curtis in the taking of the sacred engine of the train. Along the way they acquire the help of the trains designer and drug burn-out, Namgoong Minsoo (Kang-ho Song, The Good, The Bad and The Weird) and his daughter Yona (Ah-sung Ko, The Host).

    Some of the things that struck me about the film, as I watched it, was director Bong's ability to create perfect classicism and rank in each car as the rebellion marches forward. He also conveys the working eco system and the perfect balance that is needed to maintain order and a sustainable society within the confines of the speeding locomotive. Visually this film is stunning and basically perfect. The fight scenes are expertly choreographed and the cinematography is gorgeous whether is is a close quarters axe fight with 200 people or a serene moment between two characters pondering their future. Each shot is purposeful and executed with grace.

    As the up-risers get closer and closer to the front of the train and the sacred engine things get stranger and stranger. Decadence and excess become greater and greater and as the well to do folk of the front try to make their 'world' more and more like the world as it was the more and more that world seems ridiculous and absurd. Stuck on a train, grasping for the amenities of the past but without the resources you get a mishmash of styles, cultures and tastes that clash at best. When all is said and done, in the end this story is about people. About their class and status. About what is right and wrong. About making the hard choices. It is a microcosm of the world today. A world, Bong, screenwriter, Kelly Masterson and original graphic novel creators Lob and Rochette all question whether it is worth saving in the first place. Snowpiercer is great cinema.  (– Benn Robbins)

    2 Broke Girls: Season 3

    Warner Home Video / Released 10/14/14
    Season Three serves up sweet surprises for two of Brooklyn's hottest waitresses, Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs), who continue to dish up sarcasm and smarts. They've got a new cupcake business at the diner's back walk-up window, and Caroline and Max negotiate a work-study program at the Manhattan School of Pastry: Caroline works in the office so Max can study professional baking.

    Plus, love - and the aroma of freshly cooked tarts - is in the air! Caroline has the hots for the school's hunky master chef, and Max falls head over sticky buns for the outrageous class clown. The girls still worry about money...but their friendship is worth a million bucks. Sit back and savor all 24 outrageous and witty episodes iced with scandal and laughs! Extras include deleted scenes and a gag reel.

    Last Word: Another season of the post-modern Laverne and Shirley, 2 Broke Girls continues to be sharp and funny, albeit becoming a bit more of the stereotypical sitcom tropes.  Extended storylines with Max and Caroline suddenly going to school (similar to last season's store opening) do little other than add a new location beyond the diner and their apartment.  Guest stars include Gilles Marini, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Eric André, Brian Doyle-Murray, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jeff Garlin, and Hal Linden join regular ensemble cast members Garrett Morris, Jonathan Kite, Matthew Moy and Jennifer Coolidge (and new cast member who's character didn't click, Federico Dordei).  2 Broke Girls is still funny, but it's execution is becoming as dated as the once popular cupcake trend.

    Two and a Half Men: The Complete Eleventh Season

    Warner Home Video / Released 10/14/14
    Ashton Kutcher stars as Internet billionaire Walden Schmidt looking to start over in love and life. Walden buys the Malibu beach house, where tightly wound divorcé Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) and his underachieving teenage son, Jake, have been living rent-free for almost a decade. Even though Jake is now serving in the army, the carefree Walden keeps Alan around for companionship - as well as domineering housekeeper Berta (Conchata Ferrell). Despite Alan's unsuccessful history with women, he finds himself mentoring the aloof Walden in the ways of love. While Walden and Alan continue to navigate their unusual living arrangement, they somehow maintain a family bond that promises to make each of them a better man.  Extras include gag reel.

    Last Word: Never say die!  This season, former half man Angus T. Jones officially left the show.  What to do?  Introduce former man Charlie Harper's illegitimate, substance-abusing, lesbian daughter (Amber Tamblyn) who can make jokes about drugs, booze and sleeping with women, too.  The season also continued the ridiculous plotline of Alan pretending to be someone else to Larry (D.B. Sweeney), Alan's former girlfriend Lyndsey (Courtney Thorne-Smith)'s fiancé.  That is of course until Alan falls in love with Larry's sister (Kimberly Williams-Paisley).  And Walden finds himself taking care of another man, Barry (Clarke Duke).  For a series that should have ended with Charlie Sheen's absence, Two and a Half Men still plugs away, recycling jokes and delivering mediocrity. 

    Begin Again

    Anchor Bay / Released 10/28/14
    British songwriter Gretta (Keira Knightley) is adrift in Manhattan after getting dumped by her philandering rock star boyfriend (Adam Levine). While playing at an open mic night at a local bar, she is discovered by struggling music producer Dan (Mark Ruffalo). Sensing her songwriting potential, Dan pushes Gretta to sign with him and record an ambitious outdoors album all across the city.   Extras include making of and music videos.

    Last Word: Gretta (Keira Knightley) and Dave (Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and The Voice fame) are songwriting partners and lovers. But when Dave, the performing half of the duo, signs with a major label in New York, Gretta finds herself on the outside looking in as the man she thought she knew is quickly seduced by the dark side of the music biz.

    Dan (Mark Ruffalo) is a disenchanted music exec and co-founder of his own successful label. Sick of the overproduced, manufactured talent his company now churns out, he’s looking for a diamond in the rough to nurture.

    Dan meet Gretta.

    When a drunken Dan discovers a heart-broken Gretta performing at a bar, it’s love at first listen. After some convincing, the two embark on a musical journey of self-discovery as they take things out of the studio and record an album using the raw sounds of the city as their guide.

    John Carney, the writer/director of the fantastic Once, again lets the music tell the story. Keira Knightley’s raw vocal talents are on full display and she doesn’t disappoint. While Mark Ruffalo nails the quirky, manic Dan as he struggles to reconnect with his musical passions, estranged daughter, and the ex-wife that he still loves.

    Begin Again is a sweet movie that wears its heart on its sleeve. But thankfully never forces a love story between its two leads, they have their own problems to work through, and it’s the music that binds and eventually heals them. ( – B.S. Walker)

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  • Oct 30, 2014 6:00:01 PM
    17-DVD Box Set Arrives December 9th, 2014 from Timeless Media Group

    “Every government has its secret service branch. America, CIA; France, Deuxième Bureau; England, MI5. NATO also has its own. A messy job? Well that's when they usually call on me or someone like me. Oh yes, my name is Drake, John Drake.” So begins the dramatic 1960s British spy series Secret Agent.

    On December 9th, 2014 bring home the adventures of John Drake with the complete series set of this classic spy show. The 17-DVD box set also contains a number of bonus features, including audio commentaries and a brand new interview with Catherine McGoohan.

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  • Oct 30, 2014 5:00:00 PM
    We're keeping it grimly fiendish here on this Halloween edition of Triple Shot!

    We were lucky enough to start in the scariest state in the union, Connecticut, to preview December's Hellboy and The B.P.R.D. #1 from Mike Mignola and superstar artist of the dark arts Alex Maleev.

    Then we cut your expectations into an animal shrubbery with a new Edward Scissorhands #1.

    If that wasn't enough evisceration, tune in to Cutter from Top Cow for the real bloody stuff.

    Cap off this bag of tricks with Monkeybrain's devilishly pieced together Boo! Halloween Stories Vol. # 2 devised to make your blood curdle!

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  • Oct 30, 2014 4:00:06 PM
    Hidden Mickeys are for suckers.  Want a fun, new and slightly disheartening new way to enjoy the Happiest Place on Earth?

    Instead of looking for rodents, try searching for the scattered remains of the Disneyland of your childhood.

    Remains of the House of the Future

    Built in 1957, Tomorrowland’s House of the Future projected a not-so-distant future in which people were living in set pieces from The Lego Movie.

    A white plastic exterior offered a projected a future will with bench couches, flat screen TVs and a lot of orange, because orange is the color of 1996.

    Destroyed in 1967, the house once sat where Pixie Hollow is presented today. However, if you look past the “Entrance” sign, over the green railing, you will see the former foundation of the House of the Future and one of the leftover planters, painted green to camouflage with the shrubbery.

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  • Oct 30, 2014 3:00:01 PM
    On a sunny October Sunday in the middle of Pennsylvania, a strange woman just hit on me and is flicking her tongue on my left earlobe. Her cohort later hops up on me with her legs wrapped around my torso, carrying me around.

    Meanwhile, my wife is watching all of this and laughing her head off.

    I endure all of these women’s lusty overperformance – in reaction to which I have chosen boastful improv comedy rather than prudish revulsion – in order to win my wife a rose. Wouldn’t you?

    That was when I felt like Keanu Reeves in those omnipresent promos for the movie John Wick: “People keep asking me if I’m back. Yeah, I’m thinking I’m back.”

    So I was back, back at a place where I thought I’d likely never return. The Renaissance Fair!

    After 17 years of not attending one, I went to two separate fairs in consecutive weeks. First the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, and then the Connecticut counterpart.

    If you’re gonna go back, go all the way, right?

    So much is different about going to the renfair at age 17 versus age 34, and attending in 1997 versus the Ren Fair in 2014.

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  • Oct 30, 2014 2:00:01 PM

    Thanks to the Humble Bundle, most of my disposable income (meaning bills that "accidentally" don't get paid) goes to supporting indie game makers, authors and comic artists through their "name your own price" download campaigns. And while my husband and I feel good about giving money to the creators/charities/Humble Bundle, we both realize that we might have a problem saying no when it comes to downloading stuff that is on our wishlist.

    And yet, here comes the Humble Horror Book Bundle just in time for Halloween that is filled with stuff that makes both my wallet and ass twitch. For whatever amount you want to pay you will get: Shadowman Vol. 4: Fear, Blood, and Shadows, Song of Kali, The Mocking Dead #1, Houses of the Holy, The Last Zombie, Zombies: The Recent Dead, plus two songs by band-on-the-rise, A Sound of Thunder. If you pay more than the average price of the contributions (around $9) you will also get: Buffy Omnibus Vol. 1, Clive Barker's Hellraiser: The Dark Watch Vol. 1 and 2, Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, Swan Song and Knights of Sidonia, Humble Bundle’s first ever manga title. And if you choose to go above $15, you will be able to add: Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror, the Eisner award-winning Locke and Key Vol 1: Welcome To Lovecraft and the first two issues of the acclaimed series Afterlife with Archie.

    Are you crapping your pants yet?

    But wait, there's more...Humble Bundle will continue to add books to the Bundle so you will be able to download even more content!

    So what are you waiting for? Donate money now, grab some scary reading material and help them raise money for the people and charities that need the help (like RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization or the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which defends first amendment rights of comic book professionals nationwide).

    Hell Yeah!

  • Oct 30, 2014 1:00:00 PM

    So, here's a super bloody short film based on the video game Hotline Miami in which a Michael Myers-like vigilante in an animal mask goes on a bloody rampage through a seedy Miami drug den on New Year's Eve.

    It's really kind of holiday festive if you happen to enjoy celebrating New Year's Eve in an atmosphere of blood and violence.

    Check it out after the break and, just so you know, it's probably NSFW.

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  • Oct 30, 2014 12:00:04 PM
    By Generoso Fierro

    As I sat there watching Ghoulies, sometime around 7:30AM, I got a gentle whiff of the dried peanut butter that my wife had rubbed into my beard during our fourth failed attempt at winning the costume contest at the Coolidge’s Horror Movie Marathon. You see, we were dressed like a chocolate bar and jar of peanut butter for our nostalgic play on the infamous “peanut butter in my chocolate” commercial of my youth (gulp, sometime in the 1970s), a gesture that I think about nine people in the audience got and henceforth, we were shown to our seats early.

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  • Oct 30, 2014 11:00:00 AM
    #1...Some People Are Actually Afraid of Halloween

    It's the day before Halloween and I'm super busy: my anniversary is tomorrow, I'm having a small get-together and I still need to do the finishing touches on my costume, so no, I don't have the time to be super-witty or post anything grandiose.

    What I do have to offer you is the dreamy author John Green and the Mental Floss web-series The List Show so please, sit down, shut up and watch 26 Not-So-Scary Facts about Halloween so I can get shit done.

    Yeah, Yeah I'm a horrible writer...whatever.

    Video after the break.

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  • Oct 30, 2014 10:00:00 AM
    Celebrated Anime Released For The First Time Uncut, Re-mastered And In High Definition; Limited Edition Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack Packed With Extras Fit For A Moon Princess!

    VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers one of the most legendary anime series of all time with the home media release of SAILOR MOON Season 1, Set 1 as a Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and on DVD on November 11th.

    SAILOR MOON has been completely re-mastered and is presented uncut and with a brand new English voice cast. The Standard Edition DVD and first-ever Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack each contain 23 episodes along with a wealth of bonus features and premium packaging. English dubbed as well as Japanese subtitled dialogue options are available on both formats. The limited edition SAILOR MOON Season 1, Set 1 Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will carry a MSRP of $79.98 U.S. / $93.99 CAN; the DVD edition will have a MSRP of $44.82 U.S. / $51.99 CAN.

    The stunning SAILOR MOON Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack offers a deluxe, 6-disc collection (3 DVDs & 3 Blu-rays), housed in a beautiful shimmery holofoil chipboard box with specialty printing, and contains an array of exclusive extra features along with an 88-page full-color booklet filled with artwork, character profiles, an episode guide, lyrics, and more! Blu-ray episodes are presented in full 1080p High Definition video.

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  • Oct 30, 2014 9:00:01 AM

    I picked up knitting a few years ago and while I would love to dedicate more time to it, I just don't have the drive to make it a priority the way I do for Netflix. I do, however, know friends of mine who not only knit every spare chance they get, they have also included beer drinking into their knitting ritual by starting a "Pints and Purls" drunk knitting group that meets every week at a local bar/brewery where they can get their knit on while throwing back some suds.

    So, for those few hardcore, bad-ass knitter friends of mine who have forever embedded the scent of an IPA into their scarves and blankets, this animated short, The Last Knit, by the talented Laura Neuvonen is for you.

    You know, I could probably fit in a night of booze and yarn into my schedule...

    Video after the break.

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  • Oct 30, 2014 7:00:08 AM

    In this fascinating Blank on Blank animation of a 1970s interview between Maya Angelou and Studs Terkel, Angelou (who had just published her seminal work, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings) talks about growing up with a step-father who felt that the best education he could give his daughter would be one where she could never get taken advantage of...not to mention counting cards, spotting loaded dice and turning racism into a living.

    Just one more interesting chapter in the life of a woman who made a huge impact on literature and women of every color.

    Video after the break.

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  • Oct 29, 2014 7:00:00 PM

    Halloween is a couple of days away so naturally something about MJ's Thriller was bound to make its way onto Forces of Geek. I do not apologize for it in the least.

    After the break is one guy performing 20-different styles of the song...think of it as my gift to you.

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  • Oct 29, 2014 5:00:03 PM
    We open with a flashback followed by a crime scene that is identical to a case that Bullock closed a decade ago.

    Is this the work of a copycat killer or is there something more sinister at work?

    Meanwhile the evidence against Gordon as a cold blooded killer is mounting and only one man can stand in the way between the detective and a prison cell.

    Let’s dive in.

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  • Oct 30, 2014 11:21:31 AM
    Ah, 1984, a doozy of a year for film.

    Even the president was an actor for godsake.


    I sure like to think so.

    Many a movie are celebrating their 30th anniversaries this year and this hefty list encompasses just a handful of them. While everyone’s rehashed the same few flicks recently, I’d instead like to share some forgotten flicks and cult favies alongside the oft remembered big box office home-runs.

    For you, my dear friend, I’ve gathered a dynamic list of wild films to revisit, re-watch, or, maybe if we’re lucky, discover for the first time!

    So, let’s get down to business and get right to it, baby.

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  • Oct 29, 2014 1:00:01 PM

    I know that nostalgia is now a key phrase for advertisers to market products to an older generation who yearn for days long past, but even as I plunk down cash for a Crosley Travel Turn-Table (which reminds me of the one that I had when I was a lass) I am well aware that the things that I am "nostalgic" for aren't the pop culture items that show up on VH1's I Love the 80s re-runs so much as the feelings that those childhood memories ignite within my dried-up, pruny soul.

    Would it be great to have every single volume of Sweet Valley High in pristine condition to satisfy some weird nerd desire? Absolutely, but if we are talking semantics here, what I'm really trying to recapture is not the thing itself but the emotion that the act of reading those tomes dedicated to First World Problems while stretched out on my bedroom floor creates (mostly because I didn't groan in pain trying to remove myself from the prone-on-the-ground position at twelves years-old).

    And really, when it comes down to it, you can't sell an already lived experience, but you can re-establish a link to it through the gentle (and completely free) art of our memories.

    So let's hear it for being old enough to ache for the good ole days via a supremely sweet video via the folks at The School of Life.

    Hey, sometimes when you're this decrepit, it helps to have a visual to make a point.

    Watch it after the break.

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  • Oct 29, 2014 11:00:00 AM

    Stock footage and photos are an easy way to get a message across for presentations or advertisements when you're being lazy, but they also have a certain weirdness to them that makes one question why the hell anyone would ever need to use a photo like this:

    (although I'm sure it's popular in a PowerPoint for podiatrists addicted to their smartphone).

    But when you pair a generic stock footage video of office workers with DJ. Rashad's  She A Go, they take on a life of their own...one that you should probably be beaten to death with a hammer.

    Yeah, it should really be put down.

    Check it out after the video.

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  • Oct 29, 2014 9:00:03 AM
    It just isn’t Halloween until The Simpsons air their annual Treehouse of Horror episode.

    For the last few decades, this spooky special has taken over the mantel of the nighttime Halloween special left vacant when networks stopped airing Raggedy Ann and Andy’s The Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile or Witch’s Night Out.

    Twenty-six years of 78 shorts featuring parodies of favorite horror movies, alien attacks, killer dolphins, Twilight Zone tributes, sci-fi send-ups and more puns than you can shake a stick at.

    Not all are amazing, but the annual Treehouse is usually the best Simpsons episode of the year.

    To get into the spirit of the holiday, a completely unscientific poll was held to find out the definitive ranking of the best segments of Treehouse of Horror by asking inebriated people during Happy Hour, pestering co-workers and reading rants off message boards.

    (Please Note: Your favorite segments might differ from those of twentysomethings who happen to be intoxicated on a Tuesday afternoon.)

    Here is a look at the top nine segments (and one couch gag intro) from almost three decades of Treehouse of Horror.

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  • Oct 29, 2014 7:00:03 AM

    Depending on your personality, this weekend you might find yourself wearing a costume at a party with a bunch of slutty Maleficents and overweight Star-Lords or better yet, sitting at home watching scary movies and gorging on discounted Kit Kats.

    But of, what to watch?

    Here are five films currently showing On Demand that might make your Halloween weekend spooktacular!

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  • Oct 28, 2014 7:00:01 PM
    Action-Packed 2011 Reboot of Iconic 1980s Cartoon Arrives 11-11-14
    Pre-Orders Available Now via WBShop.com

    ThunderCats Ho! Warner Archive Collection is proud to offer an all-new Blu-ray edition of “ThunderCats: The Complete Series,” the 2011 reimagining of the classic 1980s animation action series. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, “ThunderCats: The Complete Series” will street on November 11, 2014 with pre-orders now available via wbshop.com.

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  • Oct 28, 2014 6:07:02 PM
    Casanova Quinn returns to solve the mystery of… Casanova Quinn
    Eisner Award-winners Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá, and Fábio Moon team up with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon for an all-new Casanova Quinn story in CASANOVA: ACEDIA #1, coming to Image Comics on January 7.

    In CASANOVA: ACEDIA #1, Casanova Quinn returns to find himself caught between unlocking the riddle of his own past and discovering the hidden history of his mysterious new criminal benefactor. “When we last saw him, Casanova Quinn crash-landed on our Earth from the ruins of his past with absolutely no memory of who he is, where he came from, or anything that happened to him before — but he knows he was somebody dangerous and that people are out to kill him," said Fraction. "So new readers and Cass alike have the exact same blank-slate context for this all-new adventure in Los Angeles.”

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  • Oct 28, 2014 5:00:02 PM
    Review by Lily Fierro
    Story by Joe Keatinge
    Art by Leila Del Duca
    Colors by Owen Gieni
    Cover by Leila Del Duca
    Publisher Image Comics
    Cover Price: $9.99
    Release date: 11/12 Direct Market; 1/25 Book Stores
    ISBN 978-1-63215-145-2 
    Diamond Comic Order Code SEP140652

    Kate Kristopher comes from a lineage of pioneering explorers.

    As a child, she fought dragons, escaped from danger, traveled to the moon, and began to set the foundations for a career and life in the family business.

    Kid Kate seemed to be on the right track for the exploration business, but adult Kate, now in her late twenties, has left that chapter of her life far behind.

    Unfortunately, as much as she has attempted to isolate her past, she has not escaped it, with memories of training and adventures with her beloved father flooding her mind throughout her days, especially on the day of her 27th birthday, the starting point for the adventures of adult Kate Kristopher captured in Shutter Volume One: Wanderlost.

    Life as she knows it unravels on the momentous day of her birthday, when magenta ghost-like ninjas and a robot (who is peculiarly almost the spitting image of the Monopoly Man) capture Kate as she visits her father’s grave. Claiming to protect her from her siblings, whom she has no idea of because she thought she was her father’s only child, the robot and his crew proceed in crystallizing Kate until a set of bounty hunting lions decide to interrupt the robot’s plan.

    When Kate escapes, everything begins to spiral out of control, and all of the danger and violence in her past make a unwelcomed return to her existence.

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  • Oct 28, 2014 4:00:05 PM
    Based on the acclaimed 1973 Cormac McCarthy novel, director James Franco’s Child of God takes place in 1960s Tennessee,  where Lester Ballard is a dispossessed, violent man – one the narrator describes as “a child of God much like yourself perhaps.”  Deprived first of his family and then his home,  Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller, falling deeper into a disturbing life of crime and degradation.

    And we're giving away three copies!

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  • Oct 28, 2014 3:00:01 PM
    Last year, I provided you with 13 Songs To Play On Halloween, That Are Not THRILLER, which is all fine and good if you want to wait until this Friday. What are you to do in the waning hours until then?

    I'm upping the length of my usual Halloween mix tape for you, in the interest that you'll crank this baby up to 11 from now until midnight this All Hollows' Eve.

    You can play the songs below in your browser, or click here to launch your Spotify and be taken to it directly.

    And by the way, feel free to creep out to this mix year-round.  After all, every day is Halloween.

    HALLOWEEN MIX - 2014
    compiled by Todd Sokolove



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  • Oct 28, 2014 2:00:01 PM
    The first new story in 2 years debuts Wednesday
    Split Lip, the webcomic called "the best horror anthology on the Internet," is relaunching with new stories beginning Wednesday, October 29. The series' website is http://www.splitlipcomic.com.

    "When I retired Split Lip, I thought that was the end. But even though I tried to move on to other things, I kept having ideas for new short horror stories. As I wrote them, I realized that these stories—in their tone, style, and approach—were Split Lip stories and that I had to relaunch the series," said Sam Costello, Split Lip's creator and writer.

    Split Lip, which originally ran from 2006-2012, is relaunching with five months worth of comics already completed and an additional four stories underway.

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