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Published: Sep 1, 2014 7:30:17 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.
  • Aug 29, 2014 3:00:01 PM
    Interview conducted by Stefan Blitz

    Hailed by The Comics Journal as a "perversely pure, single-minded commitment to vileness" and by VICE magazine as "important", Johnny Ryan's Prison Pit is an animated adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel Prison Pit: Book One. The stripped down, boundary-less tale of hulking monster men beating the crap out of each other is now available as an animated series from Los Angeles based studio, 6 Point Harness. FOG! was fortunate enough to chat briefly with series director Greg Franklin about adapting the beloved cult comic series.

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  • Aug 29, 2014 2:00:01 PM
    By Ben Chapman

    The Wake hit me in a way that I was not expecting.

    I remember sitting in a panel at Emerald City Comic Con this year where writer Scott Snyder was talking about The Wake in great detail.

    He said that this book was just a pet project for him and the artist Sean Murphy; that this was a title that they could take risks on and do things they had never done before.

    Listening to him speak so passionately about the book made me really want to break my waiting-until-it-was-over-pact, but somehow I managed to make it until it was finished and won multiple Eisner awards.

    After closing the last issue, for the second time, “Scott Snyder did it again” is what I muttered out loud to my silent apartment. I don’t think I have ever had a man crush as strong as I have for Scott Snyder.

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  • Aug 29, 2014 1:00:01 PM
    Complete Series Available for the First Time on DVD
    November 4th, 2014 from Shout! Factory

    One of the all-time classic series from the golden age of television, Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show – The Complete Series has finally arrived on DVD! This multiple Primetime Emmy® Award winner for Best Comedy Series, which originally aired from 1955-1959, was one of early television’s biggest smashes and is known today both as a hilarious sitcom and a star-making showcase for legendary comedian Phil Silvers (It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World) in his signature role as Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko.

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  • Aug 29, 2014 12:00:01 PM
    I was 13-years-old when Superman died and only recently gotten into comics.

    I mean, really gotten into comics.

    Sure, I’d dabbled over the years with the hobby but it took some time to stick, and when it stuck, it really stuck.

    I was firmly Marvel at the time, having been sucked in, like almost everyone who got into comics after the late 70s, via The X-Men. I was in the process of moving into Fantastic Four, The Avengers and the like, but hadn’t made the transition into Marvel’s esteemed competition from across town.

    But when the national media storm around The Death of Superman hit, I knew it was inevitable that I was about to make the leap to DC.


    In Macon, GA, the local news was talking about how the town’s comic shop, Comics Castle (may it rest in peace), was expecting huge crowds the day of Superman #75’s release, so I had big plans to be there early. This was not only going to be my jump into DC, but it was also going to be an event this young comic book fan was not going to miss out on.

    And then I got sick.

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  • Aug 29, 2014 11:00:00 AM

    Class of 1984 is probably one of the best films about a music teacher fending off a gang of Punk Rock thugs ever created. Maybe that's because there hasn't been another film about a music teacher fending off a gang of Punk Rock thugs made, but still, it's pretty damn good.

    Here's the plot:

    Andrew Norris (Perry King) is a music teacher at a horrible L.A High School who wishes to instill the love of music in his students, unfortunately he is thwarted by a gang of ruthless punk rock assholes led by Peter Stegman (Timothy Van Patten) who, interestingly, is some kind of musical genius (he can play piano and since the bar is already pretty low at this school, he's like a prodigy or something). Norris thinks he can go all Jamie Escalante on the punks (to understand the reference, click HERE) but they are like "I'm a Punk Rocker good sir and so I bid you and your musical education adieu". Violence ensues soon after and teenagers die, which is weird since I was always told that music soothes the savage beast.

    The movie also stars Roddy McDowall (Fright Night) and Michael J. Fox in one of his first roles ever.

    Are you ready to go back to 1984?

    Movie after the break.

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  • Aug 29, 2014 10:00:02 AM
    “The year’s coolest sci-fi movie.” –  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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  • Aug 29, 2014 9:00:00 AM

    I'm not into Pokemon but even I know that there's something weird about combining it with Reggae and then creating some kind of music video featuring the character Slowpoke (who, in all honesty I had to look up) starring at me in kind of a total freak way.

    That is weird right? I mean this isn't something that just happens in the Pokemon universe is it? It's not like you're watching the cartoon while eating a bowl of cereal and all of a sudden this pink Bantha-like thing starts staring at you without saying anything until you start to feel uncomfortable or anything right?

    I don't know, this things freaks me out...I'm never watching or playing or buying anything Pokemon...ever.

    Weirdness after the break.

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  • Aug 29, 2014 7:00:01 AM

    We working folk know all too well the wonders that coffee can do to get us through the day but, since some of our population is heading off to college, this might be a good time to introduce them to the yummy science behind nature's greatest gift to man (and I'm talking about the hard black stuff, not the shit that costs $6 for what is basically a cup of sugar).

    Trust me young whippersnappers, come finals, you will be mainlining this stuff.

    Science after the break.

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  • Aug 28, 2014 8:00:01 PM
    THIS FALL, STARVISTA ENTERTAINMENT/TIME LIFE WILL RELEASE
    THE HISTORIC CONCERT AND TV SPECIAL THAT CELEBRATED 25 ICONIC
    YEARS OF MOTOWN RECORDS - NEVER BEFORE AVAILABLE ON DVD!

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  • Aug 28, 2014 7:00:01 PM

    In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.

    Sergei Bodrov directed Seventh Son from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight and a screen story by Matt Greenberg, based on the book series “The Last Apprentice” by Joseph Delaney. The film is produced by Basil Iwanyk, Thomas Tull and Lionel Wigram. Jon Jashni, Brent O’Connor and Alysia Cotter are executive producers, with Jillian Share and Erica Lee co-producing. The film will be released in 3D. 

    Check out the trailer after the jump!


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  • Aug 28, 2014 6:00:00 PM
    Three childhood friends join the Hong Kong Triads, only to discover that fame and fortune will ultimately break them apart as only one can become the leader of the gang.

    And we're giving away three copies!


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  • Aug 28, 2014 5:00:01 PM
    Alright, here’s how this is going to work: this post is the first in a series where I will pick out the ten greatest cartoons from a given year and talk about why I think they work so well. Obviously this is just my opinion, but I’ll take historical and cultural significance into account as well as artistic merit, starting somewhat arbitrarily with the year 1930.

    For context, Walt Disney’s groundbreaking Steamboat Willie - the first short to effectively synchronize animation to sound - was released two years earlier, and all of the major studios had followed its lead in producing sound cartoons. A handful of animated films were using color at this point (Ub Iwerks’ Fiddlesticks, Walter Lantz’s animated sequence in King of Jazz), but the first cartoon in full three-strip Technicolor, Disney’s Flowers and Trees, wouldn’t be released until 1932.

    This list includes films from seminal studios like Disney and Max Fleischer, as well as cartoons from frequently overlooked studios like Charles Mintz and Van Beuren.

    So without further ado, here’s the top ten (in alphabetical order):


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  • Aug 28, 2014 4:00:01 PM
    Don’t let the title throw you off, I’m not saying you should play games less, or go outside to interact with people and enjoy the fresh air.

    Nope, I’m saying that you should play your favourite games even more!  Or rather, their expansions. Back in the 90′s the only DLC (downloadable content) we could get hold of were patches for PC games to fix bugs or problems.

    Nowadays there’s a whole market of expansive gaming, giving you new weapons, skins, extra levels, characters, and even more story.. but all for a price. You might think that this would be perfect for every gamer; you reach the end of your game, play through again to pick up any missing trophies/achievements and then you learn there’s more of the same coming your way in a month or so.

    But no.

    As stated, there’s a market for this stuff and the key aspect of the ‘market’ is to exploit gamers to make MONEY. No matter how good or bad the actual game in question is, the DLC is never guaranteed to be great.

    But there are beacons of hope, DLC additions that are so mind-blowingly good that they deserve the extra purchase.

    Admittedly, certain games are rereleased as ‘Game Of The Year’ editions with all of the DLC combined but I’ve decided to have a look at the fundamentally vital purchases that all self-respecting gamers should invest in.


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  • Aug 28, 2014 3:00:03 PM
    Take Home Peter Capaldi’s Debut Trip in the TARDIS  With Exclusive Bonus Content

    It’s the episode everyone has been waiting for … The Doctor makes his spectacular return in Deep Breath, the feature-length season premiere episode of the hit sci-fi series Doctor Who. A pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London, this standalone episode arrives on Blu-ray and DVD September 9, 2014.

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  • Aug 28, 2014 2:00:01 PM
    Erin Maxwell continues her look at Saturday Morning Television.  Read Part 1 HERE.

    Morning news shows, cooking shows, golf and NASCAR have taken up the mantel once inhabited by talking dogs and animated members of the Partridge family. It seems that the days of camping out in front of the TV for hours on end are now gone.

    Kids will never learn the important lessons taught to past generations by Menudo or Timer.


    But all is not lost. Reclaim the Saturday morning tradition for yourself and your kids, passing the Sugar Smack-flavored torch to the next generation.

    This isn’t just about remembering the good old days, but passing down a glorified 30-year culture to a new generation.

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  • Aug 28, 2014 1:00:00 PM


    THE YEAR’S #1 MOVIE IN THE WORLD ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY 3D & BLU-RAY COMBO PACKS WITH OVER THREE HOURS OF EXPLOSIVE SPECIAL FEATURES 

    TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

    From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg and in association with Hasbro, Inc., Paramount Pictures’ $1 billion worldwide blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction makes its highly-anticipated debut September 30, 2014 on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and VOD. The film will be available to own two weeks earlier on Digital HD September 16, 2014.

    Transformers: Age of Extinction four-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and three-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack feature more than three hours of illuminating bonus content. From selecting fierce new cars and designing new TRANSFORMERS characters to constructing elaborately detailed sets, this comprehensive footage truly takes viewers inside the fun, hard work and excitement of making an electrifying global blockbuster film.


    The spectacular Combo Packs also include an in-depth interview with Michael Bay about his approach to the film’s jaw-dropping action sequences, a crash course on the “Bayhem” of being on set for the massive, global production, a revealing look at the design process inside Hasbro Headquarters, and more. Plus there’s even more than meets the eye with the hilarious TRANSFORMERS KREON trailer where KREON figures take you through all of the blockbuster TRANSFORMERS movies. In addition, the Combo Packs include a brand new Angry Bird TRANSFORMERS trailer where birds and pigs turn into Autobots and Deceptihogs, creating havoc on Piggy Island. The Blu-ray 3D includes expanded images as seen in IMAX™ theaters.


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  • Aug 28, 2014 12:00:00 PM

    I'm not going to say much about this short film starring Alan Rickman (The Harry Potter Series), Jodie Whittaker (Cranford) and Lola Albert other than it unfolds into a twisted tale that you didn't see coming.

    Which, if you ask me, is kind of a nice surprise.

    Film after the break.

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  • Aug 28, 2014 11:00:01 AM
    Sequart Organization is proud to announce the
    release of  New Life and New Civilizations: 

    Exploring Star Trek Comics, edited by Joseph F. Berenato.

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  • Aug 28, 2014 10:00:02 AM

    The holidays will soon be upon us and that of course means baking tons of treats to fill the verbally abusive face holes of your family members. But this year, instead of handing out a box of traditional holiday cookies, why not supply those assholes with the faces of some seriously awesome Rap artists who are no longer with us.

    That's right, come Xmas Eve you could watch your horribly mean Aunt chomping down on the head of Easy E while you hum Straight Outta Compton
     

    The Cookie Cutter Set comes with 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G, and Eazy-E which means you can thoroughly piss off both the East Coast and The West Coast Fans equally.

    Hopefully your holiday cookie party doesn't end in gunfire.

    Source: Foodiggity

  • Aug 28, 2014 8:30:04 AM
    Qinglong (action icon Donnie Yen) is a legendary royal guard-trained in a clandestine form of combat from childhood in order to devote his life and lethal prowess to the service of the Emperor. When the Imperial Court is taken over by an evil traitor, Jia (Law Kar-Ying), and betrayal lurks at every corner, Qinglong finds himself hunted by those he once trusted. Now as the most wanted man in the land, he must seek out and rally the loyalists to rise against Jia and restore the Emperor to his rightful place!


    And we're giving away a copy on Blu-ray!

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  • Aug 28, 2014 7:00:03 AM

    If you fly with any regularity you know that the romantic idea of air travel has died a horrible death (we're talking on the level of being eviscerated by Jeffrey Dahmer) but once upon a time it was filled with plenty of leg room, bathrooms where you didn't have to fold yourself into a ball in order to take a dump and food options that didn't end with a wrinkled bag of stale peanuts.

    I know it's hard to imagine, but flying in a plane was an experience akin to traveling the skies inside the belly of a metal cloud God filled with luxurious comfort. So sit back and watch what going to visit Grandma was like back when everyone smoked and drank booze at ten in the morning.

     If only I could have been alive when the airlines didn't treat you like a leper.

    Video after the break.

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  • Aug 27, 2014 7:00:00 PM
    Put Your Best Foot Forward!
    The Bigfoot Patrol is now accepting applications to join the elite ranks of our Cryptid Tracker Trail Team. With a directive to seek out incontrovertible evidence of Bigfoot in a world full of skeptics, we need YOU to explore new wilderness, capture sightings, debunk hoaxes, educate the masses, as well as the occasional light errand around HQ. No heavy lifting required.

    The chosen few will receive as part of their initiation into the mysterious "Order of the Foot" the following members-only accessories, identification and insignia to confirm their position to any questioning naysayers, authority figures, and other random weirdos.
    So, what are you waiting for?  The Kickstarter is live now and the rewards are fantastic!


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  • Aug 27, 2014 5:00:00 PM
    I hate the term "old time radio" but if I use that term you immediately know what I am talking about so I am forced to use it.

    What images (Sounds?) come into your mind as you hear the term "old time radio" though?

    Amos and Andy? Dick Tracy? Jack Benny? Inner Sanctum? Orson Welles' War Of The Worlds broadcast?


    What if I told you that on top of what you think of as "old time radio" there was a dearth of amazing genre series that most likely slipped through the cracks of pop culture and were just waiting for you to discover them?

    Radio plays and serials did not end once TV took over as is commonly misremembered... they merely changed.

     In the 1970's we had National Lampoon Radio for the stoners, Rod Serling's Zero Hour for the Sci-Fi fan, a Fantastic Four series with none other than Bill Murray as Johnny Storm, radio dramas of Star Wars and Lord Of The Rings and in 1980 the great Canadian series Nightfall... there was even a college radio drama of Cerebus The Aardvark.

    Not to mention that reruns of Inner Sanctum, Macabre, Beyond Tomorrow, Quiet Please and even Lights Out were still played on many AM stations to fill out the hours.  Then there is the most famous radio play ever, the 1938 Orson Welles adaptation of War Of The Worlds, still played to this day on many radio stations every Halloween.


    In recent years though there has been a resurgence in not just admiration for the serials of old but for new radio dramas. Night Terrors, Chillers, Tales From Beyond The Pale and even 2000AD have all had amazing radio dramas pop up in the last half decade or so.

    Why do these old serials persist with new audiences and why the (relatively) sudden reapplication of them for a new generation?

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  • Aug 27, 2014 3:00:02 PM
    ELAINE
    Oh, I can't believe it! I've lost my "Atomic Sub" card!..
     Oh no! I bet I wrote that fake number on the back of it
    when I gave it to denim vest!

    JERRY
    So?

    ELAINE
    I've eaten 23 bad subs, I just need 1 more! It's like a 
    long, bad movie, but you want to see the end of it!

    JERRY
    No, you walk out.

    ELAINE
    Alright, then, it's like a boring book, 
    but you gotta finish it.

    JERRY
    No, you wait for the movie!

    Elaine’s determination to see her “Atomic Sub” card through to the bitter, awful end pretty much sums up my reason for watching True Blood until this week’s final episode. By Season Three my interest started waning, and by Season Four I was a hater, but I stuck with it hoping that there would eventually be some kind of payoff to make it all worth it.

    In retrospect, the show was probably always doomed to jump the shark.

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  • Aug 27, 2014 1:00:01 PM
    Review by Erin Maxwell
    Written by Rachel Hastings, Mike Olsen, Justin Hook, Jeff Drake
    Art by Frank Forte, Brad Rader, Bernard Derriman, Tony Gennaro, 
    Liza Epps, Tyler Garrison, Kimball Shirley, Anthony Aguinaldo, Hector Reynoso
    Cover by Devin Roth
    Published by Dynamite Comics


    The hash-slinging family of Fox’s Animation Domination make their funny pages debut in the spin-off comic of Bob’s Burgers: The Comic Book.

    Created by Bento Box Entertainment, the four-year-old primetime series follows the oddball adventures of Bob and Linda Belcher, proprietors of a greasy spoon, and their three malcontent children, Tina, Louise and Gene.

    During the course of the show, burgers are cooks, puns are made, trouble unfolds and hijinks ensue.

    But clever writing and the true originality of the characters keep the show interesting and fun to watch.

    The TV format show breaks up into two unfolding stories, usually one featuring the adults and one with their demon spawn.

    In the comic, which is written and created by writers and artists of the show, each Belcher kid gets a spotlight story, broken up with little notes, memos and foldout from other characters of the show.

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