WPG Ep 174: Wonderous Soap box

This week on We Be Geeks: Wonder Woman is celebrating 75 years and at SDCC, they are not only having exclusives, but a full size invisible Jet that lights up at night. How cool is that? In correlation with the movie coming out, there is going to be tons of Merchandise, music, and lots of other special things. E3 is going on right now and there are some really amazing games coming out that we are looking forward to. Skyrim, and a really cool new Spider-Man game. I haven’t seen the video for it yet, but I was told it looks amazing. Legends of Tomorrow is gaining Nick Zano who will play Dr. Nate Haywood. They are kind of still working out the kinks, especially with 2-3 of the regular cast leaving. Captain Cold will supposedly be returning, but in what capacity? Lastly Dark Horse comics is the topic to finish the night. Lots of good things coming out. We will say one thing before we get off my soap box, we are going to be broke for the next few years buying all the things!

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WPG Ep 173: We Be Geeks Rebirthed

Where is Julz? What’s Derrick’s name? It’s like a rebirth. We talk about our love of the Vader comic. We start the show talking J.K. Simmons getting ripped for his role in the new Justice League movie as Commissioner Gordon. We talk Suicide Squad getting a PG-13 rating, as well as the release date for Batman V Superman’s R rating. We talk Mark Hamill doing the voice of the Joker for the foreseeable future. We talk The Killing Joke having a one-day theatrical release. We talk completing our homework assignments seeing Big Hero 6, and seeing The Iron Giant. We talk DC’s new animated movie Justice League: Dark. We talk Vixen appearing on Legends of Tomorrow, and not being the Vixen we have come to know. We talk Suicide Squad merchandise. We talk new sequel Injustice 2. We talk Rebirth, what we like and don’t like. Reviews are out on X-Men Apocalypse. We talk Supergirl moving to the CW, and teasing of the four-part crossover between all of the four shows.

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DC’s Rebirth means hope

In September of 2011 DC comics editorial decided to re-vamp their comic line following the event of the Flashpoint mini-series. The timeline was ripped apart due to Barry Allen, The Flash going back in time and saving his mother. Hence the system wide re-boot. Heroes that we had grown up with were changed, or deleted all together. These heroes were grittier and darker than what we had known before. Superman even spent months with a t-shirt and jeans as a uniform. Oh yeah, he had also lost his powers as well. We also had Jim Gordon masquerading as Batman in a robotic bunny looking suit. Needless to say these changes rubbed longtime comic collectors the wrong way.

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WPG Ep 172: Pucks, Geeks & Riots

On this episode of We Be Geeks, we welcome Carl from the 4th line podcast, which can be found on the We Be Geeks network.  Carl tells us a bit about his podcast that focuses on hockey which then leads into a discussion about how some teams treat fans who wear opposing jerseys, the hockey playoffs, and Carl’s thoughts on expansion teams.  We ask Carl about some of the other things he geeks out about, then move on to talk about the Red Wings and the differences and similarities in the jerseys of the Penguins and Bruins.

After the hockey talk, the conversation moves more to the geek side of things as we have a lengthy discussion about Captain America and the reaction to the recent major reveal in his Marvel comic book.  After that, we talk about fandom, getting Carl’s thoughts on American fans verses Canadian fans, and then talk about an article stating that fandom is broken.  During that discussion, we talk about social media’s effect on fandom, Star Wars fans who got upset about Disney’s cancellation of the Expanded Universe, and the extreme fans (aka fanatics) that can be found in both geekdom, as well as in sports.

We move back to sports briefly as we discuss the Canadian Football League, fan riots, and then move back to hockey.  We ask Carl’s thoughts on television deals for the hockey playoffs, then bring up a story about a Lego statue that had been destroyed after a child bumped into it.

We then discuss a story about actress Willa Holand blasting Warner Brothers for preventing the television incarnation of the Suicide Squad, which then leads us to question the claims by Marvel Studios that their movies and television shows are all connected.

We talk about whether or not there might ever be a Green Arrow film, discuss reshoots that have been scheduled for Star Wars: Rogue One, and the disappointment that was the C-3P0 comic.  We ask Carl how he became a hockey fan, then talk about some cool yet expensive Star Wars merchandise before finishing off the episode with a discussion about accents, particularly Carl’s Canadian accent.

We Be Geeks Review: The Zone Continuum

It is my honor and pleasure to bring you this review. It has been a while and I have been so busy with life away from the site and show that this review is long overdue. This review marks the return of The Zone Continuum series from multi talented artist Bruce Zick. The original Zone Continuum published by Caliber Comics in 1992. Zick rebooted the series in 2006 as a web comic for Komikwerks. The series has now returned in the form of an all-new graphic novel expanding on Zick’s previous work.

Before delving into this comic, I would recommend highly checking out the forward and the glossary at the end of the book. This will make understanding all the unusual names easier and give you a general idea of what is going on, and therefore reading the comic more enjoyable.

Set in a world high above the surface, The Zone Continuum takes to the rooftops above New York City. Hidden from human eyes by ancient technology, the Dar struggle to live in a world separated by extra-dimensional Zones. This and the ravaging by the humans with the pollution they created. The Dar once walked among the humans but with advancements in human technology, their very survival has been threatened. Radiation from satellites and other human tech have made the planet toxic, causing the Zones to collapse and give rise to monstrous entities. These Zones exist only in the sky and are the only safe haven for the Dar.

The Zone Continuum highlights not just  the damage being done to the environment but also deals with the ravages of isolation and the effects each of our actions and decisions can have, whether we know it or not, on others. As humans wage their wars and continue to pollute the Earth, their harm causes not only ill effects on  the planet but also puts the very existence of the Dar in peril. The shrinking zones have put the relationship between Talon and Paris is a peril. The pain of their separation is two-fold – not only felt by them being apart but also by the physical pain they must endure when they try to reach each other by breaching the Zones they inhabit.

The Zone Continuum is great a read as a showcase of Bruce Zick’s highly impressive art style developed from his years of experience in both the animation and comic industry, and a great sci-fi comic to boot.

From the art deco look and the frail love story, I highly recommend picking up this book at places like amazon.com or from the Dark Horse shop.

 

WBG Ep 171: Tiny With Deonna Herrold & Roland Mann

This we talk with writer Roland Mann and artist Deonna Herrold about their new project called Tiny. It is their take on the classic fairy tale Thumbelina by Hans Cristian Andersen. We talk about how they got in touch, and what Deonna’s background is. We also touch on their upcoming MegaCon plans. It sounds like they are going to have some great stuff at their table. We also talk about changes in comics and working clean, as they put it in the comedy world. We also get some great industry stories from Roland, which is always a treat. We also learn about the Kickstarter they have going on for this title. Which should be out by the time you are reading this. We had the chance to preview Tiny. It is a great piece of art and worth picking up.

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WPG Ep 170: Random Thoughts With Nicole Wright & Tonya Dodds

In this episode of We Be Geeks, the gang welcomes Nicole Wright and Tonya Dodds, formerly of Super Geeked Up, who are starting their own webseries called The Nicole and Tonya show. We start off by letting Nicole and Tonya describe their new series to us, then, the girls open up to a wide variety of topics. One of the topics we discuss is how Nicole and Tonya handle a working relationship living far apart from each other, including how they both write and film together. The girls talk a bit about how the seasons of their new series might be broken up, before talking a bit about some possible reoccurring bits on the show. The discussion then leads to ideas that might not be realistic for Nicole and Tonya to do on a miniscule budget to ideas that might just be too over the top to film. Since Tonya is from Toronto Canada, there is some talk about Canadian musicians, and a bit of discussion about Canadian sports teams can be found in the episode as well. Tonya begrudgingly admits to reading all of the Twlight series, which then leads into a discussion about Nicole’s entertainment background, including location scouting for film and television,as well as a mention of a feature film that Tonya has produced called Red Spring.

The conversation naturally moves towards creating and the virtue of Collaboration with people before moving to talk of superhero movies and Netflix Marvel shows. Nicole and Tonya tell us about the magic of movie editing, and then tell us tales of meeting some interesting celebrities. The episode ends in laughter and shenanigans as we all talk about trips to Canada that naturally leads into a discussion of drinking. Nicole and Tonya were great guest who were very entertaining.

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Motor City Comic Con 2016. The Nerd Returns Home

This past weekend more than 50,000 geeks descended on the Suburban Showcase and Collection in Novi this past weekend for the annual Motor City Comic Con. It was a bittersweet even with the untimely passing of two of its scheduled guests. Forii WWE superstar Chyna, and seminal artist Darwin Cooke.

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WBG Ep 169: Why so Angry?

We start off talking about the end of Disney Infinity, and Disney going away from published console games. We talk the Lego games and their popularity, and Lego exclusives. We also talk Disney Dimensions and Doctor Who figures. We talk opening weekend of Civil War. We talk the woes of having only one toy in a happy meal at a time. We talk old school games and lack of Tweeting. We talk Rotten Tomatoes scores. What are the best and worst movies? We talk upcoming movies and what we want to see. We about why are nerds so angry when we have won. We have all of the pop culture movies and TV shows on. It is a great time to be a nerd. We chime in with ideas as to why that is. We talk Julz love of Star Trek. We talk South Park and what shows are essential geek. We talk about nerd culture and getting along with other nerds. Be inclusive! There is room for us all. We also talk Brett being at Motor City Comic Con this weekend.

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Now Geek This! A Review of Captain America: Civil War

This week, I will be reviewing the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War.  Civil War, directed by the brother team of Anthony and Joe Russo, is the third film in the Captain America franchise, and stars Chris Evans as the titular character, Captain America.  Civil War also stars an assembly (pun intended) of other actors portraying their familiar roles from other Marvel films, including Avengers, Ant-Man, and a movie that will be forthcoming. More