Another week and we bring you more exciting new releases from the worlds of video games, movies and comic books! This week includes Mass Effect 3, another spin-off from Vertigo’s Fables comic book and the complete first season of Game of Thrones on DVD!
The long-awaited final chapter to the Mass Effect trilogy hits stores on March 6th (for PC, Xbox360 and PS3). I know how excited everyone is to finish Commander Shepard’s story, so excited in fact that there have been reports of pirated versions hitting torrent sites over the weekend!
Also out on March 6th, Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season on DVD. The first book from George R.R. Martin’s fantasy saga A Song of Fire and Ice hits the small screen in the series’ first season complete with extras including audio commentaries and character profiles.
In a world where I consider spin-offs a four letter word, here’s one that won’t piss you off. Vertigo’s Fairest #1 hits comic book racks on March 7th, starring the females of the award-winning Fables series: “Balancing horror, humor and adventure, FAIREST explores the secret histories of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Snow Queen, Thumbelina, Snow White, Rose Red and others.”
On March 9th John Carter will open in theaters nation wide. Some people call it an Avatar rip off, I call them stupid because Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote this over 100 years ago, and it has appeared in multiple forms of media, including comic books. If Disney plays their cards right, this could be a massive film series, considering their were 11 volumes in the Barsoom series.
If you get a chance to check any of these out or we forgot something; let us know in the comments section, or on Twitter!
First, Orange County Choppers brought motorcycles and chopper customization into the mainstream, then Miami Ink did the same for tattooing and piercing. Can Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men do the same thing for comic book and geek culture? It’s not like the blockbuster movies and television shows haven’t started this already, but I’m thinking this has the opportunity to make comic books, and the people who collect and read them, more discussed around the water cooler.
Clips throughout the show featured customers trying to sell collectible items to the crew, it had a sort of Pawn Stars vibe. I liked that, for the same reasons (and more) that I like the Pawn Stars show. You get to see unique items, hopefully learn some history on them, and then see what they’re worth. It was nice to see both Bob Kane and Jack Kirby brought up in this episode, they are two legendary artists, and a good way to introduce viewers to what they did for comics. The next time someone brings in a special piece of art by one of these guys, the viewers will already know the kind of excitement that it creates for comic book geeks. I love that the requisite guy-that-doesn’t-get-paid-but-hangs-out-here-everyday-regardless-of-the-fact is Bryan Johnson (doing a great job conjuring Alan Moore). Anyone who has worked at a guitar store, music store or comic book store (or video game store, or movie store, etc.) will tell you there is always one of these guys. They usually last longer than most employees and they engage the customers in the same way Johnson did, as this intellectual overseer that is there to keep customers and workers in check.
The other part of the show featured the kind of “buddies-sitting-around” dialog that I have always enjoyed about Kevin Smith’s movies and speaking tours. It’s the way me and my friends talk about subjects we’ve conversed about so many times that we over-analyze and go so deeply into a topic that normally you wouldn’t (or shouldn’t). On the other hand, if you’re not in on the jokes, or didn’t grow up thinking about the Six Million Dollar Man episode, you could easily be bored or lost on some of this stuff.
Overall, I thought it was pretty entertaining. As it turns out, Kevin Smith can speak without swearing and still be interesting. I don’t think it’s going to create a big culture shift, or open up comic book shop culture to the masses. I do think that people already living the comic book geek life will find it fun and humorous to see the kinds of interactions and conversations they’ve had, played out “reality tv” style. I will be tuning in next week.
I gave a sadly large part of my life to watching, thinking about, and discussing the TV show LOST. I don’t regret it, I’m just sad that such a good, and well-done story can be forgotten about after such a small time. Our house was often the place many of my friends would gather to watch the newest episodes as they came out. I remember during the finale our cable was turned off, and we all quickly evacuated to a friend’s house with a DVR running (much like the show, all was well in the end).
I just wanted to take a moment for us to remember one of the greatest episodes the show had: The Constant. Do you remember? Faraday as an arrogant jerk of a professor, Desmond as a pathetic coward. And my favorite line “I’m calling my bloody constant!”
Whatever you do, don’t forget and always remember Desmond Hume is your constant (and if you’re like me, your man-crush too).
While enjoying all the ironic and witty humor of “the Muppets” movie. There was a scene where Jim Parsons (Sheldon from “the Big Bang Theory”) is there and doesn’t really say or do anything funny. However, the crowd seemed to erupt with laughter and excitement. It was like I was back in high school again, and everyone was laughing at something that wasn’t seemingly funny. So I did the same thing I did in high school, I laughed along with them and acted like I knew what was funny.
Since then I’ve noticed that most of my friends really like “the Big Bang Theory” and I’ve never even seen an episode. So I figured I’d start today, and document my interest as it evolves through the first couple seasons. I have expectations of laughter and geeky inside smart jokes that make me feel at home with the cast. But mostly I want to experience what everyone else did during the mirror scene with Walter.