Friday, November 25, 2011

noobTube: HeroClix

On Free Comic Book Day a couple of years ago, I got what I thought was just a cool miniature Incredible Hulk figurine.  However, there was a weird dial at the bottom.  But not knowing what it was for, I just stuck it on a shelf in my dining room where my cat wouldn't play with it - and that's where it remains to this day.  But the figure is actually the gateway to a tabletop gaming craze called HeroClix.

Here's a brief introduction into the world of HeroClix:

What is it?

HeroClix is a tabletop game utilizing teams of figures that represent characters from comics, video games, and more.  Each figure has a dial at the bottom, which is used to track the hit points.  The dial also shows new powers and abilities as players unlock them.

How to play...

Once again, I'm doing a primer on something I've never tried myself.  So...  YouTube to the rescue!  Here's some tutorial videos on playing HeroClix.




Where to play...

HeroClix, while no where near as popular as Magic: The Gathering, still has a very loyal fanbase around Orlando.  You will often find weekly listings here on GGOrlando in our Events Calendar.  But visit your local comic or gaming shop and see if they run game nights or tournaments.  I've been to Pop City Comics in College Park on a HeroClix night (Thursdays) and saw a few players training "n00bs" on the basics of the game.

So go out there, have fun, AND DEAR GOD DON'T LET YOUR KIDS EAT THEM!

Special Note:  Major thanks to whoever Glass Cabinet Films is on YouTube.  I just searched for some instructional videos for HeroClix on YouTube and coincidentally enough, found these which were posted by a student at UCF.  Keepin' it local!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Orlando Events Calendar - Small Business Saturday

Marketers have given nearly every day of the week around Thanksgiving its own moniker to help spur sales.  At first, we had Black Friday...  Then came Cyber Monday.  Last year, a new one entered the scene with Small Business Saturday.  Founded by American Express, the goal of Small Business Saturday is to keep local businesses on the mind of consumers as the busy holiday shopping season starts.

Fans of what we'd consider "geeky" are in a unique position.  Most comic book and sci-fi shops are independent, locally-owned enterprises.  And if you look to items like video games, prices are generally standard no matter if you buy your game or console from a big-box retailer or a local store.  And it goes to show that local businesses are an excellent contributor to our local economies.  Studies show that while a chain or big-box retailer contributes only 10% of their revenues back into the economy of a community, local businesses contribute back nearly 40%.

If you would like to find local stores near you, check out the local shopping directories on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page or through local groups Buy Local Orlando and Ourlando.

GENERATION GEEK - ORLANDO EVENT CALENDAR

(Editor's Note:  Happy Thanksgiving!  Just wanted to make a special addendum to this week's events.  Many of the events I pull our ongoing, weekly events.  While the events below are listed on other sources, just be advised that because of the holiday weekend, some things may have changed.)


Thursday, November 24th
  • Gaming: 5:30-9:30p, Dungeons & Dragons Open (Coliseum of Comics - Millenia)
  • Gaming: 6-10p, Board Game Club (Coliseum of Comics - Kissimmee)
Friday, November 25th
  • Gaming: Friday Night Magic Events
    • 6-9p - Coliseum of Comics - Seminole Towne Center
    • 6-11p - Coliseum of Comics - Millenia
    • 7p-12a - Coliseum of Comics - Kissimmee
Saturday, November 26th
  • Gaming: 12-4p, Naruto Shippuden Tournament (Coliseum of Comics - Millenia)
  • Gaming: 5-9p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics - Millenia)
  • Other:  9p-12a, Skill Focus: Burlesque presents ARKHAM ASYLUM (Blank Space - Downtown Orlando)
Sunday, November 27th
  • Comics: 10a-12p, Sunday Morning Chat & Chew (Acme Superstore)
  • Gaming: 1-2p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics - Kissimmee)
Monday, November 28th
  • Gaming: 6:30-9:30p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics - Kissimmee)
Tuesday, November 29th
  • Gaming: 7-11p, Tuesday Night Magic (Coliseum of Comics - Kissimmee)
Wednesday, November 30th
  • Gaming: 6-11p, Magic the Gathering Wednesday Draft (Coliseum of Comics - Millenia)
  • Other:  8p-1a, Star Trek VS Star Wars Pinups & Pasties (Baby Grands Dueling Piano Bar - Downtown Orlando)

Happy Thanksgiving! and Black Friday Deals


Happy Thanksgiving from GGOrlando!  Hope everyone has a happy holiday season!

Black Friday deals are everywhere tomorrow.  Here are some deals that can be found around town at your local "geek" establishments.
  • A Comic Shop (Winter Park):  Open at 9am, everything on sale (except this week's new issues)
  • Acme Superstore (Longwood):  50% off back issues, 20% off everything else in the store.
  • Coliseum of Comics
    • Fashion Square Mall:  Open at 5am, 25% off everything from 5-9a and 9p-10p, 20% off everthing from 9-10a.  Other deals throughout the day.
    • Kissimmee:  Open at 8am, 25% off everything from 8-9a, 20% off everything from 9-10a.  Other deals throughout the day.
    • Millenia:  Special late night hours: 12-3a, 25% off everything, also 25% off everything from 8-9a and 20% off everything from 9-10a.  Other deals throughout the day.
    • Seminole Towne Center:  Open at 4am, 25% off everything from 4-8a, 20% off everything from 8-10a.  Other deals throughout the day.
  • Comic Central (Sanford):  Open at 8am, different deals throughout the day.
  • Heroes Landing (Clermont):  Open at 9am, offers listed in yesterday's Clermont newspapers.
  • Paladin Tech & Gaming (Orlando): Open at 9am, up to 45% off MSRP on select items.
  • Pop City Comics (College Park):  40-50% off select items in the store.
  • Sci-Fi City (Orlando):  Open at 9am, 30% off everything.
Even if you don't see your favorite store on this list, because by no means is this comprehensive, visit your local shop to see if they're offering any special deals.

Again, have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

This Week in Comics - Week of November 20, 2011

Featured New Release:  Fantastic Four #600




Well, the Fantastic Four have endured loss this year - with the death of Johnny Storm earlier this year.  But now is a time for celebration as the "First Family of Comics" celebrates both it's 600th issue and 50th anniversary.


The Fantastic Four were introduced in November 1961 by the legendary Jack Kirby and Stan Lee.  Through the years, the team of Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Sue Storm-Richards (Invisible Woman), Johnny Storm (The Human Torch), and Ben Grimm (The Thing), have faced many challenges and protected the Earth from many threats.  From conquest by Dr. Doom to consumption by Galactus, the team is respected both by their Marvel Universe counterparts as well as their fans.


In recent years, the team has tackled another major challenge...  Raising a family.  Reed and Sue, are the parents of Franklin and Valeria, who each have powers of their own.  The characters have also founded the Future Foundation (FF) for the betterment of science.  And, though Johnny is no longer with us, as you can tell from the preview cover above, he was replaced by a certain wall-crawler for the time being.


So best wishes to the team...  Just waiting for Willie Lumpkin to give me my invite to the Baxter Building for the party.


Fantastic Four #600 is out in stores today!



Top 20 "Most Pulled" Comics for the Week of November 20, 2011
Presented by Comixology
  1. The Flash #3 (DC)
  2. Aquaman #3 (DC)
  3. Superman #3 (DC)
  4. Batman: The Dark Knight #3 (DC)
  5. Invincible Iron Man #510 (Marvel)
  6. Teen Titans #3 (DC)
  7. Secret Avengers #19 (Marvel)
  8. Green Lanterns: New Guardians #3 (DC)
  9. Wolverine and X-Men #2 (Marvel)
  10. Fantastic Four #600 (Marvel)
  11. Justice League Dark #3 (DC)
  12. Kick Ass 2 #5 (Icon)
  13. Astonishing X-Men #44 (Marvel)
  14. Invincible #85 (Image)
  15. Avengers: The Children's Crusade #8 (Marvel)
  16. The Mighty Thor #8 (Marvel)
  17. All Star Western #3 (DC)
  18. The Unwritten #31.5 (Vertigo)
  19. Captain America and Bucky #624 (Marvel)
  20. Brilliant #2 (Icon)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New DVD & Video Game Releases - Week of November 20, 2011

Featured Release:  Marvel Knights Animation Collection


There is no shortage in cartoons based on comic book characters, including some great new series like Cartoon Network's Young Justice and Disney XD's Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes as well as some excellent feature direct-to-DVD movies from DC.  Marvel took a different approach to their animated features with their Marvel Knights series.


Marvel Knights is unique in that the shows use a unique style of animation - the motion comic.  A motion comic literally takes images from the actual comics panel-by-panel, applying voice-acting and animation.  This DVD box-set includes animated versions of Warren Ellis' series Iron Man: Extremis, Brian Michael Bendis' Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D., and Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men: Gifted - as well as Black Panther and this year's Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers.


For those interested, but wish to try-before-you-buy, if you have a Netflix streaming account each of the series are currently available.



Top New Home Video Releases

  • 12 Angry Man - The Criterion Collection (BR/DVD)
  • Conan the Barbarian (3D/BR/DVD)
  • The Devil's Double (DVD)
  • Helldriver (DVD)
  • The Office (UK) - The Complete Collection - 10th Anniversary Edition (DVD)
  • Super 8 (BR/DVD)
  • Three Amigos (BR)
Top New Video Game Releases
  • Defenders of Ardania (PC/PS3/X360)
  • Final Fantasy V (PS3/PSP)
  • The King of Fighters (PS3/X360)
  • Serious Sam 3: BFE (PC/PS3/X360)
  • WWE '12 (PS3/Wii/X360)

Upcoming releases provided by IGN.com – DVD/Blu-Ray | Video Games



Monday, November 21, 2011

Local Spotlight - Cosplay Deviants

Editor's Note:  Today's post is about an adult-oriented website.  Links may go to an adult, 18+ website and are NSFW.  User discretion is advised.


As many friends of mine may know, I unabashedly have a crush on DC Comics character Zatanna.  However, unless the universe goes all Cool World or Who Framed Roger Rabbit, our love is one that can never be.  But, I take solace in the knowledge that I am not the only one with a forbidden romance.  Many have crushes on their favorite comic book and cartoon characters...  And for them, there's the Cosplay Deviants.

Based here in Orlando and featuring models from across the country, Cosplay Deviants has galleries of professional photos of models complying various comic, cartoon, or fantasy characters in...  Well, we'll say states of undress.  In addition to photos, there are also videos, blogs, and forums where you can interact with the models.

But, if you'd care to interact with some "Deviants" IRL, keep a look out for their live events.  CD is a frequent attendee in the con circuit, offering panels on cosplaying and...  The legendary Hentai Cafe - an anime viewing party with a distinct twist.

For more, visit the Cosplay Deviants homepage and visit their shop for 2012 calendars (but they're, as of now, out of stock).


This Week at Generation Geek

Happy Monday, everyone?!

Hope everyone had a great weekend...  I, for one, ditched my MBA classes in Gainesville on Saturday to enjoy the great weather.  Hopefully, everyone has a short work week and some time to visit with their families as the holiday season kicks off.

Here's what we have going on this week here at GGOrlando.  As always, if you have any feedback, feel free to let me know at grandowl@ggorlando.com.
  • Monday:  Local Spotlight - Cosplay Deviants (Ed. Note:  While nothing in the post is NSFW just be advised that the subject matter's of an adult nature.)
  • Tuesday:  New DVD & Video Game Releases - featuring the Marvel Knights Animation Collection
  • Wednesday:  This Week in Comics - featuring Fantastic Four #600
  • Thursday:  Orlando Events Calendar - featuring Small Business Saturday
  • Friday:  n00bTube:  HeroClix (I promise this time)
-Grand Owl

Friday, November 18, 2011

Some Outta Town Love

So, here at GGOrlando, we’re all about showing the local love.  However, we have been getting a lot of love from some people outside of the ol’ tri-county area.  And they support some really cool stuff of their own!  So, because I’m too cool to do the “Follow Friday” thing, here’s a special post.  Be sure to show them some love.

Geek Quest
Well, not just an out of town shout out, but an out of country one… Kristen listens and reviews nerd podcasts from all the way over in Japan. So, if you’d like to find some new indie podcasts, check out her ratings.

Geek World Order
From down in Brevard County, Autobot Jazz is often seen around town photographing all the major geek events.  Geek World Order also features exclusive blogs from one of our previous featured bloggers, Ryan MacDonald.

GeeqShuq
Started by a fellow alum of the hallowed halls of Lake Mary High School, GeeqShuq.com is a news website covering all types of goodness from the geeky spectrum. He also features podcasts from around the state of Florida.

Just A Couple of Gs
A fairly new podcast out of Ft. Lauderdale, recorded in a comic shop, the weekly podcast is broken into two parts:  the first is a review of the previous week’s comics while the second part is a general geeky conversation between a great cast.

Not F’n Cute
A video podcast out of South Florida featuring video games & boobs, not necessarily in that order.  Pryde, Shorty, and Jon Venture discuss gaming in the most inappropriate ways possible.  Plus, Wednesdays provide an opportunity to game with the cast as they livestream their weekly gaming nights.

Slacker & the Man
Was actually featured here before, but technically not from the Orlando-area, SatM is another weekly podcast covering all sorts of geeky topics.  Think of Real Radio’s Monsters if they talked about Star Wars and The Walking Dead.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Orlando Events Calendar - The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Party


Yea, so the original feature for today was going to be about Small Business Saturday...  But that was before I realized that it was next Saturday.  Grand Owl no can read calendars good.  So that'll be next Thursday (Thanksgiving? WTF?!  Where did this year go?).

As always, The Geek Easy is having a cool event, this time commemorating the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda.  I remember going to my best friend's house and watching him play Zelda for hours while I flipped through his issues of Nintendo Power.

Saturday night, starting at 8pm, you can immerse yourself in the history of Hyrule as Play 'n Trade - Oviedo will have all of the previous Zelda games on display and playable.  Other Zelda-themed events include a costume contest, art show, and an "all Zelda" Super Smash Bros. tournament.  Then, at midnight, you can purchase Link's newest adventure - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which is already receiving very favorable reviews.  And, since it's a Geek Easy party, there will be free BEvERages available.  This is also the first event being held by A Comic Shop's new Retro Gamer's Army, which is hoping to host monthly themed events at The Geek Easy.

The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Party - at The Geek Easy Saturday night from 8p-1a.





GENERATION GEEK - ORLANDO EVENT CALENDAR

(Editor's Note:  As always, if you have any events you'd like featured, feel free to e-mail me at grandowl@ggorlando.com.)

Thursday, November 17th
  • Gaming:  5:30-9:30p, Dungeons & Dragons Open (Coliseum of Comics - Millenia)
  • Gaming:  6-10p, Board Game Club (Coliseum of Comics - Kissimmee)
Friday, November 18th
  • Anime:  7:30p-12a, Anime Spot Meeting (University of Central Florida)
  • Gaming:  Friday Night Magic Events
    • 6-9p - Sci-Fi City - Orlando
    • 6-9p - Coliseum of Comics - Seminole Towne Center
    • 6-11p - Coliseum of Comics - Millenia
    • 7p-12a - Coliseum of Comics - Kissimmee
Saturday, November 19th
  • Gaming:  11:30a-4p, Warmachine Campaign in a Day (Sci-Fi City)
  • Gaming:  12-4p, Naruto Shippuden Tournament (Coliseum of Comics - Millenia)
  • Gaming:  12-4p, Star Trek CCG Tournament (Sci-Fi City)
  • Gaming:  5-9p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics - Millenia)
  • Gaming:  9p-1a, The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Party (The Geek Easy)
Sunday, November 6th
  • Anime:  1-5p, Propeller Anime Club Meeting (Full Sail University)
  • Comics:  10a-12p, Sunday Morning Chat & Chew (Acme Superstore)
  • Gaming:  1-2p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics - Kissimmee)
Monday, November 7th
  • Gaming:  6:30-9:30p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics - Kissimmee)
Tuesday, November 8th
  • Gaming:  7-11p, Tuesday Night Magic (Coliseum of Comics - Kissimmee)
Wednesday, November 9th
  • Gaming:  6-11p, Magic the Gathering Wednesday Draft (Coliseum of Comics - Millenia)


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This Week in Comics - Week of November 13, 2011

Featured Release:  Morning Glories #14




Traditionally, the weekly release I feature here is either a big new title or something off of the Comixology Top 20 list.  This week, I wanted to feature a book that I started a couple of weeks ago and have been into.

If you have been in your local comic shop, you may have noticed the covers of Morning Glories and thought "Oh, Zenescope released another lame T&A comic."  (Ed. Note - You may tell in my weekly comics posts that I like to kick Zenescope around...  Every time I see one of their covers I just roll my eyes.)  But once you get past the hot schoolgirl cover - and, to be fair, only a few have done that - you really get involved in the lives of the students of the prestigious Morning Glory Academy.

Six students were chosen to attend the prestigious Morning Glory Academy, but quickly find that the motives of the school to give them scholarships was not "academic".  Now they must band together to save their own lives while figuring out the secret of the Academy.

To be honest, I'm only up to Issue #1, because I did really think it was a lame T&A, Zenescope-style comic.  But I'm glad I took the leap.

Morning Glories #14 comes out today!






Top 20 "Most Pulled" Comics for the Week of November 13, 2011
Presented by Comixology

  1. Batman #3 (DC)
  2. Justice League #3 (DC)
  3. Amazing Spider-Man #674 (Marvel)
  4. Avengers #19 (Marvel)
  5. Wonder Woman #3 (DC)
  6. Nightwing #3 (DC)
  7. The Walking Dead #91 (Image)
  8. Green Lantern Corps #3 (DC)
  9. Fear Itself #7 - Point 3 #3 (Marvel) - Ed. Note: Really Marvel?!
  10. Captain America #4 (Marvel)
  11. Supergirl #3 (DC)
  12. Red Hood and the Outlaws #3 (DC)
  13. Catwoman #3 (DC)
  14. X-Men #21 (Marvel)
  15. Deadpool #46 (Marvel)
  16. X-Factor #227 (Marvel)
  17. Venom #9 (Marvel)
  18. New Mutants #34 (Marvel)
  19. Ultimate X-Men #3 (Marvel)
  20. Incredible Hulk #2 (Marvel)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Local Spotlight: Propeller Anime Club


The Propeller Anime Club, started in 2006 at Full Sail University, is more than just a group of people who sit around watching anime on the school's A/V equipment (that'd be the anime club we had at SCC - now SSC - back when I went there during the last Ice Age).  The organization hopes to promote the culture and build an anime-loving community here in Orlando.

While the group does host the traditional viewing party - hosted bi-weekly on Sundays at the Full Sail Campus <schedule> - they offer many more opportunities to immerse yourself in anime culture.  Among them is their monthly parties held at A Comic Shop's Geek Easy, themed around a certain genre.  If you missed this month's, held Friday night, you missed out an opportunity to experience the infamous Hentai Cafe hosted by the Cosplay Deviants.  If you don't know what hentai is, it's...  ;)

They also are active within the convention scene, often hosting panels at the area's cons like Megacon and AFO.  Among them is Kent Ward's MANIME! panel, featuring the "manliest" of animes and, most likely, free head butts.  The group also hosts non-anime social events and plans trips to regional anime conventions.

If you're a fan of anime, or someone interested in learning more on the genre, there's no better way to experience it than through a local anime club.  If not through Propeller, there are many anime clubs throughout the Orlando area.


This Week at Generation Geek

What's up, geeks?!

So yea, I took an impromptu week off last week...  So sue me.  :P

Just like to state that GGOrlando has already gotten almost as many page views as my personal blog AOwL, which is several years old.  Don't know exactly how I feel about that ("NOBODY LOVES ME!"), but definitely appreciate all of the support.

Here's what'll be happening here at GGOrlando this week:

  • Monday:  Local Spotlight:  Propeller Anime Club
  • Tuesday:  New DVD & Video Game Releases - featuring Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
  • Wednesday:  This Week in Comics - featuring Morning Glories #14
  • Thursday:  Orlando Events Calendar - featuring Orlando Puppet Festival
  • Friday:  n00bTube:  HeroClix
As always, if you have any events you'd like to submit, would like to be a featured blogger, or just want to say hi, feel free to e-mail me at grandowl@ggorlando.com.  Have a great week, Orlando!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Flame War - Why I'm Done With the New 52

Editor's Note:  Back on my personal Twitter account, when I was bored on Friday's I would send out a random opinion of mine on something geeky and wait for the comments to come flooding back.  So, I thought instead of my originally announced post, I would bring the Friday Flame War to GGOrlando.


Why I'm Done With the New 52


As an MBA student, when DC announced that they were launching the New 52 - the reboot of their universe and continuity - I saw it for what it was...  A publicity stunt!  However, sometimes these things work out in the comics-verse.  The new run of Ultimate Spider-Man, with the introduction of Miles Morales, is being raved by fans and critics alike.  So I was excited to give DC a chance.  As a kid who grew up mainly on Spider-Man and other Marvel comics, I am not fluent in DC lore (well, not really that familiar with Marvel either, but more than DC).  So I was excited to be reintroduced to characters I didn't know as well as hopefully some changes to make the characters I do remember... well...  Less lame.

But what I, and other fans are getting, are getting is...  Um, not what I expected.  After reading the first two issues of many books - both ones I had been reading in the old continuity as well as a couple new ones - I'm throwing-in the towel.  Here's some quick reasons why...

Reboot vs. Relaunch vs. Ah, Just $#%* It!


The first, and most confusing aspect that I have found thus far, is what exactly DC has done with their continuity.  When I think of a relaunch - something similar to what Marvel is doing with characters like Daredevil, Punisher, and Moon Knight - you have existing characters with known backstories who are kicking off a new storyline that's meant to separate it from previous stories.  To me, a reboot means everything is completely different.  In a rebooted DCnU, the possibilities are endless.  You can make Batman an underprivileged woman whose parents are alive & kicking - heck you don't even need a Batman.  You can do something completely different.  So what's the point of doing a reboot where, practically, everything is the same.

Then there's just the "F-it! Factor".  I mentioned Batman a moment ago.  Batman was one of DC's best-selling titles and was reluctant to change it.  The Green Lantern books have been completely unaffected by both Flashpoint and the New 52.  If you've read the last major event in the GL books - War of the Green Lanterns - you're up to date.  What's the f'in point?!


Where am I?  What day is this?


One major problem is that they're trying to blend Batman and Green Lantern, characters who've only had little to no changes, into this new continuity.  Considering that Green Lantern's continuity hasn't changed at all, we're having Hal Jordan fighting crime in JLA during the time period that would have presumably been during the Sinestro Corp. War years.  Just speculating.

But the worst is what they've done to Batman.  Having to cram him into so many books definitely hurts the character when it comes to continuity.  We're supposedly dealing with a Batman who is new to crime-fighting, but has also spawned several Robins including Nightwing, Batwing, Batgirl, and Batwoman.  Not to mention fathering a son with his former arch-nemesis.  At what point in the day does he have time to patrol?

Feminism in the DCnU


Apparently, the DCnU wants to inject modern topics and sensibilities into characters that have been developed over 50 years ago.  One thing they want to do is create "empowered" female characters.  Apparently, to the writers, an empowered female character means they like to crush a lot.  Pretty much, they're rewriting characters like Catwoman and Starfire as if they're from the Zenescope Universe - where women are merely eye candy they can throw on the covers (BTW, who buys Zenescope stuff?!).  And this is supposed to be our first introduction to these characters, and they're busy banging everyone!  Pass...

WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?!?!


So, one thing I was looking forward to was the re-introduction of some new characters.  After reading some of the comics featuring the new characters, I have to ask "Who are you and why do I care?"  If this is a reboot, you would think the comics would provide an introduction to the characters.  Instead, each book seems to start in the middle of a storyline.  Which would be OK if this was a relaunch and we are already familiar with these characters.  But no, I don't know who OMAC is (or what), nor do I care.  There are some books which I just didn't read because, after flipping through them at the comic shop, I knew from that either I would have had to already knew who these characters were or would be introduced to them several issues in - meaning it'd require an investment.  Not really compelling to new readers.

HEY AQUAMAN, YOU'RE LAME!


I mentioned at the beginning how my main introduction to the world of comics was reading Marvel books.  However, I'm not completely unaware of the DC roster of heroes and villains - mostly due to one of my favorite cartoons of my childhood Super Friends.  And, of course, Super Friends was the impetus of the endless streams of Aquaman jokes.  One of the great things about the new Aquaman run that the fans are loving is how writer Geoff Johns is addressing those types of jokes throughout.  But again, this is a reboot...  So not only would a reader already have to be aware of Aquaman's comic book history, because like the other books it's starting in the middle of an event with a character the rest of the world already knows, you also have to know the 30 years of comic book geekdom's mocking of the character!  If you were a new reader, you would be thinking to yourself "Who is this guy and why is everyone making fun of him?"

So yea, reading the first few issues just left me frustrated and ambivalent.  While some of the books are interesting, nothing really has gripped me.  I say I'm done with the New 52, but I may stick with a couple.  Like I said, not much has changed in the Green Lantern universe, and I have been liking their stories.  And even though my girl Zatanna has been relegated to a bit player on a team, I'll probably continue on with Justice League Dark.  But after following all of the Batman books before the reboot, I'm just really not into them in the new generation.  And the other books...  Maybe I'll get when the trades come out...  At the library or something.

Don't know what reaction DC's getting on this.  The #1s all sold well, but that generally happens with #1s (Side note - In this day-and-age, why are people still collecting #1s as an investment?  Really?!)...  I want to know how the #3s, which started going on sale this week, are doing.  But, for now, I'm done.  Thanks for the ride, DC.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Orlando Events Calendar - Orlando Japan Festival 2011


A slow weekend of geeky Orlando events, so this one may be a stretch.  But, if you're a fan of Anime and wondered the tradition behind some of the themes you see in many shows, here's a great opportunity.  The Orlando Japan Festival 2011 will take place on Sunday afternoon from 12-5pm at The Villages of Hunter's Creek in South Orlando.

Among the activities, there will be displays of traditional drumming and dance as well as a Cosplay contest.  There will also be food and cool Japanese merch on sale.

Check out the Orlando Japan Festival 2011, this Sunday in South Orlando.




GENERATION GEEK - ORLANDO EVENT CALENDAR

(Editor's Note:  It's the start of a new month, so I updated the Events Calendar.  If you notice something missing, please e-mail them at grandowl@ggorlando.com.  In addition, I'm feeling ultra-lazy right now, so this is pretty much a cut-and-paste of last week's schedule that I updated.  But I may have missed something, so if I did I apologize.)

Thursday, November 3rd
  • Gaming:  5:30-9p, Dungeons & Dragons Lair Assault (Coliseum of Comics - Millenia)
  • Gaming:  5:30-9:30p, Dungeons & Dragons Open (Coliseum of Comics - Millenia)
  • Gaming:  6-10p, Board Game Club (Coliseum of Comics - Kissimmee)
Friday, November 4th
  • Anime:  7:30p-12a, Anime Spot Meeting (University of Central Florida)
  • Gaming:  Friday Night Magic Events
    • 6-9p - Sci-Fi City - Orlando
    • 6-9p - Coliseum of Comics - Seminole Towne Center
    • 6-11p - Coliseum of Comics - Millenia
    • 6:30-9:30p - Heroes Landing - Clermont
    • 7p-12a - Coliseum of Comics - Kissimmee
Saturday, November 5th
  • Anime:  1-5p, Propeller Anime Club Meeting (Full Sail University)
  • Gaming:  11:30a-4p, Warmachine Tournament (Sci-Fi City)
  • Gaming:  12-4p, Naruto Shippuden Tournament (Coliseum of Comics - Millenia)
  • Gaming:  12-4p, Star Trek CCG Tournament (Sci-Fi City)
  • Gaming:  5-9p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics - Millenia)
Sunday, November 6th
  • Anime:  12-5p, Orlando Japan Anime Festival 2011 (The Village at Hunter's Creek)
  • Comics:  10a-12p, Sunday Morning Chat & Chew (Acme Superstore)
  • Gaming:  1-2p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics - Kissimmee)
Monday, November 7th
  • Gaming:  6-9p, Magic Monday (Sci-Fi City - Orlando)
  • Gaming:  6:30-9:30p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics - Kissimmee)
Tuesday, November 8th
  • Gaming:  7-11p, Tuesday Night Magic (Coliseum of Comics - Kissimmee)
Wednesday, November 9th
  • Gaming:  6-11p, Magic the Gathering Wednesday Draft (Coliseum of Comics - Millenia)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

This Week in Comics - Week of October 30, 2011

Featured New Release:  Animal Man #3




With DC's launch of the "New 52" in September, it not only allowed the publisher to reboot their universe (Editor's Note - Check back on Friday for my thoughts on the "reboot".) but to also reintroduce some of their lesser-known characters.  One of which would be Animal Man.  Being not overly familiar with DC Comics - I grew up a Marvel fan, but also didn't read any comics for many, many years - all I knew of Animal Man was that he was equivalent of Aquaman but on land.  In reality, while Aquaman can communicate with marine animals to do his bidding Animal Man's superpower is to borrow the abilities of animals.

In the DCnU, Animal Man (aka Buddy Baker) is a semi-retired superhero - instead concentrating on raising his family.  But when his young daughter begins manifesting her own superpowers you begin to see the darker side of having abilities.  Now Animal Man must fight to find out what is happening to his daughter and his own changing power.

Animal Man #3 is out in stores today!




Top 20 "Most Pulled" Comics for the Week of October 30, 2011
Presented by Comixology

  1. Action Comics #3 (DC)
  2. Detective Comics #3 (DC)
  3. Amazing Spider-Man #673 (Marvel)
  4. Fear Itself #7 - Point One #1 (Marvel)
  5. Animal Man #3 (DC)
  6. Swamp Thing #3 (DC)
  7. Red Lanterns #3 (DC)
  8. Uncanny X-Men #1 (Marvel)
  9. Justice League International #3 (DC)
  10. X-Men #20 (Marvel)
  11. Stormwatch #3 (DC)
  12. New Mutants #33 (Marvel)
  13. Invincible #84 (Image)
  14. Green Arrow #3 (DC)
  15. Avengers Academy #21 (Marvel)
  16. Moon Knight #7 (Marvel)
  17. American Vampire #20 (DC)
  18. Hulk #44 (Marvel)
  19. Batwing #3 (DC)
  20. X-23 #16 (Marvel)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New DVD & Game Releases - Week of October 30, 2011

Featured Release - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception




I guess, if gaming in 2011 is remembered for anything, it's that it's the year of the threequels.  So far we've had Killzone 3, Resistance 3, Gears of War 3, last week's Battlefield 3, and this week's featured release - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (and that doesn't include this month's Call of Duty - Modern Warfare 3).


When the PlayStation 3 (another threequel?) launched in 2006, it was bashed for its high price tag and lack of exclusives.  While Resistance: Fall of Man was heralded when the system was launched, some of Sony's other exclusives like dragon fighter Lair were huge misses for the company.  Lying in the periphery were the rumors, screenshots, and leaks of an action-shooter game being worked on by developer Naughty Dog - the studio that help provide the original PlayStation with the iconic Crash Bandicoot and followed that franchise up with Jak & Daxter for the PlayStation 2.  But some wondered why a studio synonymous with cartoony platforming games would work on, what appeared to be an Indiana Jones-style third-person shooter...  The questions of the doubters were answered in 2007 when Uncharted: Drake's Fortune arrived.  The game, which combined platforming with third-person shooting, became the gold-standard of the platform because of it's excellent characters, story-telling, and voice-acting.


Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, released in 2009, was critically-acclaimed winning Game of the Year honors from IGN among others.  This year's game, Drake's Deception, has already received a 10 out of 10 from IGN and a 93 from Metacritic.  Knowing that a game is being developed for Sony's new portable system, the PlayStation Vita, we can expect more out of Nathan Drake and his band of fortune hunters in the future.


Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception comes out today!


Special Note:  For those of you out there who are PlayStation 3 owners who're also fans of comic books and MMOs, today Sony's DC Universe Online goes free-to-play.  After an install that'll probably take several weeks considering the PS3's download time, you can create a hero or villain to fight Brainiac in Metropolis or Gotham City.  The reason I'm plugging the game is that I'm considering starting a hero & villain league (similar to a guild in World of Warcraft) for the PS3.  If you'd like to join, e-mail me at grandowl@ggorlando.com.  Should be fun!





Top New Home Video Releases

  • Californication - The Fourth Season (DVD)
  • Cars 2 (3D/BR/DVD)
  • Crazy Stupid Love (BR/DVD)
  • Smallville - The Complete Series (DVD)
  • Toy Story Trilogy (3D)
  • Voltron: The Final Battle (DVD)
  • Water for Elephants (BR/DVD)

Top New Video Game Releases

  • Cabela's Adventure Camp (PS3/Wii/X360)
  • Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai (PS3/Wii/X360)
  • GoldenEye 007: Reloaded (DS/PS3/Wii/X360)
  • Hasbro Family Game Night 4: The Game Show (PS3/Wii/X360)
  • The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (PC/PS3/X360)
  • NASCAR Unleashed (3DS/PS3/X360/Wii)
  • NCIS: The Game (3DS/PS3/X360/Wii)
  • Sonic Generations (PS3/X360)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)
Editor's Note:  Yes, I included hunting and NASCAR games because...  Lets face it...  I'm a Daytona boy at heart.

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