Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Home Video and Video Game Releases – Week of January 29, 2012

Featured Release: Final Fantasy XIII-2

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There has been a dearth of new video games over the last few weeks.  So, with a few couple new games this week, it seems like the 2012 video game year is finally kicking off.

This week’s feature is a sequel to a sequel, something the Japanese publishers seem to love (Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, much?).  The Final Fantasy series is one of the most iconic in video game history, dating back to it’s original iteration which released in the U.S. in 1990 for the NES.  However, when Square Enix released the much-anticipated Final Fantasy XIII in 2010, it was not too well received by fans despite receiving generally good reviews.  The development team has taken some of the complaints from XIII under consideration while developing the sequel.

FF XIII-2 takes place 3 years after the last game ended and furthers the story of Lightning – the main character of XIII – as you play as her sister Serah.  Having already released in Japan, the new game is once again receiving generally good reviews from the gaming press.  Hopefully gamers won’t have to suffer through another 30-hour hallway with this game as they had for the predecessor.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is hitting stores today!


Top New Home Video Releases

  • The Big Year (BR/DVD)
  • Dream House (BR/DVD)
  • Drive (BR/DVD)
  • In Time (BR/DVD)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Next Level (BR)
  • The Thing – 2011 (BR/DVD)
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon (3D)
  • Transformers – Limited Edition Collectors Trilogy (BR)

Top New Video Game Releases

  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3/X360)
  • Neverdead (PS3/X360)
  • Soulcalibur V (PS3/X360)

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Local Spotlight – Rockabilly Zombie Weekend

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So, as many of you who follow this blog know, I tend to have problems finding stuff to spotlight on Mondays.  Then, sometimes I see something so awesome I immediately know I HAVE to spotlight it.  That’s what happened yesterday when I was driving down 17-92 in Winter Park and saw a sign for…  Rockabilly Zombie Weekend!

Rockabilly Zombie Weekend is a proposed movie project being put together by several local Central Florida filmmakers.  All love to them, but screw it!  Here’s the premise:  You know how every couple years around here the local news goes nuts with stories about the West Nile Virus.  People are encouraged to stay inside, high school football games are moved to the middle of the afternoon.  You know, dogs and cats living together…  Mass hysteria!  But, what if the West Nile Virus actually caused a zombie outbreak???  And what if your version of My Big Redneck Wedding was set for that weekend???!  That’s the “elevator pitch” for Rockabilly Zombie Weekend.

However, in order to put together a movie, you need some capital to bring the project together.  The crew behind Rockabilly Zombie Weekend will be hosting a party this Saturday at the Central Florida Zoo to raise money for the film.  The “My Bloody Rockabilly Zombie Valentine” event will feature some rockabilly bands, a zombie costume contest, and at 6:30 a showing of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.  Tickets can be purchased online at their website.

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This Week at Generation Geek

Happy Monday, Orlando!

As always, hope that everyone had a great weekend.  I was uber-lazy which resulted in me missing all of the geeky stuff that I was going to do over the weekend.  Was running errands Saturday afternoon, which meant I missed Propeller Anime’s viewing of Redline.  Didn’t feel like getting dressed up, and so didn’t make A Comic Shop’s New Year’s ‘90s Party.  The one thing I was motivated to do, go to Skill Focus: Burlesque’s Video Games show was sold out (or so I thought).  And then, I missed Sunday’s Futurama viewing party at The Geek Easy because I took a 2 1/2 hour nap in the middle of the day.

Anyways, enough about me…  Here’s what’s happening this week at Generation Geek!  Remember that updates are now posting at 2pm…  Unless I mess up like I did last Friday.

  • Monday:  Local Spotlight – Rockabilly Zombie Weekend
  • Tuesday:  New Home Video and Video Game Releases – featuring Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • Wednesday:  This Week in Comics – featuring Graphicly’s New Digital Distribution Platform
  • Thursday:  Orlando Events Calendar – featuring OMArt’s 1st Thursday Event
  • Friday:  GGOrlando Editorial – The Rule of 20 (Which WILL actually go out because I just uploaded it to Blogger.  How you like ‘dem apples?!")

For a little taste of what I missed…  Here’s a YouTube clip from Saturday’s Skill Focus: Burlesque show.  Will make it a point to get my tickets in advance next time.  Especially since the teaser for one of their upcoming shows is The Avengers!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Special Saturday Event Spotlight

What’s up, everyone…?

If you’re looking for something to do tonight, try out these two events.  Because they specifically reached out to me, I’m giving them special attention…  Because I can be bought!  Open-mouthed smile

Arts & Crafts Beer presents: The New Year ‘90s Party
The Geek Easy at A Comic Shop – 8pm

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So I made the joke earlier this week that many of you who read this blog may be too young to remember the awesomeness that was the 1990s.  So it does my heart good to see that The Geek Easy will be celebrating all things ‘90s tonight as A Comic Shop’s Arts & Crafts Beer group will be hosting The New Year ‘90s Party.

Stop by tomorrow night in your hottest Z. Cavaricci’s and freshest Vans for some ‘90s goodness as the Arts & Crafts Beer club will be airing classic ‘90s cartoons like Freakazoid! (a personal fave of mine) and hosting a ‘90s trivia game.  And, because it is a “craft beer” club, they ask to bring along a cool unique beer…  I recommend Zima.

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For more information or to RSVP, go to their Facebook event page.

Skill Focus: Burlesque presents ‘Video Games’
Theatre Downtown – 10pm

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“It’s been a long time…  How have you been?  I’ve been really busy being dead.”

Well they haven’t been thrown into a fire, but the cast of Skill: Focus Burlesque have been MIA since busting out of Arkham in November.  But now they’re returning with a sexy tribute to the world of video games.

If you follow Short Fuse Pinups on Facebook, you’ve gotten a sneak preview of what to expect tonight.  Among those making an appearance – without spoiling for those who want to be surprised – is a certain physicist from Black Mesa, the most killer operating system since Linux, and the monarch of the fungi.  Yea, that was appropriately vague enough…  Kudos to me.

If you want a preview of what to expect, check out the below video.  As for me, I just ask one thing…  Please have a Catherine.  Please have a Catherine.  Please have a Catherine.  Please have a Catherine.

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For more information or to RSVP, go to their Facebook event page.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Orlando Events Calendar – Dinner and a Movie presents: A Futurama Double-Feature

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Good news, everyone!

If you’re a fan of Futurama and are jonesing for the antics of the Planet Express crew but don’t feel like waiting for the new season (which usually starts in late-June), head over to The Geek Easy on Sunday afternoon where A Comic Shop’s Dinner and a Movie group will be hosting a viewing party of the two Futurama films – Bender’s Big Score and The Beast with a Billion Backs.  But it is the “Dinner” and a Movie group, so for your dining pleasure will be a Futurama themed pot luck.  Bring in food, drinks, or desserts inspired by Futurama (Your humble narrator will be in attendance, and I’ve got a couple ideas.  Guess we’ll see…)

Dinner and a Movie presents: A Futurama Double-Feature takes place Sunday starting at 3pm at The Geek Easy.


Orlando Events Calendar

Note: I still haven’t finished the February calendar yet, so this week’s event calendar ends on Tuesday instead of Wednesday.  Watch the upcoming events calendar on the right for more updates.

Thursday, January 26th

  • Gaming: 5:30-9:30p, Dungeons & Dragons Open (Coliseum of Comics – Millenia)
  • Gaming: 6-10p, Board Game Club (Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee)
  • Gaming: 6-9p, Pokemon League (Quick Stop Games/Magic Inferno)
  • Gaming: 7-10p, Warhammer Fantasy FREE Play (Paladin Tech & Game)

Friday, January 27th

  • Anime: 7:30p-12a, Anime Spot Club Meeting (University of Central Florida)
  • Gaming: Friday Night Magic
    • 6-11p, Coliseum of Comics – Millenia
    • 6-9p, Coliseum of Comics – Seminole Towne Center
    • 6-9p, Sci-Fi City
    • 6:30-9:30p, Heroes Landing
    • 7p-12a, Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee
    • 7-10p, Quick Stop Games/Magic Inferno
  • Gaming: 6-9p, HeroClix – Infinity Gauntlet Constructed Event (Coliseum of Comics – Fashion Square Mall)
  • Gaming: 10p-10a, Magic the Gathering Dark Ascension Pre-Release Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee)
  • Gaming: 12a-3a (Saturday), Magic the Gathering – Dark Ascension Pre-Release (Heroes Landing)
  • Others: 6:30-11p, B-Movie Fest! (Area-O, RSVP for Location)

Saturday, January 28th

  • Anime: 4-7p, Propeller Anime Club Meeting (The Geek Easy at A Comic Shop)
  • Gaming: 11:30a-3p, Warhammer 40K Rogue Trader Tournament (Sci-Fi City)
  • Gaming: 12-4p, Naruto Shippuden Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Millenia)
  • Gaming: 12-3p, Magic the Gathering Dark Ascension Pre-Release Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Seminole Towne Center)
  • Gaming: 1-4p, Booze and Boards Monthly Gathering (The Geek Easy at A Comic Shop)
  • Gaming: 5-9p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Millenia)
  • Other: 8-11p, Arts & Crafts Beer presents: The New Year ‘90s Party (The Geek Easy at A Comic Shop)
  • Other: 10p-12a Skill Focus: Burlesque presents Video Games (Theatre Downtown)

Sunday, January 29th

  • Comics: 10a-12p, Sunday Morning Chat & Chew (Acme Superstore)
  • Gaming: 12-3p, Magic the Gathering Dark Ascension Pre-Release Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee)
  • Gaming: 12-3p, Magic the Gathering Dark Ascension Pre-Release Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Millenia)
  • Gaming: 12:30-4:30p, HeroClix Plus: Carcassone! (Acme Superstore)
  • Gaming: 1-2p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee)
  • Gaming: 3-7p, WoW TCG – Battlegrounds (Paladin Tech & Game)
  • Other: 3-6:30p, Dinner and a Movie presents: A Futurama Double-Feature (The Geek Easy at A Comic Shop)

Monday, January 30th

  • Gaming: 6:30-9:30p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee)
  • Gaming: 7-10p, Pokemon League (Paladin Tech & Game)
  • Other: 6-7p, Knit Happens! (Heroes Landing)

Tuesday, January 31st

  • Gaming: 5-10p, Yu-Gi-Oh Open Play (Paladin Tech & Game)
  • Gaming: 6-10p, Warhammer 40K Open Play (Paladin Tech & Game)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This Week in Comics – Week of January 22,2012

Featured Release: A Game of Thrones #5

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Remember back in the ‘80s when they had illustrated classics – books that retold classic works of literature but were mainly composed of pictures so that you didn’t actually have to read the book for your book report?  You don’t?!  You weren’t born until Clinton was president?!  God I’m old.  Well, here’s the fucking rundown of this book then, you damn kids.  (BTW, get off my lawn!)

Many nerds may know the George R.R. Martin fantasy series A Song of Ice & Fire, while many more of you probably were introduced to it by last year’s HBO series A Game of Thrones – based on the first novel of the epic.  The Dynamite Entertainment comic series is a faithful retelling of the novels, attempting to accurately recreate each page of the  book with a page in the comic.  Each issue of the comic, then, is a 30-page adaptation of the novel.  So, no shortcuts kids if you think you can read this instead of reading the book for your book report.  Or your iPad report, or whatever it is you darn kids do nowadays with your iPods and your video games and your rap music.

A Game of Thrones #5 hits store shelves today.


Top 20 “Most Pulled” Comics for the Week of January 22, 2012
Presented by Comixology

  1. Justice League #5 (DC)
  2. The Walking Dead #93 (Image)
  3. The Flash #5 (DC)
  4. Superman #5 (DC)
  5. Aquaman #5 (DC)
  6. Batman: The Dark Knight #5 (DC)
  7. Secret Avengers #21.1 (Marvel)
  8. FF #14 (Marvel)
  9. Green Lantern: New Guardians #5 (DC)
  10. Teen Titans #5 (DC)
  11. X-Men: Legacy #261 (Marvel)
  12. Fantastic Four #602 (Marvel)
  13. Deadpool #49.1 (Marvel)
  14. Justice League Dark #5 (DC)
  15. Astonishing X-Men #46 (Marvel)
  16. The Mighty Thor #10 (Marvel)
  17. All-Star Western #5 (DC)
  18. Ultimates #6 (Marvel)
  19. American Vampire #23 (DC)
  20. The Unwritten #33.5 (Vertigo)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New Home Video and Video Game Releases – Week of January 22, 2012

Featured Release: The World God Only Knows – Season One

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Let’s face it…  Sometimes the stereotypes of geeks is true – many of us guys…  We’re just not the best with the ladies.  And, sometimes we wish that are skills in the world of video games translated to the real world.  What if that could be the case?  What if being super-good at a video game about getting women made you good at getting women in real life?  And what if those women were possessed by demons?!  That’s the case in The World God Only Knows.

Keima Katsuragi is a high schooler who doesn’t interact with the girls of his school in real life, but has acquired the title “God of Conquest” for his prowess in Japanese dating games called “bishojo”.  He answers a mysterious e-mail challenging his skills to discover that he has been recruited to expel spirits from Hell from the hearts of women by using his video game skills to make those women fall in love with him.

With the second season recently ending in Japan, we’re just now getting the first season on DVD here in the U.S.  Given a 3 out of 5 by Kimiko of the local Anime Addicts Anonymous (at least, I think she was the one who reviewed it), it may be worth a watch if you like “slice-of-life” style Anime with a touch of the supernatural.


Top New Home Video Releases

  • 50/50 (BR/DVD)
  • Godzilla 1954 – The Criterion Collection (BR/DVD)
  • Naruto: Shippuden – Box Set 9 (DVD)
  • Paranormal Activity 3 (BR/DVD)
  • Punished (DVD)
  • Real Steel (BR/DVD)
  • The World God Only Knows – Season One (BR/DVD)

Top New Video Game Releases

  • Killzone (PS3)

Man has the video game release schedule been light over the last couple weeks.  Understand why, but geez.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Local Spotlight – Area-O “Orlando’s Sci-Fi Club”

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Want a new group to hang out, watch some Dr. Who, and talk about cheesy movies with?  Are you like me and feel a little too old to be hanging out with the kids at the local comic or gaming shop.  If so, you may want to enter the world of Area-O.

Area-O is a local group on Meetup – a social-networking website designed for members to organize and invite others to area events.  Area-O is Central Florida’s group dedicated to all things science-fiction, with an eye towards catering to the adult fan.

Among the group’s activities is a “Monthly Chat Fest”, an opportunity to meet with other local fans to discuss a particular topic in the realm of sci-fi.  Their February meetup, taking place on February 6th, will discuss favorite comic book artists.  They also host other events throughout the month, including this week’s B-Move Fest.  Next month, the group will be hosting a table at the Orlando Museum of Art’s 1st Thursday event, which will have a sci-fi theme.

For more information on the group, including event times & locations (you must be a member of their group to view these), check out their Meetup page.  In addition, Area-O can be found on Facebook.

This Week at Generation Geek

Welcome back, geeks, to another week here at GGOrlando.  Hope everyone had a good weekend.  I got to check out Heroes Landing’s Geek Singles Night, though showed up fashionably late and pretty much missed everything.  Then, got a little tipsy and nearly said inappropriate things to an overly-hot high school girl.  But, I’m here and not in jail, so that’s always a positive.

Well, congratulations to the Internet community must be passed-around after are elected officials are now running away from PIPA and SOPA like they’re Case 0 of the zombie apocalypse.  It is certain that these will not be the last attempts by the entertainment industry to insert intellectual property protections into law, but hopefully the next time they will find a compromise that protects their IPs while also allowing for fair use and free expression online.

This week I am working on the February Events Calendar.  So, if you have any geeky event you’d like promoted here, let me know at grandowl@ggorlando.com.  In addition, I’m trying out something new.  I will be trying to push out the daily updates at 2pm instead of 5pm.  This is mainly for the Thursday updates, where last weeks I had events starting at 5:30 knowing, if you found out about it here, you wouldn’t have had time to get there.  Hopefully this allows a little more time for planning.

With all that said, here’s what’s happening this week at Generation Geek:

  • Monday: Local Spotlight – Area-O
  • Tuesday:  New Home Video and Video Game Releases – Featuring “The World God Only Knows – Season 1”
  • Wednesday:  This Week in Comics – Featuring “Game of Thrones #5”
  • Thursday:  Orlando Events Calendar – Featuring “Dinner and a Movie”
  • Friday:  GGOrlando Editorial – “The Rule of 20”

Friday, January 20, 2012

n00bTube – Yu-Gi-Oh!

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If you find yourself channel surfing on a Saturday morning, you may have stopped on CW18 to notice an Anime-style cartoon with overly-dramatic scenes of kids playing cards.  And, like me, you may ask yourself…  “What the %*&^ is going on?!”  I haven’t seen this much faux-drama over a card game since ESPN 2 aired the World Series of Poker…  A couple hours ago (doesn’t matter when you read this, ESPN 2 probably had poker on within the last couple of hours).

But I’m not here today to discuss the ins-and-outs of the Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series because, frankly, I have no f’n clue.  Instead, today’s n00bTube is an attempt to explain the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game.

In the weekly events calendar, you will often see listings for Yu-Gi-Oh! nights around town.  Next week, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG (trading card game) community will be celebrating the release of their first booster set of 2012, named Order of Chaos.  If you would like to take this opportunity to get into some Yu-Gi-Oh! action, read this primer!  !!!EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!

What is it?

Yu-Gi-Oh! (translated from Japanese as “King of Games”) started as a manga originally released in Japan in 1996.  The original story focused on Yug Mutou, a Japanese high schooler who is possessed by the spirit of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh.  He participates in a card battle game called Duel Monsters, which is the basis for the trading card game.

How to Play

OK, after watching this tutorial, still don’t have much of a clue of what to do.  But here’s the gist!

  • Each player starts with 8000 life points.  The object of the game is to eliminate your opponent’s life points.
  • You will build a deck of 40-60 cards to compete with.  A deck is composed of 3 types of cards:
    • Monster Cards:  the primary cards used in the deck are the monster cards.  The monster cards are used to attack the opponent and defend the player.
    • Spell Cards:  the spell cards enhance other cards which are being played or to gain additional life points.
    • Trap Cards:  trap cards only work when activated by a game scenario. 

Where to play?

Here’s some upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh events around Central Florida this week:

Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee

  • Sunday (1-2p) – Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament
  • Monday (6:30-9:30p) – Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament

Coliseum of Comics – Millenia

  • Saturday (5-9p) – Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament

Heroes Landing – Clermont

  • Saturday (2-5p) – Yu-Gi-Oh 5D’s Tournament
  • Sunday (2-5p) – Yu-Gi-Oh 5D’s Tournament

Paladin Tech & Game – Avalon Park

  • Tuesday (5-10p) – Yu-Gi-Oh Open Play

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Orlando Events Calendar – Geek Singles Night!

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Are you a “key master” looking for your one true “gate keeper”?  No need to summon Gozer in the hopes of meeting that special someone…  Come out to Heroes Landing for their second Geek Singles Night!.

The evening promises more than just awkward glances and bad geeky pickup lines (“Would you like to kiss my Wookie?  That can be arranged.”).  There will be a a cosplay contest, karaoke, gaming, and live entertainment.  Plus, a speed dating session for the singles to get to know each other.

Geek Singles Night! will take place this Saturday, January 18th, from 7-10pm.


Orlando Events Calendar

Thursday, January 19th

  • Anime: 6-8p, Animanga (Orlando Public Library – Club Central)
  • Comics: 7-8p, Homoz 4 Heroes (The Geek Easy at A Comic Shop)
  • Gaming: 5:30-9:30p, Dungeons & Dragons Open (Coliseum of Comics – Millenia)
  • Gaming: 6-10p, Board Game Club (Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee)
  • Gaming: 6-9p, Pokemon League (Quick Stop Games/Magic Inferno)
  • Gaming: 7-10p, Warhammer Fantasy FREE Play (Paladin Tech & Game)

Friday, January 20th

  • Gaming: Friday Night Magic
    • 6-11p, Coliseum of Comics – Millenia
    • 6-9p, Coliseum of Comics – Seminole Towne Center
    • 6-9p, Sci-Fi City
    • 6:30-9:30p, Heroes Landing
    • 7p-12a, Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee
    • 7-10p, Quick Stop Games/Magic Inferno
  • Gaming: 6-9p, HeroClix Constructed Event (Coliseum of Comics – Fashion Square Mall)
  • Other: 7:30-10:30p, Mega-bites: 8bit Art Show (Sleeping Moon Café)

Saturday, January 21st

  • Anime: 7:30p-12a, Anime Spot Club Meeting (University of Central Florida)
  • Comics: 2-3:30p, Fangirls: Comics Club Meeting (The Geek Easy at A Comic Shop)
  • Gaming: 11:30a-3p, Warhammer One Day Campaign (Sci-Fi City)
  • Gaming: 12-4p, Naruto Shippuden Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Millenia)
  • Gaming: 2-5p, Heroclix Tournament (Heroes Landing)
  • Gaming: 2-5p, Yu-Gi-Oh 5D’s Tournament (Heroes Landing)
  • Gaming: 5-9p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Millenia)
  • Other: 2-5p, Propeller Anime’s Dodgeball Before Dishonor (Ward Park, Winter Park)
  • Other: 7-10p, Geek Singles Night! (Heroes Landing)

Sunday, January 22nd

  • Comics: 10a-12p, Sunday Morning Chat & Chew (Acme Superstore)
  • Gaming: 12:30-4:30, HeroClix: Standard 200 Point Constructed Event (Acme Superstore)
  • Gaming: 1-2p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee)
  • Gaming: 2-5p, Yu-Gi-Oh 5D’s Tournament (Heroes Landing)
  • Gaming: 3-7p, WoW TCG – Battlegrounds (Paladin Tech & Game)

Monday, January 23rd

  • Gaming: 6-9p, Magic Monday (Sci-Fi City)
  • Gaming: 6:30-9:30p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee)
  • Gaming: 7-10p, Pokemon League (Paladin Tech & Game)
  • Other: 6-7p, Knit Happens! (Heroes Landing)

Tuesday, January 24th

  • Gaming: 5-10p, Yu-Gi-Oh Open Play (Paladin Tech & Game)
  • Gaming: 6-10p, Warhammer 40K Open Play (Paladin Tech & Game)
  • Gaming: 7-11p, Tuesday Night Magic (Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee)

Wednesday, January 25th

  • Gaming: 5-9p, MTG $12 Booster Draft (Quick Stop Games/Magic Inferno)
  • Gaming: 6-11p, Magic the Gathering Wednesday Draft (Coliseum of Comics – Millenia)
  • Gaming: 7-10p, Warmachine/Hordes Open Play (Paladin Tech & Game)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

This Week in Comics – Week of January 15, 2012

Featured Release: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6

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Two IDW books two weeks in a row.  Wasn’t exactly intended, but if you’re of a certain generation (a geek generation, see, like our name – I’m so f’n creative!) IDW’s relaunches of titles like G.I. Joe, Ghostbusters, Transformers, and Star Trek has a certain appeal.  Among these new ongoing titles was 2011’s return of our favorite heroes in a half-shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Many fans know that the Turtles originated in a dark, gritty comic book back in May 1984 as a spoof of Marvel superhero Daredevil.  Three years later, the teenage quartet we’re more familiar with were born, as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle animated series premiered in December 1987.  Coinciding with the TV series was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures that I had read as a kid which mirrored the cartoon.  However, beneath the surface, the grittier title stayed alive through the creative efforts of many different writers and artists.

Last August, the Turtles received a reboot of their own as the property was handed over to IDW.  At only Issue #6, the current story arc is retelling the origins of the Turtles – which does differ quite a bit from what most of us know (hint, hint DC).  After the brothers splitting up at the beginning of the series, Issue #5 brought them back together and gave the Turtles their distinctive colored headbands.  Old Hob and General Krang aim to remove the Turtle threat by forcing them back to the genetic lab where they were created.  Will their plan succeed (probably not), check it out to see.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6 arrives on store shelves today!


Top 20 “Most Pulled” Comics for the Week of January 15, 2012
Presented by Comixology

(Editor’s Note:  Many local comic book shops have started selling passes for MegaCon.  Pick up yours so you won’t have to wait in the long lines at the Convention Center next month!)

  1. Batman #5 (DC)
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #678 (Marvel)
  3. Avengers #21 (Marvel)
  4. Uncanny X-Force #20 (Marvel)
  5. Invincible Iron Man #512 (Marvel)
  6. Wonder Woman #5 (DC)
  7. Nightwing #5 (DC)
  8. Green Lantern Corps #5 (DC)
  9. Ultimate Spider-Man #6 (Marvel)
  10. Daredevil #8 (Marvel)
  11. Supergirl #5 (DC)
  12. Red Hood and the Outlaws #5 (DC)
  13. Uncanny X-Men #5 (Marvel)
  14. Catwoman #5 (DC)
  15. Chew #23 (Image)
  16. New Mutants #36 (Marvel)
  17. Thunderbolts #169 (Marvel)
  18. Venom #12 (Marvel)
  19. Fables #113 (Vertigo)
  20. Birds of Prey #5 (DC)

Why SOPA/PIPA Should Be Important to You!

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Editor’s Note:  As those of you who follow the GGOrlando Twitter account may know, I was writing this piece on Saturday afternoon.  However, a lot has changed with both pieces of legislation over the weekend and today’s scheduled Congressional hearing has been cancelled.  As such, I ended up editing this down to be more of a background piece and offer yesterday’s “The Loop” feature from Attack of the Show to bring you up to date.

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Looks delicious, doesn’t it?!  Well this tasty Spanish meal is about to fuck the Internet!

OK, lame SOPA/sopa joke aside, this week is an important one for the Internet community as well as several of your Constitutional rights.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with SOPA/PIPA (so, you’re either from another country or just learned how to work the Internet – so welcome to both groups to GGOrlando) here’s a brief primer.

What Is It?

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its counterpart bill the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) are two pieces of legislation currently working their way through the halls of Congress.  The proposed bills seek to punish websites which either host pirated material or facilitate pirating.

So What, I Don’t Pirate My Stuff?

Here’s the deal, the legislation is being written by the entertainment industry.  Thus, their interpretation of what is being pirated is very broad while the punishments are overly severe.  In an effort to pull the rug out from potential pirates, the legislation allows for IP holders to have the government block websites which host anything that they may feel violates their copyrights without an opportunity to have a court rule.

Why That’s Bad

You see, there’s this document politicians like to claim they love as they’re tearing it apart.  It’s called the Constitution.  More importantly is the Bill of Rights, which states what protections we as citizens have from interference from our government.  Among the ones SOPA/PIPA can harm is the First (yea, the freedom of speech one), the Fourth (if the government can shut down your website without being able to contest it in a court of law, that seems like an unlawful seizure to me),  and the Fifth (due process of law and all that).  You can also throw in elements of the Sixth and Seventh amendments - dealing with the ability to face your accusers in court – as well (yay, worthless Pre-Law minor FTW!).

In short, if you make a parody of a Lady Gaga song and post a video of it to YouTube, not only can her record company claim a copyright violation and force the video to be taken down, they can force ALL OF YOUTUBE to be taken down on top of it.  So goodbye to my vacation videos, though I had nothing to do with anything.  Oh, and by the way…  Your Lady Gaga parody song…  Yea, that’s protected speech under the First Amendment.  But the law doesn’t offer a way to appeal this decision using the court system.  So, everyone’s SOL.

Who To Tell Off!

So, you may be wondering who to contact to voice your concerns over this legislation.  The bills are currently at the committee level.  For those of you who are unaware of how this process works, this handy-dandy video may help you out.

Special Note: Posting a video like this, should SOPA be passed, not only would get my blog blocked but could also get all of Blogger taken down.

So who can you contact – check out this list:

The White House

President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
(202) 456-1111
Email | Twitter | Facebook

Florida Senators

Senator Bill Nelson
716 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-5274
Email | Twitter | Facebook

Senator Marco Rubio
317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3041
Email | Twitter | Facebook

Central Florida’s Congressional Delegation

To look up who your representative is by address or zip code, click here.

Representative Sandy Adams (Serves portions of Orange and Seminole Counties)
216 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2706
Email | Twitter | Facebook

Representative Corrine Brown (Serves portions of Lake, Orange, and Seminole Counties)
2336 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-0123
Email | Twitter | Facebook

Representative John Mica (Serves portions of Orange and Seminole Counties)
2187 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4035
Email | Facebook

Representative Richard Nugent (Serves portions of Lake County)
1517 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-1002
Email | Twitter | Facebook

Representative Bill Posey  (Serves portions of Osceola County)
120 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3671
Email | Twitter | Facebook

Representative Dennis Ross (Serves portions of Osceola County)
404 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-1252
Email | Twitter | Facebook

Representative Daniel Webster (Serves portions of Lake, Orange, and Osceola Counties)
1039 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2176
Email | Twitter | Facebook

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Home Video and Video Game Releases – Week of January 15, 2012

Featured Release: Merlin – The Complete Third Season

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It’s funny, when you think about it, that one of the go-to channels for geeks isn’t SyFy or G4…  It’s BBC America!  Featuring some great original “programmes” like Being Human, Primeval, The Nerdist, Torchwood, and some show about a guy with a phone booth or something (a complete rip-off of Bill & Ted, I might add!) – BBC America has seemed to embrace science-fiction and fantasy programming.

Merlin – which airs here in the United States on SyFy – sheds light on the sorcerer who many think of as a side character in the legends of King Arthur.  Done as a “prequel” to the tale we know all so well, Merlin shows the adventures of the young magician as he must hide his talents in a world where magic has been made illegal by the king, Uther Pendragon.  Along the way, he discovers that his fate lies with the king’s tempestuous young son Prince Arthur.

Today’s release of Season 3 – which originally aired in the UK in 2010 – the king’s adopted daughter has gone missing.  That girl…  A young Morgan le Fay.  So, obviously, her absence must have some intriguing and exciting subplot that I’m sure will make you want to buy it!  (Editor’s Note – I’m only a couple episodes into Season 1, so I have no clue what happened in Season 3.)


Top New Home Video Releases

  • Abduction (BR/DVD)
  • Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (BR/DVD)
  • Delocated! – Seasons 1 & 2 (DVD)
  • Gantz II: Perfect Answer (BR/DVD)
  • The Ides of March (BR/DVD)
  • MAD – Season 1: Part 2 (DVD)
  • Princess Resurrection – Complete Collection (DVD)
  • Redline (BR/DVD)
  • Scorpion King 3: The Battle for Redemption (BR/DVD)

Top New Video Game Releases

  • Scary Girl (X360 – Next week on PS3)

Upcoming releases provided by IGN.comDVD/Blu-Ray | Video Games

Monday, January 16, 2012

Local Spotlight – FIEA Indie Games

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Many know of the University of Central Florida’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy – the downtown college located across the street from the old Orlando Arena (yes, I know it has “another” name, but we’re kickin’ it old-school here at GG…  Word!).  The graduate school program for aspiring video game developers was established in 2004 as a collaboration of the University and industry titan Electronic Arts.

Prior to graduation, each of the program’s three different tracks – Art, Production, and Programming – must coordinate together to create a full video game.  And you can try out these local creations for free by downloading them from the FIEA’s website.

Among these is the award-winning Opera Slinger.  The game takes Brutal Legend-style art, adds in some platforming elements, and then mixes in a little Singstar karaoke to an operatic soundtrack.  Not kidding!

The game, created by 10 FIEA students in 2007, was selected as one of the best student games by the Independent Games Festival.

In addition is the school’s first student created game, The Blob – a platformer/puzzler hybrid.  Last year’s final project, Deadwest, leads you through a Fort Liberty-style Wild West show (old-school, son!) that has been overtaken by the occult.

Check out these games and more!

This Week at Generation Geek

Happy Monday, geeks.  Hopefully, you’re enjoying a day-off to celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I will be spending my MLK Day finally getting to visit Otronicon at the Orlando Science Center as I was out of town for school all weekend.

I was planning a special anti-SOPA week here at GGOrlando in the lead-up to Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing.  However, over the weekend word leaked that some major provisions that would have harmed your freedom of expression on the Internet were to be removed.  While this is an excellent announcement, I encourage everyone to learn more about what still exists in this bill – and it’s Senate counterpart – as they work their way through Congress.  To help in this, we will have a special GGOrlando editorial on Wednesday (that I now have to re-write considering these developments, thank you very much!).  So keep an eye out for that.

For those of you who simply don’t care (you should!), we will have the usual GGOrlando goodness.  Here’s what’s happening this week at Generation Geek:

  • Monday:  Local Spotlight – Indie Games Produced by UCF’s Interactive Entertainment Academy (need to work on shortening that headline)
  • Tuesday:  New Home Video and Video Game Releases – Featuring Merlin: The Complete Third Season
  • Wednesday:  This Week in Comics – Featuring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6
  • Thursday:  Orlando Events Calendar – Featuring Geek Singles Night!
  • Friday: n00bTube – Yu-Gi-Oh

As some of you may know, I was hoping to launch the full-site this week.  While that is unlikely, don’t be surprised if you see some changes here throughout the week as I begin preparing it for the change.  While the content of the blogs may not change much in the near-term, I hope to offer more features through this page as well as the social media platforms I have set up soon.  If you have any suggestions or feedback, feel free to send them my way at grandowl@ggorlando.com.

Have a great week!

Grand Owl

Friday, January 13, 2012

GGOrlando Editorial – 2012 Convention Schedule

(Editor’s Note: If you saw Monday’s “This Week at GGOrlando” post, I have decided to change today’s post…  May do the “Rule of 20” thing next Friday.)

Kind of like how Chinese New Year is a few weeks after our New Year, today marks the changing of the calendar for Orlando-area geeks.  With the opening of Otronicon at the Orlando Science Center, it’s Geek New Year here in O-Town.  If you want to know what 2012 has in-store for the local con-scene, check out this handy guide.  Note that some of the cons towards the end of the year do not have official dates/locations yet, but we’ll have them here as soon as they’re announced.

Otronicon
January 13th-16th
Orlando Science Center

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The con year kicks off this weekend with Otronicon – Orlando’s video game and digital entertainment show.  The show runs all weekend at the Orlando Science Center, featuring the EA SPORTS Experience, the Reboot Lounge, and Battlefield Live.

MegaCon
February 17th-19th
Orange County Convention Center

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Like NASCAR, the pinnacle of the Orlando geek calendar occurs this year in February with the annual extravaganza MegaCon.  With a huge list of celebrities from comics, television, and film, this year’s event seems like it will be as incredible as always.  Tickets are available online now, but will be available at your local comic shops beginning Monday – or Tuesday depending on if they finish printing in time.  Definitely a must-see, no matter your chosen realm of geekdom.

Knightrokon
March 3rd
University of Central Florida

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The Anime Spot at UCF is hosting its first convention, Knightrokon.  Being held on the campus of UCF, the one-day con will feature Kyle Hebert from Dragonball Z and Wendee Lee of Cowboy Bebop fame.  A unique event is the Murder Mystery Host Club, a mixture of host club Anime and a murder mystery theater.  Panels will also include ones from local podcasters, the Anime Addicts Anonymous.

Anime Planet Convention
March 16th
Seminole State College – Heathrow Campus

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Being held for the first time at the Heathrow campus of Seminole State College (my beloved alma-mater, though it’ll be SCC 4 life), the college’s Anime club will be hosting their first con.  The small con will feature local artists, panels, and viewing parties.

Spooky Empire’s May-Hem
May 25th-27th
Wyndham Orlando Resort

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With the popularity of their Fall con, Spooky Empire launched last year a second annual event, May-Hem.  May-Hem brings a taste of Halloween to horror fans a few months early.  As I write this (it’s Thursday night), they just posted to their blog that they are still locking in guests for this year’s event.  So watch their blog as the dates approach.

Anime Festival Orlando
August 3rd-5th
Wyndham Orlando Resort

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What better way to spend a hot August afternoon than walking down International Drive dressed as your favorite Anime character (in many warm layers of clothing).  That’s usually the scene around Anime Festival Orlando, the area’s biggest Anime and Japanese culture convention.  In it’s 13th year, the con brings many famous names from the industry – it’s a little too early for them to make any announcements – and fun events such as the annual Conquerors of Neo-Orlandia LARP (live-action role-playing) game.

Star Wars Celebration VI
August 23rd-26th
Orange County Convention Center

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Apparently the Orlando-area did something right…  After the success of Star Wars Celebration V in 2010, the biannual event will return again in August.  The 2010 event celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of Empire Strikes Back, this year’s event coincides with some major events in the Star Wars universe: the 3-D release of all 6 films, the continued success of The Clone Wars animated series, the “hopeful” announcement of the often-speculated new live-action series, and more.  Having attended in 2010, the festival is worth going to just to see the life-sized models of iconic Star Wars vehicles like X-Wings, Tie Fighters, and the Millennium Falcon.

Vulcan Events presents Away Mission: Orlando
October(?)
TBD

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Hopefully returning in 2012 – no announcement as of yet, but it’s still early – is Away Mission: Orlando.  While the name screams Star Trek, the con features an overall sci-fi vibe.  Besides Patrick Stewart, last year’s event also featured Jewel Staite of Firefly and Stargate: Atlantis fame.  Watch their page for an announcement of this year’s event in the next few months.

Spooky Empire
October 26th-28th
Hilton Orlando

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Also announced as I write this is the dates and location for this year’s premier horror-themed convention, Spooky Empire.  The Hilton Oralndo – located near SeaWorld – will host the macabre the weekend before Halloween as Spooky Empire moves in.  Again, too early for official guests to be announced, but watch their website for future updates!

Guess what…  I’m sure there are many, many other cool cons and events that I’m missing in this list.  Know what you can do about it?  E-mail them to me at grandowl@ggorlando.com.  We would love to help promote all the major (and even minor) events going on throughout Central Florida.  Matter of fact, that’s what we’re here for.

Have a great weekend and see you at Otronicon (I’ll probably be there Monday afternoon)!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Orlando Events Calendar – Otronicon

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The year is young, but this weekend marks the first big event on every local geek’s calendar: Otronicon.  The 7th Annual Otronicon – the Orlando Electronic Interactive Convention – is hosted by the Orlando Science Center and is the museum’s largest annual event.  Started in 2006, the event’s goal is to showcase Orlando’s digital media and interactive developers while inspiring visitors to pursue careers in the video game industry.

In year’s past, you could play classic arcade games in the Reboot Lounge, play Rock Band on one of the Science Center’s stages, or participate in a Halo tournament projected onto the Science Center’s 8-story CineDome screen.

Events this year include the EA Arena (Orlando is home to EA Tiburon – the studio responsible for Madden NFL, NCAA College Football, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour), an exhibit hosted by the Walt Disney World Resort showing how the theme park giant uses interactive tools in the design of new attractions, and more.

The event will run throughout the weekend.  For additional information, follow the links below.

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Orlando Events Calendar

(Editor’s Note:  I have updated the event calendar through the month of January and the beginning part of February.  As always, though, if you have something you would like added feel free to contact me at grandowl@ggorlando.com.)

Thursday, January 12th

  • Gaming: 5:30-9:30p, Dungeons & Dragons Open (Coliseum of Comics – Millenia)
  • Gaming: 6-10p, Board Game Club (Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee)
  • Gaming: 6-9p, Pokemon League (Quick Stop Games/Magic Inferno)
  • Gaming: 7-10p, Warhammer Fantasy FREE Play (Paladin Tech & Game)

Friday, January 13th

  • Anime: 8-11p, Anime Night Dating Game (Geek Easy at A Comic Shop)
  • Convention: 10a-11p, Otronicon (Orlando Science Center)
  • Gaming: Friday Night Magic
    • 5:30-9p, Paladin Tech & Game
    • 6-11p, Coliseum of Comics – Millenia
    • 6-9p, Coliseum of Comics – Seminole Towne Center
    • 6-9p, Sci-Fi City
    • 6:30-9:30p, Heroes Landing
    • 7p-12a, Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee
    • 7-10p, Quick Stop Games/Magic Inferno
  • Gaming: 6-9p, HeroClix Constructed Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Fashion Square Mall)

Saturday, January 14th

  • Anime: 7:30p-12a, Anime Spot Club Meeting (University of Central Florida)
  • Convention: 10a-11p, Otronicon (Orlando Science Center)
  • Gaming: 11:30a-3p, Warhammer Mid-Month Tournament (Sci-Fi City)
  • Gaming: 12-4p, Naruto Shippuden Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Millenia)
  • Gaming: 2-5p, Yu-Gi-Oh Order of Chaos Sneak Peek (Heroes Landing)
  • Gaming: 5-9p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Millenia)

Sunday, January 15th

  • Comics: 10a-12p, Sunday Morning Chat & Chew (Acme Superstore)
  • Convention: 10a-7p, Otronicon (Orlando Science Center)
  • Gaming: 12:30-4:30p, HeroClix Demo: New Player’s Day! (Acme Superstore)
  • Gaming: 1-2p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee)
  • Gaming: 2-7p, Warhammer 40K Open Play (Paladin Tech & Game)
  • Gaming: 2-5p, Yu-Gi-Oh Order of Chaos Sneak Peek (Heroes Landing)
  • Gaming: 3-7p, WoW TCG – Battlegrounds (Paladin Tech & Game)

Monday, January 16th

  • Convention: 10a-7p, Otronicon (Orlando Science Center)
  • Gaming: 6-9p, Magic Monday (Sci-Fi City)
  • Gaming: 6:30-9:30p, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament (Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee)
  • Gaming: 7-10p, Pokemon League (Paladin Tech & Game)
  • Other: 6-7p, Knit Happens! (Heroes Landing)

Tuesday, January 17th

  • Gaming: 5-10p, Yu-Gi-Oh Open Play (Paladin Tech & Game)
  • Gaming: 6-10p, Warhammer 40K Open Play (Paladin Tech & Game)
  • Gaming: 7-11p, Tuesday Night Magic (Coliseum of Comics – Kissimmee)

Wednesday, January 18th

  • Gaming: 5-9p, MTG $12 Booster Draft (Quick Stop Games/Magic Inferno)
  • Gaming: 6-11p, Magic the Gathering Wednesday Draft (Coliseum of Comics – Millenia)
  • Gaming: 7-10p, Warmachine/Hordes Open Play (Paladin Tech & Game)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

This Week in Comics – Week of January 8, 2012

Featured Release: Scalped #55

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Being half-Native American, there aren’t overly many comic book characters I can cosplay as.  “Eh-neeek-chock”  But writer Jason Aaron has shown just how incredibly bad-ass my people can be with his current on-going series, Scalped.  Aaron – who’s also the writer on another recently featured series here, PunisherMax – has created an incredibly vivid world showing the modern-day horrors of reservation life, juxtaposed against the opulence afforded to the few who run gaming halls and casinos on those lands.

Along with PunisherMax, Aaron has announced that Scalped will conclude following it’s next story-arc, which will begin in Issue #56.  Issue #55 concludes the current arc, named Knuckle Up.  On a South Dakota reservation, Dashiell Bad Horse has returned after being sent away as a teenager by his mother.  Now in his late-20s, Bad Horse returns to his community, where local elder Chief Red Crow is preparing to bring the reservation into the big time with the opening of a new casino.  However, Chief Red Crow rules over the reservation like a mob boss, using Bad Horse as one of his enforcers.  But, unknown to everyone, Bad Horse is actually an undercover FBI agent looking to take down the corrupt tribal leader.

Issue #55 promises a showdown between Bad Horse and Red Crow’s head bodyguard Shunka.  For people who have followed the series, you know this probably isn’t going to end well for anyone involved.

Scalped #55 hits store shelves today!


Top 20 “Most Pulled” Comics for the Week of January 8, 2012
Presented by Comixology

(Editor’s Note:  I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it here, but those who follow the GGOrlando Twitter account probably know…  I generally write these posts the Saturday or Sunday before they go out.  So the “Top 20” is based on whenever I pull the list on Comixology.  So don’t be surprised if you follow the link and things look different.  I can tell you that, this week, I’m writing this at 12:30pm on Saturday afternoon.  So, it’s what I have right now.)

  1. Amazing Spider-Man #677 (Marvel)
  2. Green Lantern #5 (DC)
  3. Batman and Robin #5 (DC)
  4. Batgirl #5 (DC)
  5. New Avengers #20 (Marvel)
  6. Batwoman #5 (DC)
  7. Secret Avengers #21 (Marvel)
  8. X-Men #260.1 (Marvel)
  9. Wolverine and the X-Men #4 (Marvel)
  10. Deadpool #49 (Marvel)
  11. Captain America #7 (Marvel)
  12. X-Factor #230 (Marvel)
  13. Invincible #87 (Image)
  14. Invincible #89 (Image)
  15. Superboy #5 (DC)
  16. Suicide Squad #5 (DC)
  17. Ultimate X-Men #6 (Marvel)
  18. Demon Knights #5 (DC)
  19. The Unwritten #33 (Vertigo)
  20. The Unwritten #33.5 (Vertigo)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Home Video and Video Game Releases – Week of January 8, 2012

Featured Release:  Transformers – The Japanese Collection

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While rumors swirl about the possibility of Orlando getting a new theme park attraction based on the Transformer movie series, why not relive the epicness of the cartoon series?  Maybe something you haven’t seen before.  Something like today’s release of Transformers – The Japanese Collection.

This 13 DVD box set includes three series that take place following the original landmark ‘80s Transformers series.  The box set includes three Transformers series that aired in Japan: Headmasters, Super-God Masterforce, and Victory – collected for the first time in North America.  The box set clocks in at 42 hours of content, making it worth the $100 price tag for the die-hard Transformers fan.

Transformers – The Japanese Collection goes on sale today!


Top New Home Video Releases

  • Akikan! – Complete Collection (DVD)
  • An Idiot Abroad (DVD)
  • Boardwalk Empire – The Complete First Season (BR/DVD)
  • Doctor Who: The Android Invasion (DVD)
  • Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs (DVD)
  • Killer Elite (BR/DVD)
  • Moneyball (BR/DVD)
  • Primeval – Vol. 3 (BR/DVD)

Top New Video Game Releases

  • Choplifter HD (PS3/X360)
  • Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat (PS3/X360)
  • National Geographic Challenge! (PS3)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Local Spotlight – Madéleine Flores

(Editor’s Note:  Sorry…  Thought I had uploaded today’s post but only saved it.  So I apologize for the tardiness.  The rest of the week’s are all set.)
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For the most part, many of the “Local Spotlights” were based on stores I’ve visited, podcasts I’ve listened to, or people I already knew.  Today’s is the first time where I’m introducing someone that I found while trying to find new local talent.
Madéleine Flores is the cartoonist behind local blog Little Love Monster.  The blog often features small, slice-of-life comics (this one’s completely true) or others which may feature characters you may be familiar with – like the one featured above.
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In addition to her blog, Flores introduced last week a new web comic called Witch & Knight.  The description is very fitting: “Witch & Knight is a comic about a Witch and a Knight and the adventure they go on together.”


Finally, Flores wants to undertake a daunting project and is looking for your help. She currently has a Kickstarter project open called Circumnavigate - A Comic Around the Earth. She's trying to raise funds to plan a trip around the world, documenting her travels in a future comic book.
Additional places to learn about Madéleine, see more of her work, and  purchase her mini –comic Once Upon a 4 O’Clock in the Afternoon include:

This Week at Generation Geek

(Editor's Note:  I have decided to change Friday's post.  Considering Otronicon - the first convention of the Orlando geek calendar - starts on Friday I decided to devote that day's post to the other geeky cons that are upcoming in 2012 so you may plan accordingly.)

Happy 2012, everyone!

Sorry for me crapping out on the updates last week.  Some stuff came up and I didn’t have time to write the updates.  But I’ll be making up for that this week with some great stuff.

It may only be the second week of 2012, but it’s already time for the first major geek event on the Central Florida calendar.  In addition, I’m really excited for this week’s local spotlight – the first one I’m doing about someone I discovered here at GGOrlando that’s definitely worthy of some love.  The week will be rounded out by a GGOrlando Editorial on “The Rule of 20”.  Friends of mine will already know what my “Rule of 20”, but the rest of you will probably find it interesting and true.  What is it?  You’ll find out then.

Here’s what’s coming up this week at GGOrlando:
  • Monday: Local Spotlight – Madéleine Flores
  • Tuesday: New Home Video and Video Game Releases – Featuring Transformers: The Japanese Collection
  • Wednesday: This Week in Comics – Featuring Scalped #55
  • Thursday: Orlando Events Calendar – Featuring Otronicon
  • Friday: GGOrlando Editorial – “The Rule of 20”
Hope that everyone has a fantastic week!  And feel free to hit me up at grandowl@ggorlando.com.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

This Week in Comics – Week of January 1, 2012

Featured Release: G.I. Joe #9

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When going to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie yesterday, I was “treated” to the new trailer for G.I. Joe Retaliation.  As I rolled my eyes to a sword fight on the side of a mountain, I can’t help but think how epic of a movie they could make should they base a film on the current comic universe.

For those who have not read it, current continuity in the G.I. Joe universe is a lot darker and grittier than someone only familiar with the property through the old ‘80s cartoons and comics may realize.  In the first story arc, G.I. Joe infiltrator “Chuckles” makes it to the inner circle of Cobra by doing some truly horrible things in an effort to assassinate Cobra Commander.  The fallout of which makes up the second story arc (trying not to spoil).  Both are available in trade, as well as dedicated Cobra title.

This week’s issue starts a new arc – where a revitalized Cobra has conquered an entire country with little the Joes can do to stop them.  What is Cobra planning?  To launch green nanites at the Eiffel Tower?  We’ll see…

G.I. Joe #9, the start of the Cobra Command arc, is out in stores today.


Top 20 “Most Pulled” Comics for the Week of January 1, 2012
Presented by Comixology

  1. Action Comics #5 (DC)
  2. Detective Comics #5 (DC)
  3. Uncanny X-Force #19.1 (Marvel)
  4. Animal Man #5 (DC)
  5. Swamp Thing #5 (DC)
  6. X-Men #23 (Marvel)
  7. Red Lanterns #5 (DC)
  8. Justice League International #5 (DC)
  9. Uncanny X-Men #4 (Marvel)
  10. Thunderbolts #168 (Marvel)
  11. Stormwatch #5 (DC)
  12. Avengers Academy #24 (Marvel)
  13. Green Arrow #5 (DC)
  14. Hulk #47 (Marvel)
  15. The Boys #62 (Dynamite)
  16. X-23 #20 (Marvel)
  17. Irredeemable #33 (Boom)
  18. Sweet Tooth #29 (Vertigo)
  19. Batwing #5 (DC)
  20. Huntress #4 (DC)