Why So Serious?
Forget Follow Friday; it’s Photo Friday!
In case you couldn’t tell from today’s Photo Friday; I like batman. I’m also almost 30 and have a penchant for wanting toys from the things I love. Usually they get taken out of the box, posed in the coolest way possible, photographed, and left out on a shelf like a statue immortalizing a testament of my nerdy nerdy love. The latest addition to my collection are the Arkham Asylum Batman & Joker from Play Arts Kai, the high end line of Square Enix related toys.
These figures feature higher attention to detail, greater artistic sculpting, 26 points of articulation (including some double jointing), and interchangeable appendages & accessories. They are certainly a far cry above and beyond what you’ll find in the local Walmart toy aisle, without having to shell out hundreds of dollars for certain premium format figures. You won’t find any bare spots in the paint or deformed accessories here!
Why So Serious?
Forget Follow Friday; it’s Photo Friday!
Yesterday a full trailer for the CW’s upcoming series Arrow was released! As any regular readers here know, Green Arrow is hands down my favorite comic-book character; and I can’t possibly be more excited for this series! Each clip released has wet my interest more and more starting with the Sample Scene and even more so with the Arrow Teaser. Clocking in at a whopping three and a half minutes, this latest clip gives us the best view and most insight on what to expect from the series yet!
Breathtaking. Groundbreaking. Cinematic. The most important graphic novel ever written. All of these have been used to describe Alan Moore’s seminal 1986-87 book, Watchmen, which perfectly captured the social anxieties of the day thru a critique on the core concept of superheros. So why on earth would DC Comics risk incurring the wrath of fans and the industry as a whole by releasing a series of prequel books chronicling the backstory of what were already very deep and fully fleshed characters? The answer is, because I believe that there is another story here to tell. While Watchmen has superbly shown the downfall of the superhero, as human beings will inevitably succumb to their baser instincts (be it greed, power, predjudice, or corruption) when allowed to operate outside the realm of traditional social mores; Before Watchmen attempts to capture the genesis of the desire to be “super” and the ideals which make one a “hero”.
Yesterday indie rockstar Kevin Smith launched his new movie review series, Spoilers. Par for the course, Smith never does anything according to convention. This is not a regular show, you wont find it on your tv. Rather, as traditional tv is further diluted by hundreds of channels and more younger viewers switching to online viewing, this show is being broadcast exclusively on Hulu, for free! Nor is Spoilers a tradition movie review show. Instead of having two stuffy old guys clinically dissecting film; each week, the show will take a group of everyday Joes to the theatre to see a new release. For the inaugural episode, ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Guns’ Kev & the Spoilers review Snow White and the Huntsman; with the general consensus being that it’s a gorgeously shot entertaining summer movie but is lacking in character development and that Kristen Stewart’s acting is underwhelming and at times even distracting. One of the Spoilers hit the nail on the head saying, “She was like a prop, everyone else just acted around her.” So I guess we get more reprise of her razor sharp deer in the headlights method of acting made famous in Twilight. “She always looks like she’s about to say something important, and then they cut away; I’m like wait wait wait!”
What I really like about this show is the unbiased reviewers mixed in with Kevin’s commentary. You get opinions ranging from rating the film for its mere entertainment popcorn value up to it’s overall film worthiness, all laced with Kev’s patented brand of comedy.
Today marks the official start to 2012’s Electronic Entertainment Expo with all the big publishers press conferences before the expo is opened up to the public tomorrow. E3 is the place for the video game industry to make all it’s big announcements, unveil their largest properties, and give gamers a chance to get some hands on experience playing some of the most anticipated titles of the year.
Before we get into the nitty gritty of individual games, here are some of my general impressions thus far.
-Better looking: this goes without saying, but every year developers push the bounds of their respective hardware with bigger worlds, smoother gameplay, and better graphics with more attention to detail. While just a few years ago characters were just simple skins wrapped around a 3d model are now more interactive than ever. The new Madden takes into consideration where on your player gets hit or clipped with a new run time physics engine; or grab the knife out of your targets belt before making him you victim in Far Cry 3. Of course the resolution and level of detail is off the charts, games find new and more innovative ways to act with your environment, and the graphics are more Hd-ier than ever as Nintendo is finally poised to enter the next gen market with the Wii U later thus year. Which brings me to my next point:
-Hardware: I have yet to see any games utilizing new hardware or peripherals. Hopefully Nintendo has finally realized that we don’t want another piece of white plastic clogging up our game rooms. The sole exception to this is the addition of the Wii U’s tablet controller. Ubisoft is include support for the device in many of it’s new releases; none featured more prominently than in Rayman where a new character is utilized entirely through swipe movements. As for me I think it’s nothing more than playing ipad level games on your tv especially since you can only have one player linked into the game via a tablet at any given time; but who knows maybe it’ll be cool to be able to use it as a portable screen/controller to play Mario Kart from the can.
After a full day of Star Trekking, Stan Leeing, and Bruce Campbelling I skipped the Geek Nation after party as I was just too wiped out. I drove back in a homewardish direction and stopped off at a local pizza/sports bar for a slice and a drink. The assortment of baseball, basketball, and for whatever reason softball games on the screens held no interest for me; however the Stan-Lee (see what I did there?) Cup finals were on one solitary screen. However, to see that screen I had to stare thru a table of a gaggle of college girls; the type that would normally frequent a sports bar on a saturday night. After several minutes of intense staring at the screen one girl whispered to another who quickly turned around looked at me and rolled her eyes.
Now I’m certainly no Chris Hemsworth (if you want to see him check out my full day coverage of Philly Con) but I’m not the worst thing to look at either.
Two things ladies:
A- I’m watching the hockey game not staring at your boobs; you’re gossipy high pitched woo’s are no match for brutal non-stop action and
B- I’ve literally just spent all day around girls dressed in leather and spandex, if really anything at all; representing some of the most well developed characters in popular literature; frankly you are boring by comparison.
That is all; stay nerdy my friends.
This weekend marked the passing of yet another year for the Philadelphia Comic Con. Once a con plagued by terrible under-attendance and being kinda under-whelming in general, I must say has shown up this year in quite a grand fashion! Unlike San Diego, where everyone makes their big announcements and the entire con has shifted focus from comics to general pop culture, Philadelphia Wizard World contains not a single gaming console, major network, or Sony branded anything on the floor. You won’t find 300 person long lines for swag giveaways at the G4 booth, and i find that quite refreshing. Just comics, toys/t-shirts sporting comics, the creators of said comics, and the fans that love comics; what can i say it’s a freaking comic convention. This con is perfectly suited to it’s size. Is the floor crowded? Yes. Claustrophobicly so? No. Are there lines to get into the panels? Yes. Is anybody left out because the room was full? No. This was really a joy to be at. Also because there’s no big spoiler alerts, new announcements, or exclusive toy lines to write about; figured I’d just give you some pictorial love of the panels I attended along with some of my favorite quotes from each!