Fantastic primer on a few of the best-known languages created for fantasy/sci-fi books and shows, from Lord of the Rings to Star Trek. Continue reading
Whether they were born on Tatooine or Krypton, play Grand Theft Auto V or Cloudberry Kingdom, or watch Walking Dead or True Blood, factions from these diverse but often opposing universes, posing with their fake laser blasters and purple-tinted wigs at conventions, manage to get along, at least for one weekend. Why can’t the rest of us? Continue reading
f you’re a fan of the original Star Trek (or know someone who is), this is your lucky day. A new oversized book from Titan titled Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz has just been released that contains artwork from artist Ortiz that offers up each of the original episodes as either a movie poster, magazine cover, or book cover. All 80 episodes (this includes The Cage) are made available as 11 x 17 inch prints, and I’m having a very difficult time trying to figure out which one is my favorite and will be pulled out and framed for hanging in my office. Continue reading
They may get killed in inglorious ways every time they beam down to the planet surface, but when the going gets tough, send in the Away Team to handle the job. Continue reading
Writer Bob Calhoun’s new tome is Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay and Conflict on the Expo Floor, an insightful and fun romp through what he calls “temporary worlds created in concrete convention centers and hotel conference rooms.” We chat about his book, his take on Comic-Con, and the days he used to wrestle men in Sasquatch suits while drunks tossed food at him. Continue reading
TableTop returns with an exciting episode of Star Trek Catan. Will Wil end up in a red shirt or will he pull out a win? You’ll have to watch to find out! Continue reading
Please join all of us at GeekDad in wishing Harrison Ford and Sir Patrick Stewart a very happy birthday (one day late), and many more to come! Continue reading
There’s no new TableTop episode this week, but there is still a video worth watching, plus some really cool and exciting news about next week’s TableTop episode. Continue reading
It’s Independence Day in the United States of America, so patriotism is in the air. In case you feel that the urge to be patriotic conflicts with your usual urge to be geeky, we’re here to help.
There are gatherings for every imaginable fandom — from Minecraft to anime to Doctor Who. You can hit a comic convention and see a plethora of characters, or zero in on a particular television show, such as Star Trek. We’ve rounded up a few that will take place in various parts of the US this summer, but start Googling to find out if people are gathering to discuss and celebrate your favorite things. Or better yet, throw together your own informal convention at home by trying to get a critical mass together to discuss a particular show, movie, superhero, or video game. Continue reading
In author Joe Lawlor’s middle-grade mystery Bully.com, a thirteen-year-old detective named Jun Li is accused of a crime he didn’t commit — a cyberbullying crime. To clear his name, Jun launches an investigation that includes hackers, a jealous boyfriend, and other students in his middle school who are also victims of bullying. The result? A story perfect for kids that’s being called “well-plotted” and “clever.” Continue reading
At the recent Denver Comic Con, he arrived unexpectedly at the children’s story time stage (aka the “Comic Book Classroom Corral”) and delivered a special styling of the Maurice Sendak picture book Where the Wild Things Are. And, yes, Shatner can get away with it. With anything, it seems, at this point in his over-dramatic career. Continue reading
This month, fans flocked to see the much-anticipated second installment of J.J. Abrams reboot of the franchise, Star Trek: Into Darkness. I was not among them. Why would a lifelong Trekkie not see what is widely considered to be a good action film? It failed the Bechdel Test. Continue reading
And then we started rethinking the no-violence rule. It wasn’t because we wanted our kids to fit in — I mean, we did, but there was only so far we were willing to go on that end — but we realized that we didn’t have a firm reason for the rule. We couldn’t explain it to others because we couldn’t explain it to ourselves. It wasn’t enough to ban violence in all forms simply because we didn’t like violence — I mean, truly, who likes violence? We needed a reason for why we lumped all violence into one big pile and stamped a NO across it. Continue reading
Ken and Matt have a long, spoiler-filled debate about Star Trek Into Darkness (one loved it, one hated it). Plus chat about Maker Faire, the new XBox One, and more. Enjoy!
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Star Wars, Star Trek, and cookies are definitely near the top of my list of favorite things, so to discover Sarah Trefny’s mashup masterpiece makes me a very happy GeekDad today.
Sarah was inspired by the “Quogs” released for the new Star Trek movie and Star Wars day on May 4th (yes, I’m a little late on this one). She has a fantastic collection of photos of her work over at her site, including a few shots of the design and decoration process. Continue reading