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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Eps. 6 & 7 – “FZZT”/”The Hub”

Welcome back to our reviews of Marvel & ABC’s Agents of SHIELD. Agents took a few of weeks off, and so did we. As with every review so far, we’re keeping things as spoiler-free as possible. We’ll be looking at last week’s … Continue reading

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 5 – “The Girl in the Flower Dress”

Last week I said that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. needs to stay away from international locales, based on their reliance on stereotypes and less than stellar performance when it comes to cultural sensitivity. This was mostly in response to their treatment of Peru … Continue reading

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Ep. 4 – “Eye-Spy”

We’ve now hit more-or-less a regular schedule for keeping up with Marvel & ABC’s new series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., after a decent yet still ho-hum pilot episode, a truly execrable second episode, and a third that finally lived up to … Continue reading

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Might Be Field Worthy: Episode 3 “The Asset”

Here we are again with my look at the first three episodes of Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D., as I try to catch up to a regular schedule. With Episode 2, (“0-8-4”), the Agents seemed to have gotten some ridiculum mixed in with … Continue reading

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Need to Go Back to the Academy

I’ve just caught up on Marvel and ABC Studio’s grand experiment in entertainment, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and, unfortunately, it’s not yet lived up to its promise or pedigree. (Although the most recent episode was a step in the right direction, … Continue reading

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Review of A Voice in the Dark: Blood Makes Noise

It’s been a few months since our interview with writer/artist Larime Taylor, which came on the heels of the release of Issue #1 of his Kickstarter-backed psychological thriller comic A Voice in the Dark (then known as “Dark Zoey”). Now, … Continue reading

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“OK, Now Kiss!” Some Favorite LGBTQI Couples in Comics

In honor of Valentine’s Day, and thumbing my nose in the general direction of documented homophobe Orson Scott Card writing Superman, I hereby present my unscientific, completely biased, entirely personal, and in-no-particular-order list of top four (with a bonus) favorite … Continue reading

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Geekquality’s New Year’s Prophecies for 2013

Well, folks, we made it through another year. Despite the Mayans reminding us to buy a new calendar, Earth continues to spin, as it has for the past few billion years. 2012 was one for the history books, even if … Continue reading

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Interview with A Voice in the Dark creator Larime Taylor

Earlier in September, Southern California artist Larime Taylor launched a Kickstarter for his graphic novel, Dark Zoey. The project is notable not only because it’s a female-centric plot with a diverse cast of characters, but also because of Taylor’s personal … Continue reading

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Papo & Yo and the Three Pillars of Game Design

In video games, there are trends to be tracked and bandwagons to be jumped on, but prognostication is still nearly impossible. Will a game end up being influential in the long term, or will it join the ranks of obscure … Continue reading

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Outcast by the Outcast: Tim Burton’s Racial Blindness

I’d like you to take a look at a video: This is the first TV spot for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, the director’s most recent release that’s by all accounts imaginative and full of heart. It is a full-length, stop-motion remake of … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Average Gamer: 2012 Entertainment Software Demographics Deconstructed

Last week, the Entertainment Software Association released their 2012 sales, demographic and usage report for the computer and video game industry. Their findings, while not exactly surprising to those of us who follow the industry, challenge the conventional wisdom about … Continue reading

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The Many Lives of Gwen Stacy, Part 2: The Mary Jane Factor

If you’re just arriving, Part 1 of this series looking at the development of Gwen Stacy’s character can be found here. Of the many liberties that the new film, The Amazing Spider-Man takes with the original Marvel comic book storylines, the one … Continue reading

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The Many Lives of Gwen Stacy, Part 1: The Girl Next Door (Has a Bit of a Mean Streak)

One of the more remarkable and unexpected aspects of the new Amazing Spider-Man film is how much time and energy the movie puts into developing not just Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), but also his love interest, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). In … Continue reading

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In The Blood: Commander William Adama on a Lifetime of Fighting

The following was originally published for The Delphi Oracle Lifestlye Section and is cross-posted with permission from the author.  Rigus Galen Martius 20, YR00 “Intersun Charter 1133, maintain your heading on approach to the port-side flight pod.  Welcome to the Battlestar … Continue reading

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