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Geeky books and graphic novel news and reviews.
In “The Prisoner of Azkaban,” a dangerous criminal has escaped and many believe he is heading toward Hogwarts to finish the job of killing Harry Potter. Or so we think. Sirius Black, played brilliantly by Gary Oldman, is in fact not the murderer. He seeks revenge on someone else, someone he and his friend, Remus Lupin, believed to be dead: Ron’s rat, Scabbers.
This movie took things to the next level and showed what can be done with a new director. Alfonso Cuaron took over and in doing so allowed the actors to grow in their roles and bring small traits to their characters, to make them believable. One theme that was focused on was legacy.
Deadline announced today that Fox has officially greenlit a pilot of “Locke & Key.” The show will be produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and adapted by Josh Friedman (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”). “Locke & Key” is based on the IDW comic series of the same name, created by author Joe Hill. Here’s Amazon’s description of the series: More >
If the genre hasn’t been leveled to complete rubble for you yet, then there’s something you should pick up! The “American Vampire” series is written by Scott Snyder (Iron Man: Noir), and legendary horror novelist Stephen King (The Shining, The Stand). With distinctive, beautiful illustrations by Rafael Albuquerque, this is not the typical piece of popular vampire literature on the market today.
From the late 1800’s to the roaring 20’s, “American Vampire” explores ideas of new and different blood lines evolving in the new world. The story follows a cut throat outlaw from the old west dubbed Skinner Sweet in his endeavors and all those that cross his path. I’ve found Sweet to be the most interesting of all the characters, lucky for me because everything that happens revolves around him. He doesn’t seem to get as much page time as others, so I’m hoping that his role will become more prominent in future issues. The book is very much a revenge story, but there are hints of more complexity on the horizon. Balanced well between conversation and bloody action, this book will not bore you.
As of October 5, 2010 a hardbound collection of the first five issues has come out in stores. Although King has only been contracted to write for the first five issues, the story remains Snyder’s baby and still seems very promising.
So give “American Vampire” a shot. Blood? Cowboys? Flappers? What more could you need?
We here at Geek Peeks value silliness at all times. So much so that we inject it into every facet of our everyday geeky lives. Case in point: on Facebook, our own Bruno Cruz boasted that he “broke down the last 14 years worth of storyline in the Batman comics in less than five minutes” for his girlfriend.
To test him, I requested he leave me a five minute long voicemail message as proof of his abilities. Just a couple of days ago, I finally got myself a Google Voice number so I’ve been playing around with the voicemail service. Specifically the transcription feature.
Here is the result. Follow the Google transcription with Bruno’s sultry grosgrain voice.
Obviously, Google Voice fails horribly. I am sorely tempted to allow them to use Bruno to improve their transcription service, but I have yet to ask him that. No worries though; I did ask for his permission for this.
And thus, this column is born. Every month, we will display Bruno’s geeky prowess and test how well Google keeps up with him. We also invite you, our faithful visitors, to submit your own Geek Speak rants or comments by calling us at (415) 273-9523. Leave us a message and you just might be our next featured Geek Speak!
Well not all of it, but its multimedia portion is anyway. The company is moving portions of their staff to Burbank, California where Warner Bros. Studios resides while keeping the core publishing of comics in New York. This means is DC is beginning to seriously take their properties, Superman, Batman, etc. and see the venues they can take with them in television, film, and videos games. Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment states that the move will reinforce the strengths of DC’s greatest legacies, its people and creative talents, and offer growth.
However the results have not shown. Wildstorm, a publishing company under the DC banner, is being shut down with their titles ending in December. The reason, according to Co-publisher Dan DiDio, is that in a soft market the characters could use a break to regroup and redefine what were cutting edge characters. Either way it is a bit sad to know that a branch of the DC family is being shut down. Thoughts?
Now you might be asking yourself why this is here? I mean we aren’t really a music news website, but we do report on the geeky, and trust me kids this video is geeky. More >