Saturday, June 20, 2009

Beginner's Guide to Comic Con

I've posted a Guide to Comic Con over at my blog.

Here's an excerpt:

So, here we are about a month out from the Con. You may be thinking that there’s nothing to do until you arrive in San Diego, but you would be wrong. Yes, panels are entertaining and there are lots of awesome things to see and buy (and lots of free stuff too!)…but the best part about Comic Con is bonding with others who share your interest or passion in all things comics/geeky/cool.

If this is your first time going to Comic Con, I encourage you to start finding others who will be going, through facebook, twitter, websites, etc. I always find that having a few new folks to meet up with at the Con from all over the country makes the experience a lot more fun. AND you’ll have people to plan out your Con activities with — share ideas of what to do, where to go, who to see. Some Con veterans will be able to direct you to the best restaurants and ’secret’ Con activities (ooh, secret activities? Okay, maybe less publicized events, some affiliated, some not affiliated with the Con).

Part Two will be published on 6/23. Until then, read Part One

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

ABC New Shows - Video Clips

Here are video clips of new ABC shows 'Flash Forward' and 'V':

Flash Forward


Will Murray: Literary Archeologist (of the Fantastique)

From an interview in CBR:

The artwork is really one of the pulp’s great legacies both in terms of the art that was created but also the artists that emerged, people like James Howard Kinstler or James Bama.

Pulps were training ground for aspiring artists. For a couple of generations, people who came out of the pulps went onto other things, became major talents in the slicks or Hollywood or portraiture. You used to see that in comics in an earlier day. Frank Frazetta came out of comics and others, but you don’t really see it in comics anymore. People who get into comics very rarely move onto become larger figures.

Tony is going to be publishing an unpublished Walter Gibson story from 1929-30. Because it’s unpublished we needed it to be illustrated and we’d been discussing who we could get that would appeal to the direct market audience. He’s going to go with Ed Barreto. There are a lot of comics artists we were talking about and they’re good, but their skills don’t always lend themselves to spot illustration, to do it in a way that looks pulp-y as opposed to comicbook-y.

What else are you working on now?

I’ve been asked to write for a DAW anthology called “Cthulhu’s Reign” and another Cthulhu anthology, “Cthulhu 2012” from Mythos Books. I’ve been asked to do some stories for the Moonstone Green Hornet anthologies. I helped them with the bible. I have a story in Moonstone's “Phantom Chronicles” and a new Spider story in an issue of Moonstone's ongoing illustrated Spider stories this summer.

I have a “History of Western Pulps” I’ve been working on for years. They were constantly reinventing the western. It never died but it was always lurching from crisis to crisis. Is there a market for this book? I’m not sure. Westerns are not big anymore, but I think this book tells you why. Why the western has fallen out of favor and why it’s great when it’s great and terrible when it’s terrible.

I was very flattered to be asked to write the intro to the “Marvel Comics Omnibus”, which is coming out on the 70th anniversary of the first issue of Marvel Comics this September. They’re going to reprint in hardcover all of the first 12 “Marvel Mystery” comics. I’ve been working on a fairly lengthy introduction that tells the history of Martin Goodman, his pulp line in the early Timely books.

We don’t think The Angel on a cover fighting Nazi bombers is significant, but they were publishing that book days after WW II broke out. It was the first WW II cover but nobody knows it because they don’t necessarily collate history with on sale dates. I love to pull together information that’s scattered and assemble them into a coherent whole to say this is why this is the way it is. Someone once called me the Indiana Jones of pulp research and comics research and I’m a little bit like a literary archeologist. It’s a lot of fun. It’s a lot of work, too.

Speaking of literary archeology... anyone know where I can pick up a copy of this?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Fox Shows - Clips for next season

As I mentioned on the show tonight, Fox has released some clips of some of their fall series. Here are clips for 'Past Life' and 'Human Target'

Past Life

Human Target

Want to see clips of other new Fox shows (Sons of Tucson, The Cleveland Show)? Go to the Future on Fox blog.

TV Upfronts and Celebrate our 2nd Anniversary!

Yes, there is a lot of TV news to discuss tonight, so that's what we'll be doing at 7 PM Pacific / 10 PM Eastern LIVE on Geekerati Radio.

Join us. Please?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Upcoming Shows

It's been awhile since we've updated the blog...all of the Geekerati crew have had a lot of irons in the fire lately, but we will be back with a vengence come Monday May 18. We'll be talking TV upfronts -- the changes in the coming TV season based on the network revealing their fall schedules. What shows are coming back and what new shows do we have to look forward to?

In the coming weeks we'll have some great shows with interviews to promote, and of course the whole crew will be back at Comic Con this year to cover all of the happenings via this blog, Twitter and our daily live radio show updates (which can be downloaded as podcasts of course).

So keep us bookmarked and stay tuned! Geekerati is locked, loaded and ready to geek out.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Listen to the Geekerati Inteview with David Gaider

Last night, Eric and I had the pleasure of talking with BioWare's David Gaider about his new book Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne and the upcoming video game Dragon Age: Origins. The discussion provided some great insight regarding what we can expect from the next rpg from BioWare.

Given BioWare's excellent record when it comes to quality PC and console rpgs, David and his crew have a lot to live up to and it sounds like they are likely to exceed expectations. Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne takes place thirty years before the event that transpire in the game and makes a natural jumping in point for those who can't wait until the second half of the year for the video game experience.

In the past, many of BioWare's successful rpgs have been based on licensed products. But with recent games like the action-rpg Jade Empire and the deep play of Mass Effect, BioWare has shown an ability to develop immersive settings with compelling narratives.

David Gaider lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and is a Senior Writer at BioWare's Edmonton studio, where he has worked since 1999. He is currently the Lead Writer on Dragon Age: Origins, responsible for story and setting design, and prior to that worked on such titles as Baldur's Gate™ 2, Baldur's Gate™ 2: Throne of Bhaal, Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic™, Neverwinter Nights™ and its expansions.