Will the real WikiLeaks please stand up?

the-fifth-estate-movie-reviewRecently I watched The Fifth Estate starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.  Cumberbatch completely nailed Assange’s odd speaking pattern, which irked me through large chunks of the movie.  All in all I liked the film, but I just had a nagging feeling that this wasn’t an accurate portrayal of how things really went down.  Assange himself has spoken ill against the film after reading the leaked script saying that it’s  “irresponsible, counterproductive and harmful.”, but I can’t just take his word for it either. So I did a bit of investigating and here’s what I found.

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An Evening With John Barrowman at NYCC.

It’s 6:30pm at NYCC and folks were either at The Walking Dead panel (which I am pretty bummed out that I missed) or the John Barrowman panel. Unfortunately, the two were at the same exact time, and it was a tough decision, but after that very quick hour with Barrowman, I knew I had made the right call.

John entered the stage and the entire room cheered, applauded, and stood up out of their seats in order to get a glimpse at the one and only, John Barrowman. He was bursting with energy, and put a smile on everyone’s face instantly.  John is such a geek fanboy and you could see how appreciative he was that everyone was there for him, and even said, “I didn’t expect that I was going to be so popular here!”

Before he began his Q&A session with the fans, he took out his tablet and announced that at every panel he makes a video to send to his mom & dad (cue the entire room’s “awwwww”). While he was attempting to set up the video on his tablet, he was still engaging the audience and cracking jokes because he knew time was precious at a large event like this.

As he finally got his video feature set up, he requested that we do two things. The first was to cheer and wave hello to his mom & dad, and the second request was for his niece who recently had a baby named Finnegan, and he wanted us to say “Hi, Finnegan!” When he was explaining this to us, he accidentally said, “Can you all shite… SHITE? Actually, when she had the baby she felt like she was having a big shite, I can tell you that!” I would pay to see this man Continue reading An Evening With John Barrowman at NYCC.

Kickstarter: Rocky Horror Saved My Life

rhsml-851x315In 1992 my parents had gone away for the weekend leaving me alone in the house. I had, by this point, been travelling to NYC on my own and staying out late, etc. So, out of boredom and not wanting to spend the night sitting there playing Sega Genesis, I called a friend of mine up who’d mentioned that she went to midnight screenings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show which I had recently been introduced to. At the time, it was not available on home video in the U.S.  I had seen clips on a late-night variety program called Night Flight. I managed to acquire a 5th or so generation VHS bootleg that had originated somewhere in Europe I was told via fellow convention goers that were my lifeline to the weird cult movies that would grow to be such a major part of my life. Still, I knew nothing about the experience of seeing it “live”. All that was about to change.

Soon, very soon, afterwards, I found myself a part of the shadowcast at Cinema 35 in Paramus, NJ. I made a LOT of great friends there. Some of which I still hold on to, very dearly, today. These people would end up being a family outside of the one I didn’t necessarily have at home.

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Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book

IMGP3961Over the summer, Grumpy cat found time in between naps and “No’s!” to put out a kids book.  Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book is a 96 page book full of Grumpy Cat Meme’s, pictures, and activities.  The activities are mostly word puzzles, coloring, mazes, or connect the dot games.  It’s the type of book that parents who are fans of Grumpy Cat will buy for themselves but can also share with their children for the activities.

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NYCC Cosplay 2013

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For the insane amount of people that attended NYCC this year, it felt like there wasn’t as many cosplayers as usual. That, or they were just lost in the crowds. Either way, the ones we DID see were a step above and beyond what we’ve seen yet. They’re getting better and better.

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Preview: Hello Hero!

HH_KeyArt_01For the past few NYCC’s, I’ve complained a bit about all the non-comic related media permeating the event. This year, I found myself missing it quite a bit.

Thankfully, Nerd-Base had been invited by South Korean developer Fincon to their NYCC after party promoting the US release of their popular (currently Fincon’s top-grossing game overseas) mobile RPG, Hello Hero.

In Hello Hero, players will journey with a team of five heroes across the Planet of Armon, battling against evil forces with sharp swords and powerful magic while gaining experience. As players build up their roster of Heroes, from guitar-playing cactus to a seductive succubus or a spear-wielding shark, Continue reading Preview: Hello Hero!