Orson Scott Card’s 1985 Hugo award winning novel Ender’s Game is by far one of the best books of the genre as well as a personal favorite book of mine. Naturally I became excited when Ender’s Game, a work that Card himself saw as “un-filmable” was being released as a movie. But did the end result clear the bar on expectations?
Hello everyone, after taking a bit of a hiatus from updating this site I wanted to return with a brand-new recurring column: Craft on Tap. This will be examining another passion of mine: Craft Beer!! While this is still very much a pop culture blog mainly focusing on movies, comics, TV shows and such, I would like to argue that craft brewing is very much a part of pop culture. Like comics and movies, the craft beer scene has spawned a rapidly growing army of beer “geeks” (aka people that are fiercely loyal to the smaller craft breweries). Therefore, I think it’s only fitting to implement craft beer into this blog.
As autumn officially kicks in, most of us are already feeling the change in weather as the days grow shorter and the air turns colder. With this change in seasons, it’s also a time that the lighter beers of summer are swapped out for darker ales. With so many beers to choose from ranging from nut brown ales to an endless list of pumpkin ales, it can be quite intimidating to decide what beers to give a try during the next few months. So, to possibly guide you in a beer-Jedi-sort-of-way, I’ve compiled a list to make a “custom 6 pack” of Autumn beers (unlike most six-packs this will list a few bombers as well) To give the list a little diversity, I got some fellow friends and craft beer aficionados to compile their own custom autumn beer 6-pack lists as well (some duplicates exist but that just means we’re on the same wave-length). Of course, I am a strong believer in supporting your local craft brewery, so above all, this should definitely be a companion to drinking the local stuff.
For these lists, there’s 3 key stipulations/things to disclose about our selection process:
- The beers have been tasted (there’s so much beer, so little time/body limitations to try them all…plus it’d be bullshit to rattle off beers that we didn’t try first). So in other words “duh!”
- The beers can be found in stores (there’s plenty of breweries that are “on-tap only” that I’m fiercely loyal to, but unless you live near us, this list won’t help you out much, plus it isn’t designed to provoke a “I have better places to drink than you” pissing contest), so these can hopefully be found in your local stores as well.
- The beer is distributed to Colorado. That’s where the three of us are located currently. This stipulation also obviously mirrors stipulation number 1. There’s plenty that I tried at the Great American Beer Festival and wish that came this way (I’m looking at you 3 Floyds, Sun King, Cigar City, Jester King, Heavy Seas and Brooklyn Brewery!!) Needless to say, I’m sure there are possibly some blasphemous omissions from the following lists, but there’s also a very good chance that it hasn’t been tried or made available out here. Plus you can sound off below in the comments!
Anyway onward to the beer! (FULL ARTICLE)
Every year, the biggest pop culture event in the world San Diego Comic Con is ground zero for all things related to comics, TV and Movies. For fans of such things, this past weekend had many of us glued to the internet as the reports rolled in (one day, despite the complaints of crowding, I do want to visit it in person and do first-hand reports). With so much bombshells being dropped at the annual event, it’s easy for some stories to slip between the cracks. Here’s a rundown (broken down by topic so you can just read the stuff you care about) of what I considered to be the coolest news that broke at Comic Con over the weekend. Of course, usually the weeks following, some of those exclusive first looks start to surface online for those of us not able to attend in addition to further announcements of such projects. Anyway here’s the geeky rundown: (FULL STORY)
San Diego Comic-Con is officially upon us with tonight’s preview night. Although I have yet to make the geek pilgrimage to the event, I’ve been satisfied with Denver hosting their own comic convention, which in it’s 2nd year, has surpassed attendance of Wondercon and others to become the 4th biggest convention in North America. However, despite friends complaining that the event in San Diego has grown far too large and overcrowded, I still would like to journey there someday to knock it off the bucket list. Regardless, this time each year I become extremely excited as I glue myself to the internet reports of all the announcements, movie trailers, and tidbits that come pouring in from San Diego (It’s like how my sport fan friends stay glued to the internet/TV during the NFL Draft). Basically movie studios, publishers and creators wait until this event to reveal all their secret announcements. With the convention a couple hours away from kicking off, we’ve already had some pretty fun news so far ahead of the convention. Here’s what’s getting me pumped already: (FULL STORY)
This week it was announced that a movie based on the comic book series Fables will happen. Being a fan of the series, I’m pretty excited. With an upcoming videogame in development by Telltale games, there’s a good chance that Fables can create a following beyond comic readers before the movie releases and therefore finding an audience. Fables has definitely made a splash in the comic book world by winning 14 Eisner Awards, so by all means, it’s getting some very well deserved attention. However, despite my excitement, I can see some issues that a movie may present.
Denver Comic-Con Day 3: William Shatner’s Comic-Connnn Panel, Creating DCC Traditions, and Some Assorted Convention Musings.
There’s a saying that goes “All good things must come to an end” and Denver Comic-Con is no exception. Today marks the third and final day of Denver Comic-Con. This morning we decided to wear our Dharma Initiative jumpsuits and therefore creating a personal Denver Comic-Con tradition as we did the same thing last year. We arrived to another big line, but due to the snaking line, it didn’t seem like we were so far back being an hour ½ early. Due to yesterday’s line stretching pretty far with our early arrival for Takei wristbands, we decided to arrive early anyway regardless of if we’d luck out on getting a wristband to see William Shatner’s panel or not.
The line seemed more fun today with less bitching about the wait and more fun costumes and photo taking. We stood next to a family of hobbits with cardboard ears and then saw a Gandalf arrive. I know a wizard is never late, but he really was late with not being near us yesterday when we were decked out in Hobbit outfits. Also in the line, we saw some teenagers dressed as Dean Winchester and Castiel from Supernatural, a King Arthur from Monty Python and The Holy Grail, New Avengers Loki, and an adult Jayne from Firefly posing in a picture of a kid as Jayne too. I also nearly got in a embarrassing situation while doing a “I don’t get it rant” about “Bronies” (aka guys that freaking *LOVE* My Little Pony), which has gained some attention in the last year, but little did I know that a few feet behind me was “Mega-Bronie Prime” who was decked out in lots of My Little Pony stuff. Oops! When the line began to shift inside, we were lucky again and were able to score a wristband to see William Shatner’s panel later in the day.
Denver Comic-Con Day 2: “Ohh Myy! It’s George Takei! Talking Daleks with Doctor Who, and Whhil Whheaton”
Another day of Denver Comic-Con has come and passed as Day 2 of the 3 day event comes to a close. Today, there were many more cosplayers due to the costume shindig at the end of the day. My wife and I came dressed as filthy Hobbitsis and got a fair number of photos taken. This year a goofy wig (a Jackie Moon from Semi-Pro wig re-purposed as Hobbit hair) and Hobbit feet slippers were much easier to manage than my blue Nightcrawler makeup from last year (Immensely popular, but the itchiness and constant re-applying was enough to not want to reprise it this year). Hilariously enough, everyone knew to say “Hobbitsis” like Gollum does and I got not one but two compliments on my walking stick. Sidenote: the walking stick was a result of an afternoon of walking along Cherry Creek’s creek-bed and finding “the perfect stick”, so I was pleased to get validation on my stick finding skills.
Denver Comic-Con 2013 in Review Part 1: Chewbacca Speaks, Meeting Artists/Writers and Disco Nightwing!
Today the doors of the Colorado Convention Center opened to the 2nd ever Denver Comic-con. It’s been a year since the masses assembled to share their mutual love for all things pop-culture and a lot has changed in a year. Last year, Friday was arguably the most dead day of the Con (maybe with the exception of Sunday morning) but this year it seemed that the Con grew..fast! The line wrapped around the entire convention center as opposed to just outside the registration tables as was the case last year. If the 2 hour wait to get in wasn’t enough of a “Head’s Up!” of the con’s growth, you’ll definitely notice a difference once you go inside. I’ve never been to an event that uses the entire convention center, even the Great American Beer Festival (aka Beer heaven) only uses half the exhibit hall, but now the floor is MASSIVE! In addition to the massive exhibit hall, the panels have graduated to using a ball room for main event panels, a much appreciated change for those of us who missed out on the Costume shindig when the room filled up too fast last year. Needless to say, Denver Comic-con hit a pretty big growth spurt this year!
I want to start by saying that when it comes to adult audience cartoons or any show that I watch, that The Venture Brothers rides very high at the top. I consider it one of the most funny and clever cartoons out there. I could easily chalk it up to the humor, or the massive pop culture references, but either way, this show has been a constant joy over the years. The show is something of a “what if?’ story focusing on if a very failed middle-aged former Johnny Qwest-like character becomes the single uncaring parent of The Hardy Boys. Of course, instead of the wholesome goodness of the Hardy Boys or Johnny Qwest, we get sex jokes, gratuitous violence, and a nerd-catering influx of pop culture jokes. It does demand something of a patient audience as the animation process sometimes delays the show more than a year or so between seasons. But after a 3 year wait, Team Venture has returned!
This week, Marvel Studios gave Entertainment Weekly a few hints of what to expect during their “Phase 3” slate of movies. To get you up to speed: “Phase One” started with Iron Man then continued on with The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Captain America, Thor and concluded with The Avengers. We are now entering “Phase 2” which will include Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and then like before, will end with the follow-up to The Avengers. After Avengers 2, Marvel studios will launch “Phase 3”. Some titles have already been announced, others are merely rumored. Having read the article, here’s my take on what I think of the announcements: