Archive for January, 2013

Read the new Iron Sky movie review on The Antigrav Review website at http://antigravreview.wordpress.com
 
Iron Sky - They Come in Peace (ya, right)

Iron Sky – They Come in Peace

comiccon

The 2013 Ottawa Comic Con website has been updated and it looks like it’ll be a great lineup of Special Guests and something the organizers are calling Comic Book Guests.

2012 was the first year Ottawa hosted a Comic Con and it was, by all accounts, a smash hit with over 22,000 guests last year. This year promises to be even bigger with the great lineup announced so far.

Special Guests this year include:

 Adam West, best known as the ‘real’ Batman during the 1960’s run of the TV program (including the 1966 feature film Batman); and his recurring role on Family Guy as Mayor Adam West.

Burt Ward you will remember as the eager sidekick Robin; playing alongside Adam West in Batman during the 60’s. The Dynamic Duo would never be the same without Burt Ward’s Robin.

Wil Wheaton, Ensign Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation is also scheduled to make an appearance. I have to say I never really enjoyed his character on TNG, but I genuinely enjoy his recurring roll as himself on The Big Bang Theory.

You know that if there is a Star Trek actor in attendance (Wil Wheaton), there would have be a counter part from the Star Wars universe. In this case Billy Dee Williams is to make an appearance. Who could forget the scoundrel Lando Calrissian, friend of Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Now, you know the Captain Sweat Pants group of geeks and nerds will be lined up to see Jewel Staite. Who is Jewel Staite you ask? She is a beautiful Canadian actress whose character list includes Kaylee Frye in Firefly, and Dr. Jennifer Keller in Stargate SG-1 and its sister show Stargate Atlantis.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series) fans will know Nicholas Brendon who portrayed the character Xander Harris. He was also in Children of The Corn 3, and a number of other similar roles.

On the comic book guest side of things, the list does seem short, with only three names so far (I suspect there may be more names coming but that’s only my guess).

Right now, George Pérez, Chris Claremont, and Nick Bradshaw have been announced.

I’m not going to talk about the exhibitors at this time as the artist and exhibitor list is extensive. I’ll write about those details in another update later; let’s just say that the organizers seemed to have attracted quite a selection and I doubt that there will be too many unsatisfied visitors.

The Ottawa Comic Con website (http://www.ottawacomiccon.com/) announced that tickets will go on sale ‘mid January’ but no firm date has been publicized as of today.

The dates for this year’s event are May 10th, 11th, and 12th and it will be held at the Ernst & Young Centre (directions can be found on the Ottawa Comic Con web site http://www.ottawacomiccon.com

I will post updates to this blog as they are made available, and I am hoping to get an interview with the organizers soon. The best way to keep on top of the event however is to put their website into your favorites and keep checking.

 If you plan on attending, make sure you get permission from your wives, girlfriends, parents and start planning. It’s time to get your geek on people.

 

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Death’s Door: Where Right and Glory Lead is now available for sale as an eBook on KOBO, Canada’s largest online eBook retailer.

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Death’s Door: Where Right and Glory Lead is a SciFi novel about the men and women of the Terrain Armed Forces (TAF) and their struggle to survive in a war that threatens to rip apart the New Confederation.

Pirates are not supposed to be this well armed or organized with a fleet armed and poised to invade and destroy the core worlds. The TAF will have to pull out all their best assets to delete this enemy.

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HALO 4

Finally!!! After months of waiting for a HALO movie, with dozens of teasers posted on Youtube and fan made video; I’ve finally seen the finished result in ‘HALO 4 – Forward Unto Dawn’ (originally released May 2012 – Blue Ray & DVD).

I’m not sure what I was expecting; lots of action maybe, Master Chief everywhere you look and of course bad ass aliens that come at you from everywhere. That’s not what I got however, and that’s not a bad thing.

In the name of full disclosure, I have to say that I have only played HALO once in my live (I’m not much of a video game fan) but that said, I always enjoyed the franchise. Microsoft and Bungie first created HALO (now managed by 343 Industries) and has evolved it as a multi-million (billion by some accounts) dollar franchise and they have done a great job putting together a string of marketing material that showcase every part of the HALO universe; and I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed the campaign.

I’ve come to appreciate it for what it is, pure adrenalin entertainment; an larger-than-life military science fiction universe where the good guys are always on the ropes until the Master Chief comes to save Humanity. Okay, I know I’ll take flak for the ‘lack’ of passion in my writing that some others have conveyed, but I’m just not into the video gaming part of this.

‘HALO 4 – Forward Unto Dawn’ for me is pure entertainment in a live action video format for the HALO fan. And while it’s a bit campy at times with the dialog, it is what it is. The story tries to develop the characters and for a ninety minute movie, it does a pretty decent job. Could they have stretched it out, incorporated more interaction between characters? Sure they could; but this was more of a teaser into the franchise. It brings us what is supposed to be an introduction to the franchise, a beginning.

The action really doesn’t pick up till the final thirty minutes or so and that is where we’re seeing the Master Chief spring into combat. Prior that that, we see the internal struggle of Cadet Lasky(Tom Green) as he tries to find his place in the UNSC. We don’t really get too much of his back ground except for bits and pieces. His mother is away all the time (senior ranking officer in the UNSC) and a brother who died in combat, goes to shape his doubts and fears. He has a lot to live up to and he’s really not sure if he can.

The plot revolves around Lasky’s character, until the introduction of the Master Chief. In this movie, the MC is really secondary to the plot (but you can’t wait for his entrance of course).

I’ll keep this review short and just say that I did enjoy it and I hope they continue the movie franchise. I found that this really was a teaser of a movie leaving me with a taste of the HALO universe. I want more!

If you have a chance to see the view (Blue Ray or DVD) I would recommend it. Two Thumbs Up from me…