WB Home Entertainment will be in full effect at SDCC this year premiering 4 new movies: The Killing Joke, Batman Unlimited - Mechs vs Mutants, Scooby Doo & WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon, and DC Super Hero Girls - Hero of the Year. Below is the schedule complete with descriptions.
If you're a regular comic book reader especially on the digital side then comixology is offering a helluva good upcoming service. With Marvel offering the Marvel Unlimited app and now this service from ComiXology for IDW, Image, Valiant, and more, its baffling why DC hasn't gotten onboard with a service like this.
With Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Panther run underway alongside the characters introduction to the MCU in Captain America Civil War, Marvel is rolling out a video series to introduce Black Panther to a new audience.
So there has been a big push for Feudal Japan inspired figures based on various properties with Star Wars being a start of it. Now Bluefin is bringing in Spiderman to the fold and its looks awesome. Check out the press release below for more info.
Had the opportunity to attend the Tokyo Game Show. Fun times were had and while we find a time to do a post-TGS show on this convention, check out the pictures from the show.
- DJ Tsu(@BlkNerdJapan)
New York Comic Con 2015 has came and went and it was definitely a fun experience. Being part of the press outlet for the podcast was a major highlight but more than anything it was the atmosphere that really brought it all together. I'm an avid fan of toys and action figures and this convention had it in spades from various companies such as Capcom, Bandai, Namco, Hot Toys, Square Enix, etc.
Beyond the toys, we obviously can't talk about the convention without mentioning the cosplay. Cosplay is probably the Number 1 reason to be excited about these types of conventions cause you guaranteed to be surprised at how great the costumes are and it seems every year the cosplay gets better and better. NYCC 2015 was no exception. Non-stop great cosplay from everyone and definitely some standout ones as well.
But the main reason for being at the convention was getting the opportunity to cover the event as press. Not gonna lie, I was nervous mainly because this was something that was brand new to me. Being able to sit down with the these actors/actresses and sort of pick their brain on the projects they were working on was a treat mainly because you can see that they were genuinely excited about the work they do on these projects. These celebs know the fans love the material and they want it to be the best possible product that they can put out.
Speaking of interviews, check out the ones that were done for NYCC 2015:
Also some badass helmets from the FDNY Foundation auction.
Overall a definite fun experience being at NYCC. Seeing other fellow podcasters and getting to know brand new ones as well. This convention is definitely worth checking out if you're able to go. Well worth it.
-CJ(@3blackgeeks), Photos by Dee(@DeeTheBlackGeek) and DJ Tsu(@BlkNerdJapan)
Man of Steel was one of those movies that ended up being polarizing to viewers. Some people loved it and some people hated it. Then you had viewers that were split down the middle where they didn't hate the movie but didn't love it either. In comes Batman v Superman and whether you like or not, it was making waves in the media. You gotta understand that this is a movie that lots of us were hoping would happen since we were kids. Its one thing to read about it in the comic books but its another to actually see it in movie form. Hell the Bruce Timm DCAU Batman/Superman team-up was hype and damn good.
So here we are at SDCC this year and WB blessed us fans with a brand new long trailer for Batman v Superman and let me tell you, I'm all in. Everything from this trailer hits the right notes from seeing a very angry, distraught Batman to a conflicted Superman who just wants to do right thing and help the people of the world. And Wonder Woman? Man look, Gal Gadot is more likely gonna knock it out the park(Hopefully her acting is competent). At any rate, I don't see how anyone can possibly be a sourpuss about this movie unless you just hate having fun. Mark my words though....when this movie does release, I fully expect lots of snarky and dumb think pieces. Me though? I'm gonna be partyin and enjoying this greatness of a movie as should you and everyone else. Us nerds are winning out here!!!!
So Awesome Con is turning into one of my favorite cons to go to along with Magfest. Prior to that it was Otakon but long story short, that convention has been on a decline for awhile. At any rate, me and Dee have been attending Awesome Con since it first started two years ago and it has come a long way since then. What made this years trip special was 1) We had a panel this year which meant a lot to us since our first one at Magfest went really damn well and 2) We got an opportunity to finally see our fellow podcasters in person and attend their panels. It was definitely fun times for everyone.
Me(CJ) and Dee arrived to the convention on Friday and got our badges. The first thing we noticed was how huge the area was this year. Last year the registration line was so big that it ended up outside so it looks like they learned the lesson and had a huge area downstairs for it. The more noticeable thing was the main area with the dealers room which again was huge enough to where you had more dealers, more room for the artists alley, and a huge area for the media guests. Since it was Friday and the crowd was semi-small, we decided to get pictures with the media guests.
I opted to start off with the Power Rangers group and let me tell you, its always funny hearing other people wild out seeing them here. Last year, David Yost(Blue MMPR) and Walter Jones(Black MMPR) were here and now this year those two along with Karen Ashley(Yellow MMPR) and Austin St. John(Red MMPR) had came. I hadn't seen Austin since Power Morphicon in 2007 and since then he had disappeared for awhile doing EMT work overseas. It was definitely great talking to Austin and Karen, reminiscing about the show and the good times. So leaving from there, me and Dee were looking around and taking in which celebs was their and noticed that George Newburn wasn't getting much love from the crowd. For those that don't know, George Newburn voiced Superman in Bruce Timm's Justice League series, Steve Trevor in both Justice League: War and Throne of Atlantis, and Sephiroth in FF VII: Advent Children, Crisis Core, and Kingdom Hearts 2. Most people that watch the show though know him from Scandal as Charlie. Now me and Dee don't watch Scandal BUT it was baffling why he didn't advertise hugely that he was in it since it is a big show. Over the course of that weekend though he did put up subsequent signs showing his roles as Sephiroth and Charlie which brought more people to him. For that one day though, me and Dee got a good laugh out of that.
Once Dee left for the day, I ended up sticking around and made my way to one more celeb for the day and that was Brian Tee. You know him as Liu Kang from the Mortal Kombat: Legacy series and DK from Tokyo Drift. I chatted with him for awhile and he's a chill dude. We joked a bit about him not being in Furious 7 and he gave some insight on his experience in Tokyo Drift. The big takeaway though was his story on becoming the Shredder in TMNT 2. Long story short, him getting the role was a complete surprise cause he assumed it was for another role but Bay and co. had him in mind to be the Shredder and he was ecstatic.
Saturday was the big day for us and we kicked it off with our panel with Action A GoGo. Our panel was called "Surviving the Summer Movies of 2015". It was at 10 a.m. but we had a very good amount of people that attended which was awesome. Everything went excellent and smooth and the audience really enjoyed themselves.
After that we ended up attending the Nerdpocalypse live podcast panel and they put on an excellent show. Very entertaining as always. The big plus of it all though was meeting up with the other podcasters like the Gaming and Then Some crew, Kriss from Insanity Check, and the guys from The Black Geeks. Dee attended the "Nostalgia's a...: Trips Down Memory Lane" panel and from what I heard it was funny and entertaining all around. Those guys hit up on the kind of subjects we talk about on our show which is cool cause hey, great minds think alike. lol. The overall feeling on Saturday was a sense of accomplishment cause it was cool seeing all of us pull off our individual panels with success and seeing the support was humbling as well.
Sunday as it goes with any con was a day to check out the dealers area and do some last walkthroughs of the area before leaving. Managed to meet some great artists including Bryan Turner and Mike McKone and purchased some art from them. So yeah overall this was an excellent convention to attend and its gonna progressively grow in the years to come and I'm all for it. Hope to see bigger celebs attend, hope to more comic book artists(especially the indie ones), and just more people period cause its nice to see regular non-comic book folks enjoy these kind of things.
So with that, we leave you with COSPLAY!!!!!!!
- CJ(@3blackgeeks), photos by Dee(@DeeTheBlackGeek)
So Cj of 3BG told me I had no choice but to make blogs now. Me bullshitting and working on my own personal dream projects be damned. We got a website now and we need content. At least that's what he thinks. Cj in his own Cj way kept it short with me. "Come on now D." So, very well. It's been a whole year since I wrote a blog and I got a few rants brewing.
It's 2015, Empire has made waves. Power has made waves. Scandal has made waves. How To Get Away With Murder has made waves. Four shows with black leads and some with black direction and writing. All hits. You would think that would be enough for us but sadly it's not. Not at all. You see, our grand return to TV in a non-BET or TVone channel isn't a victory. That's what a lot of us think. Right? Nah, not at all. You see Black America is doing what we love doing. Splitting hairs. We do this all the fucking time, hoping that our way to the promise land of TV won't be in like our Caucasian counterparts. Sadly, that's not how TV or viewership works. I remember as a kid (I mentioned this in our Mo Money podcast) Damon Wayans had a show called 413 Hope Street. Not a perfect show but it was a positive show. A crisis center trying to help a poor black community in New York. It got cancelled 10 episodes in. I remember my father saying "White people don't care to see it, and it's too close to home for black people to support it." Whether my dad was right or not, that statement was true. The one thing black people as a race hates doing is looking in the mirror. Makes sense to me as it seems that any thought provoking film or show we put out, none of us watch it. Oh, we'll support the shit out of it, cry when they take it or hold it from us, but at the end of the day it isn't juicy enough. We beg for these titles and don't even bother to watch the shit! It's like my son begging for a sandwich, only for him to take one bite and he grabs a corndog instead. All the blogs, twitter hashtags and fucking blasting Hollywood just so we can get one and we go "Nah. I wanna see Bad Girls Club."
Now my support of Empire and Power is only on a success level. I want all, let me repeat that, I WANT ALL, black shows to do well, Yeah, I don't like the Tyler Perry comedies but I support my people. I'm not counting reality TV. Why? Why would you do such a stupid thing? So when I heard about Empire breaking records and just the full on impact of it all, I loved it. Finally! One of our shitty TV shows is out doing white peoples shitty TV shows. That's how I see it. I don't need this big long rant on how this effects blacks; how does this make us look in the eyes of white people; and what message is it sending to the kids. Lemme answer all three. (1)We watching our people on screen. This is a modern day "Dynasty" or "Dallas", bad people being bad people. It's also us in positions of power. Money, fame and all the bad that comes with it. But tt's directed and written by us. (2) White people are gonna think what they gonna think. Much like how black people think of about white people. WHY DOES IT MATTER? What, is Masta Charlie gon' shame and beat us? It's 2015! Who gives a fuck about judgmental assholes being judgmental. Yes, I understand that what it looks like but take a step back. The show is 75% full of bad guys. It's not a big deal. (3) Is actually a legit concern of mine. This is TV14, tell you're fast ass little cousin to get out the room. ...then again, us 90's kids had New York Undercover. (I swear we saw Malik Yoba bang a chick every episode). Point is, until we can make a positive show that has mass appeal, we need to be happy as hell Empire is here. It knocked down a door. Run in before the networks close it again! (Also, I'm not a fan of Empire, just a fan of Terrence Howard acting and him wearing the living shit out of those suits! ...Taraji's ass tho)
One more issue and it's the one I'm sick of. It's 2015 and this needs to die. Two people in the room. Both love movies. One loves Denzel Washiington. The other says "He sold his soul to the Devil for an Oscar." Yes, if you have younger cousins; a friend who hates straight forward logic; a stoner friend who is waaaaaaaaay too paranoid to even be smoking; or that one relative/friend who is just plain ignorant, they will believe in the Illuminati and all of the goings on. This shit needs to die. Yes, there are unexplained shit in our government and even in Hollywood. But if you TRULY believe in the Illuminati, THEN MAKE FUCKING SENSE. Just because you can't explain it or you seen something that's counter to what you deem as "Holy/Good", it's not the devil! Just because you hate Jay-Z and Rihanna's music, doesn't mean they're in league with Satan.(Just Live Nation and yes it is evil) But it's the knee jerk reaction to it. The mystery group that's behind all the shit you hate. But lets go back to Denzel and bring Halle Berry into this. This is what I was told by someone at a party, who believed in this grand conspiracy and challenge me as Christian Black man to open my eyes.
"Denzel Washington winning in Training Day wasn't because of his acting ability. It was because the Illuminati telling him to do so. They told him that he had to pick a role that would show him, a upstanding black male in Hollywood to be evil. And Denzel did it with flying colors, not before (Note- I didn't make this shit up! My dumbass friend did!) Denzel met with the Illuminati. They was told to give up his manhood, like Halle Berry giving up her butthole on screen to Billy Bob Thorton. Denzel did it and now you worship this coon as a God now. You niggers are being lead by false prophet. A man who gave us his butt to be rich."
Okay, wow that's a lot to take in. Here's the thing, this is believed as gospel. Now we can easily poke holes in all conspiracies but this is...unique. Not quite burned out stoner, not all the way jailhouse Muslim, and not some much paranoid Christian hillbilly. It's odd that theories like this float around as gospel. Now that I got that out the way, let me continue. I'm sitting there looking at him in shock of the dumb I just heard. Seriously, my kicks itself over shit like this. I began to tell him about Denzel being nominated 6 times(winning twice) by a room full of old white people who NEVER recognize blacks in the acting world. You would think that would means something right? Nope. I told him the Academy is full of shit anyway.
"But he won for a bad guy role, making all of us look like thugs in the eyes of the white man."
Somewhat true I guess they only want us to be in negative roles. Unlike when Denzel won for Glory. You know, the runaway slave who was angry at every white person in the world won Best Supporting Actor! Yes he played a slave but played a vital role in the movie. But yeah, he a slave. Shame on Denzel. But if it was so focused on Denzel being evil then win didn't he win for The Hurricane or Flight? Also if it was a white mans idea of us, then why did he win a NAACP Award for Training Day?
"Monkey see, monkey do."
...huh? Whatever. The part I like is the magical orgy that Denzel took part in. First off, tell me why? Why? The butt stuff? I don't get what's up with you Illuminati cats and talking about niggaz getting butt raped. By the way, I was never fully given an answer outside of that's how the white man talks away your dignity. Wait...what!? Here's the best part, the fact the guys willingly do so. Seriously, it's either butt sex or a guy deep throating another guy. A gay person would call you gay for that. Seeing how I was never given a straight answer I can only assume one thing. The people who say these things are homophobic or closeted as fucked. Either way, that shit doesn't make you look intelligent because you're not being metaphorical. It makes you look like you wrote a fantasy porn of Denzel, Will Smith, Jay-Z and a few other "sold out" actors/musicians having a orgy "Sexy Beast" style in Puff Daddy's pool house! It would be funny if the person who's telling you this was just saying it to be funny. But no he was real with his shit. Right on I guess. I'm just sick of the idea of this grand scheme to control the through music and tv for black people. Yes I see why you have those ideas but why? Because it takes away praise for our own race is it not? Denzel is great actor. Halle Berry is.............pretty. Will Smith is great, I could keep going but why? I'm just more mad at the idea of it. It's dumb. This isn't my last post on the Illuminati conspiracy. I'll be back when I care to rant again. Until then...here's to more blogs.
- Dee the Black Geeks