Many of us spent our time in high school – and let’s be honest, most of college – doodling in the margins of our notebooks instead of listening to the never ending droning on of our teachers about one thing or another, but how many of us took one of those drawings and actually turned it into a 110-page graphic novel 20 or so years later? Well, Ohio-based writer Eric Palicki has done just that. Okay, so I don’t think his full page drawing of “Alex ‘Night-Stryker’ Marshall” exactly counts as a school-time doodle, but the sketch he created in high school has become something much bigger: his new graphic novel, ORPHANS. While there have been a number of changes to the character since his first drawing, not the least of which being his name, which is now Alexis Quinn, Palicki remains just as invested in the character as he was at 14, and has taken to Kickstarter to bring a 14 year old boy’s drawing to life.
It has just about been two weeks since the magnificent Emma Watson addressed the UN as a UN Women Ambassador and launched the HeForShe campaign (watch the speech HERE). During her speech Watson made some great points not only about feminism but also about gender equality. We should not fear the “F” word and there is no reason why in 2014 young women should fear being associated with the gender equality movement or being called a feminist. Watson highlights this fear of being a feminist in her speech:
If you grew up in the 90s you probably have fond memories of the monthly kid’s book series. Whether you were an avid fan of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, The Babysitter’s Club, Hank the Cowdog, or any version of the Choose Your Own Adventure stories, you were aware of these regularly released short novels, and you probably waited patiently for the next installment each month. If you’ve been paying attention, or if you have nieces or nephews, you might be aware that these types of books are quickly becoming endangered. Well, Chris Lewis Carter is hoping to fight back with his brand new series called Camp Myth, chronicling the adventures of a Fae named Felix, and his friends, as they try to earn merit badges at a summer camp for mythical creatures.
I wish I could say I am shocked and surprised by the latest “sexy” themed Halloween costumes for the female gender but I am not. Though I find the idea of a sexy snowman to be very wrong!
Being a geek is one of those things that is simultaneously one of the simplest and one of the most difficult things to do. On the one hand, you can geek out about virtually anything: comics, books, movies, tv shows, music, games, etc. On the other, with geek culture so pervasive in our society, and so very, very vast, it can be a bit intimidating to anyone looking to join a new fandom (just ask anyone who tried to watch Doctor Who for the first time this year). Enter Diana Dekajlo and Michael Nixon, co-creators, and co-hosts, of ‘Geek Crash Course’, a web series that attempts to fill you in on the endlessness that is geek culture … 5 minutes at a time. I was able to sit down with Diana last week to discuss the show, the internet, and the challenges of boiling down some of the most complex narratives into simple, bite sized videos.
Where was this class when I was in college?!?!?! It’s right up my alley, plus my whole thesis was based on Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey”! Ugh, anyway, let me get to the point of this post.
It’s a wide, wide universe out there, and one man wants to help you explore it. Canadian game designer, Colin Walsh, is in the final stages of a Kickstarter campaign for his new space trading game Drifter. “Basically, you take on the role of a freelance spaceshi[ captain who must make a living in this vast, unfriendly universe doing things to make money, like trading goods between start systems, mining, hunting pirates for bounties, and going on missions,” explains Walsh. “Drifter is a bit unique in that space games, and space trading games in particular, are somewhat an under-served niche right now, but more specifically, the game has a massive, procedurally generated galaxy, with over 10,000 star systems to explore. It’s a great big sandbox for the players to have fun in, and I have a lot of room to expand into as the game develops.”
Men, take note, because this is what real men are like.I would like to add to this slideshow as more photos get posted on the web as a way of strengthening the campaign, so feel free to let us know of a photo we should add. And guys that are not of the celebrity status, please feel free to send us a link to your photo of support and I will be happy to add it to this slideshow!