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The Disaster Artist Movie Review - Should You See It?!

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The Disaster Artist is definitely worth seeing. It's actually worth seeing more than once (which is what I'm going to do because I loved it so much). I haven't had this much fun in a movie since EVER!   James Franco is a spot-on Tommy Wiseau who plays the character Johnny in The Room and James is amazing when he recreates The Disaster Artist scenes from The Room . Because James Franco put in so much dedication to this role, he is a wonderful Tommy and a wonderful director for the movie in general. He even stayed in Tommy's character when he was directing the movie! That being said, I think in order to really enjoy this movie, you'll have had to see The Room first. Trust me, you will enjoy it!!! I saw it for the first time a year ago and I have probably watched it at least...
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The Indie Index - Interview with Bruno Oliveira

The Indie Index - Interview with Bruno Oliveira
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Bruno Oliveira is a professional comic book artist from Brazil. Having worked for several publishers like IDW (Drones), Arcana, Oliveira has most recently donework for Marvel (Amazing Spider-Man Annual, Gwenpool Holiday Special, Mosaic). Bruno has been trying to find the right time to do this story for a long time. A story about working as a comic book artist and juggling all the important things in life...in an entertaining way. It's a realisation of how an artist's tragedies are only tragedies until he writes them down, and suddenly they're funny! It's Bruno Oliveira reduced to 64-pages!  What Now, Bruno? is currently on Kickstarter, what made you decide on using crowdfunding to make this project come to life? It's mostly because you can get a better understanding of your audience, you can get in touch with them and build a sort of relationship during the time of the campaign (and hopefully after as...
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The Indie Index - Interview with Campbell Whyte

The Indie Index - Interview with Campbell Whyte
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For those who aren’t aware of you or your work, please introduce yourself. My name is Campbell Whyte, I'm a Perth [ Australia -- Mike ] based comics maker. I've been making work for a long time, small mini-comics, card games, picture books, exhibitions and all kinds of other things. Home Time is my first, large scale comics work. When I'm not making comics, I work at the Western Australian Museum where I develop visitor engagement activities. I also run the children's art school Milktooth with my wife Elizabeth Marruffo where I teach comics making. My work is often about the intersection between personal memory, popular culture and place based history. I try to make works that are fun, playful and ask a lot of the reader.   You’ve had solo and group art exhibitions all over the world and received various grants and awards. In your artistic career, thus...
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INTERVIEW WITH RAM V AS IMAGE COMICS "PARADISO" LAUNCHES

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  With the forthcoming release of Image Comics' "Paradiso", Geek Genie caught up with rising creative star Ram Venkatesan to get the low down on this eagerly anticipated release.   Can you introduce yourself and the rest of your creative team? Sure! I'm Ram Venkatesan. I've been writing comics as 'Ram V' since 2012. I started off by writing an ongoing series called Aghori, back in India. I self-published a graphic novel called Black Mumba in 2015 after moving to the UK. I also occasionally write prose short stories which have appeared in anthologies and e-publications. My most recent projects are the upciming Grafity's Wall with Unbound and PARADISO of course, with Image Comics. Dev's a long time collaborator of mine. He's a self taught artist from India who's been in love with the medium as long as he can remember. Dev's work has appeared in comics by Graphic India,...
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The Greatest Comic Book Covers #1 - Action Comics #1

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Geek Genie kicks off its new regular series looking at the Greatest Comic Book Covers with the one that started it all...Action Comics #1!.   It's an iconic image for an iconic figure. Superman crashed through the front cover of Action Comics #1 in June 1938 and forever changed the comic book landscape. It ushered in the age of the superhero and laid the foundations of a pop-culture war between DC Comics and eventual rival Marvel Comics .  Joe Schuster's iconic cover captured the sense of wonder, awe and terror as a yet unknown Superman delivers a fantastic display of power. The sheer rawness of the cover, with no words or text other than the cover title, added to its power. Even the title, Action Comics , leaped from the page in a new, bold and exciting style that has now become synonomous with the character.        ...
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JUSTICE LEAGUE REVIEW

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Hot on the heels of the Marvel Studios box office hit Thor Ragnarok, resident teen blogger IzzyLFC gives Geek Genie his low down on DC's Justice League movie.   Some of comicdom's greatest characters must unite to save the world from an alien threat. After mixed feelings with DC's fledgling extended universe, fans flock to the box office to watch DC's biggest movie to date. Finally, the Justice League is here! Synopsis: Batman and Wonder Woman are uniting a team of extraordinary characters with enhanced abilities to stop an invasion of Parademons lead by Steppenwolf. The Justice League have to stop the enemy from collecting limitless power sources called Mother boxes. Can they succeed in saving the world once more? Positives: Exciting easter eggs Good costumes and effects Action scenes were amazing Negatives: No detail on character backgrounds Small scale battle compared to movies such as The Avengers Steppenwolf seemed...
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GOTG Telltale Series Review

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Resident teen blogger IzzyLFC is back to run the rule over the GOTG Telltale Series on PS4!   After their massive hit with DC's Batman Telltale series , the unique game creating incorporation decided to go with Marvel's GOTG to create a fun and enjoyable 5-episode game series! Synopsis: The Guardians of the Galaxy are called back into action after Thanos has caused chaos killing dozens of Nova Corps officers. After defeating him they encounter an artifact with immense power, similar to an infinity gem. They must guard the artifact and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. The Guardians are at it once again in a new adventure! Positives: Character backgrounds are detailed and unique Good variety of important decisions Fun and enjoyable storyline Negatives Movement and flying is poor Graphics can be improved Bugs and glitches need fixing My rating & review Telltale games took a lighter...
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SEVENTH WAVE OF GUESTS AND EXHIBITORS ANNOUNCED FOR MALTA COMIC CON!

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SEVENTH  WAVE OF GUESTS AND EXHIBITORS FOR MALTA COMIC CON 2017 ANNOUNCED AS PHASE 2 TICKETS SELL OUT! (Your Home, Your Place to Shine!) November 20 th 2017, Malta   Wicked Comics are proud to announce that guests David Laufente , Neil Gibson , Joanne M. Harris , Alessandro Vitti , Dinos Kapsalas , Jenika Ioffreda and David Morris as well as exhibitors Ayrton Zammit , Audrienne Degiorgio , Stefan Ciantar , Naomi Montanaro Delia , Fantasy Showgirls , Furban Malti and William Calleja will be joining the previously announced guest and exhibitors amongst the highlights of Malta Comic Convention (MCC) 2017. The 9 th edition of the Malta Comic Con (MCC) will be held on Saturday 2 rd December (10am-6pm) and Sunday 3 rd December (11am-7pm) 2017 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. David Lafuente David Lafuente is a Spanish comic book artist known for his work on books...
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RED XMAS: O HOLY CRAP! Preview

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  Santa Must Die. Join the Execution.     Like dark humor? RED XMAS: O HOLY CRAP! is a 56-page, perfect bound comic book collecting the first two issues of the series Starburst Magazine calls, "Brilliant reading whatever the time of year."      "When Mrs. Claus dies in a tragic toy accident, Santa sets out to make all those little brats pay. Now, a Santa-skeptic FBI agent must team up with her wannabe-elf ex-husband to save their son--and Christmas!"   Enjoy this five page preview, watch our video, and then head over to the campaign and pledge at:   friedcomics.com/redxmas !     The book is live on Kickstarter until December 1st, 2017. Get a print copy, or a host of other rewards--like a cameo in the book or variant covers--over at the campaign: friedcomics.com/redxmas    
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CALL OF DUTY - WORLD WAR II REVIEW

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The kids are loose on Geek Genie as resident teen blogger IzzyLFC gives his verdict on the latest COD! No, we're not talking fish!   After a disappointing run of releases in the series, Call of Duty has returned to claim the crown for shoot em' ups with the release of COD:WWII . Sledgehammer Games, Raven and Activison have taken COD back to its roots with three game modes adding to tons of fun! Here is my take on COD:WWII . Campaign The campaign mode has been truly terrible in every COD after Black Ops 2 ; however, COD:WWII finally delivers a bearable and even enjoyable campaign mode with good characters, missions and plotlines. Each mission is different and offers a balanced level of challenge and fun. The first-person shooter delivers an accurate storyline in the historic battles of WWII. Definitely the best campaign in years! Multiplayer Finally! Feet on...
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The Indie Index - Interview with Stephen Kok

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Introduce yourself. My name is Stephen Kok and I'm a Sydney based graphic novel creator!   You've just had your fourth graphic novel, Word Smith, successfully funded on Kickstarter. You make it look easy! What's your secret? Lots of coffee and late nights! There's a lot of planning and work that goes into Kickstarter and I'm always thankful of everyone who supports my creative endeavours.   Your first graphic novel Tabby is about a family of cats with nearly no dialogue. Can you discuss the challenges you faced writing this and finding the right artist to bring it to life. After I finished the script for Tabby (and lots of lots of editing), I was ready to find an artist to collobrate. The artist who did the initial design (Canadian Eric Gravel) was unfortunately not available at the time. I posted on Freelanced.com and it was over a 2 month selection...
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RYAN O'SULLIVAN AND PLAID KLAUS READY FOR VOID TRIP

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With the highly anticipated release of Void Trip imminent, Geek Genie caught up with the creative team behind the series, Ryan O'Sullivan and Plaid Klaus.   GG: Can you tell us a bit about your background, how did you guys break into the comics industry and what other work have you done?   RYAN Plaid Klaus and I broke in together as it happens, working on the webcomic-cum-graphic-novel TURNCOAT. That was back in 2016. Was so much fun working on that one together. We broke all the rules with it. They always say make your first comic a small thing, you know, just a little thing to show you can do it. We made it 164 pages. Plus it was superheroes. It was glorious. Since then I’ve mostly done licensed comic work, such as Eisenhorn for Games workshop, and Warhammer 40,000 and The Evil Within for Titan Comics. I’ve not...
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"The Greatest Comic Book Covers" Series Preview

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Geek Genie launches a regular series looking at the greatest comic covers of all time! Which one is your favourite? Scanning the rows and rows of comic books on offer at your local comic book store, what's the first thing that grabs your attention? Chances are that the cover of the book will go a long way in determining whether or not you're going to give this book a shot. "Don't judge a book by it's cover" is sound advice in general and even with comic books. But maybe more than any other medium, the cover in the case of comic books is often an integral part of the overall value (creative as well as monetary) worth of the book.  Comics are there to be read, but they're also there to be looked at and admired. It's a literary and visual medium and there are hundreds, maybe thousands of artists...
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Hawkman: Still Flying After Seventy-Eight Years

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Revelation often comes with a thunderclap, and forces one to take notice. Sometimes it comes quietly, during a quiet afternoon, with a casual view out the window, a small bird, and a tiny twig. Whether it starts with a loud shout or a quiet flutter, a revelation can become something that grabs hold and never lets go. Starting with Gardner Fox’s inspiration in the late 1930s, a character quietly came into existence and even after seventy-eight years, with the amazing creativity and talents of many writers and artists, it still thrives to this day. Gardner Fox has told the story of how he was sitting in his workplace and looking out the window when he noticed a small bird fly by, pick up a twig and fly off. This was the inspiration for the hero we know as Hawkman. When Hawkman was created, there’s no telling how Gardner Fox expected...
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Malta Braced For Comic Con!

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FIFTH WAVE OF GUESTS AND EXHIBITORS FOR MALTA COMIC CON 2017 ANNOUNCED AND OFFICIAL POSTER UNVEILED! (Your Home, Your Place to Shine!) November 10 th 2017, Malta   Wicked Comics are proud to announce that guests Dani , Michael Dialynas , Nigel Twumasi (mayamada) , Phil Elliot , Samuela Cannata (Umas Lady ) and Valentin Secher as well as exhibitors Dejan Kostic , Joseph Bugeja , Marianne Scicluna Lauri , Jean Luc Portelli , Peter Magro , Ivan Mallia , Marianne Galea and Toy Town Collectables will be joining the previously announced guest and exhibitors amongst the highlights of Malta Comic Convention (MCC) 2017. Wicked Comics are also proud to unveil the official poster for this year’s event magnificently designed by guest creator Dani and edited by Wicked Comics’ Kenneth Micallef. The 9 th edition of the Malta Comic Con (MCC) will be held on Saturday 2 rd December (10am-6pm)...
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TWILIGHT HOTEL

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Twilight Hotel tells the story of a 100-year-old West Florida hotel that has a very sinister secret. Built on land that was once the home of the most notorious plantation in all of North America, where thousands of African slaves and Seminole Indians were murdered in ritualistic ceremonies. It is also home to an ANCIENT EVIL DEITY named... “SHE”. With a supernatural ability to attract and influence people, she lures unwitting individuals to the Twilight where they are subjected to many horrible things including, MAN-EATING BED BUGS, PSYCHOTIC GANGSTERS, ZOMBIES, SERIAL KILLERS and worst of all… themselves. A Kickstarter campaign in support of the comic book has already launched and the project’s creators hope to hit their fundraising goal by Nov 19th. Copies of the completed first volume and other very cool backer rewards are available so, anyone interested in lending their support can go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/…/twilight-hotel…/twilight-hotel
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The Indie Index - Interview with Cy Dethan

The Indie Index - Interview with Cy Dethan
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Who are you and if you were to have any super power what would it be, and why? I'm Cy Dethan - writer of comics, freelance nihilist and recovering professional magician. As for picking a superpower (assuming that immortality and total invulnerability to all forms of physical harm are off the table), in order of preference: 1) The Midnighter's ability to analyse and predict the outcome of any situation. 2) Karnak's ability to find the flaw in any object, concept or strategy. 3) Uh... something awesome with lasers, I guess?Or Satanic Sex Powers, maybe. Either's good.   Your first break was with Starship Troopers in 2006, how did that  come about? Arse-backwards. I was playtesting a miniatures wargame for Mongoose Publishing, based on the Roughnecks TV show (a spin-off from Starship Troopers). The company, as it turned out, also had the licence to produce Troopers comics, so I threw in...
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Thor Ragnarok Review

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Our resident teen reviewer IzzyLFC gives his verdict on Marvel's latest movie blockbuster, Thor RagnAron.   Thor Ragnarok is without doubt one of the greatest Marvel movies ever made. It was well balanced with action and humour. Director Taika Waititi creates an unexpected but definite masterpiece.                   Synopsis: Thor is on a mission to prevent Ragnorak, the Asgardian apocoloypse alluded to in previous MCU movies such as Avengers 2. He confronts Surtur the fire giant of Musphelheim, who will play a key role at the end of the movei. Loki has taken over Asgard by impersonating Odin. Eventually the rival siblings find Odin only to realise that the All Father's ancient reign over Asgard is at an end. They encounter Hela the goddess of death and are cast away while she threatens the existence of Asgard and its people. It is up to...
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Super Mario Odyssey Review

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Get your Switch out, enter the Odyssey and travel the Mario world! Mario and Cappy embark on an adventurous journey to save Peach and stop Bowser and his Wedding Planners. Our teen blogger Izzy LFC gives you the low down on the latest (and greatest?) in the Super Mario franchise!                             Summary - After Bowser reveals his plans to marry Peach, Mario and his new friend Cappy who can transform into nearly everything embarks on an adventurous journey chasing his ship and stopping the wedding planners. Going to kingdoms such as Wood, Snow, Seaside, Luncheon, Metro and of course Bowser Castle, Mario ends up defeating Bowser and leaving with Peach on his Odyssey. Positives -                                                Power Moons require completion of Campaign and exploration in the free roaming element "Cappy" replaces the power-ups with more variety, you can...
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The Indie Index - Review - Tart #6

The Indie Index - Review - Tart #6
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Sweet with just enough sass. I must confess, I was a newbie to the epic adventures of Tart Acid, before yesterday that is. Written by Kevin Joseph, the quick paced action in Tart starts on panel one and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.  The first five issues are an excellent combination of the telvision show Quantum Leap meeting Kill Bill and tossing in a little Dr. Who .  Tart, the recently deceased demon hunter, has the unfortunate time traveling side effect of temporary memory loss. This leaves Tart in the same place as the reader, never knowing what could be coming around the next corner.  Catching up with the first five issues as I did, couldn't be easier with the current Kickstarter campaign already fully backed for issue 6.  One reward has all past issues available for $8.00 in digital PDF format or physical copies for only...
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