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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

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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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The Indie Index - Review - Hail #6-7

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Hail issue 6 & 7 has successfully been funded on Kickstarter. And they have delivered. If you’re not familiar with Hail, do yourself a favour and go buy the previous issues. Hail follows Lena, an aspiring lawyer who turns to glass when anxiety strikes. She learns to work through her anxieties and turn it into a strength to help those in need.  With so many superhero comics being released, it’s easier for readers to get superhero fatigue. That’s why Hail is so refreshing. It’s a story that has an honest insight into someone dealing with anxieties and depression. Lena is high functioning; she is successful at her work as an aspiring lawyer and is learning to control her powers. However, she is still overwhelmed by the daily aspects of life and battles her depression internally while battling the villains in the streets and on the rooftops. Issues 6 and 7...
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The Indie Index is expanding

The Indie Index has been swamped with reviews, interviews and Kickstarter campaigns since the very first day of the announcement. Up until now, The Indie Index was a one-person project headed by myself, Mike Speakman. It's time to expand the ranks as I don't have the time available for all of the incoming requests that I've been receiving. That being said, The Indie Index will move forward with the assistance of various contributors along the way.  The first of the new contributors are Aaron Magnuson and Steven Randall. They are each reviewing projects and will be published here through The Indie Index. Keep an eye out for their articles over the next few days.  I look forward to bringing more and more contributors onboard as time progresses. 
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Stranger Things 2 Review

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Geek Genie's very own teenage geek IzzyLFC runs the rule over the Netflix smash hit, Stranger Things Season 2.   After the massive success of Stranger Things Season 1, which I binged watched in 2 nights, Netflix released the second season of this critically acclaimed series. And it did not disappoint, it was brilliant…or should I say terrifyingly brilliant! Summary - After Will returns from the upside down, he still has post-traumatic stress and sees a humongous shadow figure in the upside down. Eleven is alive and living with Hopper in secret, she also finds out more about her past. Mike, Lucas and Dustin find a new member for their crew called Max and Nancy, Steve and Jonathan have to go Demogorgon hunting once again. Positives - Characters are more likeable such as Steve and Bob Newby A new and scarier Monster or Monsters Sub-plots in the show, for example...
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The Top 10 Graphic Novels of all Time!

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By IzzyLFC Comic book charachters are now more popular today than ever before, thanks to Film and TV as well as the comic industry's best creators. However it all started with 20-page magazines starring iconic characters like Superman, Batman, Captain America and Spiderman. I'm looking at the greatest graphic novels ever to be written. Do you agree?!   10. Crisis on Infinite Earths – Marv Wolfman                             Probably DC comics' biggest event ever, Marv Wolfman creates a masterpiece with Crisis. Featuring the first appearance of probably the most powerful villain ever, The Anti-Monitor, this 12-issue series was a crisis since two of DC's most loved characters died protecting not only the world or even the universe but the multiverse. Both Supergirl and Flash die protecting the ones they love. 9. Blackest Night – Geoff Johns    ...
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WWE Weekly Wiz - Halloween Special!

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Welcome back to the latest Weekly Wiz from our resident WWE expert Deggy! As well as the usual run down of Raw, Smackdown Live, latest news and rumors we're also taking a spooky look at the WWE's Top 5 Scariest Moments of all time...just in time for Halloween!                RAW                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stephanie McMahon Returns after Raw being Under Siege                             A week after Raw being Under Siege, Stephanie McMahon the commissioner of Raw, returned since WrestleMania 33. She returned to Raw to confront the General Manager, Kurt Angle who had been running the show independently since the night after WrestleMania 33. Generally, Kurt had been doing well, until the Raws' major event, 'Under Siege'. Stephanie was extremely angry, as Kurt let Smackdown Live attack, without being ready. She then...
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Comic Con arrives in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh’s first Comic Con arrives this November Panache Middle East and Events Oasis is bringing to Riyadh the first edition of popular culture convention, Comic Con Arabia from 23 rd - 25 th of November at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. Sponsored by Rani, this three-day multigenre celebration will provide spectators with the exclusive opportunity to meet Game of Thrones and Justice League star, Jason Momoa , Heroes star, Greg Grunberg , Kuwaiti Comedians Sultan Al Faraj and Mubarak Al Manea, regional rap legend Qusai and many more. Comic Con Arabia’s audience will be entertained with an eclectic selection of activities including two cosplay competitions, challenging eSports tournaments, food from a delicious medley of food-trucks, and shop for some exclusive collectibles inspired by the exhilarating world of anime, manga, graphic novels, video games, toys, TV shows and films. The event will be hosted by popular MCs Baraa Abdulla...
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WWE Weekly Wiz Review

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Geek Genie's resident WWE expert Deggy  runs the rule over WWE TLC . We'll be recalling the aftermath of the Red brand's show with Raw , Smackdown , plus rumors and all the latest news from the home of sports entertainment. WWE TLC                         Asuka vs Emma The Main Roster debut for Asuka, was certainly a good one, Emma surprisingly brought the fight to the undefeated former NXT Women's Champion. The match kicked off the PPV, with a bang. Both diva's deserved to win, but the debut of Asuka was her victory. After making Emma submit to the Asuka-Lock, she stood tall as her 195-0 streak, continues. Prediction : Asuka wins on her debut Result : Asuka defeats Emma to be victorious Rating : 3-                         AJ Styles...
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The Indie Index - Kickstarter Spotlight: Where is Zog?

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Inspired by the music of GWAR and '70s sci-fi, Where Is Zog? is the story of Grum and Zill, who are the survivors of a crash landing on an uncharted planet. They latch onto the idea of finding Zog to give themselves hope and direction, but that's only useful if they don't get themselves eaten by space monsters.   The book will be a 92 page, 9" x 6" landscape format softcover trade paperback which collects 52 strips and "Survivors," a 16 page short story, along with a 15 page prose section, "Zill's Field Guide."     Check out the Kickstarter campaign  HERE .  
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The Indie Index - Review - The Pale #1-2

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The Pale opens with coffee, okay I'm listening. The coffee machine is broken and now I feel for these characters. Now that I've mentioned coffee and have gotten you invested, let's talk about The Pale. Police procedural type comics are great, especially when they're based in a small rural town where everyone knows everyone. It's a guilty pleasure of mine. Only if the dialogue and pacing is right, though. The Pale ticks all of the boxes. Perfect timing, great dialogue and realistic characters. Fabares’ art isn't what I'd expect to show up in a comic of the crime genre. I was expecting gritty, loose art which seems to be the trend. However, the lines are crisp and they serve their purpose. The art is almost playful, at times, but you know what? It works. There's a simplicity behind the art that's completely endearing. The art fits perfectly to The Pale. Without...
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The Indie Index - Interview with Pat Shand

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For those playing at home, introduce yourself along with some of your works. I’m a writer and content creator, and I’ve been mostly making comics and novels in my career so far. I’ve worked on Robyn Hood, Adventure Time, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Avengers, Thor, Disney Princess, Charmed, Underdog, Casper. A lot of freelance work. I’m starting to focus more on original creations, while still keeping the freelance projects going.   How long have you been writing for and at what point did you realise that you wanted to pursue writing as a career? Oh, I’ve been writing for as long as I could read. Shortly after reading my first couple of novels, both of them Goosebumps books, I started creating my own short stories. I’d ask my mom to get her typewriter down from the attic, or scrawl what I could in the margins of my notebooks....
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The Indie Index - Interview with Ryan K. Lindsay

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Ryan K. Lindsay creates stories that happen to be the freshest out there, his stories and characters are the kind that you can't not care about. RKL is the closest that the comics medium has ever gotten to a Hunter S. Thompson-esqe writer (and I'm including Ellis' Transmetropolitan in that). Read below and try to come out of the other side without a fresh perspective on comics. Just try it. Who are you and why should comic readers know who you are? I'm Ryan K Lindsay, an Australian comic writer. I've written BEAUTIFUL CANVAS with Sami Kivela at Black Mask , NEGATIVE SPACE with Owen Gieni at Dark Horse , and have also been published at IDW , Vertigo, ComixTribe , and a few other places. Beyond that, I've run 5 successful Kickstarter campaigns, too. Five words to describe your writing style: Ugh, what a pretentious goon. You've got a...
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Top 5 Anticipated Games Before 2018

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It's nearly 2018, but we still have highly anticipated games yet to be released this year. Here are my top 5 anticipated PS4 games of the remaining few months of 2017   5."Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2"   I loved the first Lego Marvel Superheroes game. It was funny, had a good story and was fun in the free roaming element. I nearly completed all of the game, give or take a couple of golden bricks here and there. I'm sure that the second installment of the franchise will also be a brilliant addition to the Lego games on PS4.                   4."Call of Duty WWII" The last few COD games other than Black Ops III have been nothing but disappointment with futuristic styles, however finally Sledgehammer games have changed that. Going back to its roots, COD goes to the second world war...
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Yes, I agree that these are the expected games of 2018. I have heard that Call of Duty World War 2 includes new and iconic Multipl... Read More
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Top 5 Hardest Super Mario Galaxy Stars

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Nintendo's 2007 Wii classic "Super Mario Galaxy" was actually in fact, Super! Rated a perfect 10/10 by IGN this classic had it all, graphics, soundtrack, creativity, challenge and loads and loads of fun! Today I will be looking at the hardest stars for me to earn in a nostalgic trip through memory lane! By the way I will not be including green stars or green star levels.   5. "P urple coins in the bone pen" - Ghostly Galaxy                         Purple coins, purple coins! We will be hearing that term a lot. The first star on my list is the Purple coins in the bone pen. This star requires skill, accuracy and a lot of patience. To collect 100 purple coins using the Wii remote sensor in not 2, not 1 and a half but 60 seconds...Insane! 4."Plunder the...
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Indie Comic Con Hits Melbourne

THE EVENT Indie Comic Con, Melbourne’s newest comic book festival celebrating local and independent comic creators. Saturday 4th November 2017, Northcote Town Hall.   OUR STORY The concept of Indie Comic Con was born when two Melbourne comic artists missed out on a spot at a major comic convention in their own city. Not for lack of great comics, but rather that exhibition space was dedicated largely to fan art and merchandise instead. If a comic book creator couldn’t get a table at a comic convention, where could they exhibit? Recognising that exhibition opportunities for independent comic creators are limited in Australia, Nathan Onias launched Indie Comic Con as a platform for independent creators to share their work with a broad audience. Indie Comic Con is dedicated to providing a market for independent Australian creators and promoting interest in the craft of sequential art. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign Indie...
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The Indie Index - Kickstarter Spotlight: Voodoo Detective

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Before we go any further, can we please take a moment to recognise how cool of a title 'VOODOO DETECTIVE' is?! Rik Favino contacted me to shine a light on his current Kickstarter campaign for VOODOO DETECTIVE. Gladly! VOODOO DETECTIVE: Old Wounds and Other Tales is a 48-Page Occult/Pulp/Horror Comic, starring Jackson Delmond, New Orleans’ resident Occult Investigator; a man who must use his strange gifts to defend against deadly threats, amidst the swamp-filled, supernatural South. Featuring the gorgeous artwork of Dominic Black, the visually stunning colors of Laura Lee and written by the esteemed R. Thomas Favino, VOODOO DETECTIVE: Old Wounds and Other Tales is the first book in a new comic series, which boasts four separate, serial anthology-style stories. Check out the Kickstarter campaign HERE .
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The Indie Index - Interview with Dirk Manning

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Taking no prisoners with my first interview for The Indie Index, I aimed high, moments later - Dirk Manning was knocking down my door. Well, if instant messengers had doors... Let's proceed. First things first, who are you? I’m Dirk Manning and I’m the writer and creator of comics including, but not limited to, NIGHTMARE WORLD , LOVE STOR IES  (TO DIE FOR) , TWIZTID: HAUNTED HIGH-ONS , and TALES OF MR. RHEE , the fourth volume of which is currently on Kickstarter with a *Kickstarter Exclusive* Hardcover and nine unlocked Stretch Goal bonuses and counting. Do you remember the moment when you realized that you wanted to create comics? I do, yeah. I talk about this in more detail in my book WRITE OR WRONG: A WRITER’S GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS , but the short version is it was when I discovered the power of the medium – of...
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