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Geek Gear: Game Of Thrones ‘The Wall’ Shirt

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 05:50 AM PDT

Game Of Thrones The Wall Shirt

The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at TeeFury today is a Game Of Thrones-themed shirt called "The Wall" by jublin.

The sale began at Teefury today, Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at midnight EST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it's over, it will not be sold on the site for $10 anymore, though it might continue into the next day for $13 (look for the After Hours bar at the top). [...]

Trailer: In ‘Brooklyn Castle’ The Chess Team Is Where You’ll Find The Sports Stars

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 05:23 PM PDT

Brooklyn Castle Image

A new trailer for the upcoming documentary Brooklyn Castle has been released.

The movie follows the chess team at a school in Brooklyn, though unlike most chess teams---consisting of kids typecast as "nerds" or "outcasts"---this particular team is the school's star "jocks," having won more national championships than any other school. But the movie is not just about chess; it's also about the struggles of these below-the-poverty-line kids, as well as the damage being caused by budgetary cuts to their extracurricular activities. [...]

Geek Fit: Eat Food

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 04:19 PM PDT

Geek Fit

One of my goals for this little column is to help you wade through the massive piles of junk out there claiming to be the "best" or "only" way to get fit. I can get behind some science as much as the next guy, but at some point, even I get bored. Somehow when it comes to fitness-related science, specifically diets; it seems that you can find science to support almost any diet. Take the Cotton Ball diet, for example, this diet is simple…why take up precious room in your belly with pesky food when you can just stuff a little cotton in there instead. Not enough flavor for you? Dip your cotton ball in some hot sauce, it's delicious!

Obviously that diet is insane. There are no questions about it. However, if you Google long enough you will find the science that says it is not all that terrible. The Cotton Ball Diet is the extreme end of the spectrum. The gray area comes when the more realistic diets begin to enter the picture. Trying a diet can be costly, confusing, and worst of all, totally ineffective. The problem is that most science agrees that the right diet can contribute to your health way more than exercise can. When I started to get healthy I knew the first thing I needed to do was change my eating habits. I'm not a scientist, so I won't pretend to babble on about what is healthy and what isn't. I will tell you what I have tried, and what has worked for me. Everyone is different and not everything I have tried will work for you. Still, the way I found the right diet was by trying stuff that worked for other people. I now have a pretty easy diet to follow that doesn't require a lot of sacrificing what I like [...]

Comic Review: The Creep #2

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 03:00 PM PDT

The Creep #2

The Creep #2
Written by John Arcudi
Art by Jonathan Case
Cover By Ryan Sook
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: October 10, 2012
Cover Price: $3.50

Oxel Karnhus is a private investigator who's looking into a teen suicide case that the cops brushed aside. His main reason for even taking the case is because the client, Stephanie, is an old flame from his younger days. Since they last saw each other, Oxel developed a case of acromegaly, a condition that causes body tissues to get larger over time. In Oxel's case, his jaw grew crazy-huge like Rondo Hatton.

The Creep follows Oxel's investigation into Curtis' suicide which is apparently linked to his buddy, Mike's suicide a few months earlier. The Creep #2 continues the investigation as Oxel visits Mike's mom, Laura. Steph interrupts his visit with a timely phone call describing Curtis' grizzly father's visit to her house that morning where he debo'd her credit card and slipped out of town. This issue is a necessary cog four-issue mini-series that undoubtedly puts forward some vital clues — we just don't know how it all fits together yet. [...]

Music Review: Kiss ‘Monster’

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 01:48 PM PDT

KISS: Monster

Produced by Paul Stanley
October 9, 2012 (US) CD | MP3
October 8, 2012 (UK) CD | MP3

After an 11-year gap between albums last time out, KISS stomped on the heads of the naysayers and showed the world they were once again (or always were) a relevant band in rock and roll with love guns at the ready. Realizing they were on to something good, they wasted little time in releasing the appropriately titled Monster.

KISS teased us with "Hell Or Hallelujah" way before the release and it gets Monster off to a flier with its infectious guitar riff and superb Paul Stanley lead vocal. We all know the life story of Gene Simmons' monster, but he has thankfully put it away long enough to put his mind to better use. "The Devil Is Me" and "Eat Your Heart Out" bounce along on that trademark groin-rumbling bass sound and he is up to his usual tricks on the gloriously filthy "Take Me Down Below." [...]

31 Days of Horror: Psycho / Freaks

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 12:41 PM PDT

31 Days of Horror Banner

Hello Geeks and Ghouls, Famous Monster here. Well, it's finally October and you know what that means? Breast Cancer Awareness 5Ks? Good guess. Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Delicious, but no. Halloween? YES. Horror movies? DOUBLE YES!

Welcome to 31 Days of Horror, where I'll cover at least two noteworthy horror films a day for the entirety of the month. That's 31 Days of Horror and 62+ scary movies perfect for a cold, dark October night. Be sure to visit Geeks of Doom every day this month for a double-shot of chills and thrills!

Today's double-shot features the grandfather (or grandmother?) of the slasher sub-genre, Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film, Psycho, and Tod Browning's 1932 Pre-Code horror film about sideshow oddities, Freaks [...]

Interview: Ex-The Stranglers Lead Singer Hugh Cornwell

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 10:52 AM PDT

Hugh Cornwell (Photo by Kevin Nixon)

'Whatever happened to the heroes?' sang Hugh Cornwell in a sneering tone on one of The Stranglers' most memorable tracks. Well for those of us who consider Cornwell a musical hero, he has been up to much since he sang those words 35 years ago.

Leaving British punk rock icons The Stranglers in 1990, after over 13 years of writing the band's staples like "Golden Brown," "Peaches," and of course "No More Heroes," Cornwell has been forging ahead with a succession of successful tours and a run of solo albums. His latest effort, Totem and Taboo, lays out his characteristic loose-hipped guitar licks and Cornwell's trademark laid-back Cockney drawl and stinging lyrics.

While gearing up for his latest tour of the UK, Cornwell and I discussed his latest music, dealing with criticism, and preferring a toilet to Madonna. It's all here in black & white...

Geeks of Doom: Your new album, Totem and Taboo, was funded through a Pledge music campaign.

Hugh Cornwell: That's right, we formed sort of a relationship with them to fund the record. It was very successful.

Geeks of Doom: Were you surprised at the reaction you got because you're well over your total now, aren't you? [...]

Comics Review: Memorial HC

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 09:20 AM PDT

Memorial HC

Written by Chris Roberson
Art by Rich Ellis
Colors by Grace Allison
Letters by Neil Uyetake, Robbie Robbins, and Shawn Lee
Edits by Mariah Heuhner
Cover by Michael WM Kaluta
Collection Edits by Justin Eisinger & Alonzo Simon
Design by Neil Uyetake & Robbie Robbins
Introduction by Bill Willingham
IDW Publishing
Release Date: September 26, 2012
Cover Price: $24.99

It's always a safe bet to trust your gut. Way back in February I wrote a lukewarm review of the new Fantasy book from Chris Roberson (Superman, co-publisher of Monkey Brain Comics) Memorial #3. I said, in essence:

What I just read is the middle of a larger story. It was ok, but it's too early to say if the bigger book will be any good just yet.

I suspected it would deliver, but I'm kind of a coward sometimes. Add to that, for whatever personal reasons Fantasy is not a genre I'm usually drawn to. I have massive respect for your Elf Quests and Conan The Barbarians for their craftsmanship, but for as far back as I can remember it's never been my bag, y'know? [...]

Remembering The Late John Lennon On His 72nd Birthday

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 08:01 AM PDT

John Lennon

Today marks what would have been the 72nd birthday of the late John Lennon, musician, songwriter, iconoclast, humanitarian, tireless champion of trying and raising awareness to find harmony and peace on the planet and immortal icon for millions upon millions of loyal, almost rabid fans.

There are so many different facets and parts of the life of John Lennon that he spanned and transcended in a way labels, even though there have many that have been and continue to be affixed on the man, like Beatle, Activist, Artist, Champion For Peace, Radical, the list is endless. There's an ironclad, almost suffocating reverence for John Lennon, in many ways beyond the passions given to other late artistic icons of his generation, like Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison to name a few. Many of his fans refuse to let any flaws that were in Lennon's life usurp any feelings they have for the man and his ideals and work. Lennon was one of those rare once-in-a-lifetime individuals who not only was able to manifest his music, art, thoughts, and visions in a manner that constantly was on peak level for the most part, but was also in many ways a true renaissance man of the word, who parlayed his dazzlingly and brightly blinding success with The Beatles into a true personal empire of sights and sounds, becoming as the cliché goes, but rightly exclaimed here, "A Voice of a Generation." [...]

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