Geek Madness SEMI-FINALS

Round 3 is over, and here are the results! We had some legendary competitors this week, but the people have spoken and the results are pretty clear.

The classic battle between the light and the dark, the leader and the tyrant, the hero and the villian, Patrick Stewart vs. Darth Vader… And the voters chose the darkness, BY A LANDSLIDE! Darth Vader wins!

The great creator, the world builder J.R.R. Tolkien vs. the hero of the shadows, the dark knight Batman. Tolkien wins! (Also, we’re trying SERIOUSLY HARD to spell his name right now.)

Third battle, one of the building blocks of Science Fiction, the classic author H.G. Wells, vs. Excelsior! the master of cameo, Stan Lee! And in the only close battle of this round, the winner is our Generalissimo! (That’s Stan Lee).

And finally, the boy who lived vs. the great American. The Chosen One vs. The Truthy Wonder Himself. Harry Potter vs. Stephen Colbert. And Stephen Colbert might have won, but Harry has, like, a ridiculous amount of luck and an extra life. Harry Potter wins!

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Click on the image above to go to the Semi-Finals voting page! Or click here to go to the current results page!

New Star Wars Spin-off Announced

 

“Oh hear me Star Wars fans!  I bring great tithing to you and your kin!”

Just imagine that I, Kelby George, burst into your room, wearing a newsies’ cap covered in chimney soot, and shouted this to the heavens…. Pretty cool image right?  Alas, we won’t have the technology to make this happen for another twelve years, I think.  So you’ll use that dusty ol’ imagination that we all possess.  Anyway what was I talking about, Star Trek?  No wait, Star Wars news!  And there are two of them. First one:

Disney has announced the title of the first Star Wars spin-off movie.

And the second:

Rian Johnson is directing Star Wars 8, the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars 7.

I’m excited about both of these news releases, but let’s start with the first one.  The idea of a Star Wars spin-off has been widely known for a while now.  Disney’s plan was to put a Star Wars movie out every year starting in 2015.  To fill the gaps between the new trilogy movies, stand-alone films would be needed, and the title of the first one is “Star Wars: Rogue One.”  The movie will star Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and is directed by Gareth Edwards(Godzilla).  “Rogue One” is a familiar term from the original trilogy.  After the destruction of the first Death Star, Rogue Squadron is founded by Luke Skywalker, with the leader of the elite fighter force known as “Rogue One.”  They fight in many battles, including Hoth, and are a main fixture within the Star Wars Expanded Universe.  Whether “Rogue One” will be about Rogue Squadron remains to be seen.

Felicity Jones’ role is still unknown at this point.  Early rumors stated that the spin-off would be about a bunch of bounty hunters, criminals, and other various scum being gathered together to steal the Death Star plans.  As Lucasfilms is redoing the entire Expanded Universe, the history of Rogue Squadron is still up in the air. However, both ideas are solid directions to take the franchise.  Felicity Jones  and Director Gareth Edwards are talented individuals who should both do an excellent job with this movie.

Now, before we talk about Rian Johnson, have you seen Looper?  You know that time-traveling movie with Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, and a weird-looking Joseph Gordon-Levitt?  If you haven’t, STOP READING THIS AND WATCH LOOPER.

I’ll wait a second…

You’re done? Isn’t it great? No, isn’t it AMAZING?  I mean, come on, a time-traveling sci-fi movie with crazy guns and assassins?   Everybody needs more of this in their life.  Also, just JGL.  JGL!  You don’t want JGL, you need JGL.  And the lovely, charismatic Emily Blunt, who is now a sci-fi movie staple, makes it your duty to see this film.  But wait, there’s more!

The guy wrote and directed Looper, Rian Johnson, will now direct Star Wars episode 8.

Rian Johnson and Star Wars is just the perfect union.  I’m head-over-heels for what this match may bring.  Johnson is fantastic and Lucasfilms has just been knocking it out of the park with their choices.  Abrams, Kasdan, Edwards, and now Johnson.  By this point, Every decision Lucasfilms and Disney makes is solid.

As a huge Star Wars fan,  I was very cautious at the beginning, but moves like these just keep on raising my excitement for the next wave of the Star Wars franchise.

Geek Madness Week 3

IT’S TIME FOR THE ELITE EIGHT.

8 Amazing Icons of the Geekdom, left to battle it out. Who will make it to the Final Four? Only you can decide! Click the bracket below to go to the vote page!

We’re also looking for four members of the Geekdom to come onto the show next Friday to debate in our Final Four Showdown! If you’re interested in being on the radio, send a message to our Facebook page!

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And you can see the results of this week RIGHT HERE.

March 12th, 2015 Indie Rock/Alternative Playlist

Thursday, March 12th Playlist

C Cause = Time – Broken Social Scene
C Cath… – Death Cab for Cutie
C San Francisco – Foxygen
C Apocalypse Dreams – Tame Impala

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C Let It Happen – Tame Impala
R Devil Out – Ådub
Z Go!!! – Flow
Z Danger! High Voltage – Electric Six
Z Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Z I’ll Be Gone – The Oblivians
N Glory – Mademoiselle K

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S Baby Blue – Fishmans
S Through the Grass – Wild Nothing
S She Loves You No Less – My Bloody Valentine
R Taj Weekes & Adowa – For Today
S Break Mirrors With My Face In The United States (Snippet) – Death Grips
Z Always Late – Pizza Tapes

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C Testament To Youth In Verse – The New Pornographers
C Blue Boy – Mac Demarco
R The Metal East – Lightning Bolt
R Gabriel – Roy Davis Jr.
R Let’s Get Roland – Dave Roland
R Girls Like Us – B-15 Project

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R Stone Cold – Groove Chronicles
R Midnight In A Perfect World – DJ Shadow
C Strangers – Portishead
R Wet Dreams – The Growlers
R Look Out – Polysemy
R Warrior Sound – Rockamovya

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R Extreme Ways – Moby
R Sonic Youth – Brother James
R Reckoner – Radiohead
Z When I’m Small – Phantogram
R Enjoy Yourself – Saint Pepsi
S You Might Think He Loves You For Your Money But I Know What He Really Loves You For It’s Your Brand New Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat – Death Grips

R = Requests
S = Sam Beattie
N = Nigel Marabello
Z = Zach Rieck
C = Caine Wenner

Geek Life: Webcomics and You!

Today I’d like to take a moment to talk about webcomics. I’m not in the habit of talking about what makes a real geek, except facetiously. So I’ll begin with this: A real geek checks their daily webcomic. If you don’t have a webcomic, you better get one! Or else!

This being said, I want to talk about some of my current webcomics, and some of my all-time favorite webcomics. And some webcomics you may have been hearing about. Without further ado:

 

CURRENT WEBCOMICS

There is a subreddit called r/webcomics. If you don’t want to be responsible for your own consumption of delicious webcomics, I suggest you subscribe. This should provide you your daily minimum dose. But I follow a handful of these comics all by myself.

Dumbing of Age

Updated daily! (Which is awesome, because weekends are usually quiet in the webcomic world – making this a viable option to maintain your addiction daily!) I started this one relatively recently (Summer 2014), and right now, it’s fairly easy to catch up since it began in September 2010. Slice-of-life webcomics are my bread and butter, and this one is awesome. The right amount of drama and comedy to keep you coming back for more! This is the third iteration of these characters, each iteration being unique in its own way. This one follows the cast as they start college and find themselves. So much coming of age, such angst, many problem. The main character Joyce comes from an ultra-religious and conservative background, so hijinks definitely ensue when she starts her freshmen year at the state college!

Questionable Content

Updated M-F. This webcomic starts out following Marten and his android companion, Pint-size! There are other characters that have come and gone along the way. Questionable Content has been running since 2003. One of my favorite aspects of webcomics is that you can follow the artist for, in this case, over a decade and watch as their art progresses and evolves!

Gunnerkrigg Court

Launched in 2005, still updated three days a week. This is a science-fiction/fantasy webcomic, one of the few I really enjoy, actually! I began this one last week, reading over two hundred pages at 3am one morning when I couldn’t sleep. It’s quirky and bizarre and the world it takes place in is definitely engaging. The main character is Antimony Carver, and she’s just begun attending a strange and mysterious private school called Gunnerkrigg Court.

 

Invisible Bread

Updated Tuesdays and Thursdays, and sometimes Wednesdays! This is the least regular webcomic I follow, and is probably more suited for those who like newspaper comics as many of them are one-shot plot & punch lines. I met the artist at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 and he was really humble and completely flattered reddit loved him so much. Since then, I have been a dedicated reader.

 

WEBCOMICS n00bs

These are webcomics that everyone has read at least one of, and if you haven’t, you should probably change it. These are webcomic stables – think of them like the five fruits and vegetables you’re supposed to eat every day!

XKCD

Updates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Simultaneously the smartest and sarcastic thing you potentially could read. Drawn and written by a CNU graduate, the artist is intelligent and witty. Perhaps the nerdiest kind of comic strip you could partake of. The geekdom holds this one close to its heart. Remember to read the alt-text!

Dinosaur Comics

A more traditional type of comic – one which I have apparently named newspaper comic. It’s funny. There’s a Utah Raptor. Dinosaurs are cool. And snarky. Another comic with alt-text!

Cyanide & Happiness – Explosm (sometimes NSFW)

Starting in 2005, C&H is written and drawn by four different artists (Rob, Kris, Matt and Dave), all with their own unique cruelty and humor, and they update whenever they feel like it. They also all inhabit different parts of the world. Just give it a try. People laugh, people cry from laughter, people are shocked… It’s an internet experience you probably shouldn’t be missing.

 

WEBCOMICS LEVEL 2

A Softer World

Updated at least once a week, and started in 2003, A Softer World is a special kind of webcomic that uses photography and typerwriter font to convey an empty and juxtaposed feeling. This is also a classic for most corners of the internet.

Awkward Zombie

Started in 2006, this is a webcomic based on videogames. Almost exclusively Nintendo. It is updated whenever the artist has recommitted to semi-regular updates. Some of my favorite strips include Pokemon and Super Smash Brothers.

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DJ Solar’s favorite webcomic (as far as I know). The main character, Ethan, is a sometimes socially inept gamer who doesn’t understand social practices. This comic started in 2002. Too many narrative arcs to count, some featuring Wintereenmas, Players 1-4, and other worldly adventures, it always comes back to friends playing videogames and having shenanigans. I just like catching up on this one while I’m supposed to be doing other things. In fact, the first time I started reading this comic it was during my finals week of my freshmen semester.

Megatokyo (a classic)

Currently updated Tuesdays and Fridays. This webcomic started in 2000, and was my very first webcomic ever! Crazy! It begins with a man who moves from America to Tokyo and has to adapt and make a living – the story parallels with a young woman named Yuki who does voice acting in dating sims! I haven’t kept up to date, since it has clearly been a long time since it started, but it will always hold a special place in my heart. It is one of the longest running, and largest webcomics out there!

 

ALL-TIME FAVORITES (discontinued, or on hiatus)

Hanna is Not a Boys Name

Not usually do I talk about art as far as webcomics go. Sometimes it’s spectacular as is the case for HiNaBN, sometimes it’s secondary to the charm of the overall comic. This comic is on permanent hiatus due to the artist falling off the face of the planet.

Pictures for Sad Children

Pictures for Sad Children is a life-changing comic for me. One week during finals my love of webcomics was reignited. John Campbell is responsible for creating Hourly Comics, and he used to do daily hourly comics during the months of December and January. Unfortunately these are now unavailable due to John Campbell having a meltdown and taking all of his things off the internet, including a fully funded kickstarter and all of his merchandise. It’s a real shame that you’ve missed out on the Pictures for Sad Children era, but here you can find the internets salvaged remnants of John Campbell’s brilliant work.

 

COMPLETED

Problem Sleuth – MS Paint Adventures

You’ve probably heard of … Homestuck. Now. Don’t get me wrong, Homestuck is probably awesome. But to me it will always take a backseat to MS PaintAdventures other work of art. Problem Sleuth is pure genius. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Especially if you already think that the phrases “tootsie roll shotgun”, “candy corn revolver”, and “PEZ uzi” sound awesome.  And this one is complete. So if you don’t want to be checking back on something every day, something that doesn’t seem to have any end in sight…. This is the webcomic for you.

 

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Shades of A (not complete)

The story of Anwar (who is asexual) and his self-exploration and budding relationship with Chris.

Khaos Comix (complete)

The best collection of queer comic characters, ever! Just kidding, since I’m not impartial. But this is at once heart-wrenching and funny.

Oglaf

Ridiculous mini-plot lines. Updates Sundays.

The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ & Amal (complete)

It starts with a roadtrip. Love happens.

Geek Madness Week 2!

Welcome to Week 2 of GEEK MADNESS! You guys voted on the first 32, so welcome to the Sweet 16! This week, members of The Geekwave debated for their picks, and recordings of the debates can be found below. Keep scrolling down for a graphic of the bracket so far and a link to this week’s results page. And, without further ado, this is where you can vote!

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Darth Vader vs. George Lucas –

 

Linux Penguin vs. Patrick Stewart –

 

J.R.R. Tolkein vs. Joss Whedon –

 

Batman vs. Gandalf –

 

H.G. Wells vs. J.J. Abrams –

 

Harry Potter vs. James Bond –

 

Stephen Colbert vs. The Flash –

 

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Here is this week’s results page.

 

Geek out!

March 5th, 2015 Indie Rock/Alternative Playlist

Thursday, March 5th Playlist

C License to Capture – Mr. Graceless
C Enemy Destruct – Thee Oh Sees
C Human Gift – LITE
C Today More Than Any Other Day – Ought
C Pleasant Heart – Ought
C Can’t Complain – A Giant Dog
C Do You – Spoon
C I’d Have It Just The Way We Were – White Denim

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S Salad Days – Minor Threat
R Distant Relative Salute – White Denim
S What We All Want – Gang of Four
S Bulldog Front – Fugazi
S It’s All Bad – E-40
Z So Quick – Because of Ghosts
Z Tick Tick Boom – The Hives

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R Book and Cover – This Withered Heart
R ilovethe90s – fatherfake
Z No Room to Live – Times New Viking
N Mr. Li – Mr. Graceless
R Isn’t That Your Loli – RVFS

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R Sobai – Efferat
R O Meddle I am Knee Deep in Tar Pits Again​/​/​If Anything Breaks Off in You I’m Going to be Very Put Out – Soma
R Spiritual State (ft. Uyama Hiroto) – Nujabes
R Oakley Sunglasses – Lanza Manza
R Lemon – U2
R Crashless Tendencies – Jopator
R Grocery Store – Domina

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R 1 – Home Movies Vaporwave
R The Bends – Radiohead
R Neighborhood – Zed Bias
R Return To The Carnival – Dave Roland
R Out of Time – Blur
R Friendzone – Dayruiner
R Living Zoo – Built To Spill

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R Pretty Girls Is A Motherfucker – Son Of Salami
R The Best Room – Modest Mouse
R Fire of The Mind – Coil
C Underground Up – Mr. Complex
C The World Is Yours – Nas

R = Requests
S = Sam Beattie
N = Nigel Marabello
Z = Zach Rieck
C = Caine Wenner