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Finn lights up in new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser on Instagram

August 27, 2015 – 10:55 am

A new teaser released Thursday on the Star Wars Instagram account shows John Boyega’s character Finn igniting his lightsaber.

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In love with Jack Kirby

August 28, 2015 – 12:00 pm
Young Love #4 (1949) - art by Jack Kirby

Young Love #4 (1949)
art by Jack Kirby

Happy 98th Birthday to the late “King of Comics,” Jack Kirby! These days even the most casual student of popular culture is aware of Kirby’s accomplishments in the superhero and science-fiction comic book genres; and many of us are also familiar with his work in western (cowboy) comics, combat comics and monster comics. But did you know that Kirby and his longtime collaborator, Joe Simon (whom he co-created Captain America with), invented a unique and unlikely genre that would help to save the waning comics industry in the years following WWII?

Kirby had returned from the war a decorated Combat Infantryman, and he and Simon were in a rut as their previous comic readers had moved away from the usual superhero fare. But legend has it the partners recognized that the “true confession” pulp magazines were very popular; so the two decided they would create a “true romance” style comic book title – something that had never been done before – and the Romance Comic genre was born!

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Finn lights up in new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser on Instagram

August 27, 2015 – 10:55 am
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A new teaser released Thursday on the Star Wars Instagram account shows John Boyega’s character Finn igniting his lightsaber.

Grab your controllers! Game On Expo hits Mesa this weekend

August 25, 2015 – 11:20 am
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Game On Expo is a three-day gaming convention Aug. 28-30 at the Mesa Convention Center.

No Puppy love: Hugo Awards results reject ‘Sad,’ ‘Rabid’ political block voting

August 24, 2015 – 1:00 am
Rocket Raccoon

The annual Hugo Awards were presented — some of them, anyway — on Saturday at Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane, Wash.

Blizzard Blitz: August 23rd – Cancelled this week!

August 23, 2015 – 9:24 pm

Technical difficulties have taken me out this week!

Classic Comic Cover Corner – Detective Comics #359

August 23, 2015 – 7:45 am
Detective Comics #359 – January, 1967

Fans of the sixties’ Batman television show took a big hit last week with the passing of Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl for 26 episodes of the classic series.

Transform and roll out! Splatoon gets Autobots vs. Decepticons event

August 18, 2015 – 10:28 am
Splatoon Decepticon

Transform (into a squid) and roll out (with a Krak-On Splat Roller).

Blizzard Blitz: August 16th – A slow news week while Diablo 3 patch is coming!

August 16, 2015 – 8:48 pm

Blizzard Release Effect is in full force as not many updates came out this week!

Classic Comic Cover Corner – Devil Dinosaur #5

August 16, 2015 – 7:45 am
Devil Dinosaur #5 - August, 1978

Scientists say that dinosaurs and cavemen never coexisted, but that didn’t stop Jack Kirby from throwing them together and mixing in some alien action to boot.

Star Wars news: Episode VII poster, Episode IX director, Rogue One cast, Disney park expansions

August 15, 2015 – 5:11 pm
Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster by Drew Struzan

Lots of Star Wars news out of Disney’s D23 Expo.

Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – Snazzy sixties spy cinema

August 14, 2015 – 7:45 am
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

This cold war era throwback holds its own against the 2015 surplus of spy films. Director Guy Ritchie delivers a fun, stylish thriller with a sixties retro vibe.

EW reveals some of the mystery behind The Force Awakens’ Kylo Ren – hinting at more

August 12, 2015 – 12:00 pm
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Who is Kylo Ren?

New Doctor Who trailer teases Series 9 adventures

August 12, 2015 – 11:59 am
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Doctor Who returns Sept. 19.

Phoenix to celebrate Jack ‘King of Comics’ Kirby’s birthday

August 12, 2015 – 7:45 am
Jack Kirby and friends.

Get hip to the life of comic-book illustrator Jack Kirby, the co-creator of modern American mythology, as Phoenix celebrates the King of Comics’ 98th Birthday.

Korean TV spot remixes The Force Awakens trailers, adds one thing

August 10, 2015 – 11:18 am
First Order muster

Thanks to this first television spot for The Force Awakens out of Korea, we have our first look at a new scene in a good while.