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Tatooine removal: Does Star Wars book point to a new desert world in The Force Awakens?

March 30, 2015 – 7:30 am |

Is Star Wars: The Force Awakens trading in the series’ iconic desert wasteland for … another desert wasteland?

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Phoenix Film Festival 2015: Day Two

March 30, 2015 – 6:41 pm |
Phoenix Film Festival - Filmmakers Q&A after Saturday's Home Grown Shorts screenings

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Filmmakers Q&A after Saturday’s Home Grown Shorts screenings

Saturday is always the busiest day at the Phoenix Film Festival as people who don’t take time off from work show up en masse, in addition to the faithful who catch everything they possibly can throughout the long weekend or even into the week beyond. By the end of Friday, five screenings had been sold out; that number had reached eight by the end of Saturday.

It’s always heartening to see selections of short films sell out or close to it and that was the case for quite a few sets today. Both dedicated sets of local short films attracted big crowds, even though Home Grown Shorts started at the unholy hour of 9.05am. Many of the filmmakers were there to answer questions, and the count was matched for the Arizona Shorts set that followed it. Read the full story »

Tatooine removal: Does Star Wars book point to a new desert world in The Force Awakens?

March 30, 2015 – 7:30 am |
Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser

Is Star Wars: The Force Awakens trading in the series’ iconic desert wasteland for … another desert wasteland?

Blizzard Blitz: March 29th – Blackrock Mountain launches April 2nd!

March 29, 2015 – 4:38 pm |
Blizzard Blitz: March 29th – Blackrock Mountain launches April 2nd!

Even though Blackrock Mountain for HearthStone is launching this week, there is a LOT of Heroes of the Storm to talk about this week inside the Blitz too!

Classic Comic Cover Corner – Batman #219

March 29, 2015 – 7:45 am |
Batman #219 – February, 1970

Ben Affleck, from the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, made an appearance before Congress last week, but has comics’ Batman ever gone to Washington?

Nintendo takes Legend of Zelda Wii U off the table for 2015

March 28, 2015 – 10:00 pm |
The Legend of Zelda Wii U Nintendo

That open-world Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U won’t be out in 2015 as originally planned — and Nintendo won’t be showing it at E3, either.

Phoenix Film Festival 2015: Day One

March 28, 2015 – 11:00 am |
Industry Night - Scott Harders, Gary Herkimer and your humble scribe

We screened five features and two sets of shorts on Friday, many of which were accompanied by Q&As from the filmmakers. Here are capsule reviews of what we saw.

Look Eastman, young man: Excerpts & inspirations from an interview with Kevin Eastman, part 4

March 28, 2015 – 7:00 am |

Eastman’s inspirations and process as an independent comic book artist

Review: It Follows – Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean ‘It’ isn’t out to get you

March 27, 2015 – 7:50 am |
It Follows

‘It Follows’ exemplifies low-budget horror filmmaking at its best and it is better (and creepier) than most of its hoity-toity high-budget cousins to boot.

Review: Get Hard – Hardly funny

March 27, 2015 – 7:45 am |
Get Hard

If you’ve seen the films Stir Crazy, Trading Places, Bringing Down the House or any other odd couple comedy flick then you’ve pretty much already seen Get Hard.

East Valley art events abound this weekend

March 27, 2015 – 6:51 am |

If you dig the arts, there’s plenty to do this Saturday and Sunday.

Review: Heir to the Jedi lost amid Star Wars’ literary legacy

March 25, 2015 – 9:00 am |

This is one adventure you can safely miss.

Blizzard Blitz: March 22nd – A Season Ends and a Beta Starts

March 22, 2015 – 9:35 pm |
Blizzard Blitz: March 22nd – A Season Ends and a Beta Starts

In a few weeks both the Beta for Legacy of the Void starts, and Season 2 for Diablo 3 ends!

When Exposing Myself Isn’t Enough: This Artist’s Thoughts

March 22, 2015 – 11:29 am |

This article on AdWeek got me thinking this week.
Basically, Showtime solicited a bunch of artists to join a contest to generate art for an upcoming boxing match.  One artist declined with a snarky letter that essentially …

Classic Comic Cover Corner – Detective Comics #371

March 22, 2015 – 7:45 am |
Detective Comics #371 – January, 1968

The recent controversy over artist Rafael Albuquerque’s Batgirl #41 variant cover has more to do with the victimization of comic fans than of Batgirl. Here’s why…

DevCon 2015: Saturday Photos

March 21, 2015 – 7:06 pm |
DevCon 2015 at ASU West

Saturday afternoon we took a trip over the hills and far away to that mystical place called northwest Glendale to check out ASU West’s DevCon fan convention.