Comic Book Reviews 07-23-14

Comic Book Reviews 07-23-14

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Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebookand The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for…

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Note: There are a few references made in this article and they are starred so as to not confuse you, dear listeners.*

Podcasts and Radio Dramas are, at least typically, an audio experience. Yes, there are pictures of the cast online and a few videos here and there of them speaking at panels, but for the most part, what you hear is what you get. Welcome to Night Vale, once again, breaks this mold. They are currently on their third tour, presenting their live show “The Librarian” to fans across Canada and the U.S. . I was one such lucky fan this weekend to see what I had only ever heard, come to life.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a “Respect My Craft” article on the company that puts on Welcome to Night Vale, Commonplace Books. If you have never heard of Welcome to Night Vale before, you read a detailed explanation of what exactly this bizarre show is all about there. I suggest you do, or the article that follows will make very little sense to you… It is likely this article will still make very little sense to you, but there is much in Night Vale that makes no sense anyway. That’s half the fun of it.

The night started off with hundreds of fans lined up outside the venue, many of which were cosplaying as their favorite characters, myself included. Meeting other “Night Vale Citizens” was half the fun of the night. Photos were taken, skits were acted out, and as a Glow Cloud cosplayer walked down the line, a large chanting of “ALL HAIL THE GLOW CLOUD”* broke out. Waiting in line wasn’t something of displeasure. Many fans had actually been looking forward to it because it gave them the opportunity to talk about the podcast with others who love it, something we don’t get to do very often. Welcome to Night Vale is very successful, but it still has somewhat of a cult following.

When allowed into the theatre, fan communication continued. All of us were giddy at the thought of seeing our idols and putting living, breathing faces to the voices we were so in awe of. Fans lingered in the lobby of the Paramount Theatre to chat and take photos before filing into the theatre and taking their assigned seats, many of us bouncing where we sat out of excitement.

The show began with Meg Bashwiner thanking us for coming and laying down a few ground rules for the performance. She did this with a great amount of wit and poise. Firstly, she invited us to take as many photos of the performance as we wished, but asked that we not record audio or video. She explained that the cast and crew wanted everyone on the tour to experience the show in the same way we would. Meg went on to say that the live show would be released later online for purchase, as the last live shows had been. Meg also asked us to silence our cellphones and to not take photos in a way that would hinder the performers as well as the audience. If any of us were to do this, the audience would “think unkind but not untrue thoughts about you,” Meg told us. That being said, she invited musical guest Eliza Rickman to the stage.

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Eliza walked out in a stunning, light pink dress and took a seat in front of her toy piano on which she began her set with “Devil’s Flesh and Bone.” There were a variety of instruments used during Eliza’s set such as a metronome, a miniature xylophone, an autoharp, and a wind up music player. Her sound is haunting and reminiscent of the Victorian Era as well as the modern Steampunk genre. Eliza was absolutely wonderful to watch and listen to. She was sweet, funny, and whimsical as she performed and talked to us. Eliza invited us to take video of her performance only, as she wanted more videos of her performing on the internet. Other songs played included previous weather song “Pretty Little Head”, “Start With Goodbye, End With Hello” and “Foot Soldiers” featuring Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor, Meg Bashwiner, and Marisa Blankier on noisemakers. She later returned to the stage during The Weather and played “Fools Rush In.” I bought her album afterwards and have since been listening to it nonstop.

She also promoted her Kickstarter for her new double album release, which you can find and donate to here. If fully funded, she will be releasing not only her second album, but a much requested cover song album. As of July 22nd, she is 74% funded with $16,325 of her $22,000 goal. Her Kickstarter ends on July 30th and there are a lot of great perks to those who donate. I myself donated $20, which will get me access to a live streaming event, a digital download of both the second album and covers album, and exclusive backer tracks including the insanely popular B-side “Foot Soldiers”. Unfortunately, Eliza will only get money to make her album if she reaches her goal in time, so donate today! After Eliza’s set, Meg Bashwiner returned to the stage to introduce Cecil Baldwin. The screams that followed were deafening. For a brief moment, I could not tell whether I was at a theatrical performance or a rock concert. Cecil opened the show in the same way he does the podcast with a quirky statement followed by “Welcome to Night Vale,” at which point more screams filled the air. IMG_1136

Without spoiling too much, I can tell you that the live show took place before Episode 46 Parade Day and included Cecil Baldwin as Cecil Palmer, Meg Bashwiner as Deb and herself i.e. The Proverb Lady, Hal Lubin as Steve Carlsberg, Dylan Marron as Carlos, and Symphony Sanders as Tamika Flynn. While the performance included scripts, the actors were far from just standing there and reading. They seemed to be leap from the stage, larger somehow and thrilling to watch. More was revealed about the Night Vale library and it’s librarians which are vicious and not to be approached.* The show also had a great deal of audience participation such as screaming when directed and sharing eye contact for several uninterrupted seconds with those who did not accompany us. The writers definitely wrote this particular show with the fans in mind. Anyone who ships Cecilos (Cecil Palmer and Carlos) will be very happy with this performance.

Dylan Marron and Cecil Baldwin had great chemistry on stage together and made me laugh harder than I have in a long time. Hal Lubin was hysterical as Steve and played extremely well off of Cecil Palmer’s distaste for him. Symphony Sanders was inspiring as the avid-reader and revolutionary leading Tamika Flynn, who made the point that books are powerful and also heavy.* Each cast member brought their own key parts to the performance that had me completely transfixed. There was no set or even a backdrop, but watching them I was plopped right down in Night Vale, the radio station’s tower blinking on and off in the distance.

Listening to a typical Welcome to Night Vale episode is a very solitary activity. When I listen, I lay in bed and stare at the stationary WTNV poster on my wall. The only one laughing or trembling with fear, is myself. “The Librarian” was a very different experience. Sharing it with others made every reaction I had to the story that much bigger and I felt at home with my fellow “Night Vale Citizens.” I knew Cecil Baldwin was an amazing actor, but I was not fully prepared to see him play my favorite character in real life. He is extremely expressive while he performs. Where once there was just a voice, suddenly there were emphatic expressions and movements. The switch from stoic radio host, to giddy boyfriend, to terrified citizen is so much more drastic on stage than over my iPhone speakers, and it was pretty drastic to begin with. It was frankly bizarre (in the best possible, Night Valean way) that I knew the voice I was hearing so well but had never actually seen the actor behind it perform. It was like reuniting with an old friend who I’d never actually met.

Those who stuck around after the show had the opportunity to meet and take pictures with the cast and writers. Everyone was extremely courteous, talking with fans and staying until the last audience members left the venue. Being able to meet them was very special for me, personally. About a year ago, I nearly gave up on my writing. I was too afraid of failing to continue studying it. A friend of mine introduced me to “Welcome to Night Vale” and the weird, little desert town inspired me. Here were people who dealt with the terrifying on a day to day basis, yet they lived their lives as if these things were mundane. They pushed on. If Night Vale could face death and carnage as periodically as they did on the show, I could take on the frightening things in my own life. I told both writers Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor that if it weren’t for Welcome to Night Vale, I probably would have given into my fear and abandoned my writing; that Welcome to Night Vale inspired me to embrace what scares me. In response Joseph told me, “I had a lot of artists do that for me, so I’m glad we could do that for you.”

Welcome to Night Vale’s last stop on their tour is San Diego Comic Con July 24th-27th. For those of you who will be attending the convention, Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor and Cecil Baldwin will be signing autographs Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm and Sunday from 1:30pm to 3:00 at autograph area booth 12.   On Thursday, July 24th at 12pm they will have a panel at The Geek and Sundry Lounge (located at Jolt’n Joes, 379 4th Avenue, Gaslamp District). This is a no badge required event so if you’re in the area that weekend, this is a panel you definitely want to check out. It will be moderated by Meg Bashwiner and will include Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor, Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Jasika Nicole (Dana), and Hal Lubin. Welcome to Night Vale will also be performing a crossover show with The Thrilling Adventure Hour on Saturday, July 26th at 8pm at he Spreckels Theatre in San Diego. This also does not require a convention badge and promises to be an amazing performance. Tickets are on sale now.

Welcome to Night Vale also just announced that they will be going on a European Tour starting October 17th in Dublin and ending November 6th in Berlin. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

*Today’s proverb: Ask not what your country can do for you, but where you will hide when your country eventually decides what it’s going to do to you.

Above: Fans chant as Kevin cosplayer tries to promote Strexcorp in the background.

Photos and videos courtesy of Charlotte Renken.

@NightValeRadio is finishing their tour. Check out our review of the #Denver show! @PlanetofFinks @CecilBaldwinIII Note: There are a few references made in this article and they are starred so as to not confuse you, dear listeners.*
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Batman Day - Best Graphic Novels

Batman Day – Best Graphic Novels

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DC Comics has dubbed today Batman Day. The Dark Knight has been fighting crime and serving justice for his 75th year since the 1939 debut of Detective Comics #27. Batman has been a big part of our lives, and was responsible for making me in the comic book fanatics we are today, whether it be through comic books and toys or television and movies. To show our appreciation for the man, the myth and…

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Batman Day - Best Batman Movies

Batman Day – Best Batman Movies

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DC Comics has dubbed today Batman Day. The Dark Knight has been fighting crime and serving justice for his 75th year since the 1939 debut of Detective Comics #27. Batman has been a big part of our lives, and was responsible for making us into the comic book fanatics we are today, whether it be through comic books and toys or television and movies. To show our appreciation for the man, the myth…

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Batman Day - Best TV Episodes

Batman Day – Best TV Episodes

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DC Comics has dubbed today Batman Day. The Dark Knight has been fighting crime and serving justice for his 75th year since the 1939 debut of Detective Comics #27. Batman has been a big part of our lives, and was responsible for making me in the comic book fanatics we are today, whether it be through comic books and toys or television and movies. To show our appreciation for the man, the myth and…

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DC Comics has dubbed today Batman Day. The Dark Knight has been fighting crime and serving justice for his 75th year since the 1939 debut of Detective Comics #27. Batman has been a big part of our lives, and was responsible for making us into the comic book fanatics we are today, whether it be through comic books and toys or television and movies. To show our appreciation for the man, the myth and the legend, we have compiled a plethora of Bat-themed lists. We hope that we can inspire you to read more about Batman and his legacy, or even give us some feedback if you agree or disagree with the lists. Sound off below! And click on the picture below to take you to all of our Batman Day articles.

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Top 20 Collectibles

Not only does Batman have the best gadgets, but he also is the driving force behind the best collection of action figures, statues and replicas out. Whether it’s an affordable item that you add to your display case or just something to ogle at because nobody in their right mind would spend money on it, there are some great collectibles out there. There was absolutely no way to complete this list without missing a fair share of great items, so here are 20 of what I consider the coolest collectibles to add to your collection. Are there any toys, replicas or eye that I’m missing? Let me know in the comments below.

20.) The Dark Knight Rises Bane vs. Batman Statue

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19.) Tim Burton’s Batman Mime Joker

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18.) New52 Box Set of Court of Owls and Death of the Family

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17.) Sideshow Collectibles Harley Quinn statue

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16.) Batman Hush Action Figure – DC Artist Signature Series

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15.) Life-size Batman Statue

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14.) The Dark Knight Rises Cowl BD Set

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13.) Lifesize Bat-Signal

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12.) Capullo Designer Series Figures

 

11.) Harley Quinn-Joker Mad Love Two-Pack

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10.) Eagle Moss Batman Chess Set

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9.) Green Lantern Batman

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8.) Arkham City Riddler Trophy

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7.) Kotobukiya ART FX+ Statue

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6.) Batman vs. Killer Croc Statue

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5.) Nightwing Arsenal Set from Arkham City

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4.) Batman vs. Superman: The Dark Knight Returns statue

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3.) Batman: A Call to Arms from The Dark Knight Returns

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2.) Batman and Catwoman: Kissing the Knight Statue

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1.) Batman: Black and White Statues

In the mood to buy some dope #Batman collectibles for #BatmanDay? Check out our list of the top 20. @DCCollectibles DC Comics has dubbed today Batman Day. The Dark Knight has been fighting crime and serving justice for his 75th year since the 1939 debut of 
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Batman Day - Best Batman Girlfriends

Happy #BatmanDay! Think you know #Batman’s lovers? Check out our countdown of the women in Bruce’s life.

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Batman Day - Best Batsuits

#BatmanDay is here! Join us as we look back on our Top 35 Batsuits. #Batman #75YearsofBatman #Batman75 @DCComics

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DC Comics has dubbed today Batman Day. The Dark Knight has been fighting crime and serving justice for his 75th year since the 1939 debut of Detective Comics #27. Batman has been a big part of our lives, and was responsible for making us into the comic book fanatics we are today, whether it be through comic books and toys or television and movies. To show our appreciation for the man, the myth…

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Batman Day - Best Batmobile

Happy #BatmanDay! Check out our list of the top 20 Batmobiles @DCComics #Batman #75YearsofBatman #Batman75

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DC Comics has dubbed today Batman Day. The Dark Knight has been fighting crime and serving justice for his 75th year since the 1939 debut of Detective Comics #27. Batman has been a big part of our lives, and was responsible for making us into the comic book fanatics we are today, whether it be through comic books and toys or television and movies. To show our appreciation for the man, the myth…

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Batman Day - Best Batman Theme Songs

No matter who you are, we all move to the sound of the Bat. Peruse our Top 10 #Batman anthems. #BatmanDay @DCComics

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DC Comics has dubbed today Batman Day. The Dark Knight has been fighting crime and serving justice for his 75th year since the 1939 debut of Detective Comics #27. Batman has been a big part of our lives, and was responsible for making us into the comic book fanatics we are today, whether it be through comic books and toys or television and movies. To show our appreciation for the man, the myth…

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Comic Book Reviews 07-16-14

Comic Book Reviews 07-16-14

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Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebookand The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for…

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The chanting seemed to come from nowhere as the lights dimmed at the Summit Music Hall Wednesday, July 9th. “DFTBA! DFTBA! DFTBA!”* Crossed Vulcan salutes were raised to the heavens as the crowd screamed their favorite initialism into the air, all in wait for one man— one incredible nerd— to emerge from behind the stage. Dawning various geek attire, over 800 fans crowded the venue to see Hank Green and the Perfect Strangers live, myself included. But we weren’t just there for Hank. Along with him was Rob Scallon, Andrew Huang, Harry and the Potters, and Driftless Pony Club, all of whom played wonderfully, often venturing out into the crowd for high fives and dancing. In the spirit of vlogging, as so many of these performers thrive on, I’ve included short clips (or rather one long clip spliced into several segments) of the concert as well as photos.

Hank Green does seemingly everything. He’s a vlogger, entrepreneur, writer, scientist, teacher, VidCon organizer, blogger, owner of DFTBA Records, charity organizer, and long time musician just to name a few titles. Above all things, Hank Green is a massive, self-proclaimed nerd. January 1st of 2007, Hank and brother John Green launched their video project Brotherhood 2.0 under the YouTube Channel The Vlogbrothers in an attempt to stay in better contact with each other. Seven years later, the two brothers and their videos have a massive following called “The Nerdfighters” with over two million members.

The show began like most. Everyone who had lined up outside the venue pilled into the building and made their way to the front of the stage. While waiting for the show to start, however, the space felt more communal than other concerts I’ve been to. Most of the audience were Nerdfighters and there is a strange phenomenon that occurs whenever Nerdfighters get together “IRL”; we all become instant friends. Nerdfighteria is a large community, but it still remains very close knit because we all generally like the same things. The majority of us also tend to be socially awkward. When you mix these two things, you get a very laid back group of people who understand each other extremely well without even knowing anyone’s name. Thus, while waiting for the concert to begin, the venue was abuzz with conversation between practical strangers.

With most concerts, the opening acts are either announced by someone who works for the venue or by the act themselves and are often ignored by the main performer. “Tour Because Awesome” was an entirely different story. When the house lights dimmed, it was not a venue worker or the first act who walked onstage to welcome us to the show. Hank himself came out, camera in hand, and thanked us for coming. He told us that not only had we chanted more than any other show on tour, but that Denver had the biggest turnout and that he was happy that we were there. He then introduced opening act Rob Scallon and proceeded to introduce every act after him. This is a testament to how much Hank really cares about the musicians that joined him on tour. They are not only some of his favorite musicians, but also closest friends.

Rob Scallon only played three songs on his own (he would later come on to drum), but each one them had me absolutely entranced. This guy doesn’t just play guitar. The instrument practically breathes in his hands. With a combination of finger picking, licks, and hammer on technique, it was hard to believe there was only one instrument on stage. As Hank put it, his music “makes your ears feel real good.” My ears felt so good in fact, that I ran to the merch booth the moment he got off stage and bought his album. Lucky for me, he ran just as quickly and not only gave me a free t-shirt but signed the album as well.

After Rob Scallon, Andrew Huang took the stage. This guy is hilarious and incredibly talented. He writes songs in a vast number of genres and frequently takes challenges from his fans of what songs to create. He also only played a few songs but joined Hank and the Perfect Strangers later on.

Andrew Huang is extremely creative. One of his songs (video below) had me swaying my hands back and forth, thinking of my past relationships, until I remembered it was actually written about his nipple ring that had grown out. He purposely wrote the song to be vague enough that it could be about any relationship, yet when given the context, it becomes incredibly funny. He also played fan favorite “Show Me Where Your Noms At” which he collaborated with Youtuber Hannah Hart of My Drunk Kitchen to make. This song shows not just how great of a singer and guitarist he is, but also highlights his rapping abilities. He had the entire audience singing along.

Next on stage was Harry and the Potters, who led us in a pledge that we would have a good time at the show and use our voices to create positive change in the world. Harry and the Potters are considered the founders of the Wizard Rock genre. They are made up of brothers Paul (newly appointed as Executive Director of The Harry Potter Alliance) and Joe DeGeorge but onstage are known as Harry Potter Year Seven and Harry Potter Year Four, having used Hermione’s time turner to go back in time and start a rock band with themselves.

Harry and the Potters are probably the most exuberant band I’ve ever seen. Their banter with the audience is priceless and they seem to have a limitless amount of energy when it comes to performing, dancing and jumping up and down with each song. Both brothers even jumped into the audience, Joe jumping out twice and asking audience members to sing into the mic. Confetti was tossed into the air several times using a hollow wand and by the end of their act, everyone in the venue was screaming, “HAR-RY! POT-TER! HAR-RY! POT-TER!”

After Harry and the Potters finished their set, Driftless Pony Club took the stage. I’ve seen this band twice and they never fail to impress me. Their sound is energizing, fun to jump around to, and closely resembles Modest Mouse. Lead vocalist and guitarist Craig Benzine, like most of the musicians on the tour, has his own YouTube Channel WheezyWaiter. The band often makes funny videos with Craig.

Like always, they had the entire venue buzzing with excitement. At one point, bassist Sam Grant climbed over the barricade and into the audience where he danced along with us while he played. My friend Luke and I sang along to every song, bouncing on the balls of our feet and banging our heads to the beat. I’m a heavy metal fan, but nothing makes me happily light headed like dancing to Driftless Pony Club.

Finally the act we had all be waiting for was just moments away. I can’t convey to you the amount of excitement that was bouncing off the walls in that room. Every few moments you could hear someone squeal “Oh my god” or watch as another made a few little jumps of excitement. Everyone was grinning. Members of Hank Green and the Perfect Strangers (Paul DeGeorge on guitar, Joe DeGeorge on keyboard and saxophone, Andrew Huang on lead guitar, and Rob Scallon on the drums) made their way onto the stage and began to play ambient music. Suddenly, the beginning of “Perfect Strangers” began and Hank ran onto the stage to sing. Everyone in the venue went nuts and rushed to the front of the stage, screaming, dancing and singing along.

Of course no Nerdfighteria event would be complete without some sort of charity element. Before the show started, Hank informed us that their bass drum had broken. Instead of throwing it away, they decided all the musicians would sign it and raffle it off for one dollar per ticket. We had until the beginning of Hank’s set to buy as many raffle tickets as we wished. When the time came to choose a winning ticket, the audience had raised over $500 for the Foundation to Decrease World Suck, Nerdfighteria’s chief charity organization.

Hank played a ton of songs, mostly off his new album Incongruent with a few older songs thrown in here and there. Some fan favorites included “I Fucking Love Science”, “Video Game Books”, “A Song About an Anglerfish” and possibly his most famous “Accio Deathly Hallows”. He also talked with us about touring and his fellow bandmates and joked that Denver needed to fix our air shortage. During Accio Deathly Hallows, he handed a girl his mic while he climbed over the barricade so that he could join us in the audience. After many high fives and lots of dancing, he climbed back on stage and played a few more songs before ending the show. However, we weren’t ready to let him go quite yet. After much chanting, he and the band came back out and played a few encores for us, including the theme from Friends.

“Tour Because Awesome” was an truly spectacular show. Every single musician was on point and had the audience completely thrilled to be there. They also all came out afterwards for autographs, photos, and hugs, despite being absolutely exhausted from the four hour show. I was able to meet Sam Grant after the concert and we talked for a while about how cool online communities such as Nerdfighteria are. We both agreed they are a very unique, kind, and caring group of people that we are very glad to be a part of.

 

*DFTBA stands for Don’t Forget to Be Awesome and is the slogan of Nerdfighteria.

Videos courtesy of Lara Griffith and Andrew Huang. Bandcamp music courtesy of Jon Scallon.

Nerd rock took stage in #Denver as the “Tour Because Awesome” took stage. Check our account of @hankgreen & friends! The chanting seemed to come from nowhere as the lights dimmed at the Summit Music Hall Wednesday, July 9th.
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

Guns don’t kill people. Monkeys with guns kill people. Read our Dawn of the Planet of the Apes review and go bananas

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Genre – Sci-Fi/Action

Director – Matt Reeves (Felicity, Let Me In, Cloverfield)

Cast – Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Kirk Acevedo (Miguel on OZ)

Alluring element – Apes riding horseback using machine guns. I mean, COME ON!

Scorecard: Plot – 9 Acting – 10 Representation of Genre – 9 Cinematography – 9 Effects/Environment – 10 Captivity – 10 Logical consistency – 8…

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  • #Andy Serkis #animal farm #ape not kill ape #caesar #cirque du soleil #damn dirty apes #dawn of the planet of the apes #felicity #fox and the hound #gary oldman #keri russell #monkeys riding horses with machine guns #movie review #movies #planet of the apes #POTA #rise of the planet of the apes #the lion king
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Comic Book Reviews 07-09-14

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Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebookand The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for…

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  • #batman #comic book reviews #comic books #dc comics #dexter&039;s laboratory #Image Comics #marvel comics #original sin
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Diggin’ Through the Crates: RZA “We Pop”

This week’s Diggin’ Through the Crates, we learn a thing or two about work ethic from @RZA “We Pop.” Word to #Batman

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Song: “We Pop”

Artist: RZA Ft. Division & Ol’ Dirty Bastard

AlbumBirth of a Prince (2003)

Lyric: “I cock arm, pass the bomb, like Troy Aikman/Play the basement like Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson.”

Character Reference/Meaning:

Welcome back DTCers! Hope you all had a fantastic 4th of July. Over at Hush headquarters, we celebrated…

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  • #batman #birth of a prince #bruce wayne #comics #dick grayson #diggin through the crates #hip hop #hip-hop #hush #hush comics #hushcomics #music #nerd #rap #robin #rza #we pop
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